What to Bring

What to Bring

College Prep

Students should bring normal classroom materials with them each day (notebooks, writing utensils, etc.). Textbooks will be provided on the first day of class. Students should consult with their instructors on whether or not laptops will be needed for classwork. Please note that laptop carts are available for student use during the summer should students elect not to bring their own devices to class.

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.

Creative Arts – Dance

Session 1

Dancers should bring ballet shoes, leotard and tights, and ballet shirts. Dancers interested in pointe classes and/or partnering should bring pointe shoes. Dancers should also bring yoga mats and water bottles daily.

Session 2

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.

Some things you’ll need for classes and 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, but students should have attire that is fitted with full mobility and flexibility (no jeans, nothing baggie; tights, yoga pants, fitted sweatpants, athletic shorts, are some acceptable clothing for theatre dance).
  • If you have tap shoes and ballet flats please bring them with you. If you do not, your theatre faculty will work with you.
  • Two Shakespeare monologues printed out ready for class. These two monologues don’t need to be memorized or performance-ready. They do not need to be gender or type appropriate. Just two monologues from Shakespeare’s plays. There are plenty of free resources for Shakespeare monologues online (any returning students should select new monologues).
  • The Prologue from Romeo & Juliet printed for class.
  • 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 pencils, color pen/highlighter, notebook and small three-ring binder for the rest of your classes and rehearsals.

English Language Institute

Students should bring normal classroom materials with them each day (notebooks, writing utensils, etc.). Textbooks will be provided on the first day of class. Laptops are encouraged, though a laptop cart is available in classrooms 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 boarding staff. Students should also bring an appropriate outfit for our final ELI dinner (jacket and tie or dresses).

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

Middle School STEM

Lunch Information

Students must bring a lunch from home, including ice packs if needed. Water fountains are available in the building, though water bottles are encouraged. Students may also bring a snack for a mid-morning break.

Dress Code Information

Dress code is casual/school-appropriate during the academic session. Students should also bring bathing suits and towels or gym attire for the daily gym and swim from 2:45 – 3:45 each afternoon, Monday through Friday. Dress code is school-appropriate. Please use your best judgment in determining attire for your camper. If they will be outside, playing sports, or running around, closed-toed shoes are required.

Summer Explorations

Lunch Information

Students must bring a lunch from home, including ice packs if needed. Water fountains are available in the building, though water bottles are encouraged. Students may also bring a snack for a mid-morning break.

Dress Code Information

Dress code is casual/school-appropriate during the academic session. Students should also bring bathing suits and towels or gym attire for the daily gym and swim from 2:45 – 3:45 each afternoon, Monday through Friday. Dress code is school-appropriate. Please use your best judgment in determining attire for your camper. If they will be outside, playing sports, or running around, closed-toed shoes are required.

Boarding Students

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

Domestic students may bring bed linens from home if they choose. International students are charged a mandatory linen fee which includes a fitted sheet, sheet, pillow, and towel.

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. Irons, provided by the school, are to be used only in designated places.

Animals and pets of any kind, including fish, are not permitted in dormitory rooms.

Junior Arts

What to Wear

Junior Arts camp is active! Please ensure that your camper is wearing clothing that is comfortable to move in.

Students should also bring bathing suits and towels and/or gym attire for the daily gym and swim from 2:45 – 3:45 pm each afternoon.

Lunch/Snack Infomation

Students must bring a lunch from home, including ice packs if needed. Please pack a water bottle for your camper to use throughout the day. Water fountains are also available in the building. A morning snack will be provided.