Middle School Summer Programs

Leaders in Training

8:30 am - 3:00 pm  ·  Fee $120-$150  ·  Rising 6th-8th Grades  ·  Weeks 1-5 

The Leaders in Training program offers qualified young people an opportunity to prepare for future positions as camp counselors, recreation leaders, or babysitters. Emphasis is placed on developing leadership skills, sensitivity to children, and programmatic skills. Campers participate in CPR, first-aid, and emergency training and receive a certificate upon program completion. Additional activities for the Leaders in Training include weekly field trips and community service opportunities.

Academic Offerings

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  • Computer Animation Using Maya · Week 4

    9:00 am - 12:00 pm  ·  Fee $225  ·  Rising 6th-8th Grades
    Welcome to the wonderful world of animation. This course is an introduction to the animation software Maya by Autodesk. Maya is one of the ultimate tools for 3D animation, films, and video games. In this class we will get you acquainted with the software, show you how to navigate the interface, and teach you how to manipulate polygonal objects. We will go over the basics of user interface, modeling, texturing, lighting, and rendering in Maya. Students will create 3D objects and environments for basic animations.
  • Critical Thinking & Reading Skills · Weeks 2-3

    9:50 - 11:05 am  ·  Fee $295  ·  Rising 6th-8th Grades
    This two week class will improve your child's reading comprehension and encourage the development of critical thinking skills. Fun activities will challenge students' problem-solving skills and teach them to research answers to questions and problems. Students will read from a wide variety of sources and learn strategies to analyze text and glean important information while reading.
  • iMovie Video Editing · Week 5

    9:00 am - 12:00 pm  ·  Fee $225  ·  Rising 6th-8th Grades
    Using Go-Pro and iSight cameras, we will explore video editing using iMovie software. Students will learn how to incorporate music using Garage Band. Also covered are creating transitions and titles, integrating text, and adding graphics. Most of what we create will be from life so if you have your own digital images and digital videos feel free to bring them in.
  • Introduction to Algebra I · Weeks 2-3

    8:30 - 10:00 am  ·  Fee $320  ·  Rising 8th-9th Grades
    This two week class will present basic algebraic concepts to prepare students for Algebra I. Students will participate in a variety of hands-on activities to develop their grasp of the concepts covered. The emphasis will be on the understanding of balancing and factoring of equations and learning to use the steps of the equations to solve the problem. This class is designed for students in need of practice and reinforcement of general algebraic concepts. In addition to work done in class, students will be given extra enrichment packets for practicing math problems at home.
  • Introduction to Geometry · Weeks 2-3

    10:05 - 11:35 am  ·  Fee $320  ·  Rising 8th-10th Grades
    This two week course is designed to be taken by students who would like to be introduced to some of the major topics they will be covering in Geometry. Students will study deductive reasoning, points, lines, planes, congruence, and parallel lines. The course will emphasize understanding of two-column, geometric proofs. This introduction will give students practice and basic skill building.
  • Pre-Algebra: Fundamentals · Week 1

    9:00 - 11:35 am  ·  Fee $295  ·  Rising 6th-8th Grades
    This course will develop pre-algebra concepts through review, hands-on activities, and games. Students will gain confidence with fractions and mixed numbers, negative numbers, solving various types of equations, proportions and percents, number relationships, and parts of plane geometry.
  • Writers Workshop · Weeks 2-3

    8:30-9:45 am  ·  Fee $295  ·  Rising 6th-8th Grades
    For both the talented and the less-experienced writer, writing can be challenging and fulfilling at the same time. In this two week course, students will enhance their creative writing skills as they go through the writing process of brainstorming, drafting, peer editing, revising, final editing, and final drafting. Students will learn the basics of how to construct well-written expository and creative papers. Laptops will be used throughout the course as students work through the writing process on each piece written.

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Camp Schedule 2018

Week 1:  May 29 - June 1
Week 2:  June 4 - June 8
Week 3:  June 11 - June 15
Week 4:  June 18 - June 22
Week 5:  June 25 - June 29


The John Cooper School is an independent, non-sectarian, co-educational, college preparatory day school. Our mission is to provide a challenging education in a caring environment to a diverse group of select students, enabling them to become critical and creative thinkers, effective communicators, responsible citizens and leaders, and lifetime learners.

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