• Out-of-School Time

    Summer B.O.O.S.T. Program

    Frequently Asked Questions 


    Last Updated on 4/13/2021 

    What is the Summer B.O.O.S.T. program?

    The PPS Summer B.O.O.S.T. program is a no-cost summer learning program designed to support students with building positive relationships and creating opportunities for exploration that put youth on track for their future academic success in a thriving and fun environment.

    • B - Building Positive Relationships
    • O - Opportunities for Exploration
    • O - On Track for Your Future
    • S - Supporting Academic Success
    • T - Thriving in a Fun Environment

    For current K-7 students, B.O.O.S.T. is a full-day program running from 9:00am - 4:00pm. Every morning, students will participate in a 90 minute block of Math and a 90 minute block of English-Language Arts instruction, each led by a PPS expert teacher. Every afternoon, each participant will have the opportunity to engage in exciting and fun enrichment activities led by one of our community providers. Previous activities have have included kayaking, ceramics, LEGO building, and more! 

    For current 8-11 students, B.O.O.S.T. is a half-day program running from 9:00am - 12:30pm. Each morning, students will participate in a 60 minute block of Math, a 60 minute block of English-Language Arts, and a 60 minute block dedicated to social-emotional learning. While this program ends at 12:30pm, B.O.O.S.T. will work with community-based organizations outside of the program to connect interested participants to additional college and career readiness programming. This may include paid work opportunities.


    When is the Summer B.O.O.S.T. program?

    The 2021 program will take place Monday - Thursday from June 22- August 4. Program will not be in session on Monday, July 5, 2021.

    The K-7 program will run from 9:00am - 4:00pm

    The 8 - 11 program will run from 9:00am - 12:30pm


    Where will my child attend the program? 

    The program will be taking place in-person across a number of regional sites.  Because of limited capacity in buildings, site placements will be informed by a number of factors. These will include a child's school, their home address, proximity to transportation routes, and classroom capacity. We anticipate being able to share site placement in June once the program application has closed and transportation has been determined. Please see below for Summer 2021 site locations.

    K-4 Sites: Carmalt, Faison, Langley, Minadeo

    K-7 Sites: King

    5-7 Sites: Classical, Sci-Tech, South Hills

    8-11 Sites: Brashear, CAPA, Carrick, Obama


    If you have recently moved, please confirm your new address with your child's school as this may impact camp site placement.


    Who is eligible to apply? 

    The Summer B.O.O.S.T. application is open to any Pittsburgh Public Schools student currently enrolled in Kindergarten through 11th grade. With the program capacity at 4,500 students, it is possible that we will receive more applications than we have spaces allotted. In this event, admission to the program will prioritize students with a demonstrated need. Need will be determined by a number of factors including a students attendance, Math and ELA performance, and SEL strengths, as well as IEP, 504 plan, and English language services.


    How do I sign my child up?

    **Please note that the Summer B.O.O.S.T. application closes at 5:00pm on May 7, 2021**

    Registration for the Summer B.O.O.S.T. program takes place entirely online. To apply, visit the Summer B.O.O.S.T. website (www.pghschools.org/summerboost) to complete your childs application. 

    You will be required to complete separate applications for students in grades K-7 and 8-11. 

    Be sure to have your childs PPS Student ID handy as you will need it to complete the application. If you have forgotten or do not know your childs PPS Student ID, please call your child's school or the PPS Parent Hotline at 412-529-HELP(4357).


    I am having trouble with the online application. What do I do?

    If you have tried to complete the application online and are having trouble, or cannot access the application for any other reason, please call your child's school for immediate assistance. 

    You may also call the Out-of-School Time office at 412-529-2454 for additional support in completing the survey. We may be on the other line with another family so if you reach our voicemail, please include your name, your child’s name, a call back number, and the reason for your call so that a team member can call you back as soon as possible to support by phone.


    My child receives services through PSE. Can they attend Summer B.O.O.S.T.?

    Absolutely! The program is open to all PPS students in grades K-11. If your child receives services through PSE, 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 B.O.O.S.T.


    When will I find out if my child is accepted into the program? 

    We anticipate notifying all applicants regarding the status of their application by June 1, 2021. This communication will be sent by email. For families that have been accepted, an additional communication regarding the program, including information about program transportation, will go out by mail in mid-June.

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