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Summer Programs

Writing Camp
Monday-Friday | July 22-26, 2019 | 9:00 am-12:00 pm
For students who have completed grades 3 through 7
Description: We’ll work on the structures and conventions of creative writing, both by reading exceptional short stories and practicing the craft of writing and revision. We’ll focus on the conventions of plotting and characterization, with particular emphasis on building a descriptive vocabulary. Students will learn how to plan stories before writing them, will work on dialogue, and will offer constructive criticism to their peers. Though this program is not focused on preparation for the SSAT, the skills are transferable—the writing section of the SSAT asks students to produce a short story from a prompt. Materials provided.
INSTRUCTOR: BETH HUMAN, PH.D.
SSAT Bootcamp
Monday-Thursday; Friday optional | July 22-26, 2019 |12:30 pm-4:30 pm M-TH; 12:30 pm-3:00 pm Friday (additional fee applies).
For students who have completed grades 4 through 9
Description: The SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test) is used by independent schools to assess the skills and abilities of students applying for admission. This four-day workshop devotes a day to strategies for completing each section of the SSAT (quantitative, verbal, reading comprehension, writing), interspersed with fun, classical camp games, such as capture the flag and ghost in the graveyard. The fifth day is an optional practice test. Why take the practice test? Students will be provided with practice material and an in-depth analysis of their progress. An action plan for further study and practice test results will be mailed home after the camp has ended. All test preparation materials provided. Please bring pencils and a calculator.
INSTRUCTOR: HEIDI PIERONI, M.A.
The Science of Learning
Monday-Friday | August 5-9, 2019 | 9:00 am-12:00 pm
For students who have completed grades 5 through 9
Description: Just in time for the beginning of school, this course will examine how to take a student’s learning to the next level. Inspired by research, we will look at methods for how best to learn. This is not intended to provide strategies just to get an A (although we will discuss those), but instead provide methods to gain lasting, effective, and life-long knowledge and understanding through demonstrated, scientific research. Materials provided.
INSTRUCTOR: MATTHEW TROUTMAN, PH.D.
Math Sense and Memory
Monday-Friday | August 5-9, 2019 | 12:30 pm-3:30 pm
For students who have completed grades 5 through 9
Description: Math success is built on the foundation of numbers, but math education doesn’t always build in a concrete understanding of what numbers are and how they work. In this camp, we will explore the ways in which students interpret the meanings of both numbers and mathematical operations, helping them get a feel for what these represent in real terms and not just in the abstract. By linking mathematical operations to concrete operations, we will guide students to identify their own mistakes and analyze what went wrong. Along the way, we will unlock and practice techniques for improving overall facility with memorization and recall. Materials provided.
INSTRUCTOR: JIM PESEK, M.A.