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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WriteBoston Teens in Print

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From Snapchat, to Twitter, to Buzzfeed, news is everywhere you look. Your generation is the first to have 24/7 access to everything going on in the world?but that comes with a unique set of challenges. Couple this with growing up in the city of Boston and suddenly you are the center of historical narratives that have combined with current trends that ultimately shape how people view and behave in this city. We aim to help you find your place within these larger narratives and use your voice to positively contribute to the world around you.

As a journalist this summer, you?ll get to test out the power of your voice and identity and leave with sharpened media skills, something you?ll be able to apply in the future whether you?re a reporter on the White House beat, or simply reading your news app on the T.

By the end of this hybrid six-week program, you will walk away with a deeper understanding of journalism, plus several published pieces of writing and multimedia content.

Earning a byline is hard, even for adult professional journalists. But after just six weeks in the Summer Journalism Institute, you?ll be published on the Teens in Print website. Having a publication on your resume will help you stand out for other professional opportunities?like college and internships. Past participants have talked about their experience with SJI in job interviews, asked SJI mentors for feedback on their college essays, and requested recommendation letters.

100 High St, Boston, MA, 02210
07/05/2023 - 08/11/2023

ACT Skills Developed:

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

Grades Served:

9, 10, 11, 12

Program Topics:

Literacy

YMCA of Greater Boston

Program Details

Learn, Grow and Thrive

776 Washington St, Dorchester, MA, 02124
07/10/2023 - 08/11/2023

ACT Skills Developed:

Communication, Teamwork, Self-Regulation, Perseverance, Critical Thinking, Social Awareness & Relationships

Grades Served:

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

Program Topics:

Camp

Youth in Crisis

Program Details

Development ,training skill our young boys and girls the youth will learn how to have self control of holding the ball and have a positive attitude through physical activities be accountable for there choices and be responsible for the action that they make.

350 River St, Mattapan, MA, 02126
07/10/2023 - 08/14/2023

ACT Skills Developed:

Teamwork

Grades Served:

6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Alternative Education

Zoo New England

Program Details

learn about the natural world with live animal encounters and behind-the-scenes opportunities at the Zoo!

1 Franklin Park Rd, Boston, MA, 02121
07/10/2023 - 08/11/2023

ACT Skills Developed:

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

Grades Served:

3, 4

Program Topics:

STEM, College Career Readiness

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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Boston Summer Learning Spotlights

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.