ACE Camp- Academics, Confidence, & Exploration (three-week program)


Targeted Support to Address Learning Challenges Like Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, and Dyscalculia

Academics, Confidence, and Exploration (A.C.E.) are the goals of this lively morning program designed to support campers for whom learning is 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 Flyers camps such as Ceramics, Painting, Weaving, Dungeons & Dragons, Robotics, Build your own Board Games, Capture the Flag, Kickball, Ultimate Frisbee, Coding, and more.

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Ages: Grades 2-4 and Grades 5-7

$2085 (full-day, 3 week program)
$1635 (half-day, 3 week program)

Times: July 8-26 (three-week program), Monday-Friday, 8:30-12:30 p.m.

Daily Schedule

8:30–12:30 p.m.: Academic instruction; small group projects
12:30–3:30 p.m.: Lunch and Waynflete Flyers Camp options

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

Campers will dive into theme-based projects designed to encourage writing, reading, math, planning, and critical thinking skills in a fun, collaborative environment. In the past, campers have created artwork, joined in cooking projects, conducted science experiments, and participated in team-building activities. Camp will culminate with a sharing event for parents to celebrate the group’s unique project work.

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.

Application Process

Waynflete’s A.C.E Summer Institute is designed for bright, motivated students entering grades 2-7 who may have diagnosed or undocumented learning challenges. Enrollment is conditional upon the child’s ability to participate in the group program without significant behavioral interventions. The program is not designed to support the needs of students with primary emotional difficulties. Waynflete's Director of Academic Support will evaluate applications, including classroom teacher feedback and any available IEPs or formal support plans, to determine suitability and programming needs for each applicant. Space is limited. Apply today!

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 or formal support plan (if applicable)
  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

Instructor Bios

Elizabeth Burdick, M.Ed. A.C.E. Program Director 2019

Elizabeth Burdick was a classroom teacher and reading specialist at the elementary level for 14 years before she became an Academic Support Teacher at Waynflete School; a position she has held for 9 years. She works one-on-one with students in the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools to help them overcome their learning challenges. She earned a BA in Psychology from Smith College and a Master’s in Education from Boston University. She has extensive training in literacy development, math skills, and executive function coaching, including: Orton-Gillingham, Visualizing and Verbalizing, Seeing Stars, Handwriting Without Tears, TouchMath, and Nimble Numeracy.

Elizabeth lives in Scarborough with her husband and their three children Willy(21), Izzy(18), and Oliver(16). She loves reading (preferably on the beach), watching her kids play sports, and all kinds of art.

Stacey Sevelowitz, M.Ed. A.C.E. Program Director 2019

Stacey is Director of Academic Support at Waynflete School. She holds a Master's degree in Special Education from Cambridge College and has training in Orton Gillingham, Lindamood-Bell, and executive function coaching; she received her certification as a life coach from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching . For the past 16 years, Stacey’s intervention work has been rooted in relationship, multisensory instruction and confidence building. She finds a lot of joy in working closely with students to increase self-awareness of their learning profiles and loves helping students find their confidence and excitement for learning.

Stacey lives in Windham with her husband and three sons. She spends as much time as she can outside hiking, biking, camping, and traveling, and also enjoys knitting, reading, and cooking for a big crowd of friends and family.


July 8-26

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