Summer 2021 Program Offerings
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. Read all information carefully: Summer Programs 2021
Health and Safety: Waltham Public Schools plans to hold in-person summer programming for the summer of 2021. Summer programming at all sites will follow health and safety protocols.
New This Year: Summer Fun in 2021! (All levels)
WPS is excited to offer a variety of opportunities for students at varying grade levels, throughout the summer, across numerous disciplines. This plans to be an enriching educational experience that affords opportunities for academic growth and creative expression for students.
Please see our Summer Fun in 2021 flyer for important Programming Information.
For classes offered, schedules, and registration or referral information, refer to our Summer Fun in 2021 website.
Registration begins May 3rd.
Gen Ed Recovery/SummerFun! Program Coordinator: Jennifer Ostayan
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.
Programming is available to students with disabilities in grades Pre-K through Grade 12+.
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.
Assistant Director of Special Education, Julie DiMatteo, firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Education Summer Coordinator, Elementary: Matt Hunt email@example.com
Special Education Summer Coordinator, Secondary: Kristyn Bonnyman firstname.lastname@example.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.
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 2021
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.
ESL Summer Institute Coordinator, Elementary: Cindy Sherman email@example.com
ESL Summer Institute Program Coordinator, Middle School: Matt Sims MatthewSims@walthampublicschools.org
ESL Summer Institute Program Coordinator, High School: Nick Kaempf firstname.lastname@example.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.
Students entering Grades 1 - 5 as of September 2021
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.
Title One Summer Literacy & Math Camp Coordinator: Lynn Caissie email@example.com
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.
The program will be held in-person at Kennedy and McDevitt Middle Schools. STEP UP runs for four weeks from July 12 - August 5. Students will meet with teachers and classmates Tuesday - Friday of each week from 8:00am - 12:00pm.
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.
Students entering Grades 6 - 8 as of September 2021.
Interested families can apply to participate here: Middle School Summer (STEP UP) Application Form.
Middle School STEP - UP Coordinator: Jason Ciccariello firstname.lastname@example.org
Summer Robotics and Coding Program
Interested in playing with robots? Interested in learning how to make a robot work? Want to learn how to program a robot? You will learn how to do these and much more at the Waltham Summer Robotics Program.
Did you know that robotics engineering is one of the fastest growing science fields with about 55,000 projected job openings over the next few years? This summer program is an exciting way to start on this career path!
Students entering Grades 7 - 9 as of September 2021
An application form is required for all interested students. Prior to applying, please review the robotics program information and expectations. (Please note: Translation will be posted ASAP.) To apply, print the program information and expectations, fill out pages 5 - 7 and send it to Mr. Rooney or fill the application out digitally using the Robotics and Coding Program Student Application.
Robotics and Coding Instructor: Connor Rooney
August Math Academy (Middle)
McDevitt and Kennedy Middle Schools are excited to announce a one week in-person math program for rising 6th graders during the week of August 9th - 13th.
This free math program will help prepare your student for 6th grade math in fun and engaging ways. Your student will be taught by their future middle school math teachers.
The program will run at McDevitt Middle School from 8:00am - 12:30pm. Lunch will be provided.
Students entering Grade 6, of September 2021. (Limited capacity)
Students are recommended by their fifth grade classroom/math teachers and/or math coach.
August Math Academy Instructor: Rachael Turkington email@example.com
Credit Recovery (High School)
WHS’ Credit Recovery Summer School offers standard level courses designed to allow students to make up classes or review work not successfully completed or proved difficult during the year.
Waltham High School students
- English: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th ESL
- Math: Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, SEI
- History: US History 1, US History 2, World Geography
- Science: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental
- Physical Education
Online registration (thru June 20th): Credit Recovery Summer School Registration or In person registration at Kennedy Middle School June 23 9am - 12pm, June 24 12pm - 2pm, and June 25 2 - 4pm
Credit Recovery Coordinator: Jason Ciccariello firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information or general questions about WPS Summer Program Offerings, contact Kelly McAvoy, District Summer Program Coordinator, at email@example.com.
Don’t Forget: Children in Waltham eat free at various locations
throughout the summer! Check out https://walthambgc.org/ for more
information and site locations.
For information on recreational summer activities offered in the Waltham community, reach out directly to the contacts below:
Please note: the Waltham Community resources listed above are provided for informational purposes only. These programs are separate from Waltham Public Schools. Some may not be suitable for all students, and some programs have associated fees.