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Summer Institute

Students above have been in the program since 2015!


Application Fee:  
Monday-Thursday, June 3-20, 2019 
    (No classes on Fridays)
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Lower/Middle School Campus

List of 7 items.

  • What are the goals of the program?

    • To provide an academic and social enrichment program for a diverse group of high potential sixth grade students.
    • To develop the leadership potential of able young people from currently under-represented segments of society.
    • To engage students in learning experiences designed to foster critical thinking, creative thinking and inquiry processes.
  • What is the mission of the program?

    The mission of The Benjamin School Summer Institute (SI) is to provide economically disadvantaged children in local public schools with access to a rigorous and competitive curriculum that will enhance their chances of entering and succeeding in college. The program gives students the opportunity to develop excellent leadership skills. The Summer Institute trains and encourages high school and college students to serve their communities as mentors and teaching assistants. 
  • How does The Summer Institute work?

    Students start the program during the summer after grade 5. They participate in academically rigorous programs such as Writing through Literature, History and Math.   They are also taught study skills and leadership. The program includes social skills development classes, cultural field trips, tutoring, college counseling and tracking and intervention.
  • Why is The Summer Institute important?

    Research has demonstrated that the academic gaps between “at-risk” children and their more advantaged peers begin to widen in fifth and sixth grades; just when SI steps in! Beginning in sixth grade, SI provides an academically rigorous program on an independent school campus. The Institute supports students through high school with an individual career plan and college preparation workshops so they successfully graduate high school.
  • How does the program help students?

    All SI courses start with one major premise: to create and maintain an intellectual environment that develops a culture of excellence where students who will be independent thinkers readily able to compete with their peers from advantaged backgrounds. 
  • Who are the teachers?

    SI participants take daily classes in math, writing, science, leadership and study skills, taught by talented and committed teachers from The Benjamin School. The teachers are assisted by successful and devoted high school students who work as teaching interns.
  • How do I apply?

    Interested students may contact Renea Yates, the Summer Institute Director, at

    Click HERE to print the Summer Institute Application Form.
The Benjamin School Summer Institute (SI) is a tuition-free, academically challenging and culturally diverse summer program that is a part of our community outreach efforts. We are looking primarily for motivated students rising to grade 6. Ideal candidates exhibit exceptional academic and leadership potential. Students are selected based upon their academic potential and two recommendations from their home schools. Enrollment space is limited. The Summer Institute enrichment program is a vibrant learning environment that is engaging, fun and challenging.

Interested students may contact Renea Yates, the Summer Institute Director, at
A premier PK3 - Grade 12 independent, coeducational day school with campuses in North Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens. Since 1960, The Benjamin School has provided a challenging college preparatory education to a diverse student body in a structured, nurturing community environment.