Summer Programs

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    New Programs
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    Athletic Programs
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    Other Programs

Lead. Explore. Create.

Saint Joseph Academy is excited to offer a variety of action-packed summer programs where attendees will lead, explore and create through hands-on learning. These summer programs teach new skills and provide tools that enable girls to strengthen their minds and pursue their passions.

The grade levels indicated in each summer program's description are for next school year.

Academic, Arts & Wellness Programs

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  • New! | M*A*S*H (Medical Applications of Science and Health)

    Calling future doctors, nurses, veterinarians and other healthcare professionals! This camp is for girls who are inspired to help others through the Health Sciences. Whether it is making a heart model, playing brain games or working with real doctors, students will have fun while gaining hands-on experiences and learning the caring and compassionate side of healthcare.

    Dates: July 19-22, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

    Grades: 6-8
    Cost: $125
    Camp Director: Ms. Erin Hoffert, Health Sciences Honors Program Coordinator 
    Location: Saint Joseph Academy
  • New! | Makerspace Academy - FULL!

    Please note, this program is now full but you have the opportunity to add your name to a waitlist when registering.

    The Engineering & Design Honors Program presents an innovative summer camp where girls will invent, program and create! Held in Saint Joseph Academy's new Makerspace innovation lab, campers will explore the field of science by infusing it with art, technology and engineering. Girls will explore the basics of 3D modeling and design, laser engraving, robotics designing, coding, programming and virtual reality in a hands-on learning environment with new friends. This weeklong camp fosters a culture of creativity and innovation while providing a collaborative space to explore technology.

    Dates: June 14-17, 12:30-3 p.m.

    Grades: 7-9
    Cost: $125
    Camp Director: Mr. Rob Zdankiewicz, Saint Joseph Academy Engineering & Design Honors Program Coordinator
    Location: Saint Joseph Academy (Makerspace Innovation Lab)
  • New! | SJA Goes Global: Explore Cuisines of the World

    Calling all food enthusiasts! Campers will explore and eat the cuisine of the world. They will learn how to promote the zero waste initiative, support local farmers and advocate for their health through global nutritious recipes. Please indicate any food allergies by Monday, June 7.

    Dates: June 14-18, 12-3 p.m.

    Grades: 6-8
    Cost: $125
    Camp Director: Mrs. Alison Morgan, Saint Joseph Academy Global Program Director
    Location: Saint Joseph Academy
  • Art Exploration - New Session Available!

    Explore various methods and materials designed to foster creativity while having fun. Campers will paint, draw, build and design making a variety of works of art each day. Camp will conclude with an art show for family and friends.

    August 2-6, 8:30-11:30 a.m. - FULL
    August 2-6, 12:30-3:30 p.m.

    Grades: 5-8
    Cost: $100

    Camp Director: Mrs. Tammy Sparks, Saint Joseph Academy Visual Arts Department Chair and Teacher
    Location: Saint Joseph Academy
  • Digital Photography

    This camp is for aspiring photographers! Digital cameras will be provided for use during this camp but if campers prefer, they can bring their own digital camera or phone. During this fun weeklong camp, digital photography and Adobe Photoshop basics will be the focus.
    Dates (choose one week):
    July 6-9, 8:30-11:30 a.m. - FULL
    July 12-15, 8:30-11:30 a.m.

    Grades: 5-8
    Cost: $125

    Camp Director: Mr. Peter Nezovich, Saint Joseph Academy Visual Arts Teacher
    Location: Saint Joseph Academy
  • Girls Who Create + Code

    Create and code under the guidance of our Engineering & Design Honors Program Coordinator! Through hands-on activities, campers will learn the basics of coding as well as essential skills of problem-solving, digital competence, coding and creativity by working with Ozobots, VEX Robots, drones and more! This camp is designed to introduce girls to real programming tools and coding languages. This weeklong camp will feature interactive, game-based lessons targeted to help campers develop teamwork, critical thinking skills and self-confidence.

    June 21-24, 12:30-3 p.m.

    Grades: 7-9
    Cost: $125

    Camp Director: Mr. Rob Zdankiewicz, Saint Joseph Academy Engineering & Design Honors Program Coordinator
    Location: Saint Joseph Academy (Makerspace Innovation Lab)
  • Go with the Flow Yoga

    Girls will get EMPOWERED during a full hour of yoga each day along with a variety of guided meditations, breathing exercises, games and crafts. Option for one week or two.

    Dates (choose one or both weeks):

    June 14-16, 4-6 p.m.
    June 21-23, 4-6 p.m.

    Grades: 5-8
    Cost: $70 per week or both $120
    Camp Director: Mrs. Heather Gillespie, Certified Yoga Instructor
    Location: Saint Joseph Academy (Auditorium)
  • Summer Enrichment Program

    Enrich Your Summer: Discover! Inspire! Create!
    Attend one week or all three. Each week will take campers on a new journey. 

    Dates (choose one, two or all three weeks):

    June 14-18, 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
    June 21-25, 8:30 a.m-12 p.m. 
    June 28-July 2, 8:30 a.m-12 p.m. 

    Grades: 7-8
    Cost: $125 per week or all three weeks for $350   
    Camp Director: Saint Joseph Academy Faculty
    Location: Saint Joseph Academy

    Click here for SEP frequently asked questions.
    Week 1: Cleveland, Ohio - The Heart of It All! 
    Participants will discover just why Cleveland is a hidden treasure! Campers will hit the trails and take a field trip to a surprise Cleveland landmark location while taking in some of the city’s breathtaking views. On top of exploring our city’s favorite views, during this first week, girls will utilize and explore the renovated Makerspace innovation lab to create a Cleveland-themed project or Father’s Day gift. This week, campers will explore the anatomy of the body specifically the heart using the Anatomage Table, known as “the most technologically advanced anatomy visualization system on the market,” enables campers to dissect, visualize real human tissue and isolate areas of the human body at the simple touch of a finger. Girls will participate in game-related activities to build critical thinking skills and positive relationships.

    Week 2: Art and Science of Cooking
    Food is sustenance, our primary energy source. The kitchen, where we prepare it, is the heart of our homes; it’s the place where we gather. The kitchen is also a laboratory stocked with high-tech equipment, where ingredients are combined in precise proportions and chemical reactions take place. Its tools and measuring devices allow for temperature control and quantification. At the same time, the kitchen is an artist’s studio where colors and textures are mixed, where flavors layer and aromas mingle, evoking emotions, creating stories or sparking memories. When girls are able to test and experiment in a safe, controlled environment, they gain essential knowledge as well as the opportunity to create delicious results! During this exciting week, students will make their own delectable cookie creations, utilize the Makerspace innovation lab to create and design their own cookie cutters and chocolate molds, explore the math and science behind art and flavor of cooking, have a local surprise food truck discuss their business model and how they’ve been successful, practice descriptive writing techniques to be a food critic and learn how to style food for photography presentations.

    Week 3: Spread Your Wings 
    Prepare for a special mission in flight to discover the forces that make aviation possible and take flight with Saint Joseph Academy as you to spread your wings! During this final week of the Summer Enrichment Program, participants will explore flight in all its many forms through observing motion and forces, experiencing the Virtual Reality Systems through applications such as Google Tilt Brush, which allow students to create with brush strokes in a 3D virtual reality environment. Campers will take a field trip to the Holden Arboretum to explore the Canopy Walk and Emergent Tower, a 500-foot-long elevated walkway built 65 feet above the forest floor. The Emergent Tower is 120 feet or approximately 12 stories tall and provides a breathtaking view of the surrounding area all the way to Lake Erie. Participants will utilize the Makerspace innovation lab to design and build parts for a glider to experience the science of flight, design and construct kites to explore geometric principles, begin learning a world language and step into the spotlight as a confident performer through dance, acting or singing.

Athletic Programs

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  • Basketball

    Click here for a separate summer basketball opportunity for girls entering grades 5-8.

    Make it a slam dunk summer by participating in our basketball camp, where girls will learn skill development and have fun! Our camp strikes the right balance between drills and games that each grade level is sure to enjoy. Attending Junior Jaguars basketball camp is a great way to enhance your game, meet our coaches while experiencing the Academy's campus and basketball program.

    Grades 3-4 | June 9-12, 9-11 a.m. 
    Grades 5-6 | June 9-12, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
    Grades 7-8 | June 9-12, 2-4 p.m.


    Camp Director: Mrs. Karen Swanson Haan, Saint Joseph Academy Head Coach Varsity Basketball 
    Location: Saint Joseph Academy (Academy Center)
  • Crew

    Crew Camp provides a positive and fun atmosphere for girls entering grades 7-9. Campers will spend their week rowing on the Cuyahoga River, learning from members of the award-winning Saint Joseph Academy rowing team and coaching staff. All experience levels are welcome; no experience is required! Campers will be grouped by ability and experience to provide the best environment for skill and rowing development. Swim test certification and The Cleveland Rowing Foundation waiver required. Registered campers are responsible for their own transportation.

    Dates (choose one week):
    June 28-July 1, 8:30-11 a.m.
    July 12-15, 8:30-11 a.m.


    Camp Director: Mr. Robert Zdankiewicz, Saint Joseph Academy Head Coach Varsity Crew
    Location: Cleveland Rowing Foundation (1003 British St., Cleveland, 44113)
  • Cross Country

    Camp is open to runners of all ability levels and will focus on form, fitness and strategy. Camp is directed by Mr. Fred Kieser, Head Coach of the successful Saint Joseph Academy Cross Country team, past winner of the Cleveland Marathon and participant in the U.S. Marathon trials. Runners should bring a water bottle and appropriate shoes.

    Dates: August 2-5, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

    4-8 (Open to Boys & Girls)

    Camp Director: Mr. Fred Kieser, Saint Joseph Academy Head Coach Cross Country
    Location: Saint Joseph Academy
  • Golf

    Golfers will learn the fundamental skills of golf in a fun environment where each skill level will be improved. Registered campers will be notified of the course locations and are responsible for their own transportation. Golf clubs are required. Golfers should also bring a water bottle and appropriate shoes.

    June 9-10, 9:30-11 a.m.
    June 11, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

    Cost: $100

    Camp Director: Mrs. Maureen Fallon Adler '79, Saint Joseph Academy Head Coach Varsity Golf
    Location: June 9-10 at Mallard Creek Golf Club (34500 Royalton Rd., Columbia Station, 44028) and June 11 at Mastick Woods Golf Course (19900 Puritas Rd., Cleveland, 44135)
  • Lacrosse

    Learn about one of the fastest-growing sports in the country! The camp will introduce the basic skills to beginners, while also providing a more challenging environment for players with lacrosse experience. A lacrosse stick, mouth guard and goggles are required.

    June 22, 3-5 p.m.
    June 24, 3-5 p.m.
    June 29, 3-5 p.m. 
    July 1, 3-5 p.m.

    Cost: $75

    Camp Director: Ms. Laureen Antall, Saint Joseph Academy Head Coach Varsity Lacrosse
    Location: Saint Joseph Academy (Rawlings Field)
  • Soccer

    Keep existing soccer skills fresh while learning new fundamentals of the game. Campers will experience a fun yet challenging environment, including demonstrations from current soccer players, skill and technique training, and countless games and activities. The sessions are designed to be fun and educational for the players. Campers need to bring a water bottle, soccer ball, shin guards and appropriate shoes.

    Dates: June 21-25, 5-7 p.m.

    Grades: 4-8
    Cost: $100

    Camp Director: Mr. Mario Houston, Saint Joseph Academy Head Coach Varsity Soccer
    Camp Location: Saint Joseph Academy (Rawlings Field)
  • Softball

    Join current members of the Jaguar softball team at summer camp, aimed to improve all-around softball skills. Focus will be on hitting, bunting, fielding and throwing. In 2019, the Jaguars won an Academy-record 21 games and have had numerous members go on to play collegiate softball over the past several years. Registered campers are responsible for their own transportation.

    Dates: June 22-24, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

    Grades: 3-8
    Cost: $100

    Camp Director: Mr. Dale Dawson, Saint Joseph Academy Head Coach Varsity Softball
    Location: Victory Park (7777 Victory Ln., North Ridgeville, 44039)
  • Tennis

    Learn tennis fundamentals, skills and match-play strategy for all levels. Campers will focus on groundstrokes, volleys, serving and tactics for success on the court. Sessions will include drills and fun games/activities to reinforce skills players have learned. Campers should bring plenty of water, athletic footwear and tennis racquet. Registered campers are responsible for their own transportation.
    Dates: July 12-15, 3-6 p.m.

    Grades: 4-9 
    Cost: $125

    Camp Director: Mr. Dan Mitoff, Saint Joseph Academy Head Coach Varsity Tennis
    Location: Impett Park (3207 W 153rd St., Cleveland, 44111)
  • Volleyball - FULL for grades 5-8!

    Please note, the session for grades 5-8 is now full but you have the opportunity to add your name to a waitlist when registering.

    Click here for a separate summer volleyball opportunity for girls entering grades 3-8.

    Saint Joseph Academy has established itself as one of the top volleyball programs in the state of Ohio. In the last six years, Coach Latkovic has led the Jaguars to five District titles, three Regional Championships and three OHSAA Division I Final Four appearances. This clinic will focus on skills, game play and give campers the experience of Jaguar volleyball. Campers should bring knee pads, a water bottle and appropriate shoes.

    Grades 3-4 | June 14-17, 8-10 a.m. 
    Grades 5-6 | June 14-17, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - FULL
    Grades 7-8 | June 14-17, 1-3 p.m. - FULL


    Camp Director: Mrs. Kate Latkovic, Saint Joseph Academy Head Coach Varsity Volleyball
    Location: Saint Joseph Academy (Academy Center)

COVID-19 Protocols REVISED

Summer Program Guidelines may evolve based on clarified guidance from public health experts. Because our summer programs younger population falls into the category of those not yet eligible for vaccines, our protocols will be as follows:
  • Facial coverings will be worn inside by anyone not fully vaccinated, including children.
  • Athletic camps and clinics can allow campers to remove facial coverings once activity begins.
  • Wearing facial coverings while outdoors will be optional for all campers, student helpers and staff. However, individuals who are not fully vaccinated are encouraged to wear a mask in crowded outdoor settings or during activities that involve sustained close contact with other people who are not fully vaccinated. Masks should not be worn when doing outdoor activities that could get masks wet.
  • Cohorts are highly encouraged. If possible, cohorts should have the same staff be with the same group of campers and remain together as much as possible for the duration of the program to minimize exposure to other people during the summer program.
  • It is advised that the following spacing is maintained:
    • At least 3 feet between all campers within a cohort
    • At least 6 feet between all campers outside of their cohort
    • At least 6 feet while eating and drinking without a mask indoors, including among people within the same cohort
    • At least 6 feet between campers and staff.
    • When traveling on buses, physical distance between campers will be created (e.g., seat children one child per row, skip rows). Campers who live in the same household may be seated together.
  • To increase air exchange and air filtration in classrooms and other common spaces, windows will be kept open and air purification units will be turned on.
  • Frequent handwashing or using hand sanitizer will be encouraged.
  • Routine cleaning measures of high touch surfaces and objects will be completed.
  • To minimize congregating, summer program attendees will be asked to leave the building once their session is over.
  • Parents/guardians will be asked to keep their daughter home if experiencing any symptoms and contact tracing will continue.