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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. For SY20-21 summer, we will expand these offerings to include learning supports for every grade, including Pre-K, with a variety of in-person and virtual learning opportunities for up to 7,000 students. Most programs will start on July 6, 2021 and run through August 6, 2021.

View each program’s details and registration information below.

Pre-K

Virtual Learning Resources - “Family Toolkit”

ECED staff will develop and curate a variety of online resources designed to build parents’ understanding of key early learning skills and objectives and to support parents in promoting development of these skills and objectives at home. This toolkit will include simple activities that parents can easily incorporate into their daily routines to promote learning at home and will focus on key early learning skills and objectives.

 

Ready for Pre-K! Parent Events

Recognizing that the transition of young children to preschool can be an exciting but stressful time for families, ECED will support parents in preparing for and managing this transition through a series of parent events. These events will be designed to not only provide information about Pre-K and to answer parents’ questions but also build on family strengths and resilience and to build a sense of community amongst parents.

 

School-Based Playdates

During the month of August ECED staff will facilitate school-based playdates for incoming Pre-K children and families. These playdates will provide children and families with the opportunity to become familiar with the school environment in a way that is nurturing and supportive and that fosters a sense of trust and safety for children and families. Each playdate will also provide opportunities for children to develop social-emotional skills in a group setting.

 

Kindergarten – Grade 5

Springboard Collaborative (Grades K-2)

Do you want support for your growing reader? Summer with Springboard is the answer! DCPS is pleased to continue our partnership with Springboard Collaborative and will be hosting their free program for early readers virtually.

This program is intended for Kindergarten-2nd grade students who would benefit from additional support in reading, but any student in these grades are eligible to register. In addition to targeted reading instruction, the program also includes virtual home visits and family workshops.

Student Grade Levels: Current Kindergarten through 2nd grade students

Dates: Tuesday, July 6 - Friday August 6

Times: Varies, but generally 9 am - 1 pm Family workshops to be scheduled.

Location: Virtual

Registration: Registration for summer learning began on April 5. Go to dcps.dc.gov/summerlearning to register for Summer Learning.

Registration must be completed online on a computer, not a phone or tablet.

Contact [email protected] for questions.

 

K-5 Elementary English Learner Summer Academic Program (ELSAP)

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. There will be limited capacity for in-person programming as well as an option for virtual learning. Students who qualify will be invited to participate. (English Learners can also participate in their school-based program.)

 

Extended School Year (ESY)

This four-week program is limited to students who have been identified by school Individualized Education Plan (IEP) teams as being at risk of possible skill regression. Students with IEP’s with ESY written into their services will be contacted by their schools later this spring.

 

Enrichment Classes (Grades 3-5)

This collection of individual courses focuses on high-interest, immersive topics such as theater, water-based projects, and unique events in history.

Interdisciplinary course options for 3 through 5th grade students include:

  • Water World: Students will explore various water habitats, find hidden sources of water, and engage with experiments that show the power of pollution.
  • All the World's a Stage: Students will learn the components of plays, practice theatre skills, and write and perform their own play.
  • Did that Really Happen!?: Students will look at strange events in history, from Amelia Earhart, to Pompeii, shark attacks, and more!

Student Grade Levels: Current 3rd through 5th grade students

Dates: Tuesday, July 6 - Friday August 6

Times: 9 am - 12 pm, with an afternoon session from 1 - 2 pm.

Location: Virtual

Registration: Registration for summer learning began on April 5. Go to dcps.dc.gov/summerlearning to register for Summer Learning.

Registration must be completed online on a computer, not a phone or tablet.

Contact [email protected] for questions.

 

Middle School Summer Enrichment & Learning

Algebra Accelerator I

This intensive enrichment program will give students a head start in the study of Algebra and place participants who successfully complete the program onto an accelerated pathway in order to be scheduled in Algebra I during their 8th grade year.

Eligibility: Students must be rising 7th graders (meaning they will be in the 7th grade during the 2021-2022 school year).

Selection Criteria: Participation in this program will be the result of school recommendations based on criteria developed by the Office of Teaching & Learning. Students/families should contact their school if they have an interest in Algebra Accelerator I and/or they would like to know the selection criteria.

Please be aware that a school recommendation alone does not guarantee a seat in Algebra Accelerator I due to the limited number of seats available.

Program Location: This program is 100% virtual and will be under the virtual Kelly Miller Middle Summer Enrichment & Learning site.

Program POC: [email protected] or (202) 306-3010

 

Algebra Accelerator II

This intensive enrichment program’s goal is to ensure that students who successfully complete Algebra Accelerator II enrichment be significantly more likely to pass Algebra I.

Eligibility: Students must be rising 8th graders or 9th graders who will be scheduled in Algebra I in the fall (meaning they will be in the 8th or 9th grade during the 2021-2022 school year AND scheduled in Algebra I).

Selection Criteria: Students will be chosen on a first come, first served basis with priority given to rising 8th graders.

Registration: Register here

Program Location: This program is 100% virtual and will be under the virtual Kelly Miller Middle Summer Enrichment & Learning site.

Program POC: [email protected] or (202) 306-3010

 

Algebra I Original Credit Accelerator

A limited number of rising 9th grade students will have an opportunity to be scheduled in Algebra I over the summer learning period. Upon successful completion of this intensive credit-bearing course, students will earn 1.0 credit in one of DCPS’ graduation-requirement courses.

Eligibility: Students must be rising 9th graders (meaning they will be in 9th grade during the 2021-2022 school year).

Selection Criteria: Participation in this program will be the result of school recommendations based on criteria developed by the Office of Teaching & Learning. Students/families should contact their school if they have an interest in Algebra I Original Credit Accelerator and/or they would like to know the selection criteria.

Please be aware that a school recommendation alone does not guarantee a seat in Algebra I Original Credit Accelerator due to the limited number of seats available.

Program Location: This program is 100% virtual and will be under the virtual Wilson High School Summer Enrichment & Learning site.

Program POC: [email protected] or (202) 306-3010

 

Original Credit Accelerator

A select number of rising 8th and rising 9th grade students will have an opportunity to be scheduled in one (1) credit-bearing course in which if successfully completed, will count towards DCPS’ graduation requirements but will not count towards or against the student’s GPA upon officially becoming a high school student.

Original credit offerings will include Spanish 1B, Health, and CTE courses.

Eligibility: Rising 8th and 9th graders (meaning they will be in the 8th or 9th grade during the 2021-2022 school year).

Selection Criteria: The selection criteria is still being determined due to a limited number of seats.  More information will be available at a later date.

Program Location: This program is 100% virtual and will be under the virtual Wilson High School Summer Learning site.

Program POC: [email protected] or (202) 306-3010

 

Career & Technical Education (CTE) Enrichment

CTE summer enrichment will be a fun, exciting, and engaging experience that will provide middle grade students an early introduction of content and some of the skills needed for further education and careers in the following CTE fields:

  • Computer Science
  • Digital Media
  • Engineering
  • Mass Media

Eligibility: Rising 8th and 7th graders (meaning they will be in the 8th or 7th grade during the 2021-2022 school year).

Selection Criteria: While this program will be on a first come, first served basis, we will attempt to divide the available seats evenly amongst the rising 8th and 7th grade registrants who have seats in the program.

Registration: Register here

Program Location: This program is 100% virtual and will be under the virtual Kelly Miller Middle Summer Enrichment & Learning site.

Program POC: [email protected] or (202) 306-3010

 

6-8 Middle School English Learner Summer Academic Program

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. There will be limited capacity for in-person programming as well as an option for virtual learning. Students who qualify will be invited to participate. (English learners can also participate in their school-based program.)

 

Extended school year (based on IEPs)

This four-week program is limited to students who have been identified by school Individualized Education Plan (IEP) teams as being at risk of possible skill regression. Students with IEP’s with ESY written into their services will be contacted by their schools later this spring.

 

High School Summer Extended Learning

Original Credit Accelerator

Opportunities will exist for students at the high school level to earn original credits through dual enrollment coursework (earn HS and College credit). These opportunities will be limited and schools will share how students can take advantage.

 

Summer Learning Credit recovery

Students who have failed core courses required for graduation will have an opportunity to recover up to two (2) credits in order to remain on track to graduation.  Potential 2021 summer graduates will have an opportunity to be scheduled in a limited number of original credit courses.

Credit Recovery Eligibility: Students who have previously failed a credit-bearing course or receive a final grade of I this school year for courses that are being offered under Summer Extended Learning.

Original Credit Eligibility: Potential Summer 2021 graduates who close to graduating and if the summer schedule aligns to the original credit course(s) they need  this summer.

Selection Criteria: Students should meet with their school counselors to determine if and in which summer learning course(s) they should be scheduled.

Program Location: This program is predominantly virtual.  We will have one (1) in-person site (Coolidge High School) for students who need in-person support.  Students should check with their school counselors about which virtual site they will be scheduled in if applicable.

Program POC: [email protected] or (202) 306-3010

 

9-12 English Learner Summer Academic Program

HS ELSAP provides English Learner students with the opportunity to continue their language development, pursue original credit in select courses, or recover credit for any failed courses. ELSAP programming will largely be virtual, specific school sites may offer some in-person support as well. Students will work with their school and bilingual counselors to register. Students must follow all summer school expectations including attendance, norms for virtual learning and work completion. Continue your English learning experience with HS ELSAP!

 

IT Summer Dual Enrollment and Internship Program

Students in the IT Dual Enrollment and Internship Program hosted by Trinity Washington University will partake in one of two three credit college classes (Introduction to Programing or Foundations of Cloud Computing) and a corresponding paid internship. Read frequently asked questions and additional details about the program[PDF].

Eligibility: Program is open to rising 11th and 12th graders, with a 2.50 minimum GPA, and who are enrolled in one of the IT (computer science, networking or digital media) CTE courses at their high school.

Selection Criteria: All interested students will need to submit an application to be considered for the program.

Application: Apply Here

Program Location: Virtual

Program POC: [email protected] / (202) 805-2876

 

Extended school year (based on IEPs)

This four-week program is limited to students who have been identified by school Individualized Education Plan (IEP) teams as being at risk of possible skill regression. Students with IEP’s with ESY written into their services will be contacted by their schools later this spring.