Delphian School, Willamette Valley:
Founded in 1976, Delphian School is an independent, nonsectarian, co-educational day and boarding school located in Oregon's scenic Willamette Valley in the Pacific North West region of the United States. We offer residential and day summer programs at our 800-acre campus located 60 miles southwest of Portland and approximately 4 hours drive from Seattle, Washington. Boarding students for the summer program are accepted from ages 8 through 18; day students can enroll from ages 5 through 18. 4 to 6 week sessions are offered.
The purpose of Delphian School's Summer at Delphi program is to challenge young people in and out of the classroom and help them discover that their potential for success is unlimited. Overnight and day programs with personalized academics, challenging activities, sports camps, weekend trips and fun. Over 250 courses and classes are offered each summer.
Academic Enrichment Program: Delphian School's unique approach to academics provides an individually tailored program for each student as well as one-on-one assistance. Individual progress is not tied to the speed of others in the class. Students who have mastered the basics are free to advance quickly into new areas. Students can brush up in weak areas (at any level), tackle advanced subjects, or simply explore new interests. Summer at Delphi is one of the only academic summer camps to give students instruction in and personal reference books about the subject of how to study.
Delphian School is one of the only academic summer camps to give students instruction in and personal reference books about the subject of how to study. This vital instruction – missing in many school systems today – can greatly increase any student's enthusiasm for learning. As they learn these study methods, students find they are able to fully understand and apply the data they are studying in school. The result is that many students realize they can succeed in today's competitive environment and their enthusiasm for learning soars.
ESL English Program: An English-as-a- Second-Language (ESL) program is also offered. Beginning ESL students who are also interested in attending Delphian during the academic year would need to attend the full, six-week summer session and complete that program. The ESL program accepts students age 8 and above. ESL Courses available: Conversation, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Punctuation, Cursive Handwriting, Composition.
Summer Sports Camps: Delphian School offers three intensive summer sports camps in tennis, soccer or volleyball for students enrolled in our 4 or 6-week programs. Soccer and volleyball camps are taught by State-level Varsity coaches and former State-level Varsity players. Students who participate in these camps can successfully increase their skills, stamina and ability to compete. These camps replace the regular afternoon activities while they are running.
Horse Camp: We provide a week-long horse camp for students enrolled in our 4 or 6-week programs. This camp replaces afternoon activities during this week. Students will learn about basic horse care, tack and equestrian anatomy. They will learn basic arena riding and participate in a simple drill team as well as take trail rides on our 800-acre campus with experienced instructors. Space is limited.
Elementary & Middle School Weekend Adventures - for ages 8-13:
Summer weekends at Delphian School offer a variety of exciting off-campus and on-campus adventures. Highlights of our summer program are the weekend trips that can include camping, white-water rafting, canoeing, sightseeing and shopping. Some weekend trips may change each year. Weekend adventures may include:
Clackamas River Rafting & Camping:
Spend two days of exciting river rafting on the scenic Clackamas River with experienced river guides. Race and play water games with other Delphian rafts. Have fun swimming, fishing, and playing games. At night you can toast marshmallows around the fire while you camp near the river at McIver Park. On the way home stop at the East Portland Aquatic Center for swimming and fun.
4th of July Celebration:
Celebrate the 4th of July with an all-day barbeque, softball tournament and carnival. In the evening, enjoy a bonfire and a western-style barn dance.
Spend an exciting weekend in Seattle! Play all afternoon at Wild Waves Water Park where you can splash in the waterfall lagoon, tube the lazy river, zoom down water-tubes and slides, or cool off in the wave pool. Visit Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo, explore the Pacific Science Center and visit the Space Needle, where you can view Seattle and Mt. Rainier from 605 feet. Other choices of activities may include shopping or swimming.
Oregon Beach Trip:
Play sand volleyball, fly kites, explore the marine life, or just lounge or play on the beach during this all-you-can-eat, all-day barbeque trip. In the evening, an on-campus movie will be shown on a big screen.
Oregon Sand Dunes Trip:
Have fun riding up and down Oregon's amazing sand dunes in dune buggies driven by experienced guides. When you're not on the dunes, take a break to swim in a nearby lake, where you can also ride kayaks, canoes, and paddle-boats. At night, enjoy s'mores and listen to a professional storyteller around the campfire. Before heading home, spend some time on the beautiful Oregon coast, where you can fly kites, play soccer and other games on the beach.
Wave Park & Movie Trip:
Evergreen Wings & Waves Water Park features nearly 70,000 square feet of fun, including a wave pool and four world-class water slides that emerge from a Boeing 747 aircraft. After swimming, visit a local park for a pizza party and then go to a movie.
Explore the many interactive exhibits at one of the nation's top science museums, watch an OMNIMAX movie and tour the USS Blueback, the last fast-attack, diesel-powered submarine built by the U.S. Navy.
Bullwinkles Fun Center:
An exciting afternoon at Bullwinkles with activities that include an aerial ropes and obstacles course, lazer tag, go-karts, bumper boats, two miniature golf courses, rock wall, flight simulator and more!
Upper School Weekend Adventures - for ages 13.5 and up:
Here are some of the weekend adventures that we offer:
Spend an exciting weekend in Seattle! Here you will enjoy a three-hour cruise on Puget Sound with food and dancing on a privately-chartered boat, visit Seattle's famous Space Needle, attend a dinner show at the elaborate and theatrical Teatro ZinZanni, tour the Pacific Science Center and Pike Street Market, have fun at the Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum or go shopping downtown.
White Water Rafting:
Enjoy two days of exhilarating white-water rafting on the scenic Deschutes River in Central Oregon. Shoot the rapids after learning rafting skills from experienced river guides. Go swimming and fishing, race and play water games with other Delphian rafts, and camp overnight near the river. At night, watch a big-screen movie under the stars and play team challenge games at camp.
Oregon Beach Trip:
Play sand volleyball, explore the marine life, fly kites, or just lounge or play on the beach during this all-you-can-eat, all-day barbeque trip. In the evening, have a pizza party and watch an on-campus movie on a big screen.
4th of July Celebration:
Celebrate the 4th of July with a softball tournament, all-day barbeque, and carnival that will include super-soaker watergun shootouts, peddle-car and hippity-horse racing, a dunking booth, relay races, face painting and more. In the evening, enjoy a bonfire and a western-style barn dance.
Columbia Gorge Trip:
Spend a weekend in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge, where you can visit Crown Point and the spectacular Multnomah Falls. Stay in a historic lodge overlooking the gorge, where choices of activities include swimming in an outdoor pool, hiking, volleyball and more. In the evening, you will enjoy a live entertainment around the fire and a large family-style dinner.
Jet Boat & Roller Disco Night:
Go speed-boating on the beautiful Willamette River in jet boats that can do 180-degree turns in the water. The tour includes viewing scenic downtown Portland and points of interest along the river. After some shopping, have dinner and then go to Hillsboro Skate World for a retro 80's roller disco night!
Water Park & Movie:
Evergreen Wings & Waves Water Park features nearly 70,000 square feet of fun, including a wave pool and four world-class water slides that emerge from a Boeing 747 aircraft on the roof and carry the riders over the roof and into the water park below. You'll also go out for lunch and a movie.
Trampoline Dodgeball & Summer Dance:
Have an exciting and fun afternoon at Sky High Sports, where you can play dodgeball and other games in rooms with trampoline floors and walls and a foam pit for diving into. After shopping, head back to Delphi for a dance with your friends and meet students from the school's full term.
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