Summerbridge Louisville (SBL) is a free, 6-week summer academic program for underserved middle school students in JCPS. Our program is designed to help students from sliding academically during the summer months and keep them engaged in a variety of educational and extracurricular activities. SBL is different than most out of school programs as we focus on math, language arts, and character building in small classroom environments.
SBL is modeled after a national program located in San Francisco, California, now renamed Breakthrough Collaborative. SBL program began in 1992 with 25 students. From 1992-2004, SBL was housed at Kentucky Country Day School. Since 2005, the summer program has been housed at Ursuline Campus (Sacred Heart Academy) located on Lexington Road. SBL’s concept has over 30 years of success in “getting younger students into learning and older students into teaching”. (Newsweek 1990).
Free six-week, full day, academic enrichment program in the summer
Skills testing to help focus instruction at appropriate levels
Art, multicultural programs, and sports included in the curriculum
Mandatory after-school tutoring year-round for students whose grades drop to a C
Students participation for two years with third year optional
Classes taught by college student teachers recruited from our community
Emphasis on providing role models and mentors for underserved students
Celebrating student excellence
Summerbridge was housed at Sacred Heart Academy for 10 years and the school generously donated their space and classrooms with no cost. Due to space limitations at Sacred Heart, we moved this summer (2019) to Collegiate. No matter where we are, we create a safe and structured environment that allows students to engage in classroom discussions.