AGE REQUIREMENT: 11–14

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FEES: Application fee, $60. Day program, $1,390; boarding

program is $1,835. Financial aid is available. Two two-week

sessions are held every year.

BACKGROUND: This program, which began in 1916, is considered

quite strong. Since its inception, it has held summer

camps for young adults who are interested in enhancing their

academic skills. The Young Writers Workshop began in 1997

to give preteens a chance to participate in a creative writing

and social environment.

DESCRIPTION: Students participate in discussions and work on

exercises to improve their writing. Working with their peers,

students gain the confidence to show their work to others

and learn helpful techniques from one another. The program

has a regimented schedule, but allows time for extracurricular

activities, such as athletics or social events, which allow

your child to interact with other students. There also are field

trips to Boston, New York City, malls, movies, and college

campuses.

OUR TAKE: The kids attend class six days a week. Wednesdays

and Saturdays are half-days set aside for socializing. A RA initiates

and supervises these activities. This is not a camp, but

an academic program, so be prepared. If you’re into writing

and some fun, in that order, then this program could work for

you. Your child should be relatively independent to get the

most from the program.

OUR RECOMMENDATION: For children who are serious about

writing, this program works. This is a great way for students

to find new friends with similar interests while they hone their

writing skills. All students can benefit from writing classes,

and this program allows your kid to do it in an enjoyable

environment.