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Summer @ DCPS

How is your child spending summer break?

DCPS offers many enriching opportunities for current DCPS students from elementary through high school over the summer months. From enrichment to credit recovery, find it at DCPS!

Select a program below to learn more, including locations and registration information.

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Summer Learning

Ignite your passion and discover a joy for reading!

  • Summer Springboard (Grades K-2): Young readers will improve their skills through stories and games. Prizes and strategies for parents are also offered.
  • Summer Discovery (Grades 3-5): Dive deep into a thrilling topic of your choice, such as astronomy, drama, or engineering. You will explore your topic through hands-on activities and engaging field trips.
  • Summer Pathfinders (Grades 6-8): Take an exciting course that allows you to explore your interests, carry out original investigations, and solve real-world problems.

Student Grade Levels: Current Kindergarten through 8th grade

Dates: Monday through Friday, June 26 through July 28, 2017

Times: 8 am to 1 pm


Intermediate-Middle School English Language Learner Summer Academic Program (IMS-ELLSAP)

IMS-ELLSAP offers rising English Language Learners (ELLs) in grades 4-8 a rigorous, personalized academic program to support students’ English language development. ELLs will be better prepared to succeed with content area learning in the fall as a result of attending.

The program also provides enrichment activities to nurture an international community inside and out of school for ELLs. With a focus on pluralism and diversity, students will participate in field trips, community building, and guest speaker activities related to themes in their academic and extracurricular coursework.

This year we are pleased to offer an after school component focusing on Chinese language, customs, and culture. This unique opportunity will enable students to earn a .5 foreign language credit in Chinese. Please note interested applicants need to register for both the summer school and extension option on the application.

Student Grade Levels: Rising grades 4-8 (current grades 3-7)

Dates: Monday through Friday, June 26 through July 28, 2017

Times: 8:30 am to 12:30 pm (optional extension 12:30 to 4:30 PM)


High School English Language Learner Summer Academic Program (HS-ELLSAP)

The Language Acquisition Division will be offering a summer school program for English language learners, grades 9-12, to be held at three DCPS high school sites. ELLSAP, in its sixth year, continues to provide a rigorous academic program while supporting the students’ progress in English language development.  Students who participate in ELLSAP develop greater English proficiency, advance through courses and grade levels and are supported as they work towards high school graduation. High school students in grades 9-12 will continue with their English language development, engage in credit recovery, and pursue original credits in core content and elective classes if found eligible.

Student Grade Levels:  Rising grades 9-12

Dates:  Monday through Friday, June 26 through July 28, 2017

Times:  8:30 am to 3:30 pm
(Students may take 1-2 courses if found eligible by their counselors.)


High School Summer School (Credit Recovery)

High School Summer School provides summer credit recovery opportunities to high school students who are not currently on track to graduate. Summer school classes are longer than traditional school year classes to ensure that students are given the time needed to recover their credits.

Student Grade Levels:  Current 9th through 12th grade

Dates:  Monday through Friday, June 26 through July 28, 2017

Times:  8 am to 3:30 pm


Extended School Year (ESY)

In ESY, students receiving special education services will work on the critical skills identified in their IEPs. Instruction, services, and programming will be individualized to meet their specific needs to ensure they will be ready to start the school year in the fall. This program is only open to students who have been found eligible for ESY during their IEP meeting.

Student Grade Levels:  Current pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade (ages 3 through 21)

Dates:  Monday through Friday, July 3 through July 28, 2017

Times:  8 am to 1 pm for PK through 5th grade , 9 am to 2 pm for 6th through 12th grade