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    Summer Learning Opportunities
    Posted on 03/16/2018
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    Summer Learning Opportunities

    Summer is a critical time for children and youth to engage in ongoing learning, enrichment, and skill-building.

    Lack of access to high quality summer learning opportunities has real consequences – more than half of the achievement gap between lower and higher-income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities. Fortunately, Seattle Public Schools, community based organizations and various city departments offer many programs throughout the summer months.

    Below you'll find a compilation of district resources and program offerings. In addition, please check with the front office of your student's school for information about summer learning opportunities.

    Students Entering Kindergarten

    Jump Start

    Dates: August 20 - 24, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    Location: Most Elementary Schools

    How to apply: When families register their child for kindergarten, the Jump Start registration form will be available. In May, schools that are offing Jump Start will send registration and health forms to families. You can also find the registration form on the Jump Start webpage linked below. These forms should be completed and returned to your school by June.

    This free transition-to-kindergarten program is offered at most Seattle elementary and K-8 schools.

    Read more about Jump Start, including a list of schools participating and registration form.

    Elementary Students

    Summer Staircase

    Dates: June 25 - July 27, times vary by school site. No school July 4.
    Location: 18 School Sites 

    How to apply: Contact your child's teacher or the interventionist at your child's school.

    Summer Staircase is a high-quality program for students currently in kindergarten through 4th grade. All students welcome; preference given to students below grade level as determined by MAP or Smarter Balanced assessments.

    Read more about Summer Staircase.

    Middle School Students

    Northend Summer Music

    Dates: July 2 - July 20, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. No session on July 4
    Location: Ballard High School

    How to apply: visit our summer music information webpage for application.

    The Summer Music Program is a way for students to continue their music learning during the summer months. The program is designed for students entering grades 5th through 9th (4th grade completed). Students must have completed at least one year of instrumental instruction.

    Other Middle School Summer Opportunities

    Contact your child's middle school to determine if summer programs are offered. Visit our school directory for contact information.

    High School Students

    Credit Recovery for High School Students

    Dates: July 2 - July 27, 8 a.m.- 12 p.m.
    Locations: Roosevelt High School and South Lake High School

    How to register: Contact  your student's high school counselor.

    Students who need credit for language arts, math or social studies classes they did not previously pass; preference given to students in grades 11th and 12th. Students may enroll in up to two classes and earn up to 1.0 credit (.5 per class) toward graduation.

    Read more about Credit Retrieval for High School Students

    Skills Center

    Dates: July 9 - Aug. 3, 11:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
    Location: Several locations

    How to apply: apply online on the Skills Center website.

    Summer Skills Center courses are open to all Seattle Public Schools' incoming 9th-12th graders. Skills Center is a free program to provide hands-on classes in real-world career fields. Courses range from an exploration of aerospace technology, where students learn how to build, service and modify aircraft and aircraft components, to an introduction to recording arts

    Read more and apply online on the Skills Center website.