Summer Learning For Families

  • The 5th Quarter Portfolio!

    At BPS, we think of summer as the ‘fifth quarter,’  with the idea that learning happens year-round, and not just between September and June when school is in session. Our BPS Summer Learning programs are vetted and selected into a portfolio of options, which provide an opportunity for students to learn and have fun without losing the skills and knowledge they gained the previous year. All 5th Quarter Portfolio programs must fit a set of specific criteria proven to improve academic outcomes for students who participate.

    Information about 2019 5th Quarter Portfolio is coming soon! To find out if your child is eligible for programming, talk to your child's principal, teacher or guidance counselor.

    Summer Learning Academies

    BPS Summer Learning Academies
    are a subset of the 5th Quarter Portfolio that is funded by the district. All academies offer FREE, full-day academic and enrichment opportunities for students who need support going into the next grade, including English Learners and high school students who require course credit recovery. The research-based academic and enrichment program model offer a mix of learning and fun. Students who attend will have an advantage going into the next grade AND can earn credit if they need it. Summer Learning Academies offer free breakfast and lunch for students.

    Community Resources

    Summer Stuff

    Find over 300 Summer Programs offered to BPS students by visiting

    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 over 20 years, Boston Public Schools has participated in the USDA Summer Food Service Program for Children. The program provides free breakfasts and lunches to Boston children under age 19 during July and August 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 free meals include Boston Public Schools, community centers, day camps, churches, and pools.

    2019 sites and hours of meal service will be available soon. Call 1-800-645-8333 for more information!

    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.

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