An Independent School • Grades 5-12
Feb. 6: Early-access registration opens for Summer at Lakeside camps and courses

by Kat Yorks, director of Summer at Lakeside

Lakeside students, children of Lakeside alumni, and students at The Downtown School get early access to Summer at Lakeside registration on Monday, Feb. 6 at 8 a.m. via the summer registration link shared via email. Registration opens to the public on Feb. 13. Spots in popular courses fill up quickly, and enrollment is first-come, first-served.

Financial aid is available for all camps and summer courses. Lakeside families (including siblings of Lakeside students) receive summer aid at the same percentage that they receive during the school year. For questions about aid, registration, or anything else, email us at or call 206-440-2700.

New this year: Investigative Learning Camp Jr. (for students currently in grades 2-3)

Campers choose between morning theme-based Makerspace and theme-based art classes — followed by an engaging and active afternoon of either a sports activity or a theme-based cooking class. Learn more about our newest camp.

Investigative Learning Camp (for students currently in grades 4-7)

Campers sign up for hands-on, inquiry-based courses focused on science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM). Morning classes this summer include Physics of Flight, Marine Biology, Intro to Entrepreneurship, Comics & Cartooning, and 3D and VR Game Design. Afternoon activities include Makerspace, Sports Activity, International Cooking, and Musical Theater. Learn more about the classes and schedule (8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with aftercare available until 6 p.m.)

Athletics camps (for students currently in grades 4-8)

Our summer athletics camps provide fun opportunities for students to learn new sports, improve athletic skills, and make friends. The weeklong middle school athletics camps are designed for beginning to intermediate athletes. They are led by our amazing varsity Lakeside coaches and supported by Lakeside student-athletes. New camps this year include girls and boys soccer, flag football, and Learn-to-LAX (lacrosse). Also new this year: a morning of Investigative Learning Camp may be combined with an afternoon specialized athletics camp for a full day of Lakeside fun! Learn more.

High school academic courses

Lakeside offers both for-credit and skill-building courses for high school students. Taking for-credit courses over the summer allows students to balance a busy school-year schedule, advance more quickly in a subject area, or simply focus intensively on one subject at a time, without the many distractions of the academic school year. Current Lakeside Upper School students should indicate interest in a course on their 2022-2023 course sign-up form (due Jan. 27), and the Summer at Lakeside office will follow up with personalized emails to families to complete the registration process and pay for the course.

For-credit offerings for this summer include:

  • Arts: Photography I.
  • Computer Science: Computer Science I, II, and III (online and in-person options).
  • English: English 10.
  • History: Themes in World History; United States History.
  • Math: Algebra I; Algebra II; Precalculus.
  • Science: Biology; Physics.
  • Spanish: Spanish Immersion through Ethnographic Research: GSL Costa Rica.

New high school courses this year!

  • Lakeside Summer Research Institute: A four-week internship-style research program working with scientists from Earth and Space Research on the topics of glaciology and climate change. This is an internship-style course earning no credit, but it earns students 12 hours of service learning. Learn more.
  • Spanish Immersion through Ethnographic Research: GSL Costa Rica: A six-week Spanish immersion course that includes a 4-week GSL experience in Costa Rica. This course earns 1 semester of Spanish credit. Learn more

Other non-credited skill-building courses include 9th/10th Grade Writing, Personal Finance, Service Learning Experience, College Application Essay Writing, and SAT Prep. For dates, pricing, and course descriptions, visit

Kat Yorks is director of Summer at Lakeside. You can reach her at or call 206-440-2701.