Summer-Start AYD

See also: School-Year AYD

Summer-Start AYD serves students entering Algebra I who are at or near grade level in mathematics.

In addition to social and cognitive learning curricula, students investigate problem solving, proportionality, and the use of multiple representations—connecting what they know with what they will be expected to master in Algebra I.

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The mathematics tasks and activities give students opportunities to “try on” the ideas and apply the strategies they learn from the youth development curriculum. This helps educators ensure that students entering Algebra I are successful the very first time—redrawing the existing success curve, in which nearly half of American students fail Algebra I at least once.

According to the RAND Corporation* and other studies, the break from academics during summer results in a learning loss that leaves students significantly behind when they return to school in the fall. Summer learning programs can stem this loss—particularly among underserved and urban student populations.

Summer-Start AYD has two major components:

  • Summer: The summer component is 3 weeks (14 class days), 4.5 hours a day. It is taught by two AYD teachers who are likely to teach Algebra I to AYD students in the fall. While intensive, it is structured as a low-risk environment—without tests or grades—in which participants experience teaching and learning in a relaxed setting that promotes strong gains in achievement.
  • School year: During the school year, teachers and students reengage with key AYD concepts, using a toolkit of activities aligned to their Algebra I syllabus. They cement their learning from summer in to Algebra I and further develop skills of productive persistence.

AYD programs are available by subscription. If you are interested in participating, please contact


* McCombs, J.S., Augustine, C.H., Schwartz, H.L., Bodilly, S.J., McInnis, B., Lichter, D.S., Cross, A.B., “Making Summer Count: How Summer Programs Can Boost Children’s Learning.” Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2011.