Summer Academy - High School Prep (Incoming 9th)


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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. 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.

2022 Dates: June 15 - July 8

Below are Summer 2021 course offerings

Courses

Algebra Prep

Time: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. OR 10:10 - 11:10 a.m.
$200
- Online

Two key areas in which O'Dowd freshmen should be prepared are Algebra and technology. On the first day of school, your student will have a big advantage by being familiar with these two critical subjects. In this workshop, students will be introduced to fundamental Algebra skills. The scope of the subject matter will be reviewed to provide students with scaffolding for their studies starting in the fall.

Specific skills needed for success in this first level of High School Algebra will be reviewed and practiced. Working with one of the Math Department's instructors, students will also have the opportunity to become familiar with the online classroom environment, including Schoology, the use of an online textbook, and more.

Students must have a laptop and complete a Tech Check Workshop for this class. Click here for details.

Geometry Prep

Time: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. OR 10:10 - 11:10 a.m
$200
- Online

Does your student want to brush up their Geometry skills? Do they want a jump-start? Are they planning to take the SAT and do they want to strengthen their math abilities? Geometry Prep will cover the major topics and strengthen the skills learned from prior Geometry coursework. Topics include lines and angles, special triangles and the Pythagorean Theorem, congruent and similar triangles, quadrilaterals and polygons, arcs, chords and circles, areas, surface areas and volumes, rectangular coordinate system, lines and distances, and geometric transformations. No book is required for this course; all worksheets, activities and solutions will be provided.

Students must have a laptop and complete a Tech Check Workshop for this class. Click here for details.

Public Speaking and Debate

Time: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. OR 10:10 - 11:10 a.m.
$200
- Online

Everyone has something to say, but can they communicate effectively? Learning how to communicate effectively and appropriately, both verbally and non-verbally, provides skills that can be used in a student’s life in and beyond the classroom.

Students use a multitude of mediums in their daily communications – speaking, listening, composing papers, presentations, emails, or texts, and using social networking/media. In this course, we will learn how to organize and deliver information in a meaningful manner across many of these mediums. Students will gain an understanding of both verbal and non-verbal communication and the skills they need to ensure that they communicate effectively whether it be in a formal paper, speech, presentation, or online.

Through project-based activities (working with Google Drive and services to organize their learning resources and assignments), students will learn the importance of internet safety and the effects of their digital footprint, and skills needed to give various types of speeches/presentations (including eye contact, body language, intonation, pitch, sound level, speed, and use of visual aids).

Newly added for 2021: This year’s program will include a fundamentals of argumentation component where students will have the opportunity to learn the basics of debate strategy with the director of the Bishop O’Dowd debate team. Students will have the opportunity to learn and practice basic skills that include research techniques, audience analysis, the difference between winning an argument and winning an audience, and much more!

Students must have a laptop and complete a Tech Check Workshop for this class. Click here for details.

Spanish 1 Prep

Time: 11:20 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
$200
- Online

Prepare for high school Spanish by learning basics such as greetings, likes and dislikes, time and dates, and the weather. Additionally, learn about verb conjugations and basic cultural elements of the language (for example, tú vs. Ud). Be exposed to first semester Spanish 1 vocabulary to help you get a jump start when the school year starts. Most importantly, learn HOW to study a second language. Multiple modalities will be incorporated such as music, video, skits, and reading & writing to aid the absorption of this new language.

Students must have a laptop and complete a Tech Check Workshop for this class. Click here for details.

Writing for High School

Time: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. OR 10:10 - 11:10 a.m.
$200
- Online

In this course, your student will study exposition and argument in literary prose, learn how to form a strong thesis and draft an essay focused on style, grammar, coherence, and effectiveness. The primary goal of this course is to assist students in developing as writers and readers, while preparing them for high school English.

Students must have a laptop and complete a Tech Check Workshop for this class. Click here for details.



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.