Academic Courses

Each summer, students from around Northeast Ohio stretch their intellectual horizons at US.
Our Academic Courses offer both University School and non-University School students the opportunity to learn from our expert faculty. Students can get a head start with credit offerings or discover something new in non-credit courses. We now offer new options through our online summer academy to accommodate those who wish to learn remotely. Our in-person offerings in science, math, humanities, art, and design technology allow students to utilize our state-of-the-art classroom and design spaces. Returning again this year are our legendary debate camps led by University School’s Debate Team coach for debaters of all skill levels.

These robust and engaging educational opportunities will keep your child learning all summer long.

Art & Design

List of 2 frequently asked questions.

  • FabLab Art

    Coed, 9th-12th graders

    Dates: June 13th - July 15th
    Time: 9:10 am - 10:20 am
    Location: Hunting Valley Campus
    Tuition: $475
     
    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.

    Questions? Contact Bill Champ
  • Painting

    Coed, 9th-12th graders

    Dates: June 13th - July 15th
    Time: 10:20 am - 11:30 am
    Location: Hunting Valley Campus
    Tuition: $475
     
    This five-week summer 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 aesthetic, 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.

    Questions? Contact Bill Champ

Debate

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  • High School Debate Camp

    Coed, rising 9th - 12th graders

    Dates: July 11th - 15th 
    Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Location: Hunting Valley Campus
    Tuition: $350
     
    This camp will give high school students the opportunity to learn and practice the skills of high school speech and debate. Debate instruction will be tailored towards teaching students the basics of Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum debate. Experienced debaters will have the chance to practice and sharpen their skills with expert feedback. Speech instruction will be tailored towards teaching the basics of speech competition and helping students to get a jump on the season by starting to prepare their pieces. The week will end with a mini-debate tournament and a speech exhibition for students. The head debate instructor is US Speech and Debate Team Head Coach James Lewis whose students have won several state championships in Lincoln-Douglas debate. The head speech instructor is Chagrin Falls Head Coach Ken Kassee whose students have won state championships in a range of speech events.

    Directed by James Lewis
  • High School Debate Camp – Virtual

    Coed, rising 9th - 12th graders

    Dates: June 27th - July 1st 
    Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Location: Hunting Valley Campus
    Tuition: $350
     
    This camp will give high school students the opportunity to learn and practice the skills of high school speech and debate. Debate instruction will be tailored towards teaching students the basics of Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum debate. Experienced debaters will have the chance to practice and sharpen their skills with expert feedback. Speech instruction will be tailored towards teaching the basics of speech competition and helping students to get a jump on the season by starting to prepare their pieces. The week will end with a mini-debate tournament and a speech exhibition for students. The head debate instructor is US Speech and Debate Team Head Coach James Lewis whose students have won several state championships in Lincoln-Douglas debate. The head speech instructor is Chagrin Falls Head Coach Ken Kassee whose students have won state championships in a range of speech events.

    Directed by James Lewis
  • Middle School Debate Camp

    Coed, rising 6th, 7th, 8thgraders

    Dates: June 20th - 24th
    Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Location: Hunting Valley Campus
    Tuition: $350
     
    Enter the fun world of academic debate! Learn to speak in public, think on your feet, construct arguments, find evidence, and refute opposing views. 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 a mini-tournament. The camp is led by US high school Debate Coach James Lewis. He will be assisted by current high school debaters. 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

Math

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  • Advanced Math Topics: Exploration

    Coed, rising 7th – 10th graders

    Dates: August 8th - 12th
    Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am
    Location: Shaker Campus
    Tuition: $180
     
    This review is intended for students entering Integrated Math 2, Accelerated Integrated Math 2, and Honors Integrated Math 2 at University school. Students entering Algebra II will also benefit from this review. 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. 

    Pre-requisites: Integrated Math 1 or Algebra I

    Directed by Danny Jones
  • Calculus AB Accelerator

    Coed, 9th, 10th, or 11th graders

    Dates: June 13th - July 22nd
    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. The course will meet for four hours per day for six weeks. 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 in order to qualify to take AP Calculus BC during the following school year. Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus (Accelerated or Honors), or Honors Math 3.

    Directed by Bill Champ
  • Introduction to Statistics and Probability

    Coed, grades 9-12

    Dates:
    Time: 10:20-11:50 am
    Location: Hunting Valley 
    Tuition: $600

    Statistics is the science and art of making predictions and decisions based on data. The study of statistics involves the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data, as well as the effective communication and presentation of results. Students will learn to conduct effective research, read and evaluate journal articles, and think critically.  Introduction to Statistics is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of descriptive and inferential statistics.  Topics include basic vocabulary of statistics (population, sample, parameter, statistic, and variable), sampling, data types (qualitative and quantitative), study or experimental design, graphical display and interpretation of data, measure of central tendency (mean, mode, median), measure of spread (range, interquartile range, standard deviation, variance), correlation and causation, hypothesis testing, confidence interval, interpreting p-values, t-tests, and linear regression analysis with applications in the real world.

    Students who have completed the equivalent of Algebra 2 may enroll in this course. Students with a particular interest in science, science research, business, or finance are encouraged to take this course to establish and develop their analytical skills.

    Directed by Bill Champ
  • Math Review Part 1: Operations, Integers, and Rational Numbers

    Coed, rising 6th and 7th graders

    Dates: August 1st - 5th
    Time: 10:15 am - 11:45 am
    Location: Shaker Campus
    Tuition: $180
     
    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 Melissa Newell
  • Math Review Part 2: Area, Volume, Coordinate Plane, and Solving Equations

    Coed, rising 6th and 7th graders

    Dates: August 8th - 12th
    Time: 10:15 am - 11:45 am
    Location: Shaker Campus
    Tuition: $180


    This math review involves students increasing their conceptual understanding of the area, volume, graphing on coordinate plane, 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.

    Pre-requisites: 7th Grade Math


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

    Coed, rising 6th - 9th graders

    Dates: August 8th - 12th
    Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am
    Location: Shaker Campus
    Tuition: $180
     
    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 Terry Lipford
  • Rising 5th Grade: Math Review Part 1

    Coed, rising 5th graders

    Dates: August 1st - 8th
    Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    Location: Shaker Campus
    Tuition: $180
     
    This math review engages students in explorations of place value and operations with whole numbers, fractions and decimals. Students will build on their mental math skills and number fluency and hone their multiplication and division strategies. Students will investigate comparing and ordering fractions, adding and subtracting fractions, and converting between decimals and fractions. Enjoy reviewing mathematics in a fun learning environment and begin the school year with a great start in mathematics.

    Directed by Melissa Newell
  • Rising 5th Grade: Math Review Part 2

    Coed, rising 5th graders

    Dates: August 8th - 12th
    Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    Location: Shaker Campus
    Tuition: $180
     
    This math review involves students increasing their conceptual understanding of geometric measurement, measurement conversions and interpretation of data. Students will continue to build on their operational fluency through investigation of real-world problems involving money, elapsed time and measurement. Students will explore angles, angle measures and classification of shapes. Students will represent and interpret data to solve problems.

    Directed by Melissa Newell

Physical Education & Health

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  • Health

    Boys, 9th-12th graders

    Regular Session
    Dates: June 13th - July 15th
    Time: 8:00 am - 9:10 am
    Location: Hunting Valley Campus
    Tuition: $475

    Condensed Session
    This is a two hour course that only meets for three weeks.  
    Dates: June 13th - July 1st
    Time: 9:10 am - 11:10 am
    Location: Hunting Valley Campus
    Tuition: $475
     
    The 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.

    Questions? Contact Bill Champ
  • Health - VIRTUAL

    Boys, 9th-12th graders

    SESSION I
    Dates: June 13th - July 15th
    Time: 8:00 am - 9:10 am

    SESSION II

    Dates: June 13th - July 15th
    Time: 9:10 am - 10:20 am

    Location: Online
    Tuition: $475
     
    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.

    Questions? Contact Bill Champ

Science & Engineering

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  • Introduction to Biology

    Coed, 9th graders

    Dates: June 13th - July 15th
    Time: 9:15 am - 1:15 pm
    Location: Hunting Valley Campus
    Tuition: $1350
     
    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.

    Questions? Contact Bill Champ
  • Introduction to Chemistry

    Coed, 9th or 10th graders

    Dates: June 13th - July 15th
    Time: 9:15 am - 1:15 pm
    Location: Hunting Valley Campus
    Tuition: $1350
     
    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.

    Questions? Contact Bill Champ
  • Introduction to Physics

    Coed, 10th or 11th graders

    Dates: June 13th - July 15th
    Time: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
    Location: Hunting Valley Campus
    Tuition: $1350
     
    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.

    Questions? Contact Bill Champ

Writing

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  • Reading & Writing Boot Camp

    Coed, grades 5 - 8

    Dates: June 21st - 24th
    Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Location: Shaker Campus
    Tuition: $275
     
    In this intensive weeklong course, campers will be challenged to enhance their reading and writing foundations through individual and group activities. The following skillsets will be addressed: reading comprehension, strategic reading, current event reading, persuasive writing, cohesive writing, empathic writing, and more. Assigned summer reading books will be used for the course to make the experience more productive. Come enjoy a fun-filled summer course that will increase your student's enjoyment of reading and writing.


    Directed by Matt McCarter
  • US Middle School Summer Prep - Writing

    Boys, grades 6 - 8

    Dates: August 1st - 12th
    Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    Location: Shaker Campus
    Tuition: $345
     
    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. Limited to 20 students. Full attendance required.

    Directed by Eric Hutchinson
  • Writing Workshop

    Coed, grades 9 - 10

    Dates: June 13th - July 15th
    Time: 10:20 am - 11:30 am
    Location: Hunting Valley Campus
    Tuition: $475
     
    This summer, instead of offering Writing Workshop and Art and Craft of Writing as two separate courses, we will offer a modified version Writing Workshop for all students who have registered for Writing Workshop or Art and Craft of Writing. This summer’s Writing Workshop will provide students with a variety of writing assignments and with individualized instruction in writing from the paragraph to the essay to poetry to the short story. The instructor will emphasize the writing process from brainstorming to drafting to revising to editing for students who are interested in improving their writing skills and who are interested in learning more about both analytical and creative writing.

    This course is for enrichment in writing and not for credit.

    Directed by Lee Fallon

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