International Summer Academy

Since 2012, the Refugee Youth Project has partnered with Soccer Without Borders Maryland, Baltimore City Community College, and other community partners to host educational and enriching summer activities for refugee youth and other humanitarian migrants.

This year, we are proud to continue to host two summer academies: one for rising Kindergarten through 8th-grade students in Northeast Baltimore, and an international summer institute for rising 10th-12th grade students in central Baltimore. The summer institute also can offer non-credit enrichment opportunities to youth up to age 21 if they are not enrolled in school.

Read more about each program by clicking below.


K-8 International Summer Academy

June 25 to August 3, 2018


The 2018 K-8 International Summer Academy (ISA) provides six weeks of free educational and recreational programming for newly-arrived refugee students, immigrants, and other humanitarian migrants living in the Moravia/Frankford neighborhood of Baltimore City.  It serves more than 150 kindergarten through 8th grade students from countries such as Syria, Congo, Eritrea, Afghanistan, and Bhutan.

The program is hosted by Soccer Without Borders Maryland in partnership with the Baltimore City Community College Refugee Youth Project (RYP), Rustic Pathways, and Baltimore City’s Mayor’s Office of Employment Development YouthWorks program. The ISA is not only a safe place for participants to take part in academic programming and enrichment activities while schools are closed for the summer, it also provides an opportunity for high school refugee students to serve as teacher assistants, coaches, and mentors for their own communities. The ISA emphasizes English language classes for K-8 students, focusing on both the maintenance and strengthening of academic and conversational literacy skills. This program gives students critical linguistic and social-emotional supports to equip students for the rigor and expectations of the upcoming academic school year.


Name of School: Vanguard Collegiate Middle School

Address: 5000 Truesdale Avenue

Baltimore, Maryland 21206

Program Dates: June 25 – August 3, 2018

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays

Field Trips every other Friday (July 6, July 20, and August 3)

Program Times: 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm

There is no transportation to/from this program. Families walk to the program.


Rising K-8th grade students with refugee and humanitarian migrant status, and referred immigrants, are eligible. Please contact for more information. Class placement will be depend on class size and need.

Registration Form
High School International Summer Academy

July 9 until August 10, 2018

The 2018 High School International Summer Academy offers a variety of academic and enrichment courses for rising 9th-12th grade refugees and other humanitarian migrants in Baltimore City and Baltimore County. This program is hosted by the Baltimore City Community College Refugee Youth Project in collaboration with Baltimore City Public Schools, Soccer Without Borders, and the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development YouthWorks program.

It is generously funded by through the Anne E. Casey Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield, the Refugee School Impact Grant, and private donors.


National Academy Foundation

540 N. Caroline Street

Baltimore, MD 21205


  • The summer program is planned for rising 9th grade – 12th grade students in Baltimore City and Baltimore County who are have humanitarian migrant status or are otherwise referred by school personnel or partnering staff.
  • Classes will be filled on a first come, first served basis.
  • Original credit classes and credit recovery classes are available to Baltimore City Public Schools students ONLY.
  • Baltimore County students can take enrichment classes ONLY.


The High School International Summer Academy will operate Monday to Friday from July 9 until August 10 at the following times:

  • Period 1: 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m.)
  • Period 2: 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (lunch will be served at 11:00 a.m.)
  • Period 3: 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

For enrichment and class options, please see the registration forms below.


Baltimore City students will receive free bus passes to/from the program.


Click below to download RYP’s registration form:

Summer Program Brochure, Registration, and Permission Slip

Click below to download the Baltimore City Public Schools’ registration form for original credit/recovery classes:

Baltimore City Public Schools’ registration form

For more information, please email