Worcester Academy Summer Online Enrichment Courses A new opportunity for students to prevent the academic "summer slide" and get an edge on next year!

We are proud to offer an exciting new academic opportunity for your child. This summer we are launching 8 exciting new courses which take the personalized, student-centered learning experience that you've come to expect at Worcester Academy and have made it accessible over the summer months from wherever your child may be.

Because each content area and level is a little different, each course is unique in its delivery. All have the same rigor and high-quality content as a face-to-face course at Worcester Academy modified and adapted for the online environment.

Courses:

  • Elementary French
  • Intermediate French
  • Intro to Latin
  • Physics - An Introduction to Mechanics
  • Grade 7 Math (Pre-Algebra)
  • Grade 8 Math (Intro to Algebra I)
  • Pre-Calculus Prep
  • Music Theory Prep
Learn more about the courses

Elementary French

Instructor: Alexandra Gere

  • Connecticut College - B. A.
  • Drexel University - M. S.
  • Middlebury College - M. A.
“Languages are gateways into culture; tools to help students explore new worldviews and discover foreign art, food, music, architecture and literature,” she says. “At their core, they are a means for communication, and I want my students to have the most authentic opportunities for communication possible.”

When: July 10th - July 28th (3 week course)

Cost: $1000

This online course will provide introductory through advanced level French students with a review of the major grammar and vocabulary points of French 1 and 2. After a month of not hearing or speaking French, this course is designed to be a refresher before students move on to courses level 2-3, as well as a chance to speak, read, listen to and write in French over the summer. Students will work on online worksheets, watch online tutorials and videos, and speak to the instructor and their classmates in French via Google Hangouts and in-person immersive classroom experiences. Together we will go over the regular and irregular present tense, the passé composé and the imperfect, the futur simple, and direct and indirect object pronouns. Students must have completed French 1 in order to participate in this course, and it is recommended though not required that they have completed French 2, as well. Come and parlez français with your peers this summer to prepare for upper level courses next year!

French - Alexandra Gere

Intermediate French

Instructor: Alexandra Gere

  • Connecticut College - B. A.
  • Drexel University - M. S.
  • Middlebury College - M. A.

When: July 31st - August 18th (3 week course)

Cost: $1000

This online course is designed to provide advanced level French students with a review of the major grammar and vocabulary points of French 3. After two months of not hearing or speaking French, this course is designed to help students to penser en français before entering an advanced level course. Students will read, write, speak and listen to French through discussion groups, online worksheets, online videos and tutorials, and discussions with peers and the instructor through Google Hangouts and in-person immersive classroom experiences. We will review the conditional, plus-que-parfait and futur antérieur tenses as well as the subjunctive mood and relative pronouns. Students must have completed French 3 to participate in this course, and are encouraged to take it in conjunction with Zut ! J’ai oublié mon français débutant! Venez parler en Français before your high level regular or AP courses, or review before your college placement exams!

Intro to Latin

Intro to Latin

Instructor: Kristina Geenty '81

  • Wheaton College - A.B.
  • University of Copenhagen

When: July 10th - July 28th (3 week course)

Cost: $1000

The course is a three week blended learning program designed to introduce and/or review skills that are presented in introductory Latin. This will help students get acquainted with or review important skills that will be covered in Latin A or B in the Middle School and Latin I and II in the Upper School. The material will be presented in a variety of ways to either introduce them to or help hone basic their skills. Designed to strengthen areas where students could potentially have trouble such as conjugating verbs, declining nouns and adjectives and learning how to translate basic sentences. In addition, students will be learning vocabulary and making connections with English derivatives. While the course is designed to be completed in its entirety online, students will have access to the instructor through regularly scheduled office hours. These sessions will be recorded and saved for later viewing if students aren’t available during the schedule office hours.

  1. First Conjugation Verbs in the Present Tense
  2. First and Second Declension Nouns - masculine, feminine and neuter
  3. First and Second Declension Adjectives - masculine, feminine and neuter
  4. Irregular Verb- “to be”
  5. Concept of the Latin Case System for Nouns and rules for declining
  6. Concept of Conjugating Verbs starting in the Present Tense
  7. Basic structure of Latin sentences. (Subject- Verb Agreement, Noun- Adjective Agreement, Subjects vs Direct Objects, Subjects and Predicate Nominatives/Adjectives)
  8. Basic rules for Translating sentences from Latin - English and English -Latin
  9. Related Vocabulary
  10. English Derivatives of related vocabulary
  11. Additional grammar topics as needed
Physics - Derek Segesdy

Physics - An Introduction to Mechanics

Instructor: Derek Segesdy

  • Allegheny College - B.S.
  • Arcadia University - Master of Forensic Science

When: July 17th - August 4th (3 week course)

Cost: $1000

This exciting online course will provide students with a strong experimental and theoretical foundation in Physics. Students will engage the material in a variety of formats including at home hands-on labs, digital simulations, video analysis, teacher webcasts, and numerical problem solving. The course will develop the basic concepts of Newtonian Mechanics, including: 1-dimensional motion, forces, Newton’s Laws, momentum, and energy. A box of lab materials will be mailed to each student prior to the start of the course, allowing them to perform labs at home. A strong background in algebra is preferred as students will be expected to implement and solve equations. Students will need to complete work for the class each day but can work ahead as their summer schedule allows. Join us this summer as we explore the inner workings of the world around you!

Schedule:

Week 1: 1-D Kinematics and Gravity

  • Speed of a pull-back car
  • Determining a value for gravity

Week 2: Gravity as a Force and Newton’s Laws

  • Shopping bag parachute design and analysis
  • Newton’s table top physics lab

Week 3: Newton’s Third Law, Momentum, Energy and Conservation

  • Direct measurement video analysis
  • The ballistic pendulum
Grade 7 Math - Peter Smith

Grade 7 Math (Pre-Algebra)

Instructor: Peter Smith

  • Allegheny College - B.S.
  • Columbia University - M.A.

When: July 10th - July 28th (3 week course)

Cost: $1000

The course is a rigorous three-week blended learning program designed to both review skills and content, and to push students forward conceptually to prepare for Grade 7 mathematics. This guided program focuses on a weekly topic with skill review, practice and assessments as benchmarks for mastery of skill. Students will be presented material in a variety of ways and will be able to sharpen both their analytical and problem solving skills. Designed to spotlight and strengthen the areas where students have the most trouble in Grade 7, topics covered will include: linear equations, positive and negative integer operations, and exponent rules. While this course is designed to be completed in its entirety online, in person sessions will be given each Monday of the course from 3:30pm to 4:30pm on campus. These sessions will be available live online through Google Hangouts and will be saved for later viewing if students aren’t available during that time.

Grade 8 Math

Grade 8 Math (Introduction to Algebra I)

Instructor: Susanne Broderick

  • Florida State University - B.S.
  • Worcester State College - B.S.
  • University of Scranton - M.S.

When: July 10th - July 28th (3 week course)

Cost: $1000

The course is a rigorous three-week blended learning program designed to both review skills and content, and to push students forward conceptually to prepare for Grade 8 Algebra 1 course content. This guided program focuses on a weekly topic with skill review, practice and assessments as benchmarks for mastery of skill. Students will be presented material in a variety of ways and will be able to sharpen both their analytical and problem solving skills. Designed to spotlight and strengthen the areas where students have the most trouble in Grade 8, students will work though the following content:

Week 1: Algebra basics review

Week 2: Linear equations and word problems

Week 3: Graphing and the coordinate plane

While this course is designed to be completed in its entirety online, in person sessions will be given each Monday of the course from 3:30pm to 4:30pm on campus. These sessions will be available live online through Google Hangouts and will be saved for later viewing if students aren’t available during that time. Online office hours will also be offered over the course of the week for check-ins and extra support.

Pre-Calculus Prep

Pre-Calculus Prep

Instructor: Paul Himottu

  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute - B.S.

When: July 17th - August 4th (3 week course)

Cost: $1000

This online course is designed to review the main topics of Algebra in order to prepare students to take Pre-Calculus. While the Pre-Calculus course normally begins with some review of algebra topics, this course will strengthen the algebra foundation and enable students to be in a better position before their Pre-Calculus course in the fall begins. Topics covered will include exponents, polynomials, factoring, rational expressions, equations, mathematical modeling, and inequalities. Students will need to complete work for the class each day but can work ahead as their summer schedule allows.

Music Theory - Al vaudreuil

Music Theory Prep

Instructor: Alan Vaudreuil

  • Berklee College of Music - B.M.Ed.

When: July 10th - August 4th (4 week course)

Cost: $1000

This course will acclimate students for the skills required to take the AP Music Theory Exam. Topics introduced in this course include a review (or introduction) to the elements of Music, Ear Training: intervals, scales, rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic dictation, voice-leading in three and four parts, and beginning solfege (sight singing). This course is encouraged for all students that have an interest in taking AP Music Theory in the upcoming academic year. Video Lectures, along with, examples from the above mentioned materials will introduce each subject. Homework will be submitted electronically and three two hour Google Hangout sessions will take place each week for discussion and corrections of assignments. There will be tests for each weeks topics. There will also be extra topic sections for those Worcester Academy students who have completed Music Theory 1&2. The student workload is expected to be 30-45 minutes daily.

Questions and Answers

Q: Does my child need to be on campus at anytime during the course?

A: Some courses may have an optional in-person class component that will also be recorded on Google Hangouts for live viewing or viewing after the session is over. Each course is different so please check the course descriptions for expectations.

Q: My child has a trip planned or a camp scheduled during the timeframe of the course and I'm worried they might not be able to do both at the same time.

A: These courses do not necessarily need to be completed perfectly in pace with a daily schedule. The instructors recognize that students have lots activity in the summer. Therefore, if the student is offline for a couple of days and needs to make it up later, that's ok! They may miss out on some of the live sessions but those will be recorded and can be watched later. We also recognize that some students may need extra time beyond the course end date to complete work, and that is ok as well. Students should communicate with their course facilitators if they will need additional time to complete assignments or activities for any reason.

Q: How long does my child have to complete a course?

A: Students may complete a course after the course end date. They should communicate with the course facilitator and agree upon a completion date. Facilitators might not be as readily available for help once the course reaches its end date.

Q: Is the course the appropriate level for my child?

A: Please don't hesitate to reach out to the instructor for specifics on the level of difficulty. The courses are designed to push students to get ready for next year. Some courses are designed to provide a more solid foundation for the next year, and others may have more challenging content to get them ready.

Q: How will the course be structured and delivered to students?

A: Each course is slightly different but all will use Schoology as the course management system to organize the course and Google Hangouts as the means of broadcasting and recording any live sessions. All live sessions will be available to be viewed again afterward if the student isn't available during the meeting time.

Q: How much time should my child expect to spend each day on the course?

A: Each course is slightly different but the amount of time spent on each course per day will range from 30-60 minutes.

Q: Who will be teaching the courses?

A: All courses are taught by current or former Worcester Academy faculty members.

If you have questions about the online courses in general, please don't hesitate to reach out to Mr. Peter Smith, The Director of Online Education and Blended Learning.

81 Providence Street, Worcester, MA 01604

Phone: 508.754.5302

Email: peter.smith@worcesteracademy.org

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