NPS Summer Academy and high school summer courses are back with a brand-new look and feel including local partnerships, field trips, hands-on experiences, credit recovery options, multi-lingual learner programs and Twilight Program sessions to offer qualifying students a complete summer learning experience.
Families of children who qualify for summer learning programs will be notified by their school in the coming weeks. Breakfast and lunch are available for those enrolled in NPS summer programs.
Summer Academy K-8
Summer Academy will take place July 6 through August 6. NPS educators will engage qualifying K-8 students in summer learning experiences that build knowledge, increase reading and math proficiency, support artistic exploration, nurture social emotional development, and get children moving outdoors in games and play.
Through a partnership with Mystic Seaport Museum and Maritime Aquarium, students will participate in a variety of virtual and in-school opportunities, with a focus on historical thinking skills and hands-on activities.
NPS is also partnering with Scholastic’s LitCamp to incorporate reading with social emotional learning into the Summer Academy day. This multicultural program combines innovative lessons with an engaging and interactive summer camp approach. Students will make reading, writing, and social-emotional gains that they'll carry back to school in the fall.
Students grades K-4 enrolled in the Carver before and after school program will receive transportation to Kendall Elementary School after Summer Academy ends for the day.
High School Summer Courses 9-12
Summer courses for high school students will take place July 6 through August 6, with the exception of the Twilight Program, which runs through August 13. These courses are available to qualifying high school students entering grades 10 and 11, and those students who are seeking to complete grade 12. Students have a variety of options to help them earn missing credits and engage in enrichment and support opportunities.
Credit recovery courses provide the opportunity for students to re-engage in the core curriculum. The program will offer a maximum of three high school level courses for grade level credit. The curriculum model will include a compacted standards-based design to ensure that students successfully master core learning prior to their transition to the next course in a given trajectory. For many students, this will provide the necessary credits to graduate.
Extended School Year (ESY) Program
High school students who qualify for ESY will attend classes from 8am to noon at Norwalk High School. Related services including occupational therapy, speech/language, and counseling will also be provided. Additional special education staff will be on hand to provide assistance to students who are also attending credit recovery.
Multi-lingual learners will have the opportunity to accelerate their English language acquisition through a five-week 120-hour course at Norwalk High School from 8am to 1pm. Students who complete this course will receive one high school credit.
This spring, NPS launched its successful Twilight Program to support high school students who have alternative schedules and may work and support their families in multiple ways during the daytime. The NPS summer Twilight Program will continue to engage high school students who are not able to attend classes during the day. Courses will be held in-person during the evenings Monday through Thursday, and virtually on Fridays. Two sessions are available and students can earn one high school credit per session. Tutoring is also available.