Summer Institute Upper School

Whether it’s a for-credit class needed to round out a school schedule or just an academic interest you’d like to pursue, 体育投注开户’s Summer Institute is the place to be for a seriously smart summer.

Summer Institute Upper School

Summer Institute allows students to choose from a variety of academic options, including rigorous for-credit high school courses and non-credit opportunities for enrichment and growth.

Most courses are open to qualified students enrolled in any accredited high school. Our dedicated faculty, combined with small classes, great facilities and a positive learning environment add up to a great summer experience!

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June 17-July 26, 2019 (Class Sessions Vary by Subject)

Upper School For-Credit Courses

These summer academic courses are equivalent to courses offered during the academic year and use the same texts and materials. Classes are small to ensure quality instruction and retention of course materials. Our teachers (many of whom work at 体育投注开户 year-round) are caring and professional, and dedicated to providing a quality summer learning experience for each student.

At-A-Glance Course Listing

Students who wish to double-load “for-credit” courses must go through an approval process. Please contact the US Summer Institute (408.345.9652) for information.

Transcripts will reflect participation in a for-credit course for students who remain in the for-credit course beyond the first two weeks of classes

Students may not audit for-credit courses.

Algebra 1

Non-体育投注开户 Students: Grades 6-12
体育投注开户 Students: Grade 9

Prerequisites: Must have an 87% or better in Pre-Algebra; department approval.

June 17-July 26 | 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Fee: $1,850

Final Exam Dates: Friday, July 5; Friday, July 26 (please plan accordingly)

This is an introductory course in algebra and is intended for students who have very little background in algebra. The goals of the course are for students to: manipulate mathematical expressions involving variables, integers and the laws of exponents; solve problems that go beyond manipulative skills; demonstrate mastery in algebraic expressions; factor polynomials; solve real-world problems involving the quadratic formula.

Note: Textbook and TI-83/84 calculator required.

Course load for summer for-credit math classes:

  • A year’s worth of material in 29 class days over six weeks.
  • Approximately one week of material each class day.
  • Cover as many as 13 chapters.
  • Nightly homework and study time is typically 2 to 3 hours.
  • Students have tests/quizzes nearly every day.

Algebra 1 Honors

All Students: Grades 6-12

Prerequisites: Must have a 95% or better in Pre-Algebra Honors; department approval. Non-体育投注开户 students will be contacted about placement testing that will take place in the spring.

June 17-July 26 | 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Fee: $1,850

Final Exam Dates: Friday, July 5; Friday, July 26 (please plan accordingly)

This is an accelerated and intensive introductory course in algebra. The goals of the course are for students to: manipulate mathematical expressions involving variables, integers and the laws of exponents; solve problems that go beyond manipulative skills; demonstrate mastery in algebraic expressions; solve and graph equations and inequalities; factor polynomials; solve real-world problems involving the quadratic formula and using the graphing calculator. This course is aimed at students who are capable of quickly learning and understanding an advanced treatment of Algebra 1 concepts.

Note: Textbook and TI-83/84 calculator required.

Course load for summer for-credit math classes:

  • A year’s worth of material in 29 class days over six weeks.
  • Approximately one week of material each class day.
  • Cover as many as 13 chapters.
  • Nightly homework and study time is typically 2 to 3 hours.
  • Students have tests/quizzes nearly every day.

Geometry

Non-体育投注开户 Students: Grades 6-12
体育投注开户 Students: Grades 9-12

Prerequisites: Must have an 87% or better in Algebra 1; department approval.

June 17-July 26 | 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Fee: $1,850

Final Exam Dates: Friday, July 5; Friday, July 26 (please plan accordingly)

This course in Euclidean geometry aims to present geometry to students as a problem-solving course. It also aims to help students acquire skills in making logical conclusions and developing their visual spatial skills. By the end of the course, students are expected to: write narrative proofs and two-column proofs; solve problems related to geometry; demonstrate skills in using auxiliary figures to solve geometric problems; list properties of special geometric elements such as triangles, parallel lines, circles, quadrilaterals and platonic solids; construct geometric figures using a straight edge and compass.

Note: Textbook required.

Course load for summer for-credit math classes:

  • A year’s worth of material in 29 class days over six weeks.
  • Approximately one week of material each class day.
  • Cover as many as 13 chapters.
  • Nightly homework and study time is typically 2 to 3 hours.
  • Students have tests/quizzes nearly every day.

Geometry Honors

All Students: Grades 6-12

Prerequisites: Grades 6-8 Must have a 95% or better in Algebra 1 Honors; department approval. Grades 9-12 must have a 90% or better in Algebra 1 Honors; department approval. Non-体育投注开户 students will be contacted about placement testing that will take place in the spring.

June 17-July 26 | 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Fee: $1,850

Final Exam Dates: Friday, July 5; Friday, July 26 (please plan accordingly)

This is an accelerated and intensive version of the Euclidean geometry course described above and is intended for advanced students only. This course is aimed at students who are capable of a quicker pace and a more advanced treatment of the concepts in geometry. Non-体育投注开户 students will be contacted about placement testing in May.

Note: Textbook required.

Course load for summer for-credit math classes:

  • A year’s worth of material in 29 class days over six weeks.
  • Approximately one week of material each class day.
  • Cover as many as 13 chapters.
  • Nightly homework and study time is typically 2 to 3 hours.
  • Students have tests/quizzes nearly every day.

Algebra 2/Trigonometry

Non-体育投注开户 Students: Grades 6-12
体育投注开户 Students: Grades 9-12

Prerequisites: Must have an 87% or better in Geometry; department approval.

June 17-July 26 | 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Fee: $1,850

Final Exam Dates: Friday, July 5; Friday, July 26 (please plan accordingly)

This course aims to further develop the analytical skills of students who have shown competence in doing difficult mathematical problems. The goals of the course are for students to: demonstrate mastery in using a TI-83/84 calculator effectively in solving algebraic problems; show skills in proving theorems, making conjectures and establishing the truth and falsity of these conjectures; graph with ease and state the general characteristics of polynomial, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions. This course will prepare students for Pre-Calculus.

Note: Textbook and TI-83/84 calculator required.

Course load for summer for-credit math classes:

  • A year’s worth of material in 29 class days over six weeks.
  • Approximately one week of material each class day.
  • Cover as many as 13 chapters.
  • Nightly homework and study time is typically 2 to 3 hours.
  • Students have tests/quizzes nearly every day.

Algebra 2/Trigonometry Honors

All Students: Grades 6-12

Prerequisites: Grades 6-8 must have a 95% or better in Geometry Honors; department approval. Grades 9-12 must have a 90% or better in Geometry Honors; department approval. Non-体育投注开户 students will be contacted about placement testing that will take place in the spring.

June 17-July 26 | 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Fee: $1,850

Final Exam Dates: Friday, July 5; Friday, July 26 (please plan accordingly)

This is an accelerated and intensive version of the Algebra 2 course described above and is intended for advanced students only. In addition, this course places greater emphasis on mathematical proof and induction, and explores variation, analytic geometry, trigonometric relationships and solving triangles. This course is designed to prepare the student for Honors Pre-Calculus.

Note: Textbook and TI-83/84 calculator required.

Course load for summer for-credit math classes:

  • A year’s worth of material in 29 class days over six weeks.
  • Approximately one week of material each class day.
  • Cover as many as 13 chapters.
  • Nightly homework and study time is typically 2 to 3 hours.
  • Students have tests/quizzes nearly every day.

Economics

All Students: Grades 10-12


Prerequisites: World History 1 or World History 1 Honors

June 17-July 5 | 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Fee: $950

Final Exam Date: Friday, July 5 (please plan accordingly)

This course will introduce students to the basic principles of economics, including the theory of supply and demand and market theory. These basic theoretical tools will help students analyze current economic issues and their relevance to society and public policy. Classes will consist primarily of discussion developed from readings, films and student reports.

Note: Textbook required.

Course load for summer for-credit economics classes:

  • A semester’s worth of material in 14 class days over three weeks.
  • Approximately one week of material each class day.
  • Cover as many as 14 chapters.
  • Nightly homework and study time is typically 2 to 3 hours.
  • Students have tests/quizzes two times a week.

Programming

All Students: Grades 9-12

Prerequisites: Geometry

June 17-July 26 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. or 1-4 p.m.

Fee: $1,325

Final Exam Date: Friday, July 26 (please plan accordingly)

This course helps entry-level computer science students develop their computational thinking skills by applying the basic steps in algorithmic problem-solving and abstraction. Students are introduced to software design techniques and then develop a program that embodies their solution. Students increase their abstraction skills by analyzing and then decomposing complex problems into smaller more manageable problems. Students store objects in a data structure then manipulate them. Students not only gain an appreciation of elegant solutions but also experience the thrill of obtaining them.

Students explore virtual worlds with robots while learning basic programming and algorithmic thinking skills. At completion, successful students are qualified to pursue Advanced Placement Computer Science A. Currently, programming concepts are taught using the Java programming language.

Note: Textbook and laptop required (PC or Mac).

体育投注开户 Students: Algebra 2/Trigonometry needs to be completed in grade 8 to be eligible for AP Computer Science.

Course load for summer for-credit programming / advanced programming classes:

  • A full semester’s worth of material in 29 class days delivered over four weeks.
  • Cover approximately three weeks of material every week of the summer.
  • Includes an abundance of program work daily and nightly homework and study time is typically 1 to 3 hours.
  • Students have tests/quizzes two or three times a week.

Advanced Programming

All Students: Grades 9-12

Prerequisites: Geometry with A- or better

June 17-July 26 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. or 1-4 p.m.

Fee: $1,325

Final Exam Date: Friday, July 26 (please plan accordingly)

This course helps students develop their computational thinking skills by applying the basic steps in algorithmic problem-solving and abstraction. Students are introduced to software design techniques and then develop a program that embodies their solution. Students learn to use techniques such as inheritance, methods, and recursion to break complex problems down into smaller, more manageable sub-problems. Students not only gain an appreciation of elegant solutions but also experience the thrill of obtaining them.

Students explore virtual worlds (Karel worlds, GridWorld and game boards) while learning object-oriented programming skills such as creating classes, designing and implementing methods, and exploring inheritance. Students expand their programming skills by applying techniques like recursion to solve an adventure puzzle or game.

Advanced Programming is a fast-paced course and is a prerequisite for the student who has an intense interest in computer science and intends to follow up this course with Advanced Placement Computer Science with Data Structures. At completion, successful students are qualified for AP Computer Science A. Qualification for AP Computer Science with Data Structures is subject to the results of the Computer Science Placement Exam. Currently, programming concepts are taught using the Java programming language.

Note: Textbook and laptop required (PC or Mac).

体育投注开户 Students: Algebra 2/Trigonometry needs to be completed in grade 8 to be eligible for AP Computer Science.

Course load for summer for-credit programming / advanced programming classes:

  • A full semester’s worth of material in 29 class days delivered over four weeks.
  • Cover approximately three weeks of material every week of the summer.
  • Includes an abundance of program work daily and nightly homework and study time is typically 1 to 3 hours.
  • Students have tests/quizzes two or three times a week.

Students in a lab setting

June 17-July 26, 2019 (Class Sessions Vary by Subject)

Upper School Enrichment Courses

These classes (designed just for high schoolers) provide an opportunity for students to expand their knowledge and interest in a favorite subject area. Our dedicated faculty, combined with small classes, great facilities and a positive learning environment add up to a great summer experience!

At-A-Glance Course Listing

Getting Ready for Pre-Calculus: Interpreting Math as a Language and “Intense Algebra”

All Students: Grades 9-12

Prerequisites: Completion of Algebra 2 and Geometry

June 17-July 5 or July 8-July 26 | 8:30-11 a.m.

Fee: $650

This course is designed to help students strengthen their existing algebra and geometry skills prior to entering pre-calculus in the fall. Mastery of concepts related to functions and trigonometry often eludes students as they progress through two years of algebra and a year of geometry. Providing students with a focused review of these topics provides them with the best opportunity to feel confident and prepared as they enter pre-calculus. Note: This course is not designed to provide a head-start on the topics covered in a pre-calculus class.

Getting Ready for Algebra 2: Connecting the Concrete with the Abstract

All Students: Grades 9-12

Prerequisites: Completion of Algebra 1

June 17-July 5 | 8:30-11 a.m.

Fee: $650

This survey course is designed to help students solidify the concepts and skills learned in Algebra 1 and look ahead to their upcoming Algebra 2 class. Students will practice and review their understanding of past skills and be introduced to important new topics and problems that await them in the fall. Getting Ready for Algebra 2 covers a variety of topics including: graphs, systems of equations, powers and roots, quadratic and logarithmic functions, complex numbers, probability, coordinate geometry, and matrices. Some trigonometry concepts will also be covered towards the end of the session. Lessons, activities and explorations will support deeper understanding of important math concepts and improved math confidence.

Logic and Problem-Solving

All Students: Grades 9-10

Prerequisites: None

June 24-July 5 | 8:30-11 a.m.

Fee: $510

This course is for those who delight in solving challenging math problems and who would like to further develop both their problem-solving and their logical-reasoning skills. Problem-solving is the activity of the mathematician, and logical reasoning will frame our activities. Though we will examine how formal math can be used directly to help solve certain mathematical problems, we will find that logical reasoning is not all there is to problem-solving. Good problem-solving skills include ingenuity, creativity, and the ability to apply a variety of strategies and techniques. In this course, students will practice using fundamental tools and standard techniques for problem-solving, and they will be given the opportunity to develop their mathematical ingenuity through practice on problems in a wide range of difficulty. The mathematical subject areas that the problems are drawn from will be varied … but there are no prerequisites for this course. All you need is curiosity and willingness to use your imagination and intuition!

MORE Logic and Problem-Solving

All Students: Grades 9-10

Prerequisites: None

July 8-July 19 | 8:30-11 a.m.

Fee: $510

This course is a continuation of Logic and Problem-solving. There is no need to attend both sessions of this course as each course stands alone. And remember, the mathematical subject areas from which the course’s problems are drawn will be varied … but there are no prerequisites for this course. All you need is curiosity and willingness to use your imagination and intuition!

Creative Writers Workshop

All Students: Grades 9-10

Prerequisites: English 1 or department approval

June 17-July 5 or July 8-July 26 | 8 -11 a.m.

Fee: $680

The Creative Writers Workshop is for students who are eager to spend three intensive weeks stretching their talents in writing fiction and poetry. In these weeks, students will become better at reflecting on the world around them, and will learn strategies for bringing these reflections brightly to life on the page. Students will feed their imaginations by exploring several prompts each day and developing poetry, short stories, scenes and drama. Students will also read and discuss a range of writers and types of writing. The class is run in a supportive, workshop atmosphere, with students sharing and critiquing one another's drafts along with the instructor. By the end of the session, students will be more confident and knowledgeable writers – and will probably have built some meaningful friendships as well! Note: Textbook required.

Expository Writing and Grammar Review

All Students: Grades 9-10

Prerequisites: None

June 17-July 5 or July 8-July 26 | 8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Fee: $1,025

This course will introduce students to basic rhetorical modes. Using model essays, students will learn to identify effective patterns of writing and to apply those patterns in their own writing. Students will practice paragraph composition using narrative, descriptive and comparative structures. Writing and revision will be emphasized. The course will cover the following grammatical topics: parts of speech, types of clauses, verb forms, verb tense consistency, active and passive voice, subject and verb agreement, pronoun case and agreement, phrases and verbals, dangling and misplaced modifiers, subordination and coordination, punctuation usage. This course will prepare students for the grade 9 English course at 体育投注开户's upper school.

Driver's Education

Prerequisites: Minimum age is 15

June 10-June 13 (Monday-Thursday) | 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Fee: $250

Driver's Education, the state-required course for students to obtain their instruction permit, will be taught by Economic Driving School instructors this summer at The 体育投注开户 School. The classroom course is four days in length and covers all the material needed for students to pass the written test. All instructors are credentialed school teachers and they have been serving Santa Clara County since 1978.

Pop Culture of the 1960s and 1970s

All Students: Grades 9-10

Prerequisites: None

July 1-July 12 | 8:30-11 a.m.

Fee: $510

This course is designed for students who feel like they have learned a lot about the distant past, but don’t know much about the recent past. This course gives life to an entire world of popular music, movies, fashion, consumer culture, and television that aren't in the 'old history' books. Students take a step toward being culturally literate in this course that will have them exploring these topics using a variety of media. Come dig into the pop culture of the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, one decade per week: from Chuck Berry and the Beatles to Michael Jackson and Madonna; from Alfred Hitchcock to Steven Spielberg; from Pet Rocks to Furbies; and from “I Love Lucy” to “Friends.”

Pop Culture of the 1980s and 1990s

All Students: Grades 9-10

Prerequisites: None

July 15-July 26 | 8:30-11 a.m.

Fee: $510

This course is designed for students who feel like they have learned a lot about the distant past, but don’t know much about the recent past. This course gives life to an entire world of popular music, movies, fashion, consumer culture, and television that aren't in the 'old history' books. Students take a step toward being culturally literate in this course that will have them exploring these topics using a variety of media. Come dig into the pop culture of the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, one decade per week: from Chuck Berry and the Beatles to Michael Jackson and Madonna; from Alfred Hitchcock to Steven Spielberg; from Pet Rocks to Furbies; and from “I Love Lucy” to “Friends.”

Getting Ready for World History

All Students: Grade 9

Prerequisites: None

July 8-July 26 | 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Fee: $1,025

Do you want to be prepared for the challenges of World History next year? World History in semester one of freshman year covers the first civilizations in ancient Egypt, the Indus valley, and the Mayans. It goes on to explore the first classical empires in Persia, China, India, Greece and Rome. In this summer preparation course, students will be exposed to a whole new skill set to prepare them for World History. Students will be guided in the best methods for: approaching document-based multiple-choice questions and document-based essay questions; organizing homework notes; and finding the chapter thesis and key ideas in a textbook. Students will also learn how to research figures in history using the best possible sources and citing these sources in Chicago style.

Afternoon Club Café

All Students: Grades 6-12

Prerequisites: Must be enrolled in a morning class.

By Session option (Monday-Friday) | 1-4:30 p.m.

Parents, enjoy a worry-free environment to keep your child engaged and supervised with our new Afternoon Club Café. Students are encouraged to work on homework, get social with a board game, head outside to get some air, and still have the freedom to relax and self-select what they would like to do. A light snack will be offered, and Club Café doors open at 12:30 p.m., with attendance being taken at 1 p.m. Dismissal is at 4:30 p.m., with campus pickup by 5 p.m.

体育投注开户 Supplemental Coursework (For current 体育投注开户 Students only)

AP Biology is offered for a.m. section only.

Enrollment deadline for AP Biology and AP Chemistry is Friday, Feb. 8, 2019.

AP Biology and AP Chemistry are invitational courses. Invites will be sent via email to qualifying students late January.

AP Biology

Enrolled incoming 体育投注开户 juniors only

Prerequisites: Earned a first semester Honors Chemistry grade of 90% or higher (including the weighting of the semester exam) or a first semester AP Chemistry grade of 87% or higher (including the weighting of the semester exam). See below for further clarification

June 24-July 19 | 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Fee: $1,225

This course will cover approximately 30% of the AP Biology curriculum, with the remaining 70% covered during the academic year. Topics will include biochemistry, cell structure and function, membranes, enzymes, cellular respiration, photosynthesis, cellular communication and ecology. Students will complete several of the required college-level labs including studies of diffusion and osmosis, enzyme activity, cellular respiration, photosynthesis, and ecosystem productivity. Successful completion of the course (83% or better) and instructor approval are required to continue in AP Biology as a junior during the academic year. The AP Biology exam will be taken in May of the junior year. Note: Textbook required.

Rising 11th graders (via Honors Chemistry): To qualify for AP Biology, a student will have completed semester 1 of Honors Chemistry with an overall grade of A- (90%) or higher, including the weighting of the semester exam. Final approval for AP Biology will be based on maintaining strong academic performance and classroom behavior throughout semester 2.

Rising 11th graders (via AP Chemistry): To qualify for AP Biology, a student will have completed semester 1 of AP Chemistry with an overall grade of B+ (87%) or higher, including the weighting of the semester exam. Final approval for AP Biology will be based on maintaining strong academic performance and classroom behavior throughout semester 2.

Course load for summer for-credit ap biology classes:

  • A semester’s worth of material in 19 class days over four weeks.
  • Cover approximately one week of material each class day.
  • Cover as many as 14 chapters.
  • Five major AP labs, small labs, and accompanying write-ups.
  • Nightly homework and study time is typically 2 to 3 hours.
  • Students have tests/quizzes two to three times a week.

AP Chemistry

Enrolled incoming 体育投注开户 sophomores only

Prerequisites: Earned a first semester Honors Physics grade of 93% or higher (including the weighting of the semester exam). See below for further clarification

June 24-July 19 | 8 a.m.-12 p.m. (Group A-Morning) or 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (Group B- Mid-day)

Fee: $1,225

This course will cover approximately the first 25% of the AP Chemistry curriculum including scientific method, atomic theory, stoichiometry, reaction types and the first law of thermodynamics. In addition, laboratory safety and laboratory techniques will be emphasized with college-level labs that reinforce the material being covered in class. Successful completion is required for permission to enroll in AP Chemistry as a sophomore. The AP Chemistry exam will be taken at the end of the sophomore year. Note: Textbook required.

Grade 10: Students who qualify for AP Chemistry will have completed semester 1 of Honors Physics with an overall grade of A (or higher). Final approval for AP Chemistry will be based on maintaining strong academic performance and classroom behavior throughout semester 2.

Course load for summer for-credit ap chemistry classes:

  • A semester’s worth of material in 19 class days over 4 weeks.
  • Cover approximately one week of material each class day.
  • Cover seven full chapters and portions of others.
  • Daily lab work with accompanying write-ups.
  • Nightly homework and study time is typically 2 to 3 hours.
  • Students have tests/quizzes every third day.

Summer Lunch

Regular and vegetarian entrees are offered each day and menus are designed to provide healthy, nutritious options.

View A Sample Lunch Menu

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Eligibility

Boys and girls entering grades 9-12 in fall 2019 are eligible. Most courses are open to qualified students enrolled in any accredited high school; some require prerequisites. High school options include both enrichment and for-credit courses. Students enrolled in for-credit courses should be prepared for rigorous instruction and two to three hours of homework each day. Attendance is crucial and students may miss no more than two days to qualify for credit. Students who miss more than one class period of a three-week course, or more than two class periods of a six-week course, will not be eligible for credit. International students must complete an additional recommendation form and may participate in institute programs if they have strong English skills and meet the class prerequisites.

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Summer Staff

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