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Summer Discovery Academy in Joplin

TJ’s Summer Discovery Academy courses offer a wide range of summer enrichment opportunities – including ACT Prep – for children in grades Pre-K through 12. The Academy is open to students from all schools in the 4-States area.

Best Summer Program for Academic Enrichment in the Joplin area

Thomas Jefferson offers a full-featured Summer Discovery Program open to all students in the community, from Pre-K through grade 12. TJ’s established summer program includes workshops, classes, and exploratory courses. Included are our Lower School performing arts program; weights and conditioning; robotics; ACT preparation courses; foreign language camps; a Middle School study skills course, and more.

 

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Enroll in TJ’s Summer Discovery Academy

To enroll in TJ's Summer Discovery Academy:

  1. See tabs below and explore and select the half-day and full-day programs for your child(ren).

  2. Complete and submit the online registration form, including accurate contact information.

  3. Check the confirmation e-mail message you receive to ensure proper courses were selected.

  4. Complete the Honor Code Student Commitment, Covid-19 Information Sheet, and the Emergency Contact/Medical Release form.

  5. Bring those signed forms to the first day of class.

Most courses are half-day (9 a.m. to noon, or 1-4 p.m.), and the tuition is $175.  The exceptions are the Showtime musical camp, which is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the tuition is $350, and the ACT Prep class (full for this year, enrollment closed) which is also an all-day, Monday through Friday class with tuition of $500. Please check times carefully when registering. Parents who have their children enrolled at TJ may select "Bill My TJ Account" to pay the tuition. Tuition for all other courses is due upon registration.

For a grid-view list of Summer Discovery Academy classes and dates, open this schedule.

 

ACT Prep - Students from All Schools Welcome!

Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School reserves the right to request all school records for non-TJ students surrounding academic performance and behavior to deem admissibility into the program, and the right to dismiss students who do not adhere to the Mission and Honor Code of the school.

For the first day of classes, it is important that all families bring these documents:

  1. Signed Covid-19 Information Sheet & Release

  2. Signed Emergency Contact & Medical Release

  3. Signed Honor Code Student Commitment

July 5-9

Young Scholars Academy (9 a.m. – Noon) – Curious 3- and 4-year old children are invited to immerse themselves in a week of discovery. Students will engage in games and playful activities that introduce them to early literacy and numeracy skills. Each week will present a new theme, and students will make friends and find joy in learning in this academically enriching program.

Kids College Academy (9 a.m. – Noon) – Children ages 5 and 6 will engage in an academically enriching program designed to promote Kindergarten and 1st grade readiness skills. Through engaging activities and weekly themes, students will explore reading, writing, science, math, and much more. This program is designed for students with a love of learning who are ready to have fun and make new friends.

July 12-16

Young Scholars Academy (9 a.m. – Noon) – Curious 3- and 4-year old children are invited to immerse themselves in a week of discovery. Students will engage in games and playful activities that introduce them to early literacy and numeracy skills. Each week will present a new theme, and students will make friends and find joy in learning in this academically enriching program.

Kids College Academy (9 a.m. – Noon) – Children ages 5 and 6 will engage in an academically enriching program designed to promote Kindergarten and 1st grade readiness skills. Through engaging activities and weekly themes, students will explore reading, writing, science, math, and much more. This program is designed for students with a love of learning who are ready to have fun and make new friends.

July 19-23

Magic School Bus Science Lab – Grades K-2 (9 a.m. – Noon) – Young students will transform into scientists as they participate in some wild rides on the mythical Magic School Bus. Join your friends – and make new friends – on a different science adventure each day. Curious students will enjoy these fun-filled STEM activities designed to teach scientific concepts while engaging in a full laboratory experience.

July 26-30

Studio Art Academy – Grades K-2 (9 a.m. – Noon) – Open to all students entering grades K-2 in the fall. Students will create works of art in various media, using a variety of techniques, to learn the principles of design and the elements of art. They will have their own masterpieces to take home and display with pride.

Chinese Language and Culture – Grades K-2 (9 a.m. – Noon) – Students will spend a week immersed in Chinese language and culture. From learning to speak simple phrases to writing Chinese characters, students will have the opportunity to engage in a new language that will broaden their world view. Through games, activities, and songs, students will leave the class with an appreciation for Chinese culture.

Complete and submit one online registration form for each child:

July 5-9

Kids College Academy – Grade 1 (9 a.m. – Noon) – Children ages 5 and 6 will engage in an academically enriching program designed to promote Kindergarten and 1st grade readiness skills. Through engaging activities and weekly themes, students will explore reading, writing, science, math, and much more. This program is designed for students with a love of learning who are ready to have fun and make new friends.

Math Camp – Grades 1 and 2 (1 p.m. – 4 p.m.) – Calling all young mathematicians! Students with a love of numbers and math will enjoy this program that will allow them to take their numeracy skills even further. Through engaging games, activities, puzzles, and friendly competitions, students will enhance their problem solving abilities and test new capacities in mathematics.

Reading Extravaganza – Grades 3-5 (9 a.m. – Noon) – Students will dive into a world of literature, exploring various themes, characters, and storylines. Whether the goal is enhancing reading skills and expanding vocabulary, or simply joining other students who share a love of reading to explore new books, this class is certain to provide enrichment and summer fun for everyone.

Spanish Language and Culture – Grades 3-5 (1 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.) – Students will spend a week immersed in Spanish language and culture. From learning simple phrases, to engaging in full conversations, students will expand their confidence and fluency in the Spanish language. To round out the experience, students will sample traditional food and practice customs as they learn the language and geography of Spanish-speaking countries.

July 12-16

Kids College Academy (9 a.m. – Noon) – Children ages 5 and 6 will engage in an academically enriching program designed to promote Kindergarten and 1st grade readiness skills. Through engaging activities and weekly themes, students will explore reading, writing, science, math, and much more. This program is designed for students with a love of learning who are ready to have fun and make new friends.

Lego Lab – Grades 1 and 2 (1 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.) – Students will explore engineering and architectural concepts through the creation of their very own Lego structures. Time will be allotted for individual skill building, group challenges, and creative free time. From the most basic structures to intricate designs, student will learn first-hand the basic concepts of engineering as they apply to the buildings they see in the world around them.

Applied Programming – Robotics – Grades 3-5 (9 a.m. – Noon) –Learn about science and technology by building real-world models and programming them to automatically carry out your commands. You will build, program, and test complex robots, and develop your real-world troubleshooting and problem-solving skills. This robotics course is an excellent way to develop math, engineering, programming, and motor skills while building exciting, complex machines. Plan, program, and test your robot, and use ultrasonic, light, sound, and touch sensors to program the robots to interact with their environment. (Limited to 16 students).

Math Camp – Grades 3-5 (1 p.m. – 4 p.m.) – Students with a love of numbers and math will enjoy this program that will allow them to take their numeracy skills even further. Through engaging games, activities, puzzles, and friendly competitions, students will enhance their problem solving abilities and test new capacities in mathematics, including concepts and skills in algebra, geometry, and statistics.

July 19-23

Magic School Bus Science Lab – Grades K-2 (9 a.m. – Noon) – Young students will transform into scientists as they participate in some wild rides on the mythical Magic School Bus. Join your friends – and make new friends – on a different science adventure each day. Curious students will enjoy these fun-filled STEM activities designed to teach scientific concepts while engaging in a full laboratory experience.

Reading Extravaganza – Grades 1 and 2 (1 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.) – Students will dive into a world of literature, exploring various themes, characters, and storylines. Whether the goal is enhancing reading skills and expanding vocabulary, or simply joining other students who share a love of reading to explore new books, this class is certain to provide enrichment and summer fun for everyone.

Showtime Musical – 3rd – 6th Graders (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.) – Lights! Camera! Action! Prepare for this summer’s musical. Young thespians will ready themselves with musical rehearsals, stage-blocking, and choreography. Participants must commit to dress rehearsal from 9-10 a.m., and the public performance at 5 p.m. on Sat., July 24. There is a 30-actor limit.

July 26-30

Studio Art Academy – Grades K-2 (9 a.m. – Noon) – Open to all students entering grades K-2 in the fall. Students will create works of art in various media, using a variety of techniques, to learn the principles of design and the elements of art. They will have their own masterpieces to take home and display with pride.

STEM Immersion – Grades 1 and 2 (1 p.m. – 4 p.m.) – Immerse yourself in the world of STEM. In this course, students will explore the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math through hands-on projects designed to teach 21st century concepts, critical thinking, and problem solving. Students will create, build, and improve upon designs that are applicable to real-world challenges, as well as sharpen their math and critical thinking skills along the way.

STEM Immersion – Grades 3-5 (9 a.m. – Noon) – Immerse yourself in the world of STEM. In this course, students will explore the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math through hands-on projects designed to teach 21st century concepts, critical thinking, and problem solving. Students will create, build, and improve upon designs that are applicable to real-world challenges, as well as sharpen their math and critical thinking skills along the way.

Studio Art Academy – Grades 3-5 (1 p.m. – 4 p.m.) – Open to all students entering grades 3-5 in the fall. Students will create works of art in various media, using a variety of techniques, to learn the principles of design and the elements of art.

Chinese Language and Culture – Grades K-2 (9 a.m. – Noon) – Students will spend a week immersed in Chinese language and culture. From learning to speak simple phrases to writing Chinese characters, students will have the opportunity to engage in a new language that will broaden their world view. Through games, activities, and songs, students will leave the class with an appreciation for Chinese culture.

Chinese Language and Culture – Grades 3-5 (1 p.m. – 4 p.m.) – Students will spend a week immersed in Chinese language and culture. From learning to speak simple phrases to writing Chinese characters, students will have the opportunity to engage in a new language that will broaden their world view. Through games, activities, and songs, students will leave the class with an appreciation for Chinese culture.

Complete and submit one online registration form per child:

June 21-25

Summer Youth Symphony – Grades 7*-12 (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.) – All area middle and high school musicians are welcome to join this summer’s youth symphony festival. This session is open to experienced string, woodwind, brass, and percussion youth musicians. Sessions will include whole group, sectional, and individual instructional time and practice. Students will perform a summer symphony concert at the conclusion of the festival in the TJ Concert Hall. Join other passionate musicians for an immersive week of music and fun.
*Seventh grade students must audition and/or submit a teacher recommendation.

Studio Art: Acrylic Painting – Grades 6-8 (9:00 a.m. – Noon) – Join other passionate artists for a week focusing on acrylic painting techniques. Students will create individual pieces while working collaboratively to improve their artistic skills and repertoire. Instruction and guidance will be provided throughout the week as students work on their own original works of art, ones they will be proud to take home and display.

Studio Art: Oil Painting – Grades 6-8 (1 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.) – More advanced art students will appreciate the techniques presented in the oil painting course. Students will work throughout the week on their own original pieces with continued instruction and guidance along the way. By the end of the course, students will have works of art that they are proud to take home and display, with a new skill set that will enable them to continue to pursue their passion for painting.

July 5-9

Creative Writing – (9:00 a.m. – Noon) – Students will spend the week learning about various forms of creative writing while simultaneously creating their own works. Investigations into poetry, short stories, memoirs, speeches, fiction writing, and even screenplays will keep students engaged and focused on expressing themselves through their imaginations. Students will work individually and collaboratively to improve their craft with direct guidance and feedback daily.

Applied Programming – Robotics (1 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.) –Learn about science and technology by building real-world models and programming them to automatically carry out your commands. You will build, program, and test complex robots, and develop your real-world troubleshooting and problem-solving skills. This robotics course is an excellent way to develop math, engineering, programming, and motor skills while building exciting, complex machines. Plan, program, and test your robot, and use ultrasonic, light, sound, and touch sensors to program the robots to interact with their environment. (Limited to 16 students).

July 12-16

Biology in the Wild (9 a.m. -12 p.m.) – Biology in the Wild is a summer course designed to engage students in Biology with the focus on the natural world around us. Students will spend the week exploring various fields in Biology such as Entomology, Botany, and Aquatic Ecology. Students will travel to a new location every day to learn how to collect, identify, and preserve their collections throughout the week. We will focus on engagement with the natural world through handwork, journaling, and various collection techniques. This is a week-long course, however, there are two week-long sessions offered back-to-back which will differ in content and focus. Students have the opportunity to spend two full weeks immersed in the natural world.

Introduction to Coding (1 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.) – This course introduces beginning students to coding techniques, including programming, algorithms, and logic. Students will learn various coding languages and apply skills designed to enable them to write and test their own code. Writing code can lead to web page development, video game design, and much more. Students will experience the basic skills that can be applied to much more sophisticated work as they enter more advanced high school and college coding courses.

July 19-23

Showtime Musical – 3rd – 6th Graders (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.) – Lights! Camera! Action! Prepare for this summer’s musical. Young thespians will ready themselves with musical rehearsals, stage-blocking, and choreography. Participants must commit to dress rehearsal from 9-10 a.m., and the public performance at 5 p.m. on Sat., July 24. There is a 30-actor limit.

Biology in the Wild (9 a.m. -12 p.m.) – Biology in the Wild is a summer course designed to engage students in Biology with the focus on the natural world around us. Students will spend the week exploring various fields in Biology such as Entomology, Botany, and Aquatic Ecology. Students will travel to a new location every day to learn how to collect, identify, and preserve their collections throughout the week. We will focus on engagement with the natural world through handwork, journaling, and various collection techniques. This is a week-long course, however, there are two week-long sessions offered back-to-back which will differ in content and focus. Students have the opportunity to spend two full weeks immersed in the natural world.

Writing Workshop (1-4 p.m.) – This course provides a detailed and intensive immersion into all components of academic writing. Students will learn hands-on tips and strategies for outlining essays based on: solid structure and logic; creating strong and clear thesis statements and introductory paragraphs; formulating effective and varied transition statements; avoiding/editing common grammatical errors with sentence formation, subject-verb agreement, standard word forms, punctuation, spelling, and capitalization; organization for sequence of ideas and awareness of purpose; and style, including sentence variety, word choice, audience awareness, and personal voice. This class is for students who need a bit more practice and exposure to writing, as well as above-average writers looking to take their skill-set to the next level.

July 26-30

STEM Immersion (9 a.m. – Noon) – Immerse yourself in the world of STEM. In this course, students will explore the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math through hands-on projects designed to teach 21st century concepts, critical thinking, and problem solving. Students will create, build, and improve upon designs that are applicable to real-world challenges, as well as sharpen their math and critical thinking skills along the way.

Spanish Language and Culture (1 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.) – Students will spend a week immersed in Spanish language and culture. From learning simple phrases, to engaging in full conversations, students will expand their confidence and fluency in the Spanish language. To round out the experience, students will sample traditional food and practice customs as they learn the language and geography of Spanish-speaking countries.

August 2-6

Middle School Study Skills (10 a.m. – Noon) – Study skills are a fundamental requirement for academic achievement. This course will provide practical strategy and tested methods to help students achieve long-term academic success. Specific emphasis will be placed on time-management, organizational skills, note-taking, and test preparation. Tuition includes the cost of a course-specific textbook. All rising and current Middle School students are encouraged to attend. Rising 6th grade students are strongly encouraged to attend.

Complete and submit one online registration form per child:

June 1- July 29

Weights and Conditioning (8-10 a.m. Tues., Wed, Thurs. only) – The summer weights and conditioning course is designed to help students improve both personal fitness and athletic performance. The class uses Bigger, Faster, Stronger software to build workouts designed to improve muscular strength and endurance. Additionally, the class focuses on several other aspects of fitness including running, jumping, flexibility, core strength, and agility.

June 7-11

ACT Preparation (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.) FULL Students will develop individualized approaches to maximizing scores on the ACT. We will divide our class time evenly among the various portions of these tests. Each session will consist of a review of various mathematical, grammatical, or vocabulary concepts as we examine how these topics manifest themselves in a standardized test format. We will also spend a great deal of time taking and evaluating practice exams (often these will be completed outside of class), reviewing frequently occurring problem styles, and discussing strategies for taking the ACT.

June 21-25

Summer Youth Symphony – Grades 7*-12 (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.) – All area middle and high school musicians are welcome to join this summer’s youth symphony festival. This session is open to experienced string, woodwind, brass, and percussion youth musicians. Sessions will include whole group, sectional, and individual instructional time and practice. Students will perform a summer symphony concert at the conclusion of the festival in the TJ Concert Hall. Join other passionate musicians for an immersive week of music and fun.
*Seventh grade students must audition and/or submit a teacher recommendation.

Studio Art: Acrylic Painting (9:00 a.m. – Noon) – Join other passionate artists for a week focusing on acrylic painting techniques. Students will create individual pieces while working collaboratively to improve their artistic skills and repertoire. Instruction and guidance will be provided throughout the week as students work on their own original works of art, ones they will be proud to take home and display.

Studio Art: Oil Painting (1 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.) – More advanced art students will appreciate the techniques presented in the oil painting course. Students will work throughout the week on their own original pieces with continued instruction and guidance along the way. By the end of the course, students will have works of art that they are proud to take home and display, with a new skill set that will enable them to continue to pursue their passion for painting.

July 5-9

Creative Writing – (1-4 p.m.) – Students will spend the week learning about various forms of creative writing while simultaneously creating their own works. Investigations into poetry, short stories, memoirs, speeches, fiction writing, and even screenplays will keep students engaged and focused on expressing themselves through their imaginations. Students will work individually and collaboratively to improve their craft with direct guidance and feedback daily.

July 12-16

Biology in the Wild (9 a.m. -12 p.m.) – Biology in the Wild is a summer course designed to engage students in Biology with the focus on the natural world around us. Students will spend the week exploring various fields in Biology such as Entomology, Botany, and Aquatic Ecology. Students will travel to a new location every day to learn how to collect, identify, and preserve their collections throughout the week. We will focus on engagement with the natural world through handwork, journaling, and various collection techniques. This is a week-long course, however, there are two week-long sessions offered back-to-back which will differ in content and focus. Students have the opportunity to spend two full weeks immersed in the natural world.

July 19-23

Biology in the Wild (9 a.m. -12 p.m.) – Biology in the Wild is a summer course designed to engage students in Biology with the focus on the natural world around us. Students will spend the week exploring various fields in Biology such as Entomology, Botany, and Aquatic Ecology. Students will travel to a new location every day to learn how to collect, identify, and preserve their collections throughout the week. We will focus on engagement with the natural world through handwork, journaling, and various collection techniques. This is a week-long course, however, there are two week-long sessions offered back-to-back which will differ in content and focus. Students have the opportunity to spend two full weeks immersed in the natural world.

Applied Programming – Robotics (1 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.) –Learn about science and technology by building real-world models and programming them to automatically carry out your commands. You will build, program, and test complex robots, and develop your real-world troubleshooting and problem-solving skills. This robotics course is an excellent way to develop math, engineering, programming, and motor skills while building exciting, complex machines. Plan, program, and test your robot, and use ultrasonic, light, sound, and touch sensors to program the robots to interact with their environment. (Limited to 16 students).

Complete and submit one online registration form per student:

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