Summer Academy

The Cooke Summer Academy (CSA) is a six-week summer program for Cooke students designed to reinforce the academic and social skills acquired during the school year. Students participate in a small group, multi-sensory, thematic-based learning environment with integrated related services including speech and language therapy, counseling, and occupational therapy. Students are grouped based on differentiated learning profiles and are assessed continuously throughout the six-week program.

The program is divided into two, three-week thematic sessions. Themes are designed to offer students in-depth, individualized literacy and problem solving instruction in a fun, engaging, and academically appropriate environment. Students engage in academic instruction that focuses on the following core content areas and skills: decoding and word study, reading comprehension, writing workshop, thematic content study, and mathematical problem solving. Community inclusion opportunities complement academic themes by providing students with experiences in their local community settings. Travel Training, Community Service projects, and Off-Site Education activities are integrated into the weekly schedule in order to maximize students’ experiences in the community.

Grammar School Students

  • Academics are provided in small groups focusing on literacy skills and mathematical problem solving within thematic curricular units.
  • Related Services and Recreational Activities (e.g. music, art, movement, etc.) are integrated throughout the summer program.
  • Weekly Off-Site Educational experiences reinforce thematic units and take advantage of NYC resources.

Academy Students
(including graduating 8th graders)

Academics are provided in small groups reinforcing literacy skills and mathematical problem solving within thematic curricular units (including digital literacy, movement, and art).


  • Related Services are integrated throughout the day
  • Recreational Activities, Vocational and Community Service Opportunities are built into the summer program
  • Weekly Off-Site Educational experiences include travel training instruction and reinforce thematic units studied.

(including graduating 12th graders)

  • Academic periods reinforce literacy and math as it relates to work skills and preparation for internships.
  • Vocational Opportunities include CIT experiences, office internships, and community service placements
  • Integrated Related Services
  • Recreational Activities include community electives.
  • In addition to Off-Site Educational trips, students participate in travel training experiences and leisure activities.