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

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

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

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

Registration 

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.

K-8

For Summer Rising programs in grades K–8, families can sign up through the City’s Summer Rising page.

Follow these steps to register for your school’s program on the City’s Summer Rising website: 

  1. Visit the City’s Summer Rising website.
  2. Create an account on the NYC.gov website .
  3. Search for your school’s program using discoverDYCD's search tool.
  4. Make sure the Summer Rising box is checked.
  5. Find where your school’s program is located this summer by entering your school’s name or DBN, your address, or zip code in the appropriate search fields.
  6. You can view search results in a list or on a map. To view on a map, click the “Use map location” box.
  7. Select your school’s program. Click expand to see more information about the program, such as grade level requirements and supported languages. Note: Not all schools are able to stay in their home building this summer. Be sure to look at the program’s address before applying.
  8. To apply, click “Add to list.”

Don’t see your school’s program?

If your student is a New York City resident who does not attend a DOE school, you should apply to a program that is in your neighborhood.

Additional programs will be added on Mondays each week. Please complete the Summer Rising Program Survey so the DOE can let you know when your school’s program is listed and help you through the registration process.

Want to change your student’s registration to a different Summer Rising site?

On the discoverDYCD Dashboard you have the ability to revoke your online application if you decide that you are no longer interested in a program or if you want to change your Summer Rising site. To revoke an application, sign in to discoverDYCD, click Dashboard, select Revoke Application. To move your application to a different site, simply add the new program site to your list and resubmit the application. More support and tips for registration can be found at nyc.gov/SummerRising

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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.

Students with 12-month IEPs

Families of students with 12-month IEPs were asked to complete a survey about their summer plans. Please contact your school if you did not receive the survey or would like to change your response.

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

If your child in grades K-8 has an IEP that recommends an extended school year (12-month) program, and you would like them to participate in activities at a Summer Rising program after the end of their school day, visit the City's Summer Rising website.

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. Registration for Summer Rising programs is ongoing. If you have not yet received your ESY site offer, you can wait until you receive that offer before selecting a Summer Rising program, or you can change your Summer Rising program registration at a later date to a more convenient location.

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 have registered on the City's Summer Rising website and received confirmation of enrollment, and 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 by visiting the City's Summer Rising website.

You can also change your Summer Rising program registration at a later date to a more convenient location, including to your child's related services site. 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.

For students in grades K–8, you can sign up through the City’s Summer Rising page. 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.

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.

Please contact your school for more information on mealtimes and locations of service.

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 DOE’s COVID-19 Information and Updates page.

Transportation

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

  • Busing is available for eligible students to arrive at their school for their session start time and pick 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 receiving curb-to-school busing can fill out the Alternate PM Drop-Off Request Form so that students who elect to attend Summer Rising after the instructional programs end are able to get transportation to another Summer Rising program, if it is in a different location.

Students mandated to attend Summer Rising will receive the same type of transportation they were assigned during the school year.

  • Students with 12-month IEPs who received specialized transportation during the school year will be placed on curb-to-school bus routes.
  • Students who had a yellow bus stop assigned during the regular school year will use the same stop to travel to Summer Rising.
  • Students who were assigned a MetroCard during the regular school year will receive a MetroCard at their summer site. 

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

Commonly Asked Questions

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.

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 change my student’s registration to a different Summer Rising site?

On the discoverDYCD Dashboard you have the ability to revoke your online application if you decide that you are no longer interested in a program or if you want to change your Summer Rising site. To revoke an application, sign in to discoverDYCD, click Dashboard, select Revoke Application. To move your application to a different site, simply add the new program site to your list and resubmit the application. More support and tips for registration can be found at nyc.gov/SummerRising

Will there be summer school if my student needs academic support?

This summer, we are moving away from traditional summer school. For the first time, we will fully integrate the strengths of DOE academics and DYCD school-based enrichment programming into one comprehensive summer experience for young people. All students participating in Summer Rising programs will receive academic support.

Your school will contact you in June if your child needs to receive academic support to be promoted to the next grade level.

My student requires additional special education supports during the school year. Will they receive those same supports over the summer?

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.

Questions?

If you have questions, please contact your school or email summer@schools.nyc.gov

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