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Summer enrichment is central to what Open Doors Academy is all about. Summer programs are 100% out-of-school time, and out-of-school programming is what we do best.


Contact Us

Email us:

  • We will answer within 1 business day!

Summer Camp Front Office: 216-266-1355

  • The summer camp office will open on June 5. Before June 5, this phone will not be answered. You can email our team with any questions or concerns!


How to Register

Registration for currently enrolled ODA scholars opens on April 3, 2o23. General registration will open on April 5, 2023. We register via Eventbrite. Current scholars will be able to register using a promo code from their campus coordinator.


  1. Eventbrite registration
  2. Attend orientation
  3. Medical or dietary paperwork (only as needed, only for students not currently in ODA), due May 31
  4. Send “free camp” credit to ODA (step-by-step guide to sign up for ACE and guide to submit your ACE claim after your funds are approved)

Only after these four steps are complete will families receive their camp schedule.

Register for Summer Camp


Program Overview

Our summer programs are unique, engaging, and eye-opening learning experiences for our scholars. We offer over 50 camp options each summer in partnership with over 15 organizations from across Northeast Ohio.


Core Content Areas

Students are assigned to a track that offers a diverse set of programming in the following focus areas:

  1. Literacy, Arts & Culture: visual arts, graphic design, dance, cultural arts, music
  2. STEM/STEAM: engineering, technology, invention, digital media, computer programming
  3. Sports & Recreation: sports, outdoor camps, fitness
  4. Health & Wellness: nutrition, culinary instruction, mental health, mindfulness, meditation
  5. Leadership Development: global social lessons, service learning, character development, entrepreneurship, career training
  6. College & Career Readiness: workshops that include exposure to specific career tracks

Instruction is tailored to each grade level to be developmentally appropriate. Our elementary school camp offers Core Content Areas 1-4. Our middle school and high school programs offers Core Content Areas 1-6.


Our Summer Programs

Elementary Camp

Our elementary school program offers exposure to learning experiences in our core content areas. Students follow a block schedule each day that covers at least four core content areas.

Elementary camp is open to current Kindergarteners through current 4th graders.

Each elementary camp group will attend at least one field trip per session. Field trip locations include the Cleveland Zoo, The Museum of Natural History, Fieldstone Farm, Bellwether Farm, and the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes.


Middle School Camp

Our middle school program offer our students a chance to dive deep into one core content area each week. Over the course of each session, middle school students will explore multiple core content areas and deepen their knowledge and skills.

Middle school camp is open to current 5th graders through current 8th graders.

Our middle school programs are held both on-site at Monticello Middle School and at partner organization locations in Cleveland and Cleveland Heights.


High School Internship

Our high school summer programs are open to currently enrolled ODA scholars at high school programs. High school camp that pairs academic support curriculum and college and career readiness training with an internship supporting our elementary summer programs. To apply, students must complete the High School Summer Application and an interview with ODA staff.

Because the high school program is also an internship, students will be paid for the duration of their summer experience.

The High School Summer Application will be published in our employment portal in ADP. The application is closed at this time.



We offer 7 weeks of summer programming. Our camps are open Monday-Thursday.

  • Session 1: June 12 – July 6
  • Session 2: July 10 – July 27

We will be closed on Monday, June 19 (for Juneteenth), and Tuesday, July 4. Camp is closed on all Fridays.

Camp opens at 8:00 AM at Monticello Middle School. Dismissal at Monticello Middle School occurs at 4:30 PM. Buses load at each bus stop at 8:00 AM. Buses return to bus stops at 5 PM.



All students are served breakfast and lunch daily.



Our summer camp hub is located at Monticello Middle School in Cleveland Heights:

  • 3665 Monticello Blvd., Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44121

We also transport scholars by bus to various locations during camp. If you want to pick up your scholar early, please call ahead. Your child may not be located at Monticello Middle School until returning for dismissal. We can arrange early pickup from a field trip locations in an emergency.



Transportation is provided to students from the following schools to our hub location at Monticello Middle School in Cleveland Heights. Families must choose one (1) transportation option for the duration of the summer. Students may be dropped of and pickup up from Monticello Middle School.

Bus stop locations:

  1. Garrett Morgan High School
  2. Euclid Middle School
  3. E Prep Cliffs
  4. Cleveland Central Catholic
  5. Citizens Academy Southeast

More locations TBA. Any changes to transportation method must be made by May 31.



Camp is FREE TO FAMILIES with the help of multiple public programs. To apply a credit, families must submit certain documentation. Our team is available to help with any questions about applying these credits to your child’s enrollment at ODA Summer Camp.

List of Services:

  • Elementary School Summer Camp: $500/session
  • Middle School Summer Camp: $500/session
  • High School Summer Camp: no cost, selection after interview process


Credits to cover the cost of services from the following public programs:

  1. ACE Ohio ($500 credit per child per session)
  2. ODA Afterschool Scholar and Sibling ($500 credit per child per session)
  3. Financial Aid (up to $500 credit per child per session)



Attendance is expected regularly during summer programs. Absences must be communicated to ODA staff. Because we do not want to deny the opportunity to attend to any waitlisted scholar, we may remove students from the summer camp roster if they do not attend.


Summer Camp Orientation

Attending orientation is mandatory. ODA staff will host virtual and in-person summer camp orientation sessions to answer any questions from parents and families. Included in our presentation are answers to the following questions:

  1. Daily schedule
  2. Expectations at camp
  3. What to bring to camp
  4. What NOT to bring to camp
  5. Medical accommodations
  6. Absences
  7. Early/Late arrivals
  8. Early/Late pickups

The following orientation options are available:

    • Tuesday, May 2nd at 6:30pm via Zoom webinar 
    • Wednesday, May 3rd at 6:30 PM at Garrett Morgan High School (in Cleveland on Detroit Ave.) 
    • Thursday, May 4th at 6:30 PM at Monticello Middle School (in Cleveland Heights) 
    • Saturday, May 6th at 11:00 AM at ODA office   
    • Monday, May 8th at 5:30 PM at Orchard STEM School (in Spanish/en Español) 
    • Tuesday, May 9th at 6:30 PM at Cleveland Central Catholic High School (in Slavic Village neighborhood in Cleveland) 
    • Wednesday, May 10th at 6:30 PM at Euclid Middle School (in Euclid) 
    • Thursday, May 11th at 6:30 PM at ODA office 
    • Saturday, May 13th at 11:00 AM via Zoom webinar
    • Tuesday, May 16th at 6:30 PM via Zoom webinar

All families must sign in to orientation in order to attend camp.

Register for Required Orientation



Program Waiver

By attending summer camp, parents/guardians agree to the Summer Program Waiver. Permission for walking home from camp or the bus stop is also given as part of orientation and agreeing to the summer program waiver.