Summer Opportunities

Bentley School is excited to provide meaningful summer learning and enrichment opportunities for our community of learners.

Summer is a time for students to have fun and continue to learn while making lasting memories with their peers. Now more than ever, we believe students should have both structured and unstructured learning outside of a traditional classroom setting.

This summer is designed for our community to choose from a variety of courses that meet the promise of the Bentley School. Many of our camps are led by current faculty and staff from both our Hiller and Lafayette campuses.

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Summer Strong 2022 Program Information

This page is designed to help you navigate all of the offerings available to current Bentley students during Summer Strong 2022. At this time, sessions are only available to current Bentley students.

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  • Registration

    Registration opens on Monday, February 28th at 11:00 am and is accessible until the session is full or a week before the each session begins. All experiences are offered at an individual weekly rate, and costs are indicated at the top of each camp description. No deposits are required to sign up for Summer Strong at Bentley School.
  • Fees and Cancellation Policy

    At Bentley, we have designed our Summer Strong program to offer as much flexibility for our families as possible. Upon registration there are no fees charged and no deposits required to secure a space for individual sessions.  
    • Families can add or alter their plans with us for no fee up until May 1st.
    • If you need to cancel any registrations after May 1st, you will be subject to a 25% cancellation fee. 
    • If students do not attend or need to cancel after the first day of camp, we will not be able to offer any refunds for those individual weeks.
  • Financial Assistance

    Financial Assistance is available to any family currently receiving financial aid. All tuition assistance percentages are applied directly to camp fees.
  • Questions?

    If you have any specific questions about our registration process, financial assistance, refunds or anything else Summer Strong related, please contact Robert Eifler, Director of After School and Summer Programs.

Summer Strong Course Offerings

Please make sure to read each offering to understand how sessions may differ week-to-week throughout the summer.

Summer Strong will be offered for four weeks beginning Monday, June 20th and concluding on Friday, July 22th. We will not be offering camps during the week of July 4th.
  • Unless otherwise indicated, all camps run from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Lafayette campus.
  • Our typical counselor to camper ratio is 10:1, this may vary depending on age and camp offering.
  • Please note, we do not have before or after care available this summer.
  • Our partner, Darioush Epicurus, will be providing lunches for all students on campus during Summer Strong. There is no need to pack a lunch for your student. If you have specific questions or allergy concerns, please let us know so we can support your student.
  • You may be required to send your student with additional items for their registered session.  
If you have any specific questions about our registration process,
financial assistance, refunds or anything else Sumer Strong related, please contact Robert Eifler, Director of After School and Summer programs.


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  • WEEK 1 COURSES: June 20 - June 24


    Phoenix Camp: Creators and Innovators 
    Grades: Rising 1st-4th (current K-3)
    Fee: $550
    Phoenix Camp is similar to a traditional day camp. Each week allows for student choice and exploration of a specific theme typically ending with a culminating activity or supported by project-based learning throughout the week. These camps are designed to provide students with a healthy amount of choice and exploration in their individual or group learning opportunities. The theme for week 1 is all about building, drawing and creating.

    Play with Clay!
    Grades: Rising 3rd-5th (current 2-4)
    Fee: $600 
    Do your student love to play with clay? It’s squishy, messy, and so much fun to create with!  In this camp, students will learn the hand-building techniques of slab, coil, pinch, and kurinuki. They will also learn different surface treatments including adding texture, carving, and using colorful underglazes and glazes.

    This is time for your student to use their imagination, creativity, and artistic talent to make beautiful pieces of art. Some of the pieces will be functional such as cups and bowls, and other pieces will be decorative such as animal sculptures. With a small class size for this specialty camp, there will be plenty of individual attention. All experience levels are welcome.

    Bentley Soccer Clinic
    Grades: Rising 5th-9th (current 4-8)
    Fee: $550
    This is a week of camp designed for students looking to hone their soccer skills. Campers will spend the mornings each day going through drills and skills practice to help prepare them for a wide range of games in the afternoon. This camp allows for a full day of soccer with plenty of rest, snacks, and water breaks. Campers should be prepared to practice and play throughout the day.

    Monsters of the Deep: Weird and Unusual Marine Animals
    Grades: Rising 6th-8th (current 5-7)
    Fee: $600
    The wonders and monstrosities of the world's oceans will be explored in this Summer Strong course. Ever wondered what inspired the sea creatures on European explorer maps? What is the truth behind ancient Chinese water dragons? Or, even why the blobfish has a big nose? Students will explore the fascinating, horrifying, and awe-inspiring adaptions of the ocean's weirdest animals. To better understand why and how these adaptations work, studnets will be creating bioluminescence, stretchy, and heat-resistant materials. Leaving no oddity untouched, from delightful Christmas tree worms to the frighting gulper eel and everything in-between, students will also make a life-size (or proportional) model of their oddity of choice to be hung in the science room or taken home.

    AI Scholars
    Grades: Rising 9th-12th (current 8-11)
    Fee: $675
    What do self-driving cars, Alexa, and iPhone's face recognition technology have in common? They are driven by modern advances in artificial intelligence. Whether you’re interested in law, healthcare, art, or economics, AI is poised to transform every discipline and industry in the future. AI is already all around us today, and by the end of the session, students will understand the underlying concepts and motivations behind technology such as computer vision, natural language processing, and neural networks.
     
    In this Summer Strong course, students will explore the foundations of machine learning and discover different applications of machine-learning models. In the first half of the course, students learn AI’s core technologies including applications, foundational concepts, and programming tools through live online lectures and coding labs. Students will not only learn about different types of machine learning models, but also apply those models to real data sets. In the second half of the session, students will complete an instructor-led group project applying AI to the discipline of their choice (e.g., music, healthcare, astrophysics, finance, etc.), utilizing the programming skills they developed in the first half.

    Counselor in Training (CIT) Program
    Grades: 7th-9th (current 6-8)
    Fee: $500
    This Middle School program is designed for students looking for summer leadership opportunities. Students will partner with the Summer Strong team to support our younger students in their camp experience by leading activities, helping other counselors prepare lessons, and understanding how to help out members of our Bentley community in a more meaningful way. Note: Spaces as CITs are limited each week.
  • WEEK 2 COURSES: June 27 - July 1


    Phoenix Camp: Nature studies
    Grades: Rising 1st-4th (current K-3)
    Fee: $550
    Phoenix Camp is similar to a traditional day camp. Each week allows for student choice and exploration of a specific theme typically ending with a culminating activity or supported by project-based learning throughout the week. These camps are designed to provide students with a healthy amount of choice and exploration in their individual or group learning opportunities. Week 2 of camp will focus on the different things we can learn from nature. Studnets will focus on mathematics in the study of our world as well as learning about the biology of our community through hands-on exploration.

    Science Explorers
    Grades: Rising 4th-6th (current 3-5)
    Fee: $600
    Join us for a whirlwind tour of the sciences as students take an up-close look at fascinating ideas and phenomena in science and engineering. Get ready to do some science sleuthing, data crunching, and investigating while exploring key scientific ideas. Projects may include designing and launching rockets, building a classroom-sized Rube Goldberg machine, and synthesizing real soap. This is a great course to keep your students' science skills sharp this summer, while also having a blast with hands-on activities.

    Bentley Volleyball Clinic
    Grades: Rising 6th-9th (current 5-8)
    Fee: $550
    Our volleyball clinic is designed for students to sharpen and hone their volleyball skills over the summer. Campers will spend the majority of their morning working on skills and drills and spend the afternoon playing games. They will escape the heat by spending the majority of our day in the gym but students should be prepared to be active for this week of camp. 

    Descent: The Underworld in Mythology 
    Grades: Rising 9th-12th (current 8-11)
    Fee: $600
    Death has always been a source of fascination. Descend down to three mythical underworlds in this Mini-term style class. Perhaps students will emerge on the other side! In this course, students will focus on the Greek, Egyptian, and Norse representations of the afterlife and how they compare and contrast. 

    Natural Disasters and Interplanetary Hazards
    Grades: Rising 9th-12th (current 8-11)
    Fee: $600
    This Summer Strong course is designed to explore the catastrophic phenomena that constantly occur on Earth and provide better context to their science. Emphasis is placed on understanding the planetary mechanisms of natural disasters and their role in the larger global ecosystem. Particular emphasis will be placed on the hazard and risks. The main areas of study will include meteorological, geological, biological, and cosmological natural disasters, plus a brief look at human-caused disasters, as well as how to survive and prepare for a natural disaster. The course will consist of creating scale models of natural disasters, case studies, and interactive media. 

    Counselor in Training (CIT) Program
    Grades: 7th-9th (current 6-8)
    Fee: $500
    This Middle School program is designed for students looking for summer leadership opportunities. Students will partner with the Summer Strong team to support our younger students in their camp experience by leading activities, helping other counselors prepare lessons, and understanding how to help out members of our Bentley community in a more meaningful way. Note: Spaces as CITs are limited each week.
  • WEEK 3 COURSES: July 11 - July 15


    Phoenix Camp: Creative Campers 
    Grades: Rising 1st-4th (current K-3)
    Fee: $550
    Phoenix Camp is similar to a traditional day camp. Each week allows for student choice and exploration of a specific theme typically ending with a culminating activity or supported by project-based learning throughout the week. These camps are designed to provide students with a healthy amount of choice and exploration in their individual or group learning opportunities. Week 3 of camp will allow campers to create and explore various art mediums. Campers can expect to get a little messier this week as we explore all the different ways to create and express ourselves.

    Athlete Academy
    Grades: Rising 1st-4th (current K-3)
    Fee: $550
    Our sports academy is offered to our elementary-school-age students to help them broaden their experience in the world of sports. This will allow campers to stay active while playing soccer, basketball, baseball, and tennis, along with a variety of other games and activities. Students will spend the majority of their mornings participating in drills and games designed to allow them to hone their skills. Afternoons will be spent playing games to put their new skills to the test. This camp is designed for all ages and skill levels.

    Science Explorers
    Grades: Rising 5th-7th (current 4-6)
    Fee: $600
    Join us for a whirlwind tour of the sciences as students take an up-close look at fascinating ideas and phenomena in science and engineering. Get ready to do some science sleuthing, data crunching, and investigating while exploring key scientific ideas. Projects may include designing and launching rockets, building a classroom-sized Rube Goldberg machine, and synthesizing real soap. This is a great course to keep your students' science skills sharp this summer, while also having a blast with hands-on activities.

    Underpinnings: Historical Fashion
    Grades: Rising 8th-12th (current 7-11)
    Fee: $600 
    Students will have the chance to examine how clothing, fashion, and culture evolved over time. This session will primarily focus on Eurasian context, and students will finish their discovery by considering how modern adaptations of these periods utilize historical inspiration to create a world. 

    Bentley Baseball Clinic
    Grades: Rising 5th-9th (current 4-8)
    Fee: $550
    Campers will spend this week developing their skills to help them grow as baseball players. Students may spend the afternoons playing a game (depending on final camp enrollment), but will also have plenty of time for various competitive baseball skills and games regardless of the number of campers. Campers are required to bring their own glove and bat for this week of camp.

    Counselor in Training (CIT) Program
    Grades: 7th-9th (current 6-8)
    Fee: $500
    This Middle School program is designed for students looking for summer leadership opportunities. Students will partner with the Summer Strong team to support our younger students in their camp experience by leading activities, helping other counselors prepare lessons, and understanding how to help out members of our Bentley community in a more meaningful way. Note: Spaces as CITs are limited each week.
  • WEEK 4 COURSES: July 18 - July 22


    Phoenix Camp - Taking care of our community
    Grades: Rising 1st-4th (current K-3)
    Fee: $550
    Phoenix Camp is similar to a traditional day camp. Each week allows for student choice and exploration of a specific theme typically ending with a culminating activity or supported by project-based learning throughout the week. These camps are designed to provide students with a healthy amount of choice and exploration in their individual or group learning opportunities. Week 4 of camp will focus on what it means to take care of our world around us, from helping to understand composting and recycling to discovering creative ways to make a difference in our local and larger global community.

    Roman Mosaics
    Grades: Rising 9th-12th (current 8-11)
    Fee: $600
    What is a mosaic? How were they made? What do they mean? Students will study and then create Roman-style mosaics of their own, looking at how they were constructed and how they reflect Roman culture. 

    Bentley Basketball Clinic
    Grades: Rising 5th-9th (current 4-8)
    Fee: $550
    Our Bentley basketball clinic is designed to keep campers skills sharp over a long summer off season. Students will spend the mornings in drills and skill development and spend afternoons playing full games until the end of the camp day. This camp is for both boys and girls and will allow for some tournament style competition to close out our week on Friday.

    Writing and Journalism 
    Grades: Rising 6th-8th (current 5-7)
    Fee: $600
    Campers this week will be honing their writing skills while also exploring journalism and print media. Students will have a wide range of how they would like to navigate their projects this week but will work with other campers and instructors to understand the process of researching and crafting a story. Through learning the process of research, crafting and writing a story, campers will also develop a greater understanding of how to trust various media sources in their own academic research.

    Counselor in Training (CIT) Program
    Grades: 7th-9th (current 6-8)
    Fee: $500
    This Middle School program is designed for students looking for summer leadership opportunities. Students will partner with the Summer Strong team to support our younger students in their camp experience by leading activities, helping other counselors prepare lessons, and understanding how to help out members of our Bentley community in a more meaningful way. Note: Spaces as CITs are limited each week.

    Rising Phoenix
    Grades: Entering K students
    Fee: $600
    Important note: This is a shorter camp day and runs from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.
    This week is designed specifically for students starting their first year at Bentley in the fall of 2022. This is a special opportunity to get to know new classmates and explore everything Bentley has to offer. This camp has a much lower camper-to-counselor ratio to provide additional support to our newest students. These campers will definitely be ready for the first day of school in the fall!


     

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1 Hiller Drive
Oakland, CA 94618
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9 - 12 Campus

1000 Upper Happy Valley Rd.
Lafayette, CA 94549
(925) 283-2101