Academic Stretch

Academic Stretch is an introduction to a more independent style of guided learning experience, similar to seminars in the Upper School. Students enroll for Fall, Winter or Spring trimester (or all three trimesters), and then meet weekly from 11:05am to 12:10pm on Thursdays (including clubs period) with their Stretch advisor. They produce independent subject research throughout the trimester as they go on an academic exploration that will take them through some selected topics in either science or the humanities, toward a deeper level of understanding of our world than can commonly be learned in school.

Science Stretch for 2016-17: Acoustics (taught by Gunnar Mein)

• Fall: Pre-Stretch – Math skills for students who have not completed Algebra I, or who want a little refresher on problem solving with algebra
• Winter: The Physics of Waves (theory and lab)
• Spring: Musical instruments (principles and engineering lab to build a marimba)
• Students need to have completed Algebra I or enroll in the Pre-Stretch program (9/29 – rest of Fall trimester)

Humanities Stretch for 2016-17 (taught by David Kelly-Hedrick)

Are you a voracious reader or writer? Are there topics in literature and history that you find fascinating? Do you wish to pursue these topics and ideas in ways that are deep and unique to your own person and learning styles? Join us for the first-ever EPS Humanities Stretch program. Humanities Stretch is a committed community of students encouraging and supporting one another—while guided by a teacher--to achieve a new level of mastery in your chosen topic. Humanities Stretch will run in a seminar type of format and meet during a combined lunch and club time on Thursdays for a total of six weeks each trimester. The first Humanities Stretch cohort will help to test and create the format for this new EPS Middle School experience. Serious (and fun) humans apply.

Academic Stretch – for both Humanities Stretch and Science Stretch - requires diligent, self-motivated work. Selection into this program is on an individual basis – to apply, students need to be in good academic standing. Click HERE to apply.
• Deadline for form submission is Tuesday September 20th.
• Application interviews happen on Thursday, September 22nd during MS clubs and lunch period in MS 101.
• Selection decisions will be communicated by Tuesday, September 27th in email to students and parents.
• Students are committing to a trimester.
• Taking a trimester in humanities and one in science is encouraged, but they cannot be in both programs in the same trimester.
• Students cannot be in a Thursday clubs-time club in the same trimester.

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