All Kinds of News for July 12, 2017
When kids think of summer school, they don’t typically describe it as the best time of the year. But at Chamberlain International School, a year-round therapeutic boarding school, that is exactly what they are saying. Balancing academics and activities has helped to keep these students, with a varying mental health challenges and learning disabilities, stay engaged throughout the dog days of summer.
“The only camping I’ve ever done is in Central Park!” joked Nick S, when asked about his summer at Chamberlain. Nick is in Outdoor Challenge Enrichment and is from Staten Island, NY. The Outdoor Challenge group is planning two overnight camping trips to New Hampshire and Maine over the next two weeks with activities that include zip lining and whitewater rafting on the Kennebec River. After hiking the cliff walk in Newport, RI on a mild Thursday afternoo,n Nick said “the best part is getting to interact with my teachers outside of class.” Building relationships inside and outside of the classroom is a big part of the programming as these relationships become an agent for change.
With twelve different enrichment courses being offered, the programming covers a wide range of interests - Equestrian, Automotive and Artistic Exploration are a just a few examples of the offerings. The students attend three days of regular classroom instruction and two days in an enrichment program of their choosing. This schedule runs throughout the summer, from Mid- June until the end of August. The goal of the programming is to help build confidence within the students who have struggled in a traditional classroom. It also seems to have a bonus side effect of being a lot of fun.
About the Chamberlain International School
Located in Middleboro, Massachusetts, Chamberlain International School offers a therapeutic residential learning experience for students ranging in age from 11 to 22. Students at Chamberlain International School struggle with a variety of learning disabilities and mental health challenges.