Registration is Open for Summer Programs

Academic Enrichment, Athletic, Visual & Performing Arts & More

Space is Limited for Some Programs

[Newark, NJ – April 15, 2019] Families interested in having their child/children participate in Newark Public Schools’ (NPS) Summer Programs must complete an application by Tuesday, April 30. Summer Programs are 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. Programs this summer will focus on accelerated learning and enrichment and recreational courses. Summer Programs are available for students in grades Pre-K through eleven beginning Monday, July 1 through Friday, August 2.

“This year, one of our goals is to provide year-round learning to our students and families – we want to keep students engaged in learning during the summer months. Summer learning will help prepare our students for school in September with tools necessary for them to have a great school year,” said Roger León, Superintendent of Newark Schools. “This year, we have added new options for students, from Pre-K through high school, some of which are similar to summer camps.”

The Summer Programs include Summer Plus, English Plus, K-Ready Kindergarten Boot Camp, High School Academy: Summer Jump-Start, Special Education Programs, High School Summer Courses, High School Summer Bridge Program, Summer Sports Camps, Middle School Enrichment, and Summer Visual & Performing Arts.

Summer Plus was developed by NPS’ curriculum experts to improve critical math and literacy skills and ensures 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.

“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 Summer Programs are better prepared for the next step in their education and feel more confident taking on new challenges in the classroom.”

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 in need of academic remediation will receive preference. The program begins July 1 and ends on August 2 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 & ARTS CAMPS.

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. Special Education Program – 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, girl’s basketball and sports, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and more. Summer Sports is for grades 2 – 11. All programs are free.

This year we have added the Extended Day Option, which provides a late-afternoon enrichment program for students who need additional child care from 3 – 6 p.m. Also added is the K-Ready Kindergarten Boot camp, a full-day academic enrichment program for students transitioning to the kindergarten. The High School Academy: Summer Jump Start program is for students in grades 5, 6 and 7. These students will have an opportunities explore the Academies at each of our comprehensive schools.

Middle School Enrichment programs will be offered this summer, as well as Summer Visual & Performance Arts programs for students with a passion for the arts. Finally, for high school students, there will be High School Summer Courses that will include Credit Recovery, High School English Plus and Accelerated Courses and the High School Summer Bridge Program, which includes team and culture building, academic enrichment, school spirit activities and exposure to the arts and athletics.

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