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Summer Learning in Somerville


Summer Meals and Basic Needs

Basic Needs. Information about Housing, Financial Assistance, Food Security, and Other Supports.

Food Resources. Grab-and-Go Meals, Friday Backpack Program, and local pantries.

Summer Grab-and-Go Meals. Our Food and Nutrition Services Department will continue to offer breakfast and lunch Grab-and-Go Meals throughout the summer. From Monday, June 22nd and throughout the summer months, Grab-and-Go Meals will be distributed only on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9-11am at East Somerville Community School, Healey School, Winter Hill Community Innovation School, and West Somerville Neighborhood School.


Summer Enrichment Programming

Programs open to all students

Community Schools Adventure Summer Program

The Somerville Community Schools Adventure Summer Program runs from July 6, 2020 to August 14, 2020 from 9:00am to 3:00pm. In-person programming is Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, with virtual meetings Monday and Friday. Programming supports the Somerville Public Schools Grade Level Curriculum and will include virtual activities, tutoring, and more. Contact your Afterschool site coordinator for more information or visit the Community Schools website. This program fills quickly but is open to all. Also available is the Community Schools Adventure Summer Program Leaders-in-Training program. It is open to rising 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students. Leaders-in-Training will be assigned to specific camp groups for meet-up times. There is a fee associated with this program. Somerville Community Schools is a department of the Somerville Public Schools.

Summer Music Fest 2020

Join Somerville Public Schools for a celebration of music for students in 4th grade and above with 1 year of instrument experience! The SPS Music Department is excited to present a new virtual format for summer music learning held over 3 days. Sessions include string group classes, Honk-style jam sessions, dance with Brazilian rhythms and video game music themed afternoon sessions with special guests. Program runs on July 21st, 22nd, and 23rd, 2020. Register online by July 15th to reserve your spot. Cost is a pay-what-you-can model at $50, $40, $30, or financial aid available. Visit Summer Music to learn more.

Somerville Parks and Recreation Department Summer Programming

Visit the Somerville Parks and Recreation Department page to learn about summer programming for youth. These are free or low-cost and open to all youth. 

Home Learning Resources

Somerville Public Schools maintains a list of Home Learning Resources which have been carefully chosen by our Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Department. Find engaging educational activities by grade-level and subject area.


SPS Programs for targeted students

The district focus this summer will be to provide more targeted instruction to students who may need a little extra help. Programs for students who require extra supports are generally available by invitation through a teacher or administrator and are based on need.

1:1 Mathematics

Based on the 1:1 Reading program, this 1:1 Mathematics was developed for students currently in grade 2 who are struggling with place value in mathematics. Each student receives 10 sessions of 1:1 tutoring over Zoom or Google Meet over the course of the summer to help them prepare for the more complex place value concepts they will encounter in 3rd grade.

1:1 Reading

Students in grades 1-4 who have been receiving reading services from a reading teacher will be eligible for this program. Students in the 1:1 program would receive 10 sessions, ideally twice a week for five weeks. Each session would last between 30-40 minutes. Between sessions, students would be required to do independent tasks depending on their needs.

Next Wave Middle School and Full Circle High School

Students will participate in a 2-week program where they focus on one project to showcase their learning. Students will also focus on math and ELA enrichment. Full Circle students needing to fulfill high school requirements will participate in the Somerville High School program.

Somerville High School

Summer school will run from July 6 through July 31, 2020. It is offered in two daily sessions, from 8:30am - 10:30am and 10:40am - 12:40pm, Monday through Friday. During this time, students will participate in 2-3 courses using Edgenuity and/or Zoom. 

Special Education Extended School Year (ESY)

Extended School Year (ESY) services for Somerville Public Schools' Special Education students who have ESY services indicated in their Individualized Education Plan (IEP) will occur remotely. Remote instruction for ESY services will be similar to the remote instruction that is currently provided for special education students. That is, ESY instruction will likely include small group and individual remote instruction and weekly assignments to measure the students' progress and application of taught skills.

SPELL (Summer Program for English Language Learners) 

The Summer Program for English Language Learners (SPELL) will focus on remote learning access and readiness for Language Learner students in grades 2 through 12. Participant students are selected by their teachers and are at beginning levels of English learning. Small group and one-to-one activities centered around topics of interest will give students opportunities to practice listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students will gain practice in using remote learning tools and will be provided social and emotional as well as academic supports. Family communication and resource and referral to basic needs will also be provided. Dr. Sarah Davila, who oversees the Department of English Language Education, can answer additional questions about SPELL. 

The Somerville Calculus Project

The Somerville Calculus Project supports black and Latina/o students as they explore and develop a deeper appreciation of mathematics. Once students are enrolled, the Calculus Project remains with them throughout their journeys towards academic success, self-exploration, and social impact. This summer, rising 7th through 10th grade students will come together for a 4 week virtual program (July 6 – July 30). The TCP staff will be rounded out by 14 high school Peer Mentors, who will provide targeted, small-group instruction. The Calculus Project’s Count Forward speaker series will encourage students to bring their full selves, commit their minds to their personal development, and be designers of their futures. They will explore what it means to be “a person like me” both for their current selves and for the people they wish to be.

Breakthrough Greater Boston

Breakthrough Greater Boston (BTGB) will provide daily online instruction in literature and math to ensure an enriching learning experience for students already enrolled in the Somerville BTGB program this summer. Rising 8th and 9th graders will participate in 4 weeks (June 29th – July 24th) of online learning, enrichment clubs, advisory sessions, and Special Friday events. There will be ongoing touchpoints with families around mental health needs and supports and connecting them to important resources. Rising 7th graders will receive a Breakthrough care package including a STEM kit and our summer community novel and will officially join Breakthrough programming this fall.


Online Enrichment Resources

We will continue to update Home Learning Resources and #JustforFun web pages with programs and activities that students and families can consider for the summer. Please check back often.

Home Learning Resources Page

#JustForFun Online Engagement Resources Page

Somerville Public Library

Third-Party Program Options

Please contact directly any of the organizations below to be sure program information is accurate and up-to-date.

In-Person Options

The Arlington Center for the Arts has fee-based in-person arts camps for kids in grades 1-10 starting in August.

Arts Online

Somerville’s own Candlewick Press offers Camp Candlewick, a FREE virtual book lovers camp for school-aged kids. The camp itself is free, but books need to be obtained and read in advance.

The Children's Museum of the Arts has a fee-based “Drop-in Arts Camp” with different video link class times for ages under-five through 11.

Crash Course has a FREE video course for teens on theater history, theory, and techniques.

Creativebug offers over 100 prerecorded arts and crafts classes specifically for kids. There is a 30-day free trial and it is fee-based afterward. Or access Creativebug for FREE with your Somerville Public Library card.

For high school students, the Glass Bar Boston has online, fee-based classes in glass art such as Introduction to Stained Glass.

Boston’s Grub Street, one of the nation’s leading creative writing centers, offers fee-based virtual classes for teens ages 13-18. There are free writing prompts as well as online workshops.

The Met Opera is running a FREE virtual summer camp on Wednesdays for kids. Activity sheets, story times, and conversations with the artists are available the rest of the week.

Take a FREE online cooking class with the famed Milk Street Cooking School.

Minni offers fee-based, live, online interactive arts classes for ages 1.5 -10.

Atlanta's Museum of Design offers fee-based, online after school design classes for kids ages 8-18.

The New Art Center in Newton has fee-based, real-time, online after school visual arts and acting classes for kids in grades 6-12.

Boston’s North Bennet Street School has FREE virtual, hands-on woodworking and book arts activities for kids.

Second City offers fee-based improv, acting, stand-up, and comedy classes for ages 7-18.

The Umbrella Arts Center has fee-based, online arts classes for ages 5-14. There are also FREE online, at-home arts activities for ages toddler-8.

Based in Boston, Urbanity Dance offers fee-based online dance classes for beginners on up, for students ages 1-17, in styles from contemporary and ballet to hip hop and improv.

Write the World offers fee-based online writing classes and prompts for teens 13-18.

STEM Online

Acera offers fee-based online after school programs for kids ages 4-17.

Alley Pond Environmental Center has a wide range of fee-based, virtual summer science programs for a range of ages.

The American Museum of Natural History has fee-based virtual summer camps through August for grades 2-9.

The Bronx Zoo has fee-based Online Wildlife Camps for students pre-K to grade 8.

DIY for Kids has projects like “Build Your Own Machine” and “Drawing Bootcamp” for kids ages 7 and up. There is a 14-day free trial and it is fee-based afterward.

Empow Studios has live, fee-based, online, structured STEM learning courses for kids from elementary through high school.

Family Maker Camp is a fee-based, online summer camp for kids and families interested in tinkering and making.

Kids 4 Coding has fee-based virtual tech camps for kids ages 7-18.

Parts and Crafts has sliding scale, fee-based camps such as Girls Invention Week and Imaginary Worlds. For kids aged 7-12.

Athletics/Sports Online

The School of Oom Yung Doe New England offers fee-based virtual martial arts summer camp classes for kids ages 5-10.

Combined Activities/Other Online

Camp Edmo is a fee-based, semi-structured online camp (materials cost extra) for ages 4-13. Each week has a different theme; half- and full-day options as well as drop-in options are available.

Camp Kinda is a FREE online camp for ages 5-14. It’s self-paced, and online and offline activities are allocated weekly to take about 3-4 hours per day.

Camp TV is a FREE, day camp experience from home. It includes hour-long episodes, a camp counselor, and music, zoo, theatre, and library programming partners.

Camp WonderopolisFREE but requires a sign-in. Theme-based online maker activities for ages 7 and up, using mix of online videos and instructions.

The Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts has many FREE and fee-based virtual activities, programs, and resources for members and non-members to engage with from home.

Heron Books has FREE courses in English, math, and science that vary by age.

Leaders 4SC has fee-based virtual courses offered for rising 5th to 9th graders on civic leadership.

The PBS Kids for Parents site offers FREE activity ideas by subject area and age for kids 2-8.

Varsity Tutors offers some FREE and fee-based online camps for grade levels K and older, such as “Environmental Hero” and “The Science of Bites and Stings.”

Wide Open School has FREE online learning resources for PreK - 12th grade from the editors of Common Sense Media. Try their virtual summer camp or search by subject. Also available en Espanol.