Summer Portals returns to on-campus programming in 2022!

Hotchkiss Summer Portals is excited to welcome you back to our campus in 2022! Our residential programming runs from July 3 through July 31 in two, two-week academic sessions. Students typically enroll in two courses, one course per session, and stay for the entirety of our 4-week program, though students may elect to participate in a single two-week session. Each day students are immersed in their academic course after which they enjoy a range of afternoon and evening activities such as intramural soccer, hiking, swimming or bonfires at Fairfield Farm. Our picturesque 800-acre campus serves as both classroom and playground for Summer Portals students. Course offerings and dates as well as course descriptions and tuition information are detailed below. Tuition is all inclusive of room, board, course expenses, most on and off campus activities, and technology and health center fees.

2022 Programs Overview

Cultivate your passion.

Spend each day immersed learning something that excites you — the arts, science, literature, or debate — and find new friends who are just as passionate and curious as you are.

Hotchkiss Summer Portals offers middle and high-school age students the opportunity to hone a talent or try something new while experiencing the unique learning community that is Hotchkiss. In each two-week session, our dedicated faculty members share their expertise and passion with students from all over the world. 

The school year may end, but the learning continues at Summer Portals. Whether you are a budding scientist, have the discerning eye of an artist or the desire to refine your voice as a writer, we hope you will join us and explore your interests.



Our Programs

Environmental Science

Get in touch with nature in our Environmental Science course, a field-based program that introduces students to the fundamentals and offers hands-on experience through an advanced practicum. You'll study the ecosystems of the local area near our beautiful summer school in Connecticut. Learn More

Equity Is the Work

Over the past few years, “diversity”, “equity”, and “inclusion” have become popular buzzwords, but what do they mean and how do they play a role in schools? This portal aims to provide the foundational tools for students to have a deeper understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion within educational institutions. Learn More


Are you curious about the past? Love engaging in critical thinking? Drawn to the idea of investigative learning? You may very well enjoy Thinking Like a Historian! Learn More

Leadership Program

The Gardner Carney Leadership Academy (The gcLi Leadership Academy) is a two-week program designed to develop your leadership skills and capacities so you can better serve others, from your home school to the global stage. Learn More

Not offered in 2022

Physics of Sound

This combination physics course and hands-on guitar building course will teach students the physics of the guitar; vibrations and waves, resonance, electromagnetism, and electric circuits through experiment, and apply that knowledge to design and build a high quality electric guitar and battery-powered amplifier. Learn More

Piano Program

Young pianists thrive during our intensive Piano program, which provides a unique opportunity to practice and learn under the tutelage of renowned teachers. It's the perfect opportunity to deep-dive into your craft and culminates with the chance to perform in front of a live audience at the world class facility. Learn More


In this two-week program students will learn to use the VEX V5 robotics system and necessary programming language to build and program micro-controlled robots that respond to their environments by interpreting sensory data. Learn More

Speech & Debate

Our Speech and Debate Summer Portal brings your debating skills to the next level. You'll participate in ample public speaking opportunities and hone your argumentation skills. Learn More

Structural Engineering - Race Car Design

Race Car Design introduces students to the fundamentals of engineering design and simulation by developing a model of a race car. The setting for the class is the School’s Class of 2017 EFX Laboratory, our cutting-edge engineering and fabrication space. Learn More

Studio Art - Drawing the Observed World

This instructive and scaffolded course will introduce students to the fundamentals of observational drawing. Using still life, interior spaces, landscape and the figure, students will learn how to create the illusion of depth, manipulate perspective, and develop value contrast and volume. Learn More


"It was only in the theatre that I lived.” So says one of Oscar Wilde’s characters as she reflects upon the thrill of the stage. The Hotchkiss Theatre Program seeks to cultivate theatrical skills that will prove equally valuable in life, namely personal discipline, awareness, and creativity. Learn More

Writers & Writing

This Portal will focus on both academic writing and the personal writing students might do as independent authors. Through close reading of non-fiction, poetry, and short fiction, as well as daily freewriting, discussions, and revision work, we will consider writing as a series of decisions and choices that follows inspiration. Learn More

An International Student Body

Students from across the globe apply to our Connecticut summer program. Whether you're a current Hotchkiss student or hail from the other side of the world, there's a place for you here. Students have the chance to learn alongside peers from different backgrounds and nationalities. There's no better way to develop strong friendships with fellow students from around the world!

Learn by living in a community of friends:

  • Take part in a wide range of activities
  • Experience dorm life with the support of caring and fun teachers and advisors
  • Make new friends
  • Enjoy the lakes, trails, and woods of the Berkshire-Taconic landscape

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Where are Portals students from? All over the world....

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