Boarding FAQs

GirlSummer Boarding Programs FAQs

Check out our answers to the most frequently asked questions about the Girlsummer boarding program.

List of 23 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: What is the campus like?

    Emma Willard School is located on a historic campus comprised of 23 buildings on 137 acres of land. The classrooms are spacious, well-lit, equipped with audio/visual equipment and comfortable seating. There is internet access throughout the entire campus.

    There is an athletic facility on campus with a large gym and indoor pool. The campus has soccer fields, baseball fields, track, and tennis courts. There is a student café, store, spacious library, dance studios and a work out gym available.
  • Q: What does the tuition cover?

    Girlsummer Boarding Explorer
    The price includes room and board (3 meals a day and snacks), curriculum supplies and classroom instruction, structured afternoon and evening activities, and on campus activities and local off campus excusions. Girls will need to have personal spending money for meals off campus, souvenirs, and incidentals which can be purchased at the school store or nearby.

    Parents may choose to add an additional $250 to tuition to be used for personal spending money while their daughter is at the program. Any unspent money will be returned.


    Girlsummer English Language and Leadership
    The price includes room and board (3 meals a day and snacks), healthcare, curriculum supplies and classroom instruction, structured afternoon and evening activities, on campus activieis, and local off campus excursions. Girls will need to have personal spending money for meals off campus, souvenirs, and incidentals which can be purchased at the school store or nearby.

    Parents may choose to add an additional $250 to tuition to be used for personal spending money while their daughter is at the program. Any unspent money will be returned.


    Girlsummer Writer's Retreat and Tennis Institute
    The price includes room and board (3 meals a day and snacks), curriculum supplies and classroom instruction, structured afternoon and evening activities, on campus activities and local off campus excursions. Girls will need to have personal spending money for meals off campus, souvenirs, and incidentals which can be purchased at the school store or nearby.

    Parents may choose to add an additional $250 to tuition to be used for personal spending money while their daughter is at the program. Any unspent money will be returned.
  • Q: Summer Program Payment Methods

    A 50% deposit is due when submitting the summer program registration form. The remaining balance is due on April 1. We accept credit card and wire transfer only.

    English Immersion registrants must pay in full to complete registration.

    Credit Card:
    Credit cards are accepted when registering/applying using our online application.

    International Payments:
    Families without a U.S. bank account can pay online using Flywire by peerTransfer. Flywire peerTransfer allows international families to pay securely from any country and any bank, generally in their home currency.
  • Q: What is the focus of learning outside of the classroom? (English Language and Leadership Program)

    We believe that the English learning that happens outside of the classroom is just as important as what happens in the classroom.
    • Students are encouraged to speak English during the program.
    • Evening activities are used as opportunities to conduct conversations, play games, and interact in English.
    • Frequent outings encourage students to independently interact with their surroundings — making purchases in shops, ordering food, talking and listening in restaurants.
    • Conversation with residential faculty and student leaders occurs on a nightly basis through both formal and informal conversation.
    • Students are placed with roomates who are different nationalities, including girls from the US, to encourage using English in the dormatories as well.
  • Q: What is the focus of the classes? (English Language and Leadership Program)

    When students arrive, they are assessed in the four skills of reading, listening, speaking, and writing and placed into the proper level. The program uses a multi-disciplinary program focused on improving English listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills. Our classes focus on daily conversational American English. We prepare students for their stay in the US by role playing situations they will then practice in the community such as ordering off a menu or asking directions. Teachers will spend time introducing vocabulary related to the excursions that we will go on each week. All students will be given a progress report detailing their work and their experience at the end of the program.
  • Q: What is the teacher-student ratio?

    On average, the classes do not exceed twelve students. Emma Willard staff members are always present, in the residence halls, servery, and every scheduled activity. In addition, current and former Emma Willard alumnae and current faculty are hired as Resident Advisors and Program Assistants who interact with students during meals, evenings, weekend activities and in the dormitories.
  • Q: What is the number of students in the camp?

    We have kept the program intentionally small in order to ensure that each student gets their academic and social needs met. The program is scaled to provide flexibility to provide individualized attention to each student. We also strive for a balance between international and US students to encourage language and cultural exchange.
  • Q: Is the campus safe?

    Yes, the all girl campus is very safe. Campus security patrols campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Emma Willard staff are always present in the residence hall, servery, and at all activities. The campus is located on a secure, gated residential area.
  • Q: What are the dormitory halls like?

    The dorms have single and double rooms with beds, desks, and wardrobes or dressers as well as alcoves with kitchenettes. There are free laundry facilities in the dorm as well.

    Each hall has hallway bathroom facilities, including individual shower stalls.

    The dormitories are equipped with wireless internet; students are required to bring notebook computers (not iPads).

    Additional computers are also available in many parts of the campus.
  • Q: What about my cell phone? When will I be able to talk to my parents and friends?

    Of course, bring your cell phone; it is important to be in touch with family and friends. We do insist that while you are engaged in your day, you keep your cell phone on silent so you can be fully immersed and engaged. A great time to call home or facetime is after lunch or in the evening. If your cell phone proves to be too distracting for you, we will keep your cell phone safe while you go about your day mindfully.
  • Q: Will my computer work?

    Yes, all campers will receive log-in credentials and wi-fi access.
  • Q: What will I be doing when I am not in class?

    After school activities are structured such that the students will have an opportunity to interact and build friendships in an informal setting. Each afternoon features an assortment of options, including movement classes (yoga, tennis, swimming, and other sports), as well as opportunities to participate in art, music, and cultural exploration experiences. Additionally, girls have the opportunity to go off campus with program staff to explore local shops.
  • Q: What should I bring?

    We will provide linens, pillows, and towels. You should bring personal items, toiletries, and clothes. A suggested list of items will be made available to you. Local shopping will be available for any additional items needed.

    Any medications must be given to the resident faculty immediately upon arrival.
  • Q: What is the visa process?

    International students should go to the US embassy or visa-granting authority in their home country and apply for the appropriate travel/tourist visa. Emma Willard School will provide an official letter of acceptance to use when applying. All students must notify the school of their specific travel plans as soon as possible after being accepted.
  • Q: What if I need to travel as an unaccompanied minor?

    Countries have a variety of requirements regarding the age a student can travel independently. If you find that your country requires that you must travel as an unaccompanied minor (UAM)* you will need to contact the school before May 1 with your travel plans. The unaccompanied minor must arrive and depart from Albany International Airport.

    *An unaccompanied minor is a child without the presence of a legal guardian. This term is used in immigration law and in airline policies. The specific definition varies from country to country and from airline to airline.
  • Q: How can I apply for the camp?

    You may apply for camp starting December 6, 2018.

    The Director of GirlSummer will issue an confirmation letter to take with you when going for a US travel visa. After the flight is reserved, tell the director when the student(s) will be arriving and if they need transportation.
  • Q: Where do we select Activity Preferences?

    Once enrolled for camp you can log into CampInTouch to make your activity selections.

    Campers choose a minimum of eight classes. Girls in the GirlSummer Explore program will be given five classes total, which they will attend each day for two weeks. Girls in the GirlSummer English Immersion or Writer's Retreat programs will attend two electives in the afternoon each day.
  • Q: What is your cancellation policy?

    An enrolled camper/student may only be withdrawn upon written notice received by the school if such notice is received on or before April 1, 2019. If written notice is received on or before April 1, 2019 you will receive a full refund of the program tuition and additional options minus a $200 processing fee. If you decide to cancel your daughter’s enrollment/application in writing after April 1, 2019, you will forfeit 50% of the total program tuition and any optional fees paid.
  • Q: How should I go about getting health insurance?

    Out of concern for the health and welfare of all our campers/students, Emma Willard School requires that every camper/student be covered by a comprehensive injury and sickness plan, one that meets the high cost of medical services and is accepted by local providers and practitioners.

    International* (only) campers/students will be automatically enrolled and covered by a school sponsored health insurance plan as part of the cost of the summer program.

    Other participants must provide proof of health insurance including a copy of their insurance card.

    *An international camper/student is defined as a non-US citizen or a US Citizen that is living abroad.

    Please note that our health center will not accept medical insurance policies issued in a foreign country or from a company outside the United States.
  • Q: What medical forms and immunizations does Emma Willard require?

    As required by the State of New York, every student must submit a physicians certificate that documents the date the student received the required vaccines. Medical enrollment forms and immunization requirements will be available online. Forms must be downloaded and completed by parents and physcian by June 1.

    Once enrolled, please log into CampInTouch to complete all required medical and non-medical forms.
  • Q: What if I get sick while I am at the school?

    The school has a Health and Wellness Center that is staffed by nurses on site or on call at all times. There is administrative back up as well. Additionally, we have contracted with a pediatric group to assist us with questions, minor ailments and emergencies.
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