The Cooke Summer Academy (CSA) is a six-week summer program for Cooke students designed to reinforce the academic and social skills acquired during the school year. Students participate in a small group, multi-sensory, thematic-based learning environment with integrated related services including speech and language therapy, counseling, and occupational therapy. Students are grouped based on differentiated learning profiles and are assessed continuously throughout the six-week program.
The program is divided into two, three-week thematic sessions. Themes are designed to offer students in-depth, individualized literacy and problem solving instruction in a fun, engaging, and academically appropriate environment. Students engage in academic instruction that focuses on the following core content areas and skills: decoding and word study, reading comprehension, writing workshop, thematic content study, and mathematical problem solving. Community inclusion opportunities complement academic themes by providing students with experiences in their local community settings. Travel Training, Community Service projects, and Off-Site Education activities are integrated into the weekly schedule in order to maximize students’ experiences in the community.
Grammar School Students
- Academics are provided in small groups focusing on literacy skills and mathematical problem solving within thematic curricular units.
- Related Services and Recreational Activities (e.g. music, art, movement, etc.) are integrated throughout the summer program.
- Weekly Off-Site Educational experiences reinforce thematic units and take advantage of NYC resources.
(including graduating 8th graders)
- Academics are provided in small groups reinforcing literacy skills and mathematical problem solving within thematic curricular units (including digital literacy, movement, and art).
- Related Services are integrated throughout the day
- Recreational Activities, Vocational and Community Service Opportunities are built into the summer program
- Weekly Off-Site Educational experiences include travel training instruction and reinforce thematic units studied.
(including graduating 12th graders)
- Academic periods reinforce literacy and math as it relates to work skills and preparation for internships.
- Vocational Opportunities include CIT experiences, office internships, and community service placements
- Integrated Related Services
- Recreational Activities include community electives.
- In addition to Off-Site Educational trips, students participate in travel training experiences and leisure activities.
Related services during the summer program meet goals through individual, small group, and classroom push-in sessions. To enhance and integrate related services provided to students, related service providers establish an overall therapeutic theme consistent with the academic curriculum with the goal of enabling students to work collaboratively with classmates on a project (e.g., creating a music compilation CD). Related service sessions use the project as the context in which to work on the individual student’s relevant goals and skills (e.g., in speech therapy using descriptive language to discuss music, in counseling identifying and conveying emotions through music selection and in occupational therapy discussing music as a method for self-regulation). Providers assess students continuously throughout the program and provide services to meet the needs of each student. Additionally, related service providers collaborate regularly with Teachers and Assistant Teachers to further meet the needs of students within the classroom setting.
Community inclusion opportunities complement academic themes by providing students with experiences in their local community settings. Travel Training, Community Service projects, and Off-Site Education activities are integrated into the weekly schedule in order to maximize students’ experiences in the community.
Social skills, health and fitness, and personal interest developments are reinforced through afternoon extra-curricular activities. These weekly activities may include swimming at the local Recreation Center, yoga, drumming, cooking, arts and crafts, chess and other board games, technology, basketball, trips to the park, museums, monuments and other cultural or historic points of interest in the City. Trips complement and enhance the thematic academic work and provide students with hands-on experiences to connect their classroom learning with the New York City community.
For high school students, the CSA program also reinforces the vocational training and travel training offered at Cooke Academy during the regular school year, through classroom curriculum units and community service experiences. Students will hone these skills in formal training sessions that incorporate opportunities to apply skills in the community. Students will work as a group to plan travel routes, discuss job expectations, and rehearse appropriate vocational behavior. In addition, high school students go into the community and identify people working in various job clusters. as well as hear
from alumni working in the different clusters.