Course Descriptions

History

AP® Microeconomics with Dr. Henry Wend - COURSE FULL
July 20–August 7, 2020
8:30 to 11:45 a.m.
USM 1/2 history credit; students from other schools are welcome.

Eligible students are entering grade 10–12 and planning to take the AP Microeconomics exam in May 2021.

Course fee: $899, Includes a review session in April 2021 prior to the AP exam in May 2021.

Microeconomics is the study of the economic decision-making of individuals and firms. This three-week 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 be administered in May 2021. This course is divided into four units: Basic Economic Concepts, Product Markets, Factor Markets, Market Failure and the Role of Government.

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 businesses and adapt their strategy using real-time economic data and 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.

Religions and Conflict with Mr. Joe Eason
June  15–July 2 (no class July 3)
8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

USM ½ history credit; this course counts as a Global Scholars elective course
Eligible students are entering grade 10–12
Course fee: $899

This course aims to provide students with a basic understanding of the monotheistic traditions of global religious traditions, to explore the nature of conflict and violence in those traditions historically, and to apply those insights to contemporary religious conflicts around the world today. In discussing the fundamental beliefs of each religion, the course will emphasize key differences that lay at the roots of religious conflict. The historical conflicts to be examined are essential in that they help inform each religion’s beliefs about the nature of conflict as it relates to religious questions and religious conflict today. Finally, students will employ and develop research skills in exploring and writing about a contemporary religious conflict.

Fine Arts

Innovation & Design with Ms. Jessica Michels and Mr. David Anderson
June 22–July 10 | 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (includes a 30 minute lunch break).
USM 1/2 fine arts credit, Innovation Diploma Designation; students from other schools welcome.

Eligible students are entering grades 9–12.
Course fee: $899

This three-week course will introduce students to the design-thinking process, allowing them to develop their creativity and mastery of maker tools. The first part of the course will focus on learning the basics of the following rapid prototyping skills: 3D design and printing, vector design creation and laser cutting, simple circuits for adding LED lights to objects, and vinyl sticker creation. In the next part of the course, students will identify a problem to examine through multiple lenses and craft a solution. Most importantly, students will evaluate and test their solutions to understand the value of the process of ideation and prototyping. This course will give students a strong orientation in how to use essential maker tools and transform ideas into reality. To meet the course requirements, students are expected to do research and design work each night in preparation for creation work that will take place during class time. In this online class, students will need a computer capable of running the Adobe Creative Suite as well as Google Meet. They will also need a workspace to safely complete prototyping assignments using tools such as a razor blade or hot glue gun.

Theatre Arts with Mr. Mark Edwards
June 15–July 2 | 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
USM 1/2 fine arts credit; students from other schools welcome.

Eligible students are entering grades 9–12.
Course fee: $847 
 
As a virtual 3 week course exploring the theatre arts, we will learn about and experience through experimentation and practice, several facets of the craft. Students will study acting, writing, script and character analysis, as well as some discussion about philosophies surrounding an actor’s approach to the stage.  Students will develop some vocal and physical techniques and engage in exercises that develop imagination and characterization skills. They will apply this fundamental groundwork to their scene analysis, script writing, and character creation. 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 with Ms. Emily Ihrke and Ms. Kat Zilka
Two sessions available:
Session A: June 22–July 10 (no class July 3) | 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | Ms. Emily Ihrke - SESSION FULL
Session B: July 13–31 | 8:30 a.m.–11:45 a.m. | Ms. Kat Zilka

USM 1/2 English credit; students from other schools welcome.
Eligible students are entering grade 9.
Course fee: $847 | $847 after May 1, 2020

During this three-week course, students will gain experience and confidence in public speaking through the preparation and presentation of a variety 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.
Prekindergarten (age 3) - Grade 12 • Independent • Coeducational
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