Episcopal Summer Institute
Academic overnight camps for middle schoolers located at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, VA

D.C. Immersion Series

  • July 2019
  • Rising 7th to 9th Grade
  • $1295
21st Century Leaders

21st Century Leaders

July 7-12, 2019

The modern world requires dynamic leadership, and this character-driven learning experience is designed specifically to help develop each student’s personal values of leadership. Through classroom and experiential learning, team-building activities, service projects and conversations with leaders in politics, the military, education, business and law, students will develop actionable leadership traits as well as their own leadership ethic and values. This program is ideal for students who wish to make a positive impact in their community, have a desire to learn in a fast-paced, hands-on environment and who value experience over assessment.

Students interested in this program must submit an application to be considered for admittance. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and applicants will be notified of the results within two weeks of submission.

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Meet the Faculty

Steve Castle

Steve Castle

Math & Science

Steve Castle

Amila Williams

SPANISH, ASSOCIATE DEAN OF STUDENTS

In addition to teaching in the Math and Science Departments, Steve also instructs in the Leadership & Ethics program at Episcopal, which explores different models of leadership to establish actionable leadership traits and a personal leadership ethic. When not teaching, Steve coaches wresting, varsity football and track and field. Fun fact: Steve was drawn to residential school teaching due to his background working in summer camps!

In her 20 years in education, Amila has taught in both the public and independent school systems. She has served as a teacher, coach, advisor, dorm parent, dean and Director of Student Life. Her love for the Spanish language was nurtured and cemented during high school and college study abroad opportunities. After several years in education, Amila earned her master’s degree in Curriculum Design and Instruction.

Sample activities include:

  • Exercises intended to challenge students’ understanding of leadership through questioning and dialogue.
  • Daily site visits throughout the Washington, D.C. region with professionals in government, technology, security and sports, as well as artists of all stripes. Visits vary from Capitol Hill congressional offices to the Pentagon to local farmers supporting sustainable growth and need-based communities.
  • Navigate Hemlock Overlook’s adventure rope and zipline course.
  • Observe, debrief and reflect on an alumni panel discussing leadership.

Interested in more than one week? Check out our D.C. Discovery Weekend.

Washington Impact Experience

Washington Impact Experience

July 14-19, 2019

Explore Washington, D.C. and its unique resources through multiple lenses, including conservation science, political leadership and cultural impact. As the city itself becomes teacher, textbook and classroom, students will meet with local entrepreneurs, explore the theater and music scene’s impact on DC’s culture and history, and hold a roundtable Q&A with a senator exploring the principles of political leadership. The Impact Experience takes full advantage of Episcopal’s proximity to the capital, and students will enjoy a taste of boarding school life as they learn from local entrepreneurs, technologists, scientists, government officials and artists.

Meet the Faculty

Emily Urquhart

Emily Urquhart

SIGNATURE PROGRAMS, ASSISTANT DEAN OF STUDENTS

After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill, Emily worked in public relations before returning to EHS to join the School's Advancement Office. An EHS Class of 2008 graduate, she works to plan and facilitate the Fall and Spring Family Weekends, and her role has recently expanded to include work in the Washington Program and Dean of Students Offices. Her experience as a former student shapes her connection to the Washington Program and the Washington Impact Experience.

Activities may include:

  • Daily site visits throughout the Washington, D.C. region with professionals in government, technology, conservation, local sports and the arts.
  • Urban hikes and meeting with local business owners and start-up developers.
  • Hands-on service learning experiences in partnership with local organizations to explore community impact and opportunities.
  • Visits to the city’s must-see sights, like the Washington Monument, the Martin Luther King, Jr. and Lincoln Memorials, and hidden cultural history treasures.

Interested in more than one week? Check out our D.C. Discovery Weekend.

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The Fun Never Ends

Because many students want to explore multiple programs, our D.C. Discovery Weekend allows students to unwind and explore the region through outdoor adventures and local events.

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Arts

Developed to both excite new photographers and encourage students who are looking to expand their skills through hands-on experience. Students will explore the fundamentals of digital and documentary photography.

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Through daily freewriting and structures exercises, students will work to develop, shape, draft, refine, and finish an original piece of writing.

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Designed for students with a passion for the stage, this Creative Lab focuses on rehearsing and performing a final musical theater showcase at Episcopal’s Ainslie Arts Center Black Box Theater.

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Sciences

The camp not only explores the principles and fundamentals that make up the "Central Dogma of Molecular Biology," it also leverages hands-on experimentation and access to the cutting-edge technology and gadgets of many of today's most advanced biological research into an ongoing passion for the field.

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Students will use problem solving and engineering design skills to tackle a real-world challenge in Episcopal’s state-of-the-art laboratory space.

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Leadership

Ideal for students looking to make a positive impact in their community, this program uses classroom and experiential learning to help each student develop their personal values of leadership. *Application required

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Students get a taste of boarding school life and learn from local entrepreneurs, technologists, scientists, government officials, and artists. We also visit the city's must-see sights, including the Washington Monument, the Martin Luther King, Jr. and Lincoln memorials.

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