Summer for Multilingual Learners

For summer 2021, the DOE is partnering with the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) to provide our students with a student-centered, academically rigorous, and culturally responsive and sustaining program. Summer Rising will allow our students to continue their unfinished learning in the morning and participate in afternoon enrichment sessions facilitated by trusted community-based organizations. All students are welcome, and no student will be turned away. 

For students in grades K–8, you can sign up through the City’s Summer Rising page. You can find your K-8 Summer Rising programs by searching by zip code or borough programs on discoverDYCD. DiscoverDYCD will include information on the school’s partnered community-based organization. You should reach out to your school to learn about what will be offering during the morning academic program. If your school’s summer program site hasn’t been added to discoverDYCD, please complete this Summer Rising interest survey, which will allow someone to contact you and let you know when the site has been added.

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. Use our Find a School tool to get your school's contact information.

What to Expect

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.

If you are concerned that your child’s summer program is not supporting your child in learning English, please contact your child’s school. 

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