Camp Success Academy
Camp Success Academy held its first summer component at the Community Achievement Center during the summer of 2015 in Dekalb County. With such an overwhelming and positive response, its doors expanded across county lines during the summer of 2016 and found a new home at Baggett Elementary School located in Gwinnett County. A summer camper's day includes free breakfast/lunch, one hour of reading and math (Based on Common Core State Standards) and enrichment opportunities. Enrichment opportunities include karate, chess, robotics, cooking, technology, weekly field trips, counseling, and a host of other academic-based opportunities. After two great summers of learning and fun, during the 2016-2017 school year, Camp Success Academy was afforded the opportunity to host an after-school program at Baggett Elementary. Currently, this program services over 60 students. Our After-School program includes, but not not limited to: homework help, daily centers, daily out-side time (gross motor activities) X-Treme Air Balls, bi-weekly paint parties, dance, cooking, teacher-directed physical education, S.T.E.A.M. opportunities, and more!
Leshia Anderson, founder and visionary of Camp Success Academy is currently an instructional support specialist at Baggett Elementary School in the Broad Prize-Winning Gwinnett County Public Schools District. Her desire to help children maximize their potential despite ethnicity, culture, or socioeconomic status is the driving force behind the program. One of her favorite quotes by the late Margret Mead states that, “Children must be taught how to think, not what to think”. Therefore, one of Mrs. Anderson's primary objectives for the summer/after-school program is to foster critical thinking skills in every student. She believes that if every student can think critically, then they will be able to excel and conquer all of life's challenges.
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“Camp Success changed our lives. My son was supposed to be retained in the first grade, but after attending Camp Success Academy's summer program, my son was prepared for second grade and is performing well in his second grade class."
- DoMonique Andrews