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1st session
May 30, 31, June 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8

2nd session
June 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22

3rd session
June 26, 27, 28, 29, July 3, 5, 6, 7

 All sessions are Monday through Thursday (except Memorial Day week and Fourth of July week)  from 8:15 A.M. to 2:15 P.M. Students are to assigned to small classes (approximately 12-14 students) by grade level.

Gamble Rogers Middle School
6250 U S 1 South
St. Augustine,
FL 32086
(one mile north of the US 1 and SR 206 intersection or three miles south of the Publix at US 1 and Wildwood Drive – watch for school signs on US 1)

The program is available to students currently in grades five through seven. Pre-applications for the summer 2017 program will be available from science teachers February 13th. They may also be downloaded from the website after that date but must be returned to the science teacher by February 28th for a recommendation.

Students are selected for the program based on their science teacher’s recommendation and their essay on the pre-application form. If your child is selected for the program, a final application will be mailed to parents in mid-MarchFinal application and final payment deadline is May 5th. **All final applications MUST be notarized.

The cost of the two-week program is $425. When your final application and full payment is received by May 5th, it should be notarized and returned with your check or money order (made payable to Gamble Rogers Middle School) to:

Mail Notarized Application and Checks To:
Gamble Rogers Middle School
6250 U.S.1 South
St. Augustine, FL 32086
Attention: Marine Science Program

Payment for the program made be made in two ways:

To pay by credit card, go to the Gamble Rogers Middle School website and click on the Marine Science link and instructions for “School Pay”. It is important that you fill in the block for “STUDENT NAME“. Please write “Credit card payment made” on the top of the yellow, notarized final application before mailing it to Gamble Rogers Middle School.
           Reminder: When paying with a credit card you must pay the full amount ($425) and  there is a fee to use School Pay.

Payments by check or money order should be enclosed with the yellow, notarized application and mailed to the address above. Please put student’s name on check or money order.

If special payment provisions are absolutely necessary, accommodations will be made in the following manner:

If you mailed the $150 non-refundable deposit with your application, please remember that the balance of your  payment ($275) is due on or before your child’s first day of attendance. Checks will only be accepted on or before May 5th. No checks will be accepted after that date. If payment is made after May 5th or on your child’s first day of attendance, it must be cash or money order only.

Confirmation of Session:
If your child is selected for the program, a subsequent permission form with medical information (must be notarized) will be mailed to you in mid-March. Once your child’s notarized application and payment have been received a “Confirmation of Session” letter with updated parent information will be mailed to you by May 19th.

For more information regarding the Marine Science Program:
Please contact Program Coordinator, John Gordon or Summer Coordinator, Kristina Bransford  at [email protected].

WEBSITE: or go to the Gamble Rogers website and click on the link for Marine Science located under “What’s New” tab.

School bus transportation will be provided at the following locations:

   Bus       AM  Pickup     PM Drop-Off      
   A  Julington Creek Elementary School       7:00       3:15
   B  Julington Creek Elementary School       7:00       3:15
   C  PV/PV Rawlings Elementary School       6:55       3:45
   C  Landrum Middle School       7:05       3:30
   C  Valley Ridge Academy       7:20       3:15
    D Timberlin Creek Elementary School      7:10       3:00
    E  Ketterlinus Elementary School      7:30       3:00
    E  R.B. Hunt Elementary School
     7:40       2:45
    E  Crescent Beach Fire Station      8:00       2:30
    F  Mill Creek Elementary      7:30       3:00
    F  Hartley Elementary School      7:55       2:35


Parents who transport their own children need to arrive promptly at Gamble Rogers Middle School at 8:15 A.M. and 2:15 P.M.
~Students need to bring their own lunch from home. Drink and snack machines are not available.~


  • Marine Science t- shirt
  • ring binder notebook
  • sturdy lace-up style shoes
  • lunch
  • pen or pencil
  • bathing suit and towel
  • hat and sunscreen
  • dry change of clothes
  • any necessary medications
  • For immediate student recognition and safety in the field and in public, Marine Science t-shirts must be worn every day. Students are given two shirts.
  • Students who arrive at school in inappropriate footwear will not be permitted out in the field. This is a safety issue.

On rare occasions, some activities may have to be curtailed or even cancelled because of adverse weather creating unsafe conditions. Unfortunately, because of the tight structure of the program and the school district calendar, these activities are unable to be made up.

The Marine Science Program has maintained an academic focus since its beginnings in 1982. The program is designed for students who wish to expand their knowledge and experiences in the marine science field through “hands on” learning. Students are responsible for material presented. Grades are assigned and entered on a Certificate of Completion to be sent to parents to indicate student mastery. The majority of teaching and learning takes place in the field and students at various grade levels will access local coastal environments by canoe, kayak, SUP (stand up paddleboard), windsurfers, Hobie Cat sailboats, bicycles, trolley, and the program’s 29′ Carolina Skiff boat. (See each grade level curriculum for specific activities by grade level.