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Ancona Summer

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Ancona Summer offers educational, enriching, and fun programming for children ages three-8th grade! Summer 2019 programming will run from June 24, 2019 – August 16, 2019. Ancona Summer includes Journeys for students entering grades 1-8; Little Explorers for children ages 3, 4, and 5; and two brand new comprehensive Test Prep courses for students entering both 7th and 8th grade!

  • Journeys and Little Explorers begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m., Monday-Friday; supervised playtime ends at 5:30 p.m. for Journeys and Little Explorers campers. 
  • Ancona Summer’s two 3-week Test Prep sessions will run Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 
  • Journeys and Little Explorers will have regular opportunities for swimming, plus a fun array of weekly field trips which will allow our campers of all ages to venture into both new and familiar areas of the city and beyond.
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Summer Programming For Preprimary-8th Grade


Little Explorers is an 8-week Montessori-based program for rising P3-Kindergarteners (three, four, and five-year-olds). Led by veteran educators Ellen Cole, Yolita Ray, Jerome Garner, and Gloria Carroll, Little Explorers will engage students with dynamic adventures built into their daily activities. Campers will enjoy tinkering, art, outdoor activities, nature walks, and other academically rich programming augmented by field trips and swimming.


Journeys consists of four two-week Journeys that emphasize the creative process, hands-on techniques, and teamwork. Each Journey is augmented by field trips, extended time outdoors, and weekly swimming. Each Journey is specifically designed to be a two-week experience however single weeks can be purchased to better accommodate families’ schedules. Summer 2019 Journeys:

Performing Arts: June 24 – July 5

Performing Arts will bring out the creativity and performer in your child! Students will develop a foundation in improvisation, theater games, and skit development in an environment that fosters acceptance, freedom, and fun! Campers will then have the opportunity to build a performance piece of their own choosing, and the Journey will culminate with a Cabaret style performance featuring all of our brilliant young thespians on Friday, July 5, 2019

Sports: July 8 – July 19

Fresh off yet another championship season with the flag football team, Coach Jerome will be joined by familiar faces from Ancona to bring some friendly competition to the summer! Students will engage in a variety of sports and team activities that emphasize sportsmanship, teamwork, and fun. This Journey will engage young athletes and boost their confidence in a low stress environment!

Urban Farming: July 22 – August 2 (WAITLIST ONLY)

From farming in our garden to building wildlife habitats, campers will get their hands dirty throughout this Journey with our very own Outdoor Learning Educator, Chris Weber!  With outings to nature preserves, hanging out with goats, and checking out local neighborhood chicken coops, Urban Farming will introduce and reinforce practices to ensure campers become good stewards of the Earth.

Engineering: August 5 – August 16

Technology Coordinator Rodney Williams wants to bring the maker out in your child! Campers will have the chance to explore simple circuits, a variety of computer programs, coding, and much more!  What’s more, after learning fabrication techniques from a plethora of makers and engineering experts, our intrepid engineers will have the knowledge and confidence to fabricate their very own creation.


New this year, Ancona Summer will be offering Test Prep for rising 7th and 8th graders! The 7th grade session will be geared towards preparing students for the NWEA MAP test, and will include a full practice MAP. The 8th grade session will focus on high school enrollment tests and will include a full practice NWEA MAP test plus a paper/pencil (with bubble sheet!) high school entrance practice exam. Test Prep sessions will run Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and are open to both Ancona and non-Ancona students. Both Test Prep sessions will be instructed by Ancona Learning Specialist and Dean of Student Services, Jacki Neistat!
Session Dates
7th Grade: July 8 – July 26, 2019
8th Grade: July 29 – August 16, 2019

Program Rates

Click here for the Ancona Summer 2019 cancellation policy and terms and conditions

Test Prep

$500/per student per 3-week session for 7th and 8th graders. 

Journeys and Little Explorers

Early bird pricing is in effect in until March 1! Please Note: Journeys sessions for students entering grades 1-8 are specifically designed to be 2-week experiences, however single weeks can be purchased to better accommodate families’ schedules. Registration for Little Explorers is also available in single weeks, up to the full 8-week program.

 Before March 1After March 1
1 Week$335$350
2 Weeks$635$665
3 Weeks$970$1,020
4 Weeks$1,260$1,325
5 Weeks$1,600$1,675
6 Weeks$1,880$1,975
7 Weeks$2,215$2,325
8 Weeks$2,475$2,600