Secondary Division 2020 Course Catalog

The 2020 summer program runs Monday, June 22nd through Friday, July 31st. 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 2020.

This course catalog has been updated to reflect ATDP's new online format for 2020. See our SD2020 Online Student Guide for details, including instructions to request to change courses or to be added to the wait pool for a full couse.

The Secondary Division is now closed to new applicants. Those who have already applied may refer to this page to see which classes potentially have spots left.

 

Course Listings

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SDR0100The Writing Process
691011
18TuF650Full

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For students mastering middle school writing skills and transitioning to high school. Explores various methods of analysis and the stages of writing persuasively.
Course load:Half year equivalent
Self-study and homework required: 2-5 hours per class meetingTime commitment per week:Up to 18 hours
This course is recommended for students completing Grades 7 and 8.
Tuition Total:
$650
Total with full aid award:
$80
Exceptionally well-prepared Sixth Graders may apply for this course.

Full course description

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.

Schedules

SDR0100.1
MTWTF
TuF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMTyleen Kelly
Closed
SDR0100.2
MTWTF
TuF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMTyleen Kelly
Closed
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Reading for Creative Writing - Canceled

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For middle school students with a keen interest in fiction and creative writing. Critical reading and varied activities around campus inspire student work.
Course load:Half year equivalent
Self-study and homework required: 2-5 hours per class meetingTime commitment per week:Up to 18 hours
Grade requirement:For students completing Grade 7 or 8.
Tuition Total:
$650
Total with full aid award:
$80

Full course description

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.

Schedules

SDR0101.1
MTWTF
TuTh
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMStaff
Canceled
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SDR0103Crafting Effective Essays
671011
20MTh650Full

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For students developing high school reading and writing skills. Focuses on essay development and revision.
Course load:Half year equivalent
Self-study and homework required: 3-6 hours per class meetingTime commitment per week:Up to 20 hours
This course is recommended for students completing Grades 8 and 9.
Meets UC/CSU A–G requirement:English (B)
Tuition Total:
$650
Total with full aid award:
$80

Full course description

This 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.

Schedules

SDR0103.1
MTWTF
MTh
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMGabriella Wyatt
Closed
SDR0103.2
MTWTF
MTh
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMGabriella Wyatt
Closed
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SDR0104Analytical Writing
67811
20MTh650Full

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For students mastering high school writing skills and transitioning to college-level textual analysis.
Course load:Half year equivalent
Self-study and homework required: 3-6 hours per class meetingTime commitment per week:Up to 20 hours
This course is recommended for students completing Grades 9 and 10.
Meets UC/CSU A–G requirement:English (B)
Tuition Total:
$650
Total with full aid award:
$80

Full course description

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, 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.

Schedules

SDR0104.2
MTWTF
MTh
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMElizabeth Scherman
Closed
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SDR0106Advanced Creative Writing
67891011
16TuF650Full

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For high school students with a keen interest in fiction and creative writing.
Course load:Half year equivalent
Self-study and homework required: 2-4 hours per class meetingTime commitment per week:Up to 16 hours
Grade requirement:For students completing Grade 9 and up.
Meets UC/CSU A–G requirement:English (B)
Tuition Total:
$650
Total with full aid award:
$80

Full course description

In this course we’ll go beyond the idea of “beginning, middle, and end” and unlock our creativity as writers by exploring many different forms of fiction and narrative. We’ll take inspiration from innovative and uniquely structured novels, stories, and essays, and we’ll look at the vital relationships between creative writing and other art forms. In addition to fiction, short nonfiction, and poetry, we’ll study a graphic novel and hybrid works, and together we’ll try out new forms in our own creative writing. Through writing experiments, discussions, film viewings, listening exercises, and virtual field trips, we’ll broaden the ways we think about voice, narrative time, point-of-view, and plot, all with the aim of writing more freely and creatively. Students will leave this course aware of new possibilities and with several pieces of creative writing in progress.

Schedules

SDR0106.2
MTWTF
TuF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMMark Cunningham
Closed
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SDR0108Advanced Literary Analysis
67891011
16MWF650Open

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Course load:Half year equivalent
Self-study and homework required: 2-5 hours per class meetingTime commitment per week:Up to 16 hours
Grade requirement:For students completing Grade 10 or 11.
Tuition Total:
$650
Total with full aid award:
$80
This course has a four-week schedule. It starts July 6 and ends July 31.

Full course description

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.

Schedules

SDR0108.2
MTWTF
MWF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMJeffrey NeilsonOpen
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SDR0110Public Speaking on the Digital Frontier
67891011
18TuF650Full

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For students who want to develop writing and speaking skills. Covers a variety of speaking styles, oratory, and debate.
Course load:Half year equivalent
Self-study and homework required: 2-5 hours per class meetingTime commitment per week:Up to 18 hours
Grade requirement:Open to all qualified students.
Tuition Total:
$650
Total with full aid award:
$80
Exceptionally well-prepared returning Sixth Graders may apply for this course.

Students will need the ability to film presentations digitally for projects in between live class sessions.

Full course description

Students in this course will develop the writing, performance, and technical skills to become clear, confident, and persuasive communicators online. As we practice a variety of speaking styles, including 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 master a range of online tools for connecting with an audience. 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 speaking to an online audience, this course will provide a friendly, flexible, yet challenging environment. If you already enjoy public speaking, you will have an opportunity to enhance and practice your skills.

Schedules

SDR0110.1
MTWTF
TuF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMStaff
Canceled
SDR0110.2
MTWTF
TuF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMLaura Shefler
Closed
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SDR0111Fundamentals of Art
67891011
16TuTh700Full

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Complete multiple projects in this hands-on studio art class using a variety of media.
Course load:Half year equivalent
Self-study and homework required: 2-4 hours per class meetingTime commitment per week:Up to 16 hours
Grade requirement:Open to all qualified SD students.
Meets UC/CSU A–G requirement:Visual & Performing Arts (F)
Tuition Total:
$700
Total with full aid award:
$130
This course includes a supply list. Students will need a work surface at home.

Full course description

This course is a comprehensive study of the fundamentals of visual art. Students will develop observational and drawing skills through the use of a variety of media and subject matter. Instruction will cover a range of techniques adaptable to any student level, using various media including pencil, ink, charcoal, pastel, watercolors, paint, and collage. Students will explore their imaginations and creativity and use the basic concepts of art to develop their ideas. Students will create multiple short term projects that leave room for personal choice and expression and that reflect their unique perspectives. Class involves group and individualized instruction and feedback and online participation to encourage multiple ideas and creativity.

List of course topics

  • Drawing in graphite
  • Colored pencil drawing
  • Color theory through painting
  • Watercolor techniques
  • Sketching in ink with natural objects
  • Illumination

Schedules

SDR0111.1
MTWTF
TuTh
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMMargaret Niles
Closed
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SDR0115Architectural Design
67891011
33MWF1000Full

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For students who want to develop their creative skills and eye for detail, from planning and designing projects to building and presenting finished models. No technical background is needed.
Course load:Full year equivalent
Self-study and homework required: 4-8 hours per class meetingTime commitment per week:Up to 33 hours
Grade requirement:For students completing Grade 8 and up.
Meets UC/CSU A–G requirement:College-Preparatory Elective (G)
Tuition Total:
$1000
Total with full aid award:
$150
This course includes a supply list. Students will need a work surface at home.

Full course description

This course will introduce students to the multiple forms of approaching the discipline of architecture. They will learn about the causes and consequences of architectural design through contemporary and historical examples. They will develop critical skills of observation that will allow them to see the built environment as the materialization of design, but also as the representation of societal constructions that respond to specific cultural ideas. By learning to analyze and design the space critically, they will begin to understand the power of architectural design in building human relations, from the scale of the house to that of the city. Students will learn to think about the processes that revolve around the planning, production, and perception of architecture. They will practice drawing and drafting skills and learn the language of architectural representation, in order to address the challenge that implies to design and re-imagine spaces. The overall purpose of this course is to offer students the necessary knowledge to understand architecture as a means to their creativity and their possible future professional development.

Schedules

SDR0115.1
MTWTF
MWF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMTania Osorio
Closed
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Public Speaking & Performance - Canceled

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For high schoolers who want to develop writing, performance, and analytical skills. Covers a variety of speaking styles toward a final production. Younger students see Introduction to Public Speaking.
Prerequisite: Completion of Public Speaking or 9th grade English.
Course load:Half year equivalent
Self-study and homework required: 2-5 hours per class meetingTime commitment per week:Up to 18 hours
Grade requirement:Recommended for students completing Grade 9 and up.
Meets UC/CSU A–G requirement:In process for A-G approval
Tuition Total:
$650
Total with full aid award:
$80
New course!

Full course description

This course will approach public speaking and presentation as essential element of success in many fields of pursuit, from business to science to the arts. Students will develop and polish their ability to engage, entertain, and communicate with an audience while projecting skill, confidence, and grace. Students will work in groups on all components of a public presentation, including writing, production, and delivery. We will learn strategies from the orators of the past as well as contemporary speakers and performers. The class will culminate in a performance before an audience during the last week of class.

Schedules

SDR0116.2
MTWTF
MTh
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMStaff
Canceled
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SDR0123First-Year Japanese
67891011
33MWF950Almost full

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Learn Japanese through varied activities like movement, storytelling, and conversation. Complete the full year of Japanese 1 in six weeks. Requires significant self-study in the weeks prior to the start of class.
Course load:Full year equivalent
Self-study and homework required: 4-8 hours per class meetingTime commitment per week:Up to 33 hours
Grade requirement:Open to all qualified SD students.
Meets UC/CSU A–G requirement:In process for A-G approval
Tuition Total:
$950
Total with full aid award:
$100

Full course description

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.

Schedules

SDR0123.1
MTWTF
MWF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMJunko Hosoi
Nearly Full
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Second-Year Japanese - Canceled

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Continue where First-Year Japanese left off, focusing on conversation, listening, and additional kanji. Complete the full year of Japanese 2 in six weeks.
Prerequisite: Completion of First-Year Japanese, or permission of the Director.
Course load:Full year equivalent
Self-study and homework required: 4-8 hrs. per class meetingTime commitment per week:Up to 33 hours
Grade requirement:Open to all qualified students.
Meets UC/CSU A–G requirement:Language Other than English (E)
Tuition Total:
$950
Total with full aid award:
$100

Full course description

Using a multi-modal approach, the class will begin where First-Year Japanese left off. The course will include a comprehensive review of katakana and kanji that students have already learned, and the introduction of much more kanji. Emphasis will be placed on consolidation of listening and speaking skills; the additional grammar and constructions will advance students’ understanding even further. In addition to our focus on learning the language, students will learn about culture and customs in contemporary Japanese life. This course covers the full content of second-year high school Japanese.

Schedules

SDR0124.2
MTWTF
MWF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMStaff
Canceled
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SDR0130Introduction to Programming
67891011
18TuTh800Full

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Solving Problems with Python

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For students new to coding with no computer science experience. Covers fundamental concepts in a semester-equivalent programming course.
Course load:Half year equivalent
Self-study and homework required: 2-5 hours per class meetingTime commitment per week:Up to 18 hours
Grade requirement:Open to all qualified SD students.
Meets UC/CSU A–G requirement:In process for A-G approval
Tuition Total:
$800
Total with full aid award:
$200

Full course description

This course is designed for complete beginners with no previous background in computer science. The course is highly visual, dynamic, and interactive, making it engaging for new coders. This course teaches the foundations of computer science and basic programming, with an emphasis on students developing logical thinking and problem solving skills. In this course students will learn material equivalent to a semester high school introductory course in Computer Science and be able to program in Python. Conditionals, looping, functions and data structures are all covered extensively. The course utilizes a blended classroom approach. The content is fully web-based, with students writing and running code in the browser. Teachers utilize tools and resources to give focused one-on-one attention to students.

Schedules

SDR0130.1
MTWTF
TuTh
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMFlint Christensen
Closed
SDR0130.2
MTWTF
TuTh
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMFlint Christensen
Closed
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SDR0133Elements of Web Design
61011
25MWF1100Full

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The Internet Classroom

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For students with a keen interest in coding, visual design, and the cultural impacts of the Internet. No programming experience required.
Course load:Half year equivalent
Self-study and homework required: 2-5 hours per class meetingTime commitment per week:Up to 25 hours
Grade requirement:Open to all qualified SD students.
Meets UC/CSU A–G requirement:College-Preparatory Elective (G)
Tuition Total:
$1100
Total with full aid award:
$200
Exceptionally well-prepared Sixth Graders may apply for this course.

Full course description

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. They will also explore non-technical topics such as anonymity, privacy, intellectual property & copyright, the digital divide, 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.

Schedules

SDR0133.1
MTWTF
MWF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMSamuel Pierce
Closed
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SDR0134Computer Science Principles (AP-aligned)
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30MWF1100Full

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For students new to coding with no computer science experience. Covers the majority of topics in AP Computer Science Principles in six weeks. With additional self-study and review, students will be prepared to take the AP exam in May.
Course load:Full year equivalent
Self-study and homework required: 3-6 hours per class meetingTime commitment per week:Up to 30 hours
Grade requirement:For students completing Grade 8 and up; completion of Grade 9 recommended.
Meets UC/CSU A–G requirement:College-Preparatory Elective (G)
Tuition Total:
$1100
Total with full aid award:
$200
New course!

Full course description

This course is accessible for beginning programmers, but covers all of the content included in the AP Computer Science Principles course and will prepare students to independently take that exam in May 2021. In this course, students will develop computational thinking skills vital for success across all disciplines, such as using computational tools to analyze and study data and working with large data sets to analyze, visualize, and draw conclusions from trends. The course engages students in the creative aspects of the field by allowing them to develop computational artifacts based on their interests. Students will also develop effective communication and collaboration skills by working individually and collaboratively to solve problems, and will discuss and write about the impacts these solutions could have on their community, society, and the world. Students cultivate their understanding of computer science through working with data, collaborating to solve problems, and developing computer programs as they explore concepts like creativity, abstraction, data and information, algorithms, programming, the Internet, and the global impact of computing.

Schedules

SDR0134.1
MTWTF
MWF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMFlint Christensen
Closed
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SDR0135Programming in Java (AP-aligned)Click for details30MWF1100Full

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For students who want to master object-oriented programming. Coding experience recommended but not required. Covers the majority of topics in AP Computer Science A in six weeks. With additional self-study and review, students will be prepared to take the AP exam in May.
Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra I required. Completion of an introductory computer science course recommended.
Course load:Full year equivalent
Self-study and homework required: 3-6 hours per class meetingTime commitment per week:Up to 30 hours
Grade requirement:Open to all qualified students.
Meets UC/CSU A–G requirement:College-Preparatory Elective (G)
Tuition Total:
$1100
Total with full aid award:
$200

Full course description

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 graphical user interfaces, as well as their ability to write formal documentation.

Schedules

SDR0135.1
MTWTF
MWF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMAnh Nguyen
Closed
SDR0135.2
MTWTF
MWF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMAnh Nguyen
Closed
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SDR0137Web DevelopmentClick for details20TuTh800Almost full

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For students who have mastered basic web design and programming concepts, and who want to build independent web development skills. Covers dynamic web page coding on front-end and back-end, including database design.
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.
Course load:Half year equivalent
Self-study and homework required: 3-6 hrs. per class meetingTime commitment per week:Up to 20 hours
Grade requirement:Open to all qualified students.
Meets UC/CSU A–G requirement:College-Preparatory Elective (G) - UC Honors designated
Tuition Total:
$800
Total with full aid award:
$200

Full course description

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 Javascript. 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 programming & relational data design. As the complexity of coursework increases, students will be introduced to topics in programming ethics, examining how these capabilities impact modern societies and culture, such as through AI and "Big Data." Particular attention will be paid to the reading and comprehension of programming APIs, allowing students to continue to grow as independent computer scientists.

Schedules

SDR0137.1
MTWTF
TuTh
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMSamuel Pierce
Nearly Full
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SDR0140Foundations of Algebra
691011
18TuTh650Full

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For students planning to enter Algebra I or Integrated Math 1 in the fall. Develop problem-solving skills for algebra based on the Common Core approach.
Course load:Half year equivalent
Self-study and homework required: 2-5 hours per class meetingTime commitment per week:Up to 18 hours
Grade requirement:For students completing Grade 7 or 8.
Tuition Total:
$650
Total with full aid award:
$80
Exceptionally well-prepared Sixth Graders may apply for this course.

Full course description

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.

Schedules

SDR0140.2
MTWTF
TuTh
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMBeth Flynn
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SDR0142Algebra IClick for details36MWF1000Almost full

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For students planning to enter Geometry in the fall. Complete the full year of Algebra I in six weeks, aligned with Common Core high school standards. Recommended only for students who are seeking acceleration at their school.
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. See math application & placement.
Course load:Full year equivalent
Self-study and homework required: 6-10 hours per class meetingTime commitment per week:Up to 36 hours
Grade requirement:Open to all qualified students.
Meets UC/CSU A–G requirement:Mathematics (C)
Tuition Total:
$1000
Total with full aid award:
$150
Accelerated

Full course description

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.

Schedules

SDR0142.1
MTWTF
MWF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMMonique Duncan-Harris
Nearly Full
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SDR0143Introduction to Geometric ThinkingClick for details16TuTh650Full

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Introduces selected topics in geometry through activities and projects. Recommended for students planning to enter regular or honors-level Geometry in the fall.
Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra I or Integrated Math I.
Course load:Half year equivalent
Self-study and homework required: 2-4 hours per class meetingTime commitment per week:Up to 16 hours
Grade requirement:Open to all qualified students.
Meets UC/CSU A–G requirement:Mathematics (C)
Tuition Total:
$650
Total with full aid award:
$80

Full course description

This 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.

Schedules

SDR0143.1
MTWTF
TuTh
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMJohn Ku
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Geometry - Canceled

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For students planning to enter Algebra II/Trigonometry in the fall. Complete the full year of Geometry in six weeks. Recommended only for students who are seeking credit or acceleration at their school.
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. See math application & placement.
Course load:Full year equivalent
Self-study and homework required: 6-10 hours per class meetingTime commitment per week:Up to 40 hours
Grade requirement:Open to all qualified students.
Meets UC/CSU A–G requirement:Mathematics (C)
Tuition Total:
$1000
Total with full aid award:
$150
Accelerated

Full course description

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.

Schedules

SDR0144.1
MTWTF
MWF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMStaff
Canceled
SDR0144.2
MTWTF
MWF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMStaff
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SDR0145Introduction to Higher AlgebraClick for details20TuTh650Full

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Introduces selected topics from advanced algebra, including number systems and proofs. Recommended for students planning to enter Algebra II/Trigonometry or Integrated Math 3 in the fall.
Prerequisite: Completion of Geometry or Integrated Math 2.
Course load:Half year equivalent
Self-study and homework required: 3-6 hours per class meetingTime commitment per week:Up to 20 hours
Grade requirement:Open to all qualified students.
Meets UC/CSU A–G requirement:Mathematics (C)
Tuition Total:
$650
Total with full aid award:
$80
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Students will need to turn in photos of completed coursework; a decent phone camera is fine.

Full course description

Can you solve a geometry problem more easily if there is a square root of -1? Are “proofs” just for Geometry or can they apply to Algebra as well? This course is designed to explore advanced topics in algebra, from the point of view of operations and properties of operations. Students will gain a deeper understanding of algebra, and of problem-solving and how to think about mathematics. Students will justify facts of algebra by writing both proofs and more informal reasoning. Possible topics include the familiar properties of operations (such as the distributive property) and unfamiliar properties of other operations (such as anticommutativity); number systems, √-1, and complex numbers; and modular arithmetic ("clock arithmetic"). One important goal of the course is to develop mathematical thinking used in advanced algebra. The atmosphere of the class is cooperative; the emphasis is on understanding why something is true and explaining it, not merely on obtaining answers. The course will provide additional preparation to students entering Algebra II or Integrated Math 3.

Schedules

SDR0145.1
MTWTF
TuTh
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMEli Lebow
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Algebra II/Trigonometry - Canceled

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For students planning to enter Precalculus in the fall. Complete the full year of Algebra II/Trigonometry in six weeks. Recommended only for students who are seeking credit or acceleration at their school.
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. See math application & placement.
Course load:Full year equivalent
Self-study and homework required: 6-10 hours per class meetingTime commitment per week:Up to 40 hours
Grade requirement:Open to all qualified students.
Meets UC/CSU A–G requirement:Mathematics (C)
Tuition Total:
$1000
Total with full aid award:
$150
Accelerated

Full course description

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.

Schedules

SDR0146.2
MTWTF
MWF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMStaff
Canceled
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SDR0147Applied MathematicsClick for details25MWF650Open

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Understanding Higher Math through Physics and Tinkering

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Introduces selected topics in calculus and physics through activities and projects. Recommended for students planning to enter Precalculus or Calculus in the fall.
Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra II or Integrated Math III.
Course load:Half year equivalent
Self-study and homework required: 2-5 hours per class meetingTime commitment per week:Up to 25 hours
Grade requirement:Open to all qualified students.
Meets UC/CSU A–G requirement:Mathematics (C)
Tuition Total:
$650
Total with full aid award:
$80
This course has a four-week schedule. It starts July 6 and ends July 31.

Students will need craft paper supplies, and will need to turn in photos of completed coursework; a decent phone camera is fine.

Full course description

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 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.

List of course topics

  • Trigonometric relations with origami
  • Vector geometry
  • Extreme-case reasoning
  • Dimensional analysis
  • Cavalieri's principle and volume computations
  • Application of origami to trigonometry and conic sections
  • Scaling components

Schedules

SDR0147.1
MTWTF
MWF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMKaushik BasuOpen
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SDR0148PrecalculusClick for details36MWF1000Almost full

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For students planning to enter AP Calculus in the fall. Complete the full year of Precalculus in six weeks. Recommended only for students who are seeking credit or acceleration at their school.
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. See math application & placement.
Course load:Full year equivalent
Self-study and homework required: 6-10 hours per class meetingTime commitment per week:Up to 36 hours
Grade requirement:Open to all qualified students.
Meets UC/CSU A–G requirement:Mathematics (C)
Tuition Total:
$1000
Total with full aid award:
$150
Accelerated

Students will need to turn in photos of completed coursework; a decent phone camera is fine.

Full course description

This course guides you through the fundamental ideas that build a foundation for calculus: topics include elementary functions including inverses and transformations; polynomial and rational functions and their graphs; exponential and logarithmic functions; trigonometric functions and their inverses, identities and equations. We will introduce polar coordinates, parametric equations, and complex numbers, including polar and exponential form of complex numbers as well as vectors, including the dot product and linear independence. Some optional topics: conic sections; arithmetic and geometric series, which will depend on student preparation and interest. The course will conclude with rates of change of functions, and using limits. The course emphasizes collaborative problem-solving, conceptual understanding, and using mathematics to model the real world.

Schedules

SDR0148.2
MTWTF
MWF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMKaushik Basu
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Statistics (AP-aligned) - Canceled

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For students planning to take the AP exam for AP Statistics in May 2021. Complete the full year of AP Statistics in six weeks. For grades 9 and up; completion of 10th grade recommended.
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. See math application & placement.
Course load:Full year equivalent
Self-study and homework required: 6-10 hours per class meetingTime commitment per week:Up to 36 hours
Grade requirement:For students completing Grade 9 and up; completion of Grade 10 recommended.
Meets UC/CSU A–G requirement:Mathematics (C) - UC Honors designated
Tuition Total:
$1000
Total with full aid award:
$150

Full course description

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 2021. 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.

Schedules

SDR0149.1
MTWTF
MWF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMStaff
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SDR0152Social Psychology
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16TuTh650Full

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Introduces topics, research methods, and findings in the field of social psychology. College-level texts are used.
Course load:Half year equivalent
Self-study and homework required: 2-4 hours per class meetingTime commitment per week:Up to 16 hours
Grade requirement:For students completing Grade 8 and up.
Meets UC/CSU A–G requirement:In process for A-G approval
Tuition Total:
$650
Total with full aid award:
$80

Full course description

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.

Schedules

SDR0152.2
MTWTF
TuTh
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMCyrell Roberson
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SDR0156AI in the Economy
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21TuTh650Almost full

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The Business and Financial Impacts of Artificial Intelligence

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Analyzes the impact of Artificial Intelligence technology on the USA and global economies. Course work involves significant research, writing and analysis on both an individual and team basis.
Course load:Half year equivalent
Self-study and homework required: 3-6 hours per class meetingTime commitment per week:Up to 21 hours
Grade requirement:For students completing Grade 8 and up.
Meets UC/CSU A–G requirement:College-Preparatory Elective (G)
Tuition Total:
$650
Total with full aid award:
$80

Full course description

Insightful thinkers are saying that AI is “the new electricity” or “driving a 4th industrial revolution.” We will explore the history and evolution of AI including several downturns known as “AI Winters.” We will determine the potential impact of AI on GDP and jobs, and analyze the role of AI in national-level industrial policy and global competitiveness. We will examine how AI leads to transformations of existing industries and creation of new ones. We will analyze potential pitfalls of AI such as accountability and privacy. The course will close with a capstone project allowing a deep dive into questions such as: Will AI digital twins lead to a manufacturing renaissance in the USA? What is the role of AI chat-bots in consumer interactions? Will AI robotics help drive economic growth in Japan?

Schedules

SDR0156.2
MTWTF
TuTh
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMDavid Powell
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SDR0157Introduction to Innovation and Entrepreneurship
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21MW650Full

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For students who want to develop the skills necessary to move progressively from idea to impact. Students will work in teams to practice market research and develop their business strategy.
Course load:Half year equivalent
Self-study and homework required: 3-6 hours per class meetingTime commitment per week:Up to 21 hours
Grade requirement:Open to all qualified students.
Tuition Total:
$650
Total with full aid award:
$80
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This course will introduce you to the fundamentals of innovation and entrepreneurship, providing you a blueprint for the ideas and strategies to build a successful venture. Students will launch their own venture with collaboration from classmates and with mentorship from the instructor and other Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. This course explores the fundamentals and principles of entrepreneurship for the modern day, and provides real-world, hands-on learning on "what-ifs" to successfully transfer knowledge into products, processes and services that benefit society. Student teams will engage with industry, talking to customers, partners and competitors, as they encounter the chaos and uncertainty of transferring knowledge into products and processes for a successful launch.

List of course topics

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Sources of innovation
  • Leadership fundamentals for innovation
  • Strategy as simple rules
  • Demand creation
  • The role of marketing in your business

Schedules

SDR0157.2
MTWTF
MW
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMMadison Alexander
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SDR0158The Practice of Law
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18MTh650Full

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An Overview of Law School

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Introduces students to the core curriculum of law school, including torts, criminal law, trial procedure, constitutional law, evidence, contract law, and legal research & drafting. Culminates in a mock trial.
Course load:Half year equivalent
Self-study and homework required: 2-5 hours per class meetingTime commitment per week:Up to 18 hours
Grade requirement:For students completing Grade 8 and up.
Meets UC/CSU A–G requirement:College-Preparatory Elective (G)
Tuition Total:
$650
Total with full aid award:
$80

Full course description

This course will provide an overview of the social institutions and functions addressed in the practice of law. Students will participate in each of the lawyer’s roles: investigation, research, factual analysis, advocacy, trial preparation, and dispute resolution. In the process, students will examine the nature and history of law, interrogate parties, argue hypothetical cases, present evidence, and draft legal pleadings and documents. This class will encourage open participation in lively classroom activities and projects, including roundtable debates and discussions, oral argument, evidentiary inquiry, and forensic analysis, with a premium placed on the robust exchange of diverse ideas and opinions. Substantive areas covered will embrace the core curriculum of American law schools, including torts, criminal law, trial practice and procedure, constitutional law, evidence, contract law, and legal research and drafting. The course will feature a whole-class mock trial.

Schedules

SDR0158.2
MTWTF
MTh
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMGary Kitajo
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SDR0159Business & FinanceClick for details18MWF650Full

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For advanced high school students who want to apply their math knowledge to exploring topics in business, finance and economics through a quantitative approach.
Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra II or Integrated Math III.
Course load:Half year equivalent
Self-study and homework required: 2-5 hours per class meetingTime commitment per week:Up to 18 hours
Grade requirement:Open to all qualified students.
Meets UC/CSU A–G requirement:College-Preparatory Elective (G) - UC Honors designated
Tuition Total:
$650
Total with full aid award:
$80

Full course description

This course is a concentrated, practical and exciting introduction to quantitative topics in business for high school students. Students will explore fundamental principles of finance, statistics and economics, including the basics of valuation, risk and return, data analysis and demand and supply. The course will emphasize real-world application through applied problems and projects. We will study how firms make capital budgeting decisions, the role of banks and markets, and we will explore timely topics in macroeconomics and ethics relating to the social and economic crisis we find ourselves in today. We will analyze statistics coming out of the crisis and beyond, examine critically how they are used to convey information, support arguments and make inferences, and we will learn to bring a healthy skepticism to the statistics and the data we consume. 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. The course is intended to connect these topics and the mathematical concepts students learn in school, making their math classes more interesting and relevant.

Schedules

SDR0159.1
MTWTF
MWF
9:30 AM - 12:00 PMJennifer Lyons
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SDR0160Philosophy & Critical Thinking
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18TuF650Full

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For students with a keen interest in philosophy and ethics. Covers introductory topics of philosophy, while exploring the intersection of critical thinking, analytical writing, and logic.
Course load:Half year equivalent
Self-study and homework required: 2-5 hours per class meetingTime commitment per week:Up to 18 hours
Grade requirement:For students completing Grade 8 and up.
Meets UC/CSU A–G requirement:College-Preparatory Elective (G)
Tuition Total:
$650
Total with full aid award:
$80

Full course description

This 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.

Schedules

SDR0160.2
MTWTF
TuF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMAlexander James
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SDR0161Psychology (AP-aligned)
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30MWF950Full

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Covers material equivalent to the full year of AP Psychology in six weeks. College-level texts are used. With additional self-study and review, students will be prepared to take the AP exam in May.
Course load:Full year equivalent
Self-study and homework required: 3-6 hours per class meetingTime commitment per week:Up to 30 hours
Grade requirement:For students completing Grade 9 and up; completion of Grade 10 recommended.
Meets UC/CSU A–G requirement:College-Preparatory Elective (G) - UC Honors designated
Tuition Total:
$950
Total with full aid award:
$100

Full course description

This course provides a rigorous introduction to the fundamental concepts in psychology and prepares students for the May 2021 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.

Schedules

SDR0161.2
MTWTF
MWF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMIsabella Ahrens
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Introduction to Biotechnology - Canceled

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For middle schoolers with an interest in molecular biology (particularly DNA) and laboratory techniques. This course is held in a UC Berkeley science lab.
Course load:Half year equivalent
Self-study and homework required: 3-6 hours per class meetingTime commitment per week:Up to 20 hours
Grade requirement:For students completing Grade 7 or 8.
Tuition Total:
$800
Total with full aid award:
$220

Full course description

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.

Schedules

SDR0171.1
MTWTF
TuTh
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMStaff
Canceled
SDR0171.2
MTWTF
TuTh
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMStaff
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SDR0172Introduction to Engineering
67891011
18MWF800Full

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For students completing middle school. Introduces topics in various engineering disciplines, including civil and robotic engineering, through concepts, calculations, and projects.
Course load:Half year equivalent
Self-study and homework required: 2-5 hours per class meetingTime commitment per week:Up to 18 hours
Grade requirement:For students completing Grade 7 or 8.
Tuition Total:
$800
Total with full aid award:
$220
Students will receive a supply list for build-at-home kits, to be ordered online.

Full course description

The course is designed to give students an overview of diverse engineering disciplines 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 use 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 is a combination of hands-on projects, illustration, and mathematical calculations using algebra and trigonometry. The course will emphasize creative and analytical problem solving, design, and teamwork.

Schedules

SDR0172.2
MTWTF
MWF
1:00 PM - 3:30 PMSean Ward
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SDR0173Exploring Chemistry
67891011
25MWF800Full

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For middle schoolers who want a preview of chemistry topics and labs.
Course load:Half year equivalent
Self-study and homework required: 2-5 hours per class meetingTime commitment per week:Up to 25 hours
Grade requirement:For students completing Grade 7 or 8.
Tuition Total:
$800
Total with full aid award:
$220
New course!
This course has a four-week schedule. It starts July 6 and ends July 31. Students will need to be able to run Adobe Flash Player simulations in a desktop computer browser.

Full course description

In this hands-on lab science course, we will observe chemical and physical changes, examine the properties of substances, and hypothesize and investigate experimental outcomes. Students will develop their observation and analytical skills by conducting experiments and recording their results. We will learn about some of the fundamental concepts in chemistry, such as atomic structure, the periodic table, reaction types and the natural tendencies and forces that make chemicals react with one another. To accommodate this class for online learning, we will use computer simulations (i.e. PeET, etc.) to explore chemical and physical changes. Some of the experiments will be done as demos, but we will also perform investigations that can be done at home. Students will leave this course with lab chemistry skills and a greater understanding of how chemistry is at work in the world around them.

Schedules

SDR0173.2
MTWTF
MWF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMFatemeh Mizbani
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SDR0174Introductory ChemistryClick for details25TuTh800Full

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Principles, Calculations & Labs

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For students who want to practice quantitative methods and lab skills for high school chemistry. Covers a semester’s worth of a traditional chemistry course.
Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra I or Integrated Math 1.
Course load:Half year equivalent
Self-study and homework required: 3-6 hours per class meetingTime commitment per week:Up to 25 hours
Grade requirement:For students completing Grade 8 and up.
Meets UC/CSU A–G requirement:Science (D)
Tuition Total:
$800
Total with full aid award:
$220
Students will receive a supply list for consumables and equipment. These will be household items that can be purchased from grocery stores or pharmacies.

Full course description

Throughout this course, daily anchor activities and discussions will focus on how chemists describe matter and its changes within the context of chemistry fundamentals. Students will develop their writing skills, reading comprehension, and critical thinking through lab write-ups, daily news readings, and innovative group projects. Lab work will require the application of algebra to solve problems; a strong math background is highly recommended. This course provides a grounding in scientific principles equivalent to first-semester high school chemistry curriculum.

Schedules

SDR0174.1
MTWTF
TuTh
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMKaty Kuei
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SDR0174.2
MTWTF
TuTh
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMStaff
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SDR0175Advanced BiotechnologyClick for details32MWF800Full

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For advanced high school students with a keen interest in biology and research.
Prerequisite: Completion of high school Biology. Background in Chemistry recommended.
Course load:Half year equivalent
Self-study and homework required: 3-7 hours per class meetingTime commitment per week:Up to 32 hours
Grade requirement:For students completing Grade 9 and up.
Meets UC/CSU A–G requirement:In process for A-G approval
Tuition Total:
$800
Total with full aid award:
$220
This course has a four-week schedule. It starts June 22 and ends July 17.

Full course description

In this online course, we will begin by learning the basic principles and techniques of molecular biology, which are used to study and manipulate DNA in basic research, medicine, forensics, and agriculture. Students will conduct virtual biotechnology experiments, including DNA extraction, PCR, bacterial transformation, gel electrophoresis, CRiSPR, and more. Also, students will research and design their own inquiry-driven experiments virtually and at home. In addition, we will explore ethical and political implications of biotechnology, examining topics such as genetically modified organisms, COVID-19, and stem cell research. Regular virtual class meetings will include Q&A with the teacher and peer-to-peer discussion.

Schedules

SDR0175.1
MTWTF
MWF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMJay Chugh
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SDR0175.2
MTWTF
MWF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMJay Chugh
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SDR0177Advanced Robotic EngineeringClick for details24MWF1100Full

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Building Technical Skills through CAD and Arduino

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For advanced high school students with a keen interest in programming and robotics using computer-based tools.
Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra I or Integrated Math I.
Course load:Half year equivalent
Self-study and homework required: 2-4 hours per class meetingTime commitment per week:Up to 24 hours
Grade requirement:Open to all qualified students.
Meets UC/CSU A–G requirement:In process for A-G approval
Tuition Total:
$1100
Total with full aid award:
$200
Students will receive a supply list for build-at-home kits, to be ordered online. Students will need a desktop computer or laptop to complete coursework (similar to computer science courses).

Full course description

This hands-on, project-based robotics class is designed to develop students’ creativity, technological savvy, and engineering skills through the process of designing, building, programming, and operating digital electronics. The course begins with simple experiments involving sensors and motors and the Arduino microcontroller platform. Students will learn about engineering design and practice computer-aided drawing (CAD). More complicated tasks involve building a self-driving car model that collects data using sensors, processes this data using computer-language code (C), and navigates its environment via computer-controlled motors. When working in teams, students will practice communicating ideas and collaborating on projects. This will be done in various ways, including maintaining an engineering notebook, designing websites/blogs/posters, and making digital presentations. The course fosters cooperative interaction and emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of robotics and the social and real-world application of technical enterprise.

Schedules

SDR0177.1
MTWTF
MWF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMDirk Wright
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SDR0181Cognitive NeuroscienceClick for details25TuTh650Full

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For advanced high school students with a strong science background and a keen interest in the human brain. Students study college-level primary source material.
Prerequisite: Completion of high school Chemistry, or Biology, or AP Psychology.
Course load:Half year equivalent
Self-study and homework required: 4-8 hours per class meetingTime commitment per week:Up to 25 hours
Grade requirement:For students completing Grade 9 and up.
Meets UC/CSU A–G requirement:College-Preparatory Elective (G) - UC Honors designated
Tuition Total:
$650
Total with full aid award:
$80
Students may need craft paper supplies, and will need to turn in photos of completed coursework; a decent phone camera is fine.

Full course description

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 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.

Schedules

SDR0181.2
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1:00 PM - 4:30 PMAnu Murthy
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SDR0183Introduction to Cancer ResearchClick for details25MW650Full

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Photograph of Introduction to Cancer Research during class
For advanced high school students with a keen interest in medical research and oncology. Covers both cancer biology fundamentals and recent developments.
Prerequisite: Completion of high school Biology.
Course load:Half year equivalent
Self-study and homework required: 4-8 hours per class meetingTime commitment per week:Up to 25 hours
Grade requirement:For students completing Grade 9 and up.
Meets UC/CSU A–G requirement:College-Preparatory Elective (G) - UC Honors designated
Tuition Total:
$650
Total with full aid award:
$80
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Students may need craft paper supplies, and will need to turn in photos of completed coursework; a decent phone camera is fine.

Full course description

Cancer researchers are working harder than ever to understand the mystery behind the unregulated growth of cells, otherwise known as cancer. They strive daily to develop novel ways to detect and stop the growth of these rogue cells in the body. A combination of instructional strategies will be used to teach key topics such as the regulation of cell division, including how cell regulation goes awry in organisms, the metabolic needs of cancer cells, the molecular basis of metastasis or spread of cancer, and how cancer cells escape detection by the immune system. In addition to college-style lectures on these topics, students will be exposed to hands-on activities and modeling to understand the basic cell division processes, higher level analytical case studies, experimental data analysis drawn from primary research articles, and genetic pedigree analysis. An end-of-class project will allow students to explore treatment strategies in use, such as CAR T-cell immunotherapy, and other innovations under development. Students will showcase their understanding of the research methodologies by presenting on a topic of their choice in the field of oncology.

Schedules

SDR0183.2
MTWTF
MW
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMAnu Murthy
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