Newcomer EL Summer Program 2019

We are excited to introduce this new program, designed to support students in grades 1-8 who are new to the United States and acquiring the English language.

The District 97 Newcomer English Learner Summer Program is for incoming students to first through eighth grade will allow students to receive daily instruction from an EL teacher with proper scaffolding to increase learning in both academic and social language.  This opportunity will begin to address the unique needs of ELs with equity and the whole child in mind. Campers will also attend a field trip every Friday to enhance their learning.


Participation in the Newcomer English Learner Summer Program is by invitation only, and is free to students (with a $25 non-refundable registration fee).

The details for the Newcomer English Learner Summer Program  program are below.


1-8 Newcomer English Learner Summer Program  


Students with ACCESS scores 2.5 and below and identified as needing support in acquiring the English language during the school year


June 17, 2019 – July 12, 2019 (3 ½ weeks; no Newcomer English Learner Summer Program on July 4 and July 5)


8:00 am to 12:00 pm (Monday - Friday)


Grades K-4 - Holmes Elementary School, 508 N. Kenilworth, Oak Park, IL 60302

Grades 5-8 - Julian Middle School, 416 S. Ridgeland, Oak Park, IL 60302

Breakfast & Snack

Students will receive a nutritious breakfast and snack provided by District 97 in collaboration with Oak Park River Forest High School the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry



$25 non-refundable registration fee per child

The remainder of the program’s cost will be covered by District 97



Transportation will not be provided by the district

Families are responsible for the timely arrival and departure of your child each day


Fee-based Extended Day Options

12:00-3:00 pm Day Camp at Holmes Elementary School ($358 total, June 17-July 12) – students will need to bring a sack lunch if staying for Day Camp

3:00-6:00 pm Extended Day at Holmes Elementary School through PDOP ($706 total with Day Camp option, June 17-July 12)

The Park District is partnering with Oak Park Township to provide transportation for students in grades 5-8 from Julian Middle School to Holmes Elementary School.

*Scholarships are available from PDOP

The registration deadline for Newcomer EL Summer Program is May 15, 2019.

Please contact your child’s school if you have any questions about your child's participation in the program.  For assistance with registration, please contact Kaye Jadrych in the Teaching and Learning at [email protected]