Parents concerned that their elementary school-aged children are behind in their learning have a summer option at Humble ISD.
“Jump Start is an elementary school program scheduled each summer, prior to the start of a new school year, to provide children an opportunity to grow in their language, literacy and math skills in an engaging learning environment with their peers,” said Luci Schulz, assistant superintendent for elementary schools.
The program was developed under the guidance of Schultz for current Kindergarten through 4th-grade students who are recommended for participation by their teacher and school.
Students enjoy the small class sizes and more relaxed environment of Jump Start, Schulz said, and teachers engage students in hands-on learning in small groups.
The Tribune: How do students sign up for Jump Start?
Luci Schulz: In May, teachers recommend students for the Jump Start program and the teacher or campus will extend an invitation to their parents.
Who teaches Jump Start?
Humble ISD teachers from each campus teach the Jump Start program.
Where is Jump Start hosted?
All Humble ISD elementary schools host Jump Start programs, except for Autumn Creek Elementary, which opens as a new school in August 2021. Some elementary schools with major construction projects occurring on their campus during the summer may relocate their Jump Start program to a neighboring school.
How long has the district hosted Jump Start?
Humble ISD has been conducting a Jump Start program for several years. In the past, the program began in July. This year, elementary campuses are expanding the program for additional weeks.
How many students do you expect to participate?
We anticipate about 1,000 students participating in Jump Start.
What are the hours, times, length of classes?
Jump Start is typically held Mondays through Thursdays in the morning.
Is there cost to the student/family?
Participating in Jump Start is free for Humble ISD families.
Is lunch provided?
Jump Start typically concludes before lunch, but if the session is full day, lunch is provided.
What would a typical Jump Start curriculum include?
Campuses personalize their Jump Start programs around student needs with a focus on reading, writing, speaking, listening and math skills. There are 10 students per teacher.
What about students above the 5th grade who may not be doing well? Do you have special sessions for them?
For incoming sixth graders, plans are under discussion for middle schools to offer opportunities for academic enrichment during the October break or during the February break, according to Donnie Bodron, assistant superintendent for middle schools.
Some middle schools will offer summer orientation for sixth graders to focus on building connections to the campus. There will be a middle school summer program for students who are completing sixth, seventh and eighth grades to focus on enhancing specific academic skills before next school year, said Bodron.
Information about Jump Start is posted on the district website, humbleisd.net/prekkinder.