There's nothing like a summer at Speyer! Summer Programs at The Speyer Legacy School are committed to maintaining the same level of excellence for accelerated learners as is provided throughout the academic year. Speyer's summer lineup is designed to delight the curious mind, as well as keep each student physically active.

For additional information, please contact Program Directors Becky Cohen and Lindsay Robbins at

2017 Program Offerings

Makers' Program

Eligibility: Rising Kindergarten - Rising 5th
*Makers' Program is open to only incoming Speyer Kindergarten students. For non-Speyer students, participants must be rising 1st grade.
Dates: June 12th - June 30th

Calling all Makers! Makers’ provides opportunities for students to ignite their inner creativity through several exciting and unique activities. Children will make magic tricks and optical illusions with a REAL magician, interact with technology in the Makers’ Lab, and design and build their own unique structures during architecture! They will also create their own art designs and whip up some delicious snacks during cooking. With sufficient time to run around and play, Makers’ Program fills each day with hands-on experiences and tons of fun for each child!

SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE (subject to change):

  • Architecture and Design - featuring CLAY WORLD the week of 6/26!
  • Magic (with a REAL magician!)
  • Makers’ Lab
  • Cooking
  • Art
  • Phys. Ed. and Water Play
  • Free Build


Eligibility: Rising 1st - Rising 5th
Dates: July 5th - July 21st

STEAM is for scientists, mathematicians, technology enthusiasts, and creative thinkers of all kinds! New this year: an elective period! Choose from Chess or Improv to pursue your passion as part of the day at STEAM. Each age group at STEAM follows a different science theme, which is integrated throughout several daily activities. Students will engage in real-life, hands-on science experiences where they will be exposed to intriguing and compelling concepts. They will also stimulate their minds with daily math games and challenges. Paired with creative, science-themed art projects and getting technical in the Makers’ Lab, STEAM students will love to stretch their imaginations in a unique and innovative way!

SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE (subject to change): (NEW *with elective)

  • IMPROV or CHESS Elective
  • Technology
  • Science
  • Math Games
  • Science-themed Art
  • Phys. Ed. and Water Play
  • Free Build & Science Games

Debate Program

Eligibility: Rising 5th - Rising 9th
Dates: June 12th - June 23rd

The Summer at Speyer Debate Program is the only workshop in the nation to focus exclusively on Middle School Debate. Debate places value on the process of discussion, the free exchange of ideas, and a willingness to honestly engage with those who disagree with you in a substantive way. Students will have the opportunity to work with their peers from all over the city, staff coaches and instructors from across the country, and special guest presenters who will delve deeply into common debate topics and themes. While intense, the program also seeks to reflect the fact that debate is fun!

SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE (subject to change):

Open Forum: Students are welcome to hold the floor and speak about a topic they would like to share. They would be encouraged to pick something they are passionate about and to take questions from the assembly.

Lab Breakouts - Students are broken up into smaller groups to focus on particular areas of formal debate. Labs might include: research methods, proposition strategies, practice rebuttals, framework building or advanced flowing.

Group Activities – Group activities are drills and games aimed at working on specific debate skills. Some areas of focus will be public speaking style, impromptu thinking and speaking, and teamwork building.


Sample Debate – Students will debate on a non-research intensive topic, or instructors will demonstrate a debate for students to flow, analyze and judge.

Lab Breakouts - Students will rotate into a new lab, focusing in a new area.

Team research - Students are broken up into teams and given time to research a topic.

Practice Debate - Students will put their new skills to the test in a daily practice debate, with an instructor offering feedback and using the opportunity to apply the day’s knowledge to the round.


Eligibility: Rising 1st - Rising 9th
Dates: July 17th - July 21st

Speyer Summer Chess will be an experience to be remembered. Players will improve creative thinking and problem solving skills, while exercising their minds and bodies. Speyer Summer Chess features a balance of formal chess instruction and friendly competition. Our staff is comprised of master instructors who are active tournament players as well as providers of classroom instruction.

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