Summer Camp Breakout Group Descriptions

Each of our academic breakout groups are led by our trained staff for an hour each day. Breakout groups are designed to solidify current abilities and avoid regression. Each day is jam-packed with multi-sensory activities that support specific learning objectives. Check out the descriptions below to find the right breakout groups for your child.

OG Reading

Our multisensory reading instruction uses the Orton-Gillingham Approach to teach children directly and systematically. All instructors have been trained under AOGPE requirements and are supervised by a Fellow in the Academy. Participating in groupings of no more than three, students learn to unlock the code of language from phonemic awareness, phonics, syllable division, to advanced language rules. (*depending upon student needs)

OG Written Expression

Our multisensory written expression instruction uses the Orton-Gillingham Approach to teach children directly and systematically. Using activities that make the abstract concept of grammar concrete, instructors provide students in like groupings of no more than 4 to a group, with strategies to increase sentence complexity when writing and the application of the parts of speech to the construction and revision of written paragraphs.

OG Multi-sensory Math

Using the Orton-Gillingham Approach, instructors use the research-based concrete-representational-abstract approach to teach math concepts in a small group setting (no more than 4 like-skilled students). This approach guides students from foundational skills and numeracy to place value, operations, fractions and decimals (depending upon student needs). Students are taught strategies to help learn and retrieve math facts and structured procedures for computational accuracy are stressed.

LEGO Group

Led by a certified therapist, LEGO Group provides an opportunity to develop social and emotional skills, such as question formation, compromise, respect for others, and teamwork. It promotes development of fine motor skills through manipulation of the bricks and encourages concentration. LEGO Group also develops cognitive and language skills. Participants learn concepts like size, shape, numbers, order, area, length, patterns. Participants also have the opportunity to ask open-ended questions, communicate building plans and actions, develop an agreed upon storyline/adventure, and practice using different vocal skills as they create characters.


Science, Technology, Engineering, Math: (1st - 6th) (7th and up) - Calling all students who are: curious about machines, engineering, building, working with their hands, and willing to have fun with other students! This group engages students in experiments and hands-on projects that motivate innovation and build an environment where learning is fun and engaging and anyone can be successful.

Social Skills (1st- 6th) (7th and up)

Social language skills training in a small group setting allows the students to practice new skills and try new conversational strategies with their peers, as opposed to just talking about them or practicing with an adult. Students will focus on conversational listening, non-verbal language cues, initiating and maintaining friendships, understanding other people’s perspectives, regulate emotions and develop problem solving skills. emotional regulation and problem solving skills.

PSAT/SAT Preparation

Work in a small group with a tutor to develop the necessary skills to take the SAT, and learn the best strategies for increasing your score. Our sessions teach strategies for each section of the SAT: Reading, Writing, and Math.

Fine Arts

Campers will  participate in a variety of art activities including painting, drawing, sculpture, textiles and photography! An instructor will lead each group to ensure that each camper receives the individualized attention they need to feel supported and successful!

Performance Arts

The focus of this group is to help students become more aware of their bodies, both internally and externally, by letting them freely explore a small variety of performance arts including different styles of dance, some circus arts, and even some hackey sacking! During the first week, the campers will be introduced to all of the planned arts, as well as other healthy habits such as yoga and Pilates. Then they will be able to choose what they’d like to focus on refining during week two. 

Sports Skills

The goal of this group is to teach teamwork, sportsmanship and provide a safe and fun environment to practice these developing skills. Students will learn basic skills in various sports, rules and regulations and enhance player development and endurance.

Fluency Group (1st- 6th) (7th and up)

Led by a licensed Speech Language Pathologist,  students have the opportunity to learn and practice techniques (What kind of techniques?)  in a small supportive environment. Students will also focus on building confidence in their communication skills, learning techniques to control stuttering and other challenges.

Career Exploration Group (9th grade and up)

If asking your student, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” makes them break out in hives this is the right group! Students will take personal interest surveys to help them identify their individual strengths and interests, will create a resume, practice interviewing skills, search for jobs, ask for references and dress for success.

Life Skills Group (9th grade and up)

Does your student think they are ready for life outside of high school? The Life Skills group will focus on identifying all the different areas that need to be reviewed, discussed and planned before taking those steps towards independence; basic food preparation, first aid and financial organization, just to name a few. While participating in this group the students will learn what it means to be ‘independent’ and problem solve safe and sufficient solutions.

Handwriting Skills Group (K-5th) & (6th and up)

Led  by a licensed Occupational Therapist,  the Handwriting Skills Group will work on eye-hand coordination as it specifically relates to letter formation and spacing. Students will learn and practice grip pinch and strengthening exercises to increase pencil control. The occupational therapist will also look into posture and trunk control, as these also impact handwriting skills.