Welcome to Summer Laureate

About Our Program:

Summer Laureate is a challenging and fast-paced program providing experiences for students who demonstrate creativity, inquisitiveness, and a desire for an academically rigorous experience in the summer. Guided by concepts such as change, structure, cause/effect, and systems, teachers will support students as they explore new STEM-related topics of study. This integrated approach to science, technology, engineering, and math instruction will emphasize critical and creative thinking, research skills, innovative technologies, and design thinking. Students will have the opportunity to self-select from areas of study for individual and/or group projects based on their interests, to demonstrate what they have learned in the summer experience. Some of the activities students K-5 will explore are hands-on science experimentation, green screen and stop motion filming, robotics, maker education, guest speakers, walking field trips, engineering design challenges, augmented and virtual reality, hands-on problem solving, and digital portfolio journaling and reflection. On the final day of the program, there will be a student-designed shared learning event which families are encouraged to attend.

Latest News

2020 APS Enrichment Program Status

The APS School Board voted on Dec 19th to discontinue the enrichment programs (Summer Laureate, Global Village, Fun with Coding, and Math Academy) beginning summer 2020. Here is a link to the meeting. This item was addressed in the video  starting at 1:47:20 on the video if you would like to hear the discussion.

Family Summer Laureate Survey 2019

Please consider providing us with your feedback about the 2019 Summer Laureate Program. The link can be found in the menu bar on this website titled “Family Survey”.

Direct Link to Survey

Words of Student Advice

Words of advice from one student, to a robot, to other students about presenting at tomorrow’s Innovation Hour.

One of our 4th graders thought that other Summer Laureate students might have some anxiety about sharing their learning with the families that visit during tomorrow’s Innovation Hour so he did something about it. He programmed a Sphero robot to offer relaxing words of reassurance and cope with their nerves.

Student Advice with Sphero from Jacqueline Firster on Vimeo.

Innovation Hour – Session 2 – This Friday

Everyone is invited to Summer Laureate’s student-led Innovation Hour at McKinley Elementary School this Friday, August 2nd from 10:30 – 11:30.

Innovation Hour this Friday

Session 2: Mid Program Update on Seesaw

Don’t forget to sign up for your son/daughter’s personal online digital portfolio on Seesaw. Once you create a Family Account you will receive information from the classroom, including teacher announcements and your child’s posts. Parent invitations with directions on how to sign into the portfolios were sent home both on Monday and again on Friday. Seesaw can be accessed on any mobile device or computer. It will translate announcements into over 50 languages depending on what language your device is set to.

A mid-program update was posted in each portfolio from your child’s teacher.

For more information about Seesaw digital portfolios visit this site: https://web.seesaw.me/parents

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Session 1 Begins Monday, July 8

Please be sure to send your students on the first day with the Summer Laureate tag that you will receive in the mail sometime this month. This will help teachers know exactly how each student is getting home each day. Due the limited parking space at McKinley Elementary, we STRONGLY ENCOURAGE families to send their students to and from the program using the APS bus transportation.

You should receive a mailing in June with additional information about the program. This will also include a Grade Level Tag that your son/daughter can wear on the first day of the program. Please include dismissal information on this tag.

At the end of the first day…families can expect to see a First Day Letter and directions on how you can sign up for access to your child’s individual digital portfolio on Seesaw. This portfolio can be shared with up to ten family members and accessed on just about any device…including your cell phone with the Seesaw Family app. You will be able to send comments to your child about their work, offering them encouragement and connecting with their summer school experience. If you have questions about how to sign up for the portfolio AFTER you receive directions on the first day please contact Jacqueline Firster –  jacqueline.firster@apsva.us

Our 2019 teachers are busy planning exciting STEM activities and guest speakers for the program. We are really looking forward to meeting your son/daughter and having a wonderful, STEM-rich experience!

See you soon!

Summer Laureate Staff


2019 Dates / Times / Location

This year, Summer Laureate participants will be able to choose one of the two 2-week sessions offered for our STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) integrated program.

For families that would like their children to participate in 4 weeks of summer enrichment, they can alternate their Summer Laureate Session with 2 weeks of either “Math Academy” or “Fun with Coding”. These programs will be held in the same building this year…McKinley Elementary School.

Session 1 Dates: 7/8 – 7/19

Session 2 Dates: 7/22 – 8/2

The enrichment program hours will be from 8:30 am until 12:30 pm.

Registration opens: March 7, 2019

For the most updated information, visit the APS Summer School Website: https://www.apsva.us/summer-school/

2019 Summer School Registration

Registration Opens February

Looking for 2019 Summer School Registration information?

To register and find out more information, please visit this website: APS Summer School Link

Program information should be posted in February 2019.


First Day News…

Summer Laureate Session 2 begins tomorrow, July 23rd, 9:30am-1:00pm. We are really looking forward to meeting all of our new and returning students!

Please make sure your child wears their Summer Laureate tag with their updated dismissal information filled in. Be on the look out for First Day Letters going home on Monday from your child’s classroom teacher. We will also be sending home information on how to access your child’s digital portfolio on Seesaw. This is a very important way for you to receive information from your child’s teacher and to see student work that is being done throughout the two week session. After you receive the Seesaw Family Invite Letter, contact the teacher or the Summer Laureate Office if you have any questions about how to access the portfolio.

Please consider following us on Twitter @LaureateAPS to see what is happening in the program and to get updates.

Just as a “heads up”…there will be an Innovation Hour on the last Friday of the session from 10:30-11:30. Families are invited to come visit all of the Summer Laureate classrooms during this time to see what the students will be learning.

Summer Laureate 2018 – Program Changes

This year, APS is changing the length of some of the summer school programs. Students attending Summer Laureate in 2018 can choose to attend one of the two week programs that are being offered this year starting on July 9th – 20th & July 23 – August 3rd. The program will still be from 9:30-1:00.

Check out Summer Laureate on #digitalAPS

The Summer Laureate program held at Arlington Traditional School was featured in a #digitalAPS highlight episode. “The program leveraged technology to expand students’ understanding of the universe…”