Upper Room Programs

Summer Academic Program

The story of our Summer Academic Program begins in 1999, as the result of a large focus group consisting of the predominant heads of household in the communities we support: single mothers.

In the program’s first summer, 250 students applied for our 90 available spots, indicating an immediate need to grow. Since then, we’ve expanded the program to serve over 1,500 students annually in partnership with the schools, community centers, and churches that serve as our sites.

Developed in accordance with Missouri Learning Standards, our Summer Academic Program is ideal for K-8 students and offers 11 hours per day of free programming for six weeks. Every site runs from 7:30am to 6:00pm, Monday through Friday, and has directors that provide curriculum oversight and manage operations.

For more information about enrolling your student in our Summer Academic Program please review our summer program FAQ.

We provide educational continuity and prevent the dreaded Summer Slide.

Our certified teachers provide a precursor to the skills, strategies, and content students will explore during the next academic school year.

We support academic engagement in a fun environment.

Along with our academic curriculum, we give our students access to enrichment activities that include field trips, lessons in art, music, and more.

We are accessible to working and low-income families alike.

With support from the state and partner schools, all Upper Room KC’s after-school programs are either free, subsidized, or low cost.


Programs run from Thursday, May 30th through Wednesday, July 24th.

Here is a full list of all the sites available in our 2024 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 for the 2024 program:

  • Apostolic Church of God: Grades K-5 -- 1911 Hardesty

  • Calvary Temple Baptist: Grades 6-8 -- 2940 Holmes

  • Christian Tabernacle: Grades K-5 -- 7405 Paseo

  • Covenant Presbyterian Church: 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 Preparatory Academy: 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

All sites open from 7:30am – 6:00pm

Your child must be 5 years old by Aug 1, 2024 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.

Mathematics - 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.

Please visit our FAQ page for complete program details.
Upper Room KC FAQ
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