Registration for 2022 is now open through Mar. 25.

Summer Connections 2022

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Summer Connections (redesigned Summer Academy) is a free, 6-week academic program that is open to all rising 1st through 5th-grade students. This full-day program focuses on preparing all elementary students for future success.

There are a few programming options offered by DPS for students who have Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). Please contact the Special Education team if you are unsure which program is best for your student. Participation and attendance in the Extended School Year (ESY) program is a priority for students who are eligible for these services.

Students will engage with content they will see in the upcoming school year, which will include instruction in foundational literacy, math and science. Our enrichment partners will guide students for 60 minutes each day through hands-on activities aligned with that day’s academic lessons.

Expanded Academic Learning


Special Education



How to Register

Registration is open from Jan. 24 through Mar. 25, 2022. Applications are first-come, first-served. Once capacity is reached at a school, students will be placed on a waitlist.

  1. Log into your Parent Portal account
  2. Select “Summer Connections” in the top navigation bar
  3. Fill out the application
  4. Submit the application
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If you do not have access to Parent Portal, please fill out this form to register.

Schedule & Locations

Summer Connections operates Jun. 14 through Jul. 22, 2022. All locations will operate on one of the following schedules:

  • Early session: 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Late session: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Bus transportation may be available but not guaranteed. Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be available at all Summer Connections locations.

There are 15 program locations located throughout Denver. All program locations hosted on elementary school campuses have central air conditioning.

Locations are subject to change due to building maintenance and construction. Families will be contacted immediately if their selected program is moved to another nearby location. If a bus route was assigned, changes will also be communicated.

Program LocationAddressStart TimeEnd Time
Castro Elementary School845 S Lowell Blvd, Denver, CO 802198:00 a.m.3:40 p.m.
Eagleton Elementary880 W Hooker St, Denver, CO 802049:00 a.m.4:40 p.m.
Farrell B. Howell ECE-8 School14250 Albrook Dr, Denver, CO 802398:00 a.m.3:40 p.m.
Green Valley Elementary School4100 Jericho St, Denver, CO 802498:00 a.m.3:40 p.m.
International Academy of Denver at Harrington2401 E 37th Avenue, Denver, CO 802058:00 a.m.3:40 p.m.
Joe Shoemaker School3333 S Havana St, Denver, CO 802319:00 a.m.4:40 p.m.
Marrama Elementary19100 E 40th Ave Denver, CO 802499:00 a.m.4:40 p.m.
Munroe Elementary School3440 W Virginia Ave, Denver, CO 802199:00 a.m.4:40 p.m.
Newlon Elementary School361 Vrain St, Denver, CO 802199:00 a.m.4:40 p.m.
Place Bridge Academy7125 Cherry Creek N Dr, Denver, CO 802248:00 a.m.3:40 p.m.
Schmitt Elementary School1820 S Vallejo St, Denver, CO 802238:00 a.m.3:40 p.m.
Smith Elementary School3590 Jasmine St, Denver, CO 802079:00 a.m.4:40 p.m.
Southmoor Elementary School3755 S Magnolia Way, Denver, CO 802378:00 a.m.3:40 p.m.
Swansea Elementary School4650 Columbine St, Denver, CO 802169:00 a.m.4:40 p.m.
Trevista at Horace Mann4130 Navajo St, Denver, CO 802118:00 a.m.3:40 p.m.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a cost to attend Summer Connections?

There is no cost to qualifying Summer Connections students.

Is Summer Connections a full day program?

Yes, Summer Connections is a full-day program.

How long does Summer Connections run for?

Summer Connections runs for six weeks from June 14 through July 22.

How many students will be in each class?

Each class will be limited to 15 students.

Where are the Summer Connections schools?

When selecting host schools each year, we ensure that locations are available in all regions across the district. View all locations.

How are students assigned to Summer Connections host schools?

Students are assigned to a Summer Connections host school based on its proximity to their boundary school, not their school of choice (if applicable).

Can my student attend a different Summer Connections location?

Yes, your child can attend a different Summer Connections location, but they will not receive transportation. You must drop off and pick up your child from the location. You must indicate on the registration form that they plan to attend a different location from the one assigned to them.

Can my student's brother or sister attend?

All current K-4 DPS students are invited to attend Summer Connections. For all other grades please visit the Summer Programs page.

Is transportation provided?

Summer Connections offer transportation in the morning and in the afternoon to students who live more than one mile from their assigned Summer Connections location. Students must register before April 15 to be guaranteed a bus stop. Distance is calculated from the student’s home address to the nearest Summer Connections location. You will be notified if your student is eligible for bus service.

Are meals provided?

Breakfast and lunch are provided at all locations. Meal schedules will vary by location.

Where can I register?

Learn how and where to register. Paper registrations are not available. DPS schools will provide computer access for families who need assistance with registration. Please visit the main office at your school to inquire about registering your child for Summer Connections.

Will my child be able to receive his medications/treatments?

No medications or treatments can be given to students without a completed Student Medication/Treatment Request Release Agreement form. All medications must have the original pharmacy container label. 

If your student has medical needs, please bring the completed form on the first day of Summer Connections. You can also contact the school nurse at your current school and request a copy of the existing medication/treatment release agreement form.


If you are a current DPS employee and would like information about employment opportunities at Summer Connections, search “Expanded Academic Learning Department” on The Commons. The hiring process begins in February 2022.