Academics

Summer at Selwyn

Have fun all summer long at Selwyn School!

We are looking forward to a fantastic summer with a broad range of fun and engaging camps, academic, and enrichment classes. If you have any questions, please call our office at 940-382-6771. Registration for Summer at Selwyn has closed for 2022. We look forward to having your children join us this summer!

Grade levels for each course refer to the grade a child will be entering in Fall 2022. Check out our exciting list of classes for each summer session below!


Session 1: June 6–June 10

Printmaking Mini-Camp 3rd—8th
This mini-camp will use a variety of traditional and non-traditional printmaking processes to transfer images onto different surfaces, including linocut, Gelli printing, and screen-printing.

Metal-Art Making 4th–8th
The metal art course teaches participants to design and work metal by embossing and painting metal pieces and giving them a particular color and shine. At the end of the course, students will be able to exhibit at least two complete pieces of art.

Reading Camp 5th—8th
Join a dynamic mini-camp in which students read and discuss great books, short stories, and poems while practicing age-appropriate reading skills. This course will emphasize comprehension strategies for middle grade students and, equally important, foster a love of reading for pleasure.

Introduction to Veterinary Medicine 8th—12th
This mini-camp offers a general introduction to small mammal veterinary care. Students will be introduced to animal anatomy, including hands-on dissection and microscope slide preparation, and will learn the basics of physical examinations to learn what is common in healthy pets.


Session 2: June 13–17

Pancakes, Pancakes! 1st
First grade is full of important and exciting transitions as children begin to develop more academic skills. This first grade prep class will introduce students to the world of the first-grade classroom while they explore learning through a fun themed unit on pancakes! Students in this mini-camp will enjoy days full of great pancake themed literature, and will include an introduction to reading, poetry, writing, science, math, and art. Your child will leave this class ready to explore the new school year in first grade!

Exploring with Science 2nd—3rd
Join in on fun, hands-on activities and games that challenge students to connect learning to science, technology, engineering, and math. Taught by a certified STEM teacher, this mini-camp will engage students in fun and thrilling experiments.

FULLY ENROLLED Theater Camp 1st—3rd
Action! Students in Theater Camp will produce a play from start to finish, including making their own costumes and sets. At the end of the camp, the students will stage a performance that parents may attend. If you’d like to join a waitlist for this class, please email spalma@selwynschool.com

Newtonian Physics (with toys!) 3rd—7th
This mini-camp is a general introduction to physics using toys. Engage with science, hands-on, with experiments using Nerf guns, marbles, and more. Students will explore how the world around them works, and they will leave camp with their own catapult.


Session 3: June 20–24

FULLY ENROLLED Cooking Club 1st—6th
Put on your apron and learn skills related to being in the kitchen, including prep work and following a recipe. Students will also complete crafts such as creating their own oven mitts and aprons. If you’d like to join a waitlist for this class, please email spalma@selwynschool.com

Resin Casting Camp 4th—8th
Students taking this mini-camp will learn the processes for resin casting along with safety measures for careful handling. Using a two-part clear resin, students will create a variety of finished resin items.

College Essay Writing 9th—12th
Learn how to write concise essays that are both informative and persuasive. Students in this mini-camp will learn how to organize their essays, develop strong thesis statements, and provide evidence that support their arguments. By the end of this course, students will understand rhetorical concepts that will prepare them to write compelling, college-level essays.


Session 4: June 27–July 1

FULLY ENROLLED STEAM Camp 1st—3rd
STEAM Camp integrates science, technology, engineering, art, and math in a way that is engaging and fun! Each day will be filled with experiential projects that encourage creativity, learning, and exploration. At the end of the mini-camp, students will present their projects in a Makerspace Gallery. If you’d like to join a waitlist for this class, please email spalma@selwynschool.com

Hand & Machine Sewing Camp 4th—8th
Produce a stuffed animal, a wearable piece, and your own tote bag in this sewing camp. Students will learn traditional techniques for hand-sewing, as well as basic machine sewing skills.

Film Appreciation 9th—12th
This mini-camp will explore the world of film and film-making. Students will learn the basic techniques and styles of film commonly encountered in American cinema, all while watching a handful of diversely arrayed classic pictures. Students will have the opportunity to write film critiques or shoot their own short film.


Session 5: July 11–15

FULLY ENROLLED Ocean Explorers! 1st—2nd
Keep academic skill sharp this summer while you explore learning through an ocean theme! Students will enjoy great literature, poetry, science, art, and math taught through an integrated ocean-themed curriculum. If you’d like to join a waitlist for this class, please email spalma@selwynschool.com

Earth Science Camp 3rd—6th
Join Earth Science Camp and learn how the earth works! Students will study volcanoes and their formations, earthquakes and other phenomena, and the rock cycle, and will get hands-on experience with different types of minerals. Learn how to build your own volcano and take home your very own geode at the end of camp.

STEAM Camp 4th—7th
Join a STEAM Camp that integrates science, technology, engineering, art, and math in a way that is both engaging and fun! Each day will be filled with experiential projects that encourage creativity, learning, and exploration. On the last day of camp, students will be able to showcase their projects in a Makerspace Gallery.

FULLY ENROLLED Skateboard Building & Design 6th—12th
Come design and build your own skate deck! Students will design and construct their own 8”x30” skateboard. Starting with a blank deck, students will create their own art for the top and bottom of their boards, and learn how to apply grip tape, trucks, and wheels. All students will leave camp with their own custom-built skateboard. Due to material costs, this class includes an additional $75 lab fee. This course is fully enrolled, but there’s still space in the Skateboard Building and Design course during Session 6!


Session 6: July 18–22

FULLY ENROLLED Math Camp 1st—6th
Build strength and confidence in math skills by joining this math mini-camp! Keep your math skills sharp all summer with a week of games, activities, and projects meant to build age-appropriate math skills. If you’d like to join a waitlist for this class, please email spalma@selwynschool.com

FULLY ENROLLED Clay Studio 3rd—8th
Bring home finished clay projects, such as bowls, jewelry, and clay stamps after learning a variety of clay skills. Students will get hands-on experience with airdry, polymer, and kiln-fire clays. Students will learn about the kiln-firing process and practice clay tool safety. If you’d like to join a waitlist for this class, please email spalma@selwynschool.com

Skateboard Building & Design 6th—12th
Come design and build your own skate deck! Students will design and construct their own 8”x30” skateboard. Starting with a blank deck, students will create their own art for the top and bottom of their boards, and learn how to apply grip tape, trucks, and wheels. All students will leave camp with their own custom-built skateboard. Due to material costs, this class includes an additional $75 lab fee.


Session 7: July 25–29

Origami, Bookbinding & Papercrafts 4th—8th
Learn traditional origami, paper-making, and book-binding skills in this fun and engaging course. Students will create a handmade book, a hanging origami mobile, and other unique papercrafts.


Session 8: August 1–5

Introductory Mandarin 1st—3rd
Learn the basics of conversational Mandarin, including greeting, counting, and telling the time and date. In addition to an introduction to the language, students will learn about Chinese arts and culture.

Macramé & Fiber Arts Camp 4th—8th
Let’s weave! Students taking this mini-camp will learn traditional macramé and weaving skills, and will create their own wearable art. By the end of this camp, students will have created a keychain, a piece of clothing, and a plant hanger.

Video Production Camp 5th—8th
Explore different methods of video production and editing techniques, including filming with a greenscreen, and using stop-motion animation to create your own personal unique videos. Students will spend the week creating a three-to-five-minute video to present on the last day of camp.

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