Camp for Academically Talented Highly-Motivated Students Who Love to Learn, Completing Grades 5-8
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How do I Apply for ACADEMY?
Start your application here!
What will ACADEMY look like in 2021?
ACADEMY 2021 will be a hybrid in-person and online model! The classes that you know and love, will be hosted on-campus, in-person during the day. At the end of the day, campers will return home and will join us after dinner to engage again with their fellow campers and Counselors through online evening activities like games, movies, crafts, 'campfire' stories and more! The week will end with a celebration of student achievements and an inspirational address from the camp directors about how to carry this year's theme forward into life beyond ACADEMY.
If there is enough interest, ACADEMY is planning to offer a parallel totally remote version for students who can't commute to campus. If you are interested in this version, please fill out your application and let us know.
Who is ACADEMY for?
ACADEMY is traditionally a camp experience allowing academically talented and highly motivated students who love to learn. Participation is ope to students who have just completed grades 5-8 (and returning ACADEMY alumni 9th graders for summer 2021) 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 a previous ACADEMY student who is currently in 9th grade and was not able to join us last year? Then, we will be accepting applications for a few returning ACADEMY alumni 9th graders to join us this Summer (2021) in Session Two.
What is ACADEMY?
ACADEMY is traditionally 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 join us on campus to be challenged by creative and imaginative instructors, peers, and activities. Students have the opportunity to attend engaging classes in topics such as: Mock Trial, Japanese Art and Culture, Creative Coding, and Disc Golf and more. Students also attend evening evening activities. Staff carefully supervise and mentor the 10 to 12 person living groups.
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 Monday morning with classes occurring Monday through Friday. The traditional daily schedule includes classes on a wide variety of topics, workshops built around the year's theme, and creative recreational and cultural activities. ACADEMY concludes with a closing ceremony.
Already Accepted for ACADEMY?
Upon notification of acceptance, students are prompted to complete the ACADEMY acceptance paper work 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. Tuition this year is $350. Junior Counselor tuition is $150. The tuition covers instruction, activities, and supervision. Pre-College Youth Programs offers some tution assistance for those students who are in need. Tuition assistance is determined by expressed financial need within the application. Tuition assistance award amounts will vary and are dependent upon the funds we have available, but may be up to 50% of the total tuition cost. If you are applying for tuition assistance, your application must be complete by April 30, 2021. Read more about tuition assistance on our FAQ page.
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