Lower School Summer Program: For Rising Grades 1-6
Lab's Summer Program develops academic readiness ... without neglecting the all-important "fun factor."
Registration opens Monday, January 27, 2020!
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, motor, 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 schedule includes the following:
Reading Instruction – 60 minutes a day
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 – 60 minutes a day
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.
PE – 60 minutes a day
All children take a movement class daily. Students work on
coordination, balance, participation, and sportsmanship.
Academic Clubs – 60 minutes a day
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.
Exploring Mysteries at Lab:
Detectives Academic Club – Enter our mountain top retreat of the world’s greatest detectives. Contribute your keen analytical minds to investigate famous mysteries and try your hand at creating new mysteries for others to solve.
Art Research Academic Club – Join our atelier of famous artists as we explore mysteries of the art world. Lost artists, lost masterpieces, lost techniques, and mysteries of human perception will be explored as we analyze artwork from around the world.
Universe Mystery Academic Club – Dark matter, black holes, the origin of life, the nature of time, strange quantum entanglements — there are lots of mysteries left in our universe! Receive access to our restricted science lab full of other world-famous scientists busy exploring the biggest science mysteries of our time.
The Lower School Morning Program runs form 8:30am–1:30pm, Monday–Friday.
For Students Enrolled in the Lower School Morning Programs
This summer we continue our successful program of providing integrated Occupational Therapy services to all students in the classroom setting without additional charge. Our in-class collaboration will maximize your child’s summer experience.
Lower School Afternoon Programs run from 1:30pm–3:30pm, Monday–Friday, and are open to students enrolled in the Lower School Morning Program only.
All students will be dismissed at 3:30pm, unless they are enrolled in Extended Day. See below for details. A grace period of 15 minutes is extended as a courtesy; after that, late fees apply.
Arts, Sports/Games, and More
All Lower School students in our Summer After School Program will participate in a variety of engaging activities. Students will be assigned to groups based on their age. A copy of your child’s
weekly schedule will be provided.
Drop-in rate: $40 per day/space permitting
Lower School Extended Day
Open to students enrolled in the Lower School Morning Program only
Drop-in rate: $35 per day
During this time, students will have an opportunity to relax and select an activity from the choices provided each day. Art and board games will be available every day, sports will be available two days a week, and we will have a movie option on Fridays.
Drop-ins are accepted when space is available at the rate of $35 per day.
All students will be dismissed at 5:00pm. A grace period of 15 minutes is extended as a courtesy; after that, late fees apply.
1:30pm–2:30pm OR 2:30pm–3:30pm
For students who have a gap between their morning program and an Occupational Therapy or Speech and Language afternoon session, or for students with a gap between OT/SPL and their pickup time at 3:30pm, Lab staff will provide an array of fun activities, and of course a snack and plenty of water! Students will have the opportunity to choose their activity during Power Hour from options such as board games, puzzles, art projects, reading a magazine or book, or drawing.
Students should bring a snack and lunch; they will have short snack and lunch breaks during the program. A copy of your child’s schedule will be provided at the beginning of the summer session.
Lower School Morning Program runs form 8:30am–1:30pm, Monday–Friday
$3,450 for completed contracts and full payment received by March 5
$3,760 after March 5
$4,340 after May 31
Lower School Afternoon Programs run from 1:30pm–3:30pm, Monday–Friday, and are open to students enrolled in the Lower School Morning Program only
Drop-in rate: $40 per day/space permitting
Lower School Extended Day runs from 3:30pm–5:00pm, Monday–Friday, and is open to students enrolled in the Lower School Morning Program only
Drop-in rate: $35 per day
Please submit an application via CampBrain. Once your application and $100 application fee have been submitted, you will need to upload the following documents to complete the application for review:
Psycho-educational testing report completed within the past two years (for returning students previously submitted testing may be used)
Teacher Evaluation of Student Strengths and Needs – These forms are downloaded by the parent and sent to two different teachers. Completed forms are submitted directly to Lab from the teachers.
Most recent reports or evaluations by Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, or Speech-Language Pathologists (if applicable)
Most recent school progress report/report card
Current IEP (if applicable)
* Once all required items are received, the committee will review your application and contact you regarding next steps. A visit is typically required for new students as part of the application process. Please note: the entire application process can take up to three weeks for new students.
If you have applied or are in the process of applying for the 2020–2021 school year: Please contact Roberta Alvarez at 202–944–2217 to review what forms you need to submit for the Summer Session. You will still need to complete the online application via CampBrain and submit the Summer Teacher Evaluation Forms for the Summer Session, but you will not need to pay another application fee.
Please submit an application via CampBrain. No application fee nor supporting documentation is required. Once we have processed your application, you will receive an invoice.