AICL celebrates the life of the mind, and we’ve seen too many bright, interesting kids who don’t necessarily fit well in a traditional school model. That’s why we don’t limit ourselves to only inviting campers who’ve been classified as gifted. Instead, we call our campers motivated! Our classes offer specialization and individualized instruction unavailable outside of private lessons and college courses. The smaller classes, innovative teachers, and longer meeting times allow the same course to be a comfortable introduction for the novice, and a new challenge for the advanced student.
Our mission is to offer exciting and challenging programs for young people in the Appalachian region and beyond. Through outreach and scholarships, we foster a racially and economically diverse community. At AICL, we see everyone as both a learner and a teacher. We encourage social and intellectual interactions that will enable our students to fulfill their personal, professional, and academic potential. Because we build curricula based on the idea that learning is fun and should be ongoing, we prepare our students to engage our complex world with insight, empathy, and confidence.
Week T Minus 1: Blastoff to Adventure!
July 1 – July 6 at Mars Hill University
Week T Minus 1 offers an exciting opportunity for campers entering grades 6-8 to experience hands on science labs, intensive art classes, and Socratic discussions. It is the next step in AICL’s commitment to the belief that learning should be fun and ongoing. Week T Minus 1 does not focus on one subject, but offers courses that are active and allow students to explore their interests outside of school. The only requirement is imagination and a love of learning. Students should be prepared to be on their toes throughout the day, expanding their academic horizons as well as embracing new artistic ideas. We will also have two daily sessions of low impact exercise such as swimming, Frisbee, kickball – just to name a few – as well as a full slate of after dinner clubs and activities. During evening dorm time, campers hang out with friends, play games, or watch movies, then go to sleep. Campers are supervised at all times, and counselors live on the same halls as their groups.
Tuition is $750 for residential campers; camp runs from Sunday afternoon to Friday afternoon.
July 8 – July 14 at Mars Hill University
Week Zero is an intensive academic program for students entering grades 9-12, with AICL’s traditional focus on hands-on projects and fun lessons. As always, we encourage students to explore areas outside their usual academic strengths if they wish, but with the understanding that the classes in this program are a bit more demanding. Campers at Week Zero will have some loosely structured time in the evenings to explore the concepts and skills they learn in class and campers will take a more active part in the planning and execution of camp activities. After dinner, there are special events like a talent show, Zombie Hunt, a disco, or group games. During evening dorm time, campers hang out with friends, play games, or watch movies, then go to sleep. Campers are supervised at all times and counselors live on the same halls as their groups.
Tuition is $810 for residential campers; camp runs from Sunday afternoon to Saturday morning.
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