Summer Camp 2020
For more than two centuries, Wilbraham & Monson Academy has been dedicated to transforming lives. Students and teachers from throughout the United States and around the world live and learn in a caring and supportive community enriched by a 200-year heritage of inclusion.
Our summer programs are taught by WMA teachers who love to teach, while WMA students and young alumni lead activities.
They are all passionate about what they do and want to make a difference in the world. Your classmates are kids who, like you, really want to learn. The experience is a first step to making lifelong friends and creating a global network of people who will know you and care about you for life.
There are three distinct sections in the WMA Summer Program. Our youngest campers are the Beech Tree ‘Littles’ (ages 5 – 8) and ‘Bigs’ (ages 9 - 12) enjoy a traditional day camp with field and pool time, creative activities, hands-on tinkering and group interactions that help form friendships.
The WMA Summer ESL program strives to improve the attendees’ English skills as defined by the American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages for the Acquisition of a Superior level of Academic English Language Proficiency. Students will be tested and placed in competency appropriate classes for their ESL Lab period. And finally, workshops are offered in the morning and afternoon, which will allow campers to work with other summer program participants from the United States and around the world.
In 2020, the six-week, summer session will run from Monday, June 22, to Friday, July 31.
The ESL program suits students who are trying to experience the education style of Western education or hone their English skills with the goal of future enrollment at WMA. We limit enrollment to 12 per class, with a maximum of 24 students. Admission will be granted to students who are Levels, 3, 4, and 5 in ESL. These students are able to do academic work close to grade level with writing and vocabulary support. They exhibit growing confidence in their ability to comprehend and respond in English and are mastering participation in classroom and social activities.
Our daily schedule is quite full. Morning workshops meet from 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. and offer courses from our Fine Arts, Science and CEEF departments. In 2019, we offered Ceramics, Photography, Robotics, Finance & Business, Leadership, and an Art and Math fusion project that taught students how to make textile inspired pattern through math and coding.
ESL meets in the afternoon from 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. Lessons and class activities, including short field trips, are created to improve and enhance the students’ ability to read, write, listen and speak English. A classroom assistant’s participation ensures that each student gets the individualized attention needed to succeed.
Evening activities are social by design and take place on or around our campus. We bowl, hike, go to lawn concerts, play soccer/Frisbee/basketball in our fields or swim and dance in our gym. A favorite for all is making s’mores around the fire pit and telling stories before lights out. Weekend activities expand our horizons a bit with trips to Boston, the Berkshires, parks and tours of museums, and colleges in Massachusetts.
Forms you will need if you are an international student applying for ESL
International students will apply for a tourist visa to attend.
From Program Director Gayle Hsiao
I invite you to read a note I received from a 2018 ESL camper (his name is included because he gave me permission to share his email):
Dear Mrs. Hsiao,
I am writing to you in order to tell my very great experience this summer.
I attended Wilbraham & Monson Academy Summer Camp this summer because I wanted to prepare myself as a new junior student in this school. At first, I only aimed to improve my English, especially in speaking and listening, being unable to learn appropriately in Thailand. The knowledge and fun experience, however, went far beyond my expectation. From the first day to the last day of the camp, happiness was the only word in my mind. Every teacher and counselor treated us like one of their family members. It is hard to believe that throughout five weeks in the campus, I, who lived thousands miles away, never felt homesick. I could eat and sleep very well because meals were tasty and healthy.
In the morning, we learned our selective subjects, including photography, robotics, and investment. I found myself very interested in photography. In two weeks, Mr. Bloomfield taught us from fundamental of photography to the use of lightroom for digital cameras. I could carry camera to practice in the field trips every weekend. These included New York, Northampton and Springfield. Many interesting and exciting places I went have widened my world and enhanced my creativity.
The ESL class every afternoon truly improved my English. The teachers were professional, kind, and active. There were a lot of activities and games, which were not only fun, but also improved English naturally. The class also prepared Sung Beom, Mei Yi and me, new students of WMA, to know the learning system in the U.S.
The camp gave me not only knowledge, but also all good memories and friends. Today, I still chatted with my friends who are now living around the world. The camp was such an invaluable experience.
I would like to thank you very much for these priceless experience during the summer camp.
Pheeraphat Trairatanobhas '20