Programs

Summer Programs

Ransom Everglades has reimagined its summer programming for summer 2021, creating a trio of summer opportunities that are designed for flexibility – all are expected to take place regardless of the status of the pandemic with adjustments as appropriate to ensure the safety of participants and instructors. This slate of summer offerings replaces the school’s traditional summer camp.

Pine Knot Scholars Program at Ransom Everglades

Pine Knot Scholars is a four-week, full-day summer learning academy for rising fifth through eighth graders that will hark back to the outdoor-focused Pine Knot Camp that preceded Ransom Everglades’ founding. The academy merges interdisciplinary and experiential learning, taking full advantage of the school’s location on the bay. It includes:
  1. traditional instruction from master teachers in two courses of each student’s choosing (see Morning Majors, below)
  2. participation in our interdisciplinary, environmental studies class: Third Class: A Seminar in Environmental Studies
  3. an additional elective
All aspects of the Pine Knot Scholars program are for enrichment and will not result in academic credit at Ransom Everglades or any other school.

Schedule: June 28 - July 23; Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Grade Level: rising fifth through eighth graders
Tuition: $4500 with discounts available for early sign-up and for siblings. A non-refundable $500 deposit is due at the time of registration. Financial Aid is available.
Early Drop-Off: 7:30-8:30 a.m.
After Care: 4:30-5:30 p.m.

See detailed course information below:

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  • Morning Majors: Traditional academic subjects taught by master teachers

    Students may select to enroll in two courses in any of the following: Math, Spanish, English Language Arts, and English for Non-native Speakers. These classes will be small in size, taught by master teachers, and be assisted by our teaching interns. Teaching interns will be high-performing college students, vetted through a rigorous application process who have interest in education as a profession. The classes will provide reinforcement of foundational concepts, and an introduction to material that will be presented in the upcoming academic year. Students will improve the subject area mastery, develop important study skills, and be introduced to the educational technology used during the school year at RE. At the conclusion of the program students will receive a report card where teachers will provide detailed feedback on each students’ progression.

    All aspects of the Pine Knot Scholars program are for enrichment and will not result in academic credit at Ransom Everglades or any other school.

  • Third Class: A Seminar in Environmental Studies

    In the spirit of Paul Ransom, the “Third Class” course will guide students in becoming problem-solvers within their own communities. Students will learn how change happens in communities, will be guided through the process of studying local problems, and assisted in developing solutions and action plans. With a skills-based curriculum, students will utilize math, science, reading comprehension, research, and communication skills each week to conduct inquiries and create solutions to their issues. In addition, an experiential and project-based curriculum will allow students to experience and immerse themselves in the issues through first-hand measurements, data collection, and observations. One day they may find themselves measuring the water quality of the Miami River, counting the fish population of Biscayne Bay, or measuring current sea levels and comparing them to historical data! The projects will be scaffolded to be age-appropriate and successfully challenge students based on their prior knowledge. Students will present their findings at the end of each week in a variety of ways, including but not limited to, oral presentations, video production, and artistic presentations.

  • Afternoon Elective: Exploring Passions, Curiosities and New Discoveries

    Each student will select an elective to participate in at the end of each day. Electives will be based upon the passions and interests of our teachers and interns, and may include the offering of experiences like yoga, basketball, drama, video production, ukulele, and robotics.

Academic and Sports Camps at Ransom Everglades

Summer at RE will offer numerous Academic and Sports Camps in order to  provide children ages 9 and up opportunities to engage in sports and other activities through a variety of one-week camps. These interactive, skill-building camps will be hosted by our master teachers and varsity coaches in a variety of activities. Each camp will be structured in half-day increments with the ability to combine activities for a full-day experience, with lunch then included. 

See detailed camp information below:

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  • Art & Design

    Session I: June 21-25, 1-4 p.m.
    Session II: July 26-30, 1-4 p.m. 

    This year’s RE Art & Design camp will embark on a creative investigation of pattern and design. The class is open to anyone interested in making art. No previous experience is necessary. Every project will be carefully explained and demonstrated. Students will learn how to create beautiful organic and geometric designs using a variety of mediums. Students will also take a field trip to the Perez Art Museum Miami on the last Friday of the course.

    Ages: 9 and up
    Cost: $450 per session, which includes camp t-shirt, cost of field trip and art materials 
    Lunch will not be provided unless campers are signed up for a morning camp session during the same week.

  • Baseball

    Session I: June 7-11, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Session II: June 14-18, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 

    Ransom Everglades Baseball Camps provide challenging and exciting sport specific instruction to develop the skills of youth baseball players in our community. Open to girls and boys, we focus on teaching the fundamentals of the game in a fun and exciting atmosphere. Campers will learn the importance of work ethic, competitiveness, teamwork, and having fun through our skills based curriculum, while also competing in a variety of live game action including scrimmaging and tournament play.

    Ages: 9 and up
    Cost: $200 per session, which includes camp t-shirt, prizes and memorabilia
    Lunch will not be provided unless campers are signed up for an afternoon camp session during the same week.

  • Basketball

    Session I: June 7-11, 1-4 p.m.
    Session II: June 21-25, 1-4 p.m.
    Session III: July 26-30, 1-4 p.m.
    Session IV: August 2-6, 1-4 p.m.

    Ransom Everglades Basketball Camps provide challenging and exciting basketball instruction to develop the skills of youth basketball players in our community. Open to girls and boys, we focus on teaching the fundamentals of the game in a fun and exciting atmosphere. Campers will learn the importance of work ethic, competitiveness, teamwork, and having fun through our skills based curriculum, while also competing in a variety of live game action including scrimmaging and tournament play.

    Ages: 9 and up
    Cost: $200 per session, which includes camp t-shirt, prizes and memorabilia
    Lunch will not be provided unless campers are signed up for a morning camp session during the same week.

  • Dance

    Session I: June 21-25, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Session II: July 26-30, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

    Dance Camp students learn how to dance and explore their creativity and individualism by using movement as a form of personal expression for language and emotion. Students will embrace the fundamentals of dance by focusing on the basic technique and terminology, strength training and flexibility conditioning, as well as the development and performance strategies of choreography utilizing the forms of jazz, hip-hop, and contemporary dance aesthetics and skills.

    Ages: 9 and up
    Cost: $375 per session, which includes a camp t-shirt, prizes and memorabilia
    Lunch will not be provided unless campers are signed up for an afternoon camp session during the same week.
  • Lacrosse

    Session I: June 14-18, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Session II: June 21-25, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Session III: August 2-6, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

    Ransom Everglades Lacrosse Camps provide challenging and exciting  instruction to develop the skills of youth lacrosse players in our community. Open to girls and boys, we focus on teaching the fundamentals of the game in a fun and exciting atmosphere. Campers will learn the importance of work ethic, competitiveness, teamwork, and having fun through our skills based curriculum, while also competing in a variety of live game action including scrimmaging and tournament play.

    Ages: 9 and up
    Cost: $200 per session, which includes camp t-shirt, prizes and memorabilia
    Lunch will not be provided unless campers are signed up for an afternoon camp session during the same week.

  • Robotics

    Session I: June 21-25, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Session II: July 26-30, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

    This weeklong intensive hands-on workshop is designed for students who are interested in designing, building and programming robots for the 2021-2022 VEX Robotics Competition. Beginning students will receive a thorough introduction to the exciting world of competitive robotics and will leave with a design notebook filled with design and strategy ideas to give them a great starting point for the Fall. Experienced students will be able to experiment with more complex mechanical systems and use of sensors for autonomous behavior and smart driver controls.

    Ages: 9 and up
    Cost: $450 per session, which includes a camp t-shirt, the use of VEX robotic parts and software. The parts, and robots are the property of RE and ownership is not included in the cost of tuition. 
    Lunch will not be provided unless campers are signed up for an afternoon camp session during the same week.

  • Soccer

    Session I: June 7-11, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Session II: June 21-25, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Session III: July 26-30, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Session IV: August 9-13, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

    Ransom Everglades Soccer Camps provide challenging and exciting soccer instruction to develop the skills of youth soccer players in our community. Open to girls and boys, we focus on teaching the fundamentals of the game in a fun and exciting atmosphere. Campers will learn the importance of work ethic, competitiveness, teamwork, and having fun through our skills based curriculum, while also competing in a variety of live game action including scrimmaging and tournament play.

    Ages: 9 and up
    Cost: $200 per session, which includes camp t-shirt, prizes and memorabilia
    Lunch will not be provided unless campers are signed up for an afternoon camp session during the same week.

  • Softball

    Session I: June 7-11, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Session II: June 14-18, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

    Ransom Everglades Softball Camps provide challenging and exciting sport specific instruction to develop the skills of youth Softball players in our community. Open to girls and boys, we focus on teaching the fundamentals of the game in a fun and exciting atmosphere. Campers will learn the importance of work ethic, competitiveness, teamwork, and having fun through our skills based curriculum, while also competing in a variety of live game action including scrimmaging and tournament play.

    Ages: 9 and up
    Cost: $200 per session, which includes camp t-shirt, prizes and memorabilia
    Lunch will not be provided unless campers are signed up for an afternoon camp session during the same week.

  • Speech & Debate

    Session I: June 21-25, 1-4 p.m.
    Session II: July 26-30, 1-4 p.m.

    Strength in Words Speech and Debate Workshop for Youth is designed to introduce the fundamentals of public speaking, persuasion techniques, and basic argumentation. Students will overcome fear of speaking, discuss current events issues and devise solutions to be debated in a balanced format. Focus of the program will be to encourage thoughtful listening and persuasive speaking in a positive environment to give volume to young voices!

    Ages: 9 and up
    Cost: $375 per session, which includes a camp t-shirt, prizes and memorabilia
    Lunch will not be provided unless campers are signed up for a morning camp session during the same week.

  • Volleyball

    Session I: June 14-18, 1-4 p.m.

    Ransom Everglades Volleyball Camps provide challenging and exciting sport specific instruction to develop the skills of youth volleyball players in our community. Open to girls and boys, we focus on teaching the fundamentals of the game in a fun and exciting atmosphere. Campers will learn the importance of work ethic, competitiveness, teamwork, and having fun through our skills based curriculum, while also competing in a variety of live game action including scrimmaging and tournament play.

    Ages: 9 and up
    Cost: $200 per session, which includes camp t-shirt, prizes and memorabilia
    Lunch will not be provided unless campers are signed up for a morning camp session during the same week.

  • Watersports

    Session I: June 14-18, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Session II: June 21-25, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Session III: August 2-6, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Session IV: August 9-13, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

    Ransom Everglades Water Sports Camps provide challenging and exciting waterfront based instruction. Open to girls and boys, we focus on teaching the fundamentals and finer techniques of kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding and sailing in a fun and exciting atmosphere. Campers will learn the importance of work ethic, competitiveness, teamwork, and having fun through our skills based curriculum.

    Ages: 9 and up
    Cost: $200 per session, which includes a t-shirt, prizes and memorabilia
    Lunch will not be provided unless campers are signed up for an afternoon camp session during the same week.

Explorations Academy at Ransom Everglades

The Explorations Academy will allow rising eighth through 12th graders to explore a variety of course offerings at various times for enrichment, advancement or remediation. Students will be able to choose from for-credit courses in algebra, geometry and other subjects, and enrichment classes on exciting topics that may include data science and Rethinking Hamilton, the Musical.

More information will be available the first week of March. Please email Executive Director of Summer Programs Pete DiPace with any questions.


Location:
Ransom Everglades Upper School
Ransom Campus
3575 Main Highway
Coconut Grove, FL 33133

Questions? Contact Us

Summer Programs
305 460 8874
305 460 8879
summer@ransomeverglades.org

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    Mr. Pete DiPace 

    Assistant Head of the Middle School for Student Life, Executive Director of Summer Programs, History
    305-250-4503
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    Mr. James Jimmy Oxsalida 

    Mathematics & Computer Science Teacher
    305-250-4505
Coconut Grove, FL 33133
Middle School2045 South Bayshore DriveTel: 305-250-6850
Upper School3575 Main HighwayTel: 305-460-8800
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.