At Summer School, we believe strongly that students should have CHOICES. To that end, we offer an individualized academic program, which enables students to further their academic progress by choosing a course of study that suits their personal needs and interests and allows students to hone their skills and deepen their understanding.
The Summer School offers dynamic faculty, a beautiful 226-acre campus, modern facilities, a 4:1 student-to-faculty ratio, and an average class size of 10 students.
YOUNG SCHOLARS (5 WEEKS)
Designed for talented 7th and 8th graders who are interested in exploring the boarding school experience or taking on the challenges of rigorous public and private secondary schools, this program focuses on building essential skills, increasing independence and self-confidence, and improving time management as students look further down the road to the demands of a college preparatory program. Students choose two major and two minor courses, participate in daily athletics and take part in a myriad of on and off-campus trips and activities.
LIBERAL STUDIES (5 WEEKS)
The Liberal Studies program offers motivated high school students in grades 9 to 12 the opportunity to study a variety of liberal arts courses in an independent school environment. Students will be able to sharpen their academic and test-taking skills, increase their independence, improve time management, as well as broaden their cultural and global awareness as they prepare for college and beyond. Students choose two major and two minor courses, participate in daily athletics and take part in a myriad of on and off-campus trips and activities.
WRITER’S LAB (2 WEEKS)
This course provides high school students a chance to explore different modes of writing such as analytical, narrative, and creative. Through self-exploration and examinations of texts, students dive into the writing process and utilize discussion and reflection to shape their writing. Formal and informal discussions are a staple of the course; students are charged with critically analyzing the text and incorporating newfound skills into their own writing. Students leave this course with a more nuanced understanding of both analytical and creative writing techniques, rhetorical devices, and correct grammar as well as greater confidence in reading, thinking, and speaking critically about literature. Outside the classroom, students take part in daily athletics, as well as on and off-campus trips and activities.
GOLF PROGRAM (TWO 2-WEEK SESSIONS)
Utilizing the facilities at Taft’s nearby home course, this program is designed for the competitive golfer pursuing a high school or collegiate level program. All instructors are PGA certified. Enrollment is limited to 10 students per two-week session, and participation requires enrollment in one of the academic programs.