Dear Bellarmine Summer Days Community,
Over the last two summers, we began offering Summer Days: Going the Distance courses and camps, through which we provided distancing learning options for students across the bay area. Our instructors expertly responded to the needs of their elementary, middle, and high school students through constructive, hands-on programming that continued to spark their imagination and encourage creativity in a virtual setting. If the past two summers have taught us anything, it is that our instructors and coaches are among the best in the business with regard to their commitment and ability to provide students and campers with a meaningful and wholistic summer experience regardless of modality.
During the summer of 2022, we will continue to provide both in person and distance learning options. We will no longer be running hybrid courses, per student and parent feedback. We want instructors and students to be able to operate in a homogenous learning environment, allowing teachers to focus on students without switching from one mode to another during classes.
As in previous summers, Bellarmine freshmen will have an opportunity to connect with Bellarmine teachers and programs through our Bell Prep camps and a variety of other academic and enrichment offerings including Robotics, Speech and Debate, and Writing Workshop, to name a few. We also have a variety of outstanding academic and enrichment options for all high school students, including our biggest line-up of computer science courses yet, and the continuation of hands-on courses including robotics and woodworking. Further, we will continue to provide opportunities for preview, remediation, and acceleration to all high school students with our UC approved credit bearing courses. UC-approved A-G course credit is available for our guest students; guest students should check with their respective schools to determine if they can receive credit for selected courses. Our instructors are busy preparing a quality learning experience for each of their respective courses and camps. Check out our 2021 summer catalog here: Summer Days: Distance Learning Catalog. We hope to have our 2022 catalog available by January. I am confident we will continue meeting our high standards for our Summer Days programming through our online, hybrid, and in-person offerings. Below are some important facts regarding Summer Days:
Frequently Asked Questions and information:
- Why smaller class sizes? We feel it is important to preserve quality of programming for each of our programs. Anyone who has spent time in a classroom knows that classroom size has a profound impact the quality of each student’s experience. As such, most of our classes will be capped at 15 to 20 students to allow for smaller group discussions and one on one assistance from instructors. This also means that seats will fill faster than usual, so reserve your spot soon.
- Can we still get credit for UC credit-bearing courses? Yes! The UC has committed to providing credit for distance learning courses that would have previously required in-person meetings, including Chemistry and Biology, as well as English and Math courses.
- Follow us! We now have an Instagram account where we will be sharing images and information about our offerings and happenings throughout the summer. Click here to check it out!
The Summer Days team is looking forward to providing constructive, structured, and enriching opportunities to serve students and parents this summer. Should you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director of Bellarmine Summer Programs