Perkiomen Summer offers exciting courses designed to challenge and engage young people throughout the summer months. Participants engage in a variety of academic, creative, and athletic activities allowing students to balance a variety of interests. Campers may study theater while simultaneously practicing critical thinking skills; all the while preparing them for the rigors of the upcoming academic year. The experience of Perkiomen Summer not only promotes academic improvement, but also provides the lasting impression of a memorable summer.
Assistant Director of Summer Programming
At Perkiomen School since 2013
- English Language & American Culture Institute
- Veterinary Science Camp
- Entrepreneur Camp
English Language & American Culture Institute
The Perkiomen School English Language & American Culture Institute is a four-week summer program for international students who are non-native speakers of English. The program is designed to provide students from around the world with a comprehensive academic and cultural experience in preparation for studying at an American boarding school. Students build social language skills needed to navigate campus life as well academic language and communication skills needed to succeed in the classroom.
Using an internet-based language placement test, students are placed by proficiency levels into groups for English language lessons which focus on developing students’ skills in all four language domains: listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Students are introduced to the expectations of the American classroom, including academic honesty, class participation, expressing one’s opinion while respecting the opinions of others, individual goal setting, and self-reflection. Students also gain insight into the student-centered approach to learning and participate in activities to further their cross-cultural understanding.
In addition to classroom instruction, students experience campus life and American culture through a variety of extracurricular activities as well as field trips to Philadelphia, New York City, and Washington, D.C. Evening activities provide additional fluency practice. Students can also sign up to work with a private conversation tutor for an additional fee.
The instruction during the English Language & American Culture Institute is delivered entirely in English, providing students with an intensive, immersive experience while offering requisite support. Students are asked to sign a commitment statement saying they will only speak in English during all group activities. A certificate of attendance along with an individual report on language growth is given to each student at the conclusion of the program.
Dates: July 23* to August 20, 2018
*Students should arrive at Perkiomen School on Monday, July 23, 2018
English Language and Literature
The English Language & Literature program at Perkiomen School is designed to provide returning English language learners and local students the opportunity to explore literature together while building their general conversational skills as well as their discussion skills related to literary works. This two-week program uses books from the required summer reading program as a springboard for a variety of engaging activities designed to foster a love of reading and excite students about discussing what they have read.
The instruction during the English Language & Literature is delivered entirely in English. Non-native speakers of English are asked to sign a commitment statement saying they will only speak in English during all group activities. International students may opt to sign up to take the TOEFL exam on campus if it is offered during this program.
Dates: August 6* to August 20, 2018
*Students should arrive Monday, August 6, 2018
The American Experience
The American Experience is designed to provide students with a learning experience focused on American history and American culture using the classroom and surrounding historic region. Capitalizing on Perkiomen’s proximity to Philadelphia, the cradle of American history, students will be provided with opportunities to visit various landmarks such as Valley Forge National Park, National Constitution Center, the Liberty Bell, and Independence Hall. During The American Experience, daily classroom and extra-curricular activities are designed to encourage students to think critically and analytically about American culture, while fostering leadership skills and reinforcing both team and individual problem-solving strategies.
Grades: 7- 12
Dates: August 20 to August 28, 2018
Skills For Success
Summer is the perfect time for you to learn Skills For Success. Sign up now and learn to master the art of organization or tackle note taking once and for all. Set aside some time this summer for a week on, not a week off!
Cost: $150 per session
Times: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m; lunch included
Session I: Monday July 9 to Friday July 13, 2018
Organization & Time Management: Take responsibility for learning.
Assess learning preferences
New learning strategies
Complete a research project and presentation
Session II: Monday July 16 to Friday July 20, 2018
Reading, Writing, & Note Taking: Strategies for reading and writing in the classroom.
Identify key information in literary selections
Application of organization and time management skills from Session I
Take notes with more accuracy
The discussion and application of the steps in the writing process
Practice revision techniques for different types of writing assignments
At Perkiomen’s Theater Camp, actors of all experience levels and ages work together to put on a full-scale musical in just one week. Student-actors will move through an open group audition on day one, to a week of rehearsals and workshops. You will practice line memorization, choreography, and the exploration of creativity and communication, all leading up to curtain call. Perkiomen Theater fosters the right kind of environment where you’ll feel more comfortable on and off the stage, all while making friends for life.
Cost: $175 per session
Times: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; lunch included
3 Sessions Available:
Session 1: July 9 to July 13 (Registration for session 1 is closed)
Show: Beauty and the Beast Jr. *
Session 2: July 16 to 20 ( Registration for session 2 is closed)
Show: Annie Kids *
Session 3: July 23 to 27
Show: Cinderella KIDS *
* Performances will be held on Fridays: first showing @ 1:00 p.m., second showing @ 3:30 p.m.
Sleep under the stars and hike the rugged woods of New Hampshire with the Perkiomen backpacking trip to the White Mountains. Disconnect from ordinary daily stress and your phone while spending some time in the beauty and serenity of the natural world. During this trip you will hike the majestic Presidential Range on trails that snake through remote woods, all while learning essential skills like fire building, knot tying, and leadership. Perkiomen understands the importance of sustainability and participants will practice a ‘Leave No Trace’ ethic in all places visited. We look forward to having you join us on this extraordinary adventure!
Dates: August 20 to August 28, 2018
Dutch Total Soccer
The DTS Overnight Soccer Camps offer an intensive full-day training program, combined with teambuilding activities in an overnight camp experience. DTS Overnight Camps are run by our professional DTS Training staff, together with supporting chaperones and medical staff. The camp is open to male & female players ages 9-16 years old.
Ages: Boys & Girls ages 9-16 years old
Cost: $645 before March 1st, $695 after March 1st
Dates July 8 to July 12, 2018
To Register: Click Here
New York Fencing
Our camps are ideal for fencers ages 10 and up with at least one year of experience. We will focus on intermediate and advanced competition training led by world-class coaches including NYFA’s Misha Mokretsov and Slava Zingerman, Vivo’s Arpad Horvath, and Medeo’s Yakov Danilenko. Among their students are World cup champions, National team members, NCAA college athletes, and many of today’s best youth fencers. NYFA student and Junior European Champion, Romain Cannone, will participate, along with other top-ranked fencers who will be on staff to assist. USFA-sanctioned tournaments will put campers’ skills to the test. Competitive fencers from all clubs are encouraged to join us and help make these summer epee camps the best in the country!Contact: Misha Mokretsov
Ages: 10 and up
Cost: $1,500 Early registration; $1,600 Regular registration; $1,700 Late registration
Dates: August 11 to August 20, 2018
To Register: Click Here
Veterinary Science Camp
Dive into the veterinary science field at our one-week summer camp. This day camp will offer middle (entering grades 8) and upper (entering grades 9 to 12) students the opportunity to explore veterinary science, including the observation, research, and examination of domestic and agriculture animals, with a focus on experiential learning. The program will include workshops with local veterinarians and animal behaviorists and trips to local clinics, farms, and universities.
Grades: 8 to 12
Dates: July 9-13
Time: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Teen Entrepreneur Summer Challenge
Perkiomen is partnering with Penn State University to bring an unmatched experience to up and coming entrepreneurs. Campers will have full days with experienced entrepreneurs, and top faculty from Penn State Lehigh Valley, and Perkiomen School. They will learn manufacturing, marketing, presentation skills, and be inspired to develop their ideas into a viable product, service, or company. Learning is hands-on!
Dual Enrollment Opportunity: Students enrolled in the Entrepreneur Camp have the opportunity to receive 3 college credits through a dual-enrollment option.
Dates: June 18 to 29, 2018
Grades: rising high school juniors & seniors
Times: Overnight, boarding camp
Cost: $1,950; additional $1,000 if dual enrollment course is selected