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Stearns High School
International Summer Program

Stearns High School International Summer Program provides students with an incredible range of stimulating and creative activities. Our educators use an integrated curriculum approach, combining classroom instruction with real-world English speaking, reading and writing experiences that take place both indoors and outdoors. The days are educational and fun, as we provide English instruction in the morning followed by various outdoor recreation activities in the afternoon. This gives the students a perfect opportunity to apply and practice their English language skills and experience what the outdoors in Maine has to offer.

SHS International Summer Camp offers half-days of classes, occurring in the morning. 

Class Descriptions

English Language Learning - Written

Designed specifically for our international students, this course incorporates both reading and writing skills to develop your proficiency in written English. You will expand your vocabulary, study English grammar, improve your reading comprehension, and practice writing across different genres (narrative, informational, and persuasive). Varied and engaging texts will be chosen to meet your individual skills and needs. The skills in this course will help you with both classroom English and practical, everyday English. The afternoon activities will give you additional exposure to written English that will supplement the coursework for ELL-Written.

English Language Learning - Oral

This class will focus on both listening and speaking, to help you feel comfortable talking to others in English and get the most out of your conversations. With our focus on practical skills, as well as our engaging activities and games, your skills will grow rapidly. We'll continue to practice and develop your speaking and listening skills throughout the day during our trips and adventures.

Social Studies

Designed for our international students, Social Studies will focus on the history and geography of Maine. Using skills learned from our English Language Learning classes, students will be able to compare our history and geography with their own experiences back home.

Environmental Science

The lessons cover a broad scope of topics including ecology, the biosphere, land, forests and soil, water, energy and resources. 

Some of the goals of the course include: Understanding how systems in the natural world are interconnected.


The photography part of the class covers the basics of a typical Digital Single Lens Reflex type of camera.  Students will learn about the components of the camera and when to use the various settings to get the best images.  They'll also learn about design principles, such as balance, interesting lines, rule of thirds, perspective and other techniques that professionals use to capture the most intriguing photos.  They will then capture photos during their entire stay and use them in the presentations at the end of the summer program. 

SLR cameras are welcome, but not required. Cell phone cameras are acceptable.  

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Afternoon Activities

Like everything we offer at Stearns High School International Summer Camp, our afternoon activities encourage students to get out of their comfort zones and embrace new challenges. We provide opportunities for outdoor activities including relaxed sight-seeing and those looking for more adventure.


whitewater rafting


a day at the ocean

outdoor photography

ice caves hike

University of Maine tour

Maine history tour

rock climbing adventures

ropes course

basketball tournament

bonfire & s'mores

trivia night

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Monday - Friday:

8AM                     Breakfast

9AM - 11AM        Class Instruction (held on campsite or at Stearns High School)

11AM - 12PM       Lunch

12PM                    Afternoon Activity

Weekends will be open for students to enjoy free time and to allow for transportation to and from the airport.

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