Summer School 2018

JUNE 25–JULY 27, 2018

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 25 through July 27.

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.

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.

    Cost: $1,000
    Math and Computer 2, Grades 5–6: 9–11 am (code #202) *NOW FULL as of 4/6/18
    Math and Computer 1, Grades 3–4: 11:15 am–1:15 pm (code #203) *NOW FULL as of 4/9/18
    If taken in combination with Language Arts: Cost: $1,600
  • 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.

    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: $1,000
    LA 1, Grades 3–4: 9–11 am (code #204) *NOW FULL as of 4/9/2018
    LA 2, Grades 5–6: 11:15 am–1:15 pm (code #205) *NOW FULL as of 4/6/2018
    If taken in combination with Mathematics & Computer: Cost: $1,600
  • Chess Program

    Open to all students. Class meets 8:30 am–1:15 pm. Two 1-week sessions.

    The Chess Program offers a more abstract study of problem-solving and strategic decision-
    making. The study of the following positional concepts—basic endgames, thinking techniques and list of imbalances, calculation and combinations, the role of minor pieces in the middle-game, space and preventive maneuvers, the mystery of the center, weak pawns, strong pawns, weak squares, material loss and sacrifice, temporary imbalances; making use of extra material, open files, and using imbalances in every phase of the game—are related to previously mastered concepts, extend their opening repertoire and ready the student for tournament play.

    In addition, students will:
    • practice the 3 keys to success: Tactics, Tactics, and more Tactics!
    • demonstrate effective written and oral communication.
    • be competent in reasoning and problem-solving skills.
    • be able to explain solutions to problems.
    • demonstrate their understanding of the above positional concepts.
    • develop an appreciation for chess as a coherent body of knowledge and as a worthwhile human endeavor.

    Cost: $350 per session/week
    Session 1: July 9–13 (code #151)
    Session 2: July 16–20 (code #152)
    Session 1 & 2: July 9–13 & July 16–20 (code #153)

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 teaching is provided in an 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 is emphasized. 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 8–11 am.
    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 25–29, Cost: $250 (code #307)
    Week 2: July 2-3, 5–6, Cost: $200 (code #308)
    Week 3: July 9–13, Cost: $250 (code #309)

    Courts open to campers and supervised by coaches 11:00-1:30 for extra play.
  • 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.


    Pam Saunders: former Assistant Coach for Yale squash.
    • A 2004 graduate of Trinity, Masters of Sport and Exercise Studies, Smith College, 2008.
    • Zimbabwe Junior National Champion from U10 to U19.
    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
    Brad Czepiel: Director of Hopkins squash. High school girls coach since 2005.
    • Level II US Squash coach. NEISA executive committee member.
    Other coaches will be added to maintain a low player-coach ratio.

    Week 1: Building game points
    Shot placements and sequences; accuracy work
    Drills working on technical constructs of the game
    June 25–29
    Cost: $395 (code #310)

    Week 2: Combining and adjusting strategies
    Setting up points
    Understanding and deploying tactics
    July 2-3, 5–6
    Cost: $320 (code #311)

    Week 3: Matchplay
    Implementing tactics across a match
    Assessing and adapting
    July 9–13
    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.