High School & College Readiness Summer Offerings
College Prep Experiences
Rising 9th Grade English Readiness Camp
Come build your confidence with our successful foundational strategies. Get a jump start on your first year of upper school English. Learn strategies for time-management, organization, communication, and pacing as well as how to read and annotate with a plan to uncover the writer’s purpose and meaning across a variety of texts. Engage in close reading and writing practice that sets you up for success in 9th grade English. This camp will meet daily for a live session led by a teacher.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of grade 8 English or equivalent.
Session 1: June 3-7; 1-2 pm ET
Session 2: July 8-12; 1-2 pm ET
Cost: $300 per session
Algebra Readiness is designed for students just finishing Pre-Algebra and enrolling in Algebra 1 in the fall. It can also be used as a wonderful refresher course for students getting ready to enter Algebra 2. This course reviews some of the more important topics that students need to have previously mastered to achieve a high level of success as they move forward in their math endeavors. Completing this course should help instill a strong level of confidence for students as they get ready to begin their next year of Algebra. Grades awarded for this course will be either pass or fail.
4 Weeks (Semester): $1,200
8 Weeks (Full Year): $1,600
AP® English Summer Boot Camp
Strap your boots on and never fear, AP® Summer Boot Camp is here! Come build your confidence with our successful foundational strategies. Get a jumpstart on the close reading of academic texts and poetry. Learn how to annotate with a purpose and uncover the writer’s purpose and meaning. Engage in simulated exam practice, receive quality feedback, and walk away prepared for AP English. This boot camp will meet daily for a live session led by a teacher.
Session 1: June 24-27; 12-1 pm ET
Session 1: July 8-11; 12-1 pm ET
Cost: $400 per session
Students will use adaptive content that builds on each section of the ACT exam. Students will take a diagnostic exam for each section and then complete lessons and practice questions before taking a practice exam. Students will take three full length ACT practice exams. This course is taken as Pass/Fail only.
4 Weeks (Semester): $1,200
Students will use adaptive content that builds on each section of the redesigned SAT. Students will take a diagnostic for each section and then complete lessons and practice questions before taking a practice exam. Students will take three full length SAT practice exams. This course is taken as Pass/Fail only.
4 Weeks (Semester): $1,200
College Applications 101
The College Application 101 summer course aims to support students in the college search, selection, and application process, starting with an exploration of college types, majors, and admission standards. Through asynchronous coursework and optional live, individualized meetings with an experienced LSS College Counselor, the course guides students in understanding their priorities, identifying best fit colleges, and building a balanced college list. Students will develop a personal brand for essays and applications that they will then employ as they begin applying for admission. Students will also learn about financing higher education, budgeting and scholarship searches, and collaborating with their families on creating a financial plan for college. The final modules in this course focus on application preparation, submission timelines, and post-submission steps. Students will leave this course with a finalized college list, an initial draft of admissions essays, and an application strategy, providing them with comprehensive preparation for the entire college application journey.
This course is intended only for students who are not enrolled full-time at Laurel Springs and are graduating in the class of 2025, or students not graduating from Laurel Springs who are taking a gap year and applying to colleges in the fall of 2024. This is a non-credit bearing, non-graded course that will not appear on a transcript.
Session 1: June 17 - July 12
Session 2: June 24 - July 19
Session 3: July 8 - August 2
Session 4: July 15 - August 9
Cost: $1,200 per session
College Athletics Bootcamp
Join us for a one-week bootcamp experience designed specifically for NCAA students! During the week, students will learn about student-athlete eligibility, collegiate recruiting, interacting with college coaches, and earning athletic scholarships. They will hear from current college coaches as well as current collegiate student-athletes. If you are interested in or planning to participate in college athletics, this camp will give you the tool kit you need for that journey! This camp will meet daily for a week-long live session led by a counselor.
Session: June 24 - June 28; 12 - 3 pm ET
Cost: $700 per session
Crafting Your Story: A College Essay Writing Workshop
The College Essay Writing Workshop is a collaborative effort between College Counselors and an experienced English teacher, enriched with valuable insights from a college admissions representative. Through a combination of synchronous activities and asynchronous lessons and tasks, this workshop aims to guide rising high school seniors through the intricate process of creating a compelling and authentic college admissions essay. By providing expert advice, hands-on activities, and one-on-one coaching opportunities, participants will gain a deeper understanding of what colleges look for in an essay, learn to select meaningful topics, and master the art of drafting a standout essay.
To maximize their experience, students should expect to put in approximately 60-90 minutes of work each day outside of the required synchronous meeting times. This course is open to full-time and part-time students graduating in the class of 2025, and is a non-credit bearing, non-graded course that will not appear on a transcript.
Session: July 15-19; 1-3 pm ET