Summer Learning Programs

St. Helena-Incarnation will be offering Springboard reading in July and August 2015. Springboard is primarily targeted to lower elementary students and will be offered on an invitation-only basis, due to limited spots.

We will also be hosting both Challengers and OST/STARS programs in the summer.

Below is a list of other summer programs to consider for your child:

  • International Connections Academy is offering an online summer enrichment program for both reading and math, for grades 2-8. Students will take an individualized placement test to discover what skills they need to work on and will participate in a weekly virtual class. Between classes, they will have assignments to work on. This program satisfies our summer school requirements. Each course (math or ELA) is $150, or $270 for both.
    • Call 1-888-440-2899 or (443) 259-5796 and speak to Josh to register
  • Summer Reading Skills Program by Fordham University
    • For Pre-K to College
  • Summer Reading Skills at La Salle or Holy Family – 1-800-903-0162
    • For Pre-K to 11th grade
  • St. Joe’s University Summer Reading Center
  • Arcadia University Community Learning Center Reading & Writing Program 
  • Center School Summer Reading Program
    • Specializes in working with children with language-based learning difficulties in grades 1-6
    • Center School also offers individual and small group tutoring in Orton-Gillingham, Study Skills, Executive Functioning, Creative Writing and Math
  • Mighty Writers
    • Mighty Writers offers free creative writing classes for different ages at their West and South Philly locations.
  • Spells Writing Lab
    • During the summer, Spells hosts a free 7-week writing camp: five for ages 7–12 and two for ages 12–16. Each week-long program focuses on a different writing theme, such as adventure stories, songwriting, mysteries, or animation. But campers don’t just sit around writing all the time—they find inspiration for their stories through interactive games, group brainstorming sessions, and outdoor play.Students may sign up for one or more weeks. Registration is free, but requires a refundable deposit of $25 per student.
  • Penn Charter 
    • On-site enrichment/tutoring is available during the summer. They offer remedial support and enrichment in reading, writing, math, organizational skills and study skills. They offer the following options:
      • Individual Tutoring in reading, writing, math, organizational skills and/or study skills. Individual programs will be geared toward each child’s specific needs to help strengthen and reinforce key skills. The fee is $50 for each 45-min. session. Contact Marcy Sosa at
      • Readiness Reading Skills Group for children entering kindergarten, first and second grade in the fall. This small group will meet twice a week for 45 minutes and will help children solidify skills needed for successful entry into the lower grades. Many readiness skills will be taught and reinforced. Key goals of the program are to strengthen phonemic awareness and improve basic sight words. If interested in this readiness skills group, please check the appropriate box on the camp application. Fee is $45 per week. (Minimum of four children required to offer this group.)

In addition to these programs, many Catholic high schools offer summer programs. We encourage you to check out the high schools you might be interested in attending!

Check out the Independence Charter School website for even more summer options.