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District-Wide Summer Programs

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Every summer, DCPS provides extended summer learning opportunities such as literacy enrichment for elementary students and credit recovery for secondary students. Students who participate in summer programming have opportunities to form new friendships, strengthen academic skills, and prepare for the year ahead. There is no cost to attend a DCPS summer program and participation is optional. Most programs will start on July 5, 2022 and run through August 5, 2022.

Quick Links:

  • Additional details, including registration information, for summer programming is available at DCPSReopenStrong.com/summer.
  • More details to come on how to partner with DCPS to support summer programming or renting space in a DCPS facility.
  • Questions about summer programming? Please contact [email protected].

Elementary School

Elementary Acceleration
Eligible students: Current PK4 – 4th grade students
Dates: July 5 – August 5, 2022

This five-week, full day program is a unique opportunity for elementary students to engage in hands-on, enriching academic instruction each morning and fun summer activities (games, crafts, and more) each afternoon. Students who participated in Summer Acceleration last year formed new friendships, strengthened their literacy and math skills, and had fun learning and growing with their peers!

Elementary English Learner Summer Academic Program (ELSAP)
Eligible students: Current PreK4 – 4th grade students who are newcomer English learners
Dates: July 11 – August 5, 2022

We are proud to once again offer unique summer programming specifically targeted for newcomers, who are still developing basic proficiency in English in a joyful and enriching instructional format. Language development will be integrated with hands-on content and literacy development. This is a program for students who are learning English as a second/additional language. Students will be notified by their school if they are eligible to participate; English Learners can also participate in Elementary Acceleration.

Elementary Extended School Year (ESY)
Eligible students: Current PreK - 5th grade students
Dates: July 11 – August 4, 2022

This four-week program is limited to students who have been identified by the student’s IEP team. Students with IEP’s with ESY written into their services will be contacted by their schools later this spring.

Middle School

Algebra Accelerator Enrichment (I, II, and III) – Algebra Accelerator Enrichment is designed to place students on an advanced track to be scheduled in Algebra I. Descriptions for each accelerator course are below:

Algebra Accelerator I is for rising 6th grade students (students promoted from 5th to 6th grade during SY21-22). Successful students will be more prepared to tackle 6th grade math content and continue towards an accelerated path to build a strong foundation that will better prepare them for Algebra I by the end of their 8th grade year.

Algebra Accelerator II is for rising 7th grade students (students promoted from 6th to 7th grade during SY21-22). Students will get a boost in an intensive pre-algebra readiness so that they can gain the skills, knowledge, and confidence to take Algebra I when they are in 8th grade.

Algebra Accelerator III is for both rising 8th grade and rising 9th grade students (students promoted to either 8th or 9th grade during SY21-22) based on established criteria. Rising 8th grade students will be introduced to or revisit key content and foundational standards necessary to be successful in Algebra I. Students who are successful will be more prepared to excel in Algebra I during the upcoming 2022-2023 school year.

Summer Site Location: Jefferson MS Academy
Registration Period: March 14, 2022 – May 16, 2022
Eligible students: Rising 6th – Rising 9th grade students
Dates: July 5 - August 5, 2022
Registration: Register here
Questions: Please email [email protected]

Original Credit Accelerator  Middle school students can get a start on earning high school credit through this summer programming. Eligible middle grades students will have the opportunity to enroll in one high school credit course including Art, Health, Spanish 1A, Spanish 1B, and Algebra I. Upon successful completion, students scheduled in Original Credit Accelerator will earn either a 0.5 or a 1.0 credit that will count towards DCPS’ high school graduation requirements.

Art and Health is an open registration process and will be first come, first served (registration link below). Spanish and Algebra I is not an open registration process; families of eligible students will be contacted by DCPS directly.

Health and Art Original Credit
Health:
This course provides learning experiences related to health concepts and safety practiced in the maintenance and improvement of body efficiency.
Eligibility: Rising 9th graders (current 8th grade students promoted at the end of SY2021-2022)

Art A: This course is designed to provide students with the tools to interpret and communicate about works of art, as well as learn the skills and knowledge necessary to produce each art form. The intended outcome is artistic literacy.

Eligibility: Rising 8th and 7th graders (current 7th and 6th grade students promoted at the end of SY2021-2022)

Summer Site Location: Dunbar High School
Registration Period: March 28, 2022 – May 27, 2022
Dates: July 5 - August 5, 2022
Registration: Register Here
Questions: Please email [email protected]

Career & Technical Education (CTE) Enrichment – The DCPS Career and Technical Education Enrichment Program is a fun, exciting, and engaging summer program that provides DCPS students with an introduction to courses that can lead to high demand careers. Students will be eligible to attend one of three Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses in addition to the Coding courses. This mean that if families would like for their child to engage in summer enrichment during both the morning and afternoon sessions, they will be able to do so.

Registration period: March 14, 2022 – May 13, 2022
Eligible students: Rising 6th – Rising 8th grade students
Dates: July 5 - August 5, 2022
Registration: Register here
Questions: Please contact [email protected]

Career and Technical Education Program Descriptions and Site Locations

Everyone Can Code – Coding with Apple Swift: Swift is an easy-to-follow programming language used by professional developers to create apps around the world. Students will enjoy learning to code with Swift Playgrounds ---a free app for iPad that makes getting started with Swift code interactive and fun. Students will use iPads to prototype apps in small and large learning communities. Students will also engage with IT professionals and complete career exploration activities.

Summer Site Locations: Jefferson MS Academy, Kelly Miller MS, and McKinley MS

Time for Pi - Programming with Raspberry Pi: The Raspberry Pi is a mini-computer that has many uses. In this summer course, students will learn how to set up their Raspberry Pi and get it ready for tons of exploration. Students will learn how to use the Raspberry Pi for small tasks, explore its applications and make cool stuff while learning to code.

Summer Site Location: Kelly Miller MS

The World is Your Canvas - Graphic Design: Students will work in Canva and graphic design programs to explore the elements of graphic design. Students will complete hands-on activities, learning how to apply color theory, font, use of images and more. For their final project, students will design marketing materials for a business of their choosing.

Summer Site Location: McKinley MS

VEX IQ - Robotics: During the Robotics course, students can be creative thinker — all while having fun exploring and learning about STEM ideas and concepts through robotics! Students will apply their learning, use the Engineering process, and build teamwork and collaboration skills. This course provides students with hands-on, minds-on engagement that encourages students to design creative solutions and innovate through experimentation.

Summer Site Location: Jefferson MS Academy

Band Camp – Band Camp will provide current traditional public school students who attend District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) the opportunity to begin or continue their instrumental musical learning. Students will develop the needed skills to become proficient in playing an instrument, reading music, learning the necessary skills and etiquette to become a successful musician, and prepare them to perform at the high school level.

This opportunity will conclude with a final performance for the community.

Registration Period: April 11 - May 27, 2022
Program Dates: July 5 - August 5, 2022
Registration: Register here.
Summer Site Locations: Jefferson MS Academy, Kramer MS, MacFarland MS, McKinley MS
Schedule: 9 am - 3:30 pm
Number of Seats: 20 at each site
Eligible Students: Rising 6th, 7th & 8th graders (Current 5th, 6th, & 7th graders promoted at the end of SY21-22). Public Charter Schools do not fall under DCPS and thus PCS students are not eligible.

Outdoor Pursuits – Involving children in hands-on learning outdoors provides them strong links to the natural world and encourages healthier lifestyles. Outdoor Pursuits will engage students in outdoor and indoor activities over three weeks. The hands-on and experiential learning techniques students will engage in have also been shown to increase student interest and learning in all areas. Outdoor Pursuits Programs involve hands-on activities outdoors in nature. These programs also encourage action and leadership in students by exercising their critical thinking and creative skills and giving students the knowledge and confidence to make their own decisions and try new and exciting physical adventures outdoors.

Outdoor Pursuits is an all-encompassing summer enrichment experience. Students will participate in all the activities listed below.

Hiking and Orienteering: There are several intriguing and fun trails in DC for students to explore, where they learn map reading and compass skills. While hiking, students will get the chance to truly immerse themselves in the natural world. The experiential learning-based hikes along various trails will bring DCPS students up close to amazing flora and fauna, all of which is literally in their own community and will gain an appreciation of the kind of outdoor physical experience they can have so close to home.

Parkour: Each school site will have a Parkour course built out. Students will learn how to safely move using a variety of jumping and landing techniques, rolls, and vaulting. Students will improve their skills through safe progressions so that they will be able to use the outdoors as a creative way to exercise.

Rock Climbing: Students will travel to the Bouldering Project gym where through rock climbing, they will develop essential decision-making skills to ensure the safety of self and others. Students will learn rock climbing basics on a variety of traverse walls with progressive challenges improving their muscular endurance and flexibility.

Adventure and Cooperative Challenges: During the afternoon, students will then hone their outdoor pursuits skills and further develop lifelong physical activity and communication skills while experiencing in depth and challenging team building and outdoor education-based physical activities.

Registration Period: April 11 – May 27, 2022
Summer Sites: Jefferson MS Academy; McKinley MS; & Sousa MS (Students enrolled in Outdoor Pursuits will be scheduled for the full day and all activities)
Eligible students: Rising 6th – Rising 8th grade students (Current 5th – 7th promoted at the end of SY21-22)
Dates: July 11 – July 29, 2022
Time: 9 am – 3:30 pm
Registration: Register here

Middle School English Learner Summer Academic Program (ELSAP)
Eligible students: Current 5th – 8th grade students
Dates: July 5 – August 5, 2022

We are proud to once again offer unique summer programming specifically targeted for newcomers, as well as those English Learners who are still developing basic proficiency in English in a joyful and enriching instructional format. Language development will be integrated with hands-on content and literacy development. This is a program for students who are learning English as a second/additional language. Students will be notified by their school if they are eligible to participate. A virtual option will also be provided.

Middle School Extended School Year (ESY)
Eligible students: Current 6th - 8th grade students
Dates: July 11 – August 4, 2022

This four-week program is limited to students who have been identified by the student’s IEP team. Students with IEP’s with ESY written into their services will be contacted by their schools later this spring.

High School

9th Grade Summer Bridge
Eligible Students: Current 8th graders attending high school in the fall
Dates: August 8-12, 2022

Rising 9th graders and school staff will get to know each other while building their shared understanding of high school. Students will enjoy a variety of activities, such as team building games, scavenger hunts to get to know their new schools, excursions and field trips, creative projects, performances and presentations about high school and beyond.

Original Credit Accelerator
Eligible students: Off-Track Students
Dates: July 5 - August 5, 2022

Off-track high school students, especially potential 2022 summer graduates, will have an opportunity to earn original high school credit. These opportunities will be limited, and students should work with their school counselor to find out how to take advantage of this opportunity.

Summer Learning Credit Recovery
Eligible students: Current 9th – 12th grade students
Dates: July 5 - August 5, 2022

Students who need an opportunity to re-take courses required for graduation can take advantage of these summer course offerings by working with their school counselor to be enrolled and scheduled in credit recovery classes to receive up to 2 credits to get back on track for a timely graduation. Credit recovery is available for most required core classes. Please note that credit recovery can only be taken if the student has previously attempted and failed the original version of the course. Students should work directly with their school counselor.

High School English Learner Summer Academic Program (ELSAP)
Eligible students: Current 8th – 12th grade students
Dates: July 5 – August 5, 2022

We are proud to once again offer unique summer programming specifically targeted for newcomers, as well as those English Learners who are still developing basic proficiency in English in a joyful and enriching instructional format. Language development will be integrated with hands-on content and literacy development. This is a program for students who are learning English as a second/additional language. Students will be notified by their school if they are eligible to participate. A virtual option will also be provided.

High School Extended School Year (ESY)
Eligible students: Current 9th - C5 students
Dates: July 11 – August 4, 2022

This four-week program is limited to students who have been identified by the student’s IEP team. Students with IEP’s with ESY written into their services will be contacted by their schools later this spring.