Upper School Courses

Upper School Courses & Requirements 2016

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Upper School Courses and Requirements 2016

Summer session is an intensive time during which an entire school year’s course is taught in only 5 weeks. Whether a student is taking the class for credit or enrichment, they should be highly motivated and willing to exert the effort required. Before choosing to enroll in an Upper School course, please be aware that the pace is extremely fast, as the 5 weeks of instruction are intended to replace an entire regular school year’s work. Teachers usually complete about a chapter a day. You can expect about 2-3 hours of homework a night, as well as multiple tests per week. Students need to be able to commit fully to the class expectations. Students who withdraw early because they find the class too easy or too difficult will not have their tuition refunded. Students whose behavior is deemed distracting or detrimental to the class will be asked to leave without any remission of tuition.

Advanced credit classes require a total of 120 hours of classroom instruction. Advanced credit science classes require a total of 140 hours. Students taking the course for credit (not enrichment) may miss no more than 1 day of class, and the hours missed must be made up, after school, before the end of the summer session. Students are expected to be on time for class. Time missed due to lateness must also be made up. A student who leaves a course before the Final Exam date, for any reason, will NOT be given the exam on an alternate date. 

Please check with your child’s current teacher or guidance counselor to ensure that you are enrolling them in the proper course. If you are taking a course for credit, you must have your Credit Course Permission Form signed by your principal or guidance counselor.

We will try to honor requests for specific teachers or peer groupings before classes begin. After Friday, June 24th, we will not switch students into different sections for any reason. 

For families enrolling more than one child in Summer School Classes, each child will receive a $100 reduction. 

Upper School Courses 2016

Math Courses

Algebra I AC
Entering grades 8 – 12
June 27 – July 29
7:45 – 1:00 only
Advanced credit

This course covers topics in algebra including integers, irrational and rational numbers, techniques of graphing and solving linear equations, polynomials and their operations, special products and factoring, fractional expressions and equations, quadratic equations and methods of solution, radical expressions, and inequalities. Due to the intensity of this 5 week course, it is highly recommended that students have earned at least a B in their preceding Pre-Algebra class. Due to the time, intensity, workload and age of other students in the class, we do NOT recommend this class for students younger than 8th grade. All 7th graders electing to take this class must have earned an “A” in a full-year Pre-Algebra class, and must provide a written recommendation from their current math teacher. Applications will be returned if received without the required recommendation.

Tuition: $1600 plus books and materials

Algebra II AC
Entering grades 9 – 12
June 27 – August 2 
7:45 – 1:00 only
Advanced credit

This course completes the study of algebra and prepares the student for the study of advanced mathematics. Topics covered include real numbers, equations and inequalities, graphs and functions, polynomials and factoring, rational expression, irrational and complex numbers, quadratic equations, equations and numerical methods, analytical geometry, exponential and logarithmic functions. All students must have a TI-83 calculator. Due to the intensity of this 5 week course, it is highly recommended that students have earned at least a B in their preceding math class. We do NOT recommend that students younger than 10th grade take this course because of the time, intensity, workload and age of the other students in class. ALL 9th graders electing to take this course must have completed a High School level Algebra I course and must provide a written recommendation from their current math teacher. Applications will be returned if received without the required written recommendation. 

Tuition: $1650 plus books and materials

Geometry AC
Entering grades 9 – 12
June 27 – July 29
7:45 – 1:00 only
Advanced credit 

This course covers topics in geometry including logic, angles and perpendicular lines, parallel lines and planes, constructions, coordinate geometry, polygons, triangles, quadrilaterals, inequalities, similar polygons, right triangles, circles, locus of points, area, solids and transformations. Due to the intensity of this 5 week course, it is highly recommended that students have earned at least a B in their preceding math class. We do NOT recommend that students younger than 9th grade take this course because of the time, intensity, work load and age of the other students in class. ALL 8th graders electing to take this course must have completed a High School level Algebra I course and must provide a written recommendation from their current math teacher. Applications will be returned if received without the required written recommendation. We highly recommend 8th or 9th Graders wishing to take geometry for enrichment take the Geometry Workshop class.

Tuition: $1600 plus books and materials

Pre-Calculus and Trigonometry AC
Entering grades 10 – 12
June 27 – August 2
7:45 – 1:00 only
Advanced credit

This course includes, but is not limited to, topics such as polynomials, functions, exponents and logarithms, trigonometric functions, triangle trigonometry, advanced graphing, trigonometric addition formulas, sequences and series, discrete mathematics, introduction to calculus, and TI-83 graphing skills. All students must have a TI-83 calculator. Due to the intensity of this 6 week course, it is pre-requisite that students have earned at least a B in a traditional Algebra II class.

Tuition: $1650 plus books and materials

 

Science Courses

 

Biology with Lab
Entering Grades 9 – 12
June 27 – August 4
7:45 – 1:00 only
Advanced credit or enrichment

This course introduces students to the study of life by progressing from the microscopic level up to worldwide ecosystems. Class discussion is directed toward relating the material to human experiences. The laboratory provides a hands-on learning setting and encourages students to develop skills in observation, data collection, critical thinking and report writing. This course includes, but is not limited to, such topics as scientific method, cell biochemistry, respiration and photosynthesis, mitosis and meiosis, classical genetics, plant and animal anatomy and physiology. Due to the intensity of this 6 week course, it is highly recommended that students have earned at least a B in their preceding Science class. After successful completion of the course, students will be well prepared for an AP level Biology class. 

Tuition: $1740 plus books and materials

Chemistry with Lab
Entering grades 10 – 12
June 27 – August 4
7:45 – 1:00 only
Advanced credit or enrichment

This course emphasizes the understanding of the basic principles of Chemistry, their application, and the use of data in the solution of problems rather than the memorization of a multitude of facts and formulas. The course includes, but is not limited to, such topics as atomic structure, chemical formulas, equation writing, phases of matter, ionization, gas laws, reaction energy, reaction kinetics, chemical equilibrium, stoichiometry and oxidation-reduction. Lab experiences develop and reinforce conceptual understanding. Due to the intensity of this 6 week course, it is a prerequisite that students have taken at least one year of High School science and that they have earned a grade of B or higher in their preceding science class. After successful completion of the course, students will be well prepared for an AP level Chemistry class. 

Tuition: $1740 plus books and materials

Physics with Lab
Entering grades 10 – 12
June 27 – August 4
7:45 – 1:00 only
Advanced Credit or enrichment

This course includes comprehensive coverage of the classic physics topics of mechanics, energy, light, electricity, magnetism and electromagnetism. The course emphasizes both the conceptual and theoretical understanding of the material. Lab experiences develop and reinforce conceptual understanding. A prerequisite for the class is the completion of Algebra 2. Completion of a Pre-Calculus or Trigonometry course is strongly recommended, as students will need to apply trigonometry skills to problems about vectors, angled projectiles, forces, work, momentum, electric fields, light and magnetism. Completion of a Pre-Calc/Trig class is recommended. Due to the intensity of this 6 week course, it is highly recommended that students have earned at least a B in their preceding science and math classes. After successful completion of the course, students will be well prepared for an AP level Physics class. 

Tuition: $1740 plus books and materials.