From Fine Motor Fun, Phonics Parade, Cryptology, and Seminars in Policy Debate to our always popular chess, LEGO®, and science camps, our one-week, two-week, and three-week enrichment sessions offer something for everyone. Whether you want your child to stay sharp in math and writing or jump into something completely new like iPads and App Programming or Virtual and Augmented Reality Filmmaking, our enrichment camps are highly rewarding additions to any summer plans.

Please click on each camp below for a description.

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  • Audio Engineering 101 with Mr. Cook

    Join Berkeley's performance facilities manager and production technical director Chris Cook and explore system setup, mic techniques, the building blocks of mixing, and trouble-shooting your system. 

    This is a one-week session. A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 1 (incoming 9th-12th graders)
  • Lighting 101 with Mr. Cook

    Join Berkeley's performance facilities manager and production technical director Chris Cook and explore different types of lighting, their use, and how to circuit them into the dimmer. The camp will also delve into understanding DMX lighting control protocol and programming a show on the ETC Ion.

    This is a one-week session. A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 2 (incoming 9th-12th graders)
  • Set Design and Construction with Mr. Cook

    Join Berkeley's performance facilities manager and production technical director Chris Cook as we design the set for the first show of the year and then build it!  You will learn how to use many tools and what it takes to follow blueprints and build a set on stage.

    This is a full-day camp for two weeks (one week options are available).  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Weeks 6-7 (incoming 9th-12th graders)

  • Character GPS®

    Character GPS® is a non-profit that provides life-changing character education experiences for youth. We use a unique, proprietary, research-based curriculum to accelerate maturity and equip youth with the tools to discover that they are “priceless.” Character GPS promotes self-esteem building, teaching youth what they stand for, and guiding youth to pursue their future dreams. Our unique combination of life and leadership skills really works!

    • Leadership & confidence building that accelerates maturity.
    • One-to-one high school mentors.
    • Fun, multimedia, hands-on “adventures” guide your child to build the critical character traits for success now and throughout life.
    • Parental component allows parents to be involved each step of the way to help build character and open-up communication at home. This total “coaching team” approach (instructors, mentors, and parents) produces amazing results you will see at our “graduation celebration.”
    • Carefully sequenced principles and values build on each other: “proactive responsibility,” “can-do,” “talent discovery,” “visionary goal setting,” “discipline/self-control,” “relationship management,” and “teamwork” that successful people demonstrate.

    About the instructor:
    Jeffrey M. Cain, co-founder & CEO of Character GPS®, has over 30 years expertise in designing and delivering educational, business, and charitable training programs that profoundly impact the lives of all ages while transforming their social environments that they live and learn in. He has conducted GPS classes for over five years to children of all ages as well as college, K-12, continuing education classes, and professional development workshops for teachers and professors at all levels of education across four decades. He studied computer operations research engineering at Cornell University, and he holds a B.S. degree in Secondary Mathematics and an M.S. degree in Adult Education Methodology and Statistical Research from Indiana University. Jeffrey is a Certified Master Facilitator for a wide variety of programs including Stephen Covey’s "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" Leadership Development. Having served over ten years as a VP and regional director of HR at Raymond James Financial and other Fortune 100 companies in corporate training, Jeffrey loves to teach and help people grow to their full potential. As a father of two children himself, he has taught, coached, and mentored children of all ages starting with his first teaching position out of college in an inner-city school, which ignited his true passion "to save our world, one child at a time."

    For more information on Character GPS, click here.

    This is a full-day camp for one week. A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 6 (incoming 6th-12th graders)
  • Seminars in Policy Debate: Research and Critical Advocacy

    Click here for an excellent article on the educational value of debate. This is a must-read for parents researching summer debate programs.

    Policy debate is an outstanding training ground for research, critical thinking, and oral advocacy. The process of learning about a particular topic and assembling arguments on both sides of an issue will help students to understand how to craft positions, defend them with evidence, and extend them into new arenas. Politics, history, communication, philosophy, economics, and other subjects will be covered as students develop arguments in writing and through speech, including the art of asking and answering questions. Studies have concluded that participation in debate leads students to higher levels of academic achievement and this seminar aims to enhance such active learning and expertise in research and critical advocacy.

    INTRO TO DEBATE: No experience is necessary for this session. For students with debate experience, the second week of classes will feature a one week “advanced debate” seminar, but students can attend week one in order to gain the experience necessary for week two. Please contact Dr. Kuswa at kuswakev@berkeleyprep.org with questions, particularly if the student has already attended more than two competitive debate tournaments in policy debate. The primary emphasis in the introductory session will be on research skills and debate technique. We will divide the National Speech and Debate Resolution into multiple categories and engage in specific research assignments. Research groups will be organized around central questions and each individual will contribute to the final product, utilizing a broad range of sources and discussing the qualifications for various types of evidence. In addition to specific research projects, sessions will also include mini-lectures and group discussions on the various techniques of policy debate. We will delve into cutting-edge debate theory involving how framework arguments can shift the judge’s decision calculus, how counterplans can give the negative team a strategic option beyond the status quo, how topicality can work in tandem with both disadvantages and case arguments, and how so-called “kritik” positions can challenge the underlying assumptions of the affirmative plan. We will also engage in micro-debates on very specific issues, full practice rounds, extended cross-examination sessions, and rebuttal re-dos. Different forms of engagement will be deployed so that students learn about judge adaptation and how to respond to opponents with distinct styles. Each afternoon, students will deliver speeches, analyze speeches performed by their colleagues, and discuss ways to improve both style and content. We will use two classic rubrics that have survived the test of time to analyze and compare speeches: Aristotle’s tripartite scheme of ethos, pathos, and logos and the rhetorical canon of invention, arrangement, style, delivery, and memory. 

    This is a full day camp for one week.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 1 (incoming 6th-12th graders)

    ADVANCED DEBATE: Week two will continue the themes of the first week, but will add a more sophisticated set of research skills to the agenda, looking at the narrative paradigm, the ability to pre-empt an argument from multiple angles simultaneously, and the distinctions between conditional approaches and an ethical framework. We will also go deeper into permutation theory, performance-based arguments, and ways to indict or bolster particular pieces of evidence. The objective will be to teach the practice of evidence comparison as a way to direct focused research. Afternoon sessions in the second week will add the element of judging to the equation, allowing students to see how different arguments are perceived and articulated. This will add another layer of persuasion to students’ speeches as we strive to develop an intricate sense of timing, allocation, and climax to each speech. The other major element we will cover in week two is data organization and speech structure—how to find and organize the most important points of refutation, how to store and retrieve the information that best clashes with the opposition, and how to use an offense-defense model in rebuttals. Flowing—a sophisticated means of taking notes during a debate—will be the central vehicle for preparing and delivering speeches.  Students must have attended week 1 Intro to Debate or last summer's debate camp in order to attend this week 2 camp.

    This is a full-day camp for one week.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 2 (incoming 6th-12th graders)

    About the instructor:
    Dr. Kevin Douglas Kuswa is the co-author of Argumentation and Critical Thought: An Introduction to Advocacy, Reasoning, and Rhetorical Analysis, a textbook used in debate classes at the collegiate level. Dr. Kuswa’s students have been successful at every stage, winning virtually every debate tournament in the country on the high school and collegiate levels. He has been teaching and coaching debate for 25 years at institutions such as the University of Richmond, California State University, the University of South Carolina, and Dartmouth College (where his team won the National Debate Championship). Dr. Kuswa himself won the National Championship debating for Georgetown University where he received a degree from the School of Foreign Service. Earning his PhD in Communication Studies with a specialty in Rhetoric from the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Kuswa has presented his scholarship at numerous conferences and published pieces in the top journals in the field such as the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric and Public Affairs, and Argumentation and Advocacy. Teaching has long been Dr. Kuswa’s passion and he is ecstatic to be serving as the Head Debate Coach and Upper Division English faculty member at Berkeley Preparatory School.
  • Intensive Debate Practicum

    Click here for an excellent article on the educational value of debate. This is a must-read for parents researching summer debate programs.

    For students of any skill level, these morning sessions will involve participating in a series of policy debates. Topics will stem from the 2017-18 policy debate resolution and students will alternate between full debates and speech re-dos. The emphasize will be on practice and skill-building and will be useful for debaters of all experience levels. Students from 6th to 12th grade are welcome!  Contact Dr. Kuswa with questions at kuswakev@berkeleyprep.org.

    This is a one-week session.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 6 (incoming 6th-12th graders)

    About the instructor:
    Dr. Kevin Douglas Kuswa is the co-author of Argumentation and Critical Thought: An Introduction to Advocacy, Reasoning, and Rhetorical Analysis, a textbook used in debate classes at the collegiate level. Dr. Kuswa’s students have been successful at every stage, winning virtually every debate tournament in the country on the high school and collegiate levels. He has been teaching and coaching debate for 25 years at institutions such as the University of Richmond, California State University, the University of South Carolina, and Dartmouth College (where his team won the National Debate Championship). Dr. Kuswa himself won the National Championship debating for Georgetown University where he received a degree from the School of Foreign Service. Earning his PhD in Communication Studies with a specialty in Rhetoric from the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Kuswa has presented his scholarship at numerous conferences and published pieces in the top journals in the field such as the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric and Public Affairs, and Argumentation and Advocacy. Teaching has long been Dr. Kuswa’s passion and he is ecstatic to be serving as the Head Debate Coach and Upper Division English faculty member at Berkeley Preparatory School.
  • Introduction to American Sign Language

    This class will cover the beginnings to signing in ASL. Topics will include greetings, basic conversation openers, and common phrases in daily conversation, school situations, and shopping.  Students will learn the ASL alphabet and counting numbers. The course will also cover topics related to Deaf culture in the United States. 

    This is a one-week session.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 7 (incoming 6th-8th graders)
  • Driver's Ed with Safer Dixie Driving School

    Driving is an essential life skill! Things we take for granted – getting to school, work, recreational activities, caring for family, shopping for essentials – would be more difficult if we didn’t drive. For many students, learning to drive is exciting and a rite of passage to becoming an independent young adult.  Additionally, learning to drive safely and responsibly is one of the greatest lessons a parent can provide.  Driver education can prepare students to make wise decisions behind the wheel that will serve them well over a lifetime.  This program will cover the decisions all drivers must make, including managing emotions, disability and impairment, managing the physics of driving (including traction, braking, and force of impact); using the instrumentation panel and controls; interior and exterior safety features of your vehicle; applying principles for controlling and maneuvering your vehicle safely (including IPDE and Smith System); sharing the road with others; navigating intersections; making turns; yielding right of way; Florida specific laws; and driving in urban, rural and expressway environments or adverse environmental conditions.  We will provide students with the foundational skills necessary to become a safe and responsible driver.  However, these skills will only become automatic over time and with practice.  The Berkeley Prep program consists of four days of classroom education and four individual driving lessons (one of which will take place during the week of the classroom program and three scheduled at mutually agreeable times after that). For further information, please click here for Safer Dixie's "Driver's Education Guide for Students and Family."
     
    MANDATORY PRE-REQUISITE:  Students must have their Learner’s Permit to participate in the driver’s education program at Berkeley Prep.  Students must take and pass the Florida drug and alcohol course before applying for their Learner’s Permit.  The drug and alcohol course is available online through various vendors or you may contact the Safer Dixie Driving School (727-546-9293) for information about the drug and alcohol program.

    This is a full-day session for one week.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Weeks 4, 7
  • Chess Camp

    “Chess is one of the most powerful educational tools available to strengthen a child’s mind,” writes Dr. Peter Dauvergne in his highly cited scholarly article “The Case for Chess as a Tool to Develop Our Children’s Minds.”  Click here to read the article.

    Berkeley Chess Camp is the finest summer chess camp in the southeastern USA. The camp is a “super camp,” which – in chess talk – means a United States Chess Federation-rated tournament camp. The full-day camp includes top instructors (Coach Taylor's staff is comprised of national, state and regional champion coaches), tournaments, swimming, fun games, and more! All levels are welcome!  For over 20 years, Coach Willard Taylor’s summer chess camps at Berkeley have been one of Summer Programs’ most popular offerings. Thousands of kids have completed the camp which attracts absolute beginners who have never played before to the very advanced. 

    This is a full-day camp for one week.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Weeks 1, 3, 5 (ages 5-14)
     
    About the coach: Born in Frankfurt, Germany, Coach Willard Taylor is the president of Florida Scholastic Chess League, the governing body of scholastic chess in Florida which consists of over 32,000 scholastic players in the state. He is also president of Tampa Chess Club, Inc., which organizes U.S. Chess Federation-sanctioned tournaments for over 3000 players a year in western Florida. Coach Taylor has been playing for over 50 years and has been coaching chess since 1977. He has coached teams to numerous national, state, regional and county championships. His players are currently playing for many Ivy League and highly regarded universities around the country.
  • iPads and App Programming with Mr. Chase Smith

    During this one-week, full-day camp, kids will learn to program apps on and for their iPads. Kids will start with the basics of programming in a fun, challenging environment, improving their skills by solving more and more complex problems. They will quickly move on to designing and programming their own iOS games that they can play on their own devices. Not only will students finish the week with a working app, they will have the skills and knowledge to produce more apps on their own.

    Campers are required to bring their own iPads. This course also requires the one-time purchase of the Codea app (by Two Lives Left) from the App Store. The app costs $15 and must be installed on the student’s iPad prior to the first day of class. This app is only available on the App Store.

    This is a full-day camp for one week.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Weeks 1, 4 (incoming 6th-8th graders)
  • Jumping Jeroo Programming with Mr. John Coup

    Have you ever wanted to learn to program your microwave, your Xbox, a phone or anything that has a computer in it? If you answered yes, then this is the class for you. You will learn the basics of computer coding using wallaby-like animals called Jeroos. This is not a drag and drop style of programming, but you will be writing the code to solve some of the most difficult problems that the Jeroos face every day! Students will learn object-oriented programming basics such as objects, classes, methods, algorithms, and control structures.

    This is a full-day camp for one week.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 5 (incoming 4th-8th graders)
  • To Mars with Mindstorms® with Mr. John Coup

    The students will be charged with carrying out the first manned mission to Mars! Build a Mars outpost that can support human life and act as a base for future exploration. It will not be an easy task as it will take precision in building your vehicles, satellites and bases, as well as make sure that they can act autonomously. The students will learn to program using the LEGO Mindstorms® program. They will create algorithms for problems using Boolean statements, loops and sensory responses. The challenge is yours if you choose to accept it!

    This is a full-day camp for one week. A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 6 (incoming 2nd-7th graders)
  • BRICKS4KIDZ LEGO® Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    The Force will be strong with you in this BRAND NEW Star Wars: Last Jedi LEGO® Camp! Campers will sharpen their Jedi mind tricks as they build the popular characters, vehicles and space gear out of LEGO® bricks from the popular Star Wars franchise! Help identify the dark side by building a Kylo Ren LEGO® mosaic, fight with the rebellion using Chewbacca’s LEGO® bowcaster and a Jedi light saber, or stop the construction of the Death Star in your LEGO® wing fighter. Anything is possible with a little imagination, the use of the Force, and a LOT of LEGO® magic! Which side will you choose!?!

    All campers will take home fun crafts throughout the week, make a collage of all the fun LEGO® models they made throughout the week, and take make and take home a LEGO® minifigure!

    This is a full-day camp for one week.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.
     
    Weeks 1, 6  (ages 5-12)
  • BRICKS4KIDZ: The LEGO® Movies Camp

    Are you a fan of all the popular LEGO® shows and movies? The LEGO® Movie, The LEGO® Batman Movie, LEGO® NINJAGO, LEGO® NEXO KNIGHTS!?! Then this fun LEGO® Movies Camp is for you!

    Campers will start with the challenge of stopping Lord Business and his minions with the help of Emmit, Wyldstyle and friends. They then will enter Gotham City to help our favorite cape crusader LEGO® Batman take down the Joker. Campers will enter the Spinjitzu Zone in LEGO® NINJAGO with Kai, Lloyd, Jay, Nya, Sensi Wu, and the rest of the clan to battle Lord Garmadon. Campers will then enter the world of the medieval times with the LEGO® NEXO KNIGHTS, complete with castles and knights, but with elements of the future such as robo horses, catapults, and lava launchers and charge into the futuristic Kingdom of Knighton! Get all your favorite LEGO® themed adventures in one action packed week!

    All campers will take home fun crafts throughout the week, make a collage of all the fun LEGO® models they made throughout the week, and take make and take home a LEGO® minifigure!
     
    This is a full-day camp for one week.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 2 (ages 5-12)
  • BRICKS4KIDZ LEGO® World of Minecraft

    Experience the world of Minecraft with LEGO® bricks in this fun camp! With ALL NEW builds, campers will delve deeper into the wonderful world of Minecraft with the Enderdragon, Snow Golems, Witches and Withers. Campers will face new challenges each day, building motorized Bricks4Kidz models and crafting key elements from the popular Minecraft game.

    Whether your child has attended our Minecraft camp previously, this camp has BRAND NEW models for Summer 2018! Campers will have the opportunity to build their own virtual Minecraft world on iPads before bringing their designs to life by building new mob figures, mosaics and custom models, incorporating LEGO® bricks. So, are you ready for the challenge?

    All campers will take home fun crafts throughout the week, make a collage of all the fun LEGO® models they made throughout the week, and take make and take home a LEGO® minifigure!

    This is a full-day camp for one week.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Weeks 3, 7 (ages 5-12)
  • BRICKS4KIDZ LEGO® Arcade Mania

    Brand new to Berkeley’s Summer Camp offering! It's time to bring the kid’s video games to LEGO® life! In this awesome and new creative Arcade LEGO® camp, all campers will be building their favorite video game characters and levels, all out of LEGO® bricks! Pokémon, Minecraft, Pacman, Super Mario Bros, Sonic the Hedgehog, Space Invaders, and much more! It’s going to be an awesome mix of new games and the classics. If you’ve ever wanted to build a Mario LEGO® robot or a 3D LEGO® Sonic, then this LEGO® camp is for you!

    All campers will take home fun crafts throughout the week, make a collage of all the fun LEGO® models they made throughout the week, and take make and take home a LEGO® minifigure!

    This is a full-day camp for one week.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 4 (ages 5-12)
  • BRICKS4KIDZ LEGO® City Master Builder Camp

    It’s time to showcase your Master Builder skills! Join us for this week-long construction project, where our campers will be constructing popular motorized LEGO® robotic models such as cars, planes, trucks, bull dozers, and race cars, as well as our very popular LEGO® mosaic art! Campers will also be presented with real life challenges that encourage them to use their problem-solving skills to create a full functioning LEGO® City! They will use their imaginations and creativity to work together to build a busting metropolis, all out of LEGO® bricks! A whole LEGO® City of their own!

    All campers will take home fun crafts throughout the week, make a collage of all the fun LEGO® models they made throughout the week, and take make and take home a LEGO® minifigure!

    This is a full-day camp for one week.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 5 (ages 5-12)
  • Get Ready for Calculus

    This is serious preparation for students getting ready to enroll in a Calculus course during the coming school year. Get ready to excel in your class with experienced Berkeley Calculus teacher Ryan McLaughlin. We will review key concepts that you've learned in previous courses, preview the key concepts you'll learn in Calculus, and discuss the best techniques for doing well on the AP exam and other major tests.

    This is a one-week session. A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 1 (incoming 10th-12th graders)
  • Game Theory for Middle School

    What do mad scientists, military commanders, billionaires, and computer programmers all have in common? They’re all very, very interested in Game Theory, an exciting branch of mathematics that looks for winning strategies for competitions and conflicts. In this camp led by MD math instructor Ryan McLaughlin, students will explore the basic concepts of Game Theory and sharpen their math skills while having a lot of fun!

    This is a one-week session.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 2 (incoming 6th-8th graders)
  • Cryptology/Code-Breaking

    Cryptology is the study of making—and breaking—secret codes. What few people realize is that if you want to be good with secret codes, you’ve got to know some math! In this fun and exciting camp led by Berkeley math instructor Ryan McLaughlin, students will spend a week learning about the math and science behind this key part of being a spy. Fun projects will include using math to break real-life secret codes, designing our own encryptions and using them to send secret messages to each other, mastering the code that Julius Caesar used to direct the Roman army, and exploring the ways technology is being used today by cryptographers and cryptanalysts.

    This is a one-week session. A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 1 (ages 11-14)
  • Maker Camp

    Do you like to tinker, design, and create? This is what the Maker Movement is all about! In this full-day hands-on camp taught by MD science instructor Kate Kirkman, campers will stretch their imaginations by designing and creating a variety of projects. These project options include marble roller coasters, 3D modeling and printing, stop motion or green screen movie making, and robotics. Campers will also explore the basics of game and app design and augmented reality, with the potential to design an augmented reality scavenger hunt. Campers also have the option of designing their own maker project to work on throughout the week.

    This is a full-day camp for one week. A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Weeks 2, 4 (incoming 6th-8th graders)
  • Young Makers

    Lots of messy hands-on projects to build scissor and tying skills and introduce patterns and measurements.  We'll use lots of real kid-friendly tools and build with imagination.

    This is a one-week session.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 2 (incoming grades Pre-K-1)
  • Makerspace

    Create, invent and market. Learn the skills of young inventors and entrepreneurs to build your own amazing invention. Skill-building projects include woodworking, circuits, 3D printing, molding and prototyping.

    This is a one-week session.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 2 (incoming 2nd-5th graders)
  • Get Your Game On!

    There is nothing better than learning while having fun! At the “Get Your Game On!” camp with Berkeley fourth-grade teachers Jennifer Stoll and Sue Thompson, we’ll be investigating science concepts, working with words, practicing our math skills, and exploring history through games. Students will be up and moving, working in cooperative teams, using problem-solving strategies, and much more! Games shows like The Amazing Race, Wheel of Fortune, Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? and The Price Is Right will all be transformed to practice essential language arts skills, math concepts, and more for rising third through sixth graders. Activities will be age-appropriate and will challenge each student at their own level.

    This is a one-week session. A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Weeks 1, 2 (incoming 3rd-6th graders)
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality Filmmaking

    This camp will stretch your skills in film-making, animation and dive into virtual and augmented reality. Using iOS devices and Oculus Rifts, we’ll experience existing VR creations and delve into creating our own. You’ll create AR experiences of various forms and original movies and animations. A green screen wall is waiting to transport you to any location in the universe or of your own making.

    This is a one-week session.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 1 (incoming 6th-8th graders)
  • Animals, Animals, Animals, and Habitats Too!

    Learn all about your favorite animals and their habitats. We will integrate books and technology to learn about different types of animals and their homes. We will also create animal-themed art and cooking projects!

    This is a one-week session.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 2 (incoming grades Pre-K-3)
  • Books, Cooks, and Crafts

    Cooking, Crafts, and Books! We are going to cook up some reading fun! We will read picture books and complete cooking and craft projects based on the stories. A delightful way to spend the morning for budding chefs and storytellers!

    This is a one-week session. A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 1 (incoming grades K-3)
  • Making Makers

    We will combine Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics in an exciting project-based format.  Projects will be age-appropriate, hands-on experiments sure to excite your camper!  The only limit to what they can create is their imagination!

    This is a one-week session.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 3 (incoming grades Pre-K-5)
  • Science, Technology, and Engineering

    Campers will have fun experimenting with science, using technology, and creating feats of engineering! The projects are interspersed with fun science demonstrations and take-home experiments.

    This is a one-week session.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Weeks 1, 2, 3 (incoming grades K-5)
  • Math Explorers

    Explore math concepts in an exciting hands-on format. Campers will have the opportunity to review age-appropriate math concepts and learn new skills through fun activities and projects. We will use technology, play games, and even do some cooking! Problem solving and critical thinking are an integral part of the camp, as is the fun!

    This is a one-week session. A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 4 (incoming 2nd-5th graders)
  • Mini-Math Explorers

    Explore math concepts in an exciting hands-on format. Campers will have the opportunity to review age-appropriate math concepts and learn new skills through fun activities and projects. We will use technology, play games, and even do some cooking!

    This is a one-week session.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 4 (incoming grades Pre-K-1)
  • Berkeley CSI

    Join Dr. Ackerson in the Berkeley Crime Scene Investigation Lab as students attempt to solve two crimes using forensic science, critical thinking and teamwork.  Each day, students will conduct experiments in one area of forensic science including fingerprint analysis, unknown substance identification, trace evidence, hair and fiber identification and more. Students will sharpen their observation, measurement and mathematics skills while solving daily mysteries.  Lots of fun things to bring home.  Can you catch a criminal?  Join us and find out!

    This is a one-week session.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 1 (ages 11-14)
     
    About the instructor: Dr. Nicole Ackerson grew up in Tampa and earned her Bachelor’s degree in biological science from the University of Notre Dame.  She then returned to Tampa earning a Doctoral degree in medicine from the University of South Florida.  Dr. Ackerson worked as a professional scientist for an additional four years at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, before returning home to teach science at Berkeley.  In her five years with Berkeley, Dr. Ackerson has earned three nationally recognized awards from the National Science Teachers Association and published two articles in peer-reviewed journals. She is the current chair of the science department.
  • Learning Latin Using the Greek Myths

    Dive into the Greek myths through an introductory Latin course with Mr. Dillinger.  Learn the basics of the Latin language by exploring the tales and myths of ancient Greece and Rome. Explore the perilous Mediterranean Sea with Odysseus and Jason! Slay the gorgon Medusa with Perseus! Race with Meleager and Atalanta! All the while learning some rudimentary Latin vocabulary and strengthening your English vocabulary. The course will be project and activity based.

    This is a one-week session.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 1 (incoming 5th-8th graders)
  • Introduction to Philosophy Using Comic Strips

    Explore philosophy (the love of wisdom, or simply thinking about thinking) with Mr. Dillinger through comic strips and comic books! Learn about philosophers both ancient and modern We will explore such deep questions as: How do Nancy and Sluggo represent Rene Descartes’ worry about life being a dream? How does Krazy Kat express Nietzsche’s eternal return of the same? Many of the other topics under discussion will include: time, perception, freedom, and imagination. The class will consist of discussions, lessons, and projects.

    This is a one-week session.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 1 (incoming 5th-8th graders)
  • Phonics Parade

    Let’s get ready to celebrate the fun of phonics!  This camp, led by Berkeley LD teachers Mrs. Keller and Mrs. McDonough, is designed to help students learn and review the building blocks of reading.  Through differentiated instruction, learning games, and centers, campers will become more confident readers while developing fundamental literacy skills.
     
    This is a one-week session.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4 (ages 5-7)
  • Fine Motor Fun

    The goal of this camp is to aid children with handwriting instruction and the strengthening of fine/gross motor skills through exciting hands-on art projects, letter games, sensory experiences, and other occupational therapy techniques.

    Your child can work this summer with a licensed occupational therapist and a Berkeley first grade teacher to solidify their handwriting foundation and strengthen their fine motor skills. Campers will rotate in groups divided by age/ability levels through learning centers that reinforce correct letter and number formation in fun and exciting ways!  We will work to correct reversals while at the same time practice correct pencil grip. The children will also perform specific activities to improve bilateral coordination, hand dominance, and finger strengthening. The children will then rotate through fun art projects to reinforce these skills. Finally, the campers will play to strengthen their core, arms, and legs through movement, games, and outdoor play. 

    This is a one-week session.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 7 (ages 4-7)

    About the instructors:  
    Erica Bellegarrigue has been practicing occupational therapy for over 15 years, graduating from the University of Florida Occupational Therapy program. She has extensive training in sensory integration, handwriting without tears, and neurodevelopmental techniques. She has helped children with a variety of diagnoses including sensory processing disorders, developmental delays; orthopedic, visual, neurological conditions, and more. She continues to touch the lives of many children through her fun-loving and collaborative technique.
     
    Monica Salgado has been a Berkeley educator for 10 years and currently teaches first grade. She has a passion for early childhood with extensive experience in Pre-K through first grade teaching, as well as fine arts instruction.
  • Grammar Review

    This is an intensive grammar review course that will cover all parts of speech. 

    This is a two-week session.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Weeks 5-6 (incoming 6th-8th graders)
  • Middle Division Creative Writing

    Flex your creative muscles in this fun writing workshop! In this course you will learn the craft of poetic and fictional writing. All students will produce an original written and illustrated short story as well as a portfolio of individual poems.

    This is a two-week session.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Weeks 5-6 (incoming 6th-8th graders)
  • Mid–Summer Warm-up for Incoming 6th Graders

    This is a fun course designed for students to familiarize themselves with the middle division. Students will complete team-building activities, goal setting, and will work on sharpening English and/or math skills. In addition to this, students will take a tour of the campus and be introduced to Mr. Beckwith, Sixth Grade Academic Dean, and Mrs. Estes, Assistant Middle Division Director.

    This is a two-week session.  Choose English skills, math skills, or both.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Weeks 3-4 (incoming 6th graders)
  • SAT Bootcamp

    Math will meet from 8-11; English will meet from 11:30-2:30.  Class will cover practice tests 1-4.  Students will practice test-specific strategies in a focused, intensive environment in order to maximize their scores on the SAT.  Class will be taught by Berkeley English teacher Tom Brandt and Berkeley Math teacher Danny Fisher.

    This is a one-week session. A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 1 (incoming 11th-12th graders)
  • Berkeley Review: ACT I and SAT I Prep Course

    Taught by Berkeley faculty on Berkeley’s campus, students can choose verbal prep, math prep, or both.

    ACT I Saturdays:  June 16; June 23; June 30. Incoming 11th-12th graders

    SAT I Saturdays: July 14; July 21; July 28.  Incoming 11th-12th graders.
  • Introduction to High School Writing

    Get a jumpstart on your high school writing career with this course! This writing workshop will acquaint you with the Six Traits of Writing and prepare you for the rigor of an upper-level English class. The course is divided into two instructional units that address a number of writing skills, from creative voice and personal reflection to persuasive writing and literary analysis.

    This is a two-week session.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Weeks 5-6 (incoming 9th and 10th graders)
  • High School Success Skills

    Technology is an integral part of our Berkeley lives. Whether you’re checking your school email, typing a report, downloading a document, or creating an audio file, you will need some basic computer skills to succeed as a Berkeley student. You will also need basic organizational skills in order to manage, manipulate and store all the information that you will receive and send on a daily basis.  This class will cover topics such as the use of Edline (our school’s information portal), the basics of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Outlook  and OneNote; tips for navigating the Windows operating system, how to back up files and how to organize your Berkeley life.

    This is a one-week session.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 7 (incoming 9th-12th graders)
  • Reading, Research, and Organization: High School Study Skills

    Begin your school year a step ahead with this foundational course! During our two-week session students will read and discuss specific chapters of Sean Covey’s landmark book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens while focusing on general study and organizational skills such as, planning and prioritizing, organization of study space, and reading and taking notes from textbooks and during class. Students will continuously implement the study/organizational strategies throughout the two-week course. Additionally, all students will complete an Executive Function Skills Questionnaire and Learning Styles Inventory to help students further evaluate and identify their individual learning strengths and challenge areas. This class will provide students with intensive instruction on key skills needed to be successful in the Upper Division.

    This is a two-week session.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Weeks 5-6 (incoming 9th-10th graders)
  • Historical Writing, Test Taking, and Time Management Skills for Middle School Students

    This enrichment course led by Berkeley middle division history teacher Melanie Blackwelder is designed to help students with their historical writing, test taking, and time-management skills. Historical writing is unique and unlike other forms of academic writing. It is a skill many students struggle with, but it is an essential one for students to have as they move through higher education. This includes evidence and analysis writing for essays, assignments, and assessments. Thesis statement writing will also be covered. The earlier students start practicing, the better! This course will also cover various studying and test-taking techniques for all learning styles, students with anxiety, ADHD and processing disorders. Additionally, time management will be covered in terms of planning for assessments, balancing homework and extra-curricular activities, and how to properly plan for long-term projects. Students are encouraged to bring a laptop or iPad, but it is not required.

    This is a one-week session.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 7 (incoming 6th-8th graders)
  • Type to Learn – Keyboarding, Digital Citizenship, & Note-taking Skills

    Berkeley Learning Specialists Dr. Ceni Tavarez and Kristy Ackerman are offering keyboarding, digital citizenship, and note-taking sessions that highlight technique, ergonomics, key location and note-taking software and strategies. Give your child the opportunity to become familiar with keyboarding, note-taking skills, and ways to keep their computers organized. This is a bring your own laptop or iPad (with keyboard) workshop! Laptops and/or keyboards will not be provided.

    This is a one-week session.

    Week 1 (incoming 5th-8th graders)
  • Reading Strategies for the Middle School Student

    Berkeley Learning Specialists Kristy Ackerman and Dr. Ceni Tavarez are offering reading support sessions this summer! If you are looking for an engaging learning environment in which your child can complete a summer required grade-level reading assignment while strengthening reading strategies for both fiction and non-fiction text, register ASAP! Sessions are individualized, encompassing motivational and supportive academic coaching strategies that help readers succeed and strengthen reading skills!

    This is a one-week session.

    Week 1 (incoming 6th-8th graders)
  • Emotional IQ

    Berkeley Middle Division Counselor Sarah Purkey is offering sessions to support emotional development.  Five key elements will be explored:  self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skills.  Identifying, understanding, and managing emotions in positive ways relieves stress and supports overall wellness.  In a fast-paced world, middle school children need this course!

    This is a one-week session.

    Week 3 (incoming 5th-8th graders)
Week 1: June 4 - 8
Week 2: June 11 - 15
Week 3: June 18 - 22
Week 4: June 25 - 29
NO CAMPS July 2 - July 6
Week 5: July 9 - 13
Week 6: July 16 - 20
Week 7: July 23 - 27
2018 Summer Programs Schedule

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