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Summer Programs

Summer Programs

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Our credit and non-credit programs are available to middle and high school students, including non-Latin students.

Our courses are designed for students who want to prepare or advance for the next school year, or are particularly passionate about a subject. Many of the classes are taught by current Latin School faculty. Summer at Latin offers great options for enrichment - all with Latin's commitment to educational excellence.

Programs are scheduled by your child's grade as of September 1, 2018.

2018 info coming soon!

Read about our 2017 offerings below.


Art Sampler for Grades 6-8

June 19-July 7, 1:15-3 p.m

Students will develop artistic styles and techniques through work in mixed media, drawing, painting, and printmaking. Observational skills will be explored in the form of still-life, life drawing, and drawing from nature. Self-expression will also come from symbolic and non-representational work.

*Visual Arts Survey for Grades 9-12

June 19-July 7, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Credit: 0.5

This class is appropriate for the student who wants to explore various elements of the visual arts. Students will develop artistic styles and techniques while working through a variety of projects that may include drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media, computer art, and/or use of the maker space for 3D printing. Observational skills will be explored in the form of still-life, and drawing from observation. Self-expression will also come from symbolic and non-representational work. Students are required to keep a sketchbook journal. In addition to studio practice, students will be exposed to art history and participate in class critiques.

*Photography for Grades 9-12

June 19-July 7, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Credit: 0.5

This course welcomes beginning, intermediate, and experienced photographers. Led by Latin's Visual Arts Department chair Betty Lark Ross, students will photograph people, objects, and the city, as well as explore individual interests. Class members will investigate camera functions, develop their own film, and experiment with hand coloring to create interesting effects. Students must have a 35mm film camera with a manual mode.

*Digital Arts for Grades 9-12

June 19-July 7, 1-5 p.m.
Credit: 0.5

This course serves as an introduction to visual communication skills using a variety of digital media that may include digital photography, digital video, audio recording, digital storytelling, animation, digital painting, digital collage, computer graphic design, and web page design. Students will rely on their own creativity and interests in completing each project. Students will learn to raise awareness, start conversations, solve problems, express their ideas and take action. This will be a hands-on class with both individual and group projects. While the school will be able to provide some equipment, students ideally should have their own picture taking device, which may be an iPhone, iPad, digital camera and/or digital video camera.

*Sketch Comedy for Grades 9-12

June 19-July 7, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
.5 credit

In this course, we will study the art of sketch comedy and what it takes to create an all-original sketch comedy show that provides some substance along with “the funny”. In addition to studying the many styles and methods of various sketch comedy groups, students will cover the entire process of putting together a sketch comedy show from initial brainstorming to performing the final product for a live audience. We will look at the many techniques for turning the genesis of an idea into a sketch, including collaborative writing and improvisation. We will also look at the process of transforming a collection of sketches into a cohesive, tight show with running themes, characters, and satire. We will even discuss the realities of putting up a self-produced show in Chicago. Students will be required to improvise, write, direct, and perform their own material in an effort to create a complete scripted show. Besides a sense of humor, and an interest in sharing it with others, only a willingness to work collaboratively is needed! A 30-minute lunch break is included.

Students receive .5 credit upon successful completion of the course.

Language Arts

Middle School Writing Mechanics for Grades 6-8

June 19-July 7, 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m

Are you worried that your middle schooler only knows the casual language of texting and the internet? This course will teach students the more formal language required for written assignments by focusing on correct grammar, word usage, spelling, punctuation, and parts of speech. Students will also learn how to write a variety of complex sentences. Sound writing mechanics will enable students to communicate more effectively in their written assignments. In addition to writing mechanics, students will work on computer keyboarding skills. Students will learn keyboard shortcuts, and work in programs that are useful in school and every day life.

Middle School Writing Workshop for Grades 6-8

Section A: June 19-July 7, 1:15 p.m.-3 p.m. OR
Section B: July 10-28, 9-10:45 a.m

Students will develop their writing skills, enhance their vocabularies, and read poetry and prose to build on the analytical abilities needed to complete writing assignments in the areas of exposition, argumentation, description, and narration.

Middle School Reading and Study Skills for Grades 6-8

Section A: June 19-July 7, 9-10:45 a.m OR
Section B: July 10-28, 11:15 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

This skills-building class will help students enhance their vocabularies and improve reading comprehension, writing, grammar, and study habits. Students will focus on improving their organization, planning, note-taking, and test preparation processes.

Freshman Prep for Grade 9

June 19-30, 9-11 a.m.

Students will practice close reading, note taking, and essay writing through work on Latin's assigned summer reading for incoming freshmen. Students can expect to solidify study skills as they prepare for success in high school. Enrollment is open to students entering 9th grade at Latin in the fall.

Foundations of Essay Writing for Grades 9-12

June 19-30, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

This course will cover the fundamental principles of writing a solid thesis-driven essay. Stressing clear writing, mechanics, and topic development, the goal is for students to produce well-crafted essays with an effective thesis, support, and conclusion.

Standardized Test Prep for Grades 11-12

June 19-30, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Take advantage of an intensive course to improve your test scores and learn general test-taking strategies. Students will acquire the tools and confidence to tackle the ACT and the SAT Reasoning Test through this rigorous and effective prep course. Through individualized and group instruction, students will increase their understanding of the critical reading, math, and writing components of the SAT, as well as the mathematics, grammar and reading comprehension of the ACT. During class meetings, students will take, and then analyze, a number of sample SAT and ACT tests. Students will also utilize and have access to the online tool Method Test Prep™.

Writing Personal Essays for Grades 10-12

June 26-30, 9 a.m.-Noon

How do you write about yourself? Students write academic essays all year long, but rarely get to delve into the personal writing required by college applications. This course will explore writing about your experiences in dynamic and effective ways. Participants will encounter a variety of creative nonfiction. Students will develop their skills through creative writing exercises, extensive feedback, and revision. Assignments will focus on writing the personal essay for the appropriate audiences as well as for artistic expression, while emphasizing proper grammar and usage, too. Meaningful writing connects writers and readers. The goal of this course will be to help you express yourself.


Latin School students who wish to place out of a math course in the upcoming academic year by taking a course during the summer are required to speak with the Math Department Chair for approval. This will ensure that students are reasonably placed. At the end of the summer, students will need to meet with the Math Department Chair to review the quality of their summer work to determine the appropriate placement for the upcoming school year.

Middle School Math Review for Grades 6-7

June 19-July 7, 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m.

This course will explore fractions, decimals, percents, and introductory algebraic concepts including equations, inequalities, and number theory. This course is intended for the student who would like to establish a stronger grasp of concepts already learned, or be introduced to new topics. Students will gain a firm understanding of material that will help them to succeed in pre-algebra. This course is intended for review and enrichment, but not to advance in a math sequence.

Algebra Prep for Grades 7-8

June 19-July 7, 9-10:45 a.m.

This course is intended for students who want to solidify their understanding of the fundamental concepts of Pre-Algebra and begin to study elementary algebraic concepts. Topics that will be covered include order of operations, simplifying numeric and variable expressions, solving simple linear equations in one variable, and graphing ordered pairs and lines. Additional topics may be included if time permits. This course is for students who have already completed a course in Pre-Algebra, but want to improve their grasp of basic algebraic concepts before taking a full-year course of Algebra. This course is intended for review and enrichment, but not to advance in a math sequence.

*Algebra I for Grades 8-11

June 19-July 28, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Credit: 1

The equivalent of a full-year course and prerequisite for Algebra II, this class will cover linear equations and inequalities, polynomials, factoring, exponents, and graphing. It is designed for students who want to improve their grade in an Algebra I course previously taken for credit, who will be taking Algebra I as a freshman and would like a preview, or who wish to move ahead in their study of mathematics. Enrollment is open to students entering eighth grade or above who have consulted with their math teacher. A TI-83 calculator is required of all students registered in this class. A 30-minute lunch break is included.

*Geometry for Grades 9-12

Prerequisite: Algebra I
June 19-July 28, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Credit: 1

The equivalent of a full-year course, this class will stress proofs and teach students the use of inductive and deductive reasoning to solve problems. It is designed for students who either want to improve their grade in a geometry course previously taken for credit or move ahead in their study of mathematics. Enrollment is open to students who have successfully completed Algebra I and have consulted with their math teacher. A 30-minute lunch break is included.

Sports & Recreation

Baseball Camp for Grades 1-7

When: June 19-23, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

This summer, Lincoln Park Baseball Academy (LPBA), a Chicago based organization focused on baseball and softball instruction for boys and girls, will lead this camp at Latin. This camp will provide players with a camp experience that is safe, challenging, fun, and educational. The camp experience includes a daily exercise and agility training routine followed by instructive drills focused on base running, pitching, defense, infield and outfield play, batting practice, and other hitting drills. Campers must bring a bag lunch each day, as well as a mitt, hat, cleats, and indoor gym shoes. LPBA also requires a liability waiver that will be sent to all registered campers and must be returned on the first day of camp.

Basketball Camp by 3Point Athletics for Grades 1-8

Section A: June 12-16, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Section B: June 26-30, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Section C: July 10-14, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
$275 per Section

This summer, 3Point Athletics will lead Latin's summer basketball camps. Campers can expect to increase their skill level with high quality instruction. Skills, techniques, game strategy, and conditioning all will be covered, and will lay the groundwork for overall improvement. The one-week camps will emphasize the positive benefits of the sport: discipline, dedication, sportsmanship, and fun. Basketball campers must bring a bag lunch daily.

Volleyball Camp for Grades 5-8 (Coed)

Section A: June 19-23, 9 a.m.-noon
Section B: July 17-21, 9 a.m.-noon
$140 per section

Campers will receive excellent instruction in spiking, setting, blocking, passing, and serving--the fundamental skills necessary to become a well-rounded volleyball player. Scrimmaging will be a major component, while campers focus on good sportsmanship and having fun.

Red Cross Lifeguarding for Ages 15+

June 7, 4:30-5:30; June 12-16 Noon-6 p.m.

If you’re looking for a great summer job or challenging career that’s in demand, the Red Cross Lifeguarding program is the place to start. Through videos, group discussion and hands-on practice, you’ll learn teamwork, rescue and surveillance skills, First Aid and CPR/AED and other skills you need to work as a professional lifeguard. Latin's own Aquatics Director, Danielle Carlson, will teach participants the knowledge and skills needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies and prevent drownings and injuries.

Students that successfully complete this course will receive a certificate of Lifeguarding that is valid for 2 years, and certificates in First Aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer that are valid for 2 years. Students will be provided with a pocket mask and lifeguarding manual.

Students must successfully complete the following prerequisites in order to take course. The prerequisite testing will take place on Wednesday, June 7 at 4:30 p.m. and is required of all participants. Students that do not attend or fail the prerequisite testing cannot complete the course, and no refunds shall be offered.

To successfully complete the course, students must attend the entire course, participate in all skill sessions/drills, activities and scenarios, demonstrate competency in all required skills and scenarios, and pass the final written exam with a minimum grade of 80 percent

Participants must be at least 15 years old at the time of the class and pass the following swimming requirements:

-swim 300 yards continuously

-tread water for 2 minutes using legs only

-starting in the water: swim 20 yards using front crawl or breast stroke, surface dive 7-10 ft, retrieve 10-lb brick, return to surface, swim 20 yd back to the starting point with the object and exit the water without using a ladder or steps, within 1 minute 40 seconds.

Registration opens

February 2018

Summer 2017
Important Dates

March 1
Last day to register with a 25 percent (per child) non-refundable deposit.

May 1
Full tuition payment due, last day for refunds

June 12
Day Camp begins

No camp, buildings are closed

July 7
Day Camp Session 1 ends

July 10
Day Camp Session 2 begins

August 4
Day Camp ends

About Summer Programs

General Info

Admission is open to all interested students who meet the specific course-related requirements found in the course descriptions.

The credit value for a particular academic course meets all applicable standards for an accredited secondary school. Credit will only be issued if the student completes all necessary coursework as proscribed by the instructor. Latin offers courses of one-half credit (the equivalent of a semester course) and one credit (the equivalent of a year-long course) for students in or entering high school. For non-Latin School students, the Summer at Latin Office will forward, at your request, a copy of the course description, and your teacher’s evaluations of your work to your home school. Specific credit acceptance by schools, including the Latin School, will be made at the discretion of that school by its appropriate administrators. Please check with your school in advance for its specific standards and rules on granting credit.

Regular attendance is essential for successful completion of Latin’s Summer Programs. Unexcused absences may result in loss of credit in an academic course or dismissal from the program. There will be no refund of tuition if a student voluntarily withdraws or is dismissed due to non-attendance or misconduct.

Financial Aid
Financial aid is available only to Latin School students who will be receiving aid in the fall of 2017 and is primarily apportioned for credited classes, with limited aid available for other academic courses. Latin students should contact the Summer at Latin Office for specific information about financial aid before registering.

Dress and Conduct
Students’ clothing must be neat, clean, and appropriate for school. Students are expected to follow all school rules and to conduct themselves in a respectful and polite manner.

Some courses may require books, textbooks, or supplies. Students will pay an additional fee for materials or books as required by a course. Please contact the Summer at Latin Office at 312.582.6080 to determine if the class for which you are registering requires any of the above. Required books will be available for sale through the Summer at Latin Office beginning in June. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that necessary books are acquired prior to the start of class.

Food service is not provided during the summer. Students are encouraged to bring bag lunches. A 30-minute break for lunch is scheduled for all full-day courses.

Photo Practice Statement
The Latin School occasionally takes photos for use in print and electronic publications and for archival purposes. If you have any questions about this practice, or the use of your child's photograph, please contact Latin's Communications Office at 312.582.6070.

Registration, Payment & Policies

Early registration is advised. Because each program has limited capacity, registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration remains open until a program fills. If programs fill, we will create a waiting list. You will be notified as early as possible if your child has been placed on a waiting list. At that time, please let us know whether you wish for your child's name to remain on the waiting list. We will draw names, in order, from the waiting list up to the time programs begin.

Please include a non-refundable deposit of 25 percent per child with each registration. The balance is due MAY 1, 2017. Tuition is refundable until MAY 1, 2017 (less the 25 percent per child deposit). After MAY 1, 2017, all monies are non-refundable.

Full payment is due with each registration. Tuition is refundable until MAY 1, 2017 (less the 25 percent per child deposit). After MAY 1, 2017, all monies are non-refundable.

Full payment is due with each registration. All monies are non-refundable.

E-checks and Credit cards (MasterCard, Visa and Discover) are accepted. If registering by mail, please make all checks payable to: Latin School of Chicago.

Timely registrations will be acknowledged prior to the start of each program.

To secure a spot in Summer at Latin, the above policies must be followed.


  • No camper/student will be allowed to participate in Summer at Latin who has any tuition outstanding.
  • No refunds will be made to a camper/student who, for disciplinary reasons, is asked to leave Summer at Latin.
  • Tuition monies are non-transferable.
  • In case of a camper's/student's withdrawal from the program, the Summer at Latin Office must be notified in writing before May 1 or full payment will still be due.
  • Latin reserves the right to cancel a program if unforeseen circumstances occur. Notification of cancellation of a program will be done as early as possible and pro-rated refunds will be issued.
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