Summer Academics

Parents and students choose the Hargrave summer experience because Hargrave’s summer program is built on the same character-building standards as our academic year with academic opportunities and resources tailored to fit the four-week summer term. A summer boarding student must fill two academic blocks each day.


A student taking a "new" high school one-credit course (a course that he has not attempted during his regular academic year) will fill both academic blocks with that course. This provides for 157.50 teacher contact hours of instruction at Hargrave. Only one full credit course may be taken during the summer term. A "new" half-credit course fills a single academic block and may be taken in conjunction with a repeat course or another "new" half credit course.


A "repeat" one-credit course (an academic course the student has previously attempted) fills a single academic block. A single academic block provides for 78.75 teacher contact hours of instruction during the twenty-one day academic program for repeat and half-credit courses. A summer cadet may take up to two repeat or recovery courses during the summer.

All middle school courses fill one academic block. Middle school student may attempt high school credit courses if he meets the course prerequisites. Please contact the Academic Dean for more details.

How to Study Program

All courses incorporate the presentation and reinforcement of Hargrave's How to Study program. All courses require daily homework that will be completed in a supervised evening study hall monitored by Hargrave faculty. Please reference the Daily Schedule to get a better idea of the activities in a typical summer school day.


Academic courses provided by Hargrave's summer school and camp are fully accredited by both the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools - Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI) via AdvancED and the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS). AdvancED includes over 6,000 private U.S. schools in its network. VAIS reviews and accredits private schools in Virginia.

Given our accreditation most credits will transfer to both public and private academic institutions. If you have any questions, please contact our Academic Dean. He can work with you to resolve any issues.