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The Clara H. Jones Summer Institute is a structured, six-week intensive program aimed at developing students' fine arts skills while also targeting reading, math and science proficiency. We serve students in rising grades 1st-9th. 
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Now in its 20th year, the Summer Institute is named in honor of acclaimed music teacher Clara H. Jones who was a retired CMS teacher and provided community lessons on Charlotte's west side for decades in her home-based studio.

Below you will find everything parents usually ask. But if you need more info, feel free to contact us at 704.372.3742, Mon-Fri afternoons, or email


  • We serve RISING 1st-9th GRADE STUDENTS. 
  • ONE LOW PRICE! SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE! Tuition includes Academic & Fine Arts Instruction, Field Trips, Polo Shirts, Before & After Care, Instruments, Breakfast, Hot Lunch & Snack. No extra fees!
  • CONVENIENT LOCATION! Five minutes west of uptown at 1801 Oaklawn Avenue in the Family Life Center of First Baptist Church-West. Easy access from uptown on Trade Street, or I-77/I-85.
  • PARENT-FRIENDLY OPERATING HOURS 7:30am-5:30 pm Monday thru Friday.
  • DIVERSITY in race, gender and language celebrated. Spanish translations provided, as well as diverse program offerings ranging from classical to gospel to salsa.
  • 1:14 TEACHER-STUDENT RATIO in afternoon academic classes led by licensed teachers, education majors or experienced educators Mon-Thurs 1-5pm. Field Trips or Fun Activities on Fridays.
  • ACCOMPLISHED ARTISTS lead fine arts lessons in Brass (trumpet, trombone, tuba & saxophone), Violin, Piano, Music Appreciation & Dance. (Note that piano often is in high demand and may not be available.)
  • Monday through Thursday, students will spend mornings taking a fine arts and a STEAM class.  Afternoons will be devoted to academic instruction. And every week on Fridays, there will be a field trip or special program.
  • ONLINE ACCESS on wireless laptops for students & ONLINE PAYMENTS AND APPLICATION for parents.

Two orientation sessions held on the first day, Tuesday, June 20, @ 8:15am and 8:45am. Parent Handbooks issued at orientation.

Operating hours are Mon-Fri, 7:30am-5:30 pm. June 20-July 28, 2022. (Instructional time is from 9am-5pm.) Closed on Monday, June 19th, and Tuesday, July 4th. Mark your calendars for the FINAL PROGRAM on Friday, July 28th, @5:30pm.

Students can be dropped off and a staff person will check them in, but parents or an authorized person MUST sign them out each day.

Scholarships Available for Students Who Attend Title I Schools or Meet Income Guidelines!

As of this writing, students will be required to wear masks and wash/sanitize their hands on a regular basis. Teachers and staff will continue to wear masks and practice cleanliness habits. We will seek to socially distance in classrooms as much as possible but this may not be possible on field trips and other group activities. The bottom line is that we will ALWAYS seek to follow the latest health guidelines. 

Light breakfast, hot healthy lunch and afternoon snack prepared on-site in our commercial kitchen by school-trained chef. Peanut-free menu and hearty meatless days.

Students are expected to wear school-appropriate attire. We also ask that students wear tennis shoes or other similar footwear, but NO OPEN-TOE SHOES DUE TO SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS.

The Summer Institute shirt will be issued prior to the first field trip and is to be worn every Friday as well as for the Final Program on Friday, July 29th.

We do not discriminate against students, parents, employees or applicants on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, language, religion or, where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation or income.