Summer Link

Our Mission & Approach

Summer Link, July 5 - 28, 2023

The Summer Link Program provides academic and enrichment opportunities to economically disadvantaged students to eliminate the summer achievement gap.

Summer Link supports students in their current school settings by solidifying the learning from the previous year and preparing students for the upcoming one.

In order to accomplish this, students take academic classes in the morning to strengthen their reading and math skills. In the afternoon, students engage in interdisciplinary activities (arts, leadership, athletics, and outdoor education) to develop a strong sense for who they are and how they want to contribute to the world around them. The program also includes a community gathering each morning and advisory program to cultivate bonds within the cohort and help students develop as leaders.

Summer Link is open to students entering 6th and 8th grades in the 2023-24 school year. Summer Link supports students during the summer from 6th-9th grades, so students who join us in Summer 2023 will return for additional summers before transitioning to high school. 


Summer Link is open to current 5th-7th graders who will enter 6th-8th grade in the 2023-24 school year. The program is designed for students who have demonstrated economic and academic needs; the program is for students who are at or slightly below grade level in math and/or reading and come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. We are looking for students who are motivated to grow and see summer enrichment as an opportunity to develop, both inside and outside the classroom.

Summer Link is free. There are no costs associated with the program.

Yes. We will pick students up from a few designated bus stops on the Eastside in the morning and drop them off at those same stops in the afternoon. The bus will pick students up at the designated locations between 7:15-8:00am and will drop off at the same locations between 3:45-4:30pm. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are included. To view the bus route we provided in previous summers, please click here. Please note that we might modify this in Summer 2023, but it will likely be quite similar to what we ran in previous years.

Program Timeline

March 1

Application process opens and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis

July 5 - 28

Summer Link 2023