The Advent School | Summer Program
Experience The Advent School's unique engineering and design-based summer program for elementary school children.
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The Advent School Engineering and Design Summer Program

Each summer, Advent’s SMART Lab is transformed into a makerspace where children become designers, tinkerers, and builders. The Advent School summer program offers three completely unique two-week sessions for children ages 5 through 12.

Designers begin each session by sorting through recycled materials, learning proper tool use, and engaging in the design process. Each day, the designers and faculty set out to explore the city, play games, and gather inspiration. On the last Friday of each session, the designers share their creations and prototypes with friends and family at the Design Expo.

Get a sneak peek! Click here to read about a day in the life of the designers.

Click The Advent School calendar link here to view all of the Enrichment program dates.

Session Dates

Summer 2019 themes will be announced on January 2, 2019.

  • June 17 – June 28
  • July 8 – July 19
  • July 22 – August 2

Our Philosophy

Advent’s summer program is grounded in the School’s mission. We believe:

  1. All children are creative problem solvers
  2. In the importance of collaboration
  3. Boston is an extension of the classroom, which helps children identify the needs of their communities and find inspiration

Program Information


Drop Off: 8:30 – 9 a.m.

Program: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Pick Up: 4 – 4:15 p.m.

Extended Day: 4 to 6 p.m.


Drop off, program, pick up, and extended care pick up is at the SMART Lab, 99 W Cedar St., Boston, MA 02114

Program Fees

Program Cost: $1,200 for each two-week session

Extended Day Care Cost: $20 per day

What to Bring

  1. A nutritious lunch
  2. Two snacks
  3. Refillable water bottle
  4. Closed-toed shoes (We work with tools and messy things!)
  5. Comfortable clothes that can get dirty
  6. Sunscreen already applied for the day, and for application throughout the day. We go outside every day!

Click the + below to learn about each age group.

Junior Designers (5-6 years old)

Reggio-inspiredthe Junior Designers program provides ample opportunities for the exploration of scientific concepts and creation of new theories. Open-ended questions invite the Junior Designers to engage with materials in innovative ways, while the design process helps extend their thinking through problem solving.

Student to Staff Ratio: 9:1

Senior Designers (7-9 years old)

The design process is a central focus for the Senior Designers. Identifying the problem, generating solutions, and exchanging feedback are all steps that aid in the building, testing, and creation of a final prototype. Senior Designers learn proper power tool use and create with a vast array of materials.

Student to Staff Ratio: 10:1

Design Leaders (10-12 year olds)

Combining the principles of design with leadership skills, the Design Leaders teach and support others on their journey through the design process. As they create, the Senior Leaders share their knowledge with the younger designers during joint activities. Trips into the community and visits from guest speakers extend the learning and provide material for new leadership opportunities.

Student to Staff Ratio: 10:1