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    Summer Learning

    Summer is a critical time for children and youth to engage in ongoing learning, enrichment, and skill-building.

    Lack of access to high quality summer learning opportunities has real consequences – more than half of the achievement gap between lower and higher-income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities. Fortunately, Seattle Public Schools, community based organizations and various city departments offer many programs throughout the summer months.

    Below you'll find a compilation of district resources and program offerings. In addition, please check with the front office of your student's school for information about summer learning opportunities.

    Students Entering Kindergarten

    Jump Start

    FREE Transition Program for New Students Mark your calendar for Jump Start if your child will be starting kindergarten in the fall. This free transition-to-kindergarten program is offered at most Seattle elementary and K-8 schools.

    Read more about Jump Start.

    Elementary Students

    Summer Staircase

    Summer Staircase is a high quality program for students currently in kindergarten through fourth grade, offered at many school locations across the district. Enrollment preference is given to students below grade level as determined by MAP, Amplify or Smarter Balanced assessments.

    Read more about Summer Staircase.

    Middle School Students

    Contact your child's middle school to determine whether summer programs are offered. Visit our school directory for contact information.

    High School Students

    Credit Recovery for High School Students

    Students who need credit for language arts, math or social studies classes they did not previously pass; preference given to grades 11 and 12. Students may enroll in up to two classes and earn up to one credit toward graduation.

    Read more about Credit Retrieval for High School Students.

    Skills Center

    The Seattle Skills Center is a free program to provide hands-on classes in real-world career fields at various SPS school sites.

    Read more about Skills Center.