FAQ

FAQ

Here are commonly asked questions. If you would like more information, please call us at 1-800-228-5327.

Our Approach
How do you get such phenomenal academic results in such a short time?

We focus on teaching kids HOW to learn. Our methodology begins with the individual student. We help them understand the science behind how the brain processes information and identify how they learn best. Teaching your child about the qualities of their preferred learning style opens the door to their full potential. Once they identify their predominant learning style—visual, auditory, or kinesthetic—we teach them how to effectively take notes, memorize information, and excel on tests by utilizing their preferred learning style as well as enhancing their use of the other styles to maximize their learning.

 

The SuperCamp experience is designed to maximize learning and growth for every student. Throughout SuperCamp, our focus is to empower your child with critical 21st century skills  (communication, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, etc.) that are a vital part of the standards required today of all students.

How do you motivate my child? I've tried and I can't.

Building confidence can do wonders for a child. We inspire your son or daughter to develop higher levels of competence by creating what researchers call “success moments.” When adolescents experience these success moments over and over and over again—as they do at SuperCamp—they build up their belief in their ability to achieve, and ultimately increase their self-esteem, confidence, and motivation.

What does a typical day look like for the Junior/Senior Forum?
7:00Wake up
7:30 – 8:30Breakfast
8:30 – 12:30Morning session*

  • “Daily Download” review of previous day’s learning with teams
  • Greeting
  • Lively music to get students’ bodies and brains awake and attentive
  • Learning skills and/or life skills instruction (through fun activities and academic rotation sessions)
  • Team time
12:30 – 1:30Lunch
1:30 – 3:30Activity Time

Activities chosen by students such as:

  • outdoor sports
  • campus book store visit
  • main room games
  • conversation, reading, quiet time
3:30 – 5:30Afternoon session*

  • Learning skills and/or life skills instruction
  • Team time
5:30 – 6:30Dinner
6:30 – 8:30Evening Session*

  • More learning skills and/or life skills instruction
  • Paired shares
  • Team time
8:30 – 9:30Closing Session including some or all of the following:

  • Journal time
  • Shares
  • Announcements
  • Song
  • Social time
  • Theta Scan
10:00Lights Out

* Music and fun learning activities permeate all sessions and breaks are regularly provided. Times and activities may vary.

How can SuperCamp help in college preparation?

Our program builds your child’s communication skills, inspires critical thinking, fosters creativity, and encourages collaboration. When you combine these skills with practical learning strategies the result is an increase in grades and test scores. Seventy-three percent of SuperCamp graduates say have seen an improvement in their grades and we consistently receive letters from parents informing us that their child was able to master tests such as the SAT and ACT because of the skills they learned at SuperCamp.

How does SuperCamp differ from tutorial programs?

The most fundamental difference involves the way we help facilitate lasting changes in a student’s attitude toward school and motivation. At SuperCamp, students learn lifelong learning skills they can apply to any subject, skills that build competence and confidence and serve as a roadmap to academic success academic success.

When can parents observe the program?

Throughout all sessions, parents are able to see what’s going on by viewing daily photos from camp through our secure online camp photo site. Parents are invited to see the power of SuperCamp firsthand by attending the closing ceremony on the last day of the program. This event includes a parent workshop and is a great opportunity for you to experience the SuperCamp learning environment, ask the staff questions, and celebrate with your child.

How do I get my child excited about SuperCamp?

Many students are initially reluctant about attending an academic and life skills program, but much of that anxiety is based on the impression that SuperCamp will be “just like school.” Once the students arrive on the first day they begin to understand that SuperCamp is nothing like their school experience. It is a dynamic environment filled with activities, music, and learning without tests, homework or the competition they experience in school. Students learn how to make study time more efficient and leave more time available for other activities like arts, sports and time with friends and family.

Campers
Who attends SuperCamp programs?

While students’ grades range from straight A to struggling, the majority are somewhere in between. We believe that every child has the potential to achieve excellence when they are given the skills to learn and the gift of confidence.

 

High achievers benefit by gaining learning skills that reduce their study time, increase their test scores, decrease their school stress, and improve their communication skills. Students who are struggling benefit by discovering new techniques to overcome the barriers that blocked their progress in the past, such as low self-esteem, lack of motivation, and inability to take effective notes, memorize information, and succeed on tests.

At what age do students benefit most?

Students benefit in different ways at each age. Middle school students discover their preferred learning styles and develop skills for dealing with a heavier academic schedule and increased social pressure. High school students learn strategies to build study skills, embrace leadership, and increase test scores. College-bound students master how to responsibly manage time, finances, and increased independence along with the academic skills needed to thrive in a university setting. Each program builds on the program before, enabling students to continuously develop their SuperCamp skills.

Will students have free time for activities?

Every afternoon, SuperCamp students have approximately 90 minutes for supervised “free time” during which they can choose to participate in a variety of activities or sports, go on a campus tour, or simply enjoy some down time.

 

Will my child be able to bring a laptop or other electronic device to SuperCamp? We are able to achieve our results by providing a safe, focused and engaging environment, free of distractions. For this reason, all audio/visual devices such as music players, TVs, stereos, iPads, laptops, etc. should be left at home.

 

Students may bring a cell phone which must be checked in on arrival and can be checked out for calls on certain days for a limited time. The time of day will vary depending on the camp session. Although we allow students to make phone calls, we encourage them to limit their phone usage as we find that it distracts them from being fully engaged in the program. Just like you, we want your child to get the most out of their SuperCamp experience.

SAFETY
Will my child be safe and secure?

SuperCamp has a 35-year track record of creating a safe, secure environment. Students remain on campus at all times. On day one, we assign them to teams of 10 to 12 campers with two team leaders. The nature of our team-building exercises guarantees that your child will immediately feel supported by the team leaders and will quickly form close bonds with other campers. This supportive unit allows your child to feel secure while they step out of their comfort zone. In addition, we have a trained wellness person (many are registered nurses) at every program who supports the emotional and physical wellbeing of all kids at camp.

What kind of supervision is provided?

The student-to-staff ratio is at least four-to-one. Students are assigned to teams, headed by two team leaders. Among other responsibilities, team leaders supervise and support the students on their team and live in the same residence halls, providing 24-hour guidance.

What are the backgrounds and experience of the SuperCamp staff?

All the people we hire are enthusiastic, supportive and committed to positively impacting the lives of our youth.

 

Facilitators, the most visible leaders at SuperCamp, are chosen from among the top professional teachers and trainers in the country. Hundreds of applicants go through our selection process and only a few are chosen to train with SuperCamp. Many of our facilitators have advanced degrees and, more importantly, all have a natural ability to engage every student and bring out their personal greatness. Facilitators receive 150-plus hours of on-site training in Quantum Learning teaching methods before they direct the SuperCamp program.

 

The great majority of the rest of the camp staff are education majors or graduates. Not surprisingly, most of the staff returns year after year because they enjoy the experience of working with successful people in a dynamic accelerated learning program and the fulfillment of having a positive impact on the lives of the students.Learn more about several of the energetic educators who will lead our SuperCamp programs this summer.

Travel
Are travel costs included in tuition?

No, airfare and other travel costs are not included in tuition.

Do you provide airport shuttle service to and from SuperCamp?

We offer shuttle service ($45 one way, $75 round trip) between the following designated airports and SuperCamp sites: California State University San Marcos: San Diego International Airport (SAN); Stanford University: San Francisco International Airport (SFO); Villanova University: Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)

How will my child know who is picking them up?

One to two days prior to camp our SuperCamp site staff phones parents to give them the name of the SuperCamp staff member who will meet their child at the airport.

Where will my child meet the SuperCamp staff member at the airport?

Our staff members meet arriving students in the baggage claim area. Staff members wear SuperCamp shirts and name tags and carry a SuperCamp sign. When all students have their baggage our staff member escorts them to the shuttle bus.

How will you connect with my child at the airport?

A: This is not normally a problem because students see our staff member when they arrive in the baggage claim area, but we do require a cell phone number and recent photograph for all students traveling by air. These are given to SuperCamp site staff meeting arriving participants.

How will you know when my child is arriving? What if there are changes in my child's arrival time or gate?

A: We require participants to provide a flight itinerary including airline, flight number, and any connecting flight information. This form should be provided to us as soon as travel plans have been finalized. On opening day our site administrator monitors flight arrival information for students being picked up and notifies the staff member at the airport of any changes.

Will you call me when my child arrives?

When students and our SuperCamp staff members have connected, students are instructed to call their parents to notify them of their arrival.

What about getting to the airport at the end of SuperCamp?

For departures after the closing ceremony, our staff members accompany students to the airport, assist them with check-in, and escort them to security. Our staff members do not leave the airport until all of our students’ flights have departed.

We are nervous about our child flying alone. Is there a way I can find out if anyone else in our area is going to SuperCamp?

Yes, we can try to connect you with other participants who are flying out of the same airport.

My child is young and is traveling as an airline-assisted unaccompanied minor. Will you pick him up at the airport?

As long as you request shuttle service, provide the airline with the required information about pick-up, and provide us with the relevant flight information, our staff will meet your child at the arrival gate when they’re brought off the plane.