S3: Skies Summer School

Advanced Online Instruction in Math and Writing For 2nd to 5th Graders

Keep Your Kids Safe and Busy With More Instruction

You’re working all day. Your kids are also in the house all day. School is out. How will you get any work done?

Most virtual programs require a lot of supervision.

What they say:What they mean:
1 hour of Zoom per dayYou’ll be watching them for the other 5 hours
Self-paced and self-guidedParent-paced and parent-guided
Full of fun activities!You’ll be doing those with them!
1:1 tutoringFor an hour a day

We offer more instruction. Our summer school offers live, synchronous, interactive instruction from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm daily. During that time, your child will be in a virtual classroom, socializing with other students, and receiving instruction from our dedicated teachers.

There will be one instructor for every ten students, ensuring your child gets the attention and support they need throughout the day.

Classes run from June 15 to July 24, and meet on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. A typical daily schedule:

8:30 to 10 amMath block
10 to 10:30 amRecess break
10:30 to noonSmall group instruction in math and writing
Noon to 1 pmLunch break
1 to 2:30 pmWriting block

With all the instruction we offer, your child will be fully engaged and learning all day!

Advanced Elementary Instruction

We’re serious about education. This year, working with over 50 elementary schools, we’ve observed two gaps in almost every child’s knowledge:

  • how numbers and variables work together in expressions and equations — the language of mathematics;
  • how to write complex sentences — critical for writing paragraphs and essays.

When these gaps aren’t closed, students fail. 1/3 of high school students fail Algebra, and 3/4 of high school students can’t write with any proficiency.

These skills are hard to learn later, but easy to learn early.

Your child will want to do amazing things in the future. Our 6 week program goes well beyond what regular school offers, with advanced lessons in Algebra and Writing, as applied to Literature, History, Science, Music, and Art. It gives your child the skills and knowledge they will need to change the world.

Fun, Social, and Supportive

Our SKIES technology brings a social element to remote teaching. It’s interactive, media-rich, and contains so many ways to communicate. The lessons are thought-provoking, with elements taken from literature, science, history, music, and art.

Instruction is engaging. We explain through live text, live drawings, and live video. After each segment, students submit work, and we grade it and provide feedback within minutes. This deliberate practice has a powerful effect — students improve, and quickly. Kids like getting better at things.

Students can work independently, in groups with their friends, or in small groups with the instructor. The social and supportive atmosphere will keep your child motivated and learning.

They’ll Learn it and Love It

In 2019, we worked with San Pascual Elementary, a magnet school in Highland Park focusing on Science, Math, Technology, Engineering, and Art. With the help of teachers and staff, we created lessons to introduce all of the 3rd to 5th grade students to advanced math, including Algebra.

These lessons later evolved into the S3 curriculum.

Two hundred students took the Smarter Balanced state test at the end. Despite the program’s focus on advanced rather than remedial math, the result was a 22 point improvement in the passing rate across the whole school.

Not only did students learn math, they ended up loving math. Students at every level became fluent not just in arithmetic, but in high-level algebra. They worked through recess to solve problems, without any prodding from the teacher. Many students looked forward to the state test. “This is the first time I’ve seen them want to take that test,” said a teacher.

Who are you?

Our company was started by two Caltech graduates, Julius and James. During the school year, our team works with schools in Los Angeles to improve student achievement through technology and teacher training.

During the summer, we usually run a high school science program at Caltech. Now we are offering — for this year — a program to make what we are doing with a few elementary schools available to everyone. This is a unique opportunity, so you should

Tuition

Tuition is $1,500 for the six week program. Flexible payment plans are available. We offer a 50% discount to children of teachers or principals.

Apply Below and Give Your Child a Lifelong Advantage


After you apply, we will call you to follow up. We will at some point want to ask your child two questions:

  • What is something about your math and/or writing you would like to improve?
  • Based on what you’ve heard about the program, what is something you look forward to doing in the program?

If your child wants to attend, and understands what is involved, we will process their enrollment and reserve their spot.

Questions? Please email Julius at julius@skieslearn.com. We look forward to hearing from you soon, and working with your child this summer!