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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 22nd 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, or email


  • Summer 2024 theme of "LA FIESTA AFRO-LATINA."
  • We serve RISING 1st-9th GRADE STUDENTS. 
  • ONE LOW PRICE! Tuition is $1,000 for the entire program--or $166.66 per week. Payments can be made anytime between now and June 24 on this website at "DONATION/PAYMENT." Tuition includes Academic & Fine Arts Instruction, Field Trips, Polo Shirts, Before & After Care, Instruments, Breakfast, Hot Lunch & Snack. No extra fees!
  • SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE! 80% attendance rate required.
  • 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.
  • Monday through Thursday, students will spend mornings taking a fine arts and STEAM class.  Afternoons will be devoted to academic instruction. And every week on Fridays, there will be a field trip or special program.
  • ACCOMPLISHED ARTISTS will lead fine arts lessons Mon-Thurs from 9:00am-12 noon in Brass (trumpet, trombone, tuba & saxophone), Violin, Piano, Music Appreciation & Dance. (Note that piano often is in high demand and may not be available.
  • 1:15 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.
  • ONLINE ACCESS on wireless laptops for students & ONLINE PAYMENTS AND APPLICATION for parents.

Two orientation sessions held on the first day, Monday, June 24, @ 8:15am and 8:45am. Parent Handbooks issued at orientation.

Operating hours are Mon-Fri, 7:30am-5:30pm. June 24-August 2, 2024. (Instructional time is from 9am-4:30pm.) Closed Thursday and Friday, July 4th & 5th. Mark your calendars for the FINAL PROGRAM on Friday, August 2, @5:30pm SHARP!

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.

Tuition is $1,000 -- or $166.66. per week. This includes before and after care, food, field trips, instruments and t-shirts. Due to below-market rates, we do not pro-rate for vacations, two-week periods or sibling discounts. Payments can be made of any amount between now and June 24 on this website. Click "Donation/Payment." 

Scholarships Available for Students Who Meet Income Guidelines! Must submit cover sheet of most recent income tax form with Social Security numbers blacked out to to verify income.

Students may be required to wear masks that we provide and wash/sanitize their hands on a regular basis depending on Health Department directives or if there is an illness outbreak among students. Teachers and staff may continue to wear masks. We reserve the right to make changes as needed should there be any change in prevailing health conditions.

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, Aug. 2.

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.