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Frequently Asked Questions

What makes Summer Academy unique?
Summer Academy is taught by Evansville Day School teachers, whose passion and focus are inspiring a love of learning in children. Summer Academy mirrors the educational programming we provide during the school year, but is centered around a new theme each week. Academy participants engage in experiential education, providing hands-on learning while simultaneously serving up a fun and memorable experience. Play is a critical component to a Day School education, and academy participants have plenty of time for play! They spend as much time as weather allows exploring our playground and outdoor campus. Rising Eagles (K-8th grade) also have "Traveling Tuesday" field trips as well as a specialty class each week.   
 
Is the camp open to the public?
Yes! We welcome students from all schools in the tri-state area.
 
What are the program hours?
Summer Academy is from 8:30 am - 3:00 pm each day. We also offer half day sessions from 8:30 am - 12:00 pm. Middle school students (rising 5th-8th graders) can attend our Soaring Eagles program from 12:00 - 3:00 pm in the first two and last two weeks of Summer Academy. Extended care is available from 7:30 - 8:30 am (before care) and 3:00 - 5:00 pm (after care).
 
What kind of activities will my child be doing this summer?
Animals, space, healthy habits, robotics, games, cooking, culture, and inventions are all part of this year's Summer Academy. Children will get creative through a variety of hands-on activities and attend weekly special classes such as biology, space travel, dance, knitting, tennis, art, Spanish, and innovation. They will also have the opportunity to collaborate, meet new friends and have tons of fun.
 
Our Eaglets (3 - 4 year olds) will enjoy hands-on learning through play. They will practice skills such as coding, sewing, gardening, cooking, and using different mediums to create art. 
 
How will this program help kids get in 60 minutes of activity that is recommended each day?
At Day School, we believe in the importance of play, whether structured or unstructured. Morning, lunch, and afternoon recess are an integral part of student’s daily routine. In addition to recess, students will have opportunities to take their learning outdoors as weather permits as well as in our gymnasium.
 
How will my son or daughter benefit from this instruction or program?
He or she will be taught by the highest quality educators in the Evansville area, providing a superior learning experience. He or she will also be part of a supportive environment where creativity is encourage, independence is fostered, and failure is viewed not as an end result, but as part of the learning process.
 
What should my child bring?
Each child should bring a lunch daily (for those staying all day), along with a water bottle to stay hydrated. Sunscreen and bug spray are encouraged if you would like them reapplied during the day. Preschoolers (3 - 4 year olds) should also bring a nap mat and change of clothes. Each child will be provided with a locker to store lunch and other items.
 
How will my child learn and have fun at the same time?
Day School carries over its philosophy of learning through play into Summer Academy. Weekly field trips and fun, creative themes will be educational and engaging for students of all ages, while not losing sight that summer should be fun!
 
Why should I choose this program?
Day School Summer Academy teachers will be bringing their passion for creating lifelong learners and educational expertise to provide a top-notch summer program. This is more than a summer camp. It’s an opportunity for your child to grow and develop lifelong skills that will benefit them long after summer ends.
 
What’s new for summer 2017?
This year, we are offering 4 weeks of special afternoon programming for our Soaring Eagles (rising 5th-8th graders)! They can get hands-on with clay in "Mugshots" (week 1), bring their favorite computer games to life during "Pixels and Plywood" (week 2), explore the world of movie making in "Lights, Camera, Action" (week 7), and build their own competitive robots in "Robotics" (week 8).
 
We also added some new themes to our Rising Eagles (K-8th graders), including "Space Odyssey" (week 2), "Game On" (week 5), and "Kid Inventors" (week 8). We are also changing up our specialty classes and Traveling Tuesday destinations to keep the programming fresh each year.
 
Eaglets can enjoy new themes "Fun & Games" (week 1) and "Coding Basics" (week 3), as well as having the opportunity to extend their favorite activities (gardening and sewing) to two weeks.
 
What other childcare programs or resources do you offer?
We offer before care beginning at 7:30 am and after care ending at 5:00 pm.