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A New Horizon ... For Saint David's School

The promise of a brighter future eludes many New York City children, especially those from low-income families.  Recognizing this and empowered by our mission and strategic goals, Saint David's School is finalizing plans to begin a new program that draws boys from neighborhood schools to Saint David's for 6 weeks in the summer.  Designed to encourage students from a diverse low-income population to explore new worlds and to realize their full potential, the program will serve children from local public, charter and parochial schools in our neighborhood.  

Academic skills maintenance for qualified boys will be the principal aim of this new program.  "Summer slide" in academic skills is well documented in children from low-income families due in large part to lack of access to summer learning opportunities.  By launching this new summer program, Saint David's will be reaching out to our extended community, contributing to the greater good by ensuring that these children re-enter their respective schools each fall ready to learn.

Our plan is to begin with the first class of 15 kindergarten children this summer and add a new class of 15 kindergarten boys each summer for the next 9, until reaching full enrollment (K through 8) of approximately one hundred children in 2021.  Our affiliation with a national network of like programs, ensures that our small impact is magnified significantly.

The obvious benefits to our extended community will be augmented by equally significant benefits to our immediate community.  Saint David's teachers, alums, parents and boys will have an opportunity to work and learn with a broader cross-section of our neighborhood, building bridges and making connections.  Isn't this what summertime is all about?

Funding for the program is under way.  If you have an interest in learning more, or would like to get involved, please do not hesitate to reach out.


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