Future Opportunities

Summer Learning Academies

All kids are born with unlimited potential, and all deserve high expectations and real opportunities. Summer Learning Academies are designed to help more high school students achieve their full potential.

Summer Programming COVID-19 Response

We take the health and safety of our local community very seriously and believe it is our responsibility to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We have had to make some difficult decisions, and due to the crisis, we have decided to cancel our summer programming this year. If you have any questions, feel free to contact summerlearning@dvfoundations.org.

Make Summer Matter

Looking for a new kind of fun this summer? Are you currently enrolled in 9th, 10th, or 11th grade? Consider a Summer Learning Academies experience!

Students will gain valuable information on a wide range of career options and how their skills and abilities match potential careers. Students will also learn about the importance of soft (employability) skills and the many postsecondary options available after high school. Some high schoolers will have a chance to earn while they learn AND prepare for academic success for their future. It could be you!

How to apply:

  • All students residing in Grand Rapids are welcome to apply. However, priority enrollment is given to students attending schools within the large urban school districts in the metropolitan Grand Rapids area such as GRPS, Wyoming, Kentwood.
  • Review the programs that are available.
  • When you’ve selected your program of interest, click the “Apply Now” button to apply online right away! You may also download an application and submit it to the program directly.

Program providers will follow-up with families within three weeks of receiving the application.

Summer Learning Fun!

Why Summer Learning?

You have mad potential! You were born with it. So how can you develop that potential and become an achiever? Believe in yourself. Believe in the power to make positive choices for your life.
Expect a lot of yourself. Set big goals and work hard to achieve them. Seize every good opportunity that comes your way. And participation in Summer Learning Academies is one of those good opportunities! Apply today!

Important Insights

During summer months, many students lose more than two months in academic achievement. Over time, this “summer learning loss” adds up, and results in lower graduation rates.

As a set of research-based educational, enrichment and work experiences designed to stop summer learning loss, Summer Learning Academies combine fun academic enrichment endeavors, activities designed to foster success mindsets and behaviors, campus visits, and work experiences.

In Summer Learning Academies, students gain measurable weeks of learning by improving math skills, reading books, performing music, taking field trips, designing publications, and more.