July 12-16, 2021

in-person & virtual programs

EAGLE School is excited to announce our 2021 Summer Camps. In designing the programs, we gave ourselves a curriculum challenge: offer learning and growth opportunities normally not fully implemented during the academic year. We answered that challenge with programs that will appeal to gifted, talented, and advanced students in the entire greater Madison community.
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EAGLE School Summer Camps are designed to challenge gifted, talented, and advanced learners, going beyond the standards of a traditional September through June curriculum, to focus on learning activities that will surprise and entertain young students.

Below, you will find all the information you need to register your student(s). If you have questions or need additional information, please contact the Summer Camps coordinator, Andrew Irving, monsieur@eagleschool.org.

Schedule & Tuition

Dates:  In-person and virtual programs, July 12-16

Rates $145-$150 per program for the week

Refunds If plans change or a program must be cancelled, you can switch programs (if space permits) or receive a full refund until June 1, 2021. Cancellations will be refunded at a 50% rate until July 1. After July 1, no refunds will be available.

Financial Aid: Financial aid may be awarded based on need. Applicants in need of financial aid should first contact Jimlene Pleva, Financial Coordinator, jimlene@eagleschool.org. Non-EAGLE School families will be asked to provide financial documentation and a letter of recommendation.

Programs at a glance


EAGLE Summer Camps are designed for gifted, talented, and academically advanced students.

Students not currently attending EAGLE School are more than welcome!  For these students, please have a current teacher or school official submit this recommendation on behalf of the student.  In the meantime, please go ahead and register (space is limited). Once EAGLE School receives this form, we will let you know that registration has been approved. If for whatever reason admission is not granted, a full refund will be provided.


EAGLE School cannot provide transportation for the summer program this year. If transportation is an issue (including needing an early arrival or a late departure), please contact the Summer Camps Coordinator, Andrew Irving, monsieur@eagleschool.org, and we will do our best to find a solution.

Before- and After-Camp Supervision

For in-person camps, students can arrive as early as 8:45 am and must be picked up no later than 12:15 pm. After-camp supervision is not available this year.

Registration options 

Register below and pay with a credit/debit card or PayPal:
  1. Register below then check out using “Your Shopping Cart”.
  2. You will then receive a link with a form to provide registration and health information.

Please note: You do not need a PayPal account to register and pay. Look for the gray “Pay with Debit or Credit Card”

Register and pay by check:
  1. Learn about our programs below.
  2. Use this form to provide registration and health information.
  3. Send or deliver your check to EAGLE School. Following COVID-19 procedures at our building, visitors can meet a member of our staff outside our main entrance (Door #1), Monday – Friday, 8:00 – 4:00.

In-building Guidelines for Summer Camp

The following pertains to in-person camp participants. As we begin to return to normal, we must still be mindful of best practices for in-person instruction to ensure the health and safety of all participants and staff. The following protocols have been established in line with up-to-date data reports and recommendations from Public Health Madison & Dane County.


Masks must be worn inside the building by all unvaccinated individuals. This includes most if not all camp participants. Masks must fit snugly over the nose and mouth and under the chin leaving no gaps around the sides.

Masking inside for vaccinated individuals is optional.

Snacks, Breaks, and Water

Participants may not eat while inside the building. Snacks can be consumed during outdoor breaks at 10:15 or 10:30.

Participants are encouraged to bring a water bottle. Water dispensers are available to fill water bottles (drinking fountains are not available for use). Unvaccinated participants can of course remove their mask briefly to consume water.

Social Distancing

A 3 foot distance must be maintained both inside and outside.

Participants will not share materials (pencils, paper, etc.).

Other Guidelines for In-person Participants

What to bring?

Water Bottle: water dispensers are available. Access to drinking fountains is restricted.

Snack: There will be a 15-minute outdoor break each day. Participants are invited to bring a snack for break. Snacks can only be consumed outside.

Bug Spray: As weather and curriculum permit, students may have class outside, or may explore grasslands and woodlands where mosquitos and ticks may be present. EAGLE staff will follow the preferences you indicated on the health form with regard to applying insect repellent that either you or EAGLE provides.

Sunscreen: EAGLE does not provide sunscreen. Please send sunscreen with the participant if you feel that is necessary.

Anything else? Teachers may send a message to participants/families asking them to bring other materials.

What to wear?

Participants should dress appropriately for both indoor and outdoor activities. Phys Ed participants should be especially prepared for outdoor physical activities.

EAGLE Clothing Guidelines stipulate that clothing may not advertise or advocate the use of firearms, alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, or other controlled substances. Clothing may not use obscenities or depict hate speech targeting groups based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation or any other protected groups.

Drop-off and Pick-up

Participants can arrive between 8:45 and 9:00 am.

We ask that participants be picked up no later than 12:15.

Please only use the Main Entrance (east side of building, closest to Gunflint Park).


“Click to pay” and register. Your shopping cart will appear at the top of the screen.
Please pay close attention to age/grade restrictions and when courses are offered.
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Art & Poetry

Using the beautiful landscape around EAGLE school as inspiration, participants will create original art and poetry by reflecting on their own observations and experiences of the natural world. Activities include painting in plein air, nature journaling, clay work with impressions of natural materials, digital photography, and maybe even embroidery work… all with the focus of increasing eco-awareness in our community.

  • $145 (Click above to pay. The “Shopping Cart” will appear at the top of this page.)
  • In-person instruction
  • 9:00 am – noon, July 12-16
  • Registration is open for students entering 4th through 6th grades.
  • Program led by EAGLE Art teacher, Sharon Irving, and EAGLE LASSD (language arts, social studies, and drama) teacher Janice Lacock.

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Review chess rules and dive into the strategy and tactics of the game. Participants will examine different opening set ups, typical middle-game plans, topical tactical motifs, and endgame principles. Students will be involved in tournament playing and puzzle solving as well in interactive discussions.

  • $150 (Click above to pay. The “Shopping Cart” will appear at the top of this page.)
  • Virtual instruction
  • 9:00 am – noon, July 12-16
  • Registration is open for students entering 2nd – 9th grades.
  • Program led by EAGLE Chess Club advisor Alex Betaneli. Alex is a national chess master and currently the fifth-ranked chess player in Wisconsin. Listen to two NPR interviews with Alex here.

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First Wave cohort

First Wave: Page To Stage Youth Workshop (cancelled)

This program has unfortunately been cancelled due to under enrollment. We hope to continue working with First Wave in the future!

In this week-long workshop, youth will work with First Wave Scholars/Teaching Artists to create a written work that they will workshop for performance. In this workshop, youth will learn: creative writing skills, collaborative art making, keys to performance, virtual performance, and more.

  • Program led by James Gavins, First Wave Alumnus and UW-Madison Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives Arts Education Outreach Specialist. Instruction will also include collaboration from current First Wave UW-Madison students.

About First Wave: The First Wave Spoken Word and Hip Hop Arts Learning Community is a cutting-edge multicultural artistic program for incoming students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Bringing together young artists and leaders from across the U.S and beyond, the First Wave Learning Community offers students the opportunity to live, study and create together in a close-knit, dynamic campus community. Administered by the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives (OMAI), the First Wave Learning Community is the first university program in the country centered on spoken word and hip-hop culture. Learn more at omai.wisc.edu.

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French Improv

Skits and improv are the name of the game in this program designed to let participants unleash their creative voices (or perhaps find them!). In addition to improv, activities will include some clever lip-synching to scenes from popular French-language TV, a reenactment of a few of Fontaine’s “Fables”, and an original sketch written and performed by the participants.

  • $145 (Click above to pay. The “Shopping Cart” will appear at the top of this page.)
  • In-person instruction
  • 9:00 am – noon, July 12-16
  • Registration is open to students with at least a “Novice High” level of French (see description, page 9, here). For EAGLE students, this would be students who have completed French 3/4 (entering French 4/5 in the fall).
  • Program led by EAGLE French 3/4-7/8 teacher, Andrew Irving.

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French Music & Art: Life in the Ocean

Filled with fun music, props, activities and art projects, this program allows children to develop their French language skills effortlessly. We will explore “Life in the Ocean.” Whales, mermaids, pirates, sharks, submarines, octopi and little crabs – what an adventure in language! Along the way we’ll learn about playing on the beach, what animals eat, clothing vocabulary, counting, colors, and plenty of functional phrases.

  • $145 (Click above to pay. The “Shopping Cart” will appear at the top of this page.)
  • In-person instruction
  • 9:00 am – noon, July 12-16
  • Registration is open to students entering 1st – 2nd grades.
  • Program led by Kelly Santiago.

Kelly Santiago has extensive experience teaching children French. She has worked at Concordia Language Villages French Camp, served as a Peace Corps Teacher in French Speaking Africa, and taught Music Lingua French Classes to children.

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Hamilton & History

Hamilton & History

Using the musical Hamilton as a springboard, students will explore the history of the early American republic and analyze how pop culture can influence our memories of the past.

  • $145 (Click above to pay. The “Shopping Cart” will appear at the top of this page.)
  • In-person instruction
  • 9:00 am – noon, July 12-16
  • Registration is open for students entering 7th through 9th grades.
  • Program led be EAGLE History teacher, Maggie Flamingo.

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Home Cookin’ (cancelled)

This program has unfortunately been cancelled due to under enrollment.

Young cooking enthusiasts will feel right at home as they prepare a variety of dishes and desserts from the comfort of their own kitchen. Armed with a shopping list well ahead of time, they will be able to connect with fellow participants and their teacher as they develop their culinary talents in a fun and interactive virtual atmosphere. No prior cooking knowledge or skills necessary.

  • Virtual instruction
  • 1:00 – 3:30 pm, July 12-16
  • Registration is open for students 7-11 years old.
  • Program led by EAGLE “Nest” teacher Traci Murphy.

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Sophia (nest)

Kindergarten Here We come! 

Incoming EAGLE Kindergartners can meet classmates and learn cooperation skills while having fun singing songs, playing games, learning numbers & letters, and playing on the playground.

  • $145 (Click above to pay. The “Shopping Cart” will appear at the top of this page.)
  • In-person instruction
  • 9:00 am – noon, July 12-16
  • Registration is open only for incoming EAGLE “Nest” Kindergartners. Incoming students will be invited to register.
  • Program led by EAGLE “Nest” teachers Traci Murphy & Jane Kufel.

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Phys Ed for the Mind & Body

Participants will engage in a series of quests — such as international sports & games, strategy challenges, and other innovative & traditional activities — to challenge them both mentally and physically.

  • $145 (Click above to pay. The “Shopping Cart” will appear at the top of this page.)
  • In-person instruction
  • 9:00 am – noon, July 12-16
  • Registration is open for students entering 5th – 8th grades.
  • Program led by EAGLE Physical Education teacher Yann Biancat.

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