The Benjamin School Summer Institute, a tuition-free, academically challenging and culturally diverse summer program, is underway. The community outreach effort searches for rising 6th grade students who exhibit exceptional academic and leadership potential.
The program, open to students in the local community, provides academic enrichment, social-emotional development and problem-solving opportunities for participating students.
“Our curriculum covers reading, writing, math, science, and history and is driven by three accomplished upper school Benjamin students. They are learning about cells, lighthouses, turtles, pre-algebra, the novel ‘Racing in the Rain,’ and a special D-Day edition of history,” said Program Director Caroline Guzman.
Guzman, an upper school Social Studies teacher at Benjamin, said students were selected after completing an application, interview, and providing a teacher recommendation.
“I came from a Title 1 school in Martin County where I was teaching middle school and this was a great way for me to continue building and connecting new relationships for our school community. I think the program is a very important part of the Benjamin School's broader mission to foster acceptance, kindness, respect, and gratitude both within our own community and outside. Diversity comes in all different forms and it should be celebrated and nurtured, which is what the Summer Institute is all about,” said Guzman.
The program will culminate in an awards ceremony to highlight all that they’ve learned and accomplished over the summer.