Lower School

for grades 3–6
The Lower School program is an age appropriate, five-week learning and enrichment program for elementary school students who will be entering grades three through six in the fall.

The Lower School summer session runs from June 27 through July 29.

Our teachers were selected for their command of core educational disciplines at this level (reading, writing, mathematics, art and science), their ability to work easily and effectively with younger students, and perhaps most importantly, their desire to ensure that learning continues to be both stimulating and fun.
In honor of July 4th, we will not have school on Tuesday, July 4.

Lower School Courses

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  • Mathematics & Computer

    The Elementary Math course is designed to provide both remedial help and enrichment according to each student’s needs and interests. A diagnostic pre-test is given to all students to ensure that the math concepts covered are age and grade appropriate. Problem solving and analysis using computers is an integral part of the Elementary Math Program. This class caps at 8 students. 

    Cost: $1,200

    Math and Computer 2, Grades 5–6: 9:00–11:00 AM,June 26 through July 28 (code #202) 
    Math and Computer 1, Grades 3–4: 11:15 AM–1:15 PM, June 26 through July 28 (code #203) 

    If taken in combination with Language Arts: Cost: $2,000
     
  • Language Arts 1 & 2: Reading and Writing for Success

    In each two-hour session, students in grades 3–6 will improve and enrich their language arts abilities. During the five-week summer sessions, students will read a chapter book or novel to work on oral fluency, vocabulary, story structure, and the elements of literature. These skills will be reinforced with projects, games, and activities that are fun as well as skill building. In addition, students will improve and enrich their writing abilities through free and structured writing. This class caps at 8 students. 

    Students in grades 3–4 (section 1) will focus on improvement in sentence completion, capitalization, punctuation, and the writing of a complete paragraph.

    Students in grades 5–6 (section 2) will focus on the styles of writing useful in self expression, persuasion, narration, direction and description will be some of the styles practiced.

    Both programs will work on writing in order to prepare and reinforce skills needed for success on standardized tests. Projects, games, and activities directed toward writing skill building will reinforce learning and bring excitement to the class.

    Cost: $1,200

    LA 1, Grades 3–4: 9:00–11:00 AM, June 26 through July 28 (code #204) 
    LA 2, Grades 5–6: 11:15 AM–1:15 PM, June 26 through July 28 (code #205)

    If taken in combination with Mathematics & Computer: 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.

Financial aid is not offered for Squash Camp.

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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 26–30, Cost: $300 (code #307)
    Week 2: July 3, 5-7, Cost: $240 (code #308)
    Week 3: July 10-14, Cost: $300 (code #309)

    Some court space is 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 - see below

    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 - Oscar Lopez-Hidalgo is the assistant coach for Trinity College's women's team. As a coach at his alma mater, the University of Rochester, he and his fellow coaches were awarded Coaching Staff of the Year by the Liberty League. Prior, he coached top juniors and developed a successful squash program at the  Genesee Valley Club in Rochester, N.Y.
    - Shot placements and sequences; accuracy work
    - Drills working on technical constructs of the game
    June 26–30
    Cost: $395 (code #310)

    Week 2: Strategies - Oscar Lopez-Hidalgo is the assistant coach for Trinity College's women's team. As a coach at his alma mater, the University of Rochester, he and his fellow coaches were awarded Coaching Staff of the Year by the Liberty League. Prior, he coached top juniors and developed a successful squash program at the  Genesee Valley Club in Rochester, N.Y.
    - Setting up points
    - Understanding and deploying tactics
    July 3, 5-7
    Cost: $320 (code #311)

    Week 3: Matchplay - Whitney Stewart began playing at age seven with World Champion Hashim Khan.  As a junior, Whitney won US Junior Nationals twice, Canadian Juniors twice, and was consistently ranked #2 or #3. At Yale, she played #1. Currently, Whitney coaches the Hopkins Varsity Boys team.
    - Implementing tactics across a match
    - Assessing and adapting
    July 10-14
    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.