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Program Overview

For students entering grades 7-12 looking to advance academically, the Brooks Summer School offers a variety of non-graded courses, focusing on academic enrichment instead of credit. Limited to 12 students per class, the four-week, 55-minute courses range in specialized subjects: English topics like media literacy, creative writing, and literary analysis, math courses in algebra and calculus, science subjects including physics, aeronautical engineering, and biology, general college readiness classes, and SSAT test prep. At the conclusion of the session, each student receives a detailed progress report.

Course Catalog

Courses By Topic

English Courses

Advanced Composition and Literary Analysis

Expanding on the writing and reading fundamentals, Advanced Composition and Literary Analysis is designed for students entering 9th, 10th, or 11th grade. Emphasis is placed on reading, discussing, and writing about literature and poetry at a thematic level, with a focus on thesis development and the use of quotations as evidence. Mechanics, such as punctuation, verb tense consistency, and sentence and paragraph structure will be evaluated and discussed via direct instruction and peer editing sessions. Students will read and discuss various pieces of literature and poetry at length, paying close attention to thematic development and the human experience literature brings to light.

Foundations of Writing and Literature

The goal of this course is to prepare students entering 7th, 8th, or 9th grade to make the shift from reading for storyline to advanced reading for theme. Additionally, students will begin to write thesis-driven essays. Using high-interest short stories, students practice close reading, discussion, and interpretation of literature while learning the writing process and components of an effective essay. Working both independently and with peers, students practice mechanics, thesis creation, organization, and paragraph formatting while creating their own compositions.

Expository and Creative Writing

The Expository and Creative Writing course focuses on the fundamentals of two of the major modes of writing. Students will read and discuss effective essays and powerful narratives to examine the different structures, components, and styles of each while working on their own pieces using these new skills. The course consists of both direct instruction and workshops in which students brainstorm, organize, write and edit their essays both with the instructor and with peers. By the end of the session, participants will have at least two polished pieces to add to their writing portfolios and a clear understanding of both the differences and skills required to write strong narratives and logical essays.

Media Literacy

This course will train students to think critically about what they watch, see, and read—the core skills required for media literacy. Students will analyze the structure and format of mass media stories and learn about how authorship, bias, point of view, and target audience affects their intended meanings. Students will explore what makes certain media messages seem trustworthy, persuasive, and compelling and learn how to distinguish credible stories from fake news. We will look at how different media technologies, such as advertising, news websites, and entertainment programming, reflect and shape social values and divisions with respect to race, class, gender, and ethnicity. As students become more knowledgeable media consumers, course assignments will challenge them to use these communications skills in order to become stronger writers, speakers, and media producers.

Math Courses

Algebra I
This is a first year algebra course. Topics covered during the session include order of operations, evaluating expressions, solving equations, inequalities, polynomials, factoring, fractions, word problems, graphing, radicals, and quadratics. This course is well-suited for students who have just taken Pre-Algebra and want to prepare for Algebra I, as well as for those looking to hone their Algebra I skills prior to moving on to Algebra II.

Algebra II
This a second year course in Algebra. Students must have completed Algebra I prior to enrolling in this course. Concepts reviewed include relations, functions, solving systems of equations, complex numbers, radicals, exponential functions, logarithms, and conic sections.

Engineering Applications of Geometry and Trigonometry

This course builds upon algebra skills and is designed for students in grades 8, 9, and 10 who are seeking unique opportunities to learn and practice applied mathematics. Additionally, those interested in the fields of engineering, architecture, or other technical careers will find this course valuable. Students will build two- and three-dimensional products to explore core mathematical concepts, design processes, technical illustrations, and the building process to apply geometric and trigonometric fundamentals and properties as they apply to the foundation of engineering concepts. Geometry concepts will include triangle congruency, similarity, and transformations. Engineering concepts will include truss, tension, and compression.

Preparation for Advanced Calculus
To develop a foundation for success, the goal of this course is to build on the concepts learned in Algebra II and Trigonometry to prepare students for the study of advanced mathematics and Calculus. The topics covered will range from coordinates, intervals, and graphs to finding and evaluating limits both graphically and numerically, differentiation rules, rates of changes, and integration. To foster problem-solving strategies, students are provided opportunities to work both independently as well as in groups. Students will also use graphing calculators to learn 21st Century approaches to analyzing and solving problems using contemporary technologies.

Science Courses

Explorations in Physics and Aeronautical Engineering (Session I)

Using the Brooks School campus as our classroom, students will propel engineered cars, fly model paper airplanes, and launch rockets in this hands-on, inquiry-based program focused on physics and flight. This course is designed to introduce curious young scientists to the laws of Physics through motion and aeronautics. Students will tackle concepts such as analyzing flight paths, calculating rocket launches, and engineering cars to achieve optimal acceleration. All instruction is delivered with the goal of connecting theory to real-world applications through modeling and simulations.

Explorations in Biology and Science Writing (Session II)

Using our 251-acre campus as a resource, this course provides a hands-on introduction to the natural world and current topics in conservation and sustainability. Through daily lab and field studies, students develop the ability to collect, graph, and analyze experimental data. The results of the experimental activities are then used in afternoon workshops, where students learn to write about their outdoor explorations using a variety of styles and formats.

College Readiness

College & Career Explorations

Overwhelmed at the prospect of choosing the right college and career? In this class, students will explore their individual interests, research potential careers, and learn about the college application process. Through reflective reading, writing, and self-assessment, students will identify their careers of interest. In week one, students will conduct research about career outlook, preparation, college costs, work environment, and pay. In the second week, students will begin exploring colleges and programs of study. Students will virtually visit colleges of interest and learn about the application process in week three. The final week will be spent crafting a strong college essay. Throughout the four weeks, emphasis is placed on reading, writing, and research skills.

SSAT Prep Courses

The Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT)
The SSAT courses are for students entering grades 7 through 10 wishing to take the SSAT to apply for private school admission or to improve on their present skills in preparation for the upcoming school year.

SSAT English
This course provides students the opportunity to improve their verbal, writing and reading comprehension abilities. Activities include direct instruction on reading comprehension approaches, essay construction and learning and reviewing vocabulary words that commonly appear on the SSAT. Students will discover how to use word match, context and foundations of vocabulary through roots, prefixes, suffixes and word construction as skills to approach the verbal sections.

The SSAT Math course prepares students for the math sections on the SSAT. Along with learning test taking skills, students will be provided direct instruction and review of concepts such as whole numbers, integers, fractions, decimals, percents, square roots, powers, algebraic expressions and equations, basic geometry and word problems. Also covered in the course are specific approaches to the math sections, including ‘quick checks’ and time-saving strategies.

SAT & ACT Prep Courses

ACT Course (Register Here)

This course meets over two weeks, with no class on Fridays. Six days of the course is spent looking at the ACT in depth with a Kaplan expert teaching you the best test-taking strategies. Two days are dedicated to taking diagnostics practice tests because the best way to get familiar with the test experience is through a live, proctored ACT. Additionally, students will have access to eight exams with score analysis to identify areas for improvement and target their preparation. Included in your tuition is the ACT Channel, with live discussions, one-on-one help and on-demand lessons.

SAT Course (Register Here)

This course meets over two weeks, with no class on Fridays. Six days of the course is spent looking at the SAT in depth with a Kaplan expert teaching you the best test-taking strategies. Two days are dedicated to taking diagnostics practice tests because the best way to get familiar with the test experience is through a live, proctored SAT. Additionally, students will have access to eight exams with score analysis to identify areas for improvement and target their preparation. Included in your tuition is the SAT Channel, with live discussions, one-on-one help and on-demand lessons.

Academic Schedule

Session IJune 25July 20
Session IIJuly 23August 17

Extended Day


The morning Extended Day Program begins at 7:00 AM. Drop-off and check-in are held at the playground. Brooks School Day Camp staff members provide supervision. At 8:30 AM campers join their regular camp groups. In the case of rain, Extended Day will take place in the Athletic Center.

The afternoon Extended Day Program begins at 4:00 PM and ends at 6:00 PM. Supervised free swim, playground activities and a snack are provided. Again, in case of rain, the Extended Day Program will take place in the Athletic Center.

Campers must be picked up by 6:00 PM in front of the Summer Programs Office. Parents are required to show proper identification and sign campers out with the Extended Day Supervisor before leaving. There is a late fee for pick-ups after 6:00 PM.

If your needs change for the Extended Day program, requests must be made in writing to the Summer Programs Office.


Morning Or Afternoon Extended Day - $20.00 per visit

After 6:00PM Late Charge
- $20.00 per 10 Minutes



Did you know, riding a bus is the safest way for children to get to and from school. It’s safer than walking, riding a bike or even riding in the family car. School buses are designed to be safer than passenger vehicles in avoiding crashes and preventing injury.

For this reason, Brooks School Summer Programs offers convenient one-way and round-trip transportation throughout the Merrimack Valley and North Shore. This service provides families with a convenient and reliable option when making plans for the summer.

At Brooks, we recognize that putting your child on a bus requires a great deal of trust. When choosing to utilize our transportation service you can be confident that we put your child’s safety first. Our approach to safety is multi layered, which is why we have partnered with NRT Transportation. NRT invests in training, technology and equipment to ensure that they exceed industry standards.

Our partnership with NRT means state-of-the-art safety features for your child.

  • High-definition GPS systems, providing exact location and speed of a school bus at any time.
  • Child Check-Mate System® is an on-board electronic reminder system that reminds drivers to check for sleeping children before leaving the bus.
  • Flashing lights and extended stop arms warn motorists that children are boarding or unloading.
  • Buses that are digitally monitored by four (4) cameras located throughout the vehicle.
  • Well-anchored seats with high backs and heavy padding create a protective seating area.
  • Drivers who are highly trained professionals with specialized training in student behavior management, loading and unloading, security and emergency medical procedures.


Round Trip:$90 per week
One Way:$45 per week

Bus Routes

Andover/North Andover

8:00/4:43-Chandler Road & River Road (Red Bus)

8:03/4:40-Woodhill Middle School (Red Bus)

8:03/4:34-South School (Blue Bus)

8:06/4:37-St. Roberts Church (Red Bus)

8:07/4:32-Town Market-429 South Main Street (Green Bus)

8:09/4:30-Route 125 & Gould Road (Green Bus)

8:10/4:33-Haggetts Pond Road & Lowell Street (Red Bus)

8:11/4:28-Extended Stay America (Red Bus)

8:12/4:28-Duck Pond-Argilla Road & Andover Road (Blue Bus)

8:14/4:25-Route 125 & Salem Street (Green Bus)

8:15/4:25-Chestnut Street & Whittier Street (Blue Bus)

8:20/4:19-West Parish Church (Blue Bus)

8:20/4:19-Amberville Road & Turnpike Street (Purple Bus)

8:24/4:16-Holly Ridge Road & Johnson Street (Green Bus)

8:25/4:16-Haverhill Street & North Main Street (Blue Bus)

8:29/4:13-Salem Street & Summer Street (Green Bus)

8:34/4:08-Chadwick Street & Sutton Street (Red Bus)


8:22/4:20-Bellesini Academy (Yellow Bus)

8:23/4:17-Esperanza Academy (Yellow Bus)

8:27/4:14-Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence (Yellow Bus)


7:57/4:43-Shopping Plaza, 16 Centre Court (Purple Bus)


8:14/4:28-The Loop Methuen, 90 Pleasant Valley Street (Yellow Bus)

Reading/North Reading

7:42/4:56-Summer Avenue & Fairview Avenue (Purple Bus)

8:08/4:32-Foley Drive & Haverhill Street (Purple Bus)


7:47/4:50-Wakefield Business Park, 607 North Avenue (Purple Bus)

Tuition & Fees

Cost Per Course$525
Half Day Specialty Course$1150
Two-Week ACT Kaplan Course$899
Two-Week SAT Kaplan Course$899