Summer School Program Overview
Each summer, a four-week summer school program is offered for incoming TK/K- 9th grade students each year. The summer program is comprised of three programs: Saratoga Union School District (SUSD) Academic Summer School, SUSD Special Education Summer School, and Los Gatos Saratoga (LGS) Enrichment Summer School. Teaching Assistant volunteer opportunities are also available for incoming high school grades 9-12 students.
Summer school typically begins the second week of summer recess and lasts for four weeks.
The program takes place at Redwood Middle School (older students) and at one of our three elementary schools (younger students). Locations are finalized in mid-Spring.
The SUSD summer school programs are for currently enrolled SUSD students who attended our schools the previous school year. The LGS Enrichment Summer School Program is open to anyone in the community and is fee based.
SUSD Academic Summer School for Incoming Students in Grades 1-9
Saratoga Union School District offers Academic Summer School for current SUSD students entering grades 1-9. These classes are offered to a limited number of students on an invitation-only basis. Students are recommended by their classroom teacher(s). Invitations are sent to families in March. Participating families must agree to miss no more than 2 days of class. The SUSD Academic Summer School program is offered at no-cost and there is usually a waiting list.
Due to the 2 day absence rule, if your family is taking vacation during the weeks of summer school, you will need to defer your spot to another student on the waiting list. For optimal learning, students should be able to attend every day during the four-week program.
SUSD Academic Summer School classes are capped at approximately 15 students for incoming grades 2nd-9th, and 8-10 students for incoming grade 1. Small class sizes allow for small group and 1-to-1 instruction with a credentialed teacher and volunteer high school teaching assistants.
The SUSD Academic Summer School offerings include:
- Incoming 1st Grade Reading: half-morning class held at a SUSD elementary school site
- Incoming 2nd-3rd Grade Reading: full-morning class held at a SUSD elementary school site
- Incoming 4th-9th Grade Reading: half-morning class held at Redwood Middle School
- Incoming 4th-9th Grade English Learner (EL) Academy: half-morning class held at Redwood Middle School
All Academic Summer School parents are encouraged to attend the Parent Information Meeting (usually held in May) to learn about the program and meet the summer school teachers and principals.
SUSD Special Education Summer School
Students who may benefit from extra support during the summer are recommended to the program by their teacher(s) and IEP. Special Education Summer School is offered to students who qualify at no cost.
Teaching Assistant Volunteer Program
Students entering grades 9th through 12th, and who are at least 14 years of age by June 15, 2020, may apply to become a Teaching Assistant in either the LGS Enrichment Summer School or the SUSD Academic Summer School programs. All teaching assistants will receive a certificate of volunteer hours at the conclusion of the program.
Applications and age criteria are posted in mid-spring. Training is provided. If you enjoy working with children and are able to assist during all four weeks of summer school, you are welcome to apply!
Download the Teaching Assistant Information Flyer for more information.
Enrichment Summer School for Incoming TK/K - 8th Grades
Enrichment Summer School is organized and provided by Los Gatos Saratoga Community Education and Recreation (LGS Recreation). Enrichment classes for Incoming TK - 3rd Graders are typically held in the morning at one of our elementary schools, and classes for Incoming 4th - 8th Graders are held in the morning at Redwood Middle School. This program is fee-based, but scholarships may be available. Registration is first come, first served and handled via LGS Recreation. Class offerings are posted in early spring on the LGS Recreation website and many classes fill up quickly. Afternoon camps are also available via LGS Recreation.
- SUSD Academic Summer School & Volunteer Teaching Assistants: Contact Educational Services, (408) 867-3424, ext. 206, firstname.lastname@example.org
- SUSD Special Education Summer School: Special Education, (408) 867-3424, ext. 212
- LGS Enrichment Summer School and Enrichment Program Teaching Assistants: Contact LGS Recreation at (408) 354-8700, www.lgsrecreation.org