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Summer Learning Academy


Summer Learning Academy (SLA) is a summer school half-day program offering an increased focus in reading and math for elementary and junior high students, and credit retrieval opportunities for high school students. Summer Learning Academy is only available to students who have been identified as needing additional support over the summer.  

Registration Process

The Assessment and Categorical Programs office works directly with schools to determine which students would benefit most from this summer learning opportunity.  Families with students who have been identified as needing additional support will receive an invitation to register and follow the below registration periods below:

 Grades K-8:  April 27 – May 11
Grades 9-12:  May 23 – June 3


Summer Learning Academy is offered at select schools throughout the district.  Because this program is regionalized, the home attendance school will determine your child’s SLA location.

Note:  Students in grade levels K-4 will attend elementary SLA locations; students in grades 5-8 will attend junior high SLA locations; and students in grades 9-12 will attend high school SLA locations.

Region 1 SLA Locations:
Sunrise Elementary,
Glacier View Junior High,
Emerald Ridge High School
Region 2 SLA Locations:
Firgrove Elementary,
Stahl Junior High,
Rogers High School
Region 3 SLA Locations:
Stewart Elementary,
Aylen Junior High,
Puyallup High School
Serving students who attend:

   • Edgerton Elementary
Hunt Elementary
Pope Elementary
Ridgecrest Elementary
Sunrise Elementary
Wildwood Elementary
Ferrucci Junior High
Glacier View Junior High
Emerald Ridge High School

Serving students who attend:

   • Brouillet Elementary
Carson Elementary
Dessie Evans Elementary
Firgrove Elementary
Woodland Elementary
Zeiger Elementary
Ballou Junior High
Stahl Junior High
Rogers High School
Walker High School

 Serving students who attend:

   • Fruitland Elementary
   • Karshner Elementary
   • Maplewood Elementary
   • Meeker Elementary
   • Mt. View Elementary
   • Northwood Elementary
   • Shaw Road Elementary
   • Spinning Elementary
   • Stewart Elementary
   • Waller Road Elementary
   • Aylen Junior High
   • Edgemont Junior High
   • Kalles Junior High
   • Puyallup High School


Dates and Schedule

For the 2021-22 school year, Summer Learning Academy will be held July 5 – Aug. 4 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  Class will be held in the mornings on these days and follow the below school schedule:

 Elementary Locations (Grades K-4):8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
 Junior High Locations (Grades 5-8):8:15 – 11:15 a.m.
 High School Locations (Grades 9-12):8:30 – 11:30 a.m.


Bus transportation is provided to and from Summer Learning Academy locations for students who live in-district.  Bus stop locations and times will be finalized and communicated to families in June. 

Families residing in a walking radius* of a Summer Learning Academy location will not receive transportation services.  *Elementary, 1-mile radius; Secondary 1.5-mile radius.   

Bus stop locations for Summer Learning Academy students will be different than school-year bus locations.  The Transportation department will create SLA bus stop locations based off the number of students registering and transportation needs.  When registering, families will have the opportunity to enter the address of pick up and drop off to help determine bus stop locations.  Bus services will be available for daycare and Right At School locations. 

Bus Assignments/Notifications

District ‘bus bulletins’ will be replaced with a new system this summer.  Bus assignments and notifications will be provided through the Traversa Ride 360 notification system.  Families are strongly encouraged to sign up for services by downloading the Ride 360 app.  Ride 360 will be used to notify families with bus stop information and bus delays when Summer Learning Academy is in session.     


Bus assignments will contain the bus stop location and approximate stop time for pick-up and drop-off. Sign up for Ride 360 now to ensure you receive your child’s bus assignment as soon as available.  Traversa Ride 360 can be accessed via the web or mobile app.


For information on how to access the Traversa Ride 360 website and mobile application click here. 

Before and After School Care

Right at School (RAS) summer camp will be offered at Firgrove and Stewart Elementary this summer from 6:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.  Transportation will be provided for families attending Summer Learning Academy schools.  Summer Camp registration information can be found here.  If your child has special transportation needs while attending RAS Summer Camp, contact Transportation at (253) 841-8775.


Although the mid-morning learning schedule does not include a built-in time for breakfast and lunch, special consideration has been made for young learners in grades K-4.  For students in grades K-4, free lunch will be served from 10:15 – 10:30 a.m. 

We remain committed to connecting families with food resources.  If you have a special circumstance and need assistance while your child attends Summer Learning Academy, contact Food and Nutrition Service at (253) 841-8773.  

Attendance Expectation

It is vital that students attend class each day.  Many skills build on each other and learning is boosted as students progress through lessons. However, if your child needs to miss a few days we ask that you let your child’s teacher know well in advance. 

We are confident that your child will gain skills, have fun, and explore new ideas in learning by attending Summer Learning Academy. 

Contact Information

For all questions about Summer Learning Academy, email [email protected]