Secondary Division 2018 Course Catalog

The 2018 summer program is Monday, June 18th through Friday, July 27th. 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 Environmental Science and 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 2017.

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
SD3800The Writing Process
691011
16TuF650Full
SD3801Reading for Creative Writing
67891011
14TuTh650Full
SD3803Crafting Effective Essays
671011
18MTh650Full
SD3804Analytical Writing
67811
18MTh650Full
SD3806Advanced Creative Writing
67891011
14TuF650Full
SD3808Advanced Literary Analysis
67891011
16MTh650Full
Fine ArtsCourse name (click for details & availability)PrerequisitesEWHAvailable
schedules
Total feeAvailability
SD3811Fundamentals of Art
67891011
18TuTh700Full
SD3815Architectural Design
67891011
27MWF1000Full
LanguagesCourse name (click for details & availability)PrerequisitesEWHAvailable
schedules
Total feeAvailability
Introduction to French - Canceled
SD3823First-Year Japanese
67891011
27MWF950Full
SD3828Advanced Placement Japanese Language & Culture
See details
33MWF950Full
Computer ScienceCourse name (click for details & availability)PrerequisitesEWHAvailable
schedules
Total feeAvailability
SD3833Elements of Web Design
61011
24MWF1100Full
SD3834Introduction to Programming
See details
18MTh, TuTh800Full
SD3835Programming in Java
See details
30MWF1100Full
SD3837Web Development
See details
14TuTh800Full
MathematicsCourse name (click for details & availability)PrerequisitesEWHAvailable
schedules
Total feeAvailability
SD3840Foundations of Algebra
691011
16TuTh650Full
SD3841Algebra I
See details
34MWF1000Full
SD3843Geometry
See details
40MWF1000Full
Visual Computing - Canceled
SD3846Algebra II/Trigonometry
See details
34MWF1000Full
SD3847Applied Mathematics
See details
22MWF650Full
SD3848Advanced Placement Statistics
See details
33MWF1000Full
SD3850Public Speaking
691011
14MTh, TuF650Full
SD3852Social Psychology
67891011
16TuTh650Full
SD3858The Practice of Law
67891011
14MTh650Full
SD3860Philosophy & Critical Thinking
67891011
14TuF650Full
SD3861Advanced Placement Psychology
6789
30MWF950Full
Natural SciencesCourse name (click for details & availability)PrerequisitesEWHAvailable
schedules
Total feeAvailability
SD3871Introduction to Biotechnology
67891011
18TuTh800Full
SD3872Introduction to Engineering
67891011
14TuTh800Full
SD3873Introduction to Chemistry
67891011
16TuF800Full
SD3874Introduction to Astronomy & Astrophysics
See details
27MWF800Full
SD3875Advanced Biotechnology
See details
33MWF800Full
Advanced Placement Environmental Science - Canceled
SD3879Advanced Placement Biology
See details
44MWF1500Full
SD3882Cognitive Neuroscience
See details
26MW650Full

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.
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 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
SD3800.1
MTWTF
TuF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMPaul Heller
Closed
SD3800.2
MTWTF
TuF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMPaul Heller
Closed

 

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 requirement:For students completing Grade 7 or 8.
Homework per class meeting: 2-4 hours
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
SD3801
MTWTF
TuTh
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMTyleen Kelly
Closed

 

Crafting Effective Essays
This class will provide a vehicle for students to sharpen their high school level reading and writing skills. Through reading, class discussions, 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.
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
SD3803.1
MTWTF
MTh
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMGabriella Wyatt
Closed
SD3803.2
MTWTF
MTh
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMGabriella Wyatt
Closed
SD3803.3
MTWTF
MTh
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMStaff
Canceled

 

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.
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
SD3804.1
MTWTF
MTh
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMElizabeth Scherman
Closed
SD3804.2
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 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
SD3806
MTWTF
TuF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMAlex Franklin
Closed

 

Advanced Literary Analysis
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 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
SD3808
MTWTF
MTh
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMJeffrey Neilson
Closed

 

 

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, 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
SD3811
MTWTF
TuTh
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMAnnie Yi
Closed

 

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, 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, and designing new 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 requirement:For students completing Grade 8 and up.
Homework per class meeting: 3-6 hours
Tuition:$850 Facilities fee: $150 Total: $1000
SD3815
MTWTF
MWF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMTania Osorio
Closed

 

 

Languages


 

TitleUnits
Introduction to French5 units (3 days/wk.)
First-Year Japanese10 units (3 days/wk.)
Advanced Placement Japanese Language & Culture10 units (3 days/wk.)

 

Introduction to French
New course!
This course will provide an introduction to French and Francophone cultures through speaking, listening, reading, and writing in French. It will be taught through language immersion and students will be speaking French from day one. Emphasis will be placed on developing student ability to create and to communicate with basic French structures and vocabulary. Linguistic and cultural mastery will be developed through oral exercises, individual and collaborative reports, class discussions, films, and music. This course is designed to cover the first semester of high school French.
Grade requirement:Open to all qualified SD students.
Homework per class meeting: 2-6 hours
Tuition:$850 Facilities fee: $100 Total: $950
SD3821
MTWTF
MWF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMStaff
Canceled

 

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, 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
SD3823
MTWTF
MWF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMJunko Hosoi
Closed

 

Advanced Placement Japanese Language & Culture
New course!
This course will build and develop strong language skills in three modes of communication: interpretive (reading, listening, and viewing), interpersonal (conversation and text chat), and presentational (oral presentation and written essay). Speaking activities will explore formal and casual speaking styles. Reading will focus on understanding of culturally relevant topics and further mastery and acquisition of new vocabulary and kanji through the process. As in preceding courses in the sequence, activities will revolve around lectures, discussions, presentations, and other performance based tasks. Students will also learn more about Japanese culture through films, games, and history. Class will be conducted mostly in Japanese. This course covers the full content of the high school AP curriculum.
Prerequisite: Completion of Third-Year Japanese with A- or above, or completion of Fourth-Year Japanese with B- or above, or permission of the Director.
Homework per class meeting: 4-8 hrs.
Tuition:$850 Facilities fee: $100 Total: $950
SD3828
MTWTF
MWF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMJunko Hosoi
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.)
Web Development5 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.
In 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 using Adobe Photoshop. 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
SD3833
MTWTF
MWF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMSamuel Pierce
Closed

 

Introduction to Programming
Solving Problems with Python
Students 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
SD3834.1
MTWTF
TuTh
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMTim Chevalier
Closed
SD3834.2
MTWTF
TuTh
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMTim Chevalier
Closed
SD3834.4
MTWTF
MTh
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMBhupinder Anwar
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 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 artificial intelligence or graphic user interfaces.
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
SD3835.1
MTWTF
MWF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMAnh Nguyen
Closed
SD3835.2
MTWTF
MWF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMAnh Nguyen
Closed

 

Web Development
The Advanced Internet Classroom
Want to build your own online store, mobile-friendly chatroom, or even your own Facebook? This course will teach students how to build complex, dynamic websites using PHP and jQuery. This course expands on the concepts in Elements of Web Design and computer programming classes. Students will become familiar with several new languages and the basics of database design. Particular attention will be paid to the reading and comprehension of programming APIs, allowing students to continue to grow as independent computer scientists.
Prerequisite: Completion of Elements of Web Design and an introductory programming class (such as Programming in Java), or a passing score on a placement test, or permission of the Director.
Homework per class meeting: 2-4 hrs.
Tuition:$600 Facilities fee: $200 Total: $800
SD3837
MTWTF
TuTh
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMShawn McDonald & Samuel Pierce
Closed

 

 

Mathematics


 

TitleUnits
Foundations of Algebra5 units (2 days/wk.)
Algebra I10 units (3 days/wk.)
Geometry10 units (3 days/wk.)
Visual Computing5 units (2 days/wk.)
Algebra II/Trigonometry10 units (3 days/wk.)
Applied Mathematics5 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.
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 requirement:For students completing Grade 7 or 8.
Homework per class meeting: 2-5 hours
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
SD3840
MTWTF
TuTh
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMClaudia Benedetti
Closed

 

Algebra I
Accelerated
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 Review 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
SD3841
MTWTF
MWF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMDenny Gillingham
Closed

 

Geometry
Accelerated
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 Review Form completed by current math instructor, and passing score on placement test.
Homework per class meeting: 6-10 hours
Tuition:$850 Facilities fee: $150 Total: $1000
SD3843.1
MTWTF
MWF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMPhilippe Henri
Closed
SD3843.2
MTWTF
MWF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMPhilippe Henri
Closed

 

Visual Computing
With Mathematical Constructions
New course!
This course explores the relationship between geometry, algebra, art, and technology. Starting with the fundamental geometric constructions using a compass and straightedge, students then expand on these concepts to create their own designs both by hand and by using The Geometer’s Sketchpad® software to create geometry-based artwork such as spirals, fractals, perspective drawings, and even animations. Students will review and apply many algebraic solving techniques as well as geometry principles in order to make deeper connections with the constructions that they do. This will give students the opportunity to reinforce algebraic skills and geometric conceptual understanding that are necessary for success in Algebra 2. Students will also focus on articulating math concepts precisely, an important practice that is greatly emphasized by the Common Core.
Prerequisite: Completion of Geometry or Integrated Math II.
Homework per class meeting: 2-5 hours
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
SD3844
MTWTF
TuTh
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMStaff
Canceled

 

Algebra II/Trigonometry
Accelerated
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 Review Form completed by current math instructor, and passing score on placement test.
Homework per class meeting: 5-8 hours
Tuition:$850 Facilities fee: $150 Total: $1000
SD3846
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 2 and ends July 27.
Have 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 coffee filters may have some bearing to that question? This course will explore mathematical descriptions of objects in the real world through hands on projects. Students will build interesting toys to ‘prove’ mathematical theorems. We will learn to use approximations effectively, and discover how these ideas lead to the study of calculus in a natural way. We will also be learning trigonometry and vectors, as well as a technique called dimensional analysis, which blends physics into algebra. We will be testing 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 can inspire new mathematical ideas.
Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra II or Integrated Math III.
Homework per class meeting: 2-4 hours
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
SD3847
MTWTF
MWF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMKaushik Basu
Closed

 

Advanced Placement Statistics
Statistics 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 2019. 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 Review 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
SD3848
MTWTF
MWF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMAmy Arneson
Closed

 

 

Social Sciences


 

TitleUnits
Public Speaking5 units (2 days/wk.)
Social Psychology5 units (2 days/wk.)
The Practice of Law 5 units (2 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.
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.
Tu & F Sections (SD3750.1 & 50.2): For students completing Grades 6, 7, or 8 only.
M & Th Section (SD3750.4): For students completing Grades 9, 10, or 11 only.
Homework per class meeting: 2-4 hours
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
SD3850.1
MTWTF
TuF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMElizabeth Scherman
Closed
SD3850.2
MTWTF
TuF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMLaura Shefler
Closed
SD3850.4
MTWTF
MTh
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMLaura Shefler
Closed

 

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 requirement:For students completing Grade 8 and up.
Homework per class meeting: 2-5 hours
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
SD3852
MTWTF
TuTh
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMCyrell Roberson
Closed

 

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 requirement:For students completing Grade 8 and up.
Homework per class meeting: 2-4 hours
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
SD3858.1
MTWTF
MTh
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMStaff
Canceled
SD3858.2
MTWTF
MTh
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMChris Reggie
Closed

 

Philosophy & Critical Thinking
New course!
This course is an introduction to the interrelated fields of philosophy and critical thinking. Philosophy is the exploration of the fundamental questions of existence 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
SD3860
MTWTF
TuF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMAlexander James
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Advanced Placement Psychology
This course provides a rigorous introduction to the fundamental concepts in psychology and prepares students for the May 2019 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
SD3861
MTWTF
MWF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMDante Dixson
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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 Placement Environmental Science10 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 requirement:For students completing Grade 7 or 8.
Homework per class meeting: 3-6 hours
Tuition:$580 Facilities fee: $220 Total: $800
SD3871.1
MTWTF
TuTh
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMDeborah Clark
Closed
SD3871.2
MTWTF
TuTh
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMDeborah Clark
Closed

 

Introduction to Engineering
The 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
SD3872
MTWTF
TuTh
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMBethany Smith
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 requirement:For students completing Grade 8 and up.
Homework per class meeting: 3-5 hours
Tuition:$580 Facilities fee: $220 Total: $800
SD3873.1
MTWTF
TuF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMBill Kingsbury
Closed
SD3873.2
MTWTF
TuF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMBill Kingsbury
Closed

 

Introduction to Astronomy & Astrophysics
This course has a four-week schedule. It starts June 18 and ends July 13.
In 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
SD3874
MTWTF
MWF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMLorraine Cook
Closed

 

Advanced Biotechnology
This course has a four-week schedule. It starts June 18 and ends July 13.
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 requirement:For students completing Grade 9 and up.
Homework per class meeting: 4-8 hours
Tuition:$580 Facilities fee: $220 Total: $800
SD3875.1
MTWTF
MWF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMJay Chugh
Closed
SD3875.2
MTWTF
MWF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMJay Chugh
Closed

 

Advanced Placement Environmental Science
In this course, students will build on their knowledge of natural and physical sciences while rigorously preparing for the AP Environmental Science exam. The course will cover a broad range of topics including ecosystem ecology, energy resources and consumption, population growth, land and water use, waste and pollution, and global change. Students will use their growing understanding of scientific principles and reasoning to explore, analyze, and propose solutions to a series of current environmental problems, both natural and human-made. Inquiry based labs and occasional field trips will allow students to apply course concepts to real world scenarios. The AP Environmental Science course is designed to be the equivalent of a one-semester, introductory college course in environmental science.
Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra I, high school Biology, and high school Chemistry. A course in Earth Science is helpful but not required.
Grade requirement:For students completing Grade 9 and up.
Homework per class meeting: 4-8 hours
Tuition:$850 Facilities fee: $220 Total: $1070
SD3877
MTWTF
TuTh
9:00 AM - 3:30 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 2019 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, high school Biology, and high school Chemistry.
Grade requirement:For students completing Grade 9 and up; completion of Grade 10 recommended.
Homework per class meeting: 4-10 hours
Tuition:$1280 Facilities fee: $220 Total: $1500
SD3879
MTWTF
MWF
8:30 AM - 4:30 PMGreg Martinez
Closed

 

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 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, 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
SD3882
MTWTF
MW
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMPaul Bulakowski
Closed