summer gifted programs from The Grayson School

We welcome students in grades K-12 to join us this summer for challenging, imaginative courses and intensive workshops. Sessions are led by Grayson faculty, trained and experienced in working with gifted students and creating a collaborative and engaging environment. All courses run Monday through Friday for one week.

Four weeks of summer gifted programming for grades K-12.

Search our weekly offerings by grade that begin the week of June 27 and run through July 29 (no camp the week of July 4).

Grades K-4

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Cosmic Crusaders

Instructors: Ms. Ashley Freeborn and Ms. Catie Doherty
Grades K-4*

June 27-July 1 | 9:00 am – 3:00 pm  | $395

This week, budding astronomers will travel through the cosmos as they explore our Sun, Moon, stars, and constellations, as well as the forces that govern these celestial objects, with hands-on models and research. In addition to examining how ancient discoveries about planetary movement continue to influence astronomy as we know it, campers will learn about the myths surrounding the constellations, the classification and life cycle of stars in our galaxy, the phases of the Moon, and how the Moon’s gravity affects tidal patterns. It’s sure to be an out-of-this-world experience!

*Sessions will be differentiated and grades will be separated by cohort following final enrollment.

Bugging Out

Instructor: Ms. Catie Doherty
Grades K-4*

July 11-15 | 9:00 am – 3:00 pm  | $395

Over the course of this week, amateur entomologists will learn all about the intricate web of similarities and differences between insects and spiders. Campers will create their own mnemonics for the scientific classifications of life (kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, species), and explore the characteristics, life cycles, and biology of all kinds of creepy crawlers. The fun will be hard to beet-le!

*Sessions will be differentiated and grades will be separated by cohort following final enrollment.

Dino Dig

Instructors: Ms. Ashley Freeborn and Ms. Catie Doherty
Grades K-4*

July 18-22 | 9:00 am – 3:00 pm  | $395

Aspiring archaeologists and paleontologists unite! This week, campers will learn all about the evolution of dinosaurs, from the different types to the different time periods, then explore what led to their eventual demise. Then, they’ll learn about the process of permineralization and go on an archaeological dig to discover and identify fossils. Full of exciting hands-on activities, this camp will leave kids digging dinosaurs even more than before!

*Sessions will be differentiated and grades will be separated by cohort following final enrollment.

Welcome to the Machine

Instructors: Ms. Ashley Freeborn and Ms. Catie Doherty
Grades K-4*

July 25-29 | 9:00 am – 3:00 pm  | $395

If your child is always asking you how things work, perhaps it’s time to welcome them to the machine. In this camp, young scientists and engineers will cover the six types of simple machines–levers, pulleys, wheels and axles, wedges, screws, and inclined planes–and use physical tools to prototype individual- and team inventions. Throughout the week, they’ll return to the question of how something so simple can be such a complex, effective machine.

*Sessions will be differentiated and grades will be separated by cohort following final enrollment.

Grades 5-8

Meet the Molecules: Intro to Chemistry

Instructor: Mr. Michael Sizer
Grades 5-8

June 27-July 1 | 9:00 am – 3:00 pm  | $395

This hands-on, laboratory-based course will introduce students to the various branches and core concepts of Chemistry. Budding chemists will learn about the physical properties of elements and compounds, and practice invaluable laboratory techniques, as they perform a variety of exciting chemical reactions, such as making brass, bending glass, flame testing metals, creating soap, and crystallizing! Emphasis will be placed on lab safety, and how to properly handle chemicals and lab equipment. No prior knowledge of Chemistry is required.

Art Around the World: Multicultural Art and Design

Instructor: Ms. Stacey Angelillo
Grades 5-8

July 11-15 | 9:00 am – 3:00 pm  | $395

In this course, young artists and art historians will travel through various cultures and time periods to create work inspired by Chinese brush painting, Botswana baskets, ancient Greek pottery, and Indian rangoli designs.

Hands-On Physics

Instructor: Dr. Colin Tinsman
Grades 5-8

July 11-15 | 9:00 am – 3:00 pm  | $395

If you’re curious about Physics and want to get your hands dirty, join our Experimental Physics camp! Aspiring physicists will go beyond simply wondering about how the universe works by performing hands-on experiments, taking data, and testing their hypotheses. Projects include using a software-defined radio to detect images from a satellite in space and building a particle-detecting cloud chamber. Students with some background knowledge about Physics will get the most out of this course, but the only requirement is curiosity about science and a knack for learning by doing.

Meet the Molecules: Intro to Chemistry

Instructor: Mr. Michael Sizer
Grades 5-8

July 18-22 | 9:00 am – 3:00 pm  | $395

This hands-on, laboratory-based course will introduce students to the various branches and core concepts of Chemistry. Budding chemists will learn about the physical properties of elements and compounds, and practice invaluable laboratory techniques, as they perform a variety of exciting chemical reactions, such as making brass, bending glass, flame testing metals, creating soap, and crystallizing! Emphasis will be placed on lab safety, and how to properly handle chemicals and lab equipment. No prior knowledge of Chemistry is required.

All the World’s a Stage

Instructor: Ms. Mary Lyon
Grades 5-8

July 18-22 | 9:00 am – 3:00 pm  | $395

If you’re interested in becoming an actor or have been in a play and want to know more about stagecraft, join this one-week intensive to learn the tips and tricks actors use to bring a role to life. This full-day course includes partnered scene work, monologue exploration, and improvisational techniques for all students. Students will be working from prewritten and self-devised work. Join us and learn how to play like a professional! Minimum of 4 students.

Create Your Own Film Trailer

Instructor: Ms. Anna Brown
Grades 5-8

July 25-29 | 9:00 am – 3:00 pm  | $395

COMING TO THEATERS, SUMMER 2022: A group of Grayson campers will create a trailer that puts a unique spin on a classic. After reviewing the film together, aspiring actors will select which scenes they’d like to recreate and take on iconic roles and crew positions. With great potential for creativity and humor, this summer offering is sure to be a hit at the box office!

Beginning Brushstrokes: Intro to Painting

Instructor: Ms. Stacey Angelillo
Grades 5-8

July 25-29 | 9:00 am – 3:00 pm  | $395

Budding artists will practice their painting techniques with various media such as acrylic, watercolor, and digital applications. They will also practice different styles, such as realism, abstract art, en plein aire, and still life.

summer course in electronics

Intro to Electronics with Arduino

Instructor: Dr. Colin Tinsman
Grades 5-8

July 25-29 | 9:00 am – 3:00 pm  | $395

Calling all aspiring mechanical engineers. In working with electronics parts, such as resistors and digital sensors; practicing soldering skills; and programming on the Arduino, which allows circuits to act on their own with motors, lights, and sensors, campers will take their circuit knowledge to the next level in this course. No electronics or programming experience is required, and students with some experience will find something new to learn.

Grades 9-12

In the Scriptwriters’ Studio

Instructor: Ms. Mary Lyon
Grades 9-12

June 27-July 1 | 9:00 am – 3:00 pm  | $395

In this course, students will have the opportunity to stretch their artistic muscles by creating their own original scripts. Students will collaborate to learn how to keep their artistic vision alive while also honing their writing skills to produce a compelling and unique final product. This course focuses on jump-starting creativity and allowing ideas and flow to be a natural part of writing. Students will devise games, brainstorm challenges, and explore movement activities to keep their minds and bodies limber. Join us! We can’t wait to see what you create! Minimum of 3 students.

summer course in electronics

Advanced Electronics with Arduino

Instructor: Mr. Colin Tinsman
Grades 9-12

June 27-July 1 | 9:00 am – 3:00 pm  | $395

Calling all aspiring mechanical engineers. In working with electronics parts, such as resistors and digital sensors; practicing soldering skills; and programming on the Arduino, which allows circuits to act on their own with motors, lights, and sensors, campers will take their circuit knowledge to the next level in this course. Electronics or programming experience is required, and students with experience will find something new to learn.

College Application Bootcamp

Instructors: Ms. Meredith Hafer and Dr. Liz Braun
Rising 12th grade (Grayson students only)

June 27-July 1 | 9:00 am – 3:00 pm  | $395

This individualized course is designed to provide rising seniors with the inspiration and guidance they need to tackle their college applications. Whether they are crafting their personal statements, drafting their supplements, or finalizing their portfolios, students will learn the strategies they need to present an authentic, compelling portrait to college admissions teams.

Create Your Own Film Trailer

Instructor: Ms. Anna Brown
Grades 9-12

July 11-15 | 9:00 am – 3:00 pm  | $395

COMING TO THEATERS, SUMMER 2022: A group of Grayson campers will create a trailer that puts a unique spin on a classic. After reviewing the film together, aspiring actors will select which scenes they’d like to recreate and take on iconic roles and crew positions. With great potential for creativity and humor, this summer offering is sure to be a hit at the box office!

Chemical Reactions and Stoichiometry

Instructor: Mr. Michael Sizer
Grades 9-12

July 11-15 | 9:00 am – 3:00 pm  | $395

Chemical reactions may look effortless in the lab, but without a thorough understanding of the chemical equations that describe them, results can fizzle (or go boom). In this course, curious chemists will learn how to balance equations, find limiting reactants, predict products, and calculate theoretical and percent yields. In addition to applying the principles of chemical formulas and equations, students will practice many laboratory techniques, such as using gravity filtration, using a burner, identifying unknown substances, and performing oxidation-reduction reactions. They will also learn how to properly handle chemicals and lab equipment. This course is perfect for high school students interested in Chemistry and looking for experience in a science lab. Prior knowledge of the Periodic Table, Algebra, and unit conversions is strongly recommended. A notebook and a calculator are required for this course.

Hands-On Physics

Instructor: Dr. Colin Tinsman
Grades 9-12

July 18-22 | 9:00 am – 3:00 pm  | $395

If you’re curious about Physics and want to get your hands dirty, join our Experimental Physics camp! Aspiring physicists will go beyond simply wondering about how the universe works by performing hands-on experiments, taking data, and testing their hypotheses. Projects include using a software-defined radio to detect images from a satellite in space and building a particle-detecting cloud chamber. Students with some background knowledge about Physics will get the most out of this course, but the only requirement is curiosity about science and a knack for learning by doing.

Create Your Own College Introduction Video

Instructor: Ms. Anna Brown
Grades 9-12

July 18-22 | 9:00 am – 3:00 pm  | $395

Quickly becoming a staple partner piece to the traditional college admissions essay is the college intro video. Prospective students tell universities about who they are, what they have accomplished so far in school, and what dreams they hold for themselves. Grayson is providing the opportunity for high school students to brainstorm and produce original college intro videos, approximately 2 minutes in final length, so they can have creative and authentic pieces ready for submission this fall.

Before the BFA: Developing Your Art Portfolio

Instructor: Ms. Stacey Angelillo
Grades 9-12 (Grayson students only)

July 18-22 | 9:00 am – 3:00 pm  | $395

Upper School students who are serious about developing an art portfolio eligible to be submitted to an art school are encouraged to apply for this camp. We will focus on observational drawing and painting techniques in various media, including digital, graphite, charcoal, pastel, and acrylic. We will be creating one piece of art per day.

Chemical Reactions and Stoichiometry

Instructor: Mr. Michael Sizer
Grades 9-12

July 25-29 | 9:00 am – 3:00 pm  | $395

Chemical reactions may look effortless in the lab, but without a thorough understanding of the chemical equations that describe them, results can fizzle (or go boom). In this course, curious chemists will learn how to balance equations, find limiting reactants, predict products, and calculate theoretical and percent yields. In addition to applying the principles of chemical formulas and equations, students will practice many laboratory techniques, such as using  gravity filtration, using a burner, identifying unknown substances, and performing oxidation-reduction reactions. They will also learn how to properly handle chemicals and lab equipment. This course is perfect for high school students interested in Chemistry and looking for experience in a science lab. Prior knowledge of the Periodic Table, Algebra, and unit conversions is strongly recommended. A notebook and a calculator are required for this course.

All sessions are held at The Grayson School, 211 Matsonford Road, Radnor, PA 19087.

  • Campers must provide their own lunch and snacks. You are encouraged to pack 1-2 snacks as needed as there are limited options available in our vending machine. Each student should also have a water bottle as our drinking fountains are currently set for bottle fill only. Please be mindful that we are a nut-free school.
  • Everyone will spend some time outdoors and ask that students arrive with sunscreen applied and wearing closed-toe sandals or shoes; please pack sunscreen for reapplication during the day.
  • Our school is “mask optional” at this time. If there are any changes to our health and safety protocols, or to local laws and restrictions, we will notify all attendees.

We are here to help!

Please reach out to Jessica Curtiss with questions on any aspect of our summer program or to inquire about financial aid.