Summer Dreamers Academy
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Summer Dreamers Academy?
Summer Dreamers is a summer learning camp providing the academic benfit of a summer school along with the fun of a summer camp. Campers have fun and exciting English-Language Arts and Mathematics classes in the morning and participate in up to two enrichment activities in the afternoon. When applying, campers can preference their activities and our application lottery works to match them to their preferred choices. Past offerings have included biking, kayaking, ceramics, architecture, community service, and much more!
Who is eligible to apply?
Summer Dreamers is open to any current Pittsburgh Public Schools student enrolled in Kindergarten through 8th grade.
Because space in the program is limited, we are unfortunately unable to serve every child who applies. If we receive more applications than we have spaces for we make our acceptance decisions based on serving children that are most at risk for summer learning loss. This typically involves looking at a child's academic performance and eligibility for free or reduced-price lunch status.
If you are interested in the Little Dreamers Academy, the summer program for students entering Kindergarten this Fall, please contact Early Childhood Education at 412-529-4291 or visit their website a www.pghschools.org/littledreamers.
How do I sign my child up?
Registration for the Summer Dreamers Academy takes place entirely online. To apply, visit the Registration Gateway after April 1 and before May 4 to complete your child's application. Be sure to have your Home Access Center (HAC) username and passsword as you will need it to access the application. If you have forgotten or do not have this information, please contact the front office of your child's school or call the Parent Hotline at 412-529-HELP.
I am having trouble with the online application. What do I do?
If you have tried to use your HAC username and password and cannot apply, or cannot access the application for any other reason, please call the Summer Dreamers Academy at 412-529-2454 for assistance by phone.
My child receives services through PSE. Can they attend Summer Dreamers?
Absolutely! The program is open to all PPS students in grades K-8. If your child receives services through PSE, such as specialized transportation or Personal Care Supports, please talk to your child's IEP team about the program and about the services they are to receive during the summer. If this program will be provided for Extended School Year (ESY) purposes, please defer to your child's case manager for additional questions about Summer Dreamers.
When is the Summer Dreamers Academy?
Camp will take place from 8:30am-4:00pm, Monday-Friday from June 24- July 23. Camp will not be in session on Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5.
Where will my child attend camp?
When completing the application, you will be able to confirm your child's camp site location. This location is determined by the campers home address on file with the District. If you have recently moved, please confirm your new address with your child's school as this may affect camp site placement.
The 2019 Summer Dreamers Academy will operate at three regional K-5 sites that are determined by a camper's home address. All 6-8 campers will attend a centrally located middle school location.
This summer, our sites will be...
Serving campers in grades K-5 in the North/West regions
Serving campers in grades K-5 in the Southern region
Serving campers in grades K-5 in the East/Central regions
Serving all campers in grades 6-8