Summer Project 2020

An exciting, project-based summer session, culminating in an original theatrical production in our new theater, our five-week Summer Project is for rising, 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th graders.

Summer Project 2019

The Lab School’s successful Summer Project, now in its 10th year, is a transformative way to learn; it offers students opportunities to develop 21st Century skills such as working collaboratively and taking ownership of ideas with all the ups and downs that come with bringing them to fruition. Focused on group process and individual skill development, the schedule changes daily, making this camp experience dynamic and unlike a typical day of the school year.

This year’s theme: The Great Depression. The 1930s conjure images of hungry, jobless people in seemingly endless lines waiting for food, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt visiting families in the sprawling shanty towns of Hooverville, and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt addressing the nation in the wake of the Crash.

Through history, literature, math, art, and theater, you immerse yourself in this rich decade — one of intense desperation but also one reflective of the resiliency of the American spirit. Using math skills, you learn about budgeting and why the Crash occurred. Reading and researching letters, stories, and histories, you delve into the social, political, and cultural go¬ings such as the Dustbowl and Roosevelt’s New Deal. A ray of light during these dark times, you learn about The Works Projects Administration (WPA), which employed millions of job-seekers to carry out public works projects — from the construction of buildings and roads to the creation of expansive arts projects. The fiercely immersive and collaborative weeks of the Summer Project culminate in a crowning theatrical production.

Because summer vacation often makes it difficult for students to maintain the progress they have worked so diligently to achieve during the school year, the Summer Project at Lab helps rising 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th graders integrate learning of academic skills like writing and math through inquiry and creative problem-solving, researching, and through the visual and performing arts.


The 2020 Summer Project at Lab
for Rising, 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th Graders
Monday-Friday, June 29 – July 31, 8:30am-1:30pm

(Note: this is a 5-week program)

$4,150 for completed contracts and full payment received by March 5
$4,460 after March 5
$4,900 after May 31

Students should bring lunch; they will have a short lunch break during the session. Students are expected to attend the entire five-week session.

Afternoon Program for Summer Project Students

Open to students enrolled in The Summer Project only
Fee: $870
Drop-in rate: $40 per class

The Video Production course is an opportunity for students to gain experience in a professional video studio, working with cameras, lighting, and editing software. Students learn how to storyboard and plan to make their vision come to life. They work with professional cameras while gaining knowledge of proper shooting technique, with plenty of room for their own creativity. In post-production, students transfer footage to professional editing equipment and learn how to tell a story through visual, auditory, and kinesthetic means.

Please Note:
•    Drop-ins are accepted when space is available at the rate of $40 per day.
•    All students will be dismissed at 3:30. A grace period of 15 minutes is extended as a courtesy; after that, late fees apply.