Summer School

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:

Find Summer School Locations

Elementary and Middle School Sites

To find your Summer in the City location, enter the name of your school in our Find a School search tool. Once you select your school, scroll to the bottom of the page for information about where summer programming will be offered this year.

High School Sites

To identify which summer sites are offering specific high school courses, use our Summer High School Course Finder:

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.

Regents Hub Pilot

This year Summer in the City is launching five Regents Hub sites across the city to support students taking August Regents exams. The sites will offer:

One-Week Regents Prep

Hub sites will also offer optional week-long, non-credit-bearing Regents prep courses the week of August 5–9. The Prep courses are for students who are not attending Summer School and who may benefit from additional Regents preparation before retaking the exam. Seats are limited and students who are seniors finishing their fourth-year of high school in 2019 and are only missing Regents exams. Prep courses will be offered for: English Language Arts, Global History (aligned to the Transition exam), U.S. History, Algebra I, Geometry, Living Environment, and Earth Science. Course times vary by location.

To enroll in the Regents Hub site, students should contact the site directly in advance (first come, first served) to register for a specific course. When contacting the school, please inform them that the registrant is a senior finishing their fourth-year of high school in June 2019 and needing to take a Regents exam(s) so that the registrant will be prioritized for the prep course(s).

August Exams

Hub sites are equipped to serve NYC high school students who are not enrolled in Summer School and need to take August Regent exams. The sites will offer every August Regent exam during the state testing window of August 13th and 14th. Students who are not enrolled in Summer School should contact a Regents Hub site in July or August to register for an exam.

To register for an exam, students should contact the site directly and request a seat. Students will need to bring written permission from their home school principal and a form of photo identification. The written permission must include confirmation that the student is eligible to sit for the exam and a list of accommodations, if any, the student is entitled to receive. In the case of a science Regents exam, the letter should confirm that the students met the laboratory requirement, which includes 1,200 minutes of hands-on laboratory experience.

We recommend students ask the principal at their home school to complete a form to confirm they’re eligible to take the exam in August.

Pilot Locations

If you have problems registering, please contact the principal or guidance counselor at your home school your previous principal or guidance counselor.

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 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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