Summer Knights

Enrichment Courses

Summer Knights Enrichment Courses

Are you a film maker, debater, or linguist!   Maybe you are an aspiring dancer or photographer?  Maybe you need a little extra help in math or language arts?   If so, register for our Enrichment Courses today!  

Enrichment classes and camps are for students entering grades 5-8 and 9-12 in Fall 2019.

Students may sign up for as many (or as few) courses as they would like, but they may not sign up for multiple classes within the same period.

Some Enrichment classes and camps begin as early as June 11, 2019 while others begin June 18, 2019.  

Grades 5-8

List of 10 items.

  • Debate Camp

    Middle School Debate Camp 
    Faculty:
    Christina Tallungan Phillips and Vivienne Pismarov
    Grades: Students entering grades 5-9 in Fall 2019
    Duration: 1 Week Camp June 10 - June 14, 2019
    Schedule: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (with time for a lunch break)
    Cost: $400 (Includes Field Trip to the Reagan Library)
     
    Description: Does your son or daughter love to argue? Or do they just want help shaking off shyness? Send them to train with the nationally and internationally competitive Notre Dame Debate Team! Students will work on logical thinking and public speaking skills. Each student will also be able to show parents a video recording of their progress. Students will be grouped by ability level based on prior camp attendance and experience.
  • Meet the Romans (Intro to Latin)

    Faculty: Dr. Reese Hatcher
    Grades: Students entering grades 5-8 in Fall 2019
    Duration: June 17-June 21, 2019
    Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 
    Cost: $250
    Course Material Fee: $10
     
    Course Description: This summer course designed for middle-school students will offer an introduction to the beautiful Latin language and enable participants to read simple stories taken from Roman myth and history. Participants will explore several aspects of Roman culture, including art, architecture, music, recreation, and literature, enriching their understanding through hands-on activities such as sculpture, drawing, mosaic-making, games, and sports. We will also discover how Latin language and culture has lived on and flourished throughout the ages and up to the present day. Come home to Rome!
  • Dance Fitness

    Faculty: Leticia Alcuran
    Grades: Students entering grades 7-8 in Fall 2019
    Duration: June 11 - June 28, 2019
    Time: 12:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Cost: $500
    Course Material Fee: None.

    Course Description: This is a class for our high school students that incoming 7th and 8th graders are invited to join. 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 technique 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.

    Note that 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).
  • Math Enrichment

    Grades: Students entering grades 5-8 in Fall 2019
    Duration: June 17 - July 12, 2019 (4 weeks)
    Monday-Friday (except July 4) 12:45 p.m - 1:45 p.m
    Cost: $250
    Course Material Fee: $20

    Course Description: This is a math lab course in which students work at their own pace to facilitate remediation or acceleration using ALEKS, an artificially intelligent assessment and learning system. Students are guided by the teacher who provides additional instruction and explanation as students work.
  • Language Arts Enrichment

    Grades: Students entering grades 5-8 in Fall 2019
    Duration: June 17 - July 12, 2019 
    Monday-Friday (except July 4) 2:00 p.m - 3:00 p.m
    Cost: $250
    Course Material Fee: $20

    Course Description:  In this course, students will be introduced to and practice effective reading and writing skills. Students will read, analyze, and discuss literature as well as learn how to write a cohesive, well structured analytical paragraph in response to literature.
  • Study Skills

    Grades: Students entering grades 5-8 in Fall 2019
    Duration: June 17 - July 5, 2019 (3 weeks)
    Monday-Friday (except July 4) 3:15 p.m - 4:30 p.m
    Cost: $200
    Course Material Fee: $12

    Course Description: Students will spend time on learning style assessments to better understand how best take in information. Class time will also be spent on goal setting, learning how to get (and stay!) organized, time management, effective note-taking, study habits, and long-term goal setting and project planning. While students entering 5th grade are welcome, the course is most effective for students entering 6th, 7th, or 8th grade this fall.
  • Intro to Digital Photography and Photoshop

    Faculty: Joshua James
    Grades: Students entering grades 5-8 in Fall 2019
    Duration: June 24-June 28, 2019
    Time: 8:00 a.m.- 12:15 p.m.
    Cost: $250

    Course Materials: Students should bring any camera of their choosing (digital, a phone with a camera, disposable, etc) and a 32 Gig USB Drive to class each day.

    Course Description: This course will help the students become well rounded in the fundamentals of digital photography. Four areas of instruction will be emphasized: How cameras work, how composition works, how lighting works, how to use photo editing software. Students will, generally, receive basic instruction, demonstration, and see samples of the desired outcomes, at the beginning of each class.
  • Card Making Class

    Faculty: Zoaya Fatima
    Grades: Students entering grades 5–8 in Fall 2019
    Duration: June 24 - June 28, 2019
    Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
    Cost: $250
    Course Material Fee: $40

    Course Description: Looking for a creative way for your kids to spend their summer days? This week-long experience is perfect for your junior crafters. Students will be encouraged to discover, design and create with a variety of materials and will come away with several finished projects ranging from paper crafts, personalized stationery, and bullet journaling.
  • Filmmaking 101

    Faculty: Nathaniel Tupas
    Grades: Students entering grades 5-8 in Fall 2019
    Duration: July 1 - July 5, 2019 (4 days - no class July 4)
    Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
    Cost: $200
    Course Materials: Students must bring a 32 Gig USB Drive to class each day

    Course Description: Throughout the class students will learn the most basic forms of pre-production, film production, and post-production. From how to properly record video and audio systems to the editing using iMovie, students will go through the whole 3 production processes and create their own 1-minute promotional video, or make a Public Service Announcement.
  • Unlock French!

    Faculty: Mme Katie Ludden
    Grades: Students entering grades 5-8 in Fall 2019
    Duration: July 8 -July 12, 2019
    Time: 8:00 a.m.- 12:15 p.m.
    Cost: $250
    Course Material Fee: $10

    Course Description: This week-long camp will provide an immersion experience for middle school age students who wish to be introduced to the French language. This will be an active and interactive class. Through conversations, music, hands on activities, and games students will acquire the keys. Note taking will be minimal during class, but students will receive written summaries and reflections each day. Students will also receive an “Audio Treasure Chest” with all the songs they learn during the week originally recorded by Madame Ludden. The culmination of the week will be as any true French event should be, with a grand feast. Students will share an authentic French meal with native speakers and get to try out their newly acquired skills.

Grades 9-12

List of 9 items.

  • Algebra Boot Camp

    Grades: Students entering grades 9-12 in Fall 2019 
    Duration: June 17 - July 12, 2019 
    Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. (no class July 4)
    Cost: $650
    Course Material Fee: None 

    Course Description: This four-week course offers substantial enrichment for students desiring to master the essential topics from algebra I. Topics include: simplifying algebraic expressions of many forms, solving one-step and multi-step equations, solving word problems (including percent word problems, consecutive integer word problems, and geometry word problems), functions, the domain and range of a function, linear equations, slope as a rate of change, graphing lines, writing equations of lines, direct variation, systems of equations, exponents and polynomials, factoring (including the difference of squares and trinomials with lead coefficients greater than one), rational expressions and equations, radicals, and quadratics.

    The following students would benefit from this course:
    • Incoming freshmen that have completed a yearlong algebra I course but continue to seek improvement in core areas of the course
    • Current high school students that have completed a yearlong geometry course but wish to review essential topics from algebra I
  • Calculus Boot Camp

    Duration: June 17 - July 12, 2019 
    Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. (no class July 4)
    Cost: $500

    Course Description: This three-week course offers an extensive examination of the following topics: mathematical functions (including review of linear, quadratic, cubic,
    square root, absolute value functions, trigonometric functions, etc.), limits,
    rates of change, related rate problems, secants, tangents, instantaneous
    velocity, the derivative, differentiability, the slope of a tangent line, the
    equation of a tangent line, the derivative of the reciprocal function,
    computational techniques (including the Power Rule, the Product and
    Quotient Rules, and the Chain Rule), graphing trigonometric and exponential
    functions, the derivatives of exponential functions, the derivative of the
    natural log function, implicit differentiation, higher-order derivatives and
    linear approximation, curve sketching, and an introduction to the basics of
    integration.
     
    This course is specifically designed for high-performing math students that
    have completed college-prep precalculus with semester grades of “A-“ or
    better and wish to enroll in AP Calculus AB. Students planning to enroll in
    this class must also obtain approval from the mathematics department chair.
  • Film School Intensive: Research, Film School Applications & Portfolio Work

    Faculty: Elisia Harkins-James
    Grades: Students entering grades 9-12 in Fall 2019
    Duration: 1 Week Intensive Camp from June 17 - June 21, 2019
    Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:15 pm (some days until 2:00 depending on visit schedule)
    Cost: $250
    Course fee: $50 (includes transportation for field trips)

    Course Description: This camp is designed for students in grades 9-12, who are interested in applying to Film School. We will review the admissions process at various institutions, and will spend time visiting local colleges and their Film Programs. We will attend presentations from local community colleges and art schools. In addition, we will also take field trips to USC School of Cinematic Arts, Chapman’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, and Columbia College, just to name a few. We will also have Skype Q&A sessions with admissions officers from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Emerson College, and several others.
  • College Essay Writing Program for Rising Seniors

    Faculty: NDHS English Teachers, Beth Moulton and Deneen Grist
    Grades: Students entering grade 12 in Fall 2019 

    Details Coming Soon!
  • Art Portfolio Presentation Intensive

    Faculty: Joseph Lee
    Grades: Students entering grades 11-12 in Fall 2019
    Duration: June 17 - 21 and June 24 - 28.
    Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Cost: $150
    Course Material Fee: $75

    Course Description: This will be a class in organizing, editing and sequencing a portfolio for college purposes. This tool can be used as main and/or supporting material purposes in the admission process depending on the school/s of choice. During the two weeks the student will strengthen their portfolio by diversifying conceptual and technical techniques. For example, exposure to life drawing and three-dimensional design will help fill in the gaps. They will also learn how to write a student/artist statement.
  • Career Exploration

    Faculty: Jessica Lopez
    Grades: Students entering grades 10-12 in Fall 2019
    Duration: July 8 - July 12, 2019
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    Cost: $125
    Course Book Fee: $14

    Course Description: What are your interests and how can we link them to potential career paths? Do you need help with building your resume and preparing for an interview? This course will assist you to do some self-exploration (interests, personality styles, skills) through self-assessments and how they align to potential career paths. You will develop skills to locate career information, be exposed to resume writing and develop interview strategies through mock-up interviews. Further, learn about average salary information, education requirements and skills for your career.
  • AP Boot Camp

    Faculty: Kate Nelson
    Grades: Students entering grades 10-12 in Fall 2019
    Duration: June 11 - June 14, 2019
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
    Cost: $175
    Course Material Fee: None

    Course Description: AP Reading & Writing Boot Camp is designed to prepare students for the reading and writing skills necessary for AP humanities courses (English and social studies). Students will practice style analysis, reading comprehension skills, essay writing, and discussion techniques as well as review grammar and usage principles. The course is recommended for those who are enrolling in AP classes and have not previously taken honors or AP-level humanities.
  • Debate Camp

    Faculty: Christina Tallungan Phillips and Vivienne Pismarov
    Grades: Students entering grades 5-9 in Fall 2019
    Duration: 1 Week Camp June 10 - June 14, 2019
    Schedule: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (with time for a lunch break)
    Cost: $400 (Includes Field Trip to the Reagan Library)

    Description: Does your son or daughter love to argue? Or do they just want help shaking off shyness? Send them to train with the nationally and internationally competitive Notre Dame Debate Team! Students will work on logical thinking and public speaking skills. Each student will also be able to show parents a video recording of their progress. Students will be grouped by ability level based on prior camp attendance and experience.
  • Acting Summer Intensive

    Faculty: Amanda Tepe
    Grades: Students entering grades 10-12 in Fall 2019 
    Duration: June 17-21 and June 24 - 28, 2019
    Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Cost: $125

    The Acting Summer Intensive will be a week-long exploration for grades 10-12 who seek participation in a university theater program or a career in performing arts. Conservatory type enrichment for the aspiring performer.
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