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Summer Learning in Somerville

2019 Recommended Summer Reading List

Research shows that students who do not participate in learning activities over the summer may experience a loss of learning. When they return to school in the fall, these students require a review of the previous year's material before they can begin to do work at their grade level. To prevent this loss of learning, Somerville Public Schools offers a variety of programs and services for students.

What are the Summer Reading requirements of the Somerville Public Schools?

Summer is a great time to explore the fun and excitement of reading for pleasure. Somerville students in grades 1-12 are encouraged to read over the summer, and will be required to complete a book project early in the new school year. The recommended summer reading list for students entering Grades 1-8 provides suggested books for each grade level. Students do not have to read books from these lists; they are provided to help guide book selection for students who may not know what they want to read. You'll also find a reading log to help students keep track of their summer reading.

Free Meals ALL SUMMER for ALL Somerville Youth

Join us for free breakfast and lunch prepared by Somerville's award-winning Food Service Department. Available all summer for all youth, regardless of ability to pay. Visit the Food and Nutrition Services Summer Meals Webpage for a listing of current open summer meals sites.

Have questions about where kids 18 years and younger can eat free summer meals at sites across Somerville? Call Project Bread's FoodSource Hotline at 1-800-645-8333 or visit www.meals4kids.org for details.

Help finding a summer camp

Somerville Community Schools offers a day program for students Monday through Friday at the Healey School. The Community Schools' program starts early July and runs weekly sessions through mid-August.

Community Schools also offers a "Counselor in Training" program (CIT) for middle grades students. Learn more at the Somerville Community Schools Webpage about Vacation Programming.

The Somerville Family Learning Collaborative also puts together resources for families on summer camps, summer programs, and recreational opportunities across the City. You can access and download the current Summer Camp & Activity Guide on the resources on the SFLC Family Resources page.

High School Summer School

Summer school is recommended to students who may be in danger of failing their school grade, allowing them to develop skills to make passing the grade possible. Summer school courses are also available as enrichment courses for those students interested in improving their skills in a certain subject area. 

SPELL (Summer Program for English Language Learners)

SPELL is not an optional enrichment program. Students are recommended for SPELL if they are not meeting grade level standards because they are learning English. Dr. Sarah Davila, who oversees the Department of English Language Education, can answer additional questions about SPELL. Dr. Davila can be reached at 617-625-6600 x6096.

Collaborative Summer Success Program

Collaborative Summer Success is a three-week orientation program to introduce the expectations of Somerville High School. It is open to any rising 9th grader, and takes place in July (Mondays to Thursdays 8:30 to 12:30, with Thursdays scheduled as field trips). Rising 9th graders receive information and registration forms in their backpacks in the spring.

Overview of Programs

SPS and SPS partners run a wide range of summer enrichment programs for students of all ages. These programs are targeted at students with specific needs and participants are referred into the programs by their teachers. There are also excellent, open summer programs run by SPS and the City of Somerville that are available to everyone. They are the Music Programs, Summer Meals program, and Recreation Department programs, and the Somerville Childcare Center. Find out more about additional summer activities on the Somerville Family Learning Collaborative resources page