Academic Enrichment (Grades 5-9)


Avoid the summer slide.

Keep your child's math, reading, writing, and coding skills sharp this summer with our academic enrichment sessions that focus on building and strengthening foundational skills in preparation for the fall.

All of our courses will be taught virtually using Zoom by Fay's School's own teachers and local teachers from other schools. Course instructors are experts in their fields and at teaching middle school students. Since this spring, they have also become experts at teaching students virtually and are ready to bring their experiences to FaySummer.
One and two-week sessions, June 29 - Aug 14

Morning session from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Afternoon sessions from 1:00 - 4:00 pm

$250 per one-week session
$500 per two-week session

All FaySummer Academic Enrichment programs must have a minimum enrollment to run. If a program has low enrollment, children will be able to transfer to another session or program.

Current Course Offerings and Descriptions

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  • Writing for Every Occasion - Grades 6-8 (June 29 - July 10, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm)

    Sharpen your writing skills as we cover the many different genres of writing that students can encounter. From creative and expository work to short-answer and timed writing assignments, students will hone their brainstorming, organizing, writing, and editing skills throughout this two-week course. We will even review some practical writing skills such as constructing the best emails to teachers or adults and handwritten letters. If you love to write, or if you know some practice will help you, this session is perfect for you.

    Instructor: Courtney Sargent
    Courtney joined the Fay community in 2007 as Assistant Director of Residential Life. Since then she has changed roles and is currently Fay's Associate Director of Secondary School Counseling. In this position, she supports students going through the secondary school admission process. Prior to arriving at Fay, Courtney lived in Washington, DC. and worked for an international strategic communications firm.

    Cost: $450

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  • The History Behind Historical Fiction - Grades 6-8 (July 6 - 17, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm)

    In this course, students will read a work of historical fiction while investigating the actual time, events, and individuals that created the setting for the story in order to build a broader understanding of the time period. Participants will also look at how historians investigate the topics they research by viewing and analyzing primary and secondary source material.  
    Instructor: Bruce Chauncey
    Bruce joined the Fay community in 1992 and has served in a number of different roles at the school. For the past twenty years, he has been a member of the History Department, teaching a variety of subjects in both the Upper and Lower School divisions. In addition to teaching, Bruce also coaches football and basketball, and is a dorm parent for the youngest boarders in the community.

    Cost: $500

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  • Essentials of Coding - Grades 6-8 (July 6 - 17, 1:00 - 4:00 pm)

    Are you ready to learn how to create your own playable game? In this coding course, students will receive the "backbone" of a working program and then learn how to make changes to the code to alter the outcome of the game. After this session, students will be able to …
    • Explain the purpose of the iterative design process in game design
    • Demonstrate basic JavaScript concepts such as comments, variables, and functions
    • Design, construct, and debug a game with MakeQuest
    • Create their own customized/playable game
    This course is suitable for those with little or no programming experience
    Instructor: Xiaohu Zhao
    Xiaohu has taught math and science in Fay's Upper School  for the past four years. He holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. While at Fay, Xiaohu has taught eighth grade physical science and ninth grade pre-calculus courses; he has been using Processing IDE (Java based) and Arduino IDE (C based) to teach eighth graders how to write code to program Arduino boards so that they can read various inputs and turn them into desired outputs. Xiaohu is thrilled to be part of the FaySummer team this year!
  • English: Reading the World - Grades 7-9 (July 13 - 24, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm)

    Participants in Reading the World will develop their critical thinking skills using the world around them as their inspiration. Skills such as identifying the speaker, audience, and purpose of a text, writing using clear and concise language, and effectively organizing and supporting one's thinking are foundational to the course. Students will examine everything from poetry and short stories to advertisements and song lyrics throughout the two-week session. By the end, students will be able to read, write about, and discuss a wide range of texts and expand upon their traditional understanding of what "reading" is and can be.

    Instructor: Abriana Mayer
    Abriana is excited to join the Fay community during the 2020-2021 as an Upper School English teacher. She just finished her first year of teaching at Cape Cod Academy, where she taught seventh and eleventh grade English. She has passions for American literature, dance, popular culture, iced coffee, and the Red Sox. An independent school alumna herself, she cannot wait to meet, work with, and learn from the incredible students in the Fay summer program this year!

    Cost: $500

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  • Academic Adventures - Grades 6-9 (July 20 - 31, 1:00 - 4:00 pm)

    FaySummer’s popular in-person residential and day program, Academic Adventures, has moved online!  Join academically motivated and curious students for an enrichment experience that builds creativity and develops academics. 
    This two-week enrichment program offers the opportunity to study across multiple subject matters. Students enroll in two workshops that meet each weekday afternoon during the two-week session. These courses are hands-on learning labs, where students are actively involved in fun projects that lead to a deeper understanding of the subject area and conjure excitement about new ideas. 
    Academic Adventures, whether in-person or online is always an opportunity for adolescents to make lasting friendships, build independence, and participate in learning that is hands-on, meaningful—and fun.

    Instructors: Dan Blanchard and Brian Revell
    Dan and Brian are returning to the Academic Adventures program once again, having years of experience at FaySummer and teaching throughout the school year. Both bring a flair to the learning process, challenging students to blend different subjects into the topics that they deliver. Brian is a sixth grade teacher at Concord Middle School while Dan has been teaching at Fay School since 2006. 

    Cost: $500

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  • English: Poetry - Grades 6-8 ( July 27 - 31, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm)

    In this course, students will explore different forms of poetry and identify key poetic techniques - then, using classic poems for inspiration, they'll try their hands at writing their own pieces. At the end of the week, students will have their own poems to share and will have learned about perspective, voice, tone, mood, and different formatting styles. Throughout the course, participants will have opportunities to provide and receive critical feedback while working with peers and the instructor.
    Instructor: Julia Junker
    Julia is excited to return for her fourth summer at FaySummer. During the school year, she teaches in the Westborough Public Schools and enjoys working with kids of all ages. Julia attended Roger Williams University, where she studied both English literature and secondary education while also being a member of the women’s rugby team.
  • Writing Outside the Lines - Grades 6-8 (August 3 - 14, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm)

    This course will help students tap into their own creative power as writers in order to strengthen their skills and gain confidence. Through hands-on lessons and interactive exercises, students will learn that the basic elements of all writing -- content, organization, word choice, grammar, mechanics -- can be engaging and even fun! All students in the course will participate in our writers’ circle as they write, read, listen, and respond to the writing generated by their classmates. By the end of the two weeks, they will have several pieces of polished writing to show for their efforts!
    Instructor: Gwen Couch
    Gwen is thrilled to begin her new role at Fay this fall as the English Department Chair. She has been a teacher, administrator, counselor, and student advocate in schools such as Chatham Hall, The Ethel Walker School, Miss Porter’s School, St. Joseph College, SUNY Stony Brook, Drew University, and Yale University Divinity School. In addition to teaching English, Gwen is an avid theater director who received honorable mention from the Tony Awards for Excellence in Theatre Education in 2016. She brings the action and engagement of theater into her English courses and is always looking for new ways to help students find their voices on the page and on the stage. In her free time, Gwen enjoys singing, reading, gardening, and hanging out with her family, as well as her basset hound, Moxie.
  • Algebra Bootcamp - Grades 7-9 (August 3 - 14, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm)

    The goal of this course is to provide an equivalent full year study of first year algebra to students wishing to prepare a foundation for advanced coursework in mathematics or to preview material in preparation for the upcoming school year. Participants will learn how to write, solve, and graph linear equations and inequalities. They also will learn about the systems of equations and quadratic expressions. There will be assessments during the course that include quizzes, projects focused on the application of the concepts covered, and a final cumulative assessment. All student work will be completed during the scheduled course time.

    Instructor: Caitlin Porrazzo

    Cost: $500

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