Summer Institute: Ages 12 and Up

Summer Institute comprises fun-filled programs that allow campers to take a deep dive in areas of interest. We bring together top-of-their-game Durham Academy faculty and alumni with partners from our neighboring universities to create a vibrant summer of learning and discovery.

Summer Institute is held daily Monday–Friday from 8:30–3:30 p.m. in state-of-the-art facilities and on the wide-open grounds of our beautiful Upper School campus.

Lifelong learners who are curious about new materials and/or seeking mastery of materials to generate more confidence are all welcome at the Durham Academy Summer Institute. Through a fusion of learning and play, we hope to challenge learners to take control of sometimes-stressful topics, such as test-taking, essay-writing and driving — and also guide learners toward a deeper love of Shakespeare, technological skills, math, literacy and writing, storytelling and so much more. Whether your camper is ready to learn the (literal) rules of the road or discover a new passion, join us this summer! 

Summer Institute Offerings

  • Girls Make Games
  • Chinese
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Algebra Prep
  • Standardized Test Prep
  • Comprehension and Reading
  • Grammar and Vocabulary
  • Math 6 & 7 Prep
  • Math 7 & 8 Prep
  • Geometry Prep
  • Shakespeare
  • DARC SIDE Robotics
  • Technology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Science
  • Study Skills
  • Community Action
  • Social Skills
  • Public Speaking and Presenting
  • Essay Strategies
  • Scratch Programming
  • Personal Narratives
  • Introduction to HS Literature
  • Science Sampler Grades 9-10
  • Reading Comprehension and Note Taking
  • SAT/ACT Prep
  • Driver’s Education
  • Math Jumpstart
  • Preseason Conditioning
  • Healthy Cooking
  • Summer Music Lab

See a Full List of Summer Institute Courses

We hope you will see what our Summer Institute has to offer your older camper to keep them engaged and growing throughout their learning journey. We know they will have fun while learning and make new friends and stay connected socially through the summer.


Summer Institute Schedule

8:30–9 a.m. Flexible Arrival
9 a.m. Attendance
9 a.m.–noon Deep Dive Learning 
12:15–1 p.m. Lunch & Store
1–3 p.m. Deep Dive Learning
3–3:30 p.m. Exploring Issues
3:30–4 p.m. Flexible Pick-Up


Summer at DA 2021

Week 1: June 14–19
Week 2: June 21–26
Week 3: June 28–July 2
Week 4: July 5–9
Week 5: July 12–16
Week 6: July 19–23
Week 7: July 26–30
Week 8: Aug. 2–6