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Huntington Beach City School District Students Participate in Exciting Summer Offerings
Posted 9/7/21

Huntington Beach City School District (HBCSD) hosted almost 400 preschool-age through eighth-grade students to its five-week Summer Academic, Enrichment and Extended School Year and Summer Literacy Program; and a four-week Preschool Academy STEAM Program.

Summer Academic and Enrichment Program

Summer Program StudentsThe Academic Summer Program provided our elementary and middle school students additional support and offerings to better prepare them before advancing to the next grade level. Focused on literacy and math proficiency, as well as re-engagement of students using hands-on activities and social-emotional learning. Additionally, our middle school students fostered organizational, time management, and prioritization skills.

Alongside the academic program, the Enrichment Summer Program in partnership with Strategic Kids allowed students to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) learning. The STEM program sessions included LEGO, origami, chess, sports, art, and more. The HBCSD Summer Academic Program was offered in the mornings and the Enrichment Summer Program was offered in the afternoon, giving students a full day of learning and play!

Extended School Year and Summer Literacy Program

Summer Program StudentsEvery year, the Extended School Year (ESY) program offers services to students with disabilities who are identified as needing support to maintain their skills during the summer break. ESY services were provided through small group and individual instruction by teachers, paraeducators, and related service providers focusing on skills related to identified areas of need.

Additionally, HBCSD was excited to host the first-ever Summer Literacy Program as a pilot program modeled after the Huntington Beach Union High School District's summer reading program to strengthen students’ skills in phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary development, and reading comprehension depending on students' individual needs.



Preschool Academy Program
Summer Program Students
Preschool Academy welcomed children three to five years of age for STEAM Summer Camp. STEAM Summer Camp offered students hands-on experiences intentionally designed to connect children with science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. The weekly big ideas included the 5 senses, water, motion, and community workers.

“We are thrilled we were able to offer summer learning and enrichment programs for our students,” said Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services Dr. Cynthia Guerrero. “We also want to extend our gratitude to all of the HBCSD, Golden West College, and Strategic Kids staff for their support in ensuring the program's success!” she said.

The Food Services team was also essential in ensuring our students were fed and ready to learn for all of our summer programs, serving more than 4,000 breakfast and 3,500 lunch meals.