Summer Academy

Grades K-5 | Grades 6-8 | Grades 9-12

Grades K-5

The Queensbury Summer Academy for students entering grades K-5 is a six-week, half-day program that blends academic instruction, character education, enrichment activities, field trips and more. It is designed to help students maintain and expand on the academic, social and emotional progress they made in the prior school year. Students will receive free breakfast and bagged lunches to encourage healthy eating habits during the summer. The program is hosted at Queensbury Elementary School. Enrollment is free and only open to students who are residents of and enrolled to attend school in Queensbury Union Free School District.

School day

Students in grades K-5 will spend their time in self-contained classrooms, getting to know an individual teacher and their classmates each day. A typical day will include the following three elements:

Academics

Academic instruction will focus on literacy and math concepts appropriate for each grade level. Students will explore concepts introduced in the prior school year in order to increase their comprehension and proficiency before moving onto the next grade level. They will also preview some of the standards for the following school year.

Spartans C.A.R.E.

Students will see why Queensbury Spartans C.A.R.E. by exploring grade-level appropriate content developed with the Warren County Council of Prevention and focused on:

  • Conflict resolution
  • Anger management
  • Respect for self and others
  • Effective communication

Enrichment

At the academy, daily enrichment activities will provide students with opportunities to be creative and to further explore educational topics with hands-on projects. Some activities may involve going outdoors, so children should wear weather-appropriate clothing. Students will participate in art, physical education and LEGO robotics.

Field trips

Students will go on at least two field trips during the summer to the Crandall Public Library, a literary jewel in the heart of downtown Glens Falls. Parents are asked to ensure their child has a library card before the start of the summer program. 

Attendance in the summer

Good attendance will help students receive the maximum benefit of this fun-filled learning experience. They may also earn an end-of-summer reward! If you have prior knowledge of family commitments during the academy period, please inform the assistant principal of your child’s school.

Transportation in the summer

Transportation is provided by Queensbury Union Free School District. Students are picked up at designated bus stops, and parents are notified of their child’s anticipated pick-up and drop-off times after enrollment.

Enrollment

The Queensbury Summer Academy for students entering grades K-5 at a Queensbury Union Free School District school will be hosted at Queensbury Elementary School. This free program is only open to students who are residents of and enrolled to attend school in Queensbury Union Free School District. Teachers, school counselors, and administrators will contact the parents of students who need to strengthen their academic skills before the coming school year and assist them in registering for the academy. To learn more, contact your child’s school counselor.

Grades 6-8

The Queensbury Summer Academy hosts a BOCES regional summer school for any students leaving grades 6-8 and for Queensbury students who will enter grade 6 in the fall.

The six-week, half-day program will help participants strengthen academic areas they struggled with during the school year. It will also provide instruction and activities that support their ability to be innovative and think critically. Students will receive free breakfast and bagged lunches to encourage healthy eating habits as well.

School day

Students in the 6-8 regional summer school will occupy a portion of Queensbury Middle School and rotate among a set of designated classrooms. A typical summer school day will include the following four elements:

Literacy

Students will strengthen their literacy skills ─ fundamental to success in all academic areas ─ through independent and collaborative projects, engaging lessons and discussions, and the thoughtful use of educational technology.

Math

Students will explore math concepts introduced in their prior school year in order to increase their comprehension and proficiency before moving onto the next grade level. They will also preview some of the standards for the following school year.

Innovation

The ungraded innovation curriculum will help students strengthen their creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration skills. Students will engage in discussions on timely topics, dive deeper into those topics through the research process, and deliver a final presentation on their research at the end of the summer.

C.A.R.E.

The ungraded C.A.R.E. curriculum was developed in partnership with the Warren County Council for Prevention. Students will participate in class discussions, activities and team building challenges as they explore grade-level appropriate content focused on:

  • Conflict resolution
  • Anger management
  • Respect for self and others
  • Effective communication

Attendance

Good attendance will help students receive the maximum benefit of this fun-filled learning experience. Students will receive a handbook that further outlines attendance guidelines.

Transportation

Students who attend Queensbury schools are eligible for transportation provided by Queensbury Union Free School District. Students are picked up at designated bus stops, and parents are notified of their child’s anticipated pick-up and drop-off times after enrollment. Non-resident students will be transported to and from the academy based on the transportation policy of their home district.

Nutrition

Students in the 6-8 academy will receive free breakfast and lunch every school day. They will also enjoy hands-on food preparation/cooking lessons.

Enrolling in the regional summer program

The Queensbury Summer Academy: Grades 6-8 Regional Summer School is open to residents of Queensbury Union Free School district and to non-residents. Enrollment is free to district residents and $200/student for non-residents, which covers the full six weeks.

Queensbury residents

Teachers, school counselors, and administrators will contact the parents of students who need to strengthen their academic skills before the coming school year and assist them in registering for the academy.

Non-resident students

Parents of students who do not attend Queensbury schools should contact their child’s school counselor/principal about registering as authorization from the student’s home district is required. Online registration is available through your child’s school counselor/principal.

Counselors/principals in students’ home districts are asked to collect:

  • A completed student access release and authorization form from each enrolling student, which must be signed by the student and a parent to ensure computer access during summer school. Forms can be mailed in along with payment.
  • A copy of the free and reduced-price meals application, if applicable, for each enrolling student. Applications can be mailed in along with payment.
  • A copy of the IEP/504 Plan, if applicable, for each enrolling student. Plans can be mailed in along with payment.
  • Payments for their students’ enrollment costs. Please send a check(s) made payable to QUFSD by mail to: Queensbury Middle School – Regional Summer School, 455 Aviation Rd., Queensbury, NY 12804. Payment must be received by July 8.

Counselors/administrators in other districts

Please contact Queensbury Middle School at (518) 824-3607 for information on the online enrollment process for non-resident students.

Grades 9-12

The Queensbury Summer Academy hosts a BOCES regional summer school for any students currently in grades 9-12. The six-week program gives students an opportunity during the summer to make up courses they struggled with during the prior school year so they can earn credits towards graduation.

School day

The regional summer school will be hosted at Queensbury Middle School. Students’ individual, daily schedules will vary based on the courses in which they are enrolled.

Course offerings

The following list of course offerings is tentative and will be updated as necessary:

  • Algebra Common Core
  • Geometry Common Core
  • English 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Global Studies 9, 10
  • U.S. History and Government
  • Earth Science
  • Health
  • Physical Education

Enrolling in the Regional Summer Program

The Queensbury Summer Academy: Grades 9-12 BOCES Regional Summer School is open to residents of Queensbury Union Free School district and to non-residents. Enrollment is free to district residents and $100/course for non-residents.

Queensbury residents

Teachers, school counselors and administrators will contact the parents of students who need to strengthen their academic skills before the coming school year and assist them in registering for the academy.

Non-resident students

Parents of students who do not attend Queensbury schools should contact their child’s school counselor/principal about registering as authorization from the student’s home district is required.

To complete the registration process, students and/or their parents must contact their home district school counselor or principal. In-person registration will be available for those that are not able to have their school counselor register your student online. In-person registration will take place on July 1 from 8-11 a.m. and 12-2 p.m.

Items due at registration include:

  • Payment if a student’s home district does not cover the cost of summer school. For non-residents, the cost is $100 per class (includes exam cost) or $40 per exam for those students not taking a class. Checks should be made payable to “QUFSD.”
  • A copy of the student’s IEP/504 plan and testing modifications.
  • A completed student access release and authorization form from each enrolling student, which must be signed by the student and a parent to ensure computer access during summer school. Forms can be mailed in along with payment or turned in on the first day of class.