Summer Discovery Program

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All Area Students Welcome!

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.

There are many more opportunities for your children to grow academically this summer. Please join us for one or more of these fantastic full-day and half-day programs.

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, and the Emergency Contact/Medial Release form.
  5. Bring the signed forms to the first day of class.

Most courses are half-day (9 a.m. to noon, or 1-4 p.m.). 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 on or before the Monday prior to the first day of classes.

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Complete and submit the online registration form

Non-TJ Students

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.

July 15-19

Magic School Bus Science Lab (9 a.m. – Noon) – Young students will transform into scientists as they participate in some wild rides on the mythical Magic School Bus. Join science teacher extraordinaire Ms. Frizzle – and your friends – on a different science adventure each day. Curious students will enjoy these fun-filled Magic School Bus field trips.
$175

July 22-26

Pre-K Academy – TJ’s Early Childhood Discovery Academy (9 a.m. – noon) – Join us for an amazing adventure as students enjoy classes and activities that will spark their interest in learning. Teachers and students will take a hands-on approach as they explore theme-based projects and activities that will prepare them for Pre-K. Activities include music, literature, art, theater, phonics, and games. Open to all students who will be enrolled in Pre-K in the fall.
$175

Jumpstart Kindergarten (9 a.m. – noon) – Children enjoy this class so much they don’t believe they are learning. They’ll discover math through cooking, literature through art, and unfold the mysteries of science through experimentation. Students who will attend Kindergarten in the fall should enroll in this course, especially if they have not attended a structured pre-school and Pre-K program.
$175

Complete and submit the online registration form

June 11

Missouri Capitol Trip (7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.) – TJ students who are entering 4th, 5th, or 6th grade may attend this exciting trip to Jefferson City. We will take tours of the Capitol, including the Whispering Gallery and the Jefferson Landing area, and of the Missouri Supreme Court. We will meet at TJ at 7 a.m., and students do not need to bring a picnic lunch. Dinner at a fast-food restaurant, snacks, and extra water will be provided. We plan to arrive back at school around 7 p.m. Please return the permission slip to school by May 24 (after you register). Students may bring money for souvenirs. Minimum:10 students, Maximum: 18 students.
$150

June 24-28
Strings Academy (9 a.m. to noon) – Open to intermediate violin, viola, cello, and bass students who play at the intermediate level. Students will perform with the Joplin Regional Summer Symphony Orchestra during its concert on Monday, July 1, in the TJ Concert Hall.
$175

July 8-12
Studio Art Academy – Grades 2-5 (9 a.m. to noon) – Open to all students entering grades 2-5 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.
$175

Spanish Camp (1-4 p.m.) – Experience Spanish language and culture, and learn Spanish in a fun and interactive environment. Our native speaker teachers will share their language and culture with you. Learn about Costa Rica, Mexico, Colombia, and many other Spanish-speaking countries. This is a fantastic immersion experience.
$175

July 15-19
Showtime Musical – 2nd – 6th Graders (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.) – Lights! Camera! Action! Prepare for this summer’s musical. Young thespians will ready themselves with musical run-throughs, costume-making, stage-blocking, and choreography. Participants must commit to dress rehearsal from 9-11 a.m., and the public performance at 6 p.m. on Sat., July 20. There is a 30-actor limit.
$350

Magic School Bus Science Lab (9 a.m. to noon) – Young students will transform into scientists as they participate in some wild rides on the mythical Magic School Bus. Join science teacher extraordinaire Ms. Frizzle – and your friends – on a different science adventure each day. Curious students will enjoy these fun-filled Magic School Bus field trips.
$175

July 22-26
Applied Programming – Robotics (9 a.m. – Noon) -Learn about science and technology by building real-world models and programming them to automatically carry out life-like commands. After reviewing the six classical “simple machines,” you will build, program, and test complex robots based on the Lego Mindstorm NXT system. This robotics course is an excellent way to develop math, engineering, programming, and motor skills while building exciting, complex machines. Plan, program, test, and troubleshoot your robot, and use ultrasonic, light, sound, and touch sensors to program the robots to interact with their environment while executing programmed instructions. (Limited to 16 students).
$175

STEM Immersion (1-4 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 computer skills along the way.
$175

Complete and submit the online registration form

June 11

Missouri Capitol Trip (7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.) – TJ students who are entering 4th, 5th, or 6th grade may attend this exciting trip to Jefferson City. We will take tours of the Capitol, including the Whispering Gallery and the Jefferson Landing area, and of the Missouri Supreme Court. We will meet at TJ at 7 a.m., and students do not need to bring a picnic lunch. Dinner at a fast-food restaurant, snacks, and extra water will be provided. We plan to arrive back at school around 7 p.m. Please return the permission slip to school by May 24 (after you register). Students may bring money for souvenirs.Minimum:10 students, Maximum: 18 students. $150

June 24-28

Strings Academy (9 a.m. to noon) – Open to intermediate violin, viola, cello, and bass students who play at the intermediate level. Students will perform with the Joplin Regional Summer Symphony Orchestra during its concert on Monday, July 1, in the TJ Concert Hall. $175

July 8-11

Joplin Jazz Camp (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.) – The Joplin Jazz Camp will provide each student with a foundation in the jazz idiom through classes and rehearsals that emphasize improvisation, theory, jazz history, ear training and transcription of solos, melodic patterns, and jazz style and interpretation. Students will be encouraged to think creatively and truly dig in and experience the music through active learning, rather than simply practicing patterns out of a book. $150

July 15-19

Showtime Musical – 2nd – 6th Graders (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.) – Lights! Camera! Action! Prepare for this summer’s musical. Young thespians will ready themselves with musical run-throughs, costume-making, stage-blocking, and choreography. Participants must commit to dress rehearsal from 9-11 a.m., and the public performance at 6 p.m. on Sat., July 20. There is a 30-actor limit. $350

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 computer skills along the way. $175

July 22-26

Studio Art (1-4 p.m.) – In this course, we will explore different techniques in studio art and create a better understanding of the medium, allowing your child to more effectively bring his or her imagination to life. Some of these techniques will include more effective shading techniques, how to render objects more accurately, and thoughts on how composition can help or hinder a piece of artwork. $175

July 29 – August 2

Applied Programming – Robotics (9 a.m. – Noon) -Learn about science and technology by building real-world models and programming them to automatically carry out life-like commands. After reviewing the six classical “simple machines,” you will build, program, and test complex robots based on the Lego Mindstorm NXT system. This robotics course is an excellent way to develop math, engineering, programming, and motor skills while building exciting, complex machines. Plan, program, test, and troubleshoot your robot, and use ultrasonic, light, sound, and touch sensors to program the robots to interact with their environment while executing programmed instructions. (Limited to 16 students). $175

August 5-9

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. $175

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June 4 to Aug. 1

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. 
$100 

June 24-28

Strings Academy (9 a.m. to noon) – Open to intermediate violin, viola, cello, and bass students who play at the intermediate level. Students will perform with the Joplin Regional Summer Symphony Orchestra during its concert on Monday, July 1, in the TJ Concert Hall. 
$175 

July 8-11

Joplin Jazz Camp (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.) – The Joplin Jazz Camp will provide each student with a foundation in the jazz idiom through classes and rehearsals that emphasize improvisation, theory, jazz history, ear training and transcription of solos, melodic patterns, and jazz style and interpretation. Students will be encouraged to think creatively and truly dig in and experience the music through active learning, rather than simply practicing patterns out of a book. 
$150 

July 22-26

Studio Art (1-4 p.m.) – In this course, we will explore different techniques in studio art and create a better understanding of the medium, allowing your child to more effectively bring his or her imagination to life. Some of these techniques will include more effective shading techniques, how to render objects more accurately, and thoughts on how composition can help or hinder a piece of artwork. 
$175 

July 29 – Aug. 2

Essay Writing Workshop (1-4 p.m.) – This course provides a detailed and intensive immersion into all components of academic writing — including formal essays and SAT/open-text style essays. 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. Students will write from a variety of prompts each day. The class will also look at various writing samples in order to understand and troubleshoot various clarity and precision problems. This class is for students who need a bit more practice and exposure to writing under timed constraints, as well as above-average writers looking to take their skill-set to the next level. 
$175 

August 5-9

ACT Preparation (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.) – 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. 
$500 ($350 for TJ Students) 

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