A.C.E. Summer Institute

A.C.E. Summer Institute: Targeted Support to Address Learning Challenges Like Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, and Dyscalculia

Grades 2-4 and Grades 5-7
July 3-28 (No camp on Tuesday, July 4)
8:15–11:45 a.m.: Academic Instruction;
12:00–3:30 p.m.: Waynflete Flyers Camp Options

Academics, Confidence, and Exploration (A.C.E.) is the goal of this lively morning program designed to support campers whose academics are their biggest challenge. Teachers trained in Orton-Gillingham, Wilson Reading, Lindamood-Bell, and other research-based intervention programs will help make learning exciting, collaborative, and successful. Campers will avoid the “summer slide” with small group, project-based learning aimed to encourage creativity and critical thinking while overcoming academic difficulties. Each camper will receive three individualized, targeted tutoring sessions per week. A.C.E. campers will spend the afternoon in their choice of Waynflete camps such as Ceramics, Gymnastics, Ultimate Frisbee, Coding, Creative Dance, Laboratory of Rock, and more.

Program Elements

Individualized Tutoring: Three 45-minute sessions weekly

Based on a camper’s specific learning profile, they will meet with a trained tutor for instruction in reading (focusing on decoding and comprehension), writing (focusing on organization, detail, clarity, and spelling), math skills, and/or executive function coaching.

Small Group Multi-Sensory Learning: Theme-Based Projects

Groups of five students, a teacher, and a counselor will dive into theme-based projects designed to encourage writing, reading, math, planning, and critical thinking skills in a fun, collaborative environment. Campers will create artwork, join in cooking projects, do science experiments, and participate in team-building activities. Camp will culminate with a sharing event for parents to celebrate the group’s unique project work and creations!

Afternoon Explorations

A.C.E. Campers will spend the afternoon in a variety of Waynflete camps that foster their confidence and build a love of learning outside of formal academics. Campers choose one afternoon program for July 3-14 and a different offering for July 17-28.

Application Process

Waynflete’s A.C.E Summer Institute is designed for bright, motivated campers in Grades 2-7 with learning challenges. Enrollment is conditional upon the child’s ability to participate in the group program without significant behavioral accommodations. The program is not designed to support the needs of students with primary emotional difficulties. Waynflete's Director of Academic Support and Enrichment Director will evaluate applications, including classroom teacher feedback, as well as available IEPs, and evaluate results to determine suitability and programming needs for each applicant. Space is limited.

Application Materials:

  1. Student Information Form (Download Here)
  2. Student Evaluation Form to be completed by a teacher (Download Here)
  3. Copy of recent IEP (if available)
  4. Copy of most recent psycho-educational testing (if available)
  5. Check for $30 non-refundable application fee, payable to Waynflete School

Mail to: Waynflete A.C.E. Summer Institute
360 Spring Street
Portland, ME 04102

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