Rathdown School

Location: South Dublin

Residential & Host Family Accommodation
Ages: 9-14yrs
Dates: 29th June to 30th July 2024

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Why Rathdown School…

Choose ATC’s junior summer programme at Rathdown School where students will enjoy a compact campus environment in the affluent suburbs of south Dublin.
Residential accommodation is on the campus overlooking Dublin Bay to the east and the Wicklow mountains to the west, students can also stay with a local host family. Students will experience an international learning and social environment on a beautiful suburban college campus.

Rathdown School is set in 16 acres of grounds and is located just 12km from Dublin City Centre.

All students choosing Rathdown School will join ATC’s Integration Programme where international students will join with Irish students for half day activities each week.

ATC have offered a residential programme at Rathdown School for over 20 years and continue to work closely with the campus team to ensure students have a summer experience to treasure for life.

Rathdown School, Dublin
Groups and Individuals
Age Range:

Groups – 9-14yrs
Individuals – 11-14yrs

Accommodation Type:

Residential Full Board on Campus – 9-14 yrs
Host Family Accommodation – 11-14yrs


29th June to 30th July 2024

Rathdown School Summer Programme Ireland

What you get


International Classes


Shared residential or host family accommodation


15 hours’ minimum tuition per week, course materials included


Innovative half-day activities including integration with Irish students


ATC Staff and Managers on campus 24/7

Who is it for?

ATC’s summer residential programme at Rathdown School is ideal for younger students aged 9-14 who would like to experience a fun and memorable study trip.
Students can join the summer programme at Rathdown School whether they are travelling individually or as a group with a supervising adult.

Rathdown School Summer Programme Dublin Ireland

Student Reviews

Spending time there, with lots of lovely teachers and doing many wonderful activities, was something that I will never forget… Moreover, I made a lot of friends in class, with whom today, I continue talking

Angela and Maria, Students, Spain

Thank you for taking care of us. You are very good team, who made us and our children (that the most important thing) satisfied. It was a big pleasure to meet and work with you.

Marina, Group Leader, Russia

Further information…

When a student arrives in Ireland they will be met at the airport by one of ATC’s experienced representatives and travel by private transport to the campus where they will be shown to their room or meet their host family. They will then be introduced to ATC staff who will be available throughout their stay.

Accommodation on the campus is in shared rooms for between 2 and 5 students; there are shared bathrooms throughout the accommodation. Students will stay on a full-board meal basis, with breakfast, lunch and dinner in the restaurant Monday for Friday, students will have a packed lunch at weekends when on full day trips.
Students can also choose to stay with a local host family, sharing with another international student if travelling individually, or someone from their group. Host family accommodation is on a full board basis with a packed lunch from the family each day. Students will take public transport from their host family to the college and can return in the evening for a range of fun activities available, a travel pass is required for this.

On their first day of classes, students will have a test to determine their level of English, they will then join the right class for their level and age. There are 2 lessons per day, in the morning or afternoon, a total of 3 hours 20 minutes each day.


 Lessons are delivered using the communicative approach, this provides an interactive and engaging learning experience for all students. Lessons have been developed using the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, CEFR. Levels from A1 (Elementary) to C1 (Advanced) are offered. Lessons are task based, ensure student centred learning and are focused around topics that teenagers can really identify with.

The course is designed to develop students’ English language skills by integrating the key areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening. Lessons are designed specifically for different age groups and levels of English. Teachers design lessons based on the interests of the students and each lesson will have a particular focus on communication skills. Students have regular assessments in order for teachers to monitor progress and ensure students are suitably challenged and they are progressing during their stay.

All students will receive an end of course report at the end of their stay. ATC’s teachers are all degree qualified, hold an international English teaching certificate and some have been teaching with ATC or in the Irish State sector for a number of years.

ATC Campus Activities –

As part of the social and cultural programme ATC have designed activities to develop students’ personal skills for the 21st century, half day activities on campus include Arts & Crafts, STEAM activities (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Maths), and a range of sports.

An integration programme is included for 4 half-days per week on the campus, Irish students will join ATC students on the campus for social and cultural activities. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to meet and chat with native-speaking students their own age.

A full evening programme with a choice of exciting activities is provided on campus for all students 7 nights a week.

The welfare of our students is of paramount importance to us and we offer a high standard of care and supervision to all our students. We provide nominated ATC staff members to act as guardians to our individual students that travel without Group Leaders.

By choosing summer with ATC, students will be sure to develop their English skills in a fun environment, meet new international friends, and make lifelong memories.


Junior Summer Course 2022 - Rathdown School

Junior Summer Course 2024 - Rathdown School (pdf)


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