• Summer Transition Programs for Incoming 9th Graders


    Open School Step Up

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    Step Up helps 9th and 10th graders make a smooth transition to and through their high school career. Every year, Step Up keeps 300 amazing kids in school and thriving academically at three Portland Public high schools: Roosevelt, Madison, and Franklin.

    Our students are personally supported by a Step Up Advocate all year through comprehensive tutoring, strength-based advocacy, emotional support, character building workshops, and family engagement activities.

    Summer Camp begins in August  TBD

    Contact Latasha Horton 503-916-5220 x79495 or Crissy 503-575-5130

    Electronic Application https://openschoolnw.org/enrollSu/

    Boys and Girls Clubs of Portland Metropolitan Area

    Regence and Rockwood Clubs are teen only sites for the summer. We offer 8 weeks of high-quality, affordable summer programming for grade 7-12. In addition to regular drop-in programming, youth can attend specialized summer clubs and dive into topics including the arts, sports leagues & fitness, science, exploration, leadership and more.

    Regence and Rockwood Clubs; June 24-Aug 16 TBD

    Contact Matthew Heady 503-969-5195 

    Girls Inc. of the Pacific NW

    Eureka! is a five year Girls Inc. program that brings 8th - 12th grade girls, including many who will be first generation college applicants, onto college and university campuses for and intensive STEM summer program.

    PCC Rock Creek & Cascade, Portland State and Mt Hood CC; July 8-Aug 2 TBD

    Contact Juanes Collazo 503-230-0054

    Latino Network

    Latino Network’s Ninth Grade Counts program supports students at Madison H.S and Reynolds HS.

    During a four-week summer session before their 9th grade year, students spend mornings in class and afternoons engaged in fun, enriching activities from sports to field trips to college visits. Ultimately students earn 0.5 academic credits toward their high school graduation requirements by completing a writing assignment.

    Roseway Heights MS; July 8-Aug 2 TBD

    Contact Melissa McCoy 503-283-6881

    Native American Youth and Family Center

    The four-week, no-cost program runs from July 8–August 1. Students meet Monday–Thursday to review high school requirements, explore college and career possibilities, and gain new academic skills while learning about Native American art and teachings. Students will go on field trips to various locations on Tuesdays and Thursdays, including an overnight college visit at the end of the program.

    Students may receive .5 high school elective credit and may complete one career-related learning experience (a graduation requirement for many high schools) during the summer program. Students entering 9th grade in the fall are eligible to enroll.

    NAYA Family Center; July 8-Aug 1 TBD

    Contact La Tisha Rico 503-288-8177 x271


    Portland Leadership Foundation - Champions Academy

    The Champions Academy is a powerful annual six-week summer academy where the yearlong investments from teachers, coaches, and mentors come together to create new accountability structures, successfully prepare (academically, socially, physically, and spiritually) student athletes for their next grade, and help graduating athletes make healthy post-high school transitions.

    Warner Pacific University; June 24-Aug 1 TBD

    Contact Donna Barber 404-849-8117

    Portland Parks & Recereation - GRUNT

    Greenspaces Restoration and Urban Naturalist Team (GRUNT) is a FREE volunteer environmental science, stewardship and job skills program that connects youth to nature, environmental careers & college programs. Graduates receive ongoing support applying for paid jobs with Portland Parks & Recreation.   

    East Portland Community Center; July 8-Aug 9 or July 29-Aug 9  TBD

    Contact Karen Chao 503-278-0704

    PPS Leap into 9th Grade - Cancelled for 2020 

    • Earn .5 High School elective credit
    • Meet future teachers and classmates
    • Explore differnt career pathways
    • Be confident in learning math

    Application available from counselor

    Roseway Heights MS; June 24-July 19 TBD

    Contact Michael Waller 503-916-5220 ext 79349

    University of Portland - Summer Learning Program

    • This program is for students entering grades 4th-11th next year.
    • Students are taught by graduate students in the School of Education.
    • Learning focuses on the Common Core State Standards, specifically mathematics and language arts.

    University of Portland Campus; July 1-Aug 1 TBD

    Contact Amy Kwong-Kwapisz 503-943-7752


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