ELSP Frequently Asked Questions

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1) What is the Expanded Learning Summer Program (ELSP)?

The ELSP classes are designed to help Sacramento City Unified students who are not meeting grade level standards, get closer to grade level readiness through free summer classes where incoming 1st graders, 3rd graders, 7th graders and 9th graders. The ELSP will also provide enrichment courses for incoming 7th and 8th grade students who are exceeding grade level standards so that they will remain on track for advanced learning and eligibility for the district’s prestigious high school specialty programs. There will also be a credit recovery course for high school students deficient by 5 to 10 credits. Students who are eligible for all of the above courses will be automatically enrolled. In addition to these courses, the ELSP will offer enrichment courses that high school students can voluntarily sign up for.

2) Which students are eligible for automatic enrollment?

SCUSD students who are eligible for ELSP will be automatically enrolled by the school district. The ELSP will target incoming 1st grade students for reading intervention, and incoming 3rd, 7th and 9th grade students for intervention in both English Language Arts and math. Incoming 7th and 8th grade students who are significantly on or exceed grade level will be targeted for enrichment opportunities. Current high school students who are between 5 to 10 credits deficient or “off track” for graduation and/or A-G requirements will be targeted for credit recovery, while original credit opportunities will be made available for current high school students who are already on track for graduation and A-G requirements.

3) How and when will parents be notified if their student(s) are automatically enrolled in ELSP?

Parents/guardians of students who are automatically enrolled in an ELSP course should receive notification via direct mail the week of April 30-May 4. There will be additional reminders to students and families that have been enrolled leading up to the June 18 start date

4) When will the different ELSP program classes take place?

Grade Levels Dates Times
Elementary & Middle June 18-July 26 Mon – Thu, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Incoming 9th Graders June 18 – July 19 Mon – Thu, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. plus Friday, July 6
High School Credit Recovery and Original Credit Courses June 18 – July 19 Mon – Thu, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. plus Friday, July 6

5) Where will classes be held?

Classes will be held at various elementary, middle and high schools throughout the district. Students will be assigned to the school of their incoming grade level that is nearest to them. The notification letters sent to parents will indicate the neighborhood school site where their student has been enrolled. Check the ELSP webpage for a listing of school sites by grade level.

6) Will my principal know which students in my school are enrolled in an ELSP class?

Yes, the Academic Office will email an enrollment list to all principals. Principals should know which students from their school are enrolled and into which classes and school sites. Principals will be provided the list by April 30th.

7) Are there other summer programs for children outside of the ELSP target group?

Yes, families will have the opportunity to enroll their student in other programs that fall under the Summer Matters program. The district’s Youth Development Services will be accepting applications for enrollment from students who are not automatically enrolled in ELSP and would like to apply for enrollment in a Summer Matters program.

8) Will the ELSP serve English Learner students?

Yes. EL students will be blended in with all other students. The English Language Arts materials and professional learning include the teaching of integrated and designated English Language Development.

9) Will credentialed teachers be teaching the ELSP courses?

Yes. Certificated teachers will be teaching all courses. The instruction and curriculum will be high quality with a focus on helping students improve their skills and being further prepared for grade level work or advanced learning in the next school year.

10) Will the school district be providing any transportation?

No. Families must coordinate their own transportation to and from school during the summer.

11) What steps are being taken to ensure students have safe routes to school?

The district is in the process of working with local community partners to determine safe routes for students. Families are encouraged to report any safety concerns as soon as possible.

12) Will the school district be providing meals for students in the program?

Yes. The district will provide free breakfast and lunch at each school.  

13) Is my student at risk of being marked truant and facing consequences if he/she misses too many days of ELSP?

No. Students will not be at risk of truancy if they miss class. However, parents will be notified if their student is absent. Students may be dropped from the class after a third absence.

14) What am I supposed to do if my student cannot attend ELSP?

Parents can opt-out their student(s) from ELSP but must fill out and sign an opt-out form acknowledging that dis-enrolling their student could impact his/her academic success and provide a detailed explanation of why the parent will be opting out.

15) If a school site or parent has a concern or questions regarding the ELSP, who should they contact?

For questions please contact (916) 643-9125, submit a comment online or visit the ELSP website: www.scusd.edu/expanded-summer-learning.

16) Why has my student not been enrolled in the ELSP?

Your student will not be automatically enrolled in the ELSP if they do not meet one of the following criteria:

  • Incoming 1st graders (current kindergartners) who are not meeting grade level readiness and need reading intervention.
  • Incoming 3rd graders (current 2nd graders) who are not meeting grade level readiness and need intervention in both English Language Arts and math.
  • Incoming 7th graders (current 6th graders) who are not meeting grade level readiness and need intervention in both English Language Arts and math.
  • Incoming 9th graders (current 8th graders) who are not meeting grade level readiness and need intervention in both English Language Arts and math.
  • Incoming 7th and 8th graders (current 6th and 7th graders) who are significantly on or exceed grade level readiness and will be targeted for enrichment opportunities.
  • Current high school students who are between 5 to 10 credits deficient or “off track” for graduation and/or A-G requirements and need credit recovery.

As you can see, the ELSP is mostly targeting students who have fallen behind grade level readiness and need additional academic support over the summer to catch up. However, there is a small group of incoming 7th and 8th grade students who will be targeted because they are exceeding grade level readiness. Those incoming 7th and 8th grade students are being enrolled into enrichment courses so that they will continue to stay on track to meet eligibility criteria for acceptance into one or more of the district’s high school specialty programs.

Unfortunately, due to budget constraints, the ELSP is not offering intervention programs at this time for students entering Kindergarten, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th or 8th grade. While we would like to offer the ELSP to more students, the decision was made to offer the program to the students with the greatest needs. To develop criteria, we used data available for all students. At the elementary level, this required using report card marks due to the lack of benchmark and other system-wide assessments. Additional factors were accounted for in the upper grades, such as graduation and A-G status.

If the ELSP was not offered to your student this year, that does not mean your student cannot apply for another summer program. Students who are not rolled in the ELSP, are encouraged to apply for enrollment in one of the district’s “Summer Matters” programs. Click here to learn more about “Summer Matters” which has traditionally been our most popular summer program.

17) My student is exceeding grade level readiness, why is he/she being enrolled by the district in the ELSP?

Current 6th and 7th graders who are exceeding grade level readiness and will be entering 7th and 8th grade next year, have been automatically enrolled because the district wants to continue providing them with enrichment opportunities over the summer. These enrichment opportunities will help keep these students prepared for advanced learning and also help them be more competitive for admission into the district’s specialty programs.

18) If my student doesn’t attend the ELSP enrichment courses for middle school students, will he/she not be eligible for district specialty programs?

No. Middle school students who are exceeding grade level readiness and choose not to attend the enrichment courses this summer will still be eligible and able to apply for acceptance into district specialty programs. Attending ELSP is not a requirement, nor will it boost an application. The purpose of enrolling academically talented middle school students into enrichment programs is to help provide them with more opportunities for advanced learning.