A Higher Degree of Fun!

WELCOME TO HIGHLANDS SUMMER CAMP
 
Open June 5th-August 4th, including THREE day week of July 5th-7th
 
Highlands School’s Higher Degree of Learning does not end when the school year is over. We offer a quality summer program as well. Highlands summer camp offers challenging activities, talented teachers and the great variety that you have come to expect from Highlands School. Camp is open to all students entering Kindergarten through the 8th grade, regardless of the school they attend during the school year. We also offer a couple of options for rising 4K and a new Counselor-in-Training program for rising 7th through 11th grade.

At Highlands, we offer unique opportunities, some specifically tailored to your child’s age group. All camps indicate the grade the child will be attending in the fall. We strive to offer camps and activities that will enable your child to continue to learn while having a great time! Our camps include active, artistic, academic and just plain fun choices. Be sure to note that we offer morning sessions, some afternoon sessions and some full day camps! This year most full day camps include hot lunch. As always we have some new camps as well. We also offer Traditional Day Camp in the afternoons for Kindergarten through 6th grade that includes a hot lunch, weekly themes, trips to the pool, outdoor play time, activities and exciting, creative projects. Morning and afternoon camps can be paired for full day care. Please look through the catalog for camp descriptions, ages, costs and dates. Please also note the times each camp begins and ends.
 
Contact Mrs. Gabe McCool with any questions about summer camp via email or at (205) 956-9731 ext. 105.

Summer Camp Week 1-June 5-9

List of 9 frequently asked questions.

  • Think and Play LEGO® Camp with Ms. Pat | Ages: Entering 4K and 5K | 9am-12pm

    Join Highlands’ favorite Ms. Pat Long for a camp tailored for rising 4K and 5K campers only. Does your child like to play with LEGO® bricks? How about scavenger hunts and playing games? Then join Ms. Pat for these and other exciting activities using LEGO® bricks. Children will have fun playing with LEGO® bricks while at the same time learning to think critically and problem solve. Communication skills like listening, articulation, and confidence will be practiced in conjunction with creativity. Fee: $140
  • Archery | Ages: Entering 3rd-8th Grade

    Join Ms. Erin Williams in this exciting camp where campers will learn the sport of archery, an art that has been practiced through the ages all around the world! For all skill levels, from beginner to advanced, campers will go through one week of fun, games and competition to improve their shooting skills and learn range safety. Step up to the challenge of tribute training as we train like Katniss Everdeen. Be a superhero for the day like Hawkeye from the Avengers. And join the ranks of other archers in history, such as Robin Hood and his merry men (and women)! The week culminates with campers testing their skills at the Archery Olympic Games and possibly a field trip to shoot in an outdoor archery range. Fee: $140
  • French, Food and Fun! | Ages: Entering 2nd-4th Grade | 9am-12pm

    Bonjour! Join Monsieur Compere for a week filled with French adventure, fun and knowledge. Learn about French cuisine and even practice making your own crêpes. Sample French cheeses as you play entertaining and competitive games using Quizlet Live. Campers will have a blast while learning about the French language and culture. Au Revoir! Fee: $140
  • American Girl | Ages: Entering K-6 th Grade | 9am-12pm

    Are you an American Girl™ at heart? If so, join Mrs. Cramer and bring your favorite American Girl™ doll (or another favorite doll) and enjoy a summer camp that is perfect for doll-loving girls! This camp will be filled with crafts, games, a tea party and a fashion show. All, of course, centered on their American Girl™ Doll! Learn more about some hip and historical American Girl™ Dolls. Each day, we will enjoy learning about different dolls, their hobbies and interests, and where they like to travel. Crafts include many summer items for your doll like a swimsuit, towel, soft drinks, halter tops, flip-flops, and a beach bag. We will make jewelry for the campers and their dolls, as well as make a locker, a laptop, and handbag. We will all have fun enjoying getting comfy for movie time and popcorn while enjoying an American Girl™ movie. No need to have a doll, but bring one if you do, along with any other American Girl™ Doll things you might have. We will end our fun-filled week learning new hair fashions for your doll and do a fashion show! Fee: $140
  • Kids Canvas | Ages: Entering 1st -5 th Grade | 9am-12pm

    Do you love to paint and draw? If you do, join Ms. Carlee Lewis to create marvelous masterpieces with acrylic and watercolor paints on your very own canvases. You will learn about color mixing, brush strokes, and basic painting techniques. At the end of the week you will have colorful canvases and projects that will be yours to take home. Fee: $165
  • JIKC Karate | Ages: Entering K-8th Grade | 9am-12pm

    Japan International Karate Center is a step-by-step training program guided by the moral principles of traditional Japanese Karate, which allows you to develop your human potential in body, mind, and spirit. Enjoy the benefits of discipline, physical fitness, concentration, self-awareness, relaxation, and self-confidence that training at the JIKC can offer. The purpose of JIKC training is “Not to conquer others, but to conquer the weaknesses within oneself.” There will be a belt exam on Friday. Parents are welcome to attend. Fee: $155 (Includes belt exam fee)
  • Golf at Highlands: Youth Beginners Instruction | Ages: Entering 1st-8th Grade

    Join golf extraordinaire Glennon Bazzle, author of Anatomy of the Perfect Golf Swing, and learn techniques based on the Bazzle Method. These include learning to grip the golf club, how to perform basic golf skills, the rules, safety and etiquette of golf, the business of golf and fundamental life skills. Benefits include learning life skills applicable on and off the golf course, building self-esteem and confidence, gaining respect for self and others, and encouraging and cultivating a deeper interest in golf. This camp includes field trips to the driving range and/or putting green at a local public golf course. Campers may bring clubs but they are not required. Fee: $235 (includes field trips)
  • Around The World: Traditional Day | Ages: Entering K-6 th Grade | Time: 12pm-4pm

    Led by our popular summer camp counselors, traditional day camp can be paired with a morning camp to make full day care. This afternoon camp will consist of special activities and crafts based on different countries we explore around the world. Additionally, this camp also includes daily lunch and weekly trips to the Mountain Brook YMCA pool. Don’t worry, we save plenty of time for outdoor free play and games. Depending on group size, campers will be divided according to age in order to ensure the best time is had by all. Fee: $160
  • Counselor in Training Leadership Camp | Ages: Entering 7th-11th graders | Time: 9am-4pm

    The Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program at Summer at Highlands provides an opportunity for middle and high school students to develop leadership skills in a comfortable atmosphere. Interested students who will be entering grades 7th - 11th will learn what it takes to be a counselor in our summer program and enhance their leadership abilities. CIT campers learn about working with children in a summer camp environment, including obtaining first aid and CPR certification. Following training, CITs will connect with Summer at Highlands camp instructors to be matched with camps as a Junior Counselor where they will use their new skills to assist with full or half day camps at Highlands School. Space in CIT Leadership camp is limited to 20 students so we ask that all candidates commit to volunteering during at least one week. Applications are due April 28, 2017. Cost $330 (includes lunch)

Summer Camp Week 2-June 12-16

List of 9 frequently asked questions.

  • Mad Science | Ages: Entering 1st-5th Grade | 9am-12pm

    Are you a Mad Scientist? If so, this is the camp for you! During the week, Ms. Rebecca Waylander will engage students in various science experiments involving water, chemical reactions, simple machines, and strange objects. Each day will be a different topic full of thrilling hands on fun! Don't miss out! Fee: $140
  • Spirit Week: Traditional Day | Ages: Entering K-6 th Grade | 12pm-4pm

    Led by our popular summer camp counselors, traditional day camp can be paired with a morning camp to make full day care. This afternoon camp will consist of special activities and crafts as we celebrate special themes each day like PJ day, Sticky Brownie Day and Tacky Day. Additionally, this camp also includes daily lunch and weekly trips to the Mountain Brook YMCA pool. Don’t worry, we save plenty of time for outdoor free play and games. Depending on group size, campers will be divided according to age in order to ensure the best time is had by all. Fee: $160
  • Young Writers | Ages: Entering 3rd-6th Grade | 9am-12pm

    In this camp, we will explore different ways to write stories, create poems and keep a journal. We will discuss what makes good fairy tales or children’s stories. We will discover different forms of poetry and even write our own poems. One day will be spent learning how to be a good journalist. Each day we will talk about the value of self-writing and how journaling can open our minds to great ideas and better understand the world. We will also begin learning the art of sketchnoting, a creative way of adding a memorable, visual touch to notetaking. Fee: $140
  • YouTube U | Ages: Entering 3rd-8th Grade | 9am-4pm

    Do you have a favorite YouTuber? Have you dreamed of having your own channel someday? Before you go there, you need to be ready. In YouTube University you'll learn a lot about internet safety, plus how to make and edit your own movies and screen casts. You'll spend time learning what's okay to post, and how and where to post it safely. We will also talk about how to stay safe when looking for new YouTubers to subscribe to, and what to remember when it's time to comment. But we'll create too! You'll learn how to film screen captures and how to make and edit your own movies. YouTube U will prepare you for the day when you're ready for a YouTube channel of your own! This full day camp will have built in screen breaks and time for playing outside too. Led by camp favorite Tynley Baker. Fee: $280 (Includes hot lunch)
  • Make It, Take It Art Camp | Ages: Entering K-8 th Grade | 9am-12pm

    Taught by local artist Jill Marlar, campers dive right into 3-4 art projects each day tapping into their imagination while exploring a wide array of materials. From 3D design to drawing, we offer the camper a chance to make each project their own and of course have fun with other budding artists. Project examples include 3D robots and rooms, famous artist painting studies, still life drawings, and self portrait fiber art. Fee: $165
  • A Day at the Spa | Ages: Entering 1st-8th Grade | 9am-12pm

    Come spend the week with us at spa camp. Here we will have fun, relax and make ourselves simply FEEL GOOD! We will have daily yoga, meditative activities and make healthy snacks like smoothies, trail mix, fruit faces and more. Spa treatments will include hand, feet, face & head massages, using scrubs and essential oils; plus we will make take home accessories to help you bring your calm home! Taught by Annie Damsky of Villager Yoga. Fee: $165
  • LEGO® City Engineers | Ages: Entering 1st-6th Grade | 9am-12pm

    Let’s build a CITY! Campers will put their engineering and architecture skills to work as they build city themed models using LEGO® Bricks. The sky’s the limit when campers are challenged to use their own ideas and skills to build a skyscraper taller than their heads! They’ll have a blast building custom-built cars, fire trucks, rescue vehicles and construction equipment. Campers will also participate in LEGO® themed games and crafts. Join us and help us build a LEGO® City! Taught by Bricks 4 Kidz. Fee: $165
  • Soccericulum Soccer Camp | Ages: Entering 2nd-6th Grade | 9am-12pm

    Soccericulum provides the highest quality professional coaching and the best equipment on the market, to provide a professional, fun environment for young players. Our goal at every camp is to develop the skill level and passion for the game within each participant, through fun, competitive, organized games and teaching, delivered in an educated manner. Everyone leaves with a smile! Fee: $185
  • Self Reflections – Self Portrait Art Class |Ages: Entering 2nd-8th Grade | 1pm-4pm

    Let’s celebrate ourselves through art using as many mediums as we can think of to create works that reflect who we are as individuals. We will paint, draw, sculpt, sew, build, and write! The camp week will be filled with ten projects promising to challenge and excite young artists while broadening their sense of self. All supplies included. Taught by popular after school and summer camp teacher and artist, Ms. Jill Marlar. Fee: $165

Summer Camp Week 3-June 19-23

List of 9 frequently asked questions.

  • Kid’s Stage Drama Camp with Jill Marlar | Ages: Entering K-6th Grade | 9am-12pm

    Kid’s Stage is a class designed to capture the creativity and imagination that is natural to all children. Each morning will consist of warm-up exercises, acting games, concentration games, and simple stage directional terms. Skits and improvisational activities are a part of each day’s fun-filled class as well as developing a short play for an end of week performance. Campers will have access to props and costumes to bring out their “character!” Plus, parents are invited to their performance on Friday morning at 11:30am. Fee: $165
  • Camp Code | Ages: Entering K-8th Grade | 9am-4pm

    Come on let’s Code! How many lines of code have you written? Are you ready to write some more? Never tried it but want to? Students of all ages are welcome in Camp Code. Using a variety of age appropriate online resources, and lots of visual programming, we will learn the fundamental concepts of computer science: conditionals, loops, abstraction, all while having fun, fun, fun! Campers will build community, explore computer programming, and see their ideas come to life on the screen. So register early, because we are bringing up a whole new generation of programmers. Taught by Highlands own, Tynley Baker. Fee: $280 (Includes hot lunch)
  • We've Got Spirit Yes We Do (Cheerleading Camp) | Ages: Entering 2nd-6th Grade | 9am-4pm

    Dust off your pom poms and make your cheer shoes shine, because we want YOU to join us at cheer camp this summer! Whether you are brand new to cheer, or you are an experienced cheerleader, this camp will challenge you to become the best spirit leader you can possibly be! You will learn official cheers, chants, sidelines, how to show spirit, and even an exciting new pom routine. You will also enjoy a jump contest, motion workshop, and awesome team building activities. The camp will be capped off with a concluding pep rally Friday, June 23rd complete with pom poms and cheer signs where you can show family and friends all you have learned! Taught by the very spirited Miss Julia Glasgow. This full day camp includes lunch. Fee: $280 (Includes hot lunch)
  • Stop Motion Movie Camp with Helga Mendoza | Ages: Entering 2nd-8th Grade | 9am-4pm

    Stop motion is a powerful animation technique that makes static objects appear to be moving. Campers will use stop motion apps to create simple two-dimensional and/or three-dimensional animations using LEGOS®, clay and drawings. They will also be able to define the concepts of placement, framing, direction, speed and story telling. This camp teaches ways to link the fields of ART, DESIGN and DIGITAL technology. Hands on art exercises and games will help students improve their computer skills and creativity. Students should pack a lunch on field trip day but hot lunch is included other days. This camp includes a field trip to the McWane Science Center. Fee: $290 (Includes hot lunch except field trip day)
  • Mozart Munchkins | Ages: Entering 1st-2nd Grade | 9am-12pm

    This piano camp will focus on fundamentals of Music Readiness: ear training and matching pitch, hand coordination, fine motor skills, rhythmic concepts, and creation of simple melodies and rhythms. Each day students will play and sing simple songs, echo clap rhythms, and listen to classical music- The Nutcracker Suite, Peter and the Wolf, and Carnival of the Animals. Come join Birmingham Southern Conservatory instructor, Ms. Ellen Weems, for a week of piano fun! Fee: $165
  • The Knight School Chess Camp | Ages: Entering K-8th Grade | 9am-12pm

    Join Chess Coach David Brooks for a week of intensive chess instruction designed to target beginning and intermediate players. The week will consist of daily tournaments using state-of-the-art electronic chess clocks, and special summer belts earned as students move up in ability. As parents of enrolled students will attest, Daily Puzzlers, Toast Games (in which Coach demonstrates the level of ferocity that should characterize every attack), and the liberal distribution of candy for correct answers combine to generate a fun, competitive environment in the classroom. Fee: $140
  • Challenger Soccer | Ages: Entering 1st-7th Grade | 9am-12pm

    Challenger Sports are the number one soccer camp provider in the USA. For over 25 years we have been bringing over the best soccer coaches from around the world to work on week long soccer camps here in America. Our aim is to provide a fun but engaging soccer camp to develop your children in this beautiful game. Our coaches are all qualified professionals and follow a curriculum that we have been perfecting for the last 25 years. Some are from the UK and other parts of Europe, some are from Brazil and some come from as far away as Australia to work with your budding soccer players. Wherever they come from, they share one thing, a passion for the game that makes for a great week of soccer camp. Fee: $185
  • A long time ago in a school far away...STAR WARS CAMP! | Ages: Entering 3rd-5th Grade | 9am-12pm

    It is a period of heat and sunshine. Another school year has been completed, and children are excited but restless. The evil forces of boredom threaten to return and steal young minds from the happiness and light of summer. General Bree Holland has established a secret base at Highlands School. Join the Rebel Alliance and learn the ways of Jedi arts, crafts, games, and more… or join the Galactic Empire and discover dark and powerful arts, crafts, games, and more. Do you have what it takes to master The Force? Fee: $140
  • Weird Science: Traditional Day | Ages: Entering K-6 th Grade | Time: 12pm-4pm

    Led by our popular summer camp counselors, traditional day camp can be paired with a morning camp to make full day care. These afternoon camps will consist of special activities and crafts based on fun science experiments and projects. Additionally, this camp also includes daily lunch and weekly trips to the Mountain Brook YMCA pool. Don’t worry, we save plenty of time for outdoor free play and games. Depending on group size, campers will be divided according to age in order to ensure the best time is had by all. Fee: $160

Summer Camp Week 4-June 26-30

List of 8 frequently asked questions.

  • Gaming 101 | Ages: Entering 3rd-8th Grade  | 9am-4pm

    In Gaming 101 campers will use the fundamentals of computer programing to create original video games, animations, and interactive stories using the programing language SCRATCH. Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at MIT. Learning to use the powerful programing tools in Scratch helps kids think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively - all essential skills for life in the 21st century. Gaming 101 is a perfect follow up and extension of Camp Code for rising 3rd graders and older. Taught by camp favorite, Tynley Baker. Fee: $280 (Includes hot lunch)
  • Reading and Beyond | Ages: Entering 1st-4th Grade | 9am-12pm

    Literature, STEM, Crafts.... Oh My!!! Join Mrs. Waylander for a week long reading journey. Jump into the world of becoming a pirate, make sure the pigeon doesn’t drive the bus, or even imagine running a zoo. Enjoy reading a new picture book each day and participate in hands on crafts, STEM activities, games, and special snacks. Students will leave each day with a new love for reading. Fee: $140
  • Engineering Extravaganza! | Ages: Entering 2nd-6th Grade | 9am-12pm

    You're not gonna want to miss this! Come join in on the fun as we build roller coasters out of paper, guide eggs safely to the floor, and construct extravagant Rube Goldberg machines. These hands-on activities that encourage creativity and innovation, will make your summer extra special! Taught by Julia Glasgow. Fee: $140
  • Showstoppers Musical Performance Camp with Jill Marlar | Ages: Entering K-8th Grade | 9am-12pm

    Let’s put on a show! Showstoppers is a high energy class that gives students a chance to learn, explore and perform like some of the great stars from the past and present. We’ll select 2-3 songs, add some moves, props, and set décor, then perform on our last day of camp. In addition to performing the students learn to run the show from behind the scenes too. Join us this summer for an unforgettable time on stage! Fee: $165
  • Suess-a-riffic Music and Movement |Ages: Entering 4K and 5K | 9am-12pm

    Campers will travel through some of their favorite Seuss books, while strengthening their bodies and imagination! Ms Laura, from the Family Center, will guide campers through games and art activities to support important preschool gross motor skills: jumping, balancing, pedaling, catching and much more. We might balance apples on our heads, go swimming with the fish, or even turn into green eggs with yoga... but we promise not to Hop on Pop! Join us as we get moving and explore the dynamic world of Dr Seuss! Fee: $140
  • All About Me (Multi-media Art) | Ages: Entering 2nd-6th Grade | 9am-12pm

    This camp is all about you! We will be creating "selfies" in a variety of styles using multiple art materials. To start off the week we will look at famous self-portraits and then paint our own on canvas. We will then take photographs and make transfers on a mixed media background. Finally, we will create a funky portrait sculpture using wire, wood, fabric and paint. Come join the fun, learn about art, and create masterpieces of the best subject out there - YOU!!! Taught by Highlands favorite art teacher, Ms. Shelby Etress Fee: $165
  • Inventor’s Workshop: Traditional Day | Ages: Entering K-6 th Grade | 12pm-4pm

    Led by our popular summer camp counselors, traditional day camp can be paired with a morning camp to make full day care. This afternoon camp will consist of special activities and projects that will boost your imagination and develop brainstorming techniques for new and creative ideas. Additionally, this camp also includes daily lunch and weekly trips to the Mountain Brook YMCA pool. Depending on group size, campers will be divided according to age in order to ensure the best time is had by all. Fee: $160
  • Photo BLAST Birmingham! With Helga Mendoza | Ages: Entering 2nd-8th Grade | 9am-4pm

    “Photography invokes effects that make us dream, simple patterns excite us, powerful and bold silhouettes that surprise and frighten us…. Before, the challenge was to replicate nature; today it is to choose from within nature.” Photographer Charles Nègre (1820–1880) PhotoBLAST is about making memories while learning history, biology and design. Campers will go on three field trips to some of the most fun places in Birmingham; Birmingham ZOO, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, and Southern Museum of Flight, and immortalize their experience using any available digital camera. For all levels of expertise and ages this photography camp is designed to meet each camper’s needs and improve upon them. Digital editing will be introduced. Camp includes transportation to and from Highlands School, admission to the attractions and guided tours. Camper should bring any digital camera and a brown bag lunch. Fee: $300 (Does NOT include lunch-Campers should pack lunch)

Summer Camp Week 5-July 5-7 (3 days)

List of 8 frequently asked questions.

  • Makers Art Camp with Helga Mendoza |  Ages: Entering 2nd-8th Grade  | 9am-4pm

    “Art and design are essential to humanizing technology…You need both in order to create balance and fuel true innovation.” This camp is inspired by the Makers Movement which is said to have the potential to turn more and more people into makers instead of just consumers. Campers will focus and discover new ways of making art by being introduced to several accomplished artists, learning about the methods, materials and ideas that made up their masterpieces and how these can be applied to one's own creations. By the end of the week campers will have their own portfolio with works in a variety of techniques such as ceramics, printmaking, painting, drawing, and collage. This camp includes a field trip to the Birmingham Museum of Art. Fee: $195 (Includes hot lunch)
  • Challenger Soccer | Ages: Entering 1st-7th Grade | 9am-12pm

    Challenger Sports are the number one soccer camp provider in the USA. For over 25 years we have been bringing over the best soccer coaches from around the world to work on week long soccer camps here in America. Our aim is to provide a fun but engaging soccer camp to develop your children in the beautiful game. Our coaches are all qualified professionals and follow a curriculum that we have been perfecting for the last 25 years. Some are from the UK and other parts of Europe, some are from Brazil and some come from as far away as Australia to work with your budding soccer players. Wherever they come from they share one thing, a passion for the game that makes for a great week of soccer camp. Fee: $165
  • This Land is Your Land: Traditional Day A.M. | Ages: Entering K-3rd Grade | 9am-12pm

    Led by our popular summer camp counselors, traditional day camp can be paired with an afternoon camp to make full day care. This morning session will consist of special activities and projects about our country and the Stars and Stripes. Fee: $130
  • This Land is Your Land: Traditional Day P.M. | Ages: Entering K-6th Grade | Time: 12pm-4pm

    Led by our popular summer camp counselors, traditional day camp can be paired with a morning camp to make full day care. This afternoon camp will consist of special activities and projects about our country and the Stars and Stripes. Additionally, this camp also includes daily lunch and weekly trip to the Mountain Brook YMCA pool. Depending on group size, campers will be divided according to age in order to ensure the best time is had by all. Fee: $140
  • The Knight School Chess Camp | Ages: Entering K-8th Grade | 9am-12pm

    Join Chess Coach David Brooks for a week of intensive chess instruction designed to target beginning and intermediate players. The week will consist of daily tournaments using state-of-the-art electronic chess clocks, and special summer belts earned as students move up in ability. As parents of enrolled students will attest, Daily Puzzlers, Toast Games (in which Coach demonstrates the level of ferocity that should characterize every attack), and the liberal distribution of candy for correct answers combine to generate a fun, competitive environment in the classroom. Fee: $120
  • JIKC Karate | Ages: Entering K-8th Grade | Time: 1pm-4pm 

    Japan International Karate Center is a step-by-step training program guided by the moral principles of traditional Japanese Karate, which allows you to develop your human potential in body, mind, and spirit. Enjoy the benefits of discipline, physical fitness, concentration, self -awareness, relaxation, and self-confidence that training at the JIKC can offer. The purpose of JIKC training is “Not to conquer others, but to conquer the weaknesses within oneself.” There will be a belt exam on Friday. Parents are welcome to attend. Fee: $135 (Includes belt exam fee)
  • Young Rembrandts Drawing Camp: Australia Adventures | Ages: Entering 1st-6th Grade | 9am-12pm 

    We can’t wait to take a tour of Australia. This three-day workshop will provide us plenty of opportunity to try different techniques and media all in the hopes of challenging our artistic skills. Day 1 highlights the Australian Opera House and its unique shell shaped design. We will create a graphic version of this remarkable structure for a dramatic representation. Day 2 will take us Down Under as we explore cartooning with Australian-related jokes and scenes. Day 3 will finish off this workshop with a powerful pastel drawing of a furry koala bear. Pastels are a unique medium and allow us the opportunity to practice some truly sophisticated techniques. We will walk away with several Australian-themed drawings to impress everyone. No experience necessary. Please wear an old shirt or smock on the last day. Fee: $145
  • Highlands Hoops Basketball Camp!
    Ages:Entering 1st-4th Grade
     

    Come learn basketball skills, compete, and have a great time at the Highlands Hoops Basketball Camp! Players will learn dribbling, passing, defense, shooting, movement and of course team play. Players will have a chance to play games and compete with an emphasis on sportsmanship! The camp will be run by J.B. Copeland, the upcoming math teacher and basketball coach here at Highlands School. Coach Copeland has over 12 years of experience coaching basketball at the varsity, junior varsity, and middle school levels. Fee $135.

Summer Camp Week 6-July 10-14

List of 10 frequently asked questions.

  • Children’s Etiquette Camp with Faith Woods | Ages: Entering 2nd -5 th Grade | 9am-12pm

    Please make plans to join us for Children's Etiquette Camp taught by Faith Woods of Faith Woods Events. Faith is a Certified Etiquette and Event Coordinator with a license from The Protocol School of Washington. She has five years of expertise and holds a M.H.E.S. in Business Conflict Mediation and a B.A. in Southern American History, both from The University of Alabama. Children will spend the week learning a variety of etiquette skills to enhance their lives. Examples include proper table manners, expressing appreciation, confidence, communication skills, thank-you notes, proper dress, and the importance of being a good friend. Students will work on etiquette exercises independently and as a group. Price includes demonstration materials and practice dishes for American style dining. This camp promises fun while educating your child on a necessary life skill that extends beyond the classroom. Fee: $140
  • Etiquette Camp for Youth with Faith Woods | Ages: Entering 5th -9th Grade | 1pm-4pm 

    Please make plans to join us for Etiquette Camp for Youth taught by Faith Woods of Faith Woods Events. Faith is a Certified Etiquette and Event Coordinator with a license from The Protocol School of Washington. She has five years of expertise and holds a M.H.E.S. in Business Conflict Mediation and a B.A. in Southern American History, both from The University of Alabama. Campers will spend the week learning a variety of etiquette skills to enhance their lives as they transition through middle school, high school, and into college. Examples of topics covered may include letter and résumé writing (depending on age), proper table manners, expected wardrobe, expressing gratitude, communication skills, and confidence. Students will work on etiquette exercises independently and as a group. This camp promises to help your child solidify the building blocks to being a well-rounded and mature young adult. Fee: $140
  • Showstoppers Musical Performance Camp with Jill Marlar | Ages: Entering K-8th Grade | 9am-12pm

    Let’s put on a show! Showstoppers is a high energy class that gives students a chance to learn, explore and perform like some of the great stars from the past and present. We’ll select 2-3 songs, add some moves, props, and set décor, then perform on our last day of camp. In addition to performing the students learn to run the show from behind the scenes too. Join us this summer for an unforgettable time on stage! Fee: $165
  • Beach Camp I with Ms. Sarah Creveling | Ages: Entering K-2nd Grade | 9am-12pm

    The second year of Beach Camp will be a treat of craftwork, creativity, imagination and play through a theme of enjoying the wonders of the seashore. This program for K-2nd Grade, will combine summer fun with learning. Week One: Come help solve a mystery on the high seas aboard the cruise ship, the SS Happiness. Each day we will learn about the animal crew on board as we visit many exciting places and learn about the sea. There will also be a special Water Day. Join us for reading, art, music, science experiments, dramatic play, and math activities. Don’t forget to check out Week Two on July 17-21. Fee: $140
  • Clay and Play with Helga Mendoza | Ages: Entering K-8th Grade | 9am-12pm

    Clay and Play is a camp designed to encourage students to learn not only ceramic techniques but also concepts across curriculum through play and fellowship. Campers will improve their motor skills while they experiment building mazes, roller coasters, and buildings. Other projects include animals, pots and masks. This camp is for all levels of expertise and ages. Most of the work will be done with air-dry clay, but one project will be fired. Fee: $165
  • Rocket Science Camp | Ages: Entering 4th-8th Grade | 9am-12pm

    Blast off to adventure as we explore rockets and the physics of rocket flight. During the week, campers will design, build, and launch various types of rockets. Along the way, they will discover fundamental STEM concepts such as Newton’s Laws of Motion, gravity, and the principles of flight. The week will culminate in an exciting launch of solid fuel model rockets built by the campers. Taught by Highlands favorite Sam Kindervater. Fee: $140
  • JIKC Karate | Ages: Entering K-8th Grade | 9am-12pm 

    Japan International Karate Center is a step-by-step training program guided by the moral principles of traditional Japanese Karate, which allows you to develop your human potential in body, mind, and spirit. Enjoy the benefits of discipline, physical fitness, concentration, selfawareness, relaxation, and self-confidence that training at the JIKC can offer. The purpose of JIKC training is “Not to conquer others, but to conquer the weaknesses within oneself.” There will be a belt exam on Friday. Parents are welcome to attend. Fee: $155 (includes belt exam fee)
  • ARTFULNESS Art and Mindfulness Camp with Helga Mendoza | Ages: Entering K-8th Grade  |  1pm-4pm 

    The act of creating can be very relaxing and calming. This camp provides the tools and the space for campers to fully immerse themselves in painting, drawing and sculpting projects, while encouraging to practice mindfulness by channeling the attention to productive tasks, sustaining motivation, handling frustrations and understanding and managing emotions. Breathing exercises and mindful meditation will be practice daily as well as brief yoga sessions. Fee: $165
  • Spy School: Traditional Day | Ages: Entering K-6 th Grade | 12pm-4pm

    Led by our popular summer camp counselors, traditional day camp can be paired with a morning camp to make full day care. This afternoon camp will consist of special activities and projects that will hone your catlike reflexes and increase your ability to decode secret messages. Additionally, this camp also includes daily lunch and weekly trips to the Mountain Brook YMCA pool. Don’t worry, we save plenty of time for outdoor free play and games. Depending on group size, campers will be divided according to age in order to ensure the best time is had by all. Fee: $160
  • Camp Halfblood | Ages: Entering 3rd-8th Grade | 9am-12pm

    Demigods! Improve your chances of surviving monster attacks! Attend Camp Halfblood! Do strange things happen when you least expect them? Do you find reading English tricky sometimes? Do you suspect some of your teachers are secretly monsters? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might be a demigod. One of your parents is probably a Greek god. Every demigod should join Percy Jackson – son of Poseidon – and Ms. Baker – daughter of Athena – for Camp Halfblood where children of the gods come together to play capture the flag, explore the gods' junkyard, encounter mythic monsters, and navigate the labyrinth. Fee: $280 (Includes hot lunch)

Summer Camp Week 7-July 17-21

List of 10 frequently asked questions.

  • The Knight School Chess Camp | Ages: Entering K-8th Grade | 9am-12pm

    Join Chess Coach David Brooks for a week of intensive chess instruction designed to target beginning and intermediate players. The week will consist of daily tournaments using state-of-the-art electronic chess clocks, and special summer belts earned as students move up in ability. As parents of enrolled students will attest, Daily Puzzlers, Toast Games (in which Coach demonstrates the level of ferocity that should characterize every attack), and the liberal distribution of candy for correct answers combine to generate a fun, competitive environment in the classroom. Fee: $140
  • Kid’s Stage Drama Camp with Jill Marlar | Ages: Entering K-6th Grade | 9am-12pm

    Kid’s Stage is a class designed to capture the creativity and imagination that is natural to all children. Each morning will consist of warm-up exercises, acting games, concentration games, and simple stage directional terms. Skits and improvisational activities are a part of each day’s funfilled class as well as developing a short play for an end of week performance. Campers will have access to props and costumes to bring out their “character!” Plus, parents are invited to their performance on Friday morning at 11:30am. Fee: $165
  • Beach Camp II with Ms. Sarah Creveling | Ages: Entering K-2nd Grade | 9am-12pm

    The second year of Beach Camp will be a treat of craftwork, creativity, imagination and play through a theme of enjoying the wonders of the seashore. This program for K-2nd Grade, will combine summer fun with learning. Week Two: The crew on board the cruise ship the SS Happiness lands on an island where we explore a rainforest, discover a volcano and have many exciting adventures. Our Water Day will also be our Luau Day. Join us for reading, art, music, science experiments, dramatic play, and math activities. Also, don’t miss Week One on July 10-14 (Campers do not have to attend Week One of Beach Camp to attend this camp). Fee: $140
  • Young Rembrandts Drawing Workshop-Fashions, Faces and Flowers | Ages: Entering 1st-6th Grade | 9am-12pm

    For fashionistas, florists and budding makeup artists, this Young Rembrandts’ workshop celebrates the beautiful world of girls. Every day students will be challenged and delighted drawing images that exude femininity and loveliness. Students will draw and color faces, stretch their imaginations illustrating whimsical flowers and challenge their creativity when tying them all together in fanciful settings. Prepare for elegance and a heap of drawing excellence! Fee: $165
  • Cooking for Kids! | Ages: Entering 3rd-6th Grade | 9am-12pm

    Ever made cupcakes? In an actual cup…using just a microwave? During camp, we’ll make sweet chocolate treats and even learn how to hand churn ice cream. You get to eat what you make! What a sweet treat. We will also make savory recipes you can share with your family! Note: No nuts, but some products will contain gluten. Fee: $140
  • Track and Field | Ages: Entering 2nd-8th Grade | 9am-12pm

    Come get inspired and cultivate an interest and love for running. This camp will expose campers to the fundamentals of track and field with an emphasis on fun! Ever wanted to try high jump, long jump, hurdles, and shot put? What about relays and of course sprint and medium distance running? Campers will learn about proper running form, appropriate warm-up and cool-down techniques, and good nutrition for athletes. No matter what sport you play, anyone can benefit from improving in the areas of agility, speed, fitness, and running efficiently. Campers will put it all together for a track meet at the end of the week. Taught by Highlands PE teacher, Ms. Erin Williams. Fee: $140
  • STEM Camp | Ages: Entering 4th-8th Grade | 9am-12pm

    Come explore the variety STEM camp has to offer! STEM will be different each day. We will experience how gravity affects zipline racers and catapults. Campers will also engineer and construct their own tower (comprised of unusual materials) in an effort to build higher than their neighbors. We will build boats and test not only seaworthiness but carrying capacity as well Then to end the week we will build small hovercrafts to race. Don’t miss out on this fun, new camp. Fee: $140
  • Games, Games, Games: Traditional Day | Ages: Entering K-6 th Grade | 12pm-4pm

    Led by our popular summer camp counselors, traditional day camp can be paired with a morning camp to make full day care. This afternoon camp is all about games! We will play board games, participate in outdoor games and even make our own games! Additionally, this camp also includes daily lunch and weekly trips to the Mountain Brook YMCA pool. Don’t worry, we save plenty of time for outdoor free play and games. Depending on group size, campers will be divided according to age in order to ensure the best time is had by all. Fee: $160
  • Let’s Act! With Jill Marlar | Ages: Entering 2nd-8th Grade | 1pm-4pm

    Young actors will combine their skills at the beginning of camp week to develop their own Variety Show for performance on Friday of camp week. They will come up with the dialogue and songs if desired, plus work on props, sets, and simple costumes. This camp let’s the children take the lead, call the shots, and perform their heart’s desire. All supplies included. Fee: $165
  • Minecraft | Ages: Entering 1st-8th Grade | 9am-4pm

    Love Minecraft? Then this is the camp for you! Level up in our full day Minecraft Camp. We will play together in the world's largest virtual sandbox on our own safe and private server. During camp we'll create, explore and use our problem-solving skills to collaborate on whole camp, group, and individual projects. You'll learn how to take control of your Minecraft world by using command blocks and redstone. Our all day camp will have built-in screen breaks and time for playing outside too. Each camper will need access to a PC/Mac version of Minecraft. Prior to camp please purchase the game at Minecraft.net for $26.95 unless you already have it. Led by camp favorite Tynley Baker. Fee: $280 (Includes hot lunch)

Summer Camp Week 8-July 24-28

List of 9 frequently asked questions.

  • Bike Safety | Ages: Entering K-3rd Grade  | 9am-12pm

    Join Highlands very own Ms. Erin Williams and improve your bike riding skills while learning ways to be safe while riding. Hand signals, acceptable riding behavior, and common street signs will be topics that we will explore during the week. Campers will ride through the “streets of a town” complete with stoplights, street signs, other cyclists, and stores for them to visit. All participants must bring their bikes and helmets on Monday morning and take them home on Friday. Bikes and helmets will be stored in the gym throughout the week. Fee: $140
  • Fishing 101 Skills Camp | Ages: Entering 3rd-8th Grade | 9am-12pm

    “Time spent fishing is often one of our most enjoyable family memories...” Yet too often, those memories are clouded with trips of too much frustration, too few fish, tangled lines, and broken equipment. This camp is designed for kids with little to no prior fishing experience and will give students a solid foundation for safer, more enjoyable fishing trips. Topics are the following: 3-5 Trips to local Waterways and Lakes, Finding Good Spots to Catch Fish, Safety when Fishing, Casting, Retrieving, Setting the Hook, Playing, Fishing with Natural Bait & Artificial Lures, Basic “How-to” for Fishing Equipment, Basic Fishing Knots, Common Fish Species for Alabama, Fishing Regulations for Alabama, and Fishing Ethics. Parents and grandparents are welcome to attend and enjoy this camp along with the campers. "Fishing 101” is lead by local fishing enthusiast, Larry Bender Jr. Fee: $195 (Includes all field trips)
  • Math Games | Ages: Entering 3rd-6th Grade | 9am-12pm

    In Math games camp, campers will learn while doing. We will revisit how to plot points on an outdoor grid with human points, engage in math relay races, indoor and out, and review measurements and fractions with a water relay. To top things off we will review mean, mode and median using a fun cup challenge. Fee: $140
  • Yoga Camp | Ages: Entering K-5 th Grade | 9am-12pm

    Each day, new yoga poses are introduced around a theme and camp includes the thoughtful enjoyment of a healthy snack, group activity time, creative art project, mindful breathing, and visualization exercises and relaxation. Join Annie Damsky of Villager Yoga for this active camp. Fee: $165
  • Cooking for Kids! | Ages: Entering K-2nd Grade | 9am-12pm

    Ever made cupcakes? In an actual cup…using just a microwave? During camp, we’ll make sweet chocolate treats and even learn how to hand churn ice cream. You get to eat what you make! What a sweet treat. We will also make savory recipes you can share with your family! Note: No nuts, but some products will contain gluten. Fee: $140
  • JIKC Karate | Ages: Entering K-8th Grade | 9am-12pm

    Japan International Karate Center is a step-by-step training program, guided by the moral principles of traditional Japanese Karate, allows you to develop your human potential in body, mind, and spirit. Enjoy the benefits of discipline, physical fitness, concentration, self-awareness, relaxation, and self-confidence that training at the JIKC can offer. The purpose of JIKC training is “Not to conquer others, but to conquer the weaknesses within oneself.” There will be a belt exam on Friday. Parents are welcome to attend. Fee: $155 (includes belt exam fee)
  • Young Rembrandts Pastel Drawing Workshop-Pattern and Design-A World Tour | Ages: Entering 1st-6th Grade  | 9am-12pm

    Young Rembrandts now offers a five-day chalk pastel drawing class! Explore multicultural art in our Worldly Artistic Designs workshop. We begin our world tour in Mexico as we draw several welcoming, colorful doorways. Next, we journey to Africa and explore the design intricacies of African crafts. Our artistic enlightenment doesn’t stop there; we’ll move on to design Paisley patterns, an ancient design embraced by many cultures. Then, Asian paper lanterns will shed light on the Far Eastern design styles. Our travels end in Russia as we illustrate a mainstay of Russian architecture – the onion dome. These classes will be messy fun, so dress appropriately. Enroll today! Fee: $165
  • Music to My Ears: Traditional Day | Ages: Entering K-6 th Grade  | 12pm-4pm

    Led by our popular summer camp counselors, traditional day camp can be paired with a morning camp to make full day care. This afternoon camp will consist of special activities and projects centered on making, listening to and learning about music. Additionally, this camp also includes daily lunch and weekly trips to the Mountain Brook YMCA pool. Don’t worry, we save plenty of time for outdoor free play and games. Depending on group size, campers will be divided according to age in order to ensure the best time is had by all. Fee: $160
  • A Week in the Wizarding World: Harry Potter at Highlands! | Ages: Entering 2nd-5th Grade | 9am-4pm

    Calling all wizards! Your presence is requested for a spellbinding summer camp filled with fun. Join us for a magical time as we construct wizarding wands, hold a quidditch tournament, and hunt for horcrux! You may wear wizard attire, or, if you prefer, dress in the muggle manor. Join Ms. Julia Glasgow and don’t miss this new addition to Highlands popular camps! Fee: $280 (Includes hot lunch)

Summer Camp Week 9-July 31-August 4

List of 10 frequently asked questions.

  • JIKC Karate | Ages: Entering K-8th Grade | 9am-12pm

    Japan International Karate Center is a step-by-step training program, guided by the moral principles of traditional Japanese Karate, allows you to develop your human potential in body, mind, and spirit. Enjoy the benefits of discipline, physical fitness, concentration, self-awareness, relaxation, and selfconfidence that training at the JIKC can offer. The purpose of JIKC training is “Not to conquer others, but to conquer the weaknesses within oneself.” There will be a belt exam on Friday. Parents are welcome to attend. Fee: $155 (includes belt exam fee)
  • Make It, Take It Art Camp | Ages: Entering K-8 th Grade | 9am-12pm

    Taught by local artist Jill Marlar, campers dive right into 3-4 art projects each day tapping into their imagination while exploring a wide array of materials. From 3D design to drawing, we offer the camper a chance to make each project their own and of course have fun with other budding artists. Project examples include 3D robots and rooms, famous artist painting studies, still life drawings, and self portrait fiber art. Fee: $165
  • Play-Scribble-Write! | Ages: Entering 4K and 5K | 9am-12pm

    Campers will join Highlands School beloved Ms. Pat and have fun playing while working on skills necessary to be successful in their upcoming school year. Open only to rising 4K and 5K students, this camp is specifically geared toward working on fine motor skills like those needed to hold and use a pencil or crayon correctly or to cut paper. Campers will have fun scribbling to music, finger painting and playing with play dough. They will also build letters with lines and curves while developing language, math and social skills. Of course there will be time for snacks and some free play time as well. Pre-writing skills will be the focus but having fun working together will also emphasize cooperation and other social skills for this age group. Come have fun and learn with Ms. Pat! Fee: $140
  • Quick Start Tennis | Ages: Entering K-3rd Grade | 9am-12pm

    ` This exciting tennis camp will be provided by the award winning Learning Excellence Through Tennis Program. Lessons will teach age appropriate tennis skills, including parts of the racquet, parts of the court, basic tennis terminology, scoring, forehand, backhand, serve and volley. LETT has portable nets to make any space a tennis court. The campers will play fun and engaging games all while learning tennis skills. All equipment, including racquets, are provided. On the last day of camp, the campers will show off their newly found skills in a teammate rally. Fee: $ 155
  • Young Rembrandts Drawing Workshop-Favorite Apps and Video Games | Ages: Entering 1st-7th Grade | 9am-12pm

    Attention gaming artists. Art is all around us, including on phones and online! Join Young Rembrandts for a workshop mimicking the amazing imagery of our Favorite Apps and Video Games! Every day students will learn new illustration and coloring techniques inspired by popular video games. Artwork is inspired by pixel block characters, plants, zombies and many more classic apps and games. If your child loves to game or draw, they’ll have a blast putting their own personal touches on some of these favorites! Fee: $165
  • Mathapalooza 2017! | Ages: Entering 6th-8th Grade | 9am-12pm

    The mathematical seeds of Algebra, Geometry and even Calculus are planted in the concepts and relationships introduced in elementary school math class. Understanding these concepts and being fluent in the language of math insures a greater understanding of more complex ideas and applications that are introduced at the Jr. High and High School level. In Mathapalooza, we will review these elementary school topics in a different way, using numbers as an infinite alphabet to create mathematical words, ideas, stories and the world. (Yes Neo, the Matrix is real.) In addition to reviewing basic math concepts, we will discuss and practice strategies for developing number fluency and computational speed. (No calculators needed!) We will discuss the history, development and importance of algebra, geometry, trigonometry and calculus, and how a variety of these topics evolve from elementary fundamentals. Think stick figures to PIXAR. Last but not least, we will play games, have theme-day, music by the hour, AP recess and pi(e) on Friday. Mathapalooza is taught by Valerie Roberts. Valerie earned a Bachelor of Engineering from Vanderbilt University; worked 18 years in the Oil & Gas Industry as a Project Engineer responsible for various onshore and offshore construction projects and as an Energy Trader; and is now a private tutor and math advocate. Fee: $200
  • Dungeons and Dragons® Camp 2017 | Ages: Entering 3rd-8th Grade | 9am-12pm

    Dungeons and Dragons is a mythological game involving character based role playing, shared storytelling, and lots of social interaction. It was introduced as a board game in 1974, and has developed as a game and has become a community. Players start in a fantasy world setting of dragons, elves, dwarfs and halflings. They are given “powers” within which they work to clear threats and gain fame. Multiple players join forces and go on quests given to them by non -player characters. The instructors Wesley Madden and Issac Griffin-Layne have been counselors in the Camp Half Blood and Gaming 101 camps for the last four years. They will take the gamers into a mythological world and let them improvise and coordinate as a team to defeat monsters and dragons. Fee: $140
  • Wacky Olympics: Traditional Day | Ages: Entering K-6 th Grade | 12pm-4pm

    Led by our popular summer camp counselors, traditional day camp can be paired with a morning camp to make full day care. This afternoon camp will consist of special activities and projects centered on fun, creative and wacky Olympic challenges. Additionally, this camp also includes daily lunch and weekly trips to the Mountain Brook YMCA pool. Don’t worry, we save plenty of time for outdoor free play and games. Depending on group size, campers will be divided according to age in order to ensure the best time is had by all. Fee: $160
  • Minor League Gaming Camp | Ages: Entering 5th -8 th Grade | 1pm-4pm

    Test your might! This camp is designed to offer middle schoolers an eSports experience. It is an introduction to the world of video game tournaments. Video games require quick reflexes, careful thought, and the will to overcome a worthy opponent. A tournament makes for an exciting experience - a rush of light, sound and adrenaline. Become familiar with basic rules and share time with others who have a passion for the game. This camp, taught by Wesley Madden and Isaac Griffin-Layne, will feature various types of games, from old arcade games like Donkey Kong and Pac-man to newer games like Pokemon, Smash Brothers, and online strategy games like League of Legends and DOTA. We will also focus on game theory and meta-gaming as well as reading the mind of the opponent. Fee: $140
  • Journey Through Art with Jill Marlar | Ages: Entering 2nd-8th Grade | 1pm-4pm

    Let’s explore art through the ages beginning with cave paintings to modern art. Art history IS exciting and this class will challenge the student to create works reflecting the original but putting their own twist in development. Examples include Byzantine Mosaics, Da Vinci Fresco Paintings, Japanese Art Prints, and Surrealist Dioramas. All materials included. Fee: $165
NEW!  Counselor-in-Training Program for rising 7th-11th graders. Check-out the catalog for more details. 

Individual Piano and Golf Lessons Also Available!

This summer, keep your piano skills sharp or give it a try for the first time with Birmingham Southern Conservatory instructor, Ms. Ellen Weems. Or how about develop your golf skills with PGA Master Professional, Bill Adams. Contact the summer camp director for more details.  

Summer Camp Hours

Morning Care: 7:15am - 9am
Morning Camps: 9am - 12pm
Traditional Day Camp: 12pm - 4pm
Afternoon Camps: 1pm-4pm
Full Day Camps: 9am-4pm
Afternoon Care: 4pm - 6pm
Highlands School, 4901 Old Leeds Road, Birmingham, AL 35213, (205) 956-9731
Highlands School's 'whole child' approach to education and commitment to academic excellence, creative expression, and leadership development prepare and motivate students in grades 4k through 8 to make a positive difference in an ever-changing world. Located in Birmingham, Alabama, Highlands School holds dual accrediation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Southern Associations of Independent Schools (SAIS).

For more information, visit www.highlandsschool.org.