Adventures In Learning

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    Welcome to Adventures in Learning (AIL) 2021 Summer Program 

    Registration opens for Winnetka residents at 12pm, Thursday March 25th, 2021. Click here to register for Adventures In Learning.

    Please click here for the Registration Guide.

    We are excited to welcome campers back to in-person Adventures in Learning! This summer the structure of the program has been modified as we continue to navigate the impact of COVID--19 and  prioritize the health and safety of our campers, families and staff.  The in-person program options presented adhere to the District’s current mitigation plan and successful student cohort and pod framework. 

    Program Dates: AIL will run for 5-weeks beginning  June 14, 2021 - July 16, 2021. 

    Primary Program held at Crow Island School

    Grades: PreK-1
    Times: 8:35 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

    General Program held at Washburne School

    Grades: 2-8
    Time: 8:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

    Primary Program Information

    The Primary Program provides stimulating activities for children Pre-K (4 years old by June 1st, 2021) and K - 1st Grade (5 years old by September 1st, 2021). These activities are carefully chosen by the professional staff to encourage growth in all areas of development. Activities are constructed in a child-centered environment and arranged around the needs of the group. Certified teachers structure a fun-filled day centered on read alouds, art projects, outdoor activities, math readiness activities and social interactions. The students look forward to the engaging activities, water play on the hot summer days, and meeting new friends. A certified teacher and one assistant teach each classroom. Each primary student is assigned to a classroom for the duration of the program.

    The Primary Program will be housed at Crow Island, 1112 Willow Road, Winnetka. The program is held Monday - Friday, beginning at 8:35 a.m. and ending at 11:30 a.m.

    A welcome email message will be sent in June and will include instructions about Crow Island use, parking, and teacher assignment. Please use your preferred email address when registering your child, as the welcome materials are no longer mailed.

    General Program Information

    The General Program is designed for students entering 2nd grade through 8th grade and will be held at the Carleton Washburne School. To protect the health and safety of our students and staff and minimize the need for cohort quarantines, up to 4 distinct courses will be grouped together to create a “pod.” This is a change from our typical program structure where students select individual 40 minute classes. Implementing this change allows for cohorts of students to remain intact and thus limits COVID-19 exposure while minimizing the need for and impact of exposure creating large-scale quarantines that would significantly impede a successful AIL experience.  Campers will still enjoy moving between classes, however, they will do so as a cohort of 10 (note; this cap of 10 students is subject to change based on updated guidelines provided  from CDC and ILDPH).  

    The program offers a wide variety of Pods and courses that can be viewed at http://winnetka/ A welcome email message will be sent in June and will include instructions about The Carleton Washburne School use, parking, and classroom assignment. Please use your preferred email address when registering your child, as the welcome materials are no longer mailed.


    Online registration is anticipated to be opened March 25th at 12:00 p.m. for residents. 


    The fee for the 5- week program is $650 for residents and $750 for non-residents. If space permits, non-resident registration will begin April 15th.

    Tuition in full is paid online at the time of registration.

    Refund Policy

    There is a non-refundable deposit of $75.  TUITION FEES WILL NOT BE REFUNDED AFTER THE START OF THE PROGRAM.

    A fee adjustment for students recommended to participate in a Summer Support Math and/or Reading/Language Arts Course will be provided if the course is taken during Adventures Program hours.


    Transportation is not provided during the summer session. Car-pooling is encouraged. Special drop-off instructions will be included in the welcome email sent in June. Children should lock their bicycles when parking on school grounds.


    There are a limited number of scholarships available for Winnetka residents. For further information, please contact Brad Goldstein in the District office at 847-446-9400.


    Do you have questions about the Adventures program that have not been answered on our website? Please contact the Director, Linda Stone, at

    Other Summer Programs 

    • EXTENDED SCHOOL YEAR - All grades

    Extended School Year (ESY) services will be offered in a tutoring format again this summer as a means to promote the health and safety of students and staff. ESY services will be offered in person and remotely. Staff will schedule sessions directly with parents. Because ESY will be in a tutoring format, parents will not register for ESY classes when registering for Adventures In Learning (AIL).  Parents will be contacted directly by special education staff when scheduling for ESY services begins later this Spring. Dates of ESY will align with the AIL dates of 6/14/21 through 7/16/21. Notification from the Department of Student Services regarding next steps for ESY has been communicated to parents. If you have any questions, please contact Laura Hershner at the District Office.


    This year, the District will offer grade-level specific support classes for math fundamentals and reading/language arts.  The focus will be to support identified students’ readiness for transition to the next grade level. Invitations to participate will be sent in mid April. These classes can be taken in combination with AIL course offerings. Students who are invited to participate in the summer support and recovery classes and have registered for Adventures in Learning will be contacted to discuss schedule options. All students will have the opportunity to indicate interest in attending these classes during online registration.

    In April, the Department of Innovation, Teaching & Learning will communicate with families whose students were recommended to participate.  The District will seek to accommodate as many students who express interest in receiving additional support, however we are unable to guarantee placement for students who have not been recommended by the District. 

    Math Support and Recovery:  First Session (3 weeks)

    Reading/LA Support and Recovery:   Second Session (2 weeks)