What to Bring

What to Bring

College Prep

As we move closer to the start date students will receive an email with course information directly from your faculty member. Please be sure to watch your email for that information the week before the start of class.
Students are expected to be present for every scheduled class with their cameras enabled. Parents must report any student absence to the appropriate faculty member and to the Summer Office. Any extended absence will affect final grades as the summer courses are taught at an accelerated pace covering the materials of a 12-week trimester course in four weeks.

Creative Arts – Dance

Dancers should bring ballet shoes, leotard and tights, and ballet shirts. Dancers interested in pointe classes and/or partnering should bring pointe shoes.

Jazz shoes are required. FootUndeez are optional, though most dancing will be done barefoot. Comfortable, form-fitting clothing should be worn during rehearsal time.

Nude undergarment leotards are helpful for under costumes and quick changes during recitals and performances. Dancers should also bring yoga mats and water bottles daily.

Creative Arts – Theatre

Students should have the following prepared to present on their first day:

  • One full monologue (this can be from a play, film/television series, literature, poetry, spoken word). The monologue should be something you feel passionately about, confident in presenting and love to perform. Please bring a copy of your monologue’s text printed out with you.
  • One full song. Again, this can be from any well-known source (musical theatre, traditional, pop/rock, folk, jazz standard). You must bring full, clean sheet music in the appropriate key with you.

This is not meant to feel like an “audition.” Focus on using your materials to show us who you are and what you love to perform. We may ask some brief questions or ask you to do one/both of your pieces more than once, and, may provide some adjustments or feedback in the moment.

    Classes & Rehearsals

  • For your theatre dance classes, you’ll need to have plenty of clothes that you can move comfortably in. Traditional dance attire is not necessary for your theatre dance classes, but students should have attire that is fitted with full mobility and flexibility (no jeans, nothing baggy; tights, yoga pants, fitted sweatpants, or athletic shorts are some acceptable clothing for theatre dance). Jeans may be worn for your other classes and rehearsals.
  • If you have tap shoes and ballet flats please bring them with you. Sneakers or other closed toe shoes work well for classes and rehearsals; no sandals, flip flops, or open toe shoes should be worn in classes and rehearsals.
  • Please have 1-2 Shakespeare monologues with you for your first Shakespeare class on Wednesday 7/13 (the first Wednesday of the program). In preparation for our Shakespeare class this year, we ask all students to come to class having chosen 1-2 monologues from the Shakespeare repertoire that speak to them and to bring printed copies of them to our first day of classes. These monologues do not have to be memorized. We recommend using this database: https://www.shakespeare-monologues.org/home. The monologues in the database are divided by gender identity of the characters, you can select monologues outside of your own gender identity. Any actor may work on any piece that interests them artistically.
  • Boarding students: Please bring at least two “nice” outfits with you if you have them. These should be clothes you could wear on stage, a good guide is something you’d wear for school photos or a nice dinner out. Not formal, just “dressed up.”
  • You will need a water bottle, pencils, color pen/highlighter, a notebook and small three-ring binder for the rest of your classes and rehearsals. No food or drinks (except water) are permitted in the theatre or classroom.
  • Professional Standard

    Rehearsals for the Theatre Showcase and full musical production will begin on your first day at Sem. You are expected to learn, memorize and fully realize your material as assigned and as quickly as possible. Students who do not commit to a professional standard of rehearsal and performance protocol may be re-cast and/or lose performance opportunities entirely.

English Language Institute

Students should bring normal classroom materials with them each day (notebook, writing utensils, etc.). Textbooks will be provided on the first day of class. Laptops are encouraged, though a laptop cart is available in classroom for student use.

Dress is casual for all Summer at Sem classes. Students are expected to be neat and clean at all times. Shorts, sandals, and t-shirts are permitted; however, t-shirts with obscene graphics or messages are not allowed. Skirts and shorts must be of modest length. Sneakers are required for sports activities. No one may go barefoot except where noted by residential staff.

Linens and bedding (sheets, blankets, pillows, towel/washcloth) are provided and included in ELI fees.

Middle School Codebreakers

Lunch Information

Students must bring a lunch from home, including ice packs if needed. Water fountains are available in the building, however students are encouraged to bring their own water bottles.

Dress Code Information

The dress-code is school appropriate. Please use your best judgement in determining attire for your camper based on weather and activity. Since campers will be outside, playing sports, and running around, closed-toed shoes are recommended. Sunscreen is recommended for all campers.

Summer Explorations

Lunch Information

Students must bring a lunch from home if they are attending a full day of camp, including ice packs if needed. Water fountains are available in the building, however students are encouraged to bring their own water bottles.

Dress Code Information

The dress-code is school appropriate. Please use your best judgement in determining attire for your camper based on weather and activity. Since campers will be outside, playing sports, and running around, closed-toed shoes are recommended. Sunscreen is recommended for all campers.

General Dress Code Guildelines

  • Tops: dress shirt (defined as a collared shirt, polo, or blouse). Sweater with no graphics. T-shirts, sweatshirts. However, shirts with obscene graphics or messages are not allowed. No bare midriffs.
  • Pants: khakis, colored denim, or dress pants. Leggings are permitted but must be worn with a top, skirt, or dress that is at least fingertip length*. Blue jeans are acceptable during summer programs.
  • Dresses and skirts: should be of modest fit and at least fingertip length*. Sleeveless dresses are permitted, but straps must be two fingers width or wider.
  • Shoes: must be clean and in good condition. Sandals are permitted during the summer.
  • Hats must be removed when entering the dining hall or any academic buildings.
  • All clothings should cover midriffs, backs, and chests.
  • Hair color or highlights other than natural tones are not permitted, facial hair must be neatly trimmed, and long hair should be kept neat so that it does not fall in one’s face.
  • *Fingertip-length means length of garment must meet the end of fingertips with arms hanging straight at sides.

    Boarding Students

    Each student room is furnished with a single bed and mattress (extra long twin), student desk with a bookshelf, a desk chair, a chest of drawers, and a mirror. Dormitories have common bathroom and shower facilities.

    Students may bring bed linens from home if they choose. Students can choose to purchase linens for a fee which includes a fitted sheet, flat sheet, pillow, pillow case, and two (2) towels. Beds in Wyoming Seminary dormitory rooms are extra-long single beds and require long sheets.

    Boarding students may choose to bring personal computers for their dorm rooms. All dormitories and school buildings have access to high speed wireless internet. The school computer instructional format is Macintosh, and most computers available on campus are Macs, but students are welcome to use Windows equipment.

    Note: Summer at Sem students are not required to bring or purchase computers for the summer sessions, but possession of a personal computer or tablet would certainly be an advantage to any student.
    Parents and students should be aware that some courses require typed essays. Some courses require certain work to be submitted electronically. Computers are available in the library and computer rooms.

    What NOT to Bring

    • Students are not permitted to have televisions, refrigerators, or electrical appliances such as air conditioners, sub lamps, halogen lamps, electric blankets, room heaters, popcorn poppers, hot pots, or hot plates.
    • Animals and pets of any kind, including fish, are not permitted in dormitory rooms.
    • Irons, provided by the school, are to be used only in designated places. Violations of these regulations result in confiscation of the banned item. Violations are also cause for disciplinary actions and possible monetary fines.
    • Containers which contain or once contained alcoholic beverages, tobacco, or drugs are expressly prohibited. Posters which depict or glamorize alcohol, drugs, or tobacco products or which are considered sexually inappropriate are forbidden.