Where are programs fees listed?
Program fees are on the application forms. Simply check options and total items to produce a total registration fee.
Can my child select a roommate?
Yes. There is a housing form. Students can identify a roommate on that form. The choice must be mutual. In other words, John Doe must select James Doe and James Doe must select John Doe on their respective housing forms. Students need to coordinate roommates and get agreement about sharing a room – they should not list another student’s name without that person’s agreement.
The dormitories have a mix of single and double rooms. If there are not enough double rooms to accommodate roommate requests, students will be assigned to adjacent single rooms.
Are there any 3-person rooms?
Sorry. All rooms are for one or two people.
What is the closest airport?
Students should fly to Ontario Airport. It is approximately 12-15 minutes from the campus.
Will you transport my child from the airport?
Students are not permitted to be transported in private vehicles. Upon request from a parent, a member of the summer program staff will travel to Ontario Airport, meet an arriving student, and accompany the student to the dormitory. It is possible to arrange similar transportation to the airport at the end of the program. There is a flat rate for the service, which includes the cost of public transportation (shared van or taxi). The cost is $40 for one-way transportation and $75 for round trip.
Requests for this service should be made one week prior to the arrival day. The parent will provide the traveling student’s cell phone number and a parent’s cell phone number and will receive the cell phone number of the staff member to ensure a timely meeting at the airport.
Will my child need any formal clothing during the institute?
More formal clothing is unnecessary for debate programs. Students attending the communication leadership program should have business attire for 1-2 presentations. In general, students should dress comfortably and casually. There is a pool day during each program and students in-residence should bring a bathing suit if they plan to go to the pool that day. Commuting students can bring a bathing suit and change at the dormitory on the pool day.
Are there snacks available for purchase during the day?
The institute provides snacks and beverages (primarily water) throughout the day. There is no charge. Students may bring snacks and water from home (sugary drinks are discouraged – the day is long and students get tired if they consume too much sugar and, of course, the drinks make a mess if spilled).
If my child decides to add an additional program during the summer, is it possible?
Many students choose to stay for an extra week of programming, sometimes two weeks, after participating in the first summer session. There are a few spaces reserved for students who want to add programming. But these spaces might not remain available; it is a good idea to act quickly once programs are underway to secure participation in a later session. To make arrangements to do it, please contact John Meany.
May I mail a letter or package to my child?
Yes. The summer mailing address is included in the ‘Welcome Packet,’ which is available online. Please remember that mail delivery is to the college mailroom. It takes an additional day to deliver mail to the program. In addition, there is no campus mail handling on Saturday or Sunday. Please allow sufficient time for receipt of your letter or package.
Is it possible to visit and watch any of the instructional sessions or debates?
It is not possible to do that. For student safety, the primary buildings for the program are secure – only students, program staff, and college personnel (e.g., dormitory housekeeping staff) are permitted. Parents and family for commuting students may meet their child in the main lounge of the program dormitory but are not permitted on residential floors. In addition, guest observers intimidate students in instructional sessions. Students are less likely to voice opinions, answer questions, or try new strategies and tactics if they are observed.
During the academic term, tournaments are ‘open’ events and guests may observe student debates and discuss debate practice with teachers, judges, and students.
May I take my child to dinner? Or to a doctor appointment? Or to another school activity?
Yes. This must be arranged with John Meany but it is the case that families have many activities, appointments, and conflicts and some inevitably clash with the summer institute schedule. Staff are made available for any make-up work so that students do not miss anything when away from the program.
May I visit my child or authorize a visit for a relative or family friend while my child is on campus?
Yes. A parent may contact John Meany to arrange a time for a student to meet with family or friends (e.g., dinner with grandparents living in the area).
Have questions or need additional information?
FAQs will be answered on the BLOG page. To contact John Meany, Director of Forensics at Claremont McKenna College and Director of Claremont Summer programming, please email:John Meany email@example.com
For more information on the debate formats for CLAREMONT SUMMER, please review the following online sites
HSPDP – highschooldebate.org
MSPDP – middleschooldebate.com
WSDC – uswsdc.org
and the following textbooks by John Meany and Kate Shuster
Art, Argument and Advocacy, Mastering Parliamentary Debate (college text – US parliamentary and British parliamentary formats )
On That Point! An Introduction to Parliamentary Debate (high school text – California High School Speech Association, CHSSA, parliamentary format)
Speak Out! Debate and Public Speaking in the Middle Grades (middle school text – MSPDP format)
How To Debate – Public Speaking and Critical Thinking Skills for Secondary School Students (high school text and advanced middle school text – HSPDP format, forthcoming Summer 2013)
Prices vary depending on choices – Will the student attend one session or more than one session? Will the student commute or stay in-residence?
The prices for each option are listed on the application form and the applicant checks the appropriate boxes to select programs and calculate fees.
All payments are by check or money order to “Claremont McKenna College.” The college is not able to accept credit card payments. International students may wire payments. Please contact John Meany, firstname.lastname@example.org, for information on wire transfers.
Payments are due in full by the registration deadline, May 1, 2013. This is the date by which payment should be received.
Do not staple checks or money orders to registration documents (attach with a paper clip).
ADDRESSING YOUR PAYMENT AND REGISTRATION FORMS
To ensure that your documents and payment are received and recorded properly, please address them to:John Meany Director of Forensics Claremont McKenna College 500 East Ninth Street Claremont, CA 91711