Elementary Division 2019 Course Catalog

The 2019 summer program runs Monday, July 8th through Friday, July 26th. Morning classes are from 8:30 AM to noon, and afternoon classes are from 1:00 to 4:30 PM. Each class meets on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Grades listed always refer to the grade a student will have completed in June 2019.

Tuition fees cover all three weeks of study. This includes the base tuition fee of $570 plus an $80 facilities fee for a total of $650 for non-laboratory classes, or a $130 lab fee for a total of $700 for lab classes.

Course descriptions can be found in the sections below or in this PDF version.

 

 

Course Index

KindergartenCourse name (click for details & availability)Meeting timesTotal feeAvailability
ED3901Fun with MathAM or PM650Open
ED3903Seashore ScienceAM or PM700Limited
ED3905Visual StorytellingAM only650Open
First GradeCourse name (click for details & availability)Meeting timesTotal feeAvailability
ED3911Mathmagic!AM or PM650Limited
ED3913Earth Sciences: Gee!-ologyAM or PM700Limited
ED3915Ancient Greece Through Myth, Math & ScienceAM or PM650Open
Second GradeCourse name (click for details & availability)Meeting timesTotal feeAvailability
ED3921Creative Writing & IllustratingAM only650Open
ED3923Exploring Light and VisionAM or PM700Open
ED3925Math Comes AliveAM or PM650Limited
ED3927RainforestsAM or PM700Limited
Third GradeCourse name (click for details & availability)Meeting timesTotal feeAvailability
ED3930Backyard BotanyPM only700Open
ED3933Human AnatomyAM or PM700Limited
ED3935Mathematicians' PlaygroundAM only650Open
ED3937Those Wonderful Simple Machines!AM or PM650Limited
Fourth GradeCourse name (click for details & availability)Meeting timesTotal feeAvailability
ED3940The Artists' StudioPM only650Open
ED3941The Invisible Living WorldAM or PM700Open
ED3943The Art and Science of MathAM or PM650Limited
ED3945Authors' CornerAM or PM650Limited
ED3947Fluid PhysicsAM or PM700Limited
Fifth GradeCourse name (click for details & availability)Meeting timesTotal feeAvailability
ED3951The Art of PersuasionAM or PM650Open
ED3953Lab ChemistryAM or PM700Open
ED3955Creating Music, Movies & Games with ComputersAM or PM700Open
ED3957The Physics of Motion and ForceAM or PM700Limited
Sixth GradeCourse name (click for details & availability)Meeting timesTotal feeAvailability
ED3961Creative Problem SolvingAM or PM650Full
ED3963Human PhysiologyAM or PM700Limited
ED3967Writing for Secondary SchoolAM or PM650Open

Estimated Weekly Hours (EWH)

This indicates the approximated time commitment per week including class sessions, homework, and study.

×

Prerequisites

The course is open to students completing the listed grade levels this year. Grades listed in blue are recommended.

If no grade levels are listed, the course has prerequisites in addition to or instead of a grade level requirement; refer to the individual course description for details.

×

Meeting times

All AM courses meet 8:30 AM to 12:00 noon. All PM courses meet 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM.

×

Availability updates

ATDP continues to update course availability every day as information changes. Courses can close quickly (or sometimes even reopen) depending on the number of applicants, the maximum size of the class, and whether any students decline their course placement.

Before application postmark deadlines: we project course availability based on the rate of applications for each class.

After the deadlines and before placement decisions are finalized: we project availability based on the number of applications for each class.

After placement decisions are finalized and admissions letters are sent out: we list actual availability based on the current number of enrolled students.

×

 

 

For students completing Kindergarten


 

Fun with Math
Course photographCourse photographWelcome, Math Adventurers! In this course, we will explore math concepts and develop mathematical thinking skills through fun projects and enjoyable activities incorporating art, literature, music, and movement. Using graphing activities and geometric art projects, we will investigate the relationships between math and our everyday lives. Also, we will develop pre-algebraic thinking skills by predicting, extending, and creating patterns with shapes, numbers, movements, and more. Working in cooperative groups and as a class, we will put on our problem-solving hats and use our critical thinking skills to solve logic problems. In order to deepen our understanding of more traditional math, we won’t be doing typical pencil-and-paper problems but instead will learn by having fun with math!
Homework per class meeting: None
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
ED3901
MTWTF
MTuThF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMAvril EattockOpen
ED3902
MTWTF
MTuThF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMAvril EattockOpen

 

Seashore Science
Course photographCourse photographSeashores are rich natural laboratories for scientific exploration. In Seashore Science, we will learn about tides, tide pools, and the plants and animals of California’s rocky seashores. Our budding scientists will study different tidal pool relationships using methods of investigation employed in both earth and life sciences. We will explore the seashore through in-class activities, a walking trip to the beach, and visits by groups that bring the animals from the bay right to our classroom. Topics will include high and low tides, fresh vs. saltwater, camouflage, animal anatomy, and marine conservation. We’ll learn a lot about seashore life, including mollusks, crustaceans, univalves, bivalves, algae, plankton, and kelp. We will use scientific methods of observation, and keep journals as we learn about water chemistry and related marine topics. The inner and outer workings of the tide pool plants and animals will be brought to life through experiments, drama, arts and crafts projects, as well as close encounters with live creatures in a marine touch-tank.
Homework per class meeting: None
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $130 Total: $700
ED3903
MTWTF
MTuThF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMKaren Kemp & Annie Choy
Closed
ED3904
MTWTF
MTuThF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMKaren Kemp & Annie ChoyOpen

 

Visual Storytelling
New course!
Course photographCourse photographWe all have stories to reflect everyday moments, from the ordinary to the extraordinary. Most of the time, our stories are told orally or through written language. In this hands-on studio class, we will explore storytelling through art. We will tell our stories through drawings, paintings, collage, and printmaking using a variety of media such as oil pastels, paint, paper, and fabric. We’ll observe, examine, and discuss master artworks and what stories are depicted around them. Students will then learn how to express their unique stories by applying various art concepts like lines, shape, color, and texture to depict feelings, movement, and ideas. What stories will your artwork tell?
Homework per class meeting: None
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
ED3905
MTWTF
MTuThF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMNica UkOpen

 

 

For students completing First Grade


 

Mathmagic!
Course photographCourse photographGrab your hat and wand and join in on the fun! In Mathmagic, students will develop their reasoning skills and conceptual understanding, as well as strengthen their abilities in basic operations and procedural skills. The class will explore the topics of Data Analysis, Algebra, and Geometry, through games, magic tricks, team tasks, and art projects. Also, the class will read enticing storybooks from around the world as catalysts for intriguing mathematical investigations covering topics such as binary numbers, the Fibonacci sequence, googols, and more! The fun never ends because all of the learning is anchored in the exciting theme of magic.
Homework per class meeting: Up to 20 minutes
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
ED3911
MTWTF
MTuThF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMHannah Margulis-Kessel
Closed
ED3912
MTWTF
MTuThF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMHannah Margulis-KesselOpen

 

Earth Sciences: Gee!-ology
Course photographCourse photographEarthquakes, volcanoes, massive shifting plates, rocks and minerals, and the powerful forces of erosion—we will investigate these topics and more in this geology class. As budding geologists, we will examine the structure of our planet and the processes that shape it as well as learn how to classify rocks. Working individually, in pairs and in small groups, we will simulate earthquakes, volcanoes, fossil creation and erosional forces. In addition to many hands-on science explorations, we will learn about these incredible earth processes through stories, games and art projects. We will also work on developing key scientific skills, such as questioning, observation, data recording, communicating and comparing. By the end of class, we will be able to use our new knowledge to view the geological world around us in an entirely new way!
Homework per class meeting: Up to 20 minutes
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $130 Total: $700
ED3913
MTWTF
MTuThF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMCait Jenkins
Closed
ED3914
MTWTF
MTuThF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMBethany LourieOpen

 

Ancient Greece Through Myth, Math & Science
Course photographCourse photographThe Ancient Greeks were intrigued with science, mathematics and mythology as a way of imposing order on a world of chaos. We will travel back in time to discover what life was like in Athens and Sparta, use design thinking to build our own versions of architectural and engineering feats, study their discoveries in astronomy and geometry, and dive head first into the magical world of mythology. Students will write their own myths, learn about the discoveries of Pythagoras and Archimedes, create art in the Ancient Greek style, and immerse themselves in the fascinating world of Mount Olympus. Our Open House will feature an Ancient Greek feast and student performances of classic myths.
Homework per class meeting: Up to 20 minutes
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
ED3915
MTWTF
MTuThF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMStaffOpen
ED3916
MTWTF
MTuThF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMStaffOpen

 

 

For students completing Second Grade


 

Creative Writing & Illustrating
New course!
Course photographCourse photographUsing our imagination and creativity, we will make our thoughts and ideas come alive in words and pictures. We will translate what we see into words as well as transform sentences into art on a page. We will read stories and poems, learn about different rhetorical devices, and analyze themes. Our illustrations will enhance and deepen our writing and tell stories of their own. By writing and drawing from different points of view, we will explore the concept of perspective. We will share our work in class, give feedback to each other and write collaboratively. Join our active community of creative writers and illustrators!
Homework per class meeting: Up to 20 minutes
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
ED3921
MTWTF
MTuThF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMStaffOpen

 

Exploring Light and Vision
Course photographCourse photographIn this course we will investigate the amazing properties of light, how our eyes function, and how our minds perceive visual information. Through hands-on activities, projects, and fun investigations we will study rainbows, the human eye, invisibility, shadows, light waves, and optical illusions. We will also build kaleidoscopes, beautiful light reflective boxes, animation flip books, and pinhole scopes. Students will become light and vision experts and will fill their scientific journal with notes, illustrations and observations of their light experiments. Throughout the course our focus will be on exploring and understanding the relationship between light, vision, and how we perceive the world. You won’t believe your eyes!.
Homework per class meeting: Up to 20 minutes
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $130 Total: $700
ED3923
MTWTF
MTuThF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMLiliana AguasOpen
ED3924
MTWTF
MTuThF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMLiliana AguasOpen

 

Math Comes Alive
Course photographCourse photographMath is everywhere around us and lives within us, but it is easy to lose sight of this fact in the confines of the classroom. In this class, we will take a fresh look at math through a modern and historical perspective, focusing on geometry and probability. We will also incorporate some financial literacy through a classroom economy wherein students will have a salary, pay rent, and operate a store. The class requires students to work both individually and in groups, emphasizing the importance of communication and collaboration in solving problems. Students will create artistic designs, learn mathematical symbols from the past and present, explore concepts behind building sturdy architectural structures, hone their logical reasoning skills, use data to make predictions, and strategize in fun learning games. The goal is to deepen their appreciation of both the beauty and practicality of mathematics while planting seeds that will nurture their future experiences with math.
Homework per class meeting: Up to 20 minutes
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
ED3925
MTWTF
MTuThF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMNakia Baird
Closed
ED3926
MTWTF
MTuThF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMNakia BairdOpen

 

Rainforests
Course photographCourse photographExplore the wonders of the tropical rainforest in this course created for young scientists. Together, we will investigate different aspects of rainforests: their plants and animals, their people, and their products. We will grow rainforest habitats in small groups and keep science journals detailing our observations through drawing and writing. We will research animals and write and create art projects about them. Also, we will discover just how many rainforest products we use in our daily lives and use many of them in recipes to make tasty treats. Throughout this course, the emphasis will be on the essential nature of the world’s rainforests: why we need the rainforests on our earth and what we can do to preserve them.
Homework per class meeting: Up to 20 minutes
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $130 Total: $700
ED3927
MTWTF
MTuThF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMBrett Lackey
Nearly Full
ED3928
MTWTF
MTuThF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMBrett LackeyOpen

 

 

For students completing Third Grade


 

Backyard Botany
New course!
Course photographCourse photographRoll up your sleeves and be ready to get your hands dirty! In this course, budding botanists, or plant scientists, will study the physiology, structure, and classification of common backyard herbs, vegetables, fruiting trees, and flowers. A scientific journal will be kept by each student to document lighting, soil, watering, and temperature preferences of various plants in preparation for successful planting and germination. Students will also compare, contrast, and evaluate different methods of urban gardening, including a method that requires no soil and even a method that uses fish waste as plant fertilizer! By the end of the course, students will be experts in planning, planting, caring for, and troubleshooting both edible and aesthetic backyard gardens. On the final day of class, students will present their botany journals and will have the opportunity to take home a garden starter kit of their own. If you want to cultivate your green thumb, this class is for you!
Homework per class meeting: Up to 20 minutes
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $130 Total: $700
ED3930
MTWTF
MTuThF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMElizabeth AbruzziniOpen

 

Human Anatomy
Course photographCourse photographIn this course, students will study the human body from the inside out. Our exploration of anatomy will consist of hands-on projects, including cell models, lung models, DNA extraction, edible chemistry, reaction time, and microscope investigations. Students will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the inner workings of the body as they dissect bones, muscles, hearts, eyes, and brains (all specimens are fresh and locally inspected). Each student will chronicle his or her body discoveries with the construction of a life-sized body model and a detailed body systems book, which they will present on the last day of class. We will also study some related chemistry, art, mythology (e.g., Achilles’ heel), and history.
Homework per class meeting: Up to 20 minutes
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $130 Total: $700
ED3933
MTWTF
MTuThF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMJennifer Hunau & Seth Hunau
Closed
ED3934
MTWTF
MTuThF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMJennifer Hunau & Seth HunauOpen

 

Mathematicians' Playground
Course photographCourse photographCalling all math lovers! In this course students will dive into mathematical reasoning and risk-taking. We will learn to develop multiple problem-solving strategies, evaluate our results, and explain our thinking to others. We will see how to apply our understanding of number sense, geometry, probability, and algebra to daily, real-life situations. By working both independently and collaboratively, students will find creative solutions and build their mathematical brainpower. This class will provide students with a supportive and fun environment for interaction with other students who love mathematics.
Homework per class meeting: Up to 20 minutes
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
ED3935
MTWTF
MTuThF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMAnne KaffkaOpen

 

Those Wonderful Simple Machines!
Course photographCourse photographIn this course, we will learn about simple machines: levers, pulleys, wheels and axles, inclined planes, wedges, and screws. We will study their origins, usefulness, and relationships to other machines. We will have hands-on opportunities with simple machines, draw pictures, and make our own models. While learning that gadgets are based upon the principles of simple machines, we will try to “stump” one another with unusual gadgets. We will learn about Ruben Lucius “Rube” Goldberg and his famous gadget cartoon pictures. As homework each of us will design and build a simple working model of his or her own Rube-Goldberg-inspired gadget. After working a little at home every day in order to plan, assemble, and complete our final course projects by the last day, we will then present them for our Open House.
Homework per class meeting: Up to 20 minutes
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
ED3937
MTWTF
MTuThF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMMichele Harrison
Closed
ED3938
MTWTF
MTuThF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMMichele HarrisonOpen

 

 

For students completing Fourth Grade


 

The Artists' Studio
Exceptionally well-prepared Third Graders may apply for this course.
Course photographCourse photographUsing creativity and imagination, we will delve into the world of lines, colors, shapes, and textures, crafting our own works of art and learning to think critically about the art we see. We will explore and build upon the basic concepts for each of these artistic elements, gradually progressing to 3D models by the end of each week. Daily projects and artist workshops will foster both individual creativity and more structured learning to help students build a strong foundation in each element. We will also study several modern artists, who will help us understand how to use basic elements to create masterpieces. Finally, we will look at our art with critical eyes, thinking about the use of each principle and what it was like to work with the different materials. Students will have the opportunity to present their final art project on the last day of class.
Homework per class meeting: Up to 25 minutes
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
ED3940
MTWTF
MTuThF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMPooja GovilOpen

 

The Invisible Living World
Course photographCourse photographIn this course, students will become scientists exploring the amazing diversity and complexity of the invisible living world, using microscopes to make discoveries that are impossible with the human eye alone. The course will parallel the evolutionary development of living things, with the first week focusing on the most ancient single-celled organisms, such as bacteria; the second on organisms such as amoeba, algae and fungi; and the third on specialized cells of macroscopic multicellular organisms, such as humans. Students will learn about the intricate organization within seemingly simple life forms through direct observation, labeled pictures and diagrams, and readings. They will create their own microbe samplers on Petri plates by swiping doorknobs, the soles of shoes, floors and other microbe-rich habitats. They will explore the anti-biotic properties of spices, harness the power of yeast by making soft pretzel dough, and discover the good bacteria that turn milk into yogurt. Students will keep a lab notebook with information on vision, traits of life and cell structures, as well as sketches of what they observed. Also, they will research and make models of a microbe of their choosing for the grand Microbe Zoo finale.
Homework per class meeting: Up to 25 minutes
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $130 Total: $700
ED3941
MTWTF
MTuThF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMJonathan CohenOpen
ED3942
MTWTF
MTuThF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMJonathan CohenOpen

 

The Art and Science of Math
Course photographCourse photographArchitects, artists, scientists, business people, and engineers all use mathematical thinking to solve problems in their work. In this class, we will explore a variety of exciting problem solving opportunities that come up in the real world where math is a useful tool. We will build stable structures out of unusual materials like spaghetti and marshmallows; design a water supply system for an island; product-test different “Slime” formulas; solve logical puzzles; create elaborate and mathematically precise patterns which will become beautiful art pieces; explore concepts of geometry in a variety of ways; learn how to solve Rubik’s Cubes; and learn Model Drawing, a method of structuring math word problems used in the Singapore-based math curriculum. Students will work both collaboratively and independently to exercise their mental muscles and design solutions to complicated problems. We will work hard, have fun, and learn a lot.
Homework per class meeting: Up to 25 minutes
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
ED3943
MTWTF
MTuThF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMElizabeth Swerling
Nearly Full
ED3944
MTWTF
MTuThF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMElizabeth SwerlingOpen

 

Authors' Corner
Exceptionally well-prepared Third Graders may apply for this course.
Course photographCourse photographAuthors’ Corner is a creative writing workshop. Students will write about what is important to them in imaginative fiction, autobiographical narrative, and poetry. Using freewriting, students will practice following their thoughts to discover what ideas they have in their minds. During read-aloud time, the class will identify the techniques authors use to create vivid characters and engaging plots. Each student will create one long fictional story, using what they have learned about plot structure, specific sensory details, metaphors and similes, and dialogue. Field trips to a “haunted house” and the beach will allow students to draw inspiration from their experiences in the world.
Homework per class meeting: Up to 20 minutes
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
ED3945
MTWTF
MTuThF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMHeather MacLeod
Nearly Full
ED3946
MTWTF
MTuThF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMHeather MacLeodOpen

 

Fluid Physics
Course photographCourse photographIn this class, we will discover the amazing world of liquids and gases. By studying density and Archimedes’ Principle, we will then find out how and why concrete boats and hot air balloons float. We will design and build our own model concrete boats and compete in The Great Concrete Boat Race. We will also make our own hot-air balloons. By studying surface tension, we will learn how water spiders can live on the surface of a pond and why bubbles act bubbly. We will investigate the shapes of bubbles and produce waves on a bubble. Also, we will study Bernoulli’s Principle and investigate how air flows around objects like cars and airplane wings.
Homework per class meeting: Up to 25 minutes
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $130 Total: $700
ED3947
MTWTF
MTuThF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMJennifer Che
Closed
ED3948
MTWTF
MTuThF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMJennifer CheOpen

 

 

For students completing Fifth Grade


 

The Art of Persuasion
Course photographCourse photographLet your voice be heard! In this course we will work to develop our thoughts and ideas about the topics that matter most to you. We will learn to craft compelling arguments that can really make a difference, in the forms of persuasive essays, letters to the editor, debate, and more! Each day, we will practice writing in both formal and informal styles, critique writing samples, and work towards three published pieces for our class book. We will practice the various stages of the writing process as we pre-write, draft, revise, and edit our arguments, both with our peers and by ourselves. By the end of the three weeks, you’ll be amazed at how sophisticated and convincing your writing and speaking can be!
Homework per class meeting: Up to 30 minutes
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
ED3951
MTWTF
MTuThF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMLeslie ButlerOpen
ED3952
MTWTF
MTuThF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMLeslie ButlerOpen

 

Lab Chemistry
Course photographCourse photographIn this lab science course, we will observe chemical and physical changes, examine the properties of substances, hypothesize and investigate experimental outcomes, do independent research on elements of our choice, and utilize laboratory journals to record notes and observations. Students will develop their observation and analytical skills by experimentally discovering the amount of oxygen in air, testing gases for specific properties, making polymers, growing crystals, testing toothpaste for desirable properties, and performing a forensics experiment to determine the identity of various substances. Using freezing point depression, students will make ice cream and understand the chemistry behind it. As a culminating activity, students will plan and perform a chemistry “magic” show.
Homework per class meeting: Up to 30 minutes
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $130 Total: $700
ED3953
MTWTF
MTuThF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMEvy Kavaler & Emma JohnsonOpen
ED3954
MTWTF
MTuThF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMEvy Kavaler & Emma JohnsonOpen

 

Creating Music, Movies & Games with Computers
Course photographCourse photographIn this course, we will create pictures, animations, music, and interactive games. That’s a lot to accomplish, so instead of starting with markers and paint, we will be using a computer to help out. Much like the animators and computer programmers do at Pixar, you will learn to create pictures, animations, and music on the computer. You can even use these skills to make your own game on the computer! You will take all of your projects home on a USB drive so that you can easily show your friends and family. The software that we will use is free, so you can continue your projects after the class. The course is designed for students without programming experience, and students with fewer than 20 hours of Scratch experience are encouraged to enroll. The curriculum is based upon the new introductory programming course offered at UC Berkeley and covers fundamental topics in computer programming, such as variables, looping, conditionals, and method calls.
Homework per class meeting: Up to 30 minutes
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $130 Total: $700
ED3955
MTWTF
MTuThF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMNathan MattixOpen
ED3956
MTWTF
MTuThF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMNathan MattixOpen

 

The Physics of Motion and Force
Course photographCourse photographWe will learn about Physics by exploring Newton’s Three Laws of Motion and see them in action in hands-on experiments and projects. Course highlights will include the effects of constant acceleration, culminating with students shooting marshmallows from paper blowguns, friction and the construction of a hovercraft large enough to ride on, Newton’s Third Law as exemplified by vinegar and baking soda powered rocket cars and, of course, lots of flying marbles.
Homework per class meeting: Up to 30 minutes
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $130 Total: $700
ED3957
MTWTF
MTuThF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMClancy Griggs & David Scalisi
Closed
ED3958
MTWTF
MTuThF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMClancy Griggs & David ScalisiOpen

 

 

For students completing Sixth Grade


 

Creative Problem Solving
Codes, Ciphers & Cryptic Conundrums
Course photographCourse photographSolve mysteries, create mysteries, bury treasure on a deserted island with traps, draw a secret map, and design your own board game like Clue—it’s all in a day’s work when you join us for Creative Problem Solving. In this course, students will encounter a variety of unique challenges. Students will learn numerous problem-solving strategies, which can be applied to a wide variety of conundrums. Students will use various strategies, such as looking for patterns, drawing diagrams, working backwards, questioning assumptions, and using logical reasoning. We will work both collaboratively and independently to solve different challenges that can range from realistic to fanciful, including perplexing pictures, geometric problems, secret codes, logic puzzles, strategy games, and good old mysteries.
Homework per class meeting: Up to 60 minutes
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
ED3961
MTWTF
MTuThF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMSteven Kirby
Closed
ED3962
MTWTF
MTuThF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMSteven Kirby
Closed

 

Human Physiology
Course photographCourse photographThis 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 generally have a good time. You’ll never look at your body the same way again!
Homework per class meeting: Up to 60 minutes
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $130 Total: $700
ED3963
MTWTF
MTuThF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMPatty Holman & Gene Vann
Closed
ED3964
MTWTF
MTuThF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMPatty Holman & Gene VannOpen

 

Writing for Secondary School
Course photographCourse photographThis 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
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
ED3967
MTWTF
MTuThF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMStaffOpen
ED3968
MTWTF
MTuThF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMStaffOpen

 

Additional Option for Returning Sixth Graders


Returning ED students who will be completing sixth grade in June 2019 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 early application deadline is Wednesday, February 13 (recommended), and the standard deadline is Wednesday, February 27.

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