Elementary School Summer Programs

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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 Sun Valley Community School’s Summer Program.

The Sun Valley 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 the 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.

2019 Summer Program planning is currently underway. Please check back for updates.

Courses and Camps


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 23-27 (Mon-Fri)
  • Grades 4-6: 9:00-10:15 a.m.
  • Grades 1-3: 10:30-11:45 a.m.
  • $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 23-27 (Mon-Fri)
  • Grades 1-3: 9:00-10:15 a.m.
  • Grades 4-6: 10:30-11:45 a.m.
  • $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: Angela Grant, BS University of Maine, University of Idaho
  • Monday-Thursday, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Session I: July 9-12 Animals: Lions and tigers and bears, OH MY!
  • Session II: July 16-19 "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, BS Rocky Mountain College, MS University of Oregon
  • Monday-Thursday
  • July 23-26, 12:30-3:00 p.m.
  • $295 (includes all equipment and supplies)


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, BA, MAE San Francisco State University
  • Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-Noon
  • Session I: July 16-19 - Robotics
  • Session II: July 23-26 - Computers (Cancelled for summer 2018.)
  • $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.


  • Session I: June 18-21 (Chess/Minecraft)
  • Session II: June 25-28 (Chess/Lego/Game Making)
  • Session III: July 3-6, Tues-Fri (Chess/Minecraft)
  • Session IV: July 23-26 (Chess/Lego/Game Making)
  • Session V: July 30 - August 2 (Chess/Minecraft)
  • Session VI: August 13-16 (Chess/Lego/Game Making)

  • 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 6/1/18), 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. In addition to the snacks and lunches campers bring from home each day, they will help prepare healthy snacks as part of our cooking days. We will always keep allergies in mind so every camper can enjoy. 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 late pickup services available)
  • June 11 - August 2 (No camp on July 4 or 5. Camp is Monday and Tues only that week).
  • $175 per week (prorated to $90 for the week of July 4)


One Soccer School

Open to boys and girls, ages 3 to 18. Different camp times and structure depending on age. Check our website for details. 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 23 - 27 
  • Monday-Friday: Times for each camp available at our website
  • Price varies depending on camp selection.

nito Soccer Academy

nito Soccer Academy (boys & girls - ages 6 to 17)
The nito soccer curriculum is carefully and specifically designed to emphasize, teach and improve these crucial facets of the game of soccer: footwork, ball control, speed, agility, technique, shooting and tactics. The game of soccer is fundamentally about a player’s ability to control the soccer ball under pressure in a competitive environment. To be effective and efficient in obtaining maximum success in the challenging situations of the game, players needs to improve these skills. Join us for one or both of these camps and take you game to the next level. To register for the camp, click here.

  • Instructors: NITO Soccer Academy professional staff
  • Monday-Friday, 8:30am-noon for ages 6-9
  • Monday-Friday, 8:30am-3:30 for ages 10-17
  • July 9-13 and July 16-20
  • Pricing varies depending on age group. Check their website.