Middle School

Summer Institute's Middle School Program offers students entering Grades 6-8 the opportunity to build their core academic skills and explore new subjects that prepare them for entrance into the Upper School. At an age of many transitions, Middle School students feel more connected and invested in their learning when they discover the talents that motivate them, activities that delight them, and teachers who understand them.

The Summer Institute at King is open to all students from schools in the CT/NY area. Click on the sessions below to see the details for each course.

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Six WEEK SESSION (Earn Academic Credit)

Algebra 1

Algebra 1

  • Six Week Session: June 24 - August 2, 2019
  • Time: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Incoming Grades: 8, 9, 10
  • Cost: $1,780

This course is a traditional first-year study of elementary algebraic concepts and their applications. Topics covered include linear equations and inequalities, system of equations, graphing, direct variation, operations with rational and irrational expressions, radical equations, the quadratic formula, quadratic functions and equations, and factoring. This course provides a foundation for Algebra 2.

Teachers and TA's are available from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. for homework help or for a review session.

THREE WEEK SESSIONS

Pre-Algebra

Pre-Algebra

  • Three Week Session: June 24 - July 12, 2019
  • Time: 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
  • Incoming Grades: 6, 7
  • Cost: $560
This introductory level course emphasizes fundamental skills necessary to be successful in algebra. Students are taught in a casual and productive environment where they learn at their own pace. Concepts are taught using several different methods in order to address the needs of a variety of learners.

Writing the Essay 101

Writing the Essay 101

  • Three Week Session: June 24 - July 12, 2019
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Incoming Grades: 6
  • Cost: $560

This skills-based course aims to help middle school students develop a foundational understanding of argument writing. Over these three weeks, students will be introduced to the writing process that is currently used by the Middle School English Department at King. Students will be guided through the writing process, including: brainstorming, outlining, drafting, and revising. They will develop the techniques and strategies needed to write clear, well-organized paragraphs in response to short fiction and non-fiction. Students will also learn to elevate the quality and sophistication of their written work through regular reflections and teacher feedback. In addition, students will understand the importance of diction and syntax by practicing the writing of strong, varied sentences. They will work on the overall flow of their writing by evaluating the grammatical nature of their sentences.

Reading Comprehension 5 & 6: What Good Readers Do

  • Three Week Session: June 24 - July 12, 2019
  • Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Incoming Grades: 6
  • Cost: $480

This reading comprehension course is for students entering 5th or 6th grade, and it aims to provide practice in extracting meaning from a variety of texts including both fiction and non-fiction. Students will be given explicit strategies in reading such as: predicting, identifying main ideas, summarizing, questioning, making inferences, visualizing, and how to recognize expository text structures. We will spend time reading aloud and independently, having small group and whole group discussions, and writing about these texts to build an awareness of what good readers do before, while, and after they read.

Study Skills

Study Skills

  • Three Week Session: June 24 - July 12, 2019
  • Time: 12:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Incoming Grades: 6, 7, 8
  • Cost: $480

Students learn study skills and strategies designed to increase their comfort levels in the academic environment. They also learn to organize their school materials, take notes effectively, read and comprehend textbooks, set academic goals, determine priorities, manage time effectively, and maximize their productivity in preparing for tests. Cooperative (group) learning skills are also discussed. These study skills are adaptable to any academic setting.

Algebra 1 Boot Camp

Algebra 1 Boot Camp

  • Three Week Session: June 24 - July 12, 2019
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Incoming Grades: 8, 9
  • Cost: $560
This course emphasizes fundamental Algebra skills necessary to be successful in Algebra I. Topics reviewed include solving multiple step equations and relating two or more unknowns, multiplying binomials, graphing linear equations and a variety of word problems. This course would be helpful for any student who needs to improve their Algebra skills.

English 7, Analyzing Comics through Academic Writing

English, Analyzing Comics through Academic Writing

  • Three Week Session: June 24 - July 12, 2019
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Incoming Grades: 7
  • Cost: $560

Many students believe cartoons are not literature. This is not the case. Many comic narratives from Calvin & Hobbes to political cartoons featured in the New York Times tell a much larger and complex story. The Writing Workshop for incoming Seventh Grade students will focus on analysis of these popular images and composition of unified sentences and paragraphs. Students will understand analytical paragraph formatting that includes creation of topic sentences in a variety of different formats (aka compound or complex sentences). The workshop will bring attention to using effective textual evidence from an image, summarizing essential details that lead up to the said evidence (context), and important mechanical elements. There will be heavy review of the following basic sentence structure components: punctuation, capitalization, present tense verb forms, writing without contractions, identifying parts of speech, and properly utilizing transition words. This course will cover the foundations necessary for students to understand the expectations of 7th grade composition writing.

 

English 8, Analyzing the World of Witches through Academic Writing

Analyzing the World of Witches through Academic Writing

  • Three Week Session: June 24 - July 12, 2019
  • Time: 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
  • Incoming Grades: 8
  • Cost: $560

Are you a Harry Potter fan? Do you like spells, potions, and fantasy? This is the writing course for you. One might think that these texts are simply for pleasure, but they can also be the foundation for many analytical thoughts and writing exercises. The Writing Workshop for incoming Eighth Grade students will focus on paragraph composition from analytical brainstorming to sentence structure. Students will understand analytical paragraph formatting that will lead to essay writing using effective introductions and conclusions. The workshop will bring attention to using higher level vocabulary to express more complex thoughts, creating compound sentences that reflect deeper understanding of events, and important mechanical elements. There will be heavy review of the following basic sentence structure components: punctuation, capitalization, present tense verb forms, writing without contractions, identifying parts of speech, and properly utilizing transition words. This course will cover the foundations necessary for students to understand the expectations of 8th grade composition writing.

English 7 & 8, Reading Comprehension : Short Stories & Communication

Reading 7 & 8: Short Stories & Communication

  • Three Week Session: June 24 - July 12, 2019
  • Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Incoming Grades: 6, 7, 8
  • Cost: $480

This reading comprehension-based course aims to help middle school students develop a foundational understanding of annotating a text, brainstorming conversation/discussion points, and expressing themselves verbally to a classroom of their peers using only short fiction as a point of reference. Students will be introduced to the reading process that is currently used by the Middle School English Department at King. Students will be guided through proper processing of complex connected text, including: individual note-taking, pair-driven discussion, group work/conversation, and appropriate verbal engagement with both peers as well as a faculty instructor. They will develop the techniques and strategies needed to speak their ideas clearly and communicate them effectively while also learning how to navigate difficult reading material. Students will also learn to elevate the quality and sophistication of their vocabulary and actively reflect on their progress with teacher feedback.

Choir

Choir Class 

  • Three Week Session: June 24 - July 12, 2019
    • Session 1: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Incoming Grades: 7-12

Cost: $480 per session 

Instructor: Brian Miller

Music is the universal language! This class will help students discover their creativity while building confidence and encouraging fearlessness when facing performance situations.  While this course will culminate in a performance, students will be working to master numerous skills that will help them become better vocal music performers.  The class will be divided into full ensemble rehearsal time, solfege study, site reading, rhythmic dictation, and sectional time.  The class will be 2 hours long and will may include guest clinicians on various topics.  Class size will be limited to 20 students, and students will be asked to sing various voice parts. 

Web Design Course

Web design Course

  • Three Week Session: June 24, 2017 - July 12, 2019
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Incoming Grades: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Cost: $560

Web Design introduces students to HyperText Markup Language (HTML) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) in order to develop and design uniquely functional websites. Students will create a website using responsive web design. The course is a great introduction to coding and computer science.


One WEEK SESSIONS

Drone Racing & Obstacle Course Challenge

  • One Week Session: June 10 - June 14 2019
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Incoming Grades: 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Cost: $540

Drone Racing & Obstacle Course Challenge will be presented by Drobots

Drone Racing is filled with pure action as students enjoy one of the world’s fastest growing sports, Drone Racing. Campers will first learn about the basic safety of drone flying and the history behind drone racing as a sport. From there, campers will progress through various skill challenges and learn how to perform various exercises and maneuvers to become familiar with the drone’s speed and agility. Flight squads post up against one another in friendly competition when they race themselves and the clock. Students first maneuver the drone through creative obstacle courses before taking on the challenge of flying for speed. Participants contribute fully in this program as they create the design and help build the the obstacle course in preparation for the last days final activities and competition. All campers go home with interactive workbooks and plenty of Drobots Company keepsakes and trinkets so the memories last long beyond the summer. Drone safety and social responsibilities of flying are included in this program.

Want to participate in a Drobots’ overnight FPV racing (first person view) camp? Students in 7th to 11th grades put on the flight googles and fly drones similar to the racing you have seen on ESPN and YouTube.

Roblox® Entrepreneur: Imaginative Game Design

  • One Week Session: June 10 - June 14 2019
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Incoming Grades: 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Cost: $540

Presented by Drobots

Join us for a week of Roblox, one of the fastest-growing game programming platforms on the planet. In this course, campers use the Roblox Lua code to create 3D worlds. Roblox is an entertainment platform that allows camper to imagine, create, and play together across millions of user-created virtual worlds. Join the more than 60 million players per month and top developers making over $1 million a year. The types of gameplay on Roblox are just as limitless as the imagination of the campers themselves. Join us for a week of pure fun and learning: build the ultimate theme park, compete as a professional race car driver, star in a fashion show, become a superhero, or simply design a dream home. Campers will learn what makes a Roblox game a top hit and learn how to implement some of the same engagement and monetization strategies in their own work. In the end, all campers finish the week able to publish, share, and play games with friends on any platform from console to mobile. No prior experience is required. We provide all technology on location.

Note: Drobots believes in the educational philosophy that students learn best when collaborating with their peers. From a social standpoint, campers learn teamwork, cooperation, and the importance of sharing and implementing ideas. This philosophy has been supported by some the world’s leading educators and technologists and backed by extensive academic research. However, campers may ask to work by themselves upon request.

Drone Escape and Rescue

  • One Week Session: June 17 - June 21 2019
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Incoming Grades: 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Cost: $540

Drone Mission Mania will be presented by Drobots.

Drone search and rescue is a necessity for first responders around the world, adding a new layer of solutions to save lives across the globe. Now campers to can take part in and learn from simulated missions during this action-packed, creative, and educational program. Participants will learn to fly drones and rely on their rescue team to collect vital data in specific “rescue areas” to locate “victims” and safely rescue them. We use age-appropriate and cutting-edge technology methods available for creating plans, missions, and maps. Participants will also learn invaluable lessons on how to simply, quickly and accurately make informed and targeted suggestions for real-world positive applications.

Java Coding: Build Mods With Minecraft™

  • One Week Session: June 17 - June 21 2019
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Incoming Grades: 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Cost: $540

Presented by Drobots

Minecraft™ Designers

Join us for a week of fun and learning as campers learn Java, the most widely-used programming language in the world, including instantiation, methods, parameters, loops and more. Minecraft modding is a great way to learn programming, harness creativity, and enhance problem-solving skills while making your favorite game even better. Create super swords, obstacle courses and more without any limits! Using the full power of Java campers can take their Minecraft mods to the next level and learn the most popular programming language in the world at the same time! With Java, campers learn how to give items special powers, create new game modes, and modify the layout of the world. Campers will have the freedom to create whatever sparks their imagination! No prior experience is required. We provide all technology on location.

Note: Drobots believes in the educational philosophy that students learn best when collaborating with their peers. From a social standpoint, campers learn teamwork, cooperation, and the importance of sharing and implementing ideas. This philosophy has been supported by some the world’s leading educators and technologists and backed by extensive academic research. However, campers may ask to work by themselves upon request.

All campers are required to have a Minecraft™ account for this class. Purchase a standard account and desktop version of Minecraft™ ($26.95) at minecraft.net/store. Either a PC or Mac account will work for the camp week, but we suggest you choose the version that matches your home computer. Campers should bring their account login when they come to camp.

Roblox® and 3D Game Development (afternoon, week of June 24)

  • One Week Session: June 24 - June 28 2019
  • Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Incoming Grades: 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Cost: $275

Presented by Drobots

Designing 3D Games in Roblox®

Roblox offers students the opportunity to actively engage in the creative process and learn fundamental coding, design, and entrepreneurial skills that will give them the confidence to excel in this week of camp and beyond. Campers will learn how to use the Roblox engine to create games using the Lua programming language. Our creation tools and educational content will be used to expose campers to unique skills as they collaborate in teams to design blueprints and test their games. In the end, all campers finish the week with a published title that can be shared with families and friends. No prior experience is required. We provide all technology on location.

Note: Drobots believes in the educational philosophy that students learn best when collaborating with their peers. From a social standpoint, campers learn teamwork, cooperation, and the importance of sharing and implementing ideas. This philosophy has been supported by some the world’s leading educators and technologists and backed by extensive academic research. However, campers may ask to work by themselves upon request.

No prior experience is required. We provide all technology on location.

Digital Assistants: Hey Siri, Let’s Build An AI (afternoon, week of July 8)

  • One Week Session: July 8 - July 12, 2019
  • Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Incoming Grades: 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Cost: $275

Presented by Drobots

The ultimate Artificial Intelligence (AI) camp. Can you tell the difference between a human and a robot? Learn about the design and programming behind modern digital assistant software like Alexa, Siri, and Cortana in this innovative camp. Students build their own artificial intelligence personality that can answer questions, complete requests, and chat about topics of their choosing using real HTML and JavaScript code. No prior experience is required. We provide all technology on location.Campers will be thrilled to bring home their digital portfolio at the end of the week and continue to work on their AI creation or to share with friends or family.

Note: Drobots believes in the educational philosophy that students learn best when collaborating with their peers. From a social standpoint, campers learn teamwork, cooperation, and the importance of sharing and implementing ideas. This philosophy has been supported by some the world’s leading educators and technologists and backed by extensive academic research. However, campers may ask to work by themselves upon request.

No prior experience is required. We provide all technology on location.

Please view the Sports Clinics pages for additional sessions for Middle School students.

"Thank you so much Brian for a super 3 weeks in pre-algebra. She loved it. She left feeling confident and ready to take on honors math next year."

- Kim (parent)