Summer Camps and Courses

Summer camps and courses are open to rising 9th grade through 12th grade. Contact jwarren@thehagueschool with questions about camps and registration. Please register for each camp in a separate registration form. Those who register for 3 or more camps get a free Tritons t-shirt! Click here to see the schedule at a glance.

Explore the World of French Cuisine

June 20-June 24th

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

In this camp, students will prepare simple staple French recipes that are enjoyed by people from France regularly. Traditional French cuisine differs from one region to the next, however, these “plats traditionnels” are appreciated throughout France. Students will first discuss French cuisine (in French) and its related vocabulary and then will cook lunch on site. Each day includes a three-course meal (entrée, plat, et dessert), just as the French do. Students will also make and enjoy French desserts!

Age range: Rising 7th – 11th graders
 

Instructor: Aurelie Beinsteiner, MA

Cost: $295

Introduction to Coding

June 20-June 24th

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

From video games to apps to spreadsheets and more, coding is becoming more prevalent as technology advances. Students will begin to understand the language of computers in this summer course. We will cover the basics of coding, including objects, if/else statements, loops, and lists, all while building upon a model program from week to week. We will solve problems and discover a new way to interact with our technology using the language of Python.

Age range: Rising 7th – 11th graders

Instructor: Micheala Ednie, BA

Cost: $250

Model United Nations Camp

June 20-June 24th

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Are you interested in international issues and finding solutions to global conflicts? Or maybe you’re just into RPGs? Model UN could be perfect for you! In this academic simulation, students play the role of delegates from UN countries and use collaboration and dialogue to find solutions to international problems. Open to students with any range of Model UN experience, the camp will teach beginners the basics of what it means to be a successful delegate, while experienced delegates will improve skills they’ve already developed in leadership, public speaking, research, negotiation, debate, and cooperation. 

Age range: Rising 8th – 11th graders

Instructor:  Walter Gray, BA

Cost: $250

Cinematography and Lighting for Film

June 20-June 24th

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

In this camp, students will learn how to use real movie cameras and some of the secrets of how professionals light and film movies! They will study and experiment with composition, framing, lighting, camera settings, and learn the importance of collaboration. Guided by examples of famous cinematography and shoot footage, they will gain experience behind the camera. 

Age range: Rising 8th – 10th graders 

Instructor: Matt Friedman

Cost: $250

Writing and Directing for Film

June 27 – July 1st 

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Students will be introduced to the tools used by screenwriters and learn how to direct actors and manage a small film crew. Building on the skills and materials developed in Cinematography and Lighting for Film I, this hands-on camp will ignite the imaginations of budding filmmakers!

Age range: Rising 8th – 10th graders

Instructor: Matt Friedman

Cost: $250

Sci-Phy: Science and Physics in Science Fiction

June 27 – July 1st 

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

During this 5-day crash course, we will venture through space, water, and time; learning where movies and books correctly portray science and physics, and also where they get it completely wrong! Join me, fellow space traveler, as we learn new things and revisit the old! Orcs and trolls are welcome too!

Age range: Rising 9th – 11th graders

Instructor: Chris Simmons, BA

Cost: $250

Mock Trial Camp

June 27 – July 1st 

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Can you prove your case? Campers will argue the case Estate of Cameron Thomas vs. Arya Davis, MD, prepare the prosecution and defense, and present this case on stage at The Hague School. From opening statements to examination and cross-examination on the witness stand to closing, students will learn how to think critically, develop a theme, and marshal the evidence to obtain a conviction based upon the 2022 VLRE Mock Trial Competition problem. By a preponderance of the evidence, this camp will initiate aspiring legal eagles to the legal system and show them how civil justice really works!

Age range: Rising 8th – 10th graders

Instructor: Paul Warren, JD, MA and Jennifer Warren, JD, MED

Cost: $250

Algebra I Prep

July 18 – July 22nd 

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Are you ready for Algebra l in September? Whether you want to brush up on concepts learned virtually, or are seeking a basic introduction to Algebra I, this camp will get you ready to show what you know next fall. Students will be engaged in lessons about slope, solving equations, factoring, graphing lines and inequalities, systems of equations, functions, and quadratics. Additionally, students will learn strategies for using and memorizing formulas, showing their work, and acing those extra credit points! 

Age range: Rising 7th – 8th graders

Instructor: Chris Simmons

Cost: $250

Creative Writing

July 18th – July 22nd 

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Led by Pushcart Prize-winning novelist and short story writer Patrick Dacey, this five-day camp will take students from the classroom to the artistic and cultural centers of Norfolk. Through discussions, writing workshops, and lectures from prominent local writers, students will engage the written word in an open and welcoming environment, where experimentation is encouraged and inspiration is everywhere.

Age range: Rising 8th – 11th graders

Instructor: Patrick Dacey, MFA

Cost: $250

Writing College Admissions Essays

Meets Virtually on Tuesday and Thursday (July 19th, 21st, 25th, and 29th)

9:00 am – 10:30 am

Attention, rising 11th and 12th graders! College application time is coming soon, and it’s time to start thinking about the process. Where should you begin? We’ll tackle the application essay, reviewing dozens of samples and helping students craft a piece that will set them apart from other applicants. You CAN write essays that help you stand out from the crowd! Come get a jump on your college career by creating/refining a personal academic statement, working with The Common Application, and creating a finished college application essay.

Age range: Rising 11th – 12th graders

Instructor: Paul Warren, JD, MA and Becky Boncal, MFA

Cost: $250

Media Literacy and Student Activism

July 25th – July 29th 

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

This one week camp will teach students how to “read” the images they see in advertisements and on social media, arming them with analytical and critical tools to combat the spread of misinformation online. Students will also gain basic design skills by creating original digital images that are persuasive, compelling, and informative in response to issues that matter to them.  Students will leave the camp feeling empowered to transform our media landscape and elevate public discourse. 

Age range: Rising 8th – 10th graders

Instructor: Becky Boncal, MFA

Cost: $250

Geometry Prep

July 25th – July 29th 

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Let’s explore the fundamentals of Geometry! During this week-long prep class, students will be engaged in learning about angles, lines, triangles, transformations, quadrilaterals and circles. This class will introduce you to basic geometry so you start the fall ready to show what you know!

Age range: Rising 8th – 9th graders

Instructor: Chris Simmons, BA

Cost: $250

Bio 190: Diversity of Life

July 5th – August 1st 

Four week immersive dual-enrollment program with Virginia Wesleyan University in the life sciences includes daily lecture followed by afternoon laboratory and field excursions to the Virginia Zoo, The Virginia Aquarium, First Landing State Park, and the Chesapeake Bay. An integral lecture/laboratory experience that introduces the diversity of the major groups of organisms including a survey of prokaryotes, protists, fungi, plants and animals. Students examine living and preserved specimens and visit local habitats. Lab activities includes field trips, dissection, light microscopy, and SEM.

Age range: Rising 10th – 12th graders

Cost: $275 for 4 university credits, Lab manual: $60, Lunch (optional): $254.60 for 4 weeks

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