Meals and activities help build friendships between all students, as does time spent in the classroom, on the athletic fields, and in common spaces such as the Student Union. The Summer Academy can be intense. You are expected to be open to learning opportunities both in and out of the classroom and should be prepared to grow socially as well as intellectually.
Academic Spaces: Most Summer Academy classes use Centurion Hall. Centurion is climate controlled and features large classrooms equipped with round conference tables, which help to facilitate group discussion. The classrooms are also designed to utilize extensive natural light.
Athletic Facilities: Some of the facilities Summer Academy students have access to include the Academy’s six-lane championship swimming pool, fitness center complete with free weights and Nautilus machines, basketball court, tennis courts, eight international squash courts, and a brand new, state-of-the-art field house.
Visual and Performing Arts Centers: When students try a new sport, pick up a paintbrush, or step into the spotlight in the performing arts center, they unearth talents and passions unknown to them—unknown because they are often untried. Healthy risk-taking is an important part of everyday life at the Summer Academy, and we encourage students to challenge themselves, and to step outside of their comfort zones.
Weekends are an opportunity for students to explore New England, and also offer a release from the rigors of the academic week. The Summer Academy plans activities and trips for students each weekend. Trips include New York City (Broadway shows, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, museums), Boston (tour colonial sites, Faneuil Hall, New England Aquarium, Cambridge), and Newport (swimming at the beach, visit a restored colonial village).