Summer School 2018

JUNE 25–JULY 27, 2018

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 25 through July 27, 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. The academic day begins at 8 am and ends at 1:15 pm.  We we not have school on the 4th of July.

Middle School Courses

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  • Expository & Creative Writing

    Open to students entering grades 7–8. Class meets 11:15 am–1:15 pm.

    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. *This session is now full as of 4/6/2018
  • Computing Programming

    Open to students entering grades 7–8. Class meets 11:15 am–1:15 pm.

    This course is designed to serve as an introduction to programming for students with no prior programming experience. By creating images, animations, and interactive experiences with the Processing programming language, students will learn to work with variables, conditionals, loops, and data structures. The themes explored in the programming projects will include creative coding, object-oriented design, event handling, algorithms, and logic.

    Cost: $1,000 (code #162)
    If taken in combination with Pre-algebra: Cost: $1,600.
  • Math 10 | Pre-algebra

    Open to students entering grades 7–8. Class meets 9–11 am.

    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.
    Cost: $1,000 (code #130)
    If taken in combination with Expository & Creative Writing or Computer Programming: Cost: $1,600. *This session is now full as of 4/6/2018
  • 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.

Havre Soccer Camp

For the first time in the USA, 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 25–August 3, 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.

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  • More About the HAC Soccer Camp

Players from around the world will train using the HAC methodology, which is the same methodology players such as Riyad Mahrez (Leicester), Paul Pogba (Manchester City), Dimitri Payet (West Ham United), and Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City) all trained under to learn the game. The camp will be managed by Michaël Bunel, one of Le Havre’s top youth coaches. Additionally, Michael will be assisted by several professional players from the HAC’s women section.

    HAC offers a unique, dynamic soccer environment allowing players to master the mental, technical and physical aspects of the game which will help nurture and develop young talent into the future of the sport. This summer camp will provide a cultural exchange experience between French and American ideologies that is exclusive to the camp. It will allow the players to broaden their minds and dive into the HAC way. One of the most exciting aspects of this camp is the possibility of recruitment from local Colleges and Prep Schools. Every Friday we will invite recruiters to come out to watch Friday Scrimmages.

    Le Havre is proud to partner with the Hopkins School in New Haven, CT. Hopkins was established in 1660 and is the third oldest independent school in the United States. Along with its ongoing commitment to academic excellence, the school has a strong athletic focus and participates in the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council. Both the boy’s and girl’s soccer programs appeared in the 2017 league championship games, which lead to the boys taking home the conference title, and the girls finishing second.