Summer School

Summer School Update Mon, May 10:

We are unable to serve all students previously identified as eligible based on available staffing and resources. The following elementary students will be enrolled in the full in-person and full distance learning summer strengthening programs:

  • All PreK students in their 4 year old year (rising Kindergarten) who received a summer school eligibility letter.
  • Students with disabilities who have Extended School Year (ESY) or Recovery Services on their IEP.
  • Students with disabilities who are enrolled in countywide special education programs (PreK Special Education Programs, MIPA, Life Skills, Interlude, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, and Communication)
  • English Learners (EL) levels 1 and 2 and Temporary English Learners (TEL-students who have not been assessed yet but are presumed English Learners)

We understand that this decision is disappointing to families whose children will not be able to participate in summer school and regret that we are unable to serve all elementary students who met the initial eligibility standards as we cannot accommodate waitlists. APS is committed to ensuring that these students will have targeted instructional resources available to them throughout the summer via Lexia and Dreambox. Their teachers will assess their learning needs at the start of the 2021-22 school year to determine curricular areas that may require accelerated learning support.   

Secondary Summer School
More detailed information about secondary summer school programming will be shared with parents and guardians the week of May 17, once we have a better sense of the following:

  • which students will be eligible to participate in summer school as evidenced by having earned a D or E in a course they need to graduate or be promoted from 8th grade;
  • whether secondary students with disabilities are eligible for ESY or Recover Services;
  • which EL students have not evidenced sufficient English language acquisition.

Town Halls Next Week to Answer Questions
Should you have questions or concerns, please plan to participate in a virtual town hall meeting focused on summer school on Mon, May 17 from 6-7 p.m.  A virtual town hall meeting specifically focused on the delivery of services during summer school for students with disabilities will be held on Tue, May 18 from 7-8 p.m. The meetings will be conducted via Microsoft Teams and you can find more information online.

Summer School Update Mon, May 3:
Updated: Registration for Summer 2021 Virtual New Work

Due to the recent update in guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) on social distancing recommendations for students in schools, APS will be shifting from the summer school cohort model announced on March 19 to a model in which students will have a choice to either participate in a full in-person model or in a full-distance learning model for the duration of the summer strengthening program (4 weeks for elementary students and 5 weeks for secondary students).

APS summer strengthening programs are only open to current APS students in grades Pre-K through grade 12 who have been identified as eligible by a school administrator or counselor. Elementary schools will be contacting families with this information in mid-April. Secondary students will be notified beginning in mid-May. Eligible students will be automatically registered for the in-person model unless their parents contact their schools to either change to the full distance learning model, or to opt out altogether. The deadline for elementary parents to change or opt out is April 30 and the secondary deadline is May 28.

Participation in summer school will be contingent upon APS being able to hire a sufficient number of teachers to staff the programs. If necessary, some students may need to be waitlisted.

Summer School will take place from July 6-30 for elementary students and from July 6-Aug. 6 for secondary students. The Summer School plan was developed in collaboration with the Offices of English Learners, Special Education, Early Childhood and Elementary Education, Secondary Education, the Department of Information Services and Principals at all levels.

Elementary Summer School (PreK-Grade 5) July 6-30
Most elementary schools will have their own strengthening programs. Eligible ATS students will attend programs at their home schools. Students who are pre-identified as eligible will receive notification from their current school on April 16 with additional information.

Secondary Summer School July 6-Aug. 6
Secondary summer school will be at one of two locations. A countywide middle school option will be offered at Kenmore Middle School and a countywide high school option will be located at Yorktown High School.Each location will have two summer school sessions.

  • Middle School: Session 1 – 7:45-9:55 a.m. and Session 2 – 10:05 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
  • High School: Session 1 7:45-10:45 and Session 2 – 11:15 a.m.-2:15 p.m.

Additional Secondary Summer School Programs
Individual Programs at ACHS and New Directions

  • Session 1 – 7:45 – 10:45 a.m.
  • Session 2 – 11:15 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Individual Program at Shriver

  • 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

PEP Program at Career Center

  • Times and location TBD.

English Learner and Special Education Students
Students with a current English Language Proficiency (ELP) Level 1 or 2 and EL’s in levels 3 or 4 will attend five days a week in-person or all virtual for the full Summer School program. Special Education students will also attend fully in-person or fully virtual for the duration of the program.

Summer School Eligibility
APS summer strengthening programs are only open to current APS students in grades Pre-K through grade 12 who have been identified as eligible by a school administrator or counselor. Families of eligible elementary students will be notified through ParentVUE and/or an email or phone call from their school on or about April 16. Secondary students will begin to be notified of eligibility by their counselors in late April or early May. The last notification of eligibility for secondary students will be May 28. Secondary students may take a maximum of two strengthening classes as recommended by their counselors.

Neither strengthening students do not need to register but they do need to confirm the following with their school as soon as possible after they are notified of their eligibility:

  • Whether they would like to attend the fully in-person or fully virtual option, or
  • Whether they would like to opt out.

If the school is not notified of a program preference (or that the student intends to opt out) the school will automatically enroll eligible elementary students for the full in-person program by April 30. If secondary students do not provide a program preference or opt out by May 28, they will be enrolled for the full in-person program.

Students eligible to attend summer school in-person for the entire session also include:

  • Any English learner (EL) with an ELP level 1 or 2 and EL’s in levels 3 or 4 who have not demonstrated language proficiency growth during the 2020-21 school year
  • Any student with an IEP
  • Any rising Kindergarten through 3rd graders who have not consistently attended during the 2020-21 school year or who have evidenced little to no growth

Secondary students who are eligible include:

  • Students who have earned D’s or E’s in classes required for promotion (middle school) or graduation (high school)
  • Any ELP Level 1 or 2 and any ELP Level 3 or 4 who have not demonstrated language growth
  • Any student with an IEP

Student Eligibility and Potential Waitlists
If APS is unable to staff all advertised summer programs, some students who are pre-identified as eligible may need to be waitlisted.

All McKinney-Vento students (PreK through grade 12) are eligible to attend summer school even if they do not meet the specified academic criteria.

Instructional Focus

  • Elementary Strengthening – Math and Reading (students must be pre-identified by their school administrators and will be registered and notified by their schools)
  • Secondary Strengthening and New Work for Credit
    • Courses required for promotion (middle school), graduation (high school) – students must be pre-identified by their counselors and will be registered and notified by their schools
    • Updated May 3: Registration for Summer 2021 Virtual New Work Economics and Personal Finance will be open from May 3rd to May 14th.  Registration should be completed using this form. Course Information: 
      • The course is available to APS students currently in 8th grade through 12th grade.
      • The course runs from July 6th to August 6th.
      • The course will be delivered asynchronously via Canvas.
        • This means that students can complete work at their own pace as long as they are meeting the due dates and deadlines.
        • The course typically takes students about 4-6 hours of work per day.
      • Students take the W!SE Financial Literacy Test as part of the course.
        • The test will be administered virtually and teachers will reach out with testing dates and procedures.  While this will be taken virtually, the test will be monitored and taken at an assigned date and time.
        • The test normally takes place around the midpoint of the course.
        • If your student is not able to take the W!SE exam, they may take a final exam in lieu of the W!SE test.
      • There will be an orientation module as part of the course that needs to be completed before coursework can begin.  Students may begin that module as soon as they have access to the course (July 2nd).  Teachers will reach out to students on or before July 6th to set expectations for the course.


      • The cost of the course is $350 for students that do not qualify for free and reduced lunch.
      • Students eligible for free and reduced lunch will have the fee covered by a scholarship from APS.

      More information is available on the Social Studies and Summer School Websites.

  • Extended School Year (ESY) and Recovery Services will be offered for many students with disabilities. Case carriers will inform families of students’ eligibility for these programs.
  • No elementary or middle school enrichment courses will be offered, and no Outdoor Lab summer camps will be offered.

Updated April 20: Course Fees

  • Strengthening course: No Cost
  • New Work for Credit fees are $350/$87 reduced
  • Parents will be invoiced through MySchoolBucks.
  • Information for submitting payment for New Work for Credit will be included with the online registration form. Registration will take place from May 3-14.

Food Services
It is anticipated that food will be provided at some summer school sites. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

Extended Day

Extended Day will not be offered during summer school due to staffing and space constraints and health and safety requirements.

Transportation will be provided to students who live in the bus eligibility zone for the summer school site. Families may review eligibility zones online. Expanded walk zones for some elementary schools will still be in effect and bus service will not be provided to a school site from expanded walk zones. Families can review the expanded walk zones on the APS website. Transportation will only be provided at the beginning and the end of the day. Secondary students who only take one course will need to provide their own transportation in one direction. Bus route information, if applicable, will be provided along with student schedules and other information via ParentVUE on July 2.