Academic Courses

High school students who want to prepare for the school year can get a head start on academics through our now virtual credit and non-credit summer class offerings. This year we are offering new options such as solar design, painting, and expanding math courses, in addition to popular options such as  Architecture and FabLab Art. These courses, in addition to traditional offerings in the sciences, math, humanities, and arts, are all offered in a distance learning environment.

Math & Writing Summer Prep

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • Writing

    Coed, grades 6-8

    Writing Session
    Dates: August 3 - 14
    Times: 12:00 - 1:30 pm

    Location: Online
    Tuition: $275

    Summer Prep prepares students to make the best of their middle school experience! This course, staffed by US faculty, gives students the chance to ease back into the school routine while polishing essential writing skills. Enjoy a highly stimulating and fun learning environment. Limit 22 students. Full attendance required.

    Directed by Lee Fallon

  • Math Review Part 1: Operations, Integers, and Rational Numbers
     

    Coed, Grades 6-7
     
    Dates: Aug. 3-7
    Time: 1:30 - 3:00 pm
    Location: Online
    Tuition: $150

    This math review engages students in explorations of the four operations with integers and rational numbers. Students investigate adding and subtracting fractions with like and unlike denominators; multiplying and dividing fractions; adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing decimal numbers and integers; and using the order of operations to evaluate numeric expressions with multiple operations.
     
    Directed by Danny Jones
  • Math Review Part 2: Area, Volume, Coordinate Plane, and Solving Equations

    Coed, Grades 6-7
     
    Dates: Aug. 10-14
    Time: 1:30 - 3:00 pm
    Location: Online
    Tuition: $150

    Students increase their conceptual understanding of the area, volume, graphing on the coordinate plane, and solving equations. Students investigate 2- and 3-dimension models to expand their understanding of square units and cubic units and apply this understanding to the common area and volume formulas as well as unconventional shapes. Students explore representing two values visually at one time by plotting points and drawing lines on the coordinate plane. Students model solving one-variable equations with algebra tiles and symbolic manipulation.
     
    Directed by Danny Jones
  • Pre-Algebra Review: Evaluating Expressions, Solving Multi-step Equations, Slope, and Area and Volume Formulas

    Coed, Grades 8-9
     
    Dates: Aug. 10-14
    Time: 10:00 - 11:30 am
    Location: Online
    Tuition: $150

    This review is designed for students entering Algebra I or Integrated Math 1. Students explore using the order of operations to evaluate and simplify expressions that include the operations of adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, exponents, and radicals. Students solve one-variable equations by applying opposite operations. Students review operations with integers and fractions and apply their knowledge of evaluating and solving equations to surface area, volume, and slope. Students can look forward to being prepared for the rigorous courses of Algebra I or Integrated Math 1. Taught by US math faculty. 

    Prerequisite: 7th Grade Math
     
    Directed by Danny Jones
  • Advanced Math Review “A”: Functions, Exponents, Graphing Calculator, Transversal and Transformational Geometry, and Triangle Congruence

    Coed, Grades 8-9
     
    Dates: Aug. 10-14
    Time: 10:00 - 11:30 am
    Location: Online
    Tuition: $150

    This review is for students entering Integrated Math 2, Algebra II, or Geometry. Students re-explore writing, evaluating, and graphing linear and exponential functions. Through this exploration students become more familiar with the TI-84 Graphing Calculator. Students investigate angle relationships of parallel lines intersected by a transversal and the four transformations of reflections, translations, dilations, and rotations. Students review the four angle congruence theorems of ASA, SAS, AAS, and SSS. Taught by US math faculty. 

    Prerequisite: Integrated Math 1 or Algebra I
     
    Directed by Danny Jones
  • Advanced Math Review “B”: Function Transformations, Factoring, Quadratics Functions, Trigonometry, and Properties of Triangles, Quadrilaterals, and Circles

    Coed, Grades 8-9
     
    Dates: Aug. 10-14
    Time: 10:00 - 11:30 am
    Location: Online
    Tuition: $150

    This review is for students entering Integrated Math 2, Algebra II, or Geometry. Students re-explore writing, evaluating, and graphing linear and exponential functions. Through this exploration students become more familiar with the TI-84 Graphing Calculator. Students investigate angle relationships of parallel lines intersected by a transversal and the four transformations of reflections, translations, dilations, and rotations. Students review the four angle congruence theorems of ASA, SAS, AAS, and SSS. Taught by US math faculty. 

    Prerequisite: Integrated Math 1 or Algebra I
     
    Directed by Danny Jones

ACT & SAT Prep

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

  • Writing for the SAT & ACT

    Coed, grades 10-12

    July 6 -10
    Time: 1:15 - 3:15 pm
    Location: Online
    Tuition: $300 (per session)

    How do you discover what the essay question is really asking? How do you plan an essay effectively and quickly? This class is preparation for the writing portion of the SAT and ACT tests and targets the essay tests which recently went into effect. Students write 1-3 essays per week plus special exercises designed to help them succeed in crafting this type of essay. We’ll look at preparation strategies as well as techniques for writing under the pressure of a timer. Essays will be scored using the same scoring system as the SAT and ACT examiners. Students may enroll in one or both sessions.

    Directed by William Daughtrey
     
  • ACT Intensive Prep

    Coed, grades 10-12

    Session I
    Dates: July 13-17
    Time: 9:30 am - 11:30 am
    Session II
    Dates: July 20-24
    Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Location: Online
    Tuition: $300 (per session)

    This course focuses on the English, math, reading, and science sections of the ACT. We use an individual instruction approach that provides direct feedback and practice for students to improve their ACT scores. We review test-taking strategies and learn the architecture of the overall test and questions so you can mentally prepare for your next exam. Students may enroll in one or more sessions.

    Directed by William Daughtrey
  • SAT Intensive Prep

    Coed, grades 10-12

    Session I
    Dates: July 13-17
    Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Session II
    Dates: July 20-24
    Time: 9:30 am - 11:30 am

    Location: Online
    Tuition: $300 (per session)

    The SAT Intensive Preparation Course provides individual instruction for students looking to increase their scores on the verbal, critical reading, and writing sections of the SAT. Students increase their vocabulary; practice reading comprehension in a timed environment; review the grammar and writing technique applicable to sentence error questions, improving sentences, and improving paragraphs; and practice timed-writing. We review test-taking strategies and learn the architecture of the overall test and questions so you can mentally prepare for your next exam. Students may enroll in one or more sessions.

    Directed by William Daughtrey

Art & Design

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

  • FabLab Art

    Coed, grades 9 - 12

    Session I
    Dates: June 8 - July 10
    Time: 9:10 am - 10:20 am
    Session II
    Dates: June 8 - July 10
    Time: 1:20 am - 2:30 pm

    Location: Online
    Tuition: $450

    This course is devoted to a virtual fabrication of projects related to art, technology, and design. Students will learn to navigate Adobe Illustrator software as a fabrication tool, learn how to create shapes and learn advanced tools to help speed up their workflow and create a series of design/fabrication projects (a set of 4 custom wood coasters, a custom wood veneer bookmarker, and a custom wood iPhone stand).  While at this time, students cannot use our state-of-the-art equipment to execute their projects, each of the student’s projects will be laser-cut out by the teacher (with a recorded “GoPro” point-of-view) at our Hunting Valley Art wing and picked up at an appropriate and safe time. We will use MyUS to host the course pages and content, including the syllabus, assignments, and resources. MyUS “Topics” page will be used to host any prerecorded video demonstrations, and Zoom Meetings will be utilized to conduct daily classes,  show live video demonstrations, have class discussion, as well as, breakout group for individual teacher/student instructions.


    Directed by Enrique de la Mata
  • Introduction to Architecture

    Coed, grades 9 - 12

    Dates: June 8 - July 10
    Time: 11:40 am - 1:00 pm
    Location: Online
    Tuition: $500

    What distinguishes a good building from being great? Students will work with an award-winning architect using the Hunting Valley campus as a laboratory to explore the making of great spaces. This course focuses on design fundamentals, the generation of ideas, and discussion on how spaces affect us and how we affect spaces. From small design ideas such as furniture to grand designs such as city planning, this course challenges the students to look critically at the built environment for both performance and aesthetics as they design their own solutions and present their proposals. Fulfills a full semester elective credit in art. 

    Directed by William Daughtrey
  • NEW Painting

    Coed, grades 9-12
     
    Dates: June 8-July 10
    Time: 10:20 am – 11:30 am
    Location: Online
    Tuition: $450

    This class is devoted to hands-on painting projects through a series of watercolor paintings. Students will explore a variety of painting styles like abstract, still life, landscape, and “Plein Air” outdoor landscape paintings. Ideas of aesthetic, principles of design, and qualities of composition are addressed. Students complete several paintings that will develop their painting technique and challenge them to think more creatively with an emphasis on personal expression and originality while earning a full semester elective credit in art. We will use MyUS to host the course pages and content, including the syllabus, assignments, and resources. MyUS “Topics” page will be used to host any prerecorded video demonstrations, and Zoom Meetings will be utilized to conduct daily classes, show live video demonstrations, have class discussion, as well as, breakout group for individual teacher/student instructions. No experience is necessary. All materials are supplied in an “Art Kit” that can be pickup at Hunting Valley campus.


    Directed by Enrique de la Mata

Health & Physical Education

List of 1 frequently asked questions.

  • Health

    Boys, grades 9 - 12

    Session I
    Dates: June 8 - July 10
    Time: 8:00 am - 9:10 am
    NEW Session II
    Dates: June 8 - June 26
    Time: 9:15 am - 11:15 am

    Location: Online
    Tuition: $450

    This course introduces safety and first aid, personal care, and body systems, disease and disorders, coming of age, wellness, orientation to the fitness center, chemicals, and your mind, healthy and safe relationships, mental and emotional health, and human development and sexuality. Various outside experts present on topics. Students will be certified in CPR/AED/First Aid. Fulfills freshman health requirement.
     
    Directed by William Daughtrey

High School Math

List of 1 frequently asked questions.

  • NEW Calculus AB Accelerator

    Coed, grades 9-11

    Dates: June 8 - July 17
    Time: 9:15 am - 1:15 pm
    Location: Online
    Tuition: $1,500

    This course covers the material listed in the College Board syllabus for AP Calculus AB. It consists of a study of limits, differentiation, integration, differential equations, and applications. Evaluation is by means of homework sets, quizzes, tests, and a final exam. The final exam will consist of an AP exam which will be graded on the AP scale. US students who take this course are required to earn a score of 4 or above on the final exam to qualify to take AP Calculus BC during the following school year.

    Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus (Accelerated or Honors), or Honors Math 3

    Directed by William Daughtrey 

Science & Engineering

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

  • Introduction to Chemistry

    Coed, rising 9th & 10th graders

    Dates: June 8 - July 10
    Time: 9:15 am - 1:15 pm
    Location: Online
    Tuition: $1300
     
    This accelerator course, open by application only, covers the foundational topics and laboratory skills typically covered in the year-long course. Students who successfully complete the course the summer before freshman year typically take Biology as a freshman and are required to take AP Chemistry as a sophomore or junior. Students who successfully complete this course between their freshman and sophomore years are required to take AP Chemistry in their sophomore or junior year. 

    PLEASE NOTE: This summer course is open by application only. To start the enrollment process, students should complete and email the attached Student Self-Assessment document to Karen Axelrod prior to registering.

           STUDENT SELF ASSESSMENT

    Directed by Karen Axelrod
  • Introduction to Biology

    Coed, rising 9th graders

    Dates: June 8 - July 10
    Time: 9:15 am - 1:15 pm
    Location: Online
    Tuition: $1300
     
    This accelerator course, open by application only, covers the foundational topics and laboratory skills typically covered in the year-long course. Students who successfully complete the course take chemistry in the freshman year, and are required to take AP Biology in sophomore or junior year.

    PLEASE NOTE: This summer course is open by application only. To start the enrollment process, students should complete and email the attached Student Self-Assessment document to Karen Axelrod prior to registering.

         STUDENT SELF ASSESSMENT

    Directed by Karen Axelrod
  • Introduction to Physics

    Coed, rising 10th & 11th graders

    Dates: June 8 - July 10
    Time: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
    Location: Online
    Tuition: $1300
     
    This accelerator course, open by application only, covers the foundational topics and laboratory skills covered in the year-long course. Students who successfully complete the course are prepared and required to take AP Physics. Students typically take this course the summer before their junior or senior year.

    PLEASE NOTE: This summer course is open by application only. To start the enrollment process, students should complete and email the attached Student Self-Assessment document to Karen Axelrod prior to registering.

           STUDENT SELF ASSESSMENT

    Directed by Karen Axelrod

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20701 Brantley Road
Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122
GRADES Junior K-8
Phone: 216-321-8260

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2785 SOM Center Road
Hunting Valley, Ohio 44022
GRADES 9-12
Phone: 216-831-2200
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