Vail Mountain School’s summer programs open to all
VAIL, Colorado -Vail Mountain School is offering a wide variety of workshops, classes, and one-to-one tutoring sessions for students in grades pre-K through 12 on its East Vail and Sweetwater campuses this summer. The school also will host the 15th year of SummerQuest, an outreach program for sixth, seventh, and 8th grade Eagle County students. In addition, the school will offer summer learning and enrichment programs; volleyball, basketball, and strength and conditioning camps; a science and math camp; and a specialized tutoring program. While SummerQuest enrollment is full, space is available in the enrichment, athletic, tutoring, and science and math programs.In its second year, the summer enrichment program offerings have doubled. Courses and workshops for high school-aged students include French Art and Cuisine, Creative Writing, Paper-Making & Mixed Media Methods, and SAT/ACT Prep. Middle school-aged students can choose from Hispanic Cultures through Art, Writing Workshop, French Art and Cuisine, Intermediate and Advanced Chess, “Mystery Solved” (a course in deductive reasoning and logical thinking skills), and “The Great Debate.” Lower school classes include “DO Touch” (a hands-on experience for four to five year olds, “CONSTRUCT” (a course in creating, testing, and evaluating), Manipulative Math, Sensory Fun, Crazy Chemistry, Beginning Chess, “Feel the Beat,” Become an Author, Innovative Concoctions, Intermediate & Advanced Chess, Exploring the Mountains in Spanish, French for Beginners, and “Let’s Dance.” Art classes include Art and Books, Fantastic Fibers, Crazy Clay, Working with Wire, Ceramics, Book Making, Visual Storytelling, Art and Nature, Mask Making, Art and Music, Visual Storytelling/Puppetry, Making Art That’s Green, Printmaking, and Graphic Design. There also will be one-on-one, intensive tutoring sessions in Spanish, Algebra I and II, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, and academic skill development. Occupational therapy and speech-language therapy may also be available, as specially arranged with the school. The school’s varsity volleyball coach, Mike Garvey, is offering volleyball camps for third through fifth graders and sixth through eighth graders. There also is a basketball camp for kids the same ages. Athletes in grades nine through 12 can participate in strength and conditioning camp. Steadman Hawkins Clinic provides an athletic trainer during all scheduled conditioning sessions.The Sweetwater Science and Math Camp takes place at the school’s campus in western Eagle County. The three-day camps for kids in grade three through seventh focuses on the river and the forest. Enrollment in all Vail Mountain School programs is open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, visit http://www.vms.edu, where there is a Summer Programs link under Quicklinks. Or, call 970-476-3850, ext. 118 to reach Sherri Steeves, the school’s director of summer programs.