High School Programs

for students who have completed grades 8-11


5-Week Programs

June 24 - July 27, 2018


Academic Enrichment

Our 5-week High School Academic Enrichment program offers more than 50 courses designed to inspire your love of learning; discover a newfound passion; 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 and Computer Science, Robotics, and Science.

College Bound

Additionally, students currently in grades 8, 9, 10, and 11 can sign up for a SAT or ACT Preparation Course. The courses are taught by Summit Educational Group's expert instructors.

English Language Institute

The English Language Institute (ELI) is for English language learners who have studied English for at least 3 years. This 5-week program attracts talented students from around the world, who enhance their English language skills in a supportive and rigorous program.

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


Participants must be non-native speakers of English who have studied the language for at least 3 years in their home schools and who can converse in English. In addition to the standard application, all High School ELI candidates must submit one recent composition written for English class with their teacher’s comments and corrections, and an English translation of their transcript and their school's grading system. Level placement is determined by a diagnostic test administered on 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.

Immersion Geometry

Immersion Geometry is an intensive, brisk pace course that covers the standard year-long geometry curriculum as students explore the fundamentals of Euclidean geometry and various applications of these concepts in the real world.

As time permits, algebra is incorporated to help students review and strengthen their problem-solving skills. After gaining experience making conjectures and testing hypotheses, students progress to writing formal deductive proofs, using paragraphs as well as the two-column format.

College Bound

Additionally, students enrolled in Immersion Geometry can sign up for a SAT or ACT Preparation Course. The courses are taught by Summit Educational Group's expert instructors.

Course Credit

Please note: Choate students who successfully complete this course may fulfill the diploma requirement in geometry. Returning and matriculating students entering the fourth form who have not yet completed a geometry course may choose this course for that purpose. Students entering the third form are generally not approved to take this course. In all cases, prior approval from the department head is required.

John F. Kennedy '35 Institute in Government

Established to honor the memory of President Kennedy — a member of Choate’s Class of 1935 — The John F. Kennedy '35 Institute in Government is designed to stimulate your curiosity about public policy and your desire to serve the public interest.

The highlight of the program is 3 days in Washington, D.C. As a Kennedy Institute participant, you will see government in operation by:

  • Watching House and Senate debates
  • Observing committee hearings on Capitol Hill
  • Spending time with officials in The White House and Supreme Court

You will get a real insider's feel for politics by meeting with representatives of interest groups, national political parties, and the media. Program Courses Include: American Government and Politics, Foundations of Political Thought, Topics in Public Policy.

While knowledge of politics is not necessary, the desire and willingness to engage in various topics—politics, economics, US history, and international affairs—is essential.

4-Week Programs

June 24 - July 20, 2018

Theater Arts Institute

The Theater Arts Institute offers students a total theater immersion experience for 4 weeks. Students learn the process of theater through daily classes designed to explore and enhance their skills in acting, singing, set and costume design, playwriting, and dance. In addition, students attend nightly laboratory sessions to work together on performance and design projects and attend master classes in movement, voice and diction, improvisation, lighting design, children’s theater, and stage management. All aspects of the dramatic experience are highlighted, with opportunities for young artists to grow in many areas. Throughout the summer, students complete scene work in classical and modern drama, rehearse and perform numbers from a variety of musicals, and design set and costume pieces for different periods. Throughout the 4 week session, students take field trips to professional theater and artistic performances throughout New York and New England. This program is designed for the young person who is serious about expanding their knowledge and willing to take risks in all areas of theater.

Application supplement

An applicant may submit a DVD/CD or digital file of a performance piece to the Summer Programs office, via email. Performance supplements are encouraged, but not required.


2-Week Programs

Session I: June 24 - July 6, 2018

Session II: July 8 - July 20, 2018


Choate Volunteer Corps (Sessions I & II)

Choate Volunteer Corps, Connecticut gives students 2 weeks of unforgettable hands-on experience in an array of settings that equips them with the knowledge of how to become change-agents in their home community. Recognizing the importance of service in the lives of youth, the program offers an academically reflective service-learning experience. Day time service opportunities include volunteering at local animal shelters, retirement communities, parks, and schools. In the evenings, students learn about non-profit management challenges from guests representing various agencies. Social issue documentary films and group discussions provide students increased understanding of some of the persistent social and societal issues. Reflection of volunteer experiences with an international mix of students provides the opportunity to learn about worldwide similarities and differences. Students leave with the tools to continue to contribute to positive change in their local area.
Course Credit:

Successful completion of the Volunteer Corps program provides Choate Rosemary Hall students with the community service hours required for graduation.

Documentary Filmmaking (Session I)

The Documentary Filmmaking program offers a 2 week introduction to film production for

high schoolers. Week 1, Reading Film, includes screenings of milestone and iconic moving images. Week 2, Writing with Film, includes a filming and editing practicum culminating in a documentary short film or personal video essay.

Math Workshops (Sessions I & II)

Concepts in Precalculus
(Offered in Sessions I & II)

This workshop starts with a thorough investigation of functions and their graphs (operations, symmetries, stretches, translations, and inverses). Specific functions studied include polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Real world applications of functions are an important focus of many discussions. Other topics such as sequences and series, conic sections, and limits are covered as time permits. Prerequisite: Algebra II.

Science Workshops (Sessions I & II)

Concepts in Chemistry
(Offered in Sessions I & II)

Designed to be an introduction to some of the central concepts in first-year Chemistry courses, this course aims to expose students to some of the more challenging parts of the traditional Chemistry curriculum so that they have a greater chance for success.
Prerequisite: Algebra I.

Concepts in Physics:
(Offered Session I)

This workshop focuses on increasing students’ comfort-level with this often challenging discipline. The course focuses on several introductory topics including kinetics and Newton’s Laws of Motion in order to help students transition into their prospective courses.
Prerequisite: Algebra I.

Concepts in Physics: Waves And Light
(Offered Session II)

Session II of this workshop focuses on several introductory topics included in a study of sound and light waves such as interference, refraction, diffraction, and dispersion in order to help students transition into their prospective courses. Prerequisite: Algebra I (Concepts in Physics - Mechanics is preferred, but not required.)

Introduction to Oceanography (Session II)

Introduction to Oceanography exposes students to skills and technologies used by geologists and oceanographers. Topics include topographic and bathymetric maps, rock identification, salt marsh habitats, ocean currents, tides, and the health of our oceans. Students experience science in real time by connecting with researchers on board Dr. Robert Ballard's Exploration Vessel Nautilus. Field trips provide opportunities to learn about biotic and abiotic factors and to interact with the myriad of creatures that live in an estuary. Recent trips have included the Peabody Museum at Yale University, Mystic Aquarium, Meigs Point Nature Center, and a marine life excursion on Long Island Sound.

Writing Workshops (Sessions I & II)

The Writing Workshops help students enrich their skills as readers, writers, and critical thinkers. Students are grouped into sections by age and ability, allowing them to receive instruction with age-appropriate curriculum, geared toward their specific interests.

Led by a variety of talented and experienced faculty, Writing Workshops provide an opportunity for students to write and read in a supportive and intellectually-challenging environment.

Combining Programs

2-week courses can be combined to create your own 4-week program:

Writing Workshops Science Workshops Math Workshops
Documentary Filmmaking Choate Volunteer Corps Introduction to Oceanography

Summer Study Abroad


A Day in the Life:

7:15-7:55 Breakfast with dormmate. Make-your-own-omelets!
8:15-8:45 IMMERSION GEOMETRY Morning Session. Review homework and go over questions. Present problems on board.
8:45-10:30 Begin new material. Prove theorems. Work through examples.
10:30 BREAK Grab a Latte at the Tuck Shop.
10:45-11:30 Group work.
11:30 Working Lunch.
12:30-1:15 IMMERSION GEOMETRY Afternoon Session Review issues with assignments. Cover new material.
1:45 BREAK Hangout in Lanphier Center.
2:40 Class Day ends.
3:00-3:45 Grab ice cream downtown (2 blocks away!)
4:15-5:15 Tennis practice.
5:30-6:00 Dinner with friends.
6:15-7:15 Dorm sports.
8:00-10:00 Study Hours. Study for tomorrow’s quiz and go for extra help!
10:00-10:30 Study Break. Thai food delivery!
10:30-11:00 Finish homework. Call home.