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New Summer Academic Enrichment Program for Teens Aims to Make Learning Fun


March 12, 2012

Contact: Alice Myers
Events Editor and Publicist
Bard College at Simon’s Rock
413 528-7443

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA—Get ready for something new! Bard College at Simon’s Rock, long a leader in engaging high school students ready for more educational challenge, is offering non-residential academic enrichment classes this July for rising 8th, 9th and 10th graders.

Directed by longtime Simon’s Rock faculty member Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez, the Summer Program will run for four weeks starting July 2. Students can choose from twelve different week-long half-day classes in science, history, literature, media studies and the arts, taught by experienced college faculty with a passion for making learning fun.

"As a mother of two teenage boys myself, I was aware that it was hard to find interesting local enrichment programs for them during the summer, other than the usual sports & crafts kind of day camps," says Browdy de Hernandez, who teaches Comparative Literature and Media Studies at the college. "So we've come up with short week-long exploratory courses that are designed to be lively and hands-on, taking advantage of the great educational facilities that our campus has to offer."

Students will be able to use and enjoy the college’s state-of-the-art biology labs, as well as the new Daniel Arts Center, complete with theater and dance studios, cutting edge video and music editing labs, and well-stocked painting studios. Field biology students will explore the 300-acre campus, complete with ponds, streams, forests and fields, learning how to sample habitats and evaluate biodiversity.

Other classes will include science classes in biotechnology and the biology of life in extreme environments; local Native American history; Flamenco dance; social psychology and pop culture; painting in the Impasto style of Van Gogh; reading and creating graphic novels; and a suite of digital media classes that will engage students in the creation of digital music, digital animation, and digital journalism.

Three unique half-day sessions will be offered each week of the Summer Program. New sessions start July 2, July 9, July 16, and July 23. Morning sessions will run from 9:30-12:30 followed by afternoon sessions from 1:30-4:30. Students can sign up for a half day or full day of classes. Tuition is $300 per week-long class, or $250 per class for two or more classes. In keeping with the Simon’s Rock ethos of small classes, class sizes are limited to 12 students, so early registration is suggested.

To register, visit the Summer Program webpage at

Since its founding in 1966 by pioneering educator Elizabeth Blodgett Hall, Bard College at Simon’s Rock has been dedicated to providing an innovative curriculum designed to engage and stimulate young people who are ready for an educational experience that takes them seriously as creative thinkers. Under the leadership of President Leon Botstein, the early college model has been growing successfully across the country, with Bard High School Early College (BHSEC) schools in New York, New Jersey, California and New Orleans.