Ready for a Summer of Learning and Fun?

The George School Summer Academy offers summer programming designed to help students explore new subjects and ideas and build critical skills for their upcoming school-year academic program.

We offer STEAM courses run by Black Rocket Productions as well as academic enrichment courses designed and taught by elite George School Faculty.

  • Four, one-week sessions July 10 through August 4, 2023.
  • Designed primarily for students ages 8-14.
  • Courses run Monday through Friday.
  • In-person enrichment courses on George School’s beautiful 240-acre campus.
  • Taught by professional teachers and experts in their fields.
  • Small class sizes support individualized instruction.
  • Flexible, focused schedule can fit each family’s existing summer plans.
  • Half-day or full-day options available.
  • Full-day option includes lunch in the George School dining hall at no additional cost.

Morning Courses
(9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.)

Afternoon Courses
(1:00-4:00 p.m.)

Session 1
July 10-14

Code Breakers
(Black Rocket Instructor)
Ages 8-10
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

2-D Make Your First Video Game!
(Black Rocket Instructor)
Ages 8-10
1:00-4:00 p.m.

2-D Make Your First Video Game!
(Black Rocket Instructor)
Ages 11-14
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Code Breakers
(Black Rocket Instructor)
Ages 11-14
1:00-4:00 p.m.

Session 2
July 17-21

Drone Adventures
(Black Rocket Instructor)
Ages 8-10
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Creative Design and Robotics
(Black Rocket Instructor)
Ages 8-10
1:00-4:00 p.m.
Creative Design and Robotics
(Black Rocket Instructor)
Ages 11-14
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Drone Adventures
(Black Rocket Instructor)
Ages 11-14
1:00-4:00 p.m.

Session 3
July 24-28

Math Enrichment: Bridge to Algebra 1
(George School Instructor)
Ages 11-14
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Math Enrichment: Bridge to Geometry
(George School Instructor)
Ages 11-14
1:00-4:00 p.m.

Leadership and Public Speaking
(George School Instructor)
Ages 11-14
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Creative Writing – Short Stories
(George School Instructor)
Ages 11-14
1:00-4:00 p.m.

Robotics
(George School Instructor)
Ages 11-14
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Day in Court – Mock Trial
(Black Rocket Instructor)
Ages 11-14
1:00-4:00 p.m.

Model United Nations
(Black Rocket Instructor)
Ages 11-14
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Session 4
July 31-August 4

Math Enrichment: Bridge to
Pre-Algebra
(George School Instructor)
Ages 11-14
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Math Enrichment: Bridge to Algebra 1
(George School Instructor)
Ages 11-14
1:00-4:00 p.m.

Creative Writing – Poetry and Lyrics
(George School Instructor)
Ages 11-14
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Summer Reading – Book Club
(George School Instructor)
Ages 11-14
1:00-4:00 p.m.

Young Investors and Entrepreneurs
(Black Rocket Instructor)
Ages 11-14
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Inventor’s League – Prototyping for the Future
(Black Rocket Instructor)
Ages 11-14
1:00-4:00 p.m.

*The information in the above schedule is subject to change. 

Summer Academy


July 10 through August 4, 2023

Contact summeracademics@georgeschool.org for information or questions about the program.

To learn about our summer day camp and sports camps, visit Summer @ George School.

 

Summer 2023 Classes

COURSES DESIGNED AND TAUGHT BY GEORGE SCHOOL FACULTY

The one-week courses offered during the weeks of July 24 and July 31 feature a variety of courses designed and taught by elite George School faculty. The courses offer enrichment opportunities to help students ages 11-14 prepare for the upcoming school year. No need to worry about the summer slump here!

Cost: $300 per course

Please see course descriptions below.

**Students have the option to attend for a half day (one class in the morning OR one class in the afternoon) or to combine a morning class with an afternoon class for a full day. 

The full day option includes lunch in the George School dining hall at no extra cost.

Creative Writing - Poetry and Lyrics

This course will expose students to creative writing in the form of poetry and lyric writing. The goal is to allow students to explore their creative sides and find their inner voices. Students will grow skills in relation to style, voice, organization, and content.

 

*This course is open to rising 6th-9th grade students.

 

Creative Writing - Short Stories

This course will expose students to creative writing in the form of short story. The goal is to allow students to explore their creative sides and find their inner voices. Students will grow skills in relation to style, voice, organization, and content.

*This course is open to rising 6th-9th grade students.

Summer Reading - Book Club

Students will spend the course reading suggested titles as well as those of their choosing. They will engage in higher level literary discussions with their peers to encourage their love of reading and deeper critical thinking skills. Students will take the lead in interpreting texts in a Socratic approach along with teacher support.

*This course is open to rising 6th-9th grade students. Students should have a reading level of 7th grade and up for this course.

Math Bridge Courses

These courses will review key concepts from the previous year to solidify students’ knowledge, as well as introduce early concepts from the next level math course. Students will identify and practice concepts based on their individual needs to build mathematical confidence for the coming year.

Math Enrichment Bridge to Pre-Algebra: This course is open to any age student who is taking Pre-Algebra in the following school year.

Math Enrichment Bridge to Algebra 1: This course is open to any age student who is taking Algebra 1 in the following school year.

Math Enrichment Bridge to Geometry: This course is open to any age student who is taking Geometry in the following school year.

Leadership and Public Speaking

This course will focus on developing students’ skills in public speaking and leadership through a collaborative environment. Students will engage in authentic activities that mirror school and career experiences to strengthen their presentation skills and self-confidence. Through this lens, students will work on developing the qualities and skills needed for leadership roles as they carve out their unique style and build on their strengths.

*This course is open to rising 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students.

Robotics

Arduino is a single-board microcontroller for building devices that can sense and control objects in the real world. In this mini-course, students will learn how to program the Arduino for real-world applications, such as to control lights, motors, and motion detection sensors. This course will use real hardware components assembled by the students on solderless breadboards.

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Program an Arduino compatible device to control lights, motors, and other devices.
  • Understand Arduino’s architecture, including inputs and connectors for add-on devices.
  • Add third-party components such as LCDs, accelerometers, gyroscopes, and GPS trackers to extend Arduino’s functionality.
  • Understand the basics of computer programming
  • Test, debug, and deploy the Arduino to solve real world problems.

Course requirements: Windows, Linux or Mac OS device with a standard USB type A socket or adapter. Chromebooks will not work.

Supplies can be borrowed during the course. If students wish to purchase their projects, the total cost tends to be less than $50.

*This course is open to rising 8th and 9th grade students (and talented rising 7th grade students.)


COURSES RUN BY BLACK ROCKET PRODUCTIONS

The magic in every student comes to life as never before when they are empowered to be as creative as they were all born to be! Black Rocket has over twenty years of experience designing courses in the S.T.E.A.M fields.  Every program is powered by the child’s innate imagination and designed to bring their ideas to life in a fun, hands-on learning environment. All Black Rocket programs mirror real-life experiences and the collaborative nature of the design process. Students will work in pairs or teams for in-room programs.

Cost: $250 per course

Please see course descriptions below.

**Students have the option to attend for a half day (one class in the morning OR one class in the afternoon) or to combine a morning class with an afternoon class for a full day. 

The full day option includes lunch in the George School dining hall at no extra cost.

Code Breakers

Calling all future coders, programmers, & designers! Learn the basics of coding languages like HTML, JavaScript, and CSS through a series of web projects and design challenges each day and be on your way to becoming the next tech star! Whether you want to be a Silicon Valley CEO or the high school student who just made $1 million dollars for programming in her bedroom, this course has the essentials you need to begin your journey. Projects will be available on a Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years.

2-D Make Your First Video Game!

If you love playing video games, this is the camp for you! Make your first video game in this one-of-a-kind class that shows you the keys to designing your first 2D platformer game. Conceptualization, play experience, level design, graphics, sounds, and simple coding are just some of the concepts that we’ll explore. No prior experience is necessary, just a desire to have fun. Student projects will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Games are only compatible on PC computers. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years.

Drone Adventures

The Drones are here! Let the battles begin. In this hands-on, interactive class you will learn how to safely fly drone robots. Working in teams, you will be able to code your drone to compete in missions that will prepare you for the ultimate team challenge at the end of the week. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.

Creative Design and Robotics

The world of the future belongs to…robots! In this cutting-edge class, students will learn the fundamentals of motorized mechanisms, design principles, sensors, and sound activation. Separate fact from fantasy by designing and building prototypes of task-oriented robots. Learn problem-solving to improve how their robots function in a series of design challenges! Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.

Model United Nations

Become one of the 400,000 students around the world in Model United Nations! Assume the role of an ambassador and represent your country to solve current world issues. Throughout the week students will research a world problem, develop solutions, and negotiate consensus with their peers. This program teaches teens and tweens core skills such as research, writing, public speaking, problem solving, and conflict resolution. Model UN alumni have gone on to become supreme court justices, world leaders, lawyers, and business professionals. No prior experience is needed.

Day in Court - Mock Trial

Play the roles of judge, defendant, plaintiff, witness, lawyer, bailiff or juror in several mock trials. Learn how to make opening and closing statements, how to phrase objections, and how to question witnesses. Pull all your skills together at the end of the week as you participate in a final mock trial based on cases from past national and state level Mock Trial competitions.

Young Investors and Entrepreneurs

Teach your kids the secrets of building financial wealth and security! Whether you want to build the next great American company, become a Wall Street tycoon, or be the millionaire next door by investing wisely – this camp is for you! In this course you will learn the basics of investing in the stock market, the difference between assets and liabilities, the importance of diversification, and how to evaluate companies. You will also develop your own business plan and present your ideas to your peers to compete for their investments in a mock Shark Tank style activity.

Inventor's League - Prototyping for the Future

Become an inventor of the future! Learn ‘rapid prototyping’ and problem-solving as you conceptualize and design a product to solve a critical global issue. Each day begins with inspirational profiles of young inventors, such as the eleven-year-old who coded a robot to find victims of natural disasters. Next, research a problem to tackle in medicine, architecture, the environment, or a topic of your choosing. Once your vision is complete, learn how to draft 2D designs, create 3D models, and develop a website to pitch your ideas to the class. Student projects will be available on a password-protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family.