Summer Academic Programs

Summer Programs for District Students

The District is committed to delivering a comprehensive program that is community-centered and based on students’ needs, and ensures that all students and families have access to a fun, academically and socially enriching, and meaningful summer experience.

We are excited to welcome students entering grades K -12 when summer programming begins on June 27, 2022.

Why Summers Matter

Summer learning programs are proven to maintain and advance students’ academic and social growth. This is sometimes referred to as the summer slide. Because they’re not engaging in learning every day, students can forget what they learned during the school year.  An academic summer program that incorporates enrichment experiences is the perfect way to engage students and make sure they don’t forget the critical skills they have already learned, especially given the school year’s unique nature.

Which of our students is a good fit for summer programming?

All current School District of Philadelphia students entering grades K-12 are eligible and encouraged to participate! Summer learning programs are proven to reinforce and build new skills, sending young people back to school in September ready to learn.  Additionally, summer youth employment programs engage older youth in meaningful activities that help them cultivate new skills, prepare for college, improve grades, and earn money.

When exploring summer programming, please see the information related to the grade your child WILL BE IN when entering school this coming fall. And contact us with any questions.

How do I get started?

The information on this page provides the programming that is available for the grade your student will be entering in the fall. All the important details, including how to register, are included below.

Kindergarten Transition (Registration Closed)

Kindergarten will be DIGITAL

Transition to Kindergarten (A Virtual Program)

Any family who has completed the Kindergarten registration process for their child at a School District of Philadelphia school is eligible to participate!

Incoming Kindergarten students and their primary caregiver will participate in approximately 90 minutes of digital instruction and support for two days each week, either Monday and Tuesday OR Wednesday and Thursday, facilitated by a teacher. This program will be operated virtually.

Families will also have the opportunity to engage in optional asynchronous activities at various other times during the summer. A calendar of those optional activities will be provided upon registration.

The program is focused on making sure that participating children and their families feel confident about starting Kindergarten in the Fall.

Program Dates: June 27, 2022 – July 28, 2022

Program Hours:

Families will be assigned to one of 4 time slots:

(a) Mondays and Tuesdays from 9-10:30 am;
(b) Mondays and Tuesdays from 11-12:30;
(c) Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9-10:30 am; OR
(d) Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11-12:30.

Where to Apply:

Families who have completed registrations for Kindergarten will receive a link to the online application form via email.

What You’ll Need:

To apply, families will need:

–        Student’s District ID number (contact your school for this information if you do not have it)

–        Name of the District school where the incoming Kindergartener has been registered

–        Student Demographic Information (date of birth, primary language spoken in the home, etc.)

–        Caregiver Contact Information (home address, cell phone number, email address)

Notification of Acceptance:

The number of families able to enroll will be limited, and based on staffing levels.

Filling out the application is NOT a guarantee of placement – families will be notified if they have been accepted to participate into the program no later than May 20, 2022.

 

 

 

 

 

 

When to Apply:

Interest Form opens: April 7, 2022

Enrollments will be completed on a rolling basis, beginning the Week of May 9th.

Due to this program’s unique partnership with the City of Philadelphia Out-of-School Time providers (OST), registration in this program is contingent upon enrolling with OST. Sharing registration information with the City is required for this program.

Where to Apply:
To register, you will need: To complete the application HERE

When to Apply:
Application period opens April 7, 2022 and closes April 28, 2022

What You’ll Need:

To apply, families will need:
–        Student’s District ID number (contact your school for this information if you do not have it)
–        Name of the District school where the incoming Kindergartener has been registered
–        Student Demographic Information (date of birth, primary language spoken in the home, etc.)
–        Caregiver Contact Information (home address, cell phone number, email address)

Notification of Acceptance:

The number of families able to enroll will be limited, and based on staffing levels.

Filling out the application is NOT a guarantee of placement – families will be notified if they have been accepted to participate into the program no later than May 16, 2022.

Programs will be virtual for incoming Kindergarteners

All families will pick up materials including a bag with supplies, books, and a Chromebook if needed, prior to the first day of the program. Details about pick-up will be provided.

Grades 1 to 7

Rising Grades 1 - 7 will be IN PERSON

All current School District of Philadelphia students who are rising first through seventh graders are eligible to participate!

For our elementary students in grades 1 – 7, our curriculum is focused on the following:

  • Engaging lessons and project-based learning
  • English language development support for ELs
  • Extracurricular programming, music, art, physical education, and athletics
  • Foundational ELA and math skills necessary for the next grade
  • Social-emotional learning

The tabs below provide the information you need to plan ahead.

Program Dates:

Program Dates: June 27 – August 5, 2022

Program Hours:

Monday-Friday, 8:30 am  – 4 pm.

Program hours include both academics and extra-curricular activities. Extra-curricular activities will be provided in conjunction with the City of Philadelphia Out-of-School Time providers (OST).

Students enrolled in this program are committing to participate in a full-day schedule from 8:30 am – 4 pm.

*During the week of August 1-5, students will be engaged in a full week of extracurricular activities only.

Registration & Deadline

Registration will open June 1, 2022 and close at 4 p.m. on June 8, 2022. Due to limited space available, immediate registration is requested. Students will be enrolled on a first come first serve, first serve basis per site location and grade.

Note: Due to this program’s unique partnership with the City of Philadelphia Out-of-School Time providers (OST), registration for this age group in Summer Programming means that families must also complete the OST consent forms for students to participate in Summer Learning Programs. Sharing registration information with the City is required for students to participate in the Summer Learning Program.

Grades 1-7 Summer Program Sites

Locke- Grades rising 4th grade students
GAMP- Grades rising 4th grade students
Powel– Grades rising  5th, 6th, & 7th grade students
Cook– Grades rising  6th, & 7th grade students
Moffet- Grades rising 5th, 6th, & 7th grade students
Willard– Grades rising 6th, & 7th grade students
Rhodes -Grades rising 6th, & 7th grade students
Gompers- Grades rising 5th, 6th, & 7th grade students

Where to Apply:

To complete the application (including the OST consent form), click HERE

What You’ll Need:

To apply, families will need:

–        Student’s District ID number (contact your school for this information if you do not have it)

–        Name of the District school where the student has been registered

–        Student Demographic Information (date of birth, primary language spoken in the home, etc.)

–        Caregiver Contact Information (home address, cell phone number, email address)

Registration will re-open June 1, 2022 and close at 4 p.m. on June 8, 2022. Due to limited space available, immediate registration is requested. Students will be enrolled on a first come first serve, first serve basis per site location and grade.

Students will be assigned to one of the summer locations listed below, that is nearest their home residence.

Enrollment and placement in any program will depend on occupancy and staff capacity, and in accordance with current health and safety protocols.

Grades 1-7 Summer Program Sites

Locke- Grades rising 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, & 7th grade students

GAMP- Grades rising 4th, 5th, 6th, & 7th grade students

Powel– Grades rising 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, & 7th grade students

Cook– Grades rising 1st, 3rd, 6th, & 7th grade students

Moffet- Grades rising 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, & 7th grade students

Willard– Grades rising 6th, & 7th grade students

Rhodes -Grades rising 6th, & 7th grade students

Gompers- Grades rising 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, & 7th grade students

On their first day, all students will receive a book bag with supplies, books, and materials they need to participate in programming. Students will also have personalized kits on site for activities and project-based learning.

  • Students will receive breakfast and lunch
  • Students will be assigned to locations based on home residence. Any students who are eligible for transportation based on distance from home residence will be notified. Additional information about transportation will be communicated to families after enrollment is confirmed.

Families of English learners entering in grades 1-7 are able to register for the program and will participate in all activities during the school day and after school including art, P.E, music, and after-school programming.

Eligible students will receive a direct invite to participate in the Newcomer Program (see eligibility requirements below).

Grades 9 to 12 (Registration Closed)

Grades 9 - 12 will be IN PERSON

All rising 8 through current 12 grade students have an opportunity to participate in summer programming.

For students entering grades 8 and 9 (current 8th and 9th-grade students), Summer Bridge programming will include:

Program Hours: Monday – Thursday, 8:45 – 1:30p

  • Foundational ELA (8th and 9th Grade)
  • Foundational Math (8th Grade)
  • Career Awareness
  • Financial Literacy
  • Transition support
  • Social-emotional learning

Summer Registration will re-open for select Summer Bridge programs at certain locations based on capacity.

Registration will open June 1, 2022 and close at 4 p.m. on June 8, 2022. Due to limited space available, immediate registration is requested. Students will be enrolled on a first come first serve, first serve basis per site location and grade.

Participating Locations are:

Summer Bridge

CAPA HS– Rising 8th Grade Students

Kensington CAPA HS– rising 8th and rising 9th grade students

Martin Luther King HS – rising 8th and rising 9th grade students

West Philadelphia HS– rising 8th and 9th grade students

For students entering grades 10 -12, summer options include Summer School (formerly Credit Recovery):

Program Hours: Monday – Thursday, 8:45 – 1:30p

Summer School
In Summer School, students who have failed a previous course have an opportunity to earn the grades and credit that they need to stay on-track for graduation? Students are able to earn credits that they need towards PA State requirements for graduation. Families and students should work with their counselor or roster chairs to confirm which courses a student should complete in Summer School.

How do I know which program is the best option for my student? 

Entering 8th grade and want to reinforce your math and English skills, while learning about what you need to know as you get closer to entering high school? Grade 8 Bridge programming might be a great choice for you!

Entering 9th grade and want to feel confident in your transition to high school, reinforce the literacy skills, and learn more about what career pathways might be for you? Grade 9 Bridge programming might be a great choice for you!

Entering 10th – 12th grade (and don’t need to improve your grades or recover credits) and are interested in becoming an entrepreneur? StartUP EDU might be a great choice for you! Apply HERE and use CODE: WRS54

Entering 12th grade and want to earn an elective credit over the summer and experience what it would be like to take a class at a world-class university? The University of Pennsylvania Rising Senior Summer Academy or Open RSSA might be a great choice for you!

Interested in work-based programming only? WorkReady might be a great choice for you! This program offers paid work experiences and career exploration opportunities for young people ages 12-24. Afternoon slots will be available for students who are participating in morning academic programming.

Can my student participate in multiple options in high school? The schedule for each of the programs only allows students to participate in one option at a time.

Summer Bridge

Monday – Thursday, 8:45 – 1:30pm
June 27, 2022 – July 28, 2022

Summer School

Monday – Thursday, 8:45 – 1:30pm
June 27, 2022 – July 28, 2022

Summer Bridge:

Summer Registration will re-open for Summer Bridge programs at certain locations based on capacity.

Registration will open June 1, 2022 and close at 4 p.m. on June 8, 2022. Due to limited space available, immediate registration is requested. Students will be enrolled on a first come first serve, first serve basis per site location and grade.

Locations

Ben Franklin High School – rising 8th and 9th grade students

CAPA HS- Closed

Kensington CAPA HS– rising 8th and rising 9th grade students

Martin Luther King HS – rising 8th and rising 9th grade students

West Philadelphia HS– rising 8th and 9th grade students

Summer School:
Application Forms open: April 7, 2022
Application closes: April 28, 2022

Enrollments will be completed on a rolling basis, beginning the Week of May 9th.

Families will be notified of confirmed enrollment into Credit Recovery for 10-11 graders, and 12th grade students who have previous failures by 5/20/22

Where to Apply:

To complete the SUMMER BRIDGE application, click HERE

To complete the SUMMER SCHOOL application, click HERE

What You’ll Need:

To apply, families will need:

–        Student’s ID number

–        Student’s Current Grade, School, and Address

–        Student Demographic Information (DoB, Language, etc.)

–        Caregiver Information

–        Summer School participants: previously Failed Courses (work with school

counselor/roster chair)

On their first day, all students will receive a book bag with supplies, books, and materials they need to participate in programming.

●      Students will receive breakfast and lunch

●      Students should bring and use their assigned Chromebooks

●      SEPTA passes will be provided to eligible high school students.

Summer Bridge

Ben Franklin High School – rising 8th and 9th grade students

CAPA HS– Rising 8th Grade Students

Kensington CAPA HS– rising 8th and rising 9th grade students

Martin Luther King HS – rising 8th and rising 9th grade students

West Philadelphia HS– rising 8th and 9th grade students

Using the list of available locations above, families will be able to identify their site preference for the Newcomer and Summer School programs on the registration form. Enrollment and placement in any program will depend on occupancy and staff capacity at each location.

Families of English learners entering in grades 9-11, students can participate in Newcomer Program that will focus on English language development and Math instruction.

Students who are eligible for the Newcomer Summer Program:

Students who enrolled in the school district after September 1, 2021
Students who are Level 1.5 English Learners

Families who have eligible students will receive a direct invite to apply. Translated registration forms in nine different languages will be provided.

Extended School Year (ESY) (Registration Closed)

ESY will be offered IN PERSON

ESY Dates for Summer 2022: Monday, June 27, 2022, to Thursday, July 28, 2022

Extended School Year (ESY) services are free special education services provided to students who require special education support and services beyond the regular 180-day school year. The primary purpose of ESY is to maintain the progress the student made on their most critical goals and objectives during the regular school year. The ESY program is based on the student’s individual needs and typically does not include every goal and objective in the student’s IEP.

How are ESY eligibility and services determined?

The student’s eligibility for ESY and which ESY services the student requires must be discussed at the student’s IEP Team meeting. The amount, type, and duration of services provided during ESY will depend on the student’s individual needs and are determined by the IEP Team based on data collected on the student’s skills and behaviors. ESY may include not only specially designed instruction but may also include related services such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, and transportation.

When and where does ESY occur?

Generally, ESY services are provided during the summer. However, there is no fixed amount, type, or duration of ESY services; each student will receive the necessary services to ensure an appropriate education based on their needs.

During the IEP Team meeting to determine eligibility and services for ESY, fewer, more, or alternative services may be discussed.

For additional information and updates, please visit HERE.

Extended School Year is an IEP team decision. Contact your child’s IEP team with any questions/Concerns about Extended School Year.

OST Consent Form (coming soon!!)

Consent Form (Albanian) | Consent Form (Arabic) | Consent Form (Chinese) | Consent Form (Khmer) | Consent Form (French) | Consent Form (Portuguese) | Consent Form (Russian) | Consent Form (Spanish) | Consent Form (Vietnamese)

Program Dates:

Programming is Mondays to Thursdays
Monday, June 27 to Thursday, July 27, 2022

Program Hours:

9:00 am  – 1 pm:      ESY

School Locations To Be Announced

Students’ participation in Extended School Year is determined by the IEP team.  Parent/guardian registration is not required. But to participate in the afternoon OST program, you must fill out the consent form, HERE.

All materials and resources will be aligned to students’ Individualized Education Plans. In addition, students will receive a backpack with materials and supplies to support their instructional programs at home.

  • Students will receive breakfast and lunch
  • Students should bring and use their assigned Chromebooks or relevant device during ESY
  • Transportation will be provided for all students who qualify for and attend ESY in accordance with their IEP

Students who are dual identified as an English learner and having a disability may be eligible for Extended School Year. Families should refer to their IEP Team for support and guidance.

Newcomer (Registration Closed)

Newcomers will be offered both IN PERSON

SDP will be offering a 2022 Summer Program for eligible Newcomer English Learners (ELs).

The School District offers specialized summer programming for our students at the earliest stages of English Language Development. We welcome you to participate in our program focused on building language concepts and skills in both English Language Arts and Math Instruction for English Learners.

Students who are eligible for the Newcomer Summer Program:

Families who have eligible students will receive a direct invite to apply via email and robocall or robotext.

The link to the registration form will be embedded in the emails and robotexts, or you can access it HERE. The registration form will be translated in nine different languages. EL Points will also receive lists of eligible students and will support families with registration.

Note: The District is doing its best to match interested students with available space and teachers. Completing a registration form does not guarantee admission. Interested applicants may be honored on a first-come, first-serve basis, based on available spots at locations within each program. Notifications of final acceptance will be sent on a rolling basis, by May 20, 2022.

Application (SHQIP) | Application (عربي) | Application (汉语) | Application ( ខ្មែរ ) | Application (Français) | Application (Português) | Application ( Pусский) | Application (Español) | Application (Việt)

Program Dates:

2022: Monday, June 27, 2021, to Friday, July 29, 2022

Program Hours:

8:30 am  – 1 pm:      ESY Instructional Services

1 pm – 4 pm:             Extra-curricular activities will be provided by Out-of-School Time (OST) programs funded by the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Children and Families

Julia DeBurgos Elementary School
Juniata Park Academy
West Philadelphia High School
Benjamin Franklin High School

Families who have eligible students will receive a direct invite to apply via email and robocall or robotext. The link to the registration form will be embedded in the emails and robotexts, or you can apply HERE. The registration form will be translated in nine different languages. EL Points will also receive lists of eligible students and will support families with registration.

Note: The District is doing its best to match interested students with available space and teachers. Completing a registration form does not guarantee admission. Interested applicants may be honored on a first-come, first-serve basis, based on available spots at locations within each program. Notifications of final acceptance will be sent on a rolling basis, by May 20, 2022.

All materials and resources will be aligned to students’ Individualized Education Plans. In addition, students will receive a backpack with materials and supplies to support their instructional programs at home.

  • Any students who are eligible for transportation based on distance from home residence will be notified. Additional information about transportation will be communicated to families after enrollment is confirmed.
  • All students participating in district programming will receive breakfast and lunch if attending on site.
  • All students will receive a book bag with supplies, books, and materials they need to participate in programming.No Chromebooks will be required.
  • No Chromebooks will be required.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can families learn more, and apply?

Parents can apply online at any time using the links on this page.

The Office of Enrollment and Placement on the first floor at 440 N. Broad Street is also open for families Monday through Friday from 9:00am – 3:30 pm.

Will programming be offered in person?

Students entering in PreK and Kindergarten: Virtual

Students entering in grades 1-12 participating in a District-run program: In person

Special education ESY:  In person

What are the scheduled hours for students?

For rising 1-7 graders, the schedule is from 8:30 – 4:00pm Monday through Friday.

NOTE: Due to this program’s unique partnership with the City of Philadelphia Out-of-School Time providers (OST), registration Summer Programming means that families must complete the OST consent forms (included in your application) for students to participate in Summer Learning Programs. Sharing registration information with the City is required for students to participate in the Summer Learning Program.

For students Entering in grades 8-12, the schedule is from 8:45 – 1:30 Monday through Thursday.

For students in the Newcomer program, the schedule is from 8:45 – 1:30 Monday through Thursday.

ESY will operate Monday through Thursday 9:00am – 1:00pm

Schedules for externally run programs (UPENN RSSA, WorkReady) vary.

Will meals be provided?

Yes, students will receive breakfast and lunch at each summer site.

Will transportation be provided?

The District’s goal is to assign students to a school closest to them. All students will receive transportation information with their registration packet.

Fare cards will be provided to students who live beyond 1.5 miles of their assigned school.

Transportation to ESY will be provided for students in accordance with their IEPs.

What materials and supplies will my child need?

Each student will receive a bookbag with materials, supplies, and books they will need for the summer. In addition, students will have individual kits at the school site for project based learning and activities.

What is Summer School (formerly Credit Recovery)?

The 2022 Summer School Credit Recovery Program is ONLY open to students who meet the following criteria:

  • Currently enrolled in a School District of Philadelphia High School grades 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade.
  • Failed a core or elective course(s)
  • Information for seniors who fail a course this year, which would enable summer 2022 graduation, will be requested closer to the close of 4th quarter

How can families learn more, or get help applying?

Parents can apply on line at any time using the links on this page.

To provide additional support for families, the District is holding four virtual information sessions and six in-person application events at 440 North Broad that also include support for registration.

Family Information Sessions:
These four virtual events are intended to provide information on the different programs and answer questions parents may have regarding summer programming.

April 13, and 20th 10 a.m.
April 14 and 21 at 5:30 p.m.

In-person Application Events:

On-the-spot walk-through support will be available on these dates:

April 12, 14, 19, 21, 26 and 28, at 440 North Broad Street.
These events will take place 4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. and include on-site translators in Spanish and Mandarin.

Other Options: Office of Enrollment and Placement on the first floor at 440 N. Broad Street will also be able to help you as a walk-in, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 9:00am – 6:30pm

I need more information on something that isn’t on the website. Who do I contact?

Staffing: summerquestions@philasd.org

Registration: Contact the program with who you are seeking to register

Summer Kindergarten Transition Program: ksummerprogram@philasd.org
Summer School: creditrecovery@philasd.org
Summer Bridge: summerbridge@philasd.org
Newcomer Program: multilingual@philasd.org
ESY: Contact your Child’s special education teacher and or SPECM
Summer Learning: summerprograms1-7@philasd.org
Communications: communications@philasd.org

Can I still enroll if I have more than two credits to recover?

Yes, you can enroll for courses you have failed in the previous years. H.owever you can only earn UP TO 2 credits total in one summer

Can my student participate in multiple options in high school?

The schedule for each of the programs only allows students to participate in one option at a time.

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