Experience Eaglebrook Online

The Eaglebrook Digital Summer Experience for boys and girls aged 12 - 15 mirrors the culture and teaching approaches of the school’s well established regular program in an intimate and interactive learning environment which features small classes with experienced teachers. It is designed to help foster core learning skills and develop the organization and time management abilities needed to thrive in traditional independent school programs. 
Each student’s customized learning program includes core academic classes that follow curricular goals similar to those that the school’s English and History departments target during the regular school year. For their core classes, students may take either two English language-based classes or an English and history class, that have beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Students will also take a flex class in a subject that is of interest to them. 

One of the cornerstones of Eaglebrook’s educational approach is its emphasis on strong, positive relationships between students and teachers. Similarly, the Digital Summer Experience pairs each student with a faculty advisor who helps both the student and the family navigate and make the most of the program and also serves as a link between the school and the child’s teachers. Every week students will have an individual and group meetings with their advisor, in which they explore areas of leadership, goal setting and interpersonal and communication skills. 

Program Details

Dates for Eaglebrook's Digital Summer Experience: July 6 - 31, 2020

Ages: 12-15

Tuition:
$4,000 

Rolling Admissions runs through June 17. 

Please contact summeradmissions@eaglebrook.org with any questions.

Daily Schedule

Monday - Friday
6:00 a.m. EDT Office Hours
7:00 a.m. EDT Core Class #1 
8:00 a.m. EDT Core Class #2
9:00 a.m. EDT Flex Class

Find the core course offerings and elective offerings below. Students will have the option to choose any two core courses and one elective offering. Additionally, each student will receive an advisor and there will be advisee meetings at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesdays throughout the session. 

Curricular Goals

Core classes: The Core Classes introduce key aspects of Eaglebrook’s curriculum through the lenses of English and history. These classes primarily focus on the critical communication skills of reading, writing, and public speaking.

Flex classes:  The Flex Classes offer educational enrichment and increased development of English language skills through courses that look beyond the boundaries of traditional academic classes and model Eaglebrook’s rich elective system.

Learning Tools: The Eaglebrook Digital Summer Experience will leverage technology to aid the learning experience. Drawing on our recent development of a Distance Learning Program this spring, we will utilize Schoology as our main class management program and supplement this with apps and programs such as EdpuzzleCommonlitFlipgrid, and Newsela. These effective and easy to learn systems allow us to engage students in a variety of ways while enabling teachers to keep their focus on the strong relational teaching and thoughtful, structured practices that Eaglebrook prides itself on.

Core Courses

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  • Literature and Writing Courses

    English courses are designed to help students strengthen both their reading and writing skills to improve beyond their current level. Through participating in a range of discussions including large groups, small groups, and partners, students will have opportunities to improve their communication skills by listening to classmates’ thoughts, asking clarifying questions, and building upon what classmates have said.

    Literature:
     In this course, students will read novellas, short stories, and poetry from a dynamic list and learn comprehension strategies, such as predicting, summarizing, making inferences, and retelling. Students will use different reading strategies to understand and identify literary elements specific to multiple genres and types of writing. Students will examine literature and learn to use critical thinking skills to look beyond the literal meaning of the text, connecting the texts to other texts, to self, and to the world. The use of annotation tools will deepen the student’s understanding. Students will also learn the importance of narrative perspective, identify symbolism, and explain the significance, generate questions, synthesize information, and use textual evidence to support in writing.


    Writing Workshop: In this course, students will write in a variety of genres, such as creative writing, multi-paragraph essay, paragraph, poetry, and short answer. They will engage in the writing process, developing the tools to brainstorm, plan, write, revise, peer edit, and edit. Students will learn sentence structure, develop an understanding of sequencing, and incorporate sensory details and figurative language while focusing on the elements of a paragraph that includes a topic sentence, supporting details, and a concluding sentence. Students will use textual support for literary analysis and learn to express opinions and views in their writing. The course will focus on effective writing strategies that are both academic and creative.
  • History Courses

    In history classes, under the guidance of the teacher, students participate in small and large group discussions, use collaborative writing software to compose and revise reportorial and critical passages and record short videos using online recording applications as assignments. Students are challenged to improve their reading and writing levels by engaging with meaningful and appropriate content that aligns with their current ability. Students will be sectioned by their English proficiency to ensure curricular continuity. 

    US History courses introduce the development of the United States, from the formation of colonies to the development of an independent American government. Throughout the course, there is an emphasis on understanding leadership qualities, conversation, listening, reading, reporting, speaking and analytical writing. This course previews material directly from Eaglebrook’s history curriculum.

Flex Courses

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  • Electives

    Computer Science

    Cell Phone Photography

    Public Speaking 

Contact Info

For more information please contact: 

Brian Rose
Director 
Eaglebrook School Online Summer Experience 
271 Pine Nook Road 
P.O. Box 7
Deerfield, Massachusetts 01342 
brose@eaglebrook.org

Ruth Koenigsbauer
Director of Studies 
rek@eaglebrook.org 

Liz Fitz
Administrative Assistant
lfitz@eaglebrook.org

Online Summer Experience TEL: 
(413) 774-7411 

Online Summer Experience FAX: 
(413) 774-9136

FAQs

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  • What equipment does my child need to participate in this program?

    The requirements to participate in this program are reliable internet connection and a web browsing device. (Chromebook, laptop, tablet etc.)
     
  • Who are the teachers?

    The teachers of this program are all regular year Eaglebrook faculty members. This allows for the culture and curricular goals of Eaglebrook to be ingrained in the teaching methodology. Some classes will have teaching assistants in addition to the main teacher.
  • What is the teacher/student ratio?

    The maximum class size will be 10 students, so max ratio 1:10. For classes that size, there will be teaching assistants that help facilitate lessons and smaller group discussions in breakout rooms, which will bring it down to 1:5.
  • Will my child be given homework?

    Yes. Both the core classes and flex classes will assign homework. Students should expect an average of 20-30 minutes of homework per class.
  • What is the difference between core classes and flex classes?

    The core classes focus on English and history, and they have a predesigned curriculum prepared by Eaglebrook’s Department Chairs of each subject. The history offerings are tiered by language ability, and similarly,  there are different levels of proficiency for the Literature and Writing courses. Flex classes are designed by individual teachers and allow students to pursue a topic of interest.
     
  • How many classes do students take?

    Students will take three classes each day. They are encouraged to take two core classes and a flex class.
  • What if my child misses a class?

    If a student misses a class, they should contact their teacher as soon as possible. All classes will be recorded and posted on Schoology so they will be able to view what was missed. They may also set up a time with the teacher during office hours to discuss what was missed.
  • What are office hours?

    Office hours will be held every morning, one hour before the start of classes. Meetings will be by appointment and the purpose can range from, a check-in with an advisor, extra help, or catching up on a missed class.
  • Will my child be able to advance a subject level through this program?

    The goal of the program is exposure and enrichment. We are confident that students will improve their skills in the area of study, but the courses do not count for school credits.
     
  • What is the role of the advisor?

    The advisor is an Eaglebrook faculty member that will help guide the student and their family through the process of the program. They will advocate for the student when they need it, they will communicate with families who need clarification, and will be available for the student when they are needed.
  • Does an advisor have more than one advisee?

    Advisors will have 4-6 advisees in an advisee group. The advisor will meet with advisees individually, but will also host a group meeting once a week to encourage conversations and connections among peers.
  • What level of English is needed to participate?

    We are prepared to work with all levels of English learners. The core classes will be sectioned by language ability to allow teachers to better facilitate English language skill development.
  • How will you manage international students with various English levels?

    For the core class offerings, there will be three levels of language ability. So for the English offerings, there will be a beginner, intermediate, and advanced section for writing and for literature. The history class topics will correspond with English ability. Students with basic English language skills will study Colonial History, those with intermediate-level skills will study Civil War Era History and students with advanced skills will study Mythology. Part of the enrollment packet will include a brief English assessment to help guide our placement, and that will be finalized once classes begin.
  • Is there a dress code?

    We understand that it is summer, and casual clothing is acceptable, however, students should not wear any clothing that is offensive or lewd. 
     
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