Academic Camps

June 9-13

College Application and Essay, Session 1 

Note: This is a Sunday through Thursday evening camp
Note: Maximum of 18 students! 

Would you like to have finished your college essay and application before school begins? Using the online Common Application, students will complete the application and the Common App essay. Through the analysis of actual college essays and individual feedback, students will be guided through the process of crafting unique and effective writing for their applications. Now in their seventh year of providing this popular five-day workshop, Mrs. Norden and Ms. Campbell bring a depth of experience and expertise to the college application process. This workshop is geared to rising seniors from all area high schools.

Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Age: Rising 12th grade
Location: Upper School
Cost: $400

Instructors

Renee Norden, Director of College Counseling and Guidance
BA, College of William and Mary
M.Ed University of Virginia

Catherine Campbell, English Faculty
BA  Princeton University
MA Yale University

June 17-28

Driver’s Education

Note: TWO WEEK CLASS June 17-28 

This course is approved by the state of Virginia. The classroom portion is half of the state’s requirements to complete the driver’s education program. The second half of the state’s requirement is behind the wheel training. This course is separated into two areas: 40 hours of practice with parents and 14 lessons of in-car instruction with a certified instructor. Additional information and registration forms for the second portion will be distributed during the classroom session.

Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Age: Rising 10th-12th grade
Location: Upper School Library
Cost: $250

Instructor

Mr. Gary Leake and GBLI 



Summer Ecology 

NOTE: This course will be offered with a minimum of four students and a maximum of 8 students

Prerequisite 

This course is available to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors who attend Highland School.

Goal

Students who successfully complete this pass/fail course will earn 0.5 science credit. The course will appear on the Highland School transcript for the 2019-20 school year. 

Course Expectations

The objectives of this field sciences course are to provide an opportunity to apply scientific methodology in field settings; to utilize a format that is not available during the regular school year; and to take advantage of the resources in our greater region.  This course lasts for eight days.  During the first week, students will meet for a day at Highland school and learn about basic ecological principles.  They will then spend three days exploring and learning about the headwater areas of the Potomac River watershed.  During the second week, students will again begin with a day in the classroom.  This will be followed by two days in the Chesapeake Bay area.  Students will apply the principles learned during the days spent in the classroom to the local setting of the watershed.  Finally, we end with a concluding half day session at the school.  We will be camping for three nights during the course.Students are expected to contribute to the tasks of the group which will include food preparation, camp or lodge maintenance, and organizational tasks.  This course is available to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Dates and Times        

June 18: 9:00am to 5:00pm at Highland School
June 19-21:  Depart Highland School at 8:00am 6/19; return at 5:00pm 6/21
June 24: 9:00am to 5:00pm at Highland School
June 25-26: Depart Highland School at 8:00am on 6/25; return at 5:00pm 6/26
June 27: 9:00am to 12:00pm at Highland School               

Cost: $1900, which includes food, travel, and camping fees
Materials: Students will need camping supplies like tents, sleeping bags, and flashlights. The list will be provided by the instructor two weeks before the class begins.

Instructor

Adam Rossi



20th Century U.S. History

NOTE: This course will be offered with a minimum of four students and a maximum of 18 students

Prerequisite 

Students must have completed their sophomore history course(s) successfully. Students who don’t attend Highland School must provide an official transcript to demonstrate this.

Goal

Students who successfully complete the course will earn 1 social science credit for Highland School students, the course will appear on the Highland School transcript and the grade earned will factor into the Highland School GPA for the 2019-20 school year.  All other students will be issued a Highland School transcript by our registrar.

Course Expectations

This course will cover the same material that is taught during the year-long 20th Century U.S. History class. Thus, the pace will be fast and the workload intense.  Students must attend all 120 hours of the class in order to receive credit.Students should expect at least one hour of homework nightly in addition to time spent studying for tests and quizzes. The course will also include two semester exams, a 5-10 page research paper, and a mandatory field trip to Washington, D.C.  

Dates: 

June 25-28 - Regular Week, but starting on Tuesday
July 1-3 (No Class on July 4+5)
July 8-12 (Mid-term Exam on June 12)
July 15-19 - Regular Week
July 22-26 - Regular Week
July 29 (9am-3pm)
July 30 - Final Exam

Times

The “normal” weekly schedule will run as follows: 

Monday & Wednesday: 4 hours (10:00am-2:00pm)
Tuesday, & Thursday: 6 hours (9:00am-3:00pm)
Friday: 5 hours (9:00am-2:00pm)

Cost: $2000
Textbook: See textbook list.
Materials: pens/pencils, loose-leaf paper, 1 ½ inch 3-ring binder

Instructor

Scott Pragoff, Social Science Department Chair, Middle School Harkness room 



Honors Chemistry

NOTE: This course requires a minimum of four students to be offered

Prerequisite 

Students must have completed Biology successfully. Students who don’t attend Highland School must provide an official transcript to demonstrate this.

Goal

Students who successfully complete the course will earn 1 science credit.  For Highland School students, the course will appear on the Highland School transcript and the grade earned will factor into the Highland School GPA for the 2019-20 school year.  All other students will be issued a Highland School transcript by our registrar.

Course Expectations

This course will cover the same material that is taught during the year-long Honors Chemistry class. Thus, the pace will be fast and the workload intense.Students must attend at least 120 hours of the class in order to receive credit.  Students should expect at least one hour of homework nightly in addition to time spent studying for tests and quizzes. 

Dates and Times

Week 1: 5 days (June 24 - 28)
Week 2: 2 days (July 1 - 2)
Week 3: 5 days (July 8 - 12)
Week 4: 5 days (July 15-19)
Week 5: 5 days (July 22 - 26)

6.0-hour classes daily – 9:00am – 3:00pm (includes 30-minute lunch break), except July 24, when class ends at 11:30am. 


Cost: $2000
Textbook: Introductory Chemistry: A Foundation Zumdahl, Steven S. Brooks/Cole Publishing Co. ISBN# 1-4390-4940-8 978-1-4390-4940-2
Materials: Pens/pencils, loose-leaf paper, 1 ½ inch 3-ring binder, scientific calculator

Instructor

Ms. Rachael DeLawder, Chemistry Teacher, Highland School, Room 105 in the Upper School


 

U.S. Government 

NOTE: This course will be offered with a minimum of four students and a maximum of 18 students

Prerequisite

Students must be rising seniors to enroll

Goal

Students who successfully complete the course will earn 0.5 social science credit and fulfill a graduation requirement. For Highland School students, the course will appear on the Highland School transcript and the grade earned will factor into the Highland School GPA for the 2018-19 school year.  All other students will be issued a Highland School transcript by our registrar.

Course Expectations

This course will cover the same material that is taught during the semester-long Government class. Thus, the pace will be fast and the workload intense. Students must attend all 60 hours of the class in order to receive credit.  Students should expect at least one hour of homework nightly in addition to time spent studying for tests and quizzes. The course will culminate in a semester test including a comprehensive reflective essay on the principles and design of the United States government.

Dates and Times

Monday - Friday, 9:00am-2:00pm, June 18 – July 3, 2017

Cost: $1400
Textbook: United States Government: Democracy in Action (Glencoe / McGraw-Hill, 2008) – See textbook list.
Materials: Pens/pencils, loose-leaf paper, 3-ring binder, a homework planner, and a laptop if you have one

Instructor

Nate Zuckerman

Location

US Social Science teacher, HT-8

July 8-July 12

Algebra III

NOTE: This course will be offered with a minimum of four students and a maximum of twelve students.

Description

This course is intended for students who have completed Algebra II. This course includes a comprehensive study of advanced algebra topics. Curriculum includes systems of equations; matrices; conic sections; properties of logarithms; elementary functions including absolute value, rational, exponential and quadratic functions. Modeling real-world applications is a major component of this course. This course is designed to prepare students for the rigors of Pre-Calculus. 

Prerequisite

Students must have completed Algebra II.

Goal

Students who successfully complete the course will earn 0.5 credit through the Math Department.  The course will appear on the Highland School transcript and the grade earned will factor into the Highland School GPA for the 2019-20 school year.  Upon completion, students will be allowed to enroll in Precalculus in the fall.

Course Expectations

This course will cover the same amount of material as a traditional full-year class, thus the pace will be fast and the workload intense. Students must attend all sixty hours of the class in order to receive credit.

Details

DATES: July 8th thru August 2nd (excluding Saturdays and Sundays)
TIMES: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
COST: $1400
MATERIALS: Graphing calculator (TI-84), graph paper
TEXTBOOK: Intermediate Algebra Graphs and Functions (Larson, Hostetler, Neptune, Third Edition, © 2003)
TEACHER: Dave Robertson
LOCATION: Upper School, room 117 


July 15-July 26

Upper School Summer Immersion Program

NOTE: This course will be offered with a minimum of six students and a maximum of 16 students

Course Expectations

Intended for incoming freshmen and new sophomores, this course is designed to facilitate a successful transition to the Upper School. Using a project-based learning approach, students develop essential skills for navigating both academics and school culture. Working with core Upper School teachers, students have the opportunity to practice close reading, writing, algebra, public speaking, and teamwork, as well as to develop key student habits including time management and self-advocacy. The course includes a service learning component and culminates in an off-campus, overnight field studies experience to cement the relationships formed in class. This field study may include camping, hiking, and/or water activities, so be prepared for adventure! 

Goal

Students who successfully complete this pass/fail course will earn 0.5 credit. The course will appear on the Highland School transcript for the 2019-20 school year. 

Dates and Times

July 15-19: 9:00am – 2:00pm at Highland School
July 22-23: 9:00am – 2:00pm at Highland School
July 24-25: Depart Highland School at 9:00am on 7/24; return at 3:00pm on 7/25
July 26: 9:00am – 12:00pm at Highland School               

Cost: $1600, which includes food, travel, activity, and lodging fees
Materials: The list will be provided by the instructors two weeks before the class begins

Instructor 

Elisabeth Carver, Upper School Math teacher
Adam Pollak, Upper School English teacher

July 22-August 2

Driver’s Education

Note: TWO WEEK CLASS July 22 – August 2

This course is approved by the state of Virginia. The classroom portion is half of the state’s requirements to complete the driver’s education program. The second half of the state’s requirement is behind the wheel training. This course is separated into two areas: 40 hours of practice with parents and 14 lessons of in-car instruction with a certified instructor. Additional information and registration forms for the second portion will be distributed during the classroom session. 

Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Age: Rising 10th-12th grade
Cost: $250 

Location

Upper School Library

Instructor

Mr. Gary Leake and GBLI 

August 6-23

Astronomy

NOTE: This course will be offered with a minimum of four students and a maximum of twelve students.

Astronomy focuses on the structure of the universe.  Starting with the elements of the solar system, students will learn the history of the solar system, and then extend that knowledge by discovering the life cycle of a star and how it could possibly lead to the existence of black holes.A historical look at the history of Astronomy will examine constellations, and their significant astronomical features, and a reimagining of them based on the visible night sky at Highland.  A summary of the major theory about cosmology and the history of the universe will complete the course.  

Prerequisite

None

Goal

Students who successfully complete the course will earn 0.5 credit through the Science department. The course will appear on the Highland School transcript and the grade earned will factor into the Highland School GPA for the 2019-20 school year.

Course Expectations 

This course will cover the same amount of material as a traditional semester class.  Students must attend all sixty hours of the class in order to receive credit.  It is a night course to allow for observation sessions during class.  Thursday will be extended days to allow for travel to the Air and Space Museum, the planetarium at James Madison University, and the Green Bank Radio Telescope in West Virginia.

Dates: August 6-23 (excluding Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays)
Times: 6:00pm – 10:00pm Mondays thru Wednesdays, 2:00pm – 10:00 pm on Thursdays
Cost: $1400

Materials: Pen and paper, calculator recommended but not required

Instructor

Dave Robertson, Upper School, Room 117

August 12-16

SAT Prep

SAT Prep is a one week course that is designed to introduce the students to the test of the same name. The course will cover test-taking strategies as well as the skills that will appear on the exam.  Due to the condensed form of this class, much information will necessarily be covered in a short amount of time. Thus, students should view this as a “boot camp” style crash course. The class is team taught by Highland faculty Dave Robertson and Ronald Ross.

Date: August 12-16
Time: 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Age: Rising 9th-12th grade
Cost $450

Location

Upper School

Instructor

Mr. David Robertson (Math portion) Mr. Ronnie Ross (English portion) 

August 19-23

College Application and Essay, Session 2

Note: Maximum of 18 students! 

Would you like to have finished your college essay and application before school begins? Using the online Common Application, students will complete the application and the Common App essay. Through the analysis of actual college essays and individual feedback, students will be guided through the process of crafting unique and effective writing for their applications. Now in their seventh year of providing this popular five-day workshop, Mrs. Norden and Ms. Campbell bring a depth of experience and expertise to the college application process. This workshop is geared to rising seniors from all area high schools.

Date: August 19-23
Time: 12:30pm– 2:30pm
Age: Rising 12th grade
Location: Upper School
Cost: $400  

Instructors

Renee Norden, Director of College Counseling and Guidance
BA, College of William and Mary
M.Ed, University of Virginia 

Catherine Campbell, AP English; Director of Content Strategy
BA, Princeton University
MA, Yale University



Honors Algebra Preparation

Math students who have been recommended by the Math Department to take Honors Algebra in the fall are encouraged to this week-long summer course to help them rediscover the skills learned in Algebra 1. The course is open to all students enrolled in Honors Algebra but is especially encouraged for those students advancing from Geometry or Algebra 1 Core.  The topics to be discussed include polynomial multiplication, power rules, factoring, and working with linear equations.  This course is not for credit.

Prerequisite 

Students must have completed Algebra 1 and be enrolled to take Honors Algebra in the upcoming year.

Goal

The goal of this class is to allow students to be well prepared for their upcoming study of Honors Algebra.

Course Expectations

The instructor will review the major topics of the second semester of an Algebra 1 class, with increased emphasis on factoring polynomials.  

Dates: August 19 – 23, 2019
Times: 1pm – 3pm daily; homework will be assigned
Cost: $250

Materials  

Notebook (with graph paper) and pencils

Instructors

Dave Robertson, Math Department Chair, Upper School, room 117



Jump Start Study Skills

Note: minimum of 8 students to run this camp 

This three hour class will offer study skills and several types of organization models to meet the needs of any student. Included will be technology options for organization, a variety of ways to approach study for any genre of class, and opportunities to discuss what works and does not work for each individual. What to bring? Snacks, water, and previous notebooks from one or two classes.

Date: August 20, 2018 (one day camp)
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Age: Rising 9th-12th grade
Cost: $115

Location

Upper School

Instructor

Mrs. Angelique McCray