Summer Camp

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Overview

Our 2020 Summer STEAM camp will run from June 8 to August 21 (including a four-day camp offered during the week of July 4th). Acera’s STEAM summer camp enables kids ages 4 to 17 to tackle enticing challenges, from fashion technology and physical computing to gondola building and vlogging, individually and in groups. Sessions run in mornings, afternoons, or for full days.

To view and search all the camps sessions, click on the Find Courses tab above.

View the full 2020 Summer Camp schedule

Check out scenes from the summer of 2019 below!

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.

A Typical Day

8 am- 9 am Early Drop Off (extra fee)

9 am- 10:30 am Morning Session

10:30 am- 11 am Outdoor Play

11 am- 12 pm Morning Session Continued

12 pm Afternoon-only students arrive

12 pm- 1 pm Lunch and Outdoor Games

1 pm Morning-only students depart

1 pm- 2:30 pm Afternoon Session

2:30 pm- 3 pm Outdoor Play

3 pm- 4 pm Afternoon Session Continued

4 pm- 6 pm Extended Day (extra fee)

Early Drop Off/Late Pick Up Early drop off (8 to 9 am) and Late pick up (4 to 6 pm) will be available

Registration

REGISTER FOR ACERA SUMMER CAMP

**Parents of full-time Acera students: please see the 12/19 Acera newsletter for your special early bird discount code. Newsletter archives can be found in the Family Login page.**

Early bird discount: Families who register and pay in full through January 12 will enjoy a 20% discount on all summer camps. You do not have to attend Acera School’s day program to be eligible. Use code EARLYBIRD20.

We require a deposit of $100 per session a student is registering for. For example, for a morning and an afternoon session, even if in the same week, the deposit is $200. Deposits are due at time of enrollment.

Full tuition total is due by May 1, 2020. After May 1, registrations must be accompanied by payment in full.

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

Acera Summer Internships for Middle & High School Students

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.

APPLY HERE

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 include all materials and lab fees, and an Acera T-shirt! Prices vary by class (“Search Courses”).

EXTENDED DAY OPTIONS

Early Drop-Off is available, beginning at 8 a.m. The cost is $40 per week. Single day options not available.

Late Pick-Up is available between 4 and 6 p.m. The cost is $75 per week. Single day options not available.

TRANSPORTATION

Bus transportation is not available at this time. However, you may indicate your interest during online registration to join a carpool list (as driver or rider). Your information will be shared with other families interested in car-pooling, based on geographic proximity.

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. The latest you can cancel a camp session is June 1, 2020

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 1st, your camper’s registration may be cancelled. For enrollments made after May 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.

ADDITIONAL POLICIES

Lunch & Snack: Acera STEAM Camp does NOT provide lunch and snacks. Please send your child with a bag lunch, snacks, & water bottle.

Student Ages: We aim to be flexible with our age requirement for classes (for example, if your child is turning 7 in September and wants to join a 7-10 class). If you have questions, please contact summercamp@aceratest.wpengine.com.

Late Fees: A late fee of $10 will be charged for parents who arrive late (after 1pm for AM sessions, after 4pm for afternoon sessions, or after 6pm for late pick up students) to pick up children.

Laptop/Equipment: Use of Acera electronic equipment is included in the cost of tuition.

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@aceratest.wpengine.com to request a Scholarship Application. The deadline for this request is April 1st, 2020.