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Summer Programs

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FREE Summer Activities for RPS Students! 

This summer, RPS students can learn something new, build friendships and explore new interests! Check out the options below and register separately for each activity. Space is limited, so sign up soon! Note: students must be enrolled in Richfield Public Schools to register for these programs. *

Learn to Fish, Ages 8-15: Students will meet at Taft Park by the accessible dock and participate in a 2-hour learn to fish class, all equipment will be provided.

  • Date: August 11 and August 18
  • Taft Park Fishing Dock (1800 # 63rd St)
  • Maximum 15 students per session
    • Session 1: August 11, 10 a.m.-noon (FULL)
    • Session 2: August 11, 1-3 p.m. (FULL)
    • Session 3: August 18, 10 a.m.-noon (register)
    • Session 4: August 18, 1-3 p.m. (register)

Outdoor Survival, Entering Grades 4-5: Learn the basic skills of survival including the Rule of 3, STOP, building a shelter and making a fire.

  • Date: August 17, 2-3:30 p.m. (register)
  • Wood Lake Nature Center

Reptiles and Amphibians, Entering Grades 2-4: Wood Lake is home to a host of reptiles and amphibians. Get a close up look at some of the wild animals on a marsh hike and meet some of our resident animal ambassadors.

  • Date: August 16, 2-3:30 p.m. (register)  
  • Wood Lake Nature Center

Animal Camouflage, Entering Grades 2-4: Camouflage is the art of hiding in plain sight. Challenge yourself to find the animals on the camouflage trail, play games where you try to hide in the open, and search the marsh for a few of the most difficult to see animals.

  • Date: August 22, 2-3:30 p.m. (register)  
  • Wood Lake Nature Center

Animal Tracks, Entering Grades 4-6: Coyotes, muskrats, squirrels and mice all live at Wood Lake, but are not often seen. Learn what the most common signs to look for (tracks and scat!), see which animals have recently been moving around, and make a plaster track to take home.

  • Date: August 23, 2-3:30 p.m. (register
  • Wood Lake Nature Center

* These classes and programs are offered free of charge to students enrolled in Richfield Public School through funds from the American Rescue Plan that were designated to support summer educational programming. 


Summer School

Our summer school program is designed to engage students in science-based, experiential learning aligned to rigorous standards through fun, hands-on activities. 

Elementary Students (finishing grades K-4):

  • 2022 program dates: June 20 through July 21 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. (no classes July 4-7). 
    • Summer school is held Monday through Thursday.
    • Friday field trips are available through Beacons and Richfield Community Education. These field trips are free, however there are no buses on Fridays. Limited spaces are available. Register through Beacons or Community Education (listed below).
    • After school care from 2-5:30 p.m. is available through Beacons Monday through Friday.
  • Eligibility: Our summer school program is designed to help students accelerate their learning in order to be grade-level ready and for high school students to recover missing credits. Students in grades K-4 who are eligible for summer school will be notified by school staff starting in April. 
  • School will be located at Richfield STEM Elementary.
  • Both academic and enrichment programming are available.
  • Breakfast and lunch served.

Middle School Students (finishing grades 5-7):

  • 2022 program dates: June 20 through July 21 (no classes July 4-7). 
    • Academic program: 8:45 a.m.-1:20 p.m.
    • Enrichment program through Beacons (optional): 1:20-2:45 p.m.
    • Summer school is held Monday through Thursday.
    • Friday field trips are available through Beacons and Richfield Community Education. These field trips are free, however there are no buses on Fridays. Limited spaces are available. Register through Beacons or Community Education (listed below).
  • Eligibility: Summer school in Richfield Public Schools is designed to help students accelerate their learning in order to be grade-level ready and for high school students to recover missing credits. Students in grades 5-7 who are eligible for summer school will be notified by school staff starting in April. 
  • Summer school will be located at Richfield Middle School.
  • Fun, hands-on math, language arts and social emotional learning.
  • Breakfast and lunch will be served.

Incoming Freshmen (finishing grade 8):

  • Students completing grade 8 and heading to Richfield High School in the fall should attend Spartan Camp instead of summer school (details below).
  • 2022 program dates: 
    • June 20 through July 14 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (no program July 4-7).
    • Spartan Camp is held Monday through Thursday.

High School Students (finishing grades 9-12):

  • 2022 program dates:
    • June 20 through July 28 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (no program July 4-7).
    • Summer school is held Monday through Thursday.
  • Eligibility: Summer school in Richfield Public Schools is designed to help students accelerate their learning in order to be grade-level ready and for high school students to recover missing credits. Students in grades 9-12 who are eligible for summer school will be notified in May. 
  • On-site summer school will be located at Richfield High School.
  • Credit recovery options are available.
  • Independent study with online courses, supported by a licensed teacher.
  • Breakfast and lunch will be served.

Spartan Camp

Eligible students who will be starting at Richfield High School as freshmen this fall are invited to Spartan Camp! Spartan Camp meets at Richfield High School. Here's what you need to know:

  • Program runs June 20 through July 14 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (no program July 4-7).
  • Spartan Camp is held Monday through Thursday. We do not meet on Fridays.
  • Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Goals:

  • Focus on relationship building
  • Building and staff connections
  • Reading strategies and study skills
  • Students may earn .5 elective credit

Transportation:

  • Bus transportation is available for students enrolled in summer school.
  • Transportation information will be provided to eligible families along with summer school details.

Richfield Community Education

A variety of summer activities are planned for all ages: preschool, elementary, teen, family and adult. The districtwide community education catalog is delivered to all school district residents and available online for registration. Participation is open to anyone, regardless of the school they attend or where they live.

Featured youth activities include:

  • Olympic Style Swim Lessons
  • Art, Clay & Drawing Camps
  • Soccer Camps
  • Junior Spartans Basketball Camp
  • Robotics Camp
  • Preschool adventures
  • Parent and child classes
  • Youth safety programs
  • Family Field Trips
  • Youth Field Trips
  • Driver Education training
  • Early Childhood Family Education Playgroups and Classes

Registration in advance is required for all classes. Explore class options and register online at richfield.ce.eleyo.com. You can also print and return the registration form. Please call 612-243-3000 or email us at communityeducation@rpsmn.org if you have questions about Richfield Community Education.


Beacons

The Richfield Beacons program is offering a summer program in partnership with the RPS summer school program this year.  Breakfast, lunch and snacks are included. 

Programs include: Sports, Yoga, Financial Literacy, Cooking Club, STEAM activities, Literacy Fun, Games, Arts & Crafts, DIY Fun and more!

Elementary Students (finishing grades K-4):

  • Programs are offered during the day and after school for students attending summer school. 
  • Located at Richfield STEM Elementary.

Middle School Students (finishing grades 5-7):

  • Programs are offered during the afternoon and on Fridays for students attending summer school. 
  • Located at Richfield Middle School.

Incoming Freshmen (finishing grade 8):

  • Welcome freshmen! You will attend the Beacons program during Spartan Camp.

High School Students (finishing grades 9-12):

  • Program runs during the day.
  • Located at Richfield High School.

Download and complete the Beacons registration form to enroll:

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