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2019 Schedules and Pricing

AP Biology

Science, USM 1 credit; open to students from other schools.
Prerequisite: High School Biology or Biology-Honors
Instructor: Mr. Robert Heun
  • Entering grades 10-12 (grade 10 requires instructor's permission)
  • Six weeks: June 19-July 26 from 8:15 a.m. to 12 p.m. (closed July 4-5) Note: The first day is Wednesday, June 19.
  • April 2020 (review sessions prior to AP exam in May 2020)
  • $1,500 (by April 7); $1,600 (after April 17)
  • This course prepares students to take the AP Biology exam in May 2020
Course Description: The AP Biology course is designed to offer students a solid foundation in introductory college-level biology and help them to build a conceptual framework for understanding modern biology. The course is structured around four big ideas, enduring understandings, and science practices.

Big idea 1: The process of evolution drives the diversity and unity of life.
Big idea 2: Biological systems utilize free energy and molecular building blocks to grow, to reproduce and to maintain dynamic homeostasis.
Big idea 3: Living systems store, retrieve, transmit, and respond to information essential to life processes.
Big idea 4: Biological systems interact, and these systems and their interactions possess complex properties.

Students will conduct a minimum of eight inquiry-based investigations (two per big idea throughout the course). Additional labs will be conducted to deepen students' conceptual understanding and to reinforce the application of science practices within a hands-on, discovery-based environment.

AP Microeconomics

History, USM 1/2 credit; open to students from other schools.
Instructor: Dr. Henry Wend
Entering grades 11-12
  • Three weeks: June 10-28 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
  • April 2020 (review sessions prior to AP exam)
  • $775 (by April 17); $875 (after April 17)
  • This course prepares students to take the AP Microeconomics exam in May 2019.
Course Description: Microeconomics is the study of the economic decision-making of individuals and firms. This course serves as both an introduction to the fundamental understandings of economic decision-making, but also as a means to prepare for the Advanced Placement Microeconomics exam that will administered in May 2019. This course is divided into four units: basic economic concepts; product markets; factor markets; and market failure and the role of government. We will also examine global supply chaining in the last unit, exploring the impact of globalization and free trade on the economic behavior of firms and individuals.

A major component of this class will be modeling economic decision-making by way of a small business simulation. For this, students will develop a business plan to design, launch, and manage a start-up business modeled on an existing local business. Students will need to research their business and adapt their strategy using real-time economic data to react to scenarios developed to have them illustrate core microeconomic concepts. At every turn, students will have to show mastery of the fundamental concepts of microeconomics as well as adapt their business plans to new conditions.

Geometry

Math, USM 1 credit; open to qualified students from other schools.
Prerequisite: USM students must have completed Algebra 1 during their freshman year.
Instructor: Mr. Tom Lewandowski (weeks 1-3) and Mr. Fred Lange (4-6)
  • Entering grade 10
  • Six weeks: June 10-28 and July 8-26 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. (closed July 1-5)
  • $1,425 (by April 17); $1,525 (after April 17)
  • Geometry is a graduation requirement for all USM students.
Course Description: This geometry course is the study of visual pattern. It integrates algebra and geometry with formal proof in regard to triangle congruency, properties of special quadrilaterals, as well as parallel and perpendicular lines. Students use both inductive and deductive reasoning to study circle and arc properties, similarity, area, surface area, volume, and basic right triangle trigonometry. Euler construction techniques are also covered. Assessments will include frequent quizzes, weekly tests, and a final exam.

Innovation and Design

Fine Arts, USM 1/2 credit; open to students from other schools.
Innovation Diploma Designation
Instructor: Mrs. Jessica Michels and Mr. David Anderson
  • Entering grades 9-12
  • Two weeks: July 15-26 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (5 hours a day plus a 30 minute lunch break)
  • $775 (by April 17); $875 (after April 17)
  • This course satisfies one of five USM required fine arts credits needed for graduation. Freshman must take one fine arts course in their freshman year.
Course Description: This course will introduce students to the design-thinking process, allowing them to develop their creativity and mastery of maker tools. In the first part of the course, students will work in teams to understand a real-world problem and formulate solutions. In the next part of the course, students will identify a problem that are passionate about exploring, examine it through multiple lenses, and craft a solution with their own hands. Most importantly, students will evaluate and test their solutions to understand the value of the process of ideation and or prototyping. This course will give students a strong orientation in how to use essential maker tools, such as a 3-D printer, laser printer, simple sewable electronics, vinyl cutting, and woodworking to expand the possibilities of their final projects.

Theatre 1

Fine Arts, USM 1/2 credit; open to students from other schools
Instructor: Mr. Jeremy Woods
  • Entering grades 9-12
  • Two weeks: June 10-21 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 hours a day plus a 30 minute lunch break)
  • $725 (by April 17); $825 (after April 17)
  • This course satisfies one of five USM required fine arts credits needed for graduation. Freshman must take one fine arts course in their freshman year.
Course Description: This hands-on course will explore what it takes to produce a play. Students will study many facets of theatre: acting, design, script and character analysis, theatre history, and the basics of stagecraft. The class will focus, in part, on the essentials of the actor's craft. Students will develop their vocal and physical techniques and engage in exercises that develop their imagination and characterization skills. They will apply this groundwork to short scenes, monologues, and other performances. Students also will have the opportunity to investigate various aspects of technical theatre, from makeup to scenic painting to lighting. On a daily basis, students will be encouraged to develop their minds, bodies, and voices; build up their courage to take risks; collaborate as members of an ensemble; empathize with other individuals by creating characters; use theatre vocabulary; and appreciate the performance of their work and the work of others.

Public Speaking

Public Speaking
USM 1/2 credit; open to students from other schools
  • Entering grade 9
  • Three weeks: June 13 through July 2 Note: The first day is Thursday, June 13.
  • $725 (by April 17); $825 (by April 17)
Session A: 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Instructor: Ms. Emily Ihrke
Session B: 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Instructor: Mr. Drew Mullen

Note: Public Speaking is a requirement for all USM freshmen.

Course Description: Students will gain experience in public speaking through the preparation and presentation of many different kinds of speeches, including impromptu speeches, presentation speeches with slideshows, and persuasive speeches. Vocal delivery, organization, and eye contact are among the skills that will improve as students become more experienced speakers. Class discussion will include not only aspects of public speaking, but also other issues in oral communication, such as non-verbal communication and listening. The goal of this class is to help students feel more self-confident when speaking in front of classes and assemblies.
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