Enrichment Camps and Bridge Programs

Camp Explore: Summer Enrichment
Camp Explore

At Camp Explore, students in grades K-5 will be challenged to construct, discover and defend their curiosity through kid-friendly high-interest activities designed with them in mind.

Camp Coordinator - Alicia McCowan, 972-223-6666

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You will need to click continue shopping on the online store to pay for more than one child.

  • WHEN: M-F, June 4-June 29, 7:45 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
  • WHERE:  Woodridge Elementary
  • WHO: K-5
  • COST: $75 - Per week if Camp Explore
                    $50 - Field Trips (one-time fee)
                    $25 - Per week for aftercare (Camp Explore participants only)
                    $50 - ACE Aftercare per week
  • CONTACT INFORMATION: Alicia McCowan: 972-224-0960
  • PAY HERE - This payment only works for one child at a time. If registering more than one child please click "continue shopping," and you will be able to pay for another child.


In an effort to support our T-STEM pipeline from elementary through high school, this camp is designed to expose incoming 5-9th-grade students to STEM projects. Students will engage hands-on learning activities with the goal to expose students to real-life applications of science, technology, engineering, and math.
  • WHEN: June 11 - June 21, 8 AM to 12:30 PM (Mon-Thur ONLY)
  • WHERE: DeSoto High School
  • WHO: Incoming 5th - 9th Graders
  • COST: $25
  • CONTACT INFORMATION: Nicholas Johnson and Chasiti McKissic
                                   nicholas.johnson@desotoisd.org chasiti.mckissic@desotoisd.org

ACE Summer Enrichment

The ACE Summer Enrichment will focus on providing high-quality and engaging enrichment programming through literacy, social & emotional learning, project-based learning, college & career readiness, and parent enrichment workshops. (Existing Elementary & Middle ACE Students)

  • WHEN: June 4-28 (19 days), 8 AM to 1 PM (Monday-Friday)
  • WHERE: Woodridge ES, McCowan MS
  • WHO: Current ACE elementary and middle school students
  • CONTACT INFORMATION: Dolores Raivezee-Bell draivezeebell@desotoisd.org

PK Summer Program

The PK Summer Program is free for current students based on teacher recommendation. PK students will obtain enrichment of foundational skills.

  • WHEN: June 4-29 (20 days), 8 AM to 3 PM (Monday-Friday)
  • WHERE: Amber Terrace Discovery & Design Early Childhood Academy
  • WHO: Current PK students by teacher recommendation
  • CONTACT INFORMATION: Myla Wilson mwilson@desotoisd.org 

GT Camp

The Gifted & Talented Camp helps students strengthen current skills and interests, explore new subject areas, and interact with other students who love learning. This educational enrichment program is an excellent opportunity for gifted students to develop a variety of skills and expand their interests.

  • WHEN: June 4-8 (5 days), 8 AM to 12 Noon (Monday-Friday);
    June 8 Field Trip 9 AM to 2 PM
  • WHERE: Woodridge Elementary
  • WHO: Current k-5 students; register through GT specialists at your campus
  • COST: Fee (TBD)
  • CONTACT INFORMATION: Myla Wilson mwilson@desotoisd.org