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Watkinson School’s SPHERE Summer Program For Hartford 1st-5th Graders Enrolling for 52nd Year

Watkinson School’s SPHERE Summer Program is an academic enrichment program that successfully integrates fun-filled summertime activities with educational hands-on activities and classroom academics. Students who attend SPHERE achieve exponential growth in their reading and math abilities. The goal of SPHERE is to help students discover that learning can be achieved through varied creative and recreational activities. Our small classes provide special attention and time to explore areas of interest. SPHERE provides an environment with supportive and personalized instruction that prepares the student for the upcoming school year.

Head of School Teri Schrader says, “For over fifty years, Sphere has been an important part of Watkinson School, welcoming our youngest students to campus for a summer of learning and fun. We are proud of our longstanding relationship with our neighboring schools in the city of Hartford and East Hartford and to the partnerships created as we strive to support young children in their academic development during the summer months. Year after year, SPHERE students at Watkinson demonstrate not only academic progress in math and reading, but also enjoy exploring the arts and sciences, riding bikes, and playing outdoors in a safe and beautiful environment. SPHERE is synonymous with summer at Watkinson, and we can’t imagine it otherwise!”

SPHERE is a non-profit, five-week program for 60-70 Hartford and East Hartford  youth entering grades 1-5. The program begins Monday, June 24, 2024 and ends Friday, July 26, 2024

The day runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with lunch and morning/afternoon snacks included. The main goal of SPHERE is to extend learning beyond June to prepare students for September in a caring, fun, and creative environment. This is achieved by simultaneously addressing any learning gaps that exist, strengthening current academic and interpersonal skills, and building confidence through exposure to the upcoming grade’s content.

SPHERE classes are aligned with the Common Core State Standards in literacy and math. In addition, students receive science, art, and technology instruction. Our small classes provide personalized and culturally-relevant instruction that prepares the student for the upcoming school year.

SPHERE is made possible through funding from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Petit Family Foundation, Berkshire Bank, Stanley and Hinda Fisher Fund, George and Grace Long Foundation, J. Walton Bissell Foundation, and United Way of Central and Northeastern CT, 

Application materials are also available upon request by emailing sphere@watkinson.org or by calling: 860-236-5618 ext. 156.  Applications for returning students have priority acceptance up to March 25, 2024.  After March 25th, if openings are available, new students will be accepted on a rolling basis until the program is full. Only completed application packets will be considered.

Watkinson School, a co-educational independent private day school for grades 6-12/PG,  is Hartford’s oldest independent school.  Watkinson’s next info session for prospective students is April 5 at 9am.

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