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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: June 11th - July 20th
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.


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: June 5th - July 3rd
Where: Zion Spring Baptist Church
Cost: Free

To register, contact the church via this form:


YMCA 2018 Summer Learning Program

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.

Who: Rising 3rd Graders- Rising 6th Graders who are at-risk academically and live in the Roebuck, Centerpoint, Downtown, Fountain Heights, Norwood, Inglenook, Homewood, Green Springs, Avondale and Southside neighborhoods.
When: June 4th through July 13th - Monday - Friday 9a.m. to 12noon
Where: 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
Cost: $50/week, financial assistance is available.

To register, visit your local YMCA Branch in Downtown, Roebuck or Homewood.


We Learn Summer Learning - Urban Ministries

In an attempt to stop the "summer slide" and increase students' reading and math skills, Better Basics, Inc. partners with Urban Ministry to provide a six-week summer learning program.  Certified teachers work with small groups of third, fourth, and fifth graders in a fun, yet challenging camp-like setting. We provide three hours daily in reading and math, STEM and other enrichment activities and also give students books each week to take home.  Our non-profit partner Urban Ministry will broaden students horizons by providing lunch by the WE Cafe, field trips including a day camp and an overnight camp, and physical activities every afternoon.

Who: Rising 3rd Graders-Rising 7th Graders from Hemphill Elementary and Arlington-West End Area
When: June 4th - July 27th
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.


Summer BASIC Program

BASIC is a program that redresses summer learning loss among under-served children. Its unique methodology, rotating the students from an academic station to a sports-skill station every fifty minutes for 6.5 hours per day, sets it apart as it does not resemble normal school. Offering academics in reading and math all related to sports, it motivates students to engage constantly as they study biographies of sports heroes from Wilma Rudolph to Jackie Robinson and also they complete math problems related to sports themes. BASIC is fun!

Who: Rising 1st Graders - Rising 7th Graders from Oxmoor Valley, Avondale and Oliver
When: June 4th - 29th
Where: BASIC East (Avondale and Oliver) meet 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. Students will work on math, reading and writting as well as enjoy swim lessons at the YMCS and weekly field trips.

Who: Rising Kindergarteners - Rising 7th Graders from BT Washington, Bush/Center Street, Tuggle, and Wylam
When: May 30th - July 27th, 7:30AM-6:00PM
Where: Two locations at Washington K-8 School and Nichols Temple AME Church in Ensley
Cost: $80 per week; Registration fee: $20. Scholarship support available. Child Care resources accepted.

To register, contact or call the camp at Washington K-8 at 205.492.1152 or Nichols Temple AME Church at 205.492.1526.


Camp Bethel

Camp Bethel is a summer camp to empower & influence our children in education (math/reading/social) and spiritually.

Who: Rising K/1st Graders - Rising 5th Graders from Hudson and Norwood
When: June 4th - June 29th, 8AM-5PM
Where: Bethel Baptist Church in Collegeville
Cost: $65 weekly; $50 registration fee. Scholarships available.

To register, call Mrs. Hightower at Bethel Baptist, 205-322-5260.


Camp Lift

We want to provide every child with an environment of love and to encourage them to reach a level of excellence in reading, science, math, and technological skills. The program will also include physical fitness and cultural enrichment. 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 1st Graders - Rising 6th Graders from South Hampton
When: June 4th - August 3rd
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


Summer Advantage

Summer Advantage is a camp that offers reading and math and enrichment activities. The students spent two hours in reading while one hour is spent focusing on math. The enrichment learning is done in the afternoon. These classes range from STEM learning to Healthy Eating Habits. The students will attend a field trip once a week, and have an influential guest speaker weekly.

Who: Rising 1st Graders - Rising 3rd Graders from Avondale, Barrett, Hayes, Hemphill and Oliver
When: June 18-July 20th
Where: Oliver Elementary School
Cost: Free

To register, visit or call 1-866-924-7226.


Brain Forest Summer Learning Program

The Brain Forest is a 5-week 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. Students can lose 2-3 months of academic gains during the summer. The Brain Forest’s goal is to prevent that loss!

Who: Rising 4th, 5th and 6th grade students from any Birmingham City School
When: June 11 - July 20 (Closed the week of July 2nd) 8:00 - 5:00 Monday - Friday
Where: Avondale Elementary School
Cost: Free!

To register visit,


Girls Inc.

At Girls Inc., we offer affordable, high quality programs. With a focus on education and empowerment, our innovative programs help girls confront societal pressures and prepare them to lead successful, independent lives. Structured to augment what a girl should know socially and academically, each program offers innovative and experiential approaches to learning and also focuses on reading and math for rising 3rd through 5th grade girls.

Programming is mission driven and focuses on the following Girls Inc. National outcome objectives also known as the Girls Inc. Experience: 1. Healthy Living - Program activities and experiences (nutrition, culinary arts, sports, recreation and health education) that provide girls with the knowledge, skills and encouragement to develop and sustain a healthy lifestyle; 2. SMART - Program activities and experiences (reading and comprehension, creative writing, spelling, math, science and technology) that expand on and support girls' school-based learning; and 3. Life Skills Instruction - Program activities and experiences (communication skills, goal setting, decision-making, conflict resolution, drug awareness, safety education and community involvement) that build skills and behaviors that enable them to function independently and live a productive and fulfilling life.

Who: Rising 3rd Graders - Rising 5th Graders from Avondale, Barrett, Oliver, and Glen Iris
When: June 4th - August 3rd from 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 - . 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

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