Summer Programs

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Get ahead for next school year, prep for standardized tests, and learn how to code with our 2018 summer programs. Our summer is structured into multiple terms, with the following overall dates:

  • Term 1: June 11 – June 22
    • Elementary School, Middle School, High School
  • Term 2: June 25 – July 6
    • Elementary School, Middle School, High School
  • Term 3: July 16 – July 27
    • Elementary School, Middle School
  • Term 4: August 6 – August 17
    • High School

More details for the Elementary, Middle, and High School programs can be found below.

Elementary School Program

Designed for rising 5th and 6th graders, our 10-day elementary school program provides students with a full-day of enrichment in the following courses. Please see below for the daily schedule and course descriptions

Time: 9:00 – 10:25

The Elementary Math Course helps students jump the hurdle of conceptual understanding with fractions, decimals, and unit conversion. For homework and in class, students engage in drills and activities designed to teach the fundamentals of each concept and to apply their understanding across a range of problem types.

Time: 10:30-11:55

In this course students will learn the basics of programming using the popular game Minecraft and the free programming language Python. All the basic concepts of programming – variables, variable declaration, syntax rules, data types, expressions and statements, mathematical and logical operators, repetition structures and functions will be taught using Minecraft. Students will be able to apply the programming concepts they learn to creating Minecraft games.

Time: 13:00-14:25

The Elementary Reading Course teaches students to critically process and thoughtfully respond to ideas presented both in texts and from peers. In conjunction with a range of nonfiction texts, students will practice discussion, thoughtful response, critical questions, debate, analysis, and presentation. Additionally, each student will read, write, and present on a biography of his or her choice.

Time: 14:30-15:55

The Elementary Writing Course provides students with the skills to improve their creative writing with well-developed characters, consistent narrative arcs, vivid descriptions, and correct grammar. Students will model good writing, brainstorm arcs and characters, learn descriptive vocabulary, practice grammar, write several drafts, and self-edit their writing.

Middle School Program

Designed for rising 7th and 8th graders, our 10-day middle school program provides students with a full-day of enrichment in the following courses. Please see below for the daily schedule and course descriptions

Time: 9:00-10:25

*Only Terms 2&3 – This class does not run during Term 1

In this course students will learn the basics of programming using the popular game Minecraft and the free programming language Python. All the basic concepts of programming – variables, variable declaration, syntax rules, data types, expressions and statements, mathematical and logical operators, repetition structures and functions will be taught using Minecraft. Students will be able to apply the programming concepts they learn to creating Minecraft games.

Time: 10:30-11:55

The Middle School Upper-Level SSAT Reading course accelerates students through the concepts and skills necessary for middle school standardized reading tests. Students engage on passage types, process of elimination, question type strategies, and time-management techniques.

Time: 13:00-14:25

The Middle School Upper-Level SSAT Math course provides students an overview of concepts that appear on the SSAT, helping students to identify strengths and weaknesses for more targeted study. Students will cover a range of concepts that include but are not limited to Ratios, Proportions, Conversion, Equations, Probability, Geometry, Exponents, Radicals, and Functions.

Time: 14:30-15:55

The Middle School Upper-Level SSAT Verbal course introduces students to vocabulary and strategies essential to the SSAT Verbal section. Across the 10 days, through in-class activities and homework, students will learn over 200 test-centric words, roots, prefixes, suffixes, and test strategies for analogy and synonym questions.

High School

These courses cover the fundamental concepts and strategies necessary for the Reading, Writing, and Math sections on the SAT. Over the 2-weeks (10 days, 20 in-class hours for each class), students will go through lectures, activities, and practice that are bolstered by the homework. This class is designed for the student who needs a strong start before starting to prepare for the October 6th SAT. 

We ask that students complete an official mock exam prior to registering for any SAT course. This will serve as a benchmark and inform us as to the best preparatory approach.

Term 1 – 16:30-18:30 / Term 2 – 19:00-21:00 / Term 4 –  19:00-21:00 (EACH TERM COVERS THE SAME CONTENT)

Objectives – Students will develop the following:

Writing concepts and skills: grammar, rhetoric, reading charts, and question answering techniques, process of elimination

Reading concepts and skills: narrative, expository, and argumentative passages; question answering, strategically eliminating options, and time management

Official Mocks: Students will be expected to schedule to take four official mocks (in addition to the entry exam). These will NOT be taken during class time but remain an integral part of the course and student progress. As always, mock exams are provided free of charge.

Term 1 – 19:00-21:00 / (REGISTRATION CLOSED) Term 2 – 16:30-18:30 / Term 4 –  16:30-18:30 (EACH TERM COVERS THE SAME CONTENT)

Objectives

-Review concepts and problem-solving techniques in algebra, geometry, data analysis, and higher-level math

-Learn the best test-taking skills for SAT Math

-Complete a variety of problems from various prep books and practice tests

Official Mocks: Students will be expected to schedule to take four official mocks (in addition to the entry exam). These will NOT be taken during class time but remain an integral part of the course and student progress. As always, mock exams are provided free of charge.

Term 2 – 19:00-21:00 

Given the unique needs, linguistic challenges, and differences in academic backgrounds of Japanese students, we strongly recommend that all students who currently attend a Japanese school or a school whose main language is not English register for this course. The other course is designed specifically for those attending international schools whose curricula differ from those in Japanese schools.

Objectives – Students will develop the following:

Writing concepts and skills: grammar, rhetoric, reading charts, and question answering techniques, process of elimination

Reading concepts and skills: narrative, expository, and argumentative passages; question answering, strategically eliminating options, and time management

Official Mocks: Students will be expected to schedule to take four official mocks (in addition to the entry exam). These will NOT be taken during class time but remain an integral part of the course and student progress. As always, mock exams are provided free of charge.

CLOSED – Term 2 – 16:30-18:30 

Although it is widely viewed that the level of math tested on the SAT is quite manageable coming from a Japanese education system, many Japanese students face a significant challenge with the language of the exam. Not only are there many specialized math terms to navigate, the New SAT has placed an increasing emphasis on long, complex word problems.

In this course, we will focus mainly on how to transfer math experience and knowledge gained in a Japanese classroom to the SAT, as well as how to crack difficult word problems.

Objectives

-Review concepts and problem-solving techniques in algebra, geometry, data analysis, and higher-level math

-Learn the best test-taking skills for SAT Math

-Complete a variety of problems from various prep books and practice tests

Official Mocks: Students will be expected to schedule to take four official mocks (in addition to the entry exam). These will NOT be taken during class time but remain an integral part of the course and student progress. As always, mock exams are provided free of charge.