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Summer School Programs

All 2020 HCPSS summer programs will be offered virtually, in compliance with state and local guidelines for the safe recovery of operations. Virtual programs will have a modified schedule that will incorporate both live sessions and digital content to be accessed online.

Updated weekly schedules for the BSAP Summer Institute, G/T Summer Institutes for Talent Development and Innovative Pathways high school programs can be found below. Students will comply with behavioral expectations for Google Meet sessions when attending live teaching sessions.

If you have any specific questions or concerns, please email the appropriate Summer Program in which your student is enrolled.

Program Descriptions

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.

G/T Course Listing

G/T Course Matrix

G/T Weekly Schedule

Contact: GTSummer@hcpss.org or 410-313-6671.

Payments & Financial Assistance

Payments

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:

    HCPSS
    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 InnovativePathways@hcpss.org
  • Mail: Download the Financial Assistance Application and return the completed form and required documentation to:
  • HCPSS
    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.

HCPSS will begin processing refund requests Monday, June 1. 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.

  • BSAP Summer Institute and G/T Summer Institutes for Talent Development – Refund requests are no longer being accepted.
  • Innovative Pathways High School – Withdrawal/refund requests will only be accepted through the end of the first week of the program, July 2, 2020. Refunds will not be issued after this date.

Summer Programs Summary Information

  BSAP Summer Institute Innovative Pathways Gifted and Talented (G/T) Summer Institute
Grades Entering Grades K-9 Entering Grade 9
Current Grades 9-12
Entering Grades 1-8
Dates / Times
Dates are subject to change. No programs meet on Friday, July 3, 2020.
June 29-July 24
Between 8:15 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
NOTE: the program office will share specific session times with enrolled students prior to the program start date
June 29 – August 7

3-week courses (0.5 credit Health or Lifetime Fitness)
Session 1: June 29-July 17
Session II: July 20-August 7
SESSION I:
June 29 – July 10
Between 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
NOTE: the program office will share specific session times with enrolled students prior to the program start date

SESSION II:
July 13-24
Between 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
NOTE: the program office will share specific session times with enrolled students prior to the program start date
Cost
Financial Assistance is available for programs.
$500 $325 (0.5 credit)
$550 (1.0 credit)
$220 Session I
$240 Session II
Contact SummerInstitute@hcpss.org
410-313-1598
IPSummer@hcpss.org
GTSummer@hcpss.org
410-313-6671