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Summer School Programs

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Updated information for 2021 HCPSS summer programs will be available in December 2020. Information for Academic Intervention and Special Education Extended School Year (ESY) programs will be available through the student’s school. If you have any specific questions or concerns, please contact the appropriate Summer Program below.

Program Descriptions

BSAP Summer Institute (Grades K-9)

The BSAP Summer Institute program extends learning by providing acceleration and enrichment opportunities to HCPSS students entering Grades K-9.


Gifted and Talented (G/T) Summer Institutes for Talent Development
(Grades 1-8)

The G/T Summer Institutes program provides students entering Grades 1-8 with advanced-level instruction and enrichment experiences not regularly available during the academic school year.

Rigorous instruction focusing on talent development is offered in mathematics, science, social studies, language arts, technology and fine arts.


Innovative Pathways
(Grades 9-12)

The Innovative Pathways high school program is designed to provide diploma-bound students entering Grade 9, and current Grades 9-12, with opportunities to support academic achievement and acceleration. The program offers high school credit-bearing courses in a variety of content areas and levels.


Payments & Financial Assistance


Parents/guardians will be notified when a student has been enrolled in a class. Payments should then be made to keep the enrollment.

Once enrolled, you will receive an invoice from MySchoolBucks outlining the program /course fees for each student. You do NOT HAVE to make payment through MySchoolBucks – there are three methods of payment for courses listed below.

If you have any questions, please contact the Summer Programs administrator for the summer program in which the student is enrolled.

After 10 days past due, the enrollment may be removed. Payments will be accepted in the following manner:

  • Online: Payments will be available to be made through MySchoolBucks
  • Mail: Download the Registration Payment Form and return the completed form with a check or money order payable to Howard County Public School System to:

    Attn: Summer Programs
    10910 Clarksville Pike
    Ellicott City, MD 21042

NOTE: If an alternate form of payment is needed, please contact the program directly to discuss payment options.

Returned Checks

Checks returned by the bank due to insufficient funds will be assessed a charge. If payment is not received in full, the unpaid amount will become a debt and will be entered as an outstanding obligation at your child’s school. All obligations must be satisfied prior to graduation. The HCPSS Finance Office has contracted with Envision Payment Solutions, Inc. for the electronic collection of check payments. If the check is returned unpaid, Envision Payment Solutions, Inc. will assess a $35 fee allowed by Maryland state law and charged as an electronic fund transfer.

Financial Assistance

Students who currently receive Free and Reduced Price Meal services (FARMs) through HCPSS Food and Nutrition Services will have a 50 percent tuition reduction applied automatically upon verification – no application is required.

Parents/guardians who are unable to afford tuition after the automatic FARMs status-based discounts, or who do not qualify for FARMs but are experiencing a documented financial hardship, may complete a Financial Assistance Application. Financial hardships include unemployment of a parent or guardian, pending foreclosure or eviction and medical hardship. The Financial Assistance Committee will review the completed applications and notify parents/guardians if additional tuition reduction will be applied.

Financial Assistance Applications will be accepted in the following manner:
  • Email: Email the form and required documentation to the summer program office in which the student has been enrolled.
  • Mail: Download the Financial Assistance Application and return the completed form and required documentation to:
    Attn: Summer Programs
    10910 Clarksville Pike
    Ellicott City, MD 21042

Withdrawal and Refund Requests

Prior to enrollment, a parent/guardian or school counselor may submit a registration withdrawal request either online through HCPSS Connect Synergy or during on-site registration. See details on how to Request Withdrawal from Summer Programs.

Tuition paid by cash, check, or money order will be refunded in the form of a check mailed to the issuer once the Refund Form is processed. Refunds by check may take 4–6 weeks to process. Tuition paid by credit card will be refunded to the credit card in accordance with the credit card company’s refund procedure less the service charge.