Summer School 2021

June 28 – August 20, 2021

Enrollment for the ACS Summer School is ongoing. The entry-level test is done in presence at the College. To make an appointment for a test please contact us from Tuesday to Thursday from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm.


The first priority of the American College of Sofia is preserving the health of our staff, students, and their families. To create a better learning experience, we’ll do our best to offer the ACS summer school on campus following strictly the safety measures imposed in connection with the Coronavirus epidemic. We will continue monitoring the COVID-19 developments to implement all recommendations of the Bulgarian health and educational authorities.

About the Summer School

Each summer, children from all over Bulgaria join the Summer School of the American College of Sofia. Participants get to master their skills in English in one of Bulgaria’s top educational institutions with the support of innovative teachers, who transform learning into an unforgettable experience. ACS is located in a picturesque campus in a quiet, protected area. Our century-old park becomes the classroom for most of our summer school activities.     

We offer an immersive environment to all summer school participants regardless of their age and level of knowledge. We believe that this is the only way for the children to get the feel of the language and to start using it naturally. The daily program includes 4 academic hours of English and additional subjects like sports, performing arts, and applied science. All subjects are taught in English.

Our English language training offers interactive and entertaining ways to learn the language, contains a huge variety of study materials, educational games, and resources. Our highly qualified teachers use an experience-based methodology and keep students interested and learning in a child-friendly way - through games and entertainment.

Every day lunch and afternoon snacks are served at the College cafeteria. There is also a medical team on site. The ACS Dormitory is open and ready to accommodate children from out of Sofia in the period July 5 – 30, 2021. 

Who is it designed for?

Children aged 6 to 14 years are welcome to join us. The program is suitable for all levels, from absolute beginners to advanced.

Group Formation
The kids are divided into groups according to their level of English knowledge and their age. Being a friend with another child is not a primary criterion taken into consideration when forming the groups. Kids who know each other can be in the same group only if their English language level is the same. All children are tested prior to starting the school. 

Levels

The level of the children is determined by an entry level test. There are four main levels.   

Beginner
Students in this group will be in the early stages of their English language learning. They will have knowledge of basic aspects such as greetings, the alphabet, animals and food. They will participate in a variety of activities that will teach them how to behave in social interactions, work on building vocabulary, taking instruction and working within a team.

Elementary
Students in this group will have knowledge of basic grammatical features such as past/present tenses and be able to construct simple sentences. They are able to read and are developing better pronunciation skills. They can provide and describe appropriate information about their personal experiences. Students will engage in a number of activities that will build their reading fluency, practice using English in a variety of situations and grow in confidence.

Intermediate
Students in this group will have a better command of more advanced grammatical features such as using the perfect tenses and specific terminology. They will be able to provide details in their explanations and explore English in a more creative manner. Students will participate in a number of team projects that will explore the world around us.

Intermediate+
Students in this group will have a very good command of advanced grammatical features and use them appropriately when speaking and writing. Students will engage in activities that motivate them to think in English on the spot, be innovative with their ideas and create projects they think is beneficial for our world today and present them appropriately.

Timeline

The program will continue for 8 weeks in a row from June 28 until August 20. You can register your child for any of the eighth weeks or for a longer period; the shortest period being one week (Monday to Friday).

We encourage you to choose a period of four weeks, as it is most beneficial in terms of acquiring skills. Six weeks of the summer school cover a full year’s worth of training in English for children. We are very flexible. It is possible to have a week or two with us, then leave for a vacation and return later.

The program runs every day from 9:30 am until4:30 pm. Lunch is served at 12:30 pm, afternoon snack – at 4:00 pm.

Price

All learning materials, cost of teaching, lunch, and snacks, are included in the price. The longer you stay with us, the lower the price per week becomes.   

Number of Weeks

Price in BGN

1 week

625

2 weeks

1250

3  weeks

1650

4  weeks

1900

5  weeks

2375

6  weeks

2850

7  weeks

3325

8  weeks

3800


All prices are inclusive of VAT.

Discounts:
-        10% for the current ACS year-long courses participants
-        10% for 2nd and 3rd child from the same family

*Each participant can take advantage of no more than one discount.

How to register

  1. Contact our office to ask for information and book a placement test.
    Come to the College for the test.
    3. Fix the dates of attendance.
    4. Sign the registration documents.
    5. Pay the tuition fee.

Given the unpredictable COVID developments and the resulting Government decisions, we will expect you to pay the tuition fee not earlier than June 2021. The place of your child will be guaranteed after the payment is received.

The American College of Sofia is strongly determined to fulfil all measures imposed by the Ministry of Health to preserve the health of our students and their families. If you have any questions related to our COVID-19 policy, please contact the administrative team of the External Programs Office.

WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO BOOK THE ENTIRE PERIOD OF YOUR CHILD’S STAY EARLY. PLACES FILL UP QUICKLY.

Placement tests

Tests take place with reservation only. Here you will find information about the dates and hours when the applicant can sit for a test. A test takes about 15 minutes. This is an oral test. At the higher levels, the teacher could ask the student to write a short text. Ask the teacher for feedback upon completion of the test. The administrative team can give you information about the level only.

When setting an appointment for the test, please give the following information:
1) Name and age of the child
2) Name of the person who is accompanying the child
3) The gate you will use to enter the College – Mladost or Malinova Dolina

Please note that we can confirm a place for your child in the program only after we know the result of the test and the period of attendance.

PROGRAM

English

Topics and stories become more vibrant when you read them with your friends. In our English language training, the children are not only students but become authors and main characters in adventures and projects. English language learning is intensive - 80 academic hours for four weeks. The work aims toward:

  • developing language skills
  • improving reading and writing skills
  • enriching vocabulary
  • upgrading the children’s communication skills on various topics and 
  • creating a real environment for practicing the language.

Natural Science
The world of science is all around us. It’s exciting that naturally we are surrounded by science. Children accept science with curiosity and without fear. They love nature and are genuinely interested in its living and non-living creatures. At ACS, we take the children on a journey through our park’s wildlife, and teach them to respect and value it. Many of the lessonsare take place outdoors where kids can observe, touch and experience nature. This is the best way to learn.     

Arts
A great number of our classes are dedicated to mastering the acquired language skills in a relaxed and funny way through art activities that foster creativity and make children experiment with different art forms. Children complete creative tasks, develop their capacity for self-expression and dare to experiment. The aim of the art classes is to facilitate English learning by art expressions, to use art to support the emotional acceptance of the language, to stimulate creativity and intelligence and educate tolerance and finesse in communications.

Drama
Have you ever had a part in a drama performance?  Kids love it. They are born actors. Drama contributes substantially to the development of skills that your children are going to need for their entire lives. Speaking, behavior in front of an audience, teamwork, and presentation skills are among the abilities that we will master in our drama classes.Besides, it’s really fun and children enjoy it immensely.

Sports
Within the summer school sports program we offer a wide range of games outside in our green park and inside in our modern indoor sports facilities.

Consistent with their physical capabilities, students play football, volleyball, basketball, softball, Frisbee, badminton, and table tennis. They enjoy also games like ball-over-rope, dodgeball, relay (race) games, cognitive games, and gymnastics.

WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO BOOK THE ENTIRE PERIOD OF YOUR CHILD’S STAY EARLY. PLACES FILL UP QUICKLY.  

Contact Details
External Programs Office
Work days: Monday – Friday (July – September) and Monday – Saturday (October – June)
Tel: + 359 2 974 41 44, 02 434 10 12, 02 434 10 10 
E-mail: courses@acs.bg