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 crazy days of essay writing!).

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, 2019. 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 each camp is 10-15 students (cap varies by camp). 

See list of 2019 Summer Enrichment Day Camps below

Title Cost Grades Sessions Description Preview (click title for more)
StoryBoost! $350 (Scholarships available) 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th Monday June 17, 2019 to Friday June 21, 2019

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

Advanced ComputerBoost! $350 (Scholarships available) 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th Monday June 17, 2019 to Friday June 21, 2019

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

SAT/PSAT Prep Camp $400 (Scholarships available) 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th Monday June 24, 2019 to Friday June 28, 2019

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
BuildBoost! Hands-on Physics, Engineering, and Math $350 (Scholarships available) 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th Monday June 24, 2019 to Friday June 28, 2019

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

CollegeBoost! College Application/Essay Prep Workshop $200 (Scholarships available) 12th Monday July 1, 2019 to Tuesday July 2, 2019

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

WritingBoost! $350 (Scholarships available) 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th Monday July 8, 2019 to Friday July 12, 2019

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

GeometryBoost! $350 (Scholarships available) 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th Monday July 8, 2019 to Friday July 12, 2019

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

World Folklore & Hands-on History $350 (Scholarships available) 1st, 2nd Monday July 15, 2019 to Friday July 19, 2019

The best part about learning to read is gaining the ability to explore a wide range of stories -- but when you're a first or second grader, the most interesting books are still too difficult and the books that you can read (and get through) tend to be too silly or babyish.  Focusing on folklore and mythology from around the world, our first and second grade campers will get to experience a range of great stories, with a full cast of interesting characters and exciting (sometime wild!) plots.  In the process, we'll explore the cultures that the stories... More

Mythology & Hands-on History $350 (Scholarships available) 3rd, 4th, 5th Monday July 15, 2019 to Friday July 19, 2019

With their fantastic plots and extraordinary characters, myths are some of the most fun stories to read.  We'll explore classic Greek and Roman myths as well as mythology from Egypt, the Vikings, East Asia and an assortment of other cultures.  We'll read a range of myths and discuss similarities and differences: how do history,  geography, and culture affect a civilization's myths? Students will also try their hands at writing myths, which will help them develop both their fiction and expository writing skills. A great myth not only entertains, but... More

Fraction/Decimal +Hands-on Chemistry! $350 (Scholarships available) 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th Monday July 15, 2019 to Friday July 19, 2019

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

Trig/PreCalc/CalcBoost! Intro to Trig/Pre-Calculus and Calculus $350 (Scholarships available) 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Monday July 22, 2019 to Friday July 26, 2019

Tri/Pre-Calc/CalcBoost! is designed to help students prepare for Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, and Math Analysis classes. We'll cover the range of topics in Trigonometry: Sin, Cos, Tan and their inverses, graphing trigonometric functions and their inverses, memorizing the unit circle, solving trigonometric proofs, and more. In our Pre-Calculus portion, we'll go over limits, summations, graphing rational equations, and converting parametric equations. Students will leave with a strong familiarity with these concepts. 

Pre-Algebra + Hands-on Biology $350 (Scholarships available) 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th Monday July 22, 2019 to Friday July 26, 2019

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 it's 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-algebra skills that many of us use daily - and that still appear on the SAT and ACT.  We will spend our mornings, working... More

Advanced Computation + Hands-on Physics! $350 (Scholarships available) 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th Monday July 22, 2019 to Friday July 26, 2019

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

Algebra Boost! Semester 1 $350 (Scholarships available) 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th Monday July 29, 2019 to Friday August 2, 2019

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

Intro ComputerBoost!: Intro Coding with Scratch and Python $350 (Scholarships available) 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th Monday July 29, 2019 to Friday August 2, 2019

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
Times Table Boost! + Hands-on Biology $350 (Scholarships available) 3rd, 4th, 5th Monday August 5, 2019 to Friday August 9, 2019

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

MathFactBoost! +Hands on Science $350 (Scholarships available) 1st, 2nd Monday August 5, 2019 to Friday August 9, 2019

For many first and second 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.  So, how can you help kids learn these important facts?

Let's take a week to do it.

We spend every morning, all week, working on math facts. We do timed worksheets, math fact relays, math fact battles, and even some tests.  It's all math facts, all morning.  Of course, these are little kids -- they need to run around and... More

AlgebraIIBoost! Intro to Algebra II $350 (Scholarships available) 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th Monday August 12, 2019 to Monday August 19, 2019

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

WritingBoost! II (Analyzing and Using Readings) $350 (Scholarships available) 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th Monday August 12, 2019 to Friday August 16, 2019

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