Middle School Programs

for students who have completed grades 6 and 7


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 students’ love of learning and discovery of something new, to challenge their skills, and to build upon their successes.

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

For an additional fee, students currently in grades 6, 7, and 8 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 designed to inspire and motivate young women in the fields of technology, data analysis, math, and science. Students use school-issued iPads for daily assignments and laboratory work. Through field trips to local ecosystems, students acquire essential laboratory skills and enhance their field observation techniques. Students explore important mathematical concepts and problem solving methodologies through hands-on design and construction, and are introduced to computer coding. Hands-on culminating projects highlight the hallmarks of the program: problem solving, decision making, scientific inquiry, and teamwork.

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, 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.

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


Invention & Design Lab (Sessions I & II)

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 (Sessions I & II)

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.