Summer Programs

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    Summer Programs
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    Weeks of Summer Adventures
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    Athletic Programs
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    Non-Athletic Programs

Summer Adventures Await at the Academy

Girls are invited to fill their summer with adventures at the Academy! Our summer programs empower girls entering grades 3-9 to enhance their skills or explore new ones in an all-girls environment. Whether their interests are sports, singing, inventing, cooking, STEAM or health sciences, campers will have fun learning from our talented facilitators, coaches and current students.

For questions regarding our summer experiences, please email Summer Programs Coordinator Mrs. Colleen DeVenney '94 at summer@sja1890.org.

Registration is now available!

 

Summer Enrichment Program

Saint Joseph Academy Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) offers scholastic, social and cultural enrichment opportunities for girls entering grades 7 and 8 for the 2023-2024 school year. Through a combination of academic, athletic and art opportunities, SEP creates an exciting environment that prepares girls for the challenges of high school while introducing them to their peers from an array of backgrounds. SEP is the perfect opportunity for girls to begin their journey as a Jaguar. 

This program is designed to keep girls intrigued, engaged and challenged on an academic level. The hands-on curriculum allows them to explore new ideas through collaborative learning. Topics covered are taught by the Academy’s esteemed faculty. 

The Jaguar Business Experience

Girls will establish an entrepreneurship mindset that allows them to think outside-of-the-box while using their critical thinking and problem-solving skills. While creating their own company, girls will explore how entrepreneurs get their ideas, how to refine concepts and the process for starting and operating successfully. Girls will also visit a local business to learn about the challenges and opportunities of entrepreneurship. 

June 12-16, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. 
Girls Grades 7-8
Registration Deadline: June 1, 2023

Cost: $175 (Save $40 by registering for all three weeks of the Summer Enrichment Program.)

Camp Director: Mrs. Valerie Sanfilippo, Science Teacher

Culinary Delights

Girls will participate in a series of hands-on experiences that will help them understand the importance of chemistry and math in the art of cooking. Girls will visit the West Side Market to explore its diverse offering of ingredients which will serve as inspiration for tasty treats throughout the week. 
 

June 20-23, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. 
Girls Grades 7-8
Registration Deadline: June 6, 2023
 
Cost: $140 (Save $40 by registering for all three weeks of the Summer Enrichment Program.)

Camp Director: Mrs. Valerie Sanfilippo, Science Teacher

Celebrate CLE

Girls will have fun learning about the history of Cleveland, including impacts and advances in business, literature, sports, science, architecture, technology and nature. Campers will take a field trip to downtown Cleveland to experience the city’s history in action with stops at Progressive Field and Playhouse Square.  
 

June 26-30 8 a.m.-12 p.m. 
Girls Grades 7-8
Registration Deadline: June 12, 2023

Cost: $175 (Save $40 by registering for all three weeks of the Summer Enrichment Program.)
 
Camp Director: Mrs. Maureen Becker, Science Teacher

Arts, Sciences & Wellness

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  • Art Exploration

    Girls will enjoy a week packed with imaginative, creative and fulfilling art projects. Campers’ artistic abilities will be developed through various methods, mediums and materials while letting creativity flow. Projects will include painting, drawing, building and designing. Campers will produce a variety of works of art each day. The week will conclude with an art show for family and friends. 

    July 24-28, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Girls Grades 5-8, $150
    Registration Deadline: July 10, 2023

    July 24-28, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
    Girls Grades 5-8, $150
    Registration Deadline: July 10, 2023

    Camp Director: Mrs. Tammy Sparks, Visual Arts Department Chair and Teacher
  • NEW! Faith in Action

    Faith in Action will give campers the ability to see the practical application of faith in the real world. Campers will explore the intersections between things they encounter in their daily lives like art, music and social media. This camp will include outside speakers, hands-on activities and field trips to help campers as they explore and deepen their faith.

    July 10-14 10 a.m.-12 p.m. 
    Girls Grades 6-8, $150
    Registration Deadline: June 26, 2023
     
    Camp Director: Mr. Joseph Basalla, CORE Ministry Teacher 
  • NEW! Investigate Ecology!

    Interested in learning more about biodiversity and how plants and animals interact? During Investigate Ecology!, girls will learn about the Rocky River Watershed and the nature of Northeast Ohio through a series of outdoor activities and experiments. Girls will learn how to perform water quality assessments and how water quality impacts ecosystems. Campers should bring a water bottle and appropriate footwear for outdoors.

    July 17-20, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Girls Grades 6-8, $150 
    Registration Deadline: July 3, 2023
     
    Camp Director: Mr. Matt Srsich, Science Teacher 
  • Junior Global Ambassadors

    Calling all girls in grades 7 and 8 who are interested in learning about other cultures, trying new foods and discussing world issues. Join us as we discover the dynamics of being globally-minded. Engage with local refugees, as they share about their cultures and experiences moving from their home country to the Cleveland-area, investigate and simulate what it’s like to find solutions to world issues, and finish out the week by preparing and sharing a tasty ethnic dish. The world awaits!

    June 12-15, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
    Girls Grades 7-8, $150
    Registration Deadline: June 1, 2023
     
    Camp Director: Ms. Rebecca Levis, Global Scholars Program Director and World Languages Teacher
  • Makerspace Academy

    The Engineering & Design Honors Program presents an innovative summer camp that will inspire girls to invent, program and create! Held in Saint Joseph Academy’s Howley Makerspace innovation lab, campers will be immersed in each of the STEAM fields (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) throughout the week. Girls will learn the basics of 3D design with casts and molds, laser engraving and cutting, transforming 2D designs to 3D and virtual reality in a hands-on learning environment. The camp fosters a culture of creativity and innovation while providing space to explore technology through collaboration with new friends. This exciting camp will engage girls in summer STEAM fun! 

    June 12-15, 12:30-2:30 p.m. 
    Girls Grades 3-5, $150
    Registration Deadline: June 1, 2023

    July 10-13, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
    Girls Grades 3-5, $150
    Registration Deadline: June 26, 2023

    June 26-29, 12:30-3 p.m.
    Girls Grades 6-8, $150
    Registration Deadline: June 12, 2023

    July 17-20, 12:30-3 p.m.
    Girls Grades 6-8, $150
    Registration Deadline: July 3, 2023
     
    Camp Directors: Mr. Rob Zdankiewicz, Engineering & Design Honors Program Coordinator and Mr. Bryce Ormiston, Engineering Teacher
  • M*A*S*H Medical Applications of Science and Health

    Calling future doctors, nurses, veterinarians and other healthcare professionals! M*A*S*H, or Medical Applications of Science and Health, is for girls who are interested in helping others through Health Sciences. Whether understanding medical terminology, performing an autopsy, learning how to suture, playing Crack the Case game or working with Saint Joseph Academy health science students, campers will take part in hands-on experiences as they engage in the caring and compassionate side of healthcare.

    July 24-27, 9 a.m-12 p.m.
    Girls Grades 6-8, $150
    Registration Deadline: July 10, 2023
     
    Camp Director: Ms. Clare Toole, Health Sciences Honors Program Coordinator 
  • NEW! Movement, Mindfulness and Meditation

    Movement, Mindfulness and Meditation will empower girls to engage in the areas of health, fitness, creativity, friendship and leadership through learning mindfulness techniques, meditations and the practice of yoga. Activities are specially chosen for their enriching qualities and alignment with the goal of offering a healthy, educational and creative camp experience. 

    June 20-23, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
    Girls Grades 4-8, $125
    Registration Deadline: June 6, 2023
     
    Camp Director: Mrs. Melissa Hazard P’23, Certified Yoga Instructor, KORU Mindfulness Educator, Adjunct Professor, Department of Allied Health, Sport and Wellness Baldwin Wallace University 
  • Picture Perfect! Digital Photography

    Calling all aspiring photographers! Girls will learn a wide variety of technical and artistic approaches as they explore our beautiful campus and learn the skills necessary for capturing the perfect picture. Campers will also learn the basics of Adobe Photoshop and photo editing. Digital cameras will be provided for use during this camp but if campers prefer, they can bring their own. 

    June 20-23, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
    Girls Grades 5-8, $150
    Registration Deadline: June 6, 2023 

    June 26-29, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
    Girls Grades 5-8, $150
    Registration Deadline: June 12, 2023 
     
    Camp Director: Mr. Peter Nezovich, Digital Photography Teacher  
  • SJA Stars!

    In this weeklong camp, girls will receive triple threat training – Broadway style. Campers will incorporate acting, singing and dance to perform selections from a variety of musical theater selections from both classic and popular, modern musicals. Camp will culminate with a performance on the final day showing off skills learned during the week.

    July 24-28, 8:30-11:30 a.m. 
    Girls Grades 3-5, $150
    Registration Deadline: July 10, 2023

    July 24-28, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
    Girls Grades 6-8, $150
    Registration Deadline: July 10, 2023
     
    Camp Directors: Mrs. Anne Ising and Mrs. Hilary Watts, Performing Arts Department Teachers
  Please note: The grade level indicated in each program is the level your daughter will be enrolled in for the 2023-2024 school year.  

Athletic

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  • Basketball

    Girls will hit the court with Jaguar coaches and players for basketball skill development, including footwork, shooting, ball handling and defense. To enhance their progress, campers will engage in fun drills and competitive small-sided games throughout the week. Campers should bring a water bottle and athletic shoes.

    June 20-23, 12:30-2:30 p.m. 
    Girls Grades 4-6, $125
    Registration Deadline: June 6, 2023

    June 20-23, 3-5 p.m.
    Girls Grades 7-8, $125
    Registration Deadline: June 6, 2023
     
    Camp Director: Mrs. Karen Swanson Haan, Varsity Basketball Head Coach
  • Crew on the Cuyahoga 

    Crew on the Cuyahoga provides a positive and fun experience for girls entering grades 7-9. No prior rowing skills required; campers will be grouped by ability to provide the best environment for rowing development. Members of the award-winning Saint Joseph Academy rowing team and coaching staff, a Top 15 Team Nationally, will teach campers how to row on the Cuyahoga River! Swim test certification and the Cleveland Rowing Foundation waiver forms are required. Registered campers are responsible for their own transportation.

    June 20-23, 8:30-11 a.m. 
    Girls Grades 7-9, $200
    Registration Deadline: June 6, 2023

    July 10-13, 8:30-11 a.m.
    Girls Grades 7-9, $200
    Registration Deadline: June 26, 2023
     
    Camp Director: Mr. Rob Zdankiewicz, Varsity Crew Head Coach 

    Location: Cleveland Rowing Foundation 1003 British Street Cleveland
  • Cross Country 

    Let’s lace up and get running! Cross Country Camp helps athletes develop the skills needed to compete in cross country and other sports. Runners of all ability levels will focus on form, fitness and strategy. Campers should bring a water bottle and appropriate running shoes.

    July 17-20, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Girls Grades 4-8, $125
    Registration Deadline: July 3, 2023
     
    Camp Director: Mrs. Michelle Jarc P’24, Varsity Cross Country Assistant Coach
  • Golf

    Reserve your spot on Golf Camp’s tee sheet! Golf Camp offers girls the opportunity to work on the fundamentals of golf, including chipping, putting, iron work and driving, based on the level of each camper. Campers will be grouped by age and golf familiarity. Girls will participate in two instruction days and one day of play at a nearby golf course. Campers should bring golf clubs including a putter, a water bottle, appropriate shoes (athletics shoes or golf shoes) and wear sunscreen and a hat or visor. Campers are also responsible for their own transportation.

    June 13-15, 1-3 p.m.
    Girls Grades 5-9, $125
    Registration Deadline: June 1, 2023
     
    Camp Director: Mrs. Maureen Fallon Adler ’79, Varsity Golf Head Coach

    Location: June 13-14 at Sportsville, 37500 Center Ridge Road, North Ridgeville
    Location: June 15 at Mastick Golf Course, 19900 Puritas Avenue, Cleveland 
  • Junior Jaguar All-Stars 

    Interested in improving your fundamental athletic skills (throwing, kicking, shooting, swinging, etc.) while learning sportsmanship ideals, wellness strategies and sports safety? The Junior Jaguar All-Stars Camp will help girls develop their athletic skills competing in fun, fast-paced and challenging games and drills. Campers should bring a water bottle and athletic footwear.

    June 20-23, 9-11 a.m. 
    Girls Grade 3-5, $125
    Registration Deadline: June 6, 2023
     
    Camp Director: Mrs. Shannon Lembach ’01, SEL/Physical Education Electives Teacher
  • Lacrosse

    Girls of all levels and abilities are welcome to attend Lacrosse camp. Girls will have fun learning the fundamentals of the game including skill development, position work and full-field concepts. Campers should bring a lacrosse stick, goggles, water bottle and mouthguard.

    June 12-15, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Girls Grades 4-6, $125
    Registration Deadline: June 1, 2023

    June 12-15, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
    Girls Grades 7-9, $125
    Registration Deadline: June 1, 2023

    Camp Director: Ms. Laureen Antall, Varsity Lacrosse Head Coach 
  • Rugby

    Ready to play rugby? Girls with or without rugby experience are welcome to attend Rugby camp! Campers will develop and improve core fundamentals necessary to be competitive rugby athletes. Rugby fundamentals include running, passing, catching, tackling and rugby fitness. Campers should bring cleats (soccer cleats are permitted, no metal spikes), a water bottle and mouth guard.

    June 20-23, 4-6 p.m.
    Girls Grades 6-9, $125
    Registration Deadline: June 6, 2023

    Camp Director: Ms. Mary Wunderle, Varsity Rugby Head Coach 
  • Softball

    Led by Jaguar Head Coach and members of the softball team, this camp offers girls the ability to learn how to improve all-around softball skills, including an emphasis on hitting, bunting, fielding and throwing. In 2021, the Jaguar softball team became District Champions for the second time in the Academy’s history. Campers should bring a water bottle, softball mitt and athletic footwear. Campers are responsible for their own transportation. 

    July 24-27, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Girls Grades 3-5, $150 
    Registration Deadline: July 10, 2023

    July 24-27, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Girls Grades 6-8, $150
    Registration Deadline: July 10, 2023
     
    Camp Director: Ms. Katie Jones ’15, Varsity Softball Head Coach 

    Location: Victory Sports Park 7777 Victory Lane North Ridgeville
  • Volleyball

    The Jaguar’s volleyball program has established itself as one of the top volleyball programs in the state of Ohio. In the last seven years the Jaguars won five District titles, three Regional Championships and have made three OHSAA Division I Final Four appearances. Girls will focus on various skills and game play while fully experiencing Jaguar volleyball. Campers should bring knee pads, a water bottle and athletic footwear. 

    June 12-15, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Girls Grades 3-4, $125
    Registration Deadline: June 1, 2023

    June 12-15, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
    Girls Grades 7-8, $125
    Registration Deadline: June 1, 2023

    June 12-15, 3-5 p.m.
    Girls Grades 5-6, $125
    Registration Deadline: June 1, 2023
     
    Camp Director: Mrs. Kate Latkovic, Varsity Volleyball Head Coach 
  • Tennis

    At Tennis camp, girls of all skill levels will participate in fun activities to improve groundstrokes, volleys, serving, and match-play tactics for success on the court. Campers should bring a water bottle, athletic footwear and tennis racquet. Campers are responsible for their own transportation. 

    July 17-20, 3-6 p.m.
    Girls Grades 4-9, $150
    Registration Deadline: July 3, 2023
     
    Camp Director: Mr. Dan Mitoff, Varsity Tennis Head Coach 

    Location: Impett Park 3207 W. 153rd Street, Cleveland 

Important Information

Supervised Lunch: A 30-minute supervised lunch break is available for girls attending an afternoon program that begins 30 minutes after their morning program concludes. Campers are responsible for bringing their own lunch and beverage.

Registration Deadline: Registration for individual programs will close two weeks prior to the first day of the camp. A camp t-shirt is not guaranteed for late registrations.

Refund Policy: No refunds will be processed after June 1, 2023 for June programs and July 1, 2023 for July programs unless Saint Joseph Academy cancels a camp due to unforeseen circumstances. 

Grade Entering: When registering your daughter for a summer program, please use the grade she will be enrolled in for the 2023-2024 school year.

For additional information, please contact summer@sja1890.org.

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    Mrs. Colleen DeVenney 

    Paw Prints Store Manager | Summer Program Coordinator
    216.251.6788 ext. 228