Norfolk Public Schools: 2020 Virtual Summer Programs

  • This year all NPS summer programs will have a virtual focus to help ensure student and staff safety and to comply with statewide guidelines put in place as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Following is a summary of the programs being offered complete with accompanying contact information to assist those who might have questions.

    Elementary Summer Basic Skills Program, Monday-Thursday, June 22-July 23 (Daily sessions are 8-10:15 a.m.; 12-2:30 p.m.; or 4-6:30 p.m.)
    This virtual five-week program provides elementary students in grades K-5 with intensive instruction in literacy and numeracy. Students who were not successful in Quarters 1-3 will be assigned priority for this program. Contact: Your child’s school principal or assistant principal

    Middle School Summer Basic Skills Program, Monday-Thursday, June 22-July 23 (Daily sessions are 8 -10:15 a.m. or 10:45 a.m.-1 p.m.)
    This five-week program is designed to provide eligible middle school students (grades 6-8) with intensive instruction in language arts, science, mathematics and social studies. Students who have failed no more than two academic courses will be assigned priority for this program. Students can take two courses during this summer school program. Contact: Your child’s school principal or assistant principal

    High School Summer School Program, June 22-July 28
    This program is for students, grades 9-12, who need to recover credit for a failed course(s) or want to take a course for initial credit. All courses will be offered online using the GradPoint virtual learning platform and will be student self-paced. Those who plan to take a course for credit recovery will be assessed a $100 per course fee. Current Norfolk Public Schools students or residents who plan to take a course(s) for initial credit will be charged a $200 fee per course. Non-residents will be charged a $300 fee per course. Courses are also available through WHRO’s Desire 2 Learn program at $200 per course. Registration will take place for these programs at Granby High School June 16 and 17 from 3-7 p.m. with social distancing in effect. Payment will be due at the time of registration and can be made via cash, money order, cashier’s check or credit card (a fee will be applied to credit card transactions.) Contact: High school guidance counselors at students’ home schools.

    Advanced Placement Summer Academy, July 6-9
    This four-day virtual program is designed for any student taking an Advanced Placement course in the fall. The academy is designed to help students learn the skills and strategies that will support their success in AP courses. The Academy will focus on nine courses: Biology, Chemistry, English Language, English Literature, Statistics, Human Geography, Physics, Psychology and U.S. Government. There is a $50 registration fee. Check out this flyer for more detailsYou can register online now for AP Summer Academy now Contact: Andrea Disney at 757-705-7696, Gifted & Academic Rigor Services. 

    Camp Einstein, Monday-Thursday, July 13-23 (9 a.m., 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. options)
    This two-week virtual program is for motivated students K-5 who are working on or above grade level. All learning experiences are designed to nurture creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The classes are many and varied, ranging from text-based coding to learning how to play the keyboard in just four days. Be sure to review the Camp Einstein brochure to see the many offerings available to students. Also parents may find this Frequently Asked Questions fact sheet helpful.  Students can select one to three online courses per weekThe fee is $50 per online class (the class totals 4 hours, 1 hour per day), up to $150 per week or $250 for six classes over two weeks. Parents must register and pay in person at the Gifted Education & Academic Rigor Services (GEARS) office, located at 7000 W. Tanners Creek Road the week of June 8-12, Monday – Friday. The hours are 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Contact: Karla Stead @ 852-4674 (Option 3), or Jennifer Lane at & Academic Rigor Services

    Getting Ready for Algebra Multi-Media Experience (G.R.A.M.M.E), Monday-Thursday, June 22-July 9 (10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)
    This is a non-credit, online class is available to middle school students preparing to take Algebra I in the 2020-21 school year. Up to 25 students will be selected from all middle and PreK/K-8 schools. The course will acquaint students with algebraic concepts and equip them with skills so they are better prepared for success in the course next school year. Check out this flyer for more details and registration informationContact: Rhonda White, Mathematics Office, at 628-3886

    Pre-Algebra 6 Prep, Monday - Thursday, June 22, 2020 -July 23, 2020
    This a non-credit, online course designed to prepare students for the rigorous mathematics involved in Pre-Algebra 6. This 20-day session is available to students preparing to take Pre-Algebra 6 in the 2020-2021 school year. Up to 25 students will be selected from all middle and PreK/K-8 schools. Registration for selected students can be accomplished online and must be submitted by June 17.  Contact: Rhonda White, Mathematics Office, at 628-3886

    Junior University, Monday-Wednesday, June 29-July 8 (9 -10:30 a.m.)
    Junior University (JU)
    is an enrichment program for academically talented middle school students (rising 6th, 7th, 8th grade students) offered by the Office of School Counseling and Guidance. JU provides academic activities that are aligned with the Virginia Standards of Learning and have an emphasis on critical thinking and problem-solving skills.  These classes are geared toward preparing students for the honors and advanced courses they will take in middle school and high school. The classes are: Investigative Science, Math Boot Camp, College and Career Exploration, and Intro to Theater The deadline for registration is June 18 and the fee is $90 for NPS students, $138 for Norfolk residents, and $143 for non-Norfolk residents. Registration and payment must be accomplished in person at the Academy for Discovery at Lakewood, 1701 Alsace Ave. Appointments are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. To make an appointment contact LaToya Highsmith, JU coordinator, at Please note payments can be made by check or money order. Contact: Latoya Highsmith, Office of School Counseling at 628-3901

    Middle School Health/PE Program, June 22-July 23 (8-10:15 a.m. or 10:45 a.m.-1 p.m.)
    This five-week program is designed to provide middle school students (grades 6-8) with a blended learning experience covering various components of the health and physical education curriculum.  The course is meant to allow students to complete their PE requirement in the summer.  By doing so, they have the opportunity to take additional credit bearing courses during the school year. The fee for this program is $200. Contact: Darrick Person. Health and Physical Education Office at 628-3866

    Special Education Extended Year Programs/Secondary and Elementary (Packet-based, Virtual or a Combination Are Offered Throughout the Summer)
    This individualized program is for students with disabilities whose IEP team has determined that they meet the criteria necessary to take advantage of these services.  Extended School Year (ESY) services may be provided through a variety of means including skill-based packets, consultative support, direct support in a virtual general education setting (Summer Basic Skills), direct support in a virtual special education setting or through a combination services, depending on the IEP Team’s determination of the least restrictive environment for the qualifying students.  Contact: Shannon Gould, Learning Support-Special Education Services at 628-3950

    Open Campus, Norfolk Technical Center
    This program is designed to help ensure students who are on track to graduate by the end of summer school (July 21) are able to accomplish that goal. Contact: Sallie Cooke, Site Coordinator at Open Campus at 892-3323.