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2023 Summer Learning Adventure

Summer Learning Adventure (SLA) is a free, outdoor-themed enrichment program for currently enrolled Kindergartner through 5th grade APS students during the 2022-2023 school year.

When is Summer Learning Adventure?

  • June 12, 2023 through July 13, 2023
  • Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • No School June 19 (Juneteenth) and July 3 and 4 (Fourth of July)

What is Summer Learning Adventure?

Summer Learning Adventure (SLA) is a free, outdoor-themed enrichment program for currently enrolled Kindergartner through 5th grade APS students during the 2022-2023 school year. 

Our goal is to provide a rich and engaging program that helps students learn, practice, and retain skills throughout the summer. We expect students to learn and try new things, get messy, and engage with activities that will inspire and challenge them in new ways!

Kinder and First Grade

Our Kinder and first grade program theme is NM Wild! We explore literacy, math, science, social studies, and the arts while emphasizing New Mexico plants, animals, habitats, aquatics, and geology. We will be outdoors daily, learning in a camp-like setting using project-based, hands-on learning.

Second and Third Grade

Our second and third grade program theme is Making Connections: Be Super Arts Smart! Join us for art and music enrichment this summer...students will work with Fine Arts teachers to explore their superpower of creativity.  

Fourth and Fifth Grade

Our fourth and fifth grade program theme is ABQ Explorers: This is an outdoors-oriented, camp-like summer program where students will experience and explore science, art, and Albuquerque’s natural environment through creativity and discovery while using inquiry and place-based learning.  

Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable students with disabilities to participate in the extra curricular program. 


Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, with a capacity of 240 students at each host site. Please check back here for the registration link for your SLA host site.

Program Details

Learn more about what to expect from Summer Learning Adventures. 

Transportation/Bus Routes

Bus routes will run between student's currently enrolled APS school and Summer Learning Adventure host site. Unfortunately there is not a bus route for the SLA host site as all parents are responsible in transporting their student to their enrolled/home school for bus transportation.

Parents MUST be present at drop off or student will be brought back to City Center(District office at 6400 uptown Blvd. NE) for parent pick up.  

Students may take the bus to and from the SLA host site but it is not required for both.  We do ask that you do not change the location of pick as we compile a list of those students riding each bus. 

If you click on the SLA school your student will attend this summer you will find the bus route times for pick up and drop.  These bus routes will be available 1-2 weeks prior to the start of the SLA program.  

What to Wear and Bring

  • Students need to dress accordingly. Wear tennis shoes/closed-toed shoes. No sandals or flip flops.
  • For the first day, we recommend bringing a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, water bottle, snack, and backpack.

Breakfast and Lunch

  • Breakfast and lunch will be provided daily.
  • Students are welcome to bring their own lunch if they would like.
  • Any questions regarding the breakfast or lunch menu, please contact Food Services at (505) 345-5661

Additional Information

SLA Sites and Contact Information / Parent newsletter

Elementary School Summer Administration Teams
SchoolParent newsletter ZoneContactEmail
Alvarado ES Alvarado newsletter 3 Dianna Valenzuela 
Bandelier ES Bandelier newsletter 1 Ann McCoy

Comanche ES

Comanche newsletter 4 Lisa Ulibarri-Miller
G. I. Sanchez ES GI Sanchez newsletter Juan Rodriguez and Andrea Valverde

Helen Cordero ES Helen Cordero newsletter 2 Jasmin Maestas

Marie Hughes ES

Marie Hughes newsletter 3 Jenna Bludworth
Mitchell ES Mitchell newsletter 4 Melissa Chavers
Osuna ES Osuna newsletter 4 Hanna Myers and Amanda Patterson

Painted Sky ES Painted Sky newsletter 2 Lily Montoya 
Tierra Antigua ES Tierra Antigua newsletter 3 Shelby Sanchez
Wherry ES Wherry newsletter 1 Aimme Sewell
Zia ES Zia newsletter 1 Erika Montano 

Behavior and Attendance Expectations for Parent and Students

Behavior Expectations

SLA is a fun, hands-on summer program. It is important that students are engaged and actively participating in the activities.

SLA students will follow the APS Student Behavior Handbook:

Summer violations of the student handbook may result in disenrollment. We want everyone to enjoy the program and stay safe.

Academic Expectations

The program will feature reading, writing, science, and math activities. Our goal is to help students learn throughout the summer and to make the learning experience fun, engaging, inspiring, and challenging.

Teachers may have some at-home tasks for students to complete, so please reinforce the importance of completing those at-home tasks.

Work will not be graded, and students will not earn course credits.

Attendance Expectations

Dates are given so that families may plan their summer vacations and fun accordingly. Because of the high demand and limited spaces, please do not enroll your student if you know they will miss more than 3 days. If your student misses more than the 3 days, they will be dis-enrolled. This policy is put in place for your students academic success.  

Field Trips

All students will go on one field trip during the program.  Your students school will provide more information after the start of the program. 

Before and After School Program

Summer Learning Adventure and Before and After school care are separate programs.  If you are interested in before, after or Friday all day care parents MUST contact the appropriate provider for their students enrolled SLA host site.

SLA Site Provider Contact Information
Alvarado  Community for Learning / 505-242-3353

Bandelier Children's Choice / 505-296-2880
Comanche Community for Learning / 505-242-3353
GI Sanchez N/A
Helen Cordero Community for Leaning / 505-242-3353
Marie Hughes City of Albuquerque / 505-767-5885
Mitchell N/A
Osuna N/A
Painted Sky City of Albuquerque / 505-767-5885
Tierra Antigua N/A
Wherry N/A
Zia  Zia Family Focus