Ask DPS: Making plans for summer camps

Mar. 11, 2014 @ 09:08 AM

This month we have answers to questions on a range of topics including summer programs and preparing for high school. 
Q: As tired as I am of winter, I’m already making plans for summer. What camps or programs are provided by DPS?
A: Many providers offer summer activities and camps across Durham County, including the DPS Community Education. Among our programming, we are excited to provide STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) camps for elementary and middle school students. There will be a seven-and-a-half-week camp from June 16 through Aug. 8 at Eno Valley, Hope Valley, Oak Grove and Southwest elementary schools with hands-on science activities, robotics, math activities, field trips and weekly swim sessions. From June 16 through July 5, Neal Middle School will host the Start Your Engines themed summer camp that uses the “Ten80 Racing Challenge” curriculum, part of the NASCAR STEM Initiative.
DPS will also offer weeklong summer programs such as the Legal Eagle Law Camp co-sponsored by the N.C. Central University School of Law and a CSI: Rookie Training Camp where students assume the role of forensic scientists.
For information about these camps, contact our Community Education Department by calling (919) 560-3816 or visit its website:
Q: This is my child’s last year of middle school. How can we prepare for high school?
A: You’ve been through one huge transition already, from elementary to middle school, so you already have an idea of the sorts of changes ahead. One thing to keep in mind about high school is that making a four-year plan — for example, what electives to take and when — can help your child stay on track to graduate on time prepared for life after high school.
Our High School 101 event on Saturday will help you and your child learn all of the nuts and bolts: registering for classes, graduation requirements, general strategies for success and specific interest areas such as athletic eligibility, driver’s education, fine arts and career-technical education opportunities and student services. We hope you will join us from 9 a.m. to noon at Riverside High School, 3218 Rose of Sharon Road. You can register online at and call the High School Area Office at (919) 560-2550 if you have any questions.
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