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3 Academic Summer Camp Myths


academic-summer-campOn these chilly days, summer may be the furthest thing on your mind. But, did you know that the enrollment period for summer camps is already here? As you weigh your options for summer activities, we wanted to go over a few myths about summer camps.

1. Academic summer camps are only for students who are behind in their work or failed a class.

While yes, there are some summer school programs that are designed for students who are behind in their work and/or unable to matriculate to the next grade, that doesn’t mean every academic experience in the summer is the same. Often, academic summer camps are designed for the stronger student (some even require acceptance into the program) to delve deeply into a particular area of study, like science or languages.

Some students will even use an academic summer camp to gain more experience before the school year starts, meaning they will likely excel even more in an advanced course. This can be particularly helpful for students looking to master a second language, or AP students looking to earn college credit. Cheshire Academy offers an ESL/ELL session for students looking to master English as a secondary language. This can be incredibly helpful for international students looking to improve their TOEFL scores, which are part of the application process for boarding school.

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2. Academic summer camps are no fun. Students only sit in a classroom.

Academic summer camps will likely include some classroom time, but chances are you’re going to be engaged in hands-on learning activities that can take you to many different locations. At Cheshire Academy’s summer camp, those enrolled in the Sustainable Earth classes will find themselves outdoors exploring the oceans with submarines and shooting rockets into space. Plus, many residential summer camp programs tend to include field trips to local museums, galleries, and historical sites.

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3. Academic summer camp is stressful.

Unlike a strict summer school program designed for students who need to earn credits, many academic summer camps are ungraded or are considered pass/fail. That means you can explore a new topic, hone your skills, and take academic risks in a low-stress environment. Programs like Cheshire Academy’s Sustainable Earth camp often pride themselves on the learning process, which includes giving students the chance to fail. Through failure comes the opportunity to learn from mistakes, and try again, without having to worry about grades appearing on a transcript.

As long as you pick an academic focus that interests you, you’re going to have a blast. Between making new friends and engaging in exciting projects, an academic summer camp could be the highlight of your summer!


Stacy Jagodowski

Written by Stacy Jagodowski

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