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SPHERE Summer Program

180 Bloomfield Avenue, Hartford, CT 06105


  • Academic Enrichment
  • Art
  • Computers
  • Creative Writing
  • Educational Activities
  • Environmental Learning
  • Field Trips
  • Games
  • Health and Wellness
  • Science Activities

Ages Served:

6–10 years old

Areas Served:

Hartford and East Hartford residents; students who attend Hartford schools

Program Length:

5-6 weeks

Start Date:

June 26, 2023

End Date:

July 28, 2023

Hours of Operation:

8:30 am – 3:30 pm


Free. There is a $65 registration fee for the first child and $40 for each additional child.

SPHERE serves students entering 1st through 5th grades. The Program successfully integrates personalized hands-on education with enriching summertime recreation. The main goal of SPHERE is to extend learning beyond June and prepare students for September in a caring, fun, and creative environment.

To Register:

How to register please visit https://watkinson.org/sphere/

For more information contact, Courtney Massenberg, Director of SPHERE, [email protected], 860-236-5618 ext. 156


April 28, 2023

More about our camp:

Watkinson opened its doors to SPHERE 47 years ago and continues to support this critical summer program for Hartford and East Hartford students.  Watkinson provides in-kind support with the use of facilities, postage, marketing, technology support, grant-writing resources, website content, printing, directors non-summer salary, and food service labor costs that includes providing each student with two daily snacks and nutritious lunch. 

SPHERE is a five week program for students from 1st to 5th grade and is geared toward students who are below grade level but are not mandated by the state to attend summer school. 

SPHERE objectives include:

  1. Teach, strengthen and reinforce math, literacy and technology skills;
  2. Integrate fun-filled summertime activities, hands-on learning and academics;
  3. Demonstrate that learning can be achieved through creative and recreational activities;
  4. Develop in students the passion to learn;
  5. Allow students to take academic and social risks in a supportive and safe environment;
  6. Provide students with one-on-one teaching, which is often missed in the regular academic year;
  7. Present students with strategies to balance academic and social commitments.

Students are grouped according to grade level and participate in academic classes that are comparable with the Common Core State Standards; focusing on literacy, math and technology.  Academic classes are 55 minutes each and include hands-on activities, group discussion, research, group work and short assessments to check for academic progress.  The afternoon activities focus on art, recreation, parent run activities, field trips, and presentations.  The goal is to help curb students’ summer learning loss by reinforcing basic skills, providing additional support and opportunities.  With the support of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, students will be able to learn and utilize new strategies to balance academic and social commitments that await them in the upcoming school year.

SPHERE Summer Program is Summer School Compatible.