APS News Release

APS Updates Summer School to Include In-Person and Virtual Options for Eligible Students

Update Fri, April 9: Due to the recent update in guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) on social distancing recommendations for students in schools, APS will be shifting from the summer school cohort model announced on March 19 to a model in which students will have a choice to either participate in a full in-person model or in a full distance learning model for the duration of the summer strengthening program (4 weeks for elementary students and 5 weeks for secondary students).

Only students who are notified that they have been pre-identified as eligible will be able to participate. Elementary schools will be contacting families with this information in mid-April. Secondary students will be notified beginning in mid-May. Eligible students will be automatically registered for the full in-person model unless their parents contact their schools to either change to the full distance learning model, or to opt out altogether. The deadline for elementary parents to change or opt out is April 30 and the secondary deadline is May 28.

Participation in summer school will be contingent upon APS being able to hire a sufficient number of teachers to staff the programs. If necessary, some students may need to be waitlisted.

Summer School will take place from July 6-30 for elementary students and from July 6-Aug. 6 for secondary students.The Summer School plan was developed in collaboration with the Offices of English Learners, Special Education, Early Childhood and Elementary Education, Secondary Education, the Department of Information Services and Principals at all levels.

Elementary Summer School (PreK-Grade 5) July 6-30
Most elementary schools will have their own strengthening programs. Students who are pre-identified as eligible will receive notification from their current school on April 16 with additional information.

Secondary Summer School July 6-Aug. 6
Secondary summer school will be at one of two locations. A countywide middle school option will be offered at Kenmore Middle School and a countywide high school option will be located at Yorktown High School.Each location will have two summer school sessions.

  • Middle School: Session 1 – 7:45-9:55 a.m. and Session 2 – 10:05 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
  • High School: Session 1 7:45-10:45 a.mm and Session 2 – 11:15 a.m.-2:15 p.m.

Additional Secondary Summer School Programs
Individual Programs at ACHS and New Directions

  • Session 1 – 7:45 – 10:45 a.m.
  • Session 2 – 11:15 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Individual Program at Shriver

  • 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

PEP Program at Career Center

  • Times and location TBD.

English Learner and Special Education Students
Students with a current English Language Proficiency (ELP) Level 1 or 2 and EL’s in levels 3 or 4 will attend five days a week in-person or all virtual for the full Summer School program. Special Education students will also attend fully in-person or fully virtual for the duration of the program.

Summer School Eligibility
Parents of elementary students who are pre-identified as eligible will receive notification from their current school on April 16 with additional information.Students eligible to attend summer school in-person for the entire session also include:

  • Any English learner (EL) with an ELP level 1 or 2 and EL’s in levels 3 or 4 who have not demonstrated language proficiency growth during the 2020-21 school year
  • Any student with a disability
  • Any rising Kindergarten through 3rd graders who have not consistently attended during the 2020-21 school year or who have evidenced little to no growth

Secondary students who are eligible include:

  • Students who have earned D’s or E’s in classes required for promotion (middle school) or graduation (high school)
  • Any ELP Level 1 or 2 and any ELP Level 3 or 4 who have not demonstrated language growth
  • Any student with a disability

Student Eligibility and Potential Waitlists
If APS is unable to staff all advertised summer programs, some students who are pre-identified as eligible may need to be waitlisted.All

McKinney-Vento students (PreK through grade 12) are eligible to attend summer school even if they do not meet the specified academic criteria.Instructional Focus

  • Elementary Strengthening – Math and Reading (students must be pre-identified by their school administrators and will be registered and notified by their schools)
  • Secondary Strengthening and New Work for Credit
    • Courses required for promotion (middle school), graduation (high school) – students must be pre-identified by their counselors and will be registered and notified by their schools
    • Economics and Personal Finance will be the only New Work for Credit course offered through APS (virtual only). Enrollment will be online in May and additional details will be provided in April. Students wishing to take other New Work for Credit courses may do so through Virtual Virginia. Students interested in this option should reach out to their counselors for additional information.
  • Extended School Year (ESY) and Recovery Services will be offered for many students with disabilities. Case carriers will inform families of students’ eligibility for these programs.
  • No elementary or middle school enrichment courses will be offered, and no Outdoor Lab summer camps will be offered.

Updated April 20: Course Fees

  • Strengthening course: No Cost
  • New Work for Credit fees are $350/$87 reduced
  • Information for submitting payment will be provided by school staff for students who are identified as eligible for strengthening courses.
  • Information for submitting payment for New Work for Credit will be included with the online registration form.

Registration will take place from May 3-14.

Food Services
It is anticipated that food will be provided at some summer school sites. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

Updated: Extended Day
Extended Day will not be offered during summer school due to staffing and space constraints and health and safety requirements.

Transportation information will be shared with families prior to the start of summer school.