ACADEMIC SUMMER CAMPS
To increase student achievement, and teaching excellence, Golden Schools Foundation (GSF) developed a program to support student academics during the summer. The Student Academic Summer Boot Camps are a series of supplemental education programs that provide academic exposure and reinforcement to our Golden students and encourage a successful academic experience. We provide these camps free to students.
Our Summer Boot Camps have proven helpful and popular, both for incoming freshmen preparing to take Advanced Placement (AP) classes at Golden High School (GHS) and incoming 7th graders at Bell Middle School, who were new to science.
Advanced Placement Boot Camp
In August 2016, we launched the second program in the series with the AP/Honors Summer Academic Boot Camp at Golden High School. Incoming freshmen and first-time AP students had the opportunity to jump start their academic careers. AP Human Geography teachers Mr. Mike Mendoza and Ms. Onessia Anderson developed a full day of activities to help students start strong in their AP courses. This camp has received high marks from students and teachers. We look forward to offering it again in years to come.
7th Grade Science Boot Camp
We launched our first camp in August 2015 at Bell Middle School. The camp’s goal was to increase participating student’s interest in and enjoyment of science before the school year begins. This four-day program used a problem-based approach to communicate the joy and excitement of science. It created innovative learning experiences that covered a broad range of concepts. Students explored real-world problems through hands-on activities in a classroom setting. They gained confidence in their own ability to work as scientists and mathematicians. Each year, we had an average of 65 students, representing every Golden neighborhood school and some schools outside of Golden.