Academic Enrichment

A Balanced Five-week Program of Academics, Recreation and Enrichment for Students in Grades (Day) 3 - 9, (Boarding) 5 - 9

• Academic enrichment or review

• Language skills and developmental reading

• English as a second language (ESL)

• Daily recreational activities

• Field trips and cultural experiences

Program Dates:

July 1 - August 4, 2018

  • Boarding students arrive Sunday, July 01, 2018
  • Day students will begin on Monday, July 02, 2018


Special emphasis is placed on English, mathematics, study skills, and computer skills. Normal class size ranges from 6 to 10 students with individual attention and help available. Students who need support in Language Skills or developmental reading work daily with trained specialists. English as a Second Language (ESL) is offered to international students. Rumsey Hall students have access to state-of-the-art personal computers and software. Each classroom is equipped with at least one station, and there are three computer labs available. All terminals are linked to a school-wide information system, and students have appropriate access to the Internet. Each student has an e-mail address for easy communication with home and friends.

The close relationship between teachers and students is a special part of the Rumsey Hall summer experience. Opportunities for support and encouragement are abundant, and renewed or enhanced self-confidence is often the most outstanding product of a summer at Rumsey.

Most students have roommates, and life in a dormitory teaches valuable lessons about getting along with others and being a contributing member of a community. All meals are family-style, with faculty members and their families in attendance.

Report cards are mailed at mid-term and at the end of the Summer Session. Written reports, which include grades for each subject and descriptive teacher comments, are provided at the end of the session. Each student is discussed individually at weekly faculty meetings to be sure appropriate progress is taking place. Parental input is encouraged.


Great emphasis is placed on providing a variety of recreational and enrichment activities to ensure a balanced, happy and productive Summer Session. Each afternoon students select from a host of activities such as swimming, hiking, tennis, fishing, horseback riding, baseball, soccer, lacrosse, and basketball. Off-campus trips to museums, movies, concerts, amusement parks, and sporting events occur each week. Considerable effort is made to cultivate students' interests and to expose them to new experiences.

Weekends begin on Friday after classes. A range of on- and off-campus activities are planned and organized with close faculty supervision at all times. Students may attend church services in Washington and nearby towns. Livery service to and from train stations, bus depots, and airports is easily arranged if enough notice is given to the School office. Students are free to leave with parental permission but must return by 7 p.m. Sunday evening.



There are over 30 buildings on the Rumsey campus, including the Dane W. Dicke Family academic buildings with traditional-style classrooms, study hall and library, the Maxwell A. Sarofim ‘05 Performing Arts Center, two gymnasiums, indoor climbing wall, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, six athletic fields and Lufkin Rink, which is utilized for roller blading/floor hockey during the summer. Two beautiful ponds and the Bantam River, which winds through the Rumsey campus, afford students opportunities for nature activities.


Most of the teachers in the Summer Session are members of Rumsey Hall’s outstanding faculty during the academic school year. The faculty members instruct classes, supervise afternoon activities and serve as dorm parents. Every effort is made to create a home away from home for boarding students.


Livery service to and from train stations, bus depots, and airports can be easily arranged with advance notice. Please see below for more information.



Doug Kolpak P '13, '15, '17
Director of Summer Session