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Our Mission

The mission of the Socrates Academy is to work in partnership with parents and community to encourage our students to reach their full potential by developing critical, analytical thinking skills and becoming self-confident in a high achieving, multicultural, disciplined environment. Particular emphasis is placed on developing proficiency in reading, writing, and mathematics both in English and Greek through the use of the Socratic Method.

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Socrates Tutoring

If you have a child who needs academic assistance over the summer or you are seeking an experienced teacher to help your child(ren) keep their academic edge, we have a list of teachers who are available to tutor both during the school year and during the summer. If you are interested in hiring a Socrates staff member to tutor your child(ren) off campus during the staff member's personal time, you may look at the list here >>

 tutoring

K-2 Standards

 

  • In ELA, Math, Math in Greek - A specific standard is matched to each assignment
  • In IU (Science/Social Studies), Greek Language, and Special Area Classes-Assignment receive a letter only
  • Each assignment receives letter to explain their progress on 10 point scale

 

CD - Consistently Demonstrates Independently

D - Demonstrates with Minimal Teach Support

B - Beginning to Demonstrate with Significant Teacher Support

N - Needs Improvement

 

Grades 3-8: Seven Point Scale:

            93-100 A

            85-92 B

            77-84 C

            70-76 D

            69< F

 

High School Level Classes: 10 point scale*

            90-100 A

            80-89 B

            70-79 C

            60-69 D

            59< F

 

* Middle School Greek Language, Middle School Chinese and Spanish, Math I and II

 

Last year the Socrates Academy Foundation approved funding for Writers Workshop. All Elementary teachers, assistants and EC teachers took part in the Writer’s Workshop training. This training fosters consistency in the writing approach and a vertical alignment of writing standards and gives our teachers a common language to use with students while teaching writing. In addition they planned units for each grade level so that during the 2014-2015 school year they were able to start implementing writer’s workshop through the units of study.

 

The evidence of this teaching process can be seen on the walls, in the hallway in the work that is posted by the students. The students are able to write in different genres, are increasing in writing stamina and are using all of their senses to compose text. Spelling is also improving. Once the students learn how to generalize spelling rules, they naturally become better readers.

 

Increased Literacy Block

This year we increased the time that the students are spending in literacy. Our new literacy block for grades K-4 is an uninterrupted 90 minutes. During that time, the teachers engage the students in Writers and Readers Workshops. Teacher schedules were also arranged so that teachers who aren’t teaching during this time are available to “push-in” to classrooms, in order to offer team support and provide a 1:10 teacher:student ratio.

 

Writer’s Workshop

Did you notice all of the post-it notes and composition notebooks that were added to the school supply list this year? Did you know that those tools are going to make your children amazing writers? Here’s how:

Last year Socrates Academy Elementary teachers started training with Rebecca Shoniker, a literacy coach who helps teachers to create a "school-wide culture that celebrates literacy and life-long learners”. Rebecca is supporting our teachers as they implement the Writing Workshop instruction method, developed by Lucy Calkins, which can build students' fluency with deeper, more detailed writing through exposure to practice and classroom writing engagement.

 

Some common workshop vocabulary that you may hear your students talking about, include;

Writing notebooks

Conferencing

Mini-lesson

Read aloud

Words Their Way Word Sorts

Partner Conferencing

Revising and Editing

Published Piece

 

 

Readers Workshop

Our Elementary teachers are also being trained in the Reader’s Workshop method. This teaching method uses leveled books for guided reading, and allows teachers and readers to dig deeper into a text for much more meaningful and thorough comprehension. A book room has been created in the Couchell Building, where teachers can borrow sets of books on all different levels to use during guided reading instruction. 

Small group and individualized instruction is also supported by the workshop model. This takes place daily after a whole-group mini-lesson with read-aloud, partner reading, possibly shared reading, and frequent one-on-one conferencing.

All of our Elementary students were recently assessed in Fountas & Pinnell levels, so we can have an accurate understanding of what books should be used for instructional time during guided reading and during independent reading. Fountas & Pinnell's work is now considered the gold standard in the field of literacy instruction and staff development. In fact, if you go to the Public Library and tell them what your students F&P level is, they can help you find books that are perfect for your child’s reading practice at home.

 

Some of the vocabulary you may hear your student or teacher using, include;

Formal benchmark testing

One-on-one conferencing

Mini-lesson

Read aloud

Reading notebook

Guided Reading

Shared Reading

Partner Reading

Independent Reading

 

 

 

8th Grader Scholars: ACT Explore

North Carolina Testing Program  |  For additional information about the North Carolina Testing Program, visit the Accountability Services Division website at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability/.

For Parents - Achievement Testing

Socrates Academy 2013-2014 Read to Achive Grade 3 End-of-Year Results

Read to Achieve
Download the Read to Achieve Flowchart

 

Greek Language Exam 2014 Results

Click here to download the PDF file with instructions on how to view the results

Testing FAQ

What is Read to Achieve?

The Read to Achieve program was established by the NC General Assembly, in July of 2012. It is a law that dictates that if a third grade student is not reading at grade level by the end of the third grade year, they will have to repeat 3rd Grade or attend a free, reading camp. More information >>

 

How do I know if my child "passed" the EOG?

This website gives the minimum score for each grade level:
http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/accountability/testing/reports/5levelelaeog14.pdf

 

 How will I know if my child qualifies for AIG?

Identification for the Academically/Intellectually Gifted (AIG) Program begins in the spring of second grade. The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) is administered in May to all second grade scholars.  

Scholars who score in the 97th percentile or above qualify for AIG and begin services in third grade. Scholars with CogAT scores of 90% - 96%  will be administered the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) Reading and/or Math subtest. A minimum of 95% on the either subtest, in conjunction with the CogAT, will qualify him/her for AIG services.

Students new to Socrates Academy may be tested based on academic records from their previous grade or school.

The Duke Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is a gifted education program based at Duke University. Its purpose is to identify gifted children and provide them and their parents the resources to reach their full educational potential. Students are identified as part of the 4th-6th Grade Talent Search and/or as part of the 7th Grade Talent Search. 

 

The Duke Talent Identification Program Mission

Building on a rich history dating back to 1980, the Duke University Talent Identification Program is dedicated to being a national leader in identifying academically talented students and providing innovative programs to support the development of their optimal educational potential. Programs for students, families, and educators will be of such excellence that they will become models for the education of academically talented students worldwide.

 

To learn more about the Duke TIP Program, Click Here

 

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Although English is spoken in many areas of the world, we still believe in the importance of learning a second language. When we learn a language we begin to understand a new aspect of humanity, and are able to learn about and connect with people all over the world. At Socrates, we foster that learning by introducing the Greek, Chinese and Spanish languages into our curriculum.

 

We initiate this learning early, by teaching our Kindergarten scholars Greek language and math, immersion style. Our scholars will study Greek the each year that they are scholars at Socrates. In fifth grade our scholars are able to choose to incorporate either Chinese or Spanish into their schedules to build on their already strong linguistic foundation.

 

And what do our students think about all of this learning? They love it! We strive to make our language learning environment fun for the students. And because all of our students also speak Greek, our scholars always have friends to speak this amazing language with. But don’t just take it from us, click here to see what our students say about their school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Beat the rush!  Enroll your campers before April 24th, and receive a

10% discount on your registration!

Register for a morning and afternoon camp session during the same week, and receive a

25% discount on your second camp.

 

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Socrates Summer Camps

Download a registration form and sign up today! >>

 

 Grade

July 13-17

July 13-17

July 20-24

July 20-24

July 27-31

July 27-31

 

Morning

Afternoon 

Morning 

Afternoon

Morning

Afternoon

Rising K

       

Kindergarten Readiness Camp

 

K-1

Discovery Place - Mini Engineer

 

Discovery Place - Silly Scientist

     

K-3

 

Jump Bunch- Fun in the   Sun

       

K-5

                

 

Basketball Camp

Jump Bunch - Sports   and Fitness Camp

   

3,5 and 5

   

Xcel2Fitness

BOYS ONLY!

 

    

 

K-5

       

Soccer Camp

 

K-5

       

American Girl Doll   Camp

 

K-5

       

Adventure Camp

BOYS ONLY!

 

 K-6

       

CHEER! Camp

 

 2-5

Discovery   Place - Rockets to Roller Coasters

 

Discovery Place -   Secret Agent 416

     

K-8

It's Greek   to Me

Golf Squad

Greek Dance

     

5-8

     


 
 

Creative Writing

 

6-Rising   9

         

Broadway   Bound 

Rising   7-8

Math Prep Camp Part I

         

Students   Entering Math III

 

Math III   Bridger Course Part

  

Math III   Bridger Course Part I

   

6-8 

 

Jump Bunch- Fitness Challenge Camp

 Math   Prep Camp Part II

Basketball Camp

 

Jump Bunch- Sports and Fitness   Camp

 

CAMPS THE WEEK OF JULY 13-17

 

“It’s Greek To Me” (led by Rania Tsopanas) $130

Grades: Rising K-8 (9am-12pm) This course is specifically designed and targeted to help new or current Socrates students develop a quick and easy understanding of the Greek language.  All basic elements will be taught including the alphabet, numbers, colors, key expressions and introductions. Students will be reading in Greek upon completion of the course.  A fun and easy way to learn the basics!!

 

Discovery Place – Mini Engineer (led by Discovery Place Instructors) $130

Grades: Rising K-1 (9am-12pm) This camp has a maximum enrollment of 15 per session, so that each camper has a remarkable experience. Build bridges, design skyscrapers, and of course, watch them fall. Learn all about the art and science of building. Participate in Lego design challenges which will have you thinking in a whole new way.

 

Discovery Place – Rockets to Roller Coasters (led by Discovery Place Instructors) $130

Grades: Rising 2-5 (9am-12pm) This camp has a maximum enrollment of 15 per session, so that each camper has a remarkable experience.   Explore Newton’s laws of force and motion while you build roller coasters, set off rockets, and participate in fun frictionless races.

 

Math Prep Camp Part I (led by Bridgette Jackson) $100*

Grades: Rising 7-8 (9am-11am) This course is a survey of topics that will be covered in Math II classes.  Your student will have an advantage in the subject matter they will encounter in high school. The
following topics will be covered:

1. Parent Functions: Linear, Quadratic, Exponential, Square Root, Rational, and Absolute Value

2. Exponential & Logarithmic Equations & Graphing

3. Rational & Radical Equations

4. Piecewise Functions

5. Trigonometry

6. Intro to Geometric Proofs

*This course will be 2 weeks in length: July 13-17 from 9am-11am and July 20-24 from 9am-11am.

 

Math III Bridger Course Part I (led by Bridgette Jackson) $100*

Grades: Students entering Math III (1pm-3pm) This course is a survey of topics that will be covered in Math III classes. Your student will have an advantage in the subject matter they will encounter in high school. The following topics will be covered:

1. Polynomials - long & synthetic division

2. Geometric Proofs Extended: Triangle Properties, Lines, Angles, & Quadrilaterals  

3. Circles: Tangents, Chords & Arcs

4. Rational Functions & Their Graphs

5. Complex Numbers

*This course will be 2 weeks in length: July 13-17 from 1pm-3pm and July 20-24 from 1pm-3pm.

 

Jump Bunch – Fitness Challenge Camp (led by Jump Bunch Coaches) $150

Grades: Rising 6-8 (1pm-4pm) Fun Fitness Challenges and Games is what this camp is all about. Every camper participates in several 60 second challenges such as chicken pops, kooshie ball, cup and catch, bucket head, whipper snapper, clip board pong, inch worm race, eggs on a roll, fly and catch, knock out ball , Frisbee hoops, and many more! Teamwork and sportsmanship is encouraged during this camp. This is one of our most popular camps because although the kids are being active, these challenges are seen as fun games rather than actual exercise.

 

Jump Bunch – Fun-In-The-Sun (led by Jump Bunch Coaches) $150

Grades: Rising K-3 (1pm-4pm) Campers will play recreational games you would play at picnics, the beach or camping. Activities will range from croquet, relay races, kickball, fling and fly, Frisbee, bocce, just to name a few. Every day starts with a warm-up and ends with a cool down, along with the use of dynabands. Music and a craft, like decorating sunglasses and making a camping picture, will be included daily.

 

Golf Squad (led by Golf Industry Professional) $250

Grades: Rising K-8 (9am-12pm) Although one of Golf Squad’s goals is to develop our students’ technical skills, an equally important goal is to help students learn to truly understand and enjoy golf while “living with” their current golf ability. Golf Squad is proud to be the leading “nontraditional advancement” program instructed by golf industry professionals only. Progress is structured to be a balance of technical and social skills, which better reflects the reality of golf at the golf course…and in life. To register, please use the link below to access registration for GOLFSQUAD.

http://golfsquad.com/programs/nc/clt/socrates-academy

 

CAMPS THE WEEK OF JULY 20-24

 

Basketball Camp (led by Jim Montague) $130

Grades: Rising K-5 (9am-12pm) or,

Grades: Rising 6-8 (1pm-4pm) This program is a great place for any young basketball player who is looking to develop and refine his or her fundamental skills. Players will take part in drills as well as play games in order to improve their overall ability in basketball.

 

Discovery Place – Silly Scientist (led by Discovery Place Instructors) $130

Grades: Rising K-1 (9am-12pm) Physics comes to life when you make objects disappear using mirrors and make magnets float on air. Create glow-in-the-dark slime and learn about animals that light up the night. This camp has a maximum enrollment of 15 per session.

 

Discovery Place – Secret Agent 416 (led by Discovery Place Instructors) $130

Grades: Rising 2-5 (9am-12pm) Enter the world of espionage as you design and build your own secret agent gadgets and use them in a series of spy challenges. Receive training for going undercover, create aliases, learn secret codes, and use technology to practice surveillance. This camp has a maximum enrollment of 15 per session.

 

Greek Dance (led by Paula Protopapadakis) $130

Grades: Rising K-8 (9am-12pm) Not all of us can travel to Greece this summer so how about discovering different regions of Greece through dance, fun and games? Learn about these different areas of Greece through their dances, their musical instruments, their costumes and their traditions. Come discover and have fun at the same time! Bon Voyage!!

 

Math Prep Camp Part II (led by Bridgette Jackson) $100*

Grades: Rising 6-8 (9am-11am) This course is a survey of topics that will be covered in Math II classes.  Your student will have an advantage in the subject matter they will encounter in high school. The following topics will be covered:

1. Parent Functions: Linear, Quadratic, Exponential, Square Root, Rational, and Absolute Value

2. Exponential & Logarithmic Equations & Graphing

3. Rational & Radical Equations

4. Piecewise Functions

5. Trigonometry

6. Intro to Geometric Proofs

*This course will be 2 weeks in length: July 13-17 from 9am-11am and July 20-24 from 9am-11am.

 

Math III Bridger Course Part II (led by Bridgette Jackson) $100

Grades: Students entering Math III (1pm-3pm)* This course is a survey of topics that will be covered in Math III classes. Your student will have an advantage in the subject matter they will encounter in high school. The following topics will be covered:

1. Polynomials - long & synthetic division

2. Geometric Proofs Extended: Triangle Properties, Lines, Angles, & Quadrilaterals  

3. Circles: Tangents, Chords & Arcs

4. Rational Functions & Their Graphs

5. Complex Numbers

*This course will be 2 weeks in length: July 13-17 from 1pm-3pm and July 20-24 from 1pm-3pm.

 

Xcel 2 Fitness – BOYS ONLY! (led by Xcel 2 Fitness Coaches) $100

Grades: 3, 4, and 5 (8:30am – 10:30am) Xcel 2 Fitness summer camp is a boy’s fitness and character building camp. Xcel 2 Fitness camp teaches speed, strength, agility, balance and cardio while embedding character through teamwork, leadership, and goal setting in an exciting team-based atmosphere. At the end of the week, the campers will compete in a fitness obstacle course that they will have to finish as a team. Each individual will contribute to the team’s effort on the obstacle course. This fitness obstacle course is another reminder to the boys of the importance of teamwork as well as striving to always do your best to overcome any challenge that they may face.

 

Jump Bunch – Sports and Fitness Camp (led by Jump Bunch Coaches) $150

Grades: Rising K-5 (1pm-4pm) This camp focuses on exercise and living a healthy lifestyle. Camp begins with stretches, exercises and warm up. Exercise dice is used to promote exercising in a fun way, and dynabands (resistance bands) are used to increase strength and flexibility. The campers focus on different fitness activities such as relay races, obstacle courses, fun runs and races, jump rope, karate, aerobics, yoga, just to name a few. Staying heart healthy and promoting exercise in a fun environment is really the focus of this camp. Every class will end with a cool down and stretches.

 

CAMPS THE WEEK OF JULY 27-31

 

Soccer Camp – (led by Jim Montague) $130

Grades: Rising K-4 (9am-12pm); Rising 5-8 (1pm-5pm) This program is a great place for any young soccer player who is looking to develop and refine their fundamental skills. Players will take part in drills as well as play games in order to improve their overall ability in soccer.

 

American Girl Doll Camp – (led by Lighthearted Productions) $130

Grades: Rising K-5 (9am-12pm) Calling All American Girls.  Join us for a week of dances, songs, art and acting. Girls will love acting out stories, learning dances and creating crafts from each special era. This summer Samantha, Rebecca, and the 2015 Doll of the Year, Grace will be featured!  Grace is an enthusiastic girl who loves to bake, and her story takes place in Paris - we will have lots of fun learning more about her and doing activities she would enjoy.  We'll have a tea party on Thursday with our dolls, and on Friday we will share with family and friends!  Be sure to bring your doll! 

 

Adventure Camp - BOYS ONLY!- (led by Lighthearted Productions) $130

Grades: Rising K-5 (9am-12pm) Boys love Adventure Camp!  This year boys will use their crime solving skills using fingerprinting and analyzing photographs to help solve the mystery.  We'll roar with the lions on a scavenger hunt to save the wild animals! We'll dig deeper to discover dinosaurs and uncover bones and even design a dinosaur of our very own.  And finally, Super heroes will unite to save the world from peril. Each day will be filled with challenges, riddles, scavenger hunts and games that strengthen imagination and promote teamwork.  Boys will share their adventures on the last day of camp with family and friends.

 

CHEER! Camp – (led by Darcey MacCauley) $130

Grades: Rising K-6 (9am – 12pm) Socrates Academy cheer camp begins with basic skills including motions, jumps, cheers and beginner stunting. The sessions will feature a fun and unique choreographed cheer and dance to keep students engaged. Our curriculum is designed for students of all ages and skill levels. Students advance to new levels and learn more challenging skills including faster paced choreography, complex jumps and advanced stunting. Stunting is always supervised. The program culminates with a performance for friends and families. Join us for a fun and enriching experience.

 

Kindergarten Readiness Camp – Ready, Set, Grow! - $130

Grades: Rising Kindergarten Students (8am-12pm) This camp has a maximum enrollment of 15 students so that each camper can receive the support he or she needs. Worried about that first day? Here’s a solution that has proven to be extremely helpful! Your scholar will make new friends, learn some daily practices and procedures and become acquainted with their new school. We will do arts and crafts, sing, dance and READ! We have lots of fun and help these little ones to be prepared for a smooth transition into the school year. Please send a change of clothing, including a pair of socks in a baggie labeled with your camper’s name, on the first day of camp. We will keep it in case of an emergency and return it at the end of the week.

 

Creative Writing (led by Jonni Hovan) $100

Grades: Rising 5-8 (9am-11am) Scholars will engage in activities designed to encourage writing creatively.  We will compose songs, poetry, short stories, narratives and dramas.  Scholars will discover the genre in which they write best.  Each session will begin with artistic and creative warm ups and observation time.  Students will compose and receive feedback on writing daily.

 

Broadway Bound – (led by Lighthearted Productions) $130

Grades: Rising 6-Rising 9 (1pm-4pm) Do you crave the Spotlight?  Do you love Broadway Musicals?  Want to sing dance and act?  Then Broadway Bound is for you!  We'll take scenes and songs from favorite musicals, memorize lines, learn songs and dances, and prepare a performance for family and friends at the end of the week.  Scenes and songs from favorites like, Lion King, Shrek the musical, Into the Woods, Wicked, and Annie! 

 

Jump Bunch – Sports and Fitness Camp (led by Jump Bunch Coaches) $150

Grades: Rising 6-8 (1pm – 4pm) This camp focuses on exercise and living a healthy lifestyle. Camp begins with stretches, exercises and warm up. Exercise dice is used to promote exercising in a fun way, and dynabands (resistance bands) are used to increase strength and flexibility. The campers focus on different fitness activities such as relay races, obstacle courses, fun runs and races, jump rope, karate, aerobics, yoga, just to name a few. Staying heart healthy and promoting exercise in a fun environment is really the focus of this camp. Every class will end with a cool down and stretches.

 

REGISTRATION DETAILS

 

Summer Camps are offered to both Socrates Scholars and the General Public. We are offering a variety of Academic, Athletic and Greek camps this summer.

Location: 3909 Weddington Road Matthews, NC 28105

 

To Register: Download the printable registration form and complete the information. Submit registration form along with payment. Please make checks payable to Socrates Academy. You may drop off the registration during school hours or mail to Socrates Academy, Attn: Summer Camp 2015, 3909 Weddington Road, Matthews, NC 28105.

 

Discount: Those registering for BOTH a morning and afternoon camp during the same week will receive a 25% discount off of the 2nd camp.


Camp Requirements: All courses are subject to a minimum enrollment of six students, and Socrates Academy reserves the right to cancel any camp with insufficient enrollment.


Refunds: No refund will be made for withdrawal from any camp after July 1, 2015. Partial refunds will be made prior to July 1, 2015, in the amount of camp less $35.00.

 

Cancellations: Full refunds will be given for registrations submitted for camps that do not meet the required minimum enrollment by July 1. If a camp has been cancelled, parents will be notified via email and all cancellations will be posted on the Socrates Academy website. All communications will be made via email.

Drop Off:  Park and sign-in your child at the MIDDLE SCHOOL BUILDING on the first day of camp. Subsequent days, campers will report directly to their assigned room. Classroom locations will be posted in the lobby of the MIDDLE SCHOOL BUILDING on the first day of camp.

Pick Up: Come into the building to sign-out your child at the designated room. Only the person or persons listed on the approved pick up list may sign out your child.

Snack: Campers are to bring a snack daily. No refrigeration available.

 

Clothing: Our campers are here to have fun! Please dress your child in clothes that can get dirty. Closed toe shoes are required for all camps.

 

Lunch: Parents are responsible for providing their child/children with a lunch. No refrigeration is available. Any child enrolled in a morning and afternoon camp in the same week will be supervised in the cafeteria for lunch.

 

Behavior: Socrates Academy reserves the right to release, without refund, any camper whose behavior becomes unmanageable, as defined by the 2014 – 2015 Kindergarten through Eighth Grade Student Handbook and Discipline Policy.

 

Contact Us: We welcome your questions! Please call our office or email us at the address listed below.
For additional information:
Contact Danita Walker, Summer Camp Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 704-321-1711x137.

 

Download a registration form and sign up now!

 

 

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