In order to ensure the continued safety of our students and teachers, we will not be running our Great Hearts Summer Camp or Kinder Academy programs this summer (Summer 2020). This is a difficult decision for us because of the impact it has on our families. However, we do not feel that we can run a safe and fun program for our scholars while practicing social distancing. We will offer full refunds to any families who have already registered for a summer program. Those refunds will begin being processed on Monday, May 4th. If you have any questions specifically related to refunds, please reach out to Wendy Hood at Programs@GreatHeartsAZ.org.
In the meantime, free Virtual Athenaeum YouTube videos will still be available to all families. You can access those videos by clicking on this link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8UyUmxS7VL0eo0tuQzYtSr77hEr8nn_1
We continue to prepare for Fall 2020 After-School Athenaeum and look forward to having an exciting year with our scholars. You can register for Athenaeum today by visiting www.GreatHeartsAZ.Configio.com.
Great Hearts is excited to announce our 2020 Summer Programs! Our full-day summer camp is an experience for current and waitlisted students grades K-5th grade that is reminiscent of traditional camps from our childhood with the same quality you have come to expect from Great Hearts. Each week, scholars 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. Each Camp also offers weekly guest presenters, camp songs, and games while fostering lasting friendships.
Kinder Academy is designed to acclimate incoming Kindergarten students to the Archway Schools, Great Hearts curriculum, and the academy teachers. Each week scholars will be taken on an adventure to practice the skills needed in Kindergarten.
Grades: For Incoming Kinder (and Wait-Listed Kinder) Students Only
Students must be at least 4 years old and fully potty-trained.
Limit: 25 Scholars
Kinder Academy is designed to acclimate incoming Kindergarteners to the Archway Schools and the Great Hearts curriculum. Kinder Academy will introduce letter names, letter sounds, letter formation, print awareness, number sense, and the importance of the Archway virtues. Kinder Academy runs Monday through Friday from 8:00am-12:00pm.
Week One (June 1-5) – 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 food from around the world.
Week Two ( June 8-12) – 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 constellations, the NASA space program, and will have fun with rockets. Let the voyage begin!
Week Three (June 15-19) – 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 countless engaging discoveries are the features of this fun camp!
Week Four (June 22-26) – 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!
*Kindergartners also have the option to register for Summer Camp. This program runs until 6:00pm daily.
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 K-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 stimulating their minds and deepening their sense of wonder.
Week 1 (June 1-5) – Seafaring for the Daring:
Seafaring for the Daring is a week on and under the seas full of friendly head-to-head games, crafts, science, songs, and skits. On the last day, crews will board the ships they built with their own hands and have an epic battle on the high seas and a performance for parents and guests.
Week 2 (June 8-12) – Adventure Week:
Campers should come ready to compete in a week full of problem-solving activities, tracking animals, STEM activities, survival skills and more. The week will conclude with an Olympics Game Day and award ceremony.
Week 3 (June 15-19) – Discover with Da Vinci:
Campers will explore Leonardo da Vinci’s art, flying inventions, engineering projects, and his hometown of Florence, Italy. They will also learn how nature is the muse of many scientific inventions. Campers will showcase their work from the week for parents and guests on Friday.
Week 4 (June 22-26) – Fictional Forests:
Come experience literature’s most enchanted and adventurous forests from the Sherwood Forest to Middle Earth. Campers will participate in service and conservation projects, lumberjack competitions in honor of Paul Bunyan, fairy and nature crafts, and survival games.
For any questions or assistance registering, please contact Programs@GreatHeartsAZ.org | 602.396.7574