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Summer Programs at Top Boarding Schools 2017

Written by Bethany Todd, in Collaboration with Jen Rigsby

There are PHENOMENAL Summer Programs located throughout the country at TOP U.S. boarding schools.
Below is a list of some of these residential programs. Take a deeper look at each program by clicking on the provided link. Most of these programs have too many options to mention. The first two programs listed, Landmark and Dunn school, are designed for unique learners.

East Coast Programs


Landmark School

This year, Landmark summer programs will be held on our Prides Crossing campus. Landmarks program is designed for students with learning disabilities, with the goal to minimize summer regression of skills and prepare students for a more successful and productive school year.

Landmark offers an Elementary/Middle School program providing intensive academic skill development paired with fun and confidence-boosting afternoon activities. It is designed for students going into grades 1 – 7 with a diagnosed language-based learning disability, such as dyslexia, average to above average intelligence, and a healthy emotional well-being. Students have the option of a half-day Academic Program (only option for 1st and 2nd graders) or a full-day combination program that includes diverse and challenging afternoon activities. Students are accepted in order of application, which may be submitted at any time.

Other programs include high school and skills plus.

429 Hale Street

Prides Crossing, MA 01965

Elementary/Middle School Program:
Half-Day Academic Program: $4,990
Full-Day with Afternoon Activity: $6,990

High School Program:
Half Day Academic Program: $5,375
Full Day with Afternoon Activity: $6,525
Full Day with Residential Program: $8,600

June 30th-August 4th


Dunn School

The Dunn School offers Dunn Summer Academy, a residential pre-college program  for students entering grades 8, 9 or 10. The Learning Strategies Center is used to serve bright, college-bound students who learn differently. The Learning Strategies Center now offers a unique summer boarding program.Students apply to enroll in one of two Tracks: the English as a Second Language track, or the Learning Strategies track.  They also offer an Aquatics Program, Baseball Developmental Camp, and NOLS program (National Outdoor Leadership Program)

2555 West Highway 154
Los Olivos, CA 93441

Summer Academy program:
8,000 (includes room, board, and airport transfers)

Length of Program:
July 15- August 11


Middlesex School

The Middlesex School Summer Arts Program was developed to provide an environment in which young people can pursue and develop interests in the arts. Programs include creative arts, junior arts, and apprenticeship. The program offers over 100 courses in art, dance, drama, technical theater, gymnastics, music, video production, writing, photography, textiles, sports and other fields.

1400 Lowell Road
Concord, MA 01742

Tuition and Dates:
Creative Arts Program:
Grades 4-11
5-Week Session June 26 – July 29th      $3,300
2-Week Session June 26 – July 7th        $1,400
3-Week Session July 10 – July 30th       $2,100

Junior Arts
Grades 2-3
5-Week Session June 26 – July 29th      $3,300
2-Week Session June 26 – July 7th        $1,400
3-Week Session July 10 – July 29th       $2,100
Apprentice Program
Grade 11
5-Week Session June 26 – July 29th       $3,000

Deerfield Academy

Deerfield Academy hosts a four-week summer program for students entering seventh and eighth grade, called The Experimentory. This program is focused on project-based learning and “the intersection of subjects”, placing value on perspective and creativity. Program offerings include: Comedy, Tragedy, and Circuitry: Theater + Electronics, Structures for Society: Culture + Architecture and Design, and Storytelling for the Eyes and the Ears: Music Composition + Film Production. Beyond this learning, students participate in day trips to explore amusement parks, whitewater rafting, ropes courses, and more.

7 Boyden Lane
Deerfield, MA 01342

$8,000; cost covers courses, room and board, linens, laundry service, books, course equipment, on-campus activities, off-campus excursions, and Internet access. It does not cover health insurance if needed.
July 9 – August 5


St. Mark’s School

St. Mark’s School offers both academic and athletic summer programs. Academic programs include Global Citizenship Institute and iD Tech camp. Athletic programming will be posted soon.

25 Marlboro Road
Southborough, MA 01772

Tuition and Dates:
Citizenship Institute:
Boarding program; ages 13-18
July 9th-15th
Tuition:$1,000 is all-inclusive: room, board and an excursion to Boston

iD Tech Camp:
Day or Boarding; Ages 7-17
June 26-August 4
Tuition: (see link for details)


Choate Rosemary Hall

Choate offers a 5-week, 4-week and 2-week Academic Enrichment Program for high school and middle school students. From writing and theater arts to athletics and study abroad, there really is a program for everyone. Tuition varies based on program and length of stay. Be sure to click on the link above to see all the options and rates as there are too many to list here.

(203) 697-2365
333 Christian Street
Wallingford, CT 06492

Ranges from $3000-$7900
June 10-July 28 (dates vary per program; see link for details)


Cheshire Academy

The Summer Program at Cheshire Academy encourages curiosity and excitement by giving students the opportunity to learn through discovery, also encouraging self-discovery through inquiry-based hands-on learning. Programs include science, football, ELL, lacrosse and more.

10 Main Street
Cheshire, Connecticut 06410

Full four-week program – Boarding: $5,500
Two-week programs – Boarding: $3,000
One-week program – Boarding: $2,000
*Boarding fee includes room, board and linens

4 weeks in July


Taft Summer School

Taft Summer School program is mainly academic. It is a five-week long program devoted to improving their academic skills, broadening their knowledge, and having fun.

(860) 945-7961
110 Woodbury Road
Watertown, Connecticut 06795

$7325.00;  covers tuition, room and board, airport transfers, and all trips and activities. Some additional fees for textbooks, etc… 
July 1st- August 4th


Hotchkiss School

Hotchkiss Summer Portals is a residential program that offers middle and high-school age students the opportunity to hone a talent, try something new, and experience life at a New England boarding school. In each two or three-week session, you will learn from dedicated faculty members and experts. You’ll also live in a dorm with kids from other programs and a faculty advisor, take part in fun activities, and hang out with new friends. Activities range from environmental science to piano and debate.

(860) 435-2591
11 Interlaken Rd
Lakeville, CT 06039

Varies depending on which program you pick (piano, robotics, etc…)
Each program has different dates, specify a program to find when it is offered by clicking the link above.

The Putney School


The Putney School offers a boarding program of 3 weeks to create, learn, and connect through art.
Students can pick 2 workshops from a variety of choices such as ceramics, dance, animation, etc…

Elm Lea Farm, 418 Houghton Brook Road
Putney, Vermont 05346

One session: $4,575
Two sessions: $8,650

Session I: June 25 – July 14
Session II: July 16 – Aug. 4



Mercersburg Summer program provides opportunities for learning, personal growth, and most importantly, fun. Program options include an Adventure Camp, STEAM camp, Writing Camp, Performing Arts Intensive and Sports Camps.

(717) 328-6225
300 East Seminary St.
Mercersburg, PA 17236

Tuition varies by length of stay and program chosen. See link for details.
Dates vary by program. The Adventure camp offers a 1-, 2-, or 3-week session.

Phillip Exeter Academy
New Hampshire

Phillip Exeter provides a 5- weeks of study, athletics and fun with youth from all over the world.

Exeter Summer has 775 students from more than 40 states and 50 countries; providing 13:1 student/teacher ratio. During the program’s five weeks of academic study, athletics, and personal exploration, you will experience the student-centered learning style we call Harkness. Harkness is a belief that everyone has something to contribute to the conversation. As a summer student, you’ll have full access to Exeter’s campus and its unparalleled academic buildings, library, physical education facilities and art spaces. Exeter Summer hosts the UPPER SCHOOL program for rising 10-12th-graders and the ACCESS EXETER program for rising eighth and ninth-graders.

Phillips Exeter Academy focuses on uniting goodness and knowledge, a philosophy that carries into Exeter Summer. Exeter prides themselves in their diversity and creating opportunities that foster curiosity and collaboration.

20 Main Street
Exeter, NH 03833

$8780.00, additional optional activities and expenses. Click here for details.
July 2-August 4th


St. Paul’s School
New Hampshire

St. Paul’s summer program stresses academic and personal growth, as students learning to live together and share in the school community. This boarding program is academic and supplemented by athletics, participatory Chapel services, weekend social activities, and musical organizations. Bands and a cappella singing groups are usually formed. Other fun activities include plays, open-mike performances, literary magazines, swing dancing, and chess matches.

325 Pleasant St. 
Concord, NH 03301-2591

June 23 – July 30

Episcopal High School
Virginia/ Washington DC

Episcopal High School offers students entering grades 7 through 10 the opportunity to explore the campus and the D.C. area while learning from exceptional faculty alongside talented peers. Summer offerings include athletic, biotechnology, engineering, leadership, outdoor, learning about Washington, and writing.

1200 North Quaker Lane
Virginia 22302
$750 per week; some programs offer 2 sessions.
Dates vary based on which program chosen. Click here for details.

West Coast Programs

Cate School

CATE offers the rigor of East Coast prep schools with the adventurous spirit of the West Coast. Cate offers 2 sessions in which you pick 2 classes, a morning and afternoon. All students also participate in the outdoors activities.

(805) 684-4127
1960 Cate Mesa Road
Carpinteria, California 93013

1,850 per week. Tuition includes the program fee, boarding, all meals in the dining hall, and program related field trips. Scholarships are available.
June 18-24
June 25-July 1


Orme School

Orme’s is set in high desert , at 4,000 feet above sea level. The Orme School’s residential summer camps provide new experiences in a supportive environment for campers ages 11–17. Whether your child desires to improve their horsemanship skills, develop their outdoor adventure skills, or simply wants to enjoy traditional summer camp fun, an Orme overnight summer camp experience provides positive lifetime memories.

(928) 632-7601
1000 Orme Road 
Mayer, AZ 86333 USA

$850 per session

Traditional Camp
Session 1: July 2 – 8
Session 2: July 9 – 15
Adventure Camp
July 16 – 22
Horsemanship Camp
Session 1: June 18 – 24
Session 2: June 25 – July 2


The Webb Schools

Webb schools offer boarding programs for students in 7, 8 & 9th grades that take advantage of our incredible location and facilities, top-notch faculty and commitment to experiential learning and unbounded thinking. This Junior Scholars program describes itself as “immersive, enriching summer experience.” Program offers learning in paleontology, leadership, digital arts, and science and engineering.

(909) 626 3587
1175 West Baseline Road
Claremont, CA 91711
10-day Junior Scholars Program is $2,500 for domestic students, and $2,650 for international students. 
Choose 1 and/or 2 Sessions:
Session 1: July 8-17
Session 2 :July 19-28

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