After assessing the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic, our PEERS at Camp Aristotle team has concluded that we will not move forward in holding our Summer 2020 session. While our summer staff greatly regret the chance to greet returning campers and meet new ones, we are actively working to create a virtual summer alternative, and hope to be back next summer, in full force and with greater enthusiasm than ever.

    We will continue to post updates on our plans for Summer 2020. For questions, please reach out to our PEERS Director:

    Scott Swick | sswick@theauburnschool.org


PEERS 2020 - Silver Spring Campus

  • Fostering independence and confidence through social skills, Aristotle PEERS program is a skills-based, interactive summer program designed to develop social skills in young teens (ages 12-15 years) who are interested in learning ways to make and keep friends. PEERS (Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills) is a sequential, social skills intervention program benefiting adolescents with autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, anxiety, depression and other social-communicative deficits.

    Our goal is to help students learn ways to make and keep friends, as well as living and independency skills required for high school and adulthood. Through hands-on social activities, weekly field trips, and authentic summer camp experiences, students will be able to rehearse in natural environments the social skills and strategies as they learn them.

    Our program is for students between rising 7th and 10th grades, who are interested in learning ways to make and keep friends while enjoying fun camp experiences. Each weekly theme has a corresponding parent coaching class to discuss critical social concepts and practice becoming social coaches to provide ongoing support of your teen's social development.  

    Parent Information Sessions

    Parents interested in admissions to the PEERS Program at Silver Spring Campus for Summer 2020 are invited to attend an Open House to learn more about our program and camp. The information sessions are intended for parents/guardians only. 2020 Camp Open House dates are as followed:

    Contact Scott Swick at sswick@theauburnschool.org or 301-588-8048 to learn more.

    How to Apply

    PEERS applications will soon be available for Summer 2020 for rising 7th through 10th graders. Please note the application deadline of May 1, 2020. We ask families to submit applications by the deadline in order to ensure proper staffing, groupings and supplies. We will of course still consider applications submitted after the deadline if we still have spaces available!

    PEERS is a 5-week program from July 6th – August 7th. Classes are held every day from 8:30am – 3:30pm; with a corresponding parent coaching session from 3-5 pm every Monday. The cost of the full 5-week program is $3500, at $700 per week, and students must commit to at least 3 weeks. Aftercare is available for an additional fee. 

    Camper Visit

    All students new to The Auburn School or Camp Aristotle must attend a visit to ensure that Camp Aristotle can meet their needs. Applicants will be contacted in order to schedule after their entire application has been received and processed.