Course Descriptions

Sciences

AP® Biology with Mr. Robert Heun
June 22–July 31, 2020 (no class July 3) | 8:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
USM 1 science credit; students from other schools are welcome.

Prerequisites: Biology or Biology Honors.
Eligible students: Those entering grades 10–12 and planning to take the AP Biology exam in May 2021.
Course fee: $1545 | $1645 after May 1, 2020
Includes 4 review sessions prior to the AP Biology exam in May 2021.

This six-week course will provide a solid foundation and help students build a conceptual framework for understanding modern biology. Students will conduct a minimum of eight inquiry-based investigations (two per Big Idea). Additional labs will be conducted to deepen students’ conceptual understanding and to reinforce the application of science practices with a hands-on, discovery-based environment.

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

History

AP® Microeconomics with Dr. Henry Wend
July 20–August 7, 2020
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: $799 | $899 after May 1, 2020 | 8:30 a.m.–11:45 a.m.
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.

English

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 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: $747 | $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.

Fine Arts

Innovation & Design with Ms. Jessica Michels and Mr. David Anderson
June 22–July 2 | 9:00 a.m.–3:00 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: $799 | $899 after May 1, 2020

This two-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, vinyl sticker creation and woodworking. 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.

Painting I with Mrs. Priscilla Woods
June 15–June 26 | 8:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m. (includes a 30 minute lunch break).
USM 1/2 fine arts credit; students from other schools welcome.

Eligible students are entering grades 9–12.
Course fee: $747 | $847 after May 1, 2020

This two-week course explores the paint media utilizing drawing skills and the elements and principles of art. While the curriculum is condensed, students will be guided through the process to create a successful painting at a comfortable pace. Students will learn about color mixing, color theory, creating volume and texture, and how to compose a piece. Students will also learn to create original paintings based on composition and a balance between technique and personal expression. Students will work with acrylic, oil paint, and a variety of surface materials to create the assignments.

Theatre I with Mr. Mark Edwards
June 15–June 26 | 8:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m. (including a 30 minute lunch break).
USM 1/2 fine arts credit; students from other schools welcome.

Eligible students are entering grades 9–12.
Course fee: $747 | $847 after May 1, 2020
 
This two-week 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 also focus on the essentials of the actor’s craft. Students will develop vocal and physical techniques and engage in exercises that develop imagination and characterization skills. They will apply this groundwork to short scenes, monologues, and other performances. Students 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.
Prekindergarten (age 3) - Grade 12 • Independent • Coeducational
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