Summer Programs

Summer Programs

We offer a variety of enriching opportunities in the summer both inside and outside the classroom. Our goal is to provide a Christian, educational, challenging, and fun-filled summer experience to our students.

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Summer Camps 2024

Arma Dei Academy is pleased to offer the following camps and clubs for the summer of 2024!  See below for details and registration information. Most camp fees are billed through FACTS soon after registration closes and are non-refundable. Camps are based on the grade student(s) will be in for the 2024/2025 school year.

Summer Reading, Math, & Latin

Around the World Camp
Take a trek around the world with Mrs. Lewicki and Miss Hattrick. Students will explore a different location every day in this 4-day camp. In each country, we will use our imaginations to explore the new area but also participate in tasting food, listening to music, and playing games. Students will create a passport scrapbook of their journey during our time together.
 
WHEN: July 8-11 from 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
WHO: Students Grades 1st-2nd (minimum of 10 students/maximum of 16 students)
WHERE: Arma Dei Academy Main Campus - 341 E. Wildcat Reserve Parkway, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
ROOM: Kindergarten Room (Hattrick) - Room 136 
COST: $100 per student 
 
Register HERE by JULY 1, 2024
 
Please complete the form for EACH student you wish to register. 
 
Questions? Please contact contact Mrs. Jennifer Lewicki (jlewicki@armadeiacademy.com), or Ms. Lydia Hattrick (lhattrick@armadeiacademy.com)
The Basics of Essay Writing
The essay is the standard genre of adult writing. It is, therefore, the most important genre for students to master. This week-long summer course will explore the basics of persuasive essay writing. Students will start by reading some of the great essays in American history (including "Corn-Pone Opinions" by Mark Twain!). They will see that the essence of persuasive essay writing is to create a compelling and clear thesis and then support that thesis with relevant, memorable and convincing evidence. They will end the course by writing a short essay of their own.

 

WHEN:  June 11-14, 2024 from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
WHO:  Students Grades 5th-12th (minimum of 5 students)  
WHERE: Arma Dei Academy Main Campus - 341 E. Wildcat Reserve Parkway, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
ROOM: 3rd Grade Room (Winter) - Room 237
COST: $125 per student 
 
REGISTER HERE BY JUNE 10, 2024
 
Please complete the form for EACH student you wish to register. 
 
Questions? Please contact contact Mr. Caleb Knedlik (cknedlik@armadeiacademy.com). 
 
Cooking 101

Join us in the kitchen for an all-new cooking class with Mrs. Asher! Throughout our week together, students will learn how to prepare a unique meal/snack for every meal of the day. Along the way, they will learn a variety of cooking methods, knife skills, and safe food handling skills. French fries, salsa, pancakes, and meatballs are just a few items on the menu! This class will run for 2 hours a day M-F.

 

Please note that this camp takes place at an offsite location. Mrs. Karen Asher will provide a waiver for each participating student.

 
WHEN: July 15-19 from 10:00 AM - 12:00PM
WHO: Students Grades 6th-12th (minimum of 2 students/maximum of 6 students)
WHERE: Mrs. Karen Ashers House - 10158 Autumn Blaze Trail, Highland Ranch, 80129
COST: $275 per student (10% off if students sign up for multiple classes)
 
Register HERE by JULY 12, 2024
 
Please complete the form for EACH student you wish to register. 
 
Questions? Please contact contact Mrs. Karen Asher (kasher@armadeiacademy.com)
Culinary Basics Camp

Jump into this hands-on experience of learning how to cook! Over the course of our week together, students will learn a variety of cooking methods from sautéing, broiling, and steaming to baking and beginner plating design. Students will learn not just how to make food taste good, but make it beautiful, and also how to practice proper safety and sanitation in the kitchen. This class will run for 2 hours a day M-F.

 

Please note that this camp takes place at an offsite location. Mrs. Karen Asher will provide a waiver for each participating student.

 
WHEN: June 17-21 from 10:00 AM - 12:00PM
WHO: Students Grades 6th-12th (minimum of 2 students/maximum of 6 students)
WHERE: Mrs. Karen Ashers House - 10158 Autumn Blaze Trail, Highland Ranch, 80129
COST: $275 per student (10% off if students sign up for multiple classes)
 
Register HERE by JUNE 14, 2024
 
Please complete the form for EACH student you wish to register. 
 
Questions? Please contact contact Mrs. Karen Asher (kasher@armadeiacademy.com)
History Detectives Camp
Solve history mysteries with Mrs. Lewicki! Have you ever wanted to travel back in time and know more about the events and people in our history? Join us to solve mysteries about events like the Great Chicago Fire, California Gold Rush, and Westward Expansion. Students will use maps and primary sources to gather evidence to help solve each case. This camp will enhance problem solving skills, reading/map skills, and will give students an opportunity to interact with history in a different way, creating wonder and curiosity.
 
WHEN: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Week 1: June 5 -7 (Registration Deadline: MAY 29)
  • Week 2: June 19-21 (Registration Deadline: JUNE 10)
WHO:  Students Grades 4th - 6th (minimum of 6 students)
WHERE: Arma Dei Academy Main Campus - 341 E. Wildcat Reserve Parkway, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
ROOM: 5th Grade Classroom (Prather) - Room 230
COST: $100 per student 
 
Register HERE
 
Please complete the form for EACH student you wish to register. 
 
Questions? Please contact contact Mrs. Jennifer Lewicki (jlewicki@armadeiacademy.com)
Introduction to Typing & Formatting Camp
This summer camp will be a four-day introduction to typing and formatting. Students will learn how to identify the keys on the laptop, type with confidence, and understand the basics of formatting a paper. This course will prepare them to be effective in typing and grow their knowledge of the computer basics. Students will be prepared to type papers as they enter logic and rhetoric school and will grow in diligence and excellence working unto the Lord!
 
 Please note that students are welcome to bring a computer/laptop from home (Arma Dei Academy does not computers for students to use). Students who are unable to bring a computer/laptop may use the schools iPads.
 
WHEN:  July 22-25 from 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
WHO:  Students Grades 5th-7th
WHERE: Arma Dei Academy Main Campus - 341 E. Wildcat Reserve Parkway, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
ROOM: 5th Grade Classroom (Doeden) - Room 237
COST: $150 per student 
 
Register HERE by JULY 15, 2024
 
Please complete the form for EACH student you wish to register. 
 
Questions? Please contact contact Ms. Emily Doeden (edoeden@armadeiacademy.com), or Ms. Baylee Prather (bprather@armadeiacademy.com)
The Knight School Chess Camp (All Ages)

Instructor: Caleb Brasher
When: 

  • Week 1: June 10-June 14 | 9 AM - 12 PM
  • Week 2: June 24-June 28 | 9 AM - 12 PM
  • Week 3: July 15-July 19 | 9 AM - 12 PM

Cost: Full-Day Session: $500 per student / Half-Day Session: $300 per student (sibling discounts apply, scholarships available)

Register HERE by June 11 (minimum of 8 students)

The Knight School is thrilled to offer Summer Chess Camp to the Arma Dei Academy students this Summer! Our super-fun Chess Camp is the perfect way to pack your summer full of devastating chess tactics, hilarious zany videos, high-energy chess tournaments, and so much more! Each day of camp, we party our way towards chess excellency with our dizzying array of activities--like our signature Toast Games, "Tracker", and everyone's favorite "Chessmaster Says!" Students of all ages and skill levels are invited to join. Camp fees even cover an official TKS Chess Set, Summer Camp T-Shirt, our colorful tactics bands, and free replacement pieces for life! Join us this Summer as we roll out a brand-new Summer Chess Camp experience! Each session of camp will feature a different high-level chess opening, complete with its own Tactics Band! Featuring some of the most famous chess openings, such as the Queen's Gambit, the Italian Game, and the Fried-Liver Attack, beginners and advanced students alike are sure to have a blast at one of our week-long Summer Chess Camps!  We can't wait to see you at this spectacular chess-travaganza!

Latin Summer Camp (4th & 5th Grades)
The Latin Summer Camp offered in the 4th-5th grade level is great for the young Latin scholar and those new to the language. This camp will provide a mid-summer opportunity to keep the mental tools of language learning sharp, and a classroom environment for those new to the subject. We will be translating the workbooks that go alongside our curriculum and bring students deeper into the history of their respective time-periods.
 
WHEN: June 24-26 from 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
WHO:  Students Grades 4th - 5th (minimum of 8 students)
WHERE: Arma Dei Academy Main Campus - 341 E. Wildcat Reserve Parkway, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
ROOM: Logic Math Room - Room 123
COST: $175 per student 
 
Register HERE by JUNE 7, 2024
 
Please complete the form for EACH student you wish to register. 
 
Questions? Please contact contact Mr. Michael Kochie (mkochie@armadeiacademy.com)
Latin Summer Camp (6th-12th Grades)
The Latin Summer Camp offered for 6th-12th grades is great for the young Latin scholar and those new to the language. This camp will provide a mid-summer opportunity to keep the mental tools of language learning sharp, and a classroom environment for those new to the subject. We will be translating the workbooks that go alongside our curriculum and bring students deeper into the history of their respective time-periods.
 
WHEN: June 24-26 from 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
WHO:  Students Grades 6th-12th (minimum of 8 students)
WHERE: Arma Dei Academy Main Campus - 341 E. Wildcat Reserve Parkway, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
ROOM: Logic Math Room - Room 123
COST: $175 per student 
 
Register HERE by JUNE 7, 2024
 
Please complete the form for EACH student you wish to register. 
 
Questions? Please contact contact Mr. Michael Kochie (mkochie@armadeiacademy.com)
Level Up Literacy Program (1st - 9th Grades)

Instructor: Ms. Rachel Gaspar (levelupliteracyprogram@gmail.com
When: June 17 - July 26
Cost: Contact instructor for details


Register HERE

Level Up Literacy Program exists to develop students’ confidence and love of reading by building their phonological awareness, fluency and comprehension skills. Through individual, leveled tutoring, we use a systematic approach to directly teach phonemic awareness and phonics skills and develop students' orthographic processing skills. We guide students' practice of these skills as they read in context. Lindamood Bell’s Seeing Stars curriculum is the backbone of this instruction.  We also offer specific comprehension instruction through Lindamood Bell’s Visualizing and Verbalizing curriculum. For questions, please contact Ms. Rachel Gaspar.

Natural Disasters STEM Camp
Join Mrs. Lewicki and explore the why behind natural disasters like earthquakes, volcanos, tsunamis, and landslides. Students will learn the scientific principles behind these disasters and experiment with building structures that could withstand or help prevent extreme damage from them. They will apply the knowledge gained in science and math classes during the school year to help them build strong structures like bridges, towers, and nets.
 
WHEN: July 22-25 from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
WHO:  Students Grades 3rd-5th (minimum of 6 students/maximum of 10 students)
WHERE: Arma Dei Academy Main Campus - 341 E. Wildcat Reserve Parkway, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
ROOM: Logic Science Room - Room 226
COST: $175 per student 
 
Register HERE by JULY 15, 2024
 
Please complete the form for EACH student you wish to register. 
 
Questions? Please contact contact Mrs. Jennifer Lewicki (jlewicki@armadeiacademy.com)
Preschool Summer Camps

Join Mrs. Brittany Conklin and Mrs. Barbara Tornow for four different summer camps offered three days a week for 2.5 hours each day! Each camp will have different activities and themes and will be developmentally appropriate for preschool-aged children to help them grow socially and emotionally. Siblings are welcome (2.5 years - 5th grade.) The themes for the four weeks are Creation, Noah, David, and Joseph. Students will spend time learning about these themes through a biblical worldview.      

WHEN: 9:00 am - 11:30 am
  • Week 1: June 10-12 - "Creation" (Registration Deadline: June 3)
  • Week 2: June 17-19 -"Noah" (Registration Deadline: June 10)
  • Week 3: June 24- 26 - "David" (Registration Deadline: June 17)
  • Week 4: July 8-10 - "Joseph" (Registration Deadline: July 1)
WHO: Preschool-aged and their siblings (2.5 years - 5th grade) minimum of 6 students
WHERE: Arma Dei Academy Main Campus - 341 E. Wildcat Reserve Parkway, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
ROOM: 341 Building West Patio and the Kindergarten Room (Walker) - Room 138
COST: $150 per student/per week (includes materials and snacks)
 
Register HERE
 
Please complete the form for EACH student you wish to register. 
 
Questions? Please contact Brittany Conklin, Preschool Director (bconklin@armadeiacademy.com) 
Spanish Immersion Camps
Join Mrs. Ethel Medina for a Spanish Immersion Program, with a curriculum focusing on building basic second language speech and comprehension. This fun immersion summer camp will include a lot of Spanish learning, music, storytelling, fun games, a piñata, and a pizza party the last day of camp.
 
WHEN: 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
  • Week 1: June 3-7 (Registration Deadline: MAY 27)
  • Week 2: June 17-21 (Registration Deadline: JUNE 10)
WHO: Students Grades K-4th (minimum of 12 students)
WHERE: Arma Dei Academy Main Campus - 341 E. Wildcat Reserve Parkway, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
ROOM: 4th Grade Classroom (Higdon) - Room 233
COST: $225 per student (5% sibling discount available)
 
Register HERE
 
Please complete the form for EACH student you wish to register. 
 
Questions? Please contact Ethel Medina(emedina@armadeiacademy.com or 303-717-7811)
Summer Chess: End Game Strategies
In this week long camp, students are taught basic principles of the end game, with emphasis on the importance of promotion. Students are taught the importance of planning for the end game during middle game. The course will focus chiefly on rook and king end games, as these are the most common and will allow students to explore the basic principles of the end game. Chess is a game of immense beauty and skill that naturally allows for healthy competition and an appreciation for the life of the mind.
 
WHEN:  July 22-26 from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
WHO:  Students Grades 1st-12th (minimum of 5 students)  
WHERE: Arma Dei Academy Main Campus - 341 E. Wildcat Reserve Parkway, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
ROOM: 3rd Grade Room (Winter) - Room 237
COST: $125 per student 
 
Register HERE by July 21, 2024
 
Please complete the form for EACH student you wish to register. 
 
Questions? Please contact contact Mr. Caleb Knedlik (cknedlik@armadeiacademy.com). 
Wild Wild West Camp
Saddle up, cowboys and cowgirls! In the Wild Wild West Camp, we will sing and dance to western songs, “camp
out on the trail,” make (and eat!) our own bread, griddle cakes and biscuits, churn butter, create a travel diary of the westward trail, create other western-themed art projects, and learn all about the early settlers of the Wild West!
 
WHEN:  June 10-12 from 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
WHO:  Students Grades K-4th (minimum of 12 students)
WHERE: Arma Dei Academy Main Campus - 341 E. Wildcat Reserve Parkway, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
ROOM: Main Music Room (Room 124) and the 341 Dining Room
COST: $220 per student (lunch provided)
 
Register HERE by June 9, 2024
 
Please complete the form for EACH student you wish to register. 
 
Questions? Please contact contact Mrs. Leah Ross (lross@armadeiacademy.com), or Mrs. Catherine Kochie (ckochie@armadeiacademy.com)
Write Beautifully - Cursive Camp
Arma Dei Academy's goal is to lead students to seek the good, the true, and the beautiful. A natural result of this desire is producing work that is pleasing to the eye and that shows attention to beauty and careful work. Cursive handwriting is a key component of Classical education and it is an expected method for Arma Dei students to utilize on written assignments. Led by Mrs. Cindy Holden, Cursive camp helps equip students to work toward this end. They are introduced to correct cursive strokes and penmanship and practice the lower case and capital letter formation. Students will produce beautiful handwriting, enabling them to begin the school year with confidence. 
 
WHEN: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Week 1: June 3 - 5 (Registration Deadline: MAY 27)
  • Week 2: June 17-19 (Registration Deadline: JUNE 10)
WHO:  Students Grades 1st-3rd (minimum of 5 students/maximum of 12 students)
WHERE: Arma Dei Academy Main Campus - 341 E. Wildcat Reserve Parkway, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
ROOM: 1st Grade Classroom (Holden) - Room 137
COST: $100 per student/per week 
 
Register HERE
 
Please complete the form for EACH student you wish to register. 
 
Questions? Please contact contact Mrs. Cindy Holden (cholden@armadeiacademy.com)
Summer Reading

A child’s summer should be filled with adventure, learning, growth, and wonder. What better way to start the adventure than by diving into a great book?

What is required?

Students entering grades 3-8 will have one required book to read (see the list below). Each teacher will have a graded activity based on the book during the first week of school. Students should be ready to discuss the characters, setting, main idea, themes, key details, and overall plot of the book.

Tolle Lege: Take up and read!

All students K-8 are encouraged to compete against one another in our annual Tolle Lege reading contest. Students who read at least 1000 minutes over the summer will be able to participate in an ice cream party during the first week of school. Awards will be presented for the students who read the most minutes in their grade, as well as the top three readers in the school overall. Here are a few guidelines:

  • Reading minutes must be entered through the parent portal between June 1-5, July 1-5, August 1-5, and on August 13 in order to count for the contest.  
  • Students entering grades 3-8 should only keep track of the minutes they personally read.
  • Students entering grades K-2 may also include minutes someone else reads to them. 
  • While audiobooks are wonderful, students may only count audiobook minutes if they are reading along at the same time.
  • Students are not required to read from a certain list of books, but rather are free to read what interests them and fosters a love for reading and learning.  Parents are encouraged to guide their children toward literature that points them to the True, Good, and Beautiful. If you’d like ideas for what to read, please refer to the Banquet of Books list.  
  • An optional form for tracking your reading minutes is attached for your convenience. 

Enjoy the adventure!

Summer Math

Each school year, students work hard memorizing math facts and strengthening problem-solving skills. This math ability can be compared to a muscle; the more you use it, the stronger it gets. The opposite is also true; the less it is used, the weaker it gets. Studies have found that students who do not practice math over the summer lose 2 to 3 months of ability. Working on math over the summer, even 5 to 10 minutes a day, helps prepare your child to start the next school year well!

Each grade-level teacher has put together a review packet that covers the math content from this past year to help students retain their abilities over the summer. In addition, if you have specific materials you would like to use (e.g., a workbook, app, or website) that strengthens your child’s skills, please feel free to use them as well. There are countless resources for math practice online: IXL.com, khanacademy.com, weareteachers.com/math-card-games, etc.

While reviewing math content and practicing skills is optional over the summer, we strongly encourage students to spend 10 to 20 minutes a day, four days a week, engaging with math materials. Students benefit most from a little practice most days throughout the break. It is not beneficial for students to wait until the second week of August to spend multiple hours completing the summer packet all at once. Those students who complete the summer review packet and turn it in to their new grade level teacher on the first day of school will be treated to a donut party during the first week of school. Please note that we will NOT be tracking minutes through the Parent Portal this year. 

Albert Einstein once said, “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” Practice and dedication help one grow in his or her proficiency in math, and we are grateful for your help in continuing this over the summer.

Math Packets:

Summer Latin

New students entering grades 5-8 are asked to attend a 1/2-day Introduction to Latin on Thursday, August 3, 2023 from 9 am - 12 pm. Please register HERE.