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, 2017.
* Indicates a class that counts for credit. All courses meet each day, Monday through Friday of the assigned week(s) unless otherwise indicated.
Art Sampler for Grades 6-8
- *Visual Arts Survey for Grades 9-12
- *Photography for Grades 9-12
- *Digital Arts for Grades 9-12
*Sketch Comedy for Grades 9-12
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.
Credit: 0.5This 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.
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.
June 19-July 7, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
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.
- Middle School Writing Mechanics for Grades 6-8
- Middle School Writing Workshop for Grades 6-8
- Middle School Reading and Study Skills for Grades 6-8
- Freshman Prep for Grade 9
- Foundations of Essay Writing for Grades 9-12
- Standardized Test Prep for Grades 11-12
- Writing Personal Essays for Grades 10-12
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.
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.
- Middle School Math Review for Grades 6-7
- Algebra Prep for Grades 7-8
- *Algebra I for Grades 8-11
- *Geometry for Grades 9-12
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.
- Baseball Camp for Grades 1-7
- Basketball Camp by 3Point Athletics for Grades 1-8
- Volleyball Camp for Grades 5-8 (Coed)
- Red Cross Lifeguarding for Ages 15+
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.
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.
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.
March 1Last day to register with a 25 percent (per child) non-refundable deposit.
May 1Full tuition payment due, last day for refunds
June 12Day Camp begins
JULY 4No camp, buildings are closed
July 7Day Camp Session 1 ends
July 10Day Camp Session 2 begins
August 4Day Camp ends
Dress and Conduct
TUITION AND REFUNDSEarly 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.
REGISTRATION BEFORE MARCH 1
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.
REGISTRATION AFTER MARCH 1
Full payment is due with each registration. All monies are non-refundable.
REGISTRATION AFTER MAY 1
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.
SECURE ONLINE REGISTRATION IS AVAILABLE AND ENCOURAGED.
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.