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Overview

 

Thanks for a wonderful summer!

Check out scenes from the summer of 2020 at Acera:

Details on our 2021 Summer STEAM camp and electives will be posted in December of 2020. Acera’s STEAM summer camp enables kids ages 4 to 17 to tackle enticing challenges, from fashion technology and physical computing to fabric dyeing and vlogging, individually and in groups. Sessions run in mornings, afternoons, or for full days. To browse last summer’s offerings, click on the Find Courses tab above.

If you’re new to Acera, read on to find information on our philosophy, and what to expect at our STEAM summer camp.

About the Acera Summer STEAM Camp

The Acera Summer STEAM Camp is a creativity-based arts and sciences day camp where children can nurture their natural desire to inquire, create, and innovate. With emphases on critical thought, creative problem solving, and integration of content areas, our diverse program offerings inspire all types of learners and thinkers. Our staff consists of professionals with significant experience in the classroom and in their own fields of expertise. Among them are award winners, active research scientists, and working artists. We believe in offering high caliber, authentic, engaging instruction, as much during the summer as during our school year program.

What To Expect

Our STEAM Summer Camp is designed to challenge students of all ages and learning styles. Participants should expect to tackle difficult, enticing problems, individually and in groups. They should anticipate taking the time to incorporate new techniques as they create unique works of art or design experimental protocols or novel engineering solutions.

Who Is Eligible?

All children ages 4 through 17 may attend. There is no testing or formal application process for our summer program, and enrollment at Acera’s Sept-June day school is not required. Participants must be able to work successfully both independently and in group settings.

 

Registration

REGISTER FOR ACERA SUMMER CAMP

Registration Fees

  • Our “balance due” date of May 1 has been revised to May 15, and this only applies to June camp sessions (Weeks 1-4)
  • Families with a balance due for any July and August camps will be asked to pay by June 15.
  • Families will receive a separate “balance due” email ahead of the due date. Non-payment will result in forfeiting the class enrollment.
  • After June 1, any new sign-ups must be paid in full.
  • Deposits are non-refundable.

Please note that enrollment is not complete until paid for and approved by Acera Staff.

You can pay your deposit or tuition via our website, or by check. If you are uncertain about the deposit/tuition amount you owe, contact summercamp@aceraschool.org and we will confirm your deposit due, and total tuition.

Questions? E-mail us at summercamp@aceraschool.org or call at 781-729-3489.

Internships

Update on Acera Summer Internships for Middle & High School Students: Due to Acera’s transition to remote summer camp, we are unable to offer an internship program this year. 

We seek generous, patient, creative youth who want to develop their leadership skills in a non-profit school with a start-up “feel.” Our interns serve as support in the classroom and during free time, modeling responsible behavior and engagement in the learning process. Based on age and experience, outgoing 8th-12th grade students may be eligible for either the Acera Mentorship Program (AMP) or the Acera Leadership Program (ALP). 

Objectives and Eligibility

Acera Mentorship Program (AMP): 

The Acera Mentorship Program supports younger high school students (outgoing 8th, 9th or 10th grades) in the transition from childhood to adolescence. Interns grow their skills in perspective-taking and group leadership in an inspiring and innovative environment. All AMP members participate in weekly workshops led by School Counselors and Managers to grow their skills, identify their strengths or areas of improvement, and engage in reflective problem-solving. Interns assist Teacher Entrepreneurs in their STEAM classes, both participating and taking on greater responsibility as merited. AMP members are expected to work a minimum of 2 weeks of the summer and will receive documentation of volunteer hours if applicable. No fee for program.

Acera Leadership Program (ALP):

The Acera Leadership Program is available to students (typically outgoing 10th, 11th or 12th graders) who have completed the Acera’s Mentorship Program or have shown Acera Staff the individual’s ability to take on work independently. This program offers ALP interns opportunities to coach younger leaders, apprentice with specialized Teacher Entrepreneurs, and take on greater responsibility. Throughout the summer, ALP interns will participate in weekly leadership workshops and collaborate with a multidisciplinary team of Counselors, School Administrators, Artists, Musicians, Scientists, and other professionals. Prior interns have reported that this internship helped them develop new social skills, refine areas of interest for college, deepen their self-awareness, and have fun! ALP interns are expected to work for a minimum of 4 weeks of the summer. Additional roles for ALP interns may be modified based on applicants’ strengths and interests, administrators’ needs, as well as the teaching styles of Teacher Mentors. No fee for program. Paid internships may be available, if intern is requested to take on administrative or woodshop assistant roles.

Questions? Email Trent Ramsey at trent@aceraschool.org

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Pricing & Policies

Class prices vary, and include all materials and lab fees. 

WAITLIST

Once a session is fully enrolled, students can choose to be waitlisted. You can pick another session at the same time and switch should a slot become available; or just be waitlisted. When we begin a waitlist, we will do our best to find an instructor to increase the class size.

REFUND POLICY

Changes and Cancellations: $100 deposit per class is non-refundable. If you need to switch weeks of camp, we will do our best to try to place your child into a new session. If there are no options available that work, we will issue you a refund of the session amount, less the deposit. Families who have registered for camps before June 1 will have the option to cancel for a refund if they are unable to participate in virtual camp.

In the unlikely case a session does not fill, we reserve the right to cancel a specific offering. We will inform you at least four weeks ahead of the week the program is scheduled to run. Students will be able to switch into another session or receive a reimbursement (including deposit).

No refund or reduction in fees is possible for a child who arrives late, leaves early, or attends part of a session due to illness (other than hospital stay).

For those who pre-registered, if payment in full is not received by May 15th, your camper’s registration may be cancelled. For enrollments made after June 1, tuition is due in full at time of enrollment. You must pay your camp balance before starting your session. The Acera Staff appreciates your efforts to communicate changes, deletions, or additions to your camper’s registration.

Removal from camp: Decisions about participation in STEAM camp are made at the discretion of the instructor and the Enrichment Programs Manager. If a student is not able to participate in a safe and productive way, or if the teacher feels that the student is not engaging at a level appropriate for the program, the instructor may ask that s/he switch into a different session, or not return to the program. Refunds will not be provided for students removed from the program due to behavioral issues.

FINANCIAL AID

Limited financial aid is available and awarded based on demonstrated need. Please email us at summercamp@aceraschool.org to request a Scholarship Application. The deadline for this request is April 1st, 2020.