Our Summer Camps/Classes will be going on all summer with various dates, times and costs. Please see below for specifics for each camp as well as registration.


Dates and Cost


ACE the ACTtm Practice Test and Boot Camp

$120.00 per student which includes a ACT preparation book and 75 pages of notes.

Dates: August 8-10
Times: 9am – 1pm

Aug 8: Practice Exam
Aug 9: Boot Camp – Testing Skills, English & Science
Aug 10: Boot Camp – Writing, Math and Reading

Are you wondering how you are going to get into college? Do you have test anxiety and fear?  Do you want to get a scholarship?  Do you simply want to keep your options open?  If so, the Ace the ACTtm Practice Test and Boot Camp are for you.  The makers of the ACT say you cannot study for this test.  WRONG!!!  Because it is standardized, it is predictable.  You can study and improve your score. I have proven this with the many students I have mentored over the years.  If you have to take the test anyway, don’t simply endure it – ACE it.  It takes work and effort but you can do it.

I have studied this test extensively.  I began by taking a very marginal 6 week course at a major university on ACT preparation (which I would not recommend to anyone because of the poor quality of teaching and organization). I combined the information I gleaned from my own and others experiences, taking courses, and academic studies to create a course that will be beneficial to any student willing to apply what we learn in class to their at-home studies.  In the summer of 2009 I completed my Master’s thesis on ACT preparation for high school students.  For those planning to go on to college this class is essential. Colleges and universities often value ACT scores over a high GPA. Also, raising your score just a few points may qualify you for thousands of dollars in scholarships.

ACT Practice Test

Why take a practice test when you can just sign up for the real thing?  The same reasons astronauts spend hundreds of hours in the simulator before they launch into space.  When it counts, you want to do your very best. Practice, in an equivalent environment, is the only way to get an excellent outcome and optimal results. Familiarity with the procedures and experience taking the test create confidence that generates higher test scores.  A simulated practice test is also a great way to assess your strengths and weaknesses early and make a plan for improvement.  I recommend taking Practice Tests as early as the 8th grade, or age 13-14. A trained proctor will administer a practice ACT test issued by the ACT Company with the actual instructions used at the real tests.  This will provide a roadmap to improvement that will maximize and direct your study to areas that will make the biggest difference.  Each test is personally reviewed and students receive individual feedback.

ACE the ACT Boot Camp

Get ready for two days of brain strain and mental sweat.  We will hit the ground running and will not stop.  I will present the best of the best information I have gleaned from exhaustive study of available prep books and my own rigorous research.  We will cover: all 4 ACT subject areas as well as invaluable test-taking strategies. You will leave with a plan for success.  I have taken great strides to make this information easy to grasp and fun to learn.  It will be a jam-packed several days but will not be boring.  You will not get this kind of ACT preparation experience anywhere else. Upon registration, you will receive the required text for this class to help you gain additional personal study. The ACT test has an optional writing test. The writing section will be covered in detail as well.

Class 1:            from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm:  Practice Exam


Class 2:            from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm:  Boot Camp – Testing Skills, English and Science


Class 3:            from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm:  Boot Camp – Writing, Math and Reading


Location:    All classes will be held Merit College Preparatory Academy, 1440 W Center St, Springville, UT 84663


Fee:  $120.00 per student which includes a ACT preparation book and 75 pages of notes.


To pay by credit card, please visit the site below.  If you do not have a Paypal account, on the right-hand side in blue letters is a “Pay with a Debit or Credit Card” option.




Registration: Registration forms and payment must be received before your place in the class is reserved.


Required Text:   The best ACT study guide in my opinion (and I’ve surveyed them all!) is included in the cost of the Boot Camp. You will be able to use this in your individual study as well as during the ACE the ACT Boot Camp.


Questions?: Please contact Ann Meeks at acetheactinfo@gmail.com.



Ann Meeks, B.S., Utah State University in English, Journalism and Music.  M.A. in Education, George Wythe University, thesis on high school ACT Test preparation. Ann has taught AP Literature and Composition, English, Journalism, and History and is currently Account Manager and Language Arts Interventionist for Harmony Educational Services. Certified Teacher,  Creator of Ace the ACT Test Prep and experienced ACT test instructor.

Dr. Jesse L. Meeks, B.S., Utah State University in History, Minor in Sociology. Doctor of Chiropractic, Western States Chiropractic College. Private Chiropractic practice for 15 years. Education Consultant.  Former Board of Directors, Pacific Heritage Academy.  Former teacher of the year at Karl G. Maeser Preparatory Academy, Current Director/Principal at Merit College Preparatory Academy.


Grades 3 – 10

$40 for all four days combined or $15 per day when you attend

Dates: July 11-14
3rd – 4th Grade: 4-5pm
5th-6th Grade: 5:15-6:15pm
7th-8th Grade: 6:30-7:30pm
9th-10th Grade: 7:45-8:45pm

The Girls Basketball team of Merit Academy will be holding a fun environment for kids who want to learn and play the game of basketball starting on July 11!

For boys and girls from ages 3rd grade to 10th grade! We would like to have you and your family come join the fun and learn the game of basketball from the players of Merit Academy.

4 days of summer basketball fun! The kids will learn from players from the Merit Basketball team and will develop their fundamental skills and receive a t-shirt for competing.

Camp Format: – Individual Skill Development (ball handling, shooting, passing, etc..) – Team Competitions – Defensive Skills, Various Competitions (1on1, 3on3, 3P Shooting, F.T)

Contact: Coach David “Vito” Winkworth or Call Merit Academy

Cheer Clinic

Ages 4-12 Girls and Boys


July 11-14 9:30am – 11:00am

Want to learn how to cheer and stunt? Come join region champs Merit Academy!

$40 per child this includes a t-shirt and bow for the girls and a t-shirt and a baseball cap for boys. There will also be a performance on Friday, July 14th for the parents at 6:00pm to show what the children have learned.

This program will run the week of July 11-14

Practices are July 11-13 from 9:30am to 11:00am

Register below or in person at Merit Academy 1440 W Center Street from 5:30-8:00. Questions or want to register by phone call Makenna during those times. (385)219-7173

Cooking Classes

Ages 12+

Get all 5 classes for $100 or $25 each

There will be two date night classes for $40 per couple

Dates: June 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

Monday – June 26 , 10 am – 1:30 pm– Cooking basics, knife skills, measuring, making salads and dressing and using spices including rosemary shortbread

Tuesday – June 27, 10 am – 1:30 pm – Asian – Tom Kha Gai soup, fresh spring rolls, sweet chili sauce curry chicken and Mango Sticky Rice

Wed – June 28, 10 am – 1:30 pm – Breads of the world, German pretzel, Danish Aebleskivers, Chinese scallion pancakes, Indian Naan & American sour dough with toppings

Thur – June 29 , 10 am – 1:30 pm –Italian, make our own pasta, alfredo, olive and meat sauces, bread & semolina crema pudding.

Thur – June 29, 6 – 9:30 pm – DATE NIGHT Italian – same as above with additional capris salad & Italian coconut pecan cake

June 30 – Dessert 10 am – 1:30 pm – chocolate mousse, Russian cream, raspberry bread pudding, chocolate lava cakes, peanut butter chocolate sauce and caramel for ice cream.

Chef Sharon Warner is a New York certified chef who makes amazing food for the Students at Merit academy.  She has taught cooking classes for UVU as well many others and has catered extensively including the BYU football team. Vicki Nelson has worked with Sharon as her assistant and is an excellent cook. As well as teaching boys and girls cooking classes.

Cross Country

June 5th – July 31st

Meet at Merit Academy at 9am every Mon, Wed, Fri (except July 3rd).

$100 per participant with the 3rd child free!

We would meet at Merit Academy at 9 am and practice would be every Monday Wednesday and Friday except July 3rd.  $100 per participant with the third child free. Instruction in healthy lifestyle nutrition and XC team strategy planning is included in the camp. Participants will run a distance and level according to to their fitness level and be brought along at a reasonable pace and distance challenging themselves as the camp progresses. Camp is open to all abilities!

Bio: I am a former NCAA Div 1 track and XC athlete from Southern California. I have been involved in the sport of XC since 1980 as an athlete coach and race official. I am the founder and head coach of the Utah Valley Lightning Youth XC Club. I am a level 1  USATF certified coach and cleared through the Safe Sports background clearance. I am passionate about coaching and dedicated toward expanding participation in the sport if XC and Track!

Science Summer Camp

June 13, 14, 15
July 11, 12, 13
August 1, 2, 3
From 10am-12:30pm
$45 per child (Ask about Sibling Rate)
Ages 7-11

For the Young Scientist!  3 Days of Science Fun!  Experiments, Games and Snacks.
Day 1: Spend the day exploring water during the first day of science camp! Sinking, floating, melting, and flowing!
Day 2: How do machines work? What do machines do for us? Make simple machines with ordinary materials. Science camp will explore how things work.
Day 3: Science camp wouldn’t be complete without fizzing, bubbling chemical reactions. What happens when two things mix? Test two different chemical reactions using common household ingredients.

Science Summer Camp 2.0

June 27, 28, 29
July 18, 19, 20
August 11, 12, 13
From 10am – 12:30pm
$50 per child (Ask about Sibling Rate)
Ages 7-11

Build upon what you learned in Science Summer Camp! Highly encouraged to first complete Science Summer Camp!
Day 1: Thats’ so cool. This day of science is all about the WOW. Check out how common materials make really neat science experiments!
Day 2: Using Lego Robotics we will spend today building and programing a robot!
Day 3: This last day of science camp is all about creating and exploring. For the last 6 days kids have seen how science works! Now we set them loose to explore, discover, and invent!

Basic Sewing

June 20, 21, 22
July 25, 26, 27
$50 per child

In this course we will learn by doing! An introduction basic sewing terms, methods and tools. We will learn basic sewing skills while making our own pajama pants!  Each child will need to bring 2.5 yards of flannel fabric.
Sewing Machines, tools, thread and elastic will be provided.

Reading Club House

June 13, 30, 27 & July 11 (The False Prince)
July 18, 25 Aug 1, 8 (Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians)
$55 for the summer or $30 each month
Ages: 9-12

This is a summer long course for your child that LOVES books or needs some extra motivation to read during the summer months.  We will read from my favorite book each month and then enjoy an activity at the end of each book.  Children will be expected to read each week and be prepared to discuss. They will be rewarded for doing so.

Theater, Acting, Film

June 6, 7, 8
1pm – 3:pm
$40 per participant
Ages 8-11

Lights, Camera, Action!

In this class children will be actors, movie critics, script writers, improv artists, comedians, and directors. Through fun play they will learn and practice social and problem solving skills. Here is a list of concepts this class will cover: Resiliency, Adapting to change, Emotional Regulation, Joining a new group, Giving and receiving compliments, Resolving conflict, Starting and ending friendships, Apologizing and forgiving, Expressing needs, Dealing with peer pressure, Thoughts and feelings, Stopping teasing and bullying, Being assertive, Empathy, Reflective listening, I statements, What would you choose to do if?, Consequences, Starting a conversation, Keeping the conversation going, Changing topics, How to disagree kindly, Body language, Interacting in groups, Interacting one on one, Playing fair, Compromising, Inviting others, Friendship levels, Asking for help, Cooperation, Teamwork

Zoo Real Kids

Mon, Tues, Thurs
Ages 8-11

Building character one smile at a time

Fun and engaging lessons

  • Discussions
  • Exploration
  • Memorization
  • Songs
  • Activities
  • Stories
  • Projects
  • Games

Surreal trips to the zoo

  • Imaginary trips to the zoo filled with fascinating stories about each animal and the virtue they illustrate
  • Corresponding crafts to remember the adventure

22 Real Life Heroes

  • Florence Nightingale’s compassion
  • Abraham Lincoln’s honesty
  • John Quincy Adams’ courage
  • George Washington Carver’s determination

Multi Sensory Learning

  • Goal setting
  • Accomplishment certificates
  • Treasure box incentives


July 13th 1:30-3:00
Ages 6-12

Grossology- The study of really gross and cool things. Why do you burb? How long are your intestines? How does your food magically turn into poop?  Why do you get zits? And many more cool mysteries of the body are answered in Grossology. Learn how your digestive system work. Each student will take food from the top of a mouth down to the end project.  Students will learn about saliva, the pancreases, intestines, liver function and much more. Students will have hands-on activities that take and orange and Oreo all the way throughout the digestive system. Students will also learn why we vomit and make edible vomit to take home and share.

Grossology 2.0

July 20th 1:30-3:00
Ages 6-12

Grossology- The study of really gross and cool things. Why do you burb? How long are your intestines? How does your food magically turn into poop?  Why do you get zits? And many more cool mysteries of the body are answered in Grossology.

What is a zit and how do our faces get bacteria on them?  Why do you bleed when you get cut? How do you stop infections? What is snot, and why does your body make it.  Students will have a hands-on approach to answer all of these questions. Each student will make edible pop-able zits. Students will also make scabs and wounds on their own body, be prepared to be in shock and awe when you pick your Groosologist up. Last but not least, each student will come home with a bag of snot to share with the whole family.

Instructor:  Darlene Yates

Pioneer Crafts

July 25th
Ages 5-10

Come explore Utah Heritage while making Pioneer Crafts. Come and make butter and eat it over Hoe Cakes made by you, make corn cob dolls, learn the rules of marbles and join us for an old-fashioned marble game. Next, we will make button yo-yos and end the day with a fun pioneer field games.

Summer Camps

  • Some camps are offered at various dates. Which dates would you like to register for?