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 enjoyed making friends from other schools, too!). And we love that summer allows us to give students the hands-on experiences that they don't always get in school (last year students in grades K-8 experienced all kinds of dissection adventures, and even the squeemish ones ended up loving it!).

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

We can offer after-care (from 3pm-6pm) for an additional \$100/week (or \$25/day). You can now sign up for aftercare online when you enroll.  If you are signing up by day, just add the number of days you need to your cart.  You can specify particular days as we get closer to summer.

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 is on-going.  Camps that are full or have been cancelled have been removed from the list below.  If you can click a link and enroll in a camp, that camp is still accepting students. 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 each camp is 10-15 students (cap varies by camp). 

Camps accept students within specified age ranges.  Some camps also have pre-requisites.  If your child is outside the age range but meets pre-requisites, please send us a note (edboost@edboost.org).  We are happy to admit students to camps that are the right fit, even if the grade level is not a perfect fit.  

See list of 2020 Summer Enrichment Day Camps below

Title Cost Grades Sessions Description Preview (click title for more)
CollegeBoost! College Application/Essay Prep Workshop $200 (Scholarships available) 12th Wednesday June 17, 2020 to Thursday June 18, 2020

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

MathFactBoost! +Hands on Science $350 (Scholarships available) 1st, 2nd, 3rd Monday June 22, 2020 to Friday June 26, 2020

Studying our brine shrimp.For many first, second, and third graders, the hardest part of school is memorizing math facts.  But, adding and subtracting (even with regrouping!!) is so much easier once students can leave their fingers behind and just use their addition and subtraction facts.  And times tables make everything so much easier! So, how can you help kids learn these important facts?

Let's take a week to do it.

We spend every morning, all week... More

BuildBoost! Hands-on Physics, Engineering, and Math $350 (Scholarships available) 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th Monday June 22, 2020 to Friday June 26, 2020

Building huge bridges.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... More

ComputerBoost!: Intro to Coding $350 (Scholarships available) 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th Monday June 29, 2020 to Friday July 3, 2020

Last year's coding students try to stump Sunny with their game.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! is a great place to start.

Computer programming requires three main skills:

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

... More
WritingBoost! II (Analyzing and Using Readings) $350 (Scholarships available) 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th Monday June 29, 2020 to Friday July 3, 2020

Once students have mastered essay writing, they 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... More
Mythology & Theater (The Odyssey) $350 (Scholarships available) 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th Monday July 6, 2020 to Friday July 10, 2020

Last year's Mythology and History class evolved into a deep study of and fantastic performance of The Illiad.  The students built and sprang from their own Trojan horse and acted out the entirety of Homer's epic poem, learning myths, history, and language in the process. 

This year, the class will take on The Odyssey. In addition to learning the classic poem, and studying the mythological creatures and characters found throughout the tale, students will... More

Pre-Algebra + Advanced Hands-on Biology $350 (Scholarships available) 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th Monday July 6, 2020 to Friday July 10, 2020

As the school system has come to focus more and more on algebra and advanced math, pre-algebra has tended to get less attention.  And yet, it's pre-algebra, with its percents, rates, ratios, probability, and proportions that we are most likely to use in a real life!  Who has not had a compare interest rates, calculate a sale price, figure out the time it will take to complete a task, or adjust a recipe to accomodate more or fewer servings?  This camp focuses on the pre-... More

Algebra Boost! Semester 1 $350 (Scholarships available) 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th Monday July 13, 2020 to Friday July 17, 2020

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,... More

Advanced MathBoost! + Advanced Hands-on Biology $350 (Scholarships available) 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th Monday July 13, 2020 to Friday July 17, 2020

One of the key struggles of the upper elementary grades is mastering advanced computation, including long multiplication and long division.  Students know HOW these processes work, but many struggle to master them, which leads to incorrect answers in pre-algebra and algebra.  And, although most adults will bust out a calculator for long division problems, the SAT now contains a no-calculator section, so every high school student should be proficient in doing math by hand. 

This camp spends its mornings focusing on the details of adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing with... More

MathBoost! + Hands-on Biology $350 (Scholarships available) 1st, 2nd, 3rd Monday July 20, 2020 to Friday July 24, 2020

One of the secrets of math success -- and even math love -- is the ability to work with numbers quickly and easily.  No one likes work that takes too long or takes too much work. So, asking a student to do a complex operation, like long division or a complicated equation, that requires many steps, feels impossible for students who are still using their fingers to add and subtract or consulting a chart for times tables.  MathBoost uses fun... More

WritingBoost! $350 (Scholarships available) 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th Monday July 20, 2020 to Friday July 24, 2020

Students take a moment to learn how writing was done in the old days.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... More

BuildBoost! The Physics of Weapons $350 (Scholarships available) 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th Monday July 27, 2020 to Saturday August 1, 2020

Homemade crossbows.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 ancient weapons like crossbows and catapults, as well as defensive materialsl like... More

SAT/PSAT Prep Camp $400 (Scholarships available) 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th Monday July 27, 2020 to Saturday August 1, 2020

As we've worked on 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
CalculusBoost! $350 (Scholarships available) 10th, 11th, 12th Monday August 3, 2020 to Friday August 7, 2020

CalcBoost! is designed to help students prepare for Calculus and AP Calculus.  Students will go over a quick review of pre-calculus and trigonometry before learning the fundamentals of calculus. Topics include limits, definitions of derivatives, derivaties and techniques of differentiation, applications of derivatives, anti-derivatives, and possibly integrals. CalcBoost!, like all of our math camps, will begin and end with a pre-test and post-test to measure skill gains across the week. 

Fraction/Decimal +Hands-on Forensic Science $350 (Scholarships available) 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th Monday August 3, 2020 to Friday August 7, 2020

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,... More

Times Table Boost! + Hands-on Forensic Science $350 (Scholarships available) 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th Monday August 10, 2020 to Friday August 14, 2020

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... More

AlgebraIIBoost! Intro to Algebra II $350 (Scholarships available) 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th Monday August 10, 2020 to Friday August 14, 2020

AlgebraBoost! II  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 computation with polynomials, systems of... More