Summer Enrichment @ AOSE
The Academy offers a variety of summer programs designed to provide enrichment and skill development for every type of learner and interest. These programs are geared to prepare students with the tools they will need to succeed in both introductory and advanced level honors/AP courses at a college-preparatory institution. The programs described below will be offered depending on enrollment.

For planning purposes, please register for Summer Enrichment by May 31, 2017.

Foundations of English: Reading & Writing Preparedness for the High School Freshman
This three-week program will provide students with the opportunity to reinforce and strengthen basic skills and competencies in reading and writing, including review and practice in grammar, punctuation, sentence and paragraph formation, development of close reading skills, vocabulary, and thematic analysis of a variety of literary genres. General goals include developing the skills necessary to shape an idea into a paragraph or essay, refining critical thinking skills, and developing appropriate study skills.

July 10 - 27 (Monday-Thursday each week)
8:30 am - 10:00 am
$250

Foundations of Mathematics: Algebra Preparedness for the High School Freshman
This three-week program will provide students with the opportunity to reinforce and strengthen basic mathematical skills, while working on an introduction to algebra. Topics will include integers, equations, inequalities and exponents. General goals include developing a sense of number relationships, representations, and mathematical structures and systems, as well as understanding the unifying concept of a function and acquiring necessary problem solving skills.

July 10 - 27 (Monday-Thursday each week)
10:15 am - 11:45 am
$250

Intro to Inquiry-Based Science Labs for the High School Freshman
This one-week program will provide students with an introduction to the high school science lab experience. Students will learn science skills from a fun and innovative hands-on approach, and will design their own experiments through inquiry-based learning. This program will introduce various topics and provide students with the opportunity to practice the following:

Laboratory safety
Identifying and using laboratory equipment
Designing experiments following the scientific method
Collecting and analyzing data

June 26 - June 30
9:00 am - 10:30 am
$150

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: Skills for the High School Freshman
This program will provide students with the tools to manage the higher level critical thinking questions that are an integral part of the Academy course load. By freshman year, most students have already mastered how to answer the who, what, where, and when of a question. This course will provide strategies for tackling the tougher questions of how and why. These are important skills needed to be a true leader in the classroom throughout the high school years. Current events and the History summer reading will be referenced as the following skills are honed throughout the course:

Curiosity → the readiness to ask questions about the material in front of you (as well as the world around you)
Creativity → the ability to come up with new ideas and to apply them to all your courses
Criticism → the artistry of analyzing information, ideas, and opinions to create educated theories and judgements
Communication → the ability to convey your thoughts in a clear and convincing manner in a range of forms and media

PLEASE NOTE: This course is being offered in two study options: on-campus OR online. The on-campus option is scheduled to accommodate students who are enrolled in our other on-campus offerings. The online program will provide a more expansive and collaborative exploration of the material, and will expect students to participate in online discussion boards and other sharing platforms.


ON-CAMPUS OPTION:
June 26 - June 30
10:45 am - 12:15 pm
$150

ONLINE STUDY OPTION:
July 3 - July 28
$300

Chemistry Boot Camp (Grades 10+11)
This one-week program is designed to give prospective Chemistry students a laboratory background and a jump start in the associated mathematical applications. The course combines classroom work with experiments and demonstrations in order to prepare students for a high school chemistry course. Students will become familiar with lab equipment (glassware, Bunsen burners, etc.), and will complete a chemistry lab (Chemical Flame Test). Areas of focus include:

Significant figures
Scientific notation
Dimensional analysis

June 26 - June 30
9:45 am - 11:15 am
$150

AP Biology / SAT Subject Test Prep Course (Grades 11+12)
This four-week, online course is geared towards students taking AP Biology in the fall or interested in taking a Biology SAT Subject Test. This course offers the convenience of preparing for both at the same time. The major topics covered correlate with the two versions of the Biology SAT Subject Tests and review a large portion of the information that will be covered in the first semester of a rigorous AP Biology course. Topics discussed include:

Molecular Biology → organic chemistry, cell structure/function, and cellular energetics
Ecology → biological communities, populations, and energy flow

July 3 - July 28 (online course)
$300

AP Chemistry / SAT Subject Test Prep Course (Grades 11+12)
This four-week, online course is geared towards students taking AP Chemistry in the fall or interested in taking a Chemistry SAT Subject Test. This course offers the convenience of preparing for both at the same time. The topics and skills covered correlate with information on the Chemistry SAT Subject Test, and reviews material taught in an introductory Chemistry course to prepare for the rigorous course load of AP Chemistry. Major topics reviewed include:

Structure and states of matter
Stoichiometry
Thermodynamics
Reaction Types
Chemical equilibrium
Acids + Bases

July 3 - July 28 (online course)
$300

AP Prep Course: Critical Analysis in the Social Sciences / US History SAT Subject Test Prep Course (Grades 10-12)
These courses will run concurrently as a four-week, online course. The objective of this course is to give students the tools needed to be successful in any of the AP Programs in the Social Sciences. Although all students are welcome to enroll, THIS CLASS IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR ANY STUDENT TAKING AN AP LEVEL SOCIAL SCIENCE CLASS FOR THE FIRST TIME. The majority of this course will be dedicated to honing the analytical skills needed to excel in an AP level course as well as the SAT subject test. Students enrolling in AP US Government, AP US History II, or AP European History will get an opportunity to work with and preview most of the types of assessments used in each AP course, free of the GPA stresses of the regular school year. Skills that will be covered include:

Political cartoon/document analysis
Strategies for the DBQ (AP only)
Comparison and contextual analysis
A multitude of strategies for making the multiple choice sections a little less daunting

July 3 - July 28 (online course)
$300

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