Summer 2019 Classes
Not local to Bucks County? Check out our summer boarding program!
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Solebury School students: If you are on need-based financial aid, please inquire about financial aid for the summer classes below.
Five-Week Courses for Credit
Finish a full-year course in just five weeks, freeing up your schedule to take more advanced classes
For students entering 9th-12th grade, who meet program prerequisites
Classes are limited to 12-14 students
Classes run Monday through Friday, 9:00am - 2:00pm
Cost for each class: $2,125 for day students. $5000 for boarding students
Two-Week Courses for Enrichment
- College Essay Writing Workshop
- Introduction to Engineering
- Introduction to Robotics with LEGO® MINDSTORMS®
- NEW SAT Prep Course
- NEW Shakespearean Acting- Will Power!
- NEW Studio Music Scoring
- NEW Study Skills Prep
For students entering 7th-12th grade, who meet program prerequisites
Class runs Monday-Friday, 9:00am - 2:00pm
Class tuition listed under each class description below
Five-Week Courses for Credit
Chemistry (June 24 - July 26; no class on July 4)
This course engages students with topics concerning matter and how matter changes. We will discuss the scientific method, chemistry’s historical significance, atomic theory, the arrangement of the Periodic Table of Elements, and chemical nomenclature. We will focus on chemical reactions and their representation in chemical equations. We will develop the tools, such as stoichiometry, to analyze and understand chemical reactions both qualitatively and quantitatively, and practice these skills in the laboratory. Finally, we will study thermodynamics; modern atomic theory; the behavior of solids, liquids and gases; nuclear energy; and when time allows, we will introduce biochemistry in preparation for Biology. A traditional lecture format is used in this class, with supplemental demonstrations, group work, and discussions when appropriate. Throughout the course, problem-solving skills are emphasized and fostered along with writing lab reports. This class will be taught by Solebury School's Sarah Lanzetta.
Geometry (June 24 - July 26; no class on July 4)
The purpose of the course is for students to learn the standard secondary school-level content of Euclidean geometry. Based on Michael Serra’s book Discovering Geometry, students will form the basic principles of the subject matter via observation. They will make conjectures and use the results immediately and without formal proof, at first. They will solve the classical problems found in many high school geometry books where students are asked to determine such things as length, angle, and ratio of given figures. Key concepts of study include polygons, the Euler line, Pi, area & volume, proportion, and right-triangle trigonometry. Formal proof is then introduced specifically in the context of proving congruency between triangles, using the typical shortcuts of SSS, ASA, etc. Following that introduction, proofs of certain results are worked into the lessons and exercises while comprehensive and rigorous proof for all major results is delayed until the final unit of the course. Also inherent in the course is the development of critical thinking skills, logic, and geometrical visualization. This class will be team-taught by Solebury School's Dave and Christine Merola.
Pre-Calculus (June 24-July 26; no class on July 4)
This course is designed to further the study of trigonometry and its applications. Topics will include the unit circle, the six trig functions, trig identities, the law of sines, the law of cosines, “real world” applications of these functions, and selected applications in physics. Then, we will introduce functions and relations focusing on conic sections, exponential, logarithmic, and rational functions. This course enables students to move on to the Calculus AB course. Prerequisite: B or better in Alg II and Trig or permission of instructor. This class will be taught by Solebury School's Matt Baron.
Prerequisites: Grade of B or better in Algebra II/Trig,current math teacher recommendation
Credit offered: 6 credits Pre-Calculus upon completion
“I took a Summer Program class at Solebury School to get a head start, and I would do it again. The knowledge I gained from such an intimate environment and intensive course was genuinely worth taking a few weeks out of my summer.” —JACOB POTTER ’19
Two-Week Courses for Enrichment
Introduction to Robotics with LEGO® MINDSTORMS® (June 24 - July 5; no class July 4)
This class will explore robotic design and programming principles through entertaining games and challenges. A day trip to LEGOLAND® Discovery Center in Plymouth Meeting, PA is included. While the curriculum will allow for beginners to explore the basics of working with Lego Mindstorms, the course is open to students of all levels of robotics experience. Challenging activities will be presented to students with greater experience. This class will be taught by Solebury School's Dan Perez.
NEW: Shakespearean Acting - Will Power! (June 24 - July 5; no class July 4)
Shakespeare? Stuffy? NO! Difficult? NOPE! Fancy? NOT A CHANCE! Shakespearean Acting guides our young actors through a lively two-week rehearsal process leading up to a fun filled, understandable performance. Actors need never again be confused about where to begin or how to follow through when developing a Shakespearean (or any other) acting role. Clear stepping stones have been laid out before them by Shakespeare himself! Even seasoned actors familiar with verse are fascinated when they learn about the acting clues and stage directions embedded in the original First Folio text of Shakespeare's work. It is a treasure map of acting skills! Our young actors will be on their feet in dynamic and fun rehearsals! This practical and amazingly fun class helps them develop the seven Cs of acting: commitment, concentration, conditioning, control, confidence, courage, and clarity while also demystifying how to perform these these magnificently crafted plays. The skills learned in this two-week workshop will benefit any young actor whether, in a Shakespearean production or their school musical. This class will be taught by Solebury School Theater Director Shawn Wright.
NEW: Study Skills Prep (June 24 - July 5; no class July 4)
This class is for students who want to get the most out of next year’s academic year by developing strategies to improve in the classroom without wasting time or energy. We will spend time examining how we learn, how we can maximize educational opportunities and work on organizational skills. Moving beyond this type of thinking about thinking, we will use the process-writing approach to write a personal narrative, use reading strategies to break down a textbook chapter and then prepare for an assessment of it, and finally complete a science experiment and then write up a lab report. Through it all, we’ll have fun, work collaboratively, and pull the curtain aside to reveal how teachers think, how different types of classes work, and how to maximize strengths. This class will be taught by Solebury School's Don Kaplan, who derives great satisfaction in mentoring students and helping them achieve their very best academically. Don has years of experience teaching middle school and 9th grade, specifically. He has worked in Solebury's Learning Skills Department, and he currently teaches AP U.S. History.
Throughout this two-week, we will cover the following topics:
- 7 Habits of Highly Effective Students
- Memory techniques and tips for studying and learning
- Note-taking skills
- Effective reading strategies
- How to study for tests, quizzes, and exams
- Test-taking tips
- Time management skills
- Crafting stories, short essays, and lab reports
Students will have the opportunity to practice all of the strategies we cover via group activities and discussion.
College Essay Writing Workshop (July 8-19)
You carry countless stories. Your memories, your experiences, and your thoughts are all inside you waiting to get out. During this workshop, we want to find those stories inside you that evoke universal ideas and emotions – joy, sadness, fear, truth, identity, wonder – and translate them into an epic college admissions essay. The focus is on making your college essay compelling, vivid, structured and meaningful. Limited to 12 students. This class will be taught by English Dept. Chair Sarah May.
Introduction to Engineering (July 8-19)
Taught by MIT graduate and Solebury School teacher Dan Perez, this course will introduce basic engineering design methods and apply them to solve fun design challenges. Open to curious builders of all experience levels, we will use teamwork and creativity combined with technology, including 3-D printers and laser cutters to find solutions to a number of missions. Also included is a day trip to the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia for the latest demonstrations in science and technology.
NEW: SAT Prep Course (July 8-19)
To better serve college-bound students, Solebury School will offer a rigorous two -week SAT Prep Course taught by highly skilled and experienced educators at Solebury School. This course covers both strategies and content inherent to the SAT. The course will include instruction on:
- The component of each test
- Types of questions to expect
- Managing time strategies for math
- Approaching to the critical reading and writing sections
This class is designed specifically for students that want to perform well on the SAT test and have the drive to work both in an intense, small-group setting as well as independently study outside of class. As this is a short, intense course, students are expected to attend and actively participate in every session.
Dr. Jennifer Perez will spearhead the Math component. She has taught at Solebury School for 13 of her 18 years of teaching. She has lead the SAT Prep course under the old format and new SAT format for the past five years. She received her Doctorate in Curriculum, Instruction, Technology and Education from Temple University in 2006.
Shawn Wright will teach the Reading/Writing Component. Shawn has been teaching at Solebury School for seven years and taught in the Central Bucks School District for the ten years before she discovered this supportive and inventive campus. Shawn teaches Theater and English here at Solebury as well as having tutored for the SAT. Shawn attended Rider University and has trained in Emotional Support Teaching and Test Taking Strategies throughout her career.
NEW: Studio Music Scoring (July 15-26)
Are you interested in scoring music for film or video? Would you like to become familiar with Pro Tools software? In a course normally only offered at the college level, students will explore and learn about writing music for video and film, as well as the use of music to express visual and emotional imagery. Students will work on a state-of-the-art digital audio workstation (DAW) in class using Pro-Tools 12 software for writing and recording. To maximize engagement, each student will have their own workstation. This class is ideal for all musicians and/or students who have an interest in electronic music, and students interested in composing. It will be taught by Solebury School Music Department Head Cathy Block. Cathy is also a professional musician with decades of experience in and out of the recording studio. Class is limited to 5 students. 2 credits.
Grade: entering 7th-10th graders
Credit offered: two music credits (equivalent to 1 term)
Prerequisite: some music background preferred, but not required
Cost: $990 day students / $2,190 boarding students
Summer Boarding Program
Boarding is a chance to hone skills needed to be an independent learner and young adult. It allows students to live and study with people of varied interests, cultures, and backgrounds. And it prepares teens to be successful college students, adults, and citizens of an increasingly interconnected world.
Staff and Health Resources
Led by the Summer Programs Coordinator Staci Freer, a Solebury School staffer of 14 years, our caring and experienced staff consists primarily of Solebury School teachers who fully understand the needs of teenagers, particularly those who board. Staff will be on-hand to support Summer Programs students at all times, 24/7.
A nurse will be on campus during the academic day and on call 24/7 to oversee student health services and provide minor medical care on campus. Additionally, all staff are trained in first aid and CPR, and there will be a staff member on call at all times.
Afternoon and Weekend Activities
Each day after class, students take part in a variety of activities, both on campus and in the surrounding area such as a baseball game, laser tag, kayaking, and a trip to the beach. During the week, evening study hall provides a dedicated time for all students to focus on their academics. Weekends offer students the opportunity to explore nearby New York City, Philadelphia, and Princeton.
Students can enjoy our pastoral, 90-acre campus and our facilities during their free time. Dine on delicious cuisine in our dining hall, study in the Library, and work out in our modern fitness center. A pool and tennis courts are available on-site for student use. During free time, students can also play basketball in the gym on campus. High-speed internet access is available throughout campus.
All Summer Programs boarding students will live in Walter Lamb Hall, an air-conditioned, all-suites dorm. Each suite contains two rooms with two beds each; suite-mates share a bathroom. Common rooms both upstairs and downstairs include large-screen TVs, a ping pong table, two pool tables, and two foosball tables, as well as computers for common use. Laundry machines are also housed in the dorm and operate free of charge.
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Registration Opens Monday, January 7!
International students: to receive credit for a course, you will need an F1 visa and currently be active in SEVIS to apply to our Summer Programs. TOEFL score must also be supplied.
International students not currently active in SEVIS can take a course, but only as enrichment. For more information, please contact Summer Programs Director Staci Freer at firstname.lastname@example.org.