Secondary Division 2019 Course Catalog

The 2019 summer program runs Monday, June 17th through Friday, July 26th. Morning classes are from 8:30 AM to noon, and afternoon classes are from 1:00 to 4:30 PM. Classes meet either two or three days a week.

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

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

 

 

Course Index

Writing & LiteratureCourse name (click for details & availability)PrerequisitesEWHAvailable
schedules
Total feeAvailability
SD3900The Writing Process
691011
16TuF650Full
SD3901Reading for Creative Writing
67891011
14TuTh650Full
SD3903Crafting Effective Essays
671011
18MTh650Full
SD3904Analytical Writing
67811
18MTh650Full
SD3906Advanced Creative Writing
67891011
14TuF650Full
Advanced Literary Analysis - Canceled
Fine ArtsCourse name (click for details & availability)PrerequisitesEWHAvailable
schedules
Total feeAvailability
SD3911Fundamentals of Art
67891011
18TuTh700Full
SD3915Architectural Design
67891011
27MWF1000Full
LanguagesCourse name (click for details & availability)PrerequisitesEWHAvailable
schedules
Total feeAvailability
SD3923First-Year Japanese
67891011
27MWF950Full
SD3924Second-Year Japanese
See details
33MWF950Full
Computer ScienceCourse name (click for details & availability)PrerequisitesEWHAvailable
schedules
Total feeAvailability
SD3933Elements of Web Design
61011
24MWF1100Full
SD3934Introduction to Programming
See details
18TuTh800Full
SD3935Programming in Java
See details
30MWF1100Full
SD3938Algorithms and Data Structures
See details
18TuTh800Full
MathematicsCourse name (click for details & availability)PrerequisitesEWHAvailable
schedules
Total feeAvailability
SD3940Foundations of Algebra
691011
16TuTh650Full
SD3942Algebra I
See details
34MWF1000Full
SD3943Introduction to Geometric Thinking
See details
16TuTh650Full
SD3944Geometry
See details
40MWF1000Full
SD3946Algebra II/Trigonometry
See details
34MWF1000Full
SD3947Applied Mathematics
See details
22MWF650Full
SD3948Precalculus
See details
36MWF1000Full
Advanced Placement Statistics - Canceled
SD3950Public Speaking
67891011
14TuF650Full
SD3952Social Psychology
67891011
16TuTh650Full
SD3956AI in the Economy
67891011
16TuTh650Full
SD3958The Practice of Law
67891011
14MTh650Full
SD3959Business & Finance
See details
23TuWF650Full
SD3960Philosophy & Critical Thinking
67891011
14TuF650Full
SD3961Advanced Placement Psychology
6789
30MWF950Full
Natural SciencesCourse name (click for details & availability)PrerequisitesEWHAvailable
schedules
Total feeAvailability
SD3971Introduction to Biotechnology
67891011
18TuTh800Full
SD3972Introduction to Engineering
67891011
14TuTh800Full
SD3973Introduction to Chemistry
67891011
16TuF800Full
SD3974Introduction to Astronomy & Astrophysics
See details
27MWF800Full
SD3975Advanced Biotechnology
See details
33MWF800Full
SD3977Advanced Robotic Engineering
See details
27MWF1100Full
SD3981Cognitive Neuroscience
See details
26MW, TuTh650Full

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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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.

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Writing & Literature


 

TitleUnits
The Writing Process5 units (2 days/wk.)
Reading for Creative Writing5 units (2 days/wk.)
Crafting Effective Essays5 units (2 days/wk.)
Analytical Writing5 units (2 days/wk.)
Advanced Creative Writing5 units (2 days/wk.)
Advanced Literary Analysis5 units (2 days/wk.)

 

The Writing Process
Exceptionally well-prepared Sixth Graders may apply for this course.
Course photographCourse photographThis 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 study 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.
This course is recommended for students completing Grades 7 and 8.
Homework per class meeting: 2-5 hours
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
SD3900.1
MTWTF
TuF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMTyleen Kelly
Closed
SD3900.2
MTWTF
TuF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMTyleen Kelly
Closed

 

Reading for Creative Writing
Course photographCourse photographThis 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 requirement:For students completing Grade 7 or 8.
Homework per class meeting: 2-4 hours
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
SD3901
MTWTF
TuTh
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMRosalind Diaz
Closed

 

Crafting Effective Essays
Course photographCourse photographThis class will provide a vehicle for students to sharpen their high school level reading and writing skills. Students will mold facts, speculations, beliefs, and opinions into cogent, powerful statements. Through readings, class discussions, and group work, students will learn how to develop arguments to answer complex questions and then support their original claims with sufficient and significant evidence. From carefully constructed paragraphs to complete essays, successive assignments will allow students to investigate different approaches to their writing. Emphasis will be on learning to refine thinking and on improving writing through outlining, editing and rewriting.
This course is recommended for students completing Grades 8 and 9.
Homework per class meeting: 3-6 hours
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
SD3903.1
MTWTF
MTh
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMGabriella Wyatt
Closed
SD3903.2
MTWTF
MTh
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMGabriella Wyatt
Closed

 

Analytical Writing
Course photographCourse photographThis 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, which may include visual texts as well as written texts. They will learn to incorporate critical thought and deep textual analysis 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.
This course is recommended for students completing Grades 9 and 10.
Homework per class meeting: 3-6 hours
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
SD3904.1
MTWTF
MTh
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMElizabeth Scherman
Closed
SD3904.2
MTWTF
MTh
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMStaff
Canceled

 

Advanced Creative Writing
Course photographCourse photographThis course will focus on purposeful reading and developing advanced creative writing skills. Students will read short stories, poems, and a novel, 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 requirement:For students completing Grade 9 and up.
Homework per class meeting: 2-4 hours
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
SD3906
MTWTF
TuF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMAlex Franklin
Closed

 

Advanced Literary Analysis
Course photographCourse photographThis 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 fiction and poems, leading up to a Shakespeare play. 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. The course is both preparation for reading literature in college and for doing well in AP English literature courses.
Grade requirement:For students completing Grade 10 or 11.
Homework per class meeting: 2-5 hours
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
SD3908
MTWTF
MTh
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMStaff
Canceled

 

 

Fine Arts


 

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

 

Fundamentals of Art
Course photographCourse photographThis 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, paint, collage and printmaking. 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 requirement:Open to all qualified SD students.
Homework per class meeting: 2-6 hours
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $130 Total: $700
SD3911
MTWTF
TuTh
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMMargaret Niles
Closed

 

Architectural Design
Course photographCourse photographThis course introduces students to the variety of processes that revolve around architectural thought. The class focuses on learning the practice of design by observing the immediate context that surrounds the students’ everyday life. While exploring the possibilities of architectural representation, students work to develop skills to address the challenges that imply re-imagining spaces. The overall purpose of this course is to offer students the basic knowledge to understand architecture as a means for their creative potential and their possible future professional career. The course consists of several assignments, including architectural drawings of existing buildings, abstract sculptural design, and designing new architectural structures. Knowing how to draw or build models is not a prerequisite.
Grade requirement:For students completing Grade 8 and up.
Homework per class meeting: 3-6 hours
Tuition:$850 Facilities fee: $150 Total: $1000
SD3915
MTWTF
MWF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMTania Osorio & Amina Al-Kandari
Closed

 

 

Languages


 

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

 

First-Year Japanese
Course photographCourse photographThis 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, storytelling, and some story creating. Students also learn about modern Japanese life. This course is equivalent to one year of high school Japanese.
Grade requirement:Open to all qualified SD students.
Homework per class meeting: 3-6 hours
Tuition:$850 Facilities fee: $100 Total: $950
SD3923
MTWTF
MWF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMJunko Hosoi
Closed

 

Second-Year Japanese
Course photographCourse photographUsing 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 requirement:Open to all qualified students.
Homework per class meeting: 4-8 hrs.
Tuition:$850 Facilities fee: $100 Total: $950
SD3924
MTWTF
MWF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMMaryam Atashi Golestan
Closed

 

 

Computer Science


 

TitleUnits
Elements of Web Design10 units (3 days/wk.)
Introduction to Programming5 units (2 days/wk.)
Programming in Java10 units (3 days/wk.)
Algorithms and Data Structures5 units (2 days/wk.)

Access to a desktop or laptop computer (i.e. not a tablet or Chromebook) and to the Internet outside of class is required to complete homework for all computer science courses.

 

Elements of Web Design
The Internet Classroom
Exceptionally well-prepared Sixth Graders may apply for this course.
Course photographCourse photographIn this course, students will learn to combine computer code with graphic design to create their own websites. 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 HTML 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. They will also explore non-technical topics such as anonymity, intellectual property & copyright, journalism, social media, and yes: memes. This course provides the necessary foundation for students who want to continue on to contemporary web/mobile app development.
Grade requirement:Open to all qualified SD students.
Homework per class meeting: 2-5 hours
Tuition:$900 Facilities fee: $200 Total: $1100
SD3933.1
MTWTF
MWF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMSamuel Pierce
Closed
SD3933.2
MTWTF
MWF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMSamuel Pierce
Closed

 

Introduction to Programming
Solving Problems with Python
Course photographCourse photographStudents in this class will learn how to solve puzzles with computer programming. No prior programming experience is necessary. Using the Python language, students will write programs collaboratively like experts in the field, working in pairs and critiquing each other’s programs. They will learn how to write programs that make decisions using conditional statements and interact with humans using loops and input/output. We will also talk and write about the ethical implications of technologies such as artificial intelligence and social media. Students will learn how to structure their thinking and write faster programs using the tools of algorithm and data structure design. At the end of this course, students will be able to put their logical thinking as well as their creativity to use to build relationships and tell stories with computers.
Prerequisite: None; completion of Algebra I is recommended.
Grade requirement:Open to all qualified SD students.
Homework per class meeting: 3-6 hours
Tuition:$600 Facilities fee: $200 Total: $800
SD3934.1
MTWTF
TuTh
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMFlint Christensen
Closed
SD3934.2
MTWTF
TuTh
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMFlint Christensen
Closed

 

Programming in Java
Course photographCourse photographThis course will introduce students to object-oriented programming in Java. Programming experience is helpful but not necessary; students applying for this course must already feel comfortable with file systems, rules of syntax, and mathematical thinking, particularly the ideas of variables and functions. Students learn about object-oriented structures like classes very early in the course, along with basic Java syntax and graphics. Students will also learn how to process data structures like arrays and lists. Students will use searching and sorting algorithms to create powerful programs. Toward the end of the course, students will demonstrate their creative skills through various projects that explore advanced applications, such as graphical user interfaces, as well as their ability to write formal documentation.
Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra I required. Completion of an introductory computer science course recommended.
Homework per class meeting: 3-7 hours
Tuition:$900 Facilities fee: $200 Total: $1100
SD3935.1
MTWTF
MWF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMAnh Nguyen
Closed
SD3935.2
MTWTF
MWF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMAnh Nguyen
Closed

 

Algorithms and Data Structures
New course!
Course photographCourse photographThis advanced programming course will introduce students to algorithms and their relationship to data structures, touching on several of the concepts covered in a second-year collegiate computer science curriculum. Students should already be familiar with control structures like conditionals, loops, and functions. We will develop a sense for designing algorithms and analyzing how fast they will run. We will start with one-dimensional structures and sorting algorithms, then move to more involved data structures like trees and graphs and their associated problems, such as shortest-path-finding and traversal. By focusing on creating fully-featured projects, we will combine our code with graphical user interfaces to create more powerful, efficient, and useful programs.
Prerequisite: Completion of Programming in Java or AP Computer Science, or a passing score on a placement test, or permission of the Director.
Grade requirement:Open to all qualified students.
Homework per class meeting: 3-6 hrs.
Tuition:$600 Facilities fee: $200 Total: $800
SD3938
MTWTF
TuTh
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMAaron Brookner
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.)
Applied Mathematics5 units (3 days/wk.)
Precalculus10 units (3 days/wk.)
Advanced Placement Statistics10 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.
Course photographCourse photographThis 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 requirement:For students completing Grade 7 or 8.
Homework per class meeting: 2-5 hours
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
SD3940
MTWTF
TuTh
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMClaudia Benedetti
Closed

 

Algebra I
Accelerated
Course photographCourse photographThis 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
SD3942
MTWTF
MWF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMJustine Won
Closed

 

Introduction to Geometric Thinking
Course photographCourse photographThis course is designed for students who want to tackle 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 dive into the major concepts of Euclidean geometry. Students will work together on a number of conceptual and applied projects such as constructing tessellations. This course will give students the confidence and background to engage at a high level with the coursework in the regular or honors Geometry courses at their schools in the fall.
Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra I or Integrated Math I.
Grade requirement:Open to all qualified students.
Homework per class meeting: 2-5 hours
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
SD3943
MTWTF
TuTh
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMJohn Ku
Closed

 

Geometry
Accelerated
Course photographCourse photographThis 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.
Grade requirement:Open to all qualified students.
Homework per class meeting: 6-10 hours
Tuition:$850 Facilities fee: $150 Total: $1000
SD3944.1
MTWTF
MWF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMPhilippe Henri
Closed
SD3944.2
MTWTF
MWF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMPhilippe Henri
Closed

 

Algebra II/Trigonometry
Accelerated
Course photographCourse photographThis 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.
Grade requirement:Open to all qualified students.
Homework per class meeting: 5-8 hours
Tuition:$850 Facilities fee: $150 Total: $1000
SD3946
MTWTF
MWF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMTobias Jaw
Closed

 

Applied Mathematics
Understanding Higher Math through Physics and Tinkering
This course has a four-week schedule. It starts July 1 and ends July 26.
Course photographCourse photographHave you wondered how much gas you would save if the highway speed limit were dropped to 55 miles per hour? Would you imagine that dropping paper cones may have some bearing to that question? In this course we will explore mathematical descriptions of objects in the real world through hands on projects. Students will build models using cardboard and paper to prove mathematical theorems. We will learn to use approximations effectively, and discover how they lead to the study of calculus in a natural way. We will also learn trigonometry and vectors, as well as a technique called dimensional analysis, which blends physics into algebra. Students will discover how to compute the volumes of unusual geometric objects using Cavalieri’s Principle, and use origami folding to shed new light on conic sections. We will test our mathematical results along the way by considering their physical meaning in extreme, and hopefully absurd, situations. In the process, we will get a sense of how numbers are used in science, as well as how physics inspires new mathematical ideas.
Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra II or Integrated Math III.
Grade requirement:Open to all qualified students.
Homework per class meeting: 2-4 hours
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
SD3947
MTWTF
MWF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMKaushik Basu
Closed

 

Precalculus
Accelerated
Course photographCourse photographThis fast-paced course completes all topics necessary for success in Calculus: elementary functions including inverses and transformation theory; polynomial and rational functions and their graphs; exponential and logarithmic functions; trigonometric functions of real numbers, graphs of the trigonometric functions and their inverses; trigonometric functions of angles; analytic trigonometry, identities; polar coordinates and vectors including polar graphing, polar form of complex numbers, DeMoivre’s Theorem, roots of unity; analytic geometry, conic sections including rotation of axes, polar equations of conics, parametric equations; sequences, series, sigma notation; proof by mathematical induction; introduction to limits; introduction to differentiation. The course emphasizes conceptual understanding, technical skills, and the use of technology to use mathematics to model the real world.
Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra II or Integrated Math III, grade of A in current math class, Teacher Recommendation Form completed by current math instructor, and passing score on placement test.
Grade requirement:Open to all qualified students.
Homework per class meeting: 6-10 hours
Tuition:$850 Facilities fee: $150 Total: $1000
SD3948
MTWTF
MWF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMDenny Gillingham
Closed

 

Advanced Placement Statistics
Course photographCourse photographStatistics is perhaps the most widely applicable branch of mathematics, and coursework will often use real-world data. The class is equivalent to a one-semester, introductory, non-calculus-based college course in statistics and will prepare students for the AP Statistics examination in May 2020. Guided by the AP Statistics syllabus, this course will introduce students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. There will be four themes: exploring data, sampling and experimentation, anticipating patterns, and statistical inference. Students will use technology, investigations, problem solving, and writing as they build conceptual understanding and become fluent with the language and formulas of statistics. In class, students will use graphing calculators that have extensive statistical capabilities, and students will be expected to bring a graphing calculator with statistical capabilities to the AP exam.
Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra II or Integrated Math III, grade of A in current math class, and Teacher Recommendation Form completed by current math instructor.
Grade requirement:For students completing Grade 9 and up; completion of Grade 10 recommended.
Homework per class meeting: 4-8 hours
Tuition:$850 Facilities fee: $150 Total: $1000
SD3949
MTWTF
MWF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMStaff
Canceled

 

 

Social Sciences


 

TitleUnits
Public Speaking5 units (2 days/wk.)
Social Psychology5 units (2 days/wk.)
AI in the Economy5 units (2 days/wk.)
The Practice of Law 5 units (2 days/wk.)
Business & Finance5 units (3 days/wk.)
Philosophy & Critical Thinking5 units (2 days/wk.)
Advanced Placement Psychology10 units (3 days/wk.)

 

Public Speaking
Exceptionally well-prepared returning sixth graders may also apply for SD3750.1 or SD3750.2.
Course photographCourse photographStudents 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” with minimum preparation time), 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. Public Speaking has sections divided by grade level. Section SD3850.4 for high schoolers has been canceled. Therefore, Section SD3850.1 (AM) is now open to students completing grades 7–10 instead of 6–8 as originally published. Section SD3950.2 (PM) is open to students completing grades 6, 7, or 8 only.
Grade requirement:Open to all qualified students.
Homework per class meeting: 2-4 hours
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
SD3950.1
MTWTF
TuF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMElizabeth Scherman
Closed
SD3950.2
MTWTF
TuF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMLaura Shefler
Closed
SD3950.4
MTWTF
MTh
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMStaff
Canceled

 

Social Psychology
Course photographCourse photographSocial 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 requirement:For students completing Grade 8 and up.
Homework per class meeting: 2-5 hours
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
SD3952
MTWTF
TuTh
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMCyrell Roberson
Closed

 

AI in the Economy
The Business and Financial Impacts of Artificial Intelligence
New course!
Course photographCourse photographArtificial intelligence has rapidly emerged as a key driver of business, economic opportunity, and competition. As a natural extension and evolution of key computing technologies, AI today reaches deeply into our networked ecosystem, including our search engines and social media. Students will investigate how these technologies have been responsible for reshaping business, social norms, and economic prosperity. This course will provide a condensed “deep dive” into AI, culminating in a capstone portfolio project that will provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding, knowledge, creativity and insights into the current and future impacts of AI.
Grade requirement:For students completing Grade 8 and up.
Homework per class meeting: 2-5 hours
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
SD3956
MTWTF
TuTh
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMDavid Powell
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The Practice of Law
Course photographCourse photographThis 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 requirement:For students completing Grade 8 and up.
Homework per class meeting: 2-4 hours
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
SD3958.1
MTWTF
MTh
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMStaff
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SD3958.2
MTWTF
MTh
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMGary Kitajo
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Business & Finance
This course has a four-week schedule. It starts June 17 and ends July 12.
Course photographCourse photographThis 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. 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 Integrated Math III.
Grade requirement:Open to all qualified students.
Homework per class meeting: 2-4 hours
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
SD3959
MTWTF
TuWF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMJennifer Lyons
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Philosophy & Critical Thinking
Course photographCourse photographThis course is an introduction to the interrelated fields of philosophy and critical thinking. Philosophy is the exploration of the fundamental questions of existence, life, and reality, aiming to reconcile our understanding of things from various domains. Philosophers seek to address philosophical problems, such as the problem of free will or the problem of consciousness, and construct philosophical systems that enable us meaningfully to organize our knowledge. Critical thinking is the activity of taking a critical look at our beliefs, and at the method by which we form and justify these beliefs and convey them—in writing, speech and debate—within a community of knowers and inquirers. Critical thinking offers guidance in logic and reasoning, and helps us gain awareness of the ways in which we can be led astray in the search for truth. The study of philosophy and critical thinking provides students with the resources and experience to become deeper and clearer thinkers and more capable writers, learners and researchers.
Grade requirement:For students completing Grade 8 and up.
Homework per class meeting: 2-4 hours
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
SD3960
MTWTF
TuF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMAlexander James
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Advanced Placement Psychology
Course photographCourse photographThis course provides a rigorous introduction to the fundamental concepts in psychology and prepares students for the May 2020 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 requirement:For students completing Grade 9 and up; completion of Grade 10 recommended.
Homework per class meeting: 3-7 hours
Tuition:$850 Facilities fee: $100 Total: $950
SD3961
MTWTF
MWF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMIsabella Ahrens
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Natural Sciences


 

TitleUnits
Introduction to Biotechnology5 units (2 days/wk.)
Introduction to Engineering5 units (2 days/wk.)
Introduction to Chemistry5 units (2 days/wk.)
Introduction to Astronomy & Astrophysics5 units (3 days/wk.)
Advanced Biotechnology5 units (3 days/wk.)
Advanced Robotic Engineering5 units (3 days/wk.)
Cognitive Neuroscience5 units (2 days/wk.)

 

Introduction to Biotechnology
Course photographCourse photographIn 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 requirement:For students completing Grade 7 or 8.
Homework per class meeting: 3-6 hours
Tuition:$580 Facilities fee: $220 Total: $800
SD3971.1
MTWTF
TuTh
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMDeborah Clark
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SD3971.2
MTWTF
TuTh
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMDeborah Clark
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Introduction to Engineering
Course photographCourse photographThe course is designed to give students an overview of diverse engineering disciplines—mechanical, electrical, and civil—in order to find out what engineers actually do. Students will see the difference between “science” as the discovery of new knowledge and “engineering” as the uses of that knowledge in new environments. Students will practice their own engineering skills, finding out how things work in the real world through various projects and hands-on activities. The course will emphasize creative and analytical problem solving, hands-on building activities, design, and teamwork.
Grade requirement:For students completing Grade 7 or 8.
Homework per class meeting: 2-4 hours
Tuition:$580 Facilities fee: $220 Total: $800
SD3972
MTWTF
TuTh
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMSean Ward
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Introduction to Chemistry
Course photographCourse photographThroughout 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 requirement:For students completing Grade 8 and up.
Homework per class meeting: 3-5 hours
Tuition:$580 Facilities fee: $220 Total: $800
SD3973.1
MTWTF
TuF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMKaty Kuei
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SD3973.2
MTWTF
TuF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMKaty Kuei
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Introduction to Astronomy & Astrophysics
This course has a four-week schedule. It starts June 17 and ends July 12.
Course photographCourse photographIn this course, students will learn about many of the objects that make up our solar system and surrounding galaxy, as well as some of the physics responsible for the appearance, behavior, and interactions of these objects. Students will gain a quantitative understanding of the movement of celestial objects through the sky and how astronomical tools such as telescopes, astronomical cameras, spectroscopy, space probes and orbital observatories help gather data to support claims. Topics include interactions of the Earth, Sun, & Moon; Kepler’s Laws and bodies of the solar system; types of stars; nebulae and stellar evolution; discovery of extrasolar planets; galactic structure; and relevant cosmology. Students will utilize authentic astronomical data and interpretation tools using current statistical techniques to establish the identity of objects in our Local Group. This course may include multiple observations of the sun, a late-night sky observation or field trip, and an interview with a practicing astrophysicist.
Prerequisite: Completion of Geometry or Integrated Math II.
Grade requirement:For students completing Grade 9 and up.
Homework per class meeting: 2-6 hours
Tuition:$580 Facilities fee: $220 Total: $800
SD3974
MTWTF
MWF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMLorraine Cook
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Advanced Biotechnology
This course has a four-week schedule. It starts June 17 and ends July 12.
Course photographCourse photographIn 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 requirement:For students completing Grade 9 and up.
Homework per class meeting: 4-8 hours
Tuition:$580 Facilities fee: $220 Total: $800
SD3975.1
MTWTF
MWF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMJamie Bascom
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SD3975.2
MTWTF
MWF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMJamie Bascom
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Advanced Robotic Engineering
New course!
Course photographCourse photographThis hands-on, project-based robotics class is designed to develop students’ creativity and technological savvy, and engineering skills through the process of building, programming and operating robots designed to perform specific tasks/challenges. The course begins with simple experiments involving sensors and motors. More-complicated tasks involve building integrated prototype devices that collect data using sensors, process this data using computer-language code (Robot C), and execute tasks via computer-controlled motorized manipulation of simple machines follow. Students are responsible for developing devices in teams and communicating the reasons why they chose a particular method for achieving their team’s goals. This will be done in various ways, including maintaining an engineering notebook, designing websites/blogs/posters and making presentations. The course fosters cooperative interaction and emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of robotics and the social and real-world application of technical enterprise.
Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra I or Integrated Math I.
Grade requirement:Open to all qualified students.
Homework per class meeting: 2-6 hours
Tuition:$900 Facilities fee: $200 Total: $1100
SD3977
MTWTF
MWF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMDirk Wright
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Cognitive Neuroscience
Course photographCourse photographCognitive 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 college-style 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, or Biology, or AP Psychology.
Grade requirement:For students completing Grade 9 and up.
Homework per class meeting: 6-10 hours
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
SD3981.2
MTWTF
MW
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMAnu Murthy & Nir Lahav
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SD3981.4
MTWTF
TuTh
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMAnu Murthy & Nir Lahav
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