SPARTA, NJ - This summer, Sparta Public Schools will be offering a new initiative called Brain Camp. This is an intensive program for rising kindergarten and first-grade students, according to Dr. Melissa Varley, assistant superintendent of Curriculum and Staff Development. 

The specialized summer program is for students identified by the school district as those who could benefit from additional support for their math and reading skills. Brain Camp is being funded by a Title I grant for general education students.

The expectation is to support students who appear to be at risk of falling behind their peers, reducing the need for intervention when the students return to school in the fall. 

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Parents will receive official notification from the school district if their children have been selected to participate.  The rigorous Brain Camp classes will run for two hours a day, Monday through Friday, from July 7 to Aug. 1. 

Brain Camp is separate from remediation programs or extended school year programs.  Those programs have a different set of criteria for students to be included and an established curriculum developed to meet the needs of those identified students.  The criteria for those programs are established by the school district and the special education department.