Summer School

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Summer School is for students who were not promoted to the next grade after finishing the regular school year.

Students attending Summer School receive additional instruction to prepare them for the next school year through engaging reading and math curriculum, and participating in field trips to cultural sites across the city. Students also receive a free, healthy breakfast and lunch every day.

Your student's school will notify you if your child is recommended for Summer School. After completing Summer School, the school will review your student’s work and assessments from Summer School and the regular school year to determine if they can move up to the next grade in September.

Please contact your student’s principal if you have questions about whether they should attend Summer School.

Summer in the City (SITC) also offers free summer enrichment programs for students not attending Summer School. Learn more about the Summer Academy programs:

Summer School Calendar

Schools notify families if a student will be promoted to the next grade.

  • June 2019

Summer School registration opens for non-public school, charter, new-resident, temporary-resident, and non-resident students.

  • June 12–26, and on the first day of SITC.

First instructional day for high school students.

  • Monday, July 1, 2019

First instructional day for elementary and middle school students and Summer Academy programs

  • Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Independence Day observed (schools closed).

  • Thursday, July 4, 2019

Last instructional day for elementary and middle school students.

  • Thursday, August 8, 2019

Last instructional day for high school students

  • Friday, August 9, 2019

Regents exams for high school students.

  • August 13–14, 2019

Schools send another round of letters to families, notifying them if their child will be promoted to the next grade.

  • Mid-August

Days and Times for Summer School

  • Elementary and Middle School: Operate Monday–Thursday; Summer School runs from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM
  • High School: Operates Monday–Friday, but course times vary by location.

Enrolling in Summer School

New York City public school students receive first priority for Summer School enrollment. All other applicants are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to seat availability.

Summer School registration is open June 12–June 26, and on the first day of SITC. Students and their parent or guardian should register in-person at the Summer School site they plan to attend. Emancipated students do not need a guardian to register.

Use the resources below to determine what documentation you will need to register:

  • New residents of New York City are eligible to attend summer school tuition-free if they provide proper residency documentation and meet eligibility criteria. This also applies to temporary residents of New York City who are visiting for the summer (and not currently registered in the NYC public school system and will not be enrolled in the 2019-20 school year.) Enrollment takes place in person at the school the student wishes to attend from June 12 to June 26, and on the first day of SITC. Parents, guardians or emancipated students must provide a copy of the student’s report card or transcript from the student’s current or former school (if available).
  • Non-public (e.g., private/parochial school students) and charter school students are eligible to attend if they meet eligibility criteria and register in person at any open school in their district. The parent or guardian (or emancipated student, if applicable) must ask their school for a DOE Summer School enrollment application. To register, the completed enrollment application (signed by the home school Principal), a copy of the student’s report card and/or transcript (if available) must be returned to the district school. Applicants can register from June 12 to June 26, and on the first day of SITC.
  • Non-residents (students who do not reside in New York City) are eligible to attend Summer School if they meet eligibility criteria, pay tuition, and if there are available seats in the school program selected.
    • Students will receive a Summer School placement based on space availability.
    • Families should contact their student's school to find out information about available seats for summer school.
    • If there are available seats, the registering parent should send the signed application form, along with payment to:
      Bureau of Non-Public School Payables
      Attn: Brenda Antoine
      65 Court St., Room 1001
      Brooklyn, NY, 11201

    Appealing Promotion Decisions

    Families can appeal promotion decisions in June or August for students who attended Summer School. Instructions for appealing the decision will be included in the student’s promotion decision letter.

    Summer in the City FAQ

    Do you have questions about Summer in the City? Read our FAQ:

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