Summer Learning

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. Stay tuned for 2017 Summer Learning Opportunities...

BPS Summer Learning Opportunities

In Summer 2015, Mayor Martin J. Walsh issued a challenge to the City of Boston to offer 100 summer programs to 10,000 kids by Summer 2017. In 2016 we met and exceeded that goal, serving over 11,000 students throughout the city
! Read the full article from the Boston Globe here: Boston doubles summer learning programs for children.

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 Summer Learning program portfolio serves 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 offers 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.
FOR PARTNERS-Collecting information for Summer Stuff 2017! 
The Boston Public Schools is using the PartnerBPS platform to collect and publicize information about Summer Programming offered by school-community partners. If you would like your organization’s summer programming to be publicized to BPS students and families, please update your organization’s PartnerBPS Profile to reflect any summer program offerings by Friday, February 3, 2017 at 12 midnight. 
If you have not already registered your organization or all programs in PartnerBPS, please do so at this time. To assist in this process, we have created a userguide and online tutorials here. Please note that complete registration includes three parts: 1. Registration of your organization; 2. Registration of all your organization’s BPS programs; 3. Registration of any school partnerships. Please email or call 617-635-6772 with questions.
NEW IN 2017-Request for Submissions! 
BPS has released a Request for Submissions from BPS schools and/or school-community partners to provide ongoing, direct summer learning programs to BPS students in grades K-12 during Summer 2017. Selected programs will make up the 2017 BPS Summer Learning Portfolio, aimed at providing high-quality academic and enrichment opportunities to BPS students in all grade levels across all neighborhoods in the city. Click here to learn more!
Take a sneak peak into one of our BPS Summer Learning programs at Hale Reservation! 

Check out Boston Public Schools featured on WBZ about the "Summer Slide"! 

 Watch this video to see what great things our students and parents have to say about BPS Summer Learning!  

Community Resources

Summer Jobs 

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 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.