The Luminary Project

The Luminary Project is a three-week residential program held on campus for mature 8th-11th graders. Students focus on one intensive course of study for six hours a day that is an equivalent to one full year of honors level high school content or one semester of college content. Many schools consider these courses for high school credit, although CBK cannot guarantee this transfer. As much as students think hard in the accelerated courses, they play hard in this deepened residential experience. Many students find that life-long friends are made during this program, and full community weekend activities and trips are part of an energetic, structured residence life program.

Luminary Students

Students entering grades 8-11 in fall 2018 or ages 12-17

Luminary Dates

Sunday, July 1 - Saturday, July 21, 2018

Luminary Admission 2017 Scores

Luminary 2017 Courses

Your Move: Game Design and Mechanics (H/M/S)
Superheroes, Self-Identity, and Civil Rights: Comic Books as Literature (H)
Scientific Methodology to Understand the Cosmos and Change Reality (H/M/S)
Going Viral: Modeling the Evolution of Cultural Information (M/S)
Questioning the Boundaries of Modern Physics: Applications of Relativity (M/S)


Student Housing and Supervision

Students will be housed in a traditional residence hall, which is locked at all times to outsiders. We are the only program in this building during the summer. Students live in wings of no more than 16 participants per Residential Assistant. Girls and boys live on separate floors in nicely-sized double bed rooms. The shared floor bathroom offers private showers. Students will be assigned a roommate approximately the same age unless they have made specific requests—both students must request one another in their acceptance paperwork. In some situations, students may be placed in a triple, depending on program numbers. Roommate requests cannot be guaranteed to be filled and roommates are not reassigned. In this program, students begin to have some supervised independence on campus. Residential Assistants are screened and selected for their ability to relate to students of this age and participate in a rigorous pre-program training that includes other campus personnel who are present throughout the program to ensure student safety. Access to e-mail and phone calls will be available on a very limited basis only in order to prevent intensified homesickness. Students may not bring personal computers, cell phones, or any transmitting devices. Students are required to live on campus and to participate in both the academic and residential life of the program. This may mean that students will miss sports practices or other extracurricular commitments at home. CBK is unable to accommodate specific physical training regimens or lessons schedules. CBK operates as a closed campus and visitors are not allowed at any time during the program for student safety. Weekends are a critical part of the socio-emotional development of our community.

Daily Schedule

Morning wing time and breakfast 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Morning Instruction 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Lunch 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Afternoon Instruction 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Afternoon Activities 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Evening Instruction 4:30 PM - 5:45 PM
Dinner 5:45 PM - 6:30 PM
Down Time 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Evening Activities or Quiet Time 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Wing Meeting 9:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Quiet Time on Wings 9:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Lights Out 10:30 PM

The schedule for this program is not as structured as younger students' programs. We have a wide range of activities planned for afternoons and evenings for students to choose from as part of the community life of the program. However, in this program, students will have more unstructured time to schedule as they choose. Students are expected to adhere to the outlined schedule, regardless of how it may differ from life at home, for the safety and well-being of all students. Students are still held accountable for their whereabouts and personal responsibility at all times. Two full residential weekend programs with off-campus trips are included.

Activity Period

During each activity period, residential staff offer a variety of options from which students choose to participate. From athletics to academics to fine arts, these opportunities give kids a chance to do something they love or try something new, and to take a well-deserved break from class. Activities are supervised and vary each day and each period. Due to the intensity of Luminary Project, down time is built in to the schedule. Some activities are held in or near the residence hall, while others take place at the Recreation Center, such as dance, yoga, weight- and cross-training, jogging, basketball, indoor soccer, and limited swimming or use of the climbing wall. Finally, due to our proximity to the foothills, activities may also take place in the near vicinity at parks or on marked hiking paths into the mountains.

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