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Summer School Programs

The March enrollment request period is open through 6 p.m., Monday, March 16.

Maryland State Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon has directed that all state public schools close in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Accordingly, all HCPSS schools will be closed March 16-29. At this time, no decisions have been made about the status of HCPSS Summer Programs. In the meantime, please be aware of the following:

For coronavirus COVID-19 information, please continue to visit the HCPSS website as updates and answers to frequently asked questions will be posted regularly. If you have any specific questions or concerns, please email the appropriate Summer Program in which your student is enrolled.

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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.

In the morning, students take grade-level specific academic courses (reading/English and math). In the afternoon, students are offered a wide range of enrichment opportunities.

BSAP Course Listing

BSAP Course Matrix

BSAP Before & After Care – Phelps Luck ES

BSAP Before & After Care – Howard HS

Contact: or 410-313-1598.

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 Before & After Care – Wilde Lake MS

Contact: 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.

Traditional, face-to-face courses meet in the morning. Blended and fully-online courses are offered in the afternoon.

Innovative Pathways Course Listing

Contact: 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. The following courses are currently available. Please check with program staff if you have additional questions.

BSAP Summer Institute (Grades K-9)

Courses for students in grades 7-8 are available to request.

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

The following courses are available to request:

  • Under the Sea (Session 2) – Entering Grades 3-4
  • Becoming a Historian: Engaging in Historical Research (Session 2) – Entering Grades 6-8
  • Observation, Design and the Search for Personal Meaning (Session 2) – Entering Grades 6-8

All other courses may be requested but have a waitlist.

Innovative Pathways
(Grades 9-12)

All courses currently are available to request.

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 on-site or online, please review the program descriptions, dates, times and locations. Early registration is highly recommended. Program availability may be limited during the later registration dates.

For the BSAP Summer Institute and Gifted and Talented Summer Institutes for Talent Development:
  • Parents/guardians may request enrollment either on-site Monday, March 2 from 6-8 p.m. at the Applications & Research Laboratory building (10920 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City) or online from 6 p.m., March 2-16. During this time, enrollment requests do not guarantee placement in summer programs. If a program is filled, all students who requested enrollment will be randomly selected for placement in that program. Students not selected will be added to a waitlist. Parents/guardians will be notified via email of placement or waitlist by April 1. Payments are not required until enrollment is confirmed. For programs that are not full, enrollment requests may be made each month.
  • Parents/guardians of Entering Kindergarten students who wish to submit an enrollment request for the BSAP Summer Institutes program may either attend one of the on-site enrollment events or email to receive an online enrollment link (please include Entering K enrollment in the subject line).
  • Non-HCPSS students who wish to submit an enrollment request for the Gifted and Talented Summer Institutes for Talent Development summer program may either attend an on-site enrollment event or email to receive an alternate online enrollment link (please include Non-HCPSS enrollment in the subject line).
For Innovative Pathways:
  • 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 to receive an alternate online enrollment link (please include Non-HCPSS enrollment in the subject line).

On-Site Enrollment

On-site enrollment requests will take place at:

Homewood Center (HWC)
10914 Clarksville Pike
Ellicott City, 21042

(Located behind the Board of Education Office)


Applications & Research Lab (ARL)
10920 Clarksville Pike
Ellicott City, 21042

Day Date Time
Monday (ARL) March 2, 2020 6—8 p.m.
Wednesday (HWC) April 1, 2020 6—8 p.m.
Friday (HWC) May 1, 2020 6—8 p.m.
Monday (ARL) June 1, 2020 6—8 p.m.
Saturday (HWC) June 6, 2020 9—11 a.m.
Saturday (HWC) June 13, 2020 9—11 a.m.

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 (except March) until course sections are filled and 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 may either attend one of the on-site enrollment events or email to receive an alternate online enrollment link (please include Non-HCPSS enrollment in the subject line).

Dates Starting Times
March 2–16, 2020 6 p.m.
April 1–15, 2020 6 p.m.
May 1–15, 2020 6 p.m.
June 1–15, 2020 6 p.m.

If HCPSS schools are closed due to inclement weather, registration will be moved to the next open SCHOOL DAY.

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 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
  • On-site: Bring the completed Registration Payment Form to a scheduled on-site registration session with your credit card, check, or money order

NOTE: If an alternate form of payment is needed, please contact the program directly to schedule an appointment. HCPSS cannot guarantee staff are available to take in-person payments 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

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.

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.

  • BSAP Summer Institute – Refund requests will only be accepted through May 1, 2020. Refunds will not be issued after this date.
  • G/T Summer Institutes for Talent Development – Refund requests received after April 1, 2020, will be assessed a 25 percent administrative fee and those received after April 15, 2020, will be assessed a 50 percent administrative fee. Refunds will not be issued after May 1, 2020.
  • Innovative Pathways High School – Withdrawal/refund requests will only be accepted through the end of the first week of the program, June 26, 2020. Refunds will not be issued after this date.


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 as an Active EL student in Algebra 1, English 9, English 10, or ESOL Literacy Development.
    • Graduating during the High School summer program in August 2020.
    • Between Oakland Mills HS and Wilde Lake HS for students taking a face-to-face course at Oakland Mills HS in the morning AND enrolled in an afternoon blended course at Wilde Lake HS.

    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.

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
8:15 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
6-week courses (1.0 credit) June 22 – July 31

3-week courses (0.5 credit Health or Lifetime Fitness) Session 1: June 22-July 10; Session II: July 13-31

Oakland Mills High School
Morning Face-to-Face (M-F):
8:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Wilde Lake High School
Morning Face-to-Face (M-F):
7:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Afternoon Blended (M, W, F or Tu, Th, F):
1:30 – 4 p.m.
Fully Online (June 22, July 9, July 30)
1:30 – 4 p.m.

Mandatory Orientation for afternoon blended and fully online courses on June 22, 2020
June 29 – July 10
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

July 13-24
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Locations are subject to change.
Phelps Luck Elementary School
(Grades K-4)

Howard High School
(Grades 5-9)
Oakland Mills High School
English, art, social studies, world languages, health, fitness, career courses and Gear Up for 9th Grade (Foundations of English)

Wilde Lake High School
Math, science and Gear Up for 9th Grade (Foundations of Algebra). ALL afternoon blended and fully-online courses (including blended health and fitness)
Wilde Lake Middle School
Financial Assistance is available for programs.
$650 $325 (0.5 credit)
$550 (1.0 credit)
$288 Session I
$320 Session II
Transportation Yes, Community stops Limited No
Meals Lunch provided Lunch provided Snack provided