Summer School

Summer School 2022

APS is hiring summer school teachers now! Teachers can view the job listings online.

Summer School registration forms are now available. Read more about eligibility below and download the registration form for your child who has been identified as eligible for summer school. You may submit the completed form (via email or on paper) to your child’s teacher or school counselor. Elementary deadline is March 31; secondary is May 31.

The APS Summer School Program will provide, at no cost, intensive in-person strengthening support, intervention, credit recovery, and Extended School Year services for students meeting specific eligibility criteria. There will also be limited new work for credit options, for a fee. See below for program descriptions.

The updated 2022 Summer School Program will offer:

  • Accelerated, in-person learning and intensive strengthening for elementary and middle school students with critical learning deficits in literacy and math.
  • Opportunities for eligible high school students to recover credits toward fulfilling graduation requirements or to earn original credit in specific courses.
  • Smaller class sizes to yield stronger positive outcomes for students with significant needs, prioritized based on specific eligibility criteria.
  •  Eligibility:
    • Pre-K students falling below benchmark on key indicators for the Pre-K PALS screener.
    • Elementary and middle school students scoring Below Basic on ​Math Inventory, Reading Inventory, and intensive DIBELS​ assessments.
    • Eighth graders who need a core course for promotion.
    • High school students needing credit recovery to graduate​.
    • English language acquisition for English Learners.
    • Extended School Year to serve eligible students with disabilities.

Elementary and middle school students’ eligibility for summer school will be communicated during parent-teacher conferences in early March.

High school students’ eligibility for summer school is based on their final grade in courses they need to graduate; therefore, they will begin to be notified of their eligibility in May.

DOWNLOAD THE REGISTRATION FORM (Español | Монголአማርኛ | العربية) for your child who has been identified as eligible for summer school. You may submit the completed form (via email or on paper) to your child’s teacher or school counselor.

Elementary Registration Deadline: March 31
Secondary Registration Deadline: May 31

Information about Bus Transportation for Summer School


Programs by grade level:

Pre-K Strengthening Program

  • Overview: Provides support for current, eligible Pre-K students who will engage in small group and individual interventions for literacy to build their academic skills. Small group math instruction will be provided however Pre-K strengthening will focus primarily on literacy skills acquisition.
  • Dates/Location: July 5, 2022 – July 29, 2022, in person at designated cluster school sites
    • 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Pre-K Eligibility:  Pre-K students falling below benchmark on key indicators for the Pre-K PALS screener.

Please contact your school counselor or the student’s teacher for additional information.

Elementary Reading and Math Strengthening (Grades K-5)

  • Overview: Provides support for current, eligible K-5 students who will engage in small group and individual interventions for reading and mathematics to build their academic skills. English Learners focus on language acquisition and access to grade level standards​.
  • Dates/Location: July 5, 2022 – July 29, 2022, in person at designated cluster school sites
    • 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Eligibility: Based on equivalent of Below Basic performance Reading and Math Inventories and intensive DIBELS screeners. ​Students who have not been successful in reading and math will be recommended by their schools to apply for the program. This same criteria applies to English learners, including those at levels 1 and 2 who may have been exempted from interventions through the HB 410 process.

Please contact your school counselor or the student’s teacher for additional information.

Middle School Reading and Math Strengthening (Grades 6-8) and Credit Recovery

  • Overview: Provides support for current, eligible students in grades 6-8 who will engage in small group and individual interventions for reading and mathematics to build their academic skills. English Learners focus on language acquisition and access to grade level standards​.
  • Dates/Location: July 5, 2022 – August 5, 2022, in person, two sessions (4-5 hours/day) at one designated site
    • Period 1: 7:45 a.m. – 9:55 a.m.
      Period 2: 10:05 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    • *Please note 8th graders/rising 9th graders will attend the high school except for Interlude, MIPA, and FLS. Those programs will attend middle school site.
  • Eligibility: Based on equivalent of Below Basic performance Reading and Math Inventories and DIBELS screeners. Students who have not been successful in reading and math will be recommended by their schools to apply for the program.  Additionally, all English learners at levels 1 and 2 are eligible for a course focused on linguistic development across the four language domains of listening, speaking, reading, and writing (note that this is a non-credit-bearing course). Eighth graders who fail a core course (English, math, social studies, or science) needed for promotion are also eligible.

Please contact your school counselor or the student’s teacher for additional information.

High School Credit Recovery (Grades 9-12)

  • Overview: Provides eligible students the opportunity to recover credits toward fulfilling graduation requirements or to earn original credit in specific courses. The five-week program will take place in two sessions, five hours per day, in person at one designated site.
  • Dates/Location: July 5, 2022 – August 5, 2022, two sessions (5 hours/day), in person one location
    • Period 1: 7:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
      Period 2: 11:15 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.
  • Eligibility: Eligibility is based on credit recovery needs. Students who have failed a course required for graduation are eligible. Additionally, all English learners at levels 1 and 2 are eligible for a course focused on linguistic development across the four language domains of listening, speaking, reading, and writing (note that this is a non-credit-bearing course).  Finally, English Learners who are required to take English 11 in order to graduate in August 2022 are eligible.

Please contact your school counselor or the student’s teacher for additional information.

New Work for Credit (grades 8-12) (Virtual, Fee-Based)

  • Overview: Provides students the opportunity to earn original credit in specific courses.
  • Dates/Location: July 5, 2022 – August 5, 2022
  • Eligibility: Fee-based enrollment in Economics & Personal Finance (Virtual Only) and English 11 for English Learners (new work).
  • Cost: $350 (Reduced: $87)
  • Register Online for Economics & Personal Finance starting March 3
  • Invoices will be sent via email on June 2nd. Payments will be due by June 17.

Please contact your school counselor or the student’s teacher for additional information.

Extended School Year (ESY) (Grades Pre-k-12)

  • Overview: Provides eligible students who have an IEP and identified critical life skills small group instruction and/or accommodations to access the reading and math curriculum. Eligibility is discussed and determined at the student’s IEP meeting as students must fit specific criteria to be identified. The program will take place in person at a designated site.
  • Dates/Location:
    • Elementary – July 5, 2022 – July 29, 2022, in person at a designated cluster school site; 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    • Secondary – July 5, 2022 – August 5, 2022 two sessions (5 hours/day), in person one location; Period 1: 7:45 a.m. – 9:55 a.m. , Period 2: 10:05 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
  • Eligibility: Student eligibility is discussed and determined at the student’s IEP.

Please contact your school counselor or the student’s teacher for additional information.


Summer School Program Review

In fall 2021, Arlington Public Schools conducted a review of Summer School programming over the past three years to develop a future model that best serves students. The review included multiple stakeholder feedback sessions in Sept. and Oct. 2021 with parents, advisory groups, administrators, teachers and staff. The review focused on strategies to drive positive student outcomes and address challenges with past models, including the inconsistent instructional focus at the elementary level; resource constraints and staffing shortages, exacerbated by the pandemic; and low efficacy as evidenced by inconclusive student performance outcomes. For more details, read the Annual Summer School Report presented in November 2021.