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 27 through July 29, and is held on the tranquil 104-acre Hopkins School campus overlooking the city of New Haven.

Two core courses are offered to the Middle School: Pre-Algebra in the morning which can be paired with Expository & Creative Writing in the afternoon. In addition, Squash programs are also available. Classes are kept small, typically averaging between 8 and 10 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 8:00 am and ends at 1:15 pm. In honor of July 4th, we will not have school on Monday.

Middle School Courses

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  • Pre-algebra

    Open to students entering grades 7–8.
    Class meets 9:00–11:00 AM, June 27 through July 29.

    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 10 students.
    Cost: $1,200 (code #130) 
    If taken in combination with Expository & Creative Writing: Cost: $2,000. 
  • Expository & Creative Writing

    Open to students entering grades 7–8.
    Class meets 11:15 AM–1:15 PM, June 27 through July 29.

    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 10 students.
    Cost: $1,200 (code #102)
    If taken in combination with Pre-algebra: Cost: $2,000.


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

    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 27–July 1, Cost: $300 (code #307)
    Week 2: July 5–8, Cost: $240 (code #308)
    Week 3: July 11–15, Cost: $300 (code #309)

    Courts open to campers and supervised by coaches 11:00 am–1:30 pm for extra play.
  • Squash: Advanced, Level III

    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 12 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 points - Whitney Stewart. Head Coach of Hopkins’ boys program, Whitney played number one at Yale and competed at the national level in both Canada and the United States.
    Shot placements and sequences; accuracy work
    Drills working on technical constructs of the game
    June 27–July 1
    Cost: $395 (code #310)

    Week 2: Strategies - Farid Khan. Farid is a lifelong coach who has helped many junior players achieve success in the Ivy League and at the national level.
    Setting up points
    Understanding and deploying tactics
    July 5–8
    Cost: $320 (code #311)

    Week 3: Matchplay - Scott Brown. Scott is Yale‘s Assistant Coach. Prior, he coached privately and at schools in Fairfield County. He comes to New Haven from Saint George’s School.
    Implementing tactics across a match
    Assessing and adapting
    July 11–15
    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.