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Summer Study Course

Get a head start to the new school year!

Summer is the perfect time to review and reinforce concepts to prepare for the new school year. We will offer safe and effective way of learning.  Our focus will be on supporting individual progress through daily assignments.

★ Choose and Build your own summer study course (English, Math, Science, Spanish, and Music)
★ Daily 1 hour remote lessons and homework!

Schedule

  • Session A: July 6th to July 17th
  • Session B: July 20th to July 31st

Grades

  • 6th – 12th Grade in Fall 2020

Session Details

  • Students will participate in a one-hour remote lesson for every day of the course. Students will be assigned one hour worth of daily homework/assignments over the course of two weeks.
  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday: Teachers will conduct whole class meetings and lessons.
  • Tuesday and Thursday: Teachers will review the concepts taught, answer individual questions, reflect with students, and pre-teach.
  • Ongoing– Teachers will assign homework and administer quizzes/tests to measure student understanding. Students will be expected to work independently on homework or assignments for about one hour each day. Teachers will be expected to assign and grade work accordingly.
  • End of course– Teachers will complete and email a personalized summary to each student with two or three sentences regarding each student’s progress on the last Friday of their session.

Tuition

  • $300 per course
  • 10% discount for an additional course
  • Registration is on a first-come-first-serve basis
  • Payment of Summer Study Course tuition will use an ACH system and will automatically be withdrawn from your designated account. A completed ACH form is due at the time of registration.
  • Non-refundable and non-transferable unless the course is cancelled
  • A course may be cancelled if less than 4 students are registered

Course Schedules

Variety of Courses to Choose and Build

Students can select and register for any number of courses they are interested in. Each student will have their own personalized summer schedule.

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Session A: July 6th to July 17th

Session B: July 20th to July 31st

 

Course Descriptions

English

Essay Writing for Middle School
Instructor: Miriam Zeghmi
For 6th to 8th grade. Writing essays can be a daunting and overwhelming task, especially when just starting out, and it doesn’t have to be. With the right tools and guidelines, students can gain the skills needed for effective essay writing through constructive feedback and ongoing practice. This course introduces students to a variety of essay types and writing strategies. The objective is to enhance skills, refine strategies and introduce tools. The instructor continuously reviews old skills and scaffolds new habits. Students will cover a range of essays and learn essential elements of idea-formation, researching, outlining, formatting, referencing and thesis construction. Essay topics range and students have an opportunity to research and write on topics of interest. This class will be as much about exploring ideas as it will be about writing, so come to class curious and ready to engage. Most of Middle School Essay class will focus on forming strong foundational skills for further development in upcoming years.

Essay Writing for High School
Instructor: Miriam Zeghmi
For 9th to 12th grade. This class will focus on preparing students for the transition after high-school graduation. The course dedicates some time to preparing a personal statement for college essays. Students will have the opportunity to work on parts of their applications if they choose.
This course reassesses student’s skills with a variety of essay types and writing strategies. This includes the essential elements of idea-formation, researching, outlining, formatting, referencing and thesis construction The objective is to strengthen skills, refine strategies and provide useful tactics for writing under the pressure of a deadline. The instructor will continuously review established skills and scaffolds new habits. Essay topics will range and students have an opportunity to research and write on topics of interest. This class is as much about exploring ideas as it is about writing, so come to class curious and ready to engage. The aim for this essay course is to assist students to be confident writers for academic success, higher education and even future employment.

PSAT English
Instructor: Miriam Zeghmi
For 6th to 8th grade. This course aims to assist in preparing students for their PSAT tests. Students are familiarized with test-taking strategies, critical reading, and language skills. The course provides PSAT practice questions and mock tests. The objective for this course is to give students the tools they need to better prepare for the English portion of the PSAT.

SAT English
Instructor: Miriam Zeghmi
For 9th to 12th grade. This course aims to facilitate the process of preparing for the English portion of the SAT test . Students are familiarized with test-taking strategies, critical reading, and language skills. The course provides practice questions, mock tests and SAT essays. The objective for this course is to give students the tools they need to better prepare for the English portion of the SAT.

SAT Prep: A Focus on Grammar
Instructor: Chelsey Dietrich
This two-week course will break apart the Writing and Language section of the SAT. The Writing and Language section is composed of grammar, vocabulary in context, and editing skills. By honing in on grammar, students will become confident at answering, and familiar with, the various question types used throughout the test. How we speak and write colloquially in our everyday communications is very different from the formal rules that are tested on the SAT. During this class, students will review: rules of punctuation, clause and modifier structures, subject + verb agreement, and sentence rules. Students will be asked to keep a grammar rule notebook and complete grammar questions from previous SAT tests.

Reading Comprehension: Understanding Voice, Stylistic Choice, and Context through Multi-Cultural Short Stories
Instructor: Chelsey Dietrich
We all have a voice within us that is linked to our identity and the way that we as individuals and communities experience the world. As authors, when we decide to share our experiences or stories, we use various stylistic devices that evoke emotion and sometimes challenge the understanding of our audience. In this class, students will be both audience and author and gain a firm understanding of the roles we take through the process of reading and writing. By focusing on multi-cultural voices, literary devices and analysis of context, students will be able to write their own short story that infuses personal experience, context, and individual stylistic choices. (Text selections will come from: America Street: A Multicultural Anthology of Stories (Revised Edition by Mazer, Anne).

Scientific Writing (recommended 6th – 7th grade)
Instructor: John Dietrich
This course is designed to provide students with a broad overview of scientific topics, with an emphasis on the synthesis of verbal and quantitative resources. Specific topics will be drawn from biology, chemistry, earth science and physics. The course will combine verbal materials such as articles from popular publications (The New York Times, The Economist, Scientific American, etc.) and quantitative research drawn from real-world data sets (United Nations, World Bank, Pew Research, etc.). While students will interact with subject-specific content, the focus of the course is data analysis, synthesis of information and production of written analyses.

Essay Writing: The Role of Fire in Human Evolution (recommended 7th – 8th grade)
Instructor: John Dietrich
This course will examine the role of fire in human evolution. Students will learn the foundational concepts and facts necessary to successfully address the topic by examining excerpts from Catching Fire by Richard Wrangham. Study of this text will be supplemented with articles analyzing the “Cooking Hypothesis” and evidenced effects the harnessing of fire has had on the evolution of human biology, culture and society. Students will be guided through the process of writing a research paper, from formulating a thesis statement, planning an essay, and conducting research to writing well-supported body paragraphs and completing first and final drafts. Emphasis will be placed on the production of writing that is academic and scientific in nature.

Math

Geometry
Instructor: Noah Sorscher
This course will provide students with practice working in 3 dimensions and with spatial reasoning.  We will solve problems using volume, surface area, mass and other 3D-relevant measurements. The course will prompt students to flex their muscle for mental imagery by picturing 3D figures in the course of plotting their strategy for solving scenarios from composite solids.  We will emphasize problem-solving strategies like manipulating units and ratios as they are influenced by changing between 2 and 3 dimensions.

Probability and Combinatorics
Instructor: Noah Sorscher
Students in this two-week course will learn about combinatorics — the math of counting the possible combinations of discrete elements — and probability. Students will be presented with exercises throughout the week which will prepare them to complete a larger project at the end of each week, connecting their mathematical principles with real-world relevance and application. Students will learn to think creatively about how to exercise their control over numbers, and this will help students entering Algebra, Geometry and Precalculus in the coming year.

Algebra 2
Instructor: Yukie Goto
Session A
Prerequisite: Algebra 1
We will start with the complex number system and its basic arithmetic operations, which will be applied to finding complex solutions of quadratic equations. Also, there will be topics related to polynomial functions of higher degrees including factorization, division and the study of their graphs.

Session B
Prerequisite: Algebra 1
Assuming the knowledge of rational exponents and radicals, the focus will be given to the study of exponential and logarithmic functions and their graphs. Students will learn how to solve exponential equations by the use of logarithms and vice versa.

Logical Thinking
Instructor: Kenta Sueyoshi
A logical thought process is something that is necessary in all fields of study. Whether it be in math, science, or English, being able to logically explain your thoughts in an organized manner is crucial. Enhance your logical thinking skills through word problems, statements, math problems, proofs, and puzzles. Although under the math category, this course will require a fair amount of writing.

Pre-Calculus
Instructor: Kenta Sueyoshi
The focus of this course will be on two important concepts generally taught in Pre-Calculus: vectors and trigonometry. The concept of vectors is applied in math and many fields of science. Therefore, students will practice with many word problems and application problems. Trigonometry is a concept that goes as deep as you dig. Starting with the simple trigonometric ratios and trigonometric identities, students will end the two-week course by verifying trigonometric equalities.

Science

Molecular Biotechnology & Life Science (recommended 7th grade and up)
Instructor: Heba Awad
In this class students will be introduced to the basics of cell and molecular Biology, experimental designs and Biotechnology. This class will help students refresh their knowledge about different basic topics in life science and get a head start for a Biology or life science course this school year. Students will also be trained to utilize the scientific method in order to perform scientific investigations and build analytical studies. In addition, students will also get laboratory experience about the novel biotechnology techniques currently used in the medical field through virtual lab simulation activities.

Experimental Physics
Instructor: Noah Sorscher
This will be a two-week preparation for students getting ready to start Physics this coming school year. Each week, students will complete exercises building up to an experiment they will have to conduct at home, based on the principles learned in class. Together we will focus on designing the experiment, assembling materials, measurements, evaluating errors and sources of errors, drawing conclusions and considering improvements for future experiments. Students will be encouraged to improvise and adapt, as appropriate in a real scientific context.

Chemistry
Instructor: Kenta Sueyoshi
During the two weeks, students will prepare to take Chemistry in the upcoming school year. We will start by learning or reviewing the important fundamental ideas behind Chemistry. The focus of the course will be on “atoms”, “chemical reactions”, “moles”, and “stoichiometry”. Students will also work on skills of experimental design, measuring, data collection, and data interpretation. Virtual labs will assist students to visualize chemical reactions and practice lab safety in a safe environment. Any level of chemistry knowledge is welcome.

Spanish

Fundamental Spanish
Instructor: Christina Gutierrez
This session will focus on improving conversation skills. Lessons will include “Basic Conversation,” “Pronunciation,” “Formal vs. Informal Language,” and “Idioms.” Although this is planned as a beginner-level course, all ages and language levels will be accommodated.

Practical Spanish
Instructor: Christina Gutierrez
Continuing from session A, students will learn how to interact in common real-world scenarios. Lessons will include, “Ordering at a Restaurant,” “Writing an Email,” “Making Introductions,” and “Talking on the Phone.” Although this is planned as a beginner-level course, all ages and language levels will be accommodated.

Music

Introduction to Jazz Piano
Instructor: Willie Garza

The primary focus of the class is learning jazz piano in the ballad style. Students will learn key concepts in how to read, play, and understand common jazz 7th chord symbols (nomenclature) and basic two-hand 4-part voicings for them. Class will learn how to approach a melody, read a jazz lead sheet, how to use chords to construct basic jazz harmony to accompany a melody.

Prerequisites: Students should know how to play C, F, Bb major scale, and G, D, and A minor scale. Studying private piano for at least 2-3 years or equivalent to ABRSM grade level 2 scales, arpeggios, and broken chords. Must have piano or small keyboard for online classes.

国語 (in Japanese)

小論文基礎講座
講師:スパーン由美
文章の書き方を基礎から学ぶこの講座では、まず授業で小論文を書くための基本的な文法や構成メモの書き方を学習し、日本や世界で話題になっていることをテーマとしてオンラインでデスカッションをしながら、自分の考えや意見を深めます。授業後の家庭学習と講師の個別指導により、最後には、一編の小論文を仕上げることを目標とします。

国語総合講座
講師:金隆子
説明的・文学的文章に書かれている内容を理解し、自分で説明したり文章にまとめて表現につなげる学習。短歌・俳句などの日本の言語文化を楽しむ学習。語句・文法など基礎的な知識を増やす学習を行います。総合的に国語の土台を学ぶ講座です。

小学国語復習講座
講師:砂原みず絵
話す・聞く、書く、読むという各分野をバランス良く振り返りながら、基礎・基本の力を確かめます。特に、夏にちなんだ教材を中心に学習を進め、楽しく高学年の復習を行なっていく講座です。

数学 (in Japanese)

小6算数から中1数学へのステップ
講師:南立美由紀
小学生の単元で、「文字と式」「比例と反比例」、中学校の単元「正の数、負の数」「加法と減法」を中心に学び、algebra1につながる基礎の確立を目指します。

Algebra 1(6年生以上)
講師:朝原実基:朝原実基

セッションA
代数の基礎をなす前半「文字式の計算」「1次方程式とグラフ」を学びます。関数とグラフの関係を理解し、式をグラフにかけるように指導します。使用教材は英語のものですが、授業は日本語で行います。
セッションB
代数基礎、後半は「連立1次方程式」「2次方程式と解法」「2次関数のグラフ」を学び、Algebra 2につながる知識を身に付けます。使用教材は英語のものですが、授業は日本語で行います。

Algebra 2(8年生以上)
講師:朝原実基
セッションA:
Algebra 1の知識を踏まえて、「1次、2次不等式とグラフ」「2次関数と複素数の計算」を学びます。使用教材は英語のものですが、授業は日本語で行います。
セッションB:
セッションAに引き続き、「指数関数と対数関数」「三角関数」を学び、precalculusへの導入準備をします。使用教材は英語のものですが、授業は日本語で行います。

SAT 数学(9年生以上)
講師:朝原実基

セッションA、B共通 :
初めに診断テストで各生徒の理解度、弱点などを把握します。過去問題を含めた練習問題を重ねてSATの問題傾向や特徴をつかみ、解答の仕方を訓練します。使用教材は英語のものですが、授業は日本語で行います。

 

Registration

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Contact Information

The BCA/WPS Summer School Team: summer@bcacademy.com

Oct
16
Teacher In-Service Day (No school)
Nov
11
Veterans Day (No School)
Nov
25
Fall Break (No School)