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Summer Programs

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Summer Academics: Middle School and Upper School

DatesMay 30 - June 30, 2017

Imagine a summer where you can:

  • Challenge yourself academically with support from involved teachers and motivated peers
  • Remediate weaknesses, replace low grades, or get ahead by learning in small, friendly classes
  • Make new friends from around the world
  • Experience the "must see" attractions of Atlanta and Georgia
  • Have an amazing time!

You can do all of those things and more at the Brandon Hall School Summer Academics Program!

Brandon Hall School Summer Programs are great for:

  • middle school students interested in building a strong foundation for academic achievement for the upcoming year; 
  • high school students seeking to get a head start on next year’s coursework or to remediate weaknesses and replace low grades; and
  • international students seeking to become more proficient in the areas of speaking, listening, grammar, reading and writing the English language.

At the end of the summer, students receive a grade and a transcript for each of their classes, as well as a Summer Programs certificate of participation at the graduation luncheon. Upper school students may request that transcripts of their grades be sent to their home high school or to any college to which they are applying. 

If you have any questions about our summer academic offerings, please contact admissions@brandonhall.org.

Our admissions team is ready to answer your questions and help you discover if spending the summer at Brandon Hall is a great fit for you.

* Current Brandon Hall students and returning summer students, please use your established login.

The application deadline for summer school is Monday, May 15. No more applications will be accepted after that time.


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Center for Global Youth Leadership and Social Entrepreneurial Studies™

View the full Summer Programs booklet!

Make your summer count! Join the Center for Global Youth Leadership and Social Entrepreneurial Studies™ at Brandon Hall, a prestigious boarding school in Atlanta, Georgia that draws students from around the world. Our global summer program is anchored in our signature “leadership in action™” curriculum and philosophy. The campus is a pristine, 27-acre historic nature preserve overlooking  the Chattahoochee River.

Our location makes us easily accessible from most areas of Atlanta, and also convenient to the Southeast’s leading sports, recreational, and cultural centers. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world’s busiest airport, makes the school convenient for both domestic and international boarding students. The Peachtree-DeKalb Airport’s proximity is also ideal for parents who have personal aircraft.
 

Brandon Hall Leadership Pact

Leadership requires commitment and focus. Our programs thrive and are most successful when each participant is fully invested in all academic, experiential, and social activities. As a participant in the summer programs, each student is required to sign the “Brandon Hall Leadership Pact,” which states his or her full commitment to do the following:

  • Collaborate and cooperate through words and actions, both inside and outside of the classroom.
  • English is our primary language of communication, instruction, and research. All students are expected to use English exclusively.
  • Appreciate and support one another’s leadership journey by challenging each other to give their best, think in new ways, and take the next step to push beyond one’s comfort zone.
  • Work through conflicts respectfully and give constructive feedback.
  • Exhibit a growth mindset and learn from mistakes and setbacks.
  • Model commitment to the program and exude a “can do” positive attitude that welcomes everyone and builds relationships.


ENGLISH LANGUAGE VILLAGE™

Program Dates: July 15, 2017 – July 29, 2017
Boarding Price: $3,500
Day Price: $1,500

Live and learn English in our experiential program, through full immersion in English speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills. Students will balance academic classroom study with daily cultural and educational experiences. The Brandon Hall English Language Village™ is an intensive program, which helps students refine their communication skills and prepares them for future leadership opportunities. We offer strong support for students transitioning to schools in the United States or returning to advanced level English classes in their home country.

Students can choose to reside in the Brandon Hall dorms, where they will forge friendships, learn life skills, and gain self-confidence. Students will enjoy three meals a day, seven days a week. The Corley Dining Hall gives students the option of eating indoors, outside in the courtyard, or on the outdoor bistro. Students also have the option of being a day student during these programs.

2017 Summer Programs Application

English Self-Assessment (required)

The Panther Leadership in Action Practitioner Scholar™ Application


GLOBAL YOUTH LEADERSHIP IN ACTION™

Program Dates: July 15, 2017 – July 29, 2017
Boarding Price: $3,500
Day Price: $1,500

What makes someone a good leader? Colleges are drawn to students with initiative, imagination, commitment, passion, and community involvement. Explore your own individual strengths and talents during Brandon Hall’s Global Youth Leadership in Action™ Summer Program. Engage in international issues, conflict resolution, debates, and social entrepreneurship, while learning the skills necessary to act with conviction and conscience.

  • Unleash your natural leadership abilities through interactive leadership workshops.
  • Discover the habits, practices, and mindset of extraordinary leaders, through daily guest speakers, seminars, and workshops delivered by leaders from all walks of life.
  • Refine your communication, listening, and problem-solving skills through collaborative teamwork.
  • Explore leadership challenges associated with complex issues.
  • Develop the ability to question assumptions, expand your knowledge and venture outside your comfort zone. Learn what it takes to become a world-class leader.
  • Experience films, guest lectures, workshops, and more.
  • Students can choose to reside in the Brandon Hall dorms, where they will forge friendships, learn life skills, and gain self-confidence. Students will enjoy three meals a day, seven days a week. The Corley Dining Hall gives students the option of eating indoors, outside in the courtyard, or on the outdoor bistro. Students also have the option of being a day student during these programs.

2017 Summer Programs Application

The Panther Leadership in Action Practitioner Scholar™ Application


CUSTOMIZED SUMMER PROGRAM

Program Dates: Available June 10, 2017 through August 6, 2017

We collaborate with you to create a program that meets the unique goals of your students, which would not be possible in a traditional, predefined program. Through this customized program, you set the goals to be achieved and the timetable.

Students can choose to reside in the Brandon Hall dorms, where they will forge friendships, learn life skills, and gain self-confidence. Students will enjoy three meals a day, seven days a week. The Corley Dining Hall gives students the option of eating indoors, outside in the courtyard, or on the outdoor bistro. Students also have the option of being a day student during these programs.

2017 Summer Programs Application

The Panther Leadership in Action Practitioner Scholar™ Application


iCREATE SUMMER MUSIC PROGRAM

Program Dates: July 24, 2017 – July 28, 2017
Boarding Price: $1,415
Day Price: $750

We all have unique gifts and something to offer to the world!  iCreate encourages students to discover their creative inclinations through exploration of the arts in areas such as music, visual arts, creative writing, movement, and songwriting.  Students will be challenged to move beyond comfort zones and experiment in a safe judgement-free environment while learning to express themselves through creative processes.  iCreate aims to activate and nurture the creative mind, establish personal mission statements, and discover ways to convert passion and mission into social entrepreneurial pursuits.

Students will work with experts in each artistic area, strengthening personal areas of artistic passion, all while learning to be supportive of their own creative processes, as well as those of their fellow students. Students will be introduced to successful social entrepreneurs and learn about their processes and paths toward success.  Ultimately to spark, and possibly answer, the question: how can we use expression of creative arts as a catalyst for social entrepreneurship?

Students will also have the option to enroll in private music sessions in voice, piano or guitar.  Enrollment includes breakfast and lunch for day students. 

2017 Summer Programs Application

The Panther Leadership in Action Practitioner Scholar™ Application


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Does the school provide a computer? No, students are required to provide their own computers.

Will my child be tech free at times during the program? Yes, there will be tech free times during the program.

Will students in the ELL Village be able to interact with native speakers of English? Yes, there will be native English speakers interspersed within the program.

Is there a “graduation” ceremony? Yes, the program will culminate in the annual GLIA-17 International Conference.

When, where, and how will international student participants interact and dialogue with U.S. students? Students will interact and dialogue with U.S. students throughout the day and evenings, during class and other activities/trips to improve their English skills and learn about American culture.

Does the program price include transportation costs? Travel from the airport to Brandon Hall and the return trip from Brandon Hall to the airport is included in the cost of the program. In addition, scheduled program trips are included in the program cost.

Do you require the students and their parents to arrive on a certain day, or can they come in early before the program begins? Students and their families may arrive early; however, we do not pick up students from the airport unless we are transporting them to Brandon Hall on the date scheduled to arrive for the program. If a student arrives early, he/she will remain the responsibility of their parents or guardians until the beginning of the Brandon Hall program.

What do students do during the weekends? Will activities be offered or are students on their own? If students are boarders, staying in our dorms, we will have activities, trips, shopping, movies and athletics.

Does the school provide linens and towels in the dorm? All of our boarding students must provide their own linens and pillows for regular size twin beds. Towels are provided in the dorm.

What level of English are students required to possess in order to participate in Summer Programs? For students interested in the Earth Science or Leadership Programs, their English must be at an intermediate level so they can fully benefit from all program features. Beginner English students should register for the English Language Village program.

Earth Science Field Studies Summer Program

Program Dates: July 1, 2017 – July 14, 2017
Boarding Price: $3,500
Day Price: $1,500

Join us for an incredible adventure! Earth Studies combines a love of the outdoors with learning. Spend a week on our beautiful campus learning the skills necessary to really enjoy going out in the field and exploring using the earth as our textbook. Topics covered during the learning phase will include topographic maps, geologic history and systems of Georgia, ecology, astronomy, fresh water assessment and remediation, and botany. We will then apply this knowledge in the field to real world situations through problem-based learning. Students will experience kayaking, caving, zip lining, hiking, orienteering, and more.

Students can choose to reside in the Brandon Hall dorms, where they will forge friendships, learn life skills, and gain self-confidence. Students will enjoy three meals a day, seven days a week. The Corley Dining Hall gives students the option of eating indoors, outside in the courtyard, or on the outdoor bistro. Students also have the option of being a day student during these programs.

* Brandon Hall is a certified Wildlife Habitat, as designated by the National Wildlife Federation. The campus provides the four basic habitat elements needed for wildlife to thrive: food, water, cover, and places to raise young. Overlook, the oldest structure on our campus, set the Brandon Hall standard of being innovative. It was built on the Chattahoochee River to provide the water source for the original Brandon Hall home, which we now call the Great Hall. It’s progressive mechanics provided hot and cold running water to the home, the first of it’s kind in the Atlanta area in the 1920’s. It now serves as an outdoor learning space, event space, and a bridge to the history of Brandon Hall and it’s connection with nature and the river.

2017 Summer Programs Application

 

Contact Information:
Justine McDonald, Summer Programs Director
jmcdonald@brandonhall.org
Office: 770-394-8177 x211
Cell: 404-395-8543

The Dorm

Boarding life is very different from home in a bunch of great ways. Another student is always nearby to hang out, hold a study group or watch a movie. Like at college, you’ll have a roommate and residential life staff supporting you every step of the way. By the end of the summer, you will not be able to imagine life without friends all around.

The Food

Food at boarding school is more than fuel. Meals in the dining hall become social events as you sit beside your friends and faculty members. You’ll enjoy a variety of tasty, healthy choices, which means the menu never gets old.

The Weekends

The boarding school life is about more than class. It’s an experience that allows you to build character through service projects and recreational activities. On the weekends, we explore Atlanta and attractions in Georgia. The fact that your friends are always around means that spontaneous fun breaks out all the time.

What To Bring

Be sure to bring your laptop (it’s required), comfortable clothes, linens to fit a twin sized bed, closet storage, hangers, organizer bins, laundry storage, towels & washcloths, a shower caddy, no-nails décor and desk accessories.  You can shop our Pottery Barn Residence Hall Program at www.pbteen.com/pages/brandon-hall for exceptional savings and top-quality bedding and décor. Laundry facilities are available on campus and we will offer trips to local stores for essentials that a student might forget or want to purchase upon arrival.

What To Wear

There is no uniform for the summers. Dress casual and be sure to bring a swimsuit and athletic wear for activities. Georgia summers are hot and humid with temperatures in the afternoons that reach, on average, to near 90 °F (32 °C). Overnight lows fall to near 68 °F (20 °C).