Learn, grow and laugh with new friends.
Girls will swim, play, learn and engage at the Swim & S.T.E.A.M. summer program at Sacred Heart. Led by experienced instructors, teachers and coaches, students will get the best instruction that Sacred Heart has to offer. The program is held at our state-of-the-art, climate controlled athletics and wellness center, where the children will enjoy our 6-lane, 25-yard swimming pool, full size gymnasium, dance studio, multi-purpose classroom spaces and rooftop garden for environmental science. There is no better program for children to improve their swim skills, participate in exciting sports and wellness activities, develop their understanding of S.T.E.A.M. concepts, and have fun making new friends.
Due to COVID-19, we have implemented a number of safety protocols to protect all patrons using Convent of the Sacred Heart facilities as well as those participating in our programs. Below are some of the protocols you can expect when participating in Summer Programs at Convent of the Sacred Heart. These are identical to the year round school protocols that have served us so well since our full in-person opening on August 30, 2020:
- Masks or an acceptable face covering will be required
- Social distancing will be in effect and group sizes may be limited
- Handwashing and healthy hygiene practices will be emphasized
- A pre-visit health screening survey will need to be completed each morning
- Temperature checks on arrival
- Proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 6 days of the start date of the program
These protocols are subject to change but we will be asking all participants to agree to the necessary terms prior to camp beginning. If you are not in agreement with the terms at the time Summer Programs begins, we will provide you a full refund.
Every day, students will participate in an 80-minute period split between sports instruction and dance/yoga. Students will get exposure to a variety of activities including soccer, lacrosse, basketball, softball/kickball, dance, yoga and cooperative games.
During sports instruction, girls will develop their skills in dribbling, passing, shooting, throwing, catching, spatial awareness, passing patterns, and endurance. Dance instruction will introduce the girls to ballet and jazz dance, creative movement exercises, and yoga poses. Throughout the activities there will be cross departmental learning, incorporating math, science, geography, and currency awareness into sports-related games.
There will be a focus on strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and FUN! Teamwork, communication and good sportsmanship will be emphasised, helping the girls develop positive attitudes towards competition.
As part of the S.T.E.A.M. curriculum, students have the opportunity to delve into science, technology, engineering, art, and math through a variety of interactive activities and lessons. Students will explore a range of topics through a weekly theme. In past years, these themes have included natural phenomena, ecosystems, transportation, different forms of technology, and different animals and their habitats.
The students learn how each of the S.T.E.A.M. disciplines are interconnected and how skills from each area are needed to approach weekly inquiry-based projects. Once a concept is introduced, students work collaboratively to explore that topic through engaging, hands-on activities that spark innovation, critical thinking, resilience, and creativity. Each activity will build towards a larger S.T.E.A.M. project that students will work on throughout the week, culminating in a celebration of their final creations, which will be shared with their classmates at the end of each week.
In the pool, we know how to have fun. Following an evaluation on the first day, the pool leaders assign groups based on skill so that each swimmer will get appropriate instruction. Students are taught everything from basic survival and safety techniques to advanced stroke mechanics and competitive technique of all four strokes. In each session, students are taught from a set curriculum before engaging in creative games and recreational swim to drive home lessons of the day. The swim period is approximately 60 minutes per day of pool time with 75% instructional swim and 25% recreational swim.
- 9:00 - 10:20am = Swim (includes changing time)
- 10:20 - 10:35am = Snack
- 10:35 - 11:15am = Sports
- 11:15 - 11:55am = Dance/Creative Movement
- 11:55am - 12:40pm = Lunch
- 12:40 - 1:30pm = Recess
- 1:30 - 2:50pm = Academics (S.T.E.A.M.)
- 3:00pm = Dismissal
Program Dates and Tuition
- Program is open to girls entering grades K - 4 (Fall 2021). Groups are arranged based on grade level (K, 1, 2-4).
- Friend requests are accommodated so long as they are in the same grade level. During the swim period, groups are split up based on swim ability.
- Program is in session from June 14 - June 25, 2021
- Week 1: June 14 - June 18, 2021
- Week 2: June 21 - June 25, 2021
- 1 week and 2 week sessions are available
- Single week = $1,125
- 2 weeks = $2,025
Schedule and Hours
- The program takes place at the CSH Athletics and Wellness Center at 406 East 91st Street, New York, NY 10128.
- Hours are:
- Monday - Thursday: 9:00am - 3:00pm
- Friday: 9:00am - 12:00pm
- Extended day is available on Monday - Thursday from 3:00pm - 5:00pm for $20/hour. This is purchased à la carte in hour increments.
Registration will open on Monday February 22, 2021 for all campers that were enrolled during the 2020 camp season. Open registration will begin on Monday March 1, 2021.
During registration, you will be asked to complete an online health form. Before the program begins, all participants must have an up to date immunization form on file with the health office.
- Each should plan to bring the following items each day:
- Nut-free lunch
- Water bottle
- Bathing suit, towel, swim cap and goggles
- *Kindergarten students should bring a spare set of clothes in a labeled ziplock bag on Day 1.
- Students are provided one camp t-shirt and one snack and juicebox daily.
- For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212-722-4745 x721.
The leadership team and specialty teachers at Swim & S.T.E.A.M. are all year-round full-time Sacred Heart educators. They are well versed in the mission, goals and criteria that make a Sacred Heart education special. We believe that each child is placed on this earth because she has unique gifts, and without her, something important would go undone. Our job as educators is to help discover and nurture these gifts in your children.
Ms. Lee, the year-round CSH athletic trainer acts as Swim & S.T.E.A.M. Director. She has worked with the program since its inception 5 years ago. She can handle all pre-camp questions and is the on-site director in June. She is supported by Assistant Swim & S.T.E.A.M. Director Cherie Wangenstein, a CSH PE Teacher and 3 season athletic coach who also has extensive camp experience.
Three Sacred Heart physical education and dance teachers lead the sports and dance instruction. Mr O’Hagan, Mrs. Bailey and Ms. DeLuca have a combined 35 years of teaching and coaching experience. They bring so much fun and excitement to sports and dance.
Ms. Pendergast (1st Grade) and Ms. Reetz (3rd Grade), both head teachers in the Lower School, lead the S.T.E.A.M. instruction. They develop age-appropriate, progressive and themed lesson plans for each group of students.
In the pool, our year-round swim instructors use the Sacred Heart benchmarks of aquatic instruction to progress the students’ skill levels. The experienced staff are made up of PE teachers, swim coaches, and former college swimmers, all of whom have a passion for helping students thrive in the water.
Counselors who lead each group throughout the day are typically current high school seniors or recent Sacred Heart graduates. Following extensive interviewing, each employee is put through a rigorous background check, staff orientation, and training.