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.

When and where does ESY occur?

ESY services will generally be provided on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 9:00 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 receives 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.

Due to the closure of our schools and mandatory public health measures such as social distancing due to the pandemic, the School District of Philadelphia will provide ESY services remotely during the summer of 2020. Information regarding the individualized services and supports that will be provided to your child during ESY will be provided to you during the week of June 29, 2020 by your child’s ESY special education case manager/teacher.

ESY Dates: Tuesday, June 30, 2020 to Thursday, August 6, 2020

Remote Sites:

Bache-Martin Elementary School
Baldi Middle School
John Barry Elementary School
Julia De Burgos Elementary School
Grover Washington Jr. Middle School
Henry W. Lawton Elementary School

High School 
Samuel Fels High School (Fels)
Girard Academic Music Program (GAMP)
Kensington High School for Creative and Performing Arts (Kensington CAPA)
Martin Luther King High School (MLK)
Parkway Northwest High School
West Philadelphia High School

To locate the email address of the Special Education Director for your child’s ESY site, please click here.

Family Open Houses

The Office of Specialized Services would like you to join us for Remote Family Open House. Each ESY Site will host a Remote Family Open House according to the schedule set forth here. Please email your child’s case manager or the Special Education Director for the link for your Remote Family Open House.

Issues and Concerns

If you have any questions or concerns about ESY, or would like to report an ESY issue, please email ESY@philasd.org and include your contact information and your child’s name.