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We offer three different types of High School Summer Academy classes for students who will be entering grades 9-12 at any high school: Advancement, Enrichment and Remediation.

Advancement

The Advancement Program offers highly motivated students entering 10th, 11th or 12 Grade 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. 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.

Summer 2022 Dates:
Advancement, Religion and Ethics courses: May 31 – July 15
Math Advancement courses: June 6 – July 15

Below are Summer 2021 course offerings

Accelerated Geometry Bridge

June 7 - July 16 2021 (There will be no classes on Monday, July 5th in observance of the 4th of July holiday.)
8:30am - 12:30pm, or 1:00 - 5:00pm (Two separate sections)
$1,150

- Advancement courses are not open to incoming freshmen.
- Online
- Registration begins March 1st.
- IMPORTANT INFORMATION - Watch before registering »

Accelerated Geometry offers students the opportunity to learn the same material taught in O’Dowd’s full-year Geometry course but in six weeks in June and July. Classes are four hours long, Monday through Friday, and each covers at least the same amount of material as one week’s worth of the full-year class. Students work in small groups on online problem sets and lectures are kept to a minimum allowing the students to learn via discussion and the teacher to offer only hints when needed. Several related and fun projects are done each week as well. Although the four hours of hard work are intense and challenging, there is little homework other than to prepare for unit tests given at the end of each week. As this is a fast-paced class, students may not miss more than one class and must get permission ahead of time to miss any portion of any class. Geometry is the ideal course to bridge during the summer since success in higher level math classes does not depend on a thorough understanding of geometry. Also, it allows students to take Algebra 2 three months after taking Algebra 1 rather than a whole year after taking Algebra 1. A placement test will be given to students the last week of class to determine placement for the fall semester. This class meets four hours a day and earns 10 academic credits. This class is U.C. eligible for a year-long geometry course.

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).

Financial aid for O'Dowd students interested in taking summer courses is done on a case by case basis. Please contact Nancy MacKinnon to request financial aid information.

Advanced Algebra 2/Trig Bridge Course

June 7 - July 16 2021 (There will be no classes on Monday, July 5th in observance of the 4th of July holiday.)
1:00am - 5:00pm
$1,150

- Advancement courses are not open to incoming freshmen.
- Online
- Registration begins March 1st.
- IMPORTANT INFORMATION - Watch before registering »

This class, offered for students recommended from Honors Geometry and Geometry with Advanced Algebra that also meet Department requirements, covers the foundational skills for trigonometry needed for advancement to the next class. Topics include: solving triangles, degree and radian measures, the six trigonometric functions, unit circle, inverse functions, Laws of Sines and Cosines, trig graphing, trig identities, and solving trig equations.

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).

Financial aid for O'Dowd students interested in taking summer courses is done on a case by case basis. Please contact Nancy MacKinnon to request financial aid information.

Pre-calculus Bridge Course

June 7 - July 16 2021 (There will be no classes on Monday, July 5th in observance of the 4th of July holiday.)
8:30am - 12:30pm
$1,150

- Advancement courses are not open to incoming freshmen.
- Online
- Registration begins March 1st.
- IMPORTANT INFORMATION - Watch before registering »

Pre-Calculus Summer Bridge: Success in a Calculus course depends upon having acquired a thorough understanding of functions. In this course, considerable emphasis will be given to functions and their graphs. Polynomial, logarithmic, exponential, and trigonometric and circular functions and their inverses will be treated extensively, as well as trigonometric identities, trigonometric equations, and values and applications of the trigonometric unit circle. Students will be prepared to enter Calculus AB upon successful completion and a diagnostic exam.

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).

Financial aid for O'Dowd students interested in taking summer courses is done on a case by case basis. Please contact Nancy MacKinnon to request financial aid information.

Christian Morality Online (Incoming 11th only)

June 1 - July 16 2021 (There will be no classes on Monday, July 5th in observance of the 4th of July holiday.)
Grade: Incoming 11th
* Virtual Orientation on June 1, 10:00am - 12:00pm
$600

This course helps students take a critical look at their lives while challenging them to moral excellence. Through the exploration of moral philosophies, ethical theories, and the core teachings of Christianity, students will learn the importance of enlightened moral decision making. Critically reflecting on their own moral practice, the course calls students to greater responsibility and virtue. Topics include moral philosophies, major ethical theories, moral development, character and virtue, and the moral teachings of Jesus and the Church. This class earns five academic credits. This class fulfills the requirement for graduation but is not U.C. eligible.

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).

Important Information For Online Classes

Online courses offer your student the flexibility to take a summer class while participating in other summer activities. However, these advancement classes are not self-paced, nor are they correspondence courses. Our students are important members of a learning community. Regular participation and timely submission of assignments according to set due dates are critical components of online courses.

Students will need:

  • About 8-10 hours per week to complete work for this class.
  • Christian Morality Online demands 90 minutes per week day.
  • Ethics & Media Online demands 120 minutes per week day as it is a U.C. eligible elective.
  • Reliable internet access to be able to log in to the course at least four times per week.
  • Note that this class moves at an accelerated pace; assignments are due every weekday.
  • Also, students may work ahead. For example, if a student will be away from Wi-Fi for two days, it is expected that she or he will complete the assigned work *before* leaving.
  • A reliable computer.
  • A reliable video recording device capable of recording 3-5 minutes of video with sound. Most smartphones can do this.
  • It is not recommended students take these courses if they will be traveling and away from Wi-Fi for more than 7 days total in the summer.
  • These courses are not recommended for students traveling overseas for any length of time this summer, whether or not they will have access to Wi-Fi.
  • To attend one required in-person meetings: student orientation meeting on the first Monday of June from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on campus so that all students learn how to perform the tasks required for the class. Christian Morality Online and Ethics & Media Online students orient together.
    Parents are welcome - but not required - to attend the student orientation meeting.
  • The final exam will be given in an online form during the last week of the class.

All classes offered in this program receive full academic credit for Bishop O'Dowd High School students. Many are U.C. eligible classes. Students from other schools should check with their counselors or Academic Assistant Principals to see if O'Dowd courses will be accepted for academic credit purposes.

For further information or questions regarding the Advancement Program please contact us at summeracademy@bishopodowd.org

Ethics and Media Online (Incoming 11th and 12th only)

June 1 - July 16 2021 (There will be no classes on Monday, July 5th in observance of the 4th of July holiday.)
Grade: Incoming 11th and 12th Graders
* Virtual Orientation on Monday, June 1, 10:00am - 12:00pm
$600

This course equips students to become more intelligent consumers of media. As they practice critiquing various news sources for accuracy, relevancy, truthfulness and ethical values, they will learn how to uncover the bigger societal issues that drive our news stories. Media has become one of the most potent communicators of self-definition, information, and values in our society. This course explores media's presence and potency in American culture and analyzes media methods and values from the standpoint of the Gospel and Christian faith. Since media permeates every aspect of our lives, it warrants an intelligent and critical response to the way itchallenges us to define ourselves, our values, and our faith in the modern world. Multiple forms of media will be examined from historical, sociological, and ethical perspectives.

This is not a self-paced course: students must "log in" to class multiple times a week, work independently and in groups, and meet regularly scheduled deadlines. This elective course can only be completed during the summer through the Bishop O'Dowd High School Summer Academy.

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).

Important Information For Online Classes

Online courses offer your student the flexibility to take a summer class while participating in other summer activities. However, these advancement classes are not self-paced, nor are they correspondence courses. Our students are important members of a learning community. Regular participation and timely submission of assignments according to set due dates are critical components of online courses.

Students will need:

  • About 8-10 hours per week to complete work for this class.
  • Christian Morality Online demands 90 minutes per week day.
  • Ethics & Media Online demands 120 minutes per week day as it is a U.C. eligible elective.
  • Reliable internet access to be able to log in to the course at least four times per week.
  • Note that this class moves at an accelerated pace; assignments are due every weekday.
  • Also, students may work ahead. For example, if a student will be away from Wi-Fi for two days, it is expected that she or he will complete the assigned work *before* leaving.
  • A reliable computer.
  • A reliable video recording device capable of recording 3-5 minutes of video with sound. Most smartphones can do this.
  • It is not recommended students take these courses if they will be traveling and away from Wi-Fi for more than 7 days total in the summer.
  • These courses are not recommended for students traveling overseas for any length of time this summer, whether or not they will have access to Wi-Fi.
  • To attend one required in-person meetings: student orientation meeting on the first Monday of June from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on campus so that all students learn how to perform the tasks required for the class. Christian Morality Online and Ethics & Media Online students orient together.
    Parents are welcome - but not required - to attend the student orientation meeting.
  • The final exam will be given in an online form during the last week of the class.

All classes offered in this program receive full academic credit for Bishop O'Dowd High School students. Many are U.C. eligible classes. Students from other schools should check with their counselors or Academic Assistant Principals to see if O'Dowd courses will be accepted for academic credit purposes.

For further information or questions regarding the Advancement Program please contact us at summeracademy@bishopodowd.org



Enrichment

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.

Summer 2022 Dates: TBD

Below are Summer 2021 course offerings

Debate Camp

July 26 - July 30 2021
10:00am - 3:00pm (4 hours synchronous with 1 hour break for lunch)
Cost: $300

The Bishop O’Dowd Debate Enrichment Camp is a one-week opportunity to work with Coach Zach (the director of debate at Bishop O’Dowd) to learn the concepts which ground effective argumentation and practice the techniques associated with winning debates. Students attending this camp will engage in multiple short-form activities designed to help them develop skills associated with writing and research in a fun and fast paced environment.

New this year: the Debate Enrichment program is open to all high school applicants and members of the Bishop O’Dowd debate team. Students who are already members of the Bishop O’Dowd will be given opportunities to apply the materials covered in class to their debate experience in the 2021-22 competitive season and anyone who is interested in being a future member of the debate team is strongly encouraged to attend!

Meditations for Peace during a Pandemic

June 14 - June 18 2021
Synchronous meeting time, daily: 4:00 - 4:30pm
$75

Craving peace during this crazy time? Come to this class for a week to try on different kinds of meditation, journaling, and prayer. Keep an online or in person journal to foster inner and outer peace. Come away from this week with tools to help yourself feel peaceful, connected with God, and offer your inner peace to the world.



Remediation

Dates: June 6 - July 8, 2022
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.

Courses (TBD)

Please note that the courses may be cancelled due to low enrollment. If you do not see the course that you need, please contact your counselor to explore school approved remediation options.

Check back for updates about course offerings and other updates related to COVID-19.

Details such as time and cost will be on the registration link.


Registration opens February 1, 2022

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Cancellation Policy

Except as noted, if, prior to the start of class/camp, you choose not to attend for any reason you will be issued a refund of your fees less a $25 processing fee up until two weeks before program start. After that time, no refunds will be given.