Summer Programs: Academic Camps

To view Academic Camps, click the headings below. Please note that suggested rising grade levels are listed in parentheses after each camp title.

Most Academic Camps run from Week 2 to 6 (June 19-July 21) and are split into "A" (9-10:15 a.m.) and "B" (10:45 a.m.-noon) sessions.

Our Kindergarten Academic camp will have two sessions and run for three weeks each (Week 2-4 and Week 5-7) and will begin at 9 a.m. and end at noon.

Please note that the fees listed are for the entire session, and there is no option to pay for less than the full course. Children who need to miss some class time will be given material to work on by their camp instructor if requested.

If you are looking for remedial academic support, please visit The Hill Center’s website to learn more about their summer options for students in grades K-9.

Camp Kindergarten! (K)

Instructor: Christian Hairston and Kindergarten Faculty
Rising Grades: K
Week/Time: 2 Sessions: Weeks 2-4, AM (9 a.m.-noon) & Weeks 5-7 (9 a.m.-noon)
Location: #123
Min/Max Enrollment: 8-18
Price: $550 

At Camp K, we will promote the development of the whole child, including physical, emotional-social, language, and cognitive development as well as individual learning characteristics. We will provide a common set of expectations for children’s development and, at the same time, validate the individual differences that should be expected in children. We will emphasize the importance of play as an instructional strategy that promotes learning in early childhood programs. In addition, we will reflect and value the diversity that exists among our children and families.

We will have a flexible, daily routine consisting of Calendar Time, Morning Meeting, Free Choice Time, Snack and Story Time and Recess. Daily activities will include Language Arts and Mathematics with weekly Social Studies and Science based activities.

The academic program is theme-based, and the children will receive both individual and small group instruction while developing important readiness skills. The children will create a portfolio of all summer work that will showcase all subject areas and progress.

Each week will bring a new integrated Unit of Study. Literature, mathematics, scientific methods, history, and world cultures will be woven into the following units: All About Me, Super-senses and Our Community. 

Please email Christian Hairston with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at christian.hairston-randleman@da.org.

Language Arts 1/2 with Mrs. Soler (1-3)

Rising Grades: 1-3
Week/Time: Weeks 2-6; Session “A” (9-10:15 a.m.), AND/OR Session “B” (10:45 a.m.-noon)
Location: #112
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-18
Price: $380

Come join us for a summer of reading and writing! The language arts components we will focus on are reading comprehension, writing, and sharing. In writing we will work on establishing good writing habits by writing in daily journals, writing connections and responses to things we read, and writing poems and letters. Our reading focus will be on comprehension techniques and strategies, and how to think and visualize while we are reading. We will read a variety of different stories, and will also do a short unit on poetry. Students will have access to the classroom library and may check out books to read on their own at home. Students will be encouraged to share thoughts, journal entries, poems, and connections to stories. Our goal is to make reading and writing fun, and for each student to want to continue reading and writing after summer school is finished!

Jessica Soler has been working at Durham Academy for the past seven years. Mrs. Soler has taught in elementary classrooms since 1994, starting in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, moving to Wake County, and finally to the Caribbean School in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Mrs. Soler's teaching expertise is in reading and writing. Having worked with kindergartners, first-graders, fourth-graders, English-as-a-Second-Language students, and in Exceptional Education classrooms, Mrs. Soler has had opportunities to work with a very wide range of students with varying abilities. Mrs. Soler grew up in Tokyo, Japan, is a mom of two students at Durham Academy, and is an avid reader.

Please email Mrs. Soler with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at jessica.soler@da.org.

Math 1/2 with Ms. Murray (1-3)

Rising Grades: 1-3
Week/Time: Weeks 2-6; Session “A” (9-10:15 a.m.), AND/OR Session “B” (10:45 a.m.-noon)
Location: #115
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-18
Price: $380

We are going to have a great time learning more about math!  We will be revisiting some key components of the 1st and 2nd grade curriculum, as well as looking forward to see what is next for our mathematical journey. Our young mathematicians will get to learn through a variety of ways including math games, puzzles, and small group instruction. Students will learn how to think out loud and share their problem solving through math talks with the group! 

Math 1/2 with Mrs. Honeycutt (1-3)

Rising Grades: 1-3
Week/Time: Weeks 2-6; Session “A” (9-10:15 a.m.) 
Location: #114
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-18
Price: $380

We are going to have a great time learning more about math!  We will be revisiting some key components of the 1st and 2nd grade curriculum, as well as looking forward to see what is next for our mathematical journey. Our young mathematicians will get to learn through a variety of ways including math games, puzzles, and small group instruction. Students will learn how to think out loud and share their problem solving through math talks with the group! 

Cindi Honeycutt has been teaching 1st and 2nd graders for 4 years. This year, she specifically worked in a combo 1st and 2nd grade classroom at the The Expedition School in Hillsborough. Mrs. Honeycutt’s favorite subject to teach is math so she is excited to focus on just that this summer! Mrs. Honeycutt is a Durham native and resides in Durham with her husband and goldendoodle, Teddy.

Please email Mrs. Honeycutt with any questions you may have at zhoneycutt1@gmail.com.

Language Arts 1/2 with Mrs. Honeycutt (1-3)

Rising Grades: 1-3
Week/Time: Weeks 2-6; Session “B” (10:45-12 a.m.)
Location: #114
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-18
Price: $380

Come join us for a fun summer of language arts!  Your children will strengthen and enrich their skills and interests in reading, writing, and creativity! Through daily journaling, poetry, reading, word games, book creating, sharing, and other fun language arts activities, students will learn about themselves as readers and authors.  We will work on comprehension skills and writing techniques through visualization, vocabulary work, games, and art. We will also use technology to enhance this experience, and students will have access to many books. The goal is to encourage a love for writing and reading so students return to school self-confident and excited about language arts!

Cindi Honeycutt has been teaching 1st and 2nd graders for 4 years. This year, she specifically worked in a combo 1st and 2nd grade classroom at the The Expedition School in Hillsborough. Mrs. Honeycutt’s favorite subject to teach is math so she is excited to focus on just that this summer! Mrs. Honeycutt is a Durham native and resides in Durham with her husband and goldendoodle, Teddy.

Please email Mrs. Honeycutt with any questions you may have at zhoneycutt1@gmail.com.

Language Arts 3/4 with Mrs. Heath-Campos (2-5)

Rising Grades: 2-5
Week/Time: Weeks 2-6; Session “A” (9-10:15 a.m.)
Location: #215
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-18
Price: $380

Rising third- and fourth-graders will improve their abilities, motivation and confidence in the areas of reading and writing. Students are challenged at their individual level in an engaging and fun environment. Using authentic texts we will focus on building and advancing reading comprehension. Students will develop critical thinking skills through book discussions and written reflections that uncover students' thinking about reading. Students will write about topics that interest them focusing on idea development, paragraph structure and revising pieces at an appropriate independent level.

Maggi Heath-Campos has taught third, fourth and fifth grades over the last 12 years. She is currently teaching in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools as a Gifted Education Specialist. She received her Bachelor of Arts at Pepperdine University and a Masters of Arts in Teaching at East Carolina University. She is a National Board Certified Teacher, and has a certification in Academically and Intellectually Gifted Instruction. She loves working with children at their individual levels and watching them grow beyond their own expectations.

Please email Maggi Heath-Campos with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at maggiheathcampos@yahoo.com.

Language Arts 3/4 with Mrs. Laupert (2-5)

Rising Grades: 2-5
Week/Time: Weeks 2-6; Session “B” (10:45 a.m.-noon)
Location: #213
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-18
Price: $380 

Language Arts 3/4 will improve campers' abilities, motivation, and confidence in the areas of reading and writing. Students are challenged at their individual level in an engaging and fun environment. Emphasis is given to building and advancing reading comprehension. Students will develop critical thinking skills through book discussions and written reflections. Students will write about topics that interest them, focusing on idea development, paragraph structure, and revising pieces at an appropriate independent level.

Sherri Laupert holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Sherri is currently a second-grade teacher at Highcroft Drive Elementary School in Cary.  She is a former teacher and tutoring coordinator for The Hill Center. She received extensive training in Hill Methodologies in reading, written language, and math, and has trained and mentored Hill tutors and summer school teachers. While serving as tutoring coordinator at Hill, Sherri worked with several public, charter, and private schools throughout the Triangle to offer tutoring services and teacher training in best practices for reading. Sherri is passionate about helping students understand how they learn best while nurturing their love of learning, and helping them reach their full potential!

Please email Sherri Laupert with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at slaupert@wcpss.net.

Math 3/4 with Mrs. Heath-Campos (2-5)

Rising Grades: 2-5
Week/Time: Weeks 2-6; Session “B” (10:45 a.m.-noon)
Location: #215
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-18
Price: $380

‪Rising third- and fourth-graders receive academically rigorous math instruction customized to their individual goals and affinities. This camp is designed for both remediation and enrichment. Topics covered will include but are not limited to: number sense, fractions & decimals, multiplication & division, geometry and algebraic thinking. The lessons are hands-on and always include having fun while learning!

Maggi Heath-Campos has taught third, fourth and fifth grades over the last 12 years. She is currently teaching in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools as a Gifted Education Specialist. She received her Bachelor of Arts at Pepperdine University and a Master of Arts in Teaching at East Carolina University. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and has a certification in Academically and Intellectually Gifted Instruction. She loves working with children at their individual levels and watching them grow beyond their own expectations.

Please email Maggi Heath-Campos with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at maggiheathcampos@yahoo.com.

Math 3/4 with Mrs. Laupert (2-5)

Rising Grades: 2-5
Week/Time: Weeks 2-6; Session “A” (9-10:15 a.m.)
Location:  #213
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-18
Price: $380

Math Camp 3/4 is a great place for students to advance their math skills this summer! This camp offers instruction that is customized to enrich each student’s strengths in mathematics, while identifying and remediating any weaknesses. Class components include fluency, number sense & review, problem solving, computation & application, and reflection. The lessons are hands-on and always include having fun while learning! Students will leave the camp with a higher level of confidence and pride in their overall math abilities!

Sherri Laupert holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Sherri is currently a second-grade teacher at Highcroft Drive Elementary School in Cary. She is a former teacher and tutoring coordinator for The Hill Center. She received extensive training in Hill Methodologies in reading, written language, and math, and has trained and mentored Hill tutors and summer school teachers. While serving as tutoring coordinator at Hill, Sherri worked with several public, charter, and private schools throughout the Triangle to offer tutoring services and teacher training in best practices for reading. Sherri is passionate about helping students understand how they learn best while nurturing their love of learning, and helping them reach their full potential!

Please email Sherri Laupert with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at  slaupert@wcpss.net.

Math 5/6 with Mr. Forringer (4-7)

Rising Grades: 4-7
Week/Time: Weeks 2-6; Session “B” (10:45 a.m.-noon)
Location: #212
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-18
Price: $380

This course contains rising fifth- and sixth-grade material for students interested in either getting a review of the fifth- and sixth-grade math curriculum over a five-week stretch, or getting a jump start and some extra math practice over the summer before entering fifth or sixth grade! We'll work at a quick pace, do some fun games and activities, and there will be some homework practice to help strengthen their math skills and prepare them for middle school. 

Dan Forringer teaches fifth grade at Triangle Day School, is a Durham Academy alumnus and has been working in DA Summer Programs for the past 16 years. He's excited to help your child gain confidence and grow as a mathematician! Please email him with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at danforringer@hotmail.com.

Math 5/6 with Ms. Evans (4-7)

Rising Grades: 4-7
Week/Time: Weeks 2-6; Session “A” (9-10:15 a.m.)
Location: #214
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-18
Price: $380

Through real-life problem application, students in Math 5/6 will transition from arithmetic to algebraic thinking. This course is designed to help students gain an understanding of decimals, fractions, percents, algebraic expressions, and data analysis. Through the use of interactive math journals, topic supporting games, enrichment activities, whole group discussions, technology, and projects, summer scholars will explore a differentiated curriculum. The successful completion of the fourth grade standards is strongly advised.

Lori Evans is a teaching assistant in the Lower School science classroom at Durham Academy. She holds an M.S. in biological science and places emphasis on incorporating everyday problem solving skills into the curriculum whenever possible. She has four children who have helped her develop a sense of fun, adventure and humor without ever missing a teaching moment. Please email Ms. Evans with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at lori.evans@da.org.

Language Arts 5/6 with Mr. Forringer (4-7)

Rising Grades: 4-7
Week/Time: Weeks 2-6; Session “A” (9:00-10:15)
Location: #212
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-18
Price: $380

This course contains rising fifth- and sixth-grade material for students interested in strengthening their reading comprehension strategies and writing skills over a five-week period this summer. The students will get to select a novel to read and participate in literature circles where they will read and prepare some reading response assignments to share and discuss with their groups. We'll also work on a variety of writing strategies for creating exciting and fully developed narrative stories, and the students will spend time in the computer lab writing their own stories! 

Dan Forringer teaches fifth grade at Triangle Day School, is a Durham Academy alumnus and has been working in DA Summer Programs for the past 16 years. He's excited to help your child gain confidence and grow as a mathematician! Please email him with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at danforringer@hotmail.com.

Language Arts 5/6 with Ms. Evans (4-7)

Rising Grades: 4-7
Week/Time: Weeks 2-6; Session “B” (10:45-12:00)
Location: #214
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-18
Price: $380

Language Arts Camp is the place to be! Students will boost their reading and writing skills through hands-on fun along with hard work! Book clubs, group activities, games paralled to curriculum themes and writing assignments will reinforce vocabulary skills, partner and communication techniques as well as encouraging them to be self directed in their learning. Middle School students will leave Language Arts Camp ready to take on any challenge the next school year has to offer!

Lori Evans is a teaching assistant in the Lower School science classroom at Durham Academy. She holds an M.S. in biological science and places emphasis on incorporating everyday problem solving skills into the curriculum whenever possible. She has four children who have helped her develop a sense of fun, adventure and humor without ever missing a teaching moment. Please email Ms. Evans with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at lori.evans@da.org.

Language Arts 7/8 with TBD (6-9)

Rising Grades: 6-9
Week/Time: Weeks 2-6; Session “A” (9-10:15 a.m.) AND/OR Session “B” (10:45 a.m.-noon)
Location: US #210
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-18
Price: $380

Students coming to Language Arts Camp will have the chance to advance their reading and writing skills this summer. This fun and enriching experience will allow students to engage in thoughtful and in depth discussions with peers in a book club format where they will ask questions, discuss problems and share ideas. Through challenging, hands-on vocabulary activities and rigorous writing assignments, students will improve their skills in grammar, sentence structure and word choice. Students will leave the camp with a high level of confidence and pride in their language arts abilities!

If you have questions about this camp, please email summer@da.org.

Note: This class will take place on the Upper School campus (room #210) this year. Pick-up and drop-off can still occur easily at the front the of the Lower School and is recommended on the first day of camp (it's a quick two-minute walk over to the Upper School classrooms and students will be walked over by camp staff) but you will also have the option of parking/dropping off around the back of the Upper School (pull into the entrance on Pickett Road, drive straight to the end of the parking lot and the classrooms will be on the left, across from the fields.) Instructors will be ready and waiting for you in the classrooms and will be present to supervise Academic Recess (10:15-10:45 a.m.) and to walk students back to the Lower School for the car line or lunch by noon. If you would like to pick your child up from the Upper School at the end of class, please communicate this directly with your instructor.

Writing for High School Success with TBD (9-12)

Rising Grades: 9-12
Week/Time: Weeks 2-6; Session “A” (9-10:15 a.m.), AND/OR Session “B” (10:45 a.m.-noon)
Location: US #204
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-18
Price: $380

This language arts course is designed to help high school students at all levels progress to the next level in writing. Whether interested in exploring their creative writing talents or solidifying academic writing foundations, every student will steer his or her own course of development. Students will be encouraged to integrate their individual affinities into their chosen writing path. Students pursuing enrichment will be guided toward projects and competitions that will push their performance. Students in need of remediation will receive instruction that is customized to their learning strengths and challenges. This course is developed for students who are serious about strengthening their writing skills and value the creative process.

If you have questions about this camp, please email summer@da.org.

Note: This class will take place on the Upper School campus (room #204) this year. Pick-up and drop-off can still occur easily at the front the of the Lower School and is recommended on the first day of camp (it's a quick two-minute walk over to the Upper School classrooms and students will be walked over by camp staff) but you will also have the option of parking/dropping off around the back of the Upper School (pull into the entrance on Pickett Road, drive straight to the end of the parking lot and the classrooms will be on the left, across from the fields.) Instructors will be ready and waiting for you in the classrooms and will be present to supervise Academic Recess (10:15-10:45 a.m.) and to walk students back to the Lower School for the car line or lunch by noon. If you would like to pick your child up from the Upper School at the end of class, please communicate this directly with your instructor.

Pre-Algebra with TBD (6-9)

Rising Grades: 6-9
Week/Time: Weeks 2-6; Session “B” (10:45 a.m.-noon)
Location: US #206
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-18
Price:$380

Students in pre-algebra will use their mathematical minds to explore a variety of topics, including the order of operations, exponents, solving equations, scientific notation, fractions/percents, proportional reasoning, and linear functions. This course is designed to build upon mathematical skills and concepts mastered in the previous level and provide exposure to a wide variety of topics taught from a problem solving perspective. Through the use of journals, games, discussions, tasks, independent study, and technology, pre-algebra scholars will grow as mathematical learners

If you have questions about this camp, please email summer@da.org.

Note: This class will take place on the Upper School campus (room #206) this year. Pick-up and drop-off can still occur easily at the front the of the Lower School and is recommended on the first day of camp (it's a quick two-minute walk over to the Upper School classrooms and students will be walked over by camp staff) but you will also have the option of parking/dropping off around the back of the Upper School (pull into the entrance on Pickett Road, drive straight to the end of the parking lot and the classrooms will be on the left, across from the fields.) Instructors will be ready and waiting for you in the classrooms and will be present to supervise Academic Recess (10:15-10:45 a.m.) and to walk students back to the Lower School for the car line or lunch by noon. If you would like to pick your child up from the Upper School at the end of class, please communicate this directly with your instructor.

Algebra 1 with Mr. Jenzano (9-12)

Rising Grades: 9-12
Week/Time: Weeks 2-6; Session “A” (9:00-10:15)
Location: US #208
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-18
Price: $380

In Algebra I, we take a comprehensive, active approach to the core concepts covered during the school year. Students are welcome to attend for preview or review. We spend a week on each of the following major topics: factoring and quadratics, linear equations, exponents, systems of equations, and radicals. Each week wraps up with application problems and a quiz. The format of a daily class involves a warm-up problem, 15 minutes of lecture, group practice at the board, and group problem solving. Students registering for this class must have completed Pre-Algebra. Students are required to bring a calculator with scientific functions.

Jarrod Jenzano has been with the Durham Academy math department since 2000, where he has taught Algebra 2, Finite Math, AB Calculus, BC Calculus, and Multivariable Calculus. He graduated from Carnegie-Mellon University with a B.S. in physics degree and earned a master’s degree in engineering from N.C. State University. 

Please email Mr. Jenzano with questions about this camp at jarrod.jenzano@da.org.

Note: This class will take place on the Upper School campus (room #208) this year. Pick-up and drop-off can still occur easily at the front the of the Lower School and is recommended on the first day of camp (it's a quick two-minute walk over to the Upper School classrooms and students will be walked over by camp staff) but you will also have the option of parking/dropping off around the back of the Upper School (pull into the entrance on Pickett Road, drive straight to the end of the parking lot and the classrooms will be on the left, across from the fields.) Instructors will be ready and waiting for you in the classrooms and will be present to supervise Academic Recess (10:15-10:45 a.m.) and to walk students back to the Lower School for the car line or lunch by noon. If you would like to pick your child up from the Upper School at the end of class, please communicate this directly with your instructor.

SAT English with TBD (9-12)

Rising Grades: 9-12
Week/Time: Weeks 2-6; Session “A” (9-10:15 a.m.)
Location: US #206
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-18
Price: $380

The SAT English course is a five-week course designed to familiarize students with the test format and provide strategies to maximize success on the exam. Students will review components of proper grammar and learn to analyze writing within a passage so that they become efficient and effective test-takers. To prepare for the format of the new SAT writing section, they will evaluate essays and practice writing critiques that examine the effectiveness of other writers. 

If you have questions about this camp, please email summer@da.org.

Note: This class will take place on the Upper School campus (room #206) this year. Pick-up and drop-off can still occur easily at the front the of the Lower School and is recommended on the first day of camp (it's a quick two-minute walk over to the Upper School classrooms and students will be walked over by camp staff) but you will also have the option of parking/dropping off around the back of the Upper School (pull into the entrance on Pickett Road, drive straight to the end of the parking lot and the classrooms will be on the left, across from the fields.) Instructors will be ready and waiting for you in the classrooms and will be present to supervise Academic Recess (10:15-10:45 a.m.) and to walk students back to the Lower School for the car line or lunch by noon. If you would like to pick your child up from the Upper School at the end of class, please communicate this directly with your instructor.

SAT Math with Mr. Jenzano (9-12)

Rising Grades: 9-12
Week/Time: Weeks 2-6; Session “B” (10:45 a.m.-noon)
Location: US #208
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-18
Price: $380

The SAT Math class is a five-week practice-based course. The three-part approach involves building familiarity with the most frequently seen concepts, creating routine in the approach required for different types of problems, and maintaining an awareness of pace and prioritizing. Students complete at least one 20-25 minute practice section of the test each day, keeping track of their scores so that we can record a math score per week. A book is provided, and students are required to bring a graphing calculator. Students registering for this class must have completed Algebra II and Geometry in order to be able to solve SAT problems.

Jarrod Jenzano has been with the Durham Academy math department since 2000, where he has taught Algebra 2, Finite Math, AB Calculus, BC Calculus, and Multivariable Calculus. He graduated from Carnegie-Mellon University with a B.S. in physics degree and earned a master’s degree in engineering from N.C. State University. 

Please email Mr. Jenzano with questions about this camp at jarrod.jenzano@da.org.

Note: This class will take place on the Upper School campus (room #208) this year. Pick-up and drop-off can still occur easily at the front the of the Lower School and is recommended on the first day of camp (it's a quick two-minute walk over to the Upper School classrooms and students will be walked over by camp staff) but you will also have the option of parking/dropping off around the back of the Upper School (pull into the entrance on Pickett Road, drive straight to the end of the parking lot and the classrooms will be on the left, across from the fields.) Instructors will be ready and waiting for you in the classrooms and will be present to supervise Academic Recess (10:15-10:45 a.m.) and to walk students back to the Lower School for the car line or lunch by noon. If you would like to pick your child up from the Upper School at the end of class, please communicate this directly with your instructor. 

Summer Programs 2018
  • Week 1: June 11-15
  • Week 2: June 18-22
  • Week 3: June 25-29
  • Week 4: July 2-6 (No camp on July 4)
  • Week 5: July 9-13
  • Week 6: July 16-20
  • Week 7: July 23-27 

Summer Programs Contacts

Dan Gilson
Summer Programs Director
919-287-1763 

 

Jennifer Thornton
Assistant Summer Programs Director

 

  

William Edwards
Assistant Summer Programs Director

 

 

Zakia VanHoose
Volunteer Coordinator & Before and After Care Coordinator 


 

 

 

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