SUMMER PROGRAM REGISTRATION FOR 2023 IS NOW CLOSED.
For over 25 years, Upper Room KC has been partnering with schools, churches, and community centers to provide Summer Academic Programs to youth in the greater KC area.
Thanks in part to the state of Missouri and local education agencies, our Summer Academic Program is free for families in Kansas City, and include breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack. This year we are operating at 11 sites from 7:30am to 6:00pm, Monday through Friday, all of which will have Site Directors to provide oversight on curriculum and operations.
Developed in accordance with Missouri Learning Standards, our certified teachers implement a well-rounded curriculum designed as a precursor to the skills, strategies, and content students will explore during the next academic school year. Weaved into this carefully-curated programming are a variety of enrichment activities and lessons in art, music, and physical education that allow students to interact, communicate, and cooperate with peers and teachers in a unique and fun environment.
CERTIFIED TEACHERS AND VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
We are hiring certified teachers, youth development leaders, and volunteer tutors for our 2023 Summer Academic Program. The program runs for 7 weeks and provides academic and enrichment activities for K-8 students, with a focus on reading and literacy skills. Help us improve the educational outcomes of children in the Kansas City community. Apply to join our Summer Academic Program today!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Programs run from Monday, June 5th through Friday, July 21st.
All sites open from 7:30am – 6:00pm
Here is a full list of all the sites available in our Summer Academic Program by location and grade. Students may only enroll in ONE site. Spots at each site are limited to first come first serve. We will be updating this list as sites fill up:
- Calvary Temple Baptist: Grades 6 - 8 -- 2940 Holmes
- Covenant: Grades K - 4 -- 5931 Swope Parkway
- Garrison Community Center: Grades K-8 -- 1124 E. 5th Street
- Gregg Klice Community Center: Grades K-5 -- 1600 John Buck O'Neil Way
- Holy Cross: Grades K - 8 -- 121 N. Quincy
- KC Girls Prep: Grades K - 5 (open to both boys and girls) -- 5000 E. 17th Street
- Macedonia Baptist Church: Grades K - 5 -- 1700 E. Linwood
- Marlborough Community Center: Grades 6-8 -- 8200 Paseo
- Metropolitan Missionary Baptist: Grades K - 6 -- 2310 E. Linwood
- Palestine Missionary Baptist: Grades K - 6 -- 3619 E. 35th Street
- St. James United Methodist: Grades K - 4 -- 5540 Wayne
Your child must be 5 years old by Aug 1, 2023 or entering any grade through eighth grade. Please note that if you enroll a child that does not meet our age and grade requirements, that spot will be lost and will not be available to others once registration closes.
The Summer Academic Program is a free program. All KCMO families are welcome to apply.
Transportation is not provided. However, sites are located throughout the Greater Kansas City area for convenience.
English Language Arts (ELA) - Our certified teachers work with our students on listening, speaking, reading and writing.
Mathethamatics - As an essential aspect to the education of our students, our certified teachers work with students each day using a curriculum modified for the appropriate grade level.
Fine Arts - All students have the opportunity to be exposed to fine arts programming throughout the summer program. Music, art class, and field trips expose our students to the wonderful world of art.
Nutrition and Wellness - Students are exposed to recreational activities in the afternoon. We keep our students healthy and active all summer long!
Field Trips - Field trips take place in the afternoon when instructional time is finished. Field trips provide an outlet of fun and a reward for the students’ hard work on ELA and math. Field trips include visits to educational and entertainment locations around the city.
Children should arrive no later than 8:15 am. They will be marked as tardy after 8 am.
Masks will not be mandated, but are strongly encouraged. Anyone who chooses to wear a mask or respirator will be supported in their decision to do so. In the event of high community level (potential risk), universal mask implementation may be mandated to decrease the risk of outbreak.
Sites open at 7:30am. Students are not allowed to be dropped off early or left at the site unsupervised.
Yes, students may bring a backpack, however, please note that sites do not have lockers or locked safe places to store any personal items. If items are lost or stolen, Upper Room KC and its employees bear no responsibility.
Students may bring cell phones; however, students are not allowed to use cell phones while in class.
Students may bring their lunch, however breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack is provided by Upper Room KC at all sites. Pork and peanut items are never served.
Upper Room KC will plan field trips on site and away from the site. Site Directors will provide dates for each field trip. Children will return to the site by 4:30 pm.
Upper Room KC does not allow parents to attend field trips or pick up their child from a field trip location. Additionally, for safety reasons, all students riding the bus to the field trip must also return on the bus.
Each student that has no more than two absences, maintains a C average in academics, has no major behavioral issues, and takes both the pre-and post-test will be eligible for a $100 gift card at the end of the program. Gift cards are given to each student that meets all criteria.
Upper Room KC understands that students will have doctor’s appointments and may go on family vacations and therefore, absences are allowed. However, in order to be eligible for the incentive, a student may not have more than two absences. Additionally, three tardies equal one absence.
After submitting the application, you should have received an automatic email confirming receipt of the application and acceptance to the site of choice. If you did not receive the email, please check your spam or junk mail. You will receive another email the weekend before the program start date as a reminder.
Yes, you can enroll more than one child in your household as long as they meet the age/grade criteria. During the application process you’ll be able to register multiple children at once.
To make changes to an existing application, contact us directly at 816-363-3819.
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