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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Boston Public Health Commission – Start Strong

Program Details

At this program, students will have the chance to engage with health issues of concern to them mental health, health careers, community advocacy, and healthy relationships. What is special about our program’s approach is that we engage young people utilizing a positive youth development approach with a public health and health equity lens.

Anjali Nath
(617) 534-2407
anath@bphc.org
07/08/2024 - 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:

Cultural Identity, Academic Enrichment

Boston Public Health Commission – Village in Progress Youth Organizing Institute

Program Details

At this program, students will have the chance to engage with health issues of concern to them including mental health, health careers, community advocacy, and healthy relationships. What is special about our program’s approach is that we engage young people utilizing a positive youth development approach with a public health and health equity lens.

Danielle Smith
dsmith@bphc.org
07/08/2024 - 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:

Academic Enrichment

Boston Public Health Commission – Youth Development Network

Program Details

At this program students will have a chance to complete their summer school requirements and still participate in summer enrichment opportunities.

Anjali Nath
(617) 534-2407
anath@bphc.org
07/08/2024 - 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:

College Career Readiness, Academic Enrichment

Boston Public Schools, Structured Literacy – SLA

Program Details
07/01/2024 - 08/16/2024

Age Group Icon Grades Served:

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

Boston Showstoppers – Boston Showstoppers

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School-based Services Available
Program Details

What makes Boston Showstoppers special is that we only serve inner city females between the ages of 7-19 years old as well as have peer mentors who were once in their shoes at some point. In a society where athletics are so male dominated and over priced, we provide a safe place that is not only rare in the city but is 100% free to them.

Clinton Lassiter
(617) 838-1464
lassiter15@gmail.com
07/01/2024 - 08/31/2024
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:

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

Program Icon Program Topics:

Sports

Boston String Academy – Allston Summer Program

Program Details

BSA?s unique approach nurtures every child?s potential guiding them to reach their highest levels of academic and musical excellence and to develop a lifelong love of music. BSA’s youth orchestras serve as a model society in which an atmosphere of competition between individuals is replaced by shared aspiration and investment. The youngest students receive daily instruction in a group setting, complemented by a weekly private or semi-private lesson. The older children come together several times a week for string ensemble, chamber music and private lessons. BSA’s youth leadership empowerment program is designed for high school students who have participated in the youth orchestra and are interested in pursuing a career in the arts. The goal is to provide high school students with an excellent performing arts foundation. Students participating in the youth leadership program gain work experience, learn about professional musician opportunities, and network within the performing arts career and academic fields. The high school interns teach and serve as role models for the younger children in the orchestra. BSA is the only program in the United States to adopt the Colourstrings Method into its curriculum for the beginner students. Through its partnerships, BSA advancesits goal of providing rich learning opportunities to foster student independence and self-advocacy and to promote student success while respecting each other?s differences. These partnerships deepen our connection with each community and strengthen our ability to provide high quality instruction and a musical foundation that is traditionally available only to higher income students. No other youth orchestra programs are offered in these communities.

Mariesther Alvarez
(978) 660-7601
mariesthera@bostonstringacademy.org
123 Antwerp St, Boston, MA, 02134
08/19/2024 - 08/23/2024
$$$$$250-$499

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

Program Icon Program Topics:

Arts

Boston String Academy – Chinatown Summer Program

Program Details

BSA?s unique approach nurtures every child?s potential guiding them to reach their highest levels of academic and musical excellence and to develop a lifelong love of music. BSA’s youth orchestras serve as a model society in which an atmosphere of competition between individuals is replaced by shared aspiration and investment. The youngest students receive daily instruction in a group setting, complemented by a weekly private or semi-private lesson. The older children come together several times a week for string ensemble, chamber music and private lessons. BSA’s youth leadership empowerment program is designed for high school students who have participated in the youth orchestra and are interested in pursuing a career in the arts. The goal is to provide high school students with an excellent performing arts foundation. Students participating in the youth leadership program gain work experience, learn about professional musician opportunities, and network within the performing arts career and academic fields. The high school interns teach and serve as role models for the younger children in the orchestra. BSA is the only program in the United States to adopt the Colourstrings Method into its curriculum for the beginner students. Through its partnerships, BSA advancesits goal of providing rich learning opportunities to foster student independence and self-advocacy and to promote student success while respecting each other?s differences. These partnerships deepen our connection with each community and strengthen our ability to provide high quality instruction and a musical foundation that is traditionally available only to higher income students. No other youth orchestra programs are offered in these communities.

Mariesther Alvarez
(978) 660-7601
mariesther@bostonstringacademy.org
33 Harrison Ave, Fourth Floor, Boston, MA, 02111
08/05/2024 - 08/16/2024
$$$$$250-$499

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, 9, 10, 11, 12

Program Icon Program Topics:

Arts

Boston String Academy – Participating in Summer Festivals

Program Details

BSA?s unique approach nurtures every child?s potential guiding them to reach their highest levels of academic and musical excellence and to develop a lifelong love of music. BSA’s youth orchestras serve as a model society in which an atmosphere of competition between individuals is replaced by shared aspiration and investment. The youngest students receive daily instruction in a group setting, complemented by a weekly private or semi-private lesson. The older children come together several times a week for string ensemble, chamber music and private lessons. BSA’s youth leadership empowerment program is designed for high school students who have participated in the youth orchestra and are interested in pursuing a career in the arts. The goal is to provide high school students with an excellent performing arts foundation. Students participating in the youth leadership program gain work experience, learn about professional musician opportunities, and network within the performing arts career and academic fields. The high school interns teach and serve as role models for the younger children in the orchestra. BSA is the only program in the United States to adopt the Colourstrings Method into its curriculum for the beginner students. Through its partnerships, BSA advances its goal of providing rich learning opportunities to foster student independence and self-advocacy and to promote student success while respecting each other?s differences. These partnerships deepen our connection with each community and strengthen our ability to provide high quality instruction and a musical foundation that is traditionally available only to higher income students. No other youth orchestra programs are offered in these communities.

Mariesther Alvarez
(978) 660-7601
mariesther@bostonstringacademy.org
07/01/2024 - 08/23/2024
$$$$$500-$999

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, 10, 11, 12

Program Icon Program Topics:

Arts

Boston’s Bridge to Excellence – Boston’s Bridge to Excellence

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School-based Services Available
Program Details

BBTE serves K0-2nd builds academic skills, develops leadership skills, and engages in experiential and service-learning opportunities. The program is a balance of academic field trips and on-premise activities. We work diligently with our partners to ensure students have access to activities that challenge minds, pique curiosity, and keep engagement. OUR SUMMER PROGRAM OFFERS -Academic re-enforcement -Team Building Skills -Social & Emotional Development -Nature Walks -Specialized Clubs -Museum Explorations -Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation -Field Trips -Physical Activities

Manuela Vieira
(617) 245-8340
mvieira@bostonsbridgetoexcellence.com
35 Westville St, Boston, MA, 02124
07/08/2024 - 08/09/2024
$$$$$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:

K1, K2, 1, 2, 3

Program Icon Program Topics:

Sports, Arts, STEM, Literacy, Academic Enrichment

Boston’s Higher Ground – Surround Care SLA

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School-based Services Available
Program Details

At the Surround Care Coalition Summer Learning Academy, we will prioritize enrollment to currently and formerly homeless students in our partner schools. Our teaching staff will be sensitive to this vulnerable population of students and will work to identify and fill learning gaps caused by housing instability.

Lily Diaz
lily@highergroundboston.org
131 Walnut Ave, Roxbury, MA, 02119
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:

Arts, STEM, Literacy, Outdoor Exploration, Academic Enrichment

Boxing Power and Fitness – Power Boxing Fitness Corp

Program Details

Train like an elite fighter. Physically, mentally and emotionally overcome adverse situations While maintaining focus . And learned the importance of consistently applying proper techniques.

Donald "Deke" Houston
(857) 939-5691
deke2deke@gmail.com
1514 Dorchester Ave, #A, Dorchester, MA, 02122
06/10/2024 - 08/30/2024
No CostFree (No Cost)

ACT Skills Icon ACT Skills Developed:

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

Age Group Icon Grades Served:

4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Alternative Education

Program Icon Program Topics:

Sports

Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester – Summer Program

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School-based Services Available
Program Details

An innovative program which combines high dosage tutoring, outdoor exploration, increased enrichment opportunities and lots of fun. A comprehensive system of support for children. Children will receive intentional, individualized academic support, with a focus on developmentally appropriate and enjoyable experiences.

Waverly Williams
(617) 288-7120
wwilliams@bgcdorchester.org
1135 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, MA, 02125
07/08/2024 - 08/09/2024
$$$$$250-$499

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, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Program Icon Program Topics:

Sports, Arts, STEM, Literacy, Academic Enrichment

BPS Programs – Athletics SLA

Program Details
5 Mildred Ave, Mattapan, MA, 02126
07/08/2024 - 08/09/2024

Age Group Icon Grades Served:

4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Bradshaw Family Foundation – Summer Separation Program

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School-based Services Available
Program Details

At this program, students will have the chance to work with their peers to solve different problems that may be challenging and new. Through the combination of activities that students enjoy they will also learn some important qualities like leadership and teamwork all while doing things that we enjoy.

Araion Bradshaw
araionbradshaw@gmail.com
155 Talbot Ave, Boston, MA, 02124
07/09/2024 - 08/16/2024
No CostFree (No Cost)

ACT Skills Icon ACT Skills Developed:

Critical Thinking, 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, Sports, 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.