SPHERE Program for Hartford Youth

Mission and Goals
SPHERE successfully integrates fun-filled summertime activities with educational hands on activities and classroom academics. The goal of SPHERE is to help students discover that learning can be achieved through varied creative and recreational activities. Our small classes provide special attention and time to explore areas of interest. SPHERE provides an environment with supportive and personalized instruction that prepares the student for the upcoming school year.

About the Program
SPHERE is a non-profit, five-week program for 80 Hartford youth entering grades 1-5. The program runs from June 27th-Aug 2nd (SPHERE will be closed on July 4th and 5th). The day runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with morning/afternoons snack, including lunch. SPHERE classes are aligned with the Common Core State Standards covering literacy, math, science, reading, art, physical education and computers. 

Special Activities:
  • Sprinklers on Fridays
  • SPHERE Olympics
  • Trip to Connecticut Science Center and Children's Museum
  • Trip to Bushnell Carousel with a fun picnic
  • Weekly trips to 4-H Education Center at Auerfarm
  • Special Guest Readers and scientist from Watkinson School
  • Parent volunteer opportunities to share special passions/talents
  • And other surprises

Students are grouped according to grade level. Counselors and CIT’s (counselors-in-training) are assigned to each group and stay with that group for the duration of the summer program. This creates a setting for the students to take risks in a safe learning environment. The staff provides in-class assistance, encouragement, guidance and redirection to the students.

How to Apply
A downloadable version of the SPHERE application is available on this page. Application materials are also available upon request by emailing sphere@watkinson.org or by calling: 860-236-5618 ext. 156. 

Returning students get priority and applications are due March 10, 2019. If open spaces are available after that date, new students are accepted on a first come first serve basis until May 22nd. Only completed application packets will be considered. The application must include: teacher recommendation and medical forms all of which can be downloaded from this page. The family must also provide a non-refundable $60.00 money order registration fee for the first child and $40.00 each additional child and a copy of a utility bill  to prove residency in Hartford. No personal checks or cash will be accepted.

For more information please feel free to contact sphere@watkinson.org or 860-236-5618 ext 156.
Employment Opportunities: We are looking for teachers and counselors who enjoy working with youth and are energetic and creative to join our staff this summer 2019. If you are interested in a teaching position,
click here  to read about our Sphere Teaching opportunities.

If you have any questions, please email sphere@watkinson.org.

Donations: In kind contributions are much needed such as office supplies, arts & crafts, sports equipment, healthy snacks. Some of the items on our wish list include, jump ropes, basketballs, footballs, Nerf balls, kick balls, 1-5th grade reading books, board games, pencils, notebooks, erasers, crayons, markers, writing paper, glue, paint, sidewalk chalk.