TEACH Caribbean selected seventy-eight rising grade 8 students to attend its summer programme this year, as "Cohort 2013". The students were taught by five Math & English Coaches: three top Jamaican teachers and two current Rhodes Scholars (from New Zealand and Botswana). The summer curriculum consisted of problem areas from the grade 7 syllabus, as identified by the Diagnostic Test administered to the students in May 2013 (near to the end of their grade 7 year).
Students are tested at the beginning and end of the summer on these problem areas. For 2013, the average Math score was 54% at the beginning, and increased to 79% at the end of the summer. The average English score was 44% at the beginning, and increased to 69% at the end of the summer.
Prize-giving was held at the end of the summer and was well attended by the students, parents, Principals and teachers of May Day and Mile Gully high schools, local politicians, Minister or Education (who gave the keynote address) and corporate sponsors.