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Summer Explorations

The SUMMER EXPLORATIONS catalog is now available.  Check out the wonderful array of offerings!  All registrations will be taken online*, beginning this Monday, March 13.  Use the link on the cover of the catalog (link goes live at 7:00AM). Please note that we use a guest check-out system, so you DO NOT need to set up accounts for your children.
*Scholarship pricing is available for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch, but these registrations cannot be taken online.  Please contact NCE for assistance: 781-455-0400 x235.

Summer Explorations is Needham's hottest summer program, with over 80 exciting, engaging and affordable workshops for children entering grades 1-9.  The weeklong, half-day and full-day classes will run the weeks of  July 3-7 (no classes July 4), July 10-14, July 17-21 and July 24-28. 

There are classes in science, sports, cooking, fine and performing arts, math fun, creative writing, technology and more that will appeal to the inquisitive, active and creative child. All classes are taught by Needham Public Schools staff members and other trained education professionals.  The classes will be held at the High Rock School and the Broadmeadow School.

Want to see what we’ve been up to this summer?Like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram to experience the joy of Summer Explorations.

Questions?  Contact Carolyn Colonna, NCE Program Director, at or 781-455-0400 x223

Summer Explorations Program

Summer Explorations offers students entering grades 1-9 more than 60 weeklong, morning, afternoon and full-day workshops in July.  There are classes in science, sports, fine and performing arts, cooking, culture, technology and more.  All workshops are taught by Needham Public Schools teachers and other trained education professionals.  The classes are held in Needham Public Schools buildings (sites vary each year, and will be determined by January).

QUESTIONS? Contact Amy Goldman, Community Education Program Director, at or 781-455-0400 x214.

Needham TIMES reports on Summer Explorations program activities

The Needham Times reviews the many Community Education Summer Explorations offerings available to district children in the month of July.  To read the full article click on Community Ed. helps kids explore interests


Needham Community Education’s Summer Explorations program has classes that appeal to the inquisitive, active and creative child. The program consists of dozens of weeklong enrichment classes, for students entering grades 1-9. There are classes to suit all interests: drama, sports, crafts, nature, social and emotional, dance, technology, culture, science. Classes are typically held for 3 hours in the morning, with some afternoon and full-day offerings as well. The program runs for 4 weeks in July. Students may register for classes in any or all of the weeks.

The Summer Explorations classes are taught by teachers, community educators and other professionals. The relaxed and fun setting of Summer Explorations provides an excellent opportunity for children to develop new skills and to explore new interests. The instructors are excited to share their special interest, talent or skill with the students, and the kids have a great time learning from them. That is why Summer Explorations has attracted increasing numbers of instructors and kids each year. Take a peak at the latest catalog to learn more. The catalog for the upcoming summer is posted in mid-March.

Classes are filling up fast!!!  Remember to click on Summer Explorations Available Classes to your left before making your final selections.

Other Summer Programs

‚ÄĘ Summer Classes for High School Students:  SAT Prep, College Tours and Driver's Education.

‚ÄĘ Skills & Thrills - Summer Extended Learning Program:  For students entering grades 1st to 3rd, who currently receive reading support in their school.

Offices located at
Emery Grover Admin. Building
1330 Highland Avenue
Needham, MA 02492
781-455-0400 x235
Fax 781-455-0417
For Flex Spending Account Statement(s) contact:
Jill Ash
781-455-0400 ext235
Amy Goldman
Summer Explorations Program Director
781-455-0400 x214
Mary Grace Summergrad
Program Director, Summer Remedial Programs and Summer Programs for High School Students
781-455-0400 x223