Secondary Division 2015 Course Catalog

The 2015 Summer Session is Monday, June 22rd through Friday, July 31st. Morning classes are from 8:30 AM to noon, and afternoon classes are from 1:00 to 4:30 PM (with the exception of AP Biology). Classes meet either two or three days a week.

Grades listed always refer to the grade a student will have completed in June 2015.

Course descriptions can be found in the sections below or in this PDF version (6.5 Mb). To read and print out the document, you may need Adobe Acrobat Reader.

 

 

Course Index

Writing & LiteratureCourse name (click for details & availability)PrerequisitesEWHAvailable
schedules
Total feeSections
open
SD3500The Writing Process
691011
16MTh, TuF6503
SD3502Reading for Creative Writing
67891011
18TuF6500
SD3503Writing for High School
67891011
18MTh, TuF6504
SD3504Analytical Writing
67891011
16MTh6500
SD3506Advanced Creative Writing
67891011
16MTh6500
SD3507Writing for College
67891011
18TuF6500
SD3508Advanced Reading & Writing
67891011
18TuF6501
Fine ArtsCourse name (click for details & availability)PrerequisitesEWHAvailable
schedules
Total feeSections
open
SD3511Fundamentals of Art
67891011
14TuTh7001
SD3515Architectural Design
67891011
30MWF10001
LanguagesCourse name (click for details & availability)PrerequisitesEWHAvailable
schedules
Total feeSections
open
SD3523First-Year Japanese
67891011
22MWF9501
SD3524Second-Year Japanese
See details
22MWF9501
Computer ScienceCourse name (click for details & availability)PrerequisitesEWHAvailable
schedules
Total feeSections
open
SD3530Elements of Web Design
6
22MWF11002
SD3531Introduction to Python
67891011
17TuTh8000
SD3535Programming in Java
See details
20MWF11000
MathematicsCourse name (click for details & availability)PrerequisitesEWHAvailable
schedules
Total feeSections
open
SD3540Foundations of Algebra
691011
15TuF6500
SD3541Algebra I
See details
30MWF10000
SD3543Introduction to Geometric Thinking
See details
16TuF6501
SD3544Geometry
See details
40MWF10001
SD3545Algebra II/Trigonometry
See details
40MWF10001
SD3546Precalculus
See details
40MWF10000
SD3547Advanced Placement Calculus AB
See details
40MWF10001
SD3550Public Speaking
67891011
13MTh, TuF6503
SD3552Social Psychology
67891011
15TuF6502
SD3558The Practice of Law
67891011
16MTh6502
SD3559Business & Finance
See details
23MWTh6500
SD3560Philosophy
67891011
15TuF6501
SD3561Advanced Placement Psychology
6789
40MWF9501
Natural SciencesCourse name (click for details & availability)PrerequisitesEWHAvailable
schedules
Total feeSections
open
SD3571Introduction to Biotechnology
67891011
17TuTh8000
SD3572Introduction to Chemistry
67891011
17TuF8001
SD3573Applied Physics
See details
18TuTh8001
SD3575Advanced Biotechnology
See details
27MWF8000
Advanced Chemistry - Canceled
SD3579Advanced Placement Biology
See details
40MWF15001
SD3581Cognitive Neuroscience
See details
26TuTh6500

Estimated Weekly Hours (EWH)

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

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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.

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Meeting times

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

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Writing & Literature


 

TitleUnits
The Writing Process5 units (2 days/wk.)
Reading for Creative Writing5 units (2 days/wk.)
Writing for High School5 units (2 days/wk.)
Analytical Writing5 units (2 days/wk.)
Advanced Creative Writing5 units (2 days/wk.)
Writing for College5 units (2 days/wk.)
Advanced Reading & Writing5 units (2 days/wk.)

 

The Writing Process
This course is meant for students who are mastering their middle school writing skills and transitioning to high school. Students will investigate the purposes for which authors write and will become purposeful readers and writers. Lessons and activities will focus on the process of writing—pre-writing, drafting, editing, and revising. Students will work in editing groups, help each other revise drafts, and learn the qualities of good writing. They will learn techniques for crafting well-written sentences, logical paragraphs, and coherent essays. Students will read, study, and discuss writing styles, and they will practice what they have learned in numerous writing assignments.
Grade requirements: For students completing Grade 7 or 8.
Homework per class meeting: 3-5 hours
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
SD3500.1
MTWTF
MTh
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMIsrael Hernandez
Closed
SD3500.2
MTWTF
MTh
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMIsrael HernandezAccepting Applications
SD3500.3
MTWTF
TuF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMJoanna Petrone
Nearly Full
SD3500.4
MTWTF
TuF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMAmy FraryAccepting Applications

 

Reading for Creative Writing
This class will focus on reading critically and passionately and on fostering creative writing skills. Students will read poetry, short stories and other works of literature, and write responses to the readings. They will visualize the imagery and explore the themes of literature in relation to their own lives. For more inspiration, class activities may include drawing and art, campus explorations, and a visit to a local museum. Students will share their insights into the mind of the author and seek to understand their own writing processes. Through improvisation, class discussion, and writing exercises, students will learn to identify and experiment with various narrative techniques. They will develop a portfolio of their own creative writing and will also write one analytic essay that will reflect their growing expertise as readers and writers.
Grade requirements: For students completing Grade 7 or 8.
Homework per class meeting: 4-6 hours
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
SD3502
MTWTF
TuF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMSarah Schwartz
Closed

 

Writing for High School
This class will provide a vehicle for students to learn high school level reading and writing skills. Through reading, class discussions, debates and group work, students will learn how to develop arguments to answer complex questions and then support their original and insightful claims with sufficient and significant evidence. Further, they will analyze their selected evidence so as to prove their claims in each paragraph and in the essay overall. Emphasis will be on learning to refine thinking and on improving writing through careful outlining, reflection on a writing rubric, revision, and peer feedback. Writing will be balanced evenly between collaborative paragraphs or paragraph parts and individual writing leading to more complete works.
Grade requirements: For students completing Grade 8 or 9.
Homework per class meeting: 3-6 hours
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
SD3503.1
MTWTF
MTh
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMJeremy Grossman
Nearly Full
SD3503.2
MTWTF
MTh
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMJeremy Grossman
Nearly Full
SD3503.3
MTWTF
TuF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMJavier Huerta
Nearly Full
SD3503.4
MTWTF
TuF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMGabriella WyattAccepting Applications

 

Analytical Writing
This course, taught at the advanced high school level, will allow students to strengthen their analytical reading and writing skills. Students will practice reading with care and will hold meaningful discussions about the texts they study. They will learn to produce well-organized, well-written, well-developed, and intellectually complex essays. They will perform the stages of writing from clarification of the assignment to final revision, working on grammar, composition, and editing.
Grade requirements: For students completing Grade 9 or 10.
Homework per class meeting: 3-5 hours
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
SD3504.1
MTWTF
MTh
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMAnna Brown
Closed
SD3504.2
MTWTF
MTh
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMJonathan Shelley
Closed

 

Advanced Creative Writing
This course will focus on purposeful reading and developing advanced creative writing skills. Students will read short stories, poems, and a couple of novels, discuss the form and purpose of meta-fiction, and revise their writing through class workshops before presenting their finished work. Students will revise and craft tone so that they can assure a reader, “This narrative came from a living, breathing, thinking being.” In their clever meta-narratives, students will also learn to be mindful not to trample on the purpose, message or content of their stories.
Grade requirements: For students completing Grade 9 and up.
Homework per class meeting: 3-5 hours
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
SD3506
MTWTF
MTh
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMAlex Franklin
Closed

 

Writing for College
Students in this course will prepare for college-level work by applying their critical reading, thinking, and writing skills to a range of topics. They will develop research and writing skills necessary to succeed beyond high school, and the will practice writing in the different registers and genres of academic fields at the college level. Students in this course should already have mastered writing for high school and will challenge themselves to synthesize information from a variety of sources in order to arrive at thoughtful and original conclusions. Through focused revision and editing, students will be able to craft clear, purposeful contributions to their fields of study.
Grade requirements: For students completing Grade 10 or 11.
Homework per class meeting: 3-6 hours
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
SD3507
MTWTF
TuF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMAileen Liu
Closed

 

Advanced Reading & Writing
This is a course for people who enjoy literature and analytic discussion so much that they want to become superb at these activities. Students will be expected to tackle complex works of literature with relish—texts will include a contemporary novel, a Shakespeare play, poems, and personal essays. Students will work not only at their analytic essay writing, but also at leading discussion. We will emphasize close reading and precise writing, and from this students’ own writing will emerge more fluidly with greater clarity and impact. In preparation for reading literature in college, students will study styles, voices, points of view, and narrative strategies. Students who do well in this course will be ready for the AP English exam.
Grade requirements: For students completing Grade 10 or 11.
Homework per class meeting: 3-6 hours
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
SD3508
MTWTF
TuF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMChristina Büchmann
Nearly Full

 

 

Fine Arts


 

TitleUnits
Fundamentals of Art5 units (2 days/wk.)
Architectural Design10 units (3 days/wk.)

 

Fundamentals of Art
This course is a comprehensive, in-depth study of the fundamentals of the arts. Students will develop observational and drawing skills through the use of a variety of media and subject matter. We will be covering a range of techniques adaptable to any student level, using various media including pencil, ink, charcoal, pastel, watercolors, tempera paint and collage. Students will explore their imagination and creativity through the investigation of themselves in self-reflections and use the basic concepts of art as knowledge to develop their ideas. Students will create multiple projects that reflect the arts as a part of their lives, viewing art in perspectives and problem solving through expression to create art as a lifelong skill. This hands-on studio class involves group and individual instruction to encourage multiple ideas and creativity.
Grade requirements: Open to all qualified SD students.
Homework per class meeting: 2-4 hours
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $130 Total: $700
SD3511
MTWTF
TuTh
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMAnnie YiAccepting Applications

 

Architectural Design
This course explores the built environment and introduces students to the architectural profession. The class focuses primarily on the formal principles of architectural design by examining examples from lectures and by visiting buildings on and off campus. Students will also develop an understanding of concepts in two-dimensional composition, furniture design, landscape architecture, and urban planning. Students will express their ideas in scaled models and drawings. The course consists of several week-long projects, including architectural drawings of existing buildings, abstract sculptural design, furniture design, and designing new landscape and architectural structures. While working individually and in teams, students will be able to explore their creative potential and develop their ability to work effectively in groups. Knowing how to draw or build models is not a prerequisite.
Grade requirements: For students completing Grade 8 and up.
Homework per class meeting: 3-8 hours
Tuition:$850 Facilities fee: $150 Total: $1000
SD3515
MTWTF
MWF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMAyda MelikaAccepting Applications

 

 

Languages


 

TitleUnits
First-Year Japanese10 units (3 days/wk.)
Second-Year Japanese10 units (3 days/wk.)

 

First-Year Japanese
This course is based on a fun, playful, and effective approach to learning Japanese. This method is a synthesis of many innovative teaching techniques developed to help accelerate students’ language learning. The two major components of this course are: (1) acquisition of basic communication skills of elementary Japanese and (2) learning hiragana and katakana syllabaries as well as some kanji characters. The language is taught multi-modally: lots of physical movement, use of pictures and graphics, conversation practices, story telling, and some story creating. Students also learn about modern Japanese life. This course is equivalent to one year of high school Japanese.
Grade requirements: Open to all qualified SD students.
Homework per class meeting: 2-5 hours
Tuition:$850 Facilities fee: $100 Total: $950
SD3523
MTWTF
MWF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMJunko HosoiAccepting Applications

 

Second-Year Japanese
Using a multi-modal approach, the class will begin where First-Year Japanese left off. The course will include a comprehensive review of katakana and kanji that students have already learned, and the introduction of much more kanji. Emphasis will be placed on consolidation of listening and speaking skills; the additional grammar and constructions will advance students’ understanding even further. In addition to our focus on learning the language, students will learn about culture and customs in contemporary Japanese life. This course covers the full content of second-year high school Japanese.
Prerequisite: Completion of First-Year Japanese or permission of the Director.
Grade requirements: For students completing Grade 8 and up.
Homework per class meeting: 2-5 hours
Tuition:$850 Facilities fee: $100 Total: $950
SD3524
MTWTF
MWF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMShiho NishidaAccepting Applications

 

 

Computer Science


 

TitleUnits
Elements of Web Design10 units (3 days/wk.)
Introduction to Python5 units (2 days/wk.)
Programming in Java10 units (3 days/wk.)

 

Elements of Web Design
The Internet Classroom
Exceptionally well-prepared Sixth Graders may apply for this course.
In this course, students will learn to combine computer code with visual art to create their own website. No programming experience is necessary; students begin with the concept of syntax and character encoding. They will become familiar with computer networks and file systems as they build standards-based web pages from the ground up using HTML5 and CSS. Students should be prepared to flex their creative muscles: coding topics will be balanced with a discussion of good visual design and layout, including digital graphics production and manipulation using Adobe Photoshop. They will also explore the Internet as a ubiquitous social medium through ideas such as anonymity, intellectual property & copyright, attention seeking, and viral information. This course provides the necessary foundation for students who want to continue on to contemporary web/mobile programming.
Grade requirements: Open to all qualified SD students.
Homework per class meeting: 2-4 hours
Tuition:$900 Facilities fee: $200 Total: $1100
SD3530.1
MTWTF
MWF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMSamuel Pierce
Nearly Full
SD3530.2
MTWTF
MWF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMSamuel PierceAccepting Applications

 

Introduction to Python
Beginning Programming
In this introductory course, students will survey computing topics and become familiar with programming basics using the language Python. No programming experience is necessary. We will cover the essential programming building blocks, beginning with the idea of a variable. From there, we will learn about common control structures, including “if” statements and “for” loops. We’ll also learn about methods, data types, and simple data structures like the array. With these tools, we will create projects to explore how computers can help solve problems, display data, and play games. We will also investigate the history and social implications of computing, and follow current trends in technological fields.

Prerequisites: None; completion of Algebra I is recommended.
Grade requirements: Open to all qualified SD students.
Homework per class meeting: 2-4 hours
Tuition:$600 Facilities fee: $200 Total: $800
SD3531.1
MTWTF
TuTh
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMDanny Tan
Closed
SD3531.2
MTWTF
TuTh
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMDanny Tan
Closed

 

Programming in Java
This course will introduce students to object-oriented programming in Java. Programming experience is helpful but not necessary; students applying for this course should already feel comfortable with file systems and rules of syntax. In the first half of the course, we will review procedural scripting basics before learning about object-oriented structures like classes. We will learn how to process structures like arrays, lists, and stacks with searching and sorting algorithms to create powerful programs. During the second half of the course, students will demonstrate their creative potential by authoring artificial intelligence agents for two simple two-dimensional computer games.
Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra I–students must be comfortable with mathematical thinking, particularly the ideas of variables and functions.
Grade requirements: Open to all qualified SD students.
Homework per class meeting: 2-3 hours
Tuition:$900 Facilities fee: $200 Total: $1100
SD3535.1
MTWTF
MWF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMJames Brotsos
Closed
SD3535.2
MTWTF
MWF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMAnh Nguyen
Closed

 

 

Mathematics


 

TitleUnits
Foundations of Algebra5 units (2 days/wk.)
Algebra I10 units (3 days/wk.)
Introduction to Geometric Thinking5 units (2 days/wk.)
Geometry10 units (3 days/wk.)
Algebra II/Trigonometry10 units (3 days/wk.)
Precalculus10 units (3 days/wk.)
Advanced Placement Calculus AB10 units (3 days/wk.)

There are additional requirements for many ATDP mathematics courses, such as:

  • application prerequisites
  • specific application materials
  • diagnostic testing for placement

Please review the Math Application and Placement Guidelines before you select a math course.  

 

Foundations of Algebra
Exceptionally well-prepared Sixth Graders may apply for this course.
This course is designed to strengthen and develop skills that are essential for students who will be entering an Algebra I course in the fall. We will study strategies for problem solving, patterns and functions, probability, graphing, equations, properties, exponents and geometric thinking. During the six-week course, we will identify individual student curricular needs and then design instruction to challenge all students in the class. Students will approach problem-solving using a scientific approach: defining the problem, making predictions and hypotheses, testing assertions, using algebra to generalize from specifics, making conclusions and supporting them with logical argument and proof. Working with the Common Core Curriculum, proofs will entail writing the process of the solution in complete form, thus demonstrating students’ mastery of the curriculum. This class is for students who have not taken Algebra I.
Grade requirements: For students completing Grade 7 or 8.
Homework per class meeting: 2-4 hours
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
SD3540
MTWTF
TuF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMClaudia Benedetti
Closed

 

Algebra I
This six-week course covers a full year of Algebra I and is aligned with Common Core standards for high school Algebra classes. Topics to be covered include patterns and graphs; writing and solving equations; numeric, geometric, and algebraic ratios; slopes and rates of change; linear functions and graphing; factoring quadratics and other polynomials; systems of linear equations and inequalities; radicals and exponents; rational and irrational numbers; and graphing quadratic functions and finding roots. Students frequently spend eight hours outside of class preparing for each class session. The atmosphere of the class is cooperative; the emphasis is on working together.
Prerequisite: Completion of Pre-Algebra, grade of A in current math class, Teacher Recommendation Form completed by current math instructor, and passing score on placement test.
Homework per class meeting: 4-8 hours
Tuition:$850 Facilities fee: $150 Total: $1000
SD3541
MTWTF
MWF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMEli Lebow
Closed

 

Introduction to Geometric Thinking
This course is designed for students who want to preview selected topics from high school Geometry. The approach is informal, with hands-on activities that will allow students to explore geometric concepts. Through a variety of techniques such as cooperative learning, the discovery method, and model-making, students will learn about the major concepts of Euclidean geometry. Students will work on a number of special projects such as tessellations. This course will give students the confidence and background to perform well in the regular or honors Geometry courses at their schools in the fall.
Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra I.
Homework per class meeting: 2-5 hours
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
SD3543
MTWTF
TuF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMSalvador HuitzilopochtliAccepting Applications

 

Geometry
This fast-paced course completes all topics of first-year Geometry: points, lines, planes, and angles; deductive reasoning; parallel lines and planes; congruent triangles; quadrilaterals; inequalities in geometry; similar polygons; right triangles; circles; constructions and loci; areas of plane figures; areas and volumes of solids; coordinate geometry; transformations; and an introduction to trigonometry. Because the course covers a full year of Geometry, students spend at least eight hours outside of class preparing for each class session.
Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra I, grade of A in current math class, Teacher Recommendation Form completed by current math instructor, and passing score on placement test.
Homework per class meeting: 8-10 hours
Tuition:$850 Facilities fee: $150 Total: $1000
SD3544.1
MTWTF
MWF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMNakia Baird
Closed
SD3544.2
MTWTF
MWF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMNakia BairdAccepting Applications

 

Algebra II/Trigonometry
This extremely fast-paced course completes all topics of second-year Algebra with trigonometry: linear functions and relations; systems of linear equations and inequalities; quadratic functions and complex numbers; exponential and logarithmic functions; rational and irrational algebraic functions; quadratic relations and systems; higher degree functions and polynomials; sequences and series; graphing techniques; circular and trigonometric functions; and use of mathematical models for applications and problem solving. Because the course covers a full year of material, students spend a great deal of time outside class preparing for each class session.
Prerequisite: Completion of Geometry, grade of A in current math class, Teacher Recommendation Form completed by current math instructor, and passing score on placement test.
Homework per class meeting: 8-10 hours
Tuition:$850 Facilities fee: $150 Total: $1000
SD3545.1
MTWTF
MWF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMTobias Jaw
Closed
SD3545.2
MTWTF
MWF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMGeorgina MountainAccepting Applications

 

Precalculus
This fast-paced course will cover topics necessary for success in Calculus. The course has a strong problem-solving element, augmented by collaborate work which includes analyzing and critiquing proofs as well as developing student’s ability and confidence to explain their work to peers. This course covers the following topics: elementary functions including graphing, composition, transformation and inverses; rational, exponential and logarithmic functions; trigonometric identities, trigonometry for right and non-right triangles, graphs of the trigonometric functions and their inverses; conics, polar coordinates, polar graphing, polar and exponential of form of complex numbers, roots of unity; series, parametric equations and vectors; introduction to limits and differentiation.
Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra II, grade of A in current math class, Teacher Recommendation Form completed by current math instructor, and passing score on placement test.
Homework per class meeting: 6-8 hours
Tuition:$850 Facilities fee: $150 Total: $1000
SD3546.1
MTWTF
MWF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMKaushik Basu
Closed
SD3546.2
MTWTF
MWF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMPhilippe Henri
Closed

 

Advanced Placement Calculus AB
This extremely fast-paced, one-year AP Calculus course will cover all of the material for the Calculus AB AP examination in May 2016: limits; continuity; tangents, velocities, rates of change; derivatives; differentiation rules; implicit differentiation; higher derivatives; related rates; applications of differentiation; indeterminate forms and l’Hôpital’s rule; integrals: areas and distance, definite integrals, the fundamental theorem of calculus, indefinite integrals and the net change theorem, substitution; applications of integration: area between curves, volume, work, average value of a function; direction fields; separable differential equations.
Prerequisite: Completion of Precalculus, grade of A in current math class, Teacher Recommendation Form completed by current math instructor, and passing score on placement test.
Homework per class meeting: 8-10 hours
Tuition:$850 Facilities fee: $150 Total: $1000
SD3547
MTWTF
MWF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMPhilippe HenriAccepting Applications

 

 

Social Sciences


 

TitleUnits
Public Speaking5 units (2 days/wk.)
Social Psychology5 units (2 days/wk.)
The Practice of Law 5 units (2 days/wk.)
Business & Finance5 units (2 days/wk.)
Philosophy5 units (2 days/wk.)
Advanced Placement Psychology10 units (3 days/wk.)

 

Public Speaking
Exceptionally well-prepared sixth graders may also apply for SD3550.1 or SD3550.2.
Students in this course will develop the writing and performance skills needed to become clear, compelling, confident, and persuasive public speakers. We will practice a variety of speaking styles, including impromptu (speaking “off the cuff” on a randomly selected topic), dramatic interpretation (of monologues from novels, plays, and films), debate (defending a position on a controversial issue), and oratory (a formal speech that seeks to inform, inspire, or persuade on a topic of your choice). We will also study, view, and analyze the performances of some of the most powerful orators of the past century. If you are seeking to reduce your anxiety about public speaking, this course provides a friendly, nonthreatening environment in which to increase your confidence. If you already enjoy public speaking, you will have an opportunity to enhance and practice your skills.

M & Th Sections (SD3550.1 & 50.2): For students completing Grades 6, 7, or 8 only.

Tu & F Section (SD3550.4): For students completing Grades 9, 10, or 11 only.
Grade requirements: Open to all qualified SD students.
Homework per class meeting: 2-3 hours
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
SD3550.1
MTWTF
MTh
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMReginald MooreAccepting Applications
SD3550.2
MTWTF
MTh
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMLaura SheflerAccepting Applications
SD3550.4
MTWTF
TuF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMLaura Shefler
Nearly Full

 

Social Psychology
Social psychology is the scientific study of the way people think about, feel, and behave in social situations. It involves understanding how people influence, and are influenced by, others around them. A primary goal of this course is to introduce you to the perspectives, research methods, and empirical findings of social psychology. We will use a college-level textbook along with supplementary readings to cover topics including: impression formation, conformity, pro-social behavior, interpersonal attraction, persuasion, stereotyping and prejudice. Equally important is the goal of cultivating your skills for analyzing the social situations and events that you encounter in your everyday lives. Finally, throughout the course, emphasis will be placed on developing critical and integrative ways of thinking about theory and research in social psychology.
Grade requirements: For students completing Grade 8 and up.
Homework per class meeting: 2-4 hours
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
SD3552.1
MTWTF
TuF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMDavin DuvalAccepting Applications
SD3552.2
MTWTF
TuF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMDavin Duval
Nearly Full

 

The Practice of Law
This course will provide an overview of social institutions and functions addressed in the practice of law. Students will participate in each of the lawyer’s roles: investigation, research, advocacy, trial preparation, and dispute resolution. In the process, students will examine the nature and history of law, interrogate parties, argue hypothetical cases, and draft legal pleadings and documents. This class requires active participation in lively classroom activities and projects, which include simulated trials, oral argument, and case briefing. Students are encouraged to participate freely in robust classroom discussions and debates, with a premium placed on the open exchange of ideas and opinions. The course will culminate in a mock trial, conducted in a courtroom setting before a presiding judge.
Grade requirements: For students completing Grade 8 and up.
Homework per class meeting: 3-5 hours
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
SD3558.1
MTWTF
MTh
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMGary Kitajo
Nearly Full
SD3558.2
MTWTF
MTh
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMGary KitajoAccepting Applications

 

Business & Finance
This course has a four-week schedule. It starts June 22 and ends July 16.
This course is a concentrated, practical and exciting introduction to business for high school students. Students will explore fundamental principles of finance and economics, including the basics of valuation, risk and return, and demand and supply. The course will emphasize real-world application through applied problems and projects, and guest speakers, including financial industry professionals and entrepreneurs. We will study how firms make decisions, the role of banks and markets, and we will explore timely macroeconomic topics such as government debt and deficits, currency fluctuation, recession, and financial and currency crises. Throughout, students will increase their financial literacy and gain tools for personal financial planning for college and beyond, including how interest accumulates, the pitfalls of credit, and understanding residential mortgage terms and risks. Students will find that the connections between these topics and the mathematical concepts they have learned in school will make their math classes more interesting and relevant.
Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra II or higher course in mathematics.
Homework per class meeting: 2-4 hours
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
SD3559
MTWTF
MWTh
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMJennifer Lyons
Closed

 

Philosophy
Philosophy derives from the Greek word ‘philosophia’ and means “love of wisdom.” The Western philosophical tradition arose in ancient Greece out of the dialogical inquiries of Socrates, who famously remarked that the “unexamined life is not worth living for human beings.” Ever since, philosophers have been occupied with the question, what does it mean to be a human being? Are we made in the image of God or part of the natural world? But what marks us off from the rest of nature? And if nothing, to what extent are we free? Is reality something shaped by human consciousness, or is it something independent? And what does this mean for our ability to know it? Is a person composed of mind and body, or are the mind and the body unified in one substance? And if the latter, is the mind reducible to the brain, or is it more akin to a program run by a computer? Humans are biological organisms, but what makes a living thing distinct from inanimate matter? This course provides a text-based introduction to the subject of philosophy. We will read selections of texts by Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Kant, Kierkegaard, and Wittgenstein, along with contemporary investigations into the philosophical foundations of cognitive neuroscience.
Grade requirements: For students completing Grade 8 and up.
Homework per class meeting: 2-4 hours
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
SD3560
MTWTF
TuF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMAlexander JamesAccepting Applications

 

Advanced Placement Psychology
This course provides a rigorous introduction to the fundamental concepts in psychology and prepares students for the May 2016 AP examination in psychology. Topics include the neurological processes that lead to thought and behavior, the processes that allow people to sense and perceive information from the environment, sleep and dreams, behavior, sources of the motivation to act, emotional experiences, language, memory, human development across the lifespan, personality, psychological disorders, friendship, altruism, bias and discrimination, research methods, and statistics. The course uses a college textbook and requires that students do a significant amount of independent reading. Students come to class prepared to engage in interactive work, such as the analysis of case studies and current or historical events. Students also design and carry out an independent research project. In order to fully prepare students for the AP examination, students get ample practice answering AP-style questions.
Grade requirements: For students completing Grade 9 and up; completion of Grade 10 recommended.
Homework per class meeting: 8-10 hours
Tuition:$850 Facilities fee: $100 Total: $950
SD3561
MTWTF
MWF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMClaire KuneshAccepting Applications

 

 

Natural Sciences


 

TitleUnits
Introduction to Biotechnology5 units (2 days/wk.)
Introduction to Chemistry5 units (2 days/wk.)
Applied Physics5 units (2 days/wk.)
Advanced Biotechnology5 units (3 days/wk.)
Advanced Chemistry5 units (2 days/wk.)
Advanced Placement Biology10 units (3 days/wk.)
Cognitive Neuroscience5 units (2 days/wk.)

 

Introduction to Biotechnology
In this course, students will be introduced to the principles and techniques of molecular biology that are used to study and manipulate DNA in basic research, medicine, forensics, and agriculture. We will begin by studying the structure and chemistry of DNA, and we will then learn about many of the laboratory techniques used in recombinant DNA technology, including restriction digests, PCR, bacterial transformation, and immunological assays. In each class meeting, students will conduct hands-on experiments and learn about the real-world uses and implications of biotechnology. Additionally, students will complete weekly current events reports and examine the ethical considerations raised by advances in the field.
Grade requirements: For students completing Grade 7 or 8.
Homework per class meeting: 3-5 hours
Tuition:$580 Facilities fee: $220 Total: $800
SD3571.1
MTWTF
TuTh
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMDeborah Clark
Closed
SD3571.2
MTWTF
TuTh
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMDeborah Clark
Closed

 

Introduction to Chemistry
Throughout this course, laboratory activities and discussions will focus on how chemists describe matter and its changes within the context of alchemy and early chemistry. Understanding the periodic table, the particulate nature of matter, ionic compounds, and solution chemistry will provide the basis for students to think about the world in terms of particles and their interactions. This course provides a grounding in scientific principles, which will prepare students to continue on to a high school chemistry class.
Grade requirements: For students completing Grade 8 and up.
Homework per class meeting: 3-5 hours
Tuition:$580 Facilities fee: $220 Total: $800
SD3572.1
MTWTF
TuF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMRachel Eaton
Nearly Full
SD3572.2
MTWTF
TuF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMRachel Eaton
Closed

 

Applied Physics
Understanding Mechanics through Tinkering and Problem-Solving
Do you wonder why that sweet spot on the baseball bat is where it is? Or why a teeter toy is so stable as it balances on a point? In this course, we will study Newtonian mechanics in depth. Alongside, we will also learn the math tool which aptly describes it: calculus. Our focus will be on solving challenging physical problems, partly through analyzing the physics of simple toys, some of which we will build. The problems we will tackle will involve making meaningful approximations, and tools like scaling and dimensional analysis will be introduced and used to gain physical insight. Topics covered include kinematics, average and instantaneous quantities, vectors, circular and projectile motion; Newton’s laws, weight and friction; conservation of energy and momentum, collisions; oscillations and fluids; scaling, dimensional analysis and approximation techniques.
Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra II/Trigonometry.
Grade requirements: For students completing Grade 9 and up.
Homework per class meeting: 4-6 hours
Tuition:$580 Facilities fee: $220 Total: $800
SD3573
MTWTF
TuTh
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMKaushik Basu
Nearly Full

 

Advanced Biotechnology
This course has a four-week schedule. It starts June 22 and ends July 17.
In this course, students will conduct advanced biotechnology experiments, including DNA extraction, PCR, bacterial transformation, and protein gel electrophoresis. Students will also research and design their own inquiry-driven experiments, which they can then continue during the school year in preparation for the science fair. Additionally, we will explore ethical and political implications of biotechnology; topics include genetically modified organisms, cloning, reproductive biotechnology, and stem cell research.
Prerequisite: Completion of high school Biology. Background in Chemistry recommended.
Grade requirements: For students completing Grade 9 and up.
Homework per class meeting: 4-6 hours
Tuition:$580 Facilities fee: $220 Total: $800
SD3575.1
MTWTF
MWF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMJay Chugh
Closed
SD3575.2
MTWTF
MWF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMJay Chugh
Closed

 

Advanced Chemistry
This course provides an opportunity for students who have already taken high school chemistry to deepen their knowledge. Laboratory activities and discussions focus on how chemists can control the types of reactions that occur—everything from color changes to explosions. Topics include bonding, chemical reactions, moles, elementary thermodynamics, and quantum chemistry. This class is ideal for students who want either to review their knowledge or to learn more chemistry in preparation for an AP Chemistry course.
Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra I and high school Chemistry.
Grade requirements: For students completing Grade 9 and up.
Homework per class meeting: 4-6 hours
Tuition:$580 Facilities fee: $220 Total: $800
SD3577
MTWTF
MTh
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMStaff
Canceled

 

Advanced Placement Biology
This course provides an opportunity for students to accelerate their study of biology with an introductory college-level biology course and to prepare for the May 2016 AP examination in Biology. The course uses a college-level textbook and follows the College Board course outline. Laboratory work is extensive and will be included in each class session. Topics include Molecular and Cellular Biology (biochemistry, cells, energy transformations), Genetics and Evolution (genetics, molecular genetics, evolution), Population Biology (plant biology and animal biology, including that of humans), and Ecology.
Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra I and high school Biology, and a background in Chemistry.
Grade requirements: For students completing Grade 9 and up; completion of Grade 10 recommended.
Homework per class meeting: 4-6 hours
Tuition:$1280 Facilities fee: $220 Total: $1500
SD3579
MTWTF
MWF
8:30 AM - 4:30 PMEric Thiel & Greg MartinezAccepting Applications

 

Cognitive Neuroscience
Cognitive neuroscientists aim to answer one of the last remaining fundamental questions of science: how does a three-pound lump of organic material—the brain—support such a wide array of functions, such as perception, thinking and reasoning, emotion, movement, and consciousness? Through active lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on activities, we will explore modern theories and applications of adult and developmental neuroscience, along with the research methodologies used (e.g., single unit recording, fMRI, EEG, psychophysics). We will use diverse college-level reading materials to introduce key topic areas of Cognitive Neuroscience, including cells and systems, sensation and perception, attention, learning and memory, emotion, and development. An end-of-year project will provide the opportunity to learn how to read and evaluate primary research articles directly from the scientists in the field and propose an experiment on a brain topic of special interest.
Prerequisite: Completion of high school Chemistry, Biology, or Psychology.
Grade requirements: For students completing Grade 9 and up.
Homework per class meeting: 6-10 hours
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
SD3581.1
MTWTF
TuTh
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMPaul Bulakowski
Closed
SD3581.2
MTWTF
TuTh
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMRichard Hale
Closed