The Summer Leadership Program in Lake Placid is a unique opportunity for low income students who do not have access to summer experiences outside of New York City.
Required for the summer before 6th grade, and during each summer thereafter, a five-week summer program provides a free, residential experience designed to shape rising 6-8th graders into leaders by building confidence and teaching teamwork, cooperation, and leadership. Academic classes and the majority of recreational activities are single-sex, with all students given access to outdoor experiential education, hiking, swimming instruction and other enrichment activities.
For more than 50 years, the Julian Reiss Foundation has generously operated Camp Monserrate in Lake Placid, NY for children in Nativity middle schools. The opportunity to attend summer camp provides an invaluable, character-building program whose benefits pay dividends not only through the school year but into young adulthood and beyond. Students participate in two or three afternoon activities, including basketball, dance, arts and crafts, photography, journalism, and track and field.
The Summer Leadership Academic Program takes place during the months of July and August. Daily classes are scheduled for students to hone their skills in the area of English Language Arts, Writing and Mathematics. These academic classes increase knowledge retention and focus students on the acquisition of English literacy skills. Not only does the program adequately prepare each SIS student for the coming academic year, but it also provides rising 8th grade students an opportunity to take prep courses for the Test for Admission into Catholic High Schools.
Additionally, the program features a summer reading component which celebrates the power of literature while forming a strong, cohesive literary community amongst the students at SIS. The goal is to provide both students and teachers with an opportunity to discuss literature together and to create an atmosphere that will foster life-long reading habits. The reading program is just one way in which the summer program exposes students to new situations and teaches them how to maximize their individual strengths and to rely on each other.
In addition to the academic sessions, students enjoy field trips, recreation and team-building exercises. Regular counseling and discussion sessions are also provided. At the end of camp, students set goals for the next school year, which they will revisit in January at “Renew the Spirit of Camp Day”. This day is dedicated to evaluating progress and to resetting goals for the rest of the academic year.