The Peck School is excited to offer a variety of Summer Program options with a range of academic enrichment and recreational activities designed for children in PreK through middle school. With both in-person and virtual opportunities available, your child is sure to have an engaging, exciting, and fun summer experience with Peck!
The registration deadline for all Summer Program camps is Friday, May 14. Please read carefully through the program descriptions and class times below, and register your child according to the grade they will be entering in the fall of 2021.
Classes will run between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
We are unable to offer Early Morning or Afternoon Care for our in-person camps this year.
Students attending in-person camps must bring a nut-free, bagged lunch and refillable water bottle daily. Snacks will be provided.
Our in-person PreK Adventures and Virtual Summer Camp are open to everyone, regardless of enrollment at Peck!
Covid Safety Protocols
All in-person programs will follow Peck's strict Covid guidelines for health and safety. These include mandatory mask-wearing, social distancing, student cohorts, and other measures.
For more about Peck's Covid protocols, and how we safely re-opened for in-person learning for the 2020-2021 school year, click here.
We invite incoming Peck kindergarten students to join us June 21-25 for our popular "K" Express with teachers Maribel Mohr and Kristin Young. This full-day, week-long camp is an excellent introduction to Peck's campus and facilities, as well as an opportunity for the Peck Class of 2030 to begin forming relationships with each other and their future teachers. Kindergarten Express will run full-day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will operate according to Peck's Covid safety protocols.
We're excited to launch our full-day, in-person Camp Downy/Redhead for students entering grades 1-5 where each week brings thrilling adventures (tied to daily themes!) on Peck's campus. Students entering grades 1-5 may register for one, two, or all three weeks of this camp. Check out an example of what a Camp Downy/Redhead week may look like!
Camp Downy/Redhead will run full-day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will operate according to Peck's Covid safety protocols.
**Note: Rising fifth graders can sign up for Summer Academy as well as Camp Downy/Redhead—however, they cannot take both options in the same week.
Dates: June 16 - July 2
Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Full Day)
Cost: $700 per week (prorated $450 for abbreviated Week 1)
Start your week with a Classic Campout Day as you play camp games, make tie-dye shirts, and experiment with cool STEM activities.
Next, channel your inner superhero at our School for Superheros. You’ll make your own superhero costumes and craft, develop your skills in superhero training, learn the science behind your superpower, and hone your abilities on the superhero obstacle course.
On Friday, we’re getting Wet and Wild with water balloon dodgeball, kickball slip-and-slide, super-soaking team building games, and racing down giant water slides!
Day one is the yummiest with Candyland Day as we make candy crafts, play candy color wars and other sports, become candy scientists, and—best of all—play a life-size game of Candyland.
Next up is Gaming Day when we make Roblox crafts, play life-size Among Us and Pac-Man, make Fortnite forts, and more! (Get ready gamers: the Game Truck will be here with all your favorite games!)
On Wednesday, Peck transforms into the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry for Harry Potter Day. You’ll be assigned to a house where you’ll create your house flag and tie. You’ll play a life-size game of Gobstones and Quidditch, and make wands and prophecy balls in School for Wizards. Finally, you’ll refine your STEM skills in Spells and Potions class.
Adventure Day will have you swashbuckling through pirate adventure courses, crafts, and games. You’ll toss cannonball water balloons and test your detective skills in the Treasure Island Scavenger Hunt.
On our last day, we’ll take a journey into the future as Peck transforms into Jedi Academy. You’ll make a lightsaber and complete lightsaber training, play Jedi versus Sith tag, go on a laser tag mission to rescue Baby Yoda, build lego droids and craft Baby Yodas, and learn the ways of the Jedi with Star Wars science.
Our last week begins with Scrumdidlyumptious fun as Peck turns into the Wonka Chocolate Factory for Wonka Day. You’ll explore the invention room and make candy room decor, play Charlie’s Candy Game, and have a golden egg relay race. You’ll also get a secret pass into Wonka’s laboratory to learn candy science, make chocolate slime, and play fun Wonka games!
On day two, you’ll never know what lurks in the trees at Jurrasic Peck! Make your own fossils, go on a dig and egg hunt, make dinosaur crafts, and play dino-mite sports.
On Wacky Wednesday, we’re playing wacky games and sports, making edible playdough and sock puppets, and learning cool science while making our own spa soaps and lotions.
Mickey fans will love what’s coming their way Thursday for Disney Day! Make your own character ears, play Disney-themed games like Dogcatcher, Tigger races, and the Fox and Hound Hunt, attend Mulan’s training camp, and compete in a Disney engineering challenge.
Finally, wrap up with a Star-Spangled Fourth of July Bash. We’ll make star-spangled slime, launch rockets, make summer crafts, test our skills in The Amazing Race, and have a summer BBQ.
Camp Downy/Redhead Daily Themes (Gr. 1-5)
Grades 5-8: Summer Academy
Our Summer Academy is back and in person at Peck! Each class is one week long, and registration for Summer Academy is on a per-class basis. Students in grades 5-8 can sign up for one class, a few classes, or fill all three weeks with hands-on learning!
Summer Academy will run during the weeks of June 21-25, and June 28-July 2. It will operate according to Peck's Covid safety protocols
Please note that rising fifth graders can sign up for Summer Academy as well as Camp Downy/Redhead—however, they cannot take both options in the same week.
Dates: June 16 - July 2
Time: AM classes (9 to 11:30 a.m.), PM classes (12:30 to 3 p.m.) NOTE: Students taking both AM and PM classes may remain at Peck for lunch, and should bring a nut-free bagged lunch with a refillable water bottle.
Art Academy (max. 12) Be a part of Peck’s visual arts academy! Spend a week enhancing your skills in drawing, painting, and printmaking. Projects may include block printing, acrylic painting, pencil sketching, charcoal drawing, monotypes, and a passion project. At the end of this fun-filled experience, students will collect an exciting portfolio of original artwork. Instructor: Scott Beil
Laser Cutter Creations (max. 12) Experience the awesome possibilities of combining art, imagination, and lasers as you bring your art to life in exciting new ways using our Epilog Laser Cutter. Transform a sketch into a 3D sculpture, make a piece of 3D wall art for your room, or even turn an idea into a piece of jewelry, keychain, or another usable object. Let your creativity soar as you explore these and other possibilities during this exciting week of art and technology. Instructor: Scott Beil
Space Camp Ever wanted to take an exciting journey? Blast off into a week of space exploration! You'll learn about astronaut training and the history of space flight, build model rockets, and complete a (virtual) mission to Mars. Instructor: Lisa Foster
AFTERNOON CLASSES (12:30 - 3 p.m.)
Digital Art & Photo Editing (max. 12) Spend the week on the cutting edge of photography and digital photo editing. Learn how to enhance your photographs, transform objects, stitch unrelated images together, and create eye-popping special effects. You will be guided through a series of projects that will excite your imagination, boost your art skills, and enhance your experience in photo editing as you take your photographs to the next level. Instructor: Scott Beil
Survivor Master the great outdoors, and hone your survivalist skills! You’ll learn exactly what to do in an emergency through the team-based study of real-world survival skills and fun game challenges. You'll use ingenuity to gain crucial skills such as knot tying, water purification, edible plant identification, and compass navigation. Instructor: Lisa Foster
The Art of Shoe Design Spend a fun week diving into the art and process of shoe design! Using traditional and digital art media, you will have the opportunity to design your own shoe style and customize existing styles of shoes. Instructor: Scott Beil
Shark Tank Welcome to The Peck School Shark Tank! Inside, you'll learn what it takes to guide an idea past conception and develop it into a full-fledged business model. Enter the tank with already-developed ideas or products, or come with a blank slate and a desire to solve a problem. You'll begin by learning core business concepts in order to understand what differentiates a strong sustainable business from a susceptible one. Throughout the week, you'll develop business plans and product demonstrations, culminating with a business pitch to a surprise panel of "sharks" on the final day of the course! Instructor: Lee Collik
SSAT Prep (Gr. 8) This class is designed to review the concepts and exercises that are covered on the SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test). It will be divided between the math and verbal sections. Instruction time will include formal lessons on test concepts, test-taking strategies, and practice tests. This class is suited for students who have not yet taken the test and for students needing a review. Instructor: Stewart Wilkinson
AFTERNOON CLASSES (12:30 - 3 p.m.)
Canvas Art (max. 20) If you love to paint or want to improve your skills, spend the week working on your own custom canvas art! You will have an opportunity to explore representational and abstract painting styles during the week. You will explore techniques in color blending, layering, splatter art, and detailing. At the end of the week, you will have multiple canvases ready to bring home for display. Instructor: Scott Beil
Writing the Secondary School Essay (Gr. 8 only) Need to prepare for secondary school application essays? Then this is the class for you! This workshop empowers students to creatively express themselves. All writers explore the personal narrative and work on developing “voice.” Students will write about themselves, their memories, goals, and achievements. By giving students the opportunity to shape their own personal narratives, this workshop aims to help students entering Grade 8 to get a jumpstart on writing essays for their high school applications. The workshop leader will provide practical advice, give constructive feedback on writing style, and conference one-on-one with each student in a small workshop setting. Instructor: TBD
Pre-K Adventures (Ages 3-5)
NOTE: This half-day, morning-only camp is for children ages 3.5 to 5 who are not yet entering kindergarten in September. It will be held in person on Peck's campus, and follow with Peck's Covid safety protocols.
Calling all playful preschoolers! Do you like to create, build, imagine, explore, and make new friends? Then this is the camp for you! Whether you’re digging in the garden, creating a masterpiece, or designing and building your own invention, you’re sure to enjoy the Peck Pre-K Summer Adventures in our cheerful kindergarten building. Instructors: Kindergarten Teachers Maribel Mohr and Kristin Young
A slate of fantastic, weeklong virtual classes led by our Peck teachers awaits you in July and August! From arts and academic enrichment to fun summer activities, your child is sure to find something that inspires and engages their minds during the dog days of summer. Our virtual classes are open to the public, and we welcome students who are entering kindergarten through eighth grade in the fall of 2021, regardless of the school they will be attending.
Please note that some classes may require additional expenses (such as for supplies) to be incurred by the family. If this is the case, you will be contacted after enrollment.
Dates: Begins the week of July 12
Times: Morning only (Classes are either 9 - 10 a.m. OR 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.)
Gr. K: Kindergarten Express (open to Peck students only) Hop aboard our VIRTUAL “K” Express! We'll have themed days with storytelling, games, and activities—all of which help incoming Peck kindergartners to get to know each other and their teachers. Instructors: Maribel Mohr and Kristin Young.
Gr. 1-2: Scratch Jr. (max: 12) Have you ever wondered what you can make with code? Explore the possibilities with ScratchJr while stretching your computational thinking skills. Instructor: Jen Garvey. Additional materials required: iPad or other mobile device, ScratchJr app (free download)
Gr. 3: Continental Math League (max: 20) Calling third-grade mathematicians! Dive deep into problem-solving by solving CML problems, where you will build perseverance, think abstractly, and reason analytically through games, activities, and challenges. Instructor: Jennifer Hogan
Gr. 3-6: Wonka's Candy Factory Willy Wonka is at it again on the quest to create a super-duper candy creation like no other! He needs your help—but first, you must explore the science behind candy making. See how chemicals and ingredients interact in some of your favorite sugary sweets, then design a candy creation of your own! Instructor: Darlene White. Additional materials required: Instructor will provide list prior to class.
Gr. 5-9 Portraits (max: 20, open to students entering Grade 9) Learn how to draw realistic portraits! You can choose people or animals as your subject as you apply newfound skills in drawing facial features, shading, and creating effective details. We will explore pencil, charcoal, and color medium options as you spend the week working on your skills in portraiture. Instructor: Scott Beil. Additional materials required: pencils, charcoal, pastels, colored pencils.
Gr. 6-8: Spanish Cafe (max: 13) Spanish Cafe is a language-based camp for students entering grades 6-8 who are looking to practice their verbal Spanish skills. We will talk about different topics every day and students will have the opportunity to practice their pronunciation and their abilities to express themselves in español!
CLASS TIME: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Gr. 1-2: Music Makers & Shakers (max: 18) Join us for a fun week of music and movement. We will "sing, say, dance, play" and make a new musical instrument every day! Instructor: Lisa Wichman
Gr. 3-5: Scratch (max: 12) Have you ever wondered what you can make with code? Explore the possibilities with Scratch while stretching your computational thinking skills. Instructor: Jen Garvey. This class requires additional materials: iPad or other mobile device, Scratch (free to use online)
Gr. 3-8 Flavors of the Hispanic World (open to Peck students only) Transport yourself into the savory flavors of Hispanic cuisine! Get to know other cultures and countries through food and cooking and—using your senses of taste and smell (or even just your imagination!)—travel around the globe from the comfort of your own kitchen. Students are not required to cook to participate. They can simply watch and learn! Instructor: Adriana Sykora.Additional materials may be required: Instructor will provide ingredient list prior to class.
Gr. 5: Continental Math League (max: 20) Calling fifth-grade mathematicians! Dive deep into problem-solving by solving CML problems, where you will build perseverance, think abstractly, and reason analytically through games, activities, and challenges. Instructor: Jennifer Hogan
Gr. 6-8 Robotics (max: 10, open to Peck students only) Thinking about joining the Peck Robotics team, AND have an interest in the programming side of the competition? You’re in for a treat! Peck has adopted the new Lego Spike Prime robotics kit, and with that comes a new programming language. FIRST LEGO League nationals: here we come! Instructor: Bruce Schwartz. This class requires additional materials which will be provided to you.
Gr. 1-2: Exploring The Animal Kingdom Through Art (max: 12, open to Peck students only) Tune in each day to explore a different animal through stories, videos, and famous works of art. You’ll then follow step-by-step instructions on how to draw the animal and turn it into a colorful creation! Instructor: Karen Dispenziere. Additional materials required: colored paper and pencils. Instructor will provide a detailed materials list prior to class.
Gr. 1-3: Around The World Take a “virtual” trip to a new country every day! We will read books, listen to music, learn about special holidays, make crafts, and even learn some simple recipes from different countries. Get your virtual passport ready to have some fun! Instructors: Molly Donnelly and Kristin Young
Gr. 4-8: Sports Debate Students will practice their public speaking, debate, and research skills as they discuss a few of the most challenging debates facing the world of sports today, such as player scandals and Hall of Fame eligibility, payment for college athletes, the safety of tackle football for young players, and more. Instructor: Lee Collik
Gr. 4-8: Interior Design I: Design Your Dream Room Dream of being an interior designer? Fantasize about designing the bedroom of your dreams? In this course, you will learn the principles of interior design from color theory, style, scale, and form. You'll select the perfect color palette, learn to design a floor plan, create a proposal and mood board, and source for furnishings. You'll then have the opportunity to present your design to the class. Instructor: Darlene White
CLASS TIME: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Gr. 1-3: Superhero Training Academy Delve into two superheroes each day through stories, interactive activities, physical movement, and arts and crafts. We’re looking forward to some super days together! Instructors: Molly Donnelly and Kristin Young
Gr. 2-5: Claydate With Mrs. D (max: 12, open to Peck students only) Use a variety of air-drying clays to create ceramic sculptures and figures. Some projects will be based on children's literature and others inspired by great works of art. Students will even make their own air-dry clay! Instructor: Karen Dispenziere. Additional materials required: assortment of air-dry clays. Instructor will provide a detailed materials list prior to class.
Gr. 4-6:Summer Sleuths Detective Camp Take on a character and join in the mystery of solving a “who-done-it.” Could the suspect actually be you? Instructor: Tyler Moseley
Gr. K-1: Disney Dance-Off Our young dancers will learn basic hip hop moves and “freestyle” their own dance moves, all while moving and grooving to their favorite Disney music! We will begin with group stretching, conditioning, and centering exercises. Peer praise and support are taught and emphasized. Instructor: Jessica Wilson
Gr. 1-2: Mini Masterpiece (max: 12, open to Peck students only) In this variation of our popular Make Your Own Masterpiece class, you’ll create three to five paintings using watercolor paints. By the end of the week, you'll have a few new masterpieces to add to your gallery! Instructor: Karen Dispenziere. Instructor: Karen Dispenziere. Additional materials required: acrylic paints, canvas, brushes. Instructor will provide a detailed materials list prior to class.
Gr. 2: Continental Math League (max: 20) Calling all second-grade mathematicians! Dive deep into problem-solving by solving CML problems, where you will build perseverance, think abstractly, and reason analytically through games, activities, and challenges. Instructor: Jennifer Hogan
Gr. 3-8: Sugar Rush Get ready bakers! Each day you’ll be given a baking challenge that you’ll have one hour to complete. You will use one special ingredient daily to incorporate into your design, and you must build your dessert around the day’s theme. Challenges will require you to use careful math and chemistry skills to make your delectable desserts! Instructor: Darlene White. Additional materials required: Instructor will provide list prior to class.
Gr. 5-8: Drama Audition Techniques Learn how to ace an audition like a pro! From choosing monologues to preparing interview questions, to discussing tips and tricks for developing a character on the spot—this class covers it all. You will leave with the tools to bring out your inner star! Instructor: Tyler Moseley
CLASS TIME: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Gr. 1-2: LEGO Community This is a hands-on class in which students will design and build with LEGO bricks while developing problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. We will introduce new building and engineering techniques each day before sharing and brainstorming plans for individual projects. Once we’re done, students will collaborate and find common connections between their creations—all contributing to a giant virtual LEGO community! Instructor: Jessica Wilson. Additional materials required: assortment of LEGO bricks.
Gr. 3-5: Make Your Own Masterpiece (max: 12, open to Peck students only) In this variation on our popular Make Your Own Masterpiece class, you’ll create three to five paintings using a variety of painting materials, including acrylic paint on canvas. By the end of the week, you'll have a few new masterpieces to add to your gallery! Instructor: Karen Dispenziere. Additional materials required: acrylic paints, canvas, brushes. Instructor will provide a detailed materials list prior to class.
Gr. 4: Continental Math League (max: 20) Calling fourth-grade mathematicians! Dive deep into problem-solving by solving CML problems, where you will build perseverance, think abstractly, and reason analytically through games, activities, and challenges. Instructor: Jennifer Hogan
Gr. 4-8: Play The Stock Market We’ll learn some of the fundamental ways to analyze the stock market, evaluate financial value, and how to build a portfolio. In an imaginary environment (without actual dollars!), you will have the opportunity to invest in the stock market and build your own portfolio. The decisions you make will be tracked throughout the week to determine how well your portfolio is performing. By the end of the week, you will have learned some basics around the stock market to help you manage your portfolio in the future! Instructor: Lee Collik
Gr. 5-9: The Art of Illustration (open to students entering Grade 9) Illustrators use art as a tool to bring stories to life. Books, graphic novels, comic books, video games, and movies are their inspiration. Spend the week learning how to design characters, imagine settings, and create props, vehicles, or other supporting story items using the mediums of drawing, inking, digital art, and watercolor. Instructor: Scott Beil. Additional materials required: pencils, sharpies (ultra-fine and fine) or micron pens, watercolor, colored pencils, Autodesk™ Sketchbook software (free download)
Gr. 1: Jump Start to First Grade (open to Peck students only) Calling all incoming Peck first graders! Come spend some time with your classmates and teachers with virtual games and activities. You may also get to see some areas of your new classroom. You will explore and learn all about first grade while enjoying a different theme each day! Instructors: Christa Nees and Sara Ruark
Gr. 2-4: The Adventure Club Adventurers will receive a box filled with five days' worth of summer adventures, ranging from scavenger hunts to activities and crafts to fun summer games! Each day you'll log in to our "virtual clubhouse" for meetings, agendas, and group activities. Instructor: Darlene White. This class requires additional materials which will be provided to you.
Gr. 4-8: Riddles & Brain Teasers Do you like riddles and brain teasers? Join us as we collaborate, investigate, and ruminate our way through a variety of brain-stretching games and activities. Instructor: Lee Collik
Gr. 5: Fourth Grade Math Refresher (open to Peck students only) We will spend the week reviewing the key concepts covered in first grade, enabling students to hit the ground running at the start of school in September. Instructor: Jessica Angelo
Gr. 5-8: Making A Music Video Create a memory of your favorite summer jam while buffing up your iMovie and green screen skills by producing, editing, and starring in a music video. Envision, storyboard, and make it a reality! Instructor: Tyler Moseley
Class Time: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Gr. 1: Kindergarten Math Refresher (max: 10) Open to Peck students entering first grade only. Refresh and refine your Kindergarten math skills. We will have fun together playing games, reviewing math concepts, and sharing our thinking process with virtual classmates. Let's get ready for first-grade math together! Instructor: Maribel Mohr
Gr. 6: Fifth Grade Math Refresher (open to Peck students only) This course is designed for incoming sixth-grade students. We will spend the week reviewing the key concepts covered in fifth grade, enabling students to hit the ground running at the start of school in September. Instructor: Jessica Angelo
Gr. 2: First Grade Math Refresher (open to Peck students only) We will spend the week reviewing the key concepts covered in first grade, enabling students to hit the ground running at the start of school in September. Instructor: Sarah Ruark
Gr. 4: Third Grade Math Refresher (open to Peck students only) This course is designed for incoming fourth-grade students. We will spend the week reviewing the key concepts covered in third grade, enabling students to hit the ground running at the start of school in September. Instructor: Antonia Atkins
Gr. 7: Sixth Grade Math Refresher (max. 20, open to Peck students only) This course is designed for incoming seventh-grade students. We will spend the week reviewing the key pre-algebra concepts covered in sixth grade, enabling students to hit the ground running at the start of school in September. Open to Peck students only. Instructor: Laura Rose
Gr. 8: Algebra PBL Refresher (open to eighth-grade Peck students who will take Geometry only) This course is designed ONLY for rising Peck eighth-grade students who are taking Geometry in the fall. We will spend the week reviewing the key algebra concepts covered in seventh grade, enabling students to hit the ground running at the start of Geometry in September. Instructor: Amy Papandreou
CLASS TIME: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Gr. 3: Second Grade Math Refresher (open to Peck students only) This course is designed for incoming third-grade students. We will spend the week reviewing the key concepts covered in second grade, enabling students to hit the ground running at the start of school in September. Instructor: Sara Ruark
Gr. 8: Algebra 1A Refresher (open to Peck students only) This course is designed ONLY for rising Peck eighth-grade students who are taking Algebra1B in the fall. We will spend the week reviewing the key algebra concepts covered in seventh grade, enabling students to hit the ground running at the start of Algebra 1B in September. Instructor: Amy Papandreou
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