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Upper School Courses

At a Glance

We're thrilled that you're interested in a summer experience for your Upper School student. Here's a bit of information to keep in mind as you review class options below:

  • The classes on this page are available to non-Westminster and Westminster students.
  • Westminster families should use Wildcat Web to access Summer School information and to learn if a course offers forward or elective credit.
  • Students may not miss more than one day of class in courses that offer credit. 
  • Non-Westminster students should consult their school registrars to determine if they can receive academic credit for courses.
  • Registration for non-Westminster students is available online beginning in March of 2020.

2019 Session One Courses

Atlanta Civil Rights Landmarks | June 11-14

Rising ninth – twelfth
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
$500

Students understand the city as a classroom. Beginning with Oakland Cemetery, students focus on rare landmarks from nineteenth century Atlanta. Traveling to Piedmont Park, Mary Mac’s Tea Room, Atlanta University, and Five Points, they discover rich political and racial history. Moving into the twentieth century, they explore the Sweet Auburn Historic District as the heart of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement and consider its lasting effects. 

Creative Writing Institute | June 3-7

Rising ninth – twelfth
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Application required
$500

The Summer Creative Writing Institute is an application-based program open to all Atlanta rising ninth – twelfth graders from June 3-7, 2019. This institute is intended for serious writers looking to hone their craft in a safe and challenging community, make long-term connections with other writers, and start or enhance their writing portfolios. Applications are due by March 20, 2019. For more details and a link to the application form, please click here.

Fitness for Life (PE) | June 3-21

Rising ninth 
8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
$1,940

This course includes training in cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, strength, endurance, body composition, stress reduction, and nutrition. It consists of classroom lectures, a weight room project, discussions, lab work, and a final written exam. Running is a major component of the Summer School course.

History of the Ancient World | June 3-21

Rising tenth 
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
$1,940

Building on knowledge from Introduction to History, the course emphasizes crafting written historical arguments from varied evidence and an understanding of context and chronology in historical interpretation. It also provides perspective for topics covered in the required sophomore Bible course in the New Testament.

Intro to History | June 3-21

Rising ninth 
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
$1,940

This course introduces the vocabulary and methods of historical scholarship and builds skills in close reading, analysis, the interpretation of evidence, and the comparison of cultures, emphasizing work with primary-source documents. It also offers perspective for topics covered in the required freshman Bible course in the Old Testament.

New Testament Bible | June 3-21

Rising tenth 
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
$1,940

This course introduces students to the books of the Christian New Testament from the perspective of the first-century Church. Historical context and symbols, literary genre, and expressions of religious experience and faith are incorporated into the curriculum. This does not require prior religious knowledge. The curriculum is student-centered and inquiry-based.

Old Testament Bible | June 3-21

Rising ninth 
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

This course introduces students to the books of the Jewish Bible from the perspective of ancient Israel as God’s covenant community. Historical context, literary genre, and religious meaning are incorporated into the curriculum. This does not require prior religious knowledge. The curriculum is student-centered and inquiry-based.

Reading and Writing the American South | June 3-21

Rising ninth – twelfth
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 
$1,940

Students focus on Flannery O’Connor and Alice Walker, two of America’s most acclaimed writers. Reading their short stories, novels, and essays we will explore what it means to “be Southern." Writing in a variety of genres and taking frequent day trips to historical, natural, and cultural sites, students will expand their appreciation for the complexities of the Southern experience.

2019 Session Two Courses (no classes on July 4)

Fitness for Life (PE) | June 24-July 12

Rising ninth 
8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
$1,940


This course includes training in cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, strength, endurance, body composition, stress reduction, and nutrition. It consists of classroom lectures, a weight room project, discussions, lab work, and a final written exam. Running is a major component of the Summer School course.

New Testament Bible | June 24-July 12

Rising tenth 
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
$1,940

This course introduces students to the books of the Christian New Testament from the perspective of the first-century Church. Historical context and symbols, literary genre, and expressions of religious experience and faith are incorporated into the curriculum. This does not require prior religious knowledge. The curriculum is student-centered and inquiry-based.

Old Testament Bible | June 24-July 12

Rising ninth 
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
$1,940

This course introduces students to the books of the Jewish Bible from the perspective of ancient Israel as God’s covenant community. Historical context, literary genre, and religious meaning are incorporated into the curriculum. This does not require prior religious knowledge. The curriculum is student-centered and inquiry-based.

Open Studio Art | June 24-July 12

Rising ninth - twelfth
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
$1,940

Students use campus art facilities to explore two-dimensional and three-dimensional design. This mixed media course exposes students to a variety of materials and techniques, however time constraints prohibit the use of clay. They will complete at least three art projects and participate in critical discussion about their work. The instructor guides and challenges learners to craft progressively thoughtful pieces. The class includes an excursion into the Atlanta art community.