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Summer School Programs

Program Descriptions

BSAP Summer Institute (Grades K-9)

This program offers acceleration and enrichment opportunities for HCPSS students entering Grades K-9. Students participate in grade-level academic courses (reading/English, math, science, social studies) each morning, and in a wide range of enrichment opportunities in the afternoon.

Contact: or 410-313-1598.

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.

Contact: 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.

Contact: or 410-313-6627.

STARTALK Chinese Language Summer Camp
(Grades 3-8)

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 3-8. 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: 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.

Course Listings

Summer programs are offering a variety of course delivery models including both in-person and virtual instruction; however, not all programs are available in all formats. In-person course availability will be based on the status of HCPSS building access and health metrics at the time of the program start date.

Please check the course listings below for available courses before submitting an enrollment request. Course availability will continue to be updated throughout the spring. Please check with program staff if you have additional questions.

Enrollment Requests

Enrollment requests for tuition-based programs can be made by a parent, guardian, school counselor or achievement liaison online through the Synergy Parent Portal on HCPSS Connect. Requests for the STARTALK program can be made through this Google form.

Submitting online enrollment requests

Online requests are submitted through Synergy Parent Portal on HCPSS Connect.

Download PDF: Register for Summer Programs

  • Select the preferred program for the student. You can submit an enrollment request for more than one program. Should your student wish to switch summer programs, please request withdrawals from all courses in the original program. You will not be able to register your child for a new program until the withdrawal has been completed by the program administrators.
  • If a program or course is not available in the registration menu, it may be filled or not open to register at that time. Review the program’s course list on the Summer Programs web page for course availability or contact the program office with additional questions.
  • Select the preferred instruction method for the program (face-to-face only, virtual only, or no preference). This question will assist program staff in determining an appropriate placement for the student. Not all programs are available in all formats.

Current HCPSS students

The Synergy Parent Portal will accept enrollment requests from March through June starting the 15th of each month at 6 p.m. and will remain open for two weeks. For programs and courses that are not full, enrollment requests may continue to be made each month through June.
  • The first enrollment request window will open Monday, March 15 at 6 p.m. and remain open through Monday, March 29 at 6 p.m.
  • March enrollment requests are limited to current HCPSS students only.
  • March enrollment requests for Innovative Pathways High School are limited to mathematics and science course requests only. All courses will be open for enrollment on April 15, 2021.
  • Parents/guardians of Entering Kindergarten students who wish to submit an enrollment request for the BSAP Summer Institutes program should email to receive an online enrollment link (please include Entering K enrollment in the subject line).

Enrollment lottery process

Enrollment requests do not guarantee placement in summer programs.

  • When a BSAP or G/T program is filled during a registration window, all students within the same household who requested enrollment in the same program within that window will be randomly selected for placement in that program. Students not selected will be automatically added to the applicable course wait list.
  • For Innovative Pathways High School, enrollment priority will be given to students by their current grade level. Remaining students will be randomly selected and enrolled in their selected course (or alternate course) until that course has been filled.

Non-HCPSS Students

Parents/guardians of current non-HCPSS students who wish to submit an enrollment request for the Gifted and Talented Summer Institutes for Talent Development or Innovative Pathways High School summer program should send an email to the program to receive an alternate online enrollment link (please include Non-HCPSS enrollment in the subject line). March enrollment requests are limited to current HCPSS students only.

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


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 two methods of payment for courses listed below. If you have any questions, please contact the program administrator. After 10 days past due, the enrollment may be removed. Payments will be accepted in the following manner:
  • Online: Payments can be made through MySchoolBucks (processing fee will be applied)
  • 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: Innovative Pathways
    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

Financial assistance is available for all programs. 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:
    Attn: Innovative Pathways
    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 online through HCPSS Connect Synergy. 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.

  • BSAP Summer Institute – Refund requests will only be accepted through May 1, 2021. Refunds will not be issued after this date.
  • GT Summer Institutes for Talent Development – Refund requests received after April 23, 2021, will be assessed a 25 percent administrative fee and those received after May 1, 2021, will be assessed a 50 percent administrative fee. Refunds will not be issued after May 7, 2021.
  • Innovative Pathways High School – Withdrawal/refund requests will only be accepted through the end of the first week of the program, June 25, 2021. Refunds will not be issued after this date.

Summer Programs Summary Information

  BSAP Summer Institute Innovative Pathways High School Gifted and Talented (G/T) Summer Institute STARTALK Chinese Language Summer Camp
Entering Grades K-9

Entering Grade 9

Current Grades 9-12

Entering Grades 1-8 Entering Grades 3-8
Dates are subject to change. No programs meet on Monday, July 5th, 2021.
June 28 – July 23
(4 weeks)
9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

6-week courses
June 21 – July 30
(1.0 credit)

3-week courses
(0.5 credit Health or Lifetime Fitness)

Session 1:
June 21-July 9;

Session II:
July 12-30


Morning In-Person and Virtual (M-F):
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Oakland Mills High School

Morning In-Person and Virtual (M-F):
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Wilde Lake High School

Morning In-Person and Virtual (M-F):
8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Afternoon Virtual Classes

Virtual (M-F):
1:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Mandatory orientation for all courses on the first class date: June 21 or July 12

June 28 – July 9
(2 weeks)
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

July 12-July 23
(2 weeks)
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
June 28 – July 16
(3 weeks)
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Program locations are subject to change based on the reopening status of HCPSS school buildings.

Howard HS (Grades 5-9)

Jeffers Hill ES (Grades K-4)

Phelps Luck ES (Grades K-4)

ARL (CTE/ARL Academy courses)

Oakland Mills HS (Credit Recovery
Gear Up for 9th Grade, Health, Lifetime Fitness)

Wilde Lake HS (Math, Science, Art, CRD, English, Food and Nutrition, Social Studies, World Languages)

Burleigh Manor MS Dunloggin MS
Financial Assistance is available for programs. Please visit to submit a FARMs application.
$650 $325 (0.5 credit)
$550 (1.0 credit)
$288 Session I
$320 Session II
Yes, community stops Limited No No
Lunch provided Lunch provided Snack provided No (students must bring their own bagged lunch)
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.