Summer at Lab

Summer Programs

Lab's 54th Summer Session

July 6 - July 30, 2021 - in-person and virtual options for all ages

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Summer is the time for fun! It’s also the time when academic skills can slip, making it difficult for students to maintain the progress they have worked so hard to achieve.

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The Lab School’s summer programs are designed to help students discover their strengths, exercise their creativity, tackle academic challenges, and prepare for the school year ahead.

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Lab’s programs offer options for enrichment as well as for filling in gaps in learning, especially important after the past year. Our four-week program is brimming with imagination, excitement, and innovative teaching to help students understand their needs, address their weaknesses, build confidence, and develop techniques for becoming independent learners.

These photos were taken on the first day. Come back and visit as we will be adding more images as the fun and creative learning continues ...

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Risk Management in a COVID-19 Environment
Summer School 2021 - Updated June 2021

The emergence of COVID-19 has forced The Lab School, like other schools around the world, to reevaluate nearly every aspect of its educational practices. As we return to campus our top priority is the safety of our students and our faculty and staff. Lab School has enacted a number of protocols to reduce the risks to our community.

Our planning has been guided by the experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Academy of Pediatrics, the DC Department of Health (DCDOH), and the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), as well as our own public health nursing staff and our physician medical advisor. We have consulted numerous additional experts – educational, medical, architectural, code and ventilation engineering, and cleaning—to help us develop these protocols.

Due to the novel nature of COVID-19, we are learning more about the virus every day, and expert guidance about best practices has continued to evolve accordingly. Therefore, these protocols are subject to change throughout the course of the year. The School will promptly communicate any changes to these policies with the community. However, it is important for community members to appreciate that there are no strategies that can eliminate transmission risk entirely. These policies are designed to help keep risk of transmission as low as possible among our community, while keeping students as engaged in the learning process as possible.

COVID-19 Vaccinations

Lab School strongly recommends that all eligible members of the community take the full course of the COVID vaccination. Once the vaccinations are moved from Emergency Use Authorization to full FDA approval, they will be required for all eligible faculty, staff and students. The School has coordinated the vaccination of all faculty/staff and is offering vaccination clinics for all eligible students.

Additional information on the vaccines and their administration can be found at the following:

Protocols for Daily Operations of the School

We are following a layered approach to risk mitigation and will employ the below practices.

Daily Health Checks
  • Health checks of all students, faculty, and staff need to be submitted each school day, regardless of whether the student or adult anticipates being on campus.
  • The Magnus Health app must be loaded to a mobile device. Completion of the report is required every school day by 7:15am.
  • Compliance with the daily health check is a requirement to enter the campuses or school buses.
Use of Face Coverings – Following DCDOH requirements:
  • All students and faculty/staff must bring and wear face masks while on campus.
  • Please ensure you have an adequate supply of clean, comfortable, well-fitted masks so that you or your student can wear a clean one, and bring a spare, to campus each day.
  • Reusable masks need to be laundered daily.
  • Lab School does not permit gaiters, scarves, handkerchiefs or vented masks
  • For more specifics about cloth face coverings specifications please consult: CDC Guidance on Cloth Face Coverings
  • Masks must comply with Lab School dress guidelines: no references to drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, vaping, smoking, the occult, sexual innuendo, violence or obscenities.
  • Breaks from wearing masks will occur for meals, and only when students and employees are able to be at physical distance from other members of the Lab School community, and are outdoors.
Physical Distancing in Classrooms, Corridors, Offices, Common spaces

Following CDC and DC Department of Health guidelines, The Lab School has reduced density in our spaces.

  • We have reconfigured spaces to allow for a prudent distance between individuals – this includes reducing classroom occupancy, modifying new spaces into larger classrooms, using clear separation panels where appropriate, and implementing other measures to ensure each occupant has enough separation and airflow to mitigate risk.
  • The school has embarked on an ambitious infrastructure project to make more of our outdoor spaces Wi-Fi accessible. Teachers and advisors may use outdoor spaces for instruction and other activities as appropriate. Every space has been evaluated to determine the number that can be accommodated with physical distancing.
  • Physical Distancing
    • We have designed and installed signage to guide and reinforce safe distancing.
    • Corridors have directional signage where possible.
    • Some stairwells will be UP only, others designated as DOWN only;
  • All in-person group events, performances, athletics, and assemblies have been reevaluated to meet DCDOH and CDC guidelines.
  • Students at unvaccinated grade levels are grouped in homerooms to minimize interaction with others. Generally, the combined homerooms include no more than 18 students and consistent faculty/staff to facilitate contract tracing if necessary.

Students will eat their meals outdoors in designated spaces. We are suspending our lunch service for the year. Students and faculty will need to bring lunches from home that do not require refrigeration or reheating. There will be no on campus food delivery or high school off campus lunch privileges for the foreseeable future. The Lab School does not allow the sharing of food between students. Due to the practical impossibility of wearing a mask while eating, all members of the School community must maintain appropriate physical distance from each other while enjoying their meals outdoors.

Additionally, the following guidelines must be followed:

  • Students must wash hands before and after eating, and may not share utensils, cups, or plates;
  • Staff must wash hands before and after preparing food, and after helping students eat; and
  • Tables and chairs must be cleaned and sanitized before and after the meal.
Handwashing, Hygiene, and Respiratory Etiquette

Handwashing and hand sanitizing opportunities are frequent. Parents should continue to enforce 20-second handwashing for children.

  • Foot pump operated hand sanitizing stands have been installed at all entrances to the buildings.
  • Smaller hand sanitizers are installed in more than 100 locations around the school.
  • Paper towel dispensers have been returned to the restrooms.

Students and faculty/staff are encouraged to clean hands multiple times a day including when they board or disembark from a bus – Lab or Fleet; when they arrive on campus; between all activities; before leaving or returning to a classroom; before and after eating; before and after touching shared objects; before and after using the restroom; before and after transitioning inside from the outdoors; after blowing their noses, coughing, or sneezing; before and after removing or putting on a face mask; and before they leave the campus.

Students and faculty/staff are practiced in respiratory etiquette including handwashing and proper covering of coughs and sneezes.

Drop Off and Pick Up Times and Procedures

Before students exit their vehicles they must show the green “GO” button from the Magnus health app. Please DO NOT arrive in the neighborhood before stated arrival or dismissal times.

  • Lower School and Summer Project
    • Instruction will begin at 8:30am. Students may arrive between 8:00am and 8:25am.
    • Dismissal at 12:30 (except for students staying for related services) allows for pickup between 12:30pm and 12:45pm.
    • Instruction will start at 8:45am. Students may arrive between 8:30am and 8:35am
    • Dismissal at 12:30 (except for students staying for related services) allows for pickup between 12:30pm and 12:45pm
  • Students Riding Jurisdiction Buses
    • Students will enter and dismiss through the Whitehaven doors to the Athletics/Theater Building.
Restricting Visitors to Campus
  • Only enrolled students, currently employed faculty/ staff and essential vendors will be allowed in Lab School buildings until further notice.
  • Any visitors that the School permits on campus will be required to complete a health check prior to entering the campus and must comply with all other protocols.
  • Parents’ meetings, IEP meetings, admissions tours and lecture series will continue to be held virtually.
  • We will not be holding group gatherings or meetings on the Lab School campuses.
  • Parents who are dropping off forgotten items at the Reservoir campus, must leave them outside the Castle Reception Door and call the Receptionist (202) 965-6600 to retrieve the item in a contactless fashion.
  • No food deliveries, unless organized by the school, will be accepted until further notice.
Travel Restrictions

The CDC and the DC Department of Health advise that travel increases one’s chances of contracting and spreading COVID-19. For those who are not fully vaccinated, the DC Department of Health requires self-quarantine for seven days after travel outside of the tri-state area.

For this reason, the School has suspended all School-related travel and strongly discourages families and employees from engaging in any non-essential personal travel during the pandemic. The School recognizes that some essential travel may be necessary during the COVID-19 pandemic. The School has therefore adopted this COVID-19 Travel Policy, which is subject to change as guidance surrounding the pandemic continues to evolve:

For individuals not fully vaccinated, the school requires a seven day quarantine during which the individual monitors for symptoms following travel. In addition, in accordance with DC mandates, the School requires a negative COVID-19 PCR test administered no sooner than five days following return from travel. The results of that test must be submitted to the School nurse in order to receive clearance to return to campus.

  • Travelers are advised that they are expected to follow applicable law in the jurisdictions in which they travel, including following quarantine procedures between states. All families and employees are also strongly advised to wear masks, wash their hands frequently, practice physical distancing, and follow other best practices related to COVID-19 when and if they must travel, particularly to an area experiencing an outbreak.
  • Upon return from personal travel, students and employees will need to comply with the DC Department of Health seven day quarantine policy.
Related Services

The School recognizes that related services play a critical role for supporting our students’ experience at the School. The School will continue to offer related services to students with options for both in person or virtual meetings, even when both the clinician and student are physically present on campus.

Where the related services clinician and students are unable to remain a prudent distance apart during in-person sessions, students and clinicians will be separated by a clear barrier and may be required to wear masks.

Facilities Protocols

Enhanced Facilities Cleaning

Our cleaning protocols are guided by the CDC, which outlines everyday steps, as well as actions in the event of contamination. To read that guidance, see CDC Guidelines on Cleaning and Disinfecting your Facility

Steps include:

  • Nightly, the cleaning staff utilize Peroxide based disinfectant for high-touch common areas, restrooms, and classroom and office surfaces, including tables, desks and chairs.
  • Periodically during the day, Operations staff utilize Peroxide-based disinfectant for high touch common areas and restrooms.
  • In classrooms where occupants rotate, teachers spray non-irritating cleaner and students wipe down their desk and chair before use.
  • High-touch surfaces, such as copier and coffee machine touch pads, elevator buttons and other such surfaces, have been covered with NanoSeptic skins, which utilize mineral nano crystals to kill coronavirus germs. In addition, disinfectant wipes are provided near each surface so the user can wipe before and after using.
  • Buses, both Lab School and Fleet, are wiped down between uses.
  • In classrooms or spaces where a student or faculty/staff member has been confirmed COVID positive, the space is left dormant for 24 hours and then the night cleaning staff, wearing protective gloves, utilize Peroxide based disinfectant to clean all surfaces.
Enhanced Building Ventilation and Water Safety

To meet the needs of this emergency we engaged an HVAC consultant to evaluate building systems and improve ventilation, filtration, and air cleaning across all our buildings. As a result:

  • We have increased outdoor air ventilation wherever possible;
  • For rooms with unit ventilators we have installed advanced air cleaning with ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI);
  • In other areas we have increased the level of filtration to MERV13 or higher on recirculated air;
  • We are increasing the frequency of all filter changes;
  • We have recommissioned the high school building ventilation; and
  • We have installed new exhaust fans in multiple spaces.
  • All faucets, showers, water fountains and other water features have been and continue to be run regularly to prevent the buildup of bacteria.
Everyone Taking Responsibility for a Clean Facility -- Good Housekeeping

While the Operations staff will be aggressively cleaning, we do need all members of the community – student, faculty, and staff – to do their part to protect us all.

  • Teachers and Therapists –
    • In order to facilitate cleaning in classrooms, common spaces, and all other spaces that are visited by students, we ask teachers and therapists to remove or put away all items on their desks and other furniture, including papers, binders, and other personal items so that disinfectants can be applied nightly; and
    • If students or faculty/staff will be rotating through a space during the day, we ask each occupant to spray and wipe down desks and chairs before and after use.
  • Students –
    • We need to engage students in the cleaning process as they start and finish activities.
    • We provide disposable towels and non-irritating cleaner for students to clean their own desks prior to and after use.

COVID-19 Medical Response

Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)

In addition to masks, employees who work in the nurse offices are required to wear protective eye gear, and may wear additional personal protective equipment, such as gloves and gowns, as necessary and appropriate under the circumstances. Items may be brought from home in the discretion of the faculty and the Lab School. Otherwise, all PPE items will be provided by the Lab School.

Contact Tracing
  • The School nurses have been active participants in reporting and contact tracing with the DCDOH and will continue to follow that practice.
  • The nurses note and track all information regarding students and employees who have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19, are suspected to have COVID-19, or have tested positive for COVID-19, and may communicate this information with and follow all directives from DCDOH. Student and employees health information relating to COVID-19 will be kept confidential to the extent practicable, in accordance with applicable state and federal privacy laws
  • In the event of a positive test or suspected diagnosis, it may be necessary to report this event to other members of the School community, so that the School can implement additional precautions and other members of the community can also be tested. This is particularly true where a student or faculty member has been in classes with a small group of other students on a daily basis. While the individual student or faculty member’s name/identity will not be affirmatively disclosed to other members of the School community, the identity of such individual may be readily discernible to other members of the community due to context cues.
  • Where a case of COVID-19 is confirmed, exposure tracing may commence and members of the School community with high-risk of exposure to the infected individual (whether on or off campus) may be instructed to quarantine and get tested in accordance with CDC guidelines. Students and employees are advised that they may be asked to quarantine themselves for a period of days or weeks before they are able to be meaningfully and effectively tested for COVID-19.
Return to School After COVID-19 Exposure, Symptoms, or Diagnosis
  • Community members who contract COVID-19 or experience symptoms consistent with COVID-19, or who otherwise are exposed to COVID-19, may be permitted to return to campus when they are symptom free and the School determines, in consultation with appropriate public health officials and/or health and medical experts, that the individual does not pose a risk of transmission to the School community.
  • Depending on the circumstances, the School may require the community member to provide negative COVID-19 tests from a doctor before returning to school.

Shared Responsibility -- Our Community Agreement

By participating in on-campus teaching and learning, community members agree to adhere to the safety practices outlined here.

Lab School community members (all students, faculty, staff, and administration) are expected to adhere to these requirements for coming to campus:

  • Complete and submit the daily health check by 7:15am through the MagnusApp each school day (regardless of attendance on-campus).
  • Parents/students will be required to show the “Green Go Light” for the health check at drop-off each morning. (To speed up this process, we recommend taking a screenshot when you get the “Green Go Light” on the app).
  • Any community member who receives a “Red Stop Light” on the daily health screening is required to stay home. The School Nurse will reach out to parents or faculty and staff members when this happens, and everyone is expected to follow instructions if follow-up is needed.
  • Notify the school nurse immediately if anyone in your household(s) has a positive COVID-19 test or known exposure to COVID-19. Community members must participate in contact tracing practices by their jurisdiction.
  • Follow the directions of the school nurse if exhibiting symptoms of illness, including picking up a student promptly as requested.
  • When in proximity to others, at all times wear a face mask that meets the CDC recommended guidelines. During eating or drinking outdoors, maintain appropriate physical distancing.
  • Maintain prudent physical distancing in classrooms and shared spaces.
  • Practice good hygiene, including frequent hand-sanitizing, especially after using the restroom, before and after eating, and after any coughing, sneezing, or nose-blowing.

Lab School community members are expected to adhere to risk mitigating practices when off-campus, including:

  • Follow the guidance of DC public health officials regarding risk mitigation, including staying home, wearing masks, maintaining physical distancing, and frequent hand-washing.
  • Adhere to DC requirements regarding travel and avoid non-essential travel.
  • Consult with your personal physician if anyone in your household shows symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Refrain from participating in gatherings and events that do not follow CDC and DC guidelines for risk mitigation, including physical distancing and mask-wearing.
  • Refrain from outside activities, including athletics teams, clubs, etc., that do not require risk mitigation practices that align with the protocols required at school.
  • During periods of in-person learning, avoid gatherings such as sleep-overs. If hosting a playdate or small gathering, use risk mitigation practices that align with the protocols required at school.
  • Unless counseled otherwise by a physician, get a flu vaccine for all family members.

COVID-19 Points of Contact for Questions

For Lab School Operations questions please contact:

Note that students will participate in either the On-Campus Lower School Program OR the Virtual Lower School Program, (see next dropdown) but not both.

On-Campus Lower School Morning Program

Tuition: $3,300 for completed contracts and full payment received by April 15, $3,600 after April 15, $4,100 after May 31

Students should bring a snack; they will have a short snack and movement break during the program. A copy of your child’s schedule will be provided at the beginning of the summer session.

Young learners enrolled in The Lab School of Washington’s summer program will benefit from daily small-group instruction as well as classes designed to enhance language, and social development. A report from your child’s reading tutor describing literacy skills targeted over the summer, areas of continued need, and effective strategies for ensuring continued progress in literacy is provided after the end of the summer session.

Each child’s daily schedule includes the following:

Reading Instruction
Students engage in daily, specialized small-group structured literacy instruction, targeting phonemic awareness, decoding, spelling, vocabulary, and comprehension strategies. These focused Orton-Gillingham lessons provide the intensity and depth critical for emerging and developing readers. Students are grouped according to particular needs.

Number Investigators
Using a multi-sensory approach involving art and hands-on projects, students will tackle a variety of math applications including number sense, measurement, estimation, graphing, and algebraic equations. Daily challenges and word problems will reinforce skills learned as students investigate the wide world of numbers. Students will learn that everyone can do math as they collaborate with others, build models, and solve problems emphasizing logic, critical thinking, and attention to detail.

Academic Clubs
Our signature Academic Clubs immerse students in themed learning environments. Each Academic Club sets a dramatic framework for learning by creating an imagined time and place where every child plays an important role. Students experience hands-on, project-based learning designed to build language, content knowledge, and critical thinking with a variety of art forms. Students participate in one of three Academic Clubs.

Summer of Insects:

  • Ant Research Lab – Join our team of entomologists as we explore and study the world of ants!
  • Insect Art Gallery – Join us at our gallery as we study and create art inspired by insects. Guided by examples both ancient and modern, the beauty of bugs will spark our artistic creativity.
  • Beekeeper’s Club – Explore the lives of honeybees as you join our team of beekeepers. In collaboration with DC Beekeepers Alliance.

For rising 7th–12th

On-Campus Middle School/High School Program Morning Program 8:30am–12:30pm

Tuition: $3,300 for completed contracts and full payment received by April 15, $3,600 after April 15, $4,100 after May 31

The Summer Project – Join us in creating a digital journey into America’s past

The Home Front: Life in America during World War II

View Summer Project Brochure

The Lab School’s Summer Program explores the dramatic economic and cultural changes of the 1940s, a time of unprecedented production and mobilization by American civilians in war time, through an exciting, challenging immersion into arts and academics.

Over the course of our 4-week adventure, students will participate in a plethora of arts-based and academic activities, culminating in an overarching digital project. Exploring literary, social, political, and cultural contexts of this important time in American history will help strengthen their academic, social, and problem-solving skills.

Whether your primary interests are in the visual or the performing arts, you will have the opportunity to contribute to all aspects
of the summer project, while developing and applying academic skills in reading, writing, math, and the arts!

For rising 2nd–rising 9th

Tuition: $3,050 for completed contracts and full payment received by April 15, $3,350 after April 15, $3,850 after May 31

The virtual program sessions will be scheduled between 8:30am–12:15pm; however, other scheduling options may be considered based on need.

Should your child enroll in the Virtual Summer School program?
The virtual option is built with flexibility in mind. This option might be right for you if you live outside the DMV or if your child has a challenging schedule.

What is the focus of the Virtual Summer School program?
The virtual summer program is primarily a maintenance program focusing on skill retention in reading, writing, and math. Students will be in groups of four unless otherwise noted.

What is the theme of the Virtual Summer School program this summer?

Mars landscape

Students will engage in daily literacy instruction with an Orton- Gillingham trained tutor. These sessions will be tailored to each student’s needs by working on phonemic awareness, decoding,
spelling, vocabulary, and comprehension strategies. Students
will practice daily oral reading and fluency development. These sessions provide the intensity and depth critical for emerging, developing, and proficient readers. Lower school students will be paired with one other student; middle school students will be in groups of up to four students.

Students will work in small groups consisting of a maximum of four students. Students are provided with opportunities to solve authentic math problems while giving ample opportunities to practice calculation skills. Math vocabulary will be highlighted. The daily challenges will include math topics such as number sense, measurement, estimation, data science, and algebraic equations. Students will see the application of math skills to help them not only reinforce their skills but to also help increase their overall enjoyment of math.

Writing skills will be strengthened by daily writing work. Writing strategies will be embedded into the content students are learning in reading (and math). Students will incorporate textual evidence into their writing beginning at the sentence level and moving, as appropriate, into paragraphs and compositions. Students will produce writing that requires all parts of the writing process: brainstorming, outlining, note taking, drafting, editing, and revising to create a polished final product.

Other virtual tutoring opportunities are available. Please reach out to for more information.

Advanced Writing Workshop: Building College-Ready Writers
Ages: Rising 7th–12th grade (groups of 2–4 students depending on age and skill)
Times (choose one): 7:30am–8:30am, 9:00am–10:00am, 11:00am–12:00pm, 1:30pm–2:30pm, 2:30pm–3:30pm, 3:30pm–4:30pm
Tuition: $2,775

Is your student ready to move beyond the basics and advance their writing skills? Through small-group instruction, students will develop strategies to increase sophistication of vocabulary, sentence structure, and multi-paragraph essays. Specific instruction using programs such as The Writing Revolution® will give students practice planning, organizing, drafting, revising, and editing a variety of expository text structures, such as academic essays and high school/college entrance compositions. Students will leave with a toolkit to tackle future writing assignments. Students will:

  • increase executive functioning skills for planning, organizing, and self-assessing written work.
  • improve outlining and selection of graphic organizers.
  • enhance complexity, clarity, and coherence of essays.
  • reinforce research skills and strategies.
  • strengthen skills for editing and revising written work.
  • explore assistive technology to support individual needs,
  • such as word prediction, speech-to-text, text-to-speech, and research organization tools.

Please note a writing sample will be required for admission into this program.

Perfecting the Project: Executive Function Skills for Long-Term Project Planning
Ages 11+ (groups of 2–4 students depending on age and skill)
Times (choose one): 7:30am–8:30am, 9:00am–10:00am, 11:00am–12:00pm, 1:30pm–2:30pm, 2:30pm–3:30pm, 3:30pm–4:30pm
Tuition: $2,775

Engaging with Lab’s 3-D printers, students will complete projects that require the honing and utilization of critical executive function skills, including task initiation, planning/prioritization, organization, time management, goal-directed persistence, flexibility, and metacognition. Students will:

  • learn time-management strategies for daily, weekly, and long- term assignments.
  • practice estimating time, monitoring project timelines, and reflecting on adherence to guidelines.
  • explore technology and Smart devices to determine which programs work to keep them on track.
  • learn popular executive functioning strategies, including “Get Ready, Do, Done.”
  • generate a home strategy toolkit for future academic tasks and projects.

Beyond the Page*
*For Lab High School Students
via Distance Learning
Ages: Rising 9th–12th grade (for Lab Students only)
Twice per week (flexible schedule available)
Tuition: $945

Rising 9th–12th grade Lab students are guided through their assigned summer reading book with a specific focus on reading comprehension techniques, executive functioning strategies, and independent learning and self-advocacy skills.
Two times per week, Speech-Language Pathologists will:

  • assign reading sections.
  • post an assignment that focuses on factual comprehension, higher-level comprehension (e.g., inferences or predictions), or connections to self, the world, and other texts.
  • schedule online “hangout” sessions for video conferencing and collaborative book discussions.
  • provide individualized feedback and support on all assignments.

The Road to Reading and Spelling
Ages 5+ (students paired by age and skill)
Times (choose one): 7:30am–8:30am, 9:00am–10:00am, 11:00am–12:00pm, 1:30pm–2:30pm, 2:30pm–3:30pm, 3:30pm–4:30pm
Tuition: $2,775

Instruction is highly individualized and systematically targets development of reading and spelling skills. A variety of research- based reading and spelling resources using the Orton-Gillingham approach may be utilized, specific to the needs of each child.

Daily sessions include:

  • individual and small-group instruction, tailored to student- specific needs.
  • computer-based instruction for further practice with phonological, decoding, and encoding skills.

Instructional Goals:

  • Develop pre- and early-literacy skills.
  • Increase phonological awareness skills including rhyming, blending, segmenting, and sound manipulation.
  • Improve knowledge of alphabetic code for reading and spelling skills.
  • Develop syllabification skills and morphological awareness to enhance reading and spelling (e.g., syllable division strategies,
  • recognition of prefixes, suffixes, roots).
  • Enhance reading accuracy and fluency for comprehension.

Post-testing shows, on average, 15–20% gains in foundational reading and spelling skills.

The Art of Storytelling
Ages 8–12 (groups of 2–4 students depending on age and skill)
Times (choose one): 7:30am–8:30am, 9:00am–10:00am, 11:00am–12:00pm, 1:30pm–2:30pm, 2:30pm–3:30pm, 3:30pm–4:30pm
Tuition: $2,775

Storytelling skills are the building blocks of communication, friendships, and comprehension. Does your child have a lot to say but can’t always get their message across? Do they skip details or go off on tangents when talking about their day? Using interactive digital and art platforms, students will develop language skills to bring their stories to life through the creation of comics and movies. Within a small group, students will learn tools for planning a complete, well-organized narrative. A variety of methods and materials including Mindwing Concepts Story Grammar Marker® and Six Second Stories® will be introduced. Students will:

  • learn the critical components of a narrative.
  • answer WH-questions.
  • identify key information from stories read aloud and develop
  • succinct summaries.
  • improve the ability to share personal experiences in a concise,
  • organized fashion.
  • explore movie making, book, and comic strip technology.

Comprehension Capers
Ages 8–12 (groups of 2–4 students depending on age and skill)
Times (choose one): 7:30am–8:30am, 9:00am–10:00am, 11:00am–12:00pm, 1:30pm–2:30pm, 2:30pm–3:30pm, 3:30pm–4:30pm
Tuition: $2,775

Calling all detectives! It is time to put your sleuthing skills to work! Through small-group instruction, students will hone their language comprehension skills while solving mysteries and “crimes.” Interactive, engaging activities, allow student to work collaboratively to gain experience deriving deeper meaning from information provided in order to draw reasonable conclusions. Students will:

  • extract, analyze, and synthesize facts.
  • identify and summarize key information.
  • develop observation, inference, and prediction skills.
  • practice deductive reasoning skills.
  • cite textual and/or observational evidence that supports analysis and conclusions.

Building a Writer’s Toolbox
Ages 8+ (groups of 2–4 students depending on age and skill)
Times (choose one): 7:30am–8:30am, 9:00am–10:00am, 11:00am–12:00pm, 1:30pm–2:30pm, 2:30pm–3:30pm, 3:30pm–4:30pm
Tuition: $2,775

Help your child become more at ease with the writing process! Through small-group instruction, students will develop tools to prepare for writing in a variety of academic contexts. Specific instruction using programs such as The Writing Revolution® will give students practice planning, organizing, drafting, and revising in a variety of expository text structures. Students will leave with a toolkit to tackle future writing assignments! Students will:

  • increase executive functioning skills for planning and organizing the writing process.
  • enhance sophistication of sentence structure, word choice, and writing style.
  • explore assistive technology tools to support individual needs, such as: word prediction, speech-to-text, and text-to-speech.

Please note a writing sample will be required for admission into this program.

All Speech, Language, and Literacy programs are run by ASHA-certified Speech-Language Pathologists.
For more information on all Speech and Language programs, please contact Kelly Mills at 202–349–8660 or

Hands-on Fun!
Ages 8–12
2:00pm–3:00pm Monday–Friday (19 sessions) All virtual
Maximum of 4 students
Tuition: $2,475

Handwriting, keyboarding, puzzles, mazes, projects! Join the team of occupational therapists to work on fine motor skills
and improve handwriting, keyboarding, and use of tools. Each day will include activities that improve visual motor integration. Using fun tasks, and drills, therapists will develop a progression of just-right challenges within a developmental framework to build the necessary skills needed for written communication such as handwriting and keyboarding. They will also present visual-spatial tasks including puzzles, mazes, and reading charts and graphs. Since this group is all virtual, relevant supplies will be dropped off to the student’s house prior to July 6.

This group includes:

  • individualized handwriting instruction.
  • individualized keyboarding instruction.
  • assignment of online keyboarding account for at-home practice
  • exploration and functional use of various academic tools: rulers, yardsticks, measuring cups, compasses, protractors, hole punches, etc.

Interactive Metronome
Ages 8 +
12:30pm–1:30pm (if in person);
2:00pm–3:00pm if virtual Monday–Friday (19 sessions)
Can be in-person or virtual
Maximum of 2 students
Tuition: $3,000

What is IM? The Interactive Metronome® (IM) is a computer-based program shown to improve attention, coordination, and timing in students. During each session, the participant listens to a rhythmic beat while completing various hand and foot exercises.

Benefits of Interactive Metronome include:

  • improving working memory, learning to filter distractions, inhibiting impulsivity, and promoting self-regulation.
  • addressing weaknesses in skill areas such as fine-motor coordination, handwriting, gross-motor coordination, agility, and visual/perceptual motor skills.
  • offering individualized one-on-one program.

Sessions will be provided by an occupational therapist trained in IM.

To provide the most effective treatment, a questionnaire of occupational therapy skills will be completed prior to the first session. If participating virtually, the home version of IM will be dropped off at your child’s house prior to July 6.

Speech and Language 1:1 Therapy
Ages 6+
1-hour sessions offered between 8:30am–1:30pm
Individual sessions offered 1–2 times per week
4 sessions: $620
8 sessions: $1,240

Summer therapy services are a great way to introduce or maintain speech and language skills. Individual therapy sessions are available for students of all ages and can take place in-person or virtually. All sessions are 60 minutes in length, highly individualized, and can target skills such as:

  • vocabulary and concept knowledge
  • grammar/syntax
  • listening and reading comprehension
  • language formulation and organization 
  • social pragmatics
  • problem solving
  • phonological awareness, reading, and spelling 
  • written expression
  • voice, fluency, and articulation
  • executive functioning

Occupational Therapy 1:1 sessions (60 minutes)
8 sessions (T/Th): $1,240
11 sessions (MWF): $1,705
19 sessions (every day): $2,945

Individual therapy sessions are available for students of all ages. Sessions can be either virtual or in-person. All sessions are
60 minutes in length, highly individualized, and can target skills such as:

  • handwriting
  • keyboarding
  • gross motor skills
  • fine motor skills
  • visual motor integration 
  • visual perceptual skills
  • ocular motor skills
  • sensory integration
  • executive functioning

Occupational Therapy 1:1 sessions (45 minutes)

(For students enrolled in either the Lower School or the Middle/High School morning programs)

During the school day
Scheduled during a break time or non-academic class
4 sessions: $580
8 sessions: $1,160

Sessions can be either virtual or in-person. All sessions are 45 minutes in length, highly individualized, and can target skills such as:

  • handwriting
  • keyboarding
  • gross motor skills
  • fine motor skills
  • visual motor integration 
  • visual perceptual skills
  • ocular motor skills
  • sensory integration
  • executive functioning

Ready, Set, SMILE!
Ages 4–7
8:45am–12:30pm on campus
Maximum of 5 students
Tuition: $3,500 for completed contracts and full payment received by April 15, $3,800 after April 15

Revamped and rebranded for the 2021 summer, this occupational therapy (OT) group takes your child back to the foundations of sensory motor development! Targeting 4–7 year-olds, this dynamic 3 hour and 45 minute group addresses sensory motor integration and self-regulation skills, pre-writing fine motor activities, gross motor skills, and social skills.

  • In-person while following safe risk-mitigation practices
  • 2:1 and 1:1 ratio for instruction and therapy
  • OT sensory motor activities emphasize motor coordination, body awareness, balance, core stability, and self-regulation while utilizing suspended equipment.
  • Fine motor activities target foundational skills necessary for handwriting and tool manipulation, including bilateral coordination, hand and finger strength, visual perceptual and visual motor skills, and more!
  • Activities of daily living are integrated throughout the day, including lunch time, to promote independence.
  • End-of-summer report provides individualized suggestions for home and school.

SAILors Burst!
During the weeks of July 6–July 30, 2021 via Distance Learning
Ages 4–6
30-minute sessions between the hours of 8:30am–10:30am
Individual Sessions: 3 days a week (M/W/F)
Group Sessions: 2 days a week (T/Th) Parent Forum: 1 per week
Tuition: $2,225

Give your young child a burst of Speech And Intensive Language* this summer while developing social and academic skills needed for preschool and kindergarten classrooms.

Weekly Therapeutic Schedule:

  • 3 Individual sessions (30 min/session)
  • 2 Small group sessions (30 min/session) Parent Forum (30 min)

Individual sessions are tailored to your child’s specific profile. Small group instruction (2–4 students per group) may include:

  • Pragmatics & Play – Using the We Thinkers! Program®, students work together to learn about and practice social language skills through lessons, stories, and play.
  • Speech-Sound Success – Practice generalizing articulation and speech skills in play and craft activities. SLPs will provide multiple opportunities for cuing and practice in a fun, group dynamic.
  • Early Literacy Lessons – Work on pre-literacy skills such as phonemic awareness, letter recognition and formation, and early sound-symbol correspondence.
  • Lively Language – Practice with following directions, listening comprehension, sentence structure, and vocabulary through thematic instruction.

A brief screening will be required before enrollment into Ready, Set, SMILE.
For more information, please contact the Occupational Therapy Department at 202–349–8600 or

Socializing with Friends
Ages: Rising 5th–8th grade
Tuesdays 1:30pm–2:15pm
Fee: $480

Students who identify as girls will engage in activities to improve social skills and practice verbalizing their feelings. Group activities will promote communication and self-advocacy skills and help to build relationship skills. The group will include game play as a way of promoting peer relationships and bonding.

Developing Independence & Healthy Habits
Ages: Rising 7th–9th grade
Mondays & Wednesdays, 2:00pm–2:45pm
Fee: $840

In a safe, inviting, and fun space, students will develop the introspective skills needed to choose healthy habits that will lead to an enjoyable and meaningful summer and beyond. Students will spend time identifying personal goals in the areas of physical health, emotional health, and relational health with family and friends, and will learn different self-management strategies to support the practice of healthy habits throughout the summer and into the next school year. Games, group discussions, and student-designed and -facilitated activities will be used in sessions over the course of the group.

Individual Psychotherapy Sessions
50 minute individual psychotherapy sessions are offered 1–2 times per week during the summer session.
Morning and afternoon session times are available.
Ages 6+
Fee: $195 per session

Psychotherapy services during the summer session can help to address a number of emotional or behavioral concerns, and to support the development of emerging skills. Sessions incorporating cognitive-behavioral approaches can address a range of areas, including:

  • anxieties and fears
  • lack of confidence
  • emotional self-awareness
  • self-control and self-regulation skills 
  • healthy coping skills
  • problem-solving skills
  • perspective-taking

All group offerings will be conducted virtually.

Contact Kate Crotty at 202.965.6600 or

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Health and Safety Information

Ruthanne Neary

Ruthanne Neary

  • School Nurse - Reservoir Campus