Have you ever gone back to school after summer break and felt that it was harder than usual to keep up? You’re not the only one — researchers call it “summer learning loss.” This study found that students’ achievement scores declined over their summer vacations by one month’s worth of school-year learning, and students at higher grade levels, such as middle and high schoolers, experienced a larger learning loss as a whole.
Staying on top of schoolwork over your summer vacation — especially if you’re a serious middle or high school student — is important. It’s just as important to take a break, have fun and relax.
Choate Rosemary Hall has the perfect plan. Located in the scenic New England town of Wallingford, Connecticut, Choate is a coeducational boarding and day school for students from grades nine to postgraduate. This is a school that inspires you to think ahead at what’s next and embraces the spirit of growth whilst staying true to the traditions that it was built upon over 130 years ago.
Choate offers summer programmes that create fun, insightful, and memorable school vacation experiences for students invested in their academic success. These include an Academic Enrichment Programme for middle and high school students, offered through a five-week full programme or two-week workshops in June through July. You’ll get the best of both worlds: getting ahead, all whilst making new friends with students from 30 countries across the world.
Here, you’re in charge of what you learn. You can create a schedule according to your focus areas or interests — and with over 100 courses on offer, there’s no limit to what you can experience. You could take classes that are designed to sharpen your knowledge of key subjects in your home school, or venture into a new subject area. The best part? Some of these, when approved by your home school, can count towards course credit.
Or you could take advantage of more specialised offerings. Middle schoolers can join courses such as: Science of the Brain: The Teen Brain; From Athens to Washington, DC: The Evolution of Democracy; and Digital Photography and Imaging. High schoolers can join Service as Social Justice; World Issues; and Web Design, among others.
This isn’t your typical classroom experience. Students at Choate’s summer programmes learn by doing. Here, traditional school subjects are taught in creative ways. For example, the John F. Kennedy ‘35 Institute in Government for high school students interested in public policy includes a visit to Washington, DC. It gives an inside look into real-world issues and working environments — which, for many students, is as fun as it is inspiring.
With Choate’s small class size, you’ll get the attention you need from many talented and dedicated teachers. It’s also a great environment in which to get to know your peers, many of whom come from far and wide to take part in Choate’s summer programmes. You’ll learn more about the world around you while making meaningful connections to others.
It’s not all about just learning, though. Each day, you’ll be able to explore Choate’s classic New England campus. Time is set aside each day for sports and activities, where you can take part in soccer, kickball, dodgeball, volleyball, and more. There are water activities, too, including inflatable water slides to cool down in the heat. Or perhaps you’d prefer to take part in crafting and creating activities. Either way, you’ll have a schedule that’s filled to the brim with fun experiences that are classic to a traditional summer vacation.
On top of this are school-sponsored weekend trips, giving you the chance to discover the surrounding areas. To unwind, join the many students going to shop in the town of Wallingford, Connecticut, which is centrally located between New Haven and Hartford, and Boston and New York.
All the while, you’ll have the once-in-a-lifetime chance to get a taste of an American boarding experience. Enjoy walks to St. John Hall Student Centre with friends after school hours or grab a milkshake at the Tuck Shop, a small bistro café exclusive to Choate residents. Study hours are set aside each day for you to keep up with your coursework, with friendly competitions between dorms set in between.
It’s truly a fun and exciting way to challenge yourself academically over the summer. By the time you’re set to pack your bags, you’ll look back on your time at Choate with fond memories — and you leave fresh and prepared to face your next school year.