This summer, experiential learning and adventure meet at Montrose Summer Academy! Our unique summer courses are designed to help students discover passions, build connections and deepen skills -- all while having fun and learning from our talented faculty, staff and alumni. From field hockey skills to Percy Jackson & Mythology, exciting science experiments to performing arts, students will develop their habits of mind, heart and character in ways that help them flourish within and beyond the classroom.

The Montrose Summer Academy is coed and open to both Montrose students and the broader community. Run by our experienced faculty, staff and alumnae, the classes are designed to engage students who enjoy working in a small group atmosphere. All classes are intentional in size to maximize instruction. Waitlists will be available. All  classes will be taught on the beautiful Montrose School campus. 

Register by May 15 to receive the sibling discount!



Session I (July 8 - 12) Morning

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  • En Plein Air (Drawing Outdoors)

    Open to:     Girls grades (rising) 5-9 
    Time:           9:00 AM-12:00 PM
    Cost:           $350 ($300/additional siblings)
    InstructorChristina Marge 
    Class Size:  Total 12 students (space still available)

    An outdoor landscape composition class using classical drawing and sketching techniques based off of themes in nature. Students will learn traditional techniques building composition seen in close observation. Pencil based.

  • Poetry & Lyrics: A Deeper Look into Songs we Love

    Open to:     Girls grades (rising) 5-9
    Time:           9:00 AM-12:00 PM
    Cost:            $350 ($300/additional siblings)
    Instructor:   Ava Russo
    Class Size:  Total 12 students (space still available)
     
    As you listen to songs we love, you’ll learn to analyze the compelling literary devices and techniques that allow artists to tell stories through song. We will discuss why people are so drawn to certain music, create themed crafts and friendship bracelets, and enjoy writing and listening together!

  • The Science of the Serve - Volleyball (Beginner Level)

    Open to:      Girls grades (rising) 4-8
    Time:            9:00 AM-12:00 PM
    Cost:            $350 ($300/additional siblings)
    Instructor:   Sarah Hanna 

    Want to improve your volleyball game? Learn how to apply the principles of physics to maximize the power of your serve. Discover the science behind how hand position, air flow and spin can improve your skills on the court – and end each day with a fun scrimmage.

SESSION I (JULY 8 - 12) AFTERNOON

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  • Art Shaping Science, Science Guiding Art

    Open to:       Girls grades (rising) 5-9
    Time:            12:30 PM-3:30 PM
    Cost:             $350 ($300/additional siblings)
    Instructor:    Sarah Hanna 
    Class Size:     Total 12 students (space still available)

    Discover the intricate relationship between science and art, and how they inform and inspire each other. You’ll engage in a variety of fun and interactive activities that highlight the dual role of art in communicating scientific concepts and using scientific principles to create art, gaining a deeper understanding of how one can complement the other.

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  • Backstage and in the Wings

    Open to:      Girls/Boys grades (rising) 3-9
    Time:           12:30 PM- 3:00 PM
    Cost:            $350 ($300/additional siblings)
    Instructor:   Theresa Marcucci
    Class Size:    Total 12 students (space still available)

    The show must go on . . . but how? Ever wondered what goes on behind the curtain to make a show come alive? Now's your chance to find out! In this behind-the-scenes class, students will learn the importance of stage management, costuming, managing props, set design and directing. They will discover firsthand what it takes to bring a production to life as they explore the inner workings of theatrical productions.

SESSION II (JULY 15 - 19) MORNING

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  • Intro to American Sign Language

    Open to:       Girls/Boys grades (rising) 3-9
    Time:             9:00 AM-12:00 PM
    Cost:             $350 ($300/additional siblings)
    Instructor:    Ava Russo
    Class Size:     Total 12 students (space still available)

    An engaging and interactive Introduction to American Sign Language (ASL) in a class tailored specifically for kids! Designed to be both fun and educational, this course is perfect for children who are eager to learn a new language and connect with the Deaf community.
    They will learn the basics of ASL, including the alphabet and fingerspelling, how to introduce themself, common phrases, customs in Deaf culture, and how to sign along to songs!


  • Lacrosse Learn to Play (Beginner Level)

    Open to:       Girls grades (rising) 4-8
    Time:              9:00 AM-12:00 PM
    Cost:             $350 ($300/additional siblings)
    Instructor:    Catherine Bettinelli 

    Get ready for some fun as you learn how to play lacrosse with Montrose alumna Catherine Bettinelli, Independent Girls Conference All-Star. By the end of the week, you’ll know how to toss a ball, cradle, score goals and more! 

  • “Tech-Stiles” – Crochet a Pixel Blanket

    Open to:       Girls grades (rising) 4-9
    Time:             9:00 AM-12:00 PM
    Cost:              $350 ($300/additional siblings)
    Instructor:    Bakhita Wanner 
    Class Size:     Total 12 students (space still available)

    A cool new blend of technology and crocheting come together to create a pixelated blanket - each crocheted square is a pixel from your own selected image. Learn what pixelation is, how to work with the images on a computer and the basics of crocheting. 

SESSION II (JULY 15 - 19) AFTERNOON

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  • Did Disney Get it Right?

    Open to:        Girls/Boys grades (rising) 3-8
    Time:             12:30 PM-3:30 PM
    Cost:              $350 ($300/additional siblings)
    Instructor:     MC Archbold 
    Class Size:     Total 12 students (space still available)

    Embark on an exciting exploration of historical events through the lens of Disney movies. In this course, students will watch historically-based Disney films and then compare them with the true historical narrative, uncovering the complexities of history as they examine the accuracy of the portrayal.

  • Learn to Sew, Mend & Create

    Open to:       Girls grades (rising) 4-9
    Time:             12:30 PM-3:30 PM
    Cost:             $350 ($300/additional siblings)
    Instructor:    Bakhita Wanner
    Class Size:    Total 12 students (space still available)

    Learn some introductory sewing techniques and how to use them in the process of creating, mending and in costume design. You’ll develop basic skills that are helpful at home or backstage as well as in your everyday life. Students will end the week with a finished item that they can bring home.

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  • The Science of the Serve - Volleyball (Intermediate Level)

    Open to:          Girls grades (rising) 5-9
    Time:               12:30 PM-3:30 PM
    Cost:                $350 ($300/additional siblings)
    Instructor:       Sarah Hanna 

    Want to improve your volleyball game? Join our class where you'll refine your court skills while forging new friendships! Dive into the world of physics as it applies to your game, focusing on elevating your serve to new heights. Learn how to apply the principles of physics to maximize the power of your serve. Explore the intricate dynamics of hand placement, airflow, and spin, to maximize power and precision. Conclude each session with an exciting scrimmage, putting your skills to the test in a fun and engaging environment.

     
  • Wetlands & Watercolors

    Open to:        Girls grades (rising) 3-9
    Time:             12:30 PM-3:30 PM
    Cost:               $350 ($300/additional siblings)
    Instructor:     Catherine Bettinelli 
    Class Size:     Total 12 students (space still available)

    Discover the wonders of the wetlands! In this class, children will explore the diverse ecosystems of the marshes, and the fascinating creatures that inhabit them. Explore the unique plants and views around the Montrose campus and use them as inspiration for your artwork. Young artists will capture the beauty of wetlands through watercolor painting. Prepare to embark on an inspiring journey where art and nature intertwine, sparking creativity and environmental stewardship in every brushstroke to create beautiful items to bring home. 

SESSION III (JULY 22 - 26) MORNING

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  • Feathered Friends - Exploring the Birds of New England

    Open to:          Girls/Boys grades (rising) 3-8 
    Time:                9:00 AM-12:00 PM
    Cost:                 $350 ($300/additional siblings)
    Instructor:       Kathy Schickel Amanda Russo
    Class Size:       Total 8 students (space still available)

    Calling all bird lovers! Young nature enthusiasts will spend a week exploring the birds native to Massachusetts and learning the art of bird identification, observation techniques, and the importance of conservation efforts. You'll use technology to identify birds in your own yard, create bird-inspired art projects, build bluebird houses, and visit the Blue Hill Trailside Museum in Milton. Every moment promises an unforgettable adventure in the company of our feathered friends.

  • Musical Theater Class

    Open to:         Girls/Boys grades (rising) 3-9
    Time:               9:00 AM-12:00 PM
    Cost:                $350 ($300/additional siblings)
    Instructor:      Angeli Fernandes and Theresa Marcucci
    Class Size:       Total 20 students (space still available)

    Feeling dramatic? Spend the week learning all about musical theater, singing, show-tunes, technology, choreography, acting and more! Through games and exploration, we will have a blast putting together some entertaining snippets of Broadway's best! 

  • Field Hockey Skills and Scrimmages (Intermediate Level)

    Open to:         Girls grades (rising) 5-9 
    Time:               9:00 AM-12:00 PM
    Cost:                $350 ($300/additional siblings)
    Instructor:      Catherine Bettinelli 

    Get ready for the fall field hockey season. This intermediate-level class will help you grow in your skills and prepare you to compete in the fall. You’ll learn the fundamental skills, position specific training and in-game tactical knowledge needed to enhance your game. Taught by Montrose alumna and experienced field hockey veteran Catherine Bettinelli (class of 2021), who played varsity field hockey at Montrose for six years! 

  • Science Samplings & Exciting Experiments

    Open to:         Girls/Boys grades (rising) 3-8
    Time:              9:00 AM-12:00 PM
    Cost:               $350 ($300/additional siblings)
    Instructor:      Ava Russo  
    Class Size:    Total 12 students (space still available)

    Through fun, hands-on experiments and activities, you’ll be introduced to a variety of STEM fields, including fruit DNA extractions, clay cell modeling, color chromatography, color-changing pH indicators, brain models, edible spinal cords, and field guides!

SESSION III (JULY 22 - 26) AFTERNOON

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  • Discover Italy: Churches and Crafts Adventure!

    Open to:         Girls grades (rising) 4-9 
    Time:               12:30 PM-3:30 PM
    Cost:                 $350 ($300/additional siblings)
    Instructor:      Catherine Bettinelli 
    Class Size:     Total 12 students (space still available)

    Welcome to an exciting summer journey that combines the rich history of Italian churches with the joy of creative crafts! In this immersive class, you'll explore some of Italy's most magnificent churches while indulging your creative talents. Bring Italian culture to life through a variety of exciting hands-on craft projects inspired by the art and architecture of churches in Italy like Saint Peter's in Rome and the Duomo in Milan. 
  • Mythology & Percy Jackson

    Open to:        Girls grades (rising) 4-9
    Time:             12:30 PM-3:30 PM
    Cost:              $350 ($300/additional siblings)
    Instructor:     MC Archbold 
    Class Size:     Total 12 students (space still available)

    Welcome to an exciting journey into the world of mythology and adventure with Percy Jackson! You’ll explore Greek mythology through the lens of Rick Riordan's thrilling novel The Lightning Thief, embarking on an interactive and immersive experience that combines reading, critical thinking, creative activities and collaborative discussions. Through the captivating narrative of Percy Jackson's quest, students will delve into the rich tapestry of Greek mythology, uncovering timeless themes, heroic archetypes, and enduring cultural significance.
     
  • The Art of Entertaining & Party Planning

    Open to:        Girls/Boys grades (rising) 4-9
    Time:              12:30 PM-3:30 PM
    Cost:               $350 ($300/additional siblings)
    Instructor:     Amanda Russo 
    Class Size:    Total 12 students (space still available)

    Spend a week learning the best way to organize and put on a small celebration or event. You’ll get to identify a theme of your choice, create invitations, learn table decor and etiquette, create special desserts and a menu of appetizers, and finish the week with a small party to show off all that you've learned! All food will be allergy friendly.

SESSION IV (JULY 29 - AUGUST 2) MORNING

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  • Sharpen Your Soccer Skills (Intermediate Level)

    Open to:        Girls grades 5-9 
    Time:             9:00 AM-12:00 PM
    Cost:              $350 ($300/additional siblings)
    Instructor:     Molly O’Malley
    Looking to get active, see friends, and have fun this summer? Join us for our action-packed week of soccer. Sharpen your skills for the fall with drills and games designed to improve your dribbling, passing, and shooting. Grab your cleats and water bottle and get ready to develop your technical prowess and your love of the game!

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  • The Namesake Chronicles

    Open to:         Girls grades (rising) 5-9 
    Time:              9:00 AM-12:00 PM
    Cost:               $350 ($300/additional siblings)
    Instructor:     MC Archbold 
    Class Size:      Total 12 students (space still available)

    Welcome to the Namesake Chronicles, an exciting journey through history where you can explore and research historical figures who share your name. In this unique course, students will embark on a personalized exploration of individuals from the past who bear the same name, uncovering fascinating stories, achievements, and legacies. Employing a variety of research strategies the students will delve into archives, biographies, and primary sources on the path of self-discovery and historical exploration that can be presented to the class.

  • "Yes, and . . . " Improv Comedy

    Open to:        Girls/Boys grades (rising) 3-9
    Time:              9:00 AM-12:00 PM
    Cost:              $350 ($300/additional siblings)
    Instructor:     Theresa Marcucci
    Class Size:   Total 12 students (space still available)

    Welcome to the world of laughter and quick thinking! Our beginner comedy improv class is the perfect place to explore your creativity, sharpen your wit, and have a blast! Young comedians will learn the fundamentals of improvisation through a series of fun and engaging exercises and games. From hilarious scenes to spontaneous storytelling, every session promises laughter as students learn to trust their instincts and embrace the unexpected. No prior experience is necessary – just come ready to let loose, take risks, and dive into the world of improv comedy.

SESSION IV (JULY 29 - AUGUST 2) AFTERNOON

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  • Field Hockey Learn to Play (Beginner Level)

    Open to:       Girls grades (rising) 2-8
    Time:            12:30 - 3:30 PM
    Cost:             $350 ($300/additional siblings)
    Instructor:   Catherine Bettinelli  

    Want to learn how to play field hockey? No experience needed! You’ll learn how to hold a stick, pass a ball and play fun games from Montrose alumna and experienced field hockey veteran Catherine Bettinelli (class of 2021), played varsity field hockey at Montrose for 6 years! 

  • Singing Masterclass CLASS IS FULL - waitlist only

    Open to:        Girls grades (rising) 6-9
    Time:             12:30 PM-3:30 PM
    Cost:              $350 ($300/additional siblings)
    Instructor:    Abigail Rios 

    Ready to take your singing to the next level? Learn foundational vocal techniques for both group settings and individual sessions and how to analyze music for performance. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate all they’ve learned in a small group recital on the last day of the session. Limit 6 students. 

  • The Science of Harry Potter

    Open to:        Girls/Boys grades (rising) 3-8
    Time:               12:30 PM-3:30 PM
    Cost:              $350 ($300/additional siblings)
    Instructor:    Molly O’Malley
    Class Size:   Total 12 students (space still available)

    Wand making, potions, butterbeer, and marauder’s maps with invisible ink . . . Are you ready to delve into the enchanting world of Harry Potter like never before? Uncover the secrets of magic as we dive into Hogwarts and explore the fascinating science behind the wizarding world!

SESSION V (AUG 12TH - AUG 16TH)

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  • Rose Institute’s Business Leadership Camp

    Open to:       Girls/Boys grades (rising) 6 and up
    Time:             9:00 AM-3:00 PM
    Cost:              $695
    Instructor:    Rose Debate

    Going places? We can help! With Rose Institute’s Business Leadership camp, students will practice professional communication and entrepreneurship by creating an elevator pitch, perfecting a resume, nailing an interview, and pitching a business idea! Complete with tailored lessons, exercises, games, in-class presentations, and a Shark Tank exercise, this camp is an absolute blast. Prepare for success!

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Quick Facts

  • All courses take place on the Montrose campus, 29 North Street in Medfield, unless otherwise noted.
  • Courses are offered for students entering grades 3 and up. 
  • Some courses are all-girls while others are coed.
  • All courses are taught by Montrose faculty, staff or alumnae.
  • The cost for each course is listed in the course description.
  • Courses meet from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM or 12:30-3:30 PM. Students who take both morning and afternoon classes can remain on campus with supervision during the lunch break.  
  • Register here and pay here by May 15, 2024.
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