In a few short months, students in grades 6-12 will attend Harker’s Summer Institute (SI) on the upper school’s beautiful Saratoga Avenue campus.
A unique program open to both Harker students and those from other schools, SI runs from June 15-Aug. 7; course dates and times vary. Registration opened in January and spots have been filling up quickly.
Students typically enroll in SI to get a jump start on the next school year or to enrich their learning on topics they are passionate about. SI has two tracks: one designed for middle schoolers and another for high school students. Participants generally combine a morning academic program with afternoon activities, allowing them to earn credits and learn new skills, while also enjoying summertime fun.
The academic portion of the day offers rigorous for-credit courses such as algebra, economics and programming, as well as non-credit opportunities for enrichment and growth including creative writing, Web design, debate and robotics. A driver’s education course is available for students ages 15 and up.
For middle school students (grades 6-8), SI’s afternoon activity program includes many specialty classes and recreational activities; students in grade 9 are also invited to sign up for the afternoon activities. Offerings include backyard games, volleyball boot camp, cooking, art, jewelry making, magic, improv, dance, tech, junior lifeguard, chess and circus arts. There also will be off-campus field trips every couple of weeks to sites such as The Tech Museum and Capitola.
Although they are not eligible for the afternoon activity program, students in grades 10-12 may stay on campus to swim, study, shoot hoops, etc.
“Our Summer Institute offers a catalog of class choices designed to provide students with quality academic experiences. Whether it’s a ‘for credit’ class needed to round out a school schedule or just an academic interest students would like to pursue, we have it covered. Our professional, caring faculty, enthusiastic activity staff, great facilities and positive environment add up to a well-rounded summer experience,” said Kelly Espinosa, director of Harker’s summer and preschool programs.
Students interested in SI should register early for the best selection. For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.