Center School’s Summer Learning and Enrichment Program provides students in grades 1-6 with academic and recreational opportunities to develop and maintain skills, practice effective learning strategies and increase abilities in a warm, welcoming and fun-filled environment. Center School’s Summer Learning and Enrichment Program nurtures students’ confidence and guides them in realizing their potential.
Help your child realize their potential with our summer program!
Each day, students experience two and one quarter hours of Center School’s trusted curriculum. One and one-half hours of language based instruction includes phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension and writing through interactive activities. Executive function skills of organization, problem solving and flexible thinking are woven into social games and team activities. Students participate in STEM projects with technology experts* to leverage strengths in science, technology and math.
Classes participate in team building activities and cooperative games to learn to navigate the social landscape while Mindfulness strategies help students thoroughly enjoy their camp adventure. Classes take part in STEM activities to learn variations of:
- Energize: Chemical Reactions
- Stuck on You: Electromagnetism
- Starlight, Starbright: Solar Energy
- Whirlwind: Wind Energy
Students are also able to spend time with therapy dogs from Nor’Wester Readers. This builds self-confidence, independence, and enhances the educational environment. Each child is able to spend individual time reading to the classroom’s personal dog to practice fluency.
In our afternoon programs, students are presented with multiple opportunities to work together, create, discover, and express their originality and creativity in a variety of camps. Weekly themed experiences include Science Explorers®, Theatre Horizon®, Creative Arts, Team Building and Leadership Activities.
*This summer, we’re proud to announce that we are partnering with EduTech® Academic Solutions to provide campers with a STEM experience taught by certified teachers and technology specialists.
Limited Openings Available, please call to inquire.
Summer Program runs July 2 – July 27, 2018 (closed July 4)
Mornings are Monday through Friday
8:30 am to 12:00 pm
Afternoons are Monday through Friday
12:30 to 3:30 pm
8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Students in grades 1-3 receive instruction in Wilson Fundations to improve phonemic awareness, phonics, word identification and reading fluency. During the 90 minutes of language based instruction, students interact with a variety of texts to gain an understanding of text structure. Vocabulary is emphasized to develop language and reading skills, and comprehension is explicitly taught. In third grade, students engage more deeply in the reading process. Students learn to focus on a topic when writing and apply writing skills when responding to reading.
Students in grade 4 receive phonics instruction in Wilson based methods. During the language arts block, vocabulary is emphasized, and comprehension focuses on critical thinking and inferential skills. Students develop their writing skills through responding to literature and practicing with creative writing.
Grades 5 & 6
In grades 5 & 6, students practice spelling skills with emphasis on word structure using Words Their Way® which allows the teacher to instruct each student at their spelling developmental level. Students’ vocabulary is developed on a deeper level, and higher level comprehension skills are practiced using a variety of text while using writing to express understanding.
Week 1, July 2 through July 6, 2018 (closed July 4)
Keep ‘em Moving: Sports, Games and Team Building Activities and Creative Art*
Students are given the opportunity to participate in both team building activities and creative art class through a rotation of classes. During Keep ‘em Moving, students use executive functions to successfully play sports and games based upon their interest while learning to work together toward a common goal of having fun, being a contributing member of a team and showing good sportsmanship. Learning to be gritty and resilient are part of the games. Classes are taught by Linda Jarrett-Armiger, Center School’s guidance counselor for over twelve years. Linda has been trained in Mindful Schools curriculum and is Responsive Classroom trained. She is a member of the American School Counselor Association.
In Creative Art, campers will explore their creativity and imagination in a variety of media including clay, paint on canvas and watercolor techniques, in small group settings, during a 90 minute class, with a different theme or master artist studied each day. Classes are taught by Center School art teacher Debbie Kowalchuk who has been teaching art to children for 20 years.
12:30-2:00: 1st-3rd grade Keep ‘em Moving; 4th-6th grade Creative Art
2:00-3:30: 1st-3rd Creative Art; 4th-6th grade Keep ‘em Moving
*Keep ‘em Moving and Creative Art are considered one camp.
Week 2, July 9 through July 13, 2018
Science Explorers: Take a Dive
Dive into the world of marine biology and oceanography! Students will dissect a real shark, participate in a fisherman’s challenge, examine the anatomy of a fish, learn the ancient technique of gyotaku or “fish rubbing”, learn to survive at sea with a homemade solar still, create a kelp forest and make their own submarine.
Week 3, July 16 through 20, 2018, SOLD OUT!
Theatre Horizon Summer Camp: Young Thespians
In Theatre Horizon’s Summer Camp, young actors spend a week working as an ensemble to create an original play—full of drama, comedy, suspense, and one-of-a-kind characters. Everything from the setting to the plot to the characters is created by the campers. Imaginations are set free during Theatre Horizon’s Summer Camp! On the last day, they perform their world premiere play for an audience with props and costumes!
Week 4, July 23 through July 27, 2018, SOLD OUT!
Science Explorers: Potions, Powders and Polymers
Is it science or magic? Come find out! Students will create erupting foam monsters, conduct amazing air pressure experiments, dig for hidden treasures, investigate the science of illusions and build spectroscopes to view the spectrum of different types of light.
Morning Camp: $375/week; four weeks for $1350
Afternoon Camp: $195/week
Morning and Afternoon, combined: $550/week within the same week; four weeks for $2,150
Registration Fee: $25
- Limited Space Available
- Aftercare available upon request.
- Students should be picked up promptly at dismissal. If a student is picked up 5 minutes later than dismissal, an additional fee will be charged at $1 per minute.
ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED, call to inquire about available openings or to get on a wait list.
Refunds will be offered through June 22, minus a $100 processing fee. Refunds are not permitted after June 22, 2018 or when sessions begin.
For more information, call Megan Stalker at (215) 657-2200.