Lehigh Valley Summerbridge

Building Brighter Futures

Lehigh Valley Summerbridge (LVS) is a free, non-profit enrichment program hosted by Moravian Academy that is designed to assist predominantly low income students, from nine different middle schools in the Lehigh Valley, in their quest to become a college student. These students, comprised of both genders, a variety of ethnic and racial backgrounds, and multilingual speakers are likely to be first generation college attendees and graduates. Rising seventh grade students voluntarily apply to the program; their applications are reviewed during a rigorous screening process, and once accepted, students commit to two full years in the program.

Accepted students attend two six-week summer programs:
  • one prior to seventh grade and one prior to eighth grade
  • as well as once a week tutoring sessions during both school years.
Our History
Established in 1993, Lehigh Valley Summerbridge (LVS) serves economically deprived and academically talented seventh and eighth grade students throughout the Lehigh Valley. Over 650 students have actively participated in the Lehigh Valley Summerbridge program. more than 95 percent of our faculty become full-time teachers upon graduation. 

The Best Thing About Summerbridge

We all love learning. Teachers and students alike come to Summerbridge to grow as people and to learn. As we get to know ourselves and each other, we discover that while we may feel awkward and unsure of ourselves sometimes, we aren't alone. We are all a little bit weird and silly and strange and awesome. And when we come together at Summerbridge, we don't just learn science and math and literature and writing, we learn about who we want to become and how to feel comfortable in our own skin. At Summerbridge we celebrate each teacher and student for exactly who they are.
Contact
Jarred Weaver, Director 
4313 Green Pond Rd.
Bethlehem, PA 18020
610-865-8072
 
Summer Program (June 13th-July 29th)
Lehigh Valley Summerbridge students attend a rigorous six-week program taught entirely by high school and college students. Summerbridge is an enrichment program. Students are introduced to new material; the program is not remedial. Academic classes, with an average of 6-8 students, focus on pre-algebra mathematics, expository writing, literature, and laboratory science. Special summer events include: community service projects, a talent show, a weekly speaker's series, an Olympics game day, and an end of the summer celebration.

School Year Program
During the school year, area high school and college students volunteer one or more afternoons a week to tutor with Summerbridge students at their schools. Together they complete homework, study for tests, and work on projects. In addition, each school completes an enrichment activity. Students also participate in monthly field trips including a hayride, laser tag, bowling, ice skating, hiking, the movies, and a visit to a local college.

Moravian Academy

Lower School    422 Heckewelder Place, Bethlehem, PA 18018  610-868-8571
Middle School   11 W. Market Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018  610-866-6677
Upper School    4313 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem, PA 18020  610-691-1600