During the Middle School years students have opportunities to strengthen their skills, enrich their understandings, engage in new experiences, and make new friends. It is an age of exploration itself, and their summer experiences should reflect that. As a result, Community School Summer Programs offer Middle School students opportunities to create a portfolio of visual art, explore topics in math and science, build study skills for success in high school, learn to kayak or improve at rock climbing.

A fillable registration form can be downloaded by clicking on "Program Registration" above. 

Academic/Enrichment Offerings - not for credit

Study Skills for Middle School and the Transition to High School
First in Math  
Technology Camps  
Creative Writing  
Mad Scientist Chemistry Camp  
Makers' Lab Experience

Outdoor Enrichment Offerings

Lead Rock Climbing: Beyond the Top Rope
White Otter Adventures - Learn to Kayak Class


Sports Camps

5B Lacrosse Camps-Camp is FULL. Wait list only.  
5B Basketball Player Development Clinics   
5B Middle School Volleyball Camp  
one.Soccer School
Elite Star Soccer Camp  

Study Skills for Middle School and the Transition to High School
This course is designed to enhance study skills for students as they move through Middle School and transition to high school. Study skills covered include: time management, reading comprehension, annotation of texts, grammar, note-taking, notebook organization and public speaking. This is a great opportunity for students to hit the first school year term this fall with the skills required for academic success.
Instructor:  Lisa Tanous, B.A., Brown University, M.B.A. Northwestern University
August 7-11, Monday-Friday, 10:30am-12:30pm
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First in Math
This on-line math course develops and supports appropriate, grade level math skills and problem solving for students in grades 1 through 8.  Concerned that math skills may have deteriorated over the summer?  This course is the answer.  Take this opportunity to brush up on your math with a veteran math teacher right before school starts.
Instructor:  Dawn Webber, B.A. University of Arizona, M.Ed. Ohio State University
July 24-28  (Mon-Fri)
Grades 7-8: 8:30-9:45am
Grades 4-6: 10:00-11:15am

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Technology Camps (ages 10-13)

These exciting, challenging and one-of-kind technology focused camps
are designed to advance critical thinking skills, promote fluid intelligence and teach problem solving techniques.  Depending on the week you join us, we will build and program LEGO Mindstorm robots to solve engineering problems or go in-depth on what computers and computing is all about, program them using Snap and take on real programming challenges.  It's all fun at Tech Camp!  Enrollment limited to 12 per session
Instructor:  Ray Pederson, B.A., M.A.E. San Francisco State University
Monday-Thursday, 8:30am-noon
Session I: July 17-20 - Robotics
Session II: July 24-27 - Computers

$375 per one-week session, $725 for two weeks
(all equipment included)
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Creative Writing

Calling all students entering 6th, 7th and 8th grade! Do you like to write? Would you like to make your stories more interesting, descriptive and engaging? Is it hard to get started with your writing or get organized or actually finish your story? Join us for this week long course in creative writing.  You will create new and fun stories and in the process learn how to get those ideas onto paper more easily.  We work on structure, descriptive language, and editing. We will read some wonderful examples of great writing and play some fun writing games!
Instructor:  Kristen Barr,
B.A. Fordham University, M.A. Bank Street College of Education
Session I: July 10-14, Monday-Friday, 9:30-11:30am
Session II: July 17-21, Monday-Friday, 9:30-11:30am
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Mad Scientist Chemistry Camp - open to rising 5th through 9th graders

Join the Mad Scientist herself, high school chemistry teacher, Jen King, in the Community School's state-of-the-art chemistry lab for this fun camp where kids can "get their hands dirty" performing real chemical experiments. Everything that happens in life depends on chemistry, and it's exciting to see -- especially when it involves color changes, lighting things on fire and (small) explosions! Students will learn how to conduct experiments safely, use lab equipment, learn different experimental procedures and gain an understanding of chemical concepts. Some of the experiments include Turning Copper to Silver & Gold, the Acid-Base Color Show, Chromatography, Stinky to Sweet: Synthesis of Esters, How do Fireworks Work, and Rocket Film Canisters. (maximum camp size of 10)
Instructor:  Jen King, B.S. Rocky Mountain College, M.S. University of Oregon
July 24-27, Monday-Thursday, 12:30-3:00pm
$290 (includes all equipment and supplies)
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Makers' Lab Experience - open to rising 6th through 9th graders
Come explore the possibilities in the our state-of-the-art Swift Family Makers' Lab! Unleash your imagination and choose from an assortment of craft materials, ordinary objects, and electronic components to build amazing projects that can move, light up, and interact with the environment. Design and build creations using classical technologies like the crank and pulley, and new ones like the Makey Makey. Make something different everyday, or continue to work on a project in greater depth. A piano made of bananas that you can actually play? A moving sculpture triggered by sound? Electric bling? A drawing that lights up? When you combine art and science, these are just a few of the possibilities!
 (maximum camp size of 12)
Instructor: Toni Coleman, B.A. Hampshire College, M.A. Columbia University Teachers College
July 10-14, Monday-Friday, 12:00-2:00pm
$260 (includes all equipment and supplies)
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White Otter Adventures - Learn to Kayak
White Otter Outdoor Adventures invites you to spend four days learning to whitewater kayak safely and competently on Idaho's Salmon River. American Canoe Association certified White Water Instructor and Swift Boat Technician, Elliot Jacobs, and the staff at White Otter Outfitters lead this exciting trip. We'll meet at 8am on Monday, July 17th at the Community School in Sun Valley and then drive north to White Otter Headquarters in Sunbeam, Idaho, on the Salmon River. We'll spend the next four days and three nights learning the skill and art of whitewater kayaking. The class will camp together at Sunbeam. We will return to the Community School by 6pm on Thursday, July 20th. Open to kids ages 12-18. No experience necessary. Enrollment limited to 12.
July 17 - 20
(includes all boating equipment, food, transportation, instruction and supervision)
$500 (if you provide your own boating equipment)
For additional information, please contact Rob Landis at the Community School (208.622.3960, ext. 121) or Doug Fenn at White Otter Adventures, (208.788.5005)

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 Lead Rock Climbing: Beyond Top-Roping
Spend four days at the world famous City of Rocks National Reserve learning the skills you need to go "beyond top-roping" to multi-pitch and lead climbing. We will meet at Community School at 7am on Monday, July 24 and return by 7pm on Thursday, July 27. Open to ages 12-18.
Dates:  July 24-27
(includes all climbing gear, food, transportation, instruction and supervision)
For additional information, please contact Rob Landis at the Community School (208.622.3960, ext. 121)

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5B Basketball Player Development Clinics (boys & girls, rising grades 5 through 8)

Former Community School 1st Team All-Conference player, District IV All-Star selectee and Boston College varsity scrimmage player , Connor Wade, leads these small, personalized sessions. The focus is on improving skills, leadership and basketball IQ development. An individualized evaluation is done for each participant and a specific plan for improvement is developed. Each session will be filled with interactive drills that focus on developing fundamental skills from shooting and ball handling to how to play defense the right way. These clinics are perfect for rising 5th through 8th grade players gearing up to make that huge transition to high school basketball.  Players may sign up for one or multiple sessions, or may walk in to any scheduled session. Coach Wade was the Head Middle School boys' and girls' basketball coach at Portland Jewish Academy for two seasons. He is currently Junior Varsity Coach for the Community School Upper School boys' basketball program.
Coach:  Connor Wade, B.A., Boston College
Sessions: Mon-Thurs, June 26-July 6, 3-5pm (No clinic on July 4th.) | Other clinics in July and August available by appointment (cwade@communityschool.org) | $30 per 2-hour session

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5B Lacrosse Camp (boys - rising grades 6 through 10) Limited to the first 20 registered. - Camp is FULL. Wait list only.

Learn the game of lacrosse at the Community School's remarkable Sagewillow facility with Wood River Warriors Head Coach, Aaron Prazenka, and former Warriors standouts Hayes Gilman and Hayden Thayer.  Whether you are new to the game or building on years of experience and looking to push it to the 'next level', this camp will provide both the fun and the individualized instruction you would expect from the 'fastest game on two feet. Players provide their own equipment: stick, gloves, helmet, mouthpiece, elbow and shoulder pads, cleats.  Bring snacks for break time each day. A waiting list will be started when enrollment reaches 20.
Head Coach: Aaron Prazenka, Wood River Warriors Head Coach
Assistant Coaches:  Hayes Gilman, Hayden Thayer: former Wood River Warriors Varsity

Monday-Thursday, 8:30am to noon 
June 26-29

$160 per camp

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5B Middle School Volleyball Camp (rising grades 6, 7 & 8) 

This camp is open to any incoming 6th-8th grade girls who are looking for an opportunity to experience the fun environment of volleyball. First time players are welcome as well. Campers will receive skill instruction in passing, setting, hitting, serving, blocking and defense under the direction of Community School Head Middle School Coach, Cara Frost, and Wood River Middle School 8th grade Head Coach, Sheri Thomas. Players will be grouped according to age and skill level with the goal of meeting the needs of each individual player. Each camper will be taught the fundamental skills in a safe and fun environment. This is a challenging camp that is great for beginners or players who are looking to get ready for the upcoming middle school volleyball season! (Waiting list begins after the first 20 campers have registered.)
Coach:  Cara Frost, Head Coach, Community School Middle School
Coach:  Sheri Thomas, Head Coach, 8th grade, Wood River Middle School
Monday-Thursday, 9:00am - 12:30pm
Dates:  August 7 - 10
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one.Soccer School (boys & girls, ages 10 to 18)

In this soccer clinic, we work on ball mastery, SAQ (speed, agility, quickness) Going 2 Goal, Dribbling (1v1) and Small Side Games. Each day will be a progression from the day before. Our approach is an "attention to detail" and "fail your way to success" mentality. Each player will be challenged and have FUN! We give each camper a full pro uniform kit, match quality ball and backpack plus 14 hours of professional instruction. Bring a water bottle, snacks, sunscreen, indoor trainers and cleats and a hat, if needed, to protect from the sun. To register for the camp, click here.
Instructors:  one.Soccer School professional staff
July 24 - 28, one.Premier program,
Monday-Friday, 8:00am-12:00pm
Jul 31-Aug 4, High School preseason program
, ages 13-18,Monday-Friday, 9:00am-1:00pm
(if registered by April 26, $239 after)

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Elite Star Soccer Camp (boys & girls, ages 7 to 18)

No matter what level you play or what level you want to get to, Elite Star Soccer will help you reach your goals. Our program teaches young players to be creative; to act and play like professionals, and, most importantly, encourages players to be confident in their footballing abilities. We employ modern, innovative soccer techniques and teachings to provide each player with the best individual camp experience. Bring a water bottle, snacks, lunch, sunscreen, cleats and shin-guards. To register for the camp, click here.
Instructors:  Elite Star Soccer staff
Monday-Friday, 8:30am-3:00pm
Dates: July 10-14 and July 17-21

$270 per session