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.
Tuition for Summer@Carroll 2023 is $5,990 for the Beginning Readers program, and $7,020 for the Elementary, Middle School, and High School Readiness programs. Discounts are available for tuition payments made by ACH/check.
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 is the summer school program of Carroll School, with a primary academic mission and secondary enrichment programming. Summer@Carroll is not a licensed recreational day camp. Payments for Summer@Carroll services are classified as school tuition. Carroll School is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
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 language-based learning differences. Every student has four class blocks each morning. Afternoons are filled with a variety of fun summer activities here at Carroll School. Each student is assigned by grade to an afternoon enrichment group, consisting of 6-10 children assigned to one counselor. A junior counselor provides additional support to each grade. Carroll counselors are current college students or recent college graduates with experience working with children. Junior counselors are rising high school seniors or college freshmen. The majority of the staff have prior experience at Summer@Carroll.
All Summer@Carroll students entering Grades 1-7 receive language instruction using the Orton-Gillingham approach each day of the program.
Beginning Readers students (entering grades 1-2) take a multisensory, highly interactive Orton-Gillingham class each day. 2+ Orton-Gillingham tutors work with each class, creating carefully curated groups of 2-3 students to deliver each Summer@Carroll child what they most need.
Elementary and Middle School students (entering grades 3-7) receive daily 1:1 Orton-Gillingham language tutoring.
High School Readiness students (entering Grades 8-9) do not typically have language tutorials, but accommodations can sometimes be made for tutoring if it's critical to the student’s academic success. HSR students focus on writing, executive functioning, and math skills during their morning academic blocks.
There is no homework assigned during the Summer@Carroll program. If possible, we suggest that students refrain from participating in any additional writing, math, or Orton-Gillingham services during the Summer@Carroll weeks. We feel the students work hard enough each morning during their academic blocks, and recommend relaxing in the evenings!
When Summer@Carroll has filled all spots within a program, we start a waitlist. Priority is given to present Carroll School academic-year students, returning Summer@Carroll students, students accepted for fall admission to Carroll School, and students from the prior year’s waitlist.
Summer@Carroll is a full-day program. We feel that the combination of the academics and fun afternoon 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 students that contribute to a positive social environment.
In order for students to get the most out of their five weeks at Summer@Carroll, we ask that families commit to consistent attendance. While we will accommodate any necessary absences that may arise (health-related, etc.), we ask that students avoid any prolonged absences which are within your control (vacations, etc.). If your child would need to miss any portion of the program, please discuss with a member of our team before enrolling your child in Summer@Carroll.
In the summer, we want the children to be comfortable. T-shirts and shorts are the usual attire during the summer. Proper footwear should be worn at all times (closed toe shoes that protect the feet, including close-toed water shoes for water activities). Flip-flops are not allowed.
Please drop your child off by 8:30 each morning, which allows them time to check in with their counselor before heading to their first class. Students are welcome to arrive as early as 8:10 to play outside and socialize with friends before the academic morning begins.
Dismissal for most students (entering grades 3-9) takes place at 4:00 each afternoon. Beginning Readers (entering grades 1-2) have an earlier dismissal at 2:30, with the option to add on Extended Day until 4:00 pm.
At this time, we anticipate that mask use will be optional during most activities on campus. Mitigation strategies such as masking and COVID testing will be continually evaluated over the course of the spring in order to align with pandemic/endemic conditions as of Summer 2023.
By enrolling a student and by allowing a student to participate in on-campus programming at Carroll School, parents acknowledge the health and safety risks associated with epidemics and/or pandemics such as COVID-19, and understand that these risks cannot be completely eliminated despite the implementation of reasonable and age-appropriate precautions and protocols. Families agree to abide by such reasonable health and safety protocols that the School may implement in response to any such epidemic and/or pandemic such as COVID-19. Such measures may include, but are not limited to, requiring students and families/guardians to wear masks; engaging in social distancing and regular hand washing; avoiding the sharing of belongings; and participating in testing and other measures reasonably designed to protect the health and safety of the School community. This is a shared responsibility and every member of the School community must do their part to minimize risks associated with epidemics and/or pandemics such as COVID-19.