RPS Summer School registration opens

Registration for Richmond Public Schools’ summer learning programs runs through June 10th. Find out what they’ve got in the works for kids in need of additional academic support…and for kids looking to get a little something extra.

Now through June 10th, registration is underway for Richmond Public Schools’ summer learning programs, AKA summer school.

RPS summer school takes place Monday through Thursday1, beginning June 27th and finishing up on July 28th, and includes a variety of educational options at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

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Elementary

Elementary Summer Stars

The Elementary Summer Stars program is designed for children who have failed a class and/or have been identified by their teachers as needing additional support in reading, writing, or math. Each student will receive literacy and math instruction and will take a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) elective of their choosing2.

Elementary Summer STEM

Although this program focuses on STEM, each student will also participate in LitCamp, a curriculum designed to sharpen their literacy, social, and emotional skills.

Ocean Adventures

This five-week language and literacy summer program will get those little ones ready to transition into kindergarten. Classroom teachers will work to strengthen each child’s language and literacy skills while also introducing them to the daily routines and experiences typically found in kindergarten classrooms. Each week features a different focus on the ocean, using quality storybooks paired with engaging, hands-on activities.

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Middle

Middle School Summer Stars

Like its elementary counterpart, Middle School Summer Stars is designed for students who have failed a class and/or have been identified by their teachers as needing additional support in reading, writing, or math. Each student will receive instruction in literacy, math, and have their choice of elective from the following3:

  • Amazing Animation & Gaming
  • Computer Science
  • MakerSpace
  • Junior Chef
  • Junior Engineers
  • Virtual Entrepreneurship

Middle School Summer STEM

The summer STEM program is designed for students who have demonstrated adequate performance in each core subject area by scoring above 400 on all core academic SOLs and passing all core classes. In addition to STEM-ing it up, these students will take part in lessons on literacy and character development, and choose from the following electives:

  • Amazing Animation & Gaming
  • Computer Science
  • Junior Chef
  • Junior Engineers
  • Camp Invention
  • Virtual Entrepreneurship

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High School

Summer Acceleration (Non-Tuition Option)

Students in 8th through 12th grade who passed a course but didn’t pass their SOL test can take part in the Summer Acceleration program to make sure they’re squared away on academic credits. Course options are:

  • Math Grade 8
  • Algebra I
  • Geometry
  • Algebra II
  • Earth Science
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • World Geography
  • Virginia & US History
  • English Grade 8
  • English Grade 11

Summer Acceleration (Tuition Option)

The summer program will provide an opportunity for high school students to earn one standard credit towards graduation and prepare for their SOL end-of-course tests–for a fee (more on that in a bit). Course offerings are:

  • English Grade 9
  • English Grade 10
  • English Grade 11
  • English Grade 12
  • Earth Science
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Algebra I
  • Geometry
  • Algebra II
  • Computer Math
  • Algebra Functions and Data Analysis
  • World History I
  • World History II
  • Geography
  • VA & U.S. History
  • Government & Economics
  • Economics & Personal Finance
  • Physical Education Grade 9
  • Online Physical Education Grade 10
  • Driver Education – Classroom/Simulation/Behind the Wheel
  • Driver Education – Behind the Wheel

Tuition is $250 per course for Richmond residents, and $500 per course for non-residents. But if you’re taking Behind the Wheel, that’ll cost Richmond residents $200; non-residents will have to pay $250.

Graduation Through Unique Pathways

Graduation Through Unique Pathways will provide individualize instruction to soon-to-be-summer-grads who must satisfy the goals of their individualized education program (IEP). The program will focus on literacy, numeracy, social skills, and functional life skills.

Cybersecurity Summer School

Made possible by a grant awarded to Richmond Public Schools by the Virginia Department of Education, Cybersecurity Summer School will provide educational enrichment for rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders who have expressed an interest in cybersecurity careers. (Located at Franklin Military Academy and Thomas Jefferson High School only).

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RPS also offers summer school options for elementary, middle, and high school English Language Learners, as well as students in Exceptional Education.

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As far as where instruction takes place, some schools will only host their students and teachers, while other schools will “feed” into nearby RPS facilities. However, all schools will implement the same programs and instruction. For more information on RPS Summer School–including school locations and curriculum details–head over to the summer learning programs website.


  1. Elementary goes from 9:15 AM to 1:45 PM; middle from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM; and high school from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. 
  2. Options include (but aren’t limited to) Camp Invention and Coding (from code.org)
  3. Electives may vary from school to school. 
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Valerie Catrow is editor of RVAFamily, mother to a mop-topped first grader, and always really excited to go to bed.

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