A Residential Camp for Talented and Gifted Students Completed Grades 5-8
Who is ACADEMY for?
ACADEMY is a camp experience allowing talented and highly motivated students in grades 5-8 to explore a broad range of classes, cultural events, and recreational activities. ACADEMY is for students who want to be around like-minded students and deepen their love of learning.
ACADEMY students exhibit the ability to quickly explore topics in great depth and often require stimulation beyond that which is provided by the regular school system. A lot of ACADEMY students fall into the Talented and Gifted (TAG) designation. In addition to having a 3.4 GPA or equivalent, students should demonstrate above-average measured intelligence, proven leadership ability, special talents, exceptional ability in the visual and performing arts, and/or unusual creative or productive thinking.
Are you older than 8th grade and still want to participate in this program? Click here for Junior Counselor Intern/Junior Counselor information and Senior Counselor information.
What is ACADEMY?
ACADEMY is a week-long residential camp and has long been recognized as an outstanding educational opportunity for students in the Pacific Northwest and even beyond! Students that are accepted into the program stay on the Southern Oregon University campus in Ashland, Oregon, and are challenged by creative and imaginative instructors, peers, and activities. Students attend classes of their choosing such as Fencing, LEGO Robotics, Mock Trial, Japanese Art and Culture, and Creative Coding. Students also attend an evening theatrical production at Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon. Administrative and residential staff carefully supervise and mentor the 12-person living groups. Students develop close friendships with fellow students from around the country.
When is ACADEMY?
ACADEMY occurs annually, usually during the last full week of June. What better way to kick off summer than with ACADEMY?! The week begins with check-in on Sunday evening with classes occurring Monday through Friday. The daily schedule includes four one-hour classes on a wide variety of topics, workshops built around the year's theme, and creative recreational and cultural activities. Academy concludes on Saturday morning with a closing ceremony.
How do I Apply for ACADEMY?
Our application period is closed for summer 2019. If you are interested in attending the 40th annual ACADEMY in 2020, please consider applying in winter 2019! See you next year!
Already Accepted for ACADEMY?
Upon notification of acceptance, students are prompted to complete the ACADEMY acceptance paper work, select their classes, and provide tuition payment. Note that tuition payments are not required until notification of acceptance.
Tuition for ACADEMY
ACADEMY is a self-supporting program funded through student tuition. The tuition covers instruction, room, meals, activities, and supervision. Pre-College Youth Programs offers some tution assistance for those students who are in need. For more information on tuition assistance, please see our FAQ page. To be considered for tuition assistance, application must be completed by May 3rd, 2019.
New Student tuition is $875 (this includes a first-time applicant non-refundable application fee of $25)
Returning Student tuition is $850.
Junior Counselor Intern tuition is $850.
Junior Counselor tuition is $600.
Accepted Student Information
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2019 Class Selection Information
Only accepted students who have completed their CampDoc accepted paperwork will receive an email with a link to rank classes. We send emails out once a week based on who has completed paperwork that week.
Class One 8:15am - 9:15am
From Page to Stage
Playwrights craft incredible stories that move and entertain us by using engrossing dialogue, interesting plot twists, dynamic stage directions, and fascinating characters. Learn the tools of the trade as you workshop your ideas with classmates and perform readings and mini-performances of your original work. By the end the week each student will have an original short play that has been polished and is ready for debut!
Instructor: Craig Lamm holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Oregon. He has worked extensively as a theatre artist around the country and abroad.
Spin, jump, or just strike a pose; movement is all about choices! This class will guide you through the dance creation process. You’ll explore movement styles, improvise, and experiment. Using your own unique movements, you will work together to create original new dances by the end of the week.
Instructor: Zoey Belyea has more than ten years’ experience teaching creative practice and theatre. She served as the Interim Education Director at ScienceWorks Hands On Museum and is the Managing Director of Stories Alive. Nationally, she designs curriculum for Citizen University and coordinates their Youth Power Project.
Safe inside a mask and jacket, you will be introduced to the exciting sport of fencing. Learn the skills of scoring or making touches on your opponent while avoiding being scored on, as well as learning the respect, ethics, and camaraderie involved in this classic sport. En guard…ready…fence! Note: All equipment will be supplied.
Instructor: Dylan Shelton is a certified Moniteur d'armes in three weapons with more than eight years' experience teaching fencing in the Rogue Valley.
Japanese Art and Culture
Study Japanese culture through Shuji (writing Japanese characters with a brush and ink), Origami (folded paper art), clay work, traditional musical instruments, and the Japanese language. Broaden your cultural horizons while having fun! You will learn about Japanese cultural traditions through hands-on activities, such as making a replica of Japan’s ancient clay bell.
Instructor: Wataru Sugiyama is an international sculptor and native of Japan. He has exhibited his work throughout the United States, England, Switzerland, Germany and Japan.
Responsive architectural design takes into consideration many variables such as: loads, forces, sheer, span, material strength, mechanical elements, and potential conditions. Conquer a series of design challenges that will require you to problem solve with materials. You’ll build scale models that can ‘rise to the occasion’ for everyday life and in the event of a natural disaster.
Instructor: Nick Acord holds a Master’s Degree in education and teaches at LOGOS Public Charter school. Nick is an ACADEMY alumni who describes attending an architectural design class during camp 25 years ago as “life changing”.
The Leading Edge: Outdoor Skills
Come learn what it feels like to be a true leader! Experience a week full of outdoor adventure, communication and team building activities, and hands-on activities that will leave you feeling stronger and more skilled. Discover and cultivate your own leadership style, and prepare to be a positive force in every environment.
Instructor: Randi Nash is an outdoorsperson who has taught youth outdoor recreation and leadership skills for over 10 years. She received her Master’s in Teaching from SOU and teaches 2nd and 3rd grade at the John Muir School in Ashland.
Mental Martial Arts: Chess Strategies and Tactics
Chess is like martial arts for the mind! Through playing with a variety of partners, tackling chess puzzles, learning special moves, and experimenting with timed chess you’ll increase your agility and expertise with this tactical game. Learn to be a stealthy, nimble, “strategy ninja” anticipating your opponent’s next move and redirecting the flow of the game.
Instructor: Dustin Monda
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