Summer learning, reimagined.

Boston Beyond facilitates a unique summer learning network for Boston kids. Each summer, students participate in skill-rich learning in parks and museums, on college campuses, and other real-world settings in every corner of the city. Our evidence-based approach has replaced traditional summer school for the Boston Public Schools and is being adapted across the state and country.

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Boston Beyond’s network operates hundreds of high-quality, free and low-cost summer programs each year. Browse network offerings and discover the right program for your child or teen.


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ACEDONE – Summer Learning Academy

Program Details

AceZone’s program is a truly unique and impactful program that offers young students the opportunity to develop critical skills such as critical thinking, communication, and creativity. What sets our program apart is that we hire young staff who themselves have gone through the program, providing an authentic and relatable experience for our students. Additionally, our program is 100% free and includes fun and active field trips, making it accessible and enjoyable for all students for the feel of the in class and out of class experience. We are committed to providing a comprehensive and enriching experience, offering six enrichment courses that cover a range of subjects such as STEM, Leadership, Culture, Art, Performance Art/Media, and more.

Salma Mohamed
AceZone@acedone.org
200 Heath St, Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130
07/08/2024 - 08/09/2024
No CostFree (No Cost)

ACT Skills Icon ACT Skills Developed:

Critical Thinking, Creativity, Social Awareness & Relationships, Communication, Teamwork, Growth Mindset, Self-Regulation, Self-Efficacy

Age Group Icon Grades Served:

2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Program Icon Program Topics:

Cultural Identity, Sports, Arts, Outdoor Exploration, Academic Enrichment

Achieve – Summer Learning Academy

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School-based Services Available
Program Details

Monday-Thursday our students attend their 3 core classes in the morning. In their classes, our teachers focus on previewing key standards for students’ rising grade levels, with an emphasis on group work and project-based learning. In the afternoon, students have a structured enrichment or club period twice a week, and free choice the other two days, where they can opt to go swimming, play basketball, play pickleball or other sports, or attend a workshop sponsored by the Nobles Day Camp (boating, archery, tie-dye etc). After that, they either participate in a math intervention block or a book club, have a study hall to begin their homework, and then we end the day with a community meeting. Every Friday we take a field trip.

Lucie Torrey
ltorrey0f@nobles.edu
10 Campus Dr, Dedham, MA, 02026
07/01/2024 - 08/08/2024
No CostFree (No Cost)

ACT Skills Icon ACT Skills Developed:

Critical Thinking, Creativity, Social Awareness & Relationships, Communication, Teamwork, Growth Mindset, Self-Regulation, Perseverance, Self-Efficacy

Age Group Icon Grades Served:

7, 8, 9

Program Icon Program Topics:

Cultural Identity, College Career Readiness, STEM, Academic Enrichment

Afrimerican Academy – Summer Learning Academy

Program Details

At this program, students will have the chance to engage in transformative experiences that go beyond traditional learning. They’ll immerse themselves in a dynamic environment that fosters not just academic excellence, but also cultural vibrancy and community involvement. Our multifaceted approach integrates career readiness, restorative project management, and cultural diversity, equity, and inclusion practices, setting the stage for youth to become forward-thinking leaders. With specialized projects like e-gaming and podcast production, students don’t just prepare for the future-they start building it now.

Marlon Solomon
(781) 690-1908
msolomon@afrimericanone.org
07/08/2024 - 08/10/2024
No CostFree (No Cost)

ACT Skills Icon ACT Skills Developed:

Critical Thinking, Social Awareness & Relationships, Communication, Teamwork

Age Group Icon Grades Served:

10, 11, 12

Program Icon Program Topics:

Cultural Identity, College Career Readiness, STEM, Outdoor Exploration, Academic Enrichment

After School Arts Program – ASAP SLA

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School-based Services Available
Program Details

The After School Arts Program serves as a dynamic creative incubator dedicated to amplifying and empowering the voices of historically marginalized youth. Through the transformative mediums of filmmaking, reading, writing, and communication arts, ASAP cultivates a nurturing environment where students can explore their creativity and develop essential 21st-century skills. By fostering leadership and team-building abilities, ASAP prepares students for diverse entry-level job opportunities in creative industries such as film and journalism. With a focus on building pathways for underemployed youth, ASAP is committed to nurturing civic engagement and facilitating a smooth transition to a productive life beyond school.

Dominga Martin
(718) 785-7709
info@afterschoolartsprogram.com
36 Winthrop St, Roxbury, MA, 02119
07/08/2024 - 08/08/2024
No CostFree (No Cost)

ACT Skills Icon ACT Skills Developed:

Critical Thinking, Creativity, Social Awareness & Relationships, Communication, Teamwork, Growth Mindset, Self-Regulation, Perseverance, Self-Efficacy

Age Group Icon Grades Served:

9, 10, 11, 12

Program Icon Program Topics:

Cultural Identity, College Career Readiness, Arts, STEM, Literacy, Outdoor Exploration, Academic Enrichment

Agassiz Village Summer Camp – Summer Leaders Session 1

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School-based Services Available
Program Details

At this program, youth will have the unique chance to explore new skills and activities while expanding their horizons at our beautiful 330-acre lakefront overnight summer camp in Poland, Maine. Agassiz Village social-emotional leadership summer camp model is unique, as it is rare to find summer camp programs with intentional, social-emotional curriculum models implemented through a diversity, equity, and inclusion. We facilitate experiential learning activities and build 21st century skills through ten Core Activity Areas: Nature, Archery, Swimming, Boating & Canoeing, Land Sports & Fitness, Challenge Course, Arts, Dance, Drama, and STEAM.

Camille Ridge Naldini
(781) 860-0200 x1005
cnaldini@agassizvillage.org
71 Agassiz Village Rd, Poland, ME, 04274
06/30/2024 - 07/11/2024
$$$$$1,000 or more

ACT Skills Icon ACT Skills Developed:

Critical Thinking, Creativity, Social Awareness & Relationships, Communication, Teamwork, Growth Mindset, Self-Regulation, Perseverance, Self-Efficacy

Age Group Icon Grades Served:

3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Program Icon Program Topics:

Cultural Identity, College Career Readiness, Sports, Arts, STEM, Outdoor Exploration

Alighieri Dante Montessori School – Adams/Alighieri Summer Learning Academy

Program Details

A Summer Learning Academy for current 2nd graders through current 5th graders from the Dante Alighieri and the Adams Elementary School. This program is focused on accelerating student learning in literacy and math, and providing students with engaging enrichment opportunities. This program runs July 8th – August 9th, Monday – Fridays from 8:30AM to 1:30PM.

Amy Murphy
amurphy5@bostonpublicschools.org
165 Webster St, Boston, MA, 02128
07/08/2024 - 08/09/2024
No CostFree (No Cost)

ACT Skills Icon ACT Skills Developed:

Critical Thinking, Social Awareness & Relationships, Teamwork

Age Group Icon Grades Served:

3, 4, 5, 6

Program Icon Program Topics:

STEM, Literacy, Academic Enrichment

All Dorchester Sports & Leadership – Summer Enrichment Program

Program Details

At this program, students will have the chance to engage socially with their peers, encouraged and guided by our teen leadership counselors to build and foster healthy interpersonal skills. Students will also have the chance to learn new physical skills through our various daily physical actives such as dance, basketball, yoga, kickball, obstacle courses. ADSL’s access to 5.7 acres of outdoor space, in the heart of Dorchester, truly makes ADSL different. Located just minutes from Fields Corner Station, ADSL is uniquely positioned to uplift and impact youth from many areas. Our outdoor space has allowed ADSL to not just be a leader in sports but in community engagement, activism, and healing. Our trauma-informed, youth, family, community-first approach uses trained and dedicated coaches, volunteers, and staff who live in the community and proactively engage with guardians, students, and family liaisons. ADSL is a long-term engagement organization (1-3 years) and builds lasting relationships that carry over season after season, from program to program. Cultivating a strong community of support, learning, and positive development. This program works to support youth who are often disconnected or come from areas with high levels of violence. 58% of ADSL participants are BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), our participants identify as Caucasian 42%, Hispanic 35%, African American 15%, Asian 3% Haitian 2%, Cape Verdean 2%, Vietnamese 2%, Other 4%

Jessica Jones
(617) 287-1601
jjones@alldorchestersports.org
1565 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, MA, 02122
07/08/2024 - 08/16/2024
$$$$$250-$499

ACT Skills Icon ACT Skills Developed:

Creativity, Social Awareness & Relationships, Communication, Teamwork, Growth Mindset, Perseverance

Age Group Icon Grades Served:

K2, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Program Icon Program Topics:

Sports, Arts, STEM, Literacy, Outdoor Exploration, Academic Enrichment

Apprentice Learning – Activate City Summer

Program Details

Students will get exposed to a variety of careers where tactile learning will excel by visiting worksites. Students will have a chance to practice what they have learned through hands-on learning experiences and projects. Students will create a blueprint project and have artifacts of their learning experiences.

Paige Whalen
(857) 245-6696
pwhalen@apprenticelearning.org
138 Tremont St, Boston, MA, 02111
07/08/2024 - 08/09/2024
No CostFree (No Cost)

ACT Skills Icon ACT Skills Developed:

Critical Thinking, Creativity, Social Awareness & Relationships, Communication, Teamwork, Growth Mindset, Self-Regulation, Perseverance, Self-Efficacy

Age Group Icon Grades Served:

9

Program Icon Program Topics:

Cultural Identity, College Career Readiness, STEM

Apprentice Learning – City Summer Internship

Program Details

City Summer Internship is a paid career exploration program for Boston girls entering ninth grade where interns explore careers in Boston’s economic engine neighborhoods and learn to earn. Interns will earn stipends of up to $270 per week for completing program hours and requirements. Apprentice Learning elected to work specifically with girls during the summer months to deepen their skills, build a positive peer network, and broaden their exposure to opportunities within their immediate environs. Taking a strengths-based approach, our paid internship provides 14-15 year-old girls from low-income neighborhoods an opportunity to learn to earn. Like our apprenticeship program during the school year, CSI is able to build deeper relationships with interns, fostering a link between positive self-esteem and improved educational outcomes.

Paige Whalen
(857) 245-6696
pwhalen@apprenticelearning.org
2 Boylston St, Boston, MA, 02116
07/08/2024 - 08/09/2024
No CostFree (No Cost)

ACT Skills Icon ACT Skills Developed:

Critical Thinking, Creativity, Social Awareness & Relationships, Communication, Teamwork, Growth Mindset, Self-Regulation, Perseverance, Self-Efficacy

Age Group Icon Grades Served:

9

Program Icon Program Topics:

Cultural Identity, College Career Readiness, STEM

Arnold Arboretum – Arboretum Young Scientists

Program Details

At this program, students will be immersed each day in an outdoor setting with diverse habitats that are ideal for ecosystem study. Students will learn basic horticultural and research skills from Arboretum staff and researchers, and will also meet BIPOC professionals in the life sciences and horticulture. We aim to have BIPOC staff and teachers to provide role models for the students.

Katie Fox
(617) 384-5239
katiefox@fas.harvard.edu
125 Arborway, Boston, MA, 02130
07/01/2024 - 08/02/2024
No CostFree (No Cost)

ACT Skills Icon ACT Skills Developed:

Critical Thinking, Communication, Teamwork

Age Group Icon Grades Served:

7, 8

Program Icon Program Topics:

STEM, Outdoor Exploration

BATA HSCR

Program Details
20 Church St, Boston, MA, 02116
07/08/2024 - 08/08/2024

Age Group Icon Grades Served:

11, 12

BATA MCAS SLA

Program Details
20 Church St, Boston, MA, 02116
07/08/2024 - 08/08/2024

Age Group Icon Grades Served:

11, 12

Battle New England – Showtime in Dorchester “Sportarama”

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School-based Services Available
Program Details

Students will experience playing in a basketball tournament at the historically infamous Rucker park, where many NBA players gained notoriety and began the development of their NBA Legendary careers. Some of these players include Dr. J, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson, Stephon Marbury, and Byron Davis.

Al McClain
(857) 212-7436
almcclain.battlene@gmail.com
340 Neponsit Ave, Boston, MA, 02122
08/03/2024 - 08/10/2024
No CostFree (No Cost)

ACT Skills Icon ACT Skills Developed:

Critical Thinking, Creativity, Social Awareness & Relationships, Communication, Teamwork, Growth Mindset, Self-Regulation, Perseverance, Self-Efficacy

Age Group Icon Grades Served:

6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Program Icon Program Topics:

Sports

BCLA-McCormack HSCR

Program Details
655 Metropolitan Ave, Boston, MA, 02136
07/01/2024 - 08/02/2024

Age Group Icon Grades Served:

8, 9, 10, 11, 12

BDEA SLA

Program Details
36 Winthrop St, Roxbury, MA, 02119
07/08/2024 - 07/31/2024

Age Group Icon Grades Served:

10, 11, 12

Summer Matters

Research shows that a large part of the achievement gap between students from low-income families and their peers can be explained by unequal access to summer opportunities.

High-quality summer learning programs can reverse summer learning loss while teaching skills that directly impact student achievement.

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In Boston, high-attending summer students gained an advantage equivalent to 25% of a school year in math and literacy—at two-thirds the cost.

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FAQs

If your child is enrolled in a school that located in the city of Boston or attends a METCO program, they are likely eligible for one or more of our network’s programs. Individual program eligibility requirements vary, so you should check the individual websites of programs that match your needs.

All summer programs in the Boston Beyond network are free or low-cost to students and their families. These high-quality programs are paid for through public funds and grants to ensure open access to children from all economic backgrounds.

Each program operates its own application process. Search the database above and then visit the websites of the programs that interest you to sign up.