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Summer Learning

Looking for summer plans? Look no further...apply for summer learning today!

In collaboration with our community partners, we are excited to offer a wide range of academic and enrichment summer offerings! Detailed program information is included below.

Program Grade levels below refer to students' current grade levels during SY23-24, not their rising grade levels next year.

The application window is open from February 8 -25, 2024. Applications received during this time period are NOT first-come, first-served. For program seats, District 65 will prioritize students who qualify for free and reduced-price meals and students who are not yet achieving at grade level.

Applications received after February 25 will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis for programs where seats are available.

Applications must be submitted via Powerschool Parent Portal (instructions below).

Questions regarding summer learning offerings should be directed to Lee Hart, Manager of Extended Learning, at hartl@district65.net or (847)-859-8076.

Kuumba Evanston

Camp Kuumba (Kuumba Evanston)

Camp Kuumba is a three week camp rooted in the principles of respecting one's self and their "families" at camp.  We are focused on helping our campers discover themselves by exploring and discovering the world around them which includes reading a book with a Black female and male protagonists, STEM projects, new sports they've never played, activities they've never tried and field trips to places they've never been.

DATES: See program details
DAY(S): Monday-Friday
TIME(S): See program details
GRADES: See program details

 

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McGaw YMCA Summer Learning Program

McGaw YMCA Summer Learning Program

The McGaw YMCA Summer Learning Program provides children meaningful literacy, and STEAM experiences that contribute to their academic growth, support their social emotional development and foster a sense of belonging.

DATES: June 10-July 19, 2024
DAY(S): Monday-Friday
TIME(S): 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
GRADES: K-4th

 

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Summer Lift

Summer LIFT

Summer Lift is a student-focused tier III intervention program designed to foster literacy skill building and development through targeted instruction and student self-direction. Summer Lift focuses on specific student needs while accommodating their individual learning styles. Summer Lift serves students from District 65 and District 202 in grades 2-12. Participants have access to explicit instruction from literacy interventionists who are licensed reading specialists (or hold a reading teacher endorsement) who have been trained to work with students of varying needs.

 
DATES: June 5-June 27, 2024
DAY(S): Monday-Thursday
TIME(S): 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
GRADES: 2nd-7th

 

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EPL STEM Camp

EPL STEM Camp

EPL will offer exciting enrichment programs that will serve as a gateway to introduce and expound on STEM learning.

DATES: June 10-July 12, 2024
DAY(S): Monday-Friday
TIME(S): 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
GRADES: 5th-6th

 

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Haven Academy

Haven Academy

Haven Academy is an engaging and instructional SEL program. Students will be offered a plethora of content ranging from SEL lessons to college/career discussions to academic support.

DATES: June 10-July 11, 2024
DAY(S): Monday-Thursday
TIME(S): 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
GRADES: 5th-7th

 

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JumpStart

JumpStart

JumpStart is designed to give Kindergarten bound students who are exiting JEH additional support needed to prepare them for Kindergarten.

DATES: June 10-July 11, 2024
DAY(S): Monday-Thursday
TIME(S): 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
GRADES: PreK

 

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D65 Summer Literacy Intensive

Summer Literacy Intensive

The Summer Literacy Intensive is designed for families looking for their child to make significant progress in their decoding, encoding and overall literacy abilities across the course of the program.

DATES: June 10-July 11, 2024
DAY(S): Monday-Thursday
TIME(S): 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
GRADES: 2nd-7th

 

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Newcomers Summer Learning

Newcomers/Aprendizaje de verano para estudiantes recién llegados

The Newcomer Summer Learning program is geared towards students that speak another language at home. This program will help students develop their English language skills and allow them to further practice academic language.

DATES: June 10-July 11, 2024
DAY(S): Monday-Thursday
TIME(S): 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
GRADES: K-7th

 

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Meta Summer Experience

Meta Summer Experience (MSX)

McGaw YMCA Meta Summer Experience is a STEAM program for 5th-7th grade students. This program offers a community-focused STEAM learning environment.

DATES: June 10-July 19, 2024
DAY(S): Monday-Friday
TIME(S): 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. REQUIRED; afternoons optional
GRADES: 5th-7th

 

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Extended School Year Program

ESY (Extended School Year) Program

This program is provided to students who have been found eligible for ESY through their IEP. Our five-week program provides specialized instruction aligned with a student's IEP goals. Students will be provided individual support around academics, social emotional functioning, and independence in order to maintain skills during the summer months

DATES: Varies with Cohort
DAY(S): Varies with Cohort
TIME(S): Varies with Cohort
GRADES: K-7th

 

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Project Syncere

Project Syncere ENPowered

This program is for aspiring engineers and provides a great opportunity to learn how science, technology and math support engineering.

DATES: June 10-July 19, 2024
DAY(S): Monday-Thursday
TIME(S): 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
GRADES: 4th-7th

 

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Community Partners Offering Summer Programs

Books & Breakfast Summer Program

Books & Breakfast

This summer, Books & Breakfast will offer intensive literacy support in a free 6 week program. Each student will receive a trained tutor who will provide individualized, online reading support 3 times per week for 90 minutes a session. This program helps students to build a love for reading and builds their confidence as readers.

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Y.O.U. Youth & Opportunity United Logo

Y.O.U. Summer Camp

Y.O.U’s Summer Programs provide an essential mix of programs and activities to support academic, social, and emotional growth.

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Evanston Freedom School

Garrett-Evanston Freedom School

The Garrett-Evanston Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools Program is designed specifically for elementary students who are currently enrolled in the 3rd – 8th grades in Evanston’s District 65. Our Summer Enrichment Camp is a six-week summer program focused on literacy and creative arts.

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