Academic Summer Institute
June 23-July 25, 2014 (5 weeks)
The Academic Summer Institute is an intensive five-week program for entering students in grades 9 through 12. With a variety of course offerings that can be taken for academic credit, the Academic Summer Institute program is an exciting opportunity.
The Academic Summer Institute Advantage
- Rigorous, engaging courses for motivated students
- An exciting learning environment that encourages students to be critical thinkers and innovative problem solvers
- Talented and dedicated teachers with expertise and enthusiasm for their chosen subject areas and for preparing students for success
- Opportunity for students to improve their GPA
- Earn academic credits and create flexible schedule options for the following school year.
- Meaningful learning experiences in which students recognize and value their talents and interests
- Provide narrative evaluation of students' performance including strengths, areas for improvement, work habits, final course grade, and academic credit earned.
2014 Course Offerings
Morning session: 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Mid-Afternoon session: 11:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Afternoon session: 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Students should not choose more than one class per session.
Morning Session 8:30-10:30 am
American Government 107
This course is an incisive presentation of the development and structure of the American system of government that makes use of both historical and contemporary resources. The course examines political behavior, political institutions, and public policy, and how economic arrangements and cultural values are shaped. The survey of the American political system is followed by comparative studies of other political systems.
Physical Education 700
Physical education is a semester-credit course designed around individual and team activities. An emphasis is placed on individual improvement. In this developmental stage, students are encouraged to try activities that are new or challenging. This course is designed to give students the opportunity to learn and develop fundamental and advanced skills and strategies of team activities, as well as fitness concepts and conditioning techniques used for achieving and maintaining optimal physical fitness.
The class consists of 30 hours of classroom instruction, six hours of behind-the-wheel instruction, and six hours of in-car observation. The behind-the-wheel portion generally groups two students together for two hours of in-car instruction. Each student spends one hour driving and the other observing. Our goal is to instill a desire and ability for students to become competent and safe drivers.
Students must be at least 15 years old by the end of the session.
Grade: 15 years and older
Mid-Afternoon Session 11:00-1:00pm
Wellness is an important concept that includes all aspects of a person’s being; it means having both a healthy mind and body. This semester course introduces 9th graders to a variety of health-related issues. Areas of discussion and instruction are determined by current concerns. Topics include health and wellness, personality and emotions, stress, nutrition, addictive behaviors, wellness, AIDS, and STDs.
Consumer Economics 188
Students will acquire an array of skills that promote good personal finance habits and create an awareness of how to secure their financial futures. This course deals with economics and its impact on consumer issues, behaviors, decisions and the development of personal financial strategies as it relates to the consumer life cycle. Topics covered will include the economy, consumer information and protection, budgeting, saving, borrowing, credit, and housing, investing, and protecting financial resources.
Afternoon Session 1:30-3:30pm
Afternoon Session 1:30-3:30pm
Computer iPad Applications
To live, learn, and work successfully in an increasingly complex and information-rich society, students must be able to use technology effectively. The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) has developed National Technology Standards for Students (NETS-S) to define educational technology standards. Students will obtain hands-on experience in creating professional documentation, performing cell formula calculations in Excel, organizing professional presentations using a variety of apps on their iPad and on a PC. Students will learn the “ins and outs” of business system applications. Students will also be learning the history of computers, computer protocols, and internet protocols. In addition, students will be completing projects that involve the use of several applications and programs and complete a final program.
This junior/senior semester elective provides students with a multi-genre introduction to the craft of creative writing. In the context of a variety of genres, students will examine literary conventions as well as the writing techniques and tools essential to effective writing and editing. Founded in a workshop structure, students learn to share and respond to the writing of others, create a public dialogue about their craft, and discover a sense of good fiction and literature written in one’s developing voice. As students learn methods for generating and reworking their writing, considerable time is devoted to providing constructive feedback. An independent creative project in the genre and subject of each writer’s choosing culminates the course.
ACT Prep The Princeton Review
Students will receive test preparation through a customized approach with detailed diagnostic report and extensive coursework. The comprehensive preparation course includes:
- Three full-length practice exams to be administered under simulated testing conditions
- The ACT Manual, The Princeton Review’s premier classroom preparation workbook
- 1,296 ACT Practice Questions, a compendium of practice exams
- Individualized score reports that identify students’ strengths and weaknesses and provided customized score improvement advice
- 24/7 access to The Princeton Review’s Online Student Center, which includes practice questions and online lessons
We encourage all sophomores and juniors to take advantage of this opportunity.
Tuition and Fees
Course for credit: $800 | Course non-credit $550
A $100 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of registration.
Register by April 1, and save $50.
Fees cover tuition for the entire session. Some selected courses carry a lab or materials fee, and amounts vary by course (see course descriptions for fee details).
Tuition balances must be paid within 30 days of a student’s acceptance in the program. Students with an outstanding balance after June 21, 2014, may lose their place in the course(s) for which they seek enrollment.
Fees must be paid in full by June 21, 2014.
Students enrolled in our Summer Institute are expected to adhere to the following academic policies:
- Attendance is essential to successful completion of a student’s coursework. Absences and tardies are not permitted during the five-week summer session. Students in violation of this policy are subject to receiving a lower grade for the course and/or failure for the course.
- Academic integrity is an important aspect of a student’s work ethic. Students are expected to do their own work. Students in violation of the Academy’s policy on academic integrity are subject to dismissal from the Academic Summer Institute. In such instances, course credit and refunds will not be issued.
- The Academy has high expectations for its students. Misconduct and behavior infractions will result in a disciplinary warning and/or possible dismissal from the Academic Summer Institute.