Middle School Academic Summer Camp Courses

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June 28-July 10, 2020 and/or July 12-24, 2020

A wide variety of enrichment courses await you at R-MA's Summer Academic Camp in the Northern Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.  The enrichment courses are active explorations that build creativity, curiosity, and a love of learning, with projects that are focused around the summer theme.

Summer camp at R-MA allows campers to explore a variety of interests, from flight and robotics to music and math.

Enrichment Courses

2020 Enrichment Theme: Under the Sea Exploration

Learn about the most famous men and women that transformed our understanding of life in the ocean. Investigate current events taking place in today’s ocean exploration. Think about where we might be in ocean exploration in 20, 50, or even 100 years.

Language Arts
Your imagination will take off as you dive into a variety of nonfiction and fiction writings about oceans, then create stories of your own. Experience the excitement and tension of joining a commercial mission to the bottom of the sea. 

You never know what projects the summer camp will bring to life! Check out this 2019 video, created by a group of middle school students who wanted to encourage their peers to read A Wrinkle in Time.

Learn about the basics of flying and the terminology that pilots and astronauts use every day. Fly drones and delve into the different ways that drones are being used today. Discover how submersible drones are used to explore the oceans and rivers. Check out the on-campus flight simulator and see what Upper School students are doing to prepare for their solo flights and private pilot license. 

Take the plunge into what is happening in our oceans today. What changes are taking place and what is causing them to happen? How are plants and animals adapting to these changes? Research one species that lives in the ocean and explain how this species changed over time. 

You can use our digital keyboarding software to create a variety of music. Are there opportunities to play instruments under water? How does it sound and what are the challenges? Learn how creatures that live in the sea use sound to communicate.

Learn to code and complete missions using LEGO MINDSTORM EV3 software! Solve challenges from the FIRST LEGO LEAGUE competition that took place in the fall of 2019, and use 21st century skills focused on problem-solving and creative innovation to reach new heights in this class.

*Note: There are four periods each day. The Science course runs for two periods; students taking this session can only choose two additional topics for the summer.


Science, technology, study skills, music--these courses and more are available at R-MA's Summer Enrichment Camp!

Skills Classes

Basic Math 
Focus on basic operations and word problems with whole numbers, fractions, and decimals. Small class instruction helps you master the fundamentals of middle school-level math.

Study Skills 
Want to improve your grades and test scores? This course can help! Discover the methodology of proper study habits, what works and what does not. You will practice organizational, note-taking, and reading skills. To enhance middle-level learning, proper research and writing skills are also practiced.

Important Notes

  • All courses are for enrichment only. This is an academic enrichment camp, not a summer school program. Students cannot take these courses to make up for courses failed during the normal academic year.
  • There are four periods each day. Science runs for two periods; students taking this session may only choose two additional topics for the summer.