NCE - Summer Explorations

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Summer Explorations students

View a Sneak Peek our engaging summer programs!

The NCE Summer Explorations program offers students entering grades 1–9 more than 80 unique weeklong, morning, afternoon and full-day enrichment classes in July. There are classes in science, sports, performing arts, culture, cooking, fine art, crafts, writing, technology, engineering and more to appeal to the inquisitive, active, and creative child. All classes are taught by Needham Public Schools teachers and other trained education professionals. The relaxed and fun setting of Summer Explorations provides an excellent opportunity for children to develop new skills, make new friends and explore new interests!

Students participating in both morning and afternoon sessions bring their own lunch and stay for a supervised lunch period with their friends. The program runs for four weeks, June 29–July 24. Students may register for classes in any or all of the weeks. Classes for rising grades 1–5 will be held in Broadmeadow Elementary School and classes for rising grades 3–9 will be held at Needham High School.

View a Sneak Peek of Summer 2020 offerings online!

The Sneak Peek of classes is subject to change. There may be revisions to the classes, grade levels or schedule appearing in this sneak peek. Final information will be listed in the Summer Explorations online catalog and on the Summer Explorations online registration page.

The Summer Explorations 2020 catalog will be emailed to families and available online on Tuesday, March 5th.  

Online registration will begin on Thursday, March 12th at 7:00am. Registration details and instructions to be released with the Summer Explorations 2020 catalog.

Scholarship assistance is available for students who receive free or reduced lunch. Please call NCE for details, 781-455-0400 (option 5).

March 5: Catalog of classes emailed to families and available online
March 12: Registration opens online at 7:00am
May 1: deadline for registrants to withdraw from classes ($30 processing fee incurred for withdrawals)
June 29–July 2 (no class 7/3): Week 1 Summer Explorations
July 6–10: Week 2 Summer Explorations
July 13–17: Week 3 Summer Explorations
July 20–24: Week 4 Summer Explorations

Program times (Broadmeadow Elementary School location):
Morning sessions: 8:45–11:45am
Afternoon sessions: 12:15–3:15pm
(Supervised lunch period 11:45am–12:15pm for students enrolled in both morning and afternoon sessions)

Program times (Needham High School location):
Morning sessions: 9:00am–12:00pm
Afternoon sessions: 12:30–3:30pm
(Supervised lunch period 12:00pm–12:30pm for students enrolled in both morning and afternoon sessions)

No transportation is provided for Summer Explorations.

Non-residents are welcome to participate.

Contact Us: 
For more information or questions about NCE Elementary programs, please contact Carolyn Colonna, NCE Program Director, at or 781-455-0400 x11223.

For questions related to registration, enrollment and payments please contact Jill Ash, NCE Registration Manager, at or 781-455-0400 x11235.

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