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, and TimesTableBoost + Hands-On Science, which is just 3 days this year due to the holiday).

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 teh students enrolled each week). 

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

We require a 50% deposit (at the scholarship rate, if applicable) for all camps and workshops by Friday, June 2, 2017. We may cancel camps that are under-enrolled but will do so at least 2 weeks before the start of the camp. Camps must have at least 6 students enrolled or they will be canceled. Full tuition is due on the first day of camp.

See list of 2017 Summer Enrichment Day Camps below

Title Cost Grades Sessions Description Preview (click title for more)
Advanced BuildBoost! Hands-on Physics, Engineering, and Math $350 (Scholarships available) 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th Monday June 19, 2017 to Friday June 23, 2017

This course will teach students to use math, physics, geometry, and engineering concepts to build structures and machines, from crossbows to periscopes.  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 as they apply concepts and ideas with their hands and basic materials. 

The class is designed so that the math work will be great practice for math skills: basic equations, proportions and conversions, word... More

ScienceBoost! Hands-on Science $350 (Scholarships available) 1st, 2nd Monday June 19, 2017 to Friday June 23, 2017

Science is fun and messy and fascinating, and it's perfect for summer.

In this camp, students entering first and second grade will have a chance to put their budding observation, reading, writing, and math skills to work as they explore a wide-variety of hands-on science projects, demonstrations, and experiments, and keep their own lab notebooks to note their hypotheses, and record their observations and results.

We will use the scientific method to explore:

Biology: What affects seed germination? What affects plant and mold growth? What affects brine... More

Fraction/Decimal +Hands-on Science! $350 (Scholarships available) 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th Monday June 19, 2017 to Friday June 23, 2017

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

Intro BuildBoost! Hands-on Physics, Engineering, and Math $350 (Scholarships available) 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th Monday June 26, 2017 to Friday June 30, 2017

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

WritingBoost! $350 (Scholarships available) 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th Monday June 26, 2017 to Friday June 30, 2017

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

Intro ComputerBoost!: Coding with Scratch and Python (grades 3-7) $350 (Scholarships available) 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th Monday July 10, 2017 to Friday July 14, 2017

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).

... More
Around the World in a Week! (Grades 1-2) $350 (Scholarships available) 1st, 2nd Monday July 10, 2017 to Friday July 14, 2017

Summer is the perfect time for traveling, even virtual traveling! And "traveling" is the perfect way to keep kids reading and writing over the summer.

In this camp, kids will get to explore geography (including using maps and compasses), folktales, local foods and games, art, history, as we "travel" from North American to the six other continents.  The entire week will be set up as an adventure game, as students gather the supplies they need to sail from place to place, gaining more treasures and supplies as they discover new and exciting knowledge about the locations they visit.... More

Algebra Boost! Semester 1 $350 (Scholarships available) 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th Monday July 17, 2017 to Friday July 21, 2017

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

GeometryBoost! $350 7th, 8th, 9th Monday July 24, 2017 to Friday July 28, 2017

We've designed GeometryBoost! as an intro to high school geometry, with a strong emphasis on the logical and definitional foundations that all geometry is based on.  We start with logic exercises, including inductive reasoning, conditional statements and their converses; definitions (e.g., lines, points, planes, segments, angles); properties (e.g., identity property, transitive property, reflexive property); and geometry notation.  We will tie these concepts to ideas in life (e.g., examples, counterexamples) as well a mathematical concepts that the students know from algebra (e.g., lines... More

StoryBoost! $350 (Scholarships available) 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th Monday July 24, 2017 to Friday July 28, 2017

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

ChemistryBoost! $350 (Scholarships available) 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th Monday July 31, 2017 to Friday August 4, 2017

When we think of science, the first picture we imagine is of the mad scientist, in a lab coat and goggles, standing behind bubbling test-tubes and a Bunsen burner. Unfortunately, until high school (and sometimes even until college) our students rarely get to experience this type of chemistry.

If your child dreams of the bubbling test tubes, sign up for ChemistryBoost!

The course will be a broad tour through a wide range of chemistry, from basic chemistry (making precipitates and changing other chemical properties), to biochemistry (DNA isolation), to food chemistry.  Not only... More

CollegeBoost! College Application/Essay Prep Workshop $175 (Scholarships available) 11th, 12th Monday July 31, 2017 to Tuesday August 1, 2017

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

SAT/PSAT Prep Camp - For the NEW SAT! $400 (Scholarships available) 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Monday August 7, 2017 to Friday August 11, 2017

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