NCE - Summer Explorations

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Registration for Summer Explorations is now closed.  We look forward to seeing your children next summer!

 The 2018 CATALOG of Summer Explorations classes. 

Summer Explorations Program

Summer Explorations offers students entering grades 1-9 more than 90 weeklong, morning, afternoon and full-day enrichment classes in July. There are classes in science, sports, fine and performing arts, culture, cooking, crafts, technology, engineering and more to appeal to the inquisitive, active, and creative child. All classes are taught by Needham Public Schools teachers and other trained education professionals. The relaxed and fun setting of Summer Explorations provides an excellent opportunity for children to develop new skills and to explore new interests!

Students participating in both morning and afternoon sessions bring their own lunch and stay for a supervised lunch period with their friends. The program runs for 4 weeks in July and students may register for classes in any or all of the weeks.  The Hillside School will have classes for grades 1-5 and the High Rock School will have classes for grades 3-9. Our "Summer Explorations Musical Theater" and "Theater Production Set and Design" programs will be located at the Newman School and our "History Buffs: Uncovering the Mysteries of Needham" program will be held at the Needham History Center.

Summer Explorations 2018

Important Dates for NCE's Summer Explorations Program:
March 15: Registration opens at 7:00am

July 2–6 (no classes on July 4): Week 1 of Summer Explorations
July 9–13: Week 2 of Summer Explorations
July 16–20: Week 3 of Summer Explorations
July 23–27: Week 4 of Summer Explorations

Program times (Hillside School):
Morning sessions: 8:45–11:45am
Afternoon sessions: 12:15–3:15pm
(Supervised lunch period 11:45am–12:15pm for students enrolled in both morning and afternoon sessions)

Program times (High Rock School):
Morning sessions: 9:00am–12:00pm
Afternoon sessions: 12:30–3:30pm
(Supervised lunch period 12:00pm–12:30pm for students enrolled in both morning and afternoon sessions)

Note: no transportation is provided between schools.

Archive: view Summer Explorations’ 2017 catalog here

Other Summer Programs:
• Summer Classes for High School Students: SAT Prep and College Tours.

• Skills & Thrills - Summer Extended Learning Program: For students entering grades 1st to 3rd, who currently receive reading support in their school.

Questions? Contact Carolyn Colonna, NCE Program Director, at or 781-455-0400 x223
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