Registration for Summer Stretch 2021 will begin at 4:00 PM on Sunday, February 7th and close at 5:00 PM on June 1st. Students must currently be in the 7th-10th grades (the 2020-2021 school year) when they register. Not all classes are open to all grades. Because classes tend to fill quickly, students may choose up to three of their top course preferences during registration. However, students are only accepted into one class.

Applicants need to complete the online application and submit appropriate documentation to qualify for admission to the program. Applications are only considered complete after documentation has been submitted.

Pathways to Qualify for a Summer Stretch Math Class

Stretch applicants qualify by submitting documentation for ONE of the following:

  • Smarter Balanced (SBAC) scores or other standardized tests (ITBS, SSAT, SCAT, CoGAT, ERB) scores in the 90th percentile or above in the quantitative section. The minimum SBAC scores for tests taken the spring of 2020 are not yet available. We will update this information later in the year when they become available. For your reference, the minimum qualifying SBAC scores for tests taken the spring of 2019 are as follows:
    • 6th Grade test:  Math 2673
    • 7th Grade test:  Math 2702
    • 8th Grade test:  Math 2733
  • SAT or ACT scores in the 50th percentile or better in the quantitative section
  • Letter of recommendation from a current math teacher who can speak to the student’s ability to succeed in the specific math class for which the student has applied. If you are using a teacher’s recommendation to qualify for a math class, you will be prompted to provide a name and e-mail address during registration. The teacher recommendation form will automatically be e-mailed to the instructor.

Pathways to Qualify for All Other Summer Stretch Classes

Stretch applicants qualify by submitting documentation for ONE of the following:

  • Enrollment in an identified gifted/highly capable program that specifically serves highly capable students. Acceptable documentation is a letter of placement or report card in a gifted program or school.
  • Qualification to participate in a nationally-recognized talent search (Johns Hopkins CTY, Davidson Institute, etc.)
  • Participation in the Rainier Scholars program
  • Smarter Balanced (SBAC) scores or other standardized test (ITBS, SSAT, SCAT, CoGAT, ERB) scores in the 90th percentile or above in at least one subject area. For your reference, the minimum qualifying SBAC scores for tests taken the Spring of 2019 are as follows:
    • 6th Grade test:  ELA 2661, OR Math 2673
    • 7th Grade test:  ELA 2699, OR Math 2702
    • 8th Grade test:  ELA 2710, OR Math 2733
  • SAT or ACT scores in the 50th percentile or better in at least one subject area
  • Letter of recommendation from a teacher who can speak to the student’s ability to succeed in the program. If you are using a teacher’s recommendation to qualify for the program, you will be prompted to provide a name and e-mail address during registration. The teacher recommendation form will automatically be e-mailed to the instructor.
  • Previous enrollment in our Summer Challenge or Summer Stretch program

Documentation must be uploaded to your account. It can be in the form of a screenshot, photo, PDF, or jpeg.

To meet projected enrollment demands, we sometimes offer multiple sections of classes. Please note that if you register for a class that has multiple sections (designated Section A or Section B), if there is no space left in the section you are requesting, we will automatically put you in the other section of the same class. The core content is the same across sections, although teachers may approach it differently based on their areas of expertise.

Applications are accepted on a rolling, first-come first-served basis. Complete applications are processed first. Waiting lists are created for classes that fill. Classes that are under-enrolled may be canceled.

Appeal Process

If a student was not accepted into the program and would like to appeal that decision, parents have a week to submit an appeal. If you wish to appeal, please log into your account, where there is a link to an appeal form. Once the appeal has been completed and submitted, and the required documents uploaded to your account, the Admissions team will reconsider your application and, if necessary, forward the appeal to the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, which has the final word on all appeals.