Summer Programs 2019

  • There are a number district-wide summer programs in the Mat-Su serving several different needs; high school credit recovery, high school accelerated learning, pre K-12 special education extended school year, individual school programs and summer camps for coding, TAG, IEA and Migrant students. Each program has different dates, times, and purposes. Please scroll to the bottom of the page to see all offerings.

Accelerated Learning

  • 2019 High School Accelerated Learning

    Purpose: For high school students who want to accelerate

    Dates: June 3rd to July 24th

    Model: Off site, at home, online learning.  Communication with an online teacher. Also available, on site teachers for IEA/Migrant eligible students June 3rd to June 28th.

    Online Learning Platforms: Apex Learning and eDynamic Learning

    Enrollment:  Online Application


    Schools & Times for Proctored Testing

    June 3rd through June 28th only

    Colony HS: 8:00 - 11:30 (morning session), or 12:00 - 3:30 (afternoon session)

    Wasilla HS: 8:00 - 11:30 (morning session), or 12:00 - 3:30 (afternoon session)

    Houston HS: 8:00 - 11:30  (morning session only)

    Redington HS: 8:00 - 11:30 (morning session only)

    July 1st through July 24th (except July 4th)

    Mat-Su Middle College portable: Mon., Tue., Wed. only 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    Directions: This testing site is on the Mat-Su College Campus off Trunk Road.

    Address: 645 S. Musgrove Road, Palmer, AK 99645.

    Campus Map: follow the red arrows to the Middle College portable


    Requirements: Courses must be completed by July 24th to earn summer credit for sports eligibility.

    Guidance: Students who select this option need to be self-motivated and highly dedicated to meeting assignment dates in order to be successful. This option condenses an 18 week course into 10 weeks without the support of a Cyber Center Mentor.




    907-715-9250 summer contact number (texting is preferred)

2019 Alaska Business Week Summer Camp

  • Location: Colony High School

    Dates/Times:  July 22-July 26, Mon-Fri, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Purpose: Earn college credit, gain hands-on experience, build leadership skills

    Intended Audience: Available to Mat-Su students finishing grades 9-12 in May 2019

    Description: Alaska Business Week is a fun, intensive entrepreneurship experience for high school students. ABW runs one-week programs teaching the basics of business, leadership and entrepreneurship. Participants compete as teams in a dynamic business simulation with the guidance of adult mentors from the business community. After completing the program, students have a competitive edge on workplace readiness, college preparation, and overall life success.  At ABW, students get personal experience working with real business leaders, company founders and CEOs. At the start of each camp, students form dedicated teams or ‘companies’ to compete in a gamified business simulation. The curriculum is designed to promote leadership, ethical decision-making, public speaking, collaborative teamwork, and profitable entrepreneurship for Alaska communities.

    Enrollment: MSBSD PROVIDES FULL TUITION FOR THE FIRST 40 STUDENTS, MatSu Pre-registration Form, Flyer.

    Enrollment Deadline: Friday, May 3, 2019




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  • Introduction to Career Pathways Program (CTE)

    Purpose: Students eligible for Title IC-Migrant and Title VI Indian Education are invited to participate in our 2019 Summer Introduction to Career Pathways Program.

    Dates: May 28th - June 21st, 2019

    Model: Supervised hands-on instruction and workshops

    Enrollment: By invitation


    Schools & Times

    Mat-Su Career & Technical High School - Intro to Health Occupations, 8:00-11:30 AM

    Wasilla High School - Intro to Construction Trades, 8:00 - 11:30 AM


    YouCubed in the Mat-Su (Summer Math/Science Camp)

    Purpose: Title IC – Migrant eligible students, currently in grades 5-8, are invited to participate in a hands-on math and science summer camp.

    Dates: June 3rd – June 21st, 2019

    Model: Supervised hands-on instruction and workshops

    Enrollment: By invitation


    Schools & Times

    Houston Jr/Sr, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

    Colony Middle, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

    Wasilla Middle, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm


    Close-Up Washington DC

    Purpose: Students eligible for Title IC-Migrant are invited to participate in a week with Close-Up combined with a blended APEX credit opportunity in Government or Civics.

    Dates: May 25th – June 14th, 2019

    Model: Students will fly to Washington, DC and participate in 5 days with Close-Up and complete online APEX Learning Social Studies credit on return.

    Enrollment: By invitation


    Knik Tribal Council Fish Camp (Knik Shan Qayeh)

    Purpose: All Alaska Native/American Indian students are invited to participate in Knik Tribal Council’s Shan Qayeh Culture and Fish Camp.

    Dates: July 8-19th, 2019

    Model: Supervised hands-on instruction and workshops

    Enrollment: By invitation – applications through Knik Tribal Council


    Schools & Times

    Knik Elementary – 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

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Burchell High School

  • Burchell High School - Three Pathways

    1. Advance Path - is open for all students: Apex courses only. It is an all day session. (Apex)
    2. Adventure Program - is limited, but open to all students: Outdoor Rec (PE credit .5) program includes hiking, team building and ropes course activities, and an end of session camping trip.
    3. Summit - is open to current Summit Learning students (Summit Students can be signed up for Adventure Program simultaneously)


    Purpose: Credit Recovery, Accelerated Learning, and Adventure

    Dates: May 28th - June 12th

    Model: Supervised online learning and outdoor recreation options

    Online Learning Platform: Summit Learning, Apex Learning (Advance Path)

    Enrollment: see school counselor

    Meals: lunch will be provided

    Transportation: limited busing options available


    School & Times

    Burchell HS: 9:00 AM -  2:00 PM

    Monday - Thursday (closed on Fridays)


    Contact: 907-864-2600

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Extended School Year (ESY)

  • 2019 Special Education Extended School Year

    Purpose: For those who qualify under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

    Dates: June 17th to July 10th 2019

    *There will be no break for the 4th of July week, sessions will run 4 consecutive weeks.

    Classes held three days a week, only on Monday, Tuesdays, Wednesdays


    Schools & Times

    Wasilla High School, Morning Session 9:15 AM to 11:45 AM, Afternoon Session 1:15 PM to 3:45 PM

    Iditarod Elementary, Morning Session 9:15 AM to 11:45 AM, Afternoon Session 1:15 PM to 3:45 PM

    Willow Elementary, AM session only

    Talkeetna Elementary, AM session only


    Summary: Special Education Extended School Year (ESY) is for students with Individual Education Plans (IEP) and is a federally mandated option for students who meet eligibility for these services. ESY services are available to any student with an IEP,  who qualifies, from Preschool through the age of 22. Eligibility is determined annually through the IEP process. The focus of ESY is to maintain progress on identified IEP goals. ESY services are provided in the area of academics and related services. 






    Starting the conversation ‘

    Date: August 6, 2019

    Where: Glenn Massay Theater, MSC

    Time: 4pm - 9pm 

     Dinner: 6pm with pizza


    Sponsors: MyHouse & Mat-Su Opioid Task Force 

     Youth Partner: MyHouse Youth Advisory Board

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  • Youth360  

    2019 Sign up for Youth 360's free summer program in Houston and Wasilla! Youth 360 offers fun and engaging activities designed to connect middle and high school students to each other, their family, their school and their community. 12-5 pm, M-F at Houston Jr./Sr. High and Wasilla High. Transportation to/from central community locations is available.

    Schools, Dates, & Times: 

    Houston Jr/Sr High School: June 3 - August 9, Mon-Fri, 12 Noon - 5 PM

    Houston Flyer

    Wasilla High School: June 17 - August 9, Mon-Fri, 12 Noon - 5 PM

    Wasilla Flyer

    Model: Supervised on campus Club activities for all 6-12 graders who attend these schools during the regular school year.

    Enrollment Procedure:  Online enrollment

    Paper enrollment forms available at HHS & WHS schools.

    Youth360 Parent Handbook

    Contact: Tyler Healy, Youth360 Director, 907-373-3613,


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Credit Recovery

  • 2019 High School Credit Recovery

    Purpose: For high school students behind in credits

    Dates: June 3rd - June 28th, 2019

    Model: Supervised on campus by Math, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, and IEA/Migrant teachers

    Online Learning Platform: Apex Learning

    Enrollment Procedure: Online Application

    **Please talk your counselor first so that you know exactly which course to select.**


    Schools & Times

    Colony HS: 8:00 - 11:30 (morning session), or 12:00 - 3:30 (afternoon session)

    Wasilla HS: 8:00 - 11:30 (morning session), or 12:00 - 3:30 (afternoon session)

    Houston HS: 8:00 - 11:30 (morning session only)

    Redington HS: 8:00 - 11:30 (morning session only)


    Contact: contact your high school counselor first.

    After summer school starts, contact

    907-746-8494 office

    907-715-9250 summer contact number (texting is preferred) 

Inside Algebra

  • Inside Algebra is designed to reach students who struggle in math. Inside Algebra offers explicit instruction in an organized, clear, and consistent manner, blending instruction with student collaboration, math activities, and monitoring progress of student mastery of concepts. This summer course will focus on pre-algebra concepts to prepare students for Algebra I in high school.

    2019 Inside Algebra

    Purpose: For 8th graders transitioning to 9th grade Algebra

    Dates: June 3rd - June 28th, 2019

    Model: Supervised on campus by a Math teacher

    Online Learning Platform: Inside Algebra

    Enrollment Procedure: Online Application

    **Please talk your counselor first so that you know if you are an appropriate candidate for this course.**


    Schools & Times

    Wasilla HS: 8:00 - 11:30 (morning session), or 12:00 - 3:30 (afternoon session)


    Contact: contact your high school counselor first.

    After summer school starts, contact

    907-746-8494 office

    907-715-9250 summer contact number (texting is preferred) 

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Girls Who Code

  • 2019 Girls Who Code Summer Camp

    Purpose: To introduce girls (6th-10th grade) to the world of coding/computer programming so that they choose to take coding classes during the regular school year and possibly pursue careers in the computer science field.

    Dates: June 3-7, 2019

    Model: Supervised on campus with hands-on workshops and guest speakers in the Information Technology and Computer Science fields.

    Online Learning Platform: Girls Who Code Headquarters

    Enrollment: FY19 GWC Summer Club Application. Registration for the Palmer site is closed.


    School & Time

    Houston Jr/Sr High School

    Palmer High School

    9 AM - 3 PM Daily




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Talented & Gifted

  • 2019 TAG Summer Camp

    Purpose: Students identified as Talented and Gifted in MSBSD have been invited to participate in our 2019 TAG Summer Camp.

    Dates:    May 28-31, 2019, Middle School TAG Summer Camp

                   June 3-7, 2019, Elementary School TAG Summer Camp

    Model: Supervised on campus 

    Online Learning Platform: N/A

    Enrollment: Identified TAG students by invitation


    Schools & Times

    Colony Middle School - 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (Grades 5-7)

    Finger Lake Elementary - 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (Grades 2-4)





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Finger Lake Elementary May Summer Camp

    • Who: All current students at FLE in K-5th
    • What: Summer Camp to Extend Learning for FLE Kiddos
    • When: May 27-31
    • Where: Finger Lake
    • Why: Students at FLE missed out on more instructional days than other schools due to the earthquake and district office and our staff want to extend learning opportunities to our community.
    • Note: This camp is free and open to only current K-5 FLE students. Parents are responsible for transportation and meals.
    • Next Steps: After Spring Break, a survey will come via email to gauge interest. Registration will open in April. A flyer will be sent home with details.
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Summer School Announcements

  • Dates for MSBSD Summer School programs

    **Listed in order of start date**

    Close-Up Washington, D.C., May 25 - June 14, 2019

    Finger Lake Elementary - May Summer Camp, May 27-31, 2019

    Burchell High School, May 28th - June 12th, 2019

    TAG Summer Camp Middle Grades, May 28-31, 2019

    Intro to Career Pathways, May 28 - June 21, 2019

    Credit Recovery, June 3rd - June 28th, 2019

    Accelerated Learning, June 3rd - July 24th, 2019

    Girls Who Code, June 3-7, 2019

    TAG Summer Camp Elementary Grades, June 3-7, 2019

    YouCubed Math/Science Camp, June 3-21, 2019

    Extended School Year (ESY), June 17th - July 10th, 2019

    Knik Tribal Council Fish Camp, July 8-19th, 2019

    Alaska Business Week Summer Camp, July 22-26, 2019

    Youth Summit & Youth Voices, August 6, 2019


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