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Why choose Pingry’s Big Blue Summer Academics Camp?

  • Is it because of our beautiful 200 acre Basking Ridge campus?
  • Our very own hiking trail and campsite where s’mores are served as a special treat?
  • Maybe it’s our competition sized swimming pool where each day camper will receive swim lessons?
  • Or our state of the art, basketball and tennis courts, softball and baseball fields and the numerous grass and turf fields where hours of playing time will be logged throughout the summer?
  • Or maybe it’s the delicious lunches provided by Sage Dining Services using Pingry kitchens and locally-sourced ingredients?

That is what makes us Pingry. All the above is true given our history, reputation and facilities.

Check out our Summer 2017 courses for advancement, enrichment, and skill development. Academic programs are held in both morning and afternoon sessions to accommodate your busy schedule and to allow your child to explore a variety of offerings at all age and grade levels.

Early drop off (starting at 7:30 a.m.) and late pick-up (ending at 6:00 p.m.) is available.

Course Offerings

ACT Prep

July 24 - August 4
9:00 - 12:00
Entering Grades: 10 -12
Price: $899

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For over 20 years, the Pingry SAT/ACT Preparation Program at The Pingry School has been helping students from central New Jersey do their personal best on college preparatory tests. Staffed by a caring faculty that quickly comes to know each individual student's strengths and areas that need support, the program eases fears about taking the ACT and gives students the tools and confidence they need as they approach one of the milestones on the road to college

Algebra

Class: Advanced Algebra with Trigonometry

Entering Grades: 9-11
Date: June 28 - August 4 (No class June 26 and 27)
Time: 8:10 - 12:35
Price $2250

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This is a course in modern algebra and trigonometry. Logarithmic and exponential functions are covered in detail. A full examination of the topics in trigonometry is presented. Analytic geometry is introduced, including work with conic sections.

Note: For Pingry students, prior administrative approval is required before registration.

Class: Intermediate Algebra

Entering Grades: 8 - 10

Date: June 26 - August 4 (No class July 27 and 28)
Time: 8:10 - 12:35
Price $2250

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Description: This course is designed to teach all of the topics in a typical first year algebra course. Students learn how to use algebraic reasoning to solve linear and quadratic equations and inequalities, as well as equations involving rational and radical expressions. They learn topics in coordinate geometry, including graphing linear and quadratic functions, graphing inequalities, and applications of the Pythagorean Theorem and the distance formula. In order to gradually increase proficiency with word problems and factoring, they are consistently incorporated throughout the course. Students will also periodically investigate problems emphasized on the SAT in order to develop their reasoning skills and their proficiency in making connections between multiple topics in mathematics.

Note: For Pingry students, prior administrative approval is required before registration.


Architecture

Class: Design Challenge

Entering Grades: 6 - 8
Date: June 26 - July 7 (no class July 4th)
Time: 8:15-10:25
Price: $990

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Do you like to design and build? Do you think of yourself as an engineer? Do you enjoy solving challenges? If you answered yes to these questions, then the Design Challenge Enrichment Course is where you want to be this summer. In this hands-on class, you will create newspaper bridges, make and test earthquake-proof toothpick towers, construct and race pasta mobiles, and fashion a bungee apparatus to protect an egg. You will also have your choice of several additional design challenges including: a new toy, sport equipment, or instrument. Fun and learning will abound in this exciting enrichment elective.

Biology

Class: Intro to Microscopes and Dissection

Entering Grades: 6-8
Date: July 10 - July 21
Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm
Price: $990

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This course is designed for middle school students who have an interest in the use of microscopes for dissection and the study of anatomy. We will be taking a comparative approach in our enrichment course. Students will be dissecting several specimens representative from the Plant and Animal Kingdom. They will also acquire the dissection skills for high school and beyond. Our hope is to inspire them through teachable moments to want to learn more about biology.

College Essay Prep

Class: REACH College Essay Workshop

Entering Grades: 11-12
Dates:7/31/2017 - 8/2/2017
Time:8:30am-12:00pm
Price:$800

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The REACH Program provides the ultimate jump start to college preparation. This three day workshop focusing on college essay writing and the college process provides students with the ability to reach higher with their post-high school academic aspirations. The REACH program is designed as a complement to, not a replacement for a student’s college counseling system at their current high school.

Geometry

Geometry

Entering Grades: 8-11
Date: June 26 - August 4 (No class July 10 and 11)
Time: 8:10 - 12:35
Price: $2250

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Geometry is an integrated course in plane and solid geometry which begins with a brief history of geometry and a discussion of logic and methods of proof. The usual theorems of euclidean geometry are studied, and at appropriate times the natural extensions of solid geometry are made. Students are not required to memorize the proofs of theorems, but are expected to be able to construct good proofs of original problems. Much work is done with “numericals,” and considerable skill in algebra is necessary. We will be using the Geometer’s Sketchpad software to do exploration and create conjectures and prove our conjectures either inductively or deductively.

Note: For Pingry students, prior administrative approval is required before registration.

Health and Physical Fitness

Health 10 - Basic Life Support and First Aid

Entering Grades: 8-11

Session 1
Dates:6/26/2017 - 7/7/2017 (No Class 7/4)
Time:9:00am - 12:00pm
Price:$1,250

Session 2
Dates:7/10/2017 -7/21/2017
Time: 9:00am-12:30pm
Price: $1,250

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The American Heart Association’s Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers and First Aid courses are the topics of study for this course. The Basic Life Support course covers how to recognize and respond to life-threatening emergencies such a cardiac arrest, respiratory arrest, and foreign-body airway obstruction, and how to recognize heart attack and stroke in adults and breathing difficulty in children. It also covers the skills of CPR for victims of all ages, use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) and relief of foreign body airway obstruction. The First Aid course will cover first aid emergencies such as fainting, diabetes and low blood sugar, stroke, seizure, bleeding emergencies, shock, head and spine injuries, burns, bites and stings, temperature-related emergencies, poison emergencies, and bone, joint, and muscle injuries.

Upon successful completion of the course and its requirements, each student will receive certification cards from the American Heart Association for BLS Healthcare Provider and Heartsaver First Aid. Each certification card is valid for 2 years.

The course includes instruction on the anatomy of the lungs, heart and brain, as well as lifestyle habits that decrease risk factors for heart attack and stroke. In addition, there will be discussion about the dangers of texting and driving, alcohol intoxication, and the dangers of drinking games.

Students will also learn about home preparedness kits and how to assemble a kit they can use at home.

Note: This course fills the Health 10 requirement for Pingry students.

Intro to Fitness

Entering Grades: 9 - 10
Date: July 10 - July 21
Time: 9:00 - 12:00
Price: $1250

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This course is designed to develop students’ basic understanding of the importance of physical fitness and how to incorporate it into their lives, either for athletic participation or general fitness. Each component of physical fitness (muscular strength, cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, nutrition, and recover) will be explained in detail and students will learn various ways to improve their health and wellness by learning how to use the Fitness center equipment (free weights, strength machines, and cardiovascular equipment) safely and with a purpose.

Note: This summer course will meet the graduation requirement Introduction to Physical Fitness for 9th and 10th grade students.

Math Previews

Pre-Algebra Preview

Entering Grades: 6-7
Dates: Session 1 - July 10 - 21
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
Price: $990

Dates: Session 2 - July 24 - August 4
Time: 8:15 - 10:15
Price: $990

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Welcome to Pre-Algebra Preview! Students will explore many concepts through the use of Smartboard technology, websites, and hands-on manipulatives. Through this discovery-based course, students will have an opportunity to expand their knowledge through fundamental algebraic concepts, numerical operations, geometry, statistics, probability, measurement, and patterns. The course emphasizes the mastery of integers, linear equations, coordinate geometry, and exponents. All topics stress computation, problem-solving, critical thinking, and application. Students are provided with step-by-step procedures that they can utilize in future classes on all concepts taught.

Algebra Preview

Entering Grades: 7-8
Dates: Session 1 - July 10 - July 21
Time: 8:15 - 10:15
Price: $990

Dates: Session 2 - July 24 - August 4
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
Price: $990

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Welcome to Algebra Preview! Students will explore many concepts through the use of Smartboard technology and hands-on manipulatives, such as algebra tiles. Covering the first year of a traditional algebra sequence, this course begins with signed numbers and continues through polynomial operations and graphing and simplifying rational expressions. Word problems and factoring are emphasized. Methods of solving quadratic equations are introduced and exponents and radicals are presented. A prerequisite of pre-algebra is strongly recommended. Students are provided with step-by-step procedures that they can utilize in future classes on all concepts taught.

Pre-Calculus

Pre-calculus

Entering Grades: 10-12
Dates: June 26 - August August 2 (no class July 4th)
Time: 8:10 - 12:35
Price: $2250

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Pre-calculus prepares students for college-level mathematics. Students will apply both inductive and deductive reasoning to understand the topics. The course integrates conceptual understanding and real-world application of concepts. A strong emphasis is placed on graphical representation of equations/functions.

Reading - Middle School

7th Grade Literary Workshop

Entering Grades: 7-8
Dates: July 10 - July 21
Time: 8:15 - 10:15
Price: $990

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This class will help middle school students enhance their skills in literary analysis and reading comprehension. Over the course of our reading of Animal Farm by George Orwell, students will engage in a plethora of learning based-activities that will help them to develop a more active approach to the reading process. Lessons will incorporate a comprehensive, balanced approach to reading that will help students enhance the literary skills necessary to be more successful in English.

Note: While this workshop will enhance students’ comprehension of this particular novel, any required summer writing assignments associated with this book will not completed during this workshop.

6th Grade Literary Workshop - Attacking Summer Reading

Entering Grades: 6
Dates: June 26 - July 7 (No Class July 4th)
Time: 10:30 - 12:40
Price: $990

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When attacking summer reading, whether your child devours a book in a single day or reads it incrementally over the course of the entire summer, does the approach translate to a deeper understanding of the text? Over the course of our reading of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, students will engage in a plethora of learning based-activities that will help them to develop a more active approach to the reading process. Lessons will incorporate a comprehensive, balanced approach to reading that will help students enhance the literary skills necessary to be more successful in English.

Note: While this workshop will enhance students’ comprehension of this particular novel, any required summer writing assignments associated with this book will not completed during this workshop.

The Text and the Battlefield

Entering Grades: 7-8
Dates: July 24 - August 4
Time: 8:15 - 10:15
Price: $990

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This course is designed to help students become better readers so that they can become better writers. Often, the answer to the question, “What can I do to make my paper better,” is “read better.” With use of The Red Badge of Courage and an assortment of speeches, poems, and perhaps short stories, students will learn to unpack the detail of text, discover nuance, and explore and investigate word choice. Students will be asked to write a series of short pieces that respond to what they see in the text, how the text works, and why what they say is important. These exercises are intended to help students grow more comfortable examining and writing about text. The major project will ask students to use context clues from The Red Badge of Courage to find Henry Fleming, the protagonist, on the Chancellorsville battlefield map. This exercise is a blend of close reading and historical research that will help students have a hands-on experience in how history and literature can coordinate. Upon completion of the course, students will become comfortable using cited passages to build the bridge between personal opinion and the text.

Reading - High School

Flint, Michigan

Entering Grades: 9-11
Date:7/24/2012- 8/4/2017
Time:10:30am-12:30pm
Price:$990

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The goal of the course is for students to become better close readers by enabling their ability to explore authorial intent. In this way, students should become more careful and creative readers, and this skill will ultimately help them with essays. While this is not a writing class, we will write some in-class exercises to give opportunities for students to shape and frame their thoughts and ideas and to practice responding to close readings.

The novel, Theodore Weesner’s The Car Thief, is a sad coming-of-age story about a young man, sixteen-year-old Alex Houseman, who is struggling with angst, pride, and his relationship with his father. While the novel is sad, it opens up many who are kind and compassionate, small pieces of evidence that in a cold world there are kind people who are ready and able to help. The back-drop of this story is Flint, Michigan, in a long-ago time when the car industries in Flint and Detroit flourished and when wealth in this cities seemed immortal. To this end, this novel can serve as a view finder and a time machine to look back to catch a glimpse of hope the car industry demanded.

SAT Prep

Pingry SAT Program

Entering Grades: 10 -12
Dates: 7/10/2017- 7/21/2017
Time: 9:00am-12:00pm
Price: $899.00

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For over 20 years, the SAT Preparation Program at The Pingry School has been helping students from central New Jersey do their personal best on the Scholastic Aptitude Test. Staffed by a caring faculty that quickly comes to know each individual student's strengths and areas that need support, the program eases fears about taking the SAT and gives students the tools and confidence they need as they approach one of the milestones on the road to college.

Speech and Debate

Intro to Speech and Debate

Entering Grades: 6-8
Dates: June 26 - July 7 (no class July 4th)
Times: 8:15 - 10:25
Price: $990

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This course will focus on the art of public speaking as well as the art of debate. The first week will be devoted to the foundations of public speaking. Students will conduct research, compose speeches, and ultimately deliver their speeches in front of a small group audience. Students will also learn the basics of podcasting and blogging their own content. The second week will build on the activities of the first week; students will utilize their research and public speaking skills to develop and deliver persuasive arguments as a member of a team. The week will culminate in a formal debate among members of the class.

Stepping Stones - Grade 4 (Math and the Environment)

Mathematics

Entering Grades: 4
Dates: July 10 - July 21
Times: 1:00 - 4:30
Price: $990

Using games, challenging puzzles, and problems, students will hone the mathematical skills introduced in third grade. Students will work individually to answer shorter word problems. More complicated multi-step problems will be investigated cooperatively with students using both verbal and written communication to get their ideas across to team members.

Environmental Citizens - Making Differences that Help our Environment

What are indigenous species and why are they important in NJ? Students will research (including virtual and physical on-campus field trips) to understand environmental issues including the role of wetlands. They will be introduced to a variety of citizen scientist projects and participate as citizen scientists for the purpose of research. As a part of a project participants will design and map out an environmental friendly yard that includes natural places to play and relax. Students will document their process of learning using the SeeSaw app. A blog will share excerpts of student thinking and points of view related to issues. Skills that will be focused upon will include: research, mapping, use of evidence to develop explanations, design thinking, blogging, group work and documentation.

Stepping Stones - Grade 5 (Math and Science)

Mathematics

Entering Grades: 5
Dates: July 10 - July 21
Times: 1:00 - 4:30
Price: $990

Students will be jump-starting their math brains for next year in the 5th grade Stepping Stones Program. This session will present a diversity of problems and problem-solving strategies and provide opportunities for students to improve their depth of understanding and to think mathematically "out of the box." Topics and problems will include the four operations using whole numbers. Challenges with decimals, fractions, and geometry will also be presented.

Science

What traits are inherited and what traits are learned? Many characteristics (traits) are inherited from parents and some are not. Some characteristics may be developed because of the environment or because of learning. Students will have a chance to gather evidence about diversity among species and understand a bit about natural selection. They will engage in “design your own creature” experience using drawing tools to illustrate ideas. They will play games to understand hard concepts related to basic statistics and probability that is connected with genetics. Students will document their process of learning using the SeeSaw app. A blog will share excerpts of student thinking. Skills that will be focused upon will include: research, use of evidence to develop explanations, design thinking, statistics, blogging, group work and documentation.

Study Skills

Power Learning: The Study Skills Workshop - High School

Entering Grades: 9-11
Dates: July 10 - July 21
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
Price: $990

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Designed for students who are serious about increasing their learning curve, this highly-charged workshop teaches participants how to process and master information by becoming more effective learners. Participants work on organizational skills, time management, note-taking techniques for both lectures and written documents, critical attributes of review and rehearsals, text analysis, and text preparation. Students identify their own learning styles through a study-skills inventory. They are also exposed to critical thinking skills essential for success in the higher grades.

Theater

Scene Study - High School

Entering Grades: 9-12
Dates:7/10/2017- 7/14/2017
Time:10:30-12:30
Price:$475

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The Scene Study class provides high school actors with the opportunity to attack a scene in a highly focused environment. First, students will find a scene and be paired with a partner or partners. Then, through a series of improvisations, students will work on developing character, relationship, and history, so that the final scene will be embedded with richer depth, subtext, and nuance. Special emphasis will be placed on listening and reacting to partner(s) and becoming more comfortable with physical acting choices and the use of props. The final day of class would be a performance of each group's scene in front of the class.

Audition Workshop - High School

Entering Grades: 9-12
Dates: 7/10/2017- 7/14/2017
Time: 8:15am- 10:15am
Price: $475

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The audition workshop is devoted to finding and performing the perfect monologue and/or song for an audition, in addition to learning all of the things a performer should know about auditioning properly: slating one’s name, using the stage to one’s advantage, preparing a resume, getting a headshot, and of course entertaining the possibility of a cold reading, improvisation, etc., a director might throw at an actor. This class is geared toward the individual actor who wants to build confidence, become a stronger actor, and nail his or her audition each and every time.


Scene Study - Middle School

Entering Grades: 6-8
Dates:7/24/2017-7/28/2017
Time: 10:30am-12:30pm
Price:$475

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The Scene Study class provides middle school actors with the opportunity to attack a scene in a highly focused environment. First, students will find a scene and be paired with a partner or partners. Then, through a series of improvisations, students will work on developing character, relationship, and history, so that the final scene will be embedded with richer depth, subtext, and nuance. Special emphasis will be placed on listening and reacting to partner(s) and becoming more comfortable with physical acting choices and the use of props. The final day of class would be a performance of each group's scene in front of the class.

Audition Workshop - Middle School

Entering Grades: 6-8
Dates:7/24/2017-7/28/2017
Time: 8:15 am-10:15 am
Price:$475

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The audition workshop is devoted to finding and performing the perfect monologue and/or song for an audition, in addition to learning all of the things a performer should know about auditioning properly: slating one’s name, using the stage to one’s advantage, preparing a resume, getting a headshot, and of course entertaining the possibility of a cold reading, improvisation, etc., a director might throw at an actor. This class is geared toward the individual actor who wants to build confidence, become a stronger actor, and nail his or her audition each and every time.

Writing - Middle School

Intro to the Essay: Middle School Writing Workshop

Entering Grades: 6-7
Dates: Session 1 - June 26 - July 7 (no class July 4th)
Time: 8:15 - 10:25
Price: $990

Dates: Session 2 - July 10 - July 21
Time: 8:15 - 10:15
Price: $990

Dates: Session 3 July 24 - August 4
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
Price: $990

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The analytical essay is at the heart of a student’s English experience from middle school forward. The Middle School Writing Workshop will foster the ability to craft effective essays from the ground up – beginning with the close reading of a piece of literature and culminating in a well-crafted expository argument. Using a workshop approach to the writing process, students will participate in a series of mini-lessons, each with the goal of refining their ability to read deeply and carefully, think critically, and write clearly and effectively. Students will receive and reflect on feedback throughout the course so that they may continually hone their skills; they will work both in group settings and individually to constantly increase their fluency and comfort with the writing process. Students will leave the course with a portfolio of their own polished pieces — and a wealth of materials to guide their future writing.

Advanced Middle School Writing Workshop

Entering Grades: 7-8
Dates: Session 1 - July 10 - July 21
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
Price: $990

Dates: Session 2 - July 24 - August 4
Time: 8:15 - 10:15
Price: $990

Dates: Session 3- July 24- August 4
Time: 10:30-12:30
Price: $990

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Reading comprehension, clear self-expression, and increased comfort with the writing process are the major goals of this course. Students will complete longer writing assignments with an emphasis on the convention of expository writing and the five-paragraph essay. Students learn how to establish topics, identify strategies for brainstorming and organization, craft outlines, build sentences, and write well-developed paragraphs. Group activities and feedback are provided regularly. Students will leave the course with a diverse portfolio of descriptive, persuasive, narrative, and expository writing.

Creative Writing Workshop

Entering Grades: 6-8

Session 1
Dates: June 26 - July 7
Time:10:30 - 12:30
Price:$990

Session 2
Dates: July 24 - August 4
Time: 8:15-10:15
Price: $990

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The Creative Writing workshop offers aspiring student writers the opportunity to explore and develop their talent in a safe and stimulating environment. During the workshop, students will learn tools and strategies for developing their writing craft. Areas of focus include developing character, effectively employing figurative language, and playing with diction and rhetoric. This workshop is not genre-specific, so students will be free to write in a genre of choice while focusing on elements of craft. Students will, however, be encouraged to take risks and also write in genres and styles that are unfamiliar to them. This is a writing-intensive workshop, yet students will also be expected to read extensively from an anthology created specifically for writers. Part of our daily discussion will include the deconstruction of model texts that we will use to learn about writing craft. By the end of the workshop, students will have created a mini-portfolio to showcase their work.

Writing - High School

High School Writing Workshop

Entering Grades: 9-11
Dates: July 10 - July 21
Time: 8:15 - 10:15
Price: $990

Dates: Session 2 - July 24 - August 4
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
Price: $990

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This two-week intensive writing course targets individual writing needs through a collaborative workshop, geared towards helping students develop their skills in analytical essay writing. Students will engage in all facets of the writing process from idea generation through revision. In order to have a common foundation for discussion, students will read a few short texts, and written responses will revolve around these texts. Throughout the process, students will conference with their peers and their instructor to get individualized feedback on their work. The instructor will address finer elements of language, style, and grammar as needed for the group of students attending the workshop. Students will leave the workshop with a “toolkit” of writing skills that they can use for their future writing endeavors.



Meet the Director


Jessica Weinberger

Director of BBS Academics

Ms. Weinberger comes to Pingry after 15 years at Morristown Beard, where she was also a mathematics teacher. She served in many other roles at the school, including as a grade-level Dean of Students, director of their community service program, advisor to their Key Club service group and Habitat for Humanity, Summer Camp Director, and assistant swim coach.

In addition to her teaching position at Pingry, she also serves as co-advisor to the Student Government.

Ms. Weinberger's degrees include a B.A., Science, Technology, and Society,Vassar College and a M.A., in Mathematics Education, Teachers College, Columbia University.