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Cambridge School Summer Program

2018 Summer Study at Cambridge School

We all think about summer as being about “fun in the sun”, but without regular practice, content knowledge and the application of academic skills are susceptible to regression. There is much research citing the importance of instruction during the summer months in order to prevent the “summer slide.” While some regression is expected for all children over the summer months, children with learning differences are often profoundly affected by the lapse in instruction. The best remedy for regression is to prevent it, and summer programs focusing on remedial, accelerated, or enriched learning have been shown to have a positive effect on the knowledge and skills of students. (Cooper et al., 2000) Cambridge School’s Summer Program offers a unique opportunity for students to continue receiving academic instruction in the morning and participating in a variety of enrichment activities in the afternoon.

Below is information on the summer programs being offered at Cambridge School in 2018. In addition to our annual morning Summer Study Program, this summer Cambridge School is offering select intensive programs in the afternoon facilitated by our speech-language pathologists. These programs are designed to address specific learning challenges with greater exclusivity than can typically be accomplished in the classroom. They present an opportunity to “fill in the gaps” in a student’s learning profile in order to promote greater success.

Most of our programs are open to students entering grades K-12. Full program offerings can be found below.

Program Catalog

Morning Study Program / Summer Study K-12

The morning summer study program consists of research-based programs to improve language, reading, writing, and math.

  • 8:45a.m. – 12:00p.m., Monday to Friday
  • Monday, July 2nd –  Friday, July 27th (four weeks)
  • *Closed Wednesday, July 4th for the holiday
  • Cost: $2,396.00
Afternoon Enrichment Program

Afternoon Enrichment – Students enrolling in the morning program are eligible to join an afternoon enrichment program, “Outdoor Adventures” OR “World Music and the Arts (all ages: incoming 3rd – 8th graders).

  • 1:00p.m. – 3:00p.m., Monday to Thursday
  • Monday, July 2nd –  Thursday, July 26th (four weeks)
  • *Closed Wednesday, July 4th for the holiday
  • Cost: $996.00

Students who stay for enrichment will have lunch and recess from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Afternoon Intensive Options

1. HOTS for the Summer (Higher Order Thinking Skills) This Intensive is facilitated by our speech-language pathologists. The program is open to student grades K – 5.

In this summer reading intensive we will use stories to build your child’s critical thinking and critical reading skills.  Our work together will focus on building four important elements of reading:

  1.     Sequencing
  2.     Characterization
  3.     Cause/Effect
  4.     Summarization

This intensive summer session is designed for  K- 5 and students will be grouped accordingly.  By participating in this intensive, your child will both maintain the reading gains they achieved in the school year and build new fundamental reading skills.   The students will have fun while “reading beneath the surface” and gain important critical thinking skills in the process.

Students who spend the morning will have a supervised lunch and recess period from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Students must bring their own lunch.

  • 1:00p.m. – 3:00p.m., Monday – Thursday
  • Monday, July 3rd – July 28th (four weeks)
  • *Closed Tuesday, July 4th for the holiday
  • Cost: $1,750.00

Students will have lunch and recess from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

2. The Executive Function Intensive – The Executive Function Intensive is facilitated by our speech-language pathologists. The program is open to student grades 2-6. Does your student consistently struggle to complete, or find, his school assignments and tasks at home? Does he/she express good understanding of the material but just can’t get started or see a project through to completion? Does he/she experience difficulty understanding sportsmanship when winning and/or losing a game? These characteristics are typical of executive dysfunction. In 2012, Dr. Russell Barkley, a well-respected executive function expert, said that students with executive function challenges need to “repeatedly practice self-monitoring, self-stopping, seeing the future, saying the future, feeling the future, and playing with the future to effectively plan and go toward the future.” With this guiding principle, the Cambridge Executive Function Intensive will:

  • Introduce and practice the concept of feeling the passage of time
  • Provide concrete strategies for time planning and management
  • Improve the ability to plan and execute a multi-step task through to completion
  • Practice and apply specific organization strategies for backpacks, lockers, and study areas
  • Improve situational awareness and self-regulation skills through the practice of “reading the room.”
  •  Understand and manage emotional reactions, such as  anxiety and stress in challenging settings/assignments that may interfere with availability to learn
  • Develop problem solving strategies to build self-esteem and confidence
  • 1:00p.m. – 3:00p.m., Monday to Thursday
  • Monday, July 2nd –  Thursday, July 26th (four weeks)
  • *Closed Wednesday, July 4th for the holiday
  • Cost: $1,750.00

Students who spend the morning will have a supervised lunch and recess period from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Students must bring their own lunch.

3. EFforT (Executive Function for Teens) – This Intensive is facilitated by our speech-language pathologists. The program is open to middle school through high-school students. This program is developed for older students who would benefit from strategies aimed at developing high-level thinking skills with a strong emphasis on the development of executive function needed for academics and planning multi-step projects. Often students find tackling long-term projects significantly challenging due to executive skills such as: time-management, task-initiation, sequencing, organization of materials, metacognition, prioritizing, and cognitive flexibility when working both independently and in groups. This intensive will offer concrete strategies and take home materials for students to generalize beyond the summer program into their upcoming school year.

  • Research – Differentiating between relevant versus extraneous information in presented reading material
  • Application- Sequence information and improve oral expression of key concepts through project planning and problem solving
  • Assessment-Develop metacognition by self assessment of performance and developing remediation strategies to improve execution of the project /plan
  • 1:00p.m. – 3:00p.m., Monday to Thursday
  • Monday, July 2nd –  Thursday, July 26th (four weeks)
  • *Closed Wednesday, July 4th for the holiday
  • Cost: $1,750.00

Students who spend the morning will have a supervised lunch and recess period from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Students must bring their own lunch.  

Register for the 2018 Summer Study

  • Early registration discount: There will be a 10% discount if we receive a $500 registration deposit by March 16, 2018 and paid in full before the first day of Summer Study. To qualify for the discount, which will be deducted from your final bill, this registration form and the required deposit must be submitted to the office by MARCH 16, 2018.  If you have an existing TADS account with Cambridge School, you will receive an invoice for the deposit upon registration.
  • Registration deadline: Please complete this form and submit the required deposit to the office by May 4, 2018.

If you do not have a TADS account, please make checks payable to Cambridge School.

Register today!

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