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Summer Learning

Dates:  Monday, June 24 – Friday, July 26, 2019 (except July 4)

Times:  8 am to 1 pm

Student Grade Levels: Current Kindergarten through 8th grade

Select your child’s current grade band to read more about the specific program offerings!


Locations: Students will be assigned to one of the following schools based on the current DCPS school they attend. Find your child’s summer school site assignment.


  1. Bancroft ES (K-8)
    Ward 1, 1755 Newton Street, NW
  2. Beers ES (K-5)
    Ward 7, 3600 Alabama Avenue, SE
  3. Bruce Monroe (K-5)
    Ward 1, 3560 Warder Street, NW
  4. Ketcham ES (K-5)
    Ward 8, 1919 15th Street, SE
  5. Garrison ES (K-5)
    Ward 2, 1200 S Street, NW
  6. Marie Reed ES (K-5)
    Ward 1, 2201 18th Street, NW
  7. Plummer ES (K-8)
    Ward 7, 4601 Texas Avenue, SE
  8. Wheatley EC (K-8)
    Ward 5, 1299 Neal Street, NE


If you would like to register your child for a different summer site than the one assigned, register your child for the assigned summer site and email [email protected] after Wednesday, May 1, 2019.

  • If space is available, your child’s registration will be transferred to your preferred site.
  • If no space is available, you will have the option to keep the original site or place your child on a wait list for the alternate site.

Breakfast and Lunch Provided (Free)? Yes

Enrollment Fee: None

How to Register:

Registration begins Monday, March 11, 2019! Go to dcps.dc.gov/summerlearning to register for Summer Learning.

Optional Summer Afternoon Program:
A summer afternoon program provided by a community partner organization will engage students in enriching summer activities from 1 to 5:30 pm each day Summer Learning is in session.

  • DCPS students registered for Summer Learning from 8 am to 1 pm are eligible to participate.
  • When registering for Summer Learning, you will have the opportunity to sign your child up for the optional summer afternoon program.


K-8 Summer Learning Team
Office of Teaching and Learning
[email protected]

Program Offerings

Grades K-5:  Discovery

Dive deep into an exciting topic of your choice!

Law and Order: Investigating Crime and Fighting for Justice
Fascinated by mysteries? Excited by courtroom battles? In this course, you will read mystery stories and learn about forensic science like fingerprinting, evidence collection, and how DNA can be used to solve decades-old crimes. You will also study the law, learn about the roles in a courtroom, and decide how best to argue your case. The course will end with a Mock Trial, allowing students to put their new skills to the test!

Heroes and Villains
In mythology, literature, comics, and films, heroes and villains entertain, enlighten, and educate us. In this course, you will explore heroism and villainy. You will read stories from literature, mythology, comic books, and graphic novels. You might debate the greatest literary hero, conduct mock trials with your favorite villains, publish a graphic novel, or write a short story.

All the World’s a Stage
Do you love to act or direct? Have you always wanted to write your own play? Do you love to design sets and backdrops to make a story come to life? Come one, come all to the stage! In this course you will dive into the theater and explore all aspects, from the creation of the written play, to the production of a live show—even the business and marketing aspects of the theater.

Journey to Space
Planet Earth is just one speck among billions of worlds scattered across the universe. Join this course to see how the mysteries of outer space have been explained throughout the centuries, from ancient folklore to modern science-fiction. Learn the science of astronomy and find out about stars, constellations, gravity, and surviving in space. If you’ve dreamed of following in Astronaut John Glenn’s footsteps, this course is for you!

Simple (Not Really) Machines
Is it a see-saw or a catapult? Machines start out simple and grow into new uses and bigger spaces. What makes them go and grow? Curiosity and creative thinking! Students in this course will have the fun of working with a wide range of basic mechanical forces and common materials to make and then elaborate upon what we call ‘simple machines.’


Grades 6-8:  Pathfinders

Choose an exciting interdisciplinary course!

A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words
Our world is filled with images, advertisements, and brands that tell a story. Spend the summer exploring the different ways to create a brand, from photography and animation to video and web design. You will also learn how real companies use them.  At the end of the course, you will develop a brand for an actual client using your new knowledge.

Speak Up: The Fate of the First Amendment
Your voice matters. During this course, you will explore the evolution of news reporting since the beginning of the United States. Students will investigate public support of the Revolutionary War, Yellow Journalism, wartime propaganda, and the use of social media in sharing information. You’ll get the chance to exercise your first amendment rights in your community!

Disaster Relief: Preventing and Responding to Natural Disasters
How do people, countries, and global organizations respond to natural disasters? In this course, you will learn about earthquakes, volcanoes, typhoons, and wildfires, and how climate change affects natural disasters. At the end of the summer, you will represent a country in a United Nations simulation in which you have to save lives before it’s too late!

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