Boarding FAQs

GirlSummer Boarding Programs FAQs

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

List of 9 frequently asked questions.

  • 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: 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 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 weekend activities.
     
    Parents may choose to add an additional $100 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), curriculum supplies and classroom instruction, structured afternoon and evening activities, and weekend activities.
     
    Parents may choose to add an additional $100 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 Take the Stage
    The price includes room and board (3 meals a day and snacks), curriculum supplies and classroom instruction, structured afternoon and evening activities, and weekend activities.
     
    Parents may choose to add an additional $100 to tuition to be used for personal spending money while their daughter is at the program. Any unspent money will be returned.
  • 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 health center immediately upon arrival.
     
    You may bring your cellphone and/or computer; and these devices must be kept off and away from 8am-8pm. 
     
    All campers enrolled in ELL are required to provide their own computer or tablet. 
     
    All boarding campers will receive login credentials and wi-fi access
     
  • Q: What will I be doing outside of class and electives?

    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: 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 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. Additionally, we have contracted with a pediatric group to assist us with questions, minor ailments, and emergencies.
  • 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, 2020. If written notice is received on or before April 1, 2020 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, 2020, you will forfeit 50% of the total program tuition and any optional fees paid.
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