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Summer Opportunities

See the full Summer Resource Guide for Cambridge 6-8th graders >>

Why does summer matter for CPS students?

  • Summer learning loss contributes significantly to the achievement gap (though not all programs intentionally address summer learning loss)
  • Participation in quality summer programming can support learning and academic engagement
  • The summer is a full 10 weeks, which means >800 hours of daylight hours to do something positive and productive

What else should I know?

  • There are MANY summer opportunities available to all Cambridge youth inside and outside the city
  • Many are free or low cost – and even the more expensive opportunities often have generous financial assistance (and we can help you access it)
  • A few provide transportation, and most are easily accessible by MBTA
  • Doing something for some part of the summer is better than doing nothing – we do not expect each youth to be busy for the entire summer, and even a few weeks of participation makes a significant difference
  • It is better to apply/register NOW and then decide not to participate later than to wait
  • All opportunities require the completion of some paperwork… many have firm deadlines and/or fill up quickly…

Here is a listing of resources for summer programs, camps, enrichment programs, academic programs, and more:

ost.jpgSummer in the City: Arts in the Park

Cambridge-Harvard Summer Academy

Cambridge Recreation    

Cambridge Public Schools Office of Student Services Universal Summer Program

Cambridge Public Schools' OSS Summer Programs

Cambridge Somerville Resource Guide

Camp Rainbow - A summer camp program for individuals ages 6 and older with special needs.

CRLS Rise Up Program - For Eligible Rising 9th Graders

Department of Human Service (DHSP) Programs: 2016 Summer Youth Guide

DHSP Summer Camps

DHSP Community Schools Summary Sheet of Camps Located in CPS School Buildings
(Please note: Several of the CS programs are not located in schools but near by, also there are other non-Community Schools programs located in school buildings.)

FREE Summer Program for English Language Learners in Cambridge Public Schools

Math on a Mission Summer Program

Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program (MSYEP) - Students must be 14, with proper documentation to be eligible.

Open Space Cambridge Map Gallery (including maps of Waterplay Locations; Public Parks, Playgrounds, Reservations; and Community Gardens)

Preventing Summer Reading Loss

Resources to Prevent Summer Slide

Statewide Listing of OST STEM Programs

Summer Compass Program 2016

Summer Food Program

Additional OST Activities by Grade Level