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  • 2024 Summer ProgramsRegistration for Summer 2024 Middle School programs is now closed.

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  • 2024 Middle School Summer Programs

    • Plano ISD's summer learning program offers a variety of middle school programs.
    • All program applications can be found online.
    • Parents may wish to talk with their child's counselor to determine the program best suited for summer study.
    • As a reminder, summer school programs are dependent upon staffing and enrollment. 

    Registration:

    • Registration for all programs will open later this Spring.
    • For questions or assistance with registration, please contact Expanded Learning Pathways at summerschool@pisd.edu
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  • Middle School Exploration & PVAA Registration Instructions

    Elementary Summer School Registration Instructions

    Note: These instructions are specifically for the PreK/K Multilingual Summer Academy, Exploration, and PVAA programs.  For all other programs, the registration instructions may be found by clicking on the program and reviewing the program details.

    *Registration is done through the PISD Parent Portal.

    1. Open Google Chrome web browser (this is the only supported browser for registration).
    2. Login to Parent Portal (https://parentportal.pisd.edu)
    3. Scroll down to the Program Enrollment & Payments section, toward the bottom of the page.
    4. Click the TEAMS PSS Program Enrollment & Payments button.  A new window will open.
    5. Click on your student’s name.
    6. Click on the Summer-Night School tab.
    7. Once you are on the Summer-Night School tab, you will see the summer school courses.
      1. Students in grades 1 - 4 will select three courses to complete their schedule.
      2. Students in grades 5 - 7 will select only one course.
    8. After selecting the appropriate course(s), you will be able to review the Total Tuition Amount(s) and click Continue.
      1. If you are registering for Multilingual Summer Academy, the tuition amount will be $0.
      2. If you are registering for Exploration or PVAA, the tuition amount will be $300. You will be prompted to enter payment information.
    9. Click the Final Review Button. You must enter a “Mode of Transportation” in that dropbox.
    10. Click the Complete Registration button.

    Visit "Summer School Student Registration Instructions" for more detailed, step-by-step instructions.

  • Pathway to Excellence - Middle School | Grades 6-8

    Pathway to Excellence - Middle School | Grades 6-8

    Program Description: 

    • This program is designed to serve as an academic bridge for the next school year by providing targeted, grade-level instruction for the development of skills in English (reading/writing), math, science, and social studies.
    Eligible Students: 
    • Students are recommended for this program based on state and local assessments.

    Dates: June 3 - 18 (Monday - Thursday)  (Please note the last week will end on a Tuesday)

    Times: 9:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

    Locations
    • Armstrong Middle School
    • Carpenter Middle School

    Please review the Pathway to Excellence - Middle School feeder patterns to identify your student's campus assignment, based on your neighborhood middle school campus.

    Cost
    • There is no cost to attend the summer school program.
    Transportation
    • Busing is provided from the students’ neighborhood middle school campus.
    • Please keep in mind that the neighborhood campus may not be the campus the student attends during the school year. 
    • Summer bus routes will be posted in May.
    Registration
    • Students who need to attend will be contacted by their Home Campus by early March.
    • Parents will then register their child by returning the Invitation Form to their Home Campus.
    Questions
    • For eligibility/invitation questions, please contact your child’s school. 
    • For general questions about this summer program, please contact the summer school office at summerschool@pisd.edu.

  • Middle School Newcomer Program | Grades 6-8

    Middle School Newcomer Program | Grades 6-8

    Program Description: 

    • This program is designed specifically for Newcomers and serves as an academic bridge for the next school year by providing targeted, grade-level instruction for the development of skills in English (reading/writing), math, science, and social studies.
    Eligible Students: 
    • Students in grades 6-8 who are identified as Newcomers. 

    Dates: June 3 - 18 (Monday - Thursday)  (Please note the last week will end on a Tuesday)

    Times: 9:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

    Locations
    • Armstrong Middle School
    • Carpenter Middle School

    Please review the Pathway to Excellence - Middle School feeder patterns to identify your student's campus assignment, based on your neighborhood middle school campus.

    Cost
    • There is no cost to attend the summer school program.
    Transportation
    • Busing is provided from the students’ neighborhood middle school campus.
    • Please keep in mind that the neighborhood campus may not be the campus the student attends during the school year. 
    • Summer bus routes will be posted in May.
    Registration
    • Students who need to attend will be contacted by their campus.
    • If you need assistance with registration, please contact your child's counselor.
    Questions
    • For eligibility/invitation questions, please contact your child’s counselor or ESL Specialist. 
    • For general questions about this summer program, please contact the summer school office at summerschool@pisd.edu.

  • PISD Exploration (formerly "SIGS") | Grades 1-7

    PISD Exploration (formerly "SIGS") | Grades 1-7

    Program Description:

    PISD Exploration provides an innovative summer learning experience and is open to students in grades 1-7 who are not concurrently enrolled in another summer program. Students have an opportunity to explore courses that include language, science, mathematical problem-solving, logic and reasoning, computer science, the humanities, and fine arts. 

    Eligible Students: 
    • Current Plano ISD students in grades 1-7 who are not registered for a concurrently running summer program.

    Dates: June 3 - 18 (Monday - FRIDAY)   (Please note the last week will end on a Tuesday)

    Times: 7:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. 

    Locations
    • Hendrick Middle School
    • Otto Middle School
    • Robinson Middle School
    Please review the Program feeder patterns to identify your student's Exploration campus assignment, based on their neighborhood elementary campus.
    Cost:
    • $300 per student
    • Please note for cancelations before May 12, $30 is retained for administrative costs. No refunds will be processed after May 12.
    • Cancelation requests must be submitted to summerschool@pisd.edu.  
    Course Offerings: 
    Transportation
    • Busing is provided from the student's neighborhood elementary campus. 
    • Keep in mind that the neighborhood campus may not be the campus the student attends during the school year. 
    • Summer bus routes will be posted in May.
    Registration

    Questions

    • For general questions about this summer program, please contact the summer school office at summerschool@pisd.edu.

  • Plano Visual Arts Academy (PVAA) | Grades 5-7

    Plano Visual Arts Academy (PVAA) | Grades 5-7


     

    Program Description: 

    PVAA is a summer enrichment program for passionate incoming and current middle school artists (grades 5-7) that want to grow and develop their creative skills in a rigorous environment with other dedicated art students. It is taught by members of the Award-Winning PISD Visual Arts Staff. Instruction has been designed to be unique, engaging, and correspond with an overarching skill each week. Students will explore techniques and mediums using big ideas to guide their artistic investigations. Woven throughout the three weeks will be drawing instruction and the creative process.

    Schedule Overview

    • Days 1-4: June 3-6 will focus on sculpture/ceramics.
    • Days 5-8: June 7-12 will focus on printmaking.
    • Days 9-12: June 13-18 will focus on painting.
    Eligible Students: 
    • Current Plano ISD students in grades 5-7
    • We encourage serious art students with a drive and passion for creating a variety of media to consider signing up. If you are unsure if this program is right for your student, please reach out to their art teacher to discuss.

    Dates: June 3 - 18 (Monday - FRIDAY)  (Please note the last week will end on a Tuesday)

    Times: 7:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. 

    Locations
      • Hendrick Middle School
      • Otto Middle School
      • Robinson Middle School

      Please review the Program feeder patterns to identify your student's Exploration campus assignment, based on their neighborhood elementary campus.

      Cost:
      • $300 per student
      • Please note for cancelations before May 12, $30 is retained for administrative costs. No refunds will be processed after May 12.
      • Cancelation requests must be submitted to summerschool@pisd.edu.
      Transportation
      • Busing is provided from the students’ neighborhood elementary campus. 
      • Keep in mind that the neighborhood campus may not be the campus the student attends during the school year. 
      • Summer bus routes will be posted in May.
      Registration
      • Opens: March 18, 2024
      • Closes: April 12, 2024
      • Completed through the PISD Parent Portal.
      • ***NOTE: PVAA may also be listed as "PArts" when registering in the Parent Portal.
      Questions
      • Your Campus Art Teacher - For questions about the course and artwork.
      • Summer School Office - For general questions about this program please contact at summerschool@pisd.edu.

    • Gateway Engineering Summer Camp | Grades 6-7

      Gateway Engineering Summer Camp | Grades 6-7

      Program Description: 

      • The Gateway Engineering Summer Camp is a hands-on, project-based camp designed to introduce incoming 7th and 8th grade middle school students to the fundamentals of STEM and Project Lead the Way (PLTW) engineering courses within Plano ISD. 
      • Certified PLTW instructors provide expert instruction in a fun, exciting environment using leading-edge technologies to sample engineering related activities and projects and get a taste of how fun it can be to be an engineer.  
      • The critical thinking, creative problem-solving, and collaboration skills that campers learn during the Gateway Engineering Summer Camp will benefit them for a lifetime.
      Eligible Students
      • Current Plano ISD students in grades 6-7
      • Please review the Program feeder patterns to identify your student's Gateway campus assignment, based on your neighborhood elementary campus. 

      Dates:

      • Session 1: June 3 - 6
      • Session 2: June 10 - 13

      Times: 7:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. 

      Locations
        • Hendrick Middle School
        • Otto Middle School
        • Robinson Middle School
        Please review the Program feeder patterns to identify your student's Exploration campus assignment, based on their neighborhood elementary campus.
        Cost: There is no charge for this program.
        Transportation
        • Busing is provided from the students’ neighborhood elementary campus. 
        • Keep in mind that the neighborhood campus may not be the campus the student attends during the school year. 
        • Summer bus routes will be posted in May.
        Registration
        • Opens: March 18, 2024
        • Closes: April 12, 2024 or when sessions are at capacity
        • Seats for Gateway are limited per weekly session at each of the three locations.
        • To register, please visit the Gateway website
        Questions
        • For general questions about this summer program, please contact stemcamp@pisd.edu

      • Computer Science Summer Bridge Program | Grade 8

        Computer Science Summer Bridge Program | Grade 8

        Program Description: 

        • Students in this program will learn to program solutions while using the Python programming language, learn about careers in computer science, and engage with professionals from the computer science field.
        • Two levels of this program will be offered:
          • Beginner Level 1 - students who have little to no experience in programming
          • Novice Level 2 - students who took Fundamentals of Computer Science and/or Python specific camps.
        • For more information, visit CS Summer Bridge.
        Eligible Students: 
        • Rising 9th graders based on an enrollment formula being used to accept students. 

        Dates

        • Session 1: June 3 - 6
        • Session 2: June 10 - 13

        Times: 7:45 am - 12:00 pm

        Locations
        • Vines High School
        Cost
        • There is no cost to attend the summer school program.
        Transportation
        • Busing is provided from the students’ neighborhood HIGH SCHOOL or SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL campus.
        • Please keep in mind that the neighborhood campus may not be the campus the student attends during the school year. 
        • Summer bus routes will be posted in May.

        Registration

        • Opens: Monday, March 18, 2024. 
        • Closes: Friday, April 12, 2024.
        • Seats for CS Summer Bridge are limited per weekly session at each of the three locations.
        • To register, please visit the 2024 registration form.
        Questions