Student Experience

Summer at Spence

2024 Summer Programs

Many summer programs are offered to Spence families and beyond, across grade levels. More information and registration links can be found below.

Lower School Camp

Open to Spence students
Rising Kindergarten-Grade 2
June 24 to 28, 2024

Information on registration will be shared soon. 

Camp Spence is a fun, dynamic and creative day camp open to girls entering Kindergarten through Grade 2. With a special focus on Performing Arts, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and Sports, each day promises a range of activities, from cooking and stop motion animation to dance and musical theater. Campers embrace the summer fun with outdoor play and special camp days such as Friday Fiesta. Our camp staff includes Spence faculty members as well as experienced counselors who provide a caring, supportive and enjoyable environment.

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  • Program Details

    Daily activities are held in the Spence Lower School building on 93rd Street as well as select outdoor locations, such as Central Park. Every day is filled with age-appropriate activities and special events. 

Language Immersion Program

Open to all students
Rising Grades 5-8
June 20-21 and June 24-28 (7 total days)
Fees: $1,500 

Registration is open through June 1. Register here

Spence's Language Immersion Program offers an exciting opportunity for students to have a linguistic and cultural immersion experience in French, Spanish or Mandarin. The program provides students with real-life and hands-on experiences that are different from classroom learning situations. All of the instruction is done in the target language, and teachers help students understand the language through various techniques: visuals, body language, repetition and acting.  

As much as possible, teachers take students out of the classroom to visit various parts of NYC and interact with native speakers of French, Spanish and Mandarin. Both at Spence and in the city, students cook, dance, sing, speak, create art and play sports all in their language of choice. The low teacher to student ratio encourages students to speak as much as possible in the target language while still enjoying themselves. 

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  • Program Details

    Drop-off and pick-up are at the Spence School at 22 East 91st Street at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day. Students must bring water, a nut-free lunch and snack every day. Students should wear comfortable clothes and footwear. 

    If you have any questions, please reach out to Nancy Grey, Program Director.
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    The program is designed to offer spontaneous opportunities for students to practice their language skills in a non-classroom environment. It is designed to mimic the process of first- language acquisition, and as such, vocabulary and grammar structures are taught in an organic, as-need basis. Teachers scaffold lessons to make language learning meaningful. 
Each language documents its daily activities on our blogs. Click on the links below to see what our students have done each day in past summers!
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