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Choose an engaging half-day or full-day summer program for your child.

Most courses are half-day (9 a.m. to noon, or 1-4 p.m.).   If you register for a morning and an afternoon session during the same week, your child will have a lunch break between sessions (noon to 1 p.m.), and will need to bring a lunch from home, or bring $7 to purchase a lunch. 

Register for these courses separately: 
Joplin Jazz Camp July 11-13 -- Click here to register
DukeTIP Academic Adventures July 21 -- Click here to register

Register for all other courses using the buttons below.

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Expand the Age-Group buttons below for course descriptions and pricing:

Pre-Kindergarten through 2nd Grade

June 18-22

Fascinating Lives of Sea Turtles (9 a.m. - noon) - Welcome ocean-life lovers!  With help from the scientists at Sea Turtles, Inc. on South Padre Island, Texas we are going to explore the amazing lives of sea turtles. We will learn about the different species, their life cycle, and their body adaptations.  We will find out why they are endangered and what we can do to help. 
Mrs. Wanda Matlock    $190

Science Behind the Fairy Tales (1-4 p.m.) - A hands-on engineering design challenge where students will have to imagine, plan, create and improve to help popular fairy tale characters solve problems. Help build a new house for Wolf. Help the goats build a new bridge to avoid the troll. Rapunzel needs our help to escape her tower. Come join us for fairy tale fun!
Mrs. Amanda Beard  $190

June 25-29

Building Blocks (9 a.m. to noon) - Students will use their imaginations to build with Legos, and will explore designs for buildings, moving vehicles, machines, and more.
Mrs. Amanda Beard    $190 

Magic School Bus Science (1-4 p.m.) - 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.
Mrs. Amanda Beard    $190

July 9-13

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.
Mrs. Gretchan Moss    $190

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.
Mrs. Amanda Beard     $190

Beginning Piano (1-4 p.m.) - Take an imaginary trip to Africa while learning to play the piano. We’ll explore tribal rhythms on authentic African instruments, and express creativity with "thunder" songs from the tropical forest.  Students will perform a concert for parents on Friday. Goals: music appreciation, piano technique, rhythm, note reading and rote, music ensemble, and fun.
TJ Music Academy Staff   $190

July 10

Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum Tour (8:45 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.) - Are you a fan of the Little House on the Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder? Then join us on a trip to visit her home in Mansfield, MO where the famous books were written. We will travel by school bus. Once there, we will enjoy a picnic lunch and a guided tour of her home and museum. The museum contains the world’s largest collection of Ingalls family artifacts, including Pa’s fiddle! Students need to bring a drink and sack lunch. We will stop for dinner in Springfield on our return trip home. Depending on availability, our first choice is to stop at Lambert’s Café, home of “throwed” rolls. Tuition includes travel, admission fee, and dinner. This trip is open to rising 3rd– 6th graders, and there is a 20-student limit.
Mrs. Margot Patterson and Mrs. Mary Arnold      $125

July 16-20

Jumpstart Lower School (9 a.m. - noon) - Students making the transition to 1st grade in the fall will have a fabulous time getting to know the 1st grade classroom in this summer preview course.  Students will enjoy learning new ways to discover reading, writing, math, and social studies.  Open to all rising 1st graders.
TJ Faculty     $190

Showtime for Kids - 2nd and 3rd graders (9 a.m. - noon) - Lights! Camera! Action! Prepare for this summer’s musical production. The young thespians will ready themselves with musical run-throughs, costume-making, stage-blocking, and choreography. Participants must commit to a dress rehearsal from 9-11 a.m., and the public performance at 6 p.m. on Sat., July 21, There is a 30-actor limit.
Mrs. Molly Williams       $190

Lower School Sports Academy (1-4 p.m.) - Summer is a fun time to be out playing, and participants in this course will engage in a new activity each day.  Tennis, swimming, golf, basketball, bowling, and other activities are on the schedule for this course, and participants will learn the rules of each game - and the value of good sportsmanship - as they have fun learning.
Mr. Chris Myers    $190

Fun with Physics (1-4 p.m.) - This week we will "meet" Sir Isaac Newton, and learn about his Laws of Motion.  We will explore some of the forces that affect motion, such as gravity, magnetism, momentum, and friction as we become "playground engineers."  We will even make some of our own "marvelous movers."
Mrs. Wanda Matlock    $190

July 23-27

Studio Art Academy - Grades 2-5 (9 a.m. to noon) - Open to all rising 2nd - 5th graders.  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.
Mr. Mark Cole     $190

Soccer (1-4 p.m.) - Soccer is a great sport for all ages, and in this camp students will be exposed to the fundamentals of the game.  They will participate in drills to develop their skills and will have the opportunity to put those skills to the test in daily scrimmages.
TJ Athletics Department    $190

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 in this fantastic immersion experience.
Mrs. Gelmis Cole and Mr. Matt Hickman     $190

July 30 - August 3

Forts and Mazes (9 a.m. - noon) - Designing forts and mazes takes a special kind of imagination. Students in this course will not only design artful and livable forts, they will bring their creations to life in the classroom and outdoors.  Building their ultimate living space is fun, but the students will also enjoy designing and building life-sized mazes to challenge their classmates. 
Mrs. Kimberly Gray    $190

3rd through 5th Grade

June 14

Water, Dams, and Conservation Trip (7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.) - Take a grand ole’ trip as we explore pioneer life, hydroelectric power, and water conservation.  We will tour Pensacola Dam, the longest multiple-arch dam in the world and the first hydroelectric facility constructed in Oklahoma. Then we will travel to Har-Ber Village Museum where we will explore history through hands-on exhibits and participate in a fun workshop.  Students need to bring a lunch with a drink.  We will stop for dinner on the way back to school.  Dinner and snacks are included in the price of the trip. Students may bring money for souvenirs. Minimum:10 students/Maximum: 18 students.
Mrs. Terri Conklin and Ms. Jan Bradshaw        $135

June 25-29

Claymation (9 a.m. - noon) - Stop-motion animation using clay has amazed audiences in feature films and television shows for decades,  and animation artists still use clay models as the basis for their computer animation creations.  Students will develop their own characters, animate them,  and then take the animation to a whole new level using professional software tools.
Robert Carlson     $190

Robotics Academy (1-4 p.m.) - 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).
Mr. Robert Carlson       $190

July 9-13

Building Design & Architecture (9 a.m.- noon) - There is a lot we can learn from studying the design of structures over the ages, and in this class we will explore topics and establish a foundation of knowledge about building and landscape architecture.
Mr. Clayton Carnahan    $190

Basketball (9 a.m. - noon) - This camp is a great way for students to improve and further develop their basketball skills.  They will participate in drills to practice their skills and will have the opportunity to put those skills to the test in daily scrimmages.  Participants will be grouped by age and ability level in an effort to help each player improve his or her skills.  There will be plenty of fun games and activities to help build confidence in the athletes.
TJ Athletic Department       $190

Building Blocks (1-4 p.m.) - Students will use their imaginations to build with Legos, and will explore designs for buildings, moving vehicles, machines, and more.
Mrs. Amanda Beard    $190

Summer/Fall Gardening (1-4 p.m.) - Thomas Jefferson has new garden beds on the east side of the campus, and students in this class will get hands-on experience in vegetable, herb, and flower gardening, with a focus on plants that produce in the summer season. Be prepared to leave with green thumbs.
Mr. Clayton Carnahan    $190

July 10

Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum Tour (8:45 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.) - Are you a fan of the Little House on the Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder? Then join us on a trip to visit her home in Mansfield, MO where the famous books were written. We will travel by school bus. Once there, we will enjoy a picnic lunch and a guided tour of her home and museum. The museum contains the world’s largest collection of Ingalls family artifacts, including Pa’s fiddle! Students need to bring a drink and sack lunch. We will stop for dinner in Springfield on our return trip home. Depending on availability, our first choice is to stop at Lambert’s Café, home of “throwed” rolls. Tuition includes travel, admission fee, and dinner. This trip is open to rising 3rd– 6th graders, and there is a 20-student limit.
Mrs. Margot Patterson and Mrs. Mary Arnold      $125

July 16-20

Showtime for Kids – 2nd & 3rdGraders (9 a.m. - noon) - 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 21.  There is a 30-actor limit.
Mrs. Molly Williams       $190

Showtime for Kids – 4th6th 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 21.  There is a 30-actor limit.
Mrs. Molly Williams       $370

Lower School Sports Academy (1-4 p.m.) - Summer is a fun time to be out playing, and participants in this course will engage in a new activity each day.  Tennis, swimming, golf, basketball, bowling, and other activities are on the schedule for this course, and participants will learn the rules of each game - and the value of good sportsmanship - as they have fun learning.
Mr. Chris Myers    $190

July 21 - Duke TIP Academic Adventures 
(9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Gifted enrichment for rising 5th- 7th graders enrolled in Duke’s Talent Identification Program.
Register at www.tjeffschool.org/duketip


July 23-27

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.
Mr. Mark Cole     $190

Beginning Piano (1-4 p.m.) - Take an imaginary trip to Africa while learning to play the piano. We’ll explore tribal rhythms on authentic African instruments, and express creativity with "thunder" songs from the tropical forest.  Students will perform a concert for parents on Friday. Goals: music appreciation, piano technique, rhythm, note reading and rote, music ensemble, and fun.
Music Academy Faculty    $190

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.
Mrs. Gelmis Cole and World Languages faculty     $190

July 31 - August 3

Claymation (9 a.m. - noon) - Stop-motion animation using clay has amazed audiences in feature films and television shows for decades,  and animation artists still use clay models as the basis for their computer animation creations.  Students will develop their own characters, animate them,  and then take the animation to a whole new level using professional software tools.
Mr. Robert Carlson     $190

Middle School

June 14

Water, Dams, and Conservation Trip (7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.) - Take a grand ole’ trip as we explore pioneer life, hydroelectric power, and water conservation.  We will tour Pensacola Dam, the longest multiple-arch dam in the world and the first hydroelectric facility constructed in Oklahoma. Then we will travel to Har-Ber Village Museum where we will explore history through hands-on exhibits and participate in a fun workshop.  Students need to bring a lunch with a drink.  We will stop for dinner on the way back to school.  Dinner and snacks are included in the price of the trip. Students may bring money for souvenirs. Minimum:10 students/Maximum: 18 students.
Mrs. Terri Conklin and Ms. Jan Bradshaw        $135

June 11-14

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.
Joplin Jazz Camp Faculty        $150

June 18-22

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, June 25, in the TJ Concert Hall.
Ms. Rebecca Cutler and Mr. Mark Stauffer   $190

Introduction to programming in Java and C++ (1-4 p.m.) – This is a course for beginners, and students will explore programming in these two languages because Java and C++ are the languages most likely to be encountered in college-level introductory programming course.  Learn general programming topics including simple and user-defined data types, loops and conditional statements, arrays, classes, and more.
Mr. Robert Carlson   $190 

July 9-13 

Robotics Academy (9 a.m. - noon) - Learn about science and technology by building real-world models and programming them to automatically carry out life-like commands. You will build, program, and test complex robots based on the Tetrix Prime 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.
Mr. Robert Carlson       $190

Adventures in Rocket Science (1-4 p.m.) - Learn how Newton’s Laws of Motion apply to rocketry as we build, test, and launch model rockets.  Learn about thrust, stabilization, altitude, and recovery, and apply your new knowledge to building a rocket for which you predict and control the ascent and descent speeds. We will launch our rockets at least four times during the week. (Limited to 18 students).
Mr. Robert Carlson       $190

July 10

Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum Tour (8:45 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.) - Are you a fan of the Little House on the Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder? Then join us on a trip to visit her home in Mansfield, MO where the famous books were written. We will travel by school bus. Once there, we will enjoy a picnic lunch and a guided tour of her home and museum. The museum contains the world’s largest collection of Ingalls family artifacts, including Pa’s fiddle! Students need to bring a drink and sack lunch. We will stop for dinner in Springfield on our return trip home. Depending on availability, our first choice is to stop at Lambert’s Café, home of “throwed” rolls. Tuition includes travel, admission fee, and dinner. This trip is open to rising 3rd– 6th graders, and there is a 20-student limit.
Mrs. Margot Patterson and Mrs. Mary Arnold      $125

July 16-20

Showtime for Kids - 4th - 6th graders (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) - Lights! Camera! Action! Prepare for this summer’s musical production. The young thespians will ready themselves with musical run-throughs, costume-making, stage-blocking, and choreography. Participants must commit to a dress rehearsal from 9-11 a.m., and the public performance at 6 p.m. on Sat., July 21.  Sign up now, as there is a 30-actor limit.
Mrs. Molly Williams       $350

Showtime - Behind the Scenes (9 a.m. - noon) - Lights! Camera! Action! In addition to scene design, students will explore the behind-the-scenes activity that brings a musical or stage performance to life.  With the state-of-the-art sound, lighting, and rigging systems in the TJ Concert Hall, students will learn how to make the magic happen on stage.  This course has a 15-student limit, so sign up early. Students who sign up for this course need to commit to participation in preparation and performance of the musical on Saturday, July 21.
Mr. Robert Carlson  $190

Studio Art (9 a.m. - noon) - 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.
Ms. Amanda Almich    $190

Mobile Device App Development (1-4 p.m.)  - Learn the in-demand skills necessary to develop applications for iPhones and Android devices in this introductory course.
Mr. Robert Carlson $190

Upper School

June 11-14

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.
Joplin Jazz Camp Faculty $150

June 18-22
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, June 25, in the TJ Concert Hall.
Ms. Rebecca Cutler and Mr. Mark Stauffer $190

Introduction to programming in Java and C++ (1-4 p.m.) – This is a course for beginners, and students will explore programming in these two languages because Java and C++ are the languages most likely to be encountered in college-level introductory programming course. Learn general programming topics including simple and user-defined data types, loops and conditional statements, arrays, classes, and more.
Mr. Robert Carlson $190

July 16-20
Studio Art (9 a.m. - noon) - 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.
Ms. Amanda Almich $190

Leadership & Team Building (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) - Join us for an adventurous two days at Greenbush in Kansas, as we build students’ leadership skills through activities at the state of the challenge courses. These confidence-building activities include the high and low ropes courses, zip line courses, archery, and canoeing.
Greenbush Faculty $100

July 23-27

Digital Humanities and Research Skills (9 a.m. – noon) – Explore library research you can conduct outside the library. Students will learn to use databases including JSTOR and Cambridge Core, as well as modern digital humanities tools including those from Voyant, HathiTrust, Lexomics, and more. We will explore several ways to use technology to more efficiently analyze, understand, and present humanities information. Students will take away significantly improved research skills.
Mr. Robert Carlson $190

Upper School Advanced Volleyball Skills Camp (1-4 p.m.) – Join Guest Coach Deborah Newkirk, a former TJ coach who led two Cavalier volleyball teams to 3rd place state finishes, for an advanced volleyball skills workshop. Learn efficient footwork, on-court communication, refined passing and serve receiving. In addition to advanced skills development and defining job roles, Coach Newkirk will teach the team how to play smarter volleyball by outsmarting the other team, implementing fluid, effective movement, and implementing the T.E.A.M. mentality. Coach Newkirk was recently inducted into the Cavalier Hall of Fame for her work with TJ athletes, and she has continued coaching ever since – currently leading camps at the University of Texas and the University of Virginia. This camp is open to members of the Upper School Cavalier volleyball team only (and rising 9th graders who plan to play on the team).
Coach Deborah Newkirk $175

July 30 - August 4


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.
Full Course $575



Aug. 6-17

These pre-season camps prepare students for fall sports and band performances.  There is no charge for these courses.
Middle and Upper School Instrumental Camps with Mr. Atteberry
Upper School Pre-Season Athletics 


 
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