Elementary School Summer Programs

Summer Fun Starts Here!

Camps and courses for early childhood and elementary school students offer everything from day camp to science lab learning to instruction in soccer. Find your next summer adventure at Community School’s Summer Program.

The Community School Summer Program’s elementary school offerings provide fun and learning in a nurturing and educationally rich environment.

All of our elementary camps are staffed by veteran elementary school instructors and boast a low student-teacher ratio, providing the individual attention that is a hallmark of Community School’s educational philosophy. In addition, our facilities, which include our Trail Creek academic campus, the Dumke Family Sagewillow Campus, and the unparalleled setting in Sun Valley, are unmatched for experiential learning; this is the perfect place to go to camp.

Courses and Camps

Academic

First in Math

This individualized course develops and supports appropriate, grade-level math skills and problem solving for students in grades one through eight. Concerned that math skills may have deteriorated over the summer? This course is the answer. Take this opportunity to brush up on your math right before school starts with a veteran math teacher. The times for this course coordinate with the "Mandarin for Kids" course so that students can easily do both.

  • Instructor: Dawn Webber, BA University of Arizona, MEd Ohio State University
  • July 24-28 (Mon-Fri)
  • Grades 7-8: 8:30-9:45 a.m.
  • Grades 4-6: 10:00-11:15am
  • Grades 1-3: 11:30am-12:45pm
  • $115

Mandarin for Kids

This week-long class meets for one hour each day an d is all about having fun! Kids in grades one through six will learn how to cook Chinese dumplings, sing Chinese songs, and play Chinese games, all while learning how to count and learning basic Mandarin vocabulary and expressions. Taught by Jinglan Yu, a local Chinese teacher, who has extensive experience teaching children. The times for this course coordinate with the "First in Math" course, so students can easily do both.

  • Instructor: Jinglan Yu
  • July 24-28 (Mon-Fri)
  • Grades 1-3: 10:00-11:15am
  • Grades 4-6: 11:30am-12:45pm
  • $125 (includes all cooking supplies)

Reading and Writing Connection

Open to rising first, second, and third graders, this offering will keep kids reading and writing throughout the summer through a fun, theme-based literacy workshop. Building off of each student's interest and abilities, we will develop skills in reading and writing that support each child's learning. The program will include explorations in fiction and nonfiction literature, while also polishing comprehension, decoding, and fluency skills. Students will create both creative and informational writing pieces to demonstrate their learning. Our instructor is a long time elementary teacher who specializes in teaching literacy and childhood education. Join us for this fun and dynamic opportunity for students to explore literature and express ideas through writing. This camp is open to students entering grades 1-3. Camp enrollment limited to 10.

  • Instructor: Kristen Barr, B.A. Fordham University, M.A. Bank Street College of Education
  • Monday-Thursday, 1:00-4:00pm
  • Session I: July 10-13 Animals: Lions and tigers and bears, OH MY!
  • Session II: July 17-20 "Oh the places we will go!" Adventures around the world.
  • $180 per week

Mad Scientist Camp

Join the Mad Scientist herself—high school chemistry teacher Jen King—in 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. (Open to students entering grades 5-9, this course has a maximum class size of 10.)

  • Instructor: Jen King, B.S. Rocky Mountain College, M.S. University of Oregon
  • Monday-Thursday
  • July 24-27, 12:30-3:00pm
  • $290 (includes all equipment and supplies)

Enrichment

Kids Technology Camp

Open to students 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 into what computers and computing are all about, program computers 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, 8:30 a.m.-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)

Chess/Lego/Minecraft/Game Making Camp

Chess Camp: Learn tricks, traps and sneak attacks! Our award-winning camp makes chess fun through stories, puzzles, challenges and games. International Chess Master Luke Vellottii will be teaching our advanced students. Beginners are welcome!

Chess Half Days: 9:00 a.m.-Noon

Lego Camp: Build, create and collaborate! Learn each day with adventure stories and engineering design challenges. Blast Lego rockets and go on a treasure quest - the fun never stops in the highly interactive camp.

  • Lego Half Days: Noon-3:00 p.m.
  • Lego Full Days: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Minecraft Camp: Do you like Minecraft or do you love Minecraft? Summon ender dragons, battle creepers, and teleport your friends through magical kingdoms. Learn how to create storyboards for extra fun!

  • Minecraft and Game Making Half Days: Noon-3:00 p.m.
  • Minecraft and Game Making Full Days: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Game Making: Imagine, Program, and Upload! Make your own games by learning basic Scratch & Python programming skills from UCLA's best computer science student. This camp makes coding fun and easy. For both new and experienced Code Masters.

  • Game Making Half Days: Noon-3:00 p.m.
  • GameMaking Full Days: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

SESSIONS

  • Session I: June 19-22 (Chess/Minecraft)
  • Session II: June 26-29 (Chess/Lego/Game Making)
  • Session III: July 10-13 (Chess/Minecraft)
  • Session IV: July 17-20 (Chess/Lego/Game Making)
  • Session V: August 7-10 (Chess/Minecraft)

  • All camps are Mon-Thurs, Half day, $375, Full Day $600
  • Camp tuition includes t-shirt, trophy, daily prizes, and a pizza/ice cream party. Students may register for half days or full days.
  • Please click here to register directly or call (208) 713-2486.


Camp Director: Daniel Vellotti, State and National Chess Champion

Assist. Director: Luke Vellotti, Google Software Developer, B.S. Compu. Sci., B.S. Math, UCLA
Assist. Director: Carl Vellotti, B.S. Bioengineering, UCLA


Young Explorers' Camp

Early Childhood Center teacher Kristina Avila leads this camp for two- and three-year-olds (must be two by 6/1/17), which allows children to explore the world around them through field trips and time spent on Community School's remarkable Trail Creek and Dumke Family Sagewillow Campuses. Our program is based on the belief that young children are capable and intelligent and that their own interests should drive their learning. We allow the natural environment, natural materials, and community to become their teachers. Each day will be filled with a new adventure, such as hiking and exploring nature, gardening, cooking, dramatic play, sensory activities, music, and the creative arts. Each week will have a different overall theme. Your child will truly become a "Young Explorer." Enrollment limited to 12; student-teacher ratio is 4:1. No early drop off or late pick up services provided.


  • Lead Instructor: Kristina Avila
  • Assistant Instructor: Kadee Christensen
  • Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (no early drop off or pickup)
  • June 12 - July 27 (No camp on July 4; camp is Monday, Wednesday, Thursday that week).
  • $170 per week (prorated to $130 for the week of July 4)

Sports

One Soccer School

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
  • Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-Noon
  • $199 (if registered by April 26th, $239 after)

5B Basketball Player Development Clinics

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 fifth through eighth 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

Sessions:

  • M-F, June 19-23, 1-3p.m.
  • Mon, June 26, 1-3 p.m.
  • W-F, July 5-7, 1-3 p.m.
  • M-Th, July 10-13, 1-3 p.m.

Cost: $30 per 2-hour session

Elite Star Soccer Camp

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. The camp is open to boys and girls ages 7 to 18.To register for the camp, click here.

  • Instructors: Elite Star Soccer staff
  • Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
  • July 10-14 and July 17-21
  • $200 per session