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Summer Camps & Programs

Enrichment Programs

From Super Mario Jr. STEM Edition, Young Chefs at the Movies, and Books, Cooks and Crafts to our always popular LEGO®, chess, 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 Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality or Hogwarts Americana, our enrichment camps are highly rewarding additions to any summer plans.

Please click on each camp below for a description.

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  • 3D Print and Play

    3D printing is a valuable and important skill for the future- but that doesn’t mean it can be super fun today!

    In this camp we will learn how to use cutting edge 3D printers as well as design and modify our own creations. From desk caddies to magic wands, customized game pieces and everything in between. No special glasses needed for this 3D STEM adventure. A laptop will be provided for in-class use.

    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 5th - 8th graders)

    About the Instructor
    Mr. Q has been a part of the Berkeley community for four years. Passionate about making art in all media, he has inspired students to reach for and ignite their exciting and innovative spirits in our very own fabrication studio and with our 3D printers. His specialty is generating creative ideas and manifesting them, creating confidence and empowerment in young makers as they discover and produce new ways of expressing themselves.


  • Animal Adventures

    Calling all animal lovers! Come spend a fun-filled week learning all about lots of different animals. Each day we’ll focus on a new animal–bunnies, geckos, fish, and more! Each day campers will get to play games, make crafts, eat snacks, and learn facts about the animal of the day. The best part– we’ll have a real live animal of the day at camp with us each day! We’ll use our senses to observe and learn all about our animal friends. So, bring your animal curiosity and come spend the week learning and exploring all about our animal friends!

    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 Pre-K - 1st graders)

    About the Instructor
    Zoë Anderson has been a part of Berkeley’s Upper Division for the last 16 years. An avid animal lover, she owns chickens, cows, dogs, fish, bunnies, and more! Zoë loves to share her excitement for living things and inspire curiosity and exploration. She can’t wait to have a group of animal explorers join her this summer!
  • Art Immersion

    This art enrichment class is offered to incoming 6th - 8th graders. During this week, students will have the opportunity to experience three unique art mediums and create three finished pieces. We will begin by working with clay to produce a functional ceramic bowl. Next, students will learn new painting techniques while creating a canvas painting. Finally, students will conclude the week by using items found in nature to create a series of botanical prints.

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

    Weeks 2 and 3 (incoming 6th - 8th graders)

    About the Instructor
    Christine earned her Bachelor of Science in Art Education K-12 from State University of New York Southampton. Before coming to Berkeley this year, she was an art teacher in the Pasco County School District for 18-years. She spent 16 of those years at Veterans Elementary School in Wesley Chapel where she was named Teacher Of The Year in 2020. She is passionate about creating her own personal art as well as designing projects and experiences that foster a love for art with her students.
  • Board Game Mania

    Did you know that there are many health benefits to playing board games, including increased cognitive functioning, better memory, and lower stress levels? In Board Game Mania, students will have an enjoyable, entertaining time playing games without an electronic device in their hands. We will also create our very own board game that each student will be able to take home with them at the end of club. They will learn how to create an engaging game, design it, and write the rules so that anyone can play it. Come and get your game on! 

    This is a one-week session.

    Weeks 5 and 6 (incoming 4th - 8th)

    About the Instructor
    Sydney Hughes is a sixth grade Language Arts teacher at Berkeley. She has also worn many hats during her eight years as a faculty member, including first grade instructional assistant, fifth grade long-term substitute, director of Lower Division’s performing arts club, Encore!, and assistant director of Artists of Tomorrow. She is also an alumna of Berkeley. While working at Berkeley, she received her Master’s Degree from USF. She loves working with children of all ages and helping them learn to take risks in a safe space. Her passions include dancing, singing, reading, and spending quality time with her family.
  • Books and Beads

    In Books and Beads, students will read a variety of books and bring the characters to life by creating fun, beaded creations. In this camp, we merge the world of books with the world of arts and crafts. Campers will have a blast while also developing their fine motor skills. 

    This is a one-week session.

    Week 2 (incoming K - 5th graders)

    About the Instructor
    Sydney Hughes is a sixth grade Language Arts teacher at Berkeley. She has also worn many hats during her eight years as a faculty member, including first grade instructional assistant, fifth grade long-term substitute, director of Lower Division’s performing arts club, Encore!, and assistant director of Artists of Tomorrow. She is also an alumna of Berkeley. While working at Berkeley, she received her Master’s Degree from USF. She loves working with children of all ages and helping them learn to take risks in a safe space. Her passions include dancing, singing, reading, and spending quality time with her family.
  • Canva, Planners, and Printables!

    Ever wish you could design and create your own planner or desktop wallpaper calendars? In this camp, you’ll learn how to use Canva to design and create your own planner, desktop wallpaper calendars, and other planning printables. You’ll leave the camp with the a number of desktop wallpaper calendars and your own printed planner that you can use during the school year. You’ll also know how to use Canva to create printables like planning sheets, coloring sheets, and more! You’ll need an iPad or laptop for this camp in addition to a Canva Pro Subscription, and the planner will be available for pickup about a week after the camp is over.

    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 6th - 8th graders)

    About the Instructor
    Meghan Campagna has worked at Berkeley for 15 years. She currently teaches Middle Division Global Studies and is the Seventh Grade Academic Dean and Middle Division Registrar. Though not the most artistically talented herself, she has spent a lot of time learning how to use technology to improve her work. She loves giving students the opportunity to be creative and express themselves by combining their own artistic abilities with technology.
  • Chess with Board One Chess Academy

    Chess summer camps are the perfect way to introduce the game of chess to beginning students or sharpen the skills of tournament players. Coach Steve and his team of coaches will provide daily classes, opening workshops, and observation of tournament games. Campers will be placed in groups appropriate to their age and skill level. Most of our class time will be dedicated to analysis of student's games; these custom lessons are more engaging and relevant to the campers.  Campers will also participate in recess and other activities.

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

    Weeks 1 and 7  (incoming K-6th graders)

    About the Instructor
    Coach Stephen Crookston is the founder and head coach of Board One Chess Academy. His company trains over 1000 chess players every year and its teams have won championships at the state, regional, and local level over the past 15 years. He is excited to begin his second summer with Berkeley Summer Programs!
  • Circuit Camp: Light it Up!

    Learn all about the science of electricity in this action-packed circuit camp. Campers will learn about electricity as they connect lights and wires, and participate in a variety of experiments. They will build with circuit kits and make take-home light projects, including wands, circuit robots, and paper circuits. Each day will feature a variety of challenges and competitions as campers learn to fly drones created with circuits, make circuit games, and build a circuit city.

    This is a one-week session. 

    Week 7 (incoming 2nd - 4th graders)

    About the Instructor
    Mrs. Fletcher is the assistant librarian in the Jean Ann Cone and Frederick Learning Commons library.  Her first love is Harry Potter camp, where she excels at teaching Defense Against the Dark Arts and is a certified wand creator able to match the most eccentric personalities with a wand that will allow them to reach their highest magical potential.  Her magical abilities extend to hot wheels, robotics, Pokémon, Mario and dinosaur camps making them so much more fun that just regular science camps.  Her creativity and penchant for puzzles make her escape room, fidget and circuit camps this year’s camp to join.
  • Computer Science Discoveries

    Interesting in learning about computers and all the fun things you can create with a computer? Computer Science Discoveries is an introduction to many topics in computer science such as problem solving, programming, physical computing, user centered design, and data. Students will have the opportunity to build their own websites, apps, animations, games, and physical computing systems. No prior knowledge necessary! Sign up for one week or multiple weeks. Students will learn new topics each week they are enrolled.

    Weeks 1, 2, 3, and 4 (incoming 6th - 8th graders)

    About the Instructor
    Vincent Cimmino is currently the Upper School Computer Science Teacher here at Berkeley Prep. He is originally from the Boston area where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems Technology with a minor in Mathematics from Bridgewater State University. Mr. Cimmino started teaching shortly after graduating from college and has been teaching for 20-years now. He is excited to bring his experience to Tampa and work towards building a strong computer science program at Berkeley while giving students plenty of opportunities to explore their interests in this field of study.
  • Design and Print Your Own Stickers

    Do you love stickers and want to learn how to make them? In this camp you’ll learn how to design and print your own stickers both to put on things like water bottles and computers and to use in your planner. You’ll design stickers both for fun and function, and you’ll learn how to design the stickers using software like Canva and ProCreate and then how to print and cut them using a printer and Cricut. You’ll leave the camp both with stickers in hand and the knowledge of how to make them on your own going forward. You’ll need an iPad or Laptop for the camp, and an Apple Pencil and Procreate would be a great addition.

    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)

    About the Instructor
    Meghan Campagna has worked at Berkeley for 15 years. She currently teaches Middle Division Global Studies and is the Seventh Grade Academic Dean and Middle Division Registrar. Though not the most artistically talented herself, she has spent a lot of time learning how to use technology to improve her work. She loves giving students the opportunity to be creative and express themselves by combining their own artistic abilities with technology.
  • Digital Design

    Be a “Digital Da Vinci”! Have you ever wanted to design your own posters from photos or digital drawings? Create custom art based on your favorite interests? Level up your creative skills in this camp focused on learning graphic design concepts. Students will learn many features of Canva™ and the Procreate™ app with iPads with Apple pencils to design artistic and professional graphics through fun projects and products like posters, logos, decals, buttons, magnets, drawings and more. Be your own CEO of creativity!

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

    Week 4 (incoming 4th - 8th graders)
     
    About the Instructors
    Courtney Walker is the Middle Division Librarian, Tech Coordinator and Elder Digital Lab Supervisor at Berkeley Preparatory School. She received a master’s degree from the University of Washington iSchool in Library and Information Science. She has 24 years in education throughout all grade levels. She has taught English, creative writing, art, research and technology locally and abroad in Guatemala and the Dominican Republic. As a media specialist and technology integrator, she specializes in reading advisory, research skills, digital literacy, and design thinking.

    Christina Campbell is the Upper Division library media specialist here at Berkeley, and in her 12 years here, she has taught in all three divisions. Growing up with an art teacher mom and an architect dad, she has picked up many creative skills including knitting, bookbinding, origami, painting, drawing, sculpting, and pottery. She is passionate about learning and experimenting with new technology, especially when it intersects with art and creativity as in the case of video games and digital design. In addition, she is happy to announce she will be joining the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry staff as their new herbology professor and potions master! Mrs. Campbell is excited to share a magical, creative, and adventure packed summer with your campers!
  • Farmer's Day Olympics

    Discover what it’s like to win the gold medal. Compete with Mrs. Sullivan and Miss Paglia in various farm Olympic events. Students will learn the importance of teamwork and cooperation by persevering through challenging tasks. Get ready to put your game faces on and join in some competitive fun. Activities will include Tug-of-War, relay races, bean bag tosses, balloon volleyball games, egg races, and more. Which team will take home the gold?

    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 Pre-K - 5th grade students)

    About the Instructors
    Katie Sullivan is a fourth grade teacher here at Berkeley Preparatory School.  She has taught elementary school for 12 years, this being her third year at BPS.  She graduated from USF with a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education.  She has two children who are currently in Lower Division. 

    Audrey Paglia is currently a fourth grade teacher here at Berkeley Preparatory School. Along with teaching during the school year Audrey coaches cross country and track. Last summer Audrey taught second graders in the Summer of Excellence Program. Before her time at Berkeley she ran at the collegiate level, earned her master’s degree from Lake Forest College, and taught 3rd grade in Chicago, IL.
  • Fly Me to the Moon!

    Get ready for a week that is out of this world! Learn about the solar system through hands-on activities. Make edible constellations, create Oreo moon phases, discover craters in moon sand, make galaxy slime, invent out of this world crafts, create marshmallow constellations, and explore the galaxy through space-themed science experiments. We will work together to create flying rockets, create a colony on Mars, and so much more. Buckle up and get ready to blast off for a week 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 Pre-K - 5th grade students)

    About the Instructors
    Katie Sullivan is a fourth grade teacher here at Berkeley Preparatory School.  She has taught elementary school for 12 years, this being her third year at BPS.  She graduated from USF with a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education.  She has two children who are currently in Lower Division. 

    Audrey Paglia is currently a fourth grade teacher here at Berkeley Preparatory School. Along with teaching during the school year Audrey coaches cross country and track. Last summer Audrey taught second graders in the Summer of Excellence Program. Before her time at Berkeley she ran at the collegiate level, earned her master’s degree from Lake Forest College, and taught 3rd grade in Chicago, IL.
  • Graphic Novels and Digital Storytelling

    Do you enjoy reading graphic novels or have an interest in writing and illustrating? This camp will help you sharpen your creative writing skills in a fun, artistic way. You will learn all about the elements that make a graphic novel. Then you will write a short story, create a storyboard, and turn that idea into your own digital, mini-graphic novel. Bring your computer and story ideas! No drawing ability required. 
     
    This is a one-week session. A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp. 

    Weeks 5 and 6 (Incoming 5th - 8th graders) 

    About the instructor
    Melanie Pendleton is a Middle Division English teacher with twenty years of classroom experience in both elementary and middle school. She is a middle grade writer and member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. 

  • Happy Birthday to Me!

    Who says you have to wait until your birthday to celebrate?  Join Mrs. Sullivan and Miss Paglia as we party throughout the week. There’s a birthday party and you’re invited to show.  It’s not your birthday, you say?  Nobody has to know. Cake and games are so appetizing and sweet! We’re having a party, you’re in for a treat. Games, balloons, and snacks will make your day fun.  Make sure you are here when the party’s begun!

    This is a one-week session.

    Week 2 (Incoming Pre-K - 5th grade students)

    About the Instructors
    Katie Sullivan is a fourth grade teacher here at Berkeley Preparatory School.  She has taught elementary school for 12 years, this being her third year at BPS.  She graduated from USF with a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education.  She has two children who are currently in Lower Division. 

    Audrey Paglia is currently a fourth grade teacher here at Berkeley Preparatory School. Along with teaching during the school year Audrey coaches cross country and track. Last summer Audrey taught second graders in the Summer of Excellence Program. Before her time at Berkeley she ran at the collegiate level, earned her master’s degree from Lake Forest College, and taught 3rd grade in Chicago, IL.
  • Hogwarts Americana - Sorcerer's Stone Edition

    Berkeley Preparatory School’s Camp of Witchcraft and Wizardry invites you to the magical world of Hogwart’s in Tampa. We'll study 'Herbology,' 'Defense Against the Dark Arts,' and 'Care of Magical Creatures,' play Quidditch and other wizarding games, and learn to make Polyjuice Potion. On the first day of camp, campers will be sorted into houses by the Sorting Hat, and camp closes with an End of Term feast. If you are at all interested in magic and mysteries, you should attend this camp.

    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 3rd - 5th graders)

    About the Instructors
    CD McLean has been the Jean Ann Cone Library and Frederick Learning Commons Director at Berkeley for the last 22 years, almost as long as Harry Potter has been published!  She is an experienced Hogwart’s professor, having taught Harry Potter Camp in the past.  Her specialties are Divination and Care of Magical Creatures.  Mrs. McLean has been bringing her magical creatures (Southeastern Guide Dog puppies) to BPS for 11 years and has had the pleasure to bring Tamar and Slater, former Southeastern Guide Dog puppies and AKC-CGC certified dogs to school as comfort dogs in the library.  Prepare to be sorted and have oodles of fun at Harry Potter Camp!

    Mrs. Fletcher is the assistant librarian in the Jean Ann Cone and Frederick Learning Commons library.  Her first love is Harry Potter camp, where she excels at teaching Defense Against the Dark Arts and is a certified wand creator able to match the most eccentric personalities with a wand that will allow them to reach their highest magical potential.  Her magical abilities extend to hot wheels, robotics, Pokémon, Mario and dinosaur camps making them so much more fun that just regular science camps.  Her creativity and penchant for puzzles make her escape room, fidget and circuit camps this year’s camp to join.



  • Hot Wheels

    Calling all race car enthusiasts. Join Mrs. Steely and Mrs. Fletcher in a camp full of endless tracks and Hot Wheels races. Build ramps that make your Hot Wheels cars fly, use Monster Trucks to crush the competition, and build a giant Hot Wheels City. Campers will also explore various obstacle courses and create a variety of Hot Wheels themed crafts. Let the good times roll in this summer camp.

    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 Pre-K - 1st graders)

    About the Instructor
    Mrs. Fletcher is the assistant librarian in the Jean Ann Cone and Frederick Learning Commons library.  Her first love is Harry Potter camp, where she excels at teaching Defense Against the Dark Arts and is a certified wand creator able to match the most eccentric personalities with a wand that will allow them to reach their highest magical potential.  Her magical abilities extend to hot wheels, robotics, Pokémon, Mario and dinosaur camps making them so much more fun that just regular science camps.  Her creativity and penchant for puzzles make her escape room, fidget and circuit camps this year’s camp to join.
  • Juggle, Jump, Stack!

    Campers will work on hand-eye and foot-eye coordination through a variety of individual and small group activities.  There will be jump roping, juggling, hackey sack, cup stacking and more with the goal of having participants develop FUNdamental movement skills!

    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 K - 5th graders)

    About the Instructor
    Coach Joe Maldonado has been a personal and group trainer for over a decade.  With a Masters in Sport Coaching, he also interned at the NSCA Headquarters in Colorado Springs where he worked with USA and foreign national athletes, first responders, and youth athletes.  Prior to transitioning to an Elementary PE teacher, he achieved status as a Master Trainer at the Harbour Island Athletic Club while also leading the staff education program.  He has obtained training certificates including: NSCA CSCS, NASM CPT, USA Track & Field Level 1, CrossFit Level 1 / Olympic Weightlifting / Kids, and a GMB Fitness 
     
  • Light of the World with Chaplain Carlene

    Join Chaplain Carlene on a cosmic quest where we’ll have a blast shining God’s light to the world. Kids will launch out on an out-of-this-world adventure that’s light years of faith-building fun. Through the Imagination Station, KidVid Cinema, All-Star Games, Galactic Snacks and song and dance, your camper will come home ready to apply their faith in a new and fresh way.

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

    Weeks 2, 5, and 6 (incoming K - 6th graders)

    Registration Fee includes a cinch bag, daily snack, daily crafts, and activities. 
     
    About the Instructor
    Chaplain Carlene started in August 2022 as the Associate Chaplain at Berkeley Preparatory School. She spends the majority of her time with the Lower Division and Middle Division students.  Chaplain has her M.Div from Perkins Theological Seminary and worked in Special Needs Ministry and Discipleship ministries at St. James UMC for 5 years. Chaplain is a Tampa Native and considers spreading the light of the world as one of her favorite summer rites of passage. She loves crafts, being silly, and hanging out with her dog, guinea pig, husband, and 2 sons.
  • Papercraft

    Origami, collaging, bookbinding, and more! If you love shaping images and words together into new beautiful creations, this is the place to be. Cut, fold, and layer paper and found objects to make scrapbooks, memory boxes, cards, books and journals. Play with color, paper, and mixed media to explore your creative instincts. Learn techniques in decoupaging, collaging, and bookbinding to create objects of inspiration and bookish bliss.

    This is a one-week session.

    Week 4 (incoming 4th - 8th graders)
     
    About the Instructor
    Courtney Walker is the Middle Division Librarian, Tech Coordinator and Elder Digital Lab Supervisor at Berkeley Preparatory School. She received a master’s degree from the University of Washington iSchool in Library and Information Science. She has 24 years in education throughout all grade levels. She has taught English, creative writing, art, research and technology locally and abroad in Guatemala and the Dominican Republic. As a media specialist and technology integrator, she specializes in reading advisory, research skills, digital literacy, and design thinking.

    Christina Campbell is the Upper Division library media specialist here at Berkeley, and in her 12 years here, she has taught in all three divisions. Growing up with an art teacher mom and an architect dad, she has picked up many creative skills including knitting, bookbinding, origami, painting, drawing, sculpting, and pottery. She is passionate about learning and experimenting with new technology, especially when it intersects with art and creativity as in the case of video games and digital design. In addition, she is happy to announce she will be joining the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry staff as their new herbology professor and potions master! Mrs. Campbell is excited to share a magical, creative, and adventure packed summer with your campers!
  • Super Mario

    It’s-a me! Mario! Did you love my new movie? Do you like exploring pipes, avoiding banana peels, and jumping on mushrooms? Join Mrs. Campbell and Mrs. Fletcher as campers bring the world of Super Mario to life in this immersive multi-disciplinary camp experience. Campers will participate in Mario Kart races, a Super Mario World obstacle course, and more, while making the video game world come to life. Get ready to power up with activities such as Bowser’s fireball launchers, Escape Luigi’s mansion, Lego design competitions and more! Let’s-a go!

    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 - 4th graders)

    About the Instructor
    Mrs. Fletcher is the assistant librarian in the Jean Ann Cone and Frederick Learning Commons library.  Her first love is Harry Potter camp, where she excels at teaching Defense Against the Dark Arts and is a certified wand creator able to match the most eccentric personalities with a wand that will allow them to reach their highest magical potential.  Her magical abilities extend to hot wheels, robotics, Pokémon, Mario and dinosaur camps making them so much more fun that just regular science camps.  Her creativity and penchant for puzzles make her escape room, fidget and circuit camps this year’s camp to join.



  • Super Mario Jr. STEM Edition

    It’s-a me! Mario! Did you love my new movie? Do you like exploring pipes, avoiding banana peels, and jumping on mushrooms? Join Mrs. Campbell and Mrs. Fletcher as campers bring the world of Super Mario to life with hands-on STEM activities inspired by the video games! Campers will participate in Mario Kart relay races, a Super Mario World obstacle course, and more, while making the video game world come to life with science and technology. Get ready to power up and help Mario, Luigi, and friends save the day with activities such as Mario Marble Run, Princess Peach Parachute, LEGO design projects, 8-bit inspired artwork and more! Let’s-a go

    This is a one-week session. 

    Week 1 (incoming K-1st graders)

    About the Instructor
    Mrs. Fletcher is the assistant librarian in the Jean Ann Cone and Frederick Learning Commons library.  Her first love is Harry Potter camp, where she excels at teaching Defense Against the Dark Arts and is a certified wand creator able to match the most eccentric personalities with a wand that will allow them to reach their highest magical potential.  Her magical abilities extend to hot wheels, robotics, Pokémon, Mario and dinosaur camps making them so much more fun that just regular science camps.  Her creativity and penchant for puzzles make her escape room, fidget and circuit camps this year’s camp to join.
  • Super Spanish

    Drum roll as the curtain opens to invite all super star Spanish students! Come join Ms. Akers, one of Berkeley’s amazing world language teachers, for a week of fun and immersive learning in SPANISH/ESPAÑOL! This summer camp is designed to help students learn the foreign language through songs, art, games, storytelling, and a musical play.

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

    Weeks 3 and 4 (incoming Pre-K-1st graders)

    About the Instructors
    Joana Akers has been teaching foreign languages for 10 years, graduating from the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain, Modern Languages and Translation program. In the early years of her career, she was the coordinator at a language school for kids ages 1 to 14, which followed the natural approach to language learning through immersion. She enjoyed revisiting her childhood while planning the school curriculum, participating in storytelling events, and leading the summer program. Her method focuses on teaching a foreign language through play and creativeness, while fostering a learning community where students have fun. She believes that "you can't make your children speak a language. However, you can set the stage so they will want to speak it."

    ¡Hola! My students know me as Señor Chahín, and I am proud to be a Berkeley Spanish teacher. As a native Spanish speaker, I love teaching Spanish and bringing as much of the culture into the classroom as possible. My students love to listen to music in Spanish, learn about cultural differences and traditions, and have fun while learning a new language. I have an enthusiastic, cultural approach to teaching Spanish that allows students to acquire language in a manner that keeps them interested and having fun. During my free time, I enjoy running, spending time in nature, listening to Latin music and eating churros. Yum!
  • Super Surgeon

    If you are interested in a career in medicine or just want some hands-on anatomy and physiology, this one is for you. Join Mr. Thompson to learn some basic anatomy and physiology, as well as dissection, and an introduction to suturing. Students will learn about the digestive system and the circulatory system, then carry out simple surgery on a preserved fetal pig. Can they find the large intestine, remove a ‘cancerous growth’ and suture it all back together again?

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

    Weeks 5, 6, 7 (incoming 6th - 8th graders)

    About the Instructor
    Mr. Thompson is Berkeley’s Upper division Honors Biology and Anatomy and Physiology teacher. Mr. Thompson studied Zoology and Medical Physiology at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, holds two Masters degrees and has been teaching for 27 years, including South Africa, England and the US. His relaxed style and expertise will have you feeling like a super surgeon by the end of the week.
  • Tag! You're it, Get Fit

    Campers will play a variety of tag-based games including the “classics” as well as ones that blend fundamental exercises for fitness.  Research suggests that the best way to improve speed and change of direction ability is through playing tag.  There is also no better way to introduce children to exercise than in a fun and inclusive setting!

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

    Week 3 (Incoming K - 5th graders) 

    About the Instructor
    Coach Joe Maldonado has been a personal and group trainer for over a decade.  With a Masters in Sport Coaching, he also interned at the NSCA Headquarters in Colorado Springs where he worked with USA and foreign national athletes, first responders, and youth athletes.  Prior to transitioning to an Elementary PE teacher, he achieved status as a Master Trainer at the Harbour Island Athletic Club while also leading the staff education program.  He has obtained training certificates including: NSCA CSCS, NASM CPT, USA Track & Field Level 1, CrossFit Level 1 / Olympic Weightlifting / Kids, and a GMB Fitness Apprenticeship.
     
     
  • The Art of Public Speaking

    Public Speaking is a crucial skill for navigating the future and this class will give students the skills to improve their public speaking and the chance to practice their speaking.  Speeches will be on an array of topics and settings and students will also have the chance to provide feedback to each other.  Whether you are already an accomplished and confident speaker or you are just beginning to hone the craft, this course has something for you!

    Weeks 3 and 4 (incoming 4th - 8th 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 History and Religious Studies faculty member at Berkeley Preparatory School.


  • The Floor is Lava!

    Who can survive the longest? Join Miss Paglia and Mrs. Sullivan for a week of bubbling hot fun. We will learn the essential skills of working together through team building activities, games, and structured play.  Students will work on building relationships, sharpening communication skills, and critical thinking. Activities will include the floor is lava competitions, physical education games, problem solving activities, STEM activities, minute-to-win-it races, and scavenger hunts. Will you and your partner be the last team standing?

    This is a one-week session.

    Week 1 (Incoming Pre-K - 5th grade students)

    About the Instructors
    Katie Sullivan is a fourth grade teacher here at Berkeley Preparatory School.  She has taught elementary school for 12 years, this being her third year at BPS.  She graduated from USF with a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education.  She has two children who are currently in Lower Division. 

    Audrey Paglia is currently a fourth grade teacher here at Berkeley Preparatory School. Along with teaching during the school year Audrey coaches cross country and track. Last summer Audrey taught second graders in the Summer of Excellence Program. Before her time at Berkeley she ran at the collegiate level, earned her master’s degree from Lake Forest College, and taught 3rd grade in Chicago, IL.
  • Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality

    Calling all curious kids! Dive head first into the wide world of virtual and augmented reality in this immersive technology camp. Students will experience virtual field trips through VR headsets and then they will develop their own characters, scenes, and spaces in VR/AR settings. From two-dimensional ideas to three-dimensional digital worlds students will acquire in-demand STEM/STEAM skills that prepare students for future jobs in advertising, entertainment and engineering, etc.

    This is a one-week session.

    Week 2 (incoming 4th - 8th graders)

    About the Instructors
    Courtney Walker is the Middle Division Librarian, Tech Coordinator and Elder Digital Lab Supervisor at Berkeley Preparatory School. She received a master’s degree from the University of Washington iSchool in Library and Information Science. She has 24 years in education throughout all grade levels. She has taught English, creative writing, art, research and technology locally and abroad in Guatemala and the Dominican Republic. As a media specialist and technology integrator, she specializes in reading advisory, research skills, digital literacy, and design thinking.

    Christina Campbell is the Upper Division library media specialist here at Berkeley, and in her 12 years here, she has taught in all three divisions. Growing up with an art teacher mom and an architect dad, she has picked up many creative skills including knitting, bookbinding, origami, painting, drawing, sculpting, and pottery. She is passionate about learning and experimenting with new technology, especially when it intersects with art and creativity as in the case of video games and digital design. In addition, she is happy to announce she will be joining the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry staff as their new herbology professor and potions master! Mrs. Campbell is excited to share a magical, creative, and adventure packed summer with your campers!
  • Yard Games

    Campers will have the opportunity to learn and play a variety of untraditional sports such as Kan Jam, Spikeball, Cornhole, Horseshoes and more!  These games are not only fun to play with friends, but can be done just about anywhere!

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

    Weeks 2 and 4 (Incoming 6th - 8th graders)

    About the Instructor

    Coach Joe Maldonado has been a personal and group trainer for over a decade.  With a Masters in Sport Coaching, he also interned at the NSCA Headquarters in Colorado Springs where he worked with USA and foreign national athletes, first responders, and youth athletes.  Prior to transitioning to an Elementary PE teacher, he achieved status as a Master Trainer at the Harbour Island Athletic Club while also leading the staff education program.  He has obtained training certificates including: NSCA CSCS, NASM CPT, USA Track & Field Level 1, CrossFit Level 1 / Olympic Weightlifting / Kids, and a GMB Fitness Apprenticeship.
     
  • New and First Year Debaters Camp

    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.

    The Berkeley Debate team has recently earned a top ranking in the country in debate, with teams consistently ranked in the Top Five in the nation.  Now is your chance to make the same impact on the debate community! This introductory debate camp is for debaters with one year experience or less.  We will learn the basics of debate, begin research on the new policy debate topic, and engage in a number of debates and skills exercises.  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.  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.

    Please contact Dr. Kuswa at kuswakev@berkeleyprep.org with questions.

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

    Weeks 5 and 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 History and Religious Studies faculty member at Berkeley Preparatory School.
  • Marine Science & Adventure

    Learn about the ocean and its many inhabitants in this hands-on science-based camp with Berkeley biology teacher, Mr. Marfise. Campers in this full-day camp will catch animals from the creek and ponds on Berkeley’s campus, learn outdoor survival techniques, and participate in daily animal dissections. Topics and activities will include fish sampling, water quality testing, shark dissection, orienteering, fire making, edible plant identification, animal tracking, and much more! Swimming time in the Berkeley pool will be offered daily after lunch.

    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)
     
    About the Instructor
    Jake Marfise teaches high school biology at Berkeley. His passion for education is matched by his passion for the outdoors. Jake has led students on a variety of educational nature excursions, from beachcombing on Clearwater Beach to paddling through the Okefenokee Swamp. In addition to teaching, Jake also coaches middle school lacrosse and football.
  • Historical Movies: Fact, Fiction, or Fun?

    In this half-day class led by Berkeley history instructor Mr. Stoffel, we will be examining the place of history in modern movies. By watching clips from historical movies and then learning the basis of which they come from, we will be able to learn whether they are fact, fiction, or just for fun.

    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)

    About the Instructor
    Alexander Stoffel is a passionate history teacher who aspires to get students interested in the mysteries and wisdom of the past. He graduated from Skidmore College with a history degree focusing on ancient Greece and Rome. He is a product of the Berkeley Teaching Fellow Program and the Berkeley Academy Summer Program. He is focused on bringing interest to these historical topics and showing students that past events often shape present situations.
  • The Grammar Games

    The Grammar Games offers the ultimate grammar review in a fun, game-based environment. Students will review various grammar topics taught in middle school including the eight parts of speech, phrases, clauses, and punctuation rules, all while participating in a week-long competition. Will you become the next grammar games champion?

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

    Weeks 1 and 6 (incoming 4th-7th graders)

    About the Instructor
    Sydney Hughes is a sixth grade Language Arts teacher at Berkeley. She has also worn many hats during her eight years as a faculty member, including first grade instructional assistant, fifth grade long-term substitute, director of Lower Division’s performing arts club, Encore!, and assistant director of Artists of Tomorrow. She is also an alumna of Berkeley. While working at Berkeley, she received her Master’s Degree from USF. She loves working with children of all ages and helping them learn to take risks in a safe space. Her passions include dancing, singing, reading, and spending quality time with her family.
  • Adobe Illustrator: Design Your Dream

    Have you ever wanted to create your own logo? Or perhaps you’ve wanted to design your own cartoon. Imagine if you could design your very own font! If you can dream it, this workshop can help you design it. This enrichment will cover the fundamentals of Adobe’s vector-based software which is used by artists and graphic designers to create a variety of digital and printed images. Along with creating a graphic of your choice, you will learn tools, actions, and digital coloring.

    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 7th-9th graders)

    About the Instructor
    Vaishali Mehta is a dedicated visual artist with a decorated background in a variety of artistic mediums. She is highly experienced in pencil & color pencil illustration. Ms. Mehta is adept at teaching in various settings such as one-on-one and or collaborative group projects. She is committed to achieving visual innovation and beauty while bringing forth the ability to work well with others and utilize art skills to visually enhance assignments. Her experience includes working in variety of positions in art education over last 8-years. She has taught ages Kindergarten to high school, allowing her to gain a strong understanding of effective course leadership. In her current position, she is utilizing Photoshop & Illustrator skills while teaching high school students.  
  • Adobe Photoshop: Your Digital Masterpiece

    Adobe Photoshop is the world’s most advanced digital imaging software; if you’re looking to unleash your creative control over digital images, this workshop is for you. This enrichment will introduce the fundamental photo editing and paint software used by professionals in the creative industry, from photography, animation, illustrations, and advertisement for multiple platforms. You will learn tools ranging from exposure adjustment to the removal of unwanted elements, plus much more!

    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 7th-9th graders)

    About the Instructor
    Vaishali Mehta is a dedicated visual artist with a decorated background in a variety of artistic mediums. She is highly experienced in pencil & color pencil illustration. Ms. Mehta is adept at teaching in various settings such as one-on-one and or collaborative group projects. She is committed to achieving visual innovation and beauty while bringing forth the ability to work well with others and utilize art skills to visually enhance assignments. Her experience includes working in variety of positions in art education over last 8-years. She has taught ages Kindergarten to high school, allowing her to gain a strong understanding of effective course leadership. In her current position, she is utilizing Photoshop & Illustrator skills while teaching high school students.  
  • Skateboard Design & Fabrication Workshop with Mr. Q

    Mr. Q, Berkeley's Fabrication Studio Assistant, will introduce students to all the woodworking tools and design processes needed to produce a custom, hand-crafted skateboard of striped mahogany and maple wood. From milling rough lumber to engraving custom designs with a laser cutter, students will have the opportunity to work hands-on in a professional fabrication studio creating their own unique product.

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

    Weeks 2, 3, 4, and 5 (Incoming 6th-8th graders)

    About the Instructor
    Mr. Q has been a part of the Berkeley community for four years. Passionate about making art in all media, he has inspired students to reach for and ignite their exciting and innovative spirits in our very own fabrication studio and with our 3D printers. His specialty is generating creative ideas and manifesting them, creating confidence and empowerment in young makers as they discover and produce new ways of expressing themselves.
  • Camp Buccaneer

    In this full-day camp with Mrs. Keller, Mrs. Salgado, Mrs. McDonough, and Mrs. Bellegarrigue, children will test themselves in a fun-filled camp that promotes teamwork and team building. Daily challenges will push them academically, mentally and physically in their quest to be the best team. Competitions include reading challenges, STEM activities, math problem solving, cooking and sporting events!

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

    Weeks 4, 6, and 7 (incoming 2nd-5th graders)

    About the Instructors
    Erica Bellegarrigue has been practicing occupational therapy for over 20-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 over 15-years and currently teaches Pre-K-1st at Berkeley's Center for Science, Engineering, and Technology.  She has a passion for early childhood with extensive experience in Pre-K through first grade teaching, as well as fine arts instruction.

    Allie Keller is the lead first grade teacher at Berkeley Preparatory School. She graduated from the University of Florida and continued her education receiving her Masters in Elementary Education at the University of South Florida. She has been teaching at Berkeley for 15-years in addition to teaching in Northern Virginia for 3-years.  Allie remains passionate about working with early childhood students and helping them to develop a love of learning. Allie loves aiding children in the reading process through phonics games, reader’s theater, movement and enjoying amazing literature.  A fun fact about Allie is she is a Berkeley Alumni and is thrilled to be back at the school she loves!
  • Competitive Math Skills Camp

    Join Berkeley math teacher Mr. Fisher in this unique approach to increasing your math skills. Lessons are designed in competition format for individuals and small groups. Logic problems as well as SAT/ACT-type problems will be introduced to the students to further their math knowledge. An online option is available in June and a classroom option is available in July.

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

    Weeks 5 and 6 (incoming 5th-8th graders)

    About the Instructor
    Mr. Fisher has been teaching middle school mathematics for 26-years. Has taught 6th grade, 7th grade, Honors Pre-Algebra, Honors Algebra, Honors Geometry, various upper division math courses, logic and reasoning, and competitive math courses.  Mr. Fisher has also been teaching SAT/ACT math prep for the past 10-years.
  • Robotics for Little Coders

    Welcome to a fun and action-packed week of play with popular robots like Ozobot and Dash. In this exciting camp led by Mrs. Fletcher, campers will learn the basics of coding as they teach their robots how to dance, bowl, navigate a maze, and compete in the Robot Olympics!!  Campers will start the week playing various screen-free coding games as they learn coding terminology.  The fun continues as we integrate iPad coding applications, circuits, and team-building games.  Campers will even build their own bristle bot robot to take home!

    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 1st-2nd graders)

    About the Instructor
    Mrs. Fletcher is the assistant librarian in the Jean Ann Cone and Frederick Learning Commons library.  Her first love is Harry Potter camp, where she excels at teaching Defense Against the Dark Arts and is a certified wand creator able to match the most eccentric personalities with a wand that will allow them to reach their highest magical potential.  Her magical abilities extend to hot wheels, robotics, Pokémon, Mario and dinosaur camps making them so much more fun that just regular science camps.  Her creativity and penchant for puzzles make her escape room, fidget and circuit camps this year’s camp to join.
  • Pokemon Go! STEM Edition

    Calling all Pokemon trainers! In this camp led by Mrs. Fletcher, aspiring Pokemon trainers will learn about the world of Pokemon through various STEM activities. We will explore fizzing Pokemon eggs, create Pokemon catapults, build Lego Pokemon battle arenas, and play a screen-free version of Pokemon Go! Campers will also have a chance to make a different Pokemon snack each day. Join camp Pokemon Go! for a week of exploration, adventure, creativity, and fun! This camp is for novice and expert Pokemon trainers alike.

    This is a one-week session. 

    Week 4 (incoming K-1st graders)

    About the Instructor
    Mrs. Fletcher is the assistant librarian in the Jean Ann Cone and Frederick Learning Commons library.  Her first love is Harry Potter camp, where she excels at teaching Defense Against the Dark Arts and is a certified wand creator able to match the most eccentric personalities with a wand that will allow them to reach their highest magical potential.  Her magical abilities extend to hot wheels, robotics, Pokémon, Mario and dinosaur camps making them so much more fun that just regular science camps.  Her creativity and penchant for puzzles make her escape room, fidget and circuit camps this year’s camp to join.
  • Dinosaurs Rock!

    Calling all paleontologists! Join Mrs. Fletcher for an action-packed week of dinosaur discovery! Campers will learn about “all things dino” while they build, create and play through various hands-on activities. Junior paleontologists will make dinosaur eggs, create dinosaur fossils, go on a dinosaur scavenger hunt, and even do a dino dig. We will beat the summer heat with a dino ice-block excavation. Join Dinosaurs Rock! for a week of games, crafts, and STEM activities while we learn all about dinosaurs.

    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 Pre-K-K)

    About the Instructor
    Mrs. Fletcher is the assistant librarian in the Jean Ann Cone and Frederick Learning Commons library.  Her first love is Harry Potter camp, where she excels at teaching Defense Against the Dark Arts and is a certified wand creator able to match the most eccentric personalities with a wand that will allow them to reach their highest magical potential.  Her magical abilities extend to hot wheels, robotics, Pokémon, Mario and dinosaur camps making them so much more fun that just regular science camps.  Her creativity and penchant for puzzles make her escape room, fidget and circuit camps this year’s camp to join.
  • Pokemon Battle Camp

    Calling all aspiring Pokemon trainers! Join Mrs. Fletcher for a week of everything Pokemon! This camp will be filled with Pokemon battles of every kind. Campers will participate in Pokemon trivia, "Name that Pokemon" identification game, Pokemon card battles, and many more Pokemon activities. Campers will even create their own Pokemon and have a chance to participate in an arena battle as an official Pokemon Trainer. Join us as we “Catch-em All!” This camp is for novice and expert Pokemon trainers alike.

    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-3rd graders)

    About the Instructor
    Mrs. Fletcher is the assistant librarian in the Jean Ann Cone and Frederick Learning Commons library.  Her first love is Harry Potter camp, where she excels at teaching Defense Against the Dark Arts and is a certified wand creator able to match the most eccentric personalities with a wand that will allow them to reach their highest magical potential.  Her magical abilities extend to hot wheels, robotics, Pokémon, Mario and dinosaur camps making them so much more fun that just regular science camps.  Her creativity and penchant for puzzles make her escape room, fidget and circuit camps this year’s camp to join.
  • Can You Escape the Room?

    Do you like to solve puzzles? Are you good at finding clues? Then this is the camp for you!  For five days, your curiosity will be put to the test. You and your team will be required to solve a series of puzzles and riddles using clues, hints, and strategy as you race against the clock to unveil the secret plot which will be hidden in the rooms. It will be an exciting and fun time, equal parts tense, challenging, and thrilling. Each day campers will try and “escape” two different themed escape games. Throughout the week, campers will be taught the mechanics of escape rooms as they create their own escape room game. Join Mrs. Fletcher as we decode, solve, and escape the room!

    This is a one-week session; AM and PM sessions offered.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 6 (incoming 4th-8th graders)

    About the Instructor
    Mrs. Fletcher is the assistant librarian in the Jean Ann Cone and Frederick Learning Commons library.  Her first love is Harry Potter camp, where she excels at teaching Defense Against the Dark Arts and is a certified wand creator able to match the most eccentric personalities with a wand that will allow them to reach their highest magical potential.  Her magical abilities extend to hot wheels, robotics, Pokémon, Mario and dinosaur camps making them so much more fun that just regular science camps.  Her creativity and penchant for puzzles make her escape room, fidget and circuit camps this year’s camp to join.
  • Fidget Training Academy

    Welcome to Fidget Training Academy with Mrs. Fletcher, where campers will have the excitement of creating their own DIY versions of the most popular fidget toys around! Prepare yourself for a week of stress-free fun making slime, gobbles, pop-its, squishy toys, stress balls, marble mazes, fidget cubes, floating bead bracelets, putty, and the list goes on! If you love orbeez, glitter, and all things squishy, look no further! Campers will even participate in extreme fidget trading challenges! 

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

    Week 5 (incoming 2nd-4th graders, AM session; incoming 5th-8th graders, PM session)

    About the Instructor
    Mrs. Fletcher is the assistant librarian in the Jean Ann Cone and Frederick Learning Commons library.  Her first love is Harry Potter camp, where she excels at teaching Defense Against the Dark Arts and is a certified wand creator able to match the most eccentric personalities with a wand that will allow them to reach their highest magical potential.  Her magical abilities extend to hot wheels, robotics, Pokémon, Mario and dinosaur camps making them so much more fun that just regular science camps.  Her creativity and penchant for puzzles make her escape room, fidget and circuit camps this year’s camp to join.
  • Programming & Robotics Fun

    Tamarah Henderson and Gail Driscoll, long-time technology teachers and innovators, love introducing programming concepts to a new generation! Learn the fun of coding and programming with robotics, coding apps, websites, and Apple Swift language. Using Osmos, Blue Bots, ProBots, and more, students will learn to program using code, sound, light, and touch. We’ll balance out the gadgetry and screen time with lots of hands-on building and play.

    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)

    About the Instructors

    Tamarah Henderson has been designing unique and imaginative summer camps at Berkeley Preparatory School for over 14 years, with a focus on engineering, technology, and childhood creative play. She focuses on creating engaging experiences for children to explore, create, and learn while having fun. Tamarah has a Masters of Education, Instructional Technology, from USF and is currently one of the Early Childhood C-SET teachers.

    Gail Driscoll taught Computer Science at Berkeley Lower Division for 17-years. She loves sharing technology, filmmaking, and innovative learning techniques with her students. She is a Florida certified K-12 Computer Science teacher. She has run summer camps in technology and engineering along with Tamarah Henderson for many years. Gail has a Masters of Education from Loyola University, Chicago.
  • Soap Making

    Soap making is an art that goes back to 2800 B.C.  Have some STEM-based fun with Dr. Ackerson as we explore the history of soap making, the different processes used to make soap, and the bases and additives that change the chemical and physical properties of it.  A different take-home soap project each day for each participant; we'll also learn how to make hand sanitizer!

    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 4th-8th graders)

    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.
  • BRICKS4KIDZ: LEGO® Minecraft Masters Camp

    Experience the world of Minecraft with LEGO® bricks in this fun summer camp!  With BRAND NEW builds, campers will delve deep into the world of Minecraft with Ender dragons, Steve, Zombie Pigman, TNT, Creepers, Endermens, Witches and Withers, and all the popular characters Minecraft has to offer! Campers will face new challenges each day, building LEGO® motorized robotic models and crafting key elements from the popular Minecraft game!

    Campers will have the opportunity to bring their virtual Minecraft world designs to life by building new characters, mosaics and custom models, incorporating LEGO® bricks.  So, are you ready for the challenge?

    All campers will take home fun crafts and have photos taken of all the fun LEGO® models they made throughout the week and take home a custom-made LEGO® minifigure!
     
    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 5-12)
  • BRICKS4KIDZ LEGO® Everything is Awesome Mashup Camp!

    Bricks 4 Kidz is back with your favorite and UPDATED camp of the summer! Our LEGO® Everything is Awesome Mashup Camp! But, this summer, we have added a whole bunch of new themes and LEGO® models to the mix! At this camp, all campers will create LEGO® models based on the most popular themes today such as MINECRAFT, Super Mario Bros., STAR WARS, Superheroes, Roblox, Jurassic World, LEGO® Friends, Harry Potter, LEGO® City, Pokémon, LEGO® Ninjago, Beyblades, Super Smash Brothers, and much more! 

    Campers will experience a different theme each day. Your Master Builder will have a chance to create LEGO® motorized robotic models, LEGO® 3D color brick builds, LEGO® mosaic art, and learn different design and building techniques using LEGO® bricks! Have fun building a LEGO® jumping Super Mario Bros. and Captain America’s shield one day, then conjure up magical potions with Harry Potter at Hogwarts and mine TNT with Steve in Minecraft the next! Can't decide which you like more? Join us for this super fun LEGO® Everything is Awesome Mashup Camp and try them all! 

    All campers will take home fun crafts and have photos taken of all the LEGO® models they made throughout the week and take home a custom-made LEGO® minifigure!

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

    Week 2 (ages 5-12)
  • BRICKS4KIDZ LEGO® Chess Camp with Board One Chess Academy

    Bricks 4 Kidz and Board One Chess Academy are excited to offer this one-of-a-kind camp to the summer 2023 camp programming once again! This fun and educational week will be an exciting blend of LEGO® robotics and LEGO® art and the strategic game of chess! Campers will spend half the day in whole group and small group chess instruction using a Smartboard projector and will learn chess fundamentals, tricks, and tactics. The emphasis will be on the joy of the game, but with a close eye to the student’s progress. The other half of the day will be filled with the signature LEGO® motorized robotics, 3D, and mosaic art models of Bricks 4 Kidz, but with a chess twist. Each day campers will build LEGO® models that tie into the game of chess, culminating with the construction of a LEGO® chess set that each camper will take home! This fun, educational, week-long camp is for chess players and LEGO® builders of all levels!

    This is a one-week session.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.
     
    Week 3 (ages 5-12)
  • BRICKS4KIDZ LEGO® Star Wars: Return of the Brick!

    With the release of a whole new galaxy of movies and shows on Disney +, we have expanded the exploration into the Star Wars universe with our BRAND-NEW STAR WARS camp!

    A Long Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Far Far Away, The Jedis, Empire, Sith, Wookies, and Mandalorians were all in a battle to run the Galaxy! And in this classic summer camp, your child will learn the way of The Force by making all the classic STAR WARS characters and spaceships out of LEGO® bricks! Campers will be using their creativity and our signature building methods to create a LEGO® Bobbo Fett, Baby Yoda, Darth Vadar’s LEGO® light saber and chamber, Luke Skywalker’s X-Wing Fighter, The Mandalorian’s armor, Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon, and much more! We have them all! Come explore the Galaxy in this one-of-a-kind STAR WARS LEGO® Camp!

    All campers will take home fun crafts and have photos taken of all the fun LEGO® models they made throughout the week and take home a custom-made LEGO® minifigure!

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

    Week 4 (ages 5-12)
  • BRICKS4KIDZ LEGO® Arcade: Power Up Camp!

    It’s time to put the remote controller and handheld devices down! Bricks 4 Kidz wants to bring the digital world to life with the use of LEGO® bricks! In this hands-on summer camp, campers will bring popular games based on themes like Super Mario Bros, Roblox, Sonic the Hedgehog, Beyblades, Minecraft, Super Smash Bros. Pokémon, Super Smash Bros., and Fortnite to life using our signature LEGO® robots, LEGO® mosaics, and LEGO® 3D art! Each day will be a new adventure as the virtual and LEGO® worlds combine!

    All campers will take home fun crafts and have photos taken of all the fun LEGO® models they made throughout the week and take home a custom-made LEGO® minifigure!

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

    Week 5 (ages 5-12)
  • BRICKS4KIDZ LEGO® Superhero Academy: Explore the Multiverse Camp!

    With the release of a whole new multi-verse of movies and shows on Disney +, the superpowers of our LEGO® Superhero camp have just gotten even more super amazing! This camp is full of all your favorite Marvel and DC superheroes! Spiderman, Captain America, Batman, Iron Man, Wonder Woman, Superman, Thor, Aquaman, The Flash, Black Widow, The Hulk, and much more! We have even added more characters to our Super Team based on the new popular shows on Disney + such as She-Hulk, Wanda Vision, Daredevil, Hawkeye and Kate Bishop, and much more!  One day we will be building a flying LEGO® Batman jet, and the next we will be chasing down Thanos in the Guardians of the Galaxy’s spaceship, all out of LEGO® bricks!

    All campers will take home fun crafts and have photos taken of all the fun LEGO® models they made throughout the week and take home a custom-made LEGO® minifigure!

    This is a one-week session.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.
     
    Week 6 (ages 5-12)
  • Young Makers

    Tamarah Henderson and Janey DePew have lots of messy and creative hands-on projects for your little engineers. Our activities build fine motor skills, including scissor skills, painting, sewing and tying, measuring and building. As we explore different engineering occupations, we’ll build exciting projects and learn how engineers think! We'll use lots of real kid-friendly tools and build and create with imagination and fun.

    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 Pre-K-1st graders)

    About the Instructors
    Tamarah Henderson has been designing unique and imaginative summer camps at Berkeley Preparatory School for over 14 years, with a focus on engineering, technology, and childhood creative play. She focuses on creating engaging experiences for children to explore, create, and learn while having fun. Tamarah has a Masters of Education, Instructional Technology, from USF and is currently one of the Early Childhood C-SET teachers.

    Janey DePew has dedicated the past 20+ years to Berkeley, where she has focused on early childhood learning.  In that time, Janey spent many years teaching Pre-Kindergarten before becoming an Early Childhood Learning Support Teacher.  In her current role, Janey works with Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and First Grade students.  Janey is committed to providing support and guidance to each child in her care.  Most importantly, Janey fosters a passion for a lifelong love of learning in her students.  She finds joy in making each child smile and combines current research in child development with her many years as a teacher to make fun and engaging lesson plans.  Janey is looking forward to once again bringing her experience in the classroom to the Berkeley Summer Program.  One of her biggest goals is to make students excited about learning.  Janey has a degree in Elementary Education, Certification in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership.
  • Makerspace

    Create, learn, invent, and market. Learn the skills of young inventors and entrepreneurs to build your own amazing invention. Learn how artists and inventors come up with new ideas and build your creative skills. Skill-building projects include woodworking, circuits, marble roller coasters, 3D modeling, prototyping, green screen movie making, and robotics. Tamarah Henderson and Janey DePew know how to take your child’s interests and imagination to the next level!

    This is a one-week session.

    Week 1 (incoming 2nd-5th graders)

    About the Instructors
    Tamarah Henderson has been designing unique and imaginative summer camps at Berkeley Preparatory School for over 14 years, with a focus on engineering, technology, and childhood creative play. She focuses on creating engaging experiences for children to explore, create, and learn while having fun. Tamarah has a Masters of Education, Instructional Technology, from USF and is currently one of the Early Childhood C-SET teachers.

    Janey DePew has dedicated the past 20+ years to Berkeley, where she has focused on early childhood learning.  In that time, Janey spent many years teaching Pre-Kindergarten before becoming an Early Childhood Learning Support Teacher.  In her current role, Janey works with Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and First Grade students.  Janey is committed to providing support and guidance to each child in her care.  Most importantly, Janey fosters a passion for a lifelong love of learning in her students.  She finds joy in making each child smile and combines current research in child development with her many years as a teacher to make fun and engaging lesson plans.  Janey is looking forward to once again bringing her experience in the classroom to the Berkeley Summer Program.  One of her biggest goals is to make students excited about learning.  Janey has a degree in Elementary Education, Certification in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership.
  • Carnival!

    Come one, come all to the Carnival! In this engineering based camp, we’ll design and create all kinds of carnival games, learning the engineering behind them, and some tips and tricks on how to play them. Tamarah Henderson and Janey DePew love seeing your students rise to the challenges of creating! Our last day of camp will be a carnival day, complete with face-painting, sno-cones and lots of prizes to win!

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

    Week 5 (incoming grades K-4th graders)

    About the Instructors
    Tamarah Henderson has been designing unique and imaginative summer camps at Berkeley Preparatory School for over 14 years, with a focus on engineering, technology, and childhood creative play. She focuses on creating engaging experiences for children to explore, create, and learn while having fun. Tamarah has a Masters of Education, Instructional Technology, from USF and is currently one of the Early Childhood C-SET teachers.

    Janey DePew has dedicated the past 20+ years to Berkeley, where she has focused on early childhood learning.  In that time, Janey spent many years teaching Pre-Kindergarten before becoming an Early Childhood Learning Support Teacher.  In her current role, Janey works with Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and First Grade students.  Janey is committed to providing support and guidance to each child in her care.  Most importantly, Janey fosters a passion for a lifelong love of learning in her students.  She finds joy in making each child smile and combines current research in child development with her many years as a teacher to make fun and engaging lesson plans.  Janey is looking forward to once again bringing her experience in the classroom to the Berkeley Summer Program.  One of her biggest goals is to make students excited about learning.  Janey has a degree in Elementary Education, Certification in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership.
  • Young Chefs at the Movies

    Bon Appetit! It’s showtime with Tamarah Henderson and Janey DePew! Our little chef-makers will whip up some creative dishes and maker projects that perfectly capture their favorite films and characters, Toy Story (and Lightyear!), Pikachu, Frozen, Lego Movie, Trolls, and Lion King, among others. Our maker crafts are perfectly suited for little ones and our craft service is the best!

    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 K-3rd graders)

    About the Instructors
    Tamarah Henderson has been designing unique and imaginative summer camps at Berkeley Preparatory School for over 14 years, with a focus on engineering, technology, and childhood creative play. She focuses on creating engaging experiences for children to explore, create, and learn while having fun. Tamarah has a Masters of Education, Instructional Technology, from USF and is currently one of the Early Childhood C-SET teachers.

    Janey DePew has dedicated the past 20+ years to Berkeley, where she has focused on early childhood learning.  In that time, Janey spent many years teaching Pre-Kindergarten before becoming an Early Childhood Learning Support Teacher.  In her current role, Janey works with Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and First Grade students.  Janey is committed to providing support and guidance to each child in her care.  Most importantly, Janey fosters a passion for a lifelong love of learning in her students.  She finds joy in making each child smile and combines current research in child development with her many years as a teacher to make fun and engaging lesson plans.  Janey is looking forward to once again bringing her experience in the classroom to the Berkeley Summer Program.  One of her biggest goals is to make students excited about learning.  Janey has a degree in Elementary Education, Certification in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership.
  • Young Chefs at the Movies II

    Tamarah Henderson and Janey DePew will continue the fun with more movies, food, crafts and play! Different movies, but lots of fun! Our little chef-makers will whip up some creative dishes and maker projects that perfectly capture their favorite films and characters. Send your producers, actors, makers and chefs for a fun-filled week!

    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 K-3rd graders)

    About the Instructors
    Tamarah Henderson has been designing unique and imaginative summer camps at Berkeley Preparatory School for over 14 years, with a focus on engineering, technology, and childhood creative play. She focuses on creating engaging experiences for children to explore, create, and learn while having fun. Tamarah has a Masters of Education, Instructional Technology, from USF and is currently one of the Early Childhood C-SET teachers.

    Janey DePew has dedicated the past 20+ years to Berkeley, where she has focused on early childhood learning.  In that time, Janey spent many years teaching Pre-Kindergarten before becoming an Early Childhood Learning Support Teacher.  In her current role, Janey works with Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and First Grade students.  Janey is committed to providing support and guidance to each child in her care.  Most importantly, Janey fosters a passion for a lifelong love of learning in her students.  She finds joy in making each child smile and combines current research in child development with her many years as a teacher to make fun and engaging lesson plans.  Janey is looking forward to once again bringing her experience in the classroom to the Berkeley Summer Program.  One of her biggest goals is to make students excited about learning.  Janey has a degree in Elementary Education, Certification in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership.
  • Filmmaking

    For aspiring directors, filmmakers, and actors, this is the camp to create your original film for summer blockbuster release. Tamarah Henderson and Gail Driscoll, long-time technology teachers and innovators, know the importance of digital storytelling and love sharing this with your children. We’ll use iMovie and various supporting apps to create original films, animations, and music videos. We’ll experience existing VR and AR creations and delve into creating our own AR productions. A green screen wall is waiting to transport you to any location in the universe or a place of your own making. All devices will be provided. 

    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 2nd-5th graders)

    About the Instructors
    Tamarah Henderson has been designing unique and imaginative summer camps at Berkeley Preparatory School for over 14 years, with a focus on engineering, technology, and childhood creative play. She focuses on creating engaging experiences for children to explore, create, and learn while having fun. Tamarah has a Masters of Education, Instructional Technology, from USF and is currently one of the Early Childhood C-SET teachers.

    Gail Driscoll taught Computer Science at Berkeley Lower Division for 17 years. She loves sharing technology, filmmaking, and innovative learning techniques with her students. She is a Florida certified K-12 Computer Science teacher. She has run summer camps in technology and engineering along with Tamarah Henderson for many years. Gail has a Masters of Education from Loyola University, Chicago.
  • Filmmaking (Advanced)

    For aspiring directors, filmmakers and actors, this is the camp to create your original film for summer blockbuster release. Tamarah Henderson and Gail Driscoll, long-time technology teachers and innovators, know the importance of digital storytelling. We’ll use iMovie various supporting apps to create original films, animations and music videos. Using iOS devices, we’ll experience existing VR and AR creations and delve into creating our own AR productions. A green screen wall is waiting to transport you to any location in the universe or a place of your own making. All devices will be provided.

    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)

    About the Instructors
    Tamarah Henderson has been designing unique and imaginative summer camps at Berkeley Preparatory School for over 14 years, with a focus on engineering, technology, and childhood creative play. She focuses on creating engaging experiences for children to explore, create, and learn while having fun. Tamarah has a Masters of Education, Instructional Technology, from USF and is currently one of the Early Childhood C-SET teachers.

    Gail Driscoll taught Computer Science at Berkeley Lower Division for 17 years. She loves sharing technology, filmmaking, and innovative learning techniques with her students. She is a Florida certified K-12 Computer Science teacher. She has run summer camps in technology and engineering along with Tamarah Henderson for many years. Gail has a Masters of Education from Loyola University, Chicago.
  • Mini-Math Explorers

    Explore math concepts in an exciting hands-on format with Ms. McKenna! 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-1st graders)

    About the Instructors
    Michele McKenna joined the Berkeley faculty in 2005 and has been a Summer Programs faculty member since 2006. She is in her seventh summer leading Summer of Excellence, having been closely involved with this popular lower division enrichment program for many years prior to that. She is a Florida native, a graduate of Leto High School, and received her bachelor’s degree from Florida State University. She currently teaches in the Center for Science, Engineering, and Technology (C-SET) at Berkeley. Michele has also worked in kindergarten, first grade, second grade, the learning center, and as a member of the technology team. She has presented on using technology effectively in the classroom at the Future of Education and Technology Conference, the Florida Council of Independent Schools annual conference, and the Florida Kindergarten Council annual conference. Her son, Brandon, graduated from Berkeley in 2017, having been a student at Berkeley since pre-kindergarten.
  • Math Explorers

    Explore math concepts with Ms. McKenna 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.
     
    Week 4 (incoming 2nd-5th graders)

    About the Instructors
    Michele McKenna joined the Berkeley faculty in 2005 and has been a Summer Programs faculty member since 2006. She is in her seventh summer leading Summer of Excellence, having been closely involved with this popular lower division enrichment program for many years prior to that. She is a Florida native, a graduate of Leto High School, and received her bachelor’s degree from Florida State University. She currently teaches in the Center for Science, Engineering, and Technology (C-SET) at Berkeley. Michele has also worked in kindergarten, first grade, second grade, the learning center, and as a member of the technology team. She has presented on using technology effectively in the classroom at the Future of Education and Technology Conference, the Florida Council of Independent Schools annual conference, and the Florida Kindergarten Council annual conference. Her son, Brandon, graduated from Berkeley in 2017, having been a student at Berkeley since pre-kindergarten.
  • Animals, Animals, Animals, & Habitats Too!

    Learn all about your favorite animals and their habitats with Mrs. Perez and Ms. McKenna!  Campers will integrate books and technology to investigate different types of animals and their homes.  Campers will also have fun creating animal-themed art and cooking projects! Perfect for future zoologists!

    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-3rd graders)

    About the Instructors
    Michele McKenna joined the Berkeley faculty in 2005 and has been a Summer Programs faculty member since 2006. She is in her seventh summer leading Summer of Excellence, having been closely involved with this popular lower division enrichment program for many years prior to that. She is a Florida native, a graduate of Leto High School, and received her bachelor’s degree from Florida State University. She currently teaches in the Center for Science, Engineering, and Technology (C-SET) at Berkeley. Michele has also worked in kindergarten, first grade, second grade, the learning center, and as a member of the technology team. She has presented on using technology effectively in the classroom at the Future of Education and Technology Conference, the Florida Council of Independent Schools annual conference, and the Florida Kindergarten Council annual conference. Her son, Brandon, graduated from Berkeley in 2017, having been a student at Berkeley since pre-kindergarten.

    Janine Perez has been a Lower Division Instructional Assistant at Berkeley for 20+ years.  She also serves as the Director of our Lower Division after-care program, BEEP.  Additionally, Janine has taught a variety of popular summer programs for our youngest campers.  Her interests are childrens’ yoga and mindfulness.
  • Books, Cooks, & Crafts

    Cooking, Crafts, and Books!  Cook up some reading fun with Mrs. Perez and Ms McKenna!  Campers will create art and cooking projects based on some of our favorite 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 3 (incoming grades K-3rd graders)

    About the Instructors
    Michele McKenna joined the Berkeley faculty in 2005 and has been a Summer Programs faculty member since 2006. She is in her seventh summer leading Summer of Excellence, having been closely involved with this popular lower division enrichment program for many years prior to that. She is a Florida native, a graduate of Leto High School, and received her bachelor’s degree from Florida State University. She currently teaches in the Center for Science, Engineering, and Technology (C-SET) at Berkeley. Michele has also worked in kindergarten, first grade, second grade, the learning center, and as a member of the technology team. She has presented on using technology effectively in the classroom at the Future of Education and Technology Conference, the Florida Council of Independent Schools annual conference, and the Florida Kindergarten Council annual conference. Her son, Brandon, graduated from Berkeley in 2017, having been a student at Berkeley since pre-kindergarten.

    Janine Perez has been a Lower Division Instructional Assistant at Berkeley for 20+ years.  She also serves as the Director of our Lower Division after-care program, BEEP.  Additionally, Janine has taught a variety of popular summer programs for our youngest campers.  Her interests are childrens’ yoga and mindfulness.
  • Letters, Numbers, & Stories - Oh, My!

    Have fun with reading and math readiness with Mrs. Perez and Ms. McKenna! We will explore letters and numbers with tactile hands-on projects, technology, and cooking!  We will also incorporate stories that feature reading and math!

    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 Pre-K-K)

    About the Instructors
    Michele McKenna joined the Berkeley faculty in 2005 and has been a Summer Programs faculty member since 2006. She is in her seventh summer leading Summer of Excellence, having been closely involved with this popular lower division enrichment program for many years prior to that. She is a Florida native, a graduate of Leto High School, and received her bachelor’s degree from Florida State University. She currently teaches in the Center for Science, Engineering, and Technology (C-SET) at Berkeley. Michele has also worked in kindergarten, first grade, second grade, the learning center, and as a member of the technology team. She has presented on using technology effectively in the classroom at the Future of Education and Technology Conference, the Florida Council of Independent Schools annual conference, and the Florida Kindergarten Council annual conference. Her son, Brandon, graduated from Berkeley in 2017, having been a student at Berkeley since pre-kindergarten.

    Janine Perez has been a Lower Division Instructional Assistant at Berkeley for 20+ years.  She also serves as the Director of our Lower Division after-care program, BEEP.  Additionally, Janine has taught a variety of popular summer programs for our youngest campers.  Her interests are childrens’ yoga and mindfulness.
  • Super Science Slime Factory

    Get ready for slime time with Ms. McKenna and Mrs. Perez! We will create and experiment with many different types of slime and putty. Create your own slime and try new recipes. We will even make edible slime! It will be a gooey and slippery fun for all!

    This is a one-week session.

    Week 3 (incoming K-5th graders)

    About the Instructors
    Michele McKenna joined the Berkeley faculty in 2005 and has been a Summer Programs faculty member since 2006. She is in her seventh summer leading Summer of Excellence, having been closely involved with this popular lower division enrichment program for many years prior to that. She is a Florida native, a graduate of Leto High School, and received her bachelor’s degree from Florida State University. She currently teaches in the Center for Science, Engineering, and Technology (C-SET) at Berkeley. Michele has also worked in kindergarten, first grade, second grade, the learning center, and as a member of the technology team. She has presented on using technology effectively in the classroom at the Future of Education and Technology Conference, the Florida Council of Independent Schools annual conference, and the Florida Kindergarten Council annual conference. Her son, Brandon, graduated from Berkeley in 2017, having been a student at Berkeley since pre-kindergarten.

    Janine Perez has been a Lower Division Instructional Assistant at Berkeley for 20+ years.  She also serves as the Director of our Lower Division after-care program, BEEP.  Additionally, Janine has taught a variety of popular summer programs for our youngest campers.  Her interests are childrens’ yoga and mindfulness.
  • Little Cooks

    Little Cooks will help students foster creativity, learn to take risks, follow directions, and try new things through hands-on learning. Join Ms. Vega in the Seivold Center kitchen to cook up some delicious foods, create a cookbook, and personalize an apron. We will plan our meals, gather our ingredients, talk about measurements, and try our meals.

    This is a one-week session.

    Week 4 (incoming Pre-K-2nd graders)

    About the Instructor
    Krystin Vega is a New York native, graduating with a master's in general and Special Education. She has been teaching Spanish at Berkeley for 7-years, along with running a successful cooking club after school for the last 3-years. Krystin has also recently completed 200hr yoga teacher training and will be providing classes for faculty. Krystin has a passion for learning and believes in providing a fun and safe environment to empower her students to find joy in learning as well. 
  • Science, Technology, & Engineering

    Join Ms. McKenna and Mrs. Perez for hands-on fun experimenting with science, using technology, and creating feats of engineering! Exciting (and messy) science experiments are interspersed with the opportunity to use technology to explore your interests. Campers also spend time solving design challenges and building models.

    This is a one-week session.

    Weeks 1 and 2  (incoming K-5th graders)

    About the Instructors
    Michele McKenna joined the Berkeley faculty in 2005 and has been a Summer Programs faculty member since 2006. She is in her seventh summer leading Summer of Excellence, having been closely involved with this popular lower division enrichment program for many years prior to that. She is a Florida native, a graduate of Leto High School, and received her bachelor’s degree from Florida State University. She currently teaches in the Center for Science, Engineering, and Technology (C-SET) at Berkeley. Michele has also worked in kindergarten, first grade, second grade, the learning center, and as a member of the technology team. She has presented on using technology effectively in the classroom at the Future of Education and Technology Conference, the Florida Council of Independent Schools annual conference, and the Florida Kindergarten Council annual conference. Her son, Brandon, graduated from Berkeley in 2017, having been a student at Berkeley since pre-kindergarten.

    Janine Perez has been a Lower Division Instructional Assistant at Berkeley for 20+ years.  She also serves as the Director of our Lower Division after-care program, BEEP.  Additionally, Janine has taught a variety of popular summer programs for our youngest campers.  Her interests are childrens’ yoga and mindfulness.
  • 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.

    Week 1 (incoming 5th - 8th graders)
     
    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 you'll be 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 5 (incoming 5th-8th graders)

    About the Instructor
    Phil Dillinger has been teaching middle level Latin at Berkeley Preparatory School for the past seventeen years. He double majored in Latin and Philosophy at Florida State University. He enjoys teaching mythology, Italian, and philosophy electives throughout the school year. Phil was the 2017 Latin Teacher of the year for the state of Florida. In 2018, he was inducted into the Florida Foreign Language Association’s Hall of Fame.
     
  • The Sense-ational Camp

    Join Mrs. Jackson and Ms. Goodwin in a week of sensory fun. Sensory play includes activities that stimulate your camper’s senses: touch, smell, taste, movement, balance, sight, and hearing. Sensory activities facilitate exploration and naturally encourage children to use scientific processes while they play, create, investigate, and explore.

    This is a one-week session; AM and PM sessions offered.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Weeks 1 and 2 (incoming Pre-K-1st graders)

    About the Instructor
    In her 10+ years as an educator in California and Florida, Lindsey has been privileged to work with students and teachers in a variety of K-6 settings. She has worked as a lead classroom teacher at Berkeley for the past 3-years, beginning as an Instructional Assistant and substitute. Prior to those roles, she was an Interventionist for grades 3-5 in San Diego, as well as a Second and Fourth Grade lead teacher. 
     
    Lindsey's goal is to create academically engaging learning experiences through an environment that fosters creativity, curiosity, and kindness. She is committed to sharing her passion for literacy and learning with every student. 

    Lizzie Goodwin is a first grade instructional assistant here at Berkeley Preparatory School. Lizzie is a Tampa native and received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Elementary Education from University of Florida. In the beginning of her journey, Lizzie ventured to New York City where she pursed her love of teaching by working with preschool-aged children for 3 years and has now returned to her hometown with this being her second year at BPS. Lizzie has a true love for working with children of all ages and is passionate about helping each child discover their own interests while developing their best possible selves for the future. She loves to challenge students to be curious and take chances when learning by creating a community that nurtures this growth in a positive, fun environment.
  • 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 2 and 3 (ages 5-7)

    About the Instructors
    Allie Keller is the lead first grade teacher at Berkeley Preparatory School. She graduated from the University of Florida and continued her education receiving her Masters in Elementary Education at the University of South Florida. She has been teaching at Berkeley for 15-years in addition to teaching in Northern Virginia for 3-years.  Allie remains passionate about working with early childhood students and helping them to develop a love of learning. Allie loves aiding children in the reading process through phonics games, reader’s theater, movement and enjoying amazing literature.  A fun fact about Allie is she is a Berkeley Alumni and is thrilled to be back at the school she loves!
  • 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 (Mrs. Bellegarrigue) and a Berkeley Pre-K-1st teacher (Mrs. Salgado) 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.

    Weeks 2 and 3 (ages 4-7)

    About the instructors
    Erica Bellegarrigue has been practicing occupational therapy for over 20 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 over 15 years and currently teaches Pre-K-1st at Berkeley's Center for Science, Engineering, and Technology.  She has a passion for early childhood with extensive experience in Pre-K through first grade teaching, as well as fine arts instruction.
  • Reaching the Reluctant Writer

    This course is led by Assistant Middle Division Director Mrs. Stephanie Estes. In this course, we will explore setting goals for writing, implementing focused revision, and persisting through the writing process. Through a shared writing community, students will experience one-on-one conferences, risk-taking in the writing process, and a celebration of their writing creations.

    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 6th-8th graders)

    About the Instructor
    After twenty-five years in education, Stephanie finds herself in the role of Middle Division Assistant Director and Instructional Coach. She taught English for over twenty years, with a passion for writing instruction specifically. With a background in School Counseling, Stephanie understands the importance of linking learning and emotion. Always holding student to high standards, coupled with a zest for the learning process, Stephanie adores working with middle level students.
     
  • SAT/ACT Bootcamp

    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 and ACT.  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.

    Weeks 1 and 7 (English 9:00-12:00; Math 12:30-3:30) 

    About the Instructors
    Tom Brandt has been working with summer programs for the last twenty years, teaching various classes including SAT Prep and Bridge program and supervising the before and aftercare programs.  He has taught at Berkeley for the same twenty years, and he currently teaches AP Lang, Ninth Grade English, and serves as the Chair of the Honor Council and supervises the SAT/ACT Prep Program.  He has earned an MFA in Creative Writing, an MA in English Literature, and a BA in English Literature, and served on the board of several national and regional writing center associations, and he has participated in the AP Reading for the last ten years.

    Danny Fisher has been teaching middle school mathematics for 26-years. Has taught 6th grade, 7th grade, Honors Pre-Algebra, Honors Algebra, Honors Geometry, various upper division math courses, logic and reasoning, and competitive math courses.  Mr. Fisher has also been teaching SAT/ACT math prep for the past 10-years.

  • Write On: Academic Writing Skills

    This enrichment course is designed to help students solidify the fundamentals of academic writing. The course will focus on teaching students to form opinions in their writing and support their opinions with evidence and analysis. This skill is crucial in all levels of middle and high school academic courses. Students will also learn how to research, express ideas clearly, organize those ideas, and avoid plagiarism. Students will also learn how to develop a topic through independent research and to evaluate the legitimacy of source material.  Learned skills will translate to essay writing and test taking strategies across classes in multiple disciplines. 

    This is a one-week session. 

    Weeks 3 and 7 (incoming 6th-8th graders)

    About the Instructors
    After twenty-five years in education, Stephanie Estes finds herself in the role of Middle Division Assistant Director and Instructional Coach. She taught English for over twenty years, with a passion for writing instruction specifically. With a background in School Counseling, Stephanie understands the importance of linking learning and emotion. Always holding student to high standards, coupled with a zest for the learning process, Stephanie adores working with middle level students.

    Tom Brandt has been working with summer programs for the last twenty years, teaching various classes including SAT Prep and Bridge program and supervising the before and aftercare programs.  He has taught at Berkeley for the same twenty years, and he currently teaches AP Lang, Ninth Grade English, and serves as the Chair of the Honor Council and supervises the SAT/ACT Prep Program.  He has earned an MFA in Creative Writing, an MA in English Literature, and a BA in English Literature, and served on the board of several national and regional writing center associations, and he has participated in the AP Reading for the last ten years.
  • Keyboarding, Digital Citizenship, & Note-taking Skills

    Berkeley Learning Specialist Dr. Ceni Tavarez will lead keyboarding, digital citizenship, and note-taking sessions that highlight technique, ergonomics, key location, and various note-taking methods. Give your child the opportunity to become familiar with keyboarding, note-taking skills, and ways to keep their computers organized. 
     
    Important: 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; AM and PM sessions offered during Week 1.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Weeks 1 and 6 (incoming 5th-8th graders)

    About the Instructors
    A member of the Upper Division English Department for over 16-years, Danielle Marcantuono-Polstra is passionate about helping students maximize their potential as writers and thinkers. She has taught various courses from English 9 to AP English Literature and Composition. As the faculty coordinator of the Hoover Writing Center, she has helped Middle and Upper division students develop important study, organizational, and writing skills. She has a BA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing and Performance Studies from Muhlenberg College and a MAT with a concentration in Instructional Design from the University of Southern California.

    Dr. Ceni Tavarez is a proud graduate of the University of South Florida. Her career in public and private education spans over 27-years of working in various roles. She has comprehensive training in reading remediation, executive functioning, and study skills and strategies for all grade levels. She has also worked with and supported students diagnosed with dyslexia, anxiety, and ADHD. Dr. Tavarez is currently the Upper Division Learning Support Specialist at Berkeley Preparatory School, where she continues to share her love of learning with students!
  • Get Your Summer Reading Done!

    If you are looking for an engaging learning environment where your child can complete one summer required grade-level reading book while strengthening reading strategies in fiction and non-fiction text, register for this class ASAP! 
     
    Berkeley Learning Specialist Dr. Ceni Tavarez leads this fun, engaging summer reading class.
     
    The week includes: whole group lessons, one-on-one time with the teacher, and academic coaching strategies to help all readers succeed and strengthen reading skills.  Let's read together!

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

    Weeks 2 and 5 (incoming 5th-8th graders)

    About the Instructor
    Dr. Ceni Tavarez is a proud graduate of the University of South Florida. Her career in public and private education spans over 27-years of working in various roles. She has comprehensive training in reading remediation, executive functioning, and study skills and strategies for all grade levels. She has also worked with and supported students diagnosed with dyslexia, anxiety, and ADHD. Dr. Tavarez is currently the Upper Division Learning Support Specialist at Berkeley Preparatory School, where she continues to share her love of learning with students!
  • Young Writers Unite! Summer Writing Program with Ms. McKenna

    This summer writing program, led by Berkeley lower division instructor and Summer of Excellence director Michele McKenna, is for rising 3rd-5th grade students and supports the Units of Study writing workshop curriculum.

    Students can choose one, two, or three genres to explore this summer!

    Opinion Writing: And the award goes to…Campers will select topics, develop opinion writing pieces and have a choice of exciting formats to present ideas. 

    Monday/Tuesday/Thursday on campus from 7:45-8:45 am on 6/5, 6/6, 6/8, 6/12, 6/13, 6/15

    Informational Writing: Did you know…? Campers will write informational pieces based on their areas of personal expertise and have a menu of presentation ideas to share their topics. 

    Monday/Tuesday/Thursday on campus from 7:45-8:45 am on 6/19, 6/20, 6/22, 6/26, 6/27, 6/29

    Narrative Writing: This one time, I…. Campers will write a narrative piece that demonstrates character, setting, and plot development based on a true event or realistic fiction. 

    Monday/Tuesday/Thursday on campus from 7:45-8:45 am on 7/17, 7/18, 7/20, 7/24, 7/25, 7/27

    About the Instructor
    Michele McKenna joined the Berkeley faculty in 2005 and has been a Summer Programs faculty member since 2006. She is in her seventh summer leading Summer of Excellence, having been closely involved with this popular lower division enrichment program for many years prior to that. She is a Florida native, a graduate of Leto High School, and received her bachelor’s degree from Florida State University. She currently teaches in the Center for Science, Engineering, and Technology (C-SET) at Berkeley. Michele has also worked in kindergarten, first grade, second grade, the learning center, and as a member of the technology team. She has presented on using technology effectively in the classroom at the Future of Education and Technology Conference, the Florida Council of Independent Schools annual conference, and the Florida Kindergarten Council annual conference. Her son, Brandon, graduated from Berkeley in 2017, having been a student at Berkeley since pre-kindergarten.

    Incoming 3rd-5th graders
  • Fairy Factory

    Welcome to the magical world of fairies! Every day will be filled with fairy fun. Campers will create their very own fairy, design their fairy’s home, create their fairy’s favorite foods, and much, much more! Each day will consist of a craft, a snack, a story, and play. Campers will have a blast while also developing their fine motor skills and exploring cooperative play experiences. 

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

    Weeks 1 and 2 (incoming grades K - 3rd graders)

    About the Instructor
    Sydney Hughes is a sixth grade Language Arts teacher at Berkeley. She has also worn many hats during her eight years as a faculty member, including first grade instructional assistant, fifth grade long-term substitute, director of Lower Division’s performing arts club, Encore!, and assistant director of Artists of Tomorrow. She is also an alumna of Berkeley. While working at Berkeley, she received her Master’s Degree from USF. She loves working with children of all ages and helping them learn to take risks in a safe space. Her passions include dancing, singing, reading, and spending quality time with her family.
  • Mac Out of the Box

    Learn everything you need to know about your new Mac, including set up, sign in to Berkeley apps and websites, hardware and software, how to troubleshoot simple problems, special tips and tricks and more! Whether you are new to Berkeley or new to a division, get the most out of your Mac with this comprehensive course on using your new computer and its operating system. This course was created and is taught by Tamarah Henderson, who has a Masters of Education, Instructional Technology, from USF.

    This is a one-week session.

    Weeks 6 and 7 (incoming 6th-11th graders)

    About the Instructors
    Tamarah Henderson has been designing unique and imaginative summer camps at Berkeley Preparatory School for over 14 years, with a focus on engineering, technology, and childhood creative play. She focuses on creating engaging experiences for children to explore, create, and learn while having fun. Tamarah has a Masters of Education, Instructional Technology, from USF and is currently one of the Early Childhood C-SET teachers.

Summer 2023

Week 1: June 5 - 9
Week 2: June 12 - 16
Week 3: June 19 - 23
Week 4: June 26 - 30
NO CAMPS July 3 - 7
Week 5: July 10 - 14
Week 6: July 17 - 21
Week 7: July 24 - 28
2023 Summer Catalog!
Founded in 1960, Berkeley is an independent, Episcopal, college-preparatory day school located in Tampa, FL, for boys and girls in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12. Approximately 1,400 students gather here from the greater Tampa Bay area to form ONE Berkeley.