Summer Program for Children

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Summer Program for Children

The Eliot School is excited to announce that the Summer Program for Children has returned for 2021! The seven-week program is scheduled to run from June 28 through August 13, 2021 and will take place in specially constructed, outdoor classrooms in the Eliot School yard. 

After the unfortunate cancellation of the program last year due to COVID-19, we are thrilled to reopen the program for a new summer of making and fun. Each week of the seven-week program will have a specific theme that students will explore in a variety of mediums including wood, fiber, paper, and more. 

Class size is limited. Register today.
Registration for returning parents opens Tuesday, January 19.
Registration will open to all on ­Friday, January 22.

Health & Safety

In an abundance of caution and to ensure the health and safety of all our students and faculty, the Summer Program will work a little differently this year.

• Classes will take place outdoors under tent canopies in the Eliot School yard. If health guidelines change, then indoor time will be incorporated into the daily schedule.

• Students will be required to follow a COVID-19 safety checklist prior to entering the school yard each day. The checklist will be available online as a Google form.  Fill out the online form each morning at home or on one of our tablets first thing when you arrive at the school.

• All families will be asked to commit to full days (9:00 am − 3:30 pm)

• Early drop-off (8:00 − 9:00 am) and extended day services (3:30 − 5:30 pm) will be offered.

• Class sizes will be reduced to 8-student pods to minimize risk. Pods will remain together in their own spaces for the entire day. (If COVID-19 restrictions lift, we may consider adding some seats.)

• Students signed up for Early Drop-off and Extended Day will remain in the same pods.

• Meal, snack, and play times will be staggered throughout the day to minimize contact between pods.

• Masks will be mandatory.

Hands-on Fun

Activities will focus on craft, curiosity, creativity, and innovation in a fun and supportive environment. Enjoy a well-balanced schedule of themed activities. Our summer team includes highly qualified art specialists and teachers who work with us year-round teaching after-school classes, or in our School & Community Partnerships. We are excited to welcome your family and children.

Times & Fees


Mornings and afternoons are combined into one whole day, 9:00 am − 3:30 pm. Meal, snack, and play times will be staggered throughout the day to minimize contact between pods.

Early Drop-Off / Extended Day

Leave your child with us for some relaxed time outdoors (if weather permits) or in our art room. Mixed ages, 6 – 14.
Early Drop-Off: 8:00 – 9:00 am
Extended Day: 3:30 – 5:30 pm (pick up 5:00 – 5:30 pm)

Cost per week

Weeks 1, 2, 4 - 6
$420 for full days
Early Drop-Off: $60/week
Extended Day: $120/week

Week 3 - June 6 to July 9 (no class Monday, July 5)
$340 for full days
Early Drop-Off: $48/week
Extended Day: $96/week

Please note that registration for Early Drop-Off and Extended Day are for the whole week only.

Sibling Discount

10% discount for a second sibling taking a class in the same time slot. At checkout, use Coupon Code: FAMILY.


Scroll through the Program Schedule below. Click on any offering to see details and add to your shopping cart.

New this year: You can enroll multiple children for multiple sessions in one shopping cart, under your own account. 

Registration opens each year in mid-January. 

We give past students’ families the opportunity to register early. If you have had a child enrolled in the past two years, expect an email in early January about early-bird registration.

As classes are both small and popular, they can fill up quickly. 

We process registrations strictly on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration must be accompanied by full payment. Please read our policies on refunds and withdrawals before you register.

If you have any questions, call 617-524-3313 x14 or email


Scholarships / Becas

We are happy to be able to offer scholarships to children from low-income households.
Estamos alegres de poder ofrecer becas a estudiantes con bajos ingresos. Espacios limitados.

  • Download a scholarship application (pdf) in English.
  • For more information, contact our Registrar.
  • A materials fee of $25 per student per class is required. Space is limited.
    • Una cuota de materiales de $25 por estudiante es requerida. Espacio limitado.
  • Return your application and Income Verification Form to our Registrar. She will review them and give you a coupon code to use for registration.
    • Entregue su solicitud y formulario de verificación de ingreso a nuestra registradora. Ella revisará sus documentos y le proveerá un código de descuento para uso durante su matriculación.

Our scholarships are made possible by the many people who donate to our Scholarship Fund.
Nuestras becas son posibles gracias a toda la gente que dona a nuestro fondo de becas.

Please consider a donation to our Scholarship Fund.
Considere hacer una donación a nuestro Fondo de Becas.

Health & Other Permission Forms

It's important to have information about our students readily accessible. If you've already registered for a class, make sure to fill out one of our health forms (we don't need documents from physicals or immunization records) and return it on or by the first day of your first class. You can drop it off, email it to our Summer Program Coordinator, or mail it to the Eliot School, PO Box 300351, Boston, MA 02130.

If we do not have a health form on file for your child, please fill out this online form before their first day of camp. Click here to fill out the Google form.



WEEK 1: Tell Your Story • June 28 - July 2

Early Drop-off Week 1: Ages 6 - 8  •  Ages 9 - 12

In our lives, and from the movies we watch to the books we read, stories are all around us. Craft stories that let others see what’s on your mind. Explore big ideas and possibilities in many mediums from comics and zines to puppets in fabric and wood. We will share our dreams, hopes, and imaginations through drawing, collage, and more.

Tell Your Story: Ages 6 - 8

Tell Your Story: Ages 9 - 12

Extended Day, Week 1: Ages 6 - 8  •  Ages 9 - 12

WEEK 2: Far-Reaching Roots, Far-Reaching Lives • July 6 - 9 (closed 7/5)

Early Drop-off, Week 2: Ages 6 - 8  •  Ages 9 - 12 
(closed July 5 for Independence Day)

Happy Fourth of July! This week, in celebration of the multiplicity of American identities, students will explore what their own cultural and personal identities mean to them. From abstract self-portraits to quilts depicting family histories, students will investigate a wide diversity of American experiences, discovering things about themselves and their peers along the way.

Far-Reaching Root, Far-Reaching Lives: Ages 6 - 8

Far-Reaching Root, Far-Reaching Lives: Ages 9 - 12

Extended Day, Week 2: Ages 6 - 8  •  Ages 9 - 12

WEEK 3: The Art of the City • July 12 - 16

Early Drop-off, Week 3: Ages 6 - 8  •  Ages 9 - 12  •  Ages 12 - 14

What makes a city or town your home? What types of monuments do we wish to see in our parks and public spaces? Explore ideas about the communities we live in, our neighborhood identities, and ways our cities are used. Through painting, mapping, model making, and sculpture, investigate what the cities of our imaginations hold. While creating public art for our neighbors to share, as well as visions of what our communities can be, we will show what a building, a block, or a neighborhood can mean to us.

The Art of the City: Ages 6 - 8

The Art of the City: Ages 9 - 12

The Art of the City: Ages 12 - 14

Extended Day, Week 3: Ages 6 - 8  •  Ages 9 - 12  •  Ages 12 - 14

WEEK 4: Other Worlds • July 19 - 23

Early Drop-off, Week 4: Ages 6 - 8  •  Ages 9 - 12

Fly off to other planets and discover how alien societies work or dive into miniature fairy lands. Create alternate realities in which the world as we know it is unknown. Hop in a time machine and travel to the distant future of Earth to investigate how humans live then. During this week, students will reimagine infinite universes and societies with varied futures. Through comics, sculpture, illustration, built structures, and more, students will envision the kinds of worlds they would like to see.

Other Worlds: Ages 6 - 8

Other Worlds: Ages 9 - 12

Extended Day, Week 4: Ages 6 - 8  •  Ages 9 - 12

WEEK 5: Lift Every Voice • July 26 - 30

Early Drop-off, Week 5: Ages 6 - 8  •  Ages 9 - 12  •  Ages 12 - 14

Can art and making change the ways we see our world? How can they change and shape our perspectives? What do you want to say? This week, students will explore how to uplift their voices and speak through their art. From issues that affect their everyday lives to those that effect the world at large, students will investigate what they are passionate about and express what they want to stand for.

Lift Every Voice: Ages 6 - 8

Lift Every Voice: Ages 9 - 12

Lift Every Voice: Ages 12 - 14

Extended Day, Week 5: Ages 6 - 8  •  Ages 9 - 12  •  Ages 12 - 14

WEEK 6: Forest, Ocean, Air • August 2 - 6

Early Drop-off, Week 6: Ages 6 - 8  •  Ages 9 - 12

From the subjects we paint to the materials we use, the natural world is an inextricable part of the artmaking process. Using a wide range of materials and mediums, students will learn to follow sustainable art practices; find out how materials like wood, pigment, and clay are sourced; and make artwork and structures that respect and reflect the landscapes in which we live.

Forest, Ocean, Air: Ages 6 - 8

Forest, Ocean, Air: Ages 9 - 12

Extended Day, Week 6: Ages 6 - 8  •  Ages 9 - 12


Week 7: Oral Histories • August 9 - 13

Early Drop-off, Week 7: Ages 6 - 8Ages 9 - 12

Stories passed around shape how we interact with our surroundings. Oral histories, explanations of natural and unnatural events, stories of the heroic in the ordinary, all of these form part of the thread that stitches our communities together. Explore community anecdotes, old family stories, and yarns spun about what happened on your block yesterday. Through painting, collage, building, and other alternative story media, we will depict the new and old oral traditions that hold us together.

Oral Histories: Ages 6 - 8

Oral Histories: Ages 9 - 12

Extended Day, Week 7: Ages 6 - 8 • Ages 9 - 12