Summer Program

June 10–June 28, 2024

Students entering grades K–12

The Key School Summer Program is designed for students entering grades K – 12 who struggle in school or those who need the benefit of an academic boost for the upcoming school year. Since its beginning in 1966, Key has taught reading, phonics, and math to thousands of students, enabling them to dramatically improve academic performance. 

Continuing this tradition of academic excellence, the Key School Summer Program assists students needing remediation, reinforcement, and enrichment. Unique to Key, our Reading, Phonics, & Spelling classes are taught by reading specialists and/or Certified Academic Language Therapists. These professionals have received extensive training in structured literacy that is in-depth and scientifically research-based.

Summer Program Curriculum

Click on the subjects below to learn more about the classes offered during the past 2023 Key School Summer Program. Tuition rates vary based on the courses selected. The class schedule and tuition costs are listed with each class description.  

Registration for the 2024 Summer Program will begin in early 2024.

Grades: 1 – 12
10:00 am – 11:15 am
Cost: $775

This mathematics course is offered at all elementary, middle, and high school levels. The curriculum builds on the students’ present knowledge base by reinforcing and then systematically introducing new skills in order to achieve the greatest degree of improvement.

Instruction for specific mathematical concepts which must be mastered for standardized testing will be offered at each skill level. Motivating games and concept building activities are included in this program to help reinforce the grade-level math standards.

Grades: 1-5
8:00 am – 10:00 am or 11:15 am – 1:15 pm

Grades: 6-12
8:00 am – 10:00 am

Cost: $1050

Skills Inventory:  Your student will need to participate in a brief 15 minute reading skills inventory. Sign up link will be sent once class registration is completed.

The Key Summer Program is best known for its approach to reading instruction. Key’s reading classes are taught by reading specialists and/or Certified Academic Language Therapists who have received extensive training in the development of oral and written language.

Teachers use a structured, sequential, multi-sensory approach in teaching reading which is recommended by experts for students who have been diagnosed with dyslexia or a related disorder.

The Reading, Phonics, & Spelling classes are ideal for those who want to give their child an academic boost for the coming school year, or for those who are struggling and experiencing difficulty with reading.

Students are placed in classes based on their reading level. Our logical and multisensory approach involves instruction in the foundations of the English language, utilizing phonics and word-attack skills that eliminate guesswork.

Dramatic improvements can be obtained when a reluctant reader utilizes a practical approach to decoding words. The same lessons regarding the phonetic structure of the language are then applied toward spelling improvement.

Students will be required to complete homework and may need parental assistance. Assignments will include daily review of drill cards, oral reading, and (in some classes) handwriting practice.

Grades: 3-5   9:00 am – 10:00 am

Grades: 6 – 8   11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Cost: $775

Reading and writing are fundamentally about thinking and communicating. This class focuses on improving students’ reading comprehension and academic writing. Specifically, in reading comprehension, students improve their recognition and recall of literal information and critical thinking. In writing, students focus on developing organized drafts of their writing in narrative and informational formats after they create a clear “map” of what they want to express in their writing. 

Comprehension Skills Explored:

• Finding the main idea
• Selecting ideas that support a main idea
• Sequencing events
• Providing support for inferences
• Distinguishing between fact and opinion
• Using context clues

Writing Skills Explored:

Prewriting organization of thoughts
• Organizing Paragraphs
• Expressing Ideas (first draft)
• Editing of ideas, structure, and grammar

Grades: Entering Kinder
8:00 am – 10:00 am
Cost: $1050

This kindergarten readiness class is designed specifically to prepare children who are entering kindergarten. Early exposure to the skills needed for reading, math, and handwriting sets up students for success. Near the end of the session, a parent teacher conference will be scheduled to discuss the student’s progress, observations, and recommendations.

  • Letter recognition
  • Alphabet sequencing
  • Auditory discrimination of sounds
  • Blending consonants and vowels

  • Number recognition and sequencing
  • Rote counting
  • Basic addition
  • Recognition of coins, days, and months

  • Activities to develop gross and fine motor coordination
  • Letter formation and shape recognition
  • Tracking and tracing

Grades: 9 – 12
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
Cost: $775

Many students benefit from receiving explicit instruction to become effective and efficient readers. This course assists students in improving both their reading rate and understanding the different forms of writing. Students will improve in the following areas:

  • Predictions
  • Inferences
  • Finding the main idea and considering context clues
  • Measuring reading speed
  • Recognizing key words and important details

The Key School Summer Program’s approach is to teach the fundamentals not only for the student who needs added guidance and support in understanding algebraic and geometric concepts, but also for those who would benefit from pre-instruction and early preparation prior to enrollment at each course level of algebra, geometry, and SAT math preparation. These classes are for enrichment ONLY and do not qualify for credit recovery. Students will NOT be awarded credit upon completion.


Grades: 7 – 12
8:00 am – 9:00 am
Cost: $775

Algebra I

Grades: 7 – 12
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
Cost: $775


Grades: 7 – 12
9:00 am – 10:00 am
Cost: $775

Grades: 7 – 12
11:15 am – 12:15 pm
Cost: $775

This course is specifically designed to help students explore how spending, saving, and value impact their finances. They will learn how to create SMART goals and make decisions using a six-step DECIDE process. Using these strategies, they will develop their own plan to manage cash flow. 

Areas of study taught through application in personal finance include:

  • Sources of income
  • Budgeting
  • Banking
  • Consumer credit
  • Taxes
  • Savings accounts
  • Buying a vehicle
  • Living independently

Through project-based learning activities and tasks, students will apply mathematical concepts in realistic scenarios and actively engage by applying the mathematics necessary to make informed decisions related to personal finance.

Grades: 5 – 12
9:00 am – 10:00 am or
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Cost: $675

Our multi-sensory methodology is ideal for teaching elementary, middle school and high school students keyboarding. By utilizing auditory, visual, and hands-on reinforcement, all learning channels become engaged.

While this class is designed to give students the ability to type school assignments competently, it also serves as a means of reinforcing language skills. This enables those whose handwriting is slow and tedious, such as students with dysgraphia or disorders of written expression, to develop a more efficient means of writing.

Grades: K – 2
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Cost: $675

This course teaches students to increase their physical competence and improve on health-related fitness, and enjoyment of physical activities through fun sports and games. Skills are taught, practiced, and reinforced through games, cooperative group lessons, and other fun activities. Some of the activities that students participate in are soccer, kickball, basketball, volleyball, Wiffle Ball, capture the flag, and more.

This class is limited to 8 students.

Grades: 3 – 5
11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Grades: 6 – 8
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

Cost: $675

The Key School Summer Program Sports Skills Camp will provide young athletes with a foundation in agility, endurance, and sports conditioning. Players of all ability levels will develop solid fundamentals and be challenged with specific skill instruction and drill work in volleyball, basketball, and soccer. Instruction is designed to grow each players skills, game play, and develop good habits while understanding the dynamics of working as a team. Each player, at their respective level, will receive practical information teaching proper mechanics, techniques, and set up drills to implement in their personal skill development plans at home.

Grades: 5 – 8
11:15 am – 12:15 pm
Cost: $675

This course teaches students how software and hardware work together to interact with the physical world. Through coding, students will learn how to make their pocket-sized computer respond to inputs. The code used is “drag and drop” code blocks which requires no previous coding experience. Through this fun and engaging course, students will work with their peers to learn coding and teamwork.

Grades: 2 – 5
10:15 am – 11:15 am
Cost: $675

Grades: 6 – 8
11:15 am – 12:15 pm
Cost: $675

Minimum 8 students/Maximum 10 students

Don’t miss the Chit Chat Cook-Out where you’ll use your planning, organizing, and communication skills to kick off summer with a party! Each day, you’ll problem solve your way through each step of party planning, learn to think of another’s perspective, and use the subtle art of chit chat (it’s not always what you say, but how you say it!). Who do you call if your entertainment plans fall through at the last minute? What do you say to your cousin when you realize you forgot to invite her? This course will be filled with social skills development, games, role play, will improve executive function skills and ending with …of course…a Cook-Out!

The following concepts are taught:

  • Organization and planning
  • Prioritizing
  • Estimating time
  • Making predications
  • Interpreting perspective
  • Problem Solving
  • Working in a budget
  • Making small talk
  • Explaining why
  • Body Language
  • Tone

This is a great opportunity for campers who are a little shy, or don’t know what to say at times, to improve their executive functioning skills and social language skills!