Watkinson School's SPHERE Summer Program successfully integrates fun-filled summertime activities with educational hands on activities and classroom academics. Students who attend SPHERE achieve exponential growth in their reading and math abilities (see the specific averages from 2016 by grade level — 1st through 3rd grade, 4th through 5th grade). The goal of SPHERE is to help students discover that learning can be achieved through varied creative and recreational activities. Our small classes provide special attention and time to explore areas of interest. SPHERE provides an environment with supportive and personalized instruction that prepares the student for the upcoming school year.
SPHERE is a non-profit, five-week program for 90 Hartford youth entering grades 1-5. The program runs from June 26-July 28th. The day runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with morning/afternoons snack, including lunch. SPHERE classes are aligned with the Common Core State Standards covering math, reading, art and computers. The day will also include sports, games, water play, crafts, yoga, and visits from special guests.
Students are grouped according to grade level. Counselors and CIT’s (counselors-in-training) are assigned to each group and stay with that group for the duration of the summer program. This creates a setting for the students to take risks in a safe learning environment. The staff provides in-class assistance, encouragement, guidance and redirection to the students.
SPHERE is made possible through funding from an anonymous donor and Berkshire Bank, Stanley and Hinda Fisher Fund, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, George A. and Grace L. Long Foundation, J. Walton Bissell Foundation, and the Fund for Greater Hartford.
Watkinson School is a co-educational day school for grades 6-PG. Founded in 1881, Watkinson is Hartford’s oldest independent school. Watkinson’s next info session for prospective students is July 12 at 6pm.