Free Summer School: First Come, First Served!

The other day, a new Westport resident enrolled his children in Continuing Education summer programs.

He received the following email in return:

Here is your receipt showing that we refunded your credit card for the Sports and Fun registration. This program is offered free to Westport Public School students through a one-time grant this summer.

He was stunned.

Where did the money come from? What’s going on?

It’s our (state) tax dollars at work.

Connecticut’s Department of Education wants to address challenges resulting from the pandemic. These include both learning loss, and the promotion of social and emotional wellness.

So the state is fully funding a Summer Electives program for Westport Public Schools students entering grades 1-12 next fall. In other words: There is no charge.

The courses include:

Elementary School

  • Sports & Fun Camp
  • Create Art Together
  • Intro to Band

Middle School

  • Sports Fusion
  • Gear Up for Summer Olympiad
  • History Book Club
  • Literary Book Club

High School

  • History Book Club
  • Gear Up for the Fall at Staples Library Media Center
  • Gear Up for 9th Grade English
  • Gear Up for Algebra 2
  • Gear Up for AP Calculus
  • Biology Summer Enrichment
  • CSI 101
  • Embedded Systems Programming
  • Gear Up for College Prep Science
  • Neuroscience in Bugs and Brains
  • The Science of Race, Gender and Sexuality
  • Gear Up for 9th Grade Social STudies
  • Gear Up for AP Social Studies

Enrollment is limited, and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here for more information, and to register. For help, email conted@westportps.org, or call 203-341-1209.

Of course, Continuing Ed offers many other programs (for a fee). Summer courses include Fine Arts, Culinary Arts, Filmmakers ink, Sports, STEM, Chess and Theater. They’re held at Staples High School, Bedford Middle School, Greens Farms Elementary, and Wakeman fields. Click here for more information.

Director Christine Jewell plugs Continuing Ed’s summer programs.

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