Academic

Academic Camps

Five Academic Camps Await Girls and Boys Entering Grades 4-12

Start Strong • Cleveland: Read, Write, Eat • Intro to Middle School Speech & Debate 
Algebra Review & Refresher • Geometry for Credit

Start Strong: Summer Work and Strategies to Prepare for the Year Ahead

Ages:  Girls entering Grades 4-10
Format: One one-week session
Location: Laurel’s Lyman Campus in Shaker Heights
Dates (1 week): July 22-July 26 - $500
Time: 9:00 am-4:00 pm   
 
Get Organized, Gator!  Summer work got you down? Pack it up and head to camp! This week-long camp will provide students opportunities to fine tune their executive functioning skills and get ready for the upcoming school year. We'll work with students to develop the strategies and habits necessary to improve their organization, planning, time management, attention regulation, and overall metacognition. We'll use examples from daily life as well as academic domains in their assigned summer work. Between lessons, campers will play games, get active in and around the Lyman Campus, enjoy some special cold summer treats all while reconnecting with old friends and making new ones.

Cleveland: Read, Write, Eat *NEW*

Ages: Girls & Boys entering Grades 6-9
Format: One two-week session 
Location: Laurel’s Lyman Campus in Shaker Heights
Dates: June 24-July 3 (no camp July 4 & 5)- $750
Time: 9:00 am-4:00 pm

In this academic camp, students will develop and polish reading and writing skills while exploring the cuisine and culture that can be found in and around the city of Cleveland. This two-week camp offers trips to culinary and cultural destinations throughout Cleveland and will inspire a series of writing experiences. As they discover what Cleveland food and culture has to offer, students will be instructed on how to write in a variety of genres as well as prompted to read texts from a series of writers from greater Cleveland. In addition to reading and writing, students can expect to engage in hands-on activities, including writing (and cooking!) recipes, researching and interviewing Clevelanders, and using Cleveland's Rapid Transit system to travel to significant sites around the city.

Introduction to Middle School Speech & Debate

Ages: Girls entering Grades 6-8
Format: One one-week session
Location: Laurel’s Lyman Campus in Shaker Heights
Dates (1 week): June 24-June 28 - $425
Time: 9:00 am-4:00 pm
 
Calling all future public speakers and debaters! Do you love engaging in spirited debates? Do you have great ideas you want to share? Or, perhaps, you might want to step out of your comfort zone and practice your public-speaking skills? This camp is designed for rising 6th through 8th Grade girls who are interested in getting to know more about and competing in the competitive world of Speech and Debate. Students learn about the different competitive Speech and Debate events before selecting one they'd like to prepare for competing in. At the end of the week, family members are welcomed to spectate a mock tournament.

Algebra 1 Review & Refresher Course

Ages: Students taking Algebra 1 in the fall and those wanting to review material 
Dates: July 9-July 25 - $900
Format: One three-week session; half-day
Location: Laurel’s Lyman Campus in Shaker Heights
Time: 9:00 am-12:30 pm (Tuesday - Friday) 
Instructor: Dr. Matthew Kennedy
 
This three-week preparation and review class is intended for students taking Algebra 1 in the fall, or for those students who may have already taken Algebra 1 but would like to shore up their understanding and skills for the upcoming school year. This program serves as a reinforcement of key concepts and foundational skills that will help students find success in the classes at Laurel.
 
There will be opportunities to practice pre-algebraic concepts such as: operations involving numbers with the same/different signs; an understanding of the number line and number sense;   how to use/look for patterns in sense-making and estimation; the meaning of fractions and operations involving fractions; how to solve multi-step single-variable equations; secure understanding of the coordinate plane; develop an understanding of expressions and functions; independent and dependent variables; slope-intercept form of equations; systems of equations; solving inequalities using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; understanding the relationship between fractions, decimals, and ratios; solving proportions, ratios, rates, and percentages; factoring and finding the equation of a line; how to read and interpret a graph; the difference between perimeter and area; exponents and order of operations; practicing math facts; and how to take math notes.

Geometry (for Credit)

Ages: Open to Laurel students who have completed Algebra 1
Format: One six-week session, half-day; for credit
Location: Laurel’s Lyman Campus in Shaker Heights
Dates: June 18-July 26 - $1675 (no class June 19, July 4 & 5)
Time: 8:30 am-12:00 pm (Tuesday-Friday) 
Instructor: Gina Palmer
 
This course emphasizes traditional geometry topics such as lines, angles, polygons and circles. Students explore concepts directly through their own inquiry-based exploration, make and test conjectures about what they observe and apply these conjectures to solve problems. In addition to the discovery of geometric relationships, students’ investigations also develop cooperative learning and problem-solving skills.
 
Students will be asked to complete some amount of independent study outside of the class sessions in order to use class time for exploration. A typical class session may include group explorations, presentations of new material, individual and small-group practice and/or assessments. A passing grade on a final, end-of-course exam is required to earn high school credit. Students completing this course are prepared for Algebra II. 

Please email Dr. Matthew Kennedy, Mathematics Department Chair, at mKennedy@LaurelSchool.org prior to enrolling in this course to ensure it is a good fit for your student.   
Due to the accelerated pace, Sumer Geometry is open to students who receive a B+ or better in Algebra 1, have a strong recommendation from their Algebra 1 teacher, and score in the 9th stanine on a current mathematics standardized assessment.
 
Financial Aid is available for those Laurel students who qualify.  Please contact aSteinberg@LaurelSchool.org for information.