Q: How will we keep campers safe during COVID?
A: Lakeside School is committed to student and employee safety. Campers will move through the camp in “pods,” be tested for COVID-19 before the start of camp, participate in daily health screenings, wear face coverings, practice excellent hygiene, and practice physical distancing. Should circumstances change, updates will be shared on this webpage and directly with those registered.
Q: What is the cancellation and refund policy?
A: There will be a cancellation fee for withdrawal from any of the Summer School Programs, except in the case of a COVID-related withdrawal prior to the start of the camp. Read the full cancellation policy here.
Q: What are the COVID health & safety precautions Lakeside is taking for this summer?
A: Please refer to the health and safety expectations for Summer School Programs students and families.
Q: If my student is vaccinated, can they opt out of weekly COVID testing?
A: No. We are currently requiring all students, whether or not they are vaccinated, to be COVID tested every Friday on campus, starting the week before their program begins.
Q: Will there be camp on July 5?
A: No. In observance of the July 4th holiday, there will be no camp on Monday, July 5th. The price of Session I is prorated by one day.
Session I (7/6 - 7/16): $936
Session II (7/19 - 7/30): $1,040
Q: What should campers bring to camp with them every day?
A: Campers should wear a mask and pack an extra mask. They should also bring a backpack or bag containing their lunch and a full water bottle. Students receiving financial aid have the option to receive a bag lunch provided by our camp. Sunscreen will be available, but campers may also choose to pack their own sunscreen and/or hat for outdoor activities.
Q: Is there financial aid available?
A: Yes. Lakeside Summer School Programs does its best to make all of our camps and classes accessible to all families, regardless of income. Aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Families may choose to apply for financial aid as part of the online registration process.
- Current Lakeside families will receive aid at the same percentage they were awarded for the 2020-21 school year. Lakeside families must still choose the financial aid option during registration.
- Families applying to enter Lakeside for the 2021-22 school year will have to wait to learn about a Summer School aid award until their school-year financial aid award has been determined.
- Families of non-Lakeside students will need to fill out the financial aid application and upload (or email/mail) a 2019 1040 (2020 if available) and 2020 W-2 or other income-related tax forms.
Q: When is drop-off and pickup?
A: Campers should be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. They should be picked up between 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Parents should remain in the car unless they need to fill out the daily COVID screening at the registration table. We do not allow parents/guardians on campus at this time due to COVID. Further drop-off and pickup instructions will be emailed out two weeks before the start of camp.
Q: If my child has an appointment, can I pick up my student early or drop them off late?
A: Yes, but due to COVID, parents/guardians are not allowed on campus. Please email SummerSchool@lakesideschool.org to schedule early pickup or late drop-off. A counselor or administrator will escort your student to the middle school front entrance.
Q: Is there bus service to campus this summer?
A: Yes, but service may be limited. It is our goal this summer to be able to provide bus service to as many families as possible. We will offer limited bus service to Lakeside’s campus via First Student at a cost of $100 per week for each camper. Financial aid is available. Families may sign up for bus service during the registration process. By May 1, we will contact interested families with the routes we are able to offer this summer. You may cancel your bus service at any time prior to the start of your camp/course for a full refund if the bus routes we end up offering do not meet your needs.
Q: Can I pick the specific classes that my child would like to take?
A: No. Due to COVID, we are offering camp packages this summer (like STEM + Arts) but we are not allowing specific course selection. This system helps us keep campers and employees safe by creating “pods” of students that move through the day together, making contact tracing easier. During the registration process, students may indicate subject preferences; it is our goal to match campers with their subject preferences when possible. (Subject examples: Computer Programming, Mathematics, Visual Arts, Acting.) Find a complete list of STEM and Arts courses here.
Q: How will my student be placed in individual classes within the camp?
A: As part of registration, families will purchase a two-week “package” (example STEM + Arts). We will also ask families to identify the student’s interests. For example, if you select STEM as part of your package, you might choose “Computer Science” as a subject interest. Then we will place students in courses based on these choices. Due to COVID and the need to “pod” students together, we cannot guarantee that students will be placed in their preferred subjects. Students will be placed in courses on a first-come-first-served basis.
Q: Can siblings attend camp together in the same “pod”?
A: Yes, we will do our best to keep siblings in the same “pod” of campers. Please email SummerSchool@lakesideschool.org after registration to request this accommodation.
Q: Can I sign up for just one week of camp?
A: No. Our camp packages are two weeks long, and we do not prorate for families wanting to attend for only one week.