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Summer Learning Programs

STAIR of Birmingham's program runs from September through April after school two days a week, but we hope that your child will continue to read, learn and equip themselves with the skills they need to be successful in school and in life. Below is a list of summer learning opportunities throughout Birmingham that are hosted by various organizations. 

The Children's Fresh Air Farm

The Children’s Fresh Air Farm, a ministry of Independent Presbyterian Church since 1923, covers 36 acres with class and meeting space, a dining hall, a chapel, a gym, a swimming pool, gardens, a pavilion, playgrounds, ball fields, and hiking trails. The summer learning program has been the primary ministry of the Farm since 2010.The program serves third, fourth, and fifth grade students who attend Hayes K-8 and are alumni of our STAIR program. Eighty children attend the six-week program. They receive daily classroom instruction from certified teachers and a variety of enrichment activities designed to encourage interest and to supplement learning. These activities include Chapel, swimming, physical education, gardening, music, science, and art. On Fridays the students take educational field trips.

The program addresses other challenges including nutritional deficiencies, physical safety, and low self-esteem. In addition to hiring certified teachers and other high quality personnel, we provide all curriculum and books, testing, transportation, enrichment, field trips, swim suits and food free of charge. Each child is given school supplies, shoes, and uniforms for their return to school in the fall.

Who: Rising 3rd Graders - Rising 5th Graders from Hayes
When: 6/10/2019 - 7/19/2019
Where: Children's Fresh Air Farm. We provide transportation from the parking lot near North Avondale Library. Students must be dropped off and picked up from the parking lot.
Cost: Free

To register email or call Catherine Goudreau,, 205-933-3725

Brain Forest Summer Learning Program

The Brain Forest is a 5 week, 8:00-5:00, academic and enrichment program that focuses on reading and math skills for rising 4th , 5th and 6th grade students. Mornings are devoted to academics through novel based instruction and project based learning. Afternoons are full of enrichment that includes physical activity, hands on STEM activities, arts, music, gardening, field trips and much more. Classes are taught by certified Birmingham City Schools teachers. In addition each classroom has a Classroom Assistant. Low student to staff ratio, only 20 students per classroom.  Breakfast and lunch served daily to all students.

Who: Rising 4th, 5th and 6th grade students from Avondale, Barrett, Hayes and Oliver.
When: 6/10/19 – 7/19/19, 8:00 - 5:00 Monday - Friday
Where: Avondale Elementary School
Cost: Free!

To register visit,


YMCA 2018 Summer Learning Program

The Shades Valley YMCA Branch in Homewood, the Northeast YMCA Branch in Roebuck and the YMCA Youth Center in Downtown Birmingham will partner with Better Basics of Alabama and Inglenook School K-8 to offer a 6 week Summer Learning Program for rising 3rd , 4th, 5th , 6th and 7th  grade students during the summer of 2019. This full day program concentrates on academics (intervention reading and math) in the mornings at Inglenook School and day camp enrichment activities at area YMCA branches in the afternoons. The program will run from June 3rd through July 12th. Students will be transported from their YMCA branches in the mornings to Inglenook School K-8 and returned to the branches at noon each day for the afternoon component. Each YMCA will identify and recruit students from their service areas and schools, including students from Inglenook School and the surrounding area.

Who: Rising 3rd Graders- Rising 7th Graders from Avondale, Barrett, Hayes, and Oliver
When: 6/3/2019 - 7/12/2019
Where: Inglenook School K-8, 4120 Inglenook Street   Birmingham, Alabama 35217. Students will be transported from their YMCA branches in the mornings to Inglenook School K-8 and returned to the branches each day.
Cost: $300

To register, visit


We Learn Summer Learning - Urban Ministries

We Learn, formerly known as Urban Kids, takes a unique approach to the learning process. WE Learn focuses on the gifts and talents of each child that participate in our After School and Summer Learning Programs. We recognize that each child has their individual challenges, but we do not believe they should be defined by these challenges. Instead, we take a strengths-based approach to learning and education realized through three primary areas: academic, social and emotional learning. Our students benefit from up to 10 hours of individualized tutoring, homework assistance, and a meal during our After School program that mirrors the Birmingham City Schools Academic calendar. Students also get to participate in physical wellness activities, have access to therapeutic spaces, and nurture Little Foot Bobby; our fancy bearded dragon.

Who: Rising 1st Graders-Rising 8th Graders from Hemphill Elementary and Arlington-West End Area
When: 6/3/2019 - 7/26/2019
Where: Urban Ministries, 1229 Cotton Avenue SW Birmingham, AL 35211
Cost: Free. Donation of time/resources encouraged if possible.

To register, contact the Coordinator by email or phone, or call 205-781-0517. Learn more at



Baseball & Academic Skills Instructional Course is a 4-week, 6.5 hours per day, co-ed sports and education related summer camp (grades 1 to 8) created to prevent summer learning loss. BASIC offers guidance to staff and program support in making a great camp that students will want to attend annually.  It provides an achievement program that rewards demonstration of character traits related to long-term learning achievement, cooperation, tenacity, perseverance etc.  With the help of the Learning Department of UAB, the ABF created the BASIC curriculum that has proven consistently to redress summer loss with at least three months of reading and math gain for on average 60 to 70 students. Students rotate throughout the day at 50-minute intervals from an academic station to a sports stations.  All academics are related to sports and several sports, such as baseball/softball, volleyball and soccer, are offered to the students

Who: Rising 1st Graders- Rising 8th Graders from Oxmoor Valley, Avondale, Oliver and Barrett
When: 6/3/2019 - 6/28/2019
Where: BASIC East (Avondale, Barrett, and Oliver) meets at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, BASIC South (Oxmoor Valley) meets at John Carroll Catholic High school and the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.
Cost: $50 registers all children in the family between the ages of 7 & 14

To register, visit


Active Learning Day Camp

If you ask students why they enjoy an activity, you'll probably hear them say, "It's fun."  We believe if you make learning fun students will want to learn.  We develop activities that will help students learn and have an enjoyable experience.

Who: Rising Kindergarteners - Rising 7th Graders from BT Washington, Bush/Center Street, Tuggle, and Wylam
When: 6/3/2019 - 7/26/2019, 7:30 am to 6:00 pm
Where: Washington K-8 School 115 – 4th Ave South
Cost: $80 per week; Registration fee: $20. Scholarship support available. Child Care resources accepted.

To register, contact or call 205.492.1152.


Camp Bethel

Our program provides students with a reading, math & creative dance program that peaks their interest, command their engagement & stimulate their learning, all at the same time.

Who: Rising K/1st Graders - Rising 5th Graders from Hudson and Norwood
When: 6/3/2019 - 7/5/2019; 8 am – 5 pm.
Where: Bethel Baptist Church in Collegeville, 3200 28th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35207
Cost: $65 weekly; $50 registration fee. Scholarships available.

To register, call the church (205) 322-5260   Monday-Friday between 11:30 and 4:30. Registration opens May 6, 2019.


Camp Lift

We look forward to providing your child or children with an environment of love and to encourage them to reach a level of excellence in reading, science, math, and technological skills. All classes are taught by Certified Educators.  At Camp Lift we believe in nurturing our children for success. We have fun, games, swimming, sports, field games, field trips and other activities.

Who: Rising 2nd Graders - Rising 8th Graders from South Hampton
When: 6/3/2019 - 8/9/2019
Where: Antioch Missionary Baptist Church (Pratt City)
Cost: $65 weekly per child with discounts given to parents of multiple siblings. The price includes breakfast, lunch and an evening snack.

To register, email


Springboard Enrichment Program

The Springboard Enrichment Center was designed to help the children in the community get assistance with improving his or her reading and math skills. The Springboard also offers opportunities for children to use creative expression and experience hands-on activities to enhance their learning.

Who: Rising 1st Graders - Rising 7th Graders from Avondale, Barrett, Hayes, Hemphill and Oliver
When: 6/3/2019 - 7/3/2019
Where: Zion Spring Baptist Church
Cost: Free

To register, contact the church via this form:


Girls Inc.

Girls who participate in Girls Inc.’s Summer Programs are highly productive. They receive daily academic and life skills reinforcement to better prepare them for school. Girls Inc. of Central AL. proudly serves girls ages 6-18 throughout the state of Alabama.  Our summer enrichment program includes Health Education, Economic Literacy, Culinary arts and nutrition, science, math, technology, arts and culture, sports, exciting and educational field trips, creative writing, and swimming. Camp dates are June 3rd through August 2nd, 2019. Camp hours are 7:30-6:00 Monday-Friday.

Who: Rising 3rd Graders - Rising 5th Graders from Avondale, Barrett, and Oliver
When: 6/3/2019 - 8/3/2019from 7:00AM-6:00PM, Monday through Friday
Where: Girls Inc. 5130 8th Court South
Cost: 1st child Full Fee Amount of $557.00 (Includes $25.00 Annual Membership Fee, $525.00 Program Fee and $7.00 tshirt) We offer discounts for multiple siblings as follows: 2nd child $294.50 - ó off the program fee: (Includes $25.00 Annual Membership Fee, $262.50 Program Fee and $7.00 t-shirt), All Additional Siblings $425.75 – ¼ off the program fee: (Includes $25.00 Annual Membership Fee, $394.75 Program Fee and $7.00 t-shirt)

To register, visit or visit the center at 5130 8th Court South Birmingham, AL 35212 Phone: (205) 599-5555


Birmingham Summer Institute - College Admissions Made Possible

BSI empowers students to explore their own identities and become agents of change in their schools, communities and beyond through academic excellence, exposure to enriching activities and social and emotional development.

Who: Rising 2nd Graders - Rising 6th Graders from Hayes, Avondale and Oliver
When: 6/4/2019 - 8/2/2019
Where: St. Barnabas School, 7901 1st Avenue North Birmingham, AL 35206
Cost: $200

To register, visit


Faith Aftercare Educational & Enrichment Center Reading Academy

The philosophy of this program is that success in school is essential to reaching a child's potential in today's world. No one skill is more important in achieving that success than reading, and the path to reading and understanding is to discover and believe in the fun and adventure that comes from reading. The goal of the program is for every child who takes part to be fully prepared as an excellent reader when they return to school at the end of summer.

Who: Rising 2rd Graders - Rising 5th Graders from Hudson and Norwood
When: 6/3/2019 - 7/12/2019
Where: Mt. Pilgrim Baptist District Ctr, 2500 35th Avenue North, Birmingham AL 35207
Cost: $25

To register, Contact Dorothy McAdory at (205) 410-4663


Restoration Academy Summer Enrichment

Our 6-week program hosts rising 2nd through 9th graders. Teachers recommend most of our enrollment, but parents may also request their children’s participation. Meeting 8am - 3pm Monday through Friday, our days include a morning academic portion and an afternoon enrichment portion. With the aid of teacher assistants and numerous volunteers, teachers focus on both basic grade level skills and individual deficiencies. Our enrichment activities include field trips to the Birmingham Zoo, Botanical Gardens, Red Mountain Park, Southern Environmental Center, McWane Center, gym camps hosted by local youth groups and ministries, and engaging, special events offered by local providers. We end the program with a special performance by each class and a celebration acknowledging each student’s unique accomplishment.

Who: Rising 2nd-9th graders from Restoration Academy
When: 6/4/2019 - 7/12/2019, 8AM-3PM Monday through Friday
Where: Restoration Academy
Cost: Free

To register, Speak with teacher or with Bridgette Antonello at 205-222-5157 or




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