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

FAQs

When are drop off and pick up for the students?

All Episcopal Summer Institute programs run from Sunday afternoon through Friday afternoon. Students can be checked in any time between 3pm and 5 pm on Sunday and picked up between 2pm and 4pm on Friday.

For students attending two back-to-back weeks, we offer the option to stay for the D.C. Discovery Weekend. These students remain in the dorms until their new program begins on Sunday, and spend the weekend taking field trips into D.C., enjoying community-building events on campus and exploring the region in a curriculum tailored just for them.

Students will reside in Episcopal High School dorms, which are single-gender by building. There is no visitation to dorms of a student’s opposite gender. Students of the same gender are permitted to visit each other's rooms until 9:30pm, and students must be in their own room prior to 10:00pm lights out.

All dorms are supervised by ESI staff on each floor, as well as a residential lead counselor in each dorm. All ESI students will be placed with roommates based on age and program. If your student is attending with a friend, you may indicate that during registration, and we will do our best to place them together in their dorm. Dorm rooms at Episcopal vary from doubles to quads, and depending on enrollment, age, and programming, students may be with one to three roommates during each week of programming.

  • 7:30-8:15 am – Breakfast (Dining Hall)
  • 8:30-11:30 am – Topic Specific Workshop or Off-Campus Site Visit
  • 11:45 am-12:30 pm – Lunch (Dining Hall)
  • 12:30-2:00 pm – Topic Specific Workshop or Professional Speaker
  • 2:00-3:00 pm – Rest/Pool Time
  • 3:00-5:00 pm – Small Group Workshop
  • 5:00-5:45 pm – Dinner (Dining Hall)
  • 6:00-9:00 pm – Fun Evening Activity (Escape Room, Bowling, Campfire, etc)
  • 10:00 pm – Lights Out

Yes! Our on-staff Registered Nurse will be available as necessary. Episcopal Summer Institute provides most over-the-counter (OTC) medications needed at camp. It is not necessary to pack OTC medications. Upon registration, parents/guardians will be able to select the medications they want to be made available should their camper need them.

Absolutely. Our on-staff Registered Nurse is licensed to hold and administer prescription and/or over-the-counter medications. Students are not permitted to have or hold their own medication. We ask that all students check their medication in with our nurse upon check-in each Sunday afternoon.

Episcopal Summer Institute provides most over-the-counter (OTC) medications needed at camp. It is not necessary to pack OTC medications. Upon registration, parents/guardians will be able to select the medications they want to be made available should their camper need them.

All medication is distributed by our on-staff Registered Nurse. All morning and evening medications are distributed at meals. Bedtime medications are distributed by the nurse immediately prior to camper lights out.

Each Episcopal Summer Institute program includes trips into Washington, D.C. relevant to its curriculum, as well as additional trips to explore and experience the city. For these trips, it is up to the discretion of the family and student if they would like to bring spending money for food or souvenirs.

If you do decide to pack additional spending money for your student, they will be responsible for keeping it secure and using it on and off site.

All ESI programs are taught by the faculty of Episcopal High School in the areas of creative arts, STEM, and leadership. These faculty members are experienced educators who are dedicated to the mission of providing inspiring and engaging experiences for middle school students.

All meals will be provided at Episcopal High School's dining hall. The dining hall offers several options at each meal, depending on dietary preferences and restrictions, including nut-free, gluten-free and vegetarian options.

To create an atmosphere of independence and to foster and develop each student's autonomy and self-directed process, we do not allow visitors during any of the programming portion of the ESI week. However, each Friday afternoon there is a program showcase, during which students have the opportunity to share the work they've been doing over the course of the week with their classmates, teachers, parents and ESI community. During this time, parents and visitors may come and observe this showcase portion.

Absolutely! Episcopal High School’s student body represents countries all over the globe, and the Episcopal Summer Institute reflects this international diversity as well.

Due to the nature of the academic instruction, all classes are conducted fully in English and English language fluency is required to participate in all programs. We ask international students to submit their TOEFL score upon registration.

Please note: All international students — as well as students who are not residents or students in the Commonwealth of Virginia — are required to submit the “Commonwealth of Virginia School Entrance Health Form” to participate. This document can be found after enrolling in the “Forms” section of your Parent Dashboard account.