Summer is a time when students break free from the traditional classroom to participate in a variety of activities from camp to summer internships and jobs. For many students, summer provides an opportunity to live independently away at summer boarding school.

Summer boarding programs range from summer residential sports camps to a combination of academics and camp with less emphasis on school/academics to rigorous, purposeful academic programs for students whose primary summer goal is academic preparation. Whether it's an introduction to boarding school life and the boarding school experience, a chance to improve academically, a chance to get ahead, or just a fun athletic summer experience on a boarding school campus, these six schools offer summer boarding school programs that offer something for everyone.

Located in Wolfeboro, NH, Wolfeboro (more formally known as Wolfeboro: The Summer Boarding School) immerses students in "the Wolfeboro experience." Wolfeboro ( offers and all encompassing academic and non-academic summer program that is designed to promote the organizational skills and study habits which will support future scholastic success. In six weeks, students will abandon cell phones, computers, and the Internet and embrace a rigorous schedule of academics, recreation and study hall. The goal of "The Wolfeboro Experience" is for students to practice and internalize an elevated and systematic approach to their studies through greater self-discipline and study skills. At Wolfeboro, students develop a heightened academic conscience and build academic momentum for the coming school year.

At Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, Massachusetts students can enroll in a variety of co-educational five-week summer sessions ( Students entering grades 7 and 8 are prepped for success as they develop effective learning strategies and apply them to core course. This practical application enables students to become more effective and efficient learners in the classroom and beyond. Aspiring artists can enroll in Cushing's Studio Art & Portfolio Preparation program, which offers an intensive academic art program that exposes students to a variety of media. Those looking to get ahead may want to consider the College Prep Program, which prepares high school students for the challenge of a college-level curriculum; or the Critical Skills Across the Curriculum program, which features three key components: study techniques, strategies to improve English language skills, and review and practice of mathematics skills. Finally, international students who plan to study in the United States can enroll in Cushing's English as a Second Language (ESL) program. Regardless of which program you choose, however, classes are just a part of your life during the Summer Session. On weekends at Cushing, there are a host of activities to appeal to every interest, including outdoor excursions, museum tours and on campus events.

At the McCallie School ( in Chattanooga, Tennessee, boys can choose from four summer sports boarding programs. Whether you're a beginner, or experienced athlete, you can choose from lacrosse, tennis, soccer and sports camps -- all of which are designed to accelerate the development of today's youth player. The sports camp features a variety of athletic activities, as well as trips and other fun events. With an emphasis on fun, sportsmanship, and participation, campers can play their favorite sport or learn a new one. Regardless of the program in which you participate, everyone will be able to take advantage of McCallie's state of the art facilities, which include numerous groomed fields, the McCallie Lake, the new outdoor track, tennis courts, football stadium, and air-conditioned dorms. The 180,000 square-foot Sports and Activities Center (SAC) contains an immense indoor pool, four basketball courts, a 200 meter indoor track, racquetball court, climbing wall, weight room, and activity center with pool tables, table tennis, game room and air hockey.

The Orme School Summer Camp (, located outside Prescott, Arizona offers summer boarding school programs designed for horse enthusiasts, adventurous souls and language lovers. From two-week long traditional camps that offer everything from horseback riding, archery, paintball, hiking, swimming and camping; to two-week long adventure caravans that emphasize team building and travel to some of the most beautiful national parks and monuments in Utah and Arizona, your summer will be anything but ordinary. For those learning languages, the Orne School offers two English as a Second Language programs. The 3 week program offers students an opportunity to improve their English skills and enjoy a traditional camp experience, including several cultural trips to the Grand Canyon, Sedona, Native American Ruins, and Phoenix museums. During the 4 1/2 week ESL program, the final week includes travel to California, where students will visit Disneyland, California Adventure, Universal Studios, Sea World, and the world famous San Diego Zoo, as well as visits to top Universities.

In Mt. Pleasant, Utah, Wasatch Academy's ( academic and experiential summer programs empower students to develop academically, socially, and morally during the summer months. With a distinctive combination of program offerings, lasting from one week to six weeks in duration, students can experience everything from filmmaking, game design, robotics, equestrian riding, performing and studio arts, as well as academic programs. Depending on the program, "blocks" are spent in the classrooms or areas such as the equestrian center and technology building. Students can choose from a variety of afternoon electives, including recreational offerings, outdoor adventure programs, equestrian, studio and visual arts, and wilderness adventure weekends. Watsach features three signature summer programs: a 6-week Intensive Filmmaking Symposium, a 3-week Grand Canyon Rafting Nature Writers Literature Seminar, and a Girls Rodeo Camp.

At Western Reserve Academy ( in Hudson, Ohio students can choose from two exciting summer boarding programs. The English Language Institute is designed for students seeking to improve all aspects of their English knowledge, including reading, writing, listening and verbal skills. For five weeks, ELI classes take place in WRA's state-of-the-art buildings where teachers and students take advantage of the latest technological and scholastic advances in education. Each weekday evening, students gather in the library for supervised study hall, where teachers are always present during this time to assist with individual assignments and group projects. Students reside in WRA's well-appointed dormitories with a roommate and gather in the school's dining hall for meals. Learning isn't limited to just classes, though. During afternoon activities, ELI students engage in a wide variety of adventures, including traditional American games such as soccer, baseball, volleyball, swimming, tennis, basketball, dodgeball, and many more! Western Reserve also offers summer boarding sports programs for boys and girls tennis players. Players spend a week living in a premier boarding school environment, receiving professional instruction while taking advantage of WRA's first-class facilities. Players then participate in a USTA Junior Tournament to immediately apply their newly honed skills gained from the camp experience.

With summer right around the corner, students are eager for new experiences and opportunities. Whether you're interested in exploring the outdoors or preparing for the school year ahead, these summer boarding programs provide extraordinary activities bound to turn any summer vacation into a summer to remember!