The tentative last day of school for the 2022-2023 school year is Thursday, June 1, 2023. But your child’s education does not have to end, and should not. 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 a wide variety of activities over the summer from Penn athletic to District enrichment camps, as well as opportunities for students to improve their academic skills. The enrichment academies are offered through P-H-M’s Learning Division and are FREE! 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 children in the greater community 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, so please read the qualifications for each camp carefully. Click here for a listing of non-PHM community organizations that also offer summer camps activities.
Visual Arts Academy (July 24 – 28, 2023) In this award-winning one-week academy, current P-H-M Kindergarten – 5th grade students learn art history, art production and writing through a unique integration program. The program is based at Penn High School and in collaboration with the University of Notre Dame's Snite Museum of Art. The program is free of charge. Registration is now closed.
Junior STEM Academy - In this one-week academy, current P-H-M Kindergarten – 5th graders will discover how math and science are applied in the real world. Each week is reserved for specific grades and will be held at Penn High School. The program is free of charge. Registration is now closed.
- Kindergarten and 1st grade attend the week of July 24 – 28
- 2nd and 3rd grade attend the week of July 17 – 21
4th and 5th grade attend the week of July 10 – 14
Junior Foreign Language Academy (July 10 – 14) This academy integrates the French language, social studies, culture, visual arts and music into an intensive and enriching learning experience. The one-week camp is held at Penn High School and is open to current P-H-M 3rd, 4th or 5th grade students. The program is free of charge. The Academy is full, registration is closed.
Learn a Foreign Language Academy (June 5 – 16) This two-week academy is open to current P-H-M 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 German, Spanish or American Sign Language. The program is free of charge. The Academy is full, registration is closed.
Penn Summer Camps (June 5 – July 20, 2023)
Penn Speech & Debate Camp (June 19 – 23, June 26 – 30): There are two, one-week camp sessions. Both weeks are for grades 6 – 8 and is an Introduction to Debate. The 2nd week session is Public Forum Competition. Click here to Register.
- Kingsmen Athletic Camps (June 5 – July 20): 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 to view the schedules for all the summer camps on Penn’s website. Most registrations are not yet available. Most should be posted after Spring Break.
- Penn Robotics Summer Camp (June 5 – 9, June 12 – 16): There are two, one-week camp sessions. The Sessions and times are broken down by grade levels (2nd, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grades. Depending on their age and level, students will get to work with Legos, 3D modeling, coding, along with getting hands-on experience with fabrication, prototyping and building an actual robot with VEX IQ! All camps are facilitated by Penn Robotics instructors and Penn's Robotics Team 135. There is a cost for these camps. Click here to do online registration through the Penn Robotics website.
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 5 – 16; Session II: June 19 – June 30 (no classes July 3 – 7); Session III: July 10 – 21) - All three sessions are 10 classes at 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. Click for more details.
Camp Invention (June 19 – 23) - A one-week STEM enrichment program for students entering Grades K - 6 who want to put their hands and minds to building solutions. Leader-in-Training spots for grades 7 - 9 may be available. Camp will be held Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. It will be based at Northpoint Elementary School. The cost is about $250 depending on when you register. Click here to register and pay online through the Camp Invention website.
Super Kids Camp (June 19 – 23: Horizon; July 10 – 14: Northpoint; July 24 – 28: Bittersweet) - Students entering Grades 1- 6 will experience an engaging rotation of science, music, art and fitness activities in this half-day camp. Camp hours are 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at three locations. Click for more details.
Youth Theater Camp (Session I: Bittersweet, June 12 – 16; Session II: Walt Disney, July 24 – 28) - A one-week creative and expressive experience for students entering Grades 5 - 8. Pick one of these weeks for your child to attend. The half-day camp is offered 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The cost is $90 and includes a t-shirt. Click for more details.
Summer Kids Club (June 5 – August 11)
Full-day childcare will be offered for current P-H-M students in grades K-5. Children will enjoy a variety of educational and recreational activities, crafts and field trips. Click for more details and online registration.
Summer School Information
P-H-M will conduct two Summer School sessions prior to the start of the 2023-2024 school year. Current P-H-M students who need the academic boost from summer instruction will receive invitations to attend. Penn High School students are able to take high school classes for credit in either summer session. Some students will work online to complete coursework and make up credits.
For elementary, middle and high school students, Summer School will be offered. Times vary depending on the program, please refer to the programs below.
ELEMENTARY Summer School (Grades K-4, June 5 – June 30)
- Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Elm Road and Walt Disney Elementary School, breakfast & lunch provided, P-H-M Transportation available
MIDDLE SCHOOL SUMMER SCHOOL (Grades 5 – 7, June 5 – June 30)
- Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Schmucker Middle School, snack provided, P-H-M Transportation available
PENN HIGH SUMMER SCHOOL, Session 1 (June 12 – June 30)
PENN HIGH SUMMER SCHOOL, Session 2 (July 10 – 28)
- 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 counselor to take high school summer school classes. Click here for more information on Penn’s website.
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