Lower School

for grades 5–6
The Lower School program is an age appropriate, five-week learning and enrichment program five and three through six in the fall.

The Lower School summer session runs from June 24 through July 26.

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 Thursday, 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, Grades 5–6: 9:00–11:00 AM, June 24 through July 26 (code #202)

    If taken in combination with Language Arts: Cost: $2,000

    Financial aid is not offered for Math & Computer class.
  • Language Arts: Reading and Writing for Success

    In each two-hour session, students in grades 5–6 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 5–6 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
    Language Arts, Grades 5–6: 11:15 am – 1:15 pm, June 24 through July 26 (code #205) 

    If taken in combination with Mathematics & Computer: Cost: $2,000

    Financial aid is not offered for Language Arts class.

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 24–28, Cost: $300 (code #307) 
    Week 2: July 1–3, 5, Cost: $240 (code #308)
    Week 3: July 8–12, 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:

    June 24–28 & July 1–3, 5
    Scott Brown - Head Coach of the Connecticut College men's and women's squash, Scott is also a former coach at Yale University and St. George’s School in Newport, R.I. He has coached throughout Fairfield County and is a 2019 Connecticut College graduate who captained the varsity squash and tennis teams.

    July 8–12 
    John DeWitt, Assistant Coach of the Connecticut College men's and women's squash teams, John worked as Director of Squash at Squash Haven from 2009-2023; over 40 of his students went on to play collegiately. John graduated from Hamilton College in 2009 where he captained the squash team, played in the #1 position, was a first-team all-NESCAC selection, and holds the program record for most individual wins.

    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 
    - Shot placements and sequences; accuracy work
    - Drills working on technical constructs of the game
    June 24–28 
    Cost: $395 (code #310)

    Week 2: Strategies
    - Setting up points
    - Understanding and deploying tactics
    July 1–3, 5
    Cost: $320 (code #311)

    Week 3: Matchplay 
    - Implementing tactics across a match
    - Assessing and adapting
    July 8–12
    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.