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Summer 2017 P-H-M Academies & Camps

Camp Invention Visual Arts Academy Tennis CampTheater Camp


Your child’s education does not have to end, and should not, when school lets out for the summer on Wed., June 7, 2017. 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 Construction May 10 – @August 1

  • Parents dropping off or picking up students from Summer Camps taking place at Freed Field or Penn High School will need to use the Jefferson Road (East Side) or Front entrances.

  • Effective now – July 19, Open Swim & Learn to Swim patrons will need to enter Penn through the front at Door D. You will be able to use the Penn’s front parking lot. 

  • Click here for more details on the construction.

Kingsmen Athletic Camps (June 12-July 20)

Penn coaches and members of the P-H-M faculty offer a wide variety of sports camps to open to current students in grades K-8 (most are open to all children in the community). There is a cost for these camps. Registration is Now Open! Some camps are now available to pay and register online. Click here for a list of camps and schedules.

Penn Robotics Summer Camp (June 12-16, June 19 – 23, 2017)

These one-week camps are open to any student first through eighth grade.  We have beginner and advanced camps.  Week 1 students focus in Design, Build, Software, and Engineering. Week 2 is our signature BAB (build a bot) camp.  Students work in teams to design, build, program, test, and compete with robots.  All camps are facilitated by Penn Robotics instructors and Penn's 6 robotics teams. Space is limited so register today! Click here to register today!


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 12-23, Session II: June 26-30 & July 10-14 (no classes July 3-7), Session III: July 17-28) - 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 started April 10 and continues until the classes are full! Click here for class information & scheduling details.


Camp Invention (June 19- 23, 2017) - A one-week  STEM enrichment program for students entering Grades 1 - 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) - 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: Bittersweet (July 24-28), Prairie Vista (July 17-21) and Horizon (June 19-23) Elementary Schools. Registration started April 10 and continues until the camps are full! Click here for more information & scheduling details.

Youth Theater Camp (July 24-28) - A one-week creative and expressive experience for students entering Grades 5 - 8, based at Penn High School. Camp is offered 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and is $80 and includes a t-shirt. Registration started April 10 and continues until the camp is full! Click here for more information & scheduling details.

Summer Kids Club (June 8-August 22) 

Full-day childcare is offered at two locations (Walt Disney and Prairie Vista 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. Registration is Now Open! Click here for more details on the program.

Academies Now Closed:


  • Visual Arts Academy (June 12 – 16, June 19 – 23, or June 26 – 30, 2017) In this award-winning program one-week academy, current Penn-Harris-Madison kindergarten through fifth 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.
  • Week at the Museum! (June 12 – 16, 2017) During this one-week academy, current P-H-M third through fifth grade students learn about the history of South Bend and St. Joseph County by taking field trips every day either to the History Museum, Pioneer Day at Leeper Park or other locations in our region. 

  • Junior Foreign Language Experience (June 12 – 16, 2017) This academy integrates the Japanese 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 third, fourth or fifth grade students. 

  • Learn Spanish Through Art! (June 12 – 23, 2017) In this two-week academy, current P-H-M kindergartner, first, second, third, fourth or fifth grade students will learn the basics of reading, writing, speaking and listening in the Spanish language through art. 
  • Project Lead the Way-Intro to Computer Science (June 12 – 23, 2017) In this two-week academy, current P-H-M sixth and seventh grade students will learn how to create apps for mobile devices. Working in teams, they will learn fundamentals of programming and build computational thinking skills as they work through various projects designing apps for the Android OS. 

  • Junior STEM Academy (June 12-16, June 19 – 23, and June 26 – 30, 2017) In this one-week academy, current P-H-M kindergarten through fifth graders will discover how math and science are applied in the real world.

Summer School Information


P-H-M will conduct two Summer School sessions prior to the start of the 2017-2018 school year.

Session 1 is scheduled from June 12 – 30. Session 2 is scheduled from July 10 – 28, 2017. Times vary depending on the program, please refer to the programs below.  Meal and transportation information is also noted.



Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Walt Disney Elementary School, breakfast & lunch provided, P-H-M Transportation available

For students currently in grades K-5. P-H-M’s English as a New Language (ENL) program serves all District students whose first language is not English. This summer academy offers more practice, exposure and tutorial opportunities for the students in the ENL program. 


IREAD-3 SUMMER SCHOOL, Session 1 (June 12 - 30)

Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Walt Disney Elementary School, breakfast & lunch provided, P-H-M Transportation available

Third graders who are preparing for the summer IREAD assessment will be invited to this intensive program.


ELEMENTARY SUMMER SCHOOL, Session 2 (July 10 - 28)

Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.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 2 (July 10 - 28)

Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.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 12 - 30)
PENN HIGH SUMMER SCHOOL, Session 2 (July 10 - 28)

Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.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 12-23, Session II: July 10-21) 

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 frequently, more and more camps are being added!


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