Summer programs 

Summer is right around the corner and CPS along with the City of Chicago has a variety of programs for our students.


Virtual Learning Summer Initiative

CPS is revamping its strategy on how it utilizes online learning during the summer to meet the diverse needs of CPS students. In addition to the online summer credit recovery opportunities "Get On-Track", the new online summer strategy will include three new pilot elements—"Get Prepared" for incoming 8th and incoming 9th graders, "Get Ahead" for 9-12th graders and "Get Inspired" for 9th-12th graders.

Summer Bridge

The Summer Bridge program consists of intensive instruction in reading, mathematics, and writing. It is designed for students in grades 3, 6, and 8 who do not meet the minimum promotion criteria per Board Policy. To read more about Summer Bridge, continue reading here.


Freshman Connection

Freshman Connection offers incoming freshmen the opportunity to get prepared for high school during the month of July.


Safe Haven, Safe Summer

The 2011 Safe Haven, Safe Summer program is a partnership between CPS and the faith-based community which builds on strategies aimed at providing children with a safe and active environment during the summer. Each program is different, and churches will provide a variety of services to children including healthy meals, engaging activities, reading programs, tutoring and performing arts through the entire day. College graduates and mentors from the church communities will be available to the students for guidance. Students can sign up through each individual church.


Chicago Park District summer camps

Have you registered your child for summer day camp? At local Chicago parks, children ages 6-12 can enjoy safe, fun recreational activities such as arts and crafts, sports, field trips, water fun and more.


Register in-person at your local park (beginning April 9) or on-line at the Chicago Park District’s website Opens in a new window icon. Fees vary depending on the program, but they are always affordable.


Call 312.742.PLAY for more information or see Opens in a new window icon


Summer jobs for youth

Mayor Daley’s Youth Ready Chicago program is geared towards youth ages 14-21, and offers many summer opportunities including apprenticeships, internships and jobs. The deadline to apply for these summer opportunities is Friday, June 3, 2011. Click here for more information.


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