Summer Rising

NEST+m Summer Rising Program for K-12 


   July 6 - August 20

   Monday - Friday




   July 6 - August 12

   Monday - Thursday




   July 6 - August 12

   Monday - Thursday


   Email NEST+m 


This year, NEST+m will offer our first-ever k-12 Summer Rising program. Combining experiential learning with creative games, sports and field trips, the program will be held on our beautiful NEST+m campus, giving students the chance to learn, play and connect in person. We hope your child can participate in all, most or even a part of our exciting Summer Rising program. The entire program is free and available to every student, with Breakfast, Lunch and Snack provided daily.

Registration Information

Visit the DYCD website and create an account. 

Then search the DYCD site for “(01M539) New Explorations into Science, Technology and Math High School” (do not search under “nest” or NEST+m”).

  • Grades K-5: COMPASS/Henry Street
  • Grades 6-8: SONYC/Grand Street 
      • Current 8th Graders register for SONYC, not the Grades 9-12 program. 
      • To verify registration: 
  • Grades 9-12: Students are designated and registered by the school  
    • Students and Families will be notified by 6/25/21

Program Details for Grades K-5 

8:00am-6:00pm, Monday-Friday (July 6 - August 20) 

Led by our 5th Grade Teacher, Joan Christou, our elementary students will engage in a multisensory exploration of Nature in the Neighborhood. Through cross-curricular activities combining Science, Math, History, Art, Reading and Writing, students learn about the natural history of the Lower East Side, home to the largest concentration of community gardens in the country. Children design, plant and grow their own gardens over the summer while visiting the many local gardens lovingly maintained by community neighbors. Students focus their mornings on hands-on learning with NEST+m teachers. After lunch, they enjoy afternoons of creative play, sports, games and arts activities led by The Henry Street Settlement. 

Program Details for Grades 6-8

8:00am-4:00pm, Monday-Thursday (July 6 - August 12)

Students will work with NEST+m Teachers to launch an in-depth study of climate change on city design and planning, with a focus on the East River Park. Cross-curricular explorations of the park will combine Environmental Science, Math, Urban Planning, History, Architecture and Engineering Students examine the changing needs of the East River in weekly field trips and design their own proposals to improve our waterfronts. Our students focus their mornings on collaborative learning with NEST+m Teachers. Afternoons offer a broad selection of exciting activities led by SONYC/Grand Street Settlement, including sports, visual arts, computer science and cooking. 

Program Details for Grades 9-12

8:00am-2:30pm, Monday- Thursday (July 6 - August 12)

Grades 9-12 will be in session Monday-Thursday from 8:00am-2:30pm from July 6 - August 12. Our teens will focus their summer on Little Island -- the new man-made floating island in the Hudson River. Students analyze what it took to create this stunning engineering feat through in-class and on-site cross-curricular projects which combine Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Math, Urban Planning, Project Management, Landscaping and NYC History. Our NEST+m faculty will lead the program, including collaborative projects and trips culminating in student proposals for future NYC initiatives. Students will be contacted by NEST+m to participate, or they can email Assistant Principal Tessa Derfner at if interested in participating.

Summer Rising Orientation for K-8

The event was held on Tuesday, June 15 at 5:30pm.

See the PRESENTATION and the RECORDING of the Orientation.