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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.

2020 Session One Courses

Creative Writing Institute

  • $500
  • Rising 9th through 12th grade students
  • June 1-5 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Lunch provided
  • No course credit
  • Application required

The Summer Creative Writing Institute is an application-based program open to Atlanta high school students. 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. 

Fitness for Life

  • $1,940
  • Rising 9th grade students
  • June 1-19 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Lunch provided
  • Forward course credit

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

  • $1,940
  • Rising 10th grade students
  • June 1-19 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Lunch provided
  • Forward Course Credit
  • Contact grade chair for required registration form

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

  • $1,940
  • Rising 9th grade students
  • June 1-19 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Lunch provided
  • Forward Course Credit
  • Contact grade chair for required registration form

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

  • $1,940
  • Rising 10th grade students
  • June 1-19 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Lunch provided
  • Forward Course Credit

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

  • $1,940
  • Rising 9th grade students
  • June 1-19 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Lunch provided
  • Forward Course Credit

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.

Scientific Field Research (with trip to the Florida Keys)

Cost: $2,800
Lunch at Westminster and trip expenses are included in the price.
Grades: Rising 9th and 10th grade students
Class: June 1-19 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Trip: June 14-18
Course Credit: .5 science elective credit

This inquiry-based course will give students the opportunity to work alongside scientists and to immerse themselves in past, present, and future marine investigations. The first year will be focused on scientific research projects occurring in the Florida Keys. Two weeks will be spent on classroom instruction at Westminster, and one week will be dedicated to field work at a research facility in the Keys. Students will be conducting their own research, collecting data, analyzing lab-based instruction, and participating in ongoing projects that exist at the facility. Classroom and lab instruction will include topics such as marine ecology, marine wildlife, reef ecosystems, mangrove habitats, oceanography, marine chemistry, marine geology, and more. All students will also participate in various environmental stewardship programs, i.e. wildlife rescues, beach clean-ups. At the conclusion of the course, students will have completed a thorough research project which can be used at Science Fair and/or Symposium.

2020 Session Two Courses

Fitness for Life

  • $1,940
  • Rising 9th grade students
  • June 22 - July10 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Lunch provided
  • Forward course credit

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

  • $1,940
  • Rising 10th grade students
  • June 22 - July 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Lunch provided
  • Forward course credit

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

  • $1,940
  • Rising 9th grade students
  • June 22 - July 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Lunch provided
  • Forward course credit

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.

2020 Additional Courses

Are You Ready for AP Calculus AB?

  • $300
  • Rising 12th grade students
  • July 28-30 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • No course credit

This course is ideal for the student who is transitioning from non-honors Precalculus to AP Calculus AB, or those who completed Honors Precalculus and simply want a refresher before starting AP Calculus AB in the fall. The course will provide students with the opportunity to brush up on analytical skills necessary for success in an AP math course as well as work on proper mathematical notation and efficient problem-solving techniques. Four areas will be emphasized: (1) algebraic skills, (2) graphing skills, (3) a trigonometry refresher and (4) an introduction to limits.

Getting Ready for Honors Precalculus

  • $300
  • Rising 11th grade students
  • July 28-30 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • No course credit

This course is ideal for the student who is transitioning from non-honors Algebra II to Honors Precalculus, or those who completed Honors Algebra II and simply want a refresher before starting Honors Precalculus in the fall. The course will provide students with the opportunity to brush up on analytical skills necessary for success in an honors level math course as well as work on proper mathematical notation and efficient problem-solving techniques. Four areas will be emphasized: (1) numeracy, (2) algebraic skills, (3) graphing skills, and (4) using the TI-nSpire calculator.