SHILLINGTON, PA – As the school year comes to an end, Governor Mifflin will begin the third year of its summer programming known as The Mifflin Summer Zone. For the first time, the district is offering a comprehensive menu of activities and learning opportunities for students in grades K-12. Previously, The Mifflin Summer Zone was limited to students in grades K-6.
The Mifflin Summer Zone is a series of high-interest mini-courses taught by Governor Mifflin teachers throughout June, July, and August. Funding for the programming is covered by tuition and supported by the Governor Mifflin Education Foundation.
“We know that the summer break can be one of the biggest obstacles when it comes to keeping kids engaged in learning. Additionally, as a district, we are dedicated to serving our community by offering as many opportunities as possible to engage our students in positive activities,” said Dr. Steve Gerhard, Governor Mifflin Superintendent. “The Mifflin Summer Zone provides our students the chance to continue their learning over the summer through fun and informative ‘Zones.’”
In the new 7-12 secondary Zones, offerings include a number of STEM-focused courses. CSI Mifflin delves into forensic science through a mock criminal investigation, while STEM Guitar Building will give students an opportunity to design and create their own electric guitar. Other courses aim to give students an academic leg up on everything from Algebra to AP and Honors classes by utilizing the summer months for more individualized study led by the classroom teachers.
This year’s Summer Zone will also feature the return of some of the past Zones, including Math TIPS, a fast-paced, outdoor class designed to help elementary students sharpen their math skills. The Creative Kids Camp will also return and provide students with a week-long course on public speaking, creative design, and theatre, culminating in a public performance of an original play. The popular Coding & Robotics Zone will return for a second year allowing elementary students to try their hand at building and programming their own robot. New elementary Zones will also be introduced, including a basic sign language course and a kindergarten preparedness class for incoming kindergarten students.
Tuition costs range from $35 to $350. Financial aid is provided by the Governor Mifflin Education Foundation. A full list of this year’s Zones and additional information can be found at www.governormifflinsd.org/mifflinsummerzone