Summer Programs

Every summer, Saint John's is proud to offer summer courses and programs for both Saint John's students and students throughout the community.

We have expanded our program offerings by partnering with Notre Dame Academy and Venerini Academy and offering a newly expanded, robust catalog of courses for students of all ages in a variety of interests. 

Whether your student is interested in academics, arts, athletics, college prep or any other topic, we have courses available to meet the interests of everyone! 

Registration for Summer 2022 is now open. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY!

The 2022 Summer Programs at Saint John's will run in-person on the Saint John's High School campus in Shrewsbury from June 20 to July 22 in a variety of 1-, 2-, and 4- week options. 

Should you have any questions relating to Summer Programs at Saint John's, please e-mail our Directors at sjsummer@stjohnshigh.org

Saint John's Students Only

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  • SJ Honors Precalculus

    COURSE NAME: SJ Honors Precalculus

    AGE GROUP: St. John’s students entering 11th or 12th grade

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    This course will stand in for the full year Precalculus course and enable students to qualify for AP Calculus course-either AB or BC, depending on your results.  Applications are due to your math teacher by April 1st–approval by the department is required before purchasing the course.  

    This course is intended for advanced juniors (to be seniors) who are presently taking Honors Algebra 2 & Trigonometry and are seeking to take Calculus next year.
    Guidelines for Juniors (to be seniors):
    Mathematics courses taken: Honors Algebra I, Honors Geometry, and Honors Algebra II &
    Trigonometry (or their equivalent)
    Mathematics courses grade average: A- or better
    PSAT/SAT: 650 or better
    Overall Unweighted GPA: 3.7 or better
    These students, if they pass the course, will be placed into BC Calculus or AB Calculus depending on their grade in the course. If they fail the course, they will be placed into Honors Pre-Calculus in the fall.

    Exceptional sophomores (to be juniors) may apply for the course. Please understand that the
    preferred option of the Mathematics Department is to take the full year course in Precalculus.
    Guidelines for Sophomores (to be juniors):
    Mathematics course taken: Honors Algebra I, Honors Geometry, and Honors Algebra II &
    Trigonometry (or their equivalent)
    Mathematics courses grade average: A or better
    PSAT/SAT: 680 or better
    Overall Unweighted GPA: 3.9 or better
    These students, if they pass the course, will be placed into BC Calculus.
    If they fail the course, they will be placed into Honors Pre-Calculus in the fall.

    Freshmen (to be sophomores) are not eligible for the course.

    After the applications received through your math teacher are returned, the Mathematics department, in conjunction with the Assistant Principals for Academics, will review the applications and determine the students recommended into the Summer Pre-Calculus program. 


    COURSE LENGTH: Four Weeks 

    COST: $625

    SCHEDULE: June 13–July 8, 8 AM to 11 AM, Weekdays except 6/20 and 7/4


    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    Mr. Tim Williams and Mr. Steve Gregory



    INSTRUCTOR CONTACT INFO
    sgregory@stjohnshigh.org
  • SJ Pre 7th - Math & English

    COURSE NAME: SJ Pre-7th: Math & English 

    AGE GROUP: Saint John’s students entering 7th grade

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    The Pre-7th Summer Studies Program, for students entering the seventh grade at Saint John's in the Fall, is designed to solidify the educational background in English and Mathematics and to acquaint students with the demands of a college preparatory middle and high school curriculum. 

    It is strongly recommended to and encouraged for all incoming members of the SJ Class of 2028.

    In addition to acclimating students to the demands of a college preparatory middle school curriculum, students will engage in further curriculum, lessons on study skills, and a library orientation.  

    Lastly, a focus on community building will be present in this course to help rising SJ 7th graders begin their journey into the SJ Brotherhood. This will help them enter St. John’s with a greater sense of confidence and comfort due to the relationships created with fellow classmates and staff members.  

    Pre-7th Program - Math:
    This course is designed to reinforce the concepts and skills covered in the 6th grade mathematics curriculum and also to extend their knowledge into various Pre-Algebra topics that they will encounter in 7th grade.  This will give students a true “leg up” for their 7th grade math course. 

    The goal of this course is to solidify the student’s foundation of mathematics prior to starting at Saint John’s as a Grade 7 student in the fall but also give opportunities to extend and challenge his conceptual abilities and skills. 

    Topics include: Order of operations, evaluating variable expressions, one-step equations, two step equations, Positive/Negative integer operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division), and introduction to exponents rules. Additional topics for advanced students may include more exponent rules, combining like terms, the distributive property, multi-step equations, and linear inequalities. 

    Pre-7th Program - English
    The primary focus of Pre-7th English is strengthening basic skills: grammar, sentence structure and composition, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and study techniques. We will use a variety of short stories, poetry and other types of writing  in order to explore the different elements of English literature and language.

    This course provides students with the skills that will enable them to meet the challenge of a college preparatory English program with confidence and ability. 

    COURSE LENGTH: Two Weeks 

    COST: $495

     SCHEDULE: Wednesday, June 22 - Friday, July 1. Weekdays from 9 AM - 12:30 PM. 

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    St. John’s MS Staff

    INSTRUCTOR CONTACT INFO
    sjsummer@stjohnshigh.org
     


  • SJ Pre 9th - Math & English (2 Week AM)

    COURSE NAME: SJ Pre 9th - Math & English (2 Week AM)

    AGE GROUP:  St. John’s High School students entering 9th grade

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    The Pre 9th Summer Studies Program, for students entering the ninth grade at Saint John's in the Fall, is designed to solidify the educational background in English and Mathematics and to acquaint students with the demands of a college preparatory high school curriculum. 

    It is highly recommended and encouraged to all members of the SJ Class of 2026.

    In order to acclimatize students to the demands of a college preparatory high school curriculum, students in the English portion will focus on the English Summer Reading Text.  They will also engage in cross-curricular lessons and skills which prepare a student to excel in a wide range of academic subjects.  Students will focus on 'Reading and Writing' college preparatory skills, including developing/discerning point of view, organizing paragraphs, finding and sorting facts, structuring sentences with proper grammar, and building vocabulary.  As a result, students will  have read, reflected upon, and mastered their assigned SJ 9th grade English Summer Reading text.

    The Math portion of the SJ Pre-9th program will have a two-fold purpose.  First, depending on the student’s prior knowledge, teachers will develop, solidify, and advance the students' conceptual understanding and skills for the important Pre-Algebra and/or Algebra 1 topics that are essential for success in high school mathematics.  Next, teachers will introduce and develop the students' conceptual understanding and skills for the major Algebra1 and/or Algebra 2 topics that students will encounter in 9th grade.  This will give students a "Leg Up" for their Freshman Algebra 1 or Algebra 2 class and put them in a much better position for success.  When necessary, teachers will remediate any lessons for students that need it in order for them to achieve mastery.  Likewise, for those students ready for more advanced material, teachers will move them at a challenging pace that allows them to interact with more advanced Algebraic concepts and skills. 

    Finally, the teachers' ability to scaffold their English and Math lessons will be enhanced by their access to SJ upperclassmen who will be serving as classroom teacher aides.  These SJ peer tutors will not only help students academically, but they will also develop social relationships with them as they become members of the St. John's Brotherhood.  

    (NOTE ... SJ students looking for “Level Placement Adjustment” for their freshman Math and/or English courses MUST take the 4-Week program in order for this to be an option.)


    COURSE LENGTH   Two Weeks


    COST & SCHEDULE   $495


    DATES: Wednesday, June 22nd - Friday, July 1st
    TIME:  Weekdays from 9AM - 12:30PM


    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    St. John’s HS Staff


    INSTRUCTOR CONTACT INFO
    sjsummer@stjohnshigh.org
  • SJ Pre 9th - Math & English (2 Week PM)

    COURSE NAME: SJ Pre 9th - Math & English (2 Week PM)

    AGE GROUP:  St. John’s High School students entering 9th grade

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    The Pre 9th Summer Studies Program, for students entering the ninth grade at Saint John's in the Fall, is designed to solidify the educational background in English and Mathematics and to acquaint students with the demands of a college preparatory high school curriculum. 

    It is highly recommended and encouraged to all members of the SJ Class of 2026.

    In addition to acclimating students to the demands of a college preparatory English high school curriculum, students will engage in  cross-curricular lessons and skills which prepare a student to excel in a wide range of academic subjects.  Students will focus on 'Reading and Writing' college preparatory skills, including developing/discerning point of view, organizing paragraphs, finding and sorting facts, structuring sentences with proper grammar, and building vocabulary.  Lastly, students will read Read, Reflect Upon, and Master their assigned SJ 9th grade Summer Reading text.

    The Math portion of the SJ Pre-9th program will have a two-fold purpose.  First, depending on the student’s prior knowledge, teachers will develop, solidify, and advance the students' conceptual understanding and skills for the important Pre-Algebra and/or Algebra 1 topics that are essential for success in high school mathematics.  Next, teachers will introduce and develop the students' conceptual understanding and skills for the major Algebra1 and/or Algebra 2 topics that students will encounter in 9th grade.  This will give students a "Leg Up" for their Freshman Algebra 1 or Algebra 2 class and put them in a much better position for success.  When necessary, teachers will remediate any lessons for students that need it in order for them to achieve mastery.  Likewise, for those students ready for more advanced material, teachers will move them at a challenging pace that allows them to interact with more advanced Algebraic concepts and skills. 

    Finally, the teachers' ability to scaffold their English and Math lessons will be enhanced by their access to SJ upperclassmen who will be serving as classroom teacher aides.  These SJ peer tutors will not only help students academically, but they will also develop social relationships with them as they become members of the St. John's Brotherhood.  
    (NOTE ... SJ students looking for “Level Placement Adjustment” for their freshman Math and/or English courses MUST take the 4-Week program in order for this to be an option.)



    COURSE LENGTH   Two Weeks


    COST & SCHEDULE   $495

    Session 2: PM
    DATES: Monday, July 11th - Friday, July 22nd
    TIME:  1PM - 4PM



    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    St. John’s HS Staff


    INSTRUCTOR CONTACT INFO
  • SJ Pre 9th - Math & English (4 Week)

    COURSE NAME: SJ Pre 9th - Math & English (4 Week)

    AGE GROUP:  St. John’s High School students entering 9th grade

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    The Pre 9th Summer Studies Program, for students entering the ninth grade at Saint John's in the Fall, is designed to solidify the educational background in English and Mathematics and to acquaint students with the demands of a college preparatory high school curriculum. 

    It is highly recommended and encouraged to all incoming members of the SJ Class of 2026.

    (NOTE ... SJ students looking for “Level Placement Adjustment” for their freshman Math and/or English courses MUST take the 4-Week program in order for this to be an option.)


    In order to acclimatize students to the demands of a college preparatory high school curriculum, students in the English portion will focus on the Summer Reading Text.  They will also engage in cross-curricular lessons and skills which prepare a student to excel in a wide range of academic subjects.  Students will focus on 'Reading and Writing' college preparatory skills, including developing/discerning point of view, organizing paragraphs, finding and sorting facts, structuring sentences with proper grammar, and building vocabulary.  As a result, students will  have read, reflected upon, and mastered their assigned SJ 9th grade English Summer Reading text.

    The Math portion of the SJ Pre-9th program will have a two-fold purpose.  First, depending on the student’s prior knowledge, teachers will develop, solidify, and advance the students' conceptual understanding and skills for the important Pre-Algebra and/or Algebra 1 topics that are essential for success in high school mathematics.  Next, teachers will introduce and develop the students' conceptual understanding and skills for the major Algebra1 and/or Algebra 2 topics that students will encounter in 9th grade.   This will give students a "Leg Up" for their Freshman math class and put them in a much better position for success.  When necessary, teachers will remediate any lessons for students in order for them to achieve mastery.  Likewise, for those students ready for more advanced material, teachers will move them at a challenging pace that allows them to interact with more advanced Algebraic concepts and skills. 

    The 4-Week version of the Pre 9th courses allow teachers to go into greater depth with the different topics covered and at a pace that helps each student to achieve mastery.  Likewise, this added time also allows for the possibility of a greater breadth of topics to be covered, developed, and mastered. 

    Finally, the teachers' ability to scaffold their lessons will be enhanced by their access to SJ upperclassmen who will be serving as classroom teacher aides.  These SJ peer tutors will not only help students academically, but they will also develop social relationships with them as they become members of the St. John's Brotherhood.  

    COURSE LENGTH   Four Weeks

    COST & SCHEDULE   $695

    DATES & TIMES: 
    Wednesday June 22nd - Friday, July 1st (Weekdays from 9AM-12:30PM)
    AND
    Monday, Monday, July 11th - Friday, July 23rd (Weekdays from 9AM-12PM)

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    St. John’s HS Staff

    INSTRUCTOR CONTACT INFO
    sjsummer@stjohnshigh.org
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  • SJ Leadership

    SUMMER PROGRAM CATEGORY: In House - SJ Only

    COURSE NAME: SJ Leadership

    AGE GROUP: 
    Current & Incoming St. John’s students entering grades 8-11

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    In this course, students will develop as St. John’s leaders. Student participants will think critically about their personal leadership styles and strengths, while also reflecting on the purpose of “leadership” in their lives and in their communities: at home, at school, and in the world.  More specifically, the students will understand how a good leader possesses the 5 spiritual values of the Xaverian Brothers (humility, trust, zeal, compassion, and simplicity).  Through small and large group discussions, team building activities, guest speakers, reflections, and service opportunities as Covid restrictions allow, students will grow in harmony with God, themselves, and others as they work on becoming the best version of themselves. 

    COURSE LENGTH: One Week

    COST:
    $225 (Session 1)
    $250 (Session 2)

    SCHEDULE 

    Session 1: June 21 - June 24. Weekdays from 1 PM - 4 PM
    (For St. John’s Boys ONLY)

    Session 2:  July 11- July 15: Weekdays from 9 AM -- 12 PM
    (For St. John’s Boys ONLY)

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    Mr. Michael Foley grew up surrounded by the legendary leaders of Saint John’s.  A son of a veteran SJ teacher, coach, and leader, Michael has been surrounded by the Pioneer spirit his entire life.  He graduated from SJ in 2007 where he was the president of his senior class and captain of the football team.  He went on to be a 2 year captain of the football team at Assumption College and returned to Saint John’s right after his graduation in 2011. He has served in many roles here at his alma mater, including campus minister,  history teacher, Global Encounter leader (Haiti, West Virginia, New Jersey), Class Dean, and Assistant Varsity Football Coach.   

    INSTRUCTOR CONTACT INFO
    mfoley@stjohnshigh.org
  • SJ Robotics and Engineering: Developing STEM Skills

    COURSE NAME: SJ Robotics and Engineering: Developing STEM Skills

    AGE GROUP: Current & Incoming St. John’s Middle and High School students through Grade 10.
    (NOTE: Class size capped at 20 students)

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    Students work in small (five students or fewer), guided groups on CAD, Building, modifying, and Programming of robots and machines. Task groups will be led in workshop-style by leading members of our world-class Pioneer Robotics (FTC) team.  For programming, we will use Arduino; for building, we will use Actobotics parts and an Elegoo Uno R3 car kit or its equivalent.  You will also have direct access and use of our MakerSpace’s laser cutters, 3-D printers, and CNC routers.  The equipment in the Saint John’s MakerSpace is state-of-the-art.   Even if you are experienced in Arduino or have used Actobotics parts or an Elegoo kit, this course will offer many creative challenges.  Our ultimate goal is to build or modify a machine and program it for tele-op and autonomous activity which will include in-house competition mirroring the theme for the FTC competition in 2022-2023.  Other foundational Engineering exercises are included in the curriculum as well. In addition to learning career skills in engineering, participants will have ample time to “get to know” a crew of highly motivated and successful Saint John’s students.  

    EQUIPMENT:  All materials will be provided; students have the option of purchasing materials that go beyond the scope of the course for laser or CNC cuts.    

    COURSE LENGTH: Two Weeks   

    COST: $400  (Financial assistance may be available. Email etonelli@stjohnshigh.org with questions)  

    SCHEDULE: Tuesday, June 21st - Friday, July 1st.  Weekdays from 1 PM - 4:30 PM.

     

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    Dr. Tonelli earned his doctorate in Physics and Mathematics Education from U-Mass Lowell, and has taught physics and engineering through project based learning for 25 years.  He has mentored Saint John's Pioneer Robotics (FTC Team 12589) for the last 4 years. The team has participated in the State Championship tournament all four years, and has already taken home two state titles.  This course’s student instructors include members of the Pioneer Robotics Team team that placed 20th (of 7,000 teams) in the world in 2019, and won the State Inspire Award, ranking them #1 in the state for the 2021 season.  All of the course’s instructors are, or have been, members of Pioneer Robotics FTC team 12589.  These team members represent the rising Saint John’s Eighth Grade through Senior classes, and are excellent students, teachers, and role models.  

    INSTRUCTOR CONTACT INFO

Notre Dame Academy Students Only

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  • NDA Pre 7th - Math & Humanities

    COURSE NAME:   NDA Pre 7th - Math and Humanities

    AGE GROUP:   Notre Dame Academy Incoming 7th Graders 

    COURSE DESCRIPTION

    This program is open to and strongly encouraged for any incoming Notre Dame 7th-grade student.

    This course is designed to reinforce the mathematics covered in the 6th grade mathematics curriculum but also extend knowledge into Pre-Algebra concepts and topics. The goal of this course is to solidify the student’s foundation of mathematics prior to starting at Notre Dame as a Grade 7 student in the fall but also give opportunities to extend and challenge their conceptual abilities and skills. Through our experience teaching middle school mathematics, the topics chosen for this course are some of the most important to review and reinforce skills and knowledge prior to the fall. The course is open and designed for students entering Pre-Algebra in the fall. 

    Topics include: Working with all operations involving positive whole numbers, fractions, and decimals, order of operations, evaluating variable expressions, one-step equations, two step equations, and introduction to exponents rules if time permits. 

    Students taking this course will be required to bring their own device (laptop or tablet) to class each day. 


    The Pre-7th Humanities course is open to and strongly encouraged for any rising and incoming Notre Dame Academy 7th-grade student. Over the course of the two-week program students will review grammar principles, complete their summer reading assignments, improve their writing skills, and develop their critical thinking and analytical skills. At the end of the course, students will be prepared to begin the rigorous 7th grade instruction at NDA.  

        

    COURSE LENGTH: Two Weeks 

    COST:  $495

    SCHEDULE: Wednesday, June 22nd - Friday, July 1st. Weekdays from 8:30AM - 12PM.


    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    NDA Staff


    INSTRUCTOR CONTACT INFO
  • NDA Pre 9th - Math & Humanities

    COURSE NAME:   NDA Pre 9th - Math and Humanities

    AGE GROUP:   Notre Dame Academy Rising  and Incoming Freshman 

    COURSE DESCRIPTION

    This course is open to and strongly recommended for all Notre Dame students entering Grade 9.  

    The Pre-9th Math course will focus on the prerequisites for Algebra I (H) or Algebra II (AH), including but not limited to Integers, Slope, Linear Forms of Equations, Coordinate Plane Graphing, Solving Multi-Step Equations, Exponents, Matrices, and Imaginary Numbers.

    Students taking this course will be required to bring their own device (tablet or laptop) to class daily.

     Over the course of the two-week Pre-9th Humanities program, students will review grammar principles, complete their summer reading assignments, improve their writing skills, and develop their critical thinking and analytical skills. At the end of the course, students will be prepared to begin the rigorous 9th grade instruction at NDA.  
        
    COURSE LENGTH: Two Weeks 

    COST:  $495

    SCHEDULE: Wednesday, June 22nd - Friday, July 1st. Weekdays from 8:30 AM - 12PM.

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    NDA Staff

    INSTRUCTOR CONTACT INFO

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  • AICS Pre 8th Math & English

    COURSE NAME: AICS Pre 8th (Math & English)

    AGE GROUP: Current and Incoming St. John’s, Notre Dame, and Venerini students entering 8th grade

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    The Pre-8th Summer Studies Program, for students entering the eighth grade at Saint John's High School, Notre Dame Academy, and Venerini Academy in the Fall, is designed to solidify the educational background in English and Mathematics and to acquaint students with the demands of a college preparatory middle and high school curriculum. 

    It is recommended to and encouraged for all members of the SJ & NDA Class of 2027, and VA Class of 2023.

    In addition to acclimating students to the demands of a college preparatory middle school curriculum, students will engage in lessons on study skills.

    Lastly, a focus on community building will be present in this course.  This will help them enter 8th grade at St. John’s, Notre Dame, or Venerini with a greater sense of confidence and comfort due to the relationships created with fellow classmates and staff members.  


    Pre-8th Program - Math:
    This course is designed to reinforce the concepts and skills covered in the 7th grade mathematics curriculum and also to extend knowledge into various Pre-Algebra & Algebra 1 topics that students will encounter in 8th grade.  This will give students a true “leg up” for their 8th grade math course. 

    The goal of this course is to solidify the students’ foundation of mathematics prior to starting their 8th grade math course and also give opportunities to extend and challenge their conceptual abilities and skills. The topics chosen for this course are some of the most important to review and to reinforce skills and knowledge prior to entering 8th grade. 

    Topics include: Order of Operations, Evaluating Algebraic Expressions, Solving Linear  Equations (One & Multi-Step), Operations with Rational Numbers, and Operations with Exponential Numbers & Expressions. Additional topics for advanced students may include Graphing & Interpreting Linear Functions, Graphing & Interpreting Linear Inequalities, and Solving Nonlinear Equations (Square Root, Quadratic, etc.) 

    Pre-8th Program - English
    The primary focus of Pre-8th English is strengthening basic skills: grammar, sentence structure and composition, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and study techniques. We will use a variety of short stories, poetry and other types of writing  in order to explore the different elements of English literature and language.

    This course provides students with the skills that will enable them to meet the challenge of a college preparatory English program with confidence and ability. 




    COURSE LENGTH: Two Weeks 

    COST: $495

     SCHEDULE: 
    (Classes on SJ Campus) Wednesday, June 22nd - Friday, June 24th from 9AM - 12:30PM. 
    (Classes on NDA Campus) Monday, June 27th - Friday, July 1st from 9AM - 12:30PM

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    AICS Staff


    INSTRUCTOR CONTACT INFO
     
  • AICS Leadership

    COURSE NAME: AICS Leadership

    AGE GROUP: 
    Current & Incoming Notre Dame, St. John’s, & Venerini students entering grades 8-11
       

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    In this course, students will develop as leaders for the three AICS schools. Student participants will think critically about their personal leadership styles and strengths, while also reflecting on the purpose of “leadership” in their lives and in their communities: at home, at school, and in the world.  More specifically, the students will understand how a good leader practices Love-in-Action, grounded in faith and service.  Through small and large group discussions, team building activities, guest speakers, reflections, and service opportunities, students will grow in harmony with God, themselves, and others as they work on becoming the best version of themselves. 
     
    (Note:  An “Off-Campus” service experience is planned for this course where students will be able to see and put into action the leadership principles that they’ve learned in the course.  A permission slip will be provided and filled out at registration/checkout.)


    COURSE LENGTH: One Week
    COST: $250 
              
    SCHEDULE 
    Session 1 (Classes on NDA Campus):  June 27--July 1. Weekdays from 1 PM -  4 PM.
    (For Notre Dame, St. John’s, and Venerini Boys and Girls ONLY)

    Session 2 (Classes on SJ Campus):  July 18--July 22: Weekdays from 9 AM -- 12 PM
    (For Notre Dame, St. John’s, and Venerini Boys and Girls ONLY)

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    Mr. Michael Foley grew up surrounded by legendary leaders.  A son of a veteran SJ teacher, coach, and leader, Michael has been surrounded by the Pioneer spirit his entire life.  He graduated from SJ in 2007 where he was the president of his senior class and captain of the football team.  Mike’s family has also been a part of the Notre Dame Academy Community for many years, as both of his sisters graduated from NDA (‘06 and ‘11).   After High School, Mike went on to be a 2 year captain of the football team at Assumption College and returned to Saint John’s right after his graduation in 2011. He has served in many roles here at his alma mater, including campus minister,  history teacher, Global Encounter leader (Haiti, West Virginia, New Jersey), Class Dean, and Assistant Varsity Football Coach.  

    INSTRUCTOR CONTACT INFO

Academic & College Prep

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  • College Essay Bootcamp

    COURSE NAME: College Essay Bootcamp

    AGE GROUP: All students entering grade 12
    (NOTE:  Eight student max)

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    This course for rising seniors will take students through the process of composing engaging, authentic, well-written personal statements for the Common App. Students will consider how they wish to brand themselves as they move through the process of brainstorming, drafting, and editing. They will read and discuss samples that work, share and workshop their own writing, and receive regular one-on-one feedback from the instructor. With dedicated and thoughtful completion of assigned activities, students can finish this course with a completed College Essay, ready for submission to the Common Application in the fall.

    COURSE LENGTH: One Week (Remote) 

    COST: $500

    SCHEDULE: 

    Session 1: June 27th--July 1st:  Weekdays from 6 PM - 9 PM.
     
    OR 
               
    Session 2: July 11th--July 15th:  Weekdays from 6 PM - 9 PM.
              
    (Note: Payment registers you for either Session 1 or Session 2.) 

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    I have been teaching literature and writing at the high school level, both here in the States and abroad, for nearly three decades, and I currently teach freshman and senior English at Notre Dame Academy. Through my undergraduate studies at Holy Cross and graduate degree at Middlebury College, I became passionate about the power of the written word as both communication and artistic expression. Exploring the writing of others helps us not only to gain knowledge and understanding, but also to become more effective communicators ourselves. A self-proclaimed grammar nerd, I love exploring the intricacies and logic of expression.



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  • SAT (& PSAT) Preparation

    COURSE NAME: SAT (& PSAT) Preparation

    AGE GROUP: All students entering grades 10 - 12.

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    This course provides students with the tools they need to achieve their highest SAT (or PSAT) scores as well as practice in writing College Application Essays. In addition to overall test strategies, students will be taught the specific Concepts and Skills that are tested in the Math, Reading, & Writing portions of both the PSAT and SAT. Through direct instruction, peer collaboration, and individual work, students will benefit from a variety of effective learning strategies to help them accomplish their college prep goals.  Mr. Hughes and Mr. Kelly have extensive experience in running SAT courses both Remotely for the past three years and In-Person since ‘03.  Both courses will feature all of the key aspects of their highly effective SAT preparation program … Direct instruction with guided practice, collaborative peer to peer learning activities with tutorial help, and individualized practice based on students’ areas of weakness.

    COURSE LENGTH  Two Weeks

    COST  $375 (Session 1-In Person) or $300 (Session 2 - Remote)

    SCHEDULE
    Session 1: In-Person
    June 27 - July 1. Weekdays from 8 AM - 12 PM  

    Session 2: Remote 
    July 18 - July 22. Weekdays from 8 AM - 12 PM  

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    Mr. Michael Hughes has been a member of the Saint John’s High School Religious Studies Department since 1998. Mr. James Kelly has been a member of the Leominster High School Mathematics Department since 2003. In 2008, we began offering SAT Prep courses and have continued to do so every year since with great success. Our students have saved hundreds of thousands of dollars in merit-based college scholarships and have secured more college acceptances due to their score increases.  We have extensive experience in running our courses both Remotely for the past three years and In-Person since ‘03.  Both courses will feature all of the key aspects of our highly effective SAT preparation program … Direct instruction with guided practice, collaborative peer to peer learning activities, and individualized practice based on each student’s areas of weakness.

    For more information, please visit www.KellyandHughesSAT.com

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Athletics

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  • Intramural Sports @ SJ

    COURSE NAME: Intramural Sports

    PURCHASING CODE: General/Athletics: Intramural Sports

    AGE GROUP: All boys & girls entering grades 5-10 

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    Do you want to make new friends?  Do you want to get out and get some exercise playing sports that you love and finding new sports to try? Join us on campus for one or for several weeks with a fun and recreational approach to athletics.  “Pickup basketball”, flag football, and many other games will be set up and supervised by our intramural team here on campus.  Prepare yourself for good times and good fun!!  (Note: This course will be held LIVE on the Saint John’s campus.)  

    COURSE LENGTH: One Week    

    COST:
    $90 per week for Session 1 
    $150 per week for Session  3 and 4

    SCHEDULE: 
    Session 1: June 22 - June 24. Weekdays from 1 PM to 3 PM.

    Session 2 will be a separate Flag Football campPlease check the catalog for details and to purchase separately. 

    Session 3:  July 11- July 15: Weekdays from 10 AM to 12 PM.

    Session 4:  July 18--July 22: Weekdays from 10 AM to 12 PM.


    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    Sean Hastings is the Assistant Director of Athletics and Director of Intramurals at Saint John’s.  Sean is also a member of the Saint John’s football, basketball, and baseball staffs.  He has been involved with running a variety of different summer camps and sports academies since 1993.  Additionally, he has taught Biology for 23 years at Saint John’s.  Sean is very excited to draw on his experience to offer this program to all students of all abilities.
      




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  • NDA Sports Camp

    COURSE NAME: NDA Sports Camp

    AGE GROUP: All Girls entering grades 4 through 9 

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    An introduction to a range of sports played at the high school level. Students will learn the basics, and gather an appreciation and importance for physical fitness as a foundation for mental wellness. Members of the Varsity teams will assist the camp director and facilitate the girls’ introduction to a broad range of sports.  Emphasis will be given to the overall skills and abilities, both mental and physical, which will lead to athletic success in both high school and college.  
    (Note: This camp will be run LIVE on the NDA campus.)

    COURSE LENGTH: One Week  

    COST:  $200 

    SCHEDULE: 
    June 21st - June 24th (Weekdays from 1 PM to 4 PM)



    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    Meredith Daigle is the cross country, track and field, and indoor track coach at Notre Dame Academy. She combines her knowledge of the athletic world, with the passion of an athlete to inspire girls to become their best. She looks forward to helping young women become confident and comfortable in their abilities no matter their sport.  


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  • NDA Volleyball Camp

    COURSE NAME: NDA Volleyball Camp

    AGE GROUP:
    Session 1: All Boys & Girls entering grades 4-7
    Session 2: All Girls entering grades 7-10

    COURSE DESCRIPTION: Notre Dame Volleyball is serving up some serious fun! All aspects of the game are taught through drills and play that focus on setting, passing, hitting and serving. Session 1 will be  co-ed and is designed for the beginner to intermediate player and will incorporate essential life-lessons such as teamwork and sportsmanship.  Session 2 will be Girls-Only and will build on the foundation and develop the concepts and skills necessary for girls to play at the High School level.  Members of the NDA Volleyball varsity team will serve as camp counselors in both sessions.  


    What To Bring:  All campers will need a positive attitude, water bottle(s), indoor & outdoor sneakers, sleeve t-shirt, athletic shorts, knee pads, and a snack

    COURSE LENGTH: 1 Week

    COST:  
     
     Session 1: $175

     Session 2: $200.00

    SCHEDULE: 

    Session 1: June 27 - July 1st. Weekdays 9:45 AM –11:45 AM 

    Session 2: June 27–July 1st. Weekdays  1:15 - 3:15 PM 


    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    Coach Donna Coonan is the Head Varsity Volleyball Coach at Notre Dame Academy.  She has coached for over 20 years amassing over 200 wins and 3 District Titles.


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  • Pioneers Baseball Camp

    COURSE NAME: Pioneers Baseball Camp

    AGE GROUP:  Boys entering grades 7-10


    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    Do you want to play baseball at the Varsity level?  Do you want to play the game the Pioneer way, a way which has sent numerous players on to success at the college and the professional level?  Come and train for a week with us to learn how to improve your game to better enjoy the competition and transition from the Little League Diamond  to the High School field.   

    SJ Varsity Assistant Baseball Coach Michael Coonan is excited to offer this baseball camp to all area students entering grades 7 through 10.  Members of the SJ Baseball Team will also serve as camp counselors to help players develop their skills and learn what it takes to compete at a high level.  
     (Note: This course will be held LIVE on the Saint John’s campus.)



    COURSE LENGTH: One Week    
    (Note…Daily Lunch will be served in the SJ cafeteria from 12-1 and can be purchased at checkout.)  


    COST: $325
    (Note … Camp T-Shirts can be purchased at Checkout.)

    SCHEDULE:
    Monday, July 11th - Friday, July 15th from 8 AM - 12 PM (Saturday 7/16 - Rain Date)



    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY:
    Mr. Michael Coonan brings a wealth of baseball experience and expertise having been a player and coach at both the HS and College levels.  After finishing his playing career at St. Leo College in Florida, he began his coaching career at Anna Maria College in Paxton, MA as an assistant coach.  After 5 years coaching at Anna Maria, he moved on to Becker College where he spent 5 years, 3 as an assistant and the final 2 years as the Head Baseball coach. After his stint at Becker, Mike then moved on to St. John’s High, where he was an assistant under Coach Eppinger for 3 years. After those three years, he moved on to become the Head Coach at Grafton High and then at Holy Name.  Mike came back to St. John’s in 2021 and is presently an assistant on Coach Eppinger’s staff for the 2021-2022 season. Mike currently serves as a Mathematics teacher and also the Athletic Director at St. Peter’s Central Catholic School, where he has been since 2000.


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  • Pioneers Basketball Camp

    COURSE NAME: Pioneers Basketball Camp

    AGE GROUP: 
    Session 1 = Boys entering grades 6-10
    Session 2 = Boys entering grades 6-10

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    Players will learn the fundamentals of the game from Assistant Varsity Coach Michael Curran as well as current and recent St. John’s players. Through various competitions, skill instruction, and games, each camper will develop as an individual and a team player in a fun and competitive environment.  

    Basketballs: If campers plan to bring their own basketball, they should make sure to put their name on it. Indoor and Outdoor basketballs will also be available for campers. They will be used during warm-ups each day. 

    Lunch: Students may bring their own lunch or purchase daily lunch in advance through the SJ Summer Program at checkout. Lunch and free time will occur in the air-conditioned cafeteria during the middle of each day. 

    Snack Station: Snacks and gatorades will be available for cash purchase during break times and during lunch. Parents can also bring cash to deposit at the beginning of the week or at drop-off each day for their children.

    What to Bring: All campers should bring a water bottle and sunscreen. Campers are encouraged to bring drawstring bags or backpacks to keep their water, sunscreen, and other personal items together. 


    COURSE LENGTH: One Week (Monday through Thursday)   

    SCHEDULE: 
    Session 1 (Boys): June 27 - June 30  from 9 AM - 3 PM 
    Session 2 (Boys): July 18 - July 21 from 9 AM - 3 PM 


    COST: $350 early bird pricing 
    $375 for purchase after Memorial Day
    $12 for camp t-shirt

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY:
    Coach Curran has been an assistant for the Saint John’s Varsity for the past ten years, working under legendary coach Bob Foley, the all-time wins leader in New England high school basketball history. Over those ten years, Coach Curran has been a part of three district championship teams, including one state finalist, and the Pioneers have compiled a 167-56 record. He has also spent eight seasons as the Saint John’s Freshman coach where his teams have competed against public, private, and prep schools. In those eight seasons, his teams have put together a combined 132-29 record. Prior to Saint John’s, he worked with the Fairfield University basketball team under Coach Tim O’Toole, the current Associate Head Coach at the University of Pittsburgh. He also worked summer basketball camp for Coach Ed Cooley, the current Head Coach of Providence College. In addition, he spent a year on the Millis High School basketball staff. An English teacher for the last eleven years at Saint John’s, Mr. Curran currently teaches freshman, junior, and senior English. He works with every level of student from college prep to AP and frequently participates in campus ministry retreats. He played his high school basketball at rival Xaverian Brothers High School.


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  • Pioneers Bowling Camp

    COURSE NAME: Pioneers Bowling Camp

    AGE GROUP:  Boys & Girls entering grades 7 -12


    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    Do you enjoy bowling? Would you like to learn how to pick up spares and get more strikes?  Join the Pioneers Bowling Camp to take your game up a notch and master a game that the whole family can play.  Get a taste for a fun and competitive sport, which Americans have enjoyed playing for generations.  

    SJ Bowling Coach Chris Whelan is excited to offer this bowling camp to all area students entering grades 7 through 12.  Members of the SJ Bowling Team will also serve as camp counselors to help players develop their skills and learn what it takes to compete at a high level.  

     (Note: This course will be held LIVE at the Bowlero Auburn located at 101 Southbridge St.)


    COURSE LENGTH: One week. 

    COST: $225. 
    (Note … Camp purchase will come with a season long Summer pass, which provides free shoe rental and 3 free games/day all summer long.  In addition, Camp T-Shirts can be purchased at Checkout.)

    SCHEDULE:
    Monday, June 13–Friday, June 17.  From 4:00 to 6:00. 



    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY:
    Mr. Chris Whelan is the head coach of the Saint John’s Bowling Team. The Pioneers are the reigning Worcester County High School Bowling League champions. In addition to coaching the Bowling Team, Mr. Whelan has served as a Religious Studies teacher at Saint John’s for the past four years after spending several years as a member of the Campus Ministry team.



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  • Pioneers Flag Football Camp

    COURSE NAME: Pioneers Flag Football Camp

    AGE GROUP:  
    Juniors Division - Boys & Girls entering grades 5-7
    Seniors Division - Boys entering grades 7-10
    (Note - Boys entering grade 7 can be placed in either level based on experience, skill level, or personal preference.)


    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    St. John’s Football Coach, Mr. Sean Hastings, is excited to offer this flag football camp to area students entering grades 5 through 10.

    Players will be placed in the Junior or Senior Division based on their age (and/or skill level.)  Players will be exposed to all skill positions in a competitive, but development-oriented environment.  Players will improve their football understanding and skill through a series of fun and effective drills.  

    Coach Hastings, along with upper class members of the SJ football team, will help to teach and organize all activities and drills.  In addition, players will be placed on a specific “team” where they’ll compete in practices and scrimmages.  Finally, the last 1-2 days of camp will be a round-robin tournament, with a championship team crowned per age group.  

     (NOTE … This camp will be held LIVE on the St. John’s HS football fields.)



    COURSE LENGTH: One Week    

    COST: $250

    SCHEDULE: June 27th - July 1st from 1 PM - 4 PM

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY:
    Sean Hastings is the Assistant Director of Athletics and Director of Intramurals at Saint John’s.  Sean is also a member of the Saint John’s football, basketball, and baseball coaching staffs.  He has been involved with running a variety of different summer camps and sports academies since 1993.  Additionally, he has taught Biology for 23 years at Saint John’s.  Sean is very excited to draw on his experience to offer this program to all students of all abilities.


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  • Pioneers Soccer Camp

    COURSE NAME: Pioneers Soccer Camp (with Coach Swanbeck)

    AGE GROUP: Boys ages 10 - 16  & Girls  ages 10-12

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    St. John’s Summer Program and Head Varsity Coach Kurt Swanbeck are excited to offer this soccer camp to boys and girls.  Members of the St. John’s soccer team and current College soccer players will serve as camp coaches to help give campers a great experience and learn how the game is played at higher levels.  Join us on the St. John’s campus for a one week intensive training in the fundamentals and the fun of this great sport. Train for a week with us to learn how to improve your game.
     
    Each camper will need to bring their OWN SOCCER BALL, SNACKS, and plenty of WATER for the day!  (Camp t-shirts can be ordered when camp is purchased!!) 
     
     (Note: This course will be held LIVE on the Saint John’s campus at Pioneer Field. ) 


    COURSE LENGTH: One Week    

    COST: $375  

    SCHEDULE: 
    July 11 – July 15 Session 1: Boys & Girls Camp…Monday–Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.  (Saturday - rain date).
     
    July 18- July 22  Session 2: Boys & Girls Camp... Monday--Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.  (Saturday - rain date).  

    (Note: Course purchase is for either Session 1 or Session 2.  Students can purchase both weeks separately.)


    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY:
    Kurt Swanbeck comes to St. John’s after serving 11 years as the Associate Director of Admissions and Boys Varsity Soccer Coach at Hebron Academy in Hebron, Maine.  Prior to that, Kurt served as the Men’s Head Soccer Coach at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY (2002-2009), Berry College in Mount Berry, GA (1993-2002), and at Clark University in Worcester (1988-1993).  During that time he also served as a staff coach for men’s and women’s teams in the United States Olympic Development Program and was named collegiate coach of the year a number of times.  

    Kurt was born and raised in Franklin, MA, and earned his BA, MA, and MEd from Columbia University.  
      

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  • Pioneers Tennis Camp

    COURSE NAME: Pioneers Tennis Camp

    AGE GROUP: Boys and Girls Entering Grades 1-12. 

    COURSE DESCRIPTION

    This tennis camp is for boys and girls entering grades 1-12. Campers will be separated by age group and skill level so that each player will be taught and compete at their appropriate level.  Each student should bring a tennis racket and water with them to camp. The kids will learn the exact technique on how to hit a forehand, backhand, volley, overhead, and serve. They will also learn tennis strategy and how to play a tennis match.

    The purpose of this camp is to excite joy within the kids so that they associate joy with tennis and make tennis a lifetime sport. Each drill and game is designed to keep the kids engaged, smiling, and excited. The atmosphere will be one of enthusiasm, mutual support and fun. Joy and improvement are the main objectives.

    COURSE LENGTH: One Week 

    COST: $200

    SCHEDULE: July 18 - July 22 Weekdays from 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM.

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    Chris Ellis is the St. John’s HS Varsity Assistant Tennis Coach and the SJ Head JV Tennis Coach. Chris was a top player at SJ during his time as a Pioneer Tennis player.  As Chris says, “I finished my junior tennis career ranked #1 in New England in the 12’s, 14’s, 16’s, and 18’s. During that time, I was coached by Francisco Montoya who coached both Serena and Venus Williams. I went to Bates College where I finished a two-time All-American. After college, I received a scholarship to law school where I finished #2 in my first year. In my third year, I found out that entrepreneurship, writing, and joy were my true passions. So, I stopped law school, and created a tennis academy at Saint John’s High School called The Win-Win Tennis Academy with the one goal of creating a community where everyone is supporting each other in being the best tennis players they can be. We train players ranging from three year olds and beginners all the way to the professional level. I am also currently writing a book called “Joy” incorporating all my research into The Academy. Embodying and spreading joy is my purpose, and right now, tennis is my vehicle.



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Arts

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  • Arts Camp @ NDA

    COURSE NAME: Arts Camp @ NDA

    AGE GROUP: All Girls & Boys entering grades 4 through 9 

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    An introduction to the four arts: visual, theater, music, and dance. Students will learn the basics, and gather an appreciation for the importance of art in building community. Students will learn through discussion, readings, and most importantly, active participation in the arts. Students will demonstrate their learning on the final day through a showcase.  Notre Dame Academy upperclass students will serve as camp counselors and help the students develop their appreciation of and skills in the Arts.

    (Note:  This camp will run in-person on the NDA campus.)

    COURSE LENGTH: One Week  

    COST:  $250 

    SCHEDULE: 
    June 27th - July 1st (Weekdays from 1 PM to 4 PM)
    (*Note … Showcase on Friday, July 1st!)


    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    Lauren Inman has been the dance instructor at Notre Dame Academy for the past two years. She was a part of the Holy Cross Dance Ensemble and Dance Team for her 4 years at college as well as a member of the University College Dublin dance team during her semester abroad. She has worked on the Spring Musicals for Notre Dame Academy the past two years. Lauren is excited to share her love of the arts with her students, using it to inspire confidence, and comfortability with stepping outside their comfort zone. 


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  • Band Camp

    COURSE NAME: Band Camp

    AGE GROUP: All Boys & Girls entering grades 6-12 

    COURSE DESCRIPTION: 
    Over the course of the week, students will play music, both in guided solo sessions and in small and large ensembles.  Students will develop a personal repertoire of performable songs, and help contribute to the staged production of the Arts Camp happening over at Notre Dame Academy in Session 1 or on the St. John’s Campus in Session 2.  
    Students are requested to have at least a basic knowledge of their instrument, with the ability to follow chord progressions.  Higher level performers will be spotlighted and given opportunities to solo.  All instrumentalists and vocalists are welcome!!!

    Music styles will range from jazz, broadway/soundtrack, pop, rock, blues, and others.  Bring and develop your talents!  

    COURSE LENGTH: One Week  

    COST:  $200

    SCHEDULE: 

    Session 1: June 27th - July 1st.  (1 PM - 3:30  PM) 
    Note: There will be a live/recorded performance on July 1st at the Notre Dame campus.  
     

    Session 2: July 18th - July 22nd (1 PM to 3:30 PM)
    Note: There will be a live/recorded performance on July 22nd at the St. John’s campus. 


    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    TBD 

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  • Fine Arts Fun

    COURSE NAME: Fine Arts Fun

    AGE GROUP: All Boys & Girls entering grades 4-9 

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    Do you like to draw? Do you like to sing?  Have you ever improvised a scene from a show or told a joke?  Want to develop your creative talents and see how much fun you can have in the process? Join us on campus for one week in a fun and recreational approach to the fine arts.  Drawing, singing, theater, improv and music will be introduced and supervised by our talented staff here on campus.   (Note: This course will be held LIVE on the Saint John’s campus.)  

    COURSE LENGTH: One Week    

    COST: $200

    SCHEDULE: 
    June 21 - June 24 (Weekdays from 1 PM - 3:30 PM)

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
     
    Ms. Christine Petkus

    I teach Fine Arts at St. John’s Middle School and have a Masters in Music from the New England Conservatory as well as extensive performing and training experience, both regionally and abroad. A Summer introduction to the fine arts is a great way to hone skills, gain valuable experience and confidence to grow in one’s love of the arts which can be enjoyed throughout life.  

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  • Intro to Graphic Arts

    COURSE NAME: Intro to Graphic Arts

    PURCHASING CODE: General/Arts: Intro to Graphic Arts 

    AGE GROUP: All Boys & Girls entering grades 6-12 

    COURSE DESCRIPTION: 
    Over the course of the week, students will learn the basics of Graphic Design - not only through the use of the Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign & Photoshop) but also the thoughts and planning to consider ahead of beginning a graphic project or assignment. Instruction will include the basics of the communications mindset, project set-up, exploration of common design tools, best practices in communicating through design - with a culminating final project for students to present at the week’s end.  (Note: this course does not fulfill the graduation requirement for one semester of computer science.)

    At the end of the course, students will leave comfortable with the basics of design programs and be prepared to continue to practice and execute any desired design project from home - invitations, flyers, stickers, postcards, business cards, or any other print or digital design of their choosing!

    COURSE LENGTH: One Week  

    COST:  $225 for Session 1.  $200 for Session 2

    SCHEDULE: 

    Session 1 (max 20 students): June 22nd - July 1st.  Weekdays from 1 PM - 3  PM

    Session 2 (max 20 students): July 18th - July 22nd. 9 AM - 12 PM




    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    Having received a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Journalism, and a Master's in Marketing, my career in the communication field, coupled with my creativity, quickly led me to the art of promoting messages through graphic design. As a self-taught designer, I have honed the craft over the past ten years - now fluent in the creation of all types of graphic design materials for both professional or personal use. 

    Currently, in my role as Director of Communications at Saint John's High School, I am able to not only help shape and craft the desired messaging for the school - whether it be for events, admissions, advancement solicitations, magazines, etc. - AND work to support those messages through graphic design! 

    At home, I enjoy graphic designing for my family and friends and have become the go-to designer for birthday, wedding, and shower invitations, greeting cards, and much more. 

    Graphic design is a tremendous skill to have in your back pocket and I very much look forward to sharing this creative outlet with boys and girls throughout the region!


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  • Theater Camp & Production @ SJ

    COURSE NAME: Theater Camp & Production 

    AGE GROUP: All Boys & Girls entering grades 5-12

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    If, as Shakespeare said…”all the world’s a stage…” then prepare to develop your talents this summer in the Theatrical Arts!  Students from all schools and from grades 5 through 12 are invited to take the stage at St. John’s High School, under the direction of Ms. Christine Petkus and a talented array of student performers from the schools of the AICS (Alliance of Independent Catholic Schools).  Core concepts in stage production and performance will be covered, leading to a live performance onstage at the Jay Theater.  
    Whether you can sing, dance, act, perform, recite, or hope to learn any and all of these skills, come to hone your craft and share it with family, friends, and the wider community!  

    COURSE LENGTH: One Week

    COST:  $300

    SCHEDULE: 

    July 18th - July 22nd (9 AM to 3 PM)
    (*Note … This program will take place on the St. John’s Campus.  Production will be on Friday, July 22nd)


    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    Ms. Christine Petkus

    I teach in St. John’s Middle School and have a Masters in Music from the New England Conservatory and extensive performing and training experience, both regionally and abroad. A Summer introduction to the fine arts is a great way to hone skills, gain valuable experience and confidence to grow in your love of the arts, which can be enjoyed throughout your whole life.  

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  • Financial Literacy Course

    COURSE NAME: Financial Literacy Course

    AGE GROUP: All High School Girls & Boys entering grades 10 through 12

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    This course is designed to focus on everyday, real life math situations.  The course will begin with practical math review (percent proportions, simple vs compound interest, linear vs exponential equations) and will introduce budgeting, taxes, loans and credit scores.  The course will culminate with students being assigned a job and having to design a budget to live on based on their salary.  The students must secure housing and transportation, while realistically budgeting for food, insurance, utilities, potential student loans, entertainment and savings.  The “Wheel of Reality” will have to be spun periodically, causing students to incur unexpected expenses or income, resulting in budget alterations.  Students will leave this course with an overall  understanding of what it costs to “live” in the real world, and with tools to help make future financial decisions.
    Materials Needed:
    • Laptop/Tablet with Google Classroom accessibility
    • Calculator
    • Printing capabilities at home
    Course objectives:  Students will be able to
    • Distinguish between gross and net income
    • Understand credit score and what type of transactions will affect it (positively and negatively)
    • Explore the financial impacts of attending college vs entering into a vocational trade
    • Produce a successful budget based on certain parameters.
    • Gain introductory knowledge on taxes (federal, state and local)
    Methodology:
    • Introductory explanations and guided practice
    • In-class discovery labs
    • Homework review and discussion

    (Note:  This camp will run in-person on the NDA campus.)

    COURSE LENGTH: Two Weeks

    COST:  $150 

    SCHEDULE: 
    June 21, 23, 28, and 30 from 9-11 AM.

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    Denise Shipp is a member of the Math Faculty at Notre Dame Academy.  After a long career as a Software Engineer, Denise made the decision to enter teaching.  She has taught Mathematics for 18 years and is currently completing her second year at NDA.  
    Denise graduated with a B.A. from Assumption College (Mathematics), a B.S. and M.S, from WPI (Computer Science).  Denise is a huge proponent of financial literacy and  believes it is never too early to start the conversation. 


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  • Introduction to Sign Language

    COURSE NAME: Intro to Sign Language

    AGE GROUP: All Boys & Girls entering grades 7-12 

    COURSE DESCRIPTION: 
    This is an Introductory Course to ASL/Sign English vocabulary and phrases.  Vocabulary will include finger spelling, animals, common food, and common everyday phrases.  Students will receive vocabulary handouts with instruction involving activities and video instruction.
    (Note: this course will be held LIVE on the NDA campus.)

    COURSE LENGTH: 1 Week

    COST:  $100.00

    SCHEDULE: 

    June 27–July 1. Weekdays from 12-1 


    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    Instructor Donna Coonan has a Masters in Deaf/Blind Studies from Boston College.  She has worked with students with a wide range of hearing impairments.  Her teaching experience ranges from Pre-School to the College level.

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