Summer Learning

Students, are you ready for Summer 2021?

If you are a student looking for summer learning opportunities, sign up for FREE summer courses through our new enrollment platform,! EnrollRI currently includes the registration for All Course Network (ACN) courses until May 21, 2021. There are plenty of courses for you to choose from!

What happened during Summer 2020 (S.A.I.L. with PrepareRI)?

From June through September of 2020, the Rhode Island Department of Education, in partnership with the Governor’s Office, Department of Health Services, and the Highlander Institute, launched the Summer Academy for Interactive Learning with PrepareRI (S.A.I.L.), a temporary program designed to enhance educational opportunities for the state’s Pre-K through Grade 12 students who suffered learning losses during Rhode Island’s COVID-19 health crisis. S.A.I.L. aimed to provide children across the state access to a range of academic and enrichment educational opportunities that provided project-based learning, student-led seminars, and other learning opportunities to promote student participation, engagement, growth, and development.

RIDE facilitated partnerships with a variety of providers (See Impact: Providers, below) and created a variety of learning opportunities to accommodate student’s needs such as:

  • Virtual opportunities that provided course credit
  • Virtual opportunities that did not provide course credit
  • Weekly or biweekly workshops and/or boot camps
  • Daily reoccurring programming
  • One-time programming (e.g., workshops, seminars)
  • In-person face-to-face programming (for children K-5) that met the RI Department of Health guidance and RIDOH regulations for summer camps

S.A.I.L. with PrepareRI: Impact


Learning opportunities were provided by schools, districts, nonprofit organizations, workforce training partners, businesses, colleges, and universities from Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. Through these partnerships, 142 educational providers participated in SAIL (75 virtual learning providers + 67 in-person programming providers), offering over 500 educational opportunities to the state’s children!


Total Enrollment: 16,006 student seats filled

  • 4,046 students participated in one (or multiple) of the 430 virtual learning courses offered
  • 9,042 student seats comprised approximately 100 in-person camps and/or courses


SAIL served students statewide, with particular prioritization of programming and support to children located in Central Falls, Pawtucket, Providence, and Woonsocket. Approximately one-third of the children enrolled in virtual S.A.I.L. programming were located in one of these regions.

S.A.I.L.: Outcomes

RIDE launched a survey at the close of the S.A.I.L. program, and received programmatic feedback from over 700 participants.

  • Content: Students overwhelmingly felt that S.A.I.L. course content was a manageable workload (72.9%) that led to substantial learning (81.2%) and high engagement (85.4%).
  • Delivery: Students found the assigned homework, peer collaboration sessions, and virtual lecture platforms beneficial to their leanring.
  • Instruction: Students generally felt positively towards their interpersonal relationships with their instructor (>90%).
  • Overall Value: 78.1% of student respondents felt that the S.A.I.L. program was very valuable to their summer learning experiences. 71.1% of family members were satisfied with their child's experience in taking a S.A.I.L. course. 


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