When a student doesn’t meet the promotion standards for his or her grade, the family will get a letter recommending that the student go to summer school. If you have a question about whether your child should attend summer school, please contact the principal at your child's school. All summer-school and promotion policy is detailed in Chancellor’s Regulation A-501.
- Elementary and middle school students will attend summer school Monday-Thursday (plus Friday, July 8) from 8:30 to 12:30.
- High school students will attend summer school Monday-Friday, 5 hours per day.
District 75 Key Dates
||Promotion in Doubt letters mailed|
||Promotion Decision letters mailed|
||Summer School recommendations mailed|
||First day of Summer School|
||Last day of Summer School for elementary and middle school students|
||Last day of Summer School for high school students|
||Regents exams for high school students|
||Final Promotion Decisions|
||First day of Summer School|
||Eid-al-Fitr (schools and offices closed)|
||Last day of Summer School|
February: Promotion in Doubt letters sent.
Families of students who are at risk of being retained in the same grade for the following year receive a Promotion in Doubt letter. If you receive a Promotion in Doubt letter, immediately arrange a meeting with your child’s teacher, guidance counselor, and/or principal to discuss additional supports that are available to help your child.
May-Early June: Schools determine summer school recommendations.
Schools complete promotion portfolios for students who may not be ready for the next grade level based on student work and assessments from throughout the school year. Principals make promotion recommendations based on the English language arts and math skills demonstrated in each student’s portfolio. Students in grade 8 are also required to pass their English, math, social studies, and science courses to be promoted.
Most students with disabilities are held to the same promotion criteria as their peers without disabilities. If your child is held to modified promotion criteria, schools complete modified promotion criteria portfolios to determine if your child is ready for the next grade level.
June: Promotion Decision letters sent and students register for summer school.
Students who are not making adequate progress towards meeting promotion standards will be required to attend summer school at their home school, if it is offered there, or at a school nearby. High school students who need credits in specific subjects may have to attend a non-local program to get the class(es) they need. Families of students who are not promoted receive written notice that includes their child’s summer school start date and location. Families should contact the school if they believe their child should be retained and have not received a letter or if a translated version of the letter is needed.
Students in grades 6-12 who are not promoted in June may not participate in June graduation or stepping-up ceremony activities. If you have questions about participation in elementary school graduation activities, contact the principal of your child’s school.
July: Summer school begins.
Students who were not promoted in June attend summer school. For more information see Going to Summer School.
August: High school Regents exams. Promotion decisions sent to families.
The New York State Department of Education administers Regents exams to high school students in mid-August. All high school students, including students not enrolled in summer school and private school students, can take Regents exams in August.
At the end of the summer, principals make final promotion decisions based on whether students’ portfolios and summer school work demonstrate readiness for the next grade level. Beginning in mid-August, families of students not promoted in June will receive a final promotion decision letter in the mail. To ensure that families receive letters in a timely fashion, families should make sure that the school has their most up-to-date address. Families should contact the school if they do not receive a promotion decision letter or if a translated version is needed.
Families may appeal promotion decisions by submitting a written appeal to their child's principal by the end of August.
Elementary and middle school students go to summer school four hours a day, four days per week.
High school students go to summer school five hours a day, five days per week.
- Students are expected to attend all summer school classes. Your summer school location can provide more specific information about attendance.
- Breakfast and lunch are offered to all summer school students.
- Students who receive yellow bus transportation can find their bus route information at the Office of Pupil Transportation website beginning on June 28.
- High school students who require transportation must obtain a summer MetroCard (available from the summer school location).
- Students who live in New York City, but will be entering the New York City public school system for the first time must provide proper residency documentation and copies of the student's report card and/or transcript from the current/previous school to enroll in summer school. For more information call 311.
What to Expect: Promotion and Summer School
Read What to Expect: Promotion and Summer School for a timeline and answers to frequently asked questions.
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First priority for summer school enrollment is given to resident students who are currently enrolled in the New York City public school system. All other applicants will be admitted on a first-come first-serve basis, subject to available seats. It is a school level decision whether a student can be accommodated at a summer school.
New York City Resident Non-public School Students
All non-public school students (e.g., private/parochial students) who are New York City residents are eligible to attend summer school tuition-free, if they meet the eligibility criteria. For documentation requirements, visit the New Student Enrollment Page. Students must register in person at the school the student wishes to attend and provide a completed Non-Public School Enrollment Application, signed by the Principal of the student’s regular school, and a copy of the student report card and/or transcript from their current school (if available). Students (except for those emancipated*) must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
New York City Charter School Students
All charter school students who are New York City residents are eligible to attend summer school tuition-free, if they meet the eligibility criteria. For documentation requirements, visit the New Student Enrollment Page. Students must register in person at the school the student wishes to attend and provide a Charter School Enrollment Application, signed by the Principal of the student’s regular school, and a copy of the student report card and/or transcript from their current school (if available). Students (except for those emancipated*) must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Students who are new to the New York City public school system are eligible to attend summer school tuition- free if they provide proof of residence and meet the eligibility criteria. Students must register in person at the school the student wishes to attend and provide a copy of the student report card and/or transcript from their current school (if available). Students (except for those emancipated*) must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Temporary Residents (Visiting for the Summer)
Students who are not registered in the New York City public school system, and will not be enrolled in the New York City public school system in September 2015, are eligible to attend summer school tuition-free if they provide proper residency documentation and meet the eligibility criteria. For enrollment documentation requirements, visit the New Student Enrollment page. Students must register in person at the school the student wishes to attend and provide a copy of the student report card and/or transcript from their current school (if available). Students (except for those emancipated*) must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
* The requirements for demonstrating emancipation are set forth in Section VIII.B of Chancellor’s Regulation A-101.
Students who are not New York City residents may attend summer school if they meet the eligibility criteria and pay tuition. Non-resident parents/guardians must complete a non-resident application form. A completed application, along with a copy of the child's report card, must be brought to the nearest summer school site for registration. Tuition payment is due prior to the first day of summer school. The registering parent/guardian should submit a signed application form, along with payment, to:
Bureau of Non-Public School Payables
Attn: Brenda Antoine
65 Court Street, Room 1001
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Families can appeal promotion decisions after summer school students have been evaluated in August. If you have been notified that your child is not being promoted (either in June or in August), you have the option to appeal this decision. The letter you receive will include appeal instructions. For more information, call 311.
The following programs are not open to students who have been recommended for instructional summer programming.
STEM Summer in the City
This year’s free STEM Summer in the City program will provide students currently in grades 2 – 10 with opportunities to participate in an innovative, engaging and fun summer learning program focusing on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). The STEM Summer in the City program also includes additional enrichment opportunities for students in the arts and physical education as well as trips to cultural institutions.
Application Process: Apply now with an application specific to your child’s grade before May 20, 2016.
- Selection will be done by lottery. In addition to being in the grade 2-10, students must have at least 90% attendance during the school year and must NOT be required to attend summer school.
- We will notify families of accepted students by email approximately 2 weeks after the lottery closes.
- Contact your parent coordinator for applications in languages other than English and/or help with internet or device access to the lottery application.
Locations: There will be two STEM Summer in the City sites in each borough – one for the elementary program and the other for students in the middle and high school grades. STEM Summer in the City school locations will be available by April 29, 2016.
For School Staff: There are a number of summer opportunities to staff this exciting and expanded summer program. You can access postings for this program by going to the Summer School Selection Tool (SSIP). The posting will be available by mid-April.
Renewal Summer in the City
Students currently in grades 2 – 7 in Renewal Schools are encouraged to apply now for STEM Summer in the City. This program offers students innovative and engaging summer learning around science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Applications are due May 13, 2016.
Students currently in grades 8 – 11 in Renewal Schools who are on track to graduate can apply now to enrichment programs that will help prepare them for high school and college-level work. The application is due by May 20, 2016.
The enrichment programs include a program for incoming 9th graders, ExpandED Summer, Enriched Writing, Career Clue, and college-level classes through CUNY’s College Now program. Current 8th, 9th, and 10th graders are also encouraged to apply for STEM Summer in the City. Acceptance to these programs will be decided by lottery.