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Overview

 

Our virtual camps and electives are open to kids everywhere ages 4 and up!

Our 2020 Summer STEAM camp and electives 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 fabric dyeing and vlogging, individually and in groups. Sessions run in mornings, afternoons, or for full days. To view and search all the offerings, click on the Find Courses tab above.

Camps are week-long courses that meet every day from 9am-12pm and/or 1pm-4pm.
Electives are two-hour classes that meet two or three times a week for two weeks.

Acera has made the decision to officially convert all summer camps to a remote format for our entire program, weeks 1-12, for the safety of all in our community.

Acera educators have shown the utmost care and creativity in designing highly engaging and successful remote classes for the last two months, in our day program, enrichment classes, and new Pop-Up Extension School. We are thankful for the opportunity this summer to be a bright spot of community and joy in your children’s lives (and kitchens and living rooms!), through exciting remote camp offerings like Baking with Kids, Sculptural Weaving, and Engineering Design Challenges.

Even with our pedagogical and logistical adaptations to make Remote Summer Camp a success, including the use of materials kits and movement-based activities, we understand that this will not work for all of our families. For this reason, we’re extending the deadline by which you may ask for a refund to June 12 (previously June 1). In an effort to be responsive to the unique circumstances of the times, we are also altering our policy around non-refundable deposits: if requested, we will refund whatever fees you’ve paid, less 5% that we would like to retain to cover transaction fees and overhead costs.

We are eagerly awaiting the day when we can safely return to our beloved Acera Innovation Lab and Adventure Playground! Until then, we look forward to “seeing” your children in one of our innovative and memorable remote camps!

Remote Camp Details

  • AM camps run from 9:00AM-12:00PM, with a Zoom-free snack & movement break from 10:30-11:00.
  • PM camps run from 1:00PM-4:00PM, with a Zoom-free snack & movement break from 2:30-3:00.
  • Full day camps run from 9:00AM-4:00PM with breaks happening 10:30-11:00, 12:00-1:00, and 2:30-3:00.
  • Where a camp requires significant changes due to the remote format, our staff will reach out directly to registered campers with more information. 
  • Kits of specialty materials will be sent by mail in advance, where needed. Staff will be following sanitation protocols during the preparation of these kits to ensure your child’s safety. 

Remote Learning Can Work!

In Acera’s day program, after school enrichment, April vacation camp, and new pop-up school program, our creative and dedicated educators have been wholeheartedly committed to tackling the challenge of remote learning. We’ve developed mindset shifts, strategies, and structures that have enabled us to manifest Acera’s vision of student-centered education within the new COVID era.

  • Zoom will be our main mode of connecting, but students will not be “at the computer” for the entirety of their camp session! 
  • Students in Acera’s remote classes are solving hands-on design challenges, developing relational capacities through peer feedback sessions, and actively engaging their bodies within movement-oriented tasks.
  • The computer will be used as a tool to aid in skill demonstrations, collaborative discussion, and assessment of and feedback on student work.

Families are grateful for how our remote programming is enriching their children’s lives: 

“Bravo! Thank you very much for your awesome spring camp culinary class. It was so thoughtful, so well-planned, so engaging for children (and I am not even mentioning the food quality of the result, which was superb)!”

“Thank you so much for teaching [my child]. He told me he enjoyed it very much. He carried on coding in python for a few hours after the class had ended! He was also coding today!!”

“Thanks for making minecraft fun yesterday. [My child] loved it. He wants the course everyday.”

Looking toward our summer programming, we at Acera are so thankful for the opportunity to provide our families with a source of joy and structure during this otherwise chaotic time. Thank you for entrusting us with your child’s learning! We are happy to answer your questions at summercamp@aceraschool.org.

We’ve removed some offerings & added new ones due to COVID-related factors, so please use the “Find Courses” tab to access our most updated offerings. You may still view the original 2020 Summer Camp schedule here.

Registration Fees

  • 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.

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.

 

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.