Spring Term Information for Phillips Academy Families

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Learn about the 2021 PALS Summer program!

Dear 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students from the Lawrence Public Schools,

Thank you for your interest in the PALS Program in July 2021!

Please complete this form to request that the PALS Program summer application be emailed to you.

We use this process because, receiving the link to the application by email allows you to start it and return to it at a later date before submitting.

The application will open on April 1 and is due in May. The essay prompts are below if you would like to begin writing your responses.

Read on for more information about this summer's program.

Please contact PALS@andover.edu with any questions.

Summer 2021 Essay Prompts

Want to get started on the application essay questions while you wait?

PALS 7 (current 6th grade students)

  1. What 5 words would you use to best describe yourself?
  2. List 3 things you like to do for fun
  3. In about 100-150 words, please respond to the following question:
    If you could choose to learn about anything that you want, what would you pick?

    Why are you so curious about/fascinated by this topic?

    How did you become interested in this subject or idea?
  4. In about 100-150 words, please respond to the following questions:

    Why do you want to go to school in the summer?

    How else do you plan to spend your summer break?

    What skills or information do you hope to learn during the four weeks of PALS 7?


PALS 8 (current 7th grade students)

  1. What 5 words would you use to best describe yourself?
  2. List 3 things you like to do for fun
  3. In about 150 words, please respond to the following questions:

    Who, or what, means the most to you?

    Why?
  4. In about 150 words, please respond to the following questions:

    Why do you want to go to school in the summer?

    How else do you plan to spend your summer break?

    What skills or information do you hope to learn during the four weeks of PALS 8?


PALS 9 (current 8th grade students)

  1. What 5 words would you use to best describe yourself?
  2. List 3 things you like to do for fun.
  3. In about 150-200 words, please respond to the following prompts:
    Think of yourself in 10 years…

    What goals will you have achieved?

    Describe your job, education, and other accomplishments.
  4. In about 150-200 words, please respond to the following questions:

    Why do you want to go to school in the summer?

    How else do you plan to spend your summer break?

    What skills or information do you hope to learn during the four weeks of PALS 9?

PALS Summer 2021 Information

This July, PALS will run a completely remote program using Zoom. Participants will be assigned to attend either Monday-Wednesday or Wednesday-Friday from 9am-12pm for four weeks from July 5 through July 30.

PALS 7 (current 6th grade students) Program Offerings:

  • Science
  • Reading & Writing
  • Weekly Advising Group
  • Community Building Activities
  • Electives

PALS 8 (current 7th grade students) Program Offerings:

  • Math
  • Reading & Writing
  • Weekly Advising Group
  • Community Building Activities
  • Sessions on Applying to High School

PALS 9 (current 8th grade students) Program Offerings:

  • Math
  • Reading & Writing
  • Weekly Advising Group
  • Community Building Activities
  • Public Speaking
  • Sessions on Transitioning to High School

PALS is free for participants. All course materials will be provided.