Y Summerbridge San Diego - Summer 2018

Celebrating 25 Years

Language Arts • Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics (STEAM) • Leadership

For rising students in grades 5 through 8, Y Summerbridge is a five-week, tuition-free summer session that teaches the lessons of a lifetime. This program supports students’ social, emotional and leadership development in a safe and positive environment by focusing on parent involvement and strong mentorship with college/university students. Its mission is to accelerate academic achievement and to prepare youth for college and career opportunities.

Selected Summerbridge students continue to learn throughout the school year as UCSD’s Partners at Learning (PAL) program continues Summerbridge’s work via individual tutoring and mentoring.

UCSD Partners at Learning (PAL)

UCSD’s PAL tutors and mentors contribute to San Diego’s schools by providing one-on-one or small-group interaction with preK-12th grade students. UCSD students are providing a consistent presence in young students’ lives. UCSD PAL students spend at least 40 hours per week at their assigned school site.

Become an Instructor 

Being an instructor at Summerbridge provides a worthwhile five-week teaching experience without a teaching credential. Instructors will be responsible for a classroom of 10 to 15 students ranging from 9 to 14 years of age, and will create a daily curriculum with the guidance of academic coaches in every step. To become an instructor or read more about the position, see the online Instructor Application.

Apply today:

Summerbridge Instructor II
Instructor application deadline: March 7, 2018; instructor interviews: March 10 & March 17

"Being a part of the Y Summerbridge family has not only helped me to grow academically, but has also helped me excel as a leader in my community." — Itzel Velasco


Returning Students

Re-Enrollment: Students who are eligible for re-enrollment should have received an email inviting them to attend our Informational/Registration Meeting. Please contact Itzel Velasco ([email protected], 619-572-4954) if you could not attend the registration meeting or think you didn't get your invitation by accident, and/or have unanswered questions

New Students

  • Student Statement: Please download and complete the Student Application (PDF). Be sure to print it and write in pen, or type into this document. We suggest that you do a rough draft and show it to someone before you fill out the final application. Also, please send us a recent photograph of yourself.
  • Parent or Guardian Statement: Please have your parent(s) or guardian(s) complete this form (coming soon).
  • Teacher Reference Form: Give this form (coming soon) to your current academic teacher to fill out and forward to our office.
  • Submit via email to Itzel Velasco at [email protected].

Key dates

  • Enrollment application open: March 1, 2018
  • Student application deadline: March 30, 2018
  • Student notification: April 9, 2018
  • Parent orientation: June 2018
  • Program dates: June 25 - July 27, 2018

Visitor's day: Wednesday, July 18

Please join us on Visitor's Day, 9:00-11:00am, July 19. We are opening our doors to allow parents and the community to see what goes on at Summerbridge. Visitors will be given the chance to sit in on a regular school day and observe the lessons that students receive on a daily basis.


How do I submit my application?
You can download the application from the website (see link on this page). Once it’s downloaded, it will be possible to type in the information and send it through email to Itzel Velasco, [email protected].

The PDF can’t be edited on my computer. What should I do?
You can print the document, fill out the information and send a scanned copy of the application to Itzel Velasco, [email protected]

When will we find out if our student was selected?
Student notifications will be Monday, April 9. In this notification, we will give information about our next mandatory meeting which will take place June 2018. Please make sure you input your most updated contact information in the enrollment forms so we know how to reach you.

What school does my student have to go to in order to apply?
We prioritize applications from the following SDUSD schools: Oak Park, Hawthorne, Chollas-Mead, Pacific View Leadership, Fulton, Freese, Encanto, Sherman, McKinley, Florence and Central Elementary. If you are applying from a school that is not in the area, we will still consider you. Be aware that we will prioritize students from the listed schools, but we will not turn away anyone as an applicant.

During what dates does Summerbridge take place? If my student misses a few days of the program for a vacation can I still apply?
Our program runs from Monday, June 25 to Friday, July 27. Because our program is only five weeks long, missing a single week results in missing out on 20 percent of the content. Since spots for this program are very limited, we recommend you refrain from applying to allow someone else who will not miss days to attend.


Please call us at 619-572-4954 or send an email to Itzel Velasco, [email protected] or Conrado Castro, [email protected]