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Summer Rising Grades K-8

Summer Rising is New York City’s free school-based summer program for any City child in grades K–8. Summer Rising will integrate the strengths of DOE academics with the Department of Youth & Community Development’s (DYCD) school-based enrichment programming. Students in grades K–8 will get outside, learn, and engage with peers and caring adults in safe, supervised, and enriching ways. These programs will provide a bridge to the next school year and allow students to reconnect with one another and with their schools. Students will address unfinished learning while being provided avenues for recreation, exploration, and fun.


Summer Rising Grades K-8 Calendar

Summer Rising High School

High schools will reach out to students in the coming weeks to discuss participation.  More information can be found here:

Students with Special Needs

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Registration (Students with 12-month IEPs)

Families of students with 12-month IEPs were asked to complete a survey about their summer plans. Please contact your school if you did not receive the survey or would like to change your response.

Students with Extended School Year (12-month) IEP Program Recommendations

If your child in grades K-8 has an IEP that recommends an extended school year (12-month) program, and you would like them to participate in activities at a Summer Rising program after the end of their school day, see the Programs Currently Available section on this page. 

Families should select the Summer Rising site that is most convenient for them. This could mean enrolling in a Summer Rising program at (or close to) your child’s District 75, ASD Summer, or Extended School Year (ESY) site, or enrolling in a Summer Rising program that is close to your home. Registration for Summer Rising programs is ongoing. If you have not yet received your ESY site offer, you can wait until you receive that offer before selecting a Summer Rising program, or you can change your Summer Rising program registration at a later date to a more convenient location.

You can request for your child to be picked up from their D75 or ESY site and dropped off at their Summer Rising program, if they are in separate locations. If you have registered and received confirmation of enrollment, and you are interested in the DOE transporting your child between the D75 or ESY site and the Summer Rising program, please complete the Alternate Afternoon Drop-Off Form here. You can set the browser to translate the form into your preferred language or fill out the Request for an Alternate Drop-Off Location PDF in your preferred language, which can be found on the Transportation Overview page, and email it to  The DOE will make all efforts to honor these requests and will notify families of the outcome.

Some students with disabilities may require additional supports to participate in the Summer Rising program’s extended hours. Additional supports, such as a paraprofessional, will be provided as needed. If you have any questions about which Summer Rising program might be best for your family or about any additional supports your student may need to participate in the Summer Rising program, please reach out to your school Principal or

Students with 12-month Related Services Only (Not students in D75 programs)

If your child's IEP recommends related services only (i.e., Speech, Occupational Therapy, or Physical Therapy) during July and August, you will be offered the opportunity to sign up for services at conveniently located sites in all five boroughs, many of which are also Summer Rising sites.

  • If you are interested in a Summer Rising program, you should register your child at the Summer Rising site most convenient for you, see the Programs Currently Available section on this page.

You can also change your Summer Rising program registration at a later date to a more convenient location, including to your child's related services site. The DOE will work with you so your child can receive their recommended services and participate in the Summer Rising program to the greatest extent possible. (Note: This does not apply to students in D75 programs. D75 students will continue to receive their related services at their Chapter 683 assigned summer school program.)

Please reach out to as the summer approaches if you have questions about how your student's related services can be arranged.

Students Learning English (English Language Learners)

All students in grades K-12 who are learning English in school can participate in summer programs and receive support to help them learn English. The support includes language and literacy development and access to grade-level content. Not all summer programs will be the same. The services at your child’s summer program might include:

  • Instruction in small groups
  • One-on-one support
  • English as a New Language instruction which can be part of their academic classes or be a separate additional class

We encourage you to reach out to your child’s school or summer program to learn about what supports they will give your child. If your child is currently in a bilingual program, we also encourage you to ask whether your child can be offered bilingual education over the summer. If your child is an “entering” or “emerging” English language learner in grades K-8, your child’s school should offer them a separate class for English as a New Language instruction. If your child is in grades K-8, you can also ask whether your school’s community-based organization partner will provide additional support for your child as they continue to learn English. You can also find this information online at discoverDYCD.

For students in grades 9-12, you can reach out to your child’s school or use the Summer High School Course Finder to search for summer courses by high school name, zip code, borough, subject, or course type. If you are concerned that your child’s summer program is not supporting your child in learning English, please contact your child’s school.

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

Some students with disabilities may require support to participate in the Summer Rising program. As students are registering in K-8 Summer Rising programs, their home school must consider whether they will need any support, such as a paraprofessional, to fully participate in the Summer Rising programming. The home school will consider IEP or 504 recommendations to determine the level of support that will be needed in a Summer Rising program, during both DOE-led and Community-Based Organization (CBO)-led activities.

The determination as to whether a student requires supports to access the Summer Rising program is individualized based on the student’s needs. It will take into consideration the support, supervision, and activities in both DOE-led and CBO-led portions of the program. If a paraprofessional may be needed to support the student in the Summer Rising program, the home school will consult with the parent in the development of a 2021 Summer Rising Accommodation Plan. If paraprofessional support is not recommended during Summer Rising for a student who has a 10-month IEP-assigned paraprofessional, the home school will communicate this to the family and consider parent perspective and input in the final decision making.

If accommodations are needed, your student’s home school will complete a 2021 Summer Rising Accommodation Plan. This Plan will specify the type of support required and when support will be provided during the Summer Rising program. The home school will provide the Accommodation Plan to the parent and the Summer Rising program.

If you have any questions about whether your student will need paraprofessional support, contact your School Principal or


Busing will be provided to eligible students attending Summer Rising this summer.

  • Busing is available for eligible students to arrive at their Summer Rising site for their instructional session start time and be picked up at their session end time. In the morning, students will arrive beginning at 8am. In the afternoon, students will be picked up at their session end time, but no later than 3pm. Busing will not be available when Summer Rising ends at 6pm.
  • MetroCards will be available for students who stay in the program after 3pm.
  • Families whose child receives curb-to-school busing can fill out the Alternate PM Drop-Off Request Form(Open external link) for transportation after the instructional program to another Summer Rising program, if they have elected for their child to attend one in a different location.

The following students are eligible for busing:

  • Students with IEPs or 504 Plans recommending curb-to-school busing
  • Students in shelter who are currently eligible for busing
  • Students who had a yellow bus stop assigned during the regular school year and are attending Summer Rising in order to be promoted to the next grade level
Other students who are eligible for transportation during the regular school year will be eligible to receive a MetroCard for transportation to and from their Summer Rising site.

Health and Safety 

Your child’s well-being, enjoyment, health and safety are our top priority this summer. Summer Rising programs will follow rigorous health and safety protocols, including social distancing and mask wearing, that mirror DOE practices. All locations will have access to nursing support and a telehealth center. Parents and guardians will be asked to complete consent forms for mandatory periodic COVID-19 testing to participate in a Summer Rising program. Click on each language to find the consent forms for student testing.
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