Summer School

Elementary, Middle and High School Summer Learning Options

Seattle Public Schools offers summer learning programs to help students gain critical academic skills.

In Summer 2015, a study was conducted in 30 summer learning program offerings at 11 school sites in Seattle. Key findings include:

On average, SPS summer program offerings demonstrate high levels of instructional quality compared to summer programs in other cities. Programs were also well attended.

Embedded assessments for math and literacy suggest that most students improved academic skills during the summer program cycle.

More information about this study can be found in the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality Reportpdf icon

Elementary: Summer Staircase

Teacher with students

Summer Staircase is a high quality program for students currently in kindergarten through fourth grade, offered at 20 sites around the city.

When: June 28 - July 28, 2017, Monday - Friday, times vary by site. No school 7/4.

Where: 18 sites; students placed closest to home address.

Who: All students welcome; preference given to students below grade level as determined by MAP, Amplify or Smarter Balanced assessments.

Cost: Free (Breakfast and lunch are provided)

Transportation: Provided to students who live outside of a one-mile radius to a Summer Staircase site. 

Attendance: Students may not miss more than three days.

Before/After Care: Not included. Contact community center or outside child care provider for options.

How to register: Contact your child's teacher or the interventionist at your child's school.

Summer Staircase Teaching Opportunities:

Summer Staircase Professional Development & Training Dates

Middle School: Various

Contact your child's middle school to determine whether summer programs are offered.

High School: Credit Retrieval

When: July 5-July 28, 2017, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Where: TBD

Who: Students who need credit for language arts, math or social studies classes they did not previously pass; preference given to grades 11 and 12. Students may enroll in up to two classes and earn up to 1.0 credit (.5 per class) toward graduation.

Cost: Free (Breakfast and lunch are provided)

‚ÄčTransportation:‚Äč Enrolled students receive metro tokens daily.

Attendance: Students may not miss more than three days. Students will be dropped on their fourth absence and will receive an “E” for their registered class(es) -- or if they stay the full term and do not complete the class requirements.

Schedule: Period 1 is 8:00 am-10:00 am; Period 2 is 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

How to register: Contact  your student's high school counselor.

High School Summer Semester Teaching Opportunity

High School:

The Seattle Skills Center is a free program to provide hands-on classes in real-world career fields at various SPS school sites. Read more about Skills Center.

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