Science Courses

INTRODUCTION TO BIOLOGY
For boys & girls entering grades 9
June 10 - July 12  •  9:15 am - 1:15 pm

Interested students will need department approval before they may register. Please contact William Daughtrey  for more information.
 
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.


INTRODUCTION TO CHEMISTRY
For boys & girls entering grades 9 and 10
June 11 - July 12  •  9:15 am - 1:15 pm

Interested students will need department approval before they may register. Please contact William Daughtrey  for more information.

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. 


INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICS
For boys & girls entering grades 10 and 11
June 10 - July 12  •  9:15 am - 1:15 pm

Interested students will need department approval before they may register. Please contact William Daughtrey  for more information.

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 to take AP Physics. Students typically take this course the summer before their junior or senior year.


NEW! GEOLOGY
For boys & girls entering grades 10-12
July 8 - 27  •  8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hunting Valley Campus and Michigan Upper Peninsula

This course explores materials that make up the Earth and the processes that shape the land and affect humans. Two weeks of laboratory investigations 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 a tour of the Quincy Mine in the Keweenaw Peninsula. This course fulfills a 1/2 elective credit in science, and the trip to Michigan is a required and integral portion of the class.


Science Research Foundations
For boys & girls entering grades 7-10
July 1 - 19  •  1:30 - 3:00 pm
Hunting Valley Campus 

This course gives students experience designing and executing independent research projects, and is ideal for students with strong math and science backgrounds who are interested in independent research projects in the middle and upper schools. They learn the foundational principles of independent research by using the scientific method for experiments and develop their own science fair project. The goal is for each student to create a project proposal that could be completed in the future, on their own or under the guidance of a mentor.


PUZZLE SLAM
For boys & girls entering grades 7-9
July 8-19  •  9:00-10:30
Shaker Heights Campus 

Ready? A man looks at a photograph and says, "Brothers and sisters I have none, but this man's father is my father's son". Who is the person in the photograph? 
 
EUREKA! Puzzles offer the perfect medium for fun instruction while also providing the opportunity to introduce engaging methods to change how students think about and tackle novel problems. Problem-solving is the skill for success in the 21st century. While institutions offer science and math, only rarely does the curriculum drill down and provide genuine problem-solving strategies. Campers will be grouped in pairs or small groups to tackle a range of puzzles that will challenge them to think about what they know and to consider the information they have to work with. Ultimately, campers will be better equipped for real-world problems. The instructor is a former US science teacher, has more than 35 years of experience as a researcher and educator, and holds a Ph.D. from Michigan State University.


SCIENCE COURSES

WHERE
Hunting Valley Campus
Puzzle Slam: Shaker Campus

WHEN
Bio, Chem, Physics: 6/10 - 7/12
Geology: 7/08-7/27
Research Foundations: 6/10-6/28
Puzzle Slam: 7/8-7/19

TUITION
Bio, Chem, Physics: $1300
Geology: $2800
Research Foundations: $650
Puzzle Slam: $300

DIRECTOR
Karen Axelrod

Puzzle Slam Director:
Bob Marquard

Shaker Heights Campus

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

Hunting Valley Campus

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