The Summer Academy Office is open now. Please feel free to stop by and read about the courses or get answers to your questions about Summer Academy. Catherine Huang, our Summer Academy Admissions Officer, will be helping with all aspects of Summer Academy.
Please refer to the following dates for Summer Academy sign-ups.
o February 7 for all LS and MS courses (enrollment opens at 8am)
o February 22 for Scientific and Summer Internships (this is an application process, not online enrollment)
o March 8 for all US Courses (enrollment opens at 8am)
We are offering the following LS options this year. Enrollment can be for two or four weeks. Classes meet daily from 8:00 am – 12:00 noon. Many of our LS students attend TYPA Summer Camp in the afternoon.
• Reading, writing, and speaking classes for KA to Grade 5.
• Public Speaking and Communication for rising Grades 4 and 5 students
• Reading and Writing Extension for rising Grades 3, 4 and 5 students
• Scientific Experiments for rising Grades 4 and 5. This class will involve a series of hands-on scientific experiments with basic research and reporting skills.
• Story Writing and Illustrations class for Grade 2nd/3rd and 4th/5th
• STEM Exploration class for 2nd/3rd graders
Small class sizes and low student to teacher ratio allow for individualized attention. As in past years, we will continue to hire an EAL teacher to support students new to the English language and to allow for more individualized attention for all students in the class.
For Middle School students, the following classes are available and meet daily from 8:00 am – 12:00 noon.
• Pre-Algebra Preparation, Algebra 1 Preparation. These classes require recommendation from the math department chair (Ms. Yen).
• MS Scientific Research. This popular course is designed to explore science through practical, interactive activities and projects meant to boost creativity, curiosity, and independence while developing basic scientific skills including developing a research question, designing an experiment, and collecting and processing data. Key areas of focus will be ecology, biology, and chemistry with an emphasis on data collection inside and outside the classroom. Students should be enthusiastic for science and have a keen interest in successful preparation for middle and upper school science.
• MS Strengthening Foundational Skills in Reading and Writing. This is a broad-based class covering all academic topics/subjects as determined by student need. Students are also given tools to better organize their time and their work.
• Reading and Writing for Grade 6 students. This course will also be slightly modified to reflect the latest changes to the Grade 6 English program in the regular school year. This course is a great course to help with the transition to the MS English program for all students as they prepare for Grade 6 at TAS as well as those students who wish to keep their skills sharp during the summer months.
• MUN-Focused Reading, Writing, Research and Presentation class for Grade 7 and 8 students. The class involves a heavy MUN, public-speaking focus, and is a very popular class every summer. Teachers for this class include current Upper School MUN coaches.
*Please note: Given the rigor of the US Summer Academy classes, it is expected that students will be in attendance for each day of class. If a student misses more than two classes, credit for the class cannot be earned. Unless otherwise noted, classes will meet each day for four weeks, from 8:00am-1:00pm. There are occasions where labs and other assignments will require additional afternoon hours.
The following classes will be offered:
• Honors Physics, Honors Chemistry, and Honors Biology: Successful completion of these courses will allow students to move ahead and enroll in the AP equivalent courses during the 2017-18 school year.
• Pre- AP Physics: This is a two-week preparation class offered for those who will be taking AP Physics in the fall.
• Geometry with Proof, Honors Geometry with Proof, Algebra 2, Algebra 2B and Honors Algebra 2: all of which will allow students who successfully complete the course to move ahead during the regular school year in the upper school mathematics program.
• Robotics, Engineering and Technology: a four-week class that fulfills the TAS Computer Science and Robotics graduation requirement while preparing students to take an active role in the robotics program. Students taking this course will become familiar will all of the major themes in robotics including electronics, programming, CAD design and fabrication. The class provides for students who have no prior robotics knowledge, while also extending learning for experienced robotics students who are interested in working on advanced projects.
• Robotics, Engineering and Technology (VEX): a two-week class that fulfills the TAS Computer Science and Robotics graduation requirement and focuses on the VEX robotics system. Students will build a VEX robot and complete a series of challenges with that robot.
• Public Speaking, Rhetoric and Debate: a four-week course, which if successfully completed, will fulfill the political science and forensics graduation requirement.
• Theater Arts: this course will help students develop the skills and techniques to become confident speakers and presenters, all while exploring their creative potential. Completion of this course fulfills either the public speaking or performing arts graduation requirement.
• US History summer course: IB Diploma students have the option of taking this summer course to fulfill the TAS US history graduation requirement (providing certain IB history requirements in the regular school year are fulfilled).
• Expository Writing: a two or four-week class that has proven to successfully prepare students for the writing demands in the upper school.
• Film and Documentary Production: this class will focus students on the basics of film-making, and prepares for enrollment into Honors Film. Successful completion of this class earns one elective Visual Arts credit.
• Introduction to Scientific Research: a class that allows students to create and test hands-on Scientific Research projects, preparing them for Advanced Scientific Research I. Students enrolled in this class will present their research in poster form during the December 2016 Scientific Research Symposium at TAS.
• Capital Markets and Investing: a one-week course that will focus on the basics of investing, including an examination of the stock and bond markets, fundamentals of investing in a diverse range of assets, including stocks, bonds, and currencies, the vital role that different capital markets play in the modern economy, such as the Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500, and other international stock markets. Attention will also be given to the basics of derivatives, including short-sales, swaps, and other hedge instruments and the role that private-equity and hedge funds play in the modern economy. Class meets from 8am-5pm daily for one week.
• National Palace Museum (NPM) Docent course: this outstanding class will again be offered to prepare students to act as National Palace Museum junior docents for our TAS visitors. Students will be required to learn a significant amount of historical and art-related information and be able to speak about these topics with confidence and poise. Students who complete this course will be able to give guided tours of the National Palace Museum to TAS guest authors, visiting speakers, and other special visitors to the school. Given the exciting possibilities that this class affords, as well as the level of knowledge and responsibility required of successful applicants, this class is limited to 10 students who will be chosen by a faculty committee after submitting an application. Class meets daily from 8:00AM - 4:00PM. Successful completion of this course satisfies either the public speaking or performing arts graduation requirement, but not both. Application due on February 15.
• The six-week Summer Internship Program will continue as in past years. This internship program provides TAS students with real-life learning experiences and insights into professional careers. We will once again offer opportunities for students to pursue scientific research as well as provide placements in areas such as marketing, hotel management, teaching, and much more. Application due on February 15.
Timeline for Internship Program
• February 15, 2017: Enrollment in the Scientific Research and Summer Internship 6-week program begins. Placements will be announced by March 9.
• June 5, 2017: Internships begin.
• July 14, 2017: Internships conclude.