Classes, Sessions and Periods

All the classes are posted and available for enrollment!

There are two sessions in 2017 Whitney Summer Academy: 1st session is Monday June 26 to Friday July 7, and 2nd session is Monday July 10 to Friday July 21. 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. If a student can attend both sessions, we recommend signing up for the same class in both sessions.

Each session runs for two weeks, Monday through Friday (except 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 2017

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.
    Two periods are available for the first session – 8am and 10:15am, and same two periods for the second session – 8am and 10:15am.
  • Math 8 Headstart
    Exploration of Algebra and basic Geometry concepts to enhance math acumen of upcoming 8th graders. More advanced topics will be included if time allows.
    Two periods are available for the first session – 8am and 10:15am, and same two periods for the second session – 8am and 10:15am.
  • Math I Algebra Foundation
    Foundational Algebra module to enhance math abilities of incoming high school freshmen.
    One period is available for the first session – 8am, and same period for the second session – 8am.
  • Math I Geometry Foundation
    Geometry module to broaden knowledge of geometric principles of incoming freshmen.
    One period is available for the first session – 10:15am, and same period for the second session – 10:15am.
  • Math II Algebra Focus
    Advanced Algebra module to enhance math abilities of upcoming high school sophomores.
    One period is available for the first session – 8am, and same period for the second session – 8am.
  • Math II Geometry Proofs
    Geometry module to introduce geometric proofs for upcoming high school sophomores.
    One period is available for the first session – 10:15am, and same period for the second session – 10:15am.
  • Math III Math Analysis
    Foundations of Math Analysis to form a solid basis for Calculus.
    One period is available for the first session – 12:45pm.
  • Math III Trigonometry
    Foundations of Trigonometry to build necessary base for future success in Calculus.
    One period is available for the second session – 12:45pm.
  • Competitive Math Fun Start
    Math tricks, games and ideas helpful in AMC/MOEMS/Kangaroo competitions.
    One period is available for the first session – 12:45pm, and same period for the second session – 12:45pm.
  • 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.
    One period is available for the first session – 8am, and same period for the second session – 8am.

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.
    Three periods are available for the first session – 8am10:15am and 12:45pm, and same three periods for the second session – 8am10:15am and 12:45pm.
  • 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.
    One period is available for the first session – 10:15am, and same period for the second session – 10:15am.
  • Debate and Public Speaking
    Designed for 6th-9th graders, this course helps improve public speaking skills for presentations and speeches while teaching the basics of debate preparation and execution. The students will have opportunities to practice speaking in front of others, use supporting visuals, develop good speaking habits, and become overall more comfortable with public speaking. Topical and argumentative debates will also be practiced.
    One period is available for the first session – 12:45pm, and same period for the second session – 12:45pm.
  • Multimedia and Creative Writing
    This writing workshop is designed to foster an intuitive understanding of writing for a digital and physical audience. The classes will provide opportunities to learn how to write factually while maintaining and growing the interest of the reader. By developing style, voice, digital storytelling abilities and more, each student will learn unique skills for write persuasive and captivating essays and personal statements. Students will see for themselves, if they would like to try journalism as a profession, or stay casual and just write more interesting pieces on their Facebook and other blog-style media.
    One period is available for the first session – 8am, and same period for the second session – 8am.

Life/Study Skills and Time Management

  • Thinking of Selective Colleges?
    Explore what difference you can create in your life by choosing a top-level college that best matches your interests, and getting admitted. Best time to start is now, and we don’t mean SAT drills. Getting to a great college can be viewed as a game – which means, playing it can be fun… if you know the rules and select a strategy that works for you.
    One period is available for the first session – 8am, and same period for the second session – 8am.
  • 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.
    One period is available for the first session – 10:15am, and same period for the second session – 10:15am.

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.
    Teacher: Andy Hsieh – Whitney Alumnus, college level Computer Science teacher
    One period is available for the first session – 8am, and same period for the second session – 8am.
  • 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.
    Teacher: Andy Hsieh – Whitney Alumnus, college level Computer Science teacher
    One period is available for the first session – 10:15am, and same period for the second session – 10:15am.
  • Video Game Design
    What do you think of video games? Maybe your friends know you as Hitman or Strategist? Or you can’t wait till next Pokemon release? Think of the fun of finding out how games are built inside. This is not just drawing the characters and writing an adventure story. It’s also some Math (to make the game balanced and challenging but not hopeless), and a lot of Programming . The class does not fulfill the prerequisite for the AP Computer Science class.
    One period is available for the first session – 12:45pm, and same period for the second session – 12:45pm.

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.
    One period is available for the first session – 12:45pm, and same period for the second session – 12:45pm.

Arts and Fitness

  • Performing Arts Camp
    (9:00am-12:00pm part I and part II, and 12:45pm-3:45pm part I and part II, 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
    • 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.
    • Final performance days of the Camp are July 21 for the 9am camp, and July 22 for 12:45pm camp.
  • Outdoor Activities
    (2:45pm-3:45pm)
    Exercise, stretch, get your blood running faster to support your brain! Acquire healthy habits while improving your physical shape and having fun!
    The activity is available for 1st session and 2nd session. It is an optional extension of the classes and doesn’t count as a class for calculating the discounts.

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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