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Summer Bridge and Summer Acceleration

Summer Bridge and Summer Acceleration programs give students a second chance to meet promotion criteria, stay on track for high school, and prepare to transition to high school.

CPS summer school supplements school year instruction to keep elementary school students on track to enter high school. During the second week of June, schools notify parents if their student must attend Summer Bridge or Summer Acceleration, along with providing dates, site location, and transportation details.

Students who have modified promotion criteria on their IEPs and have met the criteria are not required to attend summer school.

If you have questions about whether your student is required to attend summer school, contact your school.

Summer Bridge

Students in grades 3, 6, and 8 who do not meet the minimum promotion criteria are required to attend Summer Bridge.

The Summer Bridge program is located at select sites and provides customized, intensive instruction to meet students' individual needs in reading and mathematics using an online curriculum. At the conclusion of the program, students who successfully meet promotion criteria will advance to the next grade.

Summer Bridge is a full-day program that runs for five weeks and meets Monday through Friday.

View the CPS Calendar for specific summer school dates.

Summer Acceleration

Students who will be 15 years old on or before September 1 of the following school year and who do not meet 8th grade promotion criteria are required to attend Summer Acceleration.

Summer Acceleration prepares students to be successful in high school by providing supports in these areas:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Social/Emotional Learning

Students will be eligible to receive an 8th-grade diploma and to participate in an eighth grade graduation ceremony if they successfully meet the Summer Acceleration program requirements.

View the CPS Calendar for specific dates.

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