All of our summer program offerings are listed below!

Our Auxiliary Programs team is happy to answer any questions you may have about our summer programs. Contact them at mclean-summer@basisindependent.com or  (703) 854-1253.

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View our registration information and program policies on our main summer page.

Rising PreK and Kindergarten Camps

Our active and engaging PreK and Kindergarten (ages 3 through 5) camp program is structured around a weekly theme and includes crafts, songs, books, science projects and other activities related to the theme. Our youngest campers may register for a full day, morning only, or afternoon only program. Full day campers will have a short rest period during the supervised lunch break (lunch is not provided). Camp times: Full day: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM, Morning half day: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Afternoon half day: 12:30 – 3:30 PM
  • PreK & K

    Fees:

    • Half Day programs: $250 per week, and $240 for any subsequent half day camp
    • Full Day programs: $500 per week, and $480 for all subsequent full day camp

    Themes:

    June 24-28: Down on the Farm

    July 1-5 (Class will not be held on July 4): Adventures in Outer Space

    • Fee: $50 discount for the week of July 1-5 ($200/$190)
      Fee: 
      $100 discount for the week of July 1-5 ($400/$380)

    July 8-12: Ocean Explorers

    July 15-19: Around the World

    July 22-26: Ooey, Gooey Messy

    July 29-August 2: Animal Kingdom Adventures

    August 5-9: Let’s Go Camping

    August 12-16: Planes, Trains, Cars, and more…

Rising Grades 1-5 Programs

In grades 1-5, campers choose from half day morning or afternoon sessions in many popular themes. Morning and afternoon sessions are priced separately. Supervised lunch is available at no additional cost for campers who will be attending both a morning and afternoon session. Grades, dates, times, and fees are noted with each description.
  • Arctic Explorer

    Bundle up for a dog sled ride to the artic. Learn about animals native to this region and the countries that surround the Arctic. Make blubber, create an artic habitat, and melt icebergs. It could be chilly, so be sure to bring cold weather gear!

    Grades: 1-3
    Dates: July 29-August 2
    Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Fee: $250

  • Art Studio

    Campers will explore a variety of artists, art processes, and mediums such as drawing, painting, printmaking, and three-dimensional art.

    Grades: 2-4
    Dates:
    July 8-12
    Time: 12:30 – 3:30 PM
    Fee: $250

  • BIM Med School

    Calling all future doctors and nurses! Come learn about the systems in the body. Explore the components of blood and what it does in the body, practice splinting a broken bone, learn about the nervous system, build a skeleton, and learn basic first aid.

    Grades: 3-5
    Dates: August 5-9
    Time: 12:30 – 3:30 PM
    Fee: $250

  • Deep Blue Sea

    Bring scuba gear and get ready to dive as deep as campers dare to explore under the sea. They’ll earn about how some creatures survive in the darkest depths of the ocean and why the largest mammal in the world eats such tiny food. Are you smarter than an octopus? Do angelfish have wings? All deep sea questions will be answered as students explore the waters of the world.

    Grades: 1-2
    Dates: 
    July 1-5 (no camp July 4)
    Times: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Fee: $200

  • Down on the Farm

    Get out some overalls and boots! Our young campers will learn what it takes to be a farmer, as they explore the animals and equipment used on a farm. We might get a little dirty and we hope to meet an animal or two!

    Grades: 1-3
    Dates: August 5-9
    Time: 12:30 – 3:30 PM
    Fee: $250

  • Fun Fitness

    Campers will enjoy a variety of high-energy and noncompetitive games. Safety, team work, cooperation, and fun will be emphasized. Kids of all skill levels are welcomed and encouraged to join. Taught by Nancy Palmer, a well-known area fitness instructor specializing in exercise for children. Note: Children should wear sneakers and comfortable clothes and be prepared to have fun!

    Grades: 1-3
    Dates: July 29-August 2
    Time: 12:30-3:30 PM
    Fee: $250

  • Harry Potter's World

    Ready to be sorted? Or already a proud fan of a Hogwarts house? Students will test their knowledge of the Wizarding World with trivia, care for magical creatures, and experiment with potions. They’ll also practice throwing around a quaffle. Find your way to platform 9¾ to join this magical class.

    Grades: 3-5
    Dates: July 29-August 2
    Time: 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
    Fee: $250

  • Ooey Gooey Science

    Get messy and explore the exciting world of science! Experiment with goop, slime, exploding soda, and volcanoes. Do the science experiments even science teachers think are too messy! We recommend campers wear clothes that can get dirty.

    Grades: 1-4
    Dates: July 8-12
    Time: 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
    Fee: $250

  • Passport to Asia

    Come along on a whirlwind tour of Asia! Explore the culture of countries as diverse as Japan, India, China, Vietnam, and Russia through music, dance, crafts, food, and games. Passport provided!

    Grades: 1-3
    Dates: 
    June 24-28
    Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Fee: $250

  • Passport to South America

    No need to grab a passport! It’s provided on the first day and students will experience the beauty and culture of Brazil, Argentina, and other countries through stories, crafts, and more! They might learn to dance the flamenco, make a Brazilian dish, or recognize a piranha as they explore the beauty of this part of the world. Vamanos!

    Grades: 1-3
    Dates: August 5-9
    Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Fee: $250

  • PE Fun

    Fill up a water bottle and get ready for a week of exercise! PE Fun includes a week packed to the seams with all the fun PE games and activities kids love. In this camp kids will play classic gym and outdoor games. Prepare to sweat, laugh, and of course – HAVE FUN!

    Grades: 1-4
    Dates: August 5-9
    Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Fee: $250

  • Science Exploration

    In this hands-on and engaging science program, students will conduct laboratory experiments in the fields of chemistry, biology, engineering, and more. Students will deepen their understanding of scientific concepts by working on group-based projects such as building gliders investigating which design goes the furthest, and investing freezing point depression by making ice cream. Additionally, students will end the week-long camp with improved laboratory skills such as how to properly read a graduated cylinder and how to light a Bunsen burner (older age group only). Sample activities include high-flying gliders, rocket launch, magnetic slime, elephant toothpaste, investigating osmosis, bubble art, growing microbes, and colored rain.

    Grades: 1-4
    Dates: July 15-19
    Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Fee: $250

    Grades: 5-8
    Dates: July 15-19
    Time: 12:30 – 3:30 PM
    Fee: $250

  • Secret Life of Pets

    From rabbits to hamsters to dogs, this class will enrich campers’ love of pets. They’ll learn what animals need to be healthy and happy. Various pets will visit the class and they’ll take a trip to the pet store. Please keep camper’s allergies in mind when registering for this camp.

    Grades: 1-3
    Dates: August 5-9
    Time: 12:30 – 3:30 PM
    Fee: $250

  • Sports Sampler

    Ever wanted to try soccer, tennis, or rugby? How about basketball or baseball? This camp will give kids the chance to try a variety of sports without committing to a full season. Taught by an experienced PE teacher, this week is sure to be full of fun.

    Grades: 1-4
    Dates: July 15-19
    Time: 12:30 – 3:30 PM
    Fee: $250

  • Summer in a Week

    Those lazy days of summer all rolled in to one week! Have a water balloon fight, read a book, see a movie, visit a museum, make ice cream, put up a lemonade stand – these classic summer activities and more await you in this week of summer fun.

    Grades: 1-4
    Dates: 
    July 22-26
    Time: 12:30 – 3:30 PM
    Fee: $250

  • Super Soccer Stars

    At Super Soccer Stars, we use the soccer ball as the vehicle to help children not only improve their soccer skills, but also develop self-confidence, improve gross motor skills, hone socialization skills and for the development of physical literacy. Dynamic, local, and international coaches work with small groups of boys and girls to develop these skills and teamwork in a fun, non-competitive, educational environment.

    Grades: 1-3
    Dates: 
    June 24-28
    Time: 12:30 – 3:30 PM
    Fee: $250

    Grades: 1-3
    Dates: 
    July 1-5 (no camp July 4)
    Times: 12:30 – 3:00 PM
    Fee: $200

  • Tennis 1-2-3

    Come join us to learn a sport that is both fun and healthy! This program introduces kids to tennis and helps develop: hand-eye coordination, agility, balance, movement, racket skills, and sportsmanship. We develop fundamental strokes: forehand, backhand, volleys, and serves using drills and games in a fun, safe, and friendly environment.

    Grades: 1-4
    Dates: 
    July 8-12
    Time: 12:30 – 3:30 PM
    Fee: $250

  • Unusual Animals

    Fossa, okapi, narwhal, oh my! This week students will learn about the more unusual animals in the world, their habitats and habits. Maybe you’ll discover a new favorite!

    Grades: 1-3
    Dates: July 22-26
    Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Fee: $250

Rising Grades 6-8

Grades 6-8 students have options that get them outside, as well as engage them in fun enrichment opportunities! Some weeks these classes will be held on campus, but many of these offerings are designed to take campers away from campus for a variety of fun activities. These courses may require an additional fee due to the amount supplies required and the travel and admission fees associated with the field trips.
  • English Enrichment: Which Dystopian Novel Got It Right: Orwell’s 1984 or Huxley’s Brave New World?

    Sparked by a 2017 New York Times article by Charles McGrath and Siddhartha Deb, this two-week course will answer the question about which dystopian novelist got it correct earlier in the 20th Century: Orwell or Huxley? Students will closely read both works of fiction, focusing on the figurative language, while analyzing the science, technology, and political commentaries of each novel. The course will focus around a seminar-style discussion on topics ranging from “biopolitics” to totalitarian governments to food supplies and climate change. Though much of this course will involve reading and discussing these classical novels, students will focus on practicing their analytical writing skills and developing clear, concise thesis statements. Books will be provided on the first day.

    Provided texts:

    • 1984 by George Orwell
    •  Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

    Grades: 6-8
    Dates: 
    July 22-August 2
    Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Fee: $500

  • Jumpstart

    Start school off on the right foot with Jump Start camp. This will equip grades 4-8 students with the foundational skills and content needed to begin a successful school year at BASIS Independent McLean. We strongly recommend this Jump Start camp for incoming first-year BASIS Independent McLean students, as well as returning students looking to bolster their confidence entering the new year. All grade levels will also finish their day with an hour long cross-curricular (and often cross grade-level) exploration. In addition to brushing up on several subjects, students will get a chance to organize and setup their lockers on the final day of camp.

    These courses will be taught by our Subject Expert Teachers and give students a chance to connect with teachers and other students before the school year begins. At each grade level, the following classes will be explored:

    Grades 4/5: Math Foundation, Intro to Science, English

    Grades: 4-8
    Dates: August 5-9
    Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
    Price:
    $500

     

  • Science Exporation

    In this hands-on and engaging science program, students will conduct laboratory experiments in the fields of chemistry, biology, engineering, and more. Students will deepen their understanding of scientific concepts by working on group-based projects such as building gliders investigating which design goes the furthest, and investing freezing point depression by making ice cream. Additionally, students will end the week-long camp with improved laboratory skills such as how to properly read a graduated cylinder and how to light a Bunsen burner (older age group only). Sample activities include high-flying gliders, rocket launch, magnetic slime, elephant toothpaste, investigating osmosis, bubble art, growing microbes, and colored rain.

    Grades: 5-8
    Dates: July 15-19
    Time: 12:30 – 3:30 PM
    Fee: $250

Academic Enrichment Programs (Rising Grades 6-12)

Academic Enrichment Programs are designed to prepare students to begin the school year ready for academic excellence and are offered in the last three weeks of our program. Class grade levels vary and span multiple weeks, see the descriptions for specific dates. BASIS Independent McLean students only: For current and incoming BIM students, we are offering for-credit classes in Economics and World History, as well as non-credit math enrichment programs. Please see our class descriptions for specific details about each class.
  • For Credit: Economics

    BASIS Independent McLean students only

    This course is open to BASIS Independent McLean students in grades 9-12 only and fulfills the BASIS Curriculum Schools’ graduation requirement for 0.5 credits of Economics. This summer economics course will introduce students to the economic style of thinking. This includes learning about many of the basic models in economics, including supply and demand, and later transitioning to more complicated models explaining how specific markets and economies behave. The course will take some key elements from both microeconomics (individual and firm analyses) and macroeconomics (nationwide analyses). By the end of the course, students should be able to use economics as an additional lens to help understand our world, and will be literate in terms of understanding the actions of US government in driving the direction of the country’s economy.

    Grades: 9-12
    Dates:
    June 24-July 12
    Time: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    Fee: $3,500

  • For Credit: World History & Geography

    BASIS Independent McLean students only

    This course is open to BASIS Independent McLean students in grades 9-12 only and fulfills the BASIS Curriculum Schools’ graduation requirement for 0.67 credits of World History. Students typically fulfill this requirement by earning 1.0 credit in grade 8 World History & Geography II. The World History & Geography course will follow the topics outlined in the AP World History syllabus. Students will investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in six historical periods from approximately 8,000 BCE to the present. Students develop and use the same skills, practices, and methods employed by historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources; making historical comparisons; utilizing reasoning about contextualization, causation, and continuity and change over time; and developing historical arguments. The course provides five themes that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places: interaction between humans and the environment; development and interaction of cultures; state building, expansion, and conflict; creation, expansion, and interaction of economic systems; and development and transformation of social structures.

    Grades: 9-12
    Dates:
    July 23-August 14
    Time: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    Fee: $3,500

  • English Enrichment: The Harlem Renaissance: Then and Now – Exploring America’s “New Identity” in the 20th Century and into the 21st Century

    The Harlem Renaissance was an African-American movement to rediscover and redefine black identity in America at the turn of the 20th Century. This two-week course will explore this movement through literature, poetry, art, music, and architecture and examine the power of works by Langston Hughes, Billie Holiday, Aaron Douglas, and many others. It will also explore its impact into the 21st Century with readings by Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Books will be provided on the first day.

    Sample texts:

    • Cane by Jean Toomer
    • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston
    • The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes
    • various speeches by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Grades: 8-12
    Dates: 
    July 22-August 2
    Time: 12:30 – 3:30 PM
    Fee: $500

  • Jumpstart

    Start school off on the right foot with Jump Start camp. This will equip grades 4-8 students with the foundational skills and content needed to begin a successful school year at BASIS Independent McLean. We strongly recommend this Jump Start camp for incoming first-year BASIS Independent McLean students, as well as returning students looking to bolster their confidence entering the new year. All grade levels will also finish their day with an hour long cross-curricular (and often cross grade-level) exploration. In addition to brushing up on several subjects, students will get a chance to organize and setup their lockers on the final day of camp.

    These courses will be taught by our Subject Expert Teachers and give students a chance to connect with teachers and other students before the school year begins. At each grade level, the following classes will be explored:

    Grade 6: Intro to Science, English, Latin, and History Foundation

    Grades 7/8: English, Chemistry, Physics

    Grades: 4-8
    Dates: August 5-9
    Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
    Price:
    $500

     

  • Preparation for Algebra I and Geometry

    BASIS Independent McLean students only

    This course will be a review of Pre-Algebra and preparation for the BASIS Curriculum Schools’ Algebra 1/Geometry course. Topics include geometry, discrete mathematics, and probability and statistics. Students will hone their skills in areas of: fractions, decimals, mixed numbers, positive and negative numbers, order of operations, percentages, proportions, ratios, divisibility, rounding, place value, unit conversions, scientific notation, data representation, algebraic representation, and solving real-world problems. Students will have short breaks and lunch time (lunch is not included).

    Please note: Enrolling in this course does not guarantee placement into Algebra 1/Geometry. Students must successfully pass the math placement exam to enroll in Algebra 1/Geometry as a grade 5 or 6 student.

    Grades: 6-7
    Dates:
    August 5-16
    Time: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
    Fee: $1,000

  • Preparation for Algebra II and Geometry

    BASIS Independent McLean students only

    This course will be a review of foundational topics in Algebra and Geometry, and preparation for the BASIS Curriculum Schools’ Algebra 2/Geometry course. Students will review all of the traditional first-year algebra topics while building higher-order thinking skills, real-world application skills, reasoning, and an understanding of interconnecting math strands. The class focuses on multiple representations of algebraic thinking: verbal, numerical, symbolic, and graphical.

    Topics covered will include algebra foundations, basic geometric concepts, functions and relations, linear equations; polynomials, rational expressions and functions, inequalities, systems of equations and inequalities, radical expressions and functions, quadratic equations, absolute-value equations and inequalities, and probability and data analysis. Real-world applications and continual practice/review are fundamental parts of the class and are important for mastery of the material. Students will have short breaks and lunch time (lunch is not included).

    Please note: Enrolling in this course does not guarantee placement into Algebra 2/Geometry. Students must successfully pass the math placement exam to enroll in Algebra 2/Geometry.

    Grades: 7-9
    Dates:
    August 5-16
    Time: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
    Fee: $1,000

More Camps on Campus

  • Offered by Fairfax Collegiate

    In addition to our wonderful BASIS Independent McLean camps, we will host Fairfax Collegiate camps for grades 2–9 from June 17–August 9. Fairfax Collegiate provides two-week summer classes in subjects including writing, mathematics, science, test preparation, public speaking, engineering, robotics, minecraft, programming, art and design, and filmmaking. View course offerings on the Fairfax Collegiate website (under the Tysons location). All camps are run by Fairfax Collegiate. If you have questions about the camps or registration, please contact Fairfax Collegiate directly at 703.481.3080.