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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. We also provide virtual field trips and visitor-based options to provide added fun for our participants. 


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 for Eaglets (preschool) and Rising Eagles (rising K-4). Soaring Eagles (rising 5-8) can attend half days from 12:00 - 3:00 pm. Extended care is available from 7:30 - 8:30 am (before care) and 3:00 - 5:00 pm (after care).


How much does it cost?

  • Full day registration (8:30 am - 3:00 pm) is $200/week.
  • ​Half day registration (8:30 am - 12:00 pm) is $170/week.
  • Soaring Eagles (5th - 8th Grade) attending only the afternoon session (12:00 - 3:00 pm) pay $170/week.
  • Register by March 19, and receive an early bird discount of $20/week for full day or $15/week for half day.
  • Before care (7:30 - 8:30 am) is $25/week.
  • After care (3:00 - 5:00 pm) is $50/week.
  • We also sell t-shirts for $10 each. Those registering for 3 or more weeks will receive a free t-shirt.


What is your cancellation policy? 

Because we hire our staff based on the number of students registered, payment must be received in full at the time of registration. If you can cancel your child's registration at least 2 weeks prior to his/her first day of Summer Academy, you can receive a 50% refund. If you cancel within 2 weeks of your child's first day, no refund is available. However, in either case, if space allows, we can transfer your child to a different week during the same summer for no additional fee. 


How Do Waiting Lists Work?

Some weeks will move to a waiting list when they are at or near registration capacity. We encourage interested parents to select this option at registration. We will contact people on the waiting list if spaces become available for any reason before the week begins. Also, if there is enough interest in the waiting list, we may open additional sections as we are able. You will NOT be charged for this option at checkout. We will invoice you after you accept an available opening. If you are planning to utilize before or after care, they can also be added later to your invoice. 


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 child benefit from this instruction or program?

They will be taught by the highest quality educators in the Evansville area, providing a superior learning experience. They 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 other childcare programs or resources do you offer?

We offer before care (7:30 - 8:30 am) and after care (3:00 - 5:00 pm).