Register for Summer Plus for Academic and Health & Fitness Programs

More than 6,000 Newark Youth Participated in 2017 – Deadline is May 4


[Newark, NJ – April 3, 2016] – Families interested in having their child participate in Newark Public Schools’ (NPS) Summer Plus program must complete an application by Friday, May 4. Summer Plus is a free district-wide initiative to curb summer learning loss and provide enrichment experiences for students that enhances and expands their academic experience over the summer months.

“It is vital for students to be adequately prepared when they begin the school year in September,” said A. Robert Gregory, Interim Superintendent of Newark Public Schools. “Summer Plus ensures that students will not lose valuable learning time during the summer and will walk into their classroom next year with confidence and readiness to have a successful academic year.”

Summer Plus was developed by NPS’ curriculum experts to improve critical math and literacy skills and ensure that participants are prepared for the upcoming school year. It also includes enrichment experiences in arts, STEM, and health and fitness aligned to academics, so that summer learning is a fun and rich experience. Parents should be advised that space is limited and not all students may be accepted; accepted students will receive a confirmation letter in May.

“We are proud to be able to offer additional opportunities for our students to continue their education outside of the regular school year,” said Sarah Cruz, Special Assistant of Extended Learning Time. “Students who participate in the Summer Plus program are better prepared for the next step in their education and feel more confident taking on new challenges in the classroom.”

In addition to Summer Plus, families have the opportunity to enroll their children in a number of programs offered by community organizations in Newark and greater New Jersey. In partnership with Newark Thrives! — a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve access to high-quality, out-of-school time opportunities for Newark youth — NPS is proud to announce the availability of an online catalogue of summer opportunities for students in grades PreK – 12. To learn more about this summer catalogue, please visit: www.nps.k12.

SUMMER PLUS is available for grades K – 7. The program includes math and language arts classes in the morning and fun learning activities in the afternoon. All students must be Newark residents. Students who receive a recommendation from their school will receive enrollment preference. The program begins July 9 and ends on August 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Breakfast and lunch are served for this portion of the program. Students who register for the 3 – 6 p.m. portion of the program receive a snack, as well. Summer sites are assigned based on the student’s current school.

In addition, three additional programs are being offered this year; ENGLISH PLUS, EXTENDED SCHOOL YEAR AND SUMMER SPORTS CAMP.

English Plus is offered for grades K – 11 and is available for current bilingual students. This program focuses on developing English skills through reading, writing, speaking and listening, as well as, hands-on science experiences and mathematics. Extended School Year is for current IEP eligible students with Special Needs in grades PK – 11. Summer Sports Camps range from cheerleading to football/track, girls basketball and sports, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and more. Summer Sports is for grades 2 – 11. All programs are free.

For complete details about NPS summer programs, please visit: