Summer Opportunities

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.

2014 Summer Middle Grade (6th-8th) Out-of-School Time Opportunities Resource Guide

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Cambridge Harvard Summer Academy (2014 program is not posted yet)

Cambridge Recreation    

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: 2014 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.)

Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program (MSYEP) - Students must be 14 by July 7, 2014, 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 Food Program