Summer Academy

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What is the Summer Academy?

Summer in the City offers a variety of free Summer Academy programs for students of different ages. Summer Academy programs include hands-on STEM projects and field trips to museums, parks and other cultural sites.  

Summer in the City provides transportation and students enrolled in programming will receive a free, healthy breakfast and lunch.

Summer Academy programs are for students we did not recommend for Summer School.

On this page, you will find information about each program, including how to apply and whether or not your child is eligible. Summer Academy enrichment programs have limited availability and applications are open March 18-April 26 for most programs. Reach out to your school’s Parent Coordinator or Principal to learn more.

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Summer Academy Programs

The First and Second Grade Summer Academy

The First and Second Grade Summer Academy is for students who want to explore and create this summer. Students will learn through play and engaging lessons, giving them a jumpstart on the next grade.

  • Student Eligibility: Students currently enrolled in first and second grade
  • Dates and Times:  July 2 – August 8, 8:30 AM  – 2:30 PM
  • Location: Programs are located in every district across the city
  • How to Apply: Contact your school’s Principal or Parent Coordinator to request a seat

Multilingual Learners Summer Academy

The Multilingual Learners Summer Academy is a great way for students to strengthen their academic skills through fun and engaging lessons.  Students will participate in hands-on activities designed to support their language skills and prepare them to excel in the next grade. Additional programs are available for students currently enrolled in Spanish and Mandarin bilingual classes.

  • Student Eligibility: Students currently enrolled in first – eighth grade
  • Dates and Times:  July 2 – August 8, 8:30 AM  – 2:30 PM
  • Location: Programs are located in every borough across the city
  • How to Apply: Contact your school’s Principal or Parent Coordinator to request a seat

Additional programming for high school students will soon be announced! Information will be posted here in coming weeks, so check back soon to learn more.

Community Schools Elementary Summer Academy

The Community Schools Elementary Summer Academy is for students who want to play, learn and explore during the summer. Students attending participating Community Schools can enroll in the full-day program, which includes hands-on STEM projects, art, games and team building activities led by school and CBO staff.

  • Student Eligibility: Students currently enrolled in grades K-5 at participating Community Schools
  • Dates and Times:  July 2 – August 8, 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM
  • Location: A list of participating schools is coming soon
  • How to Apply: Contact your school’s Principal or Parent Coordinator to request a seat
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STEM Summer in the City

STEM Summer in the City is a five-week program for students who love to create and want to learn more about STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and math. Students will spend the summer programming robots, inventing engineering solutions and developing their computer coding and game design skills. The program also includes academic enrichment, art, and recreation. 

  • Student Eligibility: Students currently enrolled in second – tenth grade
  • Dates and Times:  July 2 – August 8, 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM
  • Location: Programs are located in every borough across the city and the specific sites will be announced in February
  • How to Apply: Complete the STEM SITC online lottery (Available March 18)
  • Learn more about STEM at the link below:

STEM Matters

STEM Matters NYC offers students in grades K-11 programs that range from aerospace to animal science, marine biology to mechanics, and ecology to engineering. Students can participate in week-long camps, high school internships, and a four-week course that counts toward college credit.

  • Student Eligibility: Students currently enrolled in K – eleventh grade
  • Location: Varies by program
  • How to Apply: Complete the STEM Matters online lottery (available March 18).
  • Questions about STEM Matters can be emailed to camps@schools.nyc.gov
  • Learn more about STEM at the link below:

CareerCLUE

CareerCLUE provides high school students the chance to gain valuable work experience and get paid during the summer. Students enrolled in the program will receive an SYEP summer stipend of up to $700 and can also earn an elective credit. Students will visit some of NYC’s leading employers to learn about different careers and also participate in hands-on science, engineering and art projects throughout the summer.

  • Student eligibility: Students must be 14 or 15-years-old by July 1, 2019 and attend a participating community school
  • Location: A list of participating schools will be released soon
  • How to apply: Talk to your principal or guidance staff

DREAM

DREAM’s Specialized High School Institute helps prepare eligible middle school students for the Specialized High School Admissions Test.

  • Student Eligibility: Middle school students are recruited each spring
  • Location: Varies by program
  • Questions: Contact your school's Guidance Counselor, email SHSI@schools.nyc.gov or visit DREAM’S website, below:

Additional Summer Enrichment Opportunities

Contact us

For more information, call us at 718-935-2838 for help, or email us at SITC@schools.nyc.gov.

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