Summer at STCPS

Typically, Saint Columbkille Partnership School offers a variety of options for summer programming for Saint Columbkille students and non-students who are members of the community. In 2021, only a general Summer Program was available for current Saint Columbkille students and those enrolled for the 2021-2022 school year. STEM Academy and Art Adventures were not available in 2021.
 In 2021, Saint Columbkille Partnership School offers a five-week full-day Summer Program focuses on encouraging, enhancing, and expanding students’ skills during the summer months to further the student’s development and academic achievement. The program provides a range of academic, enrichment, and recreational activities. Students (ages 3 - Grade 4) must attend for the full five-week session. They will experience a wide variety of opportunities and experiences for learning and healthy development.
A new theme is introduced at the start of each session, guiding the curriculum and focus of learning for the week. Students engage in classroom learning, participate in hands-on activities, and participate in afternoon recreation and enrichment activities. We have expanded our program to include exploratory in order to help children discover and develop their talents. The program includes specialists in visual arts, drama, athletics and Spanish. As a part of Jesuit education, we strongly believe that children must explore the world outside of themselves, to this end we will be engaging in field trips each week in every grade level.
When is the program held?
The program runs for five weeks during the summer months. Each session is one week long, running Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where is the program held?
The program is held at Saint Columbkille Partnership School.

What ages does your program serve?
The Summer Program will accept current STCPS students who are entering pre-K through Grade 4 in the fall of 2021 and new STCPS students entering K1 to Grade 4 who have been enrolled in a school setting in the 2020-21 school year. All children must be completely potty trained and have been previously enrolled in a structured learning environment.
Is there a minimum number of sessions that a child must attend?
Yes, each child must sign up for all five sessions.
Is financial assistance available?
Limited need-based financial aid is available. If you would like to apply, please fill out the summer program aid application ( no later than April 16, 2021. We do not wish to turn anyone away due to financial reasons, but this deadline will be strictly enforced.
What if I do not want to send my child all five days?
We feel that in order to provide a quality program, and for the participating students to get the most out of their time with us, consistency is important. Since each week’s lessons, activities, and events operate around a theme, your child will benefit most from attending every day during the session. If you choose, however, not to send your child for all five days, the payment remains the same.
What if my child does not attend Saint Columbkille Partnership School?
Our 2021 summer program is only open to current Saint Columbkille students who will be 3 years old by September 1, 2021 up to Grade 4 and those enrolled for the 2021-2022 school year who are in K1 - Grade 4.
How do you group the students?
The students are grouped according to age/grade in order to create age-appropriate groups and allow for programming that meets their developmental needs and interests. Groups may be a combination of two grades depending on the number of children in each age group who apply.
What does your general schedule look like?
The Saint Columbkille Summer Program aims to provide engaging and enriching opportunities to participating students that will result in a seamless educational experience. The program seeks to provide academic and recreational enrichment, as well as social opportunities for students to promote the development of the whole child.  

While the Summer Program integrates a strong academic focus, it strives to make learning fun and engaging. In addition to classroom learning, the Saint Columbkille Summer Program seeks to provide students with the opportunity to become connected with the community in which the program is located. These events and activities are planned and developed to offer learning beyond the classroom and to further enhance the educational experiences of the program. Participation in the Saint Columbkille Summer Program provides students with the opportunity to improve and expand their appreciation for cooperation, team building, and respect for others through the formal and informal interactions that take place during the program. Some of the highlights of the program include: a 45 minute block each day where students have a specialist teacher (art, physical education, etc.), time to enjoy the turf field and play area.
Do you go on field trips?
Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, we will not go on field trips in 2021.
Do the children have the opportunity to swim?
We currently do not offer swimming as part of our summer program.
Do you have Counselor-in-Training opportunities?
We do have opportunities for students who are interested in working as a Counselor-in-Training. Please contact the Program Coordinator at
What do I need to do to register?
If your child is currently enrolled at Saint Columbkille or will be enrolled in the 2021-2022 school year, please fill out this form to register for the 2021 Summer Program at STCPS.
Questions? Interested in enrolling your child? Please fill out the application above and for any questions email Jean O’Connor at
 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is important because it pervades every aspect of our lives. High-quality STEM experiences develop critical thinking skills, increase science literacy, and enable the next generation of innovators. STEM education not only equips students with the tools they need to succeed in a highly technological future, but also provides exciting experiences they will remember for many years to come.
At Saint Columbkille Partnership School’s six-week Summer STEM Academy, students will deepen their understanding of STEM concepts through hands-on lab, fieldwork, and engagement in the engineering design process. The academy curriculum is based on the Next Generation Science Standards. Each week will end with a capstone field trip, which may include the Boston Harbor Islands, BC’s Weston Observatory, and local corporate and university biotech and engineering labs.
Session 1: Deadly Disasters
Natural disasters affect people living all around the world. Discover the secrets behind hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanoes, wildfires, avalanches and other earth shattering disasters. Get ready to learn about the science behind some of the world’s most deadly disasters, and what can be done to prepare for them.
Session 2: Digital Storytelling
Humans have long been storytellers, but modern technology has transformed the way that that story is told. Using VR and augmented reality, stop motion animation and videography, this week is all about pushing the boundaries of storytelling.
Session 3: Inside the Human Body
Did you know that if you laid all of the blood vessels in the human body end-to-end it would encircle the Earth four times? Or that genetically humans are 99% the same? Or that skin is your largest organ? Come and delve into the mysteries of the human body and discover more about yourself!
Session 4: Artificial Intelligence: Fact or Fiction?
Long has dreamed of robots and the potential of AI (artificial intelligence). But how much of that dream has become a reality? Join us as we separate scientific fact from science fiction.    
Session 5: Archeology: Looking into the Past
Gaze into the depths of human history to discover the secrets that the ancients left behind. Learn about ancient engineering, and participated in a simulated archeological dig to recover lost artifacts!
Session 6: Amusement Park Design
Have you ever wondered what goes into designing and building an amusement park? Learn about the physics behind amusement park rides, design a prototype for your own attractions and develop marketing pieces for their designs.
For additional information, please email
A four-week art adventure with STCPS Art Teacher Mrs. Falconer offers students an opportunity to be immersed in everything art! Explore and create with materials and techniques you may have never used before in an all day intensive art environment. Want to learn new art skills? Sharpen the skills you already have? Join an art community during the summer and create pieces you will have forever!
Week 1: Fantastic Fibers!
Artists will learn how to wet felt and needle felt. Students will create a wet felted soap bar, a 3D needle felted animal, and shibori-dyed fabric!
Week 2: Creative with clay!
Artists will learn the basics of clay slab building including slip and score, coils, glazing and the process of firing their own ceramic piece. We will also create polymer clay charms for jewelry/key chains/ backpacks.
Week 3: Playful Painting!
Artists will explore and create an imaginative watercolor environment, hand painted wooden plaque, canvas painting, and paint pouring art.
Week 4: Precious Printmaking!
Artists will create a carved linoleum block for printing, Styrofoam plate printing, create your own stamps, and print your own fabric!
For additional information, please email
  Summer Program STEM Academy Art Adventures
Grade/Age Range age 3 – Grade 4 entering Grades 5-8 entering Grades 5-8
Registration Fee none none none
Total Fee for Saint Columbkille Students $1,500 N/A N/A
Total Fee for Non-Saint Columbkille Students N/A N/A N/A
Minimum Enrollment Required five weeks none none