By Linda Looney-Bond
Clayton State University is gearing up for this year's Youth University, with an open house set to take place next week.
The Youth University is a summer continuing education program for children ages 7 to 11, according to Seth Davis, program coordinator for continuing education.
The Youth University open house will be held Tuesday, from 7 to 9 p.m., in the Harry S. Downs Center on the Clayton State campus in Morrow.
The open house will give parents the opportunity to meet teachers and counselors, and learn about this year's daily classes and field trips, Davis said.
Youth University is "our summer day camp program," Davis said. The program includes two sessions which will run from June 8 to 26, and from July 6 to 24, Davis said.
The registration fee is $499 per child, with a meal plan option also available, as well as early-morning care and extended evening care, he said.
"They'll [students] have daily classes in every academic component such as math, science, social studies, and language arts, as well as music, drama, and arts and crafts," said Davis.
"We have two cross-curricular themes," Davis said. "Our theme for June is digging up the past. It will tie into what they're studying. Like when they're studying Georgia history, they'll go to some of our local historical landmarks," he said.
"The theme for July is underwater adventure. They're going to study oceans, rivers, lakes, and all of the underwater life - plant life, animal life," he said.
Davis said students in the program take field trips each Friday to places like museums, parks and conservation areas.
He said enrollment is generally limited to 60 to 75 students. "Our main goal is to keep a low teacher-to-student ratio," he said.
The registration deadline for the Youth University has been extended through June 1, Davis said.
The Division of Continuing Education requests that open house attendees register beforehand. To register for the open house, or for more information about Youth University, visit the division's web site at conted.clayton.edu/ or call (678) 466-5050.