9 can’t-miss Programs at Summer Adventures in Learning near Birmingham

SAIL's summer learning
Students gardening via Suzy Harris

Birmingham-based network Summer Adventures in Learning (SAIL) is accepting applications for their summer 2021 programs. Interested in enrolling your child? Keep reading.

Gold Standard Programs— what they’re all about

SAIL's summer learning
Activites at SAIL via Suzy Harris

SAIL supports high-quality summer learning programs in the Greater Birmingham Area, and happily, they are still accepting applications. According to SAIL’s Program Director Suzy Harris, SAIL’s programs are used to create a fun environment that’s not like school.

Known as “gold standard” programs, SAIL focuses on enhancing student’s academic growth in reading and math. During the program, students gain three to five months of reading and math skills while students who are not in the program lose one to three months.

Depending on which SAIL program chosen, activities include:

  • swimming
  • baseball
  • volleyball
  • soccer
  • theatre/drama classes
  • faith-based classes

What a day at SAIL looks like

SAIL's summer learning
Students at Camp Bethel via Suzy Harris

According to Harris, each program consists of reading and math in the morning and outdoor activities and field trips in the afternoon.

“Summer learning is so important. We focus on ‘sneaky learning’ where children are having fun but not realizing that they are learning new skills.”

Suzy Harris, Program Director, SAIL

She told us that they put fewer students in a group with more adult help to ensure quality one-on-one learning, if it is needed. With smaller numbers, teachers (all certified) can test out ideas and experiments more.

SAIL's summer learning
Baseball at ABF SAIL’s Summer Program via Suzy Harris

Students enrollled in SAIL have a scheduled 45 minutes of each learning session. Subjects include:

  • Reading
  • Sports
  • Math

Available Program Locations

SAIL's summer learning
SAIL’s Sports Activites via Suzy Harris

With just a few weeks left before summer classes begin, here’s a list of Birmingham programs still accepting students at this time:

  • Active Learning (Titusville)

Contact: Percy Jones, pwjones12@gmail.com, 205.492.1152

  • American Baseball Foundation West – Rickwood Field

Contact: Casey Grammer, casey.grammer@americanbaseballfnd.org, 205.558.4235

  • Breakthrough Birmingham (Virtual)

Contact: Mariohn Michel, mmichel@breakthroughcollaborative.org, 305.484.3044

  • Camp Bethel (North Birmingham)

Contact: Norman Dixon, CampBethel18@gmail.com

  • Camp Level Up (Adamsville/Minor)

Contact: Keandra Simmons, Ksimmons@livingbyfaithcc.org, 205.677.5254

  • Greater Shiloh (West Birmingham)

Contact: Janice Kelsey, janice@greatershiloh.org, 205.925.9750, ext

  • Kingdom Kids (Huffman)

Contact: Carolyn Wheeler, Carolyn.h.roland@gmail.com, 205.598.0525

  • NAME Summer Enrichment at Nichols Temple AME Church in Ensley

Contact: Rene Grant, nicholstemple@nicholstempleamechurch.org, 205.786.1642

  • RISE – Literacy Council of Central Alabama (Walker County)

Contact: Chandra Rice, crice@literacy-council.org, 205.265.0597

Contact the program of your choice for registration deadline.

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Tira Davis
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