MCPS Summer Programs and Resources for Students
Summer Programs and Resources for Students
Programs and Camps for Students
Extended Learning Opportunities–Summer Adventures in Learning (ELO SAIL)
Extended Learning Opportunities – Summer Adventures in Learning (ELO SAIL) is a free five-week summer program available in 21 selected Title I elementary schools for students entering kindergarten, first, and second grade. Four schools feature a four-hour instructional day of reading, language arts, and mathematics. This summer, 17 schools will extend the program to 6.5 hours. To complement literacy and mathematics instruction in the morning, the extended time expands curricula offerings to include arts and sciences. Montgomery County Public Schools will provide free bus transportation to and from the program from established neighborhood bus stops. Breakfast and lunch are served to each child. Eligibility for this program depends on school of enrollment and other special circumstances. Students must be enrolled in a Title I school to attend. Students who are experiencing homelessness may also attend.
Extended Learning Opportunities–Summer Title I Enrichment Program (ELO STEP)
The Summer Title I Enrichment Program (ELO STEP) provides an opportunity for traditionally underrepresented students to have increased access to advanced programming in Curriculum 2.0 acceleration and enrichment, advanced mathematics, and center programs. It is available to 1,100 students in third, fourth and fifth grades who are enrolled in a Title I school and meet specific selection criteria. This free five-week program nurtures critical and creative thinking skills through engaging, hands-on rigorous instruction, and will use the infrastructure for the Extended Learning Opportunities–Summer Adventures in Learning (ELO SAIL) program. Eligibility for this program depends on school of enrollment and other special circumstances. Students must be enrolled in a Title I school to attend. Students who are experiencing homelessness may also attend.
Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL)
The BELL summer program seeks to:
- meet the academic needs of each student by providing a Scholastic curriculum in reading and math that aims to catch students up on grade-level concepts five days a week from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
- strengthen basic skills that are preconditions of later learning
- alleviate the achievement loss that some students may experience over the summer
- provide both academic and enrichment activities as well as provide three Friday field trips
Breakfast and lunch are served to each child. Eligibility for this program depends on school of enrollment and other special circumstances. Students must be enrolled in a Title I school to attend. Students who are experiencing homelessness may also attend.
SummerUP (Summer Unleashing Potential)
Summer Unleashing Potential (Summer UP) is a summer program designed to increase academic achievement among students impacted by poverty and/or struggling to meet academic standards. SummerUP will be offered to students in six elementary schools and three middle schools. The academic focus will be on reading, literacy and mathematics, with additional opportunities in arts, engineering, robotics, leadership development and hands-on science experiences as well as field trips.
For more information, contact the Office of School Support and Improvement.
Regional Summer School
The MCPS Regional High School Summer School Program keeps thousands of students engaged and learning over the break. The program is open to all Montgomery County students in grades 9–12, whether enrolled in an MCPS school or not. The program is offered at four high schools.
Career Readiness Summer Camps
MCPS is hosting career exploration camps for all rising sixth, seventh and eighth grade students. Students will explore skilled and professional careers and match their career goals and interests with academies and high school programs. Students will have an opportunity to explore robotics, culinary arts, engineering, financial management and more at the summer camps.
Resources for Students
Students in many summer school or recreation programs are provided meals as part of the Montgomery County summer food program. The program ensures that children in low-income areas continue to receive nutritious meals during the summer months when school breakfasts and lunches are not available. The free meals will be distributed at more than 100 sites throughout the county on weekdays starting June 18 (start dates vary by site). Children 18 and younger are eligible to receive the meals, as are persons with physical and mental disabilities up to 21 years old.
Lunch also will be provided daily to children 18 years and younger on a walk-in basis at several locations throughout the county. For specific information on locations and meal times, click here.
For more information, contact the Division of Food and Nutrition Services at 301-284-4900.
MCPL Summer Read and Learn Program
Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) invites all students to participate in this year’s Summer Reading Program, which began June 9 and will run until September 9. This year’s theme is “Libraries Rock.” Get ready for a summer challenge full of music, exciting programs and fun activities. The program features learning activities, games, book lists, and fun educational events to encourage learning all summer long. Prizes (while supplies last) will also be awarded upon completion of activities. Participants can sign up for the program and keep track of the books they read or have read to them. Registration is available online and at any MCPL branch library.