Summer in the City is your child's chance to take part in exciting summer learning. Students who participate in the New York City Department of Education's summer enrichment have access to:
- New curriculum
- College-level and STEM-oriented programming
- Sports activities
- Educational visits to museums, zoos, parks, and libraries
These programs are not just fun, they teach students academic and life skills that will help them succeed in the next school year and beyond.
Family Guide to Summer Enrichment
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All of the programs listed on this page are open to students who are not recommended for summer school. Please consider applying for a summer learning opportunity to provide your child with an engaging summer experience and important instruction to prevent summer learning loss. See below for application deadlines and other details:
Second Grade Support
Summer in the City offers instructional support for second grade students who are struggling in reading and math. Principals will reach out to families to invite second grade students to take part in Summer in the City. If you are interested in enrolling your child and would like more information, please complete this form and return it to your child's principal.
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The study of science, technology, engineering, and math (or STEM) teaches children how to think critically and solve problems, skills that prepare them for 21st-century jobs. There are two summer STEM programs to choose from:
STEM Summer in the City
This five-week program offers students in grades 2-10 fun, creative hands-on learning opportunities. Topics include coding, game design, inventing with robotics and solving real-world problems with the engineering design process. The program also includes arts and physical education, and trips to museums and cultural institutions. For more information, visit http://schools.nyc.gov/Academics/STEM/NYCSummerSTEM or email SummerSTEM@schools.nyc.gov.
STEM Matters NYC
STEM Matters NYC programs engage students in grades pre-K-12 in authentic STEM-based experiential learning, featuring week-long camps, high school internships, and a four-week college credit-bearing course. Programs are offered at the DOE's Environmental Study Center and NYC Center for Space Science Education, as well as at cultural institutions across the city. Programs range in focus from aerospace to animal science, and oceanography to ecology. Click here to apply!
For more information, visit http://schools.nyc.gov/Academics/STEM/STEMMattersNYC or email Camps@schools.nyc.gov.
Students attending 42 Community Schools, including 20 Renewal Schools, will have access to instruction and enrichment activities. These programs are open to students in grades K-5. The list of participating schools is available here. Enrollment for this program is managed at the school level. For more information, email CommunitySchools@schools.nyc.gov.
Renewal School students who are currently in grades 8-11 and on track to graduate will have access to an array of enrichment programs this summer. These include a Summer Bridge program that will give incoming ninth graders a chance to get to know their new schools. There is also an internship program for students in grades 10-12, as well as SAT prep for students currently in grades 10-11. Click here to apply! For more information, visit http://schools.nyc.gov/AboutUs/schools/RenewalSchools/default or email RenewalSchools@schools.nyc.gov.
Two summer programs help prepare middle school students for the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test in eighth grade:
This 22-month extra-curricular test prep program is open to students who are eligible for free lunch and meet certain academic criteria. For more information, visit http://schools.nyc.gov/Offices/SHSI/default.htm or email SHSI@schools.nyc.gov.
DREAM Summer/Fall Intensive
This test prep program is designed for eligible rising eighth grade students. To participate, students must live or attend school in one of the school districts that is least represented at specialized high schools and meet certain academic criteria. For more information, visit http://schools.nyc.gov/Offices/SHSI/default.htm or email SHSI@schools.nyc.gov.
English Language Learners (ELLs) in grades 2-8 can participate in math, science, and reading and writing activities during the summer. The DOE also offers summer learning opportunities for ELL students in high school who are on track to graduate. For more information, visit http://schools.nyc.gov/Academics/ELL/default.htm or email ELLfamilies@schools.nyc.gov.
This pilot program enables parents and caregivers to learn English with their child. Seventy-five kindergarten and first-grade students and their caregivers will participate in interactive sessions that incorporate art and culture at select sites. This program gives families the opportunity to develop their English language skills together. For more information, email FamilyEnglish@schools.nyc.gov.
The NYC Department of Youth and Community Development will provide a number of engaging programs this summer at schools throughout the City. These will include Beacon, COMPASS, and SONYC programs, among others. To learn more, visit http://www1.nyc.gov/site/dycd/index.page.
The NYC Department of Parks and Recreation hosts fun activities for families and children all summer long. For a full list of available pools, parks, and programs, visit https://www.nycgovparks.org/.
With the IDNYC identification card, City residents can access many of New York City's great cultural and educational resources, including museums, concert halls, and botanical gardens free of charge. For more information about the IDNYC program, visit http://www1.nyc.gov/site/idnyc/index.page.
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