Academic Camp - Ages 14 -18
Summer 2020 (Full Session July 6 - July 31)
Academic Camp — Accelerate or Recover
A program for high school students, entering grades 10, 11 or 12, designed to start next grade level courses or make up/retake courses from the previous year over the summer. Integrated study skills and time management topics will ensure students are in a better position to manage the complexity and importance of their junior and senior years. To ensure a productive summer, advisors will meet with students and set goals for the summer.
Students will advance their skills in a sport of their choice, pursue an extracurricular interest in depth, prepare for admissions tests to (i.e. SAT/ACT), participate in the “College Experience” seminar, and experience residential dorm living with friends from all over the country/world.
“Accelerate” students will take English, math, and one additional course. “Recover” students will take two courses (or one course) depending on the specific requirement of their credit recovery needs. Both programs will choose one sport and one mini course.
Sport and Mini-Course Options: Soccer, Basketball, Lacrosse, Directorial debut, Radio Controlled Fun, A pond, a lake, and an ocean (an e-science journey), CPR/First Aid.
Offerings vary by student interest and need but typically include Language Arts/English/Writing, European and US History, Pre-algebra through Calculus, sciences, Spanish language, SSAT/SAT/ACT Prep, study skills and our content based "English as a Second Language" program.
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Our daily schedule is similar across each program and is designed to get the students into a positive routine. The day begins with breakfast, then four class periods from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., followed by lunch. Immediately following lunch, there is an all-school meeting to prepare for the afternoon's activities and specific schedule.
Activities will include formal athletic instruction, competitive intramural activities (like beach volleyball, soccer, ultimate Frisbee and kickball), each student's chosen mini-course and traditional waterfront activities (like swimming, fishing, tubing, sailing, canoeing, kayaking or relaxing on the beach.)
Before and after dinner, the students have free time or organized intramural competition. Sunday through Friday, there are teacher supervised study halls beginning at 7:30 p.m. tailored to the specific summer program a student is enrolled in. Lights out is at 9:45 p.m. for our middle school students and 10:30 p.m. for our high school participants. Lights out is slightly later on Friday and Saturday nights. Friday (and often other nights) students and staff will gather around the fire pit to relax, and enjoy s' mores and other pre-bedtime snacks.
Field Trips, Off-Campus Activities, and the College Experience
Field trips are taken frequently during the five weeks. Every Wednesday after lunch campers go by bus to one of the nearby attractions. In the past, these field trips have included Ocean Beach, go-carting, bowling, laser tag, ice skating, local museums, and the Mystic Aquarium. On Sundays, there are full-day trips to a range of events and activities including Six Flags New England and other amusement parks, Boston and/or New York City, New England Revolution soccer games and Whale Watches.
The College Experience will introduce students to the college selection and application process. In addition to visiting a number of well-known colleges and universities in New England with campus tours and admissions presentations by student admissions ambassadors, the program will offer weekly topics of importance to the process. Writing the essay, the importance and science of multiple "touches" to show interest, basic research strategies to develop your "list" and creating and sticking to a schedule are among the topics discussed.
Summer@STM is located on the campus of St. Thomas More School and has full use of the facilities. Summer classes are held in air-conditioned classrooms. Additionally, students will use additional facilities that may include science, language and computer labs and the library when needed. Three modern dormitories provide housing and all students share double rooms. Teachers and counselors live in the dorms to provide 24/7 supervision.
The school's 100-acre campus enjoys 4,000 feet of waterfront on Gardner Lake. The boathouse holds kayaks, canoes, sailboats, and rowboats for recreational use. Many campers enjoy high-quality fishing in the lake that is stocked annually. Recreational facilities include a gymnasium with a basketball court and a twenty-station weight room equipped with Nautilus machines and free weights. The gym also contains the student lounge with ping-pong, pool tables, and flat-screen TV. Other outdoor facilities include six basketball courts, four tennis courts, soccer and lacrosse fields, a track and 2 baseball diamonds.
Typically 60-70% of the staff is drawn from the St. Thomas More School faculty. Every teacher holds a bachelor's degree and many hold advanced degrees. The low student to faculty ratio ensures each student receives the attention necessary to stay on track and achieve his goals for the summer. In addition, the summer staff includes summer counselors, typically recent college graduates or current college students, and a nurse. Our dining hall is managed by Sage Dining Services.
School nurse is available during regular office hours from Monday to Saturday. The summer program is supported by an on-call nurse when the office is closed. The school physician is available as needed. Close proximity to Backus Hospital in Norwich ensures that all routine and emergency medical needs are met.
St. Thomas More School is Catholic in philosophy. Our summer program welcomes students of all faiths and creeds.
Dates and tuition
Academic Camp - Accelerate:
Full session: July 6 - July 31 - $5,950
First session: July 6 - July 18 - $3,250
Second Session: July 19 - July 31 - $3,250
Take advantage of an early registration discount if you enroll before February 1. $600 off a full session, $250 off of a half session
Academic Camp - Recover: 4-week session only
Full session: July 6 - July 31 - $5,950
Take advantage of an early registration discount if you enroll before February 1. $600 off
Friends and family discount of $500 off a full session for each participant if you attend with a brother or friend ($250 each for a half session).
Applying to summer@STM
To ensure that we are a good fit for your needs, we have an application process designed to help us get to know you and for you to get to know us. Applications are accepted until the sessions are full and decisions are made on a student's application when all of the materials have been received. To ensure the availability of courses, athletic and extra-curricular choices, applying early is advised.
There is no application fee.
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Information for Guidance Counselors and Academic Deans
Summer@STM offers a variety of programs, including credit recovery. We are happy to discuss with you in detail our academic "recovery" program and work with you to develop a plan for your student.
Visits are encouraged and campus tours can be scheduled (typically Monday-Saturday) all year long.
For More Information Contact
The Office of Admissions
Transportation to summer@STM:
By car: See our directions.
Air and Rail: Transportation to and from airports and rail stations can be arranged through the business office. Escorts for campers who are traveling as unaccompanied minors can also be arranged with proper advance notice. Amtrak has regularly scheduled service to New London, CT. The station is approximately 15 miles from campus. For domestic flights, most fly into Bradley International Airport (Hartford, CT) or T. F. Green Airport (Providence, RI). International students typically use JFK International (NY) or Boston Logan (MA).