High School Summer Experience

  • Accelerating & Advancing

    Students in grades 9 - 12 will still have access to our Virtual Credit Advancement Program. 

    For our 9th grade and interested students, we have transformed the learning experience into a face-to-face course with an interdisciplinary, community issue focus. We believe this will increase student engagement and content relevance and should decrease the number of students who are off-track for graduation.  

    College Credit Plus Summer Options will be available at various institutions for students who meet CCP qualifications. Otterbein Summer Bridge offers CCS students an opportunity to earn credit in a supported cohort. 

    High School Summer School Credit Recovery

    Dates:  June 14 - July 23, 2021 (Monday - Friday) (No school July 3rd)

    Instructor Led (in-person) Sessions:

    8:00 - 12:30 p.m.

    High School VCAP:  Three sessions:

    8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

    10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

    12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

    • Class of 2023 and current eighth graders wishing to gain high school credit must take the Instructor led sessions.
    • 10th -12th graders will take VCAP courses.

    HS Summer Experience Sites: Mifflin High School, Independence High School, South High School, West High School

    Project Adventure for students entering grades 8-11

    Five week program: this course will enhance and develop the students’ basic concepts of communication, collaboration and team building. Project Adventure engages students in exploration through games and initiatives in a safe challenge by choice environment. These activities will provide the student with the opportunity to enhance his/her ability to be creative, brainstorm ideas, make decisions, solve problems, resolve conflicts, develop leadership and recognize safe risk taking.

    Enrichment programs for high school students

    AP Calculus and AP English Language and Literature and Composition students, use the application link to sign up for a week long subject specific AP Bootcamp.  The AP Bootcamps will introduce you to content and skills for the upcoming school year.

    *Students should be enrolled in at least one of the listed courses for the 2021-2022 school year.

    Outdoor programs and enrichment for high school students

    Throughout the 2021 Columbus City Schools Summer Experience, middle and high school students have the opportunity to enroll in the following courses and enrichment programs at the Spruce Run Environmental Center.  Use the application link to sign up for programs at Spruce Run.  Students may sign up for multiple sessions provided the dates and length of program do not conflict, please schedule accordingly. 

    High School Volunteer Credit (Counselor-In-Training CIT, 3 – 2 week sessions)

    Project Adventure - grades 8-11 (6 weeks, PE credit option)

    Environmental Science - grades 11-12 (6 weeks, enrolled students must have completed Biology) 

    *HS and MS Program dates are listed on the online application.

    *Enrolled students will be transported to and from Spruce Run via the Fort Hayes Career Center during the Summer Experience hours of operation (Middle School: Monday-Thursday from 8am-1pm and High School: Monday-Friday 8am-12:30pm).

    Traditional High School Summer School

    The District will offer instructor-led classes for ninth grade and interested students for six weeks from June 14-July 23, 2021 (no school on July 5).  Current eighth-grade students who wish to gain high school credit this summer may take identified credit bearing courses.  Program hours are 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Instructor-led classes will be taught in an interdisciplinary classroom setting in partnership with the Korda Institute. Classes for the High School Summer School include English 9, Physical Science, Algebra I, and World Studies.  Not all courses will be offered at all sites.

    Virtual Credit Advancement Program (VCAP)

    VCAP classes are self-paced and will combine technology with individualized teacher instruction. Regular goal-setting conferences with an instructor will support VCAP students. High school credits are awarded upon successful completion. VCAP classes will be held with three different sessions: 8:30–10:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., and 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

    Ohio State Test 

    The OST will be given during the summer testing window. Please see high school counselors for registration instructions. 


    The High School Summer Experience program is open to all students currently in grades 9-12. Students must attend Columbus City Schools or reside in the Columbus City School District boundaries. Students who reside outside of the District are not eligible to enroll in the program. 

    All CCS Summer Experiences are inclusive of English language learners and students with disabilities.

    Dates and Times

    The High School Summer Experience program will run Monday through Friday for six weeks from June 14 through July 23. Daily in person programming will start at 8:00 a.m. and end at 1:00 p.m.

    School Sites

    The High School Summer Experience program is offered at five regional school sites across the city. Students may attend the Summer Experience program site of their choice, regardless of where they attend during the school year.


    The High School Summer Experience program is free to all students enrolled in Columbus City Schools or residing in the Columbus City School District boundaries.

    Breakfast and Lunch

    All students will receive free breakfast and lunch, provided by the City of Columbus Recreation and Parks, each day. All meals must be consumed on-site; food is not allowed to leave the school site. Breakfast will be served at 8:00 a.m. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m.


    Daily attendance is required in order for your student to benefit from the Summer Experience programs. Every effort should be made to get your student to school on time. Please call your Summer Experience site before 8:15 a.m. if your student is going to be absent.


    Students are expected to follow all rules and regulations of Columbus City Schools. Discipline issues will be handled as specified in the Columbus City Schools’ Guide to Student Success.


    The High School Summer Experience program ends at 1:00 p.m. Students will take the COTA bus or walk home. Students who are being picked up must be departed by 1:15 p.m.


    All high school students attending a Summer Experience program will have the opportunity to receive a free COTA pass for the six-week period. Busing transportation will not be provided to high school students. 


    Student registration can be completed via the CCS Parent Portal.

    For enrichment Summer Experience programs for Spruce Run, Advanced Placement, Career Technical Education, please complete this online application.

    Which Credit Recovery Courses should my child sign up for?

    When enrolling in Credit Recovery for Summer School courses labeled "X" are for first semester and "Y" are 2nd semester.  If your student failed first semester, they only need to select X. If they failed second semester, they only need to select Y. If your student failed first and second semester, they would need to select BOTH X and Y. 

    Spruce Run

    Earn credit hours while working and playing outside on 50 acres of picturesque land near Hoover Reservoir. Take a break from the City and enjoy nature not far from home. 

    Spruce Run CIT (Counselor-In-Training) Program

    Three 2-week sessions: June 14-June 24; June 28-July 8; and July 12- July 23 (Limit 15 students)

    This program invites students to participate in this one-of-a-kind, volunteer experience. The CIT program blends on-site training with daily CIT activities which supports all summer school programming at Spruce Run. Students can earn up to 50 volunteer hours per 2-week session. These hours can also be used for your OMJ Readiness Seal and the Seal of Community Service for your high school diploma.

    Environmental Science Advance Science Credit

    One 6-week session: June 14 -July 23 (Limit 15 students)

    During this advanced science course students will earn 1 advanced science credit while working with an environmental science instructor. Students will complete three independent researched based environmental projects. Must have completed Biology to attend this course.

    Physical Education PE I and PE II Credit:

    One 6-week session: June 14-July 23  (Limit 30 students)

    This 6-week course will allow students to earn credit for both PE I and PE II. The course will follow a Project Adventure format which engages students in exploration through games and initiatives in a safe challenge by choice environment. Student will have the opportunity to enhance their ability to be creative, brainstorm ideas, make decisions, solve problems, resolve conflicts, develop leadership and recognize safe risk-taking.

    NOTE: Transportation for middle and high school students will be provided. Buses will leave from Ft. Hayes at 7:30 a.m. and arrive at Spruce Run Nature Center at 8:00 a.m. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Middle school students will return at 1:00 p.m. and high school students at 12:30 p.m. to Ft. Hayes.

High School Informational Flyer

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School Sites


    Mifflin High School
    3245 Oak Spring Street, 43219


    South High School
    1160 Ann Street, 43206


    Independence High School
    5175 E Refugee Rd, 43232


    West High School
    179 S. Powell Avenue, 43204