GRoton Accelerate Challenge Enrich (GRACE) provides an opportunity for students to use the summer after Third Form (9th grade) to accelerate their academic progress.
GRACE promotes flexibility within the Groton curriculum and ensures that all students reach their full potential in math, chemistry, English, and Latin. For some, GRACE will accelerate access to the most advanced courses; for others, it will fill a preparation gap and provide a foundation for success.
The optional four-week program prepares all GRACE Scholars for the rigors of Upper School, while also recognizing the importance of summer recreation. Each winter, current Third Formers receive information about applying to GRACE.
This year's GRACE program will run from Sunday, June 27 to Saturday, July 24, 2021.
Academic Courses and Goals
By immersing themselves in only one or two subjects at a time, GRACE Scholars can make meaningful academic progress in just four weeks. Students typically take either two A courses or one B course, although one A course plus one B course is also considered a normal load. Occasionally, two B courses may be taken, but only with special permission. Each A course meets for an hour and a half each weekday; B courses meet for three hours each weekday, plus an hour on Saturday.
During free periods, students will have opportunities to work in the art studios, theater, or fabrication lab, or to volunteer with the Epiphany School's summer program at Groton.
Move directly into AP Chemistry or AP Biology without taking Chemistry during the school year
Beyond the Classroom
In addition to enrolling in courses, students will experience a variety of fun and enriching extracurricular activities. Groton’s Dining Hall will provide all meals, and boarding students will stay in Groton dorms under the supervision of the GRACE faculty.
Weekday Recreation and Entertainment
Afternoon physical activities, such as swimming, hiking, running, canoeing, and games
Off-campus entertainment two evenings per week, including mini-golf, a trampoline park, movies and similar excursions
White water rafting, beaches, Boston Harbor islands
Acceptance into GRACE is not automatic, but rather based upon the recommendations of faculty members who assess whether each student is well suited to benefit from the course or courses in which they are interested.
Tuition & Financial Aid
The tuition listed below covers all expenses, including not only the academic program, but also meals, art courses, recreational programs, entertainment, and field trips.
2021 Boarding Tuition:
2021 Day Tuition:
Financial aid is available, in some cases exceeding levels allocated during the school year, to keep the cost of the program from preventing a student's participation in GRACE. Once students are admitted into the GRACE program in early February, parents will be contacted and given the opportunity to request financial aid.