About Us

Welcome! Summer on the Hill (SOH) is a year-round, supplemental enrichment program for promising, low-income public school students from the Bronx, Washington Heights, and Harlem. One of the most sought-after programs in New York City, SOH bridges the gap between public and private education in a nurturing setting.

Founded in 1994, SOH has now served 1,250 NYC students with accelerated academic classes, instruction in the arts and sports, test prep classes, and college trips, and has offered students and parents guidance on school and college choices.

SOH is a 501(c)3 organization that receives support from generous private and corporate foundations, individual donors, the NYS Department of Health, and the NYC DOE Summer SchoolFood Program; SOH has also received grants former NYC Councilmen Koppell and Jackson. Housed on the campus of the Horace Mann School, SOH is deeply grateful for the School’s gift-in-kind of its beautiful  facilities.

The primary entrance point for SOH is the end of second grade. Students must be nominated by their public schools and meet SOH academic and financial criteria for admission. SOH is held in two components:

- The six-year Grade 3-8 program includes a yearly six-week summer session bridged by a mandatory 18-session Saturday school year program. Both summer and school-year sessions are intensely academic, with accelerated classes in language arts, math, and science.
- The High School Program continues the SOH community for Grade 3-8 Program alumni. HS students may participate in SOH’s PSAT/SAT prep classes, college counseling, college visits, workshops for students and parents, and additional college-readiness activities.

2012 8th grade graduates of the Grade 3-8 Program and their teachers

SOH students have been accepted to excellent boarding, independent, parochial, and public schools. SOH is represented at six Ivy League universities, MIT, and top private and public colleges and universities.