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Summer middle school programs

Each program description includes a link to the registration form when applicable.

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8TH GRADE SKILLS ACADEMY – Grade 8

The 8th Grade Skills Academy is a place to begin preparing for a strong finish to the middle school years. We will not only provide math and English skills and test prep, but half of each day will be spent working on engaging, mini-research activities. We will explore social media platforms, dive into current events, participate in science experiments, and more!

Program details: 
Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Session 1 registration form: July 5 – 8 (Central Falls, Pawtucket, Woonsocket)
Session 2 registration form: July 25 – 29 (Cranston, Providence, West Warwick)
Juanita Sanchez Education Complex (JSEC), Providence

 

CHALLENGE: ADVENTURE and ACADEMIC PROGRAM (CAAP) – Grades 6, 7, and 8

The popular and long-running CHALLENGE: Adventure and Academic Program will challenge middle-school learners to explore, solve problems, develop critical thinking skills, and have FUN. Participants embark on a variety of (occasionally ridiculous) investigations, activities, tasks, and stunts that require them to collaborate, set goals, and get creative, then connect what they’re learning to their homes, schools, and communities. CAAP participants also work directly with college-aged student mentors, explore justice-based leadership topics, and build foundational literacy and discussion-based skills. 

*Each student can complete this program in person only once. 

Program details: 
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Session 1 registration form: July 11 – 22 (Pawtucket and Central Falls)
Session 2 registration form: Aug. 1 – 12 (Providence and Cranston)
Juanita Sanchez Education Complex (JSEC), Providence  

 

FLY ACADEMY – Grades 6, 7, and 8 (see below for specifics)

FLY Academy will be hosted by the Financial Literacy Youth (FLY) Initiative of Rhode Island. This team will provide hands-on, real-world learning opportunities centered on the basics of understanding money and its impact. This is a unique two-day program that will help set you up for success on your college and career journey!

*Limited spots are available; sign up as soon as possible!

Program details: 
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Session 1 registration form: Aug. 1 – 2 (Central Falls, Pawtucket, Woonsocket – Grades 6 and 7)
Session 2 registration form: Aug. 3 – 4 (Cranston – Grades 6 and 7 and West Warwick – Grades 6,7, and 8)
Juanita Sanchez Education Complex (JSEC), Providence

 

MYSTIC AQUARIUM – Grades 6, 7, and 8

In this course, students will have the opportunity to explore both the vast variety of species at Mystic Aquarium as well as careers in aquarium science including water quality, life support, exhibit design, marine animal rescue, fish and invertebrate care and research. Participants will interact with aquarium professionals, investigate the animals in their care and engage in work behind-the-scenes to gain a unique perspective on the careers essential to the success of a world class aquarium. This one-of-a-kind program is the perfect opportunity to test the waters of a career in marine biology.

*This will be the same experience as last summer, so we are not recruiting those who already participated last summer.

Program details: 
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Mystic Aquarium, Mystic, Connecticut
Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. – noon, virtual
Session 1 registration form: July 11 – 15 (select group of Providence schools)
Session 2 registration form: July 18 – 22 (select group of Cranston and Providence schools)
Session 3 registration form: July 25 – 29 (Pawtucket)

 

WHEELER CAMP – Grades 6, 7, and 8

We would like to invite your student to an in-person WHEELER CAMP to participate in a number of activities and programs – sports and games, nature exploration, music, performing arts, outdoor adventure, archery, ropes course, and much more. The camp will be held outdoors at the Wheeler Farm, in Seekonk, Massachusetts (on rainy days, adjustments will be made for indoors). Activities will be hosted and facilitated by the Wheeler staff with the support of two of our staff advisors. Students will be assigned in small groups with our students as well as participants from other schools to have a well-rounded experience of fun and friendship!

Program details: 
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Session 1 registration form: July 5 – 15 (Providence)
Session 2 registration form: July 18 – 29 (Central Falls)
Session 3 registration form: Aug. 1 – 12 (Pawtucket)
Wheeler School Farm, Seekonk, Massachusetts