Peddie Summer Academy


Peddie Summer Academy

Coming Summer 2023

Experience a taste of on-campus life with a community of scholars.

Peddie Summer Academy is a program for rising 7th, 8th and 9th graders who are considering or preparing for boarding school.

Join peers on Peddie’s beautiful 280-acre campus for a two-week immersive residential experience that emphasizes self-discovery, intellectual exploration and the richness of community living. Your journey begins on a path of your choosing in STEM or the arts. You'll work in small classes and groups to collectively problem-solve, produce and perform, while also honing your writing skills through the study of contemporary literary texts. Outside of the classroom, you’ll learn what it feels like to live independently and in community with others developing friendships and bonds that will last a lifetime.

Meaningful conversations

In addition to the subject-specific classwork, participants will also engage in conversations focusing on identity and community. Past and present Peddie students will help to facilitate these conversations and provide a window into the daily student experience. Students will utilize Peddie's campus for creative and athletic activities and engage in local cultural experiences.


Growth and independence  

Through this transformational program, students will further develop their creative and academic interests and demonstrate their understanding through a culminating project. Projects in the arts will be installed in our gallery and or performed on our stage, while in STEM, students will present their work through research-styled displays. Beyond the classroom, this immersive opportunity will enable students to develop independence and provide guidance on being thoughtful and productive residential community members.


Organized, run and taught by Peddie faculty with assistance from Peddie students and young alumni, Peddie Summer Academy is founded on the mission and values of The Peddie School where community, discovery and growth go hand-in-hand.

Program Director


Josh Sham joined the Peddie community in 2012. He is currently Dean of Students for the sophomore class, and is a member of the Science Department faculty. He received his B.S. in Biomedical Sciences from University of Buffalo and his M.S. in Science Education from Syracuse University. Sham advises the Engineering Club, Astronomy Club and the SALAAM Affinity Group, and is the Cross Country Coach. In addition, he is the Sophomore Academic Counseling Facilitator, and supervises Blue and Gold Games – the culmination of school’s opening week orientation to each new school year. He is on the dorm faculty team in Potter South and resides on campus.

Assistant Director and Life Science Teacher

Shani Peretz, Ph.D. joined the Science Department in 2005 and founded the Research Science Signature Program (EXP). Prior to joining Peddie, she earned her Ph.D. from Yale University and worked to set up clinical cancer research trials. Currently, Peretz serves as director of the Research Science Signature Experience (EXP). She also advises the Peddie Environmental and Sustainability Team (PEST) 

Physical Science Teacher


Desmond Frost joined Peddie's Science Department faculty in 2021. He received his B.S in Physics with a double minor in Chemistry and Mathematics from West Chester University in 2013. He then went on to receive his M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from George Mason University in 2021. He has eight years of experience teaching Physics, as well as AP Physics. He resides on campus and serves as a dorm faculty member for Kaye North.

Fine Arts Teacher


Joyce Chen joined Peddie's Art Department in 2017. A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, Chen taught visual arts in a charter school in Newark, New Jersey before coming to Peddie. She co-manages the Mariboe Gallery along with Cathy Watkins and assists with Peddie's arts events, the Culture Bus and other artistic field trips. Chen also developed the visual arts curricula for classes of all levels. A resident of Peddie campus, Chen advises the Yearbook Club and is part of the dorm faculty in Masters North.

Cost of attendance

Tuition to the Peddie Summer Academy includes all classes and programs in your chosen specialty, housing in a double room in one of our air conditioned dormitories, all meals, transportation and fees for all off-campus recreation and activities, and a program t-shirt.