Enrichment Camps

Summer Enrichment Day Camps

Although we love summers for vacations and days at the beach, it's also a great time to catch up, keep up, and leap ahead academically.  EdBoost enrichment day camps are intense, fun, and productive.  Students learn new skills, practice old skills, and do a lot of academic work.   

At EdBoost we believe that learning should be fun, but also that a lot of learning --  especially math -- must be explicit.  So, we teach and practice academic materials explicitly (rather than trying to have students "absorb" math through science or other curriculum).  Although there are active and hands-on parts of all of our camps, all of our camps have a strong academic slant and prioritize learning.  In past years, students have finished their camps feeling like they have worked hard and learned a lot -- but also like they've had a good time doing it (and have met some great students from other schools, too!).

All camps run from 9am-3pm, Monday-Friday (except for the CollegeBoost! Workshop which is just two days).

We can offer after-care (from 3pm-5:30pm) for an additional $100/week, but we need at least two children to sign up for any particular week.  Please let us know if you are looking for after-care and we will try to make it happen (we will tailor after-care activities to the ages of the students enrolled each week). 

There are scholarships available for all camps and workshops (submit a scholarship form for your family's rate).

We require full payment at the time of enrollment. Enrollment ends Friday, June 1, 2018. We may cancel camps that are under-enrolled but will do so shortly after enrollment closes so you will have at least 2-weeks notice. Camps must have at least 6 students enrolled or they will be canceled. Any enrolled students will receive a full refund for any camps cancelled due to low enrollment. 

The maximum enrollment in any camp is 10 students. 

See list of 2018 Summer Enrichment Day Camps below

Title Cost Grades Sessions Description Preview (click title for more)
Intro ComputerBoost!: Coding with Scratch and Python $350 (Scholarships available) 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th Monday June 18, 2018 to Monday June 25, 2018

We all know that computing is the future. And, we know that our kids love games and screens.  So, how do we teach our kids to be the folks behind those wonderful games and screens?

ComputerBoost! (with SCRATCH and Python) is a great first step.

Computer programming requires three main skills:

1) The ability to think through a problem and break it down into logical steps.

2) The ability to translate those steps into programming concepts (variables, loops, if-then statements).

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BuildBoost! Hands-on Physics, Engineering, and Math $350 (Scholarships available) 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th Monday June 18, 2018 to Friday June 22, 2018

Physics is sometimes called the philosophy of science.  It's abstract and mathematical and hard for a lot of people. But the concepts behind physics (force, acceleration, friction, etc.) are the forces that make our everyday world work (or fall in on itself). 

This course will teach students to use math, physics, geometry, and engineering concepts to build structures and machines, from bridges to cranes.  Designs will be created based on scientific and mathematical models.  As they create, students will build their math skills and their understanding of how and why to use formulae... More

ScienceBoost! Hands-on Biology, Chemistry & Physics $350 (Scholarships available) 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th Monday June 25, 2018 to Friday June 29, 2018

Science for many students is reading a textbook, answering questions, and watching videos of other people doing science. In ScienceBoost!, Students will get to be the scientists. 

The course will be a broad tour through the three major branches of science: Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Students will learn the science behind the projects that they do, but each day will involve a series of hands-on demonstrations and experiments.  Students will use a wide range of scientific tools and get to explore both the beautiful and the gross (and sometime both at the same time!) aspects of... More

WritingBoost! II (Analyzing and Using Readings) $350 (Scholarships available) 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th Monday June 25, 2018 to Friday June 29, 2018

Once students have mastered essay writing, the have the core tools they need for middle school and high school English and history classes.  However, a critical part of advanced writing involves analyzing reading materials and writing intelligently and cleary about those materials (without spending too much time summarizing them!).

To succeed in many classes (and in life!), students must learn to:

  • Succintly summarize materials.
  • Read material and incorporate ideas from that material into their writing.
  • Quote and paraphrase from outside resources in their... More
WritingBoost! $350 (Scholarships available) 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th Monday July 9, 2018 to Friday July 13, 2018

Writing is an essential life skill -- and in order to write well, we need instruction, practice, and feedback.

WritingBoost! is a week-long day camp that focuses on various types of essay writing as well as vocabulary, grammar, usage, and style.

The first four days of camp will focus on four different types of essays: a show-not-tell descriptive essay, an expository "how-to" essay, a persuasive essay, and a personal essay (like the kinds students write for college applications).

Each day students will learn about a new type of writing, learn about and practice a new... More

Algebra Boost! Semester 1 $350 (Scholarships available) 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th Monday July 9, 2018 to Friday July 13, 2018

Algebra is the foundation of most high school math, a core part of the ISEE, PSAT, and SAT, and a critical part of the high school exit exam.  In other words: students need to master algebra.

And yet, many students struggle with this critical subject!  Whether you want to prepare a student who will take algebra next year, review for a student who finished algebra but doesn't remember everything, or help a student who is repeating algebra get a step ahead, Algebra Boost! is a great way to spend a week this summer.

This camp teaches students the material typically covered in... More

SAT/PSAT Prep Camp - For the NEW SAT! $400 (Scholarships available) 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th Monday July 9, 2018 to Friday July 13, 2018

As we've started prep for the NEW PSAT and SAT, we've found that many of the our students need some critical, general skills:

  • Facility with a wide range of algebra skills (including: rearranging equations; applying several different algebra skills -- taught in different contexts-- in one problem; and applying algebra rules without knowing, for certain, how they will arrive at a final answer).
  • Lots of practice with word problems: How to set up equations? How to determine what kinds of equations and operations are required for different problems?
  • How to proof-... More
ChemistryBoost! Jr. $350 (Scholarships available) Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd Monday July 16, 2018 to Friday July 20, 2018

Who doesn't love science experiements?  In this class we'll learn about atoms and elements and simple chemical equations and then we'll do all kinds of hands-on chemistry experiements.  We'll make our own litmus paper and test acids and bases (and see how they interact).  We'll make polymers and colloids of all kinds (and learn the chemistry behind slime and putty and all of those fun goos). We'll extra DNA from our check cells and from fruits.  We'll see how different kinds of chemicals affect cell cultures -- and so much more.  Students will learn how to follow the scientific method,... More

Read-WriteBoost! - Letters! $350 (Scholarships available) Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd Monday July 23, 2018 to Friday July 27, 2018

Some of the best success we have in getting young kids to write is asking them to write letters -- so we've built a language arts camp around letters. We'll be reading books that are made up of letters written back and forth between the characters, and then we'll try writing some of those books on our own (and doing the craft work that makes some of those books so fun!).  We'll also be asking the students to write letters: to each other (as part of letter writing games and activities), to Pen Pals that we set them up with, to family members,  to local businesses and elected officials.  We'... More

Times Table Boost! + Hands-on Science $350 (Scholarships available) 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th Monday July 23, 2018 to Friday July 27, 2018

How many students and parents suffer over times tables?  School year after school year, summer after summer.... you just need to learn them!

Let's take a few days to do it.  Students will leave class with a start on times tables,  and with computer programs, flashcards, and worksheets to use for the rest of the summer.

We spend every morning, all week, working on times tables. We do timed worksheets, times table relays, multiplication fact battles, and even some tests.  It's all times tables, all morning.  And many students who have... More

CollegeBoost! College Application/Essay Prep Workshop $175 (Scholarships available) 12th Thursday July 26, 2018 to Friday July 27, 2018

Did you promise yourself that you’d finish your college applications and essays this summer, before the madness of senior year begins? Let us help you stay ahead of the curve.

Join us for a 2-day college application intensive workshop. We will help you choose which colleges to apply to (including dream schools, realistic schools, and back-up schools), fill out “brag sheets” and other pre-application materials, fill out applications, and write (and rewrite! and rewrite again!) college application essays.

Bring your most recent transcript and an idea of what kind of... More

AlgebraIIBoost! Intro to Algebra II $350 (Scholarships available) 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th Monday July 30, 2018 to Friday August 3, 2018

AlgebraBoost! II is our newest math camp. This course is designed for students entering Algebra II in the fall. Like AlgebraBoost! and GeometryBoost! students will review/learn the major skills from the first semester of the course (Algebra II). This is a great camp to get a leg up on this difficult math course. Algebra II is the math course where even students who really get math really start to struggle.

We will start with an overall review of Algebra I since most students will have taken Geometry last year and forgotten some critical pieces of algebra . Then, we'll cover... More

Fraction/Decimal +Hands-on Science! $350 (Scholarships available) 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th Monday July 30, 2018 to Friday August 3, 2018

Most elementary school students master computation with whole numbers -- but many struggle with fractions and decimals.  The processes are similar; the basic skills are the same.  And yet, almost every middle school student we see at EdBoost needs to go back to 4th and 5th grade math material and relearn how to compute with fractions and decimals.

So, do two years worth of review in a week!

This camp spends its mornings focusing on the details of adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing with fractions and decimals.  When do you line up the decimal?  When do you need a... More

Intermediate ComputerBoost! $350 (Scholarships available) 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th Monday July 30, 2018 to Friday August 3, 2018

We all know that computing is the future. And, we know that our kids love games and screens.  So, how do we teach our kids to be the folks behind those wonderful games and screens?

ComputerBoost! (with Python) is a great step for students who have some experience with programming but want to learn to write their own games!

In ComputerBoost! we use Python because it is a fairly universal and clean (not too much unnecessary punctuation!) language that is often used as an introductory language (MIT's computer science program has all of its students begin with Python). Although... More

Math and Craft! $350 (Scholarships available) 1st, 2nd, 3rd Monday August 6, 2018 to Friday August 10, 2018

Whenever we make things, there's math involved.  Although the math is often invisible, it becomes really obvious when you can't do the math you need to complete a project.  This class will work to build students' math skills and math sense, both practicing computation and using math in projects.  We'll do some building projects (in which students have to use geometry to plan out the lengths and widths of the wood that the need so that the pieces fit together), cooking projects (where the kids have to modify recipes to make the amount we need for the class), sewing projects (where students... More

BuildBoost! II (Hydraulics and Flight) 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th Monday August 6, 2018 to Friday August 10, 2018

This course will teach students to use math, physics, geometry, and engineering concepts to build structures and machines from hydraulic cranes to flying machines.  Designs will be created based on mathematical models and scientific exploration. As they create, students will build their math skills and their understanding of how and why to use formulae as they apply concepts and ideas with their hands and basic materials. 

The class is designed so that the math... More

StoryBoost! $350 (Scholarships available) 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th Monday August 6, 2018 to Friday August 10, 2018

Writing is an essential life skill -- and in order to write well, we need instruction, practice, and feedback.  And, there's more to writing than just essays.  Fiction and creative essays are critical parts of our culture.  And producing those works of writing can be a wonderful way for children and teens to express themselves.

StoryBoost! is a week-long day camp that focuses on writing stories.  In the process we learn vocabulary and the writing and usage skills that are most critical for creative writing.

The first four days of camp will focus on four different aspects of... More