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. Alicia Chen, our Summer Academy Admissions Officer, will again be helping with all aspects of Summer Academy.
Please refer to the following dates for Summer Academy sign-ups.
o February 15 for Scientific and Summer Internships
o February 24 for all LS and MS Courses
o March 10 for all US Courses
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 PM. Many of our LS students attend TYPA Summer Camp in the afternoon.
o Reading, Writing, and Speaking classes for rising KA to Grade 5 students
o Public Speaking and Communication for rising Grades 4 and 5 students
o Reading and Writing Extension for rising Grades 3, 4, and 5 students
o Scientific Experiments for rising Grades 4 and 5 students
o Story Writing Illustration classes for rising Grades 2 to 5 students
We also employ an EAL teacher to support students new to the English language and to allow for more individualized attention to all students in the class.
For MS students, the following classes are available and meet daily from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Enrollment can be for two or four weeks.
o Pre-Algebra Preparation and Algebra I Preparation
o MS Scientific Research: This 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.
o MS Strengthening Foundations
o Reading and Writing for Grade 6 students: This course will be slightly modified to reflect the latest changes to the Grade 6 English program in the regular school year. This course is a great way 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.
o Expository Writing for rising Grade 7 and 8 students: The class has a heavy MUN, public-speaking focus and was very popular last summer. The extension of this very successful course has been developed to include many core leadership skills that are familiar to students interested or involved in MUN: research, writing, team-building, international relations, and debate about current events. This course will serve as excellent preparation for English, MUN, and Public Speaking in Grades 7 and 8, and the Upper School.
o MS Art and Innovation Class
Please note, given the rigor of the US Summer Academy classes, it is expected that students will be here 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 8:00 AM-1:00 PM. There are occasions where labs and other assignments will require additional afternoon hours. The following classes will be offered:
o 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.
o Pre-AP Physics: This is a two-week preparation class offered for those who will be taking AP Physics in the fall.
o Geometry with Proof, Honors Geometry with Proof, Algebra II, and Honors Algebra II: These classes will allow students who successfully complete the course to move ahead during the regular school year in the upper school mathematics program.
o Robotics, Engineering, and Technology: This is a four-week class that fulfills the TAS Computer Science and Robotics graduation requirement. Students taking this course will become familiar will all of the major themes in robotics including electronics, programming, CAD design, and fabrication. We will start from the beginning assuming no prior knowledge. However, experienced robotics students who are interested in working on advanced projects are also encouraged to take the course.
o Robotics, Engineering, and Technology (VEX): This is 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.
o Public Speaking, Rhetoric, and Debate: This is a four-week course, which if successfully completed, will fulfill the political science and forensics graduation requirement.
o Theater Arts: This course will help students develop the skills and techniques to become powerful speakers all while exploring their creative potential. Completion of this course fulfills either the public speaking or performing arts graduation requirement.
o US History Summer Course: IB Diploma students have the option of taking this summer course to fulfill the TAS upper school history graduation requirement (providing certain IB history requirements in the regular school year are fulfilled).
o Expository Writing: This is a two or four-week class that has proven to successfully prepare students for the writing demands in the Upper School.
o Film Production I (SAUSART16): This class will focus on the basics of filmmaking and prepares students for enrollment in Honors Film. Successful completion of this class fulfills the visual arts graduation requirement.
o Investing and Capital Markets: This is 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; and 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 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM daily for one week.
o 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 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Successful completion of this course satisfies either the public speaking or performing arts graduation requirement, but not both. Application due on February 15.
o 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. Applications are due on February 18. The timeline for the internship program is as follows:
• 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.