Summer School 2020

JUNE 29–JULY 31, 2020

Middle School

for students entering grades 7–8
The Middle School provides a balanced array of academic and enrichment courses for students, both Hopkins and non-Hopkins, who will enter grades 7–8 in the fall.

Five weeks in length, the summer session runs from June 29 through July 31, and is held on the tranquil 104-acre Hopkins School campus overlooking the city of New Haven.

Three core courses are offered to the Middle School: Math 10 Pre-Algebra in the morning which can be paired with either Expository & Creative Writing or Computer Programming in the afternoon. In addition, Chess and Squash programs are also available. Classes are kept small, typically averaging between 8 and 12 students. The Summer School reserves the right to cancel a class that does not reach the minimum enrollment of four students. The academic day begins at 8 am and ends at 1:15 pm.  We will not have school on the 3rd of July, a Friday.


Middle School Courses

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  • Math 10 | Pre-algebra

    Open to students entering grades 7–8. Class meets 9:00–11:00 AM, June 29 through July 31. Class meets in Thompson 214.
    The pre-algebra review course is designed to offer students an introduction to elementary algebra, while at the same time broadening their understanding of the inter-relationships among different mathematical disciplines. Three content themes—applied arithmetic, basic algebra, geometry and measurement—are interwoven in this course. An emphasis is given to real world applications and operations. This class caps at ten students.
    Cost: $1,000 (code #130) 
    If taken in combination with Expository & Creative Writing or Computer Programming: Cost: $1,600. 
  • Expository & Creative Writing

    Open to students entering grades 7–8. Class meets 11:15 AM–1:15 PM, June 29 through July 31. Class meets in Thompson 216.
    This course builds upon fundamental skills and seeks to improve the quality of writing through the composition and revision of essays and other short pieces of written work. Based upon our belief that clear writing comes from clear thinking, the writing course emphasizes various approaches to the logical development of ideas and to methods of organizing ideas. Sentence structure, paragraph coherence, and common writing errors will be examined and discussed. Assignments will cover various types of expository writing, allowing as much latitude for creativity and originality as possible. This class caps at ten students.
    Cost: $1,000 (code #102)
    If taken in combination with Pre-algebra: Cost: $1,600.

Squash Program

The Hopkins Squash Camp is a co-educational instruction program which offers students an opportunity to strengthen foundation skills while acquiring the techniques necessary to improve or excel. Our instruction occurs in a positive, age-appropriate atmosphere conducive to both learning and fun.

Participants are grouped according to their age and ability and enrollment is limited to ensure that individual and small group instruction provide a superior experience. Expert coaching, always a hallmark of Hopkins athletics, focuses on honing existing skills and individual strengths. In addition, concepts and tactics are taught through game or match situations.

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  • Squash: Beginner and Intermediate, Levels I and II

    Open to students entering grades 3–12. Camp meets 8:00–11:00 AMJune 29 – July 17
    Forbes magazine named squash as the world’s healthiest game for its excellent physical and mental demands, low risk of injury, and lifetime availability. US Squash Level II coach, Brad Czepiel, and his staff of trained coaches and advanced players teach proper stroke mechanics, graceful court movement, and effective match strategy for new and intermediate players. Individual and group coaching, and a variety of on- and off-court activities inspire the budding squash player. A mid-practice video break allows campers a time to refresh for the final hour’s action.
    Equipment: Players are welcome to borrow Hopkins’ racquets, glasses, and shoes.

    Week 1: June 29–July 2, Cost: $200 (code #307)
    Week 2: July 6–10, Cost: $250 (code #308)
    Week 3: July 13–17, Cost: $250 (code #309)

    Courts open to campers and supervised by coaches 11:00-1:30 for extra play.
  • ROAR: Play Like a Girl - Girls-Only camp – one-week only

    Open to girls with at least one year of team or tournament experience. Camp meets June 29–July 2 from 11:30 AM–1:00 PM.
    Because our bodies differ from males’ –"we are not just small boys," writes exercise physiologist and ultramarathoner Dr. Stacey Sims in Roar – our shots, strategies, and movement differ. And thus, how we play and train differs. And for one week, we will develop that game and the techniques, attitudes, and habits that help us be our greatest selves.

    Coach: Whitney Stewart: Coach for Hopkins Varsity
    Competed in US, Canada, France & South Africa. Started at age 7. Won US & Canadian Softball Championships twice. Played #1 at Yale, All-American & All-Ivy. 

    Cost: $240 (code #313)
  • Advanced Movement Camp - one week only!

    Open to players with at least one year of team or tournament experience. Camp meets July 6–10 (Week 2) from 11:30 AM–1:00 PM.
    Getting to the ball is one thing; moving to the ball - and then off the ball - well is another. And it often differentiates the graceful, advanced player from the busy beginner. This unique camp introduces, practices, and rewards efficient, clean movement.

    Coach: Tom Pashley: Coach for Sacred Heart, Greenwich.
    Competed on the PSA world tour for 5 years. Played for England at junior European and World championships.
    Highest world ranking: 105

    Cost: $295 (code 314) 
  • Advanced Ball Striking - one week only!

    Open to players with at least one year of team or tournament experience. Camp meets July 13–17 (week 3) from 11:30 AM–1:00 PM.
    You are a good player who gets the ball back and can even control the court, but you know there are more options. This one-of-a-kind camp explores and explains how various racquet preparations and contact nuances can bring a new dimension to your game. Ideal for the player looking to move up.    

    Cost: $295 (code 315)
  • Squash: Advanced, Level III

    Open to experienced junior players. Camp meets 1:30–3:30 PM.
    Squash Level III builds experienced players’ fundamentals to help them get even more power, finesse, and success from their game. Each week focuses on central, critical skills, though other related on- and off-court elements will be addressed. Throughout, the camp makes an asset of Hopkins’ hot courts; the pace is high, and outright winners are very difficult, a combination that acclimatizes players to the long, creative points of advanced junior squash. Camp limited to twelve players.

    Squash Level III Coaches - TBA

    We select coaches based on their ability to communicate with and inspire junior players. We have had coaches from Trinity College, Yale College, and the PSA tour. We have found great success with coaches from A-level prep schools and private clubs.

    We maintain a 3:1 (or better) player:coach ratio, which is extraordinarily low.

    Week 1: Building game points
    Shot placements and sequences; accuracy work
    Drills working on technical constructs of the game
    June 29–July 2
    Cost: $320 (code #310)

    Week 2: Combining and adjusting strategies
    Setting up points
    Understanding and deploying tactics
    July 6–10
    Cost: $395 (code #311)

    Week 3: Matchplay
    Implementing tactics across a match
    Assessing and adapting
    July 13–17
    Cost: $395 (code #312)

    All squash camps meet in Hopkins’ six-court Kneisel Squash Center located at the top of the quad and most easily accessed via the 94 Knollwood Drive entrance.

Le Havre Soccer Camp

For a second year, France’s oldest Soccer Establishment, the Le Havre Athletic Club, HAC, offers an exclusive summer training camp for both French and American football players to take place at the Hopkins School in New Haven, CT. HAC, founded in 1872, is the oldest Football Club in France, with the HAC Youth Academy producing some of the greatest players in the world.

The camp will be offered June 13–July 19, with six 1-week camps and three 2-week camps for both girls and boys aged 12–18. Parents may choose which week(s) they want their kids to attend and if they want to package multiple weeks together. This program also can be tailored to entire teams should they wish to train together.