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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 course listings for the BSAP Summer Institute, G/T Summer Institutes for Talent Development and Innovative Pathways high school programs are being updated and will be accessible on the HCPSS Summer Programs website in the coming weeks.

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

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

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.

Innovative Pathways Course Listing

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

Course Availability

As course placement is completed, you may check the status of the enrollment request. Please review the directions for Viewing Requests for Summer Programs. Course availability is outlined below. Please check with program staff if you have additional questions.

BSAP Summer Institute (Grades K-9)

All courses are filled. If students withdraw, a new student will be added from the waitlist and their parent/guardian will be notified.

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

All courses are filled. If students withdraw, a new student will be added from the waitlist and their parent/guardian will be notified.

Enrollment Requests

Enrollment requests can be made during open request periods, February 1-June 15, by a parent, guardian, school counselor or achievement liaison. Before submitting an enrollment request online, please review the program descriptions, dates and times. Program availability may be limited during the later registration dates.

For Innovative Pathways:
  • Parents/guardians may request enrollment online beginning 6 p.m. June 1-15. During this time, enrollment requests do not guarantee placement in summer programs. If a program is filled, students will be added to a waitlist.
  • Non-HCPSS students who wish to submit an enrollment request for the Innovative Pathways high school summer program may either attend one of the on-site enrollment events or email InnovativePathways@hcpss.org to receive an alternate online enrollment link (please include Non-HCPSS enrollment in the subject line).

On-Site Enrollment

All on-site enrollment is canceled while schools and office buildings are closed.

Online Enrollment

Online requests are submitted through HCPSS Connect Synergy. Directions on registering are available online.

Online requests are available between the 1st and 15th of each month until course sections are filled. Any student not placed in a course will be automatically added to applicable course wait lists.

Non-HCPSS Student Online Requests (Innovative Pathways ONLY):

Non-HCPSS students who wish to submit an enrollment request for the Innovative Pathways high school summer program must email InnovativePathways@hcpss.org to receive an alternate online enrollment link (please include Non-HCPSS enrollment in the subject line).

Dates Starting Times
June 1–15, 2020 6 p.m.

All enrollment requests are PENDING until HCPSS has completed program placement and full tuition is paid. Enrollment requests DO NOT guarantee placement in a program.

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 – Refund requests will only be accepted through May 29, 2020. Refunds will not be issued after this date.
  • G/T Summer Institutes for Talent Development – Refund requests will only be accepted through May 29, 2020. Refunds will not be issued after this date.
  • 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
InnovativePathways@hcpss.org
410-313-6627
GTSummer@hcpss.org
410-313-6671