Trivium East Summer Academy

No refunds after May 1st. $15 change fee per camp.

Great Hearts Summer Academy ~ Archway Trivium East

Your scholar won’t want to miss this year’s Summer Academy! We’ve been working all year designing fresh, exciting summer camps for our young scholars. Our four weeks of summer camps will feature fun and enriching activities for kids K-6, with each week focused around a unique “theme.” Students will experience hands-on, engaging activities in fine arts, reading, writing, crafts, science, math, and history – all designed to inspire creativity and keep skills sharp over the summer. Sports camps, Kindergarten camps, and “Prep for Prep” camps are also available. Weekly camps begin June 5th!


See below for full schedule and camp descriptions:

Kinder Academy

Grades: For Incoming Kinder (and Wait-Listed Kinder) Students Only
Limit: 25 Scholars  

Kinder Academy is designed to acclimate incoming Kindergarteners to the Archway Schools and the Great Hearts curriculum. Each week, students will experience a new theme to guide them through the skills needed in Kindergarten. Kinder Academy will introduce letter names, letter sounds, letter formation, print awareness, and number sense. Additionally, all students will experience the importance of the Archway virtues.

Week One – Around the world in 5 Days: Get your passport ready! This exciting camp will take students around the world in a week! We will discover The Land of the Rising Sun, The Land Down Under, and the rich history of Europe. The camp will include classic stories, crafts, and activities from around the world.

Week Two – Junior Astronomers: At the start of the week the students will “lift off” to space and spend the week exploring the planets and stars of the solar system! Our campers will also learn about the constellation and the NASA space program, and will have fun with rockets.  Let the voyage begin!

Week Three – Science Detectives (Hands-On Experiments): Every child will become a scientist for the week and learn through hands-on science experiments.  Critical thinking skills, scientific detective work, and lots of engaging discoveries are the features of this fun camp!

Week Four – Animal Habitats: Every day the students will learn about a new habitat, including oceans, deserts, urban areas, farms, rainforests, and the polar region.  Campers will also create their own animal habitat, complete with some  role playing to “test” their habitats.  Problem solving, creativity, and Socratic discussion will be featured in this camp – along with some lively excitement!

Archway Summer Camp

Our unique Archway Summer Camps are designed to cultivate the Great Hearts’ mission for our amazing scholars.  Each week will feature a distinctive theme for 1st-5th grades with exciting activities based on the wide range of interests children have – science, math, art, literature, athletic skills, etc. Our goal is to make sure each child enjoys their time at camp while still stimulating their minds and deepening their sense of wonder.

Week 1 – Farm to Table: Our journey from “Farm to Table” gives campers a chance to learn what it means to grow, harvest, raise, and preserve food. We will be looking at the lost skills of farming through art history and passed-down family recipes. Experiments with photosynthesis, anatomy, and decomposition will help campers see nature at work. By the end of the week we will have a real farmer’s market where each student will sell goods they have made. Additionally, we will host a local farmer with produce for families to browse and shop, while discussing the importance of healthy choices for mind, body, and soul!

Week 2 – Inventions and Discoveries: Albert Einstein said, “Play is the highest form of research.” We will learn to “play” with the past as we learn about foundational discoveries affecting our lives today – From paper and plastic, catapults and castles, the light bulb and robotics, we will explore how discoveries and inventions are like a snowball effect, as one idea is a platform for another. Scholars will learn how it can take centuries of ideas before inventions come to fruition. On Friday, we will host a science fair, displaying the different inventions campers “played” with and came up with on their own!

Week 3 – Art-venture!: Join us on an ‘art-venture!’ Weave with the Japanese and paint with the Italians. Build alongside the world’s noted architects and bridge designers. Learn new and playful twists to pottery design, and explore the wonders of art in mathematics with the Fibonacci sequence. Parents and other guests will get to enjoy an exhibition as students lead an invigorating art walk at the end of the week!

Week 4 – Heroes and Villains: Imagine you are Odysseus battling the Cyclops or coming face to face with a Middle Earth monster. Can you see yourself solving a mystery with the great Sherlock Holmes or flying through Neverland? Great stories are a part of every culture and era and we can become personally inspired or repelled by the characters we read about. In ‘Heroes and Villains,’ we will be paying tribute to some of the most iconic characters of the Great Books. The camp will conclude with your child dressing up and acting as their favorite character; bringing it to life for parents and fellow campers!

Prep for Prep

Grades: For Rising 6th  & 7th Graders

Limit: 25 Scholars

Developed by Great Hearts Archway and Prep school teachers.

Changing classrooms, multiple teachers, increased homework, new study skills, locker combinations, attending school with the “big kids” — are these some of the aspects of the big transition from Archway to Prep that are worrying your 5th grader? If so, sign your child up for “Prep for Prep,” our new course specifically designed to equip the 5th grade scholar for success in moving on to the Prep level. From annotating the Great Books to proper note-taking techniques in the classroom, from becoming comfortable with the prep school layout to learning how to navigate lockers during passing periods, our teachers will help your child organize their school day and maintain the demands of a multiple-teacher/multiple-class environment. Don’t fret! A smooth changeover awaits them!

Ms. Kober’s Art Explosion

Grades: For Rising K – 6th Graders

Limit: 25 Scholars

Come create your own masterpieces with Trivium’s own Ms. Kober! Join us for a week exploring mixed media (charcoal, paint, and oil pastel). We will learn about important artists (DaVinci, Matisse, and Van Gogh, to name a few) and look at their famous, and not so famous, work. Messy hands encouraged!

Afternoon Astronomy

Grades: For Rising K – 6th Graders

Limit: 25 Scholars

Astronomy will allow the star-gazer in you to explore the solar system through hands-on experiments and activities. Who wouldn’t want to learn about space travel or launch a rocket? How about making your own planetarium while exploring the constellations of ancient days? Our teachers will provide an out-of-this-world approach to a timeless topic for the space traveler in you.

World of Watercolors with Ms. Kober

Grades: For Rising K – 5th Graders

Limit: 25 Scholars

Watercolor painting is well suited to the elementary artist; it allows for a powerful experience with color and opens the mind to imagination and creativity. From Winslow Homer to Mary Cassatt, artists often paint with watercolors and we will explore many of their creations. As Ms. Kober guides you, bring your canvas to life with watercolors!

Simply Science

Grades: For Rising K – 5th Graders

Limit: 25 Scholars

Ignite your flame of interest as we dive into the explosive world of chemistry! We will make a non-Newtonian fluid (famously known as Silly Putty). We will experiment with acids, bases and cabbage. Scholars will learn what chromatography is and where that name came from. Your young scientist will get to build, mix, and actively observe experiments while testing their hypotheses. Even though it’s simply science, we are positive (+) they will have fun!

The Art of the Seminar

Grades: Rising 6th and 7th graders

Limit: 25 Scholars

The Art of the Seminar serves as a supplement to our Prep for Prep offering. This class enhances your child’s ability to annotate the Great Books and engage in thoughtful discussions, which are the backbone of the Great Hearts education. Led by our passionate and encouraging teachers, all participants will strengthen their ability to analyze challenging text.