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 such as solar design, painting, and expanding math courses, in addition to popular options such as Geology, Architecture, FabLab Art, and Applied Engineering. These courses, in addition to traditional offerings in the sciences, math, humanities, and arts make up robust camp options. 

ACT & SAT Prep

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

  • Writing for the SAT & ACT

    Coed, grades 10-12

    Session I
    Dates: June 8-12
    Session II
    Dates: July 6-10

    Time: 1:15 - 3:15 pm
    Location: Hunting Valley Campus
    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.

    Directed by William Daughtrey
     
  • ACT Intensive Prep

    Coed, grades 10-12

    Session I
    Dates: June 8-12
    Session II
    Dates: July 13-17

    Time: 9:30 am - 11:30 am
    Location: Hunting Valley Campus
    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 sign up for one or both sessions.

    Directed by William Daughtrey
  • SAT Intensive Prep

    Coed, grades 10-12

    Session I
    Dates: June 1-5
    Time: 9:30 am - 11:30 am
    Session II
    Dates: June 1-5
    Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Session III
    Dates: July 13-17
    Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Location: Hunting Valley Campus
    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 sign up for one or both sessions.

    Directed by William Daughtrey

Art & Design

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  • 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: 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). Students 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
  • Introduction to Architecture

    Coed, grades 9 - 12

    Dates: June 8 - July 10
    Time: 11:40 am - 1:00 pm
    Location: Hunting Valley Campus
    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: 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. 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. No experience is necessary. All materials are supplied.

    Directed by William Daughtrey

Heath

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  • 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: 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

Math

List of 8 frequently asked questions.

  • NEW Math, Solar Design, & STEAM Camp

    Coed, Grade 6

    Dates: June 15-19
    Time: 9:00 - 11:30 am
    Location: Shaker campus
    Tuition: $300
     
    This camp builds on the 5th grade Bridges math curriculum. Students investigate solar energy and design and cap off their studies by designing a solar home! This camp reinforces 5th grade math topics and many other STEAM concepts. Students learn about temperature conversions, data collection and graphing, and 2D and 3D geometry. They begin the week by learning how solar energy works, how it is collected and how different shapes are better than others when collecting solar energy. We will then begin to look at how insulating houses makes a difference and will look at what makes a good solar home design. Students work in groups to plan, design and build a solar home!

    Directed by Eliza Byrnes
     
  • NEW Math Review Part 1: Operations, Integers, and Rational Numbers
     

    Coed, Grades 6-7
     
    Dates: Aug. 3-7
    Time: 1:30 - 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 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 Bill Champ
  • NEW 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: Shaker campus
    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 Bill Champ
  • NEW 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: Shaker campus
    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 Bill Champ
  • NEW 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: Shaker campus
    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 Bill Champ
  • NEW Advanced Math Review “B”: Function Transformations, Factoring, Quadratics Functions, Trigonometry, and Properties of Triangles, Quadrilaterals, and Circles

    Coed, Grades 8-10

    Dates: Aug. 10-14
    Time: 10:00 - 11:30 am
    Location: Shaker campus
    Tuition: $150
     
    This review is for students entering Integrated Math 3, Algebra II, or Geometry. Students review important foundational topics for their third high school level math course, becoming more proficient in transforming and graphing absolute value and quadratic functions, using right triangle trigonometry, and factoring polynomials. Students investigate properties of circles, triangles, and quadrilaterals through geometric software and hands-on models. Taught by US math faculty.

    Materials: Students are required to bring a TI-84 Graphing Calculator

    Prerequisite: Integrated Math 2, Geometry, or Algebra II

    Directed by Bill Champ
  • NEW Calculus AB Accelerator

    Coed, grades 9-11

    Dates: June 8 - July 17
    Time: 9:15 am - 1:15 pm
    Location: Hunting Valley Campus
    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 
  • Math 3

    Coed, grades 10 & 11

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

    This is the third course in the integrated curriculum sequence that typically culminates in AP Calculus. Topics include linear functions, polynomial functions, rational exponents, radical functions, exponential functions, logarithmic functions, rational functions, sequences, series, trigonometric functions, trigonometric identities, data analysis, and statistics. While not designated Advanced Placement, this course meets standards of performance commensurate with an AP-level course. Students must earn at least a B to move on to the next course in their math sequence.

    Prerequisites: Accelerated or Honors Math 2 and teacher recommendation


    Directed by William Daughtrey 

Middle School Summer Prep

List of 1 frequently asked questions.

  • Writing

    Coed, grades 6-8

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

    Location: Shaker Campus
    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.

    Students may take the writing course, the math course, or both courses.

    FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH PREP: Please refer to our math section where we offer several prep classes, so students may choose the option that works best with their abilities.  

    Directed by Bill Champ

Science & Engineering

List of 5 frequently asked questions.

  • Applied Engineering, Design, & Fabrication

    Coed, grades 9 - 12

    Dates: June 8 - July 10
    Time: 1:20 - 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 co-taught by an engineer and an artist/designer, 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 carries a full semester elective credit in art.

    Directed by William Daughtrey
  • Geology

    Coed, grades 10-12

    Dates: July 6 - July 24
    Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Location: Hunting Valley Campus
    Tuition: $2600

    This course explores materials that make up the Earth and the processes that shape the land and affect humans. Two weeks of laboratory investigations and local field trips prepare students for a 7-day field trip to explore the geology of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Among the sites visited are Tahquamenon Falls, Grand Sable Dunes, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (by boat), Iron Mountain, Copper Harbor, the mineral museum of Michigan Tech, and underground tours of the Quincy Mine and Iron Mountain Mine. This course fulfills a 1/2 elective credit in science, and the trip to Michigan is a required and integral portion of the class.

    Directed by William Daughtrey
  • Introduction to Chemistry

    Coed, rising 9th & 10th graders

    Dates: June 8 - July 10
    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. 

    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: 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.

    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: 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 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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