Newcomer EL Summer Program 2020

The Newcomer EL Summer Program is 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 will allow incoming first through eighth-grade 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 English Learners with equity and the whole child in mind. Students 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 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 15, 2020 – July 10, 2020 (No Newcomer English Learner Summer Program on July 3)


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


Grades K-4 - Holmes Elementary School, 508 N. Kenilworth, 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 and Beyond Hunger formerly 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 ($387 total, June 15-July 10) – 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 ($784 total with Day Camp option, June 15-July 10)

You may access the Park District of Oak Park (PDOP) flyer and registration form for 1st-8th grade students here

*Register with the attached PDOP form, to be returned to the PDOP

*Scholarships are available from PDOP

The registration deadline for Newcomer EL Summer Program is May 15, 2020.

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 Dorothy Stewart in the Teaching and Learning at [email protected].