Summer Program Wraps Up 10th Season

The Loomis Chaffee Summer Program (LCSP) completed this year’s four-week session of fun, discovery, and inspiration on July 22, marking its 10th year and a successful return to on-campus programming after two summers of remote-only offerings because of the pandemic.  

Seventy students in grades seven through 10 engaged in the Summer Program’s signature Enrichment Program on the Island this summer, and more than 100 others engaged in online classes through the LCSP’s Online Academy and Accelerated Studies offerings.  

“Unlike in years past, this year we had no returning students,” said LCSP Assistant Director Linda Hathorn. “It was wonderful to see that, after having two summers off, the sense of community and belonging quickly formed again.”  

In addition to academic pursuits, Enrichment Program participants engaged in experiential learning activities, took excursions to amusement and outdoor activity parks, attended a Hartford Yard Goats minor league baseball game, participated in sports and physical activities, and enjoyed barbecues, campfires, movies, and other summertime treats. During the final week, a Talent Show featured performances and demonstrations by students, interns, and faculty.  

The Online Academy offered writing workshop classes while the Accelerated Studies program offered classes in Geometry along with two levels of Calculus. Both of these programs offered morning and afternoon sessions each day, to accommodate students in different time zones, according to Loomis Chaffee Summer Programs Coordinator Jim O’Donnell.   

Twenty-one students used the Summer Program as a bridge to the start of their Loomis Chaffee School experience and will be enrolled at the school this fall, Jim said.  

The Summer Program this year also launched a partnership with the Success Academy Charter School network in New York City. The High School Summer Prep Fellowship is a high school readiness program for rising ninth-graders, bringing 67 students from 15 middle schools around New York City to the Island for the summer. Jim described the fellowship as “a bonding and growth experience to prepare students to make a positive impact at their high schools.”   

For more information on all four of the programs, connect to the Summer Program page of the Loomis Chaffee website.