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    GRASP Grand Rapids Academic Summer Program – Reading & Math

    GRASP Grand Rapids Academic Summer Program – Reading & Math


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Day, Online
    • Provided By: Public School
    • Session Start: June
    • Session Length: Other
    • Entering Grade: Below 6th, 6th, 7th, 8th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: Academic
    • Sub-Categories: Reading
    • Selective: No
    • Minimum Cost: <$500
    • Credit Awarded: No
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    GRASP is a summer math and reading correspondence program for children finishing grades Kindergarten through 8th. Teachers and curriculum professionals developed GRASP as a cost efficient substitute for traditional summer school. The program seeks to help students retain skills learned during the past school year by providing review exercises. Grades K through 3rd get packets, but Grades 4-8 can choose online or packets.

    • Interested in reducing summer learning loss?  
    • Need an alternative to summer schoool?
    • Want your children to retain the skills they learned in school?  
    • Does your child play sports & need to review skills over the summer?
    • Need a low cost, inexpensive option?
    • Does your elementary or middle school student need educational reinforcement at their own pace over the summer?
    • Do you want workbook content created by educators and curriculum staff?

    You've found the solution!  GRASP is a wonderful Math and Reading tool used during the summer so students are ready to go in the fall!  Students love the program!  They have fun working through the lessons and look forward to receiving their grades and comments back. They can do their work at home, camping, at a cottage or on a boat!

    Children finishing grades K-8 receive a GRASP packet of materials with lessons for the nine weeks of summer. They usually work on the grade level they just finished, but parents can decide the appropriate grade level for their child. Is your student advanced in math and/or reading?  Just select the grade level that will challenge them.  Is your student receiving special education support, are their skills behind their grade level, or do they need more time to learn concepts than their peers?  Select the grade level that is right for them.

    Students mail in a lesson each week or work at their own pace. The lessons are scored and sent back to the child with a note of encouragement.

    An online version of GRASP is also available for grades 4-8. When participating online, lessons are scored immediately. There are no books sent. Everything is done on the computer.

    Children are rewarded with a certificate when they successfully complete 7 of 9 lessons by the due date! They are rewarded with a medal when they complete 9 of 9 successfully by the due date!  Parents are rewarded with the comfort of knowing that their children continued their studies during the summer, making an easier transition to their next grade level!

    Join the GRASP team and work from home! so they have the advantage of having extra time over the reinforcing skills or  


    • You have a very sound program and I am personally and professionally pleased with the outcome it has produced in my daughter. She is becoming more confident with her mathematical skills and looks forward to the new experiences your program offers.

      - Stanley, father and associate professor - September 3, 2016
    • With the help of this program our daughter, Kelsi, is ahead of her class and doing well. I would like to continue these programs with my two youngest children.

      - Parent, Union City, MI - November 16, 2016
    • My daughter participated in your Reading program this summer and I was very impressed with the material.

      - Parent, Lake Zurick, Illinois - October 1, 2016
    • Sara has really enjoyed working on the GRASP program this summer. Her enthusiasm remained throughout, and she eagerly looked forward to the return mail and your cute comments.

      - Mary, Parent - October 27, 2015
    • We are so thankful you offer this program to help our children stay in the study habit.

      - Ken & Marilyn, parents and teachers - August 25, 2015
    • My kids are both straight A students. I attribute part of this to using GRASP every summer.

      - Christine, parent - November 1, 2014
    • Thank you for giving Brandi the opportunity to work on her math during the summer. This is a super program and it was great for her to practice and keep her memory fresh until school begins again. The variety in this packet was great.

      - Parent, LaCresent, MN - August 20, 2015
    • I am very happy with this program. I plan on using it again next summer. My son has not only retained his skills but has expanded them.

      - Susan, parent - September 1, 2015
    • Just a note to let you know, as a parent working with my child on the GRASP program, I really enjoyed going through this with my child and helping him. This program was very helpful. I hope the GRASP program will continue through the years to come to help our children with a better education. I support this program 100%. I think it's wonderful.

      - Parent, Dryden, MI - September 14, 2015
    • I would like to compliment your organization for the study material I have been using to help prepare me for the next school year. I feel the information is very useful and it is in-line with what we studied in the fifth grade.

      - Student, Grand Blanc, MI - September 20, 2015
    • Thanks for such a wonderful program. It made learning fun this summer.

      - Carol, Parent - September 22, 2014
    • I am in my second year attending the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy; a program that utilizes math concepts daily. People that didn't know me when I was younger always assume that I was born with this natural ability to understand math and that it came easy, but I love to explain how it really happened and how that summer with GRASP changed my entire life. I truly believe that if it weren't for this program, I wouldn't be where I am today.

      - Elizabeth - June 1, 2016