Ready for a Summer of Learning and Fun?

The George School Summer Academy offers a collection of in-person and online enrichment courses for students entering 6th through 12th grade for the 2021-2022 academic year.  Our expanded summer academic programming is designed to encourage students to explore new subjects and ideas, challenge themselves, dedicate focused time to a particular subject area, and find additional academic support for school-year subjects. Classes are available in both online and in-person formats.

All courses are taught by professional teachers and experts in their fields. Small class sizes will allow for individualized instruction while various formats can fit each family’s schedule and comfort level. Multiple courses can be taken at once. Middle school courses running in the same weeks can be taken in tandem for a well-rounded program or individually to suit particular areas of interest and need.

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Please contact Joanna Sima for additional information or questions about the program.

Please contact Elaine Lengle at 215.579.6508 for registration questions.

Academic Classes for High School Students

These enrichment classes are open to students entering grades 9 through 12 for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Writing Workshop

Students will read, examine, and analyze the three major forms of creative writing (fiction, nonfiction, and poetry), spending class time discussing assigned readings from a diverse group of writers, participating in writing prompts, and workshopping their and their classmates’ work. By the end of the course, students will be tasked with completing a short story, a nonfiction brevity piece (a 750-word or less essay), and two poems.

Schedule: Tuesday, June 15 to Thursday, July 1, 2021.
This three-week class meets three times each week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
9:00 to 10:30 a.m.

Teacher: Chris King

Online/In-Person: Both/Hybrid

Cost: $350.00

Screenwriting

Students will study the writing of films (both by reading what’s on the page and watching what’s on the screen), discussing and analyzing what about the construction of each film’s script is effective. By the course’s end, students will understand the basic elements of screenwriting and be tasked with writing their own short film script (anywhere from 7-20 pages).

Schedule: Tuesday, June 15 to Thursday, July 1, 2021.
This three-week class meets three times each week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Teacher: Chris King

Online/In-Person: Both/Hybrid

Cost: $350.00

Robotics & Engineering

Arduino is a single-board microcontroller for building devices that can sense and control objects in the real world. In this mini-course, students will learn how to program the Arduino for real-world applications, such as to control lights, motors, and motion detection sensors. This course will use real hardware components assembled by the students on solderless breadboards. Pricing includes the cost of the Arduino kit.

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Program an Arduino compatible device to control lights, motors, and other devices.
  • Understand Arduino’s architecture, including inputs and connectors for add-on devices.
  • Add third-party components such as LCDs, accelerometers, gyroscopes, and GPS trackers to extend Arduino’s functionality.
  • Understand the basics of computer programming.
  • Test, debug, and deploy the Arduino to solve real-world problems.

Course requirements:
Windows, Linux, or Mac OS device with a standard USB type A socket or adapter. Chromebooks will not work.

Schedule: Monday, June 21 to Friday, July 2, 2021.
This two-week class meets daily, Monday through Friday.
9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Teacher: Brian Patton

Online/In-Person: In-Person

Cost: $795.00

Computer Science & Coding

This course will develop various introductory level components to Java coding. Geared for beginners at a high school level, students will learn the building blocks of text-based coding to create their own computer game or simulation.

Schedule: Monday, June 14 to Thursday, July 1, 2021.
This three-week class meets each week Monday through Thursday.
9:00 to 10:00 a.m.

Teacher: Travis Ortogero

Online/In-Person: Online

Cost: $350.00

Introduction to Neuroscience

This course will examine the workings of the brain at a cellular and functional level. Students will learn about the basic structures and functions of the brain as well as associated behaviors. Students will make models of brain structures to aid understanding. We will examine case studies to assess the effect of damage and trauma on the brain. Throughout the course, students will gain a deeper appreciation for the complex connection between biological processes and human behavior and thought.

Schedule: Monday, July 19 to Friday, July 30, 2021.
This two-week class meets daily, Monday through Friday.
9:30 to 10:45 a.m.

Teacher: Joanna Sima

Online/In-Person: Both/Hybrid

Cost: $350.00

SAT Preparation

Students will learn necessary concepts and proven strategies to help them succeed in the math, reading, and writing sections of the SAT. They will learn how to tackle the test and why various approaches work to avoid the stressful experience of rushing and guessing. The course will focus on the formulas and methodologies that the College Board uses so students will be able to solve problems efficiently and confidently. The course will consist of twelve ninety-minute classes over six weeks, leading up to the August SAT.

The in-person version of this course will take place on the George School campus and include two proctored practice exams. The online version of this course will be presented through Zoom. Instructors will be equipped with drawing pads to convey diagrams and live notes to students.

Schedule: Tuesday, July 20 to Thursday, August 26, 2021.
This six-week class meets two times each week on Tuesday and Thursday.
Online: 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
In-Person: 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

Teacher: Craig Goodman

Online/In-Person: Both

Cost: $925.00

Academic Classes for Middle School Students

These enrichment classes are open to students entering grades 6 through 8 for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Math Enrichment

This three-week math course will be a review and an in-depth study of selected topics from Prealgebra, Algebra I, and early Geometry. Students will improve their math skills in preparation for the rigors of high school math and science courses. Individualized attention, teacher-led class instruction, and self-paced activities and classwork will be available for all students.

Schedule: Monday, July 12 to Thursday, July 29, 2021.
This three-week class meets four times each week on Monday through Thursday.
Group 1: 9:00 to 10:15 a.m.
Group 2: 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Teacher: Matt Baron

Online/In-Person: In-Person

Cost: $395.00

Writer's Workshop

This course will focus on fostering cross-curricular writing skills in middle school students. Students will be exposed to various forms of writing and learn to differentiate their writing for various audiences. This course will explore elements of both academic and creative writing. Students will use topics of their interest to develop strong writing structures and conventions to support school-based writing and personal expressions.

Schedule: Monday, July 12 to Thursday, July 29, 2021.
This three-week class meets four times each week on Monday through Thursday.
10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Teacher: Shantel Hubert

Online/In-Person: In-Person

Cost: $395.00

Leadership & Public Speaking

This course will focus on developing students’ skills in public speaking and leadership through a collaborative environment. Students will engage in authentic activities that mirror school and career experiences to strengthen their presentation skills and self-confidence. Through this lens, students will work on developing the qualities and skills needed for leadership roles as they carve out their unique style and build on their strengths.

Schedule: Monday, July 12 to Thursday, July 29, 2021.
This three-week class meets four times each week on Monday through Thursday.
9:00 to 10:15 a.m.

Teacher: Shantel Hubert

Online/In-Person: In-Person

Cost: $395.00