All boarding, grades 9-12 in Alexandria, Virginia
Episcopal Summer Institute to Take Off in July
Launching this summer, the Episcopal Summer Institute will focus on providing a sampling of life at EHS, with week-long overnight camps designed to tap into the academic curiosities and interests of middle schoolers, all on the doorstep to the nation’s capital.
The Episcopal Summer Institute is a series of academic overnight camps that allow middle schoolers to deep dive into their favorite topics on the historic campus and in the state-of-the-art facilities of Episcopal High School. These week-long camps, with sessions running July 15 - 27, explore topics such as biotechnology, creative writing, entrepreneurship — and much more!
The change in name comes with a realignment of the entire summer program, according to Director of Summer Programs Katie Ryan Kantz.
“We have partnered with Headfirst, a company specializing in building and sustaining incredible summer programs, to take summers at Episcopal to another level,” Kantz said. “They will provide essential support with some of the logistics, marketing, and registration, which will free up our own staff and teachers to focus on creating and leading some really great summer learning experiences for kids.’’
The Episcopal Summer Institute offers sessions in four different categories, three of which will be offered during one of two weeks. “The Creative Labs” offers worshops centered around photography, writing, and the dramatic arts. The “Washington, D.C., Immersion Series” explores innovation and entrepreneurship and leadership development. “The STEM Impact Series” offers cross-curricular dives into biotechnology and engineering.
"You can learn first-hand about Gene Therapy at Children’s National Medical Center, or flex your creativity in improv exercises with the acclaimed Monumental Theater Production group, or discover environmental solutions to pollution levels through the Clean Air Partners expert analysis," Kantz noted as just examples of the kinds of opportunities these programs will offer.
In-between these sessions comes the fourth component, “The D.C. Discovery Weekend,” is designed to allow students to unwind and explore the region through outdoor adventures and local events. This option allows campers to stay on campus over the weekend and enjoy the fun and excitement that Washington, D.C., has to offer in the summer.
“All of our academic-based programs will be led by Episcopal faculty and will reflect the level of hands-on and student-centered learning at the heart of how we approach school,” Kantz said.
For additional information about the offerings available in the ESI, visit the website. If you have any additional questions, email Katie Ryan Kantz or call 703-348-5528.
When Esther Kim ’19 left her small, predominantly white town in western Tennessee to attend Episcopal, she says she had little sense of what diversity means, or of its importance. Yet four years later, her work to make diversity a focus at EHS has earned her a Certificate of Accomplishment from the prestigious Princeton Prize in Race Relations.