Courses for Students Completing Sixth Grade

Title Total cost Available sections
Human Physiology $700 0
Extra-Terrestrial Trigonometry $650 0
Writing for Secondary School $650 0

 

Human Physiology
This class is for any student who has a body and is curious to know more about how it works! The course is organized around the organ systems that make up the human body. What happens to your food when you eat it? How strong are your muscles, and how quickly can they move? Why do your brain and eyes do crazy things when they’re confused? And, of course, there will be body parts everywhere! We’ll get our hands dirty with dissections of real hearts, brains, and eyeballs. As much as possible, our explorations will be activity-based and allow students to ask questions, make predictions, work with one another, and just generall have a good time. You’ll never look at your body the same way again!
Homework per class meeting: Up to 60 minutes per day
Tuition: $570 · Materials fees: $130 · Total: $700  
ED3461
M T W T F
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Paul Bruno & Patricia Holman
Closed
ED3462
M T W T F
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Paul Bruno & Patricia Holman
Closed

 

Extra-Terrestrial Trigonometry
How did people figure out how to find terrestrial and extra-terrestrial distances before computers and satellites? How are two-dimensional maps of a three-dimensional world made? How does an airplane or ship navigate? In this class, we will discover how people from around the world, for centuries and today, have used trigonometry to think about these ideas and more. We will study some basic algebra and beautiful geometry to investigate relationships in the terrestrial and extra-terrestrial realms; we’ll understand how circles, triangles and waves are all related. Though we will be influenced by questions about the world and space, the focus of the course is on developing mathematics: making conjectures, proving theorems, applying those theorems to the motivating questions, and asking more questions. This is not an aliens or a science course.
Homework per class meeting: Up to 60 minutes per day
Tuition: $570 · Materials fees: $80 · Total: $650  
ED3463
M T W T F
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Daniel Wolf-Root
Closed
ED3464
M T W T F
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Daniel Wolf-Root
Closed

 

Writing for Secondary School
This course will provide an introduction to the expectations of secondary-level English classes. We will focus on the writing process—pre-writing, drafting, revising, and editing—in our composition of essays and smaller assignments. We will practice expository writing (analysis, persuasion, and interpretation) as well as prose writing (description, narration, and modeling). While learning various writing styles, we will discover the importance of voice and point-of-view in writing. We will practice interpretation of concrete, visual imagery and later create our own artistic works to better understand authorial intent. Then, we will transfer these visual skills to analysis and creation of more abstract and metaphorical language in written works. Every day, we will write in our journals, study the roots of vocabulary words, and learn strategies for revising and self-editing.
Homework per class meeting: Up to 60 minutes per day
Tuition: $570 · Materials fees: $80 · Total: $650  
ED3465
M T W T F
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Christine Chun
Closed
ED3466
M T W T F
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Christine Chun
Closed

Additional Option for Returning ED Students

Returning ED students who will be completing sixth grade in June 2014 are also eligible to apply for the following Secondary Division (SD) courses on the Berkeley Campus:

Spaces in these six-week courses are reserved for exceptional returning students who are ready for the challenge of demanding, rigorous coursework. The Director will determine admission and placement.

Students who decide to apply to SD must complete an SD application. Former ED students applying to SD are considered new students for application purposes. The SD application deadline is Wed., February 26. Apply early!

Since placement in SD is not guaranteed for sixth graders, a sixth grade SD application should also include acceptable ED course choices as alternatives.