Summer Program FAQs
Registration and Payment
Who can attend Summer at Parker?
Parker’s Summer Program is open to the general public. All Junior Kindergarten-Grade 12 campers are welcome! An increasing number of students enroll from public and independent schools throughout San Diego County and beyond.
How do I register?
To register for courses, visit https://francisparker.campbrainregistration.com/.
All courses and activities are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. For courses that reach capacity, waiting lists will be established.
When registering for classes, please make sure to register your student(s) for the grade they will be entering in Fall 2022.
I have multiple children who would like to attend, how do I register?
Visit Parker's CampBrain registration portal and login or create an account for the Summer Program. Next, add each camper to the main account and complete an online registration for each student you wish to enroll.
When is the last day to register?
Registration will close for each course one week prior to the start date. This is to ensure that we properly prepare for your student's participation.
I am on the waitlist, when can I expect additional information?
Should there be a shift in enrollment, prior to the course closing date, we will abide by the timestamped waitlist and contact the family accordingly. You are welcome to email the Summer Program office for an update at your convenience (email@example.com).
What are the class fees and refund policy?
Class fees vary and are dependant on staffing needs and materials. Specific fee amounts can be found under each class description.
Refund Policy: You may cancel a class selection at any time by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. However, if a cancellation request is made less than 30 days before the course, you shall be required to pay the applicable cancellation fee outlined in the table below:
|Number of days before the course start date||Cancellation fee|
|30 days or more||N/A|
|15 to 29 days||25% of Course Fee|
|Fewer than 14 days||100% of Course Fee|
Note: The required $25 registration fee is non-refundable.
What forms of payment are accepted?
Electronic payments can be submitted through Parker's CampBrain registration portal. The Summer at Parker program accepts all major credit cards.
What are the payment options?
Families may select to make a full payment or a payment plan option at the time of registration.
- The payment plan option is available until May 31, 2022.
- Payments will be automatically charged to the card on file on the first of every month and ending on June 1, 2022.
- The total payment due each month is based on the registration total and the remaining installments prior to June 1.
What is the Early Bird Discount?
To take advantage of the 10% Early Bird Registration Discount, register for the Summer at Parker courses by Monday, Feb. 28. In March, there will be a 5% early-bird discount, ending on March 31.
Early bird discounts will automatically be applied to your account.
Is financial assistance available?
Francis Parker School’s financial assistance policies reflect standards of equity and fairness and embrace Francis Parker School’s ongoing commitment to access, affordability, and socioeconomic diversity. Therefore, financial assistance is also available to incoming and current Francis Parker School families during Summer at Parker.
To receive your unique discount code applicable at checkout, contact email@example.com. Please allow 3-5 business days for your code to be created.
Additional financial assistance information can be found here.
Exclusions: Incidental or related course or activity costs including, but not limited to books, registration fees, and supplemental classroom materials (other than normal classroom supplies), are excluded from the financial/remission assistance benefits noted above.
How can I update my contact information?
It is important that your contact information (address, cell number, and email) is accurate in your CampBrain profile. If your information needs to be updated, email your changes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Does Summer at Parker need my contact information?
To ensure you receive all communications and mailed materials (virtual offerings), please review and input your contact information including address, email, and phone number during the registration process.
Summer at Parker Course Offerings
Who will the course instructors be?
The Summer at Parker team consists of passionate educators, counselors, and staff. Team members include Francis Parker School teachers, expert educators, and local community members.
Specific course instructor information will be shared in late April/early May.
Will courses be offered on-campus or virtually?
Most of the Summer at Parker course options are offered on-campus, however, we also have limited virtual options to provide a Summer at Parker experience for students who prefer this platform, are traveling, or are not in the San Diego area.
The platform the course is offered is found in the description. Due to the short duration of the program, we will not be offering a blended option (streaming classroom instruction).
Can a course or track be prorated? Can the student participate for a portion of the track offering?
Due to the short duration of the Summer program, courses and tracks will not be prorated.
What are the behavior expectations?
The Parker Summer Program reserves the right to dismiss at any time, any student whose deportment or conduct is deemed inappropriate, unsafe, and/or counters the classroom experience or to the goals of the Summer Program. Under no circumstances will bullying or hazing be tolerated. In the instance of dismissal (or a student withdrawal once classes have begun), no refund of tuition will be issued.
Do you offer “for academic credit” classes? What is the attendance policy?
“For academic credit” courses will be noted in the course descriptions. Please note, students who wish to enroll in a for-credit course must receive departmental approval prior to participation.
No action is required following registration. The Summer Program Office will contact a family should approval due to academic requirements not be met prior to the start of the course.
Academic credit for some courses offered during the Summer Program is applicable on the following basis:
- Full Year Credit: 6 weeks (120 hours of in-class instruction), 6 credits
- Trimester Credit: 2-3 weeks (40 hours of in-class instruction), 2 credits
Due to the short duration of the Summer Program, absences must be avoided. A student who is absent for more than two (2) scheduled classes in a six-week session or one (1) absence in a two-week session will prevent the student from meeting the classroom attendance requirement and being in compliance with University of California standards for courses earning academic credit. Absences may not take place during a final exam or lab practical. For Credit Recovery courses, absences are not permitted.
Should a student exceed the absence policy, the course will be considered for enrichment purposes only and will not be assigned formal academic credit. The only extenuating circumstance will be if a student is absent due to illness or a medical emergency; in that instance, provisions will be made to make up that class, bearing in mind the following:
- A doctor’s note will be required to confirm the absence and presented to the teacher and the Summer Program office;
- The student will work with the teacher and the Associate Head of Upper School to complete the make-up work and assessments in a timely manner.
Please Note: For any absence, the student is responsible for making up all missed course work.
How are course grades/comments processed?
For Upper School for-credit courses, grades will be submitted by the course instructor to Parker Portal which is accessible to students and families at the end of each trimester. Grades are not recorded for Lower School or Middle School courses.
Who can I contact for course changes?
Email email@example.com for any course changes or questions. We will answer your email on a first come-first served basis and as soon as possible. Please allow 2 business days for an email response.
What requirements are needed to participate in the Junior Kindergarten Summer Program?
Students enrolling in Junior Kindergarten Junior Academy or Lancer Day Camp must be 4 years old before the start of the summer program. Required Junior Kindergarten forms must be completed and submitted to Dawn Murillo, Lower School Administrative Assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org, prior to the first day of camp.
Is there a possibility that a course will be cancelled?
Rarely, Parker must cancel a class due to low enrollment. To avoid any inconvenience to participants and teachers we will ensure enrollment meets minimum levels two weeks in advance of the start date. In the event that a class is not offered, we will make our best efforts to provide priority registration to your second choice course.
Is there a possibility that an on-campus course would transition to online?
All on-campus courses during Summer at Parker are subject to transitioning to virtual instruction.
Location, Transportation, and More
Where do the summer offerings take place?
Parker has two campuses. The Lower School is located on the historic Missions Hills Campus. The Middle School and Upper School are located on the state-of-the-art Linda Vista Campus.
Junior Kindergarten–Grade 5
Mission Hills (Lower School) Campus
Address: 4201 Randolph Street, San Diego, CA 92103
Phone: 619 / 298-9110
Middle School and Upper School
Linda Vista (Middle and Upper School) Campus
Address: 6501 Linda Vista Road, San Diego, CA 92111
Phone: 858 / 569-7900
Is transportation available?
Simplify your morning and afternoon routines by using Summer at Parker's bus service. Our service makes it a breeze to get to and from school. Francis Parker’s bus services are available for morning pick-up and afternoon drop-off.
For specific route information please contact Cindy Zwartjes, Transportation Coordinator, at email@example.com or 858 / 569-7900 x 4125.
Questions about registration? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Dates: June 27–August 5
Will snacks or lunch be provided?
Although lunch is not provided during Summer at Parker, families may choose to have their child bring a lunch from home, or purchase one through our third-party vendor (more information to follow). Please note that students will not have access to refrigerators or microwaves. In addition, lunches brought from home should be nut-free.
Lower School students (JK-Grade 5) will be provided with a morning and afternoon snack. Read our nutritional guidelines here.
What types of activities occur during the on-campus lunch/break period?
Summer at Parker lunchtime is an opportunity for students to further engage with their peers while following the health/safety protocols. All students will eat outdoors maintaining physical distancing.
Following the assigned eating times, students will participate in indoor and outdoor activities, including sports, independent enrichment, storytelling, and more.
Is before and aftercare available?
At this time, our camp hours are 8:30 am-3:30 pm and will not be offering before or aftercare.
Drop-off: 8:00 am-8:30 am
Pick-up: 3:30 pm-3:45 pm
What materials and supplies are needed for camp?
On-Campus: Please bring a labeled water bottle and a labeled backpack/bag to store personal items. All other materials and supplies are included in the fees for the class unless otherwise noted. Additionally, to prevent loss or damage, we discourage bringing any additional personal items.
Virtual: Students will need an iPad or computer to participate in the Zoom sessions. Course links and information will be emailed the week prior to the start of class.
When will I receive more information about the first day of camp?
A welcome email will be sent to all registered families the Wednesday prior to the start of each session.
Where do we go on the first day of camp?
Mission Hills (Lower School) Campus:
Curbside check-in will be available near the entry gate at the start of each session. Summer staff will be available to answer any questions.
Linda Vista (Middle and Upper School) Campus:
Curbside check-in near the Student Life Center (SLC) will be available at the start of each session.
What type of attire should be worn?
Students should dress in summer casual. Students may dress in modest attire of their choosing that meets the general guidelines of good taste and modesty. All clothing must be free of images, graphics, or wording that is distracting in nature.
Health and Safety
What are the COVID-19 vaccination requirements for Summer at Parker?
Summer at Parker will be abiding by the 2021-2022 vaccination policy outlined here.
What health and safety precautions is Summer at Parker taking?
Parker’s top priority is the health, safety, and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff. The implementation of a combination of increased health and safety strategies allows us to remain on campus - we call it, “Parker F.I.R.S.T.”
We expect that K-12 guidelines from the State and County Health Departments will change throughout the summer, and as they do, we will update our processes and procedures accordingly. When governing agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), California Department of Health (CDPH), and the County of San Diego release updates to COVID-related guidance, it may not apply to K-12 schools right away. Parker’s process is to adopt the guidance outlined by these agencies when crafting our health and safety policies. Additionally, Parker takes an extra step to review health and safety decisions with our COVID-19 medical advisory board, Parker’s Leadership Team, representatives of the San Diego County Office of Education, and our School’s Registered Nurse.
Summer at Parker is designed to maintain stable groupings. As practicable, this small group of students will remain together throughout the school day, minimizing crossover among students which limits the potential for viral communal spread. Students will remain with their group for the duration of the day/course to the greatest extent possible.
What should I do if my child feels ill or has symptoms of COVID-19?
It is important to keep your child home for the day if they are exhibiting any of the symptoms below and we encourage you to contact our School Nurse for Summer & Extended Programs. We can arrange for drive-through testing and make our best effort to have your child return to the program in a timely fashion.
Fever or Chills
Shortness of Breath
Muscle or Body Aches
Nausea or Vomiting
If public health conditions change, will Summer at Parker make course adjustments?
Yes, if public health conditions change, Parker is ready to make the appropriate adjustments to the summer program including transitioning to virtual instruction. The School prioritizes the health, safety, and well-being of its community members above all else and will follow the guidelines and directives as defined by our State and local health departments.
What type of face-covering does the school require that students wear to campus?
Please review our updated Face Coverings Policy.
Will students be allowed to take mask breaks?
Yes. Individuals may remove their face covering only when the following criteria are met:
- The individual is actively eating.
- The individual is performing work at their personal workspace with no other people present in the room or immediate area.
- The individual is having trouble breathing.
- The individual has been given permission by a teacher and is in a designated space, preferably outdoors, at least six feet apart from others.
What is Parker’s food allergy plan and protocol?
Parker takes life-threatening food allergies seriously. Parents are asked to complete the required medical information during registration to inform the Summer Program Office. This information will be shared with staff as warranted to ensure student safety.
Additionally, parents are asked to provide at least one epinephrine autoinjectors to school in case of an anaphylactic episode. Please note that staff will do the following in case of an anaphylactic event:
1. Administer the epinephrine to the student, 2. Call 9-1-1, 3. Notify parents of the situation.
Parents are asked to have their physician or specialist fill out a food allergy action plan and bring the completed plan to the school nurse prior to the start of the Summer Program or upon diagnosis of anaphylaxis. Click here for a sample food allergy action plan. Also, please have your provider or specialist fill out the Parent/Guardian and Physician Request for Medication Form, one for each medication to be administered at school.
Finally, if you would like your student to carry an epinephrine autoinjector on his person while at school, please complete a Permission to Carry an Epinephrine Autoinjector form and return the completed form to the Summer Program Office prior to the start of the school year.
What if my child is required to take medication during the day?
Parents are asked to complete and submit the Request for Administration of Medication Form to the Summer Program Office if their child requires any prescription or over-the-counter medication during camp hours.
The registered nurse oversees and coordinates with the nurse aid for all medical services provided on campus, including administering any prescription or over-the-counter medications required by students during the school day.
What if my child becomes sick, hurt, or injured during the program?
Parker takes student safety very seriously. However, no matter how many precautions we take, accidents and illness may occur. Parents/guardians or emergency contacts will be contacted as soon as possible if their child becomes sick, hurt, or injured.
During our summer program, we have an on-site nurse aide and a registered nurse available for consultation by faculty, staff, and parents/guardians. Additionally, our camp counselors and faculty/staff are trained in CPR and first-aid.