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 four or five week summer program that combines academic strengthening and enrichment, with summer fun, sports, fitness and artistic activities. Throughout the summer, students take two to three field trips which have included the Museum of Natural History, Cove Beach, and the Bronx Zoo.

The mission of the summer program is two-fold

1. To provide targeted instruction to all students in order to maintain academic achievement, including reviewing and previewing academic material in preparation for the next grade; establishing rules and routines, and living out the daily commitment, “Work Hard, Be Kind, and Respect Learning.

2. To enhance opportunities for discovery through unique instruction and exploration focused on STEAM.

Our incoming Kindergarten through 2nd grade students engage in project based learning that integrates academic content with arts, literature, science, and move movement. In the past, some units of study have ranged from Seeds and Plants to Mexico to Endangered Animals.

Our rising 3rd through 5th grade students have the opportunity to take STEAM electives which culminates in a public speaking presentation. These electives include Shark Tank: Waterside Edition, Crime Scene Investigation, Culinary Science, Journalism, Exercise Physiology and many more!

The recent graduating class has the opportunity to attend a Transition to Middle School program that is held at at Greenwich Country Day School in Greenwich. Greenwich Country Day generously sponsors this dynamic summer program, which is taught by faculty from both schools and combines serious academics with sports, art, and technology.