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Extended School Year (ESY) Program

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For some students with disabilities, having the summer off from school proves to be a disadvantage. Without consistent use or practice, a natural regression can often occur in the skills and achievements they have worked so hard to master. These backward steps then precipitate students having to repeat previous programs at the start of the next school year, instead of being able to move forward with a focus towards new goals and achievements.  ESY is designed to provide opportunities for academic, emotional, behavioral, and social growth for qualifying students. 

To help these students maintain their academic and skill levels, the Extended School Year (ESY) program provides a five-week, mid-summer session. Classes are held Monday through Thursday, from 9 am to 2:30 pm in locations all across the county.  This program is for students in grades kindergarten to age 21.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, our 2020 program was shifted to a virtual format for the safety of both students and staff.  The challenges were many but with determination, the Bucks IU ESY Team was able to:

  • Serve 945 students (a 5% increase over 2019!)
  • Provided 1880 services in responses to requests from school districts, homes, and community based programs
  • Support students from throughout Bucks County, as well as students from surrounding counties who otherwise would not have access to these types of services over the summer

The 2021 ESY Program will run from July 5, 2021 through August 5, 2021 and is currently being planned for in-person instruction, however that is subject to change. 

WE'RE HIRING FOR ESY THIS SUMMER - Find out more here! 
Eligibility for the Program

Eligibility is determined by several factors, including a recommendation made through the student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) based on a review of past breaks in service that show a probability of significant regression. Additionally, there is a consideration regarding the severity of the disability and how critical the skill(s) are to the child’s IEP goals of self-sufficiency and independence from caretakers.  Parents should speak with their student’s teachers and school administration if they feel their child should be considered for inclusion in this program.