Summer of Excellence is a Lower Division summer enrichment program for elementary school-aged children. The early childhood grades of Pre-K and Kindergarten are treated to a three-week, themed-based camp, while first through fifth-grade campers are offered three one-week camps that focus on language arts, math, and science while integrating reading and writing skills throughout the three weeks. All campers are given the opportunity to refresh and enhance their skills in reading, writing, math, computers, and social studies at their level while on a wonderful adventure that creates great memories. Additional enrichment is offered to each camper through computer instruction and exploration, physical education classes, creative library experiences, and yoga instruction. Campers enjoy getting to know new friends, classmates, and faculty while learning daily routines.
About the director: Michele McKenna joined the Berkeley faculty in 2005 and has been a Summer Programs faculty member since 2006. She is in her sixth summer leading Summer of Excellence, having been closely involved with this very 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.
Please click on each camp below for a description.