Summer Programs

Explore Extraordinary! in the summer at Ashbrook

Summer Programs are open to ALL students,
including those not currently enrolled at Ashbrook.

NEW! Need-based full or partial scholarships for Pioneer-level classes may be available. Please contact our Head of School, Dr. (Doc) Chris Schoberl, via email at cschoberl@ashbrookschool.org.

Young Explorers & Pathfinders Day Camps     $425/week ($11.33/hour)

July 8- August 16, 8 am – 3 pm

Our Young Explorers Day Camp is for students age 3 up to Pre-Kindergarten and our Pathfinders Day Camp is for students in Kindergarten through 2nd grade as of the 23-24 school year. Both camps are covered under our Certified Child Care licensing. The student-to-teacher ratio is never more than 10:1. Both programs are offered as either individual weeks, or you can choose the entire 6-week program for the price of only 5 weeks!

Morning and/or afternoon snacks are included in program registration fees.  A lunch plan will be available for purchase, and information about this option will be shared with program registrants closer to the start of Explore Summer! (Please indicate your interest in lunch when registering). 

Transportation to Explore Summer may also be made available and information will be shared with program registrants once we determine convenient rideshare locations. (Please indicate your interest in transportation when registering).

After Care/Extended Day will be available 3-5:30pm, for $15/hr. for all Explore Summer! students. (Please indicate your interest in after care/extended day when registering).

Week 1 — July 8-12: Out of this World Outer Space
You are invited to experience an unforgettable week where the universe becomes our playground. During this week, our young astronauts will embark on a journey filled with explorations and discoveries.

Week 2 — July 15-19: Awesome Art
Join us for a week of artistic exploration, self-expression, and endless fun! Kids will have the opportunity to be creative, try new techniques, and let their imaginations run wild.

Week 3 — July 22-26: Olympic Spirit
Using examples drawn from ancient origins to modern-day marvels, kids will explore the values of perseverance, respect, and excellence that define the Olympic spirit. They will also engage in building their teamwork skills by working together to overcome challenges.

Week 4 — July 29-August 2: Gooey Science
Don’t miss out on a week of messy, gooey, and memorable science adventures! Kids will get to participate in hands-on discoveries and play the role of thoughtful scientists by making careful observations.

Week 5 — August 5-9: Magnificent Magic
The true magic lies in the friendships forged and the memories made as kids immerse themselves in a realm where anything is possible. Campers may even learn a new magic trick or two to try at home!

Week 6 — August 12-16: Superheroes All Around Us!
Join us for an action-packed adventure filled with thrilling challenges, super-powered activities, and heroic teamwork. Kids will discover their unique strengths and unleash their inner superheroes through exciting games, daring missions, and immersive experiences.

Pioneer Enrichment Classes

Pioneers classes are $225 for a half day class ($12.86/hr) or $425 for a full day program ($11.33/hr)
These classes are generally offered to students rising into 4th through 9th grades in the 24-25 school year, but please check each class for more specific grade information or prerequisites.

Morning and/or afternoon snacks are included in program registration fees.  A lunch plan will be available for purchase, and information about this option will be shared with program registrants closer to the start of Explore Summer! (Please indicate your interest in lunch when registering). 

Transportation to Explore Summer may also be made available and information will be shared with program registrants once we determine convenient rideshare locations. (Please indicate your interest in transportation when registering).

After Care/Extended Day will be available 3-5:30pm, for $15/hr. for all Explore Summer! students. (Please indicate your interest in after care/extended day when registering).

Week of July 8

Full Day class
Oregon State University, School of Visual, Performing and Design Arts 

Oregon State University Chamber Music Workshop

For students ages 10-18 with intermediate or advanced experience

The Oregon State University Chamber Music Workshop is a unique camp for advanced and intermediate string students ages 10 through 18 looking to share the joy of playing ensemble repertoire in a supportive and stimulating environment. With a world-class faculty, participants benefit from expert coaching, sight reading clinics, supervised practice sessions, master classes, and the opportunity to perform with small ensembles in formal and informal concerts. 

The OSU Chamber Music Workshop features a residential option with lodging on the OSU campus for students ages 14 and above. 

Please click on this link to register for this experience, or paste this address into your browser: https://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/svpda/svpda-academy/precollege-summer-programs/osu-chamber-music-workshop 

 

Week of July 15

8:30 am – 12 noon class
Nannette Schultz, Literature

Explore the Fantasy World of Tolkien 

Rising into grades 5-9

Enjoy reading and discussing short stories from Farmer GIles of Ham, watching the animated film version of The Hobbit, playing Lord of the Rings board games, and ending the week in costume!

Dr. Phillip Myers, Humanities

Anthropological Horizons: Exploring Modern Human Societies

Rising into grades 7-9

What makes human societies human? Explore the intricacies of modern human interactions, societal structures, and cultural dynamics. Gain insight into contemporary issues and global trends shaping our world today. Join us to broaden your understanding of the complexities of human societies.

12:30 pm – 4 pm class
Dr. Phillip Myers, Humanities

Perspectives in Motion: Unraveling Global Events

Rising into grades 7-9

Why is the world the way it is? Explore the intricate threads of world affairs and learn about the nature of modern world events. Analyze shifting narratives and gain a nuanced understanding of the ever-changing global landscape. Join us to cultivate a deeper insight into the diverse forces shaping our interconnected world.

Full Day Class
Erik Olson, Humanities

Adventure Oregon (Centered around the Willamette Basin and Tributaries)

Rising into grades 4-9

We will take daylong field trips via Ashbrook provided transportation, and explore the best the Willamette valley has to offer for adventures. We will visit the Oregon Trail Museum, the Portland Art Museum, and carousels in Salem and Albany.  We will hike to waterfalls, and visit some of the main tributaries feeding into the Willamette. (Maximum of 15 spots available.)

 

Week of July 22

8:30 am – 12 noon classes
Eric French, Math

Algebra Essentials

Rising into grades 5-9

Whether you are entering an Algebra class for the first time or want a chance to review key concepts– this week will be for practicing all things Algebra. This course is especially well suited for students who are looking for a preview or want to retain/reinforce skills they have developed prior to entering their next mathematics course in the fall. 

Jannet Kohanek, Science

Roller Coasters Rule! 

Rising into grades 4-9

What does your dream roller coaster look like? Does it have steep hills, big dips, crazy turns, and big loops? Try your hand at roller coaster design and engineering! In this class, you will put your problem-solving skills to the test as you design your own roller coaster! Roller coasters don’t need engines like cars or trains. So, how do they do it? Learn the answer to that question and much more. All it takes is a marble, some paper, tape, a pair of scissors, imagination, and a little physics experimentation to make an exciting model roller coaster.  Explore the relationship between potential and kinetic energy by experimenting to see how tall a hill needs to be for a marble to make it around a loop.  What if you want back-to-back loops? What changes would you need to make? Join this class to learn how to design a crazy coaster full of twists and turns.

Nannette Schultz, Literature

Explore the Fantasy World of A Wrinkle in Time

Rising into grades 5-9

Enjoy reading and discussing chapters from the book, watching the film version, completing activities from the WIT writing journal, and acting out favorite characters and scenes!

Ally Rovelli, Humanities 

Explore Your World through Artmaking

Rising into grades 4-9

Have you ever felt as though there just were not enough words to describe what you see and feel as you engage with the world around you?  If so, this class could be for you.  In  Explore Your World through Artmaking,  students will have the unique opportunity to interpret what they experience through the five senses, using a variety of mediums, allowing them to represent their worldview to others: the first step is choosing your materials: are you a painter or a drawer, or do you prefer 3D materials? As we explore your world through these mediums, we will also explore basic art principles such as balance, movement, texture, form, and contrast. Students will be encouraged to use their problem solving skills to decide what medium best fits their desired outcomes, what techniques to use to impart their unique perspectives, and what response they hope to evoke from their audience.

Dr. Phillip Myers, Humanities

The Quest for Wisdom: Introduction to Philosophy

Rising into grades 7-9

What does it mean to be? Join us to explore the fundamental questions of human existence. Delve into the realms of ethics, metaphysics, and epistemology. Engage in critical discussions on the nature of reality, knowledge, and morality. Unravel the timeless quest for wisdom and understanding in our introductory philosophy course.

12:30 pm – 4 pm classes
Jannet Kohanek, Math

Speedy Math  

Rising into grades 5-6 and must have mastered single-digit multiplication

Whether you love math or struggle with it, or if you want to take your MathCounts/Math Olympics knowledge to the next level, this is the class for you. Learn a slew of time-saving tips and tricks for performing common math calculations. You will practice sample problems, learning step-by-step how to master each trick. You’ll learn how to whiz through common (and some not so common) math problems without a calculator. These tricks make math easy and fun!

Dr. Phillip Myers, Humanities

Classical Echoes: A Journey through Greek and Roman History

Rising into grades 7-9

Explore the annals of time with our Ancient History Class! Unearth the secrets of bygone civilizations, explore foundations of Rome and Greece, and immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of ancient literature. Join us to unravel the mysteries that shaped our world. 

 

Week of July 29

8:30 am – 12 noon 
Nannette Schultz, Literature

Explore the Fantasy World of Tolkien 

Rising into grades 5-9

Enjoy reading and discussing short stories from Farmer GIles of Ham, watching the animated film version of The Hobbit, playing Lord of the Rings board games, and ending the week in costume!

Eric French, Math

Geometry Labs

Rising into grades 5-9

An introduction to geometry concepts through hands-on experiences and labs. This course will be an exciting journey through the world of this very unique mathematical study.  This course is for those interested in demystifying geometry concepts,  for all experience levels, and especially well suited for students who are interested in reviewing a past geometry study or previewing a course they will enter in the fall.

Jannet Kohanek, Science

Roller Coasters Rule! 

Rising into grades 4-9

What does your dream roller coaster look like? Does it have steep hills, big dips, crazy turns, and big loops? Try your hand at roller coaster design and engineering! In this class, you will put your problem-solving skills to the test as you design your own roller coaster! Roller coasters don’t need engines like cars or trains. So, how do they do it? Learn the answer to that question and much more. All it takes is a marble, some paper, tape, a pair of scissors, imagination, and a little physics experimentation to make an exciting model roller coaster.  Explore the relationship between potential and kinetic energy by experimenting to see how tall a hill needs to be for a marble to make it around a loop.  What if you want back-to-back loops? What changes would you need to make? Join this class to learn how to design a crazy coaster full of twists and turns.

Ally Rovelli, Humanities 

Explore Your World through Artmaking

Rising into grades 4-9

Have you ever felt as though there just were not enough words to describe what you see and feel as you engage with the world around you?  If so, this class could be for you.  In  Explore Your World through Artmaking,  students will have the unique opportunity to interpret what they experience through the five senses, using a variety of mediums, allowing them to represent their worldview to others: the first step is choosing your materials: are you a painter or a drawer, or do you prefer 3D materials? As we explore your world through these mediums, we will also explore basic art principles such as balance, movement, texture, form, and contrast. Students will be encouraged to use their problem solving skills to decide what medium best fits their desired outcomes, what techniques to use to impart their unique perspectives, and what response they hope to evoke from their audience.

Dr. Phillip Myers, Humanities

Mythic Odyssey: Exploring Greek and Roman Legends

Rising into grades 7-9

Dive into the enchanting realms of Ancient Greek and Roman Mythology! Uncover the epic sagas of gods, goddesses, and mythical creatures that shaped these ancient civilizations. Join our class to explore timeless tales of love, war, and divine intrigue, delving into the timeless wonders that continue to inspire art and literature.

12:30 pm – 4 pm
Dr. Phillip Myers, Humanities

Anthropological Horizons: Exploring Modern Human Societies

Rising into grades 7-9

What makes human societies human? Explore the intricacies of modern human interactions, societal structures, and cultural dynamics. Gain insight into contemporary issues and global trends shaping our world today. Join us to broaden your understanding of the complexities of human societies.

Jannet Kohanek, Math

Speedy Math  

Rising into grades 5-6 and must have mastered single-digit multiplication

Whether you love math or struggle with it, or if you want to take your MathCounts/Math Olympics knowledge to the next level, this is the class for you. Learn a slew of time-saving tips and tricks for performing common math calculations. You will practice sample problems, learning step-by-step how to master each trick. You’ll learn how to whiz through common (and some not so common) math problems without a calculator. These tricks make math easy and fun!

Full Day Class
Luh Jang Chen, Chinese

Chinese Culture Youth Summer Camp

Rising K-grade 9

Come join the fun and exciting Chinese youth summer camp hosted by the Greater Portland Association of Chinese Language Schools. Our programs are diverse, entertaining, and educational. Classes are taught by native speakers and trained specialists from the Overseas Community Affairs Council, R.O.C (Taiwan). Activities include Chinese folk art, Chinese folk sport, Chinese folk dance, Chinese Calligraphy, and Chinese painting, etc. 

To register for this course, please email lchen@ashbrookschool.org for more information.

 

Week of August 5

8:30 am – 12 noon
Nannette Schultz, Literature

Explore Time Travel Science Fiction

Rising into grades 5-9

Explore the subgenre of time travel science fiction through literature and film. We will discuss the common theories of time travel starting with the film The Time Machine based on the HG Wells classic novel. We will watch and discuss a classic Twilight Zone Episode involving time travel. We will read and discuss short stories and then do a creative writing activity about where and when you would travel in time.

Dr. Phillip Myers, Humanities

Perspectives in Motion: Unraveling Global Events

Rising into grades 7-9

Why is the world the way it is? Explore the intricate threads of world affairs and learn about the nature of modern world events. Analyze shifting narratives and gain a nuanced understanding of the ever-changing global landscape. Join us to cultivate a deeper insight into the diverse forces shaping our interconnected world.

12:30 pm – 4 pm
Nannette Schultz, Literature

Explore Robots, Androids, AI Science Fiction

Rising into grades 5-9

Explore this subgenre of science fiction through literature and film. We will read and discuss Ray Bradbury’s short stories, I Sing the Body Electric and The Veldt and selections from Issac Asimov’s I,Robot short story collection and Super Toys Last All Summer Long. We will watch and discuss some classic Twilight Zone episodes and the original Tron feature film.

Dr. Phillip Myers, Humanities

The Quest for Wisdom: Introduction to Philosophy

Rising into grades 7-9

What does it mean to be? Join us to explore the fundamental questions of human existence. Delve into the realms of ethics, metaphysics, and epistemology. Engage in critical discussions on the nature of reality, knowledge, and morality. Unravel the timeless quest for wisdom and understanding in our introductory philosophy course.

Full Day Class
Dante Hoge, Music

Summer Winds Music Camp 

Rising into grades 6-9, at least one year of playing experience expected

Summer Winds is a music camp for winds, brass, and percussion featuring daily ensemble and sectional playing. We will also have instrument specialists to provide individualized instruction for each student. Lastly, we will cover some basic instrument repair/maintenance tips to keep your instrument clean and in great working order. Our week-long rehearsal culminates in a concert on Friday at 2pm in the Ashbrook Theater. 

 

Week of August 12

8:30 am – 12 noon
Nannette Schultz, Literature

Explore the Fantasy World of A Wrinkle in Time

Rising into grades 5-9

Enjoy reading and discussing chapters from the book, watching the film version, completing activities from the WIT writing journal, and acting out favorite characters and scenes!

Dr. Christopher Schoberl, Writing

College and Secondary School Applications Clinic

Rising into grades 6-11

Are you making an application to a new school or getting ready to apply to college? Would you like some help drafting the essay or responding to the short answer questions on this application? Would you like to master the 30 minute speed essay required by many high schools and colleges to assess your writing skills? Come for a week of drafting your documents and leave with a high confidence that you are able to present a very strong application.  Included in this session are meetings for parents to share insights into the world of applications gleaned from Doc’s 40 years of secondary school and college counseling experience.

Dr. Phillip Myers, Humanities

Classical Echoes: A Journey through Greek and Roman History

Rising into grades 7-9

Explore the annals of time with our Ancient History Class! Unearth the secrets of bygone civilizations, explore foundations of Rome and Greece, and immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of ancient literature. Join us to unravel the mysteries that shaped our world. 

12:30 pm – 4 pm
Dr. Christopher Schoberl, Science

Fantastic Physics of Flight

Rising into grades 5-9

Have you always wanted to fly and wondered WHY you could not?  Did you ever wonder how ANYTHING was able to fly?  As a young boy I was fascinated with flight and ended up spending several years in the Air Force JUST to be around airplanes; if this sounds like something you would do to get close to jets, join us for this week of exploring how things fly. We will start with simple physics, explore supersonic flight, engage in a paper airplane distance and hang time competition, build and launch rockets, spend time with a commercial pilot, code drones for obstacle course races, and visit the Oregon Air and Space Museum.

Dr. Phillip Myers, Humanities

Mythic Odyssey: Exploring Greek and Roman Legends

Rising into grades 7-9

Dive into the enchanting realms of Ancient Greek and Roman Mythology! Uncover the epic sagas of gods, goddesses, and mythical creatures that shaped these ancient civilizations. Join our class to explore timeless tales of love, war, and divine intrigue, delving into the timeless wonders that continue to inspire art and literature.