Extended School Year

What is ESY?

Extended School Year (ESY) services are free special education services provided to students that require special education supports 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 that are provided during ESY will depend on the individual needs of the student 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, and speech therapy, and transportation.

ESY Summer 2021 Program Information

ESY services will generally be provided 3 days per week, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., for a six-week period during the summer. However, there is no fixed amount, type, or duration of ESY services; each student is entitled to receive the services necessary to ensure they receive 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.  Please be sure to raise your concerns or questions with your child’s IEP team.  Because students participation in Extended School Year is determined by the IEP team, parent/guardian registration is not required.

ESY Summer 2021 Student Attendance Dates

Monday – Wednesday
Monday, June 28, 2021 – Wednesday, August 4, 2021

ESY Summer 2021 Program Hours

8:30 am  – 1 :00 pm:  ESY Instructional Services

1:00 pm- 3:00 pm: Extra-curricular activities will be provided in conjunction with City of Philadelphia Out-of-School Time providers (OST)

Additional Information

Additional information regarding: Please Note:
Materials & SuppliesAll 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.
Meals, Chromebooks, and Transportation-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
English Learners 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.

ESY Summer 2021 Program Sites

The schools below will host ESY programs this summer. Sites will have both digital and in-person options available. Your child’s special education case manager will share with your family the ESY site your child will be attending, if you chose to participate.

OSS RegionESY SiteGrades Served
NortheastJ. Hampton Moore Elementary Elementary
NortheastLawton ElementaryElementary
NortheastMayfair ElementaryElementary
NortheastSamuel Fels High SchoolHigh School
NorthwestJohn B. Kelly ElementaryElementary
NorthwestMartin Luther King, Jr. High Elementary
NorthwestCentral HighHigh School
South/CentralDeBurgos ElementaryElementary
South/CentralKensington Creative and Performing Arts High (KCAPA)High School
South/CentralHunter ElementaryElementary
South/CentralSouth Philadelphia HighHigh School
West/SouthwestLocke Elementary Elementary
West/SouthwestWest Philadelphia HighHigh School
West/SouthwestOverbrook Educational CenterElementary
West/SouthwestScience Leadership Academy Middle School/Powell Elementary SchoolElementary