DC Public Schools Family Guide to Summer Learning 2022

June 22 Update: All summer students MUST take a COVID-19 test before their first day of summer programming.

Pick up a test kit from your school before the last day of school on June 24, at a COVID Center across the District, and watch your email for an additional pickup date from your summer school host site. Bring a photo of your student’s negative test on their first day of summer learning:

ELEMENTARY PROGRAMSStart Date
Elementary Acceleration5-Jul
Elementary English Learner Summer Academic Program (ELSAP)11-Jul
Elementary Extended School Year (ESY)11-Jul
MIDDLE SCHOOL PROGRAMSStart Date
Algebra Accelerator Enrichment
(I, II, and III)
5-Jul
Health and Art Original Credit5-Jul
Career & Technical Education (CTE) Enrichment5-Jul
Middle School English Learner Summer Academic Program (ELSAP)5-Jul
Band Camp11-Jul
Outdoor Pursuits11-Jul
Middle School
Extended School Year (ESY)
11-Jul
HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMSStart Date
Original Credit Accelerator5-Jul
Summer Learning Credit Recovery5-Jul
High School English Learner Summer Academic Program (ELSAP)5-Jul
High School
Extended School Year (ESY)
11-Jul
9th Grade Summer Bridge8-Aug

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DCPS Summer Programs – 2022

Every summer, DCPS provides extended summer learning opportunities such as literacy enrichment for elementary students and credit recovery for secondary students. Students who participate in summer programming have opportunities to form new friendships, strengthen academic skills, and prepare for the year ahead. 

For an overview of summer programs, please visit https://dcps.dc.gov/summer. Questions about summer programming? Please contact dcps.summer@k12.dc.gov.  

Click on a program to learn more:

For current students in grades PK4 – 4th

Elementary Summer Acceleration (ESA)

Elementary Summer Acceleration is a unique opportunity for your child to engage in fun summer activities — games, crafts, and more — while also participating in hands-on, enriching academic instruction. Students who participated in Summer Acceleration last year formed new friendships, strengthened their literacy and math skills, and had fun learning and growing with their peers!

What will a student’s day look like in Elementary Summer Acceleration

Elementary Acceleration programs will run Monday through Friday, July 5 to August 5, from approximately 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., with exact hours set by your school location. Each day, students will engage in:

  • Arrival and community building. Students will engage in conversations and activities to build classroom culture and strengthen relationships.
  • Hands-on, enriching academic instruction. Students will and apply key academic concepts through hands-on science, engineering, and literacy projects. This will be an opportunity to reinforce skills learned last school year and preview skills that will be taught in the upcoming school year.
  • Lunch. All students will receive lunch and have the opportunity to eat and socialize with peers.
  • Non-academic enrichment. Students will engage in fun summer activities – games, crafts, sports, and more – led by DCPS staff and/or trusted partner organizations.
  • Daily wrap up and dismissal. Students will wrap up and reflect on their day before going home.

Where will Elementary Summer Acceleration Take Place?

DCPS is hosting Elementary Summer Acceleration at 18 elementary schools throughout the city. Students are clustered for summer programming based on the school they attend during the year. This helps ensure they’ll be with students and staff who they know and can deepen relationships. Please see below for a full list of summer acceleration locations.

You can search by school name, sort each column, and use the arrows at the bottom to view additional entries to find your Elementary Summer Acceleration school location.

2022 Elementary Summer Acceleration School Sites

School Year SchoolSummer Acceleration School NameSummer Acceleration School Address
Aiton Elementary SchoolBurrville Elementary School801 Division Ave. NE
Amidon-Bowen Elementary SchoolWatkins Elementary School 420 12th St. SE
Bancroft Elementary SchoolTubman Elementary School3101 13th St. NW
Barnard Elementary SchoolBarnard Elementary School430 Decatur St. NW
Beers Elementary SchoolRandle Highlands Elementary School1650 30th St. SE
Lawrence E. Boone Elementary SchoolSavoy Elementary School2400 Shannon Pl. SE
Brent Elementary SchoolWatkins Elementary School 420 12th St. SE
Brightwood Elementary SchoolBrightwood Elementary School1300 Nicholson St. NW
Browne Education CampusBrowne Education Campus850 26th St. NE
Bruce-Monroe Elementary School @ Park ViewTubman Elementary School3101 13th St. NW
Bunker Hill Elementary SchoolBunker Hill Elementary School1401 Michigan Ave NE
Burroughs Elementary SchoolBunker Hill Elementary School1401 Michigan Ave NE
Burrville Elementary SchoolBurrville Elementary School801 Division Ave. NE
C.W. Harris Elementary SchoolNalle Elementary School219 50th St. SE
Capitol Hill Montessori School @ LoganJ.O. Wilson Elementary School660 K St. NE
Cleveland Elementary SchoolCleveland Elementary School1825 8th St. NW
Dorothy I. Height Elementary SchoolBarnard Elementary School430 Decatur St. NW
Drew Elementary SchoolBurrville Elementary School801 Division Ave. NE
Eaton Elementary SchoolJanney Elementary School4130 Albemarle St. NW
Excel AcademySavoy Elementary School2400 Shannon Pl. SE
Garfield Elementary SchoolGarfield Elementary School2435 Alabama Ave. SE
Garrison Elementary SchoolCleveland Elementary School1825 8th St. NW
H.D. Cooke Elementary SchoolMarie Reed Elementary School2201 18th St. NW
Hearst Elementary SchoolJanney Elementary School4130 Albemarle St. NW
Hendley Elementary SchoolHendley Elementary School425 Chesapeake St. SE
Houston Elementary SchoolBurrville Elementary School801 Division Ave. NE
Hyde-Addison Elementary SchoolCleveland Elementary School1825 8th St. NW
J.O. Wilson Elementary SchoolJ.O. Wilson Elementary School660 K St. NE
Janney Elementary SchoolJanney Elementary School4130 Albemarle St. NW
John Lewis Elementary SchoolBrightwood Elementary School1300 Nicholson St. NW
Ketcham Elementary SchoolSavoy Elementary School2400 Shannon Pl. SE
Key Elementary SchoolJanney Elementary School4130 Albemarle St. NW
Kimball Elementary SchoolRandle Highlands Elementary School1650 30th St. SE
M.L. King Elementary SchoolM.L. King Elementary School3200 6th St. SE
Lafayette Elementary SchoolJanney Elementary School4130 Albemarle St. NW
Langdon Elementary SchoolBunker Hill Elementary School1401 Michigan Ave NE
Langley Elementary SchoolBrowne Education Campus850 26th St. NE
LaSalle-Backus Elementary SchoolTakoma Elementary School7010 Piney Branch Rd. NW
Leckie Education CampusHendley Elementary School425 Chesapeake St. SE
Ludlow-Taylor Elementary SchoolJ.O. Wilson Elementary School660 K St. NE
Malcolm X Elementary SchoolM.L. King Elementary School3200 6th St. SE
Mann Elementary SchoolJanney Elementary School4130 Albemarle St. NW
Marie Reed Elementary SchoolMarie Reed Elementary School2201 18th St. NW
Maury Elementary SchoolWatkins Elementary School 420 12th St. SE
Military Road Early Learning CenterBrightwood Elementary School1300 Nicholson St. NW
Miner Elementary SchoolJ.O. Wilson Elementary School660 K St. NE
Moten Elementary SchoolGarfield Elementary School2435 Alabama Ave. SE
Murch Elementary SchoolJanney Elementary School4130 Albemarle St. NW
Nalle Elementary SchoolNalle Elementary School219 50th St. SE
Noyes Elementary SchoolBunker Hill Elementary School1401 Michigan Ave NE
Oyster-Adams Bilingual SchoolMarie Reed Elementary School2201 18th St. NW
Patterson Elementary SchoolHendley Elementary School425 Chesapeake St. SE
Payne Elementary SchoolWatkins Elementary School 420 12th St. SE
Peabody Elementary SchoolJ.O. Wilson Elementary School660 K St. NE
Plummer Elementary SchoolNalle Elementary School219 50th St. SE
Powell Elementary SchoolBarnard Elementary School430 Decatur St. NW
Randle Highlands Elementary SchoolRandle Highlands Elementary School1650 30th St. SE
Raymond Elementary SchoolTubman Elementary School3101 13th St. NW
Ross Elementary SchoolMarie Reed Elementary School2201 18th St. NW
Savoy Elementary SchoolSavoy Elementary School2400 Shannon Pl. SE
School Without Walls @ Francis-StevensCleveland Elementary School1825 8th St. NW
School-Within-School @ GodingBrowne Education Campus850 26th St. NE
Seaton Elementary SchoolCleveland Elementary School1825 8th St. NW
Shepherd Elementary SchoolTakoma Elementary School7010 Piney Branch Rd. NW
Simon Elementary SchoolM.L. King Elementary School3200 6th St. SE
Smothers Elementary SchoolNalle Elementary School219 50th St. SE
Stanton Elementary SchoolGarfield Elementary School2435 Alabama Ave. SE
Stoddert Elementary SchoolJanney Elementary School4130 Albemarle St. NW
Takoma Elementary SchoolTakoma Elementary School7010 Piney Branch Rd. NW
Thaddeus Stevens Early Learning CenterMarie Reed Elementary School2201 18th St. NW
Thomas Elementary SchoolBurrville Elementary School801 Division Ave. NE
Thomson Elementary SchoolCleveland Elementary School1825 8th St. NW
Truesdell Elementary SchoolBrightwood Elementary School1300 Nicholson St. NW
Tubman Elementary SchoolTubman Elementary School3101 13th St. NW
Turner Elementary SchoolGarfield Elementary School2435 Alabama Ave. SE
Tyler Elementary SchoolWatkins Elementary School 420 12th St. SE
Van Ness Elementary SchoolWatkins Elementary School 420 12th St. SE
Walker-Jones Education CampusJ.O. Wilson Elementary School660 K St. NE
Watkins Elementary SchoolWatkins Elementary School 420 12th St. SE
Wheatley Education CampusBrowne Education Campus850 26th St. NE
Whittier Elementary SchoolTakoma Elementary School7010 Piney Branch Rd. NW

Elementary Summer Acceleration FAQ

I want my child to attend but they will need to miss some days – is that OK?

We encourage you to attend the entirety of the Elementary Summer Acceleration program to maximize the benefit for your child. If your child needs to miss a couple days that will be ok. Please do not sign up for participation if you anticipate your child will miss more than 10 days of the program.

Who is teaching Elementary Summer Acceleration? Can my child have their teacher for this year/next year?

Elementary Summer Acceleration will be staffed by a combination of DCPS staff and trusted partner organizations. Students and staff are grouped together based on the school they attend during the school year – this helps support relationships and familiarity during the summer program. We cannot guarantee that your child will be supported by their school year teacher.

What content is taught during Elementary Summer Acceleration? Does my child need this content to be ready for next year?

During the morning of Elementary Summer Acceleration, students will engage in hands-on learning that reinforces key academic concepts from the prior year and introduces new concepts for the upcoming year. Students will have an opportunity to engage in familiar content in new ways and practice emerging skills. Students do not need to participate in Elementary Summer Acceleration to be ready for next year, although it will help them be more prepared.


For current students in grades PK4 – 4th

Elementary English Learner Summer Academic Program (ELSAP)

We are proud to offer unique summer programming specifically targeted once again for newcomers, as well as those English Learners who are still developing basic proficiency in English in a joyful and enriching instructional format. Language development will be integrated with hands-on content and literacy development. This is a program for students who are learning English as a second/additional language, and students will be notified by their school if they are eligible to participate. Students in this program can also participate in Elementary Acceleration.


For current students in grades PK – 5th

Elementary Extended School Year (ESY)

This four-week program is limited to students who have been identified by the student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) team as being at risk of possible skill regression. Students with IEPs with ESY written into their services will be contacted by their schools.


6th to 8th Grades

Middle School Summer Programs

Band Camp

Band Camp will provide rising 6th to 8th grade students the opportunity to begin or continue their instrumental musical learning. Students will develop the needed skills to become proficient in playing an instrument, reading music, learning the necessary skills and etiquette to become a successful musician, and prepare them to perform at the high school level. This opportunity will conclude with a final performance for the community.

Outdoor Pursuits

Outdoor Pursuits offers DCPS middle school students a combination of indoor and outdoor hands-on experiences that build leadership and critical thinking skills while engaging with the world around them. Over the course of three weeks, students will participate in parkour, hiking, indoor rock climbing, and more!

Career & Technical Education (CTE) Enrichment

Rising 6th – 8th Grade students can explore their career interests through the Career & Technical Education (CTE) Enrichment program. Taking place on weekdays from July 5 – August 5, this fun, exciting and engaging full-day program provides DCPS students with an introduction to courses that can lead to high-demand careers. Course topics include Digital Media, Engineering, and Computer Science.

Everyone Can Code – Coding with Apple Swift

Swift is an easy-to-follow programming language used by professional developers to create apps around the world. Students will enjoy learning to code with Swift Playgrounds —a free app for iPad that makes getting started with Swift code interactive and fun. Students will use iPads to prototype apps in small and large learning communities. Students will also engage with IT professionals and complete career exploration activities.

Summer Site Locations: Jefferson MS Academy, Kelly Miller MS, and McKinley MS


Time for Pi – Programming with Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi is a mini-computer that has many uses. In this summer course, students will learn how to set up their Raspberry Pi and get it ready for tons of exploration. Students will learn how to use the Raspberry Pi for small tasks, explore its applications and make cool stuff while learning to code.

Summer Site Location: Kelly Miller MS

The World is Your Canvas – Graphic Design

Students will work in Canva and graphic design programs to explore the elements of graphic design. Students will complete hands-on activities, learning how to apply color theory, font, use of images and more. For their final project, students will design marketing materials for a business of their choosing.

Summer Site Location: McKinley MS


VEX IQ – Robotics

During the Robotics course, students can be creative thinker — all while having fun exploring and learning about STEM ideas and concepts through robotics! Students will apply their learning, use the Engineering process, and build teamwork and collaboration skills. This course provides students with hands-on, minds-on engagement that encourages students to design creative solutions and innovate through experimentation.

Summer Site Location: Jefferson MS Academy

Algebra Accelerator

Rising 6th – 9th Grade students can grow their math skills through the Algebra Accelerator program on weekdays from July 5 – August 5. Three levels of learning will be available to prepare students to gain the skills, knowledge, and confidence to take Algebra I.

Summer Bridge

Rising 9th grade students will start their DCPS high school experience by attending Summer Bridge at their school from August 8 – August 12. During this orientation week, students will enjoy a variety of activities, such as team building games, scavenger hunts to get to know their new schools, excursions and field trips, creative projects, performances, and presentations about high school and beyond.

IT Dual Enrollment and Internship Program

Rising 11th and 12th graders in IT CTE programs will have the opportunity to take either a computer science or cybersecurity course at Bowie State University and participate in a paid Bowie State University Research Lab internship. Both the course and internship will take place virtually Monday – Friday from June 27 through August 5. Applications are now closed.

Other summer offerings by invite only for middle school and high school students include:

  • English Learner Summer Academic Program (ELSAP) — Emerging Bilinguals who are English Learners will have the opportunity to progress their language and literacy development through integrated hands-on learning in a small-group environment.
  • Extended School Year (ESY) — This is for students who have been identified by the student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) team to be part of this program.
  • Credit Accelerators and Credit Recovery — This is an opportunity for current 8th-12th grade students to earn original high school credits or recover credits to get back on track for a timely graduation. Students should work directly with their school counselor for eligibility.

Summer Learning Health and Safety Q&A

Does my child need to test before they come to school the first day?

All summer students MUST take a COVID-19 test before their first day of summer programming. Bring a photo of your student’s negative test on their first day of summer learning.

How do I get a test kit to test my child before their first day?

All summer students MUST take a COVID-19 test before their first day of summer programming. Pick up a test kit from your school before the last day of school on June 24 or at a COVID Center across the District. Each summer site will also offer an additional day where families may come and pick up their test kit. All students should present a photo of their negative test on their first day of summer learning.

What do I do if my child tests positive?

If your child tests positive for COVID-19, they should immediately begin to isolate, and you may wish to consult your healthcare provider.

Please call the school office where your child attends summer learning to report their positive test result that day.

When your child may return to in-person learning depends on the severity of their symptoms. Please refer to the chart below.

If my child tests positive, how long do they need to stay at home?

If your student:They should immediately:On or after day 5 they should:
Tested positive for COVID-19 and has mild or no symptoms.Begin to isolate for at least 5 days.Take a COVID-19 test and can return to school beginning on day 6, IF they receive a negative test result and have been fever free for 24 hours without the aid of medication.

If they continue to test positive, they must complete a 10-day isolation.

Students must wear a mask while at school until day 10 from their positive test result or when symptoms began, whichever is earlier.
Tested positive for COVID-19 and has severe or critical symptoms or is immunocompromised.Begin to isolate for at least 10 days and up to 20 days.Consult with your healthcare professional.

My child was identified as a close contact. When can they come back to school?

If your child is identified as a close contact, what they should do depends on whether they are vaccinated against COVID-19.

Vaccinated close contacts, who are not displaying any COVID related symptoms, do not have to quarantine and may continue to participate in summer programming.  They should take a COVID test 5 days from when they were exposed and monitor for COVID-like symptoms for 10 days past exposure. We encourage vaccinated students to wear a mask for ten days from their exposure.

Close contacts, who are NOT fully vaccinated, must participate in additional testing or quarantine for a minimum of 5 days.  Following a COVID exposure, there are three options for students who are not fully vaccinated:

  1. Immediately take a COVID-19 test after being notified of their exposure. If they are negative, they can continue to attend school. Take a second test 5 days from when they were last exposed to the positive individual.  If they are negative, they can continue to attend school.  We encourage students to wear a mask for ten days from their exposure.
  2. Quarantine for 5 days following notification of a COVID exposure, test on day 5 or later and return upon receipt of a negative test.
  3. Quarantine for 10 day following notification of a COVID exposure.

Test kits and instructions will be sent home with students when a positive case is reported in their classroom.

If my child quarantines, are they still eligible to receive credit for summer school?

If your child is attending summer school due to retention, credit recovery, or original credit, they may have no more than three unexcused absences. Absences due to quarantine from a school exposure are excused. Your child may quarantine as needed following a school exposure and still receive credit for summer programming provided they meet all other requirements.

How do I know if there are COVID-19 cases in my child’s class or school?

Families will be notified via email if there is a positive COVID-19 case in their child’s classroom, and all families at a school will be notified if a positive individual was in their school building while infectious.

What health and safety protocols are in place to limit the spread of COVID-19?

DC Public Schools has a layered approach in place to preventing the spread of COVID-19 in our schools. We follow the guidance of the CDC, DC Health, and the Office of the State Superintendent for Education. Students and staff are required to test before the first day of summer learning. Masks and other personal protective equipment are readily available at all our school sites for students and staff. Our schools have state-of-the-art HEPA filters in classrooms and air quality sensors throughout the building.

We strongly encourage our community to receive the lifesaving COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they are eligible, and to get boosted as recommended. The vaccine remains the most effective way to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Is my child required to wear a mask during summer learning?

Masks are optional for students, staff, and visitors in all spaces within DCPS buildings, except for the health suites. If your child tested positive for COVID-19 and returns to school after a negative test on day 5, they are required to wear a mask for ten days from the date of the positive test.

Any individual, regardless of vaccination status, is highly encouraged to wear a mask if they have been identified as a close contact of a positive individual.

We want to strongly reiterate that all our students and staff are welcome to continue to wear a mask if they choose, and we will actively promote a climate where this choice is respected.

Will virtual instruction or education packets be offered for those who have tested positive or if a student chooses to quarantine at home?

Take home packets and virtual learning options will not be available for students participating in in-person summer learning.

If my child is sent home due to COVID symptoms, do they need to show evidence of a negative test before they return to school?

Yes. If a child is presenting with COVID-19 symptoms, they must take either a rapid antigen or a PCR test to return to school.

Page updated: June 24, 2022