Summer Rising Grades K-8

Summer Rising is New York City’s free summer program for any City child in grades K–8, including students with disabilities, who wants to participate.

We are planning the City's most exciting summer ever! For the first time, we will fully integrate the strengths of DOE academics with the Department of Youth & Community Development’s (DYCD) school-based enrichment programming. Students in grades K–8 will get outside, learn, and engage with peers and caring adults in safe, supervised, and enriching ways.

All K–8 students participating in programs will have access to academic classes and enrichment programming, including field trips, arts activities and outdoor recreation. Students will engage in daily community building and social emotional learning activities.

Summer Rising will address academic and social emotional needs of our youth through tailored support. These programs will provide a bridge to next school year and allow students to reconnect with one another and with their schools. They will address unfinished learning while providing avenues for recreation, exploration, and fun.

Summer Rising High School

Summer Rising High School is a chance for all high school students to make up previously failed courses, complete courses in progress, and participate in academic acceleration. Students will also be able to engage in important career readiness opportunities, like the Summer Youth Employment Program.

High school students will have access to academic and social emotional supports designed locally to meet the unique needs of older students. High schools will design programs that meet the needs of their school communities and are based on student feedback. Programs may be in-person or remote, depending on the subject area and community needs.

Program Overview

  • Summer Rising will be available in every neighborhood.
  • All programs will be run by local school leaders and trusted community-based organizations.
  • Summer Rising programs are full day and in-person experiences
  • All programs will create a bridge back to school in the fall and give parents peace of mind as they return to work.
  • The environment will be safe and supportive. Staff members are prepared to respond to children’s social and emotional needs.
  • Summer programs will offer academic support, arts, recreation, and social-emotional support.
  • There will be local field trips to parks, pools, and other enriching outdoor venues that are educational and in accordance with State health and safety guidelines.
  • Breakfast, lunch, and a snack will be served to each student.

Health and Safety

All programs will follow rigorous health and safety protocols, including social distancing and mask wearing. All locations will have access to testing, nursing support and a telehealth call center.

More information about testing protocols and health policies for summer will be available soon on the DOE's COVID-19 Information and Updates page.

Summer Rising Calendar

  • Grades K-5
    • July 6 to August 20 (except July 20)
    • Monday–Friday
    • 8 AM–6 PM
  • Grades 6-8
    • July 6 to August 12 (except July 20)
    • Monday–Thursday
    • 8 AM–4 PM
  • Grades 9-12
    • July 6 to August 13 (except July 20)
    • Schools will program students for courses and activities within Monday to Friday, at hours throughout the day to accommodate your student’s schedule.
  • Students with 12-month IEPs (D75 and ESY)
    • July 2 to August 13 (except July 5 and July 20)
    • Monday–Friday
    • 8 AM–2:30 PM or 8:10 AM–2:40 PM for Students with 12-month IEPs


For Summer Rising programs (grades K-8) families can sign up through the discoverDYCD website starting on Monday, April 26. Schools will also reach out to families to encourage them to sign up and help them do so.

High schools will reach out students in the coming weeks to discuss participation.

Students with 12-month IEPs will be contacted about participating in their IEP-recommended programs and about their learning preferences (remote or in person).

All New York City residents are eligible for Summer Rising programs. If your student is a New York City resident but does not attend a DOE school, you should apply to a program that is in your neighborhood.

Commonly Asked Questions

Are Summer Rising programs in person?

We are excited to bring many children back full-time into a school setting. Summer Rising programs are full day, full week experiences that will create a bridge back to school in the fall. These in person experiences will give parents peace of mind as they return to work.

Are there any remote opportunities?

Summer Rising programs will operate in hundreds of DOE buildings, giving students safe and supervised experiences in their neighborhood. Most students will be able to attend a program in their home building!

Summer Rising are in-person programs designed to engage students with their peers, school communities, and school buildings. We are devoted to bringing children back full-time into a school setting and creating a connection to the fall. The only students who will have the option to participate remotely are those who are required to attend summer courses to be promoted to the next grade level and students with 12-month IEPs. If your student falls into one of these categories, you will be contacted about your learning preference (remote or in person).

Can I sign up for less than the full program (for example, half days or a half session)?

Summer Rising programs designed to engage students with their peers, school communities, and school buildings in safe, supervised, and enriching ways. When registering for Summer Rising programs, families are signing up for full day, full week experiences. Please talk to your school if you want to sign up but have special circumstance.

Will there be summer school if my student needs academic support?

This summer, we are moving away from traditional summer school. For the first time, we will fully integrate the strengths of DOE academics and DYCD school-based enrichment programming into one comprehensive summer experience for young people. All students participating in Summer Rising programs will receive academic support.

Your school will contact you in June if your child needs to receive academic support to be promoted to the next grade level.


If you have questions, please contact your school or email

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