Middle School Academies

Rising 6th, 7th, and 8th Graders

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Specialized for you!

Please Note: Session schedules have been adjusted due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit the COVID-19 Updates page for more information.

June 15 - June 19
June 22 - June 26
July 6 - July 10
July 13 - July 17
July 20 - July 24
July 27 - July 31
Aug 3 - Aug 7
Aug 10 - Aug 14

Designed specifically for Middle School aged campers, these unique full-day academies deliver an immersive and hand-on experience in a specific area of concentration.  Each one-week MS Academy allows campers to build skill and confidence in their favorite interest!

Course instructors are knowledgeable in their fields and have experience bringing innovative and fun programs to to Middle School campers. Some specialized options trending for young adults and older campers include STEM, the arts & debate.

Academies run from 9:00am-3:00pm and include times for lunch and recess as well as opportunities to socialize other campers. 

Roblox 3D Game Develompment: Battle Royale Academy

Instructed by Drobots

July 20th-July 24th


Fans of Fortnite, we need you! Instead of just playing your favorite battle royale games, why not design your own? In this exciting program campers will use a professional 3D game development software, like Lua, to build levels and assets and create action and battle sequences inspired by popular games like Fortnite. In this popular camp students will create a Fortnite-style Battle Royale game in Roblox! Students will learn both the basics of 3D game development and fundamental programming concepts using the Lua programming language. This camp is designed for beginner to intermediate students who are interested in both programming and game development.


Drone Racing and Obstacle Course Challenge Academy

Instructed by Drobots

July 27th-July 31st



Get ready to pitch, yaw, roll, and thrust around the Drone Arena in this exhilarating camp program. Throughout the week, campers will enjoy one of the world’s fastest growing sports, Drone Racing. Campers will first learn about the basic safety of drone flying before fine-tuning their hand-eye coordination skills and free fly the drone. Campers will advance through an abundance of skill challenges, both in the air and on the ground, as they learn how to perform various exercises and maneuvers to become familiar with the drone’s speed and agility. Each day, teams of “flight squads” post up against one another in friendly competition as they race against not only one another, but also the clock. Pilots will first maneuver the drone through creative yet compact obstacle courses before taking on the challenge of flying for speed. There is a creative component to this camp program, as flight squads will help to create the course design and then, help build the obstacle course in preparation for the last day’s final activities and Drone Olympic competition.

Cyber Forensics Academy

Instructed by Norwood's Own Mr. Rowley

July 13th-July 17th



Cyber-Forensic STEM Academy is a  summer workshop that allows campers the opportunity to expand their knowledge of STEM and cyber-security topics. This experience provides hands- on activities in which students will learn about passwords, pass- pattern, digital evidences, forensic science, cyber defense, and cyber ethics.


Coding Academy

Instructed by Norwood's Own Mr. Ramirez

August 3rd - August 7th


Coding is it's own language!  This popular academy teaches campers the logic behind computer programming. With a software called Scratch, campers will use logic, problem-solving skills, and creativity to make their own versions of classic games such as Pong, Snake, and Galaga. During the camp, campers will develop an understanding of many essential concepts behind coding and build a foundation in computer science. Get a jump start on the coding and programming revolution to come!


Studio Art Academy

Instructed by Norwood's Own Ms. Harvey

June 15th-June 19th

Creativity needs space, motivation, and some guidance.  That’s exactly what middle school age artists will get this summer in our Studio Art Academy.  Located in one of Summer at Norwood’s beautiful art studios, this full-day academy will allow campers to produce multiple projects in a wide variety of mediums.  Our experienced instructor will guide young artists through the elements of art and the principals of design, then allow them to unleash their creativity.  Campers will immerse themselves in a world of painting, sculpture, drawing, and more!

Community Service Academy

Instructed by a Summer at Norwood Service Professional

June 22nd - June 26th

Continuing in Norwood School’s long-standing tradition of community service, middle school campers will spend a week giving back in our new Community Service Academy.  Campers will be led by an experienced teacher in spending time in the community by taking trips to service-based organizations throughout the DC metro region, and in participating in service opportunities on Norwood’s campus.  Service trips will encompass a diverse array of organizations, and may include food banks, senior living facilities, homeless outreach programs, and more.  Campers will have the opportunity to reflect on their experiences each day and to learn more about the role that they play within their community for those they are serving. 


Debate Academy

Instructed by Norwood's Own Mr. Risen

July 6th - July 10th


For our future lawyers and public speakers, or for anyone who enjoys a good hearty debate, this is the class for you. Campers will learn the powerful art of persuasion in a public forum allowing for some fun and engaging discussions around a whole sort of issue relevant to middle school students.  Should homework be mandatory? Are video games too violent? Should junk food be allowed in schools? Should the voting age be lowered? Should grades be abolished? Is history important to study? Answers to these questions and more are up for debate!

Movie Making Academy

August 10th - August 14th

This full-day academy will allow middle school age campers to immerse themselves in the art of making movies come to life!  The class will explore various aspects of video production, from planning a storyboard and filming, to acting and editing footage.  Campers will have the chance to perform different roles in the process, so whether they enjoying being in front of the camera or behind the scenes, they’ll play an important role in the movie making team.  The class will produce multiple projects that may range from commercials to short films, all the while learning the specialized techniques required for each genre.  When the camera starts rolling, the movie making magic begins!

Summer at Norwood

8821 River Road

Bethesda, Maryland 20817

Phone: 301-841-2254

Email: summer@norwoodschool.org

Norwood School is a coeducational independent day school with approximately 450 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.  Norwood's child-centered program inspires confident, compassionate, independent, and creative thinkers who embrace lifelong learning.  Learn more at www.norwoodschool.org