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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

Online Summer Programs (June - July) include a variety of enrichment classes for VI students of all ability levels.

We will be conducting all summer programs via the Zoom online learning platform. This online enrichment program will be specially targeted to students who are blind and visually impaired. We are making every effort to make our activities as engaging and interactive as possible.

Please reach out to Sara Merritt, Principal of Short-Term Programs, 512-206-9176, or , if you have any questions or concerns.

 Application for 2020 Summer Programs  (Open January 6, 2020 - February 14, 2020)

  • Elementary Summer Enrichment (ages 6-12): Students who are on or close to grade level. This one-week program is offered two times, June 8th-June 12th and June 15th-June 19th.
  • Secondary Enrichment (ages 12-22): Students who are enrolled in middle or high school during this academic year. For students who are on or up to three years below grade level, interact independently with their grade-level peers, and have highly developed daily living skills. We will offer SE classes for two weeks, from June 22st-June 26th and June 29th-July 3rd.
  • Practical Experiences in Expanded Core (PEEC) (ages 6-22): Students who currently receive some or all instruction in an alternative academic setting, 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 week. The one-week program choices for elementary students are June 8th-June 12th or June 15th-June 19th. The one-week program choices for secondary students are June 15th-June 19th or June 22nd-June 26th. 
  • Summer Work Experience in Austin Texas (SWEAT) (ages 17-22): Work program for students who are on or close to grade level. The program is June 15th-July 3rd. In order to determine learning goals for SWEAT, students are required to participate in Pre-SWEAT (April 3-5, 2020.)
  • Working And Living In The Community (WALIC) (ages 16-22): Work program for students functioning about 3 or more years below grade level. The program is June 15th-July 3rd.



# Students

SWEAT (ages 17-22) June 8th - June 12th (rewrite curriculum) June 15th  - July 3rd (student instruction) 9
WALIC (ages 16-22) June 8th - June 12th (rewrite curriculum) June 15th  - July 3rd (student instruction) 12
SE (ages 12-22) June 22st - 26th, June 29th - July 3rd 64
ESE (ages 6-12) June 8th - June 12th, June 15th - June 19th 50
PEEC (ages 6-22) June 8th - June 12th, June 15th- June 19th, June 22nd- June 26th 27
  Total Number of Students 162

  Summer 2020 Application  (Open January 6, 2020 - February 14, 2020)

For information about the application process, contact: Phoebe Williams 512-206-9241, Nichelle White 512-206-9332 or

  • The application period is January 6 – February 14, 2020. The Summer Program application site closes on February 14, 2020.
  • 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 and from summer programs.
  • Parents are responsible for personal spending money for their student, the amount for each program will be listed in the acceptance letter but averages $20 per week.
  • There are no costs to the school district.
  • The Medical Dietary form is part of the online application.  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) Once you complete the form return it to your student's TVI so that they may complete the application process.
  • If you are having trouble filling out the application or logging in, please look at our new section: Summer & Short-Term Programs Wiki Page

Frequently Asked Questions

Parent Permission Forms and Documents for Summer

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