SummerinthecityGreat news!

The DOE’s Summer in the City (SITC) summer learning programs are coming back later this year for its second year in a row.

Starting today, families across the City with students attending City public schools in grades 2–12 can apply for seats at over 250 sites for SITC enrichment programs that will run from July 5–August 15.

These programs help prevent summer learning loss while ensuring that students return to school in September ready to succeed.

Schools will be distributing a guide to parents entitled “A Family Guide to Summer Enrichment” starting March 15, and going forward, it will be available at City schools.

Some of the enrichment programs that will be offered through SITC include:

Summer STEM Enrichment: Up to 4,200 students in grades 2–10 will have fun, hands-on learning opportunities designed around science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Students will participate in various STEM-related activities, including coding, game design, robotics, and engineering design. To apply, complete our applications for elementary school students in grades 2–5, middle and high school students in grades 6–10, and/or siblings by April 28, 2017.

STEM Matters NYC: This program provides students of all grade levels (Pre-K – 12) with exceptional STEM-based instruction via week-long camps, high school internships, and four-week college credit-beating courses.Among the subjects that will be covered through this program include aerospace, animal science, oceanography, and ecology. To apply, visit our website and submit an application by  April 28, 2017.

Enrichment for Students Attending Community and Renewal Schools: K–5 attending 34 Community Schools, including 20 Renewal Schools, will have access to summer instruction – including literacy and math instruction. In addition, approximately 3,200 Renewal School students currently in grades 8–11 and on track to graduate will the opportunity to participate in SITC programming, including the Summer Bridge program for incoming ninth graders, internships for students in grades 9–11, and SAT prep for students in grades 10–11.

Enrichment for English Language Learners (ELLs) and Families: ELLs in grades 2–8 can participate in targeted STEM and reading and writing activities with new, hands-on curricula. There are also summer learning opportunities for ELL students in high school who are on track to graduate. Additionally, we are piloting the Family English Initiative, a program that supports families learning English and developing their English language skills together with their children. 75 kindergarten and first-grade students will participate with their ELL parents in interactive sessions that incorporate art and culture at select sites.

DREAM Program: The DREAM-SHSI and DREAM Summer/Fall Intensive programs helps eligible middle school students prepare for the the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test in eighth grade. This year, 33 percent of students in the DREAM program received offers to the City’s Specialized High Schools. DREAM participants also comprised 6 percent of black and Latino testers, but 26 percent of black and Latino SHSAT offers.

“These summer enrichment programs are part of our work to deliver equity and excellence for students, and I encourage families to find a Summer in the City program that will support their child’s learning,” said Chancellor Carmen Fariña. “These engaging programs go hand-in-hand with the work we are doing to get all second graders reading on grade level, ensure all ninth graders complete algebra, and support computer science education for all students.”

Families who apply to any of these programs should receive information about their child’s placement (if any) beginning in May 2017.

Please note that each of the programs listed on this page are for students who will NOT be required to attend summer school later this year. 

To learn more about these programs, visit the DOE’s official SITC website, or email specific questions to





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