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

Morning and afternoon options allow students to focus on favorite academic subjects and sports activities.

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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(Course sessions and fees vary by subject)

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!

View Sample Daily Schedule At-A-Glance Course Listing

Subjects & Activities







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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!

Our activities foster positive interaction amongst our students. Some activities have students working towards a common goal while encouraging positive interpersonal communication, while other activities build and strength self-resolve. We offer activities that allow for active staff engagement, giving our staff the chance not only to positively model and demonstrate skills, but to teach leadership skills and help students build self-esteem.

Our specialty classes include components of learning and accomplishment. They afford all the students the opportunity to develop a new skill or take on a particular task.

Our activity period offers multiple choices to meet everyone’s needs and support multiple outcomes. The main goal of our activity periods is to allow our students to experience the following fun factors: enjoyment, humor, creative expression, imagination, and curiosity. This period provides the students with the opportunity to engage in activities that support their physical needs with nontraditional physical games, and social as well as intellectual needs with passive activities.

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

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 Union Ave. campus each day.

Sports camps meet Monday-Friday afternoons. 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.

SI teacher speaking with students

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.

Dancers and dance teacher

Campus & Facilities

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

Learn More About our Campus & Facilities

Save the Date!

Save the date! Harker Summer will open registration soon. Here are our registration dates by program:

Jan. 29, 2024
Summer Camp Plus, Middle School Summer Institute, Speech & Debate & Swim School

Feb. 20, 2024
Upper School Summer Institute

View our Summer Programs Registration & Fees Info