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Bancroft Summer Programs

Academic Programs 

Summer Reading Accelerator
Grades 6-8
Kim Rogers, M.Ed.

Check a summer reading book off your list and learn some strategies that will help you to remember what you read when you get back to school!  Each week, you will read one of your assigned books from start to finish.  Our expert reading teacher will teach you specific skills you can apply while reading own book, help you to practice them, conference with you individually, and lead you in discussions with your classmates.  Reading time will be scheduled both during camp and at home.  You will leave camp with a resource that will help you to jog your memory of what you read when you go back to school in the fall, so you can get a great start to your school year!

Dates: Week 3 (June 25-29)   
Week 10 (August 13-17)
Half-Day: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Cost: $245 per session
Minimum: 6 students/ Maximum: 8 students

Summer Writing Boost
Grades 7-9
Kendra McCuine, M.Ed.

Boost your writing skills in a week full of fun and interactive activities!  Our writing teacher is highly-skilled in EmPower writing, a step-by-step method that guides you through the writing process, making it easier for you to get your great ideas on paper.  You’ll learn how to plan, organize, execute, and revise your writing so that you can feel confident in your work.  Use this method to write application essays, school papers, and speeches for both school assignments and extracurricular activities.  You’ll leave camp with a polished essay on a topic of your choice and the tools to apply what you’ve learned on your own.

Dates: Week 7 (July 23-27)
Half-Day 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM   
Cost:  $395 per session
Additional Option: $50 afternoon camp activities 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Minimum: 6 students/ Maximum: 8 students 

Orton-Gillingham Word-Smash
Grades 7-9
Nancy O’Connor, M.S., CCC-SLP, Mike O’Connor, M.Ed. 

Did you know that over half of the words that you say and write each day come from Latin and Greek?  In this week-long camp, you’ll learn to recognize and define several common Latin and Greek prefixes, roots, and suffixes to help you build your vocabulary and read increasingly complex words.  Our highly-trained and experienced Orton-Gillingham teacher will provide games and fun activities to help you to learn as much as possible while having fun.  You’ll leave camp better able to read, break down, and define several complex vocabulary words and science terms.  At the end of the week, you’ll put what you’ve learned to use, creating and leading a morphology activity for our younger Orton-Gillingham students!  

Dates: Week 8 (July 30 - August 3)
Half-Day 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM  
Cost:  $495 per session
Additional Option: $50 afternoon camp activities 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Minimum: 6 students/ Maximum: 10 students

Executive Function Academy
Grades 7-9
Kim Landers, M.Ed.

Do you have trouble planning, organizing, prioritizing, goal-setting, or managing your time?  These are all skills that you can get better at with practice, and the Executive Function Academy is just the place for that!  You will learn concrete skills and strategies to help you break down long-term projects, make and stick to a plan, organize your belongings, set and prioritize goals, and use your time effectively.  Even better, you’ll learn and practice these skills by working on a fun, choice-based project throughout the week!  Graduates of the Executive Function Academy will create their own toolkit of strategies before they leave, so that they can bring these new skills with them into the school year.  

Dates: Week 9 (August 6-10)
Half-Day: 9:00AM- 12:00PM
Cost: $395

Minimum: 6 students/ Maximum: 8 students

Orton-Gillingham Summer Immersion
Grades 2-6
Lana LeBlanc, M.Ed., Judy Sbrogna, M.Ed., Colleen Hunter, M.A.Ed., Dr. Esther Long, Ph.D.

Do you struggle with reading, writing, and spelling? Do you have dyslexia or another language-based learning difference?  Then join us for this four-week summer program and build up your skills and confidence in those subjects while you make friends and have fun! Orton-Gillingham (OG) is a method of teaching reading, writing, and spelling that uses many of your senses — visual (seeing), auditory (hearing), tactile (touch), and kinesthetic (movement) — to help you learn and remember.  In small groups, you’ll do a variety of structured learning activities throughout the morning.  You’ll act out stories in Reader’s Theater, work on your comprehension skills while reading fun books, build your reading in OG tutorials, and even boost your writing skills.  Our expert teachers will get to know you and your individual needs and will make sure that you learn a lot AND have a lot of fun!  All students in Grades 4-6 are invited to join the Day Camp weekly field trip included in the cost.

Parents/Guardians: The OG summer program is a four-week summer course designed to reinforce reading, writing, and spelling skills. OG is a structured, sequential, multisensory teaching method proven to help struggling readers. The class is sponsored and taught by the faculty of the Hope Graham Program at Bancroft School, a comprehensive curricular and extracurricular program for students with LBLD/dyslexia. The program runs Monday through Friday from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and includes a snack each day and a mid-morning recess.   

For questions, contact: Kendra McCuine, Interim Director of Hope Graham Program at Bancroft School.

Dates: Weeks 5-8 (July 9 - Aug 3)
Half-Day: 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Cost:  $1800 for 4-week program
Additional Option: $180/week afternoon camp activities 11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Weekly afternoon field trip for Grades 4-6 included
Minimum: 16 students/ Maximum: 18 students

Academic Explorers
Ages 4-5
Nancy O’Connor and Mike O’Connor

Warm-up for school in September! During this enrichment group, we will engage in fun, developmentally-appropriate activities designed to strengthen early numeracy and literacy skills.   

Numeracy: Together we will explore counting, classifying, comparing numbers, the concept of adding on & taking away, as well as making patterns. Each day we will focus on one concept through hands-on engaging activities like: Making counting jars, button counting, “How many pockets?,” “What shape comes next? , and many more!

Literacy: Using evidence-based techniques and child-friendly materials, we will explore letters and their sounds, practice early phonological awareness skills such as rhyming and listening for sounds, engage in emergent writing activities, and use book share to learn about story grammar and active listening. Grab your favorite picture book and join the fun!

Dates: Weeks 9-10 (August 6-17)
Half-Day 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Cost: $495 for two-week program
Min: 6 students/ Max: 8 students 

Individualized Summer Tutoring
Grades 1-12
Bancroft Teachers and Tutors 

Reading, Math, or Language Support — On-campus, private tutoring with experienced instructors. Whether your child needs help completing their summer work, specialized reading support, math fact review, advanced math, or wants to keep their foreign language skills sharp, we can help!

Schedule one-on-one sessions at your convenience, held on the Bancroft campus.

Sessions are one-hour in length and must be completed before August 15, 2018.

4 sessions: $320
6 sessions: $480
8 sessions: $640

Private Music Lessons
Grades 1-12
Bancroft Music Teachers and Instructors

Private Music Lessons in Guitar, Piano, or Violin — On-campus, private lessons for beginner or experienced students with experienced instructors. Keep your music skills sharp over the summer, learn to play a new piece, or try a new instrument.

Schedule one-on-one sessions at your convenience, held in the Performing Arts Center on the Bancroft campus. Sessions are 30 minutes in length and must be completed before August 15th. This is a great addition to our Summer Camp program and may be scheduled during afternoon choice time if convenient for instructors and families.   

4 sessions: $100
6 sessions: $150
8 sessions: $200 

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