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Summer School Programs

4/8/22: Updates to HCPSS 2022 Summer Program Schedule

Registration for ALL Summer 2022 Programs is closed. Enrollment requests are now being reviewed and students will be placed in the program/course of their selection or placed on a waitlist and notified by email by June 21.

As course placement is completed, you may check the status of the enrollment request in Synergy. Check with program staff if you have additional questions.

Program Descriptions

Gifted and Talented (GT) Summer Institutes for Talent Development
(Grades 1-8)

This program offers additional 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 Before & After Care – Burleigh Manor MS

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

Innovative Pathways High School
(Entering Grade 9, Current Grades 9-12)

This program offers high school credit-bearing courses in a variety of content areas and levels to support academic achievement and acceleration for diploma-bound students. Traditional, face-to-face courses meet in the morning and virtual, synchronous courses are offered in the afternoon.

Innovative Pathways HS Course Listing

Innovative Pathways HS Course Matrix

Innovative Pathways HS Student/Parent Handbook (Enrolled Students Only)

Innovative Pathways HS Student/Parent Handbook (Chinese)

Innovative Pathways HS Student/Parent Handbook (Korean)

Innovative Pathways HS Student/Parent Handbook (Spanish)

Contact: IPSummer@hcpss.org or 410-313-6627.

STARTALK Chinese Language Summer Camp
(Grades 7-8)

This program offers Chinese language proficiency development with a focus on speaking for novice level learners and the addition of reading and writing for intermediate level learners for HCPSS students entering Grades 7-8. The language instruction program will be complemented with a wide range of Chinese culture-themed activities such as arts and crafts, martial arts, virtual field trips, and games.

Contact: STARTALK@hcpss.org or 410-313-5663.

Information about Academic Intervention (Grades K-8) and Extended School Year Special Education (Ages 3-5, PreK-12) programs will be shared directly with parents/guardians of HCPSS eligible students.

Payments & Financial Assistance

Payments

Payments for summer programs can ONLY BE MADE ONCE ENROLLMENT HAS BEEN CONFIRMED BY EMAIL. Parents/guardians will be emailed an invoice and payment instructions once the student has been enrolled in a program. Payments may be made by check, money order, or credit card. Full payment is due prior to the program start date. After 10 days past due, the enrollment may be removed. Full payment is due prior to the program start date. Payments will be accepted in the following manner:
  • Online: Payments will be available to be made through MySchoolBucks (there is a 4% service fee for online payments)
  • 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

DOWNLOAD PDF: Summer Programs Payment Instructions

NOTE: If an alternate form of payment is needed, please contact the program directly to review payment options. HCPSS cannot take in-person payment without an appointment.

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

Financial Assistance is available for current HCPSS students for most programs. Please visit https://www.hcpss.org/food-services/farms/ to submit a FARMs application.

Students who currently receive Free and Reduced Price Meal services (FARMs) will have a 50 percent tuition reduction applied automatically upon verification.

Parents/guardians who do not qualify for FARMs but are experiencing a documented financial hardship, or who are unable to afford tuition after the automatic FARMs status-based discounts, 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 (please only submit ONE version):
  • Online: Complete the online form and email the required documentation to the student’s summer program.
  • Mail: Download the application form and return the completed form and required documentation to:
    HCPSS
    Attn: Innovative Pathways
    10910 Clarksville Pike
    Ellicott City, MD 21042

Withdrawal and Refund Requests

Withdrawal Requests

Prior to enrollment, a parent/guardian or school counselor may submit a registration withdrawal request online through the Synergy Parent Portal on the HCPSS Connect web page. Instructions for requesting withdrawal are included in the Register for Summer Programs document.

Refund Requests

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 received after April 19, 2022, will be assessed a 25 percent administrative fee and those received after May 1, 2022, will be assessed a 50 percent administrative fee. Refunds will not be issued after May 6, 2022.
  • Innovative Pathways High School – Refund requests received by the close of business on June 27, 2022 will receive a full refund. Students withdrawing between June 28 and July 5, 2022 will receive a partial refund (the amount of payment less the greater of a 20% administrative fee or $50.00). Refunds will not be issued after July 5, 2022.

Transportation

Transportation for Summer Programs is limited and varies by program.
  • BSAP Summer Institute – Transportation is provided by HCPSS via a community bus stop. A community bus stop is a location where students in a geographic location will meet and a school bus will pick-up and transport them to their summer program. Parents/guardians will receive community bus stop information during the program orientation.
  • G/T Summer Institutes for Talent Development – Transportation is NOT provided and will be the responsibility of the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s). Students must be dropped off and picked up on time.
  • Innovative Pathways High School programs – Transportation is limited to students:
    • Enrolled in the Gear Up for 9th Grade program
    • Enrolled in Credit Recovery courses at Long Reach HS
    • Enrolled in the Teen Parenting Program at Wilde Lake HS
    • Graduating during the High School summer program in July 2022

    For ALL OTHER COURSES, transportation is NOT provided and will be the responsibility of the student and their parent(s)/guardian(s). Students must be dropped off and picked up on time. Alternate transportation may be found through Howard County Transit at transitrta.com.

  • STARTALK Chinese Language Summer Camp – Transportation is NOT provided and will be the responsibility of the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s). Students must be dropped off and picked up on time.

Summer Programs Summary Information

  BSAP Summer Institute (Entering Grades K-9) Innovative Pathways High School
(Entering Grade 9, Current Grades 9-12)
Gifted and Talented (G/T) Summer Institute
(Entering Grades 1-8)
STARTALK Chinese Language Summer Camp
(Entering Grades 7-8)
Dates/Times
Dates are subject to change. No programs meet on Monday, July 4th and Tuesday, July 19.
June 27 – July 22 (4 weeks)

9:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. (In-person)

6-week courses (1.0 credit)
June 22 – July 29

3-week courses (0.5 credit Health or Lifetime Fitness)
Session I: June 22 – July 8
Session II: July 11 – July 29

ARL (Morning In-Person and Virtual)
Courses: 8:00 a.m. – 1:20 p.m.

Long Reach HS (Morning In-Person and Virtual)
Courses: 8:00 a.m. – 1:20 p.m.

Wilde Lake HS
(Morning In-Person and Virtual)
Courses: 8:15 a.m. – 1:35 p.m.
Afternoon Virtual Courses: 1:45 – 4:45 p.m

Mandatory orientation for all courses on the first class date: June 22 or July 11

SESSION I:
June 27 – July 8 (2 weeks)
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
SESSION II:
July 11 – July 22 (2 weeks)
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
July 5 – July 22 (3 weeks)
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Locations
Locations are subject to change.
Phelps Luck ES (Grades K-4)
Howard HS (Grades 5-9)
ARL (CTE/ARL Academy courses)

Long Reach HS (Credit Recovery, Food and Nutrition, Gear Up for 9th Grade)

Wilde Lake HS (Art, CRD, English, Health, Lifetime Fitness, Math, Science, Social Studies, World Languages)

Burleigh Manor MS Harper’s Choice MS
Cost
Financial Assistance is available for current HCPSS students. Please visit https://www.hcpss.org/food-services/farms/ to submit a FARMs application.
$650 $325 (0.5 credit course)
$550 (1.0 credit course)
$800 (2.0 credit course)
$256 Session I
$320 Session II
$50
Transportation
Yes, community stops Limited No No
Meals
Lunch provided Lunch provided Snacks provided Lunch provided
Contact
Email messages will receive a faster response than calling the program phone numbers. Phone messages will be returned after reviewing voicemail messages within 24 hours during the school week.
SummerInstitute@hcpss.org
410-313-1598
IPSummer@hcpss.org
410-313-6627
GTSummer@hcpss.org
410-313-6671
STARTALK@hcpss.org
410-313-5663