Summer Institute Middle School

Our summer program, designed especially for grade 6-8 students, offers academics, arts, athletics and activities - and the flexibility to build a summer around your student’s interests.

Summer Institute Middle School

Flexible options allow students to focus on one area – academics, arts, athletics or activities – or mix and match all four to create a wide range of summer experiences. The core two-week academic classes combine with arts, athletics and activities in a variety of ways, so students can build a summer filled with all the things they want to do.

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Middle School Course Offerings

Pick a class or activity to expand your knowledge in a favorite subject or to challenge yourself in a new area!

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Subjects & Activities

Math

Eagle Project: MATH

Harker Students: Grades: 6-7

Prerequisites: Approval by Mrs. Eileen Schick.

Laptops Required

July 24 – August 4 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. Fee: $557

Students will reinforce and enhance their math and problem-solving skills in this project-based lab, working individually as well as in small groups. Both linear and nonlinear functions will be explored using computer software and students will create original “equation-to-equation” designs. In addition, students will build and print 3-D themed models and implement surface area and volume formulas. Middle school math-themed problem-solving puzzles, games and activities will also challenge students on a daily basis.

Project: MATH!

All Students: Grades: 6-7

Prerequisites: None

Laptops Required

July 24–August 4 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. Fee: $557

This course is designed to provide incoming sixth graders with the necessary math skills needed to adjust to middle school. Students will be actively involved in solving a variety of pre-algebra problems in this hands-on, project-based lab. Concepts covered, but not limited to, include word problems, percentages and fractions, equations as functions, slopes and intercepts, and graphing.

Pre-Algebra Lab

All Students: Grades 6-8
Prerequisites: Entering Pre-Algebra in fall 2017

June 26–July 7 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:45-3:45 p.m. Fee: $500

July 10–July 21 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:45-3:45 p.m. Fee: $557

July 24–August 4 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:45-3:45 p.m. Fee: $557

This project-based lab is designed to help students solidify the concepts and skills learned over the past years in preparation for their pre-algebra class in the fall. Students will practice and review their understanding of math skills and be introduced to new topics and problems. Project-based lessons, activities and explorations will allow for a greater understanding of important pre-algebra concepts.

Algebra Lab

All Students: Grades 6-8

Prerequisites: Completion of Pre-Algebra

June 26–July 7 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:45-3:45 p.m. Fee: $500

July 10–July 21 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:45-3:45 p.m. Fee: $557

July 24–August 4 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:45-3:45 p.m. Fee: $557

Algebra lab is designed to help students solidify the concepts and skills learned in pre-algebra in preparation for their algebra class in the fall. Project-based lessons, activities and explorations will allow for a greater understanding of important math concepts which include, but are not limited to, basic algebra concepts, inequalities, linear functions, polynomials, roots, radicals and quadratic equations.

Geometry Lab

All Students: Grades 6-8

Prerequisites: Completion of Algebra 1

June 26–July 7 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. Fee: $500

July 10–July 21 | 12:45-3:45 p.m. Fee: $557

July 24–August 4 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. Fee: $557

This survey course is designed to help students solidify the concepts and skills learned in algebra this past year and look ahead to their upcoming geometry class. Students will practice and review their understanding of past skills and be introduced to important new topics and problems that await them in the fall. Lessons and hands-on activities and explorations will allow for a greater understanding of important geometry concepts and develop math confidence.

Algebra 2 Lab

All Students: Grades 6-8

Prerequisites: Completion of Algebra 1

June 26–July 7 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. Fee: $500

This survey course is designed to help students solidify the concepts and skills learned in Algebra 1 this past year and look ahead to their upcoming Algebra 2 class. Students will practice and review their understanding of past skills and be introduced to important new topics and problems that await them in the fall. Introduction to Algebra 2 covers a variety of topics including graphs, systems of equations, powers and roots, quadratic and logarithmic functions, complex numbers, probability, coordinate geometry and matrices. Some trigonometry concepts will also be covered towards the end of the session. Lessons, activities and explorations will allow for a greater understanding of important math concepts and develop math confidence.

Statistics

All Students: Grades 6-8

Prerequisites: Completion of Algebra I

Laptops Required

June 26–July 7 | 12:45-3:45 p.m. Fee: $500

July 10–July 21 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. Fee: $557

July 24–August 4 | 12:45-3:45 p.m. Fee: $557

In this course, not usually offered until high school, students will work with probability and basic concepts in data collection. Students will explore and compare realistic data. They will learn about basic summary statistics that describe the center and spread of data, and will learn to create a variety of tables and graphs. Throughout the duration of the course, students will be engaged in collecting their own data. By the end of the course, students should be able to represent data in multiple ways, including written descriptions, graphical visualizations and numerical summaries.

Science

Biodiversity

All Students: Grades 6-8

Prerequisites: None

Laptops Required
July 10–July 21 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:45-3:45 p.m. Fee: $557

July 24–August 4 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:45-3:45 p.m. Fee: $557

This science course is a union of zoology, ecology, botany and microbiology and is built to foster an understanding of Bay Area biodiversity through a hands-on approach to science. Students will employ various sampling techniques (including pitfall traps for insects, motion detection cameras for animals, quadrat sampling for plants, and sterile cell culture for microorganisms) and will explore several components that influence biodiversity (including abiotic factors, animal behavior and, of course, human activities).

Engineer It!

All Students: Grades 6-8

Prerequisites: None

Laptop Required

June 26–July 7 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:45-3:45 p.m. Fee: $500

Are you full of ideas? Do you like to fix problems and invent things? Think you can make the world a better place? Then Engineer It! is the class for you. Students will get to solve real-life problems while they learn what it’s like to have an extraordinary career as an engineer. Students will put their curiosity and creativity to work as they explore problems from structural and environmental engineering to biomedical and chemical engineering to aerospace and mechanical engineering. Students will also learn about various engineering contests and competitions they can enter during the regular school year.

Forensic Science

All Students: Grades 6-8

Prerequisites: None

Laptops Required

June 26–July 7 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:45-3:45 p.m. Fee: $500

July 10–July 21 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. Fee: $557

The curious and clever will want to check out this cool class! Students who join this program will get out their rubber gloves and get ready for investigations, interrogations and evidence analysis. Summer investigators will receive daily lessons in crime solving, including hands-on experiences in securing crime scenes, analyzing shoe prints, skeletal analysis, collecting and identifying fingerprints, etc. Of course, they'll be reinforcing many important math and science concepts and improving their writing and vocabulary skills, but they will be so busy catching the crooks, they'll hardly notice! Studies in chromotology and forensic odontology will add to their knowledge and team projects will turn the classroom into a summer "crime scene" where only the students can figure out the clues!

S.S.R.S. (Summer Science Research Society)

All Students: Grades 6-8

Prerequisites: None

Laptops Required

June 26–July 7 | 12:45-3:45 p.m. Fee: $500

July 10–July 21 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:45-3:45 p.m. Fee: $557

We are gathering a group of highly motivated, inquisitive and creative students interested in experiencing science through original research to join our newly formed Summer Science Research Society. With the guidance and knowledge of highly qualified science instructors, this group will work in a top-notch facility to explore and research real-world topics of their individual interest. This course will focus on individual research skills and planning, literature review and analysis, problem definition, thesis formulation, statement of hypothesis, as well as collecting, analyzing and interpreting data.

Entomology: A Bug’s Life

All Students: Grades 6-8

Prerequisites: None

June 26–July 7 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. Fee: $500

July 10–July 21 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. Fee: $557

What is that insect? In this course, you will learn what it is like to become an entomologist! You will learn how to catch, identify and pin your own bug. Each day you will learn a life of a new bug. You will also venture out with a bug net to start your own collection and catch them all!

Physics 101

All Students: Grades 6-8

Prerequisites: None

Laptops Required.

July 10–July 21 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. Fee: $557

Why do some objects look blue while others look red? When riding in an elevator, why do you feel light some times and heavy at other times? How can a roller coaster car make it through a loop without falling off? In this class, we will be doing hands-on, interactive activities that deal with light, color, circular motion and forces in order to delve into these kinds of questions.

Other

Study Smarter, not Harder: Study Skills

All Students: Grades 6-8

Prerequisites: None

Laptops Required
June 26–July 7 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:45-3:45 p.m. Fee: $500

July 10–July 21 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:45-3:45 p.m. Fee: $557

July 24–August 4 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:45-3:45 p.m. Fee: $557

We will begin the session with identifying each child’s strengths and needs and individual learning styles. Additionally, students will be learning about the multiple intelligences. After the first week, students will design a personalized organizational system intended to help students start the next school year a step ahead and prepare them for the rigorous demands of high school and college. We will use Google Docs to create To Do lists and build a calendar for use in the upcoming school year. Students will learn pre-learning, learning, reading, listening, memory and recall strategies, as well as note-taking and outlining techniques. We will also cover test-taking tips and strategies. Students will be explicitly taught the life skills required for success in all their academic pursuits.

F.I.T. – Finance and Investing for Teens

All Students: Grades 6-8

Prerequisites: None

Laptops Required
July 10–July 21 | 12:45-3:45 p.m. Fee: $557

Knowledge and training in money management is the key to teen success in the grown-up world of finances. This class will help students learn the fundamentals of finance, investing and business management to teens in a way that engages them in the process, makes them value money in a profound new way, and get them excited about the advantage they possess by starting young. Students will understand and apply the skills every good money manager should know, using real-life situations and hands-on projects. They'll learn the tricks to earn and save money, identify wants vs. needs, spend wisely, balance credit and debt, protect identity, be a smart charitable giver and more! Utilizing practical applications, fun situations, intriguing scenarios and real-life models, students will gain the confidence and courage needed to earn, spend and grow their money in every stage of life!

Cooking with Class

All Students: Grades 6-8

Prerequisites: None

Attention: All menu items and prepared food will be “peanut-free”; however, the class will not be able to accommodate other food allergies such as gluten, dairy, or other nuts.

June 26–July 7 | 12:45-3:45 p.m. Fee: $500

July 10–July 21 | 12:45-3:45 p.m. Fee: $557

July 24–August 4 | 12:45-3:45 p.m. Fee: $557

Sure you can! Aspiring chefs will learn cooking basics in this slightly competitive, health-focused, hands-on cooking class. In small teams, students will "digest" and practice culinary skills, create dishes, learn nutritional facts and more, as they compete to present awesome dishes to our summer judges (teachers). No skills required, just a love of food, an interest in acquiring practical kitchen knowledge and a willingness to chop, grate and season your way to the top!

Master of Myths

All Students: Grades 6-8

Prerequisites: None

July 10–July 21 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. Fee: $557

Zeus is on the loose! Loki’s feeling jokey! This course will explore the fascinating stories of gods, heroes and monsters. We will focus on the myths of the Greeks and Romans with a little bit of Norse, Native American and African myth as a bonus. Students will have the chance to flex their analytical, writing and creative muscles as they investigate the vibrant world of myth.

Circus Arts

All Students: Grades 6-8

Prerequisites: None

June 26–July 7 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. Fee: $500

July 10–July 21 | 12:45-3:45 p.m. Fee: $557

This course is designed to introduce students to the basic arts of the circus. In this class students will learn how to juggle everything from bean bags to diablo sticks, and balance on a variety of objects such as stilts and balance boards. Circus Arts is a non-competitive class and focuses on individual and group skills. Through this class, students will learn important values, such as responsibility, commitment, self-confidence and self-discipline. Also, Circus Arts will help students overcome fear and build self-confidence and self-esteem.

Magic

All Students: Grades 6-8

Prerequisites: None

June 26–July 7 | 12:45-3:45 p.m. Fee: $500

July 10–July 21 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. Fee: $557

Join the circle of magicians and amaze your family and friends with magic tricks and the art of illusion. Students will learn how to handle a deck of cards and perform simple yet powerful tricks that will surely entertain any audience. Forget spending money on magic kits and props; students will explore magic props using common everyday items such as rubber bands, coins, pencils and much more. Students will develop and strengthen their ability to focus and concentrate on a given task as well as build their self-esteem, public speaking and performance skills.

Choir Camp

All Students: Grades 6-8

Prerequisites: None. If you love to sing, are curious about music, want to make new friends and love having fun, come join us this summer!

July 24–August 4 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. Fee: $557

In this two-week class you will learn repertoire ranging from classical cantatas and folk songs from across the world to soulful spirituals to show tunes and pop tunes. Music chosen is of the highest quality, at the correct skill level, and reflects themes appropriate for the ages of the singers. Students will learn solfege, (do-re-mi-fa-so) and practice sight reading. The course will end with a concert for family and friends.

Writing

Write it Right

All Students: Grades 6-8

Prerequisites: None

Laptops Required
June 26–July 7 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:45-3:45 p.m. Fee: $500

July 10–July 21 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:45-3:45 p.m. Fee: $557

July 24–August 4 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:45-3:45 p.m. Fee: $557

In this class, students will learn a variety of skills necessary for formal academic writing. Using different activities both on the computer and handwritten, they will work to strengthen their tone, grammar, organization of ideas, topic sentence formation, and the use of quoted materials as evidence. Major assignments will be single-developed paragraphs, carefully edited for grammar, punctuation and formal wording. Writers at all levels will benefit from this opportunity to focus on their writing and reinforce the skills needed to "write it right!”

Creative Writing

All Students: Grades 6-8

Prerequisites: None

Laptops Required
June 26–July 7 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:45-3:45 p.m. Fee: $500

July 10–July 21 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:45-3:45 p.m. Fee: $557

July 24–August 4 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. Fee: $557

Do you actually like to write? Does it excite you to see the worlds in your imagination come to life on the page? Then this is the class for you! Song lyrics, poetry, fantasy or sci-fi and realistic short stories–we will try them all. In this class, you will share your work with other student writers, explore the work of some professional writers you probably haven’t heard of yet, and, most importantly, you’ll become better at your craft. On the fiction end, you’ll learn more about characterization, setting and plot development to keep your readers glued to the page. And on the poetry side: sounds and senses, free verse and formal. We’ll go deep in the jungle of sound where no prose can follow. Come join us!

The Spoken Word: A Poetry Workshop

All Students: Grades 7-8

Prerequisites: None

Laptops Required
July 24–August 4 | 12:45-3:45 p.m. Fee: $557

Whether you love poetry or wish you had more confidence in analysis and writing, this workshop is for you! Immerse yourself in the oral readings of famous poets, and recite poems aloud to develop an ear for writing poetry. Come and join us on nature walks as we explore sensory language, play challenging poetry games that develop comprehension skills, and participate in movement exercises that bring rhythm to your words.

In this two-week class, you will understand the differences between poetry and prose, and learn how to incorporate figurative language, rhyme scheme, and rhythm into your poems. You will also learn about structure and analysis. With the help and inspiration from poets like Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, Sandra Cisneros and Basho (just to name a few), you will practice writing odes, haiku, lyrical, narrative and free verse poems. By the end of this session, you will have created a portfolio of poems, and will have put one of your poems to music and movement.

Ramp Up Your Reading: “Great Works in Literature”

All Students: Grades 6-8

Prerequisites: None

Grades 6
July 24 – Aug. 4 | 12:45 – 3:45 p.m. Fee: $557

Grades 7-8
July 24 – Aug. 4 | 8:30 a.m.-11 a .m. Fee: $557

In this two-week class, you will be introduced to strategies that will strengthen your reading comprehension skills. By exploring great works in literature, classical and contemporary, you will learn how to interact, connect and reflect on the texts you read. In essence, effective readers are insightful and critical thinkers. Some of the skills you will practice in this course include how to annotate the texts, keeping and recording your thoughts in a reading response journal, and participating in whole group and small group discussions. Hopefully, this will just be the beginning of a lifelong relationship with reading.

Oral History

All Students: Grades 6-8

Prerequisites: None

Laptops Required
June 26–July 7 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. Fee: $500

What is history? And why do historical accounts differ? In this summer class, students will read oral histories from “Underground America: Narratives of Undocumented Lives,” debate immigration policies, and then create autobiographies or biographies in which they reflect on the process to better understand how history is written. Why are some events included and others not? How does their version of events compare to others’ versions of the same event? Why do two historical accounts differ when both sides believe they are telling the truth? How would students prove that their version of events was true? Exploring these questions will give students insight into the nature of history and will prepare them to engage in historical thinking in future lessons.

Expository Writing 7

Rising Harker Grade 7 Students

Prerequisites: Pre-approval from the middle school English department chair is required for enrollment in this course.

Laptops Required

July 10–July 28 | 8 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Fee: $867

In this intensive three-week course, students will be introduced to the basics of academic writing, including narrative, descriptive and persuasive essays. Students will practice pre-writing skills to compose effective, well-supported essays of sufficient depth. Through workshops discussing common grammar or punctuation errors, students will learn to polish their work before submitting final drafts.

**Successful completion of this course will fulfill the 7 Expository Writing requirement. **

Expository Writing 8

Rising Harker Grade 8 Students

Prerequisites: Pre-approval from the middle school English department chair is required for enrollment in this course. Laptops Required

July 10–July 28 | 8 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Fee: $867

In this intensive three-week experience, students will expand upon the basics of grade 7 Expository Writing and prepare for the rigors of high school essay writing. As in the grade 7 course, students will explore different modes of writing including, but not limited to, personal narrative, argumentation and literary analysis. Students will learn ways to deepen their analysis and use variation in syntax and diction to reflect their meaning. Mini-workshops on common grammar or punctuation errors will help students polish their work before submitting final drafts.

**Successful completion of this course will fulfill the 8 Expository Writing requirement. **

Technology

Beginning Robotics

All Students: Grades 6-8

Prerequisites: None
June 26–July 7 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:45-3:45 p.m. Fee: $500

July 10–July 21 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:45-3:45 p.m. Fee: $557

July 24–August 4 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:45-3:45 p.m. Fee: $557

Students in this technology-based class will work together in teams programming their Lego Mindstorms EV3 robots to perform a variety of tasks. Students will acquire basic programming, electronic control, mechanics, and design engineering as they develop teamwork, problem-solving, perseverance and ingenuity skills. Mac laptops are supplied for use during the course. No prior programming or robot experience required.

Advanced Robotics

All Students: Grades 7-8

Prerequisites: Students must have prior experience of at least one of the following: a) a Lego Mindstorms kit they have worked with (or equivalent); b) a programming course in C, Python or Java; or c) the Beginning Robotics course.

Laptops Required–must have at least one working USB port. Instructions for a parent to pre-install the Arduino development environment will be sent just before the course.

June 26–July 7 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:45-3:45 p.m. Fee: $500 plus Course Material Fee: $60

July 10–July 21 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:45-3:45 p.m. Fee: $557 plus Course Material Fee: $60

July 24–August 4 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:45-3:45 p.m. Fee: $557 plus Course Material Fee: $60

Advanced Robotics students will learn robot control concepts and try them out on Arduino-based robot vehicles. The course uses an extended mBot kit for each student. The mBot is a robot vehicle that can be remote controlled or autonomous. It is programmed in Arduino Sketch, which is a type of C-like programming language. The emphasis of the course will be on robot programming - almost every day there will be a new task to be understood, programmed and tested. Students who complete the course may take home the robot at the end of the course and can continue learning more about robotics.

Introduction to Web Design

All Students: Grades 6-8

Prerequisites: None

Laptops Required
June 26–July 7 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:45-3:45 p.m. Fee: $500

July 10–July 21 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:45-3:45 p.m. Fee: $557

July 24–August 4 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:45-3:45 p.m. Fee: $557

In this course students will learn to create and maintain webpages through front end coding. Students will design a layout of a website on paper and then transform the design in code by using HTML 5, CSS 3 and JavaScript. Students will learn design elements like logo design, layout, font, color, usage, links to all pages, basic structure of all pages and file structure. Students will learn all of the tags that go into websites, including content-related tags such as those used for images, text formatting and divs. Some advanced topics will be touched upon as well, such as cascading style sheets, external style sheets and Java Script. Through trial and error, students will learn the importance of experimenting with code. Students will learn to design and edit HTML, CSS and JavaScript files directly using text editors and give a final presentation of the website they have created at the end of the session.

Minecraft and Game Design

All Students: Grades 6-8

Prerequisites: None

Laptops Required

July 10–July 21 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:45-3:45 p.m. Fee: $557

Do you love to Minecraft? Are you interested in creating your own games through Minecraft? Whether you are a veteran or a newbie, this class will adapt to your needs. In this two-week class, students will explore 13 principles of video game design. As they play the game, students will analyze and reflect how Minecraft embodies these 13 design principles (or doesn’t). Each student will create his/her own game within the Minecraft platform for their classmates to play. Want to have fun and learn in the process? This class is for you. Each student needs to bring a laptop (Mac or Windows, NOT a tablet or Chromebook), with Java installed and updated.

Beginning Python Programming

All Students: Grades 6-8

Prerequisites: None

Laptops Required
June 26–July 7 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. Fee: $500

July 10–July 21 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. Fee: $557

July 24–August 4 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. Fee: $557

Are you interested in programming but don’t know where to start? Are you worried programming might be a little too difficult for you? Beginning Python Programming will show you that you have nothing to fear, because programming doesn’t have to be complicated! Students will be introduced to Python, a powerful yet painless programming language that anyone can master. Along with this new skill, students will engage in problem-solving, the basic fundamentals of programming structure, and create games to share with friends and family members. This course is truly geared towards the novice programmer and will be energizing and challenging, but most of all, fun!

Debate

Debate Boot Camp (Beginner)

All Students: Grades 6-8

Prerequisites: None

Laptops Required
June 26–July 7 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:45-3:45 p.m. Fee: $500

July 10–July 21 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:45-3:45 p.m. Fee: $557

July 24–August 4 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:45-3:45 p.m. Fee: $557

Debate Boot Camp is an opportunity for students to explore multiple aspects of competitive speech and debate in a fun and noncompetitive environment.

Students will begin the two weeks by playing fun games and learning tips that will reduce or eliminate communication apprehension (the fears associated with public speaking). Then they will learn about and practice impromptu debate as well as interpretation speaking, which helps students to focus on verbal and nonverbal delivery in playful and fun ways. The students will also learn the basics of debate by developing one issue as a group and by researching and preparing cases as a team. Roundtable discussions will prepare them, and then they will wrap up the class with a mini-debate and speech performance that parents and families can attend. This class allows students to try out different performance opportunities that The Harker School speech and debate program offers and is a great prep course for Introduction to Public Speaking and Argumentation elective. Even students who never want to compete will find this an invaluable learning opportunity and a chance to see public presentation (public speaking through speeches/debates) in a fun light.

Debate Boot Camp (Advanced)

All Students: Grades 7-8

Prerequisites: Introduction to Public Speaking and Argumentation or equivalent course

Laptops Required
June 26–July 7 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:45-3:45 p.m. Fee: $500

July 10–July 21 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:45-3:45 p.m. Fee: $557

July 24–August 4 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:45-3:45 p.m. Fee: $557

Debate Boot Camp is an opportunity for students to explore multiple aspects of competitive speech and debate in a fun and noncompetitive environment.

The advanced session of Debate Boot Camp is open to any students who have previously taken Introduction to Public Speaking and Argumentation or attended an equivalent course. Students will explore more advanced argumentation and advocacy events by examining each of the four styles of debate Harker participates in: Lincoln-Douglas, policy debate, congressional debate and public forum. Students will learn how to structure and argue different cases as well as learn how to research evidence to support those cases. They will do more exploration of current events as well as framing arguments in a policymaker context. The class will culminate with a mini-debate and speech performance that parents and families can attend. This class allows students to try out different performance opportunities that many middle school and high school speech and debate programs offer. Advanced Debate Boot Camp is strongly recommended for students who are entering Debate 1 at the middle school or who are interested in participating on the competitive team.

Arts

Watercolor Art

All Students: Grades 6-8

Prerequisites: None

July 10–July 21 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. Fee: $557

July 24–August 4 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. Fee: $557

Students will get the best of both worlds - drawing and painting with watercolors! Students will move beyond basic drawing and painting skills to help explore the endless possibilities of creating art through their own unique aesthetics, and will develop a working concept of what it means to be an artist through their drawings and paintings. Students will develop new ways of thinking, seeing and creating while building confidence through exercises that help them explore different types of drawing and painting techniques. Students will also learn color theory, cool perspective, brush techniques, and how to create basic color composition. The exercises and lessons can help the experienced artist and the beginner develop new or improved drawing and painting techniques.

Glass

All Students: Grades 6-8

Prerequisites: None

June 26–July 7 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. Fee: $500 plus Course Material Fee: $30

Glass casting is a form of art that has been around since ancient Egypt. Students will have the unique opportunity to create glass jewelry and beautiful decorative items in a course that is usually only offered at the college level. For safety reasons, kiln casting is the specific method used for this class where the glass is melted and shaped within the confines of the kiln. Sandblasting is a method that may also be used to shape the glass.

Music and Song Production

All Students: Grades 6-8

Prerequisites: PC users will be asked to download Garage Band.

Laptops Required

June 26–July 7 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:45-3:45 p.m. Fee: $500

July 10–July 21 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:45-3:45 p.m. Fee: $557

July 24–August 4 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:45-3:45 p.m. Fee: $557

Students will learn about the music production process. Students will be introduced to the five elements that construct the modern pop song and will utilize those elements to create their own contemporary compositions. Each student will then learn the foundation of music engineering - recording, editing, and mixing - so that their song extends beyond “good” and into “great.” The ability to read music and play a musical instrument would be a benefit, but is by no means required.

Architecture for All

All Students: Grades 6-8

Prerequisites: None

June 26–July 7 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. Fee: $500

July 10–July 21 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. Fee: $557

July 24–August 4 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. Fee: $557

The study of architecture draws upon many different skills and fields of knowledge: math, engineering, history, social studies, geography, art and even writing. While developing a basic understanding of architecture, students will engage in a variety of group and individual projects. They will be exposed to the work of great architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright and will learn about the creative processes involved in every architectural project. Students will use class community building projects to hone their skills, and create projects which they can proudly display.

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Afternoon Program (AP)

Our afternoon Activity Program (AP) is a great way for middle school students to learn some cool new skills, meet and hang with new and old friends, discover hidden talents and have loads of fun during their summer afternoons.

  • Led by our awesome summer staff!
  • Offered between 12:45-3:45 p.m. each day. Bonus hour is included in the afternoon fun from 4-5 p.m. (campus closes at 5:30 p.m.)
  • Can be chosen on a weekly basis, and students may sign up for one week or all six weeks.

Students choose from a wide range of recreational options including:

  • Large- and small-group events, games and contests.
  • Activity workshops based on weekly themes.
  • Specialty classes based on interests each week, including arts, games, various sports skills, crafts, cooking, science tech and more.
  • Library or study time.

Add AP to your schedule to round out your academic day and add some crazy amazing fun to your summer!

Sports Program

Our afternoon sports camps offer a positive, skill-focused environment where highly experienced coaches provide training in a well-structured, character-driven atmosphere. Young athletes will improve their skills and knowledge of the game, develop teamwork and, of course, have fun! Students of all skill levels may participate and groups will be organized for maximum participation and play.

Included in each camp (as applicable) will be:

  • Sport specific conditioning and warmups
  • Sport specific drills and skill development
  • Team play (large and small teams)
  • Game strategy
  • Individual instruction and support

Choose sports camps by week, as an addition to your morning academic class, or as an afternoon-only option.

Aquatics camps take place on the upper school campus on Saratoga Ave. Students will be transported by Harker school bus to the Saratoga campus and returned to the Blackford Ave. campus each day.

Sports camps meet from 12:45-3:45 p.m. Monday –Friday. All game equipment is provided. Individual safety or sport-specific items may be required. More details will be sent before your session begins. Bonus hour from 4-5 p.m., planned by our summer staff, are included in your sports camp tuition. Campus close at 5:30 p.m.

Aquatics Fitness Camp

July 10- July 14|12:45-3:45 p.m.| Fee: $240

July 24-July 28|12:45-3:45 p.m.| Fee: $240

Badminton Camp

July 3-July 7|12:45-3:45 p.m.| Fee: $192

Basketball Camp

June 26-June 30|12:45-3:45 p.m.| Fee: $240

July 17- July 21|12:45-3:45 p.m.| Fee: $240

European-Style Water Polo Camp (Ages 8-14)

June 19-22 and June 26-29 | 12:45-3:45 p.m.

Fee $192

Prerequisites: Prior experience in swimming (pre-competitive or competitive) or water polo

European-Style Water Polo Camp (Ages 14-18)

June 19-22 and June 26-29 | 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Fee $192

Prerequisites: Prior water polo experience

Junior Lifeguard Training

July 17- July 21|12:45-3:45 p.m.| Fee: $240

Martial Arts

June 26- June 30|12:45-3:45 p.m.| Fee: $240

July 17- July 21|12:45-3:45 p.m.| Fee: $240

Ping Pong Camp

July 17- July 21|12:45-3:45 p.m.| Fee: $240

July 31- August 4|12:45-3:45 p.m.| Fee: $240

Soccer Camp

July 3-7 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. | Fee: $192

TRX/Fitness Camp

July 10-July 14|12:45-3:45 p.m.| Fee: $240

July 24-July 28|12:45-3:45 p.m.| Fee: $240

Volleyball Camp

July 10-July 14|12:45-3:45 p.m.| Fee: $240

July 24-July 28|12:45-3:45 p.m.| Fee: $240

Water Polo Camp

July 3- July 7|12:45-3:45 p.m.| Fee: $192

July 31- August 4|12:45-3:45 p.m.| Fee: $240

Wrestling Camp

July 3- July 7|12:45-3:45 p.m.| Fee: $192

Summer Lunch

Lunch is included in all morning classes. Lunch can be added as an option for afternoon classes and Sports camps. Regular and vegetarian entrees are offered each day and menus are designed to provide healthy, nutritious options.

View A Sample Lunch Menu

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Summer Staff

Outstanding faculty and staff are one of the hallmarks of The Harker School. All staff are carefully selected to provide a positive experience for the students.

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Campus & Facilities

Our outstanding and spacious facilities are fully equipped to offer your preteen a dynamic, enriching learning environment.

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