Summer English Language Program (SELP) at The Athenian School


Join us this summer for a California Experience.

A 3-Week Residential English Learning Camp


Arrival and check-in: Saturday, July 5, 2020
SELP 2020 dates: July 6-24, 2020
Departure: Saturday, July 25, 2020

For the past 43 years, The Athenian School has served international students from 43 different countries. We are committed to meeting the academic and social needs of each student through rigorous English classes, fun field trips, and enriching arts, sports and drama activities. The school is located on 75 acres in the scenic foothills of Mount Diablo, 32 miles east of San Francisco from the cultural and recreational opportunities of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Now accepting registrations for 2020!

The School Summer English Language Program (SELP) at The Athenian School offers students the opportunity to improve their English skills by attending intensive English Language classes and to experience living in a residential community. Because class sizes are small, students experience the benefits of individual attention and focused English practice. Students quickly form close relationships with teachers, counselors, and each other. SELP can give students a great advantage when preparing for the TOEFL exam and continuing their education in American schools. Students will have a final evaluation using The Athenian School TOEFL readiness assessment. We have designed our program to accommodate students with beginning, intermediate, and advanced level English skills. Students are tested and grouped according to their English language proficiency levels. Students will also have the opportunity to learn American customs and to travel to cultural and entertainment attractions throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. SELP is a wonderful introduction for students to become accustomed to a boarding school environment.


Who Should Attend this Program?

This program is open to all students, ages 11 to 15 years old, who want to learn and improve their English skills (Space is limited for 11-year-old students). Students should have basic to intermediate skills and be able to follow basic instructions from teachers and staff. TOEFL test scores are not required. Students who have participated in our program in the past have come from Germany, Italy, Korea, China, Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, Russia, Mali, and the Congo.

This program is suitable for most students. Your student should be ready to work hard and be ready to grow academically and emotionally. As they experience American culture, they learn English and how to become responsible global citizens. The Athenian School does not tolerate students who lack cultural sensitivity or are unwilling to work in a team environment.


Program Information

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  • Activities & Field Trips


    Many learning experiences exist outside the classroom. Balancing classroom study with field trips is an important aspect of our summer program. Our students love discovering beautiful Northern California through activities around the San Francisco area and beyond.
    Some of the activities students may participate in include:
    • San Francisco Bay Tour
    • Fisherman’s Wharf/Ghirardelli Square
    • Exploratorium Interactive Museum
    • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
    • Tech Museum of Innovation
    • The County Fair
    • California Academy of Science
    • Golden Skate Roller Skating
    • Premium Outlet Shopping
    • Great America Amusement Park
  • Program Information


    This program offers three hours of comprehensive English studies per day, designed to develop English conversation, pronunciation, reading, vocabulary, writing, and grammar skills.
  • The Daily Schedule


    8:15-8:45 
      Breakfast  
    9:00-12:00  English Language Learning
    12:00  Lunch
    12:45-3:45  Summer Camp Sessions
    4:00-6:00  Swimming or other Afternoon Activities (to be determined)
    6:00-7:00   Dinner
    7:00-10:00  Residential Activities (to be determined)
    10:00  Lights Out
  • Housing and Residential Life


    Students will be housed in a single-sex dormitory. With the guidance of trained dorm supervisors who share the dorms, students learn to make adjustments necessary for communal living.
    Living closely with other young people from widely differing backgrounds is one of the most rewarding experiences of SELP. For students who will soon be faced with the responsibility and independence of a boarding school or college life, a summer of living in the dorm provides ample opportunity for developing self-discipline, time management skills, and respect for others.

    Students are expected to attend all scheduled events, classes and field trips. Students must conduct themselves in a mature and responsible manner. Students are required to treat other members of the community with respect and to take responsibility for their own actions.

    Our younger students, 11 and 12-year-olds, will be roomed together. Therefore, we have limited space available for the younger students that need to be in a shared room. The director of SELP logistics will determine room placement for our students. Please direct any questions regarding residential life, to the director of SELP logistics.
  • Campus Meals


    Our dining services use fresh ingredients and provide students with healthy meals. Our cooks create a well-balanced menu, and cuisines range from Asian, Italian, Mexican, and American dishes.
    Meals are served cafeteria-style in the dining hall and include unlimited helpings of wholesome food for breakfast: fruit, yogurt, cereal, pancakes, eggs, waffles, bacon, sausage, juices, and milk.

    Our food services operations work to preserve and protect the environment by offering whole, clean foods produced in a way that does not harm the environment or animal welfare, supports the community and promotes the highest level of nutritional health and wellness. Highlights include organic produce; antibiotic-free meats and poultry; rBST (hormone free) milk; cage-free eggs; reduced food waste through composting; and reduced sugar, salt and fat choices. Students will also eat at local restaurants while on field trips.

    Athenian’s dining services encourage healthy and sustainable food choices. Our kitchen is run by Epicurean Group, a values-based company that operates on the principles of quality, integrity, and sustainability. Our lunches include a daily hot entrée, salad bar, deli bar, and soup station.

    Athenian partners with Epicurean Group to offer delicious options, including:
    • Fresh, natural, and organic foods. We look for foods that are not genetically modified.
    • Cook from scratch, do not use processed or artificial ingredients, and choose low- sodium, low-sugar, and low-fat choices.
    • Local produce, dairy, and eggs when available.
    • Antibiotic-free poultry and beef; cage-free chicken eggs and hormone-free dairy products.
    • Fresh seafood purchased according to the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch guidelines for sustainability.
    • Fair-trade coffee and chocolate.
    We are also proud of Epicurean’s eco-friendly waste reduction program, commitment to diversity, and safe work environment with ServSafe-certified staff.

    We encourage involvement with our kitchen. If you have any questions, please contact Bridget Guerra at bguerra@athenian.org.
  • Campus Features


    During your students stay at Athenian, they will enjoy living in clean and secure dormitories, taking classes in air-conditioned classrooms, and enjoying all of what Athenian's has to offer.
    Athenian has campus-wide Wi-Fi, a newly constructed Main Hall building that includes our dining hall, Innovation/Makers Studio, a swimming pool, a comfortable library, sports fields, two gyms a workout room, and a performance theater.

ESL Summer Program Guidelines

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  • Student Requirements


    This program is open to all students ages 13 to 16 years old who want to learn and improve their English skills. Students should have basic to intermediate skills and be able to follow basic instructions from teachers and staff. TOEFL test scores are not required. Students who have participated in our program in the past have come from Germany, Italy, Korea, China, Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, Russia, Mali, and the Congo.
     
    This program is suitable for most students. Your student should be ready to work hard and be ready to grow academically and emotionally. As they experience American culture, they learn English and how to become responsible global citizens. The Athenian School does not tolerate students who lack cultural sensitivity or are unwilling to work in a team environment. 
  • The Enrollment Process

     
    1. The first step is to fill out the application form.
    • You can download an application form on The Athenian School summer SELP website or contact us to have one emailed to you. Please type in your information, scan and send it to dataman@athenian.org.
    • Please forward a photograph with the application. A headshot or school ID is preferred. Jpeg format please (please do not send the photo in PDF format).
    • Note that acceptance into the summer ESL program does not give students priority in the admission process for the academic year.
    1. Once the application form and deposit have been received, you will be sent a registration packet.
    • School policy requires a Tuberculosis (TB) Skin Test-PPD to be current within two years before arrival. THIS IS REQUIRED FOR ANY INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ATTENDING THE PROGRAM. Please make sure Part B of your health form indicates the date of your child’s test. This form must be signed by a doctor. When students arrive at Athenian, a nurse will be on hand to confirm all medical information is complete. If you did not indicate a negative test result or if the date has expired, your child must have a TB test at The School. If the test result is positive, the student must visit our doctor for a chest x-ray. You will be responsible for the additional costs which can be very expensive. Please take care of this before the student arrives.
    • It is the responsibility of the family to have all the forms completed before the student arrives.
    • Be sure to indicate if you will be applying for an F1 Visa. I-20’s will be mailed to families approximately 50 days before the start of the program. If for any reason you will require it sooner, please contact Debra Ataman. An I-20 is NOT required to attend the summer program. If you have any questions regarding your visa, please contact Debra Ataman at dataman@athenian.org.
  • Fees


    $6850.00 (Includes meals, field trips, boarding, educational materials, and health insurance). Airfare not included. A non-refundable deposit of $500, which will be credited toward the total fee, is due with this application. International students must submit the application fee in United States dollars.

    There is an early bird discount of $500 if your application is received before March 27, 2020.

    The final confirmation of attendance is due by June 15, 2020. The total fee is due by June 22, 2020.
  • Cancellation Policy


    Your application fee is nonrefundable unless The Athenian School is unable to place you in the program. No refunds are given for early withdrawals or student cancellations, regardless of accident, illness, or change of plans. Therefore, plan accordingly. This program’s planning, hiring, and purchasing, as well as the number of enrollments it receives in early spring, directly determine related expenses.

    Our program is not suitable for students with significant behavioral problems. The Athenian School reserves the right to remove any student who consistently disregards staff instructions, interferes in the learning process of others, or who possess an uncooperative attitude that is disrespectful to others.
  • Visa


    The Athenian School is authorized under Federal Law to enroll nonimmigrant students. The Athenian School can issue the necessary documents to apply for a student F1-Visa. However, an F1 Visa is not required to attend the ESL Program. Students may attend the program using a visitor visa.

    There will be a $100 admin fee for any I-20 that is issued and canceled. Please do not request an I-20 unless you are positive you need one to travel. Most students can travel on a B1/B2 visitor visa. An F1 visa is not required to attend our program.

    ** We accept students traveling on a B1/B2 Visitor Visa. Please DO NOT request an I-20 if you will not be applying for an F1 Visa. If you have questions regarding which Visa to use, please contact Summer Programs.
  • Insurance, Liability Waivers, Medical Disclosures


    A doctor is on call 24 hours a day. The local medical center/hospital is located within 5 miles of our campus.

    The Athenian School requires every student to be covered by comprehensive health insurance. For our international students, we have chosen United Healthcare Insurance (UHC). It is a wellness, injury, and sickness health care plan. This policy provides health insurance in the U.S. including international transportation in the case of emergency, serious illness or death. There is no additional fee for you student’s insurance coverage.
  • Health and First-Aid


    Our staff is first aid and CPR certified. In addition, we have a registered nurse and a doctor on call 24 hours a day. The local medical center/hospital is located within five miles of our campus.
  • Students Traveling Alone


    Arrivals
    : For students flying to the United States alone, we offer a shuttle service. Shuttles will be scheduled with an exact pick-up time once we receive all student flight information. Students that cannot schedule a flight within the parameters of our shuttle schedule, will need to hire a private service or have your travel agent assist you with your arrival to The Athenian School campus.

    Departures: We offer shuttles to the airport at the end of the program. Same as with our arrivals, families that cannot schedule a flight within the time parameters of our shuttles, will need to hire a private service or have your travel agent assist you with your departure.

    Our staff can assist your student with check-in at the airport, however, after check-in we cannot stay with your child until the plane departs. It is your responsibility to plan for unaccompanied minor service with your airline. It’s our experience that some airlines will charge families for unaccompanied minor service and still expect an adult to be with the minor until the flight leaves. Due to the many flights and students, we are trying to assist with departure, we cannot stay with each student. Therefore, please plan accordingly. We suggest you speak to your travel agent, a family member, or an educational consultant.

Frequently Asked Questions

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