At Summer School, we believe strongly that students should have CHOICES. Our individualized academic program enables students to further their academic progress by choosing a course of study that suits their personal needs and interests, and allows students to hone their skills and deepen their understanding.
The Summer School offers dynamic faculty, a beautiful 226-acre campus, modern facilities, a 4:1 student-to-faculty ratio, and an average class size of 10 students.
YOUNG SCHOLARS (5 WEEKS)
Designed for talented 7th and 8th graders who are interested in exploring the boarding school experience or taking on the challenges of rigorous public and private secondary schools, this program focuses on building essential skills, increasing independence and self-confidence, and improving time management as students look further down the road to the demands of a college preparatory program. Students choose two major and two minor courses, participate in daily athletics and take part in a myriad of on campus activities.
LIBERAL STUDIES (5 WEEKS)
The Liberal Studies program offers motivated high school students in grades 9 to 12 the opportunity to study a variety of liberal arts courses in an independent school environment. Students will be able to sharpen their academic and test-taking skills, increase their independence, improve time management, as well as broaden their cultural and global awareness as they prepare for college and beyond. Students choose two major and two minor courses, participate in daily athletics and take part in a myriad of on campus activities.
WRITER’S LAB (2 WEEKS)
This course provides high school students a chance to explore different modes of writing such as analytical, narrative, and creative. Through self-exploration and examinations of texts, students dive into the writing process and utilize discussion and reflection to shape their writing. Formal and informal discussions are a staple of the course; students are charged with critically analyzing the text and incorporating newfound skills into their own writing. Students leave this course with a more nuanced understanding of both analytical and creative writing techniques, rhetorical devices, and correct grammar as well as greater confidence in reading, thinking, and speaking critically about literature. Outside the classroom, students take part in daily athletics, as well as on-campus activities.
YOUNG WRITER'S ENRICHMENT INSTITUTE (2 WEEKS)
Intended for middle school students, this two-week course focuses on building fundamental writing, reading, and organizational skills. The WRITING element of the course places emphasis on a review of grammatical principles, and particular attention is paid to effective application of coordination and subordination and to correcting common sentence errors. Concurrently, students learn to write focused, purposefully developed expository paragraphs. Time is also spent approaching the various steps of the writing process, including brainstorming to generate ideas, selecting appropriate organizational strategies, outlining, and revising and editing a rough draft in order to produce a polished expression. During the READING portion, emphasis is placed on reading fluency, comprehension, and building vocabulary. The goal of the STUDY SKILLS component is to boost students’ academic performance by teaching effective time management, organizational, and study habits. Outside the classroom, students take part in daily athletics, as well as on-campus activities. The goal of the program is to boost students in their success with language arts.
GOLF PROGRAM (TWO 2-WEEK SESSIONS)
Utilizing the facilities at Taft’s nearby home course, this program is designed for the competitive golfer pursuing a high school or collegiate level program. All instructors are PGA certified. Enrollment is limited to 10 students per two-week session, and participation requires enrollment in one of the academic programs.
Activities and Features
Religious Emphasis None
Academic General Academics Math English Science History Reading Language Studies
Performing Arts General Performing Arts Drama
Competitive Events Intra Camp Competition
Individual Sports Golf Tennis
Team Sports General Team Sports Basketball Soccer Volleyball
Arts and Crafts Ceramics
Miscellaneous Environmental Photography Video/TV
Other Activities SAT and SSAT Prep Time Management Study Skills Foreign Languages Cultural Trips Weekend Activities
Location & Contact
Camp Address 110 Woodbury Road
Watertown CT, 06795 United States of America
860-945-7961 (tel.) 860-945-7859 (fax.) View Map
Winter Address 110 Woodbury Road
Watertown, CT, 06795 United States of America
860-945-7961 (tel.) 860-945-7859 (fax.)