When school's out for the summer, it's important for families to select fun, safe, healthy, educational activities for their children. We offer extensive summer learning opportunities for students throughout BPS. Here you'll find resources to help keep your child engaged, active and learning all summer long. For help finding summer programs for your child, please call 617-635-KIDS.
BPS Summer Learning Opportunities
Last year, Mayor Martin J. Walsh issued a challenge to the City of Boston to offer 100 summer programs to 10,000 kids by Summer 2017. Entering Summer 2016, Boston Public Schools is well on our way to attaining that goal. With the support of the community, BPS continues to develop our efforts to better target students' needs. Our goal is to prevent summer learning loss, help students make academic gains, and develop social-emotional skills during the summer months so they are ready to begin the next grade in the fall. Our largest academic programming will continue to serve a continuum of grade spans (pre-K through 2nd grade, grades 3-8, students transitioning to 9th grade and grades 9-12). In addition, BPS continues to offer targeted service to special student populations, including students with special needs and English Language Learners. This provides greater opportunities for all students throughout our programs. Schools select students to participate in these programs based on need. We are proud to partner with The BELL Foundation
, Sportsmen's Tennis and Enrichment Center, Hale Reservation
, Thompson Island Outward Bound
, and many other organizations to focus on high-quality academic content as well as expertise on logistics and enrichment. We are also thankful to our philanthropic partners, The Boston Opportunity Agenda
, Wallace Foundation
, Cummings Foundation
, and others.
NEW! 2016 Summer Reading Lists
In partnership with the Boston Private Industry Council and area employers, the City of Boston helps place teens in summer jobs throughout the city.
Summer Food Service Program
For the twentieth year, Boston Public Schools is participating in the USDA Summer Food Service Program for Children. The program provides free breakfasts and lunches to Boston children under age 19 from July 1 through August 28, 2016 at more than 140 locations throughout the city.
Summer Food Service Program sites provide a convenient, reliable and safe source of free and nutritious meals for kids, without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, or handicap. No registration or ID is required to take part.
Local organizations that host the free meals include Boston Public Schools, community centers, day camps, churches, and pools. To find the sites and hours of meal service, visit http://schoollunchboston.wordpress.com
or call 1-800-645-8333.
The program is supported by a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Education and sponsored by USDA, Project Bread, and the Boston Public Schools Department of Food and Nutrition Services.