Summer Camp Overview
June 25 - July 27, 2018
- 5-week camp for children with language-based learning disabilities (such as dyslexia) entering Grades 1-9
- Skilled Orton-Gillingham trained tutors, teachers, and counselors come from Carroll School and other Boston area schools and colleges
- Camp groups consist of 10 children assigned to one counselor and one junior counselor
- Cognitive Development programs strengthen the underlying skills needed to learn. TCI is included for students entering Grades 5-9 and can be added for Grades 1-4. Learn more.
- Before and After Camp options are available, for additional fees
Location, Hours & Upcoming Open Houses
- Where does Summer@Carroll take place?
- Are campers mostly students from Carroll School's school-year program?
- What are the qualifications of the teaching staff?
- Is Summer@Carroll accredited or recognized by the state?
- Is there a full-time nurse in the summer?
- How does the morning program differ from the afternoon program in the summer?
- Do all students receive 1:1 language tutoring in the summer?
- Is there homework for the students during the summer?
- Do the children get to pick their summer afternoon activities?
- Is there swimming in the summer?
- What is the admission criterion for Summer@Carroll?
- What if my child only wants to go to Summer@Carroll in the morning?
- Do you have a waiting list for Summer@Carroll?
- Is there an open house for Summer@Carroll?
- What is the dress code for the Summer Programs?
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.
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. Summer@Carroll has a doctor who acts as Health Care Consultant for the summer. Emerson Hospital in Concord is used in case of emergencies.
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.
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, rising first graders may receive tutoring in a pair working with a tutor. High School Readiness students (entering Grades 8-9) do not typically have language tutorials but accommodations can be made for tutoring if it's critical to the student’s academic success. HSR students focus on writing, research and study skills during their morning academic blocks.
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 utilizes Cochituate State Park in Natick for swimming. Every week, children in the Elementary/Middle School programs (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 difficulty, 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 in writing. 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.
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.