Click the photo to view the award-winning short film Toastbusters made last summer in Summer @Austin's Filmmakers program.

Summer @Austin

Envision your summer adventure: Is it learning how to make your own short films? Learning to be a video game designer? Or paddling down a New England waterway and exploring local ecosystems?

Our summer programs include everything from the studious to the fun. Every week, beginning June 19 and running through August 11, students in Grades 3 through 12 have the opportunity to try something new. 

Below are the full details of our many summer offerings. Costs are inclusive of all materials.

Once you've selected a program (or programs):

  1. Click the Register Now button. Start your registration by telling us the name of your child, or children.
  2. Select the program(s) you want for each child. Please be sure to click the dot next to the program and the session.
  3. After selecting programs for each child and agreeing to the program waivers, we will collect your information, emergency contact information and basic information on your child (including allergies) so we may better serve you. 

Questions may be directed to Mrs. Jocelyn O'Sullivan at 781.944.4900 x777 or josullivan@austinprep.org..

Sacrament of Confirmation Classes at Austin Prep

  • Sessions offered:
    • June 19-23
    • June 26-30
    • July 10-14
  • Dates and times:
    • Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesday, Fridays from 12:30-3:30 pm
    • Thursdays - Retreat from 10:30 am-3:30 pm
  • Grades 11-12
  • $350/week (only 1 week is needed)
  • Requirements: Written approval from participant's pastor

Austin Prep is offering three, one-week courses for rising juniors and seniors and also any graduates and/or friends of Austin Prep that would like to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation but missed their regular parish program. The week-long course contents are identical to the materials used in parish confirmation programs and participants will fulfill all the requirements for the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation. All  program fees benefit Austin Prep's Campus Ministry Program.

Those who would like to enroll must arrange the actual reception of the sacrament with their pastor. In addition, admission requires the approval  of the participants' pastors.

Austin Prep Softball Program - Skills & Drills

  • June 26-29
  • 9:00 am-12:00 noon
  • Grades 6-10
  • $250, includes program T-shirt

Participants will learn softball skills to improve coordination, strength, and self-awareness. The program will emphasize fundamental development and offer individualized attention from instructors. Athletes will need to bring their own gloves, sunscreen, water, and appropriate clothing for weather conditions. Pitching instruction will be provided by Michele Brewer, high school varsity coach and former college pitcher.  

Audio Recording with Garageband

  • June 26-30
  • 9:00 am-12:00 noon
  • Grades 6-12
  • $200

Participants will learn and explore the art of music recording and mixing using the iPad application Garageband. Here they will utilize the audio tools such as recording, mixing, stereo panning, looping, special effects and much more to create their own original music soundtrack.

New England by Waterway

  • June 26-30
  • 9:00 am-5:00 pm
  • Grades 6-12
  • $795, includes admissions and lunch

Enjoy New England like never before - from the various bodies of water that have shaped the character, culture, and history of our region. Students will enjoy a full-day outing on the tranquil Ipswich River kayaking through a natural reservation. We will journey to the coast city of Newburyport to board a whale watching vessel and return back to port in time to try a specialty dessert at Chococoa Baking Company. We will go under the sea and encounter marine life at the New England Aquarium and take in an IMAX movie about the ocean's creatures. An outing to Gloucester is the perfect storm of learning and fun as we work alongside marine scientists at the Marine Science Center to explore the intertidal zone before participating in a squid dissection. Our fifth day takes us on an adventure to the coast of Maine where we will enjoy a walk on the scenic Marginal Way and lunch on the pier.

John Smith Soccer School

  • Sessions offered:
    • July 10-14
    • July 17-21
    • July 24-28
    • July 31-August 4
  • 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Grades 3-12
  • $450/week, includes lunch

John Smith Soccer School of Milford, MA will be hosting four, week-long summer clinics for boys and girls at Austin Prep.

John Smith has been running youth clinics in Massachusetts for more than 40 years. A kicker in the National Football League, Smith was the New England Patriots Rookie of the Year in 1974, led the NFL in scoring in 1979 and 1980, and was an NFL All-Pro Player in 1980. He retired from football in 1983 and founded a soccer school.

The clinics are being organized by John Smith Soccer School. Please register on the John Smith website by clicking here. Be sure to choose Austin Prep as the location.

Conversational Spanish For Adults

  • July 10, 12, 14, 17, 19
  • 7:00-9:00 pm
  • Ages 21+
  • $200, includes dinner (non-alcoholic beverages) on July 19 

Adults will review beginner to intermediate conversational Spanish while also enjoying the culture of the Spanish and Latino world. This class is perfect for individuals planning an international trip, learning a new language, or brushing up on basic terminology. Adults will focus on expressing oneself orally and in written form while using proper verb conjugations, adjective agreement and other grammatical concepts. At the end of the week we will engage in a field trip to a local Mexican restaurant. 

Spanish - Tacos & Tenses

  • July 10-14
  • 9:00 am-12:00 noon (July 14 will be extended to accommodate lunch)
  • Grades 8-12
  • $200, includes lunch on July 14 

Students will review beginner to intermediate Spanish while also enjoying the culture of the Spanish and Latino world.  This class is perfect for those who are enrolled in intermediate Spanish classes in the fall. Students will focus on expressing oneself orally and in written form while using proper verb conjugations, adjective agreement, and other grammatical concepts. Lessons will incorporate internet resources and apps as well as class review games. At the end of the week, we will engage in a field trip to a local Mexican restaurant..

Filmmakers

  • Sessions offered:
    • July 17-21
    • July 31-August 4
  • 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Grades 6-12 (due to the self-driven nature of the program, the experience is scaled to each student's age and skill level)
  • $650/week, includes lunch
  • Limit 16 students/week

Hollywood dreams begin here! A student-produced film during the 2016 summer program was selected as a “Best Of” by the Boston International Kids Film Festival, and featured at the “Best Of BIKFF Short Films & Fall 2016 Student Films.”

Our Filmmaking workshop is the perfect place for a student interested in starting his/her video production journey, or for an experienced cinematographer to refine and practice his/her skills with professional equipment and an experienced staff. Get behind a professional camera and learn from industry experts to write, produce, edit and publish your own short film. Develop real-world skills that are applicable in the classroom, college and workplace no matter your career interest.

Students engage hands-on throughout the entire production process. They begin with filming small skits and studio broadcasts to learn scriptwriting, storyboarding, lighting, cinematography, directing, graphic design, audio mixing, editing, color correcting and special effects. They then collaborate with other students to produce their own short films.

Students unlock their creativity and immerse themselves in exciting, self-driven projects. They work in front of and behind the camera and work hands-on with Austin Prep’s industry-standard production equipment, computers, and software. On the final day, families are welcome to join the students as we screen the videos produced during the week. Productions are also published on the APS Media YouTube channel and website.  Here is link to the Summer 2016 films: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKMlkh6ON2UjGZC9QVRgpLHt5Nd-CU2Sp

Study Skills for Success

  • July 17-21
  • 9:00 am-12:00 noon
  • Grades 8-12
  • $200

This course is aimed at improving note taking, listening/reading comprehension, research, and presentation skills. Students will learn to identify important points in classroom lectures along with note-taking strategies for increasing the quality of their notes for maximum recall. The students will practice presentation development (PowerPoint, etc.) and delivery. After the presentations, students will work on test-taking skills as they demonstrate their understanding of the various test formats. Additional class time will be spent working on organizational skills, understanding their learning styles, and setting attainable goals.

The History & World Around Us: Middle School Day-Trippers

  • July 24-28
  • 9:00 am-5:00 pm
  • Grades 6-8
  • $795, includes admissions and lunch

Come explore the dynamic region of the nation that we live in. Our towns were home to some of the personalities that shaped our nation as well as mills that fueled its growth. Students will travel through time as they encounter sites throughout New England of historical importance. Outings include a day at the Lowell Mills and a cruise on the canals; an excursion to the Boston Science Museum; a guided walk on Boston's Freedom Trail/historical North End; a nature hike at the Middlesex Fells/kayaking at Spot Pond; and an outing to the living history museum at Sturbridge Village.

Instrumental Music Ensemble

  • July 24-28
  • 9:00 am-12:00 noon
  • Grades 6-8
  • $225

Students will receive individual or group instrumental music instruction with Austin Prep's Band Director, Joseph Leary. Please bring your own instrument or contact jleary@austinprep.org for more information regarding available resources.

College Success Bootcamp

  • August 7-9
  • Sessions offered:
    • 8:00-11:00 am
    • 12:00 noon-3:00 pm
  • Grades 11-12
  • $300/session (am or pm)

Austin Prep’s Director of College Counseling, Brian J. Ford will lead a boot camp session to prepare your student for the college application process (participants may choose a morning or afternoon session). Students will receive guidance in the areas of college selection, entrance interviews, and essay expectations and topics. In addition, the course will cover time management, getting involved on campus, and other insight for success in college. Mr. Ford and the Austin Prep boot camp staff offer seven years of experience in higher education admissions to this program.

STEM: Global Video Game Designers

  • August 7-11
  • 9:30-11:30 am
  • Grades 6-8
  • $250

What do theme parks, failure and creativity have in common? Global video game design! In this version designed for middle school, students learn to code video games, create animations and remix what others have done. They use the engineering design process as they collaborate  with a global partner student and their classmate to solve a design challenge. Students use a programming language called “Scratch” to learn a variety of coding and programming skills, culminating in a co-designed video game: a global theme park game that incorporates elements of each culture.

101 Willow Street  •  Reading, MA 01867
Phone: (781) 944 - 4900  •  Fax: (781) 944 - 7530

Austin Preparatory School is a Catholic private school in Reading, MA for Middle School and High School students in grades 6-12. We seek to cultivate the hearts and minds of our young students and provide an environment in which our students can successfully learn, grow, and develop beyond the classroom.

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