Middle School Summer Programs

Summer Skills and Savvy

Whether they’re seeking academic enrichment, outdoor adventure, or anything in between, Middle School students find the right fit at Community School’s Summer Program.

Middle School students can strengthen skills, enrich their understanding, engage in new experiences, and make new friends through Summer Program offerings that honor their unique stage of development.

Our wide range of classes and camps provide Middle School students the chance to both explore and to dig deep; they might 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 rock climbing skills.

Camps and Courses

Academic and Academic Enrichment

Study Skills

This course is designed to enhance study skills for students as they move through Middle School and transition to Upper 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, BA, Brown University, MBA Northwestern University
  • August 6-10, Monday-Friday, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • $230

Technology Camps

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 on what computers and computing is all about, program them using Snap, and then take on real programming challenges. It's all fun at Tech Camp! Enrollment limited to 10 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
  • $375 per one-week session; $725 for two weeks (all equipment included)

Creative Writing

Calling all students entering grades 6, 7, and 8! 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, BA Fordham University, MA Bank Street College of Education
  • Session I: July 9-13, Monday-Friday, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Session II: July 16-20, Monday-Friday, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • $220

Mad Scientist Chemistry Camp

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. (Open to students entering grades 5-9; maximum camp size of 10.)

  • Instructor: Jen King, BS Rocky Mountain College, MS University of Oregon
  • July 23-26, Monday-Thursday, 12:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
  • $290 (includes all equipment and supplies

Makers' Lab Experience

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! (Open to students entering grades 6-9; maximum camp size of 12.)

  • Instructor: Toni Coleman, BA Hampshire College, MA Columbia University Teachers College
  • July 9-13, Monday-Friday, Noon-2:00p.m.
  • $260 (includes all equipment and supplies)

Outdoor Enrichment

Lead Rock Climbing

Rock Craft
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 7 a.m. on Monday, July 16 and return by 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 19. Open to ages 12-18.

  • Dates: July 16-19
  • $550 (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)

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 8 a.m. on Monday, July 23 at 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 26th. Open to kids ages 12-18. No experience necessary. Enrollment limited to 12.

  • Dates: Monday-Thursday, July 23-26
  • $550 (includes all boating equipment, food, transportation, instruction and supervision)
  • $500 (if you provide your own boating equipment)

Sports Camps

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 completed 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 into 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, BA, Boston College
  • Sessions: Monday -Thursday, June 25-July 5, 3 p.m.-5 p.m. (No clinic on July 4)
  • Other clinics in July and August available by appointment (cwade@communityschool.org)
  • $30 per 2-hour session

5B Lacrosse Camp

Learn the game of lacrosse at Community School's remarkable Dumke Family Sagewillow Campus fields with Wood River Warrior standouts Anders Fortuin, 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, and cleats. Bring snacks for break time each day. (Open to boys entering grades 6 through 10; enrollment ilmited to the first 20 registered.)

  • Head Coach: Aaron Prazenka, Wood River Warriors Head Coach
  • Assistant Coaches: Hayes Gilman, Hayden Thayer (former Wood River Warriors varsity players)
  • Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to Noon
  • June 25-28
  • $160 per camp

5B Middle School Volleyball Camp

This camp is open to any incoming sixth through eighth grade girls who are looking for an opportunity to experience the fun of volleyball and learn new skills. 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. 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 15 campers have registered.)

  • Head Coach: Cara Frost, BA, University of Arizona
  • Assistant Coach: Dana Covington, BA, UCLA; MEd, University of Colorado-Boulder
  • Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Dates: July 16-19
  • $170

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. To register for the camp, click here.

  • Instructors: Elite Star Soccer staff
  • Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
  • Dates: July 9-13 and July 16-20
  • $270 per session

one.Soccer School

Open to boys and girls ages 10-18, 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 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, one.Premier program, ages 10-18, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
  • Jul 23 - 27, High School preseason program, ages 13-18,Monday-Friday, 4:00-7:30 p.m.
  • $219