Summer Rising

Summer Rising is New York City’s free summer plan for any child in grades K-12 who wants to participate.

Program Overview

  • Summer Rising will be available throughout the City to every New York City student, including students with disabilities.
  • All programs will be run by local school leaders and trusted community-based organizations.
  • Summer Rising programs are full day and in-person experiences.
  • All programs will create a bridge back to school in the fall and give parents peace of mind as they return to work.
  • The environment will be safe and supportive. Staff members are prepared to respond to children’s social and emotional needs.
  • Summer programs will offer academic support, arts, recreation, and social-emotional support.
  • Breakfast, lunch, and a snack will be served to each student.

Summer Rising Grades K–8

Find the location of your school's Summer Rising program.

We are planning the City's most exciting summer ever! For the first time, we will fully integrate the strengths of DOE academics with the Department of Youth & Community Development’s (DYCD) school-based enrichment programming. Students in grades K–8 will get outside, learn, and engage with peers and caring adults in safe, supervised, and enriching ways.

All K–8 students participating in programs will have access to academic classes and enrichment programming, including field trips, arts activities and outdoor recreation. Students will engage in daily community building and social emotional learning activities.

Summer Rising will address academic and social emotional needs of our youth through tailored support. These programs will provide a bridge to next school year and allow students to reconnect with one another and with their schools. They will address unfinished learning while providing avenues for recreation, exploration, and fun.

We are excited to bring many children back full-time into a school setting. Summer Rising programs will operate in hundreds of DOE buildings, giving students safe and supervised experiences in their neighborhood. Most students will be able to attend a program in their home building! All New York City students will have an opportunity to participate in the program. No student will be turned away.

Registration for Grades K-8

Families who applied to Summer Rising received an email or a call from the DOE in early July with their child’s program location information. The online application process will close on Tuesday, July 20. If you would like to reach out to a program directly to see if they still have room, please contact your child’s school program. You can find where your child’s school program is located on the Summer Rising Locations page.

Summer Rising High School

Summer Rising High School is a chance for all high school students to make up previously failed courses, complete courses in progress, and participate in academic acceleration. Students will also be able to engage in important work experience and internship opportunities, such as the Summer Youth Employment Program.

High school students will have access to academic and social emotional supports designed locally to meet the unique needs of older students. High schools will design programs that meet the needs of their school communities and are based on student feedback. Programs may be in-person or remote, depending on the subject area and community needs.

Registration for Grades 9-12

To identify which summer sites are offering specific high school courses, students and families citywide can use the Summer High School Course Finder. This tool allows schools, students, and families to search for summer courses by high school name, zip code, borough, subject, or course type. Students and families should contact schools directly to find out when courses start and end, if space is available, and how to enroll.

Summer Rising Schedule

Student GroupTime SpanDays and Times
Grades K–5July 6 to August 20 (except July 20)Monday–Friday, 8AM–6PM
Grades 6–8July 6 to August 12 (except July 20)Monday–Thursday, 8AM–4PM
Grades 9–12July 6 to August 13 (except July 20)Schools will program students for courses and activities within Monday to Friday, at hours throughout the day to accommodate your student’s schedule.
Students with 12-month IEPs (D75) July 2 to August 13 (except July 5 and July 20)Monday–Friday, 8:10AM–2:40PM, with the option to stay for the extended day
Students with 12-month IEPs (ESY)July 2 to August 13 (except July 5 and July 20)Monday–Friday, 8:10AM– 2:10PM, with the option to stay for the extended day

Special Education

Students with 12-month IEPs and Extended School Year (12-month) IEP Program Recommendations

Children in grades K-8 who have an IEP that recommends an extended school year (12-month) program, have the option to participate in activities at a Summer Rising program after the end of their school day.

Families should select the Summer Rising site that is most convenient for them. This could mean enrolling in a Summer Rising program at (or close to) your child’s District 75, ASD Summer, or Extended School Year (ESY) site, or enrolling in a Summer Rising program that is close to your home.

You can request for your child to be picked up from their D75 or ESY site and dropped off at their Summer Rising program, if they are in separate locations. If you are interested in the DOE transporting your child between the D75 or ESY site and the Summer Rising program, please complete the Alternate Afternoon Drop-Off Form here. You can set the browser to translate the form into your preferred language or fill out the Request for an Alternate Drop-Off Location PDF in your preferred language, which can be found on the Transportation Overview page, and email it to BusingExceptions@schools.nyc.gov. The DOE will make all efforts to honor these requests and will notify families of the outcome.

Some students with disabilities may require additional supports to participate in the Summer Rising program’s extended hours. Additional supports, such as a paraprofessional, will be provided as needed.

If you have any questions about which Summer Rising program might be best for your family or about any additional supports your student may need to participate in the Summer Rising program, please reach out to your school Principal or specialeducation@schools.nyc.gov.

Students with 12-month Related Services Only (Not students in D75 programs)

If your child's IEP recommends related services only (for example, Speech, Occupational Therapy, or Physical Therapy) during July and August, you will be offered the opportunity to sign up for services at conveniently located sites in all five boroughs, many of which are also Summer Rising sites.

If you are interested in a Summer Rising program, you should register your child at the Summer Rising site most convenient for you.

The DOE will work with you so your child can receive their recommended services and participate in the Summer Rising program to the greatest extent possible. (Note: This does not apply to students in D75 programs. D75 students will continue to receive their related services at their Chapter 683 assigned summer school program.)

Please reach out to relatedservices@schools.nyc.gov as the summer approaches if you have questions about how your student's related services can be arranged.

Students Learning English

English Language Learners 

All students in grades K-12 who are learning English in school can participate in summer programs and receive support to help them learn English. The support includes language and literacy development and access to grade-level content. Not all summer programs will be the same. The services at your child’s summer program might include: 

  • Instruction in small groups
  • One-on-one support 
  • English as a New Language instruction which can be part of their academic classes or be a separate additional class 

We encourage you to reach out to your child’s school or summer program to learn about what supports they will give your child. If your child is currently in a bilingual program, we also encourage you to ask whether your child can be offered bilingual education over the summer. If your child is an “entering” or “emerging” English language learner in grades K-8, your child’s school should offer them a separate class for English as a New Language instruction. If your child is in grades K-8, you can also ask whether your school’s community-based organization partner will provide additional support for your child as they continue to learn English. You can also find this information online at discoverDYCD.

Students in grades K-8 may attend the Summer Rising program they enrolled in using the discoverDYCD portal, the program connected with their home school, or a Summer Rising program that is convenient to your family.

  • Visit the Summer Rising Locations page to find a program near you.
  • Families who are not yet enrolled will have the opportunity to fill out necessary paperwork where their child is attending Summer Rising. 

For students in grades 9-12, you can reach out to your child’s school or use the Summer High School Course Finder to search for summer courses by high school name, zip code, borough, subject, or course type. If you are concerned that your child’s summer program is not supporting your child in learning English, please contact your child’s school.

Meals

Students attending Summer Rising programs will be offered free breakfast and lunch daily. Snacks in the afternoon are available by request. Please contact your school for more information on mealtimes and locations of service.

Our goal is to provide nutrient-rich options that students of all ages and backgrounds will love. 

Our meals maintain high nutrition standards that meet and often exceed USDA standards for school meals with whole grain-rich products, reduced sodium, and only fat-free flavored milk. We do not use food additives such as artificial colors or flavors, non-nutritious sweeteners, or preservatives. We also do not serve any items with high fructose corn syrup.

In addition, any New Yorker who wants them can get free "grab & go" meals across the city starting June 28th. Visit the Summer Meals page for more information, pick up locations, dates, and times.

Health and Safety

All programs will follow rigorous health and safety protocols, including social distancing and mask wearing, and will have access to nursing support and a telehealth center. Parents and guardians will be asked to complete consent forms for mandatory periodic COVID-19 testing to participate in a Summer Rising program. Families in grades 1-8 must complete the consent form as part of their Summer Rising application. Testing consent is not required for Kindergarten students. 

More information about testing protocols and health policies for summer will be available soon on the Summer COVID-19 Testing Page.

Transportation

Busing will be provided to eligible students attending Summer Rising this summer. 

  • Busing is available for eligible students to arrive at their Summer Rising site for their instructional session start time and be picked up at their session end time. In the morning, students will arrive beginning at 8am. In the afternoon, students will be picked up at their session end time, but no later than 3pm. Busing will not be available when Summer Rising ends at 6pm. 
  • MetroCards will be available for students who stay in the program after 3pm. 
  • Families whose child receives curb-to-school busing can fill out the Alternate PM Drop-Off Request Form for transportation after the instructional program to another Summer Rising program, if they have elected for their child to attend one in a different location. 

The following students are eligible for busing: 

  • Students with IEPs or 504 Plans recommending curb-to-school busing 
  • Students in shelter who are currently eligible for busing 
  • Students who had a yellow bus stop assigned during the regular school year and are attending Summer Rising in order to be promoted to the next grade level 

Other students who are eligible for transportation during the regular school year will be eligible to receive a MetroCard for transportation to and from their Summer Rising site.

As during the school year, parents/guardians of students in temporary housing who receive a MetroCard or who can travel on public transportation for free are eligible for a MetroCard to accompany their child to and from Summer Rising.

Parents of students with disabilities are also eligible for free MetroCards when needed to accompany their child home from Summer Rising programs ending after 3 p.m. 

Your school can help you determine the best transportation option for your child. Additional information can be found on the Transportation Overview page.

Transportation Alternatives for Summer Rising

Students who will be staying until the conclusion of the enrichment portion of the day (4 PM or 6 PM) can receive a MetroCard to travel home from the program. Parents of students with disabilities or students in temporary housing are also eligible for free MetroCards when needed to accompany their child home from Summer Rising programs ending after 3 p.m. 

If a student who is eligible to receive curb-to-school (specialized) busing to Summer Rising programs is not able to travel from the Summer Rising program to their home on public transportation, families can pay out of pocket and then request reimbursement for the cost of travel from the school to the student’s residence by taxi/car service or personal vehicle. To request reimbursement, families should follow this process:

  1. Pick up your child at school and travel back to your residence by taxi/car service/rideshare or personal vehicle.
  2. Request a receipt for any fares or tolls.
  3. Fill out the Travel Reimbursement Form
  4. Submit the completed Travel Reimbursement Form and any receipts to your child’s Summer Rising school
  5. The school will review the form and any receipts and confirm your child’s attendance
  6. You should expect to receive reimbursement within 2-3 weeks from the time the school verifies and submits the form

Please note:

  • Families may request reimbursement for the cost of travel from the school to the student’s residence.
  • The maximum cost for any one day may not exceed $100.
  • Ride no-show fees (i.e. rideshare vehicle is called but then the parent/guardian does not show) is not covered by reimbursement.
  • Gratuity (or tip) paid to the driver is not covered by reimbursement.

Additional Options for Students in Temporary Housing

Students who live in shelters and are receiving (or eligible to receive) curb-to-school busing and are participating in Summer Rising until 4 PM or 6 PM also have the following car service options.

Please note:

  • Only the parent/guardian or authorized companion (who must be at least 18 years old) can request the ride.
  • Parents/guardians can request one trip to the school to pick up their child, and one trip from school to the shelter. 
  • Destination addresses must be a Summer Rising site or a shelter address.
  • Parents/guardians may arrange transportation only once per day between 3:30 and 6:30 PM.
  • All children must have a parent/guardian or authorized companion (who must be at least 18 years old) accompanying them during travel. 
  • Rides should be booked at least 30 minutes in advance (allow 60 minutes if there are special needs such as a larger vehicle or wheelchair access)
  • Parents/guardians should notify the Summer Rising site of the transportation change, including who is authorized to pick up the child 

Both options listed below offer accessible vehicle options.

Curb 

  • Call the Curb call center (347-897-5421) and provide passenger(s) name, contact info, pick-up time, requested address(es), and accessibility needs 
  • Provide your eligibility code, which your school or a DOE STH team member can provide to you 
  • Curb will validate your eligibility code and the address(es) requested 
  • Curb will dispatch a vehicle at the appropriate time 

LimoSys 

  • Contact your DOE Students in Temporary Housing staff person at your shelter or the Regional Manager for your school 
  • Provide the pick-up time, requested address(es) and accessibility needs 
  • The DOE staff member will arrange the ride for you using the LimoSys portal 
  • LimoSys will dispatch a vehicle at the appropriate time

If parents/guardians have questions about their eligibility, they can reach out to their school, their shelter, or the DOE by emailing TransportationReimbursement@schools.nyc.gov.

Commonly Asked Questions

What is Summer Rising?

For the first time, we are fully integrating the strengths of DOE academics and the Department of Youth & Community Development (DYCD)’s school-based enrichment programming. Summer programs will offer academic support, arts, recreation, and social-emotional support in safe and supervised ways. 

Who is eligible to participate in a Summer Rising program?

All New York City residents who are currently in grades kindergarten-12 are eligible for Summer Rising programs. If your student is a New York City resident but does not attend a DOE school, you should apply to a program that is in your neighborhood.

When are Summer Rising Programs held?

K-8 Summer Rising programs are full-day, full week, in-person experiences, giving parents peace of mind as they return to work. Depending on your child’s grade, program, and transportation needs, their schedules will vary. For the specific hours of your child’s program, contact the Summer Rising site directly.

Are Summer Rising programs in person?

We are excited to bring many children back full-time into a school setting. Summer Rising programs are full day, full week experiences that will create a bridge back to school in the fall. These in person experiences will give parents peace of mind as they return to work.

Are there any remote opportunities?

Summer Rising programs will operate in hundreds of DOE buildings, giving students safe and supervised experiences in their neighborhood. Most students will be able to attend a program in their home building!

Summer Rising are in-person programs designed to engage students with their peers, school communities, and school buildings. We are devoted to bringing children back full-time into a school setting and creating a connection to the fall. The only students who will have the option to participate remotely are those who are required to attend summer courses to be promoted to the next grade level and students with 12-month IEPs. If your student falls into one of these categories, you will be contacted about your learning preference (remote or in person).

Can I sign up for less than the full program (for example, half days or a half session)?

Summer Rising programs are designed to engage students with their peers, school communities, and school buildings in safe, supervised, and enriching ways. When registering for Summer Rising programs, families are signing up for full day, full week experiences. Please talk to your school if you want to sign up but have special circumstance.

Students with 12-month IEPs in grades K-8 can participate in Summer Rising programs after the end of their school day through the end of the Summer Rising program day (6pm). Families may register for a program at (or close to) their summer special education program, or close to their home.

How do I enroll my child?

Students in grades K-8 may attend the Summer Rising program they enrolled in using the discoverDYCD portal, the program connected with their home school, or a Summer Rising program that is convenient to your family. Visit the Summer Rising Locations page to find a program near you. Families who are not yet enrolled will have the opportunity to fill out necessary paperwork where their child is attending Summer Rising.

Students in grades 9-12 should use the Summer High School Course Finder to search for summer courses by high school name, zip code, borough, subject, or course type. Students and families should contact schools directly to find out when courses start and end, if space is available, and how to enroll.

Will busing be provided? 

If your child is eligible for busing, your child will receive busing to and from their instructional program, or you may request for your child to be picked up from their District 75 or Extended School Year site and dropped off at their Summer Rising Extended Day program, if they are in separate locations. Students who are dropped off at extended day program sites will not be transported home by bus at the end of the extended day program. All busing services stop at 3 PM.

How will the Summer Rising program support my child’s needs?

If you believe your child will require additional supports to participate in the Summer Rising program, please reach out to your school principal. Your child’s school will review your child’s IEP or 504 Plan to consider the level of support that will be needed in a Summer Rising program, during both DOE-led and Community-Based Organization (CBO)-led activities.

After the Summer Rising program has started, if you think your child requires additional support or accommodations, please reach out to the administration of your child’s Summer Rising program or email specialeducation@schools.nyc.gov

Contacts for Support

Your child’s school should always be your first point of contact.

If you need additional support, please contact:

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