Summer Academy

Registration Deadline Extended!

Registration forms for DPS Summer Academy will be accepted through the end of the school year. Transportation can no longer be guaranteed, so please return your completed form to your school office as soon as possible.

June 12 - July 7, 2017

A free summer program for students who need extra practice reading and writing!

The DPS Summer Academy is designed for students whose language assessment scores show they would benefit from extra practice. Students attend the Summer Academy for FREE. Breakfast and lunch are provided each day.

The DPS Summer Academy provides students with a great opportunity for individualized instruction and focused lessons to further develop their English language development.

Students who are eligible to attend Summer Academy will receive invitation letters in early 2017. If you receive an invitation, please complete the attached registration form and return it to your school to take advantage of this great summer learning opportunity. After the application period is complete, we’ll send you more details about your child’s Summer Academy location, hours and transportation.

2017 Summer Academy Host Schools »

READ Academy

All students entering grades K-3 are invited to attend Summer Academy if their reading assessment scores indicate that they are reading significantly below grade level. At Summer Academy, they receive individual help and extra practice to help them get caught up with their peers. If your student is invited, Summer Academy is the best way to make sure he or she will be ready at the start of the next school year.

ELA Academy

Students in an ELA program entering grades 1-8 are invited to attend Summer Academy if their most recent ACCESS score is 1-4. Attendance is highly recommended for these students so that they can take advantage of individualized instruction and get on track for proficiency in English.

9th Grade Academy at University of Denver

DPS and University of Denver have partnered to create a Summer Academy program for students entering 9th grade who are in ELA programs. Like other Summer Academy programs, students receive extra practice in reading and writing. In addition, they will get to explore college and career options through guest speakers and field visits. For more information, watch the video above.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Is there a cost to attend Summer Academy?
There is no cost to students who are invited to attend. Breakfast and lunch are provided.

Where is Summer Academy?
Host schools are selected each year from throughout DPS. We ensure that locations are available in all regions across the district. Our program for 9th graders is hosted at University of Denver.

Is transportation provided?
Transportation is provided for students who are eligible based on district guidelines. Distance is calculated from the student’s home address to the nearest Summer Academy location. You will be notified if your student is eligible for bus service.

How are students selected?
ELA students are invited to Summer Academy based on their results on the ACCESS for ELs assessment. In addition, students entering K-3 who are reading significantly below grade level are invited.

My student is not in the ELA program. Why was he/she invited?
Summer Academy includes a program for students entering K-3 who are reading significantly below grade level based on their DRA/EDL2 assessment scores. Students who attend this program have demonstrated significant progress in reading and writing over the course of the Academy. Attendance is one of the best ways to make sure that students are ready to participate at their grade level when school resumes in the fall.

What are the dates / times for Summer Academy?
The dates for 2016-2017 Summer Academy are weekdays, June 12 – July 7. There will be no school on July 3 or 4. The Summer Academy program is a half day, either 8:15 – 12:15 or 9:15 – 1:15. Start times vary depending on school site. Selected host schools have partnered with organizations to provide extended day programs; these are optional and offered only to students assigned to those host schools.

How are students assigned to Summer Academy host schools?
Students are assigned to Summer Academy host schools based on proximity to their home school, not their school of choice (if applicable).

Can my student’s brother or sister attend?
Yes. Siblings of students who are invited qualify to attend Summer Academy.

Who can I contact for more information?
If you have further questions, please e-mail or call 720-423-3629.

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