Summer Programs

MCPS elementary, middle, and high schools will offer a variety of summer program experiences in an online model. The goal of these programs will be to keep students engaged and learning during the summer months, address loss of learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, and offer a variety of specialized opportunities that are of interest to students. Our vision for summer programs is that all students in MCPS will have an opportunity to participate in academic and enrichment programs this summer. Generally, programs will run from one to three weeks beginning July 13, depending on the program. Parents will be notified by school communities on which programs will be available at their schools, along with details about program registration provided by the local school. Registration links will be posted on school websites by June 23, 2020.


ELEMENTARY School PROGRAMS

Programs Description

Mathematics Boost

The Elementary Math and ELA Boost will offer core instruction in mathematics and literacy, available to all students.


English Language Arts (ELA) Boost

Enrichment “Camp” Programs

Unique, enrichment programs that match student interest in their communities. These include opportunities in fine arts, STEM, language, literature, and wellness.

JumpStart

Independent activities for rising Kindergartners to help them to prepare for Kindergarten.

Pre-Kindergarten and Head Start Summer Programs



Summer Programming is available for Prekindergarten and Head Start children who are rising kindergarten students. Prekindergarten and Head Start students who will attend a Non-Title I school for kindergarten in the fall are invited to this four week online program.




MIDDLE SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Programs Description  

Mathematics Boost

Middle School Mathematics Boost will offer core instruction in mathematics, available to all students. Students will enroll in the next grade level course to address learning gaps and get a “boost” for the next grade level.

  • Grade 6 Math
  • Grade 7 Math (also open to Grade 6 students)
  • Grade 8 Math
  • Algebra 1 
  • Three week program between July 13 - August 14
  • At least three synchronous meetings of 45 minutes each, per week

Literacy Boost

Middle School Literacy Boost will offer core instruction in English language arts, available to all students..Students will enroll in the next grade level course to get a “boost” for the next grade level.

  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8 

Enrichment “Camps” and Programs

Unique, enrichment programs that match student interest in their communities.

  • One to three week program, between July 13 - August 14.
  • At least three synchronous meetings of 45 minutes each, per week

HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Programs Description  

Virtual Summer School (Online Pathways)

Centralized online courses in all core academic areas traditionally offered in summer school.

Repeat courses for students who need to repeat a course to remain on track for graduation or for original credit.

Central program information here.


Mathematics Boost

High School Mathematics Boost will address learning recovery in mathematics, to help students prepare for the next math course. Students should enroll in the next course to address learning gaps and get a “boost” for the next course.

  • Algebra 1
  • Geometry
  • Algebra II
  • Pre Calculus
  • Pre-AP 
  • Three week program between July 13 - August 14 (schools select three week window).
  • Offered to all students in each local school


Enrichment “Camps” and Programs

Unique, enrichment programs that match student interest in their communities (i.e. coding, art, theater, wellness, STEM, journalism, leadership, pre-AP etc.) 

  • One to three week program, between July 13 - August 14

High School Credit Recovery

These courses can be offered to students who failed a course in a prior semester and are eligible for credit recovery.

  • Three week program between July 13 - August 14 (schools select three week window).
 

High School Original Credit Courses (LSP)

Schools are able to offer courses for original credit, if previously submitted as LSP. These typically include courses like Health, Foundations of Technology, or school-based APEX or Edmentum courses in mathematics. 


  • Fee for students
 

Programs Offered by External Partners

Free Programs

The MCPS Partnerships Unit is proud to present the following summer external partner enrichment offerings including single sessions, one-week classes, and multiple week workshops to enhance your child’s summer learning:

Free MCPS Summer External Partner Programs

  • Grade indicated is the grade your child is entering into for 2020-2021 school year.
  • All sessions require computer/Chromebook/tablet and Internet connection
  • Parents or adult students will be notified if the session has reached the student capacity or if the minimum has not been met to run the specific program. Applicants will receive an email as to the status before the course starts and as soon as we are able to provide an update. Some programs are available over multiple weeks and others are only available one time per child.

To register for Summer External Partner Programs, one registration per student, use: https://bit.ly/SummerPartnerPrograms (a parent with more than one child needs to register once per child but may select more than one program offering per child)

If you have questions about the programs or classes, call or email the Partnerships Unit at 240-740-5599 or Davida_Gurstelle@mcpsmd.org.

Montgomery County Public Library: Summer Read and Learn

Imagine Your Story

MCPL's Summer Read and Learn program offers kids and teens a chance to fill their summer with great books and fun activities. Read books, do fun learning activities, and attend virtual events all summer long. You'll earn badges and prizes and enjoy fun raffles!

Participating is easy:

  • Summer Reading Website
  • Sign up (or log in) online
  • Earn online badges to complete the program.
  • (Optional) Print an Early Literacy or Elementary School Age game board at home.
  • Visit your branch from September 1 - September 30 to pick up your champion bag with prizes while supplies last.
  • Take our survey. Your voice counts!
 

Ages

Subject

Schedule & Time

Dates

Gameboards

Booklists

eBook Sites

Early Literacy, 0 – 5 years old

Literacy

Your Own Pace

June 15 – August 31

English

Spanish

Chinese

Amharic

Babies

Toddlers

Preschool

Kindergarten

https://bit.ly/ESreads

Elementary, 6 – 12 years old

Literacy

Your Own Pace

June 15 – August 31

English

Spanish

Chinese

Amharic

Grade 1

Grade 2

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

https://bit.ly/ESreads

Teen, 13 – 17 years old

Literacy

Your Own Pace

June 15 – August 31

No gameboards

Middle School

High School

https://bit.ly/MCPSTeenREAD

Splatdoodle Class with Abrakadoodle MD: Greater Silver Spring

Sessions will be connected to a Splatdoodle, weekly art challenge. During the sessions, students will do fun art activities that will be tied to a weekly social media challenge. Students are invited to use the hashtag #SplatDoodle and tag @Abrakadoodle. Classes are offered as a one-time class to engage in a fun art activity. 

Grade 

Subject 

Schedule 

Dates 

Times 

Capacity 

Supplies needed

K-2 

Art 

1 class | Tuesday

July 14 or July 28

10:00-10:50 a.m. 

20 students

Paper and crayons 

3-5 

Art 

1 class | Tues or Thurs

July 16 or July 30 or
August 11

10:00-10:50 a.m. 

20 students

Paper and crayons 

6-8 

Art 

1 class | Thursday

August 13

10:00-10:50 a.m. 

20 students

Paper and crayons 

Plant Power Class with Brookside Gardens

 

Plants are all around us but seldom understood. Join in this week for some fun learning opportunities about the power of plants.  Learn about tree growth, plant adaptations, work gardeners, plant pollinators, and how seeds travel! Each day, the theme is introduced through a picture book followed by inquiry, discussion, demonstration and a suggested activity to be shared with the group. 

Grade 

Subject 

Schedule 

Dates 

Times 

Capacity 

Supplies needed

2-4

Science 

1-week | Daily
Monday- Friday  

July 20-24  

10:00-10:50 a.m. 

25 students

N/A 

Goal Setting Girls with Crittenton Services

Goal Setting Girls is a program that focuses on social emotional learning for rising sixth and seventh grade girls. During this 3-week summer program, participants will explore stress and emotion management, mindfulness, and self-care techniques.

Grade

Subject

Schedule 

Dates

Times

Capacity

Supplies needed

6-7

Health

3-weeks | 1-day
Wednesday

July 22
July 29
August 5

3:00-3:40 p.m.

15

Canvas, Paint brush, paint, jar or plastic bottle, glitter glue, food coloring

FoolProof through the Educational Services Federal Credit Union (ESFCU)

The FoolProof program is a free highly interactive, self-grading group of online lessons. The program is a series of modules that teach about money, financial responsibility and the free enterprise system. Not only will you learn about money skills but also critical thinking related to financial literacy. For instance, what good does it do to teach young people budgeting skills if they don’t know how to spend money wisely? 

Grade 

Subject 

Schedule 

Dates 

Times 

Capacity 

Supplies needed  

6-8

Finance

Teacher driven

July 13-August 14 

At your own pace

50 students

Online-9 modules

9-12 

Finance 

Teacher driven

July 13-August 14 

At your own pace

50 students

Online-18 modules

Manny Cooks Class with Manna Food

Are you looking for fun ways for your kids to learn about healthy eating this summer? Manna Food Center is offering 3 sessions in a week as part of the “Manny Cooks” class. This is a food education class that will focus on nutrition concepts, cooking, and highlight simple recipes that kids and families can make at home. Some of the topics covered will include fruits, vegetables, protein, whole grains, healthy fats, hydration and more! Manna Food Center serves residents of Montgomery County through food distribution, education, and advocacy. If you are in need of food assistance or would like more information, please visit mannafood.org.

Grade 

Subject 

Schedule 

Dates 

Times 

Capacity 

Supplies needed

3-5 

Nutrition 

1-week | 3-days Tues, Wed, Thurs  

July 14, 15, 16 or  July 21, 22, 23

1:00-1:50 p.m.

25 students  per class 

N/A 

Ask a Naturalist with Montgomery Parks, Locust Grove Nature Center

“Ask a Naturalist” will have daily live chats with Naturalists as they share information about plants and animals found in Montgomery County, as well as about its ecology. 

Grade 

Subject 

Schedule 

Dates 

Times 

Capacity 

Supplies needed

Science 

1-week | Daily Monday - Friday 

July 27 - 31

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 

20 

 N/A

6-7

Science

1-week | Daily Monday - Friday

August 10-14

11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

20

N/A

Invasive Species Investigation with Montgomery Parks, Black Hill Visitor Center and Nature Programs

Have you heard about a fish that can live out of water for three days or a beautiful green grass that no animal can eat?  Stuff of legends or fiction?  Nope!  These species are invading Maryland and we need your help! Learn with a park naturalist about what invasive species are and how they impact our lives.  Learn real life ecology research techniques and create an action plan to help improve our local habitats.

Grade 

Subject 

Schedule 

Dates 

Times 

Capacity 

Supplies needed 

9-11

Science 

1-week | Daily Monday – Friday

August 3-7

10:00-11:30 a.m. (M-Th) 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (Fri)

15

Green space and PowerPoint 

Violin Technique Class with National Philharmonic

Sessions will be on violin technique. Students “play along” with National Philharmonic musician who will work on scales, rhythmic skills, technical skills. It is recommended that students have at least two years of instruction and are able to tune their own instrument to participate in the class.

Grade  7-8 

Subject  Music

Schedule  1-week | 3-Days

 Dates July 21, 22, 23

Days & Times  11:00-11:50 a.m. 

Capacity  10 students 

Supplies needed Violin 

Playing with Acapella (the App) with Strathmore

Students will learn to listen for and sing layered vocal parts using the iOS app, Acapella. Also collaborate with classmates to create vocal harmony collages. Prior music/choir experience is highly recommended.

Grade

Subject

Schedule

Dates

Times

Capacity

Supplies needed

9-11

Music- Vocal

1 week | 3-days Mon, Wed, Fri

August 3, 5 and 7

1:00-1:50 p.m.

20

Headphones. Phone or ipad. Separate device for engaging in class.

Urban Dance 101 with Strathmore

Each week students will learn basic moves from various urban dance forms including Hip Hop, Locking, Popping and House. Dancers will learn movement phrases, concepts to freestyle, choreography and history on the styles being taught at the beginning of class.

Grade

Subject

Schedule

Dates

Times

Capacity

Supplies needed 

6-8

Hip Hop

4-weeks | 2-days/week Wednesday and Friday

July 15 and 17 July 22 and 24 July 29 and 31 August 5 and 7

4:00-5:00 p.m.

50

Comfortable fitting clothes (sweatpants, t-shirts and sneakers), bottle of water, open space. Recommend stretching before class.

Artist Sketchbooks with Strathmore

Students in Artist Sketchbooks class will use their sketchbooks to record ideas, improve skills, experiment with techniques, and work out new images. Each session, students will be encouraged to freely fill entire pages with art and given prompts to achieve their outcomes. Students will follow the lead instructor as he guides them throughout the session. The instructor will give advice and give plenty of feedback, along with tips, tricks, and fun filled ideas to create one of a kind unique art. Participants are also encouraged to share the art and be asked to do independent art on their own time as they fill in the pages of sketchbook.

Grade

Subject

Schedule

Dates

Times

Capacity

Supplies needed 

2-5

Visual Art

3-weeks | 2-days/week Monday and Wednesday

July 13 and July 15 July 20 and July 22 July 27 and 29

11:00-11:50 a.m.

15

Sketchbook or blank paper, pencils, markers, tape, ink, and brush

Songwriting for the Heart with Strathmore

Students will learn basic chord structures and songwriting skills that will help tell a story. Music is an important vehicle for storytelling.

Grade

Subject

Schedule

Dates

Times

Capacity

Supplies needed

3-5

Songwriting

4 weeks | 2-days/week Monday and Wednesday

July 20 and 22 July 27 and 29 August 3 and 5 August 10 and 12

2:00-2:50 p.m.

12

Notebook and pencil, speaker, instrument optional

How to Write A Song or Poem You Feel GREAT About with Strathmore

One of the biggest challenges of creativity can be judging our art before it’s even finished. The discerning ears that make us judge songs can actually be a writers’ tool if used correctly. Why do we love our favorite songs so much? Techniques like lyrical phrasing, chord changes and arrangement make a good song great. Calista Garcia leads participants through these aspects of songwriting and offers coaching in a masterclass format, where students can perform or share some of their own writing that they’re seeking guidance for. Participants will learn tools, (the “writer’s toolbox”) to make their songs exactly how they want them to be. Students will learn about songwriting patterns in different genres of contemporary music, and how those patterns and distinctions affect listeners. Lastly, as many performers as time allots will have a chance to receive personal guidance on their original work.

Grade

Subject

Schedule

Dates

Times

Capacity

Supplies needed

9-12

Songwriting

3 weeks | 2-days/week Tues and Thurs

July 14th and 16 July 21 and 23 July 28 and 30

1:00– 1:50pm

20

Notebook or paper and pen. Recommend: instrument to play songs on, not required.

C.R.U.N.K. Academy! with Story Tapestries

Join entertainer and educator Drew Anderson in a wild week of hip hop, spoken word, theatre, comedy, and super-heroes. He fuses his experience in all of these art forms through the innovative residency C.R.U.N.K. (Creative, Rapturous, Unified, Natural, and Knowledgeable) Academy! This fun camp utilizes music, video, and live performance, to show students how performing arts can be used to help express their ideas and have great creative fun.

Grade

Subject

Schedule

Dates

Times

Capacity

Supplies needed

6-8

Hip Hop

1-week | Daily Monday-Friday

August 3rd-August 7th

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

20

Paper and pencil. Open space to move around.

When I say Poetry you say Rocks! with Story Tapestries

 

Slam poet and Master Teaching Artist Regie Cabico guides students in the building blocks of poetry. Poetry is intense feeling plus imagery and students will use their 5 senses to jumpstart their first poem and share what stirs our deepest emotions. Be prepared to have a writing tool and paper. We will open our imagination boxes and pull out our zany images, express who we are and create silly and awesome images. 

Grade  

Subject  

Schedule  

Dates  

Times  

Capacity  

Supplies needed  

2-5 

Literacy/ 
Art 

2-weeks | Daily  
Monday-Friday 

July 20th -July 31st  

10:00-11:00 a.m. 

20 

Paper and pencil 

Paid Programs

 

Below are additional summer opportunities offered by organizations in Montgomery County.  These programs are not affiliated with MCPS. If you are interested in any of the programs below, please contact the organizations.  


National Philaharmonic’s Virtual Preschool Program

This summer your child can begin to learn basic musical concepts through movement, play, imagination, stories, and songs!

Weekly theme, including rhythm, pitch, listening, and sing-a-long skills will be introduced giving your child a chance to have fun and interact remotely with other children. No instruments are needed, we will be making our own! Class size is limited to 8 students. Taught on the Zoom platform. Musical Instrument making instructions and certain lesson materials will be e-mailed prior to the start of class. These will be fun crafting assignments to be completed before lessons.

Register here

Strathmore

Strathmore: Virtual Teen Summer Art Camp

Join Strathmore for Virtual Art Camp this summer! Campers will work with seasoned instructors Rosana Azar, Ron Kohler, and Leela Payne through live Zoom classes twice each day, with time in between to develop their work.

Mon–Fri, July 27–31, 2020

For students entering grades 7–10

Led by Rosana Azar of Creative Adventures

Strathmore: Virtual Kids Summer Art Camp

Mon–Fri, Aug 3–7, 2020

Mon–Fri, Aug 10–14, 2020

For students entering grades 1–6

Led by Rosana Azar of Creative Adventures

Join Strathmore for Virtual Art Camp this summer! Campers will work with seasoned instructors Rosana Azar, Ron Kohler, and Leela Payne through live Zoom classes twice each day, with time in between to develop their work.

Strathmore: Virtual UkeFest

Fri–Wed, Aug 14–19, 2020

This program is open to ukulele players age 12 and up. To register a child age 12-17, please email uke@strathmore.org. 



Montgomery College Summer Youth Programs

Summer 2020 offers more than 250 fun filled summer camps for grades 1-12. Many of our favorites are back including Black Rocket Computer Skills and Programming camps, Goldsmith Education LLC Programming and Engineering skills, Yang Academy of Math and Science, Study and Testing Skills for School Success camps, as well as the ever popular Circus Camp, Legal Eagles, and many more. 

New camps this summer feature Abrakadoodle camps, Kid Fit 101 Camps, Mobile Art, Digital Art & Design Camps,  MC Engineers camps taught by Montgomery College Engineering faculty,  lots of STEAM (Science Technology Engineering, Arts, Math) and more. More information.


Imagination Stage Online Summer Program!

Please join us for an online arts experience! Pick a morning and/or afternoon offering. Our one-week offerings are developed specifically for the online format and to provide unique opportunities to learn from masters of their craft. These experiences encourage students to build community and expression while having fun through distance learning.  

Classes are week-long and there are options from June 8-August 14th.

Classes available for Prek-Grade 12. Prices range from $35-$130. Topics include Theatre Games, Yoga, Stage Makeup, Hip Hop Dance, Radio Plays and more!

https://imaginationstage.org/online-summer-programs/  


KID Museum

KID Museum's Summer Camps have gone virtual! Live, interactive, virtual maker camps streamed right to your home. Check out the flyer for complete details.


Junior Achievement

The JA Entrepreneurship Summit (July 207-31, 2020) is designed to activate and mature high school students’ problem-solving skills so that they can confidently join a thriving entrepreneurship ecosystem.

The JA Entrepreneurship Summit is an intensive, virtual “startup boot camp” where high school students are challenged to design ready-to-launch, socially-conscious businesses. The experience culminates in a pitch competition, presented using video conferencing software, to a panel of esteemed business leaders. Over the course of five days, students utilize technology to brainstorm and collaborate with peers, access mini-seminars and workshops, and learn from business leaders and trained volunteer mentors. By participating, students develop the technical and soft skills needed to not only become successful entrepreneurs, but also to meet the demands of a rapidly changing economy in a variety of professions and careers.
More information


Story Tapestries Frederick Douglass Writing Club: Creating a Music Video
(June 15-19, 10 - 12 pm)

Building up the skill to rhyme and write!  In one week, get ready to create a sixteen-bar rhyme that Bomani the incredible “Edu-Tainer, Producer, and Audio-engineer” will turn into a music video.  Learn how Frederick Douglass used writing to change the world.  Post your results if you wish to the world to see your answers to these questions:  What is your name? Where are you from?  What is a social issue that is important to you?  Tell us a story about a time you were great. Put it to music and create a powerful piece  Register here: https://forms.gle/hGLabohD44HLyyEQ8