Academics

Summer Programs

Every summer, TJ offers a variety of camps for rising 4th-8th grade students. Offerings include The Thomas Jefferson School of Magical Inquiry, SSAT Prep and Games, and brand new for 2022, Hero Training!

If you have questions, please email summerscholars@tjs.org.

Discounts may not be combined

Sign up by March 1st to receive 10% off the total cost of tuition.

Any additional sibling(s) will automatically receive 10% off the total cost of tuition.

Offerings for Summer 2022

Hero Training

Thesius, Jason of the Argonauts, Percy Jackson. Are you an aspiring hero? Do you have what it takes? Join Summer Scholars for a week spent exploring Greek and Roman mythology. Mornings will be spent studying mythology and creating a play to perform the last day of camp. This camp is open to rising 4th through 8th grade students.

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  • Description

    Session 1: In Greek mythology, the hero, Herakles, is credited with organizing the first running races at Olympia to celebrate the completion of one of his twelve labors. In the afternoons, campers will compete in some of these ancient Olympic events, as well as devising their own and testing their strength in physical and mental hero challenges.

    Session 2: In Homer’s great work, the Odyssey, clever Penelope proposes an archery contest to challenge her suitors. Great Odysseus, a skilled archer, uses the challenge to reveal his true identity and defeat the suitors. Likewise, archery plays an important role to the Greek gods, such as Cupid and Artemis. As rising young heroes, campers will spend the afternoons honing this crucial skill as well as engaging in physical and mental challenges and games.
  • Dates

    Session 1: June 20 - 24, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Session 2: June 27 - July 1, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Tuition

    Early Bird Discount: 10% off total tuition if you sign up by March 1st!
    Tuition rates listed below are per session for the hours of 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Before and after care available for an additional fee. Please review our cancellation policy.

    $375 for one session* 
    $625 for two sessions*

    *Current and incoming TJ families will receive a 15% discount on the total cost of tuition. (May not be combined with Early Bird or Sibling discounts).
  • Registration

    1. Register here.*

    2. Once your payment has been received, complete your application by filling out this form.

    *TJ current and incoming families, please use this link to receive a 15% discount on tuition.

TJ School of Magical Inquiry

Join Summer Scholars for Hogwarts-themed coursework, athletics, and outdoor activities! This camp welcomes muggles in rising 4th through 8th grades.

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  • Description

    Mornings will be spent rotating through classes, such as potions (magical chemistry), witchcraft through the ages (the history of the Salem witch trials), and arithmancy (math and engineering). Campers will be divided into houses, and together they will devise a house name and its defining traits. They will compete against the other houses throughout the week in team building activities, physical and mental challenges, and, of course, ground quidditch.
  • Dates

    Session 1: July 11 - 15, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Session 2: July 18 - 22, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sample Schedule

    • 9:00am Morning Assembly
    • 9:30am Potions Class
    • 10:30am Snack Break
    • 10:45am Spells Trivia Competition
    • 11:30am Art - Quill Calligraphy
    • 12:00pm Lunch
    • 1:00pm Care of Magical Creatures
    • 2:00pm Ground Quidditch Practice
    • 3:00pm Dismissal
  • Athletics and Outdoor Programming

    • Ground Quidditch
    • High Ropes Course
    • Capture the Cloak
    • Hiking
    • Tennis
    • Tri-Wizard Tournament Relays
  • Tuition

    Early Bird Discount: 10% off total tuition if you sign up by March 1st!
    Tuition rates listed below are per session for the hours of 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Before and after care available for an additional fee. Please review our cancellation policy.

    $375 for one session* 
    $625 for two sessions*

    *Current and incoming TJ families will receive a 15% discount on the total cost of tuition. (May not be combined with Early Bird or Sibling discounts).
  • Registration

    1. Register here.*

    2. Once your payment has been received, complete your application by filling out this form.

    *TJ current and incoming families, please use this link to receive a 15% discount on tuition.
  • Testimonials

    TJ’s  Summer Scholars camps were PERFECT for our rising 7th grader.  Not only did they magically make doing math over summer break FUN (how is that even possible?), but she also learned amazing tips about how memory works and some super savvy study skills that will benefit her for years to come.   Above all, she forged some wonderful new friendships and came home with a big smile every day!  
    -Parent of 2019 camper

SSAT Test Prep and Games

Join Summer Scholars for SSAT Test Prep with personalized strategy instruction and fun camp games! This camp is open to rising 5th through 8th grade students.

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  • Description

    This one-week, full-day (9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.) camp will provide an overview of the sections of the SSAT for rising 5th through 8th grade students. Mornings will be spent on creative writing. Each afternoon will be devoted to a section of the test: analogies, synonyms, quantitative, and reading comprehension. Test prep will be alternated with fun indoor and outdoor games, such as live Clue, capture the flag, board games, and slip n’ slide. The camp will culminate in an optional practice test. A detailed report of practice test results will be sent out to both families including both estimated percentiles and recommendations for further study.
  • Dates

    June 13 - 17, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Afternoon Games

    • Live Clue
    • Capture the flag
    • Board game day
    • Escape Room
    • Slip in Slide/Water fun
  • Tuition

    Early Bird Discount: 10% off total tuition if you sign up by March 1st!
    Tuition rates listed below are per session for the hours of 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Before and after care available for an additional fee. Please review our cancellation policy.

    Writing Mornings - $200*
    Full days without practice test - $350*
    Practice test - $50

    *Current and incoming TJ families will receive a 15% discount on the total cost of tuition. (May not be combined with Early Bird or Sibling discounts).
  • Registration

    1. Register here.*

    2. Once your payment has been received, complete your application by filling out this form.

    *TJ current and incoming families, please use this link to receive a 15% discount on tuition.
  • Testimonials

    “I don't know any other teachers who have taught me so much in so little time.”
    -2019 Camper
     
    “We have enjoyed (and been intrigued) hearing our daughter summarize her learnings. We also find it a smart way to introduce students to good study habits at TJ. Thank you for leading the course.”
    -Parent of 2019 camper
     
    “My daughter loved camp last week. She came home happy and energized every day. It's hard to put into words what made camp so good, it's the overall classroom dynamic, this delicate intellectual dance between two sides who feel equal and in control of the direction of learning. It takes a very big person to allow kids to feel that they are an intellectual equal and they, too, are important contributors to the discussion. All the same stuff that makes TJ the place it is, but for littler people. Thank you for your time, effort and energy to make camp so ridiculously fun that kids look forward to studying during the summer. Bravo!”
    -Parent of 2019 camper

    TJ’s Summer Scholars camps were PERFECT for our rising 7th grader. Not only did they magically make doing math over summer break FUN (how is that even possible?), but she also learned amazing tips about how memory works and some super savvy study skills that will benefit her for years to come. Above all, she forged some wonderful new friendships and came home with a big smile every day!
    -Parent of 2019 camper
All Summer Scholars camps will adhere to Thomas Jefferson School's current health and safety protocols regarding COVID-19. For the latest information, click here.
Cancellation Policy:
  • A 100% refund (less a 3% fee for payments made by credit card) will be given for cancellations made prior to April 30, 2022.
  • A 50% refund (less a 3% fee for payments made by credit card) will be given for cancellations made 14 days in advance of camp start date.
  • In case of cancellation due to COVID or in some emergency situations a full refund will be given. Please contact summerscholars@tjs.org for more information.

Thomas Jefferson School

4100 S. Lindbergh Boulevard
Saint Louis, MO 63127
P. (314) 843-4151
F. (314) 843-3527