Excel Enrichment (Grades K-12)

 

DC’s Excel Summer Enrichment Programs are designed to engage your child’s individual interests. From Robotics to Creative Writing, there is something for everyone! All courses are developed and taught by professional faculty members of Delaware County Christian School with years of experience and expertise in their fields.

 

2019 Program Dates and Information

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Elementary School

Expert Architects: June 24-28 (9:00 – 12:00) - Entering Grades 1-2

Full Day Combo Camp Options Available – Pricing Information

In this innovative program, campers study a kid-friendly history of skyscrapers and create a blueprint of their own stylized tall building. They then must weigh other considerations including the environment, traffic and surrounding buildings using Google Earth to find the perfect location for their project. Our expert architects create a three-dimensional model of the structure and present their work to invited parents.

Camp based on curriculum devised by Right Brain Curriculum

Kristen Levis is a second grade teacher at DCCS. She has always enjoyed building with blocks and is fascinated by the structures her second grade students create in the classroom. She is looking forward to learning about and exploring architecture this summer. She is a big fan of the book Iggy Peck Architect by Andrea Beaty.

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The Secret Writers Society: July 8-12 (9:00 – 3:30 FULL DAY) - Entering Grades 3-5

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Upon entering the secret society, you will learn not only the, “Secret Writers Society,” handshake, but how to write your very own story from start to finish! We will teach you the key components that make up a great story, from picking a great plot to story boarding the end results. There will be many games and adventures in the hopes of inspiring creativity all the while using your amazing imagination! Come join our, “Secret Writers Society,” taught by DC’s very own published children author and teacher this summer, and discover your story writing potential!

Becky Irias is a mother of 3 and published author. She has worked with children of all ages in and out of the classroom including 4 years experience with summer camp programs in Maryland. She also wrote and illustrated a children’s book called “Theo’s Big Scare,” that taught her a lot about the story writing process. Her love for storytelling and sense of adventure is sure to keep the campers entertained, if they dare to join, “The Secret Writers Society!”


 

Nature Detectives: July 15-19 (9:00 – 12:00) - Entering Grades K-2

Full Day Combo Camp Options Available –Pricing Information

At Nature Detectives camp, we will be asking and answering many questions about the mysteries of nature! We will be getting wet and dirty as we explore a meadow, forest, stream, and garden while looking for clues about God's creation.


 

Green Power: July 15-19 (12:45 – 3:15) - Entering Grades 3-5

Full Day Combo Camp Options Available – Pricing Information

In this social studies and critical thinking program, campers discover that they have just been named the new Director of the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)! As they are briefed on clean water laws, pollution, car pool lanes, endangered species, overpopulation and other environmental issues, students will begin to prepare a report and presentation to a fictitious president, outlining the EPA's new policy in each area.  Campers will consider the best policies for a "green" world in terms of trash collection, recycling, electrical power and pollution. They will also receive "reports from the field," fictitious letters from citizens in which challenging environmental problems are raised for the consideration of the EPA Director (for instance, there is an endangered species living where a $100 million factory is going to be constructed. Should construction be halted?)  Our campers will be challenged to think critically and creatively in this informative and contemporary camp.

Camp based on curriculum devised by Right Brain Curriculum


 

Lego Robotics: July 22-26 (9:00 – 12:00) - Entering Grades 2-3

Full Day Combo Camp Options Available – Pricing Information

Come and explore the amazing world of Lego Mindstorms Robotics. Campers will learn to build, program, operate and complete challenges with their robot. Working alongside their peers to accomplish tasks with their robots, campers are sure to gain knowledge and friendship.

Emilia Lee serves as the DC Lower School Media Specialist. She loves teaching Robotics because no lesson is the same. All students start with the same kit and tools but the outcome and finished product are always different. This gives students a chance to learn from each other and helps them grow in creativity. This will be Emilia’s first year teaching Robotics at DC Summer Programs.


 

COMPUTER CODING: July 22-26 (12:45 – 3:15) - Entering Grades 4-5

Full Day Combo Camp Options Available – Pricing Information

Do you like working with computers? Let's learn together about coding. Our campers will learn various skills using interactive coding and programming tools. Our fun projects will help them explore basic technology skills and problem solving. We will be using various online resources such as Google Coding, Tyker and Coding for Kids to learn what coding is all about.


 

Your Voice Public Speaking: July 29 - August 2 (9:00 – 12:00) - Entering Grades 3-5

Full Day Combo Camp Options Available – Pricing Information

Famously, Americans' number one fear is public speaking while death only ranks number two. If that's so, this profound fear probably starts at an early age. In our Public Speaking camp, we take the fear out of speaking before an audience by getting kids talking in front a supportive group about things in which they are interested. They write speeches on subjects of their choice and practice delivering them to the assembled campers. As the kids practice in this low-pressure environment, they learn skills like standing up tall, using a loud voice and making eye contact. We also watch famous and not-so-famous public speakers and critique what is successful and unsuccessful in their deliveries. The camp concludes with campers creating a TV news broadcast in which they serve as anchors.

Camp based on curriculum devised by Right Brain Curriculum


 

Business Sharks: August 5-9 (9:00 – 12:00) - Entering Grades 3-5

Full Day Combo Camp Options Available – Pricing Information

In our Business Sharks camp, campers play the role of young entrepreneurs as they start with the germ of an idea for a business and product and take it through the entire entrepreneurial process.  Campers will develop prototypes, formulate a business plan and devise a marketing strategy in this exciting creative opportunity.  

Camp based on curriculum devised by Right Brain Curriculum


 

Middle School | Grades 6-8

Discover Art: July 8 – 12 (9:00 – 12:00) - Entering Grades 6-8 


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Alternate Location: DC Upper Campus – 462 Malin Road, Newtown Square PA 19073

If you love art or are just curious about it, then this is the place for you. The Discover Art experience provides campers with individual instruction and exposure to many different forms of art, and encourages further exploration into this amazing form of expression.
Taught by DC’s excellent upper school art teacher, Linda Unger.

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The Philadelphia Project: July 29-August 2 (9:00 – 3:30) - Entering Grades 7-9


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An incredibly impactful summer experience! Each summer, DC partners with the Philadelphia Project, an inner city mission organization serving through construction. Campers will learn valuable life skills while caring for those in need. Don’t miss this opportunity to grow, learn & serve.


 

High School & Beyond

College Essay Academy: June 24-28 (9:00 – 12:00) - Entering Grades 11-12
College Essay Academy: August 5-9 (9:00 – 12:00) - Entering Grades 11-12 

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Alternate Location: DC Upper Campus – 462 Malin Road, Newtown Square PA 19073 

A great essay is an important part of your college application. It is a chance to accurately present yourself to an admissions staff. In this course, students will learn how to write their college essays from start to finish. We will focus in on brainstorming, selecting a topic, writing the essay and proofreading. Guest lecturers from competitive admission colleges in the Philadelphia area who are experienced at writing and reading college essays will bring valuable perspectives. At the conclusion of the course, each student will have at least 3-4 essays ready to be submitted with their college applications.

Trevor Creeden is the Director of College and Career Counseling at Delaware County Christian School and has a passion to work with high school students and guide them and their parents through the college planning and application process. Trevor started his college counseling career in 2001 as the Director of Student Development at Bridgemont High School in San Francisco, CA. He then moved to South Carolina in 2003 to be the Guidance Director at Hilton Head Christian Academy in Hilton Head, SC. He was there until 2010 when he moved to Philadelphia, PA to be the Director of College and Career Counseling at Delaware County Christian School (DC) in Newtown Square, PA and where he continues the role today. Being a college counselor in the West, South and now Northeast has allowed Trevor to visit, gain knowledge and be very familiar with many colleges all over the country. He loves sports and has an interest in government. Trevor looks forward to working with you in his 5th summer teaching the College Essay Academy!


 

Advanced Art: July 15-19 (9:00 – 3:30) - Entering Grades 9-12 

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Alternate Location: DC Upper Campus – 462 Malin Road, Newtown Square PA 19073

The Advanced Art experience provides campers with individual instruction and a focus on their area of interest. This is also an opportunity to collaborate with other artists and begin to build an area of expertise.

Taught by DC’s excellent upper school art teacher, Linda Unger.


 

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