Several families in the USD 490 School District are taking advantage of the Summer Academy.
With approximately 250 students, the program runs from the first week in June to June 28.

Several families in the USD 490 School District are taking advantage of the Summer Academy.

With approximately 250 students, the program runs from the first week in June to June 28.

Every student gets a choice of three classes they would like to attend ranging from traditional reading, writing and math.

Among the classes are claymation, German, arts, computers and dinosaurs.

“I make the master schedule the first time,” Summer Academy Director Tonya Cogan said. “I have a notebook. The kids sign up for the classes that want. I stack them up. First person that gets it in gets first choices.”

The classes were picked based on polled interests of students and faculty.

There are also special events and field trips. “The 19th we’re going to make a group trip to the puppet show at the Bradford Memorial Library,” Cogan said. “We really work a lot with the new librarian. I really like what she’s doing over there.”

There will be speakers and visitors for the students.

Students that have outside activities like basketball camp, junior golf, cheerleading, etc., there school will shuttle the kids in the summer academy in USD 490 vans.

“We’ve got vans running everywhere,” Cogan said. “We take them to swimming lessons, basketball, everywhere.”

The Academy runs from 8 a.m. to noon everyday.

“We do free lunch, free breakfast,” said Cogan. “We have bus shuttles that will pick up your kids at all the schools plus the city library. We pick up at Vintage. We pick up at Washington. We take them back home. There is an adult there that stays with them to pick them up and waits until they get picked up at the end of the day.”

Part of the Summer Academy is the Book Trail, which the school district has partnered with the El Dorado YMCA for.

“Different books that they put one page out and they walk around,” Lindsay Cooper, Girls Physical Education and Health Instructor at El Dorado Middle School and District Wellness Coordinator said. “They read a page of that book, then they do an activity until the next page. It’s more of an interactive way to read the story and to get you body moving.”

Engagement is the goal for the Summer Academy.

“Basically our whole philosophy is to get the kids engaged,” “We loves that we can pull in other entities like the YMCA and really everybody that we have asked to help us has been phenomenal.”

The Academy is for USD 490 students entering the first grade through seniors in high school.