One week, M-F, 3hrs a day. AM classes run 9am-12pm, and PM classes run 1pm-4pm.
Nerds arrive at class and are greeted by their teachers and new friends. There are daily lessons on the topic with real world connections and hands on projects. We take a 10-15min recess break half-way through class. Usually stepping outside for a snack. In class, we focus more on doing than lecturing. Our classes are an enjoyable mix of presentation and tactile activities.
We have had many nerds take classes multiple times. Curriculum may have minor changes from year to year, but taking a class more than once does have benefits. Nerds can continue to improve upon their skills or projects, and really solidify their knowledge. Since all of our teachers are certified, they have experience differentiating instruction to meet the needs of all learners.
Each class will have a 15min recess break so bring a snack and water bottle. If kiddos are attending an AM and PM class, they also get a lunch break to eat, socialize, and relax.
The last day to register your kiddo for a class (or classes) is 1 week before the start of each class. After that, the class will be closed for enrollment so we can get final rosters prepared. We usually sell out long before that, so register soon!
Each location has it’s own procedures. The locations page will show you are current summer locations. At Desert Sun – for Mini Nerds (grades K-1) and the Little Nerds (grades 2-3), parents will park and walk their nerds into class and sign them in. Same procedure for pick up. For the Big Nerds (grades 4-7), parents walk them to the classroom on the first day of class, but after the first day, you can allow your big nerds to sign themselves in. At Eduprize – First day walk them into the classroom. Other days, you can drop them at the curb in front of the entrance. For pickup you will need to park and come in to get them. We of course can make special arrangements for any special needs you might have for drop-off and pick-up.
If you are running late, please call us at 833-NERDING. Also note, we do not offer before or after care.
Our classes are five days, M-F. The last 40min of the last day is our Family Event where parents and families can come see what their nerds have learned and/or made during the class. Our short weeks are Week 1 Memorial Day week which is 4 days long, and usually 4th of July week which varies.
Max is 20 nerds, with a 10:1 student to teacher ratio. Some classes we limit to 16 or 18 total nerds.
We take a short recess break during class. We abide by the AZDHS heat alerts and safety guidelines for schools. We check the weather and we may take recess breaks inside or outside depending on the scorching sun. Luckily, Desert Sun has many shade structures, trees, and misters, and staff carrying chilled spray bottles to cool off the kiddos!) to make outdoor time more reasonable in the AZ summer. Some classes may also go outside for short activities, i.e. filming a scene, launching a rocket, or searching for an escaped dinosaur! Eduprize has a large inside gym for breaks and lunch. Yay AC!
The last 40min of class on Friday, we have the Friday Family Event where parents and family are invited to come see what the kiddos have learned and/or made during the week. We don’t have parents in during class unless they have set up with the teacher in advance to help with a specific project.
We do not.mWe are not a child care facility nor have the license to do so. Please drop off your nerd no more than 10min before class and pick up on time. Of course call us at 833-NERDING if you are running late. Our day runs 9am-4pm. You can sign up for an AM class 9am-Noon, and a PM class 1-4pm to have your nerd attend all day. Lunch is supervised by our staff from noon-1:00pm so bring a lunch!
Of course not. We offer classes a la carte style. Classes are week long, M-F, 9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm. So pick what works for you! AM or PM. If you want your kiddo to attend all day, register for an AM and a PM class and they can stay through lunch, be sure to pack one for them! Please note holiday weeks, like Memorial Day and 4th of July, are shortened weeks.