Summer Academy

Aristotle Academy, Fairfax Campus

  • Aristotle Academy is a unique summer program for rising 9-12th graders that blends the acquisition and development of relevant 21st century skills (including creativity, collaboration and communication) with fun, immersive projects, career exploration, as well as embedded social learning and executive functioning supports.  The 3-week session offers students a chance to work independently and collaboratively to plan and execute their ideas across each of the three weekly themes.  Additionally, the 3-week session will include one off-campus trip, where students will be given the opportunity to practice their skills in a real-world setting.  Aristotle Academy staff receives specialized training to support the sensory, self-regulation and behavioral needs of campers, while also incorporating their own enthusiasms and passions for music, arts and gaming into each week’s activities.


  • Tuition and Fees

    • Application Fee - $50 (applied to tuition for all accepted campers)
    • Tuition –  $1,900
    • Aftercare – $110/week, $30/day


    • Early application discount of 5% off total tuition for complete applications (application, teacher evaluation & fee) received by April 6, 2018 (Regular application deadline: May 1, 2018)
    • Discounts are available for current Auburn School students

    Dates and Times

    Aristotle Academy will run for three weeks during Summer 2018.  If there is sufficient demand, a second three-week session may be added.  There will be no pro-rating of tuition for campers unable to attend the full three-week session. 

    Session I: July 2nd - July 20th* (*no camp on July 4- discount applies)

    Camp Day: 8:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

    Aftercare: 3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

    Aristotle Academy is designed to incorporate fun, engaging thematic activities along with development and application of 21st century life skills. The three-week session will feature one off-campus outing where our students will have the opportunity to apply what they have learned.  Our model integrates social learning support throughout the day so campers can foster friendships, work together and most importantly, have fun!

    How to Apply

    Applications are now being accepted for Summer 2018 for rising 9th - 12th graders. Please note the application deadline of May 18, 2018 (Early Bird April 6, 2018). 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!

    Parent Information Sessions

    Families interested in learning more about Aristotle Academy are encouraged to attend an information session.  Information sessions are held monthly and provide you an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about program our program.  The information sessions are intended for parents/guardians only.

    Register for one of the following Aristotle Academy information sessions here.

    • Friday, March 9th at 3:00 p.m.
    • Friday, April 27th at 3:00 p.m.
    • Monday, May 7th at 9:30 a.m.

    If you are unable to attend one of the information sessions, please contact us at to get information by phone or to schedule an appointment.

    Camper Visit

    All students new to Aristotle Academy must attend a visit to ensure that our program can adequately support their needs. Applicants will be contacted in order to schedule a time and date after their entire application has been received and processed.

Summer 2018 Weekly Themes

  • Week 1 (July 2nd – 6th*) | Music Lab

    The music lab will inspire budding and experienced performers to create their own compositions or become part of a group to perform, record and mix their own performances. Campers will experiment with musical instruments, vocals, rap and movement as a means of utilizing 21st century skills of communicating, creating and collaborating.

    21st Century Skills: Collaboration, cooperation and consensus, recording and editing of media files.

    Social Learning Focus: The importance of flexible thinking, Plan A/Plan B, compromise and consensus. Using your social smarts to think about others instead of being a "just me" thinker.

    Week 2 (July 9th – 13th) | AristoCon 2018 - Cosplay, Anime & More!

    Have you ever wanted to become your favorite anime or video game character? At the Aristotle Academy, we will examine the creative process of designing and fabricating costumes and props as we embody our favorite characters. Students will practice sewing, makeup and construction skills which will culminate at AristoCon, our own cosplay conference.

    21st Century Skills: Planning and executing your vision, sewing and fabrication skills.

    Social Learning Focus: Using problem solving to identify the size of a problem and the importance of appropriately matching your reaction. Developing appropriate strategies to help you maintain a clear mind and a calm body.

    Week 3 (July 16th – 20th) | The Wide World of Gaming - Video Games, Board Games & Beyond

    Campers will investigate the world of gaming by gaining a deeper understanding of the creative process  of a game developer and designer. Campers will analyze board games, RPG games and video games, create characters and synthesize their knowledge and skills to create their own board game.

    21st Century Skills: Computer coding and programming, customer/client skills in the workplace. 

    Social Learning Focus: Choice vs. No Choice situations. Learning to identify what is within our power to change and what is not.