In order to retain the learning gains made during the school year and not succumb to the summer loss of learning typical for American students, all Waterside School students are required to attend a five or six week summer program that combines academic strengthening and enrichment, with summer fun, sports, fitness and artistic activities.

Incoming Kindergarten students attend a mandatory six-week program held at Waterside, to begin putting in place the routines and habits that will lead to success in the fall.

Students going on to grades 1-5 attend a six-week summer program, held partly at Waterside and partly at St. Luke’s School in New Canaan. St. Luke’s generously sponsors this dynamic summer program, which is taught by faculty from both schools and combines serious academics with sports, art, and theater.