Summer Explorations Program

2022 Summer Explorations Program Information - *Updated 4/1/22*
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The Summer Explorations Program is a 6-week summer program offered through Watertown Community Education.  Enrollment for this program is offered on a week-by-week basis.  The full-day schedule runs from 8:30 am - 5:30 pm Monday - Friday with an early drop-off option available at an additional cost beginning at 7:15 am.  Watertown Public School students confirmed to enter Kindergarten-Grade 5 in September 2022 are eligible to participate in this program.  

The Summer Explorations Program offers fun and engaging theme-based activities and enrichment experiences.  There is a different program theme each week.  We provide students with a blend of structured and unstructured time with a schedule that includes daily arts and crafts, indoor and outdoor games/sports, water play, more!  When possible, themed weeks will also include an outside enrichment, field trip, and/or featured activity.  

The 2022 Summer Explorations Program will run from Tuesday, July 5, 2022, through Friday, August 12, 2022. 

Cunniff Elementary School (students from the Hosmer, Lowell @ Phillips, Lowell West, and Cunniff Elementary Schools can register to attend this program being held at the Cunniff Elementary School)

Regular Hours Cost:  
8:30 am - 5:30 pm daily (early drop off from 7:15 am - 8:30 am is an additional cost)

Week 1 (4-day week July 5th - July 8th) - Magic and Wonder Week = $300.00

Week 2 (5-day week July 11th - July 15th) - Music Makers Week = $375.00

Week 3 (5-day week July 18th - July 22nd) - All About Animals Week = $375.00

Week 4 (5-day week July 25th - July 29th) - Hero Week = $375.00

Week 5 (5-day week August 1st - August 5th) - Ocean Week = $375.00

Week 6 (5-day week August 8th - August 12th) - Island Adventure Week = $375.00

Optional Early Drop Off Additional Cost:  
7:15 am - 8:30 am 

Week 1 (4-day week) = $80.00

Weeks 2 - 6 (5-day weeks) = $100.00 per week


When will registration open?
Registration for the 2022 Summer Exploration Program will open at 7:00 PM on Thursday, April 14, 2022.  Registration will be held online (only) via Google Doc Registration Form.  Registrations for this program will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  

The link to register will be posted here on our website, on our Watertown Community Education webpage, shared through elementary school principal newsletters, and distributed via paper flyers to current elementary school students prior to Thursday, April 14, 2022.

How will I know if my student has a confirmed space in the program for the weeks I registered them for?
After completing the online registration form for your student, you can expect to receive an email offering your student space in the program or letting you know they have been added to our program waitlist if our program has been filled to capacity.  You can expect to receive this email within 5 school days (does not include weekends or days WPS is closed to students) of submitting your online registration form.  If your student is offered a space, your tuition payment will be due within 5 school days of receiving the emailed space offer.  

When is tuition for the Summer Explorations Program due and how do I submit my payment?
If your student is offered a space, your tuition payment will be due within 5 school days of receiving the emailed space offer.  Tuition can be paid in full for all weeks your student is offered a space for or you can choose to pay a partial hold fee/deposit of $100.00 per week to hold their space.  This fee is included in the weekly tuition and is not in addition to the weekly tuition.  The remaining balance due for each week must be paid in full at least 14-calendar days prior to the start of the week they are scheduled to attend.  If full payment is not received in full at least 14-calendar days prior to the start of the week your student is scheduled to attend, it will be assumed that you have forfeited that week for your student and their registration will be canceled and their space may be offered to another student on our waitlist.  The $100.00 hold fee/deposit for each week is not refundable and cannot be transferred to another week of the program.  

Payments can be made via check or money order payable to CITY OF WATERTOWN with your student’s full name and the code SUM EXP WEEK # (insert week #) included on the memo line.  Payment must be placed in the payment drop-off box located in the Phillips Administration Building parking lot. PLEASE DO NOT SEND YOUR PAYMENT INTO SCHOOL OR THE EXTENDED DAY PROGRAM WITH YOUR STUDENT.  You can access the payment drop-off box by putting 31 Marshall St, Watertown, MA, 02472 into your GPS. This will direct you to the parking lot.  

What is the process to change or cancel your student’s registration?
Once your student has been offered a space for one or more weeks of the Summer Explorations Program and you have submitted your full tuition payment or weekly deposit payment, they are officially confirmed to attend for those weeks.  Any cancellations or changes made to your registration and/or week(s) requested after payment has been received will be considered a cancellation.  There is a non-refundable fee of $100 for each week your student is confirmed to attend the program.  If you choose to cancel one or more weeks, we cannot refund you the $100 per week hold fee.  This fee is included in the weekly tuition and is not in addition to the weekly tuition.  If you paid for the full tuition cost for one or more weeks and you provide written email notice that you are canceling your student’s enrollment with at least 14-calendar days notice prior to the week they are scheduled to attend, you will be refunded for weekly tuition minus the $100 per week non-refundable hold fee.  

If you registered for a week or weeks and wish to change those weeks, you can submit your change request via email at least 14-calendar days prior to the start of the week your student is registered to attend.  A change is considered a cancellation of the week you initially registered and paid for and there is a $100 non-refundable hold fee that will not be refunded or transferred for the individual week you are changing.  Any remaining tuition paid above the $100 hold fee can be transferred to another program week assuming there is availability for your student to attend that week.  

Registration Form
English 2022 Summer Explorations Registration Form:
Spanish 2022 Summer Explorations Registration Form:
Portuguese 2022 Summer Explorations Registration Form:

If you have any questions about The Summer Explorations Program please email Debi Cornelius at [email protected] or Jeff Bodner at [email protected]

Summer Explorations Photo Gallery

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