Summer Programs

Waltham Public Schools is fortunate to offer a variety of summer programs for its students. Please note, some programs are geared towards specific grade levels, student needs, and/or teacher referral.

For general inquires about Summer Programing, please contact:
Arianna Drane
Out of School Time Program Manager
ariannadrane@walthampublicschools.org

Summer Rock Band Camp

Band Camp is offered to students with prior playing experience on guitar, drums, keyboards, bass, horns and vocals. This music camp strives to offer a variety of musical genres to facilitate student development. Students will be challenged to learn new songs and work on creativity, stage presence and performance technique. After auditioning, students will be placed in an appropriate group. A concert will be held at the end of the summer session on Waltham Common for students to perform all the songs that they have learned in camp.

Monday / Wednesday OR Tuesday / Thursday

Starting July 5th through Aug 2nd, 9am- 1pm.

Students who are accepted will be placed in either

Group I: Mon & Wed: 9am – 1pm OR Group II: Tues & Thurs: 9am – 1pm.

Hawks Rock Camp

We bring together middle school aged musicians with prior playing experience. Musicians involved include singers, guitar, bass, drums, piano, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, baritone or trombone with at least two years playing experience to join us in a four day per week mini-camp this summer. Ms.Smith works with the singers to create dynamic performers whileMr. Fox and Mr. Aitchison work with the instrumentalists to improve your ensemble playingand improvising skills through the works of contemporary music artists. Students must be available for all days of the camp, dress rehearsals and performances. There will also be a finale concert on Waltham Common for students to perform all the songs that they have learned in camp. 

Monday-Thursday starting July 18th through Aug 2nd, 9am- 2pm.

For more information on these programs please contact Kevin Burke at KevinBurke@walthampublicschools.org or Arianna Drane at AriannaDrane@walthampublicschools.org

Special Education (All Levels) 

WPS’ Extended Year Services are designed to support eligible students with disabilities who demonstrate regression in previously mastered skills that are included on students’ Individual Education Programs (IEPs). Instruction in academics, communication, socialization and related services are provided in a variety of programs that are designed to meet students’ needs.

Grade Levels
Programming is available to students with disabilities in grades Pre-K through Grade 12+.  

Referral Process
Extended Year Services are only available to students on IEPs and are discussed at annual IEP Team meetings. If your child qualifies, please reach out to their special education liaison. 

Contact Information
Assistant Director of Special Education, Julie DiMatteo, juliedimatteo@walthampublicschools.org 

ESL Summer Institute (All Levels)

Supports English Language development for students at entering and emerging levels. Curriculum is designed to promote academic language for the purposes of reading, writing and conversing. Instruction will be anti-racist and culturally responsive.

Grade Levels
ESL students at the emerging and entering levels entering Grades 1-5 (Elementary Summer Institute), Grades 6 - 8 (Middle School Summer Institute), and Grades 9 - 12  (High School Summer Institute) as of September 2022 

Referral Process
Students are recommended by classroom teacher or ESL teacher, based on academic need and WIDA ACCESS scores.   If you have a question about your child’s eligibility, reach out to their classroom or ESL teacher. 

Contact Information
Assistant Director of ELL, Marianne Duffy, marianneduffy@walthampublicschools.org 

Elementary Literacy & Math Camp (Elementary)

Aims to minimize summer loss in the areas of literacy and math and review concepts in skills from the previous school year, for elementary students. Components of art, drama, science, and physical education offered as part of the program.

Grade Levels
Students entering Grades 1 - 5 as of September 2022 

Referral Process
Students are referred by classroom teacher.  Limited capacity is available.  If you have a question about your child’s eligibility, reach out to their classroom teacher. 

Contact Information

Lynn Caissie (Title One Plympton Site Coordinator):  lynncaissie@walthampublicschools.org 

781-314-5760

Title 1 Grants Administrator, Shelly Chin, shellychin@walthampublicschools.org

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Middle School STEP - UP (Middle)

A collaboration between Kennedy and McDevitt Middle Schools, the STEP UP program provides students with the opportunity to participate in an engaging academic experience while building relationships with classmates and teachers. 

It is important that students are able to attend for the duration of the program. There is no fee to register and lunches and limited transportation will be provided free of charge.

Grade Levels
Students entering Grades 6 - 8 as of September 2022 

Bus Routes
Kennedy & McDevitt STEP Up Bus Routes Summer 2022

Registration Process
Interested families can apply to participate here: Middle School Summer (STEP UP) Registration Form 

Contact Information
Assistant Principal, Kennedy Middle School, David Sweder, davidsweder@walthampublicschools.org

Credit Recovery (High School)

Classes held at McDevitt

WHS’ Credit RecoverySummerSchool offers standard-level courses designed to allow students to make up classes or review work not successfully completed or proved difficult during the year.

Grade Levels

Waltham High School students


Classes Offered
English: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th ESL
Math: Integrated 1, Integrated 2,  Algebra 2, Senior Math, SEI
History: US History 1, US History 2, World Geography
Science: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental, Physical Education 

Registration Process
Registration for students who require credit recovery takes place in May.

Tuition based

Online Link https://forms.gle/zGLR61Y77q6wP9hE6

On-site registration at McDevitt: June 27 9-12,  June 28 12-3


Contact Information
Credit Recovery Coordinator: JasonCiccariello
jasonciccariello@walthampublicschools.org