Summer learning loss is responsible for declines in academic development among all children. One of the most effective strategies for impacting student achievement – accelerated summer learning programs – has gone virtually unused, and this is particularly true in low-income communities where students face the steepest declines in learning over the summer months.


Summer Advantage USA partners with schools and school districts to provide scientifically proven, cost efficient summer learning programs with the following core elements:


Weekly Schedule


Fun Fridays



Participation in quality summer learning programs makes a 5 month difference annually in the learning achievements of children, illustrated below:

Over the summer months, Summer Advantage USA scholars progress further in mathematics, reading, and language usage than the national average, according to NWEA RIT Scale data comparing 2.8 million students nationwide.

Summer Advantage scholars also make significant gains in reading according to the Gates-MacGinitie evaluation tool:

Click here to read what participants say about the program’s impact on their social development.


Parental Satisfaction – According to a survey of parents of Summer Advantage USA scholars:

Teacher Satisfaction – According to a survey of Summer Advantage USA teachers:

Scholar Satisfaction – According to a survey of Summer Advantage USA scholars:

Hear from our partners:

ISTEP scores for third-graders at Lynwood Elementary, the poorest school in Decatur Township, increased nearly 16 percentage points in language arts and nearly 12 percentage points in math from 2009 to this year. “Those are real numbers, and Summer Advantage is a huge part of that improvement.” – Don Stinson, Superintendent of Decatur Township

It only took a few weeks for Winfred Weah to notice something peculiar about his two sons, who were enrolled in [Summer Advantage] this year. “They would pick a book without being told to read the book,” Weah said. Weah’s oldest son, Winfred, said he’s glad he completed the program. “It’s fun. It’s good. You learn stuff. You want to be more.” – Excerpt from Indy Star, Program Aims to Stop Summer Learning Loss