Academics

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Adventures in Reading

Adventures in Reading takes young campers through exciting literature and writing experiences every day. Students have the opportunity to enhance their language arts skills through games, hands-on exercises, and direct instruction. Children are exposed to a wide variety or reading materials and are guided to self-select books that are "just right" for independent practice. This adventure includes book talks, computer activities, and read alouds. After Adventures in Reading, campers continue on to Day Camp to complete their day.

Grades: 1-3
Dates: July 15-26
Time: 9am - 3:30pm
Fee: $850 for two-week session

Planet Math

Students entering Grades 1 or 2 will love this summer opportunity to practice their math skills and satisfy their excitement about numbers! This class engages young learners with hands-on activities and games as they blast through outer space and visit special galactic sites while exploring mathematical concepts. Don’t miss your ticket to a mathematical adventure that is out of this world! After Planet Math, campers continue on to Day Camp to complete their day.

Grades: 1-2
Dates: July 1-12 (no camp on July 4)
Time: 9am - 3:30pm
Fee: $765 for two-week session

Math Attack

This program is for the student who needs to improve their mathematical prowess. Skills are taught in an engaging, relaxed environment with extensive use of SMART technology and game websites that focus on numbers. All math topics (algebra, number operations, measurement, geometry, and problem solving) are explored, and each participant receives a packet of games and activities that can easily be used at home throughout the summer and school year. After Math Attack, campers continue on to Day Camp to complete their day.

MATH ATTACK 3-4

Grades: 3-4
Dates: July 8-12
Time: 9am - 3:30pm
Fee: $450

Mystery Mania

From scavenger hunts to "who-dunnits", this program is all about mystery! Campers read short stories, try to solve riddles, and learn techniques that help solve real-life mysteries. This program encourages imagination and a love of reading, and uses SMART technology and interactive apps and website. Students receive links to riddle-a-day websites along with a copy of the class's very own mystery! After Mystery Mania, campers continue on to Day Camp to complete their day.

Grades: 3-6
Dates: July 8-12
Time: 9am - 3:30pm
Fee: $450

Read, Write, Compute

This program encourages quality reading and writing. Participants strengthen their language arts and technology skills while taking part in motivating, thematic projects targeted towards their specific capabilities and learning styles. A variety of online resources, interactive SmartBoard lessons, and games support the reading done in class, and a different theme is explored each week. After Read, Write, Compute, campers continue on to Day Camp to complete their day.

Grades: 3-6
Dates: June 24-28 (Animals)
Time: 9am - 3:30pm
Fee: $450

Study Skills Jr.

This program helps campers learn how to succeed in the classroom by discovering their learning style and using that to determine strategies that will be of most use for them when deciphering new material. Campers learn how to paraphrase, increase their vocabulary, take effective notes, and organize themselves and their thoughts. Time is also spent on advanced keyboarding, test preparation techniques, test-taking strategies, and essay-writing skills. After Study Skills, campers continue on to Day Camp to complete their day.

Grades: 5-6
Dates: June 17-28
Time: 9am - 3:30pm
Fee: $850 for two-week session

Algebra 2

For students entering grades 7-10, this course emphasizes the structure of algebra and basic algebraic procedures. Topics include understanding the definition of a function and performing arithmetic operations and transformations of functions, including linear, quadratic, cubic, radical, rational and absolute value.

The course also focuses on solving systems of linear equations in two variables and three variables using matrices and the methods for solving quadratic equations algebraically and graphically.

In addition, if time permits, there will be a discussion of conic sections. Depending on the skill level of the students enrolled in the course, the topics covered may expand beyond these topics to include additional skills. If possible, the motivation for the additional topics will come from the specific areas indicated as a requirement on the syllabus provided by the students' home schools.

Grades: 7-10
Dates: June 17 - July 26
Time: 9-11am
Fee: $800 for six-week session

Geometry

For students entering Grades 7-10, this course includes a thorough study of the main topics of plane geometry and how these topics coordinate with one another. We discuss the properties of parallel lines, triangles, quadrilaterals, and circles. Students will learn the principles of deductive reasoning and mathematical proof, and present arguments in a clear, orderly fashion. Emphasis on proofs is done especially in the section on congruent triangles.

Other topics studied are similar figures, trigonometry, area, and volume. Depending on the skill level of the students enrolled in the course, the topics covered may expand beyond these topics to include additional skills. If possible, the motivation for the additional topics will come from the specific areas indicated as a requirement on the syllabus provided by the students' home schools.

Grades: 7-10
Dates: June 17 - July 26
Time: 9-11am
Fee: $800 for six-week session

Academic Writing and Reading

For students entering grades 9-10, this course is designed to teach the foundational skills necessary for success in the high school English classroom. Geared towards students who have had little prior experience with academic writing or who have had difficulty in this area, this course will focus on fostering and refining analytical reading and writing skills. Using short stories and poetry, students will practice decoding, summarizing, and annotating. We will then build on these essential skills to develop more sophisticated reading strategies that will enable students to read between and beyond the lines of a text.

Additionally, students will learn how to transfer their skill as analytical readers into writing. Students will be taught how to construct arguments in a clear, orderly fashion. They will also be instructed on how to support those arguments with evidence from a text. They will learn how to select, introduce, and integrate quotes, as well as how to work closely with specific language from a text to support their claims.

Grades: 9-10
Dates: June 17 - June 28
Time: 9-11:30am
Fee: $450 for two-week session