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Summer Adventures in Learning

Listing Last Update: September 17, 2020


313 East Willow Street
Suite 204
Syracuse, NY 13203

Primary Contact

Dianne Pennings

(315) 420-2761

Educational services

  • To read and write better
  • To help my child learn
  • To learn English
  • To improve my math skills
  • To improve my technology skills

Instruction Type

  • Classroom
  • Computer

Program Overview

SAIL is an academically based summer program geared to maintaining and developing educational skills. The research is clear about summer learning loss. "All young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer."

Programming Options:
3 or 4 classes in chosen subject areas
Either AM or PM
7 classes
Lunch is from 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm. Students are responsible for providing their own lunch.
When: 6 weeks in July and August, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 9:00 am to 2:45 pm
Where: Minoa Elementary School 501 North Main Street, Minoa, NY
Program Fees: 3 classes ; 4 classes –; 7
Deposit of 50% due at registration with the balance due prior to beginning of classes
Partial scholarships are available.
10% discount for each additional child in family.
20% processing fee to withdraw.
Call for specific dates and cost-315.432.0665
Classes offered include reading, math, written language/study strategies, social awareness, technology, art, and music.
Class periods are 45 minutes in length.
Each child has an individual schedule based on class selection.
Students are grouped according to age.
Class size is no more than 8 students per teacher.
Classes are taught by highly-qualified teachers who teach in local school districts during the school year.
The teachers are responsible for designing their own curriculum to address the needs of the students with the exception of reading class in which the teachers are required to use the Orton-Gillingham/Wilson method.
The program strives to achieve the following outcomes for each student: to be engaged in learning, experience success, have fun, experience no regression, maintain academic growth, develop strategies, learn new skills, develop social skills, and develop new friendships.
Students of varying abilities participate in the program such as, but not limited to, typical learners, students diagnosed with a learning disability and/or ADHD, and higher functioning students on the autism spectrum.

Mission Statement

Empowering individuals with learning disabilities and ADHD to achieve success

Hours of operation: 8:30-4:30

Cost info: Fee for service summer program. Fees vary depending on the number of classes enrolled in. Ages 6-13 Visit website for more information at

Student and Volunteer Success Stories

The teachers understand that the children have different learning styles and sometimes you have to think outside the box.–SAIL PARENT 2018

Strengths: incredibly talented and dedicated teachers and administrators. Individualizing lesson plans and teaching approach to each students strengths/needs.–SAIL PARENT 2018

There are so many strengths. Everything was very well thought out and organized. The activities planned were interesting to the children. I knew I was leaving my child in good hands.–SAIL PARENT 2018

Program’s Demographics/Metrics

87 Children served. Ages 6-13.

As a result of SAIL, 87% of parents reported that their child demonstrated improvement in self-confidence/self-esteem and 93% reported their child showed improved social skills.

Strengths of the program:

Overall /Fun

I think it is a great program and my son benefited greatly from it.

Small group/Staff ratio

"Having small group setting with lots of hands on activities are definitely a strength of the program."

"Small heterogeneous groupings allow for a unique educational experience and a lot of individualized attention to improve student skills."·

Hands on activities


Great structure, movement between subjects, great environment for learning and making friends·

"The children have an opportunity to be"normal" not the "slow/dumb/strange/etc" that they are treated like at school. Also the teachers understand that they have different learning styles and sometimes you have to think outside the box."

"Incredibly talented and dedicated teachers and administrators. . . Individualizing lesson plans and teaching approach to each students strengths/needs."


"Small class sizes which allow for more individualized attention and staff with rich backgrounds including, but not limited to special education."

100% reported My child enjoyed SAIL.

93% reported My child had fun this summer.

100% reported I felt comfortable communicating with staff.

86% reported I felt involved and informed about what my child was working on throughout the program.

100% reported I would recommend this program to other parents.

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