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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National Park Service – Hill to Harbor Corps

Program Details

Students will have the chance to embrace leadership opportunities and gain confidence leading activities, public speaking, group management, and public speaking. Gradually youth participants step into a facilitator role for our recreational activities for camp programs.

Michelle Pizzillo
(617) 913-5350
michelle_pizzillo@nps.gov
21 2nd Ave, Charlestown, MA, 02129
06/08/2024 - 08/16/2024
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:

Outdoor Exploration

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Boston Professionals – Inspire STEM

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School-based Services Available
Program Details

Students will have the chance to dive deep into the clean energy industry through hands-on projects, site visits, and professional development opportunities. They will engage in a transformative learning experience tailored for Black and Brown high school juniors and seniors from Environmental Justice communities, collaborating with like-minded peers in a comprehensive, multi-week summer program. Students will gain exposure to high-demand clean energy careers, develop technical and soft skills, forge meaningful connections with companies and organizations in the field, and potentially receive mentorship from experienced professionals.

Sade Mabawonku
smabawonku@nsbeboston.org
07/08/2024 - 08/16/2024
No CostFree (No Cost)

ACT Skills Icon ACT Skills Developed:

Critical Thinking, Creativity, Communication, Teamwork, Growth Mindset

Age Group Icon Grades Served:

11, 12

Program Icon Program Topics:

College Career Readiness, STEM, Academic Enrichment

Northeastern U – Bob Case Acad Bridge to Calculus

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School-based Services Available
Program Details

Core math classes are held M-Th from 7:30 – 9:30a.m., taught by veteran BPS math teachers. Many teachers are award winning and AP Calculus readers. The model allows teachers to collaborate and meet some of their students prior to the Fall– it gives a continuum of learning. BtC has long addressed the issue of summer learning loss, which affects our urban communities, even before the COVID. We have about 28 years of history to build from. In addition to the traditional program, we are delighted to partner with Bottom Line, Boston Debate League, Physics Department, Northeastern and others. Additionally, students can explore how Math is connected to the world, get a chance to develop curriculum! We will have an Online Question Center.

Bindu Veetel
(617) 639-5753
b.veetel@northeastern.edu
360 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA, 02115
06/24/2024 - 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:

11, 12

Program Icon Program Topics:

Cultural Identity, College Career Readiness, STEM, Literacy, Academic Enrichment

Nxt Era Panthers – Nxt Era Panthers

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School-based Services Available
Program Details

What sets our program apart is our holistic approach to youth development, integrating athletics, education, and personal growth to provide a comprehensive experience for our participants. Here’s what makes our program unique: 1. Integrated Curriculum: We seamlessly integrate football training with academic enrichment, character development, and life skills workshops. This holistic approach ensures that students receive a well-rounded education that prepares them for success in all aspects of life. 2. Mentoring and Role Modeling: Our program prioritizes mentorship, with experienced coaches and staff serving as positive role models and providing guidance and support to students both on and off the field. Through meaningful relationships

Mick Brunache
(617) 792-0284
mick.brunache@gmail.com
40 Almont St, Mattapan, MA, 02126
06/01/2024 - 09/01/2024
$$$$$1 - $249

ACT Skills Icon ACT Skills Developed:

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

Age Group Icon Grades Served:

7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Program Icon Program Topics:

Sports, Literacy

Nxt Era Panthers – Summer Learning Academy

Program Details

Learn academics and football

Amal Scott
(617) 285-5722
ascott@v-12elite.org
9 Peacevale Rd, Boston, MA, 02124
07/08/2024 - 08/02/2024
No CostFree (No Cost)

ACT Skills Icon ACT Skills Developed:

Communication, Teamwork, Growth Mindset

Age Group Icon Grades Served:

5, 6, 7, 8

Program Icon Program Topics:

Sports, STEM

OneLove Sports Academy – One Love Sports League

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School-based Services Available
Program Details

We are focusing on providing the most real life scenarios for the youth to learn. We show them how to build self to be a better team player. We are providing opportunities for them to learn leadership skills that can transfer into the real world. The goal is to be able to teach and train them so they can go into the world and do the same to their peers.

Jamaal Wornum
(617) 513-5704
jamaalwornum@onelovesports.org
92 Mt Ida Rd, Dorchester, MA, 02122
07/08/2024 - 08/14/2024
No CostFree (No Cost)

ACT Skills Icon ACT Skills Developed:

Critical Thinking, Social Awareness & Relationships, Teamwork, Self-Efficacy

Age Group Icon Grades Served:

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

Program Icon Program Topics:

Cultural Identity, Sports, Literacy, Academic Enrichment

OneLove Sports Academy – Summer Learning Academy

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School-based Services Available
Program Details

We are focusing on providing the most real life scenarios for the youth to learn. We show them how to build self to be a better team player

Jamaal Wornum
(617) 513-5704
jamaalwornum@onelovesports.org
36 Winthrop St, Roxbury, MA, 02119
07/08/2024 - 08/09/2024
No CostFree (No Cost)

ACT Skills Icon ACT Skills Developed:

Critical Thinking, Social Awareness & Relationships, Teamwork, Self-Efficacy

Age Group Icon Grades Served:

3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Program Icon Program Topics:

Arts, Outdoor Exploration, Academic Enrichment

OneLove Sports Academy – Yoga Saturdays

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School-based Services Available
Program Details

We are focusing on providing the most real life scenarios for the youth to learn. We show them how to build self to be a better team player. Yoga will be a excellent way for young people to learn how to dig deep and tap into their inner being for strength and confidence.

Jamaal Wornum
(617) 513-5704
jamaalwornum@onelovesports.org
613 Dudley St, Boston, MA, 02125
07/06/2024 - 08/10/2024
No CostFree (No Cost)

ACT Skills Icon ACT Skills Developed:

Critical Thinking, Creativity, Growth Mindset, Self-Regulation, Perseverance, Self-Efficacy

Age Group Icon Grades Served:

3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Program Icon Program Topics:

Cultural Identity, Sports, Arts, Outdoor Exploration

Partners for Youth with Disabilities – Access to Arts Summer Institute

Program Details

At this program, youth gain confidence in a supportive environment surrounded by adult and peer mentors. Students will have the chance to gain access to the full range of artistic forms, become practicing artists and demonstrate increased artistic capacity, creativity, and ability to integrate the arts into their daily lives. Youth will increase independent living skills by accessing community resources and maximizing accommodations for employability and personal fulfillment.

Becca Cronin
(617) 556-4075 x131
rcronin@pyd.org
915 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA, 02215
08/12/2024 - 08/23/2024
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:

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

Program Icon Program Topics:

Arts

Patrick J. Kennedy – Summer Learning Academy

Program Details

At this program, students will have the chance to improve and build upon their critical thinking skills. Students will be encouraged to embrace creativity, participate in recreational and enrichment opportunities, and build meaningful relationships with peers and adults.

Jessica Vazquez
(617) 635-8466
jvazquez3@bostonpublicschools.org
37 Gove St, Boston, MA, 02128
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:

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

Program Icon Program Topics:

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

Philbrick Elementary School – Summer Learning Acad

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School-based Services Available
Program Details

At this program, students will have the chance to engage in activities that enrich their whole person, cultivate learning and close the achievement gap.

Dennis Wright
(617) 635-8069
dwright4@bostonpublicschools.org
40 Philbrick St, Roslindale, MA, 02131
07/08/2024 - 08/09/2024
No CostFree (No Cost)

ACT Skills Icon ACT Skills Developed:

Critical Thinking, Growth Mindset, Perseverance

Age Group Icon Grades Served:

K1, K2, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Program Icon Program Topics:

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

Phillips Brooks House Association – Boston Refugee Youth Enrichment

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School-based Services Available
Program Details

Boston Refugee Youth Enrichment (BRYE) offers ESL instruction to recent immigrants living in Dorchester.

Kerry McGowan
(617) 495-5526
kerry@pbha.org
186 Glenway St, Dorchester, MA, 02121
07/01/2024 - 08/08/2024
$$$$$1 - $249

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:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Program Icon Program Topics:

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

Phillips Brooks House Association – Chinatown Adventure

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School-based Services Available
Program Details

Chinatown Adventure (CHAD) serves young people living in Chinatown, particularly in the subsidized housing complexes there, including Mass Pike Towers, Castle Square, Oak Terrace, Metropolitan, and Tai Tung Village.

Kerry McGowan
(617) 495-5526
kerry@pbha.org
90 Tyler St, Boston, MA, 02111
07/01/2024 - 08/08/2024
$$$$$1 - $249

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:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Program Icon Program Topics:

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

Phillips Brooks House Association – Franklin I-O

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School-based Services Available
Program Details

Franklin I-O serves youth living in Dorchester?s Franklin Hill and Franklin Field housing developments.

Laurie Chroney
laurie@pbha.org
186 Glenway St, Dorchester, MA, 02121
07/01/2024 - 08/08/2024
$$$$$1 - $249

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:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Program Icon Program Topics:

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

Phillips Brooks House Association – JLinC

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School-based Services Available
Program Details

The need for this academic project is to support participants’ individualized learning goals and encourage intellectual exploration as part of the SUP’s mission. Many participants come from neighborhoods where educational resources are limited, and this project aims to address this gap. Participants will choose a topic of interest and research it using reliable sources, including interviewing a professional. They will create a presentation using visual aids and practice presenting it to other participants. The project will take place over the course of 6 weeks, with 5 hours of dedicated time each week.

Tatiana Burgos
tatiana@pbha.org
1 Harvard Yd, Cambridge, MA, 02138
07/01/2024 - 08/08/2024
$$$$$1 - $249

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

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.