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Summer 2018 P-H-M Academies & Camps

PLTW Camp Theater Camp Learn to Swimp Visual Arts Academy


Your child’s education does not have to end, and should not, when school lets out for the summer on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. Research shows students may lose two or more months’ worth of reading achievement, a month or more of spelling learning skills and about 2.6 months’ worth of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills during their summer break.


That’s why P-H-M offers summer enrichment learning opportunities. We believe that children’s summer break can be fun while also giving students the academic boost they need.


Listed below are some of the activities available to P-H-M students and community members this summer. Parents are responsible for transportation unless otherwise noted. Not all camps are open to students who do not attend P-H-M schools, please read the qualifications for each camp carefully.


TCU Freed Field Summer Construction will take place March 5 - End of July



Due to the construction project of the new locker room facilities building at the the south end of TCU Freed Field, parking, pickup and drop-off  for the following services at Penn High School will be impacted over the summer (through the end of July): Summer School, summer activities, summer camps, as well as Community Open Swim and the Lifetime Fitness Center.


  • Visual Arts Academy (July 9 – 13, July 16 – 20, or July 23 – 27, 2018) In this award-winning one-week academy, current Penn-Harris-Madison K – 5th grade students learn art history, art production and writing through a unique integration program. The program is based at Penn High School and includes a field trip to the University of Notre Dame's Snite Museum of Art.  This Academy is now CLOSED.
  • Junior Foreign Language Academy (July 9 – 13, 2018) This academy integrates the Spanish language, social studies, culture, visual arts and music into an intensive and enriching learning experience.  The one-week camp is open to current P-H-M 3rd, 4th or 5th grade studentsThis Academy is now CLOSED.

  • Junior STEM Academy (July 9 – 13, July 16 – 20, or July 23 – 27, 2018) In this one-week academy, current P-H-M K – 5th graders will discover how math and science are applied in the real world.  Each week is reserved for specific grades.  This Academy is now CLOSED.
  • NEW – Learn a Foreign Language Academy (July 9 – 27, 2018) This three-week academy is open to current 6th and 7th graders.  The course will be taught by Penn High School Language teachers who will teach the students how to read, write, and speak in American Sign Language, French or Spanish.  This Academy is now CLOSED.


Kingsmen Athletic Camps (June 11 – July 26, 2018)

Penn coaches and members of the P-H-M faculty offer a wide variety of sports camps from cheerleading to wrestling. The camps are open to current students in grades K-8 (most are open to all children in the community). There is a cost for these camps. Click here for a full schedule of the Kingsmen Athletic camps.

Penn Robotics Summer Camp (June 11 – 15, June 18 – 22, 2018)

There are two, one-week camp sessions. The Sessions and times are broken down by grade levels (1-8).  We have beginner and advanced camps.  Week 1 students focus on Design, Build, Software and Electronics (new this year), Engineering and CNC Manufacturing (new this year). Week 2 is our signature BAB (build a bot) camp. There will be two camps offered this year with the new VEX IQ camp in the morning, and the traditional VEX EDR camp in the afternoon. Students work in teams to design, build, program, test, and compete with robots.  All camps are facilitated by Penn Robotics instructors and Penn's Robotics Team 135. There is a cost for these camps. Click here for a full description of camps and registration.

Bakers Gonna Bake Camp (June 11 – 15 or June 18 – 22, 2018)

An experience for any boy or girl who wants to learn the basics of baking and creating homemade recipes. This camp is open to students currently in grades 3 – 8.  

SESSION 1: June 11 – 15 or SESSION 2: June 18 - 22
Registration is now closed!

Times: 3rd & 4th Grades: 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. 

5th & 6th Grades: 10:30 – 12:30 p.m. 7th & 8th Grades: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Location: Penn High School – Room 134, Enter Door K

Opportunities through P-H-M Community Education

Community Education classes are open to any student in the community; the child does not need to be a P-H-M student or live within the District to be eligible.


Learn to Swim Classes (Session I: June 11 – 22, Session II: June 25 – 29 & July 9 – 13 (no classes July 2 – 6), Session III: July 16 – 27, 2018) - Each two-week session includes 10 classes that are held  Monday thru Friday in the Penn High School pool.  Classes are 30 minutes each and take place both in the morning and afternoon with 8 different class times to pick from. Children must be at least 4-years-old and potty trained. The cost is $40 per child, per two-week session. Registration opens April 16 at 10:00 a.m. online, by phone, or in person. Registrations by mail are not accepted. Registration continues until the classes are full! Click here for more information & scheduling details.


Camp Invention (June 18 – 22, 2018) - A one-week  STEM enrichment program for students entering Grades K - 6 who want to put their hands and minds to building solutions. Camp will be held Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. It will be based at Northpoint Elementary School. The cost is about $230 depending on when you register. Click here to register and pay online.


Super Kids Camp (June & July Sessions, 2018) - Students entering Grades 1- 6 will experience an engaging rotation of science, music, art and fitness activities. The cost for the half-day program is $40. Camp is offered 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at three locations: Horizon (June 18-22), Bittersweet (June 25-29) and Prairie Vista (July 16-20) Elementary Schools. Registration is open now and continues until the camps are full! Click here for more information & scheduling details.


Youth Theater Camp (July 30 – August 3, 2018) - A one-week creative and expressive experience for students entering Grades 5 - 8, based at Schmucker Middle School. Camp is offered 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and is $80 and includes a t-shirt. Registration is open now and continues until the camp is full! Click here for more information & scheduling details.

Summer Kids Club (June 6 – August 21, 2018) 

Full-day childcare is offered at two locations (Walt Disney and Northpoint Elementary schools) for current P-H-M students in grades K-5. Children will enjoy a variety of educational and recreational activities, crafts and field trips. Cost is $125 a week, for 5 days a week. All children not currently enrolled in Kids Club are required to pay the $25 registration fee in addition to all other program-related costs. Click here to download and print the registration form.


Summer School Information


P-H-M will conduct two Summer School sessions prior to the start of the 2018-2019 school year.

Session 1 is scheduled for June 11 – 29, 2018. Session 2 is scheduled for July 9 – 27, 2018. Times vary depending on the program, please refer to the programs below.  PLEASE NOTE:  The dates and times for Elementary and Middle School Summer School have changed!!


ELEMENTARY and IREAD-3 Summer School, Session 1 (June 11 – 29)

Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Walt Disney or Meadow’s Edge Elementary School, breakfast & lunch provided, P-H-M Transportation available

Current P-H-M elementary students who need the academic boost from summer instruction will receive invitations to attend a session at either school location.


MIDDLE SCHOOL SUMMER SCHOOL, Session 1 (June 11 – 29)

Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Schmucker Middle School, snack provided, P-H-M Transportation available

Current P-H-M middle school students who receive invitations and attend this program will be better prepared for classroom success next year. 


PENN HIGH SUMMER SCHOOL, Session 1 (June 11 - 29)
PENN HIGH SUMMER SCHOOL, Session 2 (July 9 - 27)

Monday – Friday, 8:40 a.m. – 12:40 p.m., Penn High School, P-H-M Transportation available

P-H-M students entering grades 9-12 must register with their school guidance counselor to take high school classes at Penn for credit in either summer session. Some students will work online to complete coursework and make up credits. 


Drivers Education (Session 1: June 11 – 22, Session II: July 9 – 20, 2018) 

Penn students can take driving classes through Premier Driving Institute at Penn High School. Classes are from 9:00 a.m.  – 12:00 p.m. The cost is $399. Click here to register online with Premier Driving Institute.


Make sure to check back after April 9 for updated camp registration information.


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