Summer@Carroll’s Beginning Readers (entering Grades 1-2) and Grades 3-4 programs are on the Carroll School Lower School campus: 1841 Trapelo Road, Waltham, MA. The programs for Grades 5-9 take place on the Carroll Middle School campus: 25 Baker Bridge Road, Lincoln, MA.
Most of the students enrolled in Summer@Carroll are not enrolled at Carroll School in the winter. Many students return for more than one summer of academic strengthening and day camp fun.
Summer@Carroll has a full-time nurse on duty all day who acts as the Health Care Supervisor for the program. In addition, supervisors and counselors are certified in first aid and CPR. Summer@Carroll has a doctor who acts as Health Care Consultant for the summer. Emerson Hospital in Concord is used in case of emergencies.
There are three activity periods each afternoon for Elementary/Middle School students. Beginning Readers who have a shorter day have two activity periods. During these blocks, activity directors plan the activities for the camp groups they have scheduled. Each camper is exposed to many different games, crafts and activities in the course of the week.
High School Readiness students have a more flexible afternoon schedule. One day they may be involved with activities at Carroll while another day may have them traveling into Boston for an event or to visit a museum.
Summer@Carroll is not accredited by the Massachusetts Department of Education. Summer@Carroll is considered a recreational day camp program and complies with all Massachusetts Department of Public Health regulations and is licensed by the Lincoln and Waltham Boards of Health.
All Summer@Carroll students entering Grades 1-7 receive individualized language tutoring using the Orton-Gillingham approach each day of the program. In some cases, Beginning Readers rising first graders may receive tutoring in a pair working with a tutor. High School Readiness students (entering Grades 8-9) do not have language tutorials, usually, but accommodations can be made for tutoring if its critical to the student’s academic success. HSR students focus on writing, research and study skills during their morning academic blocks.
Summer@Carroll utilizes Cochituate State Park in Natick for swimming. Every week, children in the Elementary/Middle School program (grades 3-7) go with their camp groups to Cochituate State Park. We employ certified lifeguards to supervise all our swimmers each day. All Summer@Carroll camp staff are certified in first aid.
Summer@Carroll serves students entering Grades 1-7 who have a primary diagnosis of a language-based learning disability, such as dyslexia. Our approach to reading remediation is cognitive in nature so students must fall within the average range of intellectual ability and be motivated to learn. The High School Readiness program addresses the academic needs of students entering Grades 8-9, including research and organizational skills required to write papers. Summer@Carroll is not designed to meet the needs of children with primary emotional or behavioral difficulties.
Summer@Carroll is a full-day program. We feel that the combination of the academics and camp activities along with a conscious effort to develop social skills and self-confidence creates unique programs that are both academically and socially beneficial. During the afternoon activities, children form friendships with other campers that contribute to a positive social environment.
There is no homework assigned during the five-week Summer@Carroll program. We feel the students work hard enough each morning during their four 50-minute academic blocks.
In the summer, we want the children to be comfortable. T-shirts and shorts are the usual attire during the summer. Each camper and staff member is given a Summer@Carroll t-shirt which is required attire when traveling off-campus on field trips. For safety reasons, campers should wear sneakers every day rather than flip flops or crocs.
Mornings are devoted to academic intervention using Carroll School’s direct, multisensory and systematic approaches to helping students with learning disabilities. Every student has four academic blocks each morning. Afternoons are structured like a traditional day camp with a variety of activities here at Carroll School as well as off-campus. Each student is assigned by age to a camp group. The camp groups consist of 10 children assigned to one counselor and one junior counselor. Carroll counselors are current college students or recent college graduates with experience working with children. Junior counselors are high school seniors or college freshmen. The majority of the camp staff have prior experience at Summer@Carroll.
When Summer@Carroll has filled all the programs, we start forming a waiting list. Preference on the waiting list is given to present Carroll School winter students, students accepted for fall admissions to Carroll School and returning Summer@Carroll students in that order.
Field trips are a popular feature of the afternoon day camp program. The Beginning Readers usually participate on Thursday afternoons in local field trips to venues such as Davis Farmland in Sterling. In addition to canoeing on the Charles River and picking blueberries in Stow, the Elementary/Middle School Program spends one afternoon at a local beach, like Salisbury Beach. An integral part of the High School Readiness experience are local field trips to Boston and surrounding communities.
Summer@Carroll will host an open house on each campus in January 2018. Once dates are determined for the open houses in Waltham (Grades 1-4) and Lincoln (grades 5-9), this information will be on the web site.
The academic staff of Summer@Carroll is made up of experienced teachers from Carroll School and other local schools. All language tutors are Orton-Gillingham trained. The teaching staff are all trained and experienced in their educational fields. The majority of the academic staff are veterans of previous Summer@Carroll programs.