FaySummer Explore • Discover • Create • Connect English Immersion Program for ages 10-15 Six-week session: June 29 - August 8, 2014 Four-week session: July 13 - August 8, 2014
Why Choose Fay English Immersion?
The Academic Program
Frequently Asked Questions
Register now at fayschool.org/summer
Welcome to FaySummerâ€™s English Immersion Program!
nternational families who want their children to be educated in the United States have a unique opportunity at Fay School during the summer: our English Immersion Program, which runs for a four-week and a six-week session. Fayâ€™s summer boarding program makes it possible for international students ages 10-15 to participate in the Fay experience regardless of their level of English proficiency. It provides a meaningful introduction to Fay for students enrolling full-time in the upcoming academic year as well as a stand-alone program for international students who wish to focus on developing their English skills during the summer months, with the appropriate level of challenge and support. The English Immersion Program is integrated into the entire summer Fay experience. In addition to their daily academic program, international students spend part of each day with U.S. students of similar age who are enrolled in Fayâ€™s other summer programs, choosing from a variety of fun and enriching activities that includes sports, games, swimming, art classes, science, robotics, and computers. Each afternoon, students are immersed in English and put their language skills to work, all while participating in engaging activities with other campers. The English Immersion Program supports students in all aspects of their summer experience. We provide ground travel arrangements, academic scheduling, and continuous communication with parents. For your convenience we have included registration information in the back of this booklet. Please register online at www.fayschool.org/summer. Feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508.490.8371. We hope to see you this summer!
Why Choose FaySummer’s English Immersion Program? OUR PROFESSIONAL STAFF The high quality of our summer program is built on the high quality of our counselors and specialists. Our team is composed of Fay School’s faculty and staff, teachers from the local community, professionals in their fields, and college students with experience working with children. Our staff’s experience, professional skills, and passion for working with young people create a summer full of meaningful and enriching experiences.
FACILITIES The English Immersion program takes place on Fay School’s 66-acre campus, and students have access to its state-of-the-art facilities, including classrooms with updated technology, comfortable dormitories, a dining room for family-style meals, a swimming pool, athletic fields, six tennis courts, gymnasiums, an indoor rock climbing wall, an outdoor adventure course, a theater, a dance studio, and an art center that includes a painting studio, a printmaking room, and pottery wheels.
A WARM AND WELCOMING HOME FOR BOARDING STUDENTS The English Immersion program is a home away from home for our summer students. We strive to create a family atmosphere based on respect for one’s self and for others. We live, work, and play together with guidance and supervision from dedicated teachers and staff, most of whom live on campus. Our residential facilities are comfortable and well supervised. An adult is available at all times to answer questions and help resolve any issues that may arise. Kindness, civility, and respect for others are unwavering expectations. We take pride in the experience, reputation, and caring approach we offer. Through the residential program, we get to know students in many different settings—in class, at meal times, during their afternoon and weekend activities, and at social gatherings. Friendships formed at Fay during the summer are deep and lasting.
PROGRAM Each morning, students participate in academic classes that build English speaking, writing, reading, and listening skills. Courses are designed to be engaging and meaningful, with the right balance of challenge, structure, and support. In the afternoons, students choose the activities that interest them. Within a program focused on growth and enrichment, activities are designed so that students have a “takeaway” from every experience—a project, a skill, even a new perspective.
SAFETY Safety is of primary importance at FaySummer. Our staff participates in extensive training in preparation for their work with students. Low student-to-staff ratios reflect our commitment to quality supervision. Swimming instructors are lifeguard certified, and staff are trained in first aid and CPR. 3
The Academic Program Each morning, English Immersion students take academic classes designed to improve their English writing, reading, and speaking skills. The program is engaging and innovative, and classes offer a range of activities and experiences designed to match each studentâ€™s skill level and prior language experiences. Upon entering the English Immersion program, teachers assess each studentâ€™s skill level and place him or her into one of three levels: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. At each level, students focus on improving fluency and developing the skills necessary to become a successful language learner. In addition to daily coursework, students are expected to complete approximately one hour of homework each night. Throughout the summer, teachers continually assess student progress and send regular program updates to parents. Teachers also provide an end-of-summer written report on the performance of each student.
The Academic Program - Beginner The Beginner Program is designed for students who have basic or emerging English skills. During classes, students work on reading comprehension, phonemic and phonological awareness, basic grammatical concepts, and basic writing skills. Students read nonfiction, short stories, and short novels. They learn vocabulary and grammatical concepts targeted to their individual levels while acquiring the skills needed to sound out and build words independently. They begin writing simple sentences and work toward forming paragraphs.
Introduction to Reading Comprehension • Fluency and reading comprehension • Response journaling • Cause and effect, sequence of events • Vocabulary building
Phonics and Grammar • Phonemic and phonological awareness activities • Spelling • Sight words • Sentence building • Parts of speech
Introduction to Writing • Daily journal entries • Organizing ideas • Writing a paragraph • Responding to questions in writing • Writing a friendly letter • Note-taking
The Academic Program - Intermediate The Intermediate program is for students with intermediate English abilities. These courses focus on understanding syntax, organizing writing, intermediate grammatical structure, understanding idioms, and vocabulary building. Students read novels, keep daily journals, study grammatical terms, explore literary devices and elements while analyzing and writing about literature, and develop speaking and listening skills. Through daily practice and teacher feedback, students become more confident writers and speakers of English.
Meet Our Director! Exploration of Literature • Reading comprehension • Vocabulary building • Foundations in analyzing literature • Response writing • Discussion-based class work • Literary terms/elements/devices • Graphic organizers
Grammatical Concepts and Idioms • Common idioms • Intermediate grammatical concepts • Syntax development • Review of simple sentences and parts of speech • Complex and compound sentences
Intermediate Writing • Organization • Essay writing • Topic sentences • Sentence choice and unity • Thesis statements
Alina Argueta is the Academic Director of FaySummer English Immersion. She is the chair of Fay School’s World Languages Department, where she oversees curriculum and instruction for French, Spanish, Mandarin, and Latin. Alina came to Fay in 1997; she earned her bachelor’s degree from Universidad Evangelica and her master’s in teaching from the School for International Training. Alina works closely with FaySummer’s Residential Director and Director of Auxiliary Programs to ensure the quality of every student’s experience.
The Academic Program - Advanced Students in the Advanced program should have a strong understanding of the English language. In these courses, students reinforce grammatical concepts, develop strong reading comprehension skills, and improve speaking and writing skills. They also develop analytical skills as they read longer and more challenging literature selections, participate in class discussions, and respond in their journals. Students begin to focus on the five-paragraph essay, developing controlling ideas and incorporating varied sentence choices. Finally, students immerse themselves in a class where they research the culture of the United States of America, including its customs, etiquette, and history.
Analyzing Literature • Identifying themes in literature • Seminar-style class discussions • Response writing • Vocabulary building • Literary terms/elements/devices
Advanced Grammar and Writing • Advanced grammatical concepts • Syntax development • Vocabulary • The five-paragraph essay
Exploring Culture in the United States • U.S. history • American customs • Etiquette in restaurants and other social settings • Advocating skills • Basic research skills
Afternoon Programs Each afternoon, English Immersion students participate in afternoon activities, which include sports, games, arts, and enrichment. These engaging, hands-on experiences provide our English Immersion students the opportunity to enjoy afternoons full of activities they choose, as well as meeting American friends their age. All afternoon activities are included in the English Immersion program tuition. Please note that the activities listed here are a sample from the entire summer. We plan each week carefully to ensure a healthy variety of experiences, and as a result, not all activities are offered every week.
Afternoon Activities Archery Art Baseball Basketball Ceramics Climbing Wall
Computers and Technology Cooking Crafts Dodge Ball Fishing
Flag Football Free Swim Gardening High Ropes Course Jewelry Making Kickball
Music Nature Outdoor Games Robotics Science Soccer
Swim Lessons Tennis Theater Wood Shop ďżź
Weekend Programs Summer weekends at Fay are a valuable time for students to put their language skills to use. They participate in academic and social activities on campus, explore Boston and the surrounding areas on field trips, and bond with other students and dorm parents. Students are also required to attend study hall each weekend in order to complete assignments for classes. The combination of trips and on-campus activities ensures that students remain engaged in the American experience while allowing them time to foster lasting relationships with students from all over the world.
Weekend Activities • Canoe trip down the Charles River • Hiking • Boston Harbor trip • Museum days • Trip to the New England seashore • Beach days • State parks • Pool parties • Dance parties and movie trips • Trip to a local amusement park or water park • Student talent show
A Typical Weekday at FaySummer’s English Immersion Program 8:15 a.m
Breakfast in the Dining Room
Lunch in Dining Room
Afternoon camp activities
Back to dorms for supervised “downtime”
Family-style dinner in the Dining Room
Back to dorm, lights out for bedtime Schedule subject to change
Frequently Asked Questions Do I need an I-20 visa to participate in the program? Students attending the English Immersion program are able to enter the United States on a B-2 visitor visa. Fay School will not issue an I-20 to a summer student unless he or she is matriculating into the academic school year. In that case, I-20 paperwork will be issued through the Office of Admission. A visitor visa (B-2) is sufficient to participate in our program because, according to the U.S. government, a person is allowed to enroll in a recreational enrichment course of 18 hours or less. English Immersion students participate in no more than 15 hours of language classes each week, and no academic credit is given for their course work. Will you provide families with an invitation letter to obtain a visitor visa to bring their child to Fay? Yes, we can write a letter on the parent’s behalf. Please contact the FaySummer office for more details at email@example.com. What if my child is denied a visa? In the unfortunate event that your child is denied a visa and unable to enter the United States, you will receive a full refund for any tuition/expenses paid. Can my child be roommates with a friend who speaks the same native language? As an English immersion program, it is important that students have every opportunity to speak English to practice their skills. Therefore, we strive to match each student with a roommate who speaks a different language so that all are encouraged to speak English. Do you provide transportation to Fay from the airport? Yes, we can arrange transportation to and from Fay School from Boston–Logan and New York–JFK. It is recommended that you travel to Boston-Logan. All airport travel fees will be paid using the student’s incidental account. Please contact the FaySummer office if you need flight recommendations. 10
My child has only some of the immunizations listed on your health forms. Does he/she need all of them? Consistent with U.S. Department of Public Health requirements, all students must be fully immunized prior to attending the English Immersion program. It is the responsibility of the family to submit proof of all immunizations (in English), with all documents signed by a licensed physician, before the student arrives. Without this proof, your child cannot attend the program. Please contact the Fay Health Office with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. Can my child attend the program for only a portion of the session? We recommend that students attend English Immersion for at least four weeks in order to benefit from the language enrichment the program offers. Can I visit my child during the summer at Fay? If parents wish to take students off campus, they must make the appropriate arrangements with the School. It is important that students become fully integrated into our programs, develop relationships with their peers and dorm parents, and also immerse themselves fully in an English speaking program; we ask that families respect our visitation policy. We ask all students to participate in all our activities; however, we allow for visits on the following occasions: Weekdays: Monday through Thursday between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. Please call or email to arrange visits with the Director. Weekends: Students enjoy participating in our weekend activities, so please call or email the Director in advance to arrange visits and to confirm the best times when your child will be on campus from Friday afternoon through Sunday evening.
REGISTRATION INFORMATION All registrations are processed on a rolling basis while space is available. Please note that your registration is not complete until we have received your registration form, signed health forms, and your deposit of $2,500. Once your registration has been processed, you will receive our welcome packet confirming your registration. Deposits will be applied to your balance once your registration has been completed. Full payment is due by May 1. Any applicant whose balance is unpaid after May 1 cannot be guaranteed a place in the program.
How to register by mail: • Go to www.fayschool.org and download the application and health forms. • Attach a copy of the camper's current physical and a copy of the immunization record. All health forms must be signed by a doctor or nurse practitioner and are due by May 15. • Enclose the deposit of $2,500.
Program Tuition Six-week session: $9,400, with $800 incidental fee to cover the student’s additional expenses, with the remainder to be refunded at the end of the session. Four-week session: $6,500, with $500 incidental fee to cover the student’s additional expenses, with the remainder to be refunded at the end of the session.
Refunds Fay English Immersion is not obligated to refund tuition for any applicant or participant who withdraws for any reason, including illness or injury.
The deposit is not refundable and not transferable. No refund or reduction in fees is possible for a child who arrives late, leaves early, or attends only part of a session. We will issue a refund if a child is denied a visa by his or her home country, making him or her unable to participate, or if enrollment is full. Each student is required to maintain an incidental account (IA) to cover the cost of miscellaneous expenses that he or she may incur during the course of the summer. Such expenses may include the cost of special student activities, travel expenses, and personal allowances. At the end of the summer, the student’s family will receive a statement of expenses incurred, and the remaining balance will be refunded. The student’s IA must be funded at the time of registration. FaySummer complies with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (105 CMR 430.000) and is licensed by the Town of Southborough Board of Health.
Health and Nutrition Fay English Immersion is a nut-aware program. Fay School’s health staff are on campus each day to provide routine and emergency care. All lead staff and camp administrators are CPR and First Aid certified. Please contact the camp office if your child will be taking medication during camp. Tuition includes health insurance for all English Immersion participants for the duration of the program. Contact the Camp Office for more details. Health forms must be completed and signed by a physician by May 15, 2014.
FaySummer FaySummerâ€™s English Immersion Program at Fay School 48 Main Street Southborough, MA 01772
Register online at www.fayschool.org/summer Contact: Bob Rojee, FaySummer Director email@example.com 508.490.8371
Fay School admits students of any race, color, religion or creed, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, genetic background, or with any disability that can be reasonably accommodated by the School, to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at Fay School. The School does not discriminate on the basis of such factors in the administration of its educational policies, employment policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletics, or other school administered programs.
About Fay School Fay School is an independent co-educational school serving students in Pre-Kindergarten through grade nine. Fay offers a broad and balanced academic program that provides enduring skills for a changing world. The boarding program, an option for students in grades seven through nine, is an integral part of school life, uniting students from across the United States and 17 countries around the world in a lively, diverse, and truly multicultural community.
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