Summer Academy Programs

Kent Place Summer Academy is offering exciting virtual classes, taught by our outstanding Kent Place faculty, that provide students the opportunity for academic enrichment in a specialized area of interest through dynamic week-long programs. Please check back frequently as more classes will be added.

Summer Academy Offerings

REMAKE YOUR WORLD 
Week of June 15–19 | Rising grades 4–5, coed
Time: 9:30–11:30 a.m.
Tuition: $350
Needed: Computer with Internet
In partnership with the KPS Ethics Institute and using the design thinking process, students will work together virtually to redesign their world! Students will engage in multiple activities, including brainstorming ideas, building prototypes, hearing from experts, and reimagining what can be in the new normal. How might you redesign the current world so it works better for you? Students will view the challenges of the new normal through an ethical lens, using discussions and collaborative challenges.
  • What should the “new normal” look like?
  • What do you miss?
  • What needs to change?
  • What should not come back the same?
  • What aspects of our world do we need to redesign?
  • How do we meet the “new needs” of our “new normal?”

DESIGNING YOUR WORLD: THE NEW NORMAL
Week of June 15–19 | 
Rising grades 6–8, coed
Time: 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Tuition: $450
Needed: Computer with Internet
In partnership with the KPS Ethics Institute and using the design thinking process, students will work together virtually to redesign their world! Students will engage in multiple activities, including brainstorming ideas, building prototypes, hearing from experts, and reimagining what can be in the new normal. How might you redesign the current world so it works better for you? Students will view the challenges of the new normal through an ethical lens, using discussions and collaborative challenges.
  • What should the “new normal” look like?
  • What do you miss?
  • What needs to change?
  • What should not come back the same?
  • What aspects of our world do we need to redesign?
  • How do we meet the “new needs” of our “new normal?”

MOBY-DICK: THE EVERYTHING BOOK
June 16–August 11 | Rising grades 912 and recent HS graduates, coed
Time: Tuesdays, 1:002:40 p.m.
Tuition: $285
We will read and discuss the entirety of Moby-Dick using an approach that is as multi-angled as possible, because that's precisely what its polymath author, Herman Melville, was trying to do: to explore intellectually (or "nerd out") on a particular subject (in this case, the concept of "the whale") in as many ways as he could.  Ahab's quest for Moby-Dick is parallel to that of Ishmael's own philosophical quest for understanding, as the latter delves into the mystery of human relationships with their selves, each other, the world, and God. We will consider such areas of study as psychology, religion, metaphysics, ethics, myth, science, politics, economics, gender, race, and sexuality, and will think about the place of this 1851 novel in pre-Civil War United States Literature. Additionally, we will examine the ways Melville's ambitiously-experimental writing style crosses boundaries between fiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction, and also how it is at times romantic, realistic, naturalistic, and modern. Other topics may include Melville's humor; his life; the novel's popular and critical reception; the special influence of Milton, Shakespeare, and Hawthorne on the novel; the place of the novel in Melville's larger body of work; Melville and the visual arts; and other areas of interest in Melville studies today. This class is taught by Michael Schwartz.
 

(META)THEATRE OF THE ABSURD
June 18–August 13 
Rising grades 912 and recent HS graduates, coed
Time: Thursdays, 1:002:40 p.m.
Tuition: $285
In this course, we will be exploring four darkly-comedic plays concerned centrally with the tensions between “performance” and “reality”: Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, Luigi Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author, Jean-Paul Sartre’s No Exit, and Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. Stocked with seemingly self-aware characters, featuring improbable scenarios that threaten the fourth wall “protecting” us from the fantasy world of a play, and generally by highlighting the often-surreal arbitrariness or theatricality of the lives we live, these works of art force us to think deeply about the complex mixture of illusion and reality in our ordinary experience. This class is taught by Michael Schwartz.


MYTHOLOGY
June 22July 3 | Rising grades 912, coed
Time: 1:002:00 p.m.
Tuition: $190
An introduction to mythology: its purposes, its structure, and its audience. The focus would be on Greek mythology, but with reference to universal myths that appear in various cultures. This class is taught by Elizabeth Farshtey.


SONGWRITING AND ARRANGING, LEVEL 2
June 22July 10 | Rising grades 612, coed
Time: 1:002:00 p.m.
Tuition: $285
Songwriting and Arranging, Level 2 is designed for students who have some experience creating their own piece and desire tools to hone the craft. If you have ever imagined a sound and had a hard time finding the outlet, this class is made for you. We will explore form, theory, and trends in music and how it can impact the listener. In class, students will develop a song/songs, receiving guidance and feedback along the way, as well as assisting their fellow classmates on the journey. The final class will showcase newly learned musical skills, performing the work each student has begun. This class is taught by Bryan Rudderow.


CLASSICAL PHILOSOPHY
June 22July 10 | Rising grades 912, all-girls
Time: 2:003:00 p.m.
Tuition: $285
An introduction to the writing and ideas of some of the fundamental Greek and Roman philosophers, including Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, and Marcus Aurelius. This class is taught by Elizabeth Farshtey.


MATH LABORATORY
June 23 –August 6 | Rising grades 6–8, all-girls
Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30–2:30 p.m.
Tuition: $285
You can experiment with math, just as you can with science… and sometimes you can do both at the same time! See how you can take a few simple instructions and experiment with them to create new math ideas and physical objects with everyday materials and our imaginations. We’ll write, draw, fold, stack, shuffle, flip, sort, and mix things together.  We may even make a mess in the process! This class is taught by Ralph Pantozzi and KPS math faculty.

MATHEMATICAL ODDITIES & CURIOSITIES
June 24–August 26| Rising grades 7–9, all-girls
Time: Wednesdays, 1:30–2:30 p.m.
Tuition: $190
Math is known for its predictability, but within math, there are surprises of many kinds. We’ll take some short trips off the usual mathematical roads to visit some unexpected, startling, and astonishing results that will delight you and puzzle you. Shoes not required!  All we'll need is some paper, a pencil, and maybe some tape and string. OK, and maybe a cup. This class is taught by Ralph Pantozzi and KPS math faculty.

SONGWRITING AND ARRANGING, LEVEL 1
June 29July 10 | Rising grades 612, coed
Time: 2:003:00 p.m.
Tuition: $190
Songwriting and Arranging, Level 1 is designed to explore the fundamentals of writing your own musical expression. The music that inspires, wakes us up, soothes us and every emotion between has to start somewhere. That is where the songwriter/composer/arranger comes in. We will explore form, theory, and trends in music and how it can impact the listener. In class, students will develop a song, receiving guidance and feedback along the way, as well as assisting their fellow classmates on the journey.  The final class will showcase newly honed musical skills, performing the work each student has begun. This class is taught by Bryan Rudderow.


MATH EXPEDITIONS
June 29–August 10 | Rising grades 9-11, all-girls
Time: Mondays, 1:30–3:00 p.m.
Tuition: $190
Looking for some mathematical journeys this summer? Come to our math travel agency and we’ll plan a guided itinerary to a destination of your choice. Think you know what the word “algebra” means? Think again! What does geometry look like if we treat the earth as truly not flat? What do imaginary numbers have to do with trigonometry? If you’re into adventures, tough climbs, or simply a leisurely riverboat cruise through math topics you won’t see anywhere else, we’ll find a trip for you. This class is taught by Ralph Pantozzi and KPS math faculty.


HISPANIC CINEMA AND CONVERSATION 
June 29July 24 Rising grades 912, coed
Time: Tuesday/Thursday, 2:153:30 p.m.
Tuition: $190
This course explores the history and culture of Spanish-speaking countries through the medium of film. In a fun and innovative conversation class for intermediate/advanced speakers, students will watch, at home, a mix of classic and contemporary Spanish-language movies set in North America, Latin America, and Spain. Class time will be dedicated entirely to discussions and will require higher-level thinking skills such as expressing opinion, analyzing, predicting, and comparing and contrasting in the target language. Students will be exposed to the diversity of cultures in the many Spanish speaking countries while enriching and expanding their awareness and competency on issues social justice, globalization, environmental, and social-cultural concerns. Through exposure to sophisticated vocabulary and grammatical concepts, students will improve oral, aural, written, and reading proficiencies in Spanish. This class is taught by Elena Neacsu. 


SPANISH CONVERSATION

June 29July 16 Rising grades 6–8, coed
Time: M,T,W,TH, 1:001:50pm
Tuition: $190
This course will explore Lola Lago’s detective series, as we discuss and reflect on her writing. Students will be expected to engage with the readings, take notes and learn new vocabulary, and reflect on the readings during class discussions. This class is taught by Elena Neacsu.


THE CONQUEST OF THE NEW WORLD
June 29July 17 | Rising grades 9–12, coed
Time: M,W, F, 2:153:30 p.m.
Tuition: $190
This course offers an introduction to the historiography of the Spanish Conquest in the New World. Through critical readings of treatises, letters, and natural histories and analysis of movies and documentaries we will approach the history of the encounter between Spain and the New World that began with the voyage of Christopher Columbus in 1492. Readings and class discussions are in Spanish and include an introduction to historical and cultural processes that defined the literary production of the time period. This class is taught by Elena Neacsu.

NOTICINGS AND WONDERINGS
June 29 - July 29  | Rising grades 4 - 6, coed
Time: M/W, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Tuition: Tuition: $190
Math is a journey, not a destination! Join us as we explore a variety of mathematical patterns and tasks through a lens of curiosity and flexible thinking. Throughout each session we will use rough draft thinking as we look for possible solutions and new questions to explore.

STORY TIME MATH
June 30 - July 30 | Rising grades 1-3, coed
Time: T/Th, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Tuition: $190
Everyone loves a good picture book! During each session we will read a new book that relates to numbers, shapes and patterns. Afterwards we will complete an activity that stretches our brain creatively and mathematically!
 

NATURE WRITING
June 30July 30  | Rising grades 9–12, coed
Time: T/Th, 3:304:30 p.m.
Tuition: $190
"Of all the paths you take in like, make sure a few of them are dirt." John Muir

This class will explore the creativity of writing about nature and allow us to connect with the natural world. We will read some short works by nature writers, but mostly, we will practice writing about nature through writing prompts, keeping journals, observation, and practice. We will talk about point of view, character, description, and more. At this critical point in the history of environmentalism, we will ensure that we walk down some "dirt paths." This class is taught by Katharine MacCornack. 


ETYMOLOGY AND WORD STUDY
July 6July 17 | Rising grades 912, coed
Time: 1:002:00 p.m. 
Tuition: $190
Looking at the Greek and Latin roots of English words to enable us to break down unfamiliar words in context. As well, looking at the stories behind some common English words that mean more than we think. This class is taught by Elizabeth Farshtey.


ART FROM AROUND THE WORLD
July 69, 1316, 2023, 27, 28, 29 Rising grades K2, coed
Time: 1:002:00 pm
Tuition: $285
Supplies Needed: Art paper, paint, cotton balls, clothespins, watercolors, foil, crayons, Sharpies or markers, paper plates, strips of paper from magazines, string
We will read different stories from around the world and complete an art project that goes with the story from that region. We will visit Africa, China, Australia, Indian, and many more places. This class is taught by Shaunna Banning.

THE MOMENT OF TRUTH...AND POOF!
July 13August 3 | Rising grades 6-8, all-girls
Time: M/W/F, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Tuition: $190
In this course, we will develop our reasoning, logic, and critical thinking skills through an exploration of geometric, numerical, and algebraic proofs. We will explore ideas of validity, consistency, inductive reasoning, and deductive reasoning. Paper, scissors, tape, and colored pencils are a requirement! (taught by Elena Iannuzzi and KPS math faculty)


THE WONDER CHALLENGE CAMP
July 13 –July 24| Rising grades 3-6, coed
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Tuition: $190
Unleash your robotics and engineering skills as you conquer challenges with a Dash robot. Campers will learn about coding concepts and engineering skills as they program the Dash robot to employ DIY materials to conquer various challenges. Campers must purchase a Dash robot from Make Wonder ($149) and download Wonder’s free Blockly app prior to camp. Campers will need access to DIY materials such as cardboard, duct tape, legos, etc. This class is taught by Sue Tracy
 
SCRATCHING THE SURFACE AND BEYOND
July 13–July 24| Rising grades 36, coed
Time: 2:15–3:15 p.m.
Tuition: $190
Scratch is one of the leading gateway apps to STEM and Computer Programming. Campers will use Scratch to learn to code their own animations, interactive stories, and games. In doing so, they will learn to think creatively, reason logically, and work collaboratively. Scratch was developed by the Lifeolong Kindergarten group at MIT’s Media Lab and has an excellent following of Scratchers from all over the world. This camp is for campers of all ability levels.  This class is taught by Sue Tracy
 
THIS SENTENCE IS FALSE
July 14August 6 | Rising Grades 1012, all-girls
Time: T/Th, 10:3011:45 a.m.
Tuition: $190
What do we do when we encounter an unanswerable question? We will explore this notion in many different contexts, including classic problems such as Zeno’s paradox, “impossible” works of art, and other scenarios with seemingly counterintuitive and perplexing solutions. We will dip our feet into the vast ocean of mathematical logic, and perhaps grapple with Gödel’s incompleteness theorems. This class is taught by Elena Iannuzzi and KPS math faculty.
 
ARE YOU FOR REAL? AN EXPLORATION OF PURE MATHEMATICS
July 14August 6 | Rising Grades 1012, all-girls
Time: T/Th, 12:001:15 p.m.
Tuition: $190
Math has uncountably many practical applications, but some of the most fun and fascinating parts of math only expose themselves through an exploration of pure mathematics. We will discover answers to questions such as: “When is a donut indistinguishable from a coffee cup?” and “When is 7 equal to 0?” Topics will span many different dimensions and surfaces, and we may even have some fun with numbers. Imagination is key for this course! This class is taught by Elena Iannuzzi and KPS math faculty.
 
WHOSE NEWS: EXPLORING THE INTERSECTION OF JOURNALISM AND POLITICS 
July 14August 6  | Rising grades 912, coed
Time: 1:003:00 p.m.
Tuition: $285
In this course, we'll analyze and evaluate a wide spectrum of news sources, from The New York Times to The Wall Street Journal, from Fox News to CNN. We will focus on asking critical questions about speaker, occasion, audience, purpose, evidence, bias, and representation. Students will also learn to analyze the impact of factors like camera angles, lighting, and editing techniques on the message. For instance, coursework will also encourage students to consider factors such as the way a photograph or video is edited to identify which points of view are represented, and which points of view are not. We'll compare the day's news from a wide variety of sources in order to determine which stories become news and which do not. Students will have the opportunity to create their own 22-minute news segments, magazine covers, and stories in order to experience first-hand how journalists, producers, editors, and other media executives create the news. 
 
Understanding rhetorical dynamics like speaker and occasion in media products would be impossible without an understanding of media as a profit-centered business. This course will also include an examination of media ownership in the United States.  We will cover topics like the FCC, deregulation, vertical and horizontal integration, media conglomerates, and cross-media ownership. From there, we will extend our learning to an analysis of the psycho-social and ethical questions born of that relationship. This class is taught by Jennifer Dwyer.
 

DESIGNING YOUR WORLD: WHAT SHOULD THE "NEW" SCHOOL BE?
Week of July 2024 | Rising grades 912, coed
Time: 10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Tuition: $450
Needed: Computer with Internet
In partnership with the KPS Ethics Institute and using the design thinking process, students will work together virtually to redesign their school! Students will engage in multiple activities, including brainstorming ideas, building prototypes, hearing from experts, and reimagining what can be in the new normal. How might you redesign the current world so it works better for you? Students will view the challenges of the new normal through an ethical lens, using discussions and collaborative challenges. Hear from students and educators all over the world about how they are dealing with this crisis.

The “school experience” has certainly changed! Can you imagine what  “school” will be this September?
  • What should the “new normal” look like?
  • What should we keep? (The Prom, graduation, field trips, senior cut day, etc.?)
  • What can we get rid of? What doesn’t work?
  • What needs to be redesigned? 
  • How might we measure the potential benefits or harms?
  • How do we measure engagement?
  • What do grades look like?
  • How do you show up for class?
  • What about tests? What about cheating?

TEACHING RHETORIC THROUGH DISNEY 
July 20July 31 | Rising grades 68, coed
Time: 1:001:30 p.m.
Tuition: $100
The magic of Disney has the power to transport young and old to other worlds of the past, present, future, and fantasy. Disney inspires us with heroes and enrages us with villains. Can it also teach us through song? You're invited to explore how many of Disney's well-loved movies can teach you about literary rhetoric in these engaging lessons! This class is taught by Holly Moller.
 

MEDICAL SPANISH 
Week of July 20August 7 | Rising grades 912, coed
Time: 1:002:00 p.m.
Tuition: $190
This course is designed for those students who want to pursue a future career in the field of health and medicine as well as for those who will have to interact with Spanish-speaking people in hospitals and health centers. Through the learning and practice of medical-related vocabulary, idioms, and linguistic structures, students will build a more complex and technical proficiency in Spanish in a medical context. Readings and class discussions are in Spanish. The emphasis of each class is on the actual use of language and on understanding cultural differences between Spanish-speaking countries and the United States and Latino patients in the United States. This class is taught by Elena Neacsu.


FANNY HOWE: POETRY, PROSE, AND THE IN-BETWEEN
July 20–August 5 Rising grades 1112, all-girls
Time: M/W/F, 1:152:30 p.m.
Tuition: $190
“The prose notebook is something else entirely, without repetition or revision included. It is antimemoir, a response to a day, and all the day produces by chance.” — Fanny Howe, The Winter Sun

This course will explore Fanny Howe’s notion of a “prose notebook,” as we discuss and reflect on her writing, our lives, and the world around us. We will center ourselves around her work, The Winter Sun: Notes on a Vocation, as well as other selected poems. Students will be expected to keep a personal “prose notebook” throughout the course, engage with assigned readings, and reflect on both in-class discussions. This class is taught by Elena Iannuzzi.

Handwork Studio Virtual Classes

WEEK OF JULY 20

ANIMAL IMAGINATION WORKSHOP
July 2024 | Ages 810 years old, coed
Time: 9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Tuition: $235
*This course requires the Handwork Studio Design & Build Supply Kit (additional cost of $40)
What if we could create a zoo full of imaginary animals? Kids will be encouraged to stretch their imagination by first creating unique animals, then designing and building a zoo for them to live in.
This is a virtual course run by The Handwork Studio (not Kent Place Camp)

PROP BUILDING WORKSHOP
July 2024 | Ages 810 years old, coed
Time: 9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Tuition: $235
*There is no supply kit required for this course
What makes a movie set in a haunted house look spooky or a play set in a log cabin look rustic and cozy? Props! Crafters will discover the different types of props and why each is important to creating the world of the play, TV show, or movie and the role of the props designer and how they design and create an aesthetic for a production. Using household and recycled materials, they will then act as the props designer for their own production and research, sketch and design, and build their own pieces. This is a virtual course run by The Handwork Studio (not Kent Place Camp)

CREATIVITY TIME WORKSHOP
July 20–24 | Ages 5–7 years old, coed
Time: 1:00–4:00 pm
Tuition: $235
*This course requires the Handwork Studio Textile & Craft Supply Kit (additional cost of $99)
For the kid that wants to explore it all. This class will help your child build skills, fine motor skills, and persistence, all while creating unique fiber projects, exploring stories, and playing games. This class features a rotating curriculum of projects so your creative little ones can come back week after week. This is a virtual course run by The Handwork Studio (not Kent Place Camp)

WEEK OF AUGUST 3

ALPHABET ARCHITECTURE WORKSHOP
August 3–7 | Ages 5–7 years old, coed
Time: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Tuition: $235
*This course requires the Handwork Studio Design & Build Supply Kit (additional cost of $40)
Learn about the building blocks of our language by actually building them! Kids will be challenged to bring a letter of the alphabet to life right before their very eyes by creating their letter as a freestanding structure, and then decorating it with everything they can think of that starts with that letter. This is a virtual course run by The Handwork Studio (not Kent Place Camp)

SET DESIGN WORKSHOP
August 3–7 | Ages 8–10 years old, coed
Time: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Tuition: $235
*There is no kit required for this course
Have you ever thought about how much the setting of a scene affects the entire show? Students will use a TV show or play that they love to learn about the complex marriage of art and utility in set design. They will plan and sketch a stage layout, build a model, and decorate it with details to bring their vision to life. This is a virtual course run by The Handwork Studio (not Kent Place Camp)

FIBER ARTS WORKSHOP
August 3–7 | Ages 8–10 years old, coed
Time: 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Tuition: $235
*This course requires the Handwork Studio Textile & Craft Supply Kit (additional cost of $99)
Explore hand sewing, embroidery, weaving, and so much more! Makers will be taught by expert Handwork Studio instructors to create fun, one-of-a-kind projects! Each week, they'll have the opportunity to develop new skills and tackle new challenges with our rotating curriculum of projects. This is a virtual course run by The Handwork Studio (not Kent Place Camp)

WEEK OF AUGUST 10

MACHINES THAT MOVE WORKSHOP
August 10–14 | Ages 8–10 years old, coed
Time: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Tuition: $235
*This course requires the Handwork Studio Design & Build Supply Kit (additional cost of $40)
Through the power of storytelling, building, and collaboration, students will learn all about machines that move - spaceships, cars, and airplanes. They will use that knowledge to engineer their own machine that goes! This is a virtual course run by The Handwork Studio (not Kent Place Camp)

FIBER ARTS WORKSHOP
August 10–14 | Ages 8–10 years old, coed
Time: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Tuition: $235
*This course requires the Handwork Studio Textile & Craft Supply Kit (additional cost of $99)
Explore hand sewing, embroidery, weaving, and so much more! Makers will be taught by expert Handwork Studio instructors to create fun, one-of-a-kind projects! Each week, they'll have the opportunity to develop new skills and tackle new challenges with our rotating curriculum of projects. This is a virtual course run by The Handwork Studio (not Kent Place Camp)

WORLD CRAFTS WORKSHOP
August 10–14 | Ages 8–10 years old, coed
Time: 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Tuition: $235
*This course requires the Handwork Studio Textile & Craft Supply Kit (additional cost of $99)
Let's travel the world through crafts! Makers will explore handcrafts from various cultures and regions from all around the world. They’ll explore the connection between crafts and culture by learning about the geography of the region, and how the crafts are significant to that place. Each week will feature a new continent! This is a virtual course run by The Handwork Studio (not Kent Place Camp)

CREATIVITY TIME WORKSHOP
August 10–14 | Ages 5–7 years old, coed
Time: 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Tuition: $235
*This course requires the Handwork Studio Textile & Craft Supply Kit (additional cost of $99)
For the kid that wants to explore it all. This class will help your child build skills, fine motor skills, and persistence, all while creating unique fiber projects, exploring stories, and playing games. This class features a rotating curriculum of projects so your creative little ones can come back week after week. This is a virtual course run by The Handwork Studio (not Kent Place Camp)
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For more information, please email Director Donna Ray at summer@kentplace.org.