Frequently Asked Questions

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

What is STEM?
STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. STEM is widely considered to be increasingly important in K-12 education.

How is i2 different from other STEM programs?
i2 offers hands-on, weeklong courses covering broad-based STEM topics. While other programs are focused on one element of STEM, such as computer programming or mathematics, i2 provides a wide range of disciplines across STEM, including engineering, robotics, environmental science and more. Our project-based courses are inherently interdisciplinary and team-building, requiring unconventional thinking and a willingness to take risks to complete projects.

 

REGISTRATION & PAYMENT

How do I enroll?
Click the enroll button from the location you are interested in to begin registration. Location-specific information is available here. If you have any questions about courses or enrollment, please call or email the location you are interested in.

How much does the program cost?
Prices vary by location. Please check your location for details.

When is payment due?
Typically a deposit per week is required at registration and full payment is due May 27. The deposit amount and timing may vary by location, please check your location for details.

For Marymount, UNIS, Greenwich Academy, Roxbury Latin and Phliip’s Academy: A deposit of $250 per week is required at registration and full payment is due June 1.

What is your cancellation policy?
Cancellation policies vary by location. Please check your location for details. Additionally, program fees are not refunded or prorated for days missed due to illness or injury.

For Marymount, UNIS, Greenwich Academy, Roxbury Latin and Phliip’s Academy: Cancellations made before May 1 are eligible for a full refund less a $100 administrative fee per course. Cancellations made after May 1 are not eligible for a refund. Fees are not refunded or prorated for days missed due to illness or injury.

Are expenses for a summer program tax deductible?
Yes, the The Child and Dependent Care Credit is available for expenses incurred during the summer and throughout the rest of the year. Here are a few facts the IRS wants you to know about a tax credit available for child care expenses.

1. The cost of day program may count as an expense towards the child and dependent care credit.
2. Expenses for overnight camps do not qualify.
3. The credit can be up to 35 percent of your qualifying expenses, depending on your income.You may use up to $3,000 of the unreimbursed expenses paid in a year for one qualifying individual or $6,000 for two or more qualifying individuals to figure the credit. For more information, please review this page.

What is your tax ID number?
i2’s tax ID number is 90-0973965.

For Marymount, UNIS, Greenwich Academy, Roxbury Latin and Phliip’s Academy: Use this tax ID when filing for reimbursement for dependent care. For other locations, please contact your specific location directly.

What forms do I need to fill out, where can I find them and how do I submit them?
After registering your child you will receive instructions on how to submit forms required by that location.

For Marymount, UNIS, Greenwich Academy, and Roxbury Latin, forms can be found in the Forms & Documents section of your account: https://i2camp.campintouch.com/v2/login/login.aspx?

Is financial aid available to help cover the cost of tuition?
Please check your location to see if financial aid is offered.

 

PROGRAM DETAILS

What does a typical day look like?
The day begins at 9am and ends at 4pm.

Program participants spend most of the day in their courses, which is broken up into a morning session from 9:00-11:45 and an afternoon session from 1:45-4:00. They break for lunch, recess and a daily all-hands activity at 11:45.  All-hands activities include engineering challenges, outside speakers from various STEM disciplines and a weekly i2 Parent Showcase.

There is a snack break during both course sessions.

What is the policy for early drop off and late pick up?
Please check your location to see if early drop off and late pick up is offered.

For Marymount, UNIS, Greenwich Academy, and Roxbury Latin early drop off is available starting at 8am and late pick up is available until 4:30. The cost for one of both extended day options is $75/week per family.

What are i2’s age requirements?

Junior Campers will be ages 9-10 by July 1, 2017.
(Born between: 7/2/2006 - 7/1/2008)

Senior Campers will be 11-13 by July 1, 2017
(Born between: 7/2/2003 - 7/1/2006)

Where are i2 programs held?
i2 programs are held at leading schools around the country. A full list of i2 locations is available here

 

Can my child bring an iPod, iPad or other electronic devices to use in class?
We encourage participants to leave electronic devices at home. If a course requires a laptop or tablet, i2 will provide it to participants.

What should my child bring to i2 each day?
Everything your child needs for i2 courses is provided for, from arduinos to sheep brains to notebooks, pencils, scissors and tape. Participants can bring a refillable water bottle if they want to keep one in the classroom.

Do you intend to have field trips?
Most courses do not include field trips. If a field trip is part of a course, parents will be told in advance.

Do you provide transportation for participants? What about carpool options?
Transportation is not provided. In past years, parents have coordinated carpools among themselves. i2 is unaffiliated with these carpools, and all transportation to and from i2 is the responsibility of each participant’s parent or guardian.

Do you accept international students?
Yes. i2 is happy to accept students within a course’s grade range from anywhere in the world. i2 courses are conducted in English, a proficiency in English is required. i2 is not responsible for travel, accommodations or any other arrangements associated with traveling to the program.

Does i2 include athletics?
Athletic programs are not included in i2’s programs, but time is allotted for daily recess around lunch time.

 

COURSE DETAILS

What is your student/teacher ratio? How many participants are in each class?
i2 is committed to a personalized learning experience with a low student/teacher ratio of no greater than 7:1. Courses are capped at 20 participants.

Where do your staff and faculty come from?
Our staff and faculty are dedicated to and passionate about STEM and education. They come from our host locations, several of our curriculum partners and other top schools in each of our locations.

Are there evaluations? Can participants receive school credit?
No and no. Kids are here to have fun. We’re evaluated positively if our participants leave with smile on their faces, are more excited about STEM, and come back again the following year.

Are there quizzes, grades, or homework?
No, no, and no. Participants may do work at home after the course day is over, but that is only if they want to.

My child is in a gifted program. Will i2 programs be too easy for her/him?
Though i2 courses are designed to be accessible to most students, i2’s offerings naturally attract inquisitive children who enjoy learning. Our low student/teacher ratio allows our teachers to provide individual attention and customized lessons to ensure that every child is engaged and learning.

My child has no background in the course topic. Will her/his course be too challenging?
Our courses assume no background in specific topic areas. As stated above, our low student/teacher ratio allows our teachers to provide individual attention and customized lessons to ensure that every child is engaged and learning.

 

MEALS & MEDICAL

What meals are included? Is it possible to get a special meal? How do you deal with food allergies?
Meals may or may not be provided depending on the location. Please check your location for details. Food allergies and or special meal requests should be coordinated with the Program Director.

What is your medical policy?
For your child’s safety and the safety of all participants, we require full disclosure of all pertinent medical information, including allergies, medical history and a physician contact. All required information is detailed in our full Medical Policy.