Join us for an exciting, co-educational summer camp where you will make new friends, explore the mountains of Virginia, and improve your English language skills.
English language learning during the BRS ELL Summer Camp includes communicative activities, pronunciation practice, reading comprehension exercises, content-and-language integrated learning (CLIL), project-based learning activities, Harkness Table Approach discussions, total immersion activities, playing English language learning games, creating podcasts, and working on improving your public speaking, writing, and presenting abilities.
Blue Ridge School ELL Summer Camps not only provide a serene academic environment for effective English language learning, but also offer opportunities for exciting indoor and outdoor activities such as: hiking; canoeing; fishing; swimming; mountain biking; climbing walls; excursions to Charlottesville and Washington, D.C.; weight training & cardio-fitness workouts; basketball; horseshoes; bocce; soccer; tennis; fireside chats and BBQs. All afternoon and evening extracurricular activities, including out-of-class learning activities (a.k.a. homework), are organized by the teachers and the class.
*Please remember to bring any sport clothing and proper shoes you need to do the activities you want to do. We have the equipment you will need, e.g. mountain bikes, climbing gear, tennis racquets and tennis balls, fishing rods and lures, and canoeing gear for you to use free of charge.
Your classroom this June may be outdoors at the edge of our lake, at the top of a mountain, at Thomas Jefferson’s home "Monticello" in Charlottesville, touring the University of Virginia’s campus, or in our air conditioned classrooms on the Blue Ridge School campus. If you are a motivated 12-18 year old student, wherever you are learning English with us this June, and no matter what language level you think you may have, you will be engaged in learning useful, authentic English. June is a majestic month in Central Virginia.
The ELL Camps are spearheaded by Dr. Lisa Pierce, former Director of ESL at University of Lynchburg and Peter Cole, Director of the ELL program at Blue Ridge School. Ryan Locker is a Japanese-American Blue Ridge School student from Tokyo, Japan, who will be our intern for the 2019 ELL Summer Camp.
The 2019 ELL Summer Camp runs from Sunday, June 2 (travel/arrival day) and finishes on Graduation Day, Friday, June 28, 2019.
Our 2019 English Language Learners (ELL) Co-educational Summer Camp takes place on the beautiful 750+ acre Blue Ridge School (BRS) campus in St. George, Virginia. Architectural Digest Magazine voted Blue Ridge School one the most beautiful independent boarding school campuses in America in their March 2018 issue. Blue Ridge School is located near the Shenandoah National Park in Central Virginia. The closest airport is 14 miles from our campus: Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport (CHO) in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Washington-Dulles Airport (IAD) is 98 miles away and it typically takes 2 hours by car to get to Blue Ridge School from IAD.
Although the 2019 Summer Camp runs for four weeks, there are options to be here for one week, two weeks, three weeks or the complete 4 weeks for the following prices. You can start on any Sunday date this June or stay the whole month with us.
One week: (Sunday until Friday): $ 1,700
Two weeks: $2,900
Three weeks: $3,900
Four weeks: $4,900
The 2019 summer camp tuition fees include: overnights in a double room; breakfast, lunch and dinner every day you are here; and four intensive 60 minute English language learning hours every Monday through Friday morning. All entrance fees to and for our extracurricular activities, excursion destinations, and movie nights are covered. You only need to organize and pay for your B-1 or B-2 visa, ESTA form, and make sure your health insurance is valid in the USA for your stay here in June. Of course, if you love shopping, bring any extra spending you will need. Participants must pay for their own travel to and from Blue Ridge School.