Community — 28 May 2009

The Alexandria City Public Schools Summer School program has two unique opportunities for rising middle school students.

The first, the Middle School Prep Program, allows students to learn more about middle school during a five-day summer session, giving them a bit of a head start on learning about their new schools. Students will get an up-close look at their building, the staff, schedules, teams, lockers, agenda books and enrichment activities, among other things. Transportation and a light meal will be provided daily.

The sessions, scheduled for mornings and afternoons from July 6 through July 31 at Francis C. Hammond and George Washington middle schools will be filled on a first-registered, first-served basis, according to ACPS. Registration for the program ends on June 5.

The second program, the Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Science Summer Academy, is a four-week program scheduled for July 6 to July 31 at George Washington Middle School. It offers ACPS middle school students a chance to explore the four subjects through hands-on activities, group projects and field trips. A career exploration aspect will let students take advantage of job-shadowing opportunities with local businesses and create personal portfolios of career and college interests, as well as summer experiences.

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