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This summer, St. James School students are participating in a wide variety of enriching activities both on and off campus.

St. James students have chosen  go to school and take extra summer courses, a path counter to what most local children do during the summer.

On campus, many are receiving extra tutoring and academic support in the mornings during academic clinics. Others join in the afternoon for camp which includes swimming, community service, art, and other recreational activities.

All St. James students are matched with an enriching off campus summer immersion during the month of July in experiences ranging from a theater camp hosted by Arden Theater Company to a week long camping trip in Maryland sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania.

Top Learners Take on Summer Challenge

Top achievers in each grade were not required to attend summer academic clinics and were instead given the option to attend academic enrichment programs at local area prep schools. A total of six students from the 6th and 7th grade took on the challenge and are studying at some of the most competitive schools in the Philadelphia area, including: St. Joseph’s Preparatory SchoolFriends’ Central School in Wynnewood; and La Salle College High School in Wyndmoor. While enlisting in these summer programs was not a simple process (and some could be quite competitive), the three visiting high schools were generous enough to offer significant financial assistance to these students in honor of their academic performance this year. Our top learners will earn a total of $4,300 in scholarships for their part in summer courses.

As part of the programs, students will take a variety courses that include math, English, computers, sciences, and even financial literacy. In addition to raising academic expectations, these summer academic opportunities will introduce St. James School students to new people, environments, and experiences which will become crucial to helping them adjust to the best fit high schools in the Philadelphia area.