Summer English Programs

English Studies Camps

Improve Your English This Summer

ESP (3 weeks) August 5 – 24, 2018

Open to boys and girls ages 13­ – 18.

Cost and Enrollment:

Cost: $5,500 (includes medical insurance)

The cost covers on-campus expenses (room, board, classes, and activities) as well as transportation and housing for weekend excursions. Additional costs will be spending money for incidentals.

Payment in full is required to hold your space.

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The Gould Summer English Studies Program offers international high school students the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in English language and American culture. It offers academic and co­curricular activities that will improve English proficiency by creating an environment in which students communicate using English throughout the day.

Students will spend the three weeks before the start of the school year using English in an academic environment, which helps students successfully transition into the school year. And it focuses on developing skills necessary for improving TOEFL, SAT, and ACT scores.

Rigorous academic sessions during the morning and after lunch focus on communicating through reading, writing, speaking and listening. Students will experience an American academic experience that covers multiple disciplines including the humanities, the arts, math, and the sciences. Subjects and skills practiced will help students develop skills necessary for taking the TOEFL, SAT, and ACT.

Additionally, students will have other academic experiences including music and art. After their classroom work each day, students will have the chance to explore the Bethel area and Gould facilities, enjoy tennis, soccer, basketball, hiking, canoeing, shopping, pottery, and experience American culture at local fairs and festivals. Special activities may include trips to the scenic Maine coast, paddleboarding, white water rafting and more.

Summer English Studies Daily Schedule

  • Breakfast
    7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
  • Morning planning time
    8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
  • Class time
    8:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
  • Lunch
    11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Class time (art & music)
    12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Athletics/activities
    2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Dinner with activities and presentations
    5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Free time
    7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Evening activity: movies, games, etc.
    8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Free time
    10:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
  • Lights out
    11:00 p.m.

Students are admitted on a rolling basis, and all spaces may fill up. To reserve your place in the summer program, please complete all paperwork promptly.


Elissa Quinatoa

Spanish Teacher
B.A. Ithaca College
M.A. University of Buffalo


Born in Maine, Mrs. Quinatoa grew up in Western New York and later attended Ithaca College, where she majored in Spanish and Accounting. After graduating Mrs. Quinatoa knew she wanted to teach and share her love of Spanish with young adults, and earned her M.A. of Education from the University of Buffalo. Armed with her new education and desire to explore, she set off to live and teach in Quito, Ecuador where she taught English in elementary schools, improved her Spanish, and learned about Ecuadorian culture. While working at Colegio Menor, a private International School in Quito, Mrs. Quinatoa met her husband, Mr. Edison Quinatoa (who is now a music teacher here at Gould). Mrs. Quinatoa is active! When not attempting every type of exercise, including triathlons, cycling, hiking, swimming, gymnastics, and diving, she loves to read and travel.