Summer Learning Programs

Four boys smiling outdoors City Schools offers a range of summer learning programs for students. Programs focus on literacy and math, engineering, and the arts for students in elementary and middle school. And in high school, the district offers programs to get ahead and to make up any credits a student may need.

Below are City Schools' 2017 summer learning programs. For additional information, e-mail  or call 443-984-2000. 

Elementary Summer Programs

This free all-day program is provided by Young Audiences and BELL for students in kindergarten to 5th grade this school year. Breakfast and lunch are served. Transportation is not provided. Most of the sites are full, but Maree G. Farring Elementary/Middle School and Francis Scott Key Elementary/Middle School still have open seats. Sites that are full have waiting lists.

Summer Arts and Learning Academylink opens new window from Young Audiences link opens new window introduces students to a variety of art forms – from illustration to spoken word to percussion to drama and dance. Daily reading and math classes are taught by a teacher and artist, so students experience reading, writing, and math like never before, through arts integration.

  • When? July 10 to August 11, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with aftercare available to 6:00 p.m.
  • Where?  
    Coldstream Park Elementary/Middle School
    Gardenville Elementary School
    James Mosher Elementary School
    Thomas Jefferson Elementary/Middle School

Elementary Summer Academy from BELL link opens new window combines reading and math instruction with fun, hands-on enrichment activities, field trips, and service projects. The program helps children gain new academic skills and be ready to excel in school next year.

  • When? July 10 to August 11, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with aftercare available to 6:00 p.m.
  • Where?  
    Dr. Bernard Harris, Sr., Elementary School
    Edgecombe Circle Elementary School
    * Francis Scott Key Elementary/Middle School
    George Washington Elementary School
    Highlandtown Elementary/Middle School #237
    * Maree G. Farring Elementary/Middle School
  • How to apply? Register here link opens new window 

Middle School Summer Programs

Middle School Promotion (grades 6–8)

For middle school students whose results indicate they will need to repeat their grade next year, middle school promotion can mean moving ahead with the rest of the class. Courses are rigorous but offer lots of support, providing students what they need to advance to the next grade level next year. The program is provided by Bell (Building Educated Leaders for Life). Breakfast and lunch are provided. Ask at your school for registration information.

  • Who?  Current middle school students who would otherwise need to repeat their current grade next year.
  • When? July 10 – August 11, Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm (breakfast at 8:30 am)
  • Where? The REACH Partnership School, Bluford Drew Jemison STEM Academy West
  • Transportation? Students will be provided MTA bus tickets
  • How to apply? Please ask at your school for an application or print it (English | Español)  and read the brochure for more information (English | Español).

High School Summer Programs

English Language Learners Program (grades 9-12)

Provide original credit and/or credit recovery content courses (Eng. I, Alg. I, Geometry, U.S. History, & Biology). Breakfast and lunch are provided. 

  • Who? English Learners who have interrupted formal schooling, and/or are over-aged and under-credited
  • When? July 10 to August 11, Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and lunch is  served at 11:00 a.m.)
  • Where? Paul Laurence Dunbar High School
  • Transportation? Students will be provided MTA bus tickets
  • How to apply?   Please ask at your school for an application.

Credit Recovery and Original Credit (grades 9-11)

All high school courses required for graduation  are offered in the summer for students who are missing credits or wish to get ahead. Breakfast and lunch are provided. 

  • Who? Current high school students
  • When? July 10 to August 11, Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and lunch is served at 11:00 a.m.)
    Evening period only at Frederick Douglass High School
    July 10 to August 11, Monday to Friday from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Where? Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, Frederick Douglass High School.
  • Transportation? Students will be provided MTA bus tickets
  • How to apply? Please ask at your school for an application or print it (English | Español) and read the  (English | Español) for additional information.

AP Summer Academy (grades 9-11)

Get a jump start on next year's Advanced Placement courses by experiencing AP Summer Academy. Students currently enrolled in grades 9 to 11 can take a variety of AP courses to prepare them for the coming school year.

  • Who? Students currently enrolled in grades 9 to 11 who are taking an AP class next school year
  • When? July 10 to August 11, Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (breakfast at 8:30 a.m.)
  • Where? Digital Harbor High School, 1100 Covington Street, 21230
  • Transportation? Students will be provided MTA bus tickets
  • How to apply? Additional information about AP Summer Academy is available in this brochure.
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