Summary: Check out a collection of district-sponsored summer learning and opportunities offered by community partners.
Summer of Learning 2023
There are many opportunities to keep students learning over the summer break!
Check out summer opportunities to keep students engaged and connected with peers. We have gathered SPS summer learning information and many community partners’ summer programs.
Families are encouraged to check with their school or childcare providers for summer programs. Be sure to check recent school newsletters or announcements from your school principal and staff for information about summer opportunities.
Elementary Summer Learning, High School Credit Recovery, and Extended School Year
Elementary Summer Learning is a referral program for students in kindergarten – 4th grade who have been identified by school staff and met eligibility criteria.
Students who were referred, found eligible, and their family completed the registration form, were assigned to their Elementary Summer Learning site. Families received summer program confirmation in April.
The SPS Elementary Summer Learning program is full and is not accepting new referred students or registration forms. Read more about Elementary Summer Learning.
High School Credit Recovery is a referral program for current 11th grade students. It offers an opportunity to recover one course (.5 credit) for graduation that the student did not pass prior to March 31, 2023. Please check with your student’s school counselor to create a plan to support your student if they need additional support or have questions about graduation requirements.
Extended School Year (ESY) is a special education program provided to some students who receive special education services. Eligibility for Extended School Year Services will be stated on the student’s IEP (individualized education program). Please check with your student’s IEP case manager for information.
Summer Skills Center, Career Connected Learning, and Summer Music
The Summer Music program is for students entering 5th-9th grade. Students must have completed at least one year of instrumental instruction. Summer Music has two locations, Jane Addams Middle School in Northeast Seattle or Aki Kurose Middle School in Southeast Seattle. The half-day music instruction runs from July 10-21. Read more about summer music.
All-City Marching Band is a SPS summer music enrichment open to students entering 8th-12th grade. The All-City Marching Band brings together students from schools across Seattle to take part in summer parades and community celebrations. Read more about All-City Marching Band.
Summer Skills Center courses are open to students entering 9th-12th grade. Courses run July 10 – August 3 and are located at SPS schools across the city. Summer Skills Center classes are introductory versions of the school year courses. The application will be available in mid-to-late May. Learn more about the Summer Skills Center courses.
Community Summer Opportunities
We have compiled a list of many summer opportunities for youth.
Please note: This list is not exhaustive. The following information and links to partner summer learning programs are provided by Seattle Public Schools as a convenience and for informational purposes only. Each program has its eligibility requirements, registration process, and deadlines.
Please contact the specific organization for more information about these community partner summer programs.
Elevate Washington: From summer camps and after-school classes to services and support, this free directory features Washington programs that help build lifelong skills, improve academic performance, provide safe spaces outside the school day, and inspire young people (ages 5 to 24) to discover their passions. Learn more about Elevate Washington.
Parent Map Camps and Classes. Summer camps, school-break solutions and classes in Seattle and around the Sound. Visit Parent Map website.
Seattle Parks and Recreation
Seattle Youth Employment Program for youth aged 16-24
Community Partner 2023 Summer Programs
We have compiled a list of many summer opportunities for youth. Each program has its own eligibility requirements and registration process including separate deadlines.
Please note: Each program has contact information for additional information or assistance.
- Academy of Interactive Entertainment, Introduction to Video Game Design
- ACT Theatre, ACT on Stage and Stage Management Camp
- BAYFEST Youth Theatre, Summer Drama Training, and Performance Workshop
- Boys & Girls Clubs of King County Summer Camps
- Creative Kids School Age Summer Program at John Marshall
- D&G Dance, Monsters of Hiphop
- Empowering Youth and Families Outreach, EYFO Summer Leadership Academy
- The Good Foot Arts Collective, Power UP Summer Enrichment
- Hugo House, Scribes Summer Camps
- Kids Co. Summer Camps
- KUOW’s RadioActive Youth Media, RadioActive Intro to Radio Journalism Workshop
- The Museum of Flight
- Northwest Film Forum and Three Dollar Bill Cinema: Reel Queer Youth
- One World Now Summer World Languages
- Phinney Neighborhood Association Whittier Kids
- Rain City Rock Camp Summer Camp
- Theater of Possibility Summer Youth Camp
- Seattle Children’s Theatre, Drama Camps
- Seattle Historical Arts for Kids, Songs and Stories from the Middle Ages
- Seattle’s LGBTQ+ Center, Queer Peer Mentors
- Seattle Parks and Rec Community Learning Center at Denny
- Young Shakespeare Workshop First Year Summer Program
- Youth In Focus, Summer Camp
- Young Women Empowered
Academy of Interactive Entertainment, Introduction to Video Game Design
Learn about digital art, animation, and gaming at the Academy of Interactive Entertainment campus at the Seattle Armory building on the Seattle Center campus. Get acquainted with programming and create a simple video game in Unity. Students will learn about 2D animation, C# Programming, and Video Game Design.
Grades: 9th-12th grades (high school students)
Dates: July 11 – August 4
Times: Tuesday- Friday; 9 am- 3 pm
Location: In person; Seattle Center Armory 305 Harrison St, Suite 405 Seattle, WA 98109 OR at Nova High School
Contact: Ursula Frank 206-686-0136 firstname.lastname@example.org
ACT Theatre, ACT on Stage and Stage Management Camp
Performance and Stage Management camps for teens.
ACT on Stage: Dive into the four thrilling contemporary plays that will be the ACT mainstage season and discover a rich diversity of characters, settings, and styles. Hone your acting skills with this challenging material, or try your hand at direction, design, or dramaturgy.
The ACT SM Camp is a 3-day intensive that supports you wherever you are in your theatre production journey. No experience is necessary.
ACT Education programs are inclusive, fun and designed to meet and grow students at all experience levels. A great chance to work in a real theater and explore creative pathways and careers in the arts! ACT Education programs are inclusive, fun, and designed to meet and grow students at all experience levels. A great chance to work in a real theater and explore creative pathways and careers in the arts!
Grades: 7th – 12th grades (middle and high school students)
Dates: August 14 – 18, August 18 – 20
Hours: Monday-Friday and Saturday-Sunday 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Location: 700 Union Seattle 98101
Cost: Sliding Scale. Pay What You Will, with suggested tiers but open payment choices.
Registration: ACT Theatre website
Contact: Shana Bestock email@example.com 206-634-2848
BAYFEST Youth Theatre, Summer Drama Training, and Performance Workshop
Classes/rehearsals will be led by some of BAYFEST’s top teaching artists, who will work with will build a performance that showcases participants’ skills in acting, movement/dance, spoken word poetry, music, and comedy. Each participant will get to work on a solo and a group piece and will be featured in at least two pieces in the performance.
Grades: 9th – 12th grades (high school students)
Dates: August 21 – September 1
Time: Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Chief Sealth International High School in West Seattle
Registration: BAYFEST website
Contact: Wendy, BAYFESTyouthTheatre@gmail.com
Boys & Girls Clubs of King County Summer Camps
At our clubs, we offer safe, educational, and FUN summer programming for all! In this action-packed summer camp, kids will have the time of their lives. Our summer camps are safe, inclusive, engaging, and fun. Each week has a different theme: kids will participate in various activities, field trips, and make lasting friendships!
On-site Summer Camp including a variety of activities, field trips, and visiting educators!
Grades: K – 5 (must be 5 years or above)
Dates: July 5 to August 25
Times: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Cost: Depends on site, but usually $300-$350 per week
Contact: Boys and Girls Club website, Sara Roylance, 206-783-5775, firstname.lastname@example.org
Creative Kids School Age Summer Program at John Marshall
Each week, we will participate in various learning activities (dance, art, science, and so much more) either on site with special guest visitors, or on off site field trips! We provide breakfast and snacks throughout the day for all in attendance.
Grades: K – 5th graders (minimum 5 years old)
Dates: July 3 – August 11 (Closed: July 4th and July 5)
Times: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Location: John Marshall 520 NE Ravenna Blvd Seattle WA 98115
Cost: $425 per week, $98 daily rate. We also accept city subsidies: Working Connections/DSHS and CCAP. All summer fees include breakfast, (lunch from home required) snacks, field trip fees and guest visitors.
Contact: D’Onna Smith, 206-706-5437, email@example.com, D’Onna, 206-769-9664, firstname.lastname@example.org
D&G Dance, Monsters of Hiphop
Hiphop dance camp for ages 8-18. Students will learn from four different choreographers and, at the end of the camp, perform for friends and family. If you love to dance and want to make new friends, come to our camp!
Grades: 3rd – 12th (elementary, middle school, and high school students)
Dates: August 14 – 25
Times: Monday – Friday 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: 5300 4th Ave. S
Cost: Scholarship or financial aid available, please check with camp staff.
Contact: Jeffielou Jackson Thorn 206-407-4298 email@example.com
Empowering Youth and Families Outreach, EYFO Summer Leadership Academy
Empowering Youth and Families Summer program will help to bridge the game in academic learning loss, provide enrichment and expose youth to careers through our career readiness program.
Grades: Pre-K to 12th grades
Dates: July 5-August 18
Times: Monday-Friday (7-6)
Location: 4308 South Othello, Seattle, WA 98118
Cost: Sliding Scale. Parents membership fee is waived and the sliding scale goes from $0-700 for a full day 8-week program.
Registration: Empowering Youth and Families Outreach
Middle School students may receive a small stipend Empowering Youth and Families Outreach is a multifaceted program with many offerings and transitions during the day to ensure that students do not get bored. In addition to academics, we offer enrichment classes, i.e. art, music, culinary arts, swimming, photography, dance, drama, STEM, Golf, Outdoor exploration, and career readiness. Students attend a weekly field trip to various locations and parks in the great northwest. Students receive mentoring from caring staff who strive to build meaningful relationships with each student. Contact: Charlett Shoecraft 206-335-7161 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Good Foot Arts Collective, Power UP Summer Enrichment
It is a four-week summer program for incoming 9th-grade scholars (Class of 2027) enrolled at Franklin High School or Rainier Beach High School. The program will prepare scholars for high school through hands-on, engaging activities, team building, physical activities, social-emotional learning, and career skill building. This program is offered in partnership with Seattle Public Schools. Upon completion, students will earn a 0.5 elective credit and ten service hours toward graduation.
Grades: Incoming 9th Graders; Priority for scholars who are current 8th graders at Aki Kurose, Mercer, and South Shore.
Date: July 10 – August 4
Time: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Rainier Beach High School 8815 Seward Park Ave S. Franklin is TBD
Registration: Good Foot Arts Collective website
Contact: Chi May Praseuth, 206-200-0387, email@example.com
Hugo House, Scribes Summer Camps
Students in 5th-12th grade can explore all forms of creative writing in week-long camps while working with teachers who are also published writers themselves! Campers will explore writing through imaginative and generative activities, field trips, workshops with guest teachers, and more.
Grades: 5th – 12th graders (middle and high school students)
Dates: June 26 – August 25 Multiple week-long camps.
Times: Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: In-person and Virtual; Most in-person camps occur at Hugo House (1634 11th Ave, Seattle, WA). Other locations include Jack Straw Cultural Center, Burke Museum, and Bellevue Arts Museum.
Cost: We offer sliding scale rates as low as 30% of the full camp rate, which depends on the time the camp lasts; plus, we provide scholarship assistance for those who need more support.
Registration: Hugo House website
Contact: Keliko Adams, firstname.lastname@example.org, 206-322-7030
Kids Co. Summer Camps
Kids Co.’s Summer Camps are fun, flexible and educational. Your one-stop-shop for summer fun. that include New themes, activities, and learning experiences each week! Onsite licensed child care and summer camp fun! Program includes different weekly themes, offsite field trips and enrichment projects daily.
Grades: K – 5th grade, ages 5 – 12
Dates: July 10 – August 31
Times: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m..
Location: Multiple sites
Registration: Kids Co. website
Contact: Ruth Williams, Adams@kidscompany.org; 206-619-9617, Vanessa Kitchner, Vanessak@kidscompany.org
KUOW’s RadioActive Youth Media, RadioActive Intro to Radio Journalism Workshop
In RadioActive Youth Media’s fun, challenging, and hands-on summer workshop, teens get paid to learn radio journalism and storytelling skills, build confidence, and work with others while producing a true radio story and podcast episode. Lunch and snacks are provided for all in-person days. Yes, youth are paid $1,000 for completing the program.
No previous journalism experience is necessary. We prioritize youth who are not already part of other journalism, arts, and media programs. If you’ve never done something like this before, we encourage you to apply.
You should apply if: you’re engaged in the world. You’re curious and always asking questions. You love writing and want to try telling true stories through sound. You want to share all sides of a story as a journalist — this workshop is NOT a platform to promote a cause, organization, or point of view.
Grade: 9th-12th grades. Must be legally eligible to work in the United States. Must be 15-18 years old. Cost: Free
Dates: July 10 through Wednesday, August 9, 2023.
Times: Monday – Friday. Most Mondays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the KUOW studios (4518 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105). Most Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 2 – 4 p.m. online on Zoom (laptops and internet hot-spots provided). Multi-week session.
Location: In person and Virtual; KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio, 4518 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
Registration: KUOW website
Contact: Lila Lakehart, email@example.com, 206-228-0149
The Museum of Flight
The Museum of Flight has three summer camps, two for high school students and one for elementary and middle school students.
Private Pilot Ground School and Aeronautical Explorations
The following course offerings are for high school students. Students can earn free high school credit through this opportunity!
Private Pilot Ground School (PPGS) is a course for students who want to be professional pilots or earn their Private Pilot License. This fast-paced, intensive course includes the fundamentals of being a being a pilot and provides students with the foundation of knowledge needed to pass the FAA private pilot written exam – aerodynamics, flight systems, weather, etc.
Aeronautical Explorations (AE) is an exploratory course for students who are or might be interested in a future in the aviation industry and may not know exactly the pathway to pursue. The program will expose students to many different careers in the aviation industry, including air traffic control, airline dispatch, professional pilot, airport management, unmanned aerial systems, and more. (Because this is a public school class, we are only able to serve residents of Washington state.)
Grades: 9th – 12th (high school students)
Dates: June 29 – July 19
Time: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 pm
Location: The Museum of Flight, 9404 E Marginal Way S, Seattle, WA 98108
Registration: Museum of Flight website
Contact: Shae Skager, firstname.lastname@example.org; 206-768-7214
The Museum of Flight Aerospace Camp Experience (ACE)
Aerospace Camp Experience (ACE) is an award-winning day camp for any child who is excited about scientific pursuits. All activities facilitate learning through exploration and fun. So if your child has an inquiring mind and wants to have fun exploring the world of STEM this summer, ACE is the camp for you!
Grades: K – 8th, (elementary and middle school students)
Dates: June 26 – August 25
Time: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 pm
Location: The Museum of Flight, 9404 E Marginal Way S, Seattle, WA 98108
Cost: $450 – $500/week
Registration: Museum of Flight website
Contact: Shae Skager email@example.com, 206-768-7214
Northwest Film Forum and Three Dollar Bill Cinema: Reel Queer Youth
Reel Queer Youth is a 7-day program starting August 7 that provides queer and trans filmmakers ages 13-18 to make their first project! Featuring hands-on training, world class speakers, and lessons designed to spark creativity, Reel Queer Youth provides a safe space for young queer filmmakers to explore their passions with other like-minded creators and receive valuable advice from positive and supportive film professionals.
Grades: 9th – 12th Teens who identify as queer or trans (high school students)
Dates: August 7 – 11, August 14 and 15
Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Northwest Film Forum: 1515 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
Cost: Sliding Scale, $0 – $500
Registration: Northwest Film Forum website
Contact: River Naylor, 206-329-2629, firstname.lastname@example.org
One World Now Summer World Languages
One World Now Summer World Languages and Leadership: a OneWorld Now / STARTALK Program. Learn Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, or Korean this summer (and earn a full year of world language credit) while building your leadership skills, experiencing new cultures, and making new friends from across Seattle!
Grades: 8th – 12th grade
Dates: July 10 – July 28
Times: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (lunch, snacks provided)
Location: Summit Sierra School, 1025 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104
Registration will close June 11. Online registration for One World Now Summer World Languages
Phinney Neighborhood Association Whittier Kids
PNA’s Whittier Kids Summer Camp offers fun and enriching experiences in a welcoming and caring environment. A variety of kid-approved weekly themes provide opportunities for making new friends while building social confidence and leadership skills.
Grades: K – 5th, (kindergartners must be 5 years old when they enter program)
Dates: Weekly from July 5–August 30
Times: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Cost: Flat fee, depends on the length of the week and child’s schedule. Contact center for details.
Registration Whitter Kids website
Contact: Kathy Valencik, 206-782-2508, email@example.com Kathy Valencik, 206-782-2508, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rain City Rock Camp Summer Camp
Our week-long Summer Camp sessions use music education and positive aspects of rock music culture to provide a safe and welcoming space for campers to learn more about themselves, the creative process, and their potential to be heard. The session culminates in a showcase performance at The Crocodile. . This camp is for gender-marginalized youth- including girls, non-binary youth, and trans youth.
Grades: 3rd – 12th graders (elementary, middle, and high school students)
Dates: Session I: July 17-22; Session II: July 24-29
Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Washington Middle School, 2101 S Jackson Street, Seattle, WA 98144
Cost: $0 – $500, Sliding Scale.
Registration: Rain City Rock website
Contact: Sára or Carly, email@example.com, 206-596-5984
Theater of Possibility Summer Youth Camp
Two-week half day theater program for neurodiverse youth, ages 9-16. 17+ inquire about being junior counselor. We welcome youth with autism, ADHD, and other neurodivergencies or developmental differences, as well as typically developing peers. We build on strengths, and each student is valued for their unique gifts. Participants must be able to participate independently in structured group activities or come with an adult aide. TOP teaches beginning acting, improv and play-creation through fun theater games, with a focus on collaboration skills. Culminates in a showcase of ensemble-created original short plays.
Grades: 3rd – 12th graders (elementary, middle, and high school students)
Dates: July 24 – August 4
Times: Monday – Friday, 2 – 5 p.m.
Location: James Baldwin Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125
Cost: Half scholarships and pay-what-you can available; ask; there is no limit on the number of scholarships
Registration: Theater of Possibility website
Contact: Lauren Marshall, founding director and lead teacher; 206-321-4923, Lauren@laurenmarshall.com
Seattle Children’s Theatre, Drama Camps
SCT offers week-long camps throughout the summer for ages 3.5-18. Creative adventures await students 8 and under, while students nine and up can explore topics like Acting, Improv, Creating for the Camera, and more! SCT’s summer camps are open to students of all abilities.
Grades: Pre to K-12th grades (elementary, middle school, and high school students)
Dates: June 26 – August 25
Times: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Seattle Children’s Theatre; 201 Thomas St, Seattle, WA 98109
Cost: One Scholarship/Financial Aid provided for one camp per student
Registration: Seattle Children’s Theatre website
Contact: Abby Sledge; 206-859-4079; firstname.lastname@example.org
Seattle Historical Arts for Kids, Songs and Stories from the Middle Ages
Learn skits and songs from centuries past, to perform in costume at Camlann Medieval Village. Choose music, drama, or both. The workshop is Mon-Fri and performances Sat-Sun. Students who are curious and eager to learn and perform together are welcome.
Grades: 3rd- 12th grades (elementary, middle, and high school students)
Dates: August 21-27
Times: Monday – Friday and Saturday – Sunday; Music only: 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Drama only: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Complete program: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: In person; Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98125
Cost: Sliding Scale, $0-550 chosen by families
Contact: Shulamit Kleinerman, email@example.com, 206-550-2565
Seattle’s LGBTQ+ Center, Queer Peer Mentors
A near-age mentorship program for queer and trans-BIPOC youth ages 12-24. Runs July-October. Stipends for both mentors and mentees.
Grades: 7th – 12th grades/ QTBIPOC ages 12-24 (middle and high school students)
Date: July 5-October 16
Times: Variable and flexible, most activities are, Wednesday through Friday 2 – 6 p.m., Saturday 12 – 4 p.m.
Location: In-person and virtual: Seattle’s LGBTQ+ Center, 400 E Pine St #100, Seattle, WA 98122
Registration: Gay City website
Contact: Daynon Jackson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Seattle Parks and Rec Community Learning Center at Denny
Seattle Parks and Recreation Community Learning Center at Denny International Middle School, Westside Scholars Summer Academy
Scholars can stay ahead during summer months with morning academic instruction in ELA and Math and enjoy the afternoons with fun and innovative recreational and STEM enrichment programs.
Grades: 6th – 8th grades. Scholars must be rising 6th graders committed to attending Denny IMS or current Denny IMS scholars.
Dates: July 10 – August 4
Times: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Location: Denny International Middle School 2601 SW Kenyon St. Seattle, WA 98126
Registration will open on June 20 and close the Friday before programs start on July 7. Online registration for Seattle Parks and Recreation Community Learning Center at Denny.
Note: Program fills up fast, and there is no waitlist.
Contact: Stephen Boney, program coordinator 206-423-1523 email@example.com
Young Shakespeare Workshop First Year Summer Program
Learn to act Shakespeare from the ground up – sonnets, speeches, scenes, voice, and fencing. Returning Students go on to produce full length plays. Nationally awarded program.
Grades: 9th – 12th (high school students)
Dates: July 5 – August 20
Time: Monday – Friday, 3 – 6 p.m.
Location: 1000 Lenora, Cornish College of the Arts (they kindly donate space, please do not call them directly)
Registration and contact: Darren Lay, firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth In Focus, Summer Camp
Youth In Focus is offering a variety of summer photo camp programs like Darkroom, Street Photography, Activism, and more!
Grades: 6 – 12th grades (middle and high school students)
Dates: July 10 – August 4, Multiple week-long camps/classes.
Times: Half day or full day options (9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. or 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
Location: 2100 Building, 2100 24th Ave S, Suite 310, Seattle, WA, 98144
Cost: Sliding Scale: $0 – $295 (half day) or $595 (full day). Promo codes are provided on our website. Families can choose which code works best for them!
Registration: Youth In Focus website
Contact: Shida Bonakdar, 206-455-3532, email@example.com
Young Women Empowered
We offer five free summer camps: BIPOC Horse Camp, Y-WE Create, Black Girls/NB Bike, Y-WE Write, and Black Mermaids. Each program has a different description but includes BIPOC Horse camp designed specifically for youth who identify as BIPOC, Black Girls/NB Bike, and Black Mermaids specifically for youth who identify as Black. All programs are for youth ages 13-19 who identify as girl, nonbinary, trans, or gender expansive.
Grades: 8th – 12th graders, ages 13 – 19, (middle and high schoool students)
Dates: Multi-day and multi-week sessions. Days and Times in July and August for each camp vary; see website for details
Registration and all program descriptions: Young Women Empowered website
Contact: Karisa Morikawa, 206-390-8655, firstname.lastname@example.org