Classes, Sessions and Periods

All the classes are posted and available for enrollment!

There are two sessions in 2018 Whitney Summer Academy: 1st session is Monday June 18 to Tuesday July 3, and 2nd session is Thursday July 5 to Friday July 20. Most classes are modular, with each session available as a self-sufficient class (with best benefit from taking both sessions as the modules build upon each other). Note that classes in different periods within one session offer same material; but 1st and 2nd sessions don’t repeat the same material – instead, 2nd session build upon the material of the 1st (with the exception of the Heads-Up College Application Writing class). If a student can attend both sessions, we recommend signing up for the same class in both sessions.

Each session runs for 12 days, Monday through Friday (with a break between sessions on July 4th Independence Day holiday). A day consists of three periods, to which most classes are aligned:

  • Early morning (8:00am-10:00am), ending with a 15-minute break
  • Late morning (10:15am-12:15pm), ending with a 30-minute lunch break
  • Afternoon (12:45pm-2:45pm), ending with a student pick-up or an optional extended 1-hour activities session for 2:45-3:45pm

Every student needs to be picked up no later than 3:55pm.

Classes for Whitney Summer Academy 2018

Math & Natural Science

  • Math 7 Headstart
    Introduction into Algebra and other concepts to form a solid foundation for incoming 7th graders. A few more advanced topics will be included if time allows.
    Part 1 is available in two periods in the first session – 8am and 10:15am, and Part 2 is available in the same two periods in the second session – 8am and 10:15am.
    Teacher: to be announced later
  • Math 8 Headstart
    This class will focus on key topics of the Math 8 curriculum. The goal is for students to develop an understanding of functions and in particular linear functions, and then work with systems of linear equations as well as word problems.  The second session will focus on studying exponents and their properties, square roots, the Pythagorean Theorem, and some geometry in the xy-plane, such as; transformation of geometric figures, congruence of triangles.  These concepts will be used to solve both real-world and mathematical problems.
    Part 1 is available in two periods in the first session – 8am and 10:15am, and Part 2 is available in the same two periods in the second session – 8am and 10:15am.
    Teacher: to be announced later
  • Math I Algebra Foundation
    Foundational Algebra module to enhance math abilities of incoming high school freshmen.
    Part 1 is available in one period in the first session – 8am, and Part 2 is available in the same period in the second session – 8am.
    Teacher: to be announced later
  • Geometry
    Geometry class is set to broaden knowledge of geometric principles. Geometric proofs will be introduced. This will be a good start for many incoming freshmen, and reaffirmation for sophomores.
    Part 1 is available in one period in the first session – 10:15am, and Part 2 is available in the same period in the second session – 10:15am.
    Teacher: to be announced later
  • Math II Algebra Focus
    Advanced Algebra module to enhance math abilities of upcoming high school sophomores.
    Part 1 is available in one period in the first session – 8am, and Part 2 is available in the same period in the second session – 8am.
    Teacher: to be announced later
  • Hands-on Physics
    High school Physics is reserved for upper grades because much of the Physics requires advanced Math. But you don’t need to wait to learn if science is a great path for you. Try Physics early – those parts that don’t rely on Calculus, but instead tells you fun facts about everyday life, and then reveals how it works.
    Part 1 is available in one period in the first session – 12:45pm and Part 2 is available in same period for the second session – 12:45pm.
    Teacher: to be announced later
  • Integrated Science
    Think of a holistic study of the Universe, from the Big Bang to early life to modern society to the potentials of the future. In this study, students will get to synthesize fundamental academic skills from all subject matter, integrating the data analysis and critical reading and writing necessary to study this unique combination of Science and Social Science. This course will be taught via hands-on activities, and readings and other media sources provided by https://www.bighistoryproject.com/home. Though the material is complex, highly motivated students as early as 8th grade could successfully complete the course with a deep understanding of the topics presented. The course follows through all of history, with an emphasis on the 8 different events where complexity arose in the Universe. It starts with the Big Bang and an overview of how scientists today study an event billions of years past. From there, students will learn the basics of Chemistry as they learn about the first elements and how they fused into massive early stars. The first half of the course wraps up with the formation of our solar system and how the process of dying stars led to the fundamental elements that allowed the beginnings of life. The second half of the course starts at the beginnings of life and the biological and ecological processes that led to early humans. Then students will compare and contrast early civilizations that arose due to the beginnings of agriculture. Finally we will look at the expansion and rapid advancement of humankind in modern times. The culminating work for this course will be for students to look at the progression of the universe from the beginning in order to predict what might come next.
    Part 1 is available in one period in the first session – 10:15am, and Part 2 is available in the same period for the second session – 10:15am.
    Teacher: to be announced later

Language Arts

  • Critical Writing and Reading I
    This course, optimized for 7th-8th grades, is designed to enhance critical reading and writing skills. Students will be exposed to several writing types including expository, literary analysis, and persuasive. Students will develop reading comprehension of both fiction and non-fiction texts, as well as academic thinking skills.
    Part 1 is available in three periods in the first session – 8am10:15am and 12:45pm, and Part 2 is available in the same three periods in the second session – 8am10:15am and 12:45pm.
    Teacher: to be announced later
  • Critical Writing and Reading II
    In this course, similar to Critical Writing and Reading II but focused on 9th-10th grades, students will enhance critical reading and writing skills. Students will be exposed to several writing types including expository, literary analysis, and persuasive. Students will develop reading comprehension of both fiction and non-fiction texts, as well as academic thinking skills.
    Part 1 is available in one period in the first session – 10:15am, and Part 2 is available in the same period in the second session – 10:15am.
    Teacher: to be announced later
  • Debate and Public Speaking
    In this course designed to improve overall verbal communication, students will learn how to properly prepare for a debate and speak in a public forum. Topics covered include famous speeches, speech writing, debate research, and public speaking habits. The class will also demonstrate how to prepare a presentation with accompanying visuals, including video.
    Part 1 is available in one period in the first session – 12:45pm, and Part 2 is available in the same period in the second session – 12:45pm.
    Teacher: to be announced later
  • Heads-Up College Application Writing
    Taking on the essay portion of a college essay involves more than just good structure (although that is an extremely important component). It is part strategy, part craft and a lot of rewriting. A good writer considers the writing prompts carefully to select which ones best serve their overall application. A good application essay is not merely a superficial response to the prompt but a means to brand a student’s story. It is never an opportunity that should be wasted. Through the personal statement and short answer essays, an admissions reader should glean a real sense of the student and be able to tell whether or not you’re a good fit for the universities they’re applying to. Tone, voice, honesty, passion, goals, the ability to reflect on oneself and one’s experiences all come together to tell a tale. By the time students reach senior year, if they are unable to master these elements, it can be a mad dash to figure out how to navigate the application essays. Take this course after 9th or 10th grade to get a head start in approaching the college application essays. Lecture topics will include: risk taking with voice, tone and content; how to stand out; how to avoid repetitiveness and being a one trick pony; finding your story even if you don’t think you have one; and what those prompts are really asking. We’ll also engage in some exercises to help students reflect on who they were/are and who they want to be and how all of that relates to what they want to be. And they will write, they will self-edit/peer-edit, and they will rewrite because that’s what all good writers do.
    The class is available in one period in the first session – 12:45pm, and in the same period for the second session – 12:45pm.
    Teacher: Hope Yoneshige – Whitney Alum, College Teacher
  • Chinese Bridge
    The “Chinese Bridge” summer course is for High School Students, 9-11 grade levels, who already have an advanced level of Chinese speaking and listening proficiency; however, need to improve the writing and reading skills. The “Chinese Bridge” aims to improving the students’ Chinese level and enhancing their Chinese culture awareness. During the program, students will be learning Chinese language using authentic material and with fun activities. Some of the native speakers will be able to take higher level Chinese classes in next year after reviewing the fundamental Chinese characters and phrases.
    The class is available in one period in the second session – 8:00am.
    Teacher: Shiangyun Wu – Whitney Teacher

Life/Study Skills and Time Management

  • Time Management and Study Skills to excel in Middle/High School
    One of the most repeated phrases that teachers share with students is “study smarter”. But how does one study “smarter”? This course is designed to teach just that and is a must for any student determined to make the new school year count. It goes beyond simple lists of “do’s and don’ts” and focuses on strategies that really work. Students enrolled in the study skills class will learn and practice different techniques that will cut hours of study time from their work year, yet will help them retain what they’ve learned permanently! We will also deal with and teach techniques to help eliminate test anxiety, expert test-taking strategies, cutting-edge memorization techniques, and how to finally conquer procrastination and get motivated, even at times when you don’t feel like it! Open to all students determined to make next year their best academically, but especially recommended for those just entering Middle School or High School for the first time.
    Part 1 is available in two periods for the first session – 8:00am and 10:15am, and Part 2 is available in the same two periods in the second session – 8:00am and 10:15am.
    Teacher: Steve Rosenberg, Whitney Teacher

Computer Science/Tech

  • Intro to Programming I
    Any problem that can be solved can be solved by a computer. But how? Everything they do – from understanding English to generating graphics to driving robots to running the Internet – relies on the same core ideas. So does everything we dream of computers one day doing. In this class, we will explore some of the ideas that let us tap into the full power of computers to make them do anything. The class does not fulfill the prerequisite for the AP Computer Science class.
    Part 1 is available in one period in the first session – 8:00am, and Part 2 is available in the same period in the second session – 8:00am.
    Teacher: to be announced later
  • Intro to Programming II
    This class builds on Intro to Programming I and is designed to further challenge and develop programming skills – now with more realistic and complex tasks. Sign up for this class after Intro to Programming I taken last year or with programming experience. The class does not fulfill the prerequisite for the AP Computer Science class.
    Part 1 is available in one period in the first session – 10:15am, and Part 2 is available in the same period for the second session – 10:15am.
    Teacher: to be announced later
  • Whitney RoboCamp
    Students will work on the Whitney campus, designing, building, and programming their very own robot for an exciting finale camp competition. This enables cooperative participation and a hands-on learning experience with the engineering process, mathematical and scientific concepts, FIRST core values, and teamwork and leadership skills.
    Special class, with its own schedule of 3 available sessions – June 18-22, June 25-29 and July 9-13.

History

  • Model United Nations (MUN) Bootcamp
    Model United Nations (MUN) is fast becoming the “go to” course all over Southern California for students who want to explore World Affairs, International Relations, Speech, and Debate. Great for any student who is going into or thinking about going into MUN in high school, it is also the perfect jumping off place for careers in international business, law, and government! Students will learn about the fundamentals of the United Nations system, how to prepare and give speech, caususing, and how to research and write a “position paper”. In addition, students will have the opportunity to compete in an actual MUN conference this summer with other students in the Southern California area. Open to all students interested in world affairs, speech and debate, but especially for those who are planning to go into MUN next school year.
    Part 1 is available in one period in the first session – 12:45pm, and Part 2 is available in the same period for the second session – 12:45pm.
    Teacher: Steve Rosenberg, Whitney Teacher
  • Exploring Los Angeles County
    An experiential way to study history. See the parts that are occurring now, in your very own Los Angeles County. Class discussions are enhanced by weekly field trips.
    The class is available in one period of the second session – 12:45pm.
    Teachers: Jenny Verrett and Paul Bender, Whitney Teachers

Arts and Fitness

  • Performing Arts Camp
    (9:00am-12:00pm, and 12:45pm-3:45pm, ASB Room/MAC Theatre, directors Jodi Improta and Linda Bon)

    • Music, Dance and Drama
    • Ages 7 to 16
    • Participate in a musical theatre production – perform in a brand new theatre with state of the art sound and lighting equipment.
    • Experienced staff, innovative curriculum (ask questions to Jodi Improta at Jodi.Improta@abcusd.k12.ca.us).
    • Registration is limited to 60 students in each camp.
    • Program includes: arts instruction, materials used, costumes, 2 tickets to a performance, show t-shirts, performance in a musical. Students may be asked to bring basic clothes such as black tights or pants.
    • This year’s show is The Lion King Junior!
    • Final performance days of the Camp are July 13 and July 14.

Brain Power Activities
(2:45pm-3:45pm)
Engaged and mindfulness exercises achieved by focusing on the present moment and motivating the students to use the full potential of their brain.
Builds focus, endurance, creativity, confidence, and more.
The activity is available for 1st session and 2nd session. It is an optional extension of the classes and has an extra fee of $60.
Coach: Fadia Breik, Whitney Teacher (retired)

Courses are for enrichment and preparation only. No official credit or subsequent course advancement will be offered.

Courses except Performing Arts Camp are designed for students in grades 6 through 11 according to their enrollment for 2015-2016 school year. Younger students’ applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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