Program Basics

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Student schedule

Sunday (arrival day)

1:30–3:45 p.m. Check-in
3:45 p.m. Parent and student goodbyes
4–5 p.m.

Parent orientation with instructional and administrative teams (families will depart campus directly from the orientation session)

Student orientation with residential team (students will go straight to dinner from the orientation session)

5–6:15 p.m. Orientation to the dining hall and dinner with residential living group 
6:30–7:15 p.m. Student orientation with instructional and administrative teams
7:30–9 p.m. Evening residential activities
9–9:30 p.m. Free time on hall; get ready for bed
9:30–10 p.m. Meeting with residential group
10:15 p.m. Lights out


7:30–8:15 a.m. Breakfast with residential group
8:30 a.m.–noon Class
Noon–1 p.m.


1–3:30 p.m. Class
3:30–3:45 p.m. Transition to cross team task force
3:45–4:30 p.m. Cross-team task force
4:30–5:30 p.m. Supervised free time
5:30–6:30 p.m. Dinner with residential group
6:30–8:30 p.m. Evening residential activities
8:30–9 p.m. Free time on hall; get ready for bed
9–9:30 p.m. Meeting with residential group
9:45 p.m. Lights out

Friday (departure day)

7:30–8:45 a.m. Pack up and breakfast with residential group
9 a.m.–noon Class
Noon–1 p.m.


1–2:45 p.m. Student closing session
3–4:30 p.m. Student check-out from residence halls

All families should be off campus by 5 p.m. Attendance is required at all of the above activities. Schedule times may vary slightly by site.

On-site administration

All TIP programs are run by experienced staff members who are committed to creating a positive, memorable experience.

In addition to staff in our main office, our programs include a wide variety of staff members who work on site. All of them have undergone a highly competitive application process, passed an annual background check, and received training in the protection of minors before beginning work.

Positions include administrative staff who oversee logistics, communication with families, and student behavior; instructional staff who plan and run academic activities; and residential staff who oversee social and recreational activities.

The on-site office

Each campus has an on-site office where students go to take medicine, make medical appointments, borrow recreational supplies, or obtain general information and answers to their questions. The on-site office is also the main point of contact for parent questions during the program. Contact information for the office will be provided to enrolled students in May.

CRISIS is a residential summer program for fifth and sixth graders. Students assume the role of professionals and collaborate with their peers to solve a hypothetical community crisis