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Enjoying the zip line at Candlelight Ranch

Photo of student riding on a zip line over a canyon.

Learning to canoe on Lady Bird Lake

Photo of two students in a canoe with a teacher (one student is happy, the other looks a little unsure)

Setting up shelter at McKinney Falls

Photo of four students trying to figure out how to set up a tent

Learning how to navigate Austin using the light rail

Photo of two students preparing to board the capital metro train in Austin, TX

Learning how to use important technology tools

Photo of a student learning to use a bluetooth refreshable braille display

Summer Programs (June - July) include a variety of enrichment classes for VI students of all ability levels. Classes vary in length from 4 days to 5 weeks. The Summer Programs schedule changes each year. The deadline for Summer Program applications is February 14 and should be submitted by the local TVI as early as possible. Please refer to the current summer programs descriptions (published each January) for details or contact the Summer Programs Administration Team at , Phoebe Williams at 512-206-9241, or Wendy Erickson at 512-206-9332.

Summer Program Descriptions

  • Elementary Summer Enrichment (ages 6-12): Students who are on or close to grade level. Occurs the 4th and 5th week of Summer Programs.
  • Secondary Enrichment (ages 12-22): Students who are enrolled in middle or high school during the academic year 2016-2017. For students who are on or up to three years below grade level, interact well socially with their grade-level peers, and function with greater independence in independent living skills. Occurs the 1st through the 3rd week of Summer Programs.
  • Practical Experiences in Expanded Core (PEEC) (ages 6-22): Students who currently receive some or all instruction in an alternative academic setting, may benefit from supports with communication, social, and independent living skills, can participate safely in small group activities with moderate support and are able to be away from home for 1 to 2 weeks. Occurs the 1st through the 3rd week of Summer Programs.
  • Summer Work Experience in Austin Texas [SWEAT] (ages 17-22): Work program for students who are on or close to grade level. Occurs the 1st through the 5th week of Summer Programs.
  • Working And Living In Community [WALIC] (ages 16-22): Work program for students functioning about 3 or more years below grade level. Occurs the 2nd through the 5th week of Summer Programs.

 Summer Application

  • The application period is January 9 – February 14, 2017. The Summer Program application site closes on February 14.
  • Applications should be completed by the student’s Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI). Summer programs do not require an ARD or district referral.
  • Parents are responsible for transportation to summer programs.
  • Parents are responsible for personal spending money for their child, as described on the program pages.
  • There are no costs to the school district.
  • The Medical Dietary form is part of the online application.  If you are a TVI, please proceed to the application link below.  If you are a parent and you wish to download the PDF version of the form, use the following link: Medical Dietary Form (English)  Medical Dietary Form (Spanish)
  • If you are having trouble filling out the application or logging in, please look at our new section: Summer & Short-Term Programs Wiki Page

 Application for Summer Programs


Frequently Asked Questions


Parent Documents for Summer:

Physical Examination Form

Doctor's Order

Life-jacket Waiver

Packing List - Summer

Clothing & Personal Items Inventory

Homesickness Tips


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