2018 Registration

Please note: Our course registration has changed. After listening to feedback and analyzing our processes, we decided to use a registration site that better suits the needs of Summer Academy. I hope this provides you with a positive registration experience. Registration for 2018 will only be available online. Please be aware that registration may potentially close on day one due to high demand.

Registration will open at 10:00 AM CST on March 1st.

You may only register for one course at Summer Academy

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(Current grade for 2017-2018).
Class # 0   Grades: 1

First Grade Project

In an effort to offer multiple choices to students completing first grade, multiple patterns and impressions strands are offered.

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Class # 1   Grades: 2- 3

Pay To The Order Of…

How many times have you been asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” In our class you will have the opportunity to become an expert on a career that you choose.

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Class # 3   Grades: 2- 3

El Mercado

Imagine going to flea markets of the Spanish-speaking world. Imagine being surrounded by the art, clothing, music, dances, families, food, folktales, history, games and beautiful buildings of Hispanic culture.

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Class # 4   Grades: 2- 3

From Story to Stage

Bring your imagination and your favorite story or book, and From Story to Stage will guide you through the process of changing your selection into a script for a play.

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Class # 5   Grades: 2- 3

Written & Illustrated By You!

HELP WANTED! The Summer Academy Publishing Company is looking for authors and illustrators. Love books? Can you read, write and draw? Great – you’re hired!

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Class # 6   Grades: 2- 3

Inventions & Engineering

Did you know that some of the world’s finest inventions like bubble gum, Coca-Cola, Band-Aids and Post-it notes were invented by chance? We think the next great inventor might be joining this class!

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Class # 10   Grades: 2- 3

Strategy Games of the World

In this exciting class, you will learn the history of some challenging games, the rules to play, and thinking strategies that will help develop your problem-solving abilities.

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Class # 11   Grades: 2- 3

International Detectives

Being an International Detective means having the opportunity to explore a variety of nations, while solving local riddles and mysteries.

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Class # 12   Grades: 2- 3

Ocean Adventures

Have a “whale” of a time fishing for exciting underwater facts and fun! Map the oceans, learn about waves, tides, and ocean critters through hands-on activities, experiments, computers, books, and videos. Go under the sea with your new friends to investigate various mammals, fish, invertebrates, and crustaceans! Do you like art projects? Each day we … Continue reading Ocean Adventures

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Class # 14   Grades: 2- 3


In this class we will re-use and re-purpose everyday objects that we often overlook and combine them with some new art materials in order to create amazing artwork.

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Class # 15   Grades: 2- 3


Bubbles are not just for washing dishes anymore! Take a moment to look around and you might find bubbles everywhere. Bubbles in glass, bubbles in water, bubbles in concrete, bubbles in medicine and much more!

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Class # 18   Grades: 2- 3

Predators of the Sea and Sky

Sharks and raptors: terrifying or awe-inspiring? Join us as we search the skies and seas to discover the truth behind birds of prey and sharks. Through books, videos, hands-on activities, and online research we will learn how these predators hunt, how their physical traits make them unique, their importance to the ecosystem, and threats they … Continue reading Predators of the Sea and Sky

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Class # 19   Grades: 2- 3- 4


Experience life in a Swahili market place as you speak Swahili to barter for the food we cook. Travel to a local African restaurant to taste the flavors of Africa.

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Class # 20   Grades: 2- 3- 4- 5


Come learn about Japanese culture and life with us. We’ll look at foods, clothing, ceremonies, and festivals. We’ll try our hands at origami and other oriental arts.

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Class # 21   Grades: 3- 4

Rock World

On our journey we will grow a rock, drop and roll a rock, study a rock, wear a rock, and yes, even love a rock! You will be astounded and impressed at the many things we will learn and notice about rocks.

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Class # 23   Grades: 3- 4

Adventures In Art

Are you interested in learning new ways to create Art? In Adventures in Art you will work with a variety of art media as you create different styles and types of art. Famous Artists related to each area will be studied as well. Your three-dimensional experience will include hand-building clay pottery plus creating Hanging Mobiles … Continue reading Adventures In Art

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Class # 25   Grades: 3- 4

It’s Greek to Me

Explore ancient Greece by embarking on a B.C.E journey that promises to enthrall!  Your travels will begin with the Minoans (5000 years ago) where you will create a labyrinth to test out on our class mouse, Achilles, design a fresco to enjoy for years to come, and make a toy used by children then and … Continue reading It’s Greek to Me

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Class # 26   Grades: 3- 4

The Power of Water

Have you noticed how much of your world is about water? In the hot days of summer, water is especially fun to explore. Get curious about how water affects us and can be used by us. Splash, pour, and manipulate water to figure out what it can move, how it behaves, and to develop a … Continue reading The Power of Water

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Class # 27   Grades: 3- 4

I Survived…

Have you read and enjoyed reading any of the I Survived series of books?  Or have you been curious about how you might survive an unimaginable disaster, if so, come and join us for an exciting and breathtaking exploration of surviving an extreme weather event and an uncertain expedition to Mars. We will investigate and learn about extreme weather conditions … Continue reading I Survived…

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Class # 28   Grades: 3- 4- 5

Go West Young Woman

Let’s step back over a hundred years ago as we visit Gibb’s Farm, Gammelgarden Musuem and Kelly Farm. We’ll learn how pioneers and Native Americans helped each other.

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Class # 29   Grades: 3- 4- 5

Cool Caves

Come to this class and understand what most people only see. Visit real caves. Create realistic caves. Challenge people’s knowledge of caves.

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Class # 31   Grades: 3- 4- 5

Animals in Art

Join us this summer as we use photography, drawing, and 3-dimensional art to study the animal world.

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Class # 34   Grades: 3- 4- 5- 6

Design Studio

You will work in a group to come up with a logo for a fictitious sports team and, as the artist of your own business, you will be commissioned by a client in the Summer Academy to design a logo for their class.

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Class # 37   Grades: 4- 5- 6


Take a fantastic journey through your imagination in our improvisation acting class.

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Class # 38   Grades: 4- 5- 6

Lego Robotics Lab

What can build a car, diffuse a bomb, traverse the surface of Mars, climb sheer walls with ease, fly at high speed, and shoot lasers from its eyes? ROBOTS!

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Class # 40   Grades: 4- 5- 6

Castles, Kings & Other Things

This class will take you back to explore how battles were won or lost, how castles were built and learn the devastating facts about the Black Death.

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Class # 44   Grades: 4- 5- 6

Physics, Physics, Physics!

Does a 310 metric ton hovercraft “floating” on air completely baffle you? It sounds like you are more interested in physics than you thought!

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Class # 44   Grades: 4- 5- 6

Stop Motion Animation

Lights, Camera, ACTION! In this class we will become filmmakers using the amazing technology of Stop Motion Animation.

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Class # 46   Grades: 5- 6

Science in the Kitchen

Do you love to play around in the kitchen and try out new recipes? Do cooking and baking feel like magic to you? This course will teach you the secrets of successful recipes by exploring the science behind food safety, food preservation, baking, and cooking. You will harness the power of the sun as we … Continue reading Science in the Kitchen

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Class # 47   Grades: 5- 6

Architectural Design

Would you like to design your own dream house? Then construct a scale model of your design? In this course you will get to do both and much more.

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Class # 48   Grades: 5- 6

Chemistry: Fun with Matter

This class is not just for science geeks – it’s for anyone who wants to have fun and learn more about how the world works at the same time. Plus, you’ll get to wear some really stylish goggles!

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Class # 49   Grades: 5- 6- 7

Summer Academy News

Report on all the action of Summer Academy! Help design and create our own newsroom and studio to produce online video, tweet out upcoming stories, and write the news of this year’s Summer Academy. Your work will entertain, inform, and interpret for your fellow Academy students and their teachers.

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Class # 50   Grades: 5- 6- 7

Mathematical Investigations

Speculate, Collaborate, Articulate Do you enjoy tackling challenging math problems? Do you like observing patterns and making connections? If you do, then Mathematical Investigations is the course for you! Be warned, this is not your traditional math class. Here you will collaborate with fellow mathematicians to discover multiple solutions to challenging mathematical tasks. Each day … Continue reading Mathematical Investigations

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Class # 53   Grades: 5- 6- 7- 8

Video Games for Good!

In this class we will not only create video games, but also partner with local non-profit organizations.

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Class # 54   Grades: 5- 6- 7- 8- 9- 10- 11

Simulation Games

If you enjoy exploring historical “what ifs” and replaying battles that changed history, this is the experience for you.

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Class # 55   Grades: 5- 6- 7- 8- 9- 10- 11

Clay Studio

Come, play in the mud with us! Clay mud, that is. For three great weeks we will discover the joys of working in clay.

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