Summer Dreamers Academy (SDA) is 27-day summer learning program that serves Pittsburgh Public School students who have completed Kindergarten through 8th grade. SDA aligns itself with long-term goals that the district has set: to increase proficiency in literacy and math; ensure that all students are equipped with the skills they need to succeed in life; and eliminate racial disparities in achievement levels of African-American students.
Summer Dreamers Academy is a camp – not school. Campers participate in morning academic classes. Academic classes are taught by district teachers. Campers use class time to understand that learning is a lifelong pursuit while building confidence in their academic abilities. In the afternoon, they are given the opportunity to try something new through enrichment activities generated by community-based partners. Campers are given the chance to try something new such as ceramics, kayaking, bike riding, and much more.
Summer Dreamers strives to generate an environment in which learning is fun for campers. Campers create caring relationships between each other and camp staff. Summer Dreamers aims to teach campers to support themselves through academics and in turn, support each other and their community.