Summer Programs: Neighborhood Pods & Enrichment Groups
The need for academic enrichment opportunities over the summer is always significant but even more so this year. As hard as teachers and schools have tried to make the 2020-2021 school year feel as “normal” as possible, it has been very difficult for students of all ages. That’s why we, at Wright Academics, have been hard at work creating programs that will appeal to students with many different interests this summer. Our two main programs are neighborhood pods and enrichment groups.
Enrichment groups are very similar to academic camps. During enrichment groups, our tutors create the content for the students. Often this content complements the packets or work students are assigned over the summer but does not replace it. We have enrichment groups for elementary through high school students and even a few for college students as well. A few of the enrichment groups we have planned for the summer include multi-sensory math, learning in nature, theater, social-emotional skills, and IT. These groups will meet for 1 week for 2 hours a day, 4 days per week. The groups are a great way to boost and improve a student’s skills. These enrichment groups can be off-site or virtually as well.
Many schools give students packets, books to read, or essays to write over the summer. Often, students leave these assignments until the last few weeks of summer and feel overwhelmed and stressed due to their lack of planning. Our neighborhood pods are designed for neighborhoods with similarly aged students working on similar assignments. We send out an academic coach to that neighborhood to ensure students are planning out their work and getting it done in manageable chunks. This service often helps students with the executive functioning piece of completing schoolwork in reasonable increments versus waiting until the last minute.
A lot of parents are still working a full-time schedule from home, so these neighborhood pods are designed to take some of the pressure and stress off of parents. Some benefits of this program include a fun working environment (since students are surrounded by friends) and accountability from a positive academic coach.
What They Have in Common
Our enrichment groups and neighborhood pods both encourage social interaction because we know that social interaction often leads to a great learning environment. Both of these programs were designed to fit the needs of the community, and both are affordable. Additionally, all of our programs include structured breaks and time outside (weather dependent.)
We’re also aware that many young learners receive packets to complete over the summer. In order to help with these, we have created neighborhood pods where we bring a tutor out to a group of students in the same neighborhood.
In addition to creating valuable programs, we have been working hard to create a team of young people who offer a wealth of knowledge. Our team includes many empathetic college students who are reliable, organized, and relatable. Many of our coaches are interested in sports, art, IT, cooking, and more. We are very intentional about who joins our team, so you can rest assured that your student is receiving the best possible experience.
Interested in browsing our summer enrichment programs? Click HERE.
Interested in starting a neighborhood pod? Email Ev Wright at Ev@WrightAcademics.com.
About Evelyn Wright
Evelyn Wright is the Director of Wright Academics, a tutoring business created to target kids’ specific needs. Her passion is helping students and families succeed so that they achieve their maximum potential in and out of the classroom.
With over 25 years of experience working with children and their families in public and private schools, as well as in private practice, Evelyn’s focus is understanding the individual’s learning profile, guiding families of children with learning differences and matching students to the tutor or coach that best fits the student. She believes in not only matching educational needs to the right tutor’s skills, but matching a student to the tutor with the right personality.