Summer Academy 2022

Student U’s Summer Academy is a core component of our college access and success programming for students. Summer Academy is a 5-week, full-day program for our rising 6th-10th grade students that includes academic programming, enrichment opportunities, intentional community building, and exposure to college and career options.

We had a wonderful summer with all of our students energizing our community and sharing their brilliance. We saw tremendous growth in students’ academics this summer. On pre and post-assessments for summer classes, students averaged 20% growth. Math is one of the highest areas of growth. You can find more details about Summer Academy 2022 below if you missed our summer emails.

Week 1 – Energize Your Community

Our first week of Summer Academy was filled with learning, positive energy, brilliance, and JOY!

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Week 2 – Achieve Greatness

Our students continued to achieve greatness by learning and challenging themselves in their classes.

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Week 3 – Respect Yourself and Others + Discover Your Best Self

This week students learned about different fields of work and participated in professionalism workshops.

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Week 4 – Dream Fearlessly

This was Spirit Week! Our students dressed in a different theme each day, and many students took field trips around Durham.

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Week 5 – Achieve Greatness

To celebrate the end of the summer, we had Olympic Day, where students competed against each other in various field activities and held Brill Bash for students and staff to share their talents and gifts.

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Average science growth 19.9%
Average math growth 27.87%
Average ELA growth 6.99%
Average global connect growth 24%




Students Share Their Favorite Thing About Summer Academy

Summer Academy Sponsors
We are so grateful for the people and institutions that support us financially and with other gifts to help us empower and equip students, families, and educators. Student U supporters are people just like you, changing their communities. IMG_9703 Thank you to our Summer Academy Sponsors:
Biogen Foundation, Three Oaks Engineering, CT Wilson Construction, United Way of the Greater Triangle, The Grable Foundation, MDC, Eastcut Sandwich Bar, Durham Academy, BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina, F.M. Kirby Foundation, Dominion Energy, Burroughs Wellcome Fund, Z.Smith Reynolds Foundation, Duke Office on Durham and Community Affairs, Fox Family Foundation, Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, Pfizer Sanford, and The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust


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