Bridge the Gap Summer Academy


Bridge the Gap Summer Camp offers students, entering grades 3 through 12 unique opportunities for enrichment, advancement, and fun in academics and essential social and life skills. We have ample opportunities to explore interests, develop important skills, and become more prepared for the next level of academic challenges or to maintain skills that were gained during the school year. All of our Bridge the Gap programs are taught by Academy of Whole Learning’s highly trained staff who are devoted to working with students with autism spectrum disorder or related learning differences. The goals for Bridge the Gap Summer Camp are to provide a variety of options for growth academically, artistically, and socially in an environment that is safe, caring, and fun for students of all ages. Although we specialize in educating students with autism spectrum disorder or related learning differences, our Summer Camp is open to all students.

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    3-6 Offerings

    Monarch

    This program will target reinforcement, remediation and enhancement in the core academic areas of reading writing, and math as well as self-regulation skills. Students enrolled in this program will engage in our research-based blended learning approach. Blended education combines the best practice of direct instruction, repetition, review, and reinforcement through computer mediated instruction programs led by a licensed teacher and experienced teacher associate. Students will be grouped into socially and academically appropriate groups and instructed based on their individualized learning needs. Each day will include a short social skills lesson or activity.

        Dates Times Grades Price
    Session 1 Weeks 1-3 June 10-28 9:00am - 12:00pm M-F 3-6 $1,900 (3-week program)
    Session 2 Weeks 4-6 July 8-28 9:00am - 12:00pm M-F 3-6 $1,900 (3-week program)

    Splash Zone

    Bring your swimsuit and goggles, this camp is all about water! Participants will engage in fun experiments, games, and outings related to water. At the end of the week, we will have a pool party and enjoy an afternoon of fun with friends.

    Session 1 Weeks 1 June 10-14 12:30pm - 3:00pm M-F 3-6 480

    Movie Makers

    Unleash your inner cinematographer, actor, and director in movie makers camp. Using digital cameras and movie software, students will film and edit their own short movies, skits, and viral videos. They will learn how to add music, special effects, and backgrounds while working as a team.

    Session 1 Week 2 June 17-21 12:30pm - 3:00pm M-F 3-6 $480

    Construction Zone

    In this exciting, hands-on camp, students will be introduced to the engineering design process while they create, tinker, and imagine new ideas. Students will use Legos, Kinex, cardboard and a variety of other materials to design and construct both miniature and life-size structures.

    Session 1 Week 3 June 24-28 12:30pm - 3:00pm M-F 3-6 $480

    Tech Camp

    This camp is for kids who love technology. Students will be introduced to multiple STEM based programs involving coding, robotics, 3D printing, and favorites like Minecraft Edu. We know that getting unplugged is important so there will be time for organized games and activities that promote social, physical, and mental health.

    Session 2 Week 4 July 8-12 12:30pm - 3:00pm M-F 3-6 $480

    The Great Outdoors

    Get ready for some fun in the sun! Explore the great outdoors while learning about our local ecosystem. Students will be introduced to a variety of outdoor recreational activities including hiking, fishing, classic sports, and much more.

    Session 2 Week 5 July 15-19 12:30pm - 3:00pm M-F 3-6 $480

    Mission Control

    Mission Control offers engaging lessons and activities for kids interested in outer space, space exploration, and space technology. Mission Control is the ultimate fun and educational experience that illuminates real-world applications of STEM subjects.

    Session 2 Week 6 July 22-26 12:30pm - 3:00pm M-F 3-6 $480

    Owl Adventure

    This week-long, full-day camp will be packed with fun and engaging field trips. Students will explore the Twin-Cities metro area and discover new places and activities. Field trips will include museums, outdoor spaces, sports, and many more kid-friendly events.

    Session 3 Week 7 July 29 - Aug. 2 9:00am - 3:00pm M-F 7-12 $890 (full day)

    STEAM Camp

    With an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics, this camp will combine learning with fun. Students will participate in projects, challenges and activities that get their minds and bodies moving. As always, each activity will be tailored to fit each student's unique learning needs.

    Session 3 Week 8 August 5-9 9:00am - 3:00pm M-F 3-6 $890 (full day)
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    7-12 Offerings

    Parliament

    This program will target reinforcement, remediation and enhancement in the core academic areas of reading writing and math. Students enrolled in this program will engage in our research-based blended learning approach. Blended education combines the best practice of direct instruction, repetition, review, and reinforcement through computer mediated instruction programs led by a licensed teacher and experienced teacher associate. Students will be grouped into socially and academically appropriate groups and instructed based on their individualized learning needs. Each day will include a short social skills lesson or activity.

        Dates Times Grades Price
    Session 1 Weeks 1-3 June 10-28 9:00am - 12:00pm M-F 7-12 $1,900 (3-week program)
    Session 2 Weeks 4-6 July 8-28 9:00am - 12:00pm M-F 7-12 $1,900 (3-week program)

    Graduation Ready

    This 3-week, afternoon program is designed for 9th-12th graders who would like to improve their independent living skills in preparation for graduation. The program will include topics such as financial literacy, job seeking skills, and career exploration. We will partner with colleges and employers to get students out into the community and experience employment first-hand. Whether your next steps include going to college, joining the work force, or attending a transitions program, our skilled staff will design an individual learning path for your needs. Transitions students welcome.

    Session 1 Weeks 1-3 June 10-28 12:30pm - 3:00pm M-F 9-12 $1,500 (3-week program)

    Digital Video Camp

    Unleash your inner cinematographer, actor, and director in Digital Video Camp. Using digital cameras and movie software, students will film and edit their own short movies, skits, and viral videos. They will learn how to add music, special effects, and backgrounds while working as a team.

    Session 1 Week 1 June 10-14 12:30pm - 3:00pm M-F 7-12 $480

    Engineer Your World

    In this creative, hands-on camp, students will use the engineering design process to imagine, design, and create new ideas. Students will use Legos, Knex, wood, and many other materials to build both miniature and life-size structures.

    Session 1 Week 2 June 17-21 12:30pm - 3:00pm M-F 7-12 $480

    Sports Camp

    Each day of Sports Camp will be dedicated to at least one new sport. Campers will work on the fundamental motor skills that are specific to each sport as well focus on teamwork, communication, and competitive sportsmanship.

    Session 1 Week 3 June 24-28 12:30pm - 3:00pm M-F 7-12 $480

    Tech Camp

    This camp is for kids who love technology. Students will use multuple STEM based programs involving coding, robotics, 3D printing, and favorites like Minecraft Edu. We know that getting unplugged is important so there will be time for organized games and activities that promote social, physical, and mental health.

    Session 2 Week 4 July 8-12 12:30pm - 3:00pm M-F 7-12 $480

    Go Green!

    This camp focuses on the growing field of renewable energy and what we can do to make our planet a better place to live. Students will engage in hands-on experiential activities relating to solar, wind, and electric technology and leave camp with an understanding of how they can reduce their carbon footprint.

    Session 2 Week 5 July 15-19 12:30pm - 3:00pm M-F 7-12 $480

    Around the World

    In just 5 days students will "travel" to 5 different countries around the world. They will learn about each country’s history and culture and get a chance to partake in traditions, crafts, cooking, and music.

    Session 2 Week 6 July 22-26 12:30pm - 3:00pm M-F 7-12 $480

    STEAM Camp

    With an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics, this camp will combine learning with fun. Students will participate in projects, challenges and activities that get their minds and bodies moving. As always, each activity will be tailored to fit each students unique learning needs.

    Session 3 Week 7 July 29 - Aug. 9:00am - 3:00pm M-F 7-12 $890 (full day)

    City Adventure

    This week-long, full-day camp will be packed with fun and engaging field trips. Students will explore the Twin-Cities metro area and discover new places and activities. Field trips will include museums, outdoor spaces, sporting events, and much more.

    Session 3 Week 8 August 5-9 9:00am - 3:00pm M-F 7-12 $890 (full day)
  • Pricing Packages

    Package Package Price Value Discount
    Session 1 full day (Camps) $3,100.00 $3,340.00 -$240.00
    Session 1 full day (Graduation Ready) $3,160.00 $3,400.00 -$240.00
    Session 2 full day $3,100.00 $3,340.00 -$240.00
    Session 3 (Includes week 7 and 8 full day) $1,650.00 $1,780.00 -$130.00
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    Eligibility Requirements

    The following characteristics describe our campers:

    Verbal, using complete and fluid sentence structure

    Capable of learning

    Independently mobile

    Function independently in the classroom

    Perform all their own personal care

    Behave in a way that permits the learning of themselves and others to progress

    Have primary diagnoses that preclude a mental or behavioral disorder