WHO MAY APPLY FOR THE SUMMER 2017 SCHOOL OF PUBLIC SERVICE
Anyone who graduates from high school in 2017 or who will be a rising senior or junior in high school in fall 2017, is encouraged to apply to the SDI Summer 2017 School of Public Service. No more than fourteen students will be admitted. Preference will be given to motivated graduates and rising seniors, and to exceptional rising juniors. The School will take place on the campus of American University, at 4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20016.
Very deliberate safety procedures are in place. SDI instructors are not permitted to serve in the school unless they have undergone appropriate background checks; we ourselves have an internal review and safety training. Our staff are all adults, 18 years and up. Student attendance is frequently taken. Dormitory stay includes room check. Students remain in a group, under adult supervision, and are not permitted to wander. Alcoholic beverages and non-prescription drugs are prohibited on school property. Anyone found in possession of prohibited items will be dismissed from the school immediately and all tuition will be forfeited. Our school includes a minimum of two adults staying overnight as well.
COMMUTERS MAY PARTICIPATE
Commuters may participate in the SDI School of Public Service. They are to report by start and leave by the end of each day’s “session.”
Our Senior Instructor presents all or most of the formal lectures and interacts frequently with all the students in all our camps.
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN “IN SESSION”
“Session” refers to the time allotted to instruction, study, preparation, discussion, debate and field trips. During session, school typically takes place in a single classroom. Some time is spent in the library and on field trips. One or more SDI staff are present at all times.
About those mixed blessings: electronic devices. Regrettably, no one may make an electronic recording of the camp, without the permission of the instruction staff. No one may use an electronic device of any kind, without the permission of the instruction staff. Cell phones may only be turned on and talking on them is only reasonable during the designated breaks. (There are times when a laptop or other internet connection can be quite helpful!) Therefore, laptop use will presumably be limited and cell phone use, even more so.
Some instruction material may be disseminated. Notes can be taken on the margins. Don’t forget to bring pen and paper of your own!
TRIP INSURANCE OR CANCELLATION INSURANCE OR BOTH
Third parties, including www.aplusplans.com, www.insuremytrip.com or allianzetravelinsurance.com, can enable you to insure all or part of your camp plans, including travel. Costs are affordable. If you want such insurance, make sure you acquire it before making camp payment.
WHAT TO BRING IF ATTENDING A COMMUTER CAMP
Get plenty of rest before each day of school! There are no homework assignments outside of session. It is important that you bring adequate pen and paper; moreover, food and beverage. No food will be provided. No refrigeration nor cooking will be available. Carrying a bottle of water is always a good idea. You may want to bring a laptop or similar device but its use will be restricted. See below.
If you are a commuter, you have the option of bringing your own food and beverage each day or acquiring what you need in the campus cafeteria on a pay as you go basis. If you go the cafeteria route, budget about $13 per meal.
It helps to bring extra cash for field trips, as well. See below, “Field Trips.”
WHAT TO BRING IF ATTENDING A RESIDENTIAL CAMP
Get plenty of rest before each day of school! There are no homework assignments outside of session. It is important that you bring adequate pen and paper. Bring a laptop or similar device but its use will be restricted. See below.
If you are a residential student and stay in the dormitory, all of your food is available in the campus cafeteria, except on field trips.
It helps to bring extra cash for field trips, as well. See below, “Field Trips.”
Meals and snacks are always taken as the whole group and with adult escort.
There is recreation and it takes place with the whole group and with adult supervision.
RESIDENTIAL OVERNIGHT ARRANGEMENTS
A minimum of 9 hours of rest is allocated each night. Students sleep in campus dormitories, several students to a room. Curfew and room check is at 10:30 pm. Wake up is at 7:30 am. (Longer sleep is permitted.) Students must remain in their allocated bunks (or bathroom) during these nine hours. Two SDI staff–or more–are present in the dormitories during these nine hours, as well. From wake up to curfew, one or more SDI staff are with the entire group.
Costs are kept down by placing several students in each dormitory room. All sleeping rooms are air-conditioned. Baths are allocated per suit. Linens are not provided; you must bring your own.
Hospitals are close by to the campus. Ambulance services are available. Although SDI assumes no liability, provision for a special medical situation might be found, if the situation is communicated to us in advance. (Use the Message Section of the Application Form, found below.)
Summer dress up is encouraged during session. Suit and tie for men and dress for women is particularly encouraged for the capstone event and if visiting offices off campus. Summer places an obvious strain on wardrobes. Light summer attire is the standard–most of the time.
PROPRIETARY RIGHTS AND LIMITATION OF RIGHTS
Instruction staff have the right to use electronic recording (audio or video) devices and to record the sessions. All rights to such a recording that involve formal lecture (i.e., a SDI instructor or instructors addressing the students or taking and responding to questions) are exclusive to SDI. The portion of such a recording that features students in other settings, including debate, may only be used by SDI for promotional material, eg, on its website. SDI reserves the right to use any and all school recordings for its own internal purposes, that is, coaching of its staff or private briefings of supporters or potential donors.
No other electronic recording of the school may be made without the prior written approval of the SDI.
SDI may take photos of debaters during session or on tour and has exclusive rights to these photos for promotional purposes.
Testimonials from students and parents (or legal guardians) are welcomed. SDI has the right to publish such testimonials but attribution may not be published without the written consent of the parent or legal guardian in question.
If you recommend a student who is eventually admitted to the school, then SDI will provide a referral fee of $50. EMERGENCY NUMBERS
Emergency numbers are exchanged. We request emergency contact information. We supply a way for you to reach us, too, in the event of an unforeseen mishap. And our emergency number is supplied several days before camp, thus eliminating the risk of an out of date number.
SDI is not responsible for damages that may befall a student participant or observer (his or her parent) because of the negligence of that student or parent or both, or because of the negligence of another student or another student’s parent or both, or because of the negligence of a third party.
We, SDI, also assume no responsibility for any preexisting medical condition or for any medical situation that might arise during the camp.
CONTINGENCIES, INCLUDING REFUNDS, WAIT LIST
Statesman Debate Institute intends to do everything it can to ensure a safe, instructive and enjoyable school. A wide range of contingencies is thus planned for.
In the event that SDI has to cancel the school–either because an insufficient number of students are registered or because of unforeseen circumstances or force majeure affecting the instruction staff or hosting facility—registration monies will be promptly returned. (SDI reserves the right to expand the limit on the number of students at the school.) Once the school reaches its full capacity, a note to that effect will go up on the website. If you have applied and if the limit has already been met, you have the option of going on the wait list.
A great deal of planning goes into our camps. Regrettably, registration monies are non-refundable in all circumstances other than those already mentioned, unless an alternate is willing to take your place in a timely fashion as judged by SDI.
What does a “prompt” or “immediate” refund mean? A refund will be provided within 14 days of a cancellation by SDI.
All payments are nonrefundable, except for reasons specified in the above section. If, for some reason, a student who has been registered, cannot attend a school, and if written notice of cancellation is received prior to May 1, then 97% of full credit is available, through summer camp season of 2018. If written notice of cancellation is received after May 1, then the following schedule applies. 82% of full credit, through summer school season of 2018, is available up to 30 days prior to the date of the school that you registered for. 57% of full credit, through summer school season of 2018, is available up to 14 days prior to the date of the school that you registered for.
APPLICATION FORM AND THREE DOCUMENTS
Please complete the application form, found below. And provide the following additional information via separate email. (We will supply the email address after receiving your completed application form.) Three documents, in addition to the application form, are requested. (1) High School Transcript that your High School sends us. (2) Letter of Reference (one paragraph should suffice) from one high school faculty member. (3) Essay of not more than a page (500 words) that tells us (a) about your prior instruction in US public policy and history and (b) what use you would make of your participation in the SDI School of Public Service, if you should be admitted and attend.
ADMISSION ON ROLLING BASIS
Applications are reviewed as they come in. First-in receives preference in admissions. An applicant who is admitted has 3 days to complete registration which includes full payment. The applicant’s spot is secure during this 3 days. If the applicant has not taken advantage and registered in the 3 days in question, then they automatically are placed on the Wait List.
Several field trips will take place. Dress up attire is appropriate for instructional trips. Students should be prepared to pay for six meals off campus, two metro trips (total of $14) and off-campus entertainment (e.g. movies, museums, baseball game). Almost all transportation costs are included in the cost of the school, however. See below.
Application, Documents, Prices
Please fill out the Application Form that is found at the bottom of this page. Terms and Conditions can be found in the middle column of this page.
Please have your High School email us a copy of your High School Transcript. But, first, fill out the Application Form! After we receive the Form, we will send you an email address that your High School should use.
Please have a High School Faculty Member write a letter of reference. One paragraph suffices. Please have them use the email address that we will supply you after we receive your completed Application Form.
Please submit an Essay of not more than one page (500 words). Therein tell us (a) about your prior instruction in US public policy and history and (b) what use you might make of your participation in the SDI School of Public Service, if you should be admitted and attend. Submit the Essay to the email address that you will receive after we receive the completed Application Form.
For prices of the Summer School Of Public Service, please call us, at 302.300.9611.