Academic Courses

High school students who want to prepare for the school year can get a head start on academics through our credit and non-credit summer class offerings.

This year we are offering new options through our online summer academy along with traditional in-person offerings in science, math, humanities, art, and design technology.

Art & Design

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • FabLab Art

    Coed, 9th-12th graders

    SESSION I
    Dates: June 14 - July 16
    Time: 9:10 am - 10:20 am

    SESSION II
    Dates: June 14 - July 16
    Time: 1:20 pm - 2:30 pm

    Location: Hunting Valley Campus
    Tuition: $450
     
    This course is devoted to hands-on fabrications of projects related to art, technology, design, and engineering using our state-of-the-art equipment: 3D Printer (plastic), laser cutter (cardboard and wood), and CNC plasma cutter (steel). The Fab Lab Art class allows students to explore their ideas using the tools and techniques found in a digital fabrication lab while earning a full semester elective credit in art.

    Directed by William Daughtrey
  • Applied Engineering, Design, and Fabrication

    Coed, 9th - 12th graders

    Dates: June 14 - July 16
    Time: 1:20 pm - 2:30 pm
    Location: Hunting Valley Campus
    Tuition: $500
     
    As artificial intelligence, robotics, and automation rapidly reach new milestones, we are taking greater stock in the human traits and skills we believe cannot be automated: imagination, creativity, and empathy. While engaging in a series of team project-based design challenges, students use design thinking to capitalize on soft skills, develop emergent leadership skills, and increase their knowledge of mathematics, materials science, physics, applied engineering, design principles, and fabrication techniques. Students are US Robotics team coach/licensed architect, and they will have access to a breadth of resources including CAD/CAM and 3D modeling software, 3D-printing, laser cutting, CNC machining, open-source electronics, and woodworking machinery.

    This course fulfills a semester credit of Arts.

    Directed by William Daughtrey
  • Introduction to Architecture

    Coed, 9th-12th graders

    Dates: June 14 - July 16
    Time: 11:40 am - 1:00 pm
    Location: Hunting Valley Campus
    Tuition: $500
     
    What distinguishes a good building from being great? Can spaces really shape how people feel and work? What exactly is Architecture? Students will work with an award-winning architect using the Upper School campus as a laboratory to explore the making of great spaces. This hands-on semester focuses on design fundamentals, the generation of ideas, and discussion on how spaces affect us and how we affect spaces around us. From small design ideas such as furniture to grand designs such as city planning, this 5-week course will challenge the students to look critically at the built environment in regards to both performance and aesthetics as they design their own solutions and present their proposals. This course fulfills a full semester elective credit in art.

    Directed by William Daughtrey
  • Painting

    Coed, 9th-12th graders

    Dates: June 14th - July 16th
    Time: 10:20 am - 11:30 am
    Location: Hunting Valley Campus
    Tuition: $450
     
    This class is devoted to hands-on painting projects in several mediums: watercolor, acrylic, and digital painting. Students will explore a variety of painting styles like abstract, still life, and “Plein Air” outdoor landscape painting. In this summer painting class, we will discuss the ideas of aesthetics, principles of design, qualities of composition, as well as improve their craftsmanship, learn proper technique, and develop their ability to critique their classmate's artwork as well as their own. Through class demonstrations, slideshows, hand-outs, and individualized attention, each student will 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. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to try new things, push your creativity to new levels, and be the best artist you can be. All materials are supplied and all the projects can be taken home at the end of the course.

    Directed by William Daughtrey

Debate

List of 2 frequently asked questions.

  • High School Debate Camp

    Coed, rising 9th - 12th graders

    Dates: July 6th - 9th (truncated due to the holiday)
    Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Location: Hunting Valley Campus
    Tuition: $395
     
    Our program is ideal for rising 9th graders who want to learn the basics before they begin high school and increase their chances of making their school’s team. It is also good for rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders who want to improve their skills. The head instructor is US Speech and Debate Team Head Coach James Lewis. Mr. Lewis coached Lincoln Douglas debaters to the state finals seven years in a row from 2013-2020, winning four state championships, including in 2017 when his debaters were named co-state champions. He has also coached debaters to the Top 5 at the national tournament in three of the last four years. He was named the Cleveland District Coach of the Year in 2018. Assistant instructors will be former high school competitors who have achieved success both locally and nationally. This camp is also available virtually.

    Directed by James Lewis
  • Middle School Debate Camp

    Coed, rising 6th, 7th, 8thgraders

    Dates: June 28th - July 2nd
    Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Location: Hunting Valley Campus
    Tuition: $495
     
    Enter the fun world of academic debate! Learn to speak in public, think on your feet, construct arguments, find evidence, and refute opposing views. We will focus on different controversial issues in our society. You will be given one-on-one instruction as you prepare your cases. Then you will practice debating against other middle school students and receive feedback on your performance in each round. The camp week includes a number of practice rounds to apply your learning and will conclude with an optional mini-tournament. The camp is led by US high school Debate Coach James Lewis and middle school Coach Jeff Pierce. They will be assisted by current and former members of the US high school Speech and Debate Team. Complete novices, as well as experienced middle school debaters, are welcome to attend; debate experience is NOT required. This camp focuses on the core skills of public speaking and argumentation and does not assume everyone will continue on in debate.

    Directed by James Lewis

Health & Physical Education

List of 2 frequently asked questions.

  • Health

    Boys, 9th-12th graders

    SESSION I
    Dates: June 14th - July 16th
    Time: 8:00 am - 9:10 am

    SESSION II
    Dates: June 14th - July 16th
    Time: 9:10 am - 10:20 am

    Location: Hunting Valley Campus
    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
  • Health - VIRTUAL

    Boys, 9th-12th graders

    SESSION I
    Dates: June 14th - July 16th
    Time: 8:00 am - 9:10 am

    SESSION II

    Dates: June 14th - July 16th
    Time: 1:30 pm - 2:40 pm

    Location: Online
    Tuition: $450
     
    This virtual 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. Please note that this course will be taught online, with some elements requiring time on campus with the instructor.

    Directed by William Daughtrey

Math

List of 7 frequently asked questions.

  • Advanced Math Topics: Exploration

    Coed, rising 8th, 9th, and 10thgraders

    Dates: August 9th - 13th
    Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am
    Location: Shaker Campus
    Tuition: $150
     
    This review is intended for students entering Accelerated Math 2, Accelerated Math 3, Honors Math 2, or Honors Math 3 at University school or Integrated Math 2, Algebra II, or Geometry at other schools. Students will enjoy building personal connections with other students and University School faculty while exploring algebra and geometry topics that go beyond the typical academic year concepts. Some of the topics scheduled to explore are fractal geometry, modular arithmetic, conic sections, and luminosity. By broadening their mathematical understanding, students will be better equipped for successful completion of the Upper School level mathematics courses listed above.

    Pre-requisites: Integrated Math 1 or Algebra I

    Directed by Danny Jones
  • Calculus AB Accelerator

    Coed, 9th, 10th, or 11th graders

    Dates: June 14th - July 23rd
    Time: 9:15 am - 1:15 pm
    Location: Hunting Valley Campus
    Tuition: $1500
     
    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. University School 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
  • Math Adventures: Developing Strong Math Skills 4 & 5

    Coed, rising 4th and 5th graders

    Dates: July 6th - 16th
    Time: 10:15 am - 11:15 am
    Location: Shaker Campus
    Tuition: $150
     
    This class is project-based and designed to employ concepts, skills, and knowledge to create and solve real-world applications. The ideal student will benefit from exploring foundational topics essential to 4th and 5th grade level math.

    Directed by Marianne Kloboves
  • Math Adventures: Developing Strong Math Problem Solving for 6th and 7th Grade Level Math

    Coed, rising 6th and 7th graders

    Dates: July 19th - 30th
    Time: 10:15 am - 11:15 am
    Location: Shaker Campus
    Tuition: $150
     
    This class is project-based and designed to employ concepts, skills, and knowledge to create and solve real-world applications. The ideal student will benefit from exploring foundational topics essential to 6th and 7th grade level math. 

    Directed by Marianne Kloboves
  • Math Review Part 1: Operations, Integers, and Rational Numbers

    Coed, rising 6th and 7th graders

    Dates: August 2nd - 6th
    Time: 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
    Location: Shaker Campus
    Tuition: $150
     
    This math review engages students in explorations of the four operations with integers and rational numbers. Students will 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. Enjoy reviewing mathematics with your peers, friends, and University School math faculty, and begin the school year with a great start in mathematics.

    Directed by Caroline Brosnan
  • Math Review Part 2: Area, Volume, Coordinate Plane, and Solving Equations

    Coed, rising 6th and 7th graders

    Dates: August 9th - 13th
    Time: 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
    Location: Shaker Campus
    Tuition: $150

    This math review involves students increasing their conceptual understanding of the area, volume, graphing on coordinate planes, and solving equations. Students will investigate two-dimension and three-dimension models to expand their understanding of square units and cubic units. Students will apply this understanding to the common area and volume formulas as well as unconventional shapes. Students will explore representing two values visually at one time by plotting points and drawing lines on the coordinate plane. Students will model solving one-variable equations with algebra tiles and symbolic manipulation. Enjoy a highly stimulating and fun learning environment, while building personal connections with other students and University School faculty.


    Directed by Caroline Brosnan
  • Pre-Algebra Review: Evaluating Expressions, Solving Multi-step Equations, Slope, and Area and Volume Formulas

    Coed, rising 8th and 9th graders

    Dates: August 9th - 13th
    Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am
    Location: Shaker Campus
    Tuition: $150
     
    This review is designed for University School students entering Math 1 or Accelerated Math 1 and for students from other schools entering Algebra I or Integrated Math 1. Students will explore using the order of operations to evaluate and simplify expressions that include the operations of adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, exponents, and radicals. Students will investigate solving one-variable equations by applying opposite operations. Through the process of evaluating and solving, students will review operations with integers and fractions. Students will apply their knowledge of evaluating and solving equations to surface area and volume as well as slope. Students can look forward to being prepared for the rigorous courses of Accelerated Math 1, Algebra I, or Integrated Math 1, by engaging with peers and University School math faculty shortly before the school year begins.

    Pre-requisites: 7th Grade Math

    Directed by Danny Jones

Science & Engineering

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • Applied Engineering, Design, and Fabrication

    Coed, 9th-12th graders

    Dates: June 14th - July 16th
    Time: 1:20 pm - 2:30 pm
    Location: Hunting Valley Campus
    Tuition: $500
     
    As artificial intelligence, robotics, and automation rapidly reach new milestones, we are taking greater stock in the human traits and skills we believe cannot be automated: imagination, creativity, and empathy. While engaging in a series of team project-based design challenges, students use design thinking to capitalize on soft skills, develop emergent leadership skills, and increase their knowledge of mathematics, materials science, physics, applied engineering, design principles, and fabrication techniques. Students are US Robotics team coach/licensed architect, and they will have access to a breadth of resources including CAD/CAM and 3D modeling software, 3D-printing, laser cutting, CNC machining, open-source electronics, and woodworking machinery.

    This course fulfills a semester credit of Arts.

    Directed by William Daughtrey
  • Introduction to Biology

    Coed, 9th graders

    Dates: June 14th - July 16th
    Time: 9:15 am - 1:15 pm
    Location: Hunting Valley Campus
    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.

    Directed by William Daughtrey
  • Introduction to Biology - VIRTUAL

    Coed, 9th graders

    Dates: June 14th - July 16th
    Time: 9:15 am - 1:15 pm
    Location: Hunting Valley Campus
    Tuition: $1300
     
    This is a virtual-only course for those in town or out of town who may want to take advantage of our offerings. 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.

    Directed by William Daughtrey
  • Introduction to Chemistry

    Coed, 9th or 10th graders

    Dates: June 14th - July 16th
    Time: 9:15 am - 1:15 pm
    Location: Hunting Valley Campus
    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.

    Directed by William Daughtrey
  • Introduction to Computer Science - VIRTUAL

    Coed, 8th-12th graders

    Dates: June 14th - July 16th
    Time: 9:10 am - 11:40 am
    Location: Online
    Tuition: $900
     
    From creating Hollywood movies, to analyzing finances on Wall Street, to conducting modern medical research, computers have become an integral part of many professional careers. This virtual course serves as a general introduction to computer science. Students will learn how the multi-layered systems of the internet function as they collaboratively solve problems about encoding and transmitting data using an online internet simulator. Students explore the relationship between information and data by using a variety of digital tools to look at, generate, clean, and manipulate data. Students learn to program in Javascript and create apps for their smartphones. They also learn the general principles of algorithms and program design that are applicable to any programming language. Students will also be asked to grapple with some of the societal and ethical issues surrounding computing technology and learn the basics of how and why modern encryption works. Evaluation is based on tests, programming assignments, and homework exercises. 1/2 credit will be awarded to US upper school students, and US middle school students will be eligible to take another computer science elective upon entering the upper school.

    Directed by William Daughtrey
  • Introduction to Physics

    Coed, 10th or 11th graders

    Dates: June 14th - July 16th
    Time: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
    Location: Hunting Valley Campus
    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 are required to take AP Physics. Students typically take this course the summer before their junior or senior year.

    Directed by William Daughtrey

Writing

List of 5 frequently asked questions.

  • Creative Writing I

    Coed, rising 4th - 7th graders

    Dates: June 21st - 25th
    Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
    Location: Shaker Campus
    Tuition: $150
     
    In this workshop, we will cultivate our creativity through writing! We’ll explore different ways to conceive and envision ideas and how to support/develop them using the Writing Traits. If you have a flair for creativity and like to write, come investigate the world of creative expression through writing!

    Directed by Marianne Kloboves
  • Creative Writing II

    Coed, rising 4th - 7th graders

    Dates: June 28th - July 2nd
    Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
    Location: Shaker Campus
    Tuition: $150
     
    This workshop picks up where Creative Writing ends and requires your creativity! We’ll dive deeper and explore genres, literary devices, and presentations to enhance our writing. This camp promising to be innovative and fun!

    Directed by Marianne Kloboves
  • US Middle School Summer Prep - Writing

    Boys, grades 6 - 8

    Dates: August 2nd - 13th
    Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    Location: Shaker Campus
    Tuition: $300
     
    US Middle School Summer Prep is designed to do just that: prepare US students to make the best of their middle school experience! We provided classes, staffed by US faculty, that give boys the chance to ease back into the school routine while polishing essential academic skills. Enjoy a highly stimulating and fun learning environment, and build personal connections with fellow students and faculty. Limit 20 students. Full attendance required.

    Directed by Eric Hutchinson
  • Writers Workshop: Written Expression Grades 4 & 5

    Coed, grades 4 & 5

    Dates: July 6th - 16th
    Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am
    Location: Shaker Campus
    Tuition: $150
     
    This workshop picks up where Creative Writing ends and requires your creativity! We’ll dive deeper and explore genres, literary devices, and presentations to enhance our writing. This camp promising to be innovative and fun!

    Directed by Marianne Kloboves
  • Writers Workshop: Written Expression grades 6 & 7

    Coed, grades 6 & 7

    Dates: July 19th - 30th
    Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am
    Location: Shaker Campus
    Tuition: $150
     
    This class is designed to review and strengthen written expression skills through practice of the Writing Traits. This will give the camper a strong foundation for written expression for the next school year!

    Directed by Marianne Kloboves

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