Middle School

5 Week Programs

June 24 - July 27, 2018

Academic Enrichment

Our 5-week Middle School Academic Enrichment program offers more than 30 courses designed to inspire your love of learning; discover something new; challenge your skills; and build upon your successes.

We offer both traditional and innovative course options for Arts, English, History and Social Sciences, Languages, Mathematics & Computer Science, and Science.

For an additional fee, students currently in grades 8 and 9 can sign up for SSAT Preparation Course taught by Summit Educational Group's expert instructors.

English Language Institute

Through the use of a wide variety of language learning strategies, English Language Institute (ELI) courses in reading and writing drive substantive changes in the student’s ability to read, write, speak and understand spoken English.

ELI courses have been carefully designed to integrate essential skills that will enable students to grow their ability to write, speak, listen/comprehend, and read.


Participants must be non-native speakers of English who have studied the language at least 2 years in their home schools and who can converse in English. In addition to the standard application, all Middle School ELI candidates must submit one recent composition written for English class with their teacher’s comments and corrections, and also an English translation of their transcript and the school's grading system. Level placement is determined by a diagnostic test administered the first day of classes.

Please note that a TOEFL or TOEFL Junior test is strongly recommended for English Language Institute and is required for all other programs.

4 Week Programs

June 24 - July 20, 2018

EnviroTech for Girls (ETG)

Enviro-Tech for Girls is a 4 week program is designed to inspire and motivate young women in the fields of technology, computer science, math, and environmental science. Students are exposed to state-of-the art Choate facilities–the Kohler Environmental Center (KEC) and the Lanphier Center for Mathematics and Computer Science. They explore their interests while acquiring essential laboratory skills, enhancing field observation techniques and microscope use. Local ecosystems including freshwater and marine communities are studied through many field trips, hiking campus nature trails, and investigating stream ecology. Important mathematical concepts and problem solving are explored through hands-on projects involving design and construction. Robotics, computer coding, and the process of 3D printing are introduced to the students. The culminating activity and hallmark of this program is the Independent Research Project in which the students design an original experiment, collect and analyze data, and report their findings in a formal presentation. Students use iPad technology, and incorporate it into their daily assignments and laboratory work. The three courses in the program are the Living Environment, Math and Computer Science, and Independent Research Project.

Theater Arts Institute

The Theater Arts Institute offers students a total theater immersion experience for four weeks. Students learn the process of theater through daily classes designed to explore and enhance their skills in acting, singing, and dance. Classes are offered in text analysis, scene study and character development, improvisation, clown and commedia’del arte, dance, singing, stage combat, dialects, design and construction, theater history, and playwriting. Techniques used, but not limited to, include Laban, Spolin, Linklater, Michael Chekhov, Stanislavsky, Viewpoints, and Meisner. In addition to participating in Theater Arts classes on campus, students also have excursions to see a variety of live performances.

2 Week Programs

Session I: June 24 - July 6, 2018
Session II: July 8 - July 20, 2018

Invention & Design Lab

Invention & Design Lab is a 2 week intensive workshop of hands-on exploration of topics in designing and making. Students are introduced to design thinking, sketching, modeling, 3D printing, electronics, and basic computer programming with Arduino micro-controllers. Utilizing Choate’s state of the art i.d.Lab, students are guided through a series of projects which help them build skills and unlock their creative potential. Part engineering and part art, and always fun, this course helps students turn their ideas into reality through the steps of brainstorming, sketching, designing, prototyping, and constantly revising.

Writing Workshops

The Writing Workshops help students enrich their skills as readers, writers and critical thinkers.

This 2 week curriculum focuses on the development of critical thinking skills and independent analysis. Students learn the importance of including detail and description in their creative writing and evidence and support in their analytical writing.


A Day in the Life:

7:15-7:55 Breakfast. Pancakes at the Dining Hall.
9:35-10:10 Review homework for quiz tomorrow.
10:50-11:30 Study Hall. Review Arabic alphabet chart.
11:45-1:05 Lunch. Burger Day! Sign up for weekend trip to New York City.
3:15-4:15 Kickball sports practice.
4:30-5:15 To the Tuck Shop in St. John Hall Student Center for a milkshake.
5:30-6:00 Dinner with friends. Head to the Pasta Bar!
6:15-7:15 Dorm sports! Way to go, Nichols dorm!
7:30-9:00 Study Hours. Work with online program to learn new Arabic vocabulary.
9:00-9:30 Study Break. Grab a slice of pizza! Downtime with friends.
9:30-10:00 Finish homework. Shower. Call home.