O’Dowd’s summer academy will not hold classes on July 3 & July 4. School will resume on Wednesday, July 5.
Here are our summer programs and dates:
High School Enrichment: Entering 10th – 12th grades
• Dates vary according to course
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High School Prep: Entering 9th grade only
• June 21 – July 14 (tech check on June 19 & 20)
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O’Dowd Summer Academy for students entering 6th-8th grade offers an enriched, fun and engaging summer experience on the O’Dowd campus. A new program format addresses whole-child development and encourages self-exploration. The daily schedule of academic, physical and social-emotional development activities includes “Community Time,” a safe space in which students work in small groups around topics that foster inclusivity and well-being. Guided by trained adults and teen camp counselors, students dialogue about topics such as social media, inclusion, and mindfulness with the goals of staying healthy, maintaining positive social practices and respectfully engaging in the world around them. This program includes hands on learning, interactive activities, and group work across a variety of academic subject areas; enrichment courses (arts, programming, business design, gardening); and athletics (girls and boys basketball, baseball and softball, track and field, and strength and conditioning).
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.: Academic Course
9:40 – 10:40 a.m.: Community Time
10:50 – 11:50 a.m.: Academic Course
11:55 a.m.- 12:25 p.m.: Lunch Time
12:30 – 1:50 p.m.: Enrichment/Athletic Courses
2:00 – 3:20 p.m.: Enrichment/Athletic Courses
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.: Dismissal OR Additional course option
The High School Prep Program for students entering 9th grade at any high school offers courses that help prepare freshmen for rigorous academic standards, as well as courses that give them valuable skills for school and for life. Course themes include study skills, theatre, public speaking and high school readiness classes. For students entering O’Dowd, this program provides them with the opportunity to become comfortable with the campus, to meet some of the teachers they will have during the upcoming school year, and to make new friends in a more relaxed educational environment. Your child can build their own schedule by choosing from classes in their areas of interest or need.
We offer three different types of High School Summer Academy classes for students who will be entering grades 9-12 at any high school: Enrichment, Advancement and Remediation.
The Enrichment Program offers students courses that will provide them with valuable skills for school and life. These courses are O’Dowd-designed to deepen skills in a relaxed educational environment. These classes do not earn academic credit. Because of their unique nature, courses in this program have various start and end times and dates.
The Advancement Program offers highly motivated students the opportunity to take intensive academic courses that will either advance them to the next level of a subject, or allow them to complete a course in advance of the regular school year. We offer both online courses and on-campus classes. O’Dowd students receive full academic credit for these classes and many are U.C. eligible. Students from other schools should check with their counselors or Academic Assistant Principals on academic credit eligibility.
Students have one week to drop the course for a partial (50%) refund and two weeks to drop the course with no refund (course grade will be reflected on students transcripts).
Students will take a placement test following the last day of class. The test will be given by the math department on Friday, July 21st at 10am.
The Remediation Program is for students who need to elevate a D or F grade from the prior school year. O’Dowd students receive full academic credit for these classes. Courses are offered in two formats, as traditional classrooms and as micro courses (1 – 5 students). The format and cost varies based on student need. Courses that traditionally have low enrollment turn into micro courses, students meet for a shorter amount of time daily and can often move through the curriculum at an accelerated pace. A laptop is required for all courses.