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Summer Enrichment Program for Boys Entering the 7th & 8th Grades


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Get the Edge is the St. Edward High School Summer Enrichment Program for boys entering the 7th and 8th grades. The three-week camp offers the best of academics and recreation and is designed to help young men considering St. Edward High School expand their curiosity.  

The Get the Edge curriculum is focused on the three C's of 21st century learning - critical thinking, creativity and collaboration.  Participants will have the opportunity to explore 6 subjects in fun and exciting ways that will keep them engaged during the summer months.  Students will choose to participate in six of the following courses based on their interests:
Learn to read and write music in this beginning music theory class. No prior musical experience is necessary to begin to learn how to understand to read and write music. Students will learn basic concepts of reading sheet music, how to listen to music critically, how to write their own music, and different ways to think about music.  


Through computer-based learning and hands-on lessons, campers will take a real-world approach to math applications.  The math course will also help campers prepare for upcoming high school admissions exams.

Creative Writing

Campers will examine various creative writing styles, forms, and methods and produce their own collection of poetry and fiction modeled after master writers.
Taking a hands-on, collaborative approach, campers will explore principles of biology, physics and chemistry through daily experiments in our state-of-the-art labs.

Myths & Warriors of the World
Myth and Warriors of the World will explore the religious and military traditions of ancient cultures from around the world.  We will investigate Egyptians, Greeks, Vikings, Samurai, Celts, and more.

World Politics
With the Br. Bennet Nettleton History Museum as their classroom, campers will participate in a 20th century social studies simulation that will deepen their understanding of modern international relations and current events.

Campers will examine cutting edge robotic technology used by large scale companies such as the Cleveland Clinic, NASA, and Ford. Campers will design, build, and program NXT Lego robots in a small group collaborative environment. 

Engineering Design
Campers will explore the world of computer aided design using software used by many professional engineers from such companies as John Deere, Whirlpool, Sony and Lenovo.  Campers will experiment with everyday objects and recreate them in a virtual space so that they can make modifications and improvements.

Campers will get an introductory look at filmmaking while working in teams to write, shoot and edit their own short film in St. Ed's new film production suite.
Computer Programming 
In this introductory programming course, campers will learn about the key concepts of programming while designing their own platform game (similar to the old Super Mario Bros. games) using the easy-to-learn Game Maker. Working in teams, campers will develop design and problem solving skills, while also gaining a foundation in programming knowledge.
The curriculum will include the acquisition and development of highly effective leadership skills through personal exploration, dynamic team building activities, communication, and servant leadership.

Game Design
What makes a good game? Through analysis of classic and contemporary board games, campers will collaboratively develop a theory of "good games” including a rubric to evaluate the final group project: improving a certain well-known real estate game. In the process, students will gain introductory-level practical experience with probability, game theory, and communication skills.

In addition, campers will enjoy daily recreational activities, including sports like basketball, dodgeball, ultimate frisbee, kickball, and more; exposure to unique activities like fencing and throwing a boomerang; and the opportunity to meet special guest speakers that in the past have included Olympians, NASA Engineers and NFL football players and coaches.

For the student who is considering St. Edward as their high school choice, Get the Edge is an unparalleled opportunity to get to know our faculty, explore our campus, and make friends with future classmates.

By maximizing the combination of academics and recreation, the St. Edward enrichment program will help you Get the Edge this summer through an invaluable experience that builds the qualities that we expect of every St. Edward student: scholarship, leadership, compassion, innovation, excellence and brotherhood.

We’re looking forward to you joining us this summer!

Important Information

Get the Edge is located on the St. Edward High School campus at 13500 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood. The students have access to all of the school’s state-of-the-art facilities, including the Student Activity Center, the Lowe Pre-Engineering Center and the Kahl Student Life & Leadership Center.


All participants should wear comfortable clothing, including tennis shoes, and the Get the Edge T-shirts that are provided on the first day. We encourage the boys to wear sunscreen for outdoor activities.

Each family is responsible for coverage under their own family medical insurance plan.


Transportation to and from St. Edward High School is the responsibility of each family. We recommend that parents organize car pools to meet unusual transportation requirements.

Tuition for Get the Edge is $250. In order to preserve our staff-to-student ratio of one-to-ten, enrollment in Get the Edge is limited. The program will sell out - PLEASE REGISTER EARLY.

Daily snacks are offered to the students at a low cost, or students have the option to bring their own snacks.

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