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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™

Summer Programs Viewbook

The Center for Global Youth Leadership and Social Entrepreneurial StudiesTM at Brandon Hall was founded in 2016. The aim of its many programs is to equip, ignite, and propel forward a new generation of innovative, purposeful, skillful, and collaborative global leaders.

Our unique student leaders work together in a cohort design that is problem-based, curiosity driven, and fully experiential. Through a rigorous and challenging daily schedule of classes, workshops, field studies, and special events, all of our global youth leaders are required to identify a societal or global issue that they want to actively endeavor to solve. Our students benefit from mentorship and workshops from some of the most creative and entrepreneurial minds locally, regionally, nationally, and globally. Past speakers have included:

Sucheta Rawal is an award-winning food and travel writer, author, and philanthropist. As the founder and executive director of Go Eat Give, Sucheta’s personal mission is to raise awareness of global cultures through meaningful travel, good eating, and community interaction. She founded Go Eat Give as a blog in 2011, through which she wanted to educated readers about sustainable and volunteer traveling, learning about authentic cuisines, and engaging with locals. Go Eat Give is now a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit serving audiences across 120 countries. Sucheta was named 40 Under 40 best and the brightest by Georgia Trend magazine in 2016.

Kendall Robinson is a teenage entrepreneur. While volunterring at the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Kendall learned from one of the homeless men that he has to make one roll of toilet paper last for an entire month. Believing this was unacceptable, Kendall founded Love Rolls, Inc. to provide toilet paper for the homeless and others in need. Love Rolls receives donations from all around the world and continues to grow. Kendall proves how one person, one idea can have a tremendous impact, no matter what your age.

Bob McCormick is the founder of Atlanta Institute for Diplomatic Leadership, which promotes peace through education.

Ruhi Rahman works with UNICEF USA as a Global Citizenship Fellow.

Dr. Hai Ho is the Chairman of Millennial Leadership Academy, an Atlanta based multi-cultural, non- profit corporation designed for leadership develop of students and adults.

 

GLOBAL YOUTH LEADERSHIP IN ACTION™

Program Dates: June 17 - July 7, 2018; July 8 - July 28, 2018
Boarding Price: $3,500
Day Price: $2,000

Please be aware that Summer Program dates are subject to change depending on enrollment. $500 Program Discount will apply if registered for two consecutive sessions.

GLYIA is our signature program of the Center for Global Youth Leadership and Social Entrepreneurial Studies. Our selection process is highly competitive as we seek to find the most inspired, self-motivated, resilient youth applicants from around the United States and the globe. Our participants are active and primed to create positive change in their world. Our first cohort was formed in 2017 and pitched the following ideas and organizations at our annual GLYIA Conference:

• Tech-Shelter Cambodia Organization
• Global Children’s Cancer Fund (GCCF)
• Catch ‘Em Big Boys Fishing Instruction
• Cancer Prevention with Mole Rats
• Defeat the Heat
• Acabar con la Pobreza
• Fill Your Cup
• THE NEW HOPE

Throughout our intensive and immersive program, our cohort engages with challenging curriculum and experiential projects. Our learning modules and insightful speakers cover a variety of key components and sharply focus on a number of key leadership and entrepreneurial competencies:

• Public speaking, empathy, and people skills
• Marketing and fundraising models
• Growth mindset and habit development
• Leadership theories and assessments
• Research and development
• Pitch design and Feedback
• Cultural and diversity skills
• Problem-solving skills

Although day programs are available, we encourage students to reside in the Brandon Hall dormitories where they will forge deep connections with peers and mentors from around the world. Our boarding program teaches life-skills, cooperation, and how to live and learn in community. Boarders benefit from the healthy and honest exchange of ideas and perspectives.

2018 Summer Programs Application

The Panther Leadership in Action Practitioner Scholar™ Application
 

ELL GLOBAL VILLAGE™

Program Dates: June 17 - July 7, 2018; July 8 - July 28, 2018
Boarding Price: $3,500
Day Price: $2,000

Please be aware that Summer Program dates are subject to change depending on enrollment. $500 Program Discount will apply if registered for two consecutive sessions.

Live and learn English in our experiential program, through full immersion in English speaking, reading, writing, and listening. Students will balance academic classroom study with daily cultural and educational experiences. The Brandon Hall ELL Global 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.

2018 Summer Programs Application

English Self-Assessment (required)

The Panther Leadership in Action Practitioner Scholar™ Application


SPANISH LANGUAGE VILLAGE™

Program Dates: June 17 - July 7, 2018; July 8 - July 28, 2018
Boarding Price: $3,500
Day Price: $2,000

Please be aware that Summer Program dates are subject to change depending on enrollment. $500 Program Discount will apply if registered for two consecutive sessions.

The Spanish language is one of the most diverse and widely-spoken languages in the world. According to recent studies, Spanish is the second-most widely spoken language in the world with over 400 million native speakers, and the official language of over 21 countries located in South, Central and North America, as well as Africa and Europe. Our unique experiential program offers you an immersive experience in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. The daily schedule balances academic classroom study with daily cultural, service, and educational experiences. We seek motivated, eager, and culturally curious students who are ready to take intellectual risks, make new friends, and open their minds and hearts to new languages and cultures.

According to research on the American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Languages website (www.actfl.org), the following benefits are ascribed to the study of a foreign language:

  • Language learning correlates with higher academic achievement on standardized test measures.
  • Language learning is beneficial in the development of students’ reading abilities.
  • There is a correlation between language learning and students’ ability to hypothesize in science.
  • There is a correlation between language study and higher scores on the SAT and ACT Tests.
  • There is a correlation between high school foreign language study and higher academic performance at the college level.

(Retrieved from https://www.actfl.org/advocacy/what-the-research-shows)

2018 Summer Programs Application

The Panther Leadership in Action Practitioner Scholar™ Application


CUSTOMIZED SUMMER PROGRAMS FOR GROUPS

Program Dates: Available June, July, and August 2018

Please be aware that Summer Program dates are subject to change depending on enrollment and space in our residential community. $500 Program Discount will apply if registered for two consecutive sessions.

We invite you to work with our Center for Global Youth Leadership and Social Entrepreneurial StudiesTM team to design a customized program for your summer. We collaborate closely with you to create a program that meets your group’s goals and timetable, while providing a rewarding experience for everyone.

Although day programs are available, we encourage students to reside in the Brandon Hall dormitories where they will forge deep connections with peers and mentors from around the world. Our boarding program teaches life- skills, cooperation, and how to live and learn in community. Boarders benefit from the healthy and honest exchange of ideas and perspectives.

2018 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-18 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: June 17 - July 7, 2018; July 8 - July 28, 2018
Boarding Price: $3,500
Day Price: $2,000

Please be aware that Summer Program dates are subject to change depending on enrollment. $500 Program Discount will apply if registered for two consecutive sessions.

A healthy, sustainable planet needs extraordinary stewards and active leaders. Join us for an incredible adventure this summer! Earth Studies integrates a love for the outdoors with environmental-based learning in a one of a kind program. Spend the first week on and around our pristine campus situated on a 27 acre nature preserve* practicing the skills necessary to do meaningful nature-based field work where exploration of the earth itself becomes our textbook and our classroom. Topics covered will include topographic maps, geologic history and systems of Georgia, ecology, astronomy, fresh water assessment and remediation, and botany. Throughout the program we will apply our knowledge using project- based field work in the natural world. Students will experience tubing, caving, zip-lining, hiking, orienteering, and more.

Although day programs are available, we encourage students to reside in the Brandon Hall dormitories where they will forge deep connections with peers and mentors from around the world. Our boarding program teaches life-skills, cooperation, and how to live and learn in community. Boarders benefit from the healthy and honest exchange of ideas and perspectives.

* 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. Its progressive mechanics provided hot and cold running water to the home, the first of its 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 its connection with nature and the river.

2018 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).