Upper School Program
July 6 - July 30, 2021
in-person on campus
$3550 - Full Day (9 am - 4 pm) - grades 9-10
$2550 - Mornings Only (9 AM - 12:30 PM)
- Summer Seminar - 9 am - 12:30 pm
- Introduction to the ACT - 9 am - 12:30 pm
- Afternoon Workshops (Grades 9-10)
- NOW INTERVIEWING: Camp Counselors (students 16 years and over)
Join us for four weeks of immersive, multidisciplinary study and seminar-based instruction combined with interactive experiences, including interviews with local experts, group film screenings, hands-on activities, and virtual excursions.
In addition to providing academic continuity during the summer months, the design of this program encourages student discussion and critical thinking, broadens background knowledge and supports the development of essential 21st century studentship skills.
This program is open to both AIM and non-AIM students, entering grades 9 through 12.
AND DON'T FORGET - AIM students who fully participate in the Summer Seminar program will receive credit for AIM's assigned summer work and will NOT be required to complete AIM's summer reading and writing requirements.
2021 SUMMER SEMINAR THEME:
Be an Educated Consumer!
What to buy, what to wear, what to eat, what to believe… Everyday we make decisions as consumers. Join us as we deepen our awareness of consumerism in our daily lives and explore how the past, present and future is sculpted by society’s needs and how we decide what food, clothing, transportation, products, services, entertainment, and information to “buy.”
Co-taught by interdisciplinary team of AIM teachers
Weaves together reading, writing, research, art/film/media study, and hands-on learning
Builds background knowledge, critical thinking, cultural competence, and 21st century studentship skills
Opportunities to engage with experts in the field
Meets requirements for AIM Summer Reading and Writing assignments!
MATH SKILLS MAINTENANCE ADD-ON ($650)
Since our Upper School Summer Seminar program is focused primarily on the Humanities and Literacy, we are offering an add-on program for math skill maintenance. This program runs each morning before the start of the seminar program and is for Upper School students (rising 9th-12th) who are continuing to work on fluency with math facts or fundamental algebraic concepts. This is not tied to a particular math curriculum or grade level and is designed to provide an opportunity to practice core math skills during the summer months.
Introduction to the ACT
Rising 11th or 12th Grade Only
This course is designed to demystify the ACT for rising juniors and seniors who have not yet taken the exam. Over the four-week summer session, students will build confidence by first becoming familiar with the test's format and content, then practicing the core skills required for success on the test. By virtue of its small class size, the course structure is flexible and will be adapted to students' needs and abilities.
This program is open to both AIM and non-AIM students entering grades 11 and 12.
Content and Analytical Skills
The ACT tests both content and reasoning. It tests only a narrow range of content but requires strong command thereof. The most heavily tested content areas are grammar, vocabulary, arithmetic, algebra, and geometry. The ACT tests reasoning skills by presenting this content in a variety of formats, many of them unfamiliar, disguised, or hybridized. The course will begin with orientation to the testing format and strategy, then go into content, both basics, as well as deeper review of specific subject areas depending on individual and group need.
Test-Taking Skills and Strategy
This course will cover a variety of test-taking skills. Some provide alternative ways of arriving at the correct answer, including estimation, process of elimination, and working backwards. Others relate to navigating the test as a whole, such as work-flow efficiency, pacing, and question sequence (strategically skipping around). Many of these skills typically require some individual calibration, particularly for students who may qualify for testing accommodations. Accordingly, the course will cover these skills generally at first but gradually incorporate particularized guidance as needed.
Upper School students entering grades 9 and 10 will have the opportunity to extend their day and explore their creative interests in a “can do” environment. Choose four week-long workshops from a variety of options, including STEAM, visual arts, sports and fitness, and other adventures. *Students will choose one workshop for each week of the summer program.
2021 Workshops will be finalized in the Spring and a sign-up will be sent to all registered Full Day students.
Students must be enrolled in a morning program to participate in Afternoon Workshops.
AIM Camp Counselors work with our elementary-age afternoon campers from 12:30-4:15 daily throughout the summer program.
To apply: email Erin DeVault at email@example.com.
- Escort small groups of students between activities
- Participate and encourage students during activities
- Help supervise students during free play
- Must be 16 years or older at the start of the program
- Must participate in a low-pressure interview and attend an orientation and training day during the spring
- Must submit any required paperwork, background checks, or clearances (AIM's HR department will help guide students through exactly what they need)
Counselors can receive either volunteer hours or a small stipend payment for their time