Suffield Academy
PO Box 999
Suffield, Connecticut 06078

Phone: 860.668.7315
FAX: 860.668.2966

Type of program:
Academic enrichment

Coeducational, ages 12-18


Approximately 120

Program dates:
July 1 to August 4

The Summer Academy at Suffield
Summer Programs
Suffield, Connecticut

The summer program at Suffield seeks energetic students who maximize opportunities for intellectual and personal growth.

The Summer Academy was founded in 1995. Building upon Suffield Academy's nationally known computer initiative, the summer program offers students creative approaches to the humanities, liberal arts, and visual and performing arts. Intensive double-block courses are offered. The student's winter school determines how much credit will be granted for these classes.

Students from across the United States and from around the world join in an endeavor that is rich in both academics and activities. The required Skills Program introduces students to successful strategies that increase study efficiency, both in class and at home. Diverse electives enable students to pursue their interests through project- and process-oriented inquiry. Intensive 85-minute classes allow considerable instructor supervision and hands-on learning.

The Summer Academy at Suffield is held on the 340-acre campus of Suffield Academy, founded in 1833. Situated in the historic Connecticut River Valley, the academy is 5 miles from Bradley International Airport; 20 minutes from Hartford, Connecticut, and Springfield, Massachusetts; and 2 hours from Boston and New York. The Academy is set in the heart of the colonial village of Suffield, a suburban town of 10,000 residents. Hiking and mountain biking trails, including the Metacomet branch of the Appalachian Trail, are only minutes away.

Suffield Academy maintains a campus-wide, fiber-optic 100 Mbps switched Ethernet network that connects all buildings, including the dormitories, classrooms and faculty homes. Each boarding student is provided with a data drop in her/his room, as well as a telephone jack. Capabilities of the network include internal and external e-mail, electronic bulletin boards on our intranet, WWW server (with student space) and full, unlimited access to the Internet. In addition, voice mail is provided to each member of the community. Email is a required activity activity here!

Our library has remote access to CONNECT, an online union catalog of thirty-four public and academic libraries. This enables our students to search for books and other materials anywhere in the greater Hartford area. SIRS, a stand-alone CD system, also provides an index of magazines and governmental publications. A wireless computer network is available for student use throughout the library. Tisch auditorium also contains Internet access, as well as a projection unit, for public presentations.

A Multimedia Center includes a 12 powerful desktop machines , as well a computer projection unit and other training-related equipment. Video and audio editing equipment and software is also found here. Peripheral equipment includes color scanners, a CD-ROM burner, digitizing equipment , digital cameras, a mini DV camera, and large monitors. This room is connected to the campus network and students run a host of Internet applications from here. Classes include work in C++, HTML, JavaScript, basic networking, DTP, multimedia, and basic applications.

Memorial Building also houses a Support (Repair) Center, capable of handling repairs and upgrades. The Academy also maintains a fleet of laptop loaners for when a student's machine is in the shop!

Each dormitory is equipped with a laser printing station, and other public, networked printers are sprinkled throughout campus.

Day students and faculty members connect to our campus network, and the Internet, via a dial-up, remote access server server. Also, all day students have access to our intranet via passworded remote access.

Each academic building (7 in all!) is equipped with wireless base stations. Students with a wireless receiver in their laptops can connect to our networked resources with "no strings attached!"

Junior Academy (ages 12-14)
The required Skills Program consists of instruction in a broad range of study skills, from the traditional to the computer based. Students are taught the ClarisWorks integrated application program, keyboarding, financial basics, letter and essay writing, test-taking strategies, motivational techniques, and leadership skills. In addition, Junior Academy students may choose two or three of the following electives: English literature and composition; biology; chemistry; ESL (beginner and intermediate levels); public speaking; Spanish; mathematics; American culture; foundation art; basic photography; painting, drawing, and portfolio creation; graphic design; sculpture studio; jazz and jazz improvisation; instrumental and voice tutorial; introduction to acting; play production; math foundations; intensive algebra I; introduction to physical science; multimedia; Internet seminar; Web page design; and research and presentation.

Senior Academy (ages 15-18)
The required Skills Program consists of instruction in reading comprehension and technological literacy, electronic research techniques, organizational skills, strategies for taking notes in class and reviewing for tests, preparing for the SAT I, SAT II, and the TOEFL. There is also a segment that focuses on writing college essays and informing the students about the college admissions process.

Senior Academy students choose up to four of the following electives: basic writing, critical essay writing, creative writing, public speaking, debating, ESL (three levels), American culture, Spanish (three levels), foundation art; basic photography, intermediate and advanced photography; painting, drawing and portfolio creation, graphic design, sculpture studio, jazz and jazz improvisation, instrumental and voice tutorial, introduction to acting, play production, intensive algebra II, intensive geometry, precalculus preview, intensive precalculus, advanced calculus, astronomy, intensive chemistry, environmental science, intensive biology, physics preview, multimedia, Internet seminar, C[U]++[D] programming, Web page design, and research and presentation.

Students receive superior, creditable, or failing grades and detailed comments from their instructors. Students who require numeric or letter grades can be accommodated, but they need to make arrangements before courses begin.

Financial Aid
Limited financial aid is available to boarding and day students. ILast year, approximately $16,000 was awarded; awards ranged from $250 to $1000.

The Summer Academy at Suffield
Suffield Academy
Suffield, Connecticut 06078
Fax: 860-386-4476