Rancho Cordova Grant Will Fund Summer Learning Program at Abraham Lincoln Elementary

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On June 3rd, Rancho Cordova City Council approved $32,000 to fund the Expanded Learning Summer Program (ELSP) at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School. These funds are supported in part by the city’s Measure H Community Enhancement Fund and represent an important investment for making the ELSP summer program possible this year for Lincoln students.

The ELSP classes are designed to help elementary students who are not meeting grade level standards, get closer to grade level readiness through free summer classes. The classes are a critical intervention for students that have fallen behind during the school year. The intervention can have a tremendous impact on the academic success of students as research shows that students not reading proficiently by 3rd grade are four times more likely to drop out. The funding provided by the city will now help provide this intervention to 75 students from 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade. 

Superintendent Jorge Aguilar has identified the ELSP as a critical program for promoting student success. After introducing the program last year, Superintendent Aguilar stated “we are really hoping that students, as a result of the program, will start their school year on track for grade level readiness or that they will start their school year on grade level.”

The City of Rancho Cordova’s investment has filled a funding gap that the Sacramento City Unified School District was unable to fill this year due to financial challenges and budget cuts. Thanks to the City, this summer’s session will now run from June 17 through July 25 for Lincoln students. The funding will allow the school to be able to provide 5 classes for six weeks, for four days a week. The focus will be on reading with a second focus on math. Students will be in class Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.                     

Sacramento City Unified School District appreciates the City of Rancho Cordova making the ELSP possible this year for our students at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School. Thank you!