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How old do you have to be to attend Magischola Prep?
For this summer, Magischola Prep is open to students entering grades six through twelve. So if you’re going to be in middle school or high school (or their equivalents) in the Fall of 2017, that means you!
What are the dates for Magischola Prep?
July 23rd-29th, 2017. For all students going into 6th grade through 12th grade. Students will be separated into age-similar groups.
Where is Magischola Prep held?
We’re thrilled to be playing on the beautiful campus of Swarthmore College, just outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Swarthmore’s campus mixes classical castle-like dorms with modern classroom buildings, has a world-class dining hall, and is a quick train ride from downtown Philadelphia. The school borders on the beautiful Crum Woods, with plenty of trails to adventure down, clearings for rituals, and stone ruins to explore.
Where will students be housed?
Students will live in Swarthmore’s dorm buildings, in double and triple occupancy rooms. The dorms are equipped with comfortable modern beds, but do not include linens. Students should bring their own linens or sleeping bags and pillows.
Who is supervising students at the camp?
Students will be supervised at all times by our staff of Counselors and Professors, who are trained in safety, emotional wellness, and conflict resolution. We’ll also have medical staff on hand to handle medication and deal with emergencies, as well as having access to Swarthmore’s full-time public safety and wellness staff.
What will students eat at the camp?
Students will eat in Swarthmore’s world-class dining hall, which includes vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options, and is happy to prepare alternative options for students with specific allergies. Snacks will also be available in the evenings in the common rooms.
How does club membership work?
Each student has a recommended club as part of their character sheet, but those assignments are not at all binding. Club attendance is optional, and students are free to join other clubs, or even attend the meeting of a different club every evening!
What skills will my child learn by attending Magischola Prep?
The exact curriculum is still in development, but our aim is to use each magical subject as a framework to teach skills with applications in the real world. For example, students will learn real linguistics in their rune lore classes, practical first aid in their healing classes, and good gardening in herbology. The ethics class forms the backbone of the curriculum, and ethical questions appear in some form in every class. We’re firm believers in using storytelling and fantasy play to teach complex ideas and how to approach problems that don’t have easy answers.
Studies have shown that roleplaying is a powerful tool to build empathy. Magischola Prep is designed to foster that both during class and outside the classroom. Students will be given tools to practice understanding, work on emotional processing, and interpersonal troubleshooting. In our experience, these kinds of skills often emerge organically, and our staff are trained to foster and encourage that development as it occurs. In our experience, roleplaying and fantasy play builds tools not just to deal with crises but to deal with the realities of life in an ever-changing world.