Summer Knights

Academic Courses

Summer Knights Academic Courses

Do you want to advance in Computing, Art, Acting, Dance, Photography, Trigonometry or Science? Maybe you need to repeat a course in Geometry, Algebra II, Religious Studies, or English? If so, register for our Academic Courses today!  

The Summer Knights Schedule of Classes has been designed to create additional opportunities for students and provide greater flexibility for them as they begin scheduling their courses for the 2020-21 school year. Students entering grades nine through twelve may enroll in an academic or elective summer course that is equivalent to either a semester or year-long course. Semester courses carry .5 units of credit and year-long courses are 1.0 units of credit.

There are summer courses that may be taken to satisfy graduation requirements such as Computing in the Digital Age, Recreational Sports (PE), and a number of UC and CSU approved visual and performing arts courses. Taking one or more of these classes in the summer creates room in student schedules so that they can take additional courses of their choosing during the school year. In some instances, taking the entry-level of a visual or performing arts course during the summer (i.e. Art I) allows the student to accelerate into the next level during the school year. There are also opportunities for high achieving students to accelerate in our math program with courses like Honors Geometry and Honors Precalculus, and opportunities for students to remediate a course in which they may have earned a low grade (D or F).  There are also special workshops and online programs designed to help rising seniors get a jump start on their college applications and essays, and learn more about applying to film school. There is truly something for everyone, and we invite you to take a look!  
 

Course Schedules


Semester 1 Courses:
June 9 - June 26, 2020


Semester 2 Courses:
June 29 - July 17, 2020

Remediations Grades 9-12

List of 12 items.

  • Geometry (Semester 1 Remediation)

    Faculty: Joe Spelta
    Grades: Students entering 10th-12th grade in Fall 2020
    Duration: June 9-26, 2020
    Time: 8:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
    Cost: $500
    Course Materials: $30 (ALEKS subscription)

    Students may only miss one day of class to receive academic credit.  Refunds will not be given.  Do not register for this class if you have conflicts that will affect attendance. 
  • Geometry (Semester 2 Remediation)

    Faculty: Joe Spelta 
    Grades:
     Students entering 10th-12th grade in Fall 2020
    Duration: June 29-July 17, 2020
    Time: 8:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
    Cost: $500
    Course Materials: $30 (ALEKS subscription)

    Students may only miss one day of class to receive academic credit.  Refunds will not be given.  Do not register for this class if you have conflicts that will affect attendance.
  • Algebra II (Semester 1 Remediation)

    Faculty: Greg Simpson
    Grades:
     Students entering 11th-12th grade in Fall 2020
    Duration: June 9-26, 2020
    Time: 8:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
    Cost: $500
    Course Materials: $30 (ALEKS subscription)

    Students may only miss one day of class to receive academic credit.  Refunds will not be given.  Do not register for this class if you have conflicts that will affect attendance.
  • Algebra II (Semester 2 Remediation)

    Faculty: Greg Simpson
    Grades:
    Students entering 10th-12th grade in Fall 2020
    Duration: June 29-July 17, 2020
    Time: 8:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
    Cost: $500
    Course Materials: $30 (ALEKS subscription)

    Students may only miss one day of class to receive academic credit.  Refunds will not be given.  Do not register for this class if you have conflicts that will affect attendance.
  • Biology (Online Semester 1 Remediation)

    Faculty: Notre Dame Science Faculty 
    Grades:
     Students entering 10th-12th grade in Fall 2020
    Duration: June 9-26, 2020
    Time: June 9 (1:00-3:00 p.m.) and June 26 (1:00-3:00 p.m.)
    Cost: $500

    Mandatory on-campus sessions with instructor: June 9 (1:00-3:00 p.m.) and June 26 (1:00-3:00 p.m.). Do not register for this class if you are not able to attend the on-campus sessions.  Refunds will not be given.
  • Biology (Online Semester 2 Remediation)

    Faculty: Notre Dame Science Faculty
    Grades:
     Students entering 10th-12th grade in Fall 2020
    Duration: June 29-July 17, 2020
    Time: June 29 (1:00-3:00 p.m.) and July 17 (1:00-3:00 p.m.)
    Cost: $500

    Mandatory on-campus sessions with instructor: June 26 (1:00-3:00 p.m.) and July 17 (1:00-3:00 p.m.). Do not register for this class if you are not able to attend the on-campus sessions.  Refunds will not be given.
  • Religious Studies (Semester 1 or 2 Remediation)

    Faculty: Bridget Alameda
    Grades:
     NDHS students entering 10th-12th grade in Fall 2020
    Duration: June 9-26, 2020
    Time: Independent Study
    Cost: $500

    Students may only miss one day of class to receive academic credit.  Refunds will not be given.  Do not register for this class if you have conflicts that will affect attendance.
  • Religious Studies (Semester 2 Remediation)

    Faculty: Bridget Alameda
    Grades:
     NDHS students entering 10th-12th grade in Fall 2020
    Duration: June 29-July 17, 2020
    Time: Independent Study
    Cost: $500

    Students may only miss one day of class to receive academic credit.  Refunds will not be given.  Do not register for this class if you have conflicts that will affect attendance.
  • English (Semester 1 Remediation)

    Faculty: Notre Dame English Faculty
    Grades:
     NDHS students entering 10th-12th grade in Fall 2020
    Duration: June 9-26, 2020
    Time: 8:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
    Cost: $500
    Course Material Fee: $20

    Students may only miss one day of class to receive academic credit.  Refunds will not be given.  Do not register for this class if you have conflicts that will affect attendance.
  • English (Semester 2 Remediation)

    Faculty: Notre Dame English Faculty
    Grades:
     NDHS students entering 10th-12th grade in Fall 2020
    Duration: June 29-July 17, 2020
    Time: 8:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
    Cost: $500
    Course Material Fee: $20

    Students may only miss one day of class to receive academic credit.  Refunds will not be given.  Do not register for this class if you have conflicts that will affect attendance.
  • Chemistry (ONLINE, Semester 1 Remediation)

    Faculty: Notre Dame Science Faculty
    Grades: Students entering 11th-12th grade in Fall 2020
    Duration: June 9-26, 2020
    Time: June 9 (1:00-3:00 p.m.) and June 26 (1:00-3:00 p.m.)
    Cost: $500

    Mandatory on-campus sessions with instructor: June 9 (1:00-3:00 p.m.) and June 26 (1:00-3:00 p.m.). Do not register for this class if you are not able to attend the on-campus sessions.  Refunds will not be given.
  • Chemistry (ONLINE, Semester 2 Remediation)

    Faculty: Notre Dame Science Faculty
    Grades: Students entering 11th-12th grade in Fall 2020
    Duration: June 29-July 17, 2020
    Time: June 29 (1:00-3:00 p.m.) and July 17 (1:00- 3:00 p.m.)
    Cost: $500

    Mandatory on-campus sessions with instructor: June 29 (1:00-3:00 p.m.) and July 17 (1:00-3:00 p.m.). Do not register for this class if you are not able to attend the on-campus sessions.  Refunds will not be given.

Advancement Grades 9-12

List of 16 items.

  • Computing in the Digital Age (IN PERSON, Session 1)

    Faculty: Matt Walker
    Grades:
     Students entering 9th-12th grade in Fall 2020 
    Duration: June 9-26, 2020
    Time: 8:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
    Cost: $500

    Students may only miss one day of class to receive academic credit. Refunds will not be given. Do not register for this class if you have conflicts that will affect attendance.

    Course Description: This course is designed to give a comprehensive overview of computing and computer devices, their use, and their impact on individuals and society. Students will study the development of technology and the digital revolution, basic computer design and function, how hardware and software work for the users, basic repairs and troubleshooting strategies, various operating systems, administrative and productive applications (Microsoft Office Suite), smartphones and other digital assistants and their applications and basic computer security. Students will develop an understanding of the ethical and legal issues, digital copyright issues, digital citizenship, social media awareness, and how to be a consumer of information in a digital age. 

    Note: This course is also offered during the Semester 2 session from June 29 - July 17.
  • Computing in the Digital Age (IN PERSON, Session 2)

    Faculty: Sabitha Chanduri
    Grades:
     Students entering grades 9-12 in Fall 2020 
    Duration: June 29 - July 17, 2020
    Time: 8:00 a.m.- 12:15 p.m. 
    Cost: $500 

    Students may only miss one day of class to receive academic credit. Refunds will not be given. Do not register for this class if you have conflicts that will affect attendance. 

    Course Description: This course is designed to give a comprehensive overview of computing and computer devices, their use, and their impact on individuals and society. Students will study the development of technology and the digital revolution, basic computer design and function, how hardware and software work for the users, basic repairs and troubleshooting strategies, various operating systems, administrative and productive applications (Microsoft Office Suite), smartphones and other digital assistants and their applications and basic computer security. Students will develop an understanding of the ethical and legal issues, digital copyright issues, digital citizenship, social media awareness, and how to be a consumer of information in a digital age.

    Note: This course is also offered during the Semester 1 session from June 9 - June 26.
  • Computing in the Digital Age (ONLINE, Session 1)

    Faculty: Sabitha Chanduri
    Grades: Students entering 10th-12th grade in Fall 2020 (online version not available for entering 9th graders)
    Duration: June 9-26, 2020
    Cost: $500
     
    Mandatory on-campus sessions with instructor: June 9 (1:00-3:00 p.m.) and June 26 (1:00-3:00 p.m). Do not register for this class if you are not able to attend the on-campus sessions. Refunds will not be given.

    Course Description: This is the same course as the one that is taught on campus, but students may work online at their own pace throughout the three-week summer school program. Students are required to attend the two on-campus meetings with the instructor. This course satisfies the Notre Dame graduation requirement for computer science and is a prerequisite course for many of our advanced computer courses. 

    Note: 
    This course is also offered during the Semester 2 session from June 29 - July 17, 2020
  • Computing in the Digital Age (ONLINE, Session 2)

    Faculty: Sabitha Chanduri
    Grades: Students entering 10th-12th grade in Fall 2020 (online version not available for entering 9th graders)
    Duration: June 29-July 17, 2020
    Cost: $500
     
    Mandatory on-campus sessions with instructor: June 29 (1:00-3:00 p.m.) and July 17 (1:00-3:00 p.m). Do not register for this class if you are not able to attend the on-campus sessions. Refunds will not be given.

    Course Description: This is the same course as the one that is taught on campus, but students may work online at their own pace throughout the three-week summer school program. Students are required to attend the two on-campus meetings with the instructor. This course satisfies the Notre Dame graduation requirement for computer science and is a prerequisite course for many of our advanced computer courses. 

    Note: 
    This course is also offered during the Semester 1 session from June 9-26, 2020
  • Dance Fitness

    Faculty: Leticia Alcuran
    Grades: Students entering 9th-12th grade in Fall 2020 
    Duration: June 9-26, 2020 
    Time: 12:45-5:00 p.m.
    Cost: $500
    Students may only miss one day of class to receive academic credit. Refunds will not be given. Do not register for this class if you have conflicts that will affect attendance.

    Course Description: This class combines many styles of dance with fitness exercises along with pilates and yoga. Class will help dancers with posture, flexibility, fitness, balance, self-discipline, and self-confidence. This class serves as an introduction to dance for younger and older students. Using games, music, and workouts, the class focuses on rhythm, musicality and cardiovascular workout through basic footwork. Combinations with musical and emotional expression with proper techniques (contractions and release, off-center balances and suspension) as well as musicality and self-expression will be learned. Dancers will use both barre and centre floor and fundamental acrobatic techniques to increase flexibility, strength, balance, coordination, endurance, timing, body awareness, self-discipline, and confidence. It is a great way to get moving and increase motor skills and to increase range of motion in the body. 

    Dress Code: Students are required to follow the dance dress code which includes: leotard or form-fitting top, tights, leggings, dance shorts or skirt (any color) layers during warm-up, hair pulled back off the neck and dance shoe (ballet slipper, jazz shoes, modern half-soles). This course satisfies one of two semesters of physical education required for graduation.  

    Note: All Notre Dame students must take a full year of physical education as a graduation requirement. Freshmen take a required one-semester course called Personal Fitness. Dance Fitness would satisfy the second semester of physical education required for graduation.
  • Lifetime Fitness

    Faculty: Nick LaFace
    Grades: Students entering 9th-12th grade in Fall 2020
    Duration: June 9-26, 2020
    Time: 12:45-5:00 p.m. 
    Cost: $500
    Course Fee: $100 (includes outings to bowling, miniature golf, sky zone, and lifeguard fees for pool time)

    Students may only miss one day of class to receive academic credit. Refunds will not be given. Do not register for this class if you have conflicts that will affect attendance.

    Course Description: This course is designed to introduce students to many different physical fitness activities that can be a part of their everyday life and personal training plan. The main objectives of this course are to encourage a practice of daily physical activity, develop healthy lifestyle habits, and grow in social and interpersonal skills. Students will learn about various ways to incorporate physical fitness into their daily lives while also working on skills necessary for working in teams and building relationships. 

    Note: All Notre Dame students must take a full year of physical education as a graduation requirement. Freshmen take a required one-semester course called Personal Fitness. Lifetime Fitness would satisfy the second semester of physical education required for graduation. 
  • Art I (Semester 1 of 2)

    Faculty: Notre Dame Art Faculty
    Grades: Students entering grades 9-12 in Fall 2020
    Duration: June 9-26, 2020
    Time: 8:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
    Cost: $500
    Supply Fee: $25

    Students may only miss one day of class to receive academic credit. Refunds will not be given. Do not register for this class if you have conflicts that will affect attendance.

    Course Description: This is the first semester of a full year foundation level course that explores the fundamentals of visual expression in a studio setting. Surveying the disciplines of drawing, design and painting the student begins to learn how to communicate thoughts and ideas visually. A dynamic interplay between theory, practice and critique provides a unique learning experience. A portfolio will be developed as evidence of this growth.  This course is a prerequisite for many of our advanced visual arts courses.

    Note: Students who would like to satisfy their 1 year visual and performing arts graduation requirement and their UC/CSU VPA “F” requirement should also enroll in the semester 2 course that runs from June 29 - July 17, 2020.
  • Art I (Semester 2 of 2)

    Faculty: Notre Dame Art Faculty
    Grades: Students entering 9th-12th grade in Fall 2020
    Duration: June 29-July 17, 2020
    Time: 8:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
    Cost: $500
    Supply Fee: $25

    Students may only miss one day of class to receive academic credit. Refunds will not be given. Do not register for this class if you have conflicts that will affect attendance.

    Course Description: This is the second semester of a full year foundation level course that explores the fundamentals of visual expression in a studio setting. Surveying the disciplines of drawing, design and painting the student begins to learn how to communicate thoughts and ideas visually. A dynamic interplay between theory, practice and critique provides a unique learning experience. A portfolio will be developed as evidence of this growth.  This course is a prerequisite for many of our advanced visual arts courses.

    Note: Students who would like to satisfy their 1 year visual and performing arts graduation requirement and their UC/CSU VPA “F” requirement should also enroll in the semester 1 course that runs from June 9-26, 2020.
  • Acting I (Semester 1 of 2)

    Faculty: Jeffrey Stubblefield
    Grades: Students entering 9th-12th grade in Fall 2020 
    Duration: June 9-26, 2020 
    Time: 8:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
    Cost: $500  

    Students may only miss one day of class to receive academic credit. Refunds will not be given. Do not register for this class if you have conflicts that will affect attendance.

    Course Description: This is the first semester of a year-long course. The initial focus of the course is on stage presence and creativity and moves towards monologues, scene study, and character development. Improvisation and theatre games will be rehearsed and presented as will scripted material by some of the world’s greatest playwrights. This course is a prerequisite for our advanced acting courses. 

    Note: Students who would like to satisfy their 1 year visual and performing arts graduation requirement and their UC/CSU VPA “F” requirement should also enroll in the semester 2 course that runs from June 29-July 17, 2020.
  • Acting I (Semester 2 of 2)

    Faculty: Jeffrey Stubblefield
    Grades: Students entering grades 9-12 in Fall 2020
    Duration: June 29-July 17, 2020 
    Time: 8:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
    Cost: $500

    Students may only miss one day of class to receive academic credit. Refunds will not be given. Do not register for this class if you have conflicts that will affect attendance.

    Course Description: This is the second semester of a year-long course. The initial focus of the course is on stage presence and creativity and moves towards monologues, scene study, and character development. Improvisation and theatre games will be rehearsed and presented as will scripted material by some of the world’s greatest playwrights. This course is a prerequisite for our advanced acting courses.

    Note: Students who would like to satisfy their 1 year visual and performing arts graduation requirement and their UC/CSU VPA “F” requirement should also enroll in the semester 2 course that runs from June 9-26, 2020.
  • Trigonometry (ONLINE, Semester Course)

    Faculty: Rebecca Faber
    Grades: Students entering 11th-12th grade in Fall 2020.
    Math Department Chair Approval required: Please see Mr. Spelta to receive an authorization code in order to register for this class.
    Duration: June 29-July 17, 2020 
    Cost: $500

    Mandatory on-campus sessions with instructor: June 9 (1:00-3:00 p.m.) and June 26 (1:00-3:00 p.m). Do not register for this class if you are not able to attend the on-campus sessions. Refunds will not be given.

    Course Supplies: All students must have a TI-83 Plus or TI-84 graphing calculator.

    Course Description: 
    This elective course is primarily designed for students who have finished Algebra II and wish to continue their education in mathematics but do not elect to take Precalculus and/or Calculus. Topics include the trigonometric functions (and their graphs), radian measure, trigonometric identities, inverse trigonometric functions, and various applications of trigonometry. Mandatory on-campus meetings will take place on June 29 and July 17.  Optional on-campus meetings will take place on July 8 and July 14.
  • Honors Geometry (Year-long Course)

    Faculty: Joe Spelta
    Grades: Notre Dame Students Only entering 10th grade in Fall 2020.
    Math Department Chair Approval required: Please see Mr. Spelta to receive an authorization code in order to register for this class.
    Duration: June 9-July 17, 2020 
    Time: 8:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
    Cost: $1000
    Course Materials: $30 (ALEKS subscription) 

    Students may only miss one day of class each semester (2 total) to receive academic credit. Refunds will not be given. Do not register for this class if you have conflicts that will affect attendance.

    Course Description: This six-week course is the equivalent of one full year-long course and requires students to apply the concepts of Geometry at a more advanced level. Students will experience a more rigorous pace as they complete the topics covered in this accelerated curriculum. Additional topics in right triangle trigonometry and the complexity of proofs will necessitate a broader range of reasoning skills among students. 

    Note: This course satisfies one year of the three-year math graduation requirement and one year of the UC/CSU “C” requirement for mathematics.
  • Honors Precalculus (Year-long Course)

    Faculty: Notre Dame Math Faculty
    Grades: Notre Dame Students Only entering 11th-12th grade in Fall 2020.
    Math Department Chair Approval required: Please see Mr. Spelta to receive an authorization code in order to register for this class.
    Duration: June 9-July 17, 2020
    Time: 8:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
    Cost: $1000
    Course Material Fee: None
    
    Students may only miss one day of class each semester (2 total) to receive academic credit. Refunds will not be given. Do not register for this class if you have conflicts that will affect attendance.

    Course Supplies: All students must have a TI-83 Plus or TI-84 graphing calculator.

    Course Description: This six-week course is the equivalent of one full year-long course and requires students to apply the concepts of Precalculus at a more advanced level. Students will experience a more rigorous pace as they complete the topics covered in this accelerated curriculum. Additional topics include parametric equations, polar coordinates, and limits. 

    Note: This course satisfies one year of the three-year math graduation requirement and one year of the UC/CSU “C” requirement for mathematics.
  • Photography I (Semester 1 of 2)

    Faculty: Leila May
    Grades: Students entering 9th-12th grade in Fall 2020 
    Duration: June 9-26, 2020
    Time: 8:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
    Cost: $500
    Supply Fee: $25

    Students may only miss one day of class to receive academic credit. Refunds will not be given. Do not register for this class if you have conflicts that will affect attendance.

    Course Description: This class will be an exploration of making photographs in Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop and in a traditional darkroom. Students will complete this class with a greater understanding of the history of photography, the photographic process (historical and contemporary), camera settings, composition, light, image resolution, color correction, how to selectively enhance their photographs, traditional darkroom techniques (developing film and making prints), current photographers images and important iconic photographers, students will also increase their critical thinking skills, learn to make choices to express their ideas, see and experience the world differently and most importantly have fun and make new interesting images. 

    Note: Students who would like to satisfy their 1 year visual and performing arts graduation requirement and their UC/CSU VPA “F” requirement should also enroll in the semester 2 course that runs from June 29-July 17, 2020.
  • Photography I (Semester 2 of 2)

    Faculty: Leila May
    Grades: Students entering 9th-12th grade in Fall 2020 
    Duration: June 29-July 17, 2020 
    Time: 8:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
    Cost: $500
    Supply Fee: $25

    Students may only miss one day of class to receive academic credit. Refunds will not be given. Do not register for this class if you have conflicts that will affect attendance.

    Course Description: This class will be an exploration of making photographs in Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop and in a traditional darkroom. Students will complete this class with a greater understanding of the history of photography, the photographic process (historical and contemporary), camera settings, composition, light, image resolution, color correction, how to selectively enhance their photographs, traditional darkroom techniques (developing film and making prints), current photographers images and important iconic photographers, students will also increase their critical thinking skills, learn to make choices to express their ideas, see and experience the world differently and most importantly have fun and make new interesting images. 

    Note: Students who would like to satisfy their 1 year visual and performing arts graduation requirement and their UC/CSU VPA “F” requirement should also enroll in the semester 2 course that runs from June 9-26, 2020.
  • Music Fundamentals

    Faculty: Jeremiah Van Skike
    Grades:
     Students entering 9th-12th grade in Fall 2020 
    Duration: June 29-July 17, 2020
    Time: 8:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. 
    Cost: $500 

    Students may only miss one day of class to receive academic credit. Refunds will not be given. Do not register for this class if you have conflicts that will affect attendance. 

    Course Description: Music Fundamentals introduces students to basic music theory as well as the skills needed to read and notate western music. The course covers material such as pitches and scales, intervals, clefs, rhythm, form, meter, phrases and cadences, and basic harmony. While this course is important for all who wish to improve their skills and understanding of music, it is required for those who want to take AP Music Theory, unless otherwise approved by the instructor. 

    Note: This course satisfies one semester of the one-year VPA requirement. Students who would like to satisfy their 1 year VPA graduation requirement would need to take another one-semester course in the Music genre.
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