Summer Adventures

Summer Program provides a balance of enrichment and freedom in a Montessori learning environment. With a thematic approach to summer curriculum, each day allows for whole-group activities and independent, unstructured time for students to interact with each other. It is our goal to give children the freedom necessary to develop as individuals while working as a community to achieve success as a group. Summer Program is a place for each student to explore their passions and interests with deep commitment and concentration or to challenge themselves in an area relatively unexplored.

Summer Program is open to the greater Beverly community and is licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care.



We welcome your child into our safe, caring, vibrant community where independence, cooperation, and exploration are encouraged. Our summer program offers children the opportunity to try something new, learn about themselves, and make lasting friendships. For our youngest students it is the daily, small, independent tasks that make each day an adventure in learning— discovering the magical space of the children’s gardens, or using their little hands to squeeze lemons for lemonade. For older students, the adventures in learning allow them to discover something unknown about the world around them and reveal something about themselves—engaging in cooperative hands-on activities, exploring the areas of arts, science, and engineering, forming friendships.

The wide variety of thematic selections reflects the enthusiasm and passion of our creative and energetic faculty!

Summer Faculty


Infant & Toddler Teachers

Our Harborlight Infant & Toddler Teachers are dedicated to working with families throughout the year. The consistent care and continuity our professionals provide is unparalleled.

Children’s House & Elementary Teachers

Working alongside our talented Montessori teachers is a community of specialty instructors who enhance our Summer Programs in athletics, performing arts, music, fine arts, history and science. In addition to our specialists, we provide enrichment opportunities through guest visitors, field trip excursions, and overnight trips for older students.

CIT & Jr. Counselors

Harborlight Alumni return each summer in our CIT & Jr. Counselor Program. Their work with the faculty and students is invaluable to our program. Our Montessori graduates have memories of the summer program experiences and are excited to enhance your child’s experience with unyielding energy and enthusiasm.

Who to Contact?

Infant & Toddler House (4 months to 3 years)

Elizabeth Stone,Director of  Infant & Toddler Education  or 978.922.1008 ext. 40

Children’s House (3 years to entering Kindergarten)

Jamie Oakley, Children’s House 6 Head Teacher & Children’s House Summer Program Director 

Elementary (entering 1st grade to entering 7th)

Katie Oberlander, Director of Performing Arts & Elementary Summer Program Director

General Summer Information

Call the school office at 978.922.1008 or email – We’re here to help!

Why Choose the Harborlight Summer Program?


The design of our summer program is based on the observation of the creative interests, intellectual and physical capabilities, of students. We respond to parents’ expectations and provide a safe, inspiring, friendly environment where students are encouraged to try their best and valued for their role as members of the community.

General Information


Students new to Harborlight must apply.



All students are required to bring a lunch, small snack, and a reusable water bottle. Toddler & Children’s House Programs serve snacks on a rotating parent sign-up schedule. Harborlight is a nut free school.

School/Camp Health Forms & Immunization Records are required along with Emergency Forms.


Harborlight follows the policies and procedures outlined in the School’s Parent Handbook, available on the Parent Section of the Website (access available at time of enrollment).


For more information about tuition and fees CLICK HERE.

Registration  opens, February 1st. Each session has a maximum enrollment, early registration is strongly encouraged as enrollment is accepted on a first-come, first-come basis. For questions about application and enrollment, contact Rachel McAlpine, Director of Admissions

Infant & Toddler House


Infant & Toddler House students experience a nurturing and highly engaging Montessori learning environment all summer. With an emphasis on nature and creative activities, children connect with the outdoors: gardening, discovering science in the sandbox and water play, splashing in the wading pools, picnics, and riding trikes.

Infant/Toddler House Academic-Day                                               8:30 a.m. –  3:00 p.m.

Toddler House Half-Day                                                                           8:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Early Arrival                                                                                                        7:30 a.m. –  8:30 a.m.

Extended Day                                                                                                   3:00 a.m. –  5:30 a.m.

Summer 2017 Enrollment Contract Infants & Toddlers

Children’s House


Children’s House students enjoy a busy morning of Montessori workshop as they explore weekly thematic topics such as music, art, nature, drama, and cooperative games. Within each weekly thematic session, students experience creative hands-on activities, water play, gardening, and cooking. Each theme is complemented with enrichment extensions that include special guest visitors, storytellers, authors, and local field trips.

Children’s House Academic-Day                                                       8:30 a.m. –  3:00 p.m.

Children’s House Half-Day with Lunch Block                           8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Children’s House Half-Day                                                                   8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Early Arrival                                                                                                     7:30 a.m. –  8:30 a.m.

Extended Day                                                                                                3:00 p.m. –  5:30 p.m.

Summer 2017 Enrollment Contract Children’s House



Based on the interests of our students, each exciting, week-long  Arts & Adventure immerses the students in hands-on learning opportunities that supplement and reinforce their academic year learning. Our program is diverse and truly has something for everyone — come shipbuilders, thespians, athletes and explorers!

Elementary Academic-Day                                                                 8:30 a.m. –  3:00 p.m.

Early Arrival                                                                                                   7:30 a.m. –  8:30 a.m.

Extended Day                                                                                               3:00 p.m. –  5:30 p.m

*Please note the programs below are examples from Summer 2017!  2018 Summer Offerings will be posted soon.  Please check back!


Week One: SNAKE Adventures (6/18-23)

Week Two: SNAKE Adventures 6/25-6/30)

Week Three: 7/3-7/7 (no camp on 7/4)

Arts/Adventures: Celebrate the 4th

Entering grades 1-7

Visit Trustees of the Reservations and Audubon properties to see “America the Beautiful.” Come back to campus for old-school picnic lunches on the lawn, BBQ, and yard games.  Make patriotic t-shirts, crafts and recipes. Spend the week designing and decorating a patriotic float and take it on parade on Friday!

Week Four: 7/10-7/14

 Arts: Ready, Set, Chef!

Entering grades 1-7

Take a journey in the life of a restaurateur.  We will explore what it takes to create the concept of a restaurant and what the space and menu will look like.  We will travel to different restaurants on and around the North Shore learning to cook, create, serve, and run a restaurant. Students will launch their own pop-up restaurant on Friday and will be open for business.

Adventure: Marine Heritage

Entering grades 1-7

Explore Cape Ann’s rich marine heritage.  Join the marine science crew aboard the Sea Station’s vessel Endeavor.  Set sail on a lobster boat, visit touch tanks and learn about ocean life in a fun, hands-on learning environment.

Week Five: 7/17-7/21

 Arts: Rock On

Entering grades 1-7

Join the band and hone your music performance and ensemble skills in a creative and fun environment. Experiment with and learn about instruments from around the world. Improvise during a percussion circle, create through sound-painting activities, and learn to express yourself through music.

Adventure: History Alive

Entering grades 1-7

Walk the streets that hummed with the actions of the revolution, puritans, accused witches, artists and writers. Be a Colonial! Learn how to make traditional colonial foods, try colonial crafts, games and visit some of the places made famous during the founding of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and the American Revolution. Be a part of history.

Week Six: 7/24-7/28

 Arts: A Day at The Museum

Entering grades 1-7

Learn about the history of art through trips to some of the North Shore’s most intriguing museums.  We’ll provide a sketchbook.  You bring a bag lunch, water bottle and your imagination!

Adventure: Biking and Hiking

Entering grades 1-7

Explore nature as we hike and bike the great outdoors!  We’ll study wildlife, compete in nature scavenger hunts and enjoy geocaching activities while gaining greater appreciation for the natural world.

Week Seven: 7/31-8/4

Arts:  Break A Leg!

Entering grades 1-7

Let’s put on a show!  Enjoy the rehearsal process while learning more about stage directions, improvisation and character development. On Friday, family and friends are invited to the performance!

Adventures: Small Swell

Entering grades 4-8

Catch a wave this summer! Learn balance, coordination, timing the waves, falling and getting back on the board in this fun, educational program that is ideal for children of all surfing abilities.

Week Eight: 8/7-8/11

Arts: Art Walk

Entering grades 1-7

Stand in the footprints of famous maritime artists and see the harbor through their eyes.  Create your own art inspired by the seascapes and working waterfront before you.  Walk Gloucester’s “Harbor Walk”, complete a scavenger hunt challenge, and stop along the way to sketch, paint, and draw.  Visit the Cape Ann Museum, snack by the water, and return to campus excited to continue the creative process in both the indoor and outdoor art studios.

Adventures:  Coast and Compass

Entering grades 4-7

Enjoy some great summer adventures as we kayak, hike and hit the beach. The highlight of the week will be our legendary two-night trip to the Isle of Shoals where you can hike, play tennis, jump off the dock, roast marshmallows over an open fire, and learn the local lore of the island!

Week Nine: 8/14-8/18

Arts: Author’s Corner

Entering grades 1-7

Become an author and illustrator! Share your love of books with friends as we read, write and illustrate our own work. Learn the craft from guests who are professional authors and artists. Children will come home with a finished product of a picture book, poetry collection, play, or graphic novel.

Adventures: I Survived

Entering grades 3-7

Ever wondered how to start a fire, build shelter, search for food, and stay safe in the wilderness? Learn some of the basic skills taught in the Army Ranger School program and then apply your knowledge as we rough-it during a two-night camping trip.

Week Ten: 8/21-8/25

Arts: Animal League

Entering grades 1-7

Come spend a week with Iris the therapy dog and her friends! We will wash, groom, train, walk and play with dogs! Meet a real dog trainer and learn a few tricks yourself. Bake healthy dog treats and learn about various breeds. Have a community “dog wash” and we will give all money earned to our local dog shelter when we visit there. Bring your dog or borrow one of ours for “Bring our Dogs Day” on Friday.

Adventures: Game On

Entering grades 1-7

Let’s play some games!  Tennis, soccer, bowling and mini-golf are among the fun activities planned for this session.

Get in the Game: 3:00 – 4:30 daily from 7/3-8/25

Get moving as we explore the wonderful nature of games and sportsmanship. Fine- tune the skills necessary to challenge yourself in a variety of mental games, beach and lawn games and physical challenges. In the circuit of games and strategies presented, many skills will be enhanced, strategies developed, and missions accomplished.

Summer 2017 Enrollment Contract Elementary


Teen Development Program

“Be true to your word and your work and your friend”      -James Jeffrey Roche

Harborlight Montessori  is pleased to offer opportunities for teenagers to develop leadership skills as they interact with our summer program faculty and students in an exciting, hands-on learning environment.  Our CIT and Jr. Counselor Programs focus on developing strong future leaders through training, discussion, observation and practice mentoring.  Along the way our young adults benefit from their summer experiences by learning to refine skills in communication, manage conflict resolution and better understand the stages of child development.  Our CITs and Jr. Counselors employ a strong sense of responsibility and work ethic and are considered vital to our program.  Time committed can be used towards community service hours and, in some cases, can fulfill graduation requirements.

2017-CIT/Jr. Counselor Application

First Year Counselor in Training (CIT1)   

7th or 8th grade graduates

CIT1 students demand more independence, greater challenge in their lives and opportunities to lead younger summer students. CIT1s pay a ½ rate tuition according to the groups they are matched with.

Second Year Counselor in Training (CIT2)

8th, 9th, or 10th grade graduates

CIT2 students have an interest in becoming future summer program Jr. Counselors and have already completed a first-year as a CIT.  CIT2s serve as mentors for the CIT1 program and learn by experiencing many of the responsibilities of a lead counselor. They will have the opportunity to lead games, activities, and adventures on and off-campus under the supervision and guidance of our H-SMS summer faculty members. CIT2s do not pay tuition, nor are they compensated for their services.

Junior Counselor (JRC)

10th, 11th, or 12th grade graduates

JRCs have an interest in becoming future Harborlight summer program staff.  JRCs serve as mentors for our  CIT2 program and embrace responsibilities supervising summer students, preparing learning environments and leading activities. All JRCs work under the supervision and guidance of our H-SMS summer faculty members, but are afforded more autonomy in their roles and responsibilities. JRC positions require submission of the appropriate workforce documents (see application).  JRCs are compensated for their services if all workforce documents are approved and accepted; or, JRCs are welcome to volunteer.

Harborlight hosts and coordinates Summer Activities for Teens (SATs) during after-program hours. Activities are organized and led by Harborlight faculty and staff as a way to further support our young leaders.  Events may include: Bowling, Sky Zone, Dining out, etc,.