Brain Forest Summer Learning Academy
In 2013, MEF launched the Brain Forest Summer Learning Academy, a 5-week academic summer enrichment program targeted at improving student math and reading scores while preventing summer learning loss. Research shows that students lose an average of 2-3 months of academic skills during the summer months - the Brain Forest aims to prevent this learning loss while providing a summer of cultural and arts enrichment, academics and fun. The full day program serves rising 4th, 5th and 6th grade students enrolled in Montgomery Public Schools and is provided at no cost to participating families. Students are engaged in mornings of hands-on academic learning and afternoons of engaging enrichment activities including swimming, horseback riding, kayaking and field trips to sites around the city such as the Southern Poverty Law Center, WSFA News Studios. Old Alabama Town and much more. The program has been tremendously successful, in 2015 students demonstrated average gains of 2-3 months in both reading and math. What a difference five weeks can make!