Information for Admitted eSummer Students

Congratulations on your acceptance to eSummer at Phillips Academy! As we near our start date of June 28, 2021, please continue to revisit this page as we will use this space to share updates, as well as information you may have received by e-mail. Below is all of the information you might need to prepare for your summer.

In early June, we will be emailing you with an update on your course selection(s), access and login information for Andover’s intranet and Learning Management System (Canvas), and your assigned Andover email address/temporary password.

If you have questions about the program, you can contact our Andover Summer office at

If you have questions about technology, access issues, or require support with any of the sites listed below, you can contact the Technology Help Desk at

Technical Requirements

In order to participate effectively in our online courses this summer, all students will need access to an internet-connected device (i.e. computer, tablet, phone) on which they can type, record video and audio, download content, and access information. They will need to be working with a relatively recent internet browser (the last 2 versions). Reliable internet service and the ability to access Academy webpages are also technical requirements for participation. Specific guidance for the requirements relating to Canvas, the Academy's learning management system, can be found here. Additionally, Microsoft Office 365 and the Adobe Creative Cloud will be made available to anyone with an email address. Operating system requirements are Windows 8.1 or higher for Microsoft Office and Windows 10 for Adobe Creative Cloud, or any of the three most recent versions of macOS (currently 10.13 through 10.15). Browser requirements are the most recent version of the major browsers.


PAnet, Phillips Academy’s intranet, will become active for eSummer students on June 23rd, 2021. This site will provide links to all of your pertinent information, such as your class schedule, grades and instructor comments, campus news, academic resources, and most importantly, your My Mail link (at the top of the page). Through the My Mail link, you will gain access to your school email/inbox, OneDrive storage, and Microsoft Office applications. You will use the same username and password to access all of these options, which will be shared with you in a separate communication.

Important: Although we have been communicating with you thus far via your personal email address, from June 28th forward we will only use your new Andover email address for eSummer communications. Please check your Andover email regularly, especially throughout the summer.


Canvas, Phillips Academy’s Learning Management System, is the platform for all eSummer courses. It is accessible through PAnet, at the top of the page next to My Mail, and uses the same username and password. Upon entering Canvas, you will see a tile with the name of the course in which you are enrolled (those students taking more than one class will see more than one tile). By clicking on your course, you can enter and begin exploring the content and resources, particularly the Student Orientation section. Canvas courses will not be accessible to students until Friday, June 25th.

Baseline Assessments

All courses will require each student to complete a baseline assessment to assist in the development of an appropriate Personalized Learning Plan, which will guide your work over the course of the five weeks. These baseline assessments must be completed by the end of the day on Monday, June 28. Baseline assessments are available through Canvas, in the Student Orientation module for your class, and are designed to take no more than 2 hours.

Preparing for eSummer

As you prepare for your eSummer experience, we recommend you take the following steps:

  • Ensure you can use your Andover credentials to log into PAnet, and that from there you can access your Andover email and Canvas course(s).
  • Bookmark PAnet, Canvas, your Andover email and OneDrive pages in your browser, for easy access throughout the summer.
  • Practice using Zoom, Flipgrid, and Padlet - these are 3 of the most common eSummer applications. Making sure you know how to download a document, make adjustments, save it, and then upload it to Canvas will also go far!
  • Set aside at least 2 hours on Monday, June 28th to complete your baseline assessment(s).
  • Be on the lookout for an email from your teacher in late June with instructions for your first synchronous course meeting on Monday, June 28th.
  • Download any necessary software or electronic texts required for your course(s) (specific information will be shared through the email from your instructor)
  • Reflect on your own goals for the summer - when August arrives, and you are looking back on the experience, what do you want to have achieved? What will make you consider the summer a success?

More eSummer Resources: