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Summer School

Take advantage of Westminster's Summer School

Welcome to Westminster Summer School! We are delighted that you are interested in joining us on campus for Summer 2018.

Why Summer School? Westminster engages bright, curious, motivated students who are nurtured by challenge. Summer School gives these students the ability to design their own learning path by offering academic courses that complement their educational experience during the school year.

Students enjoy a personalized learning environment with outstanding faculty. Summer School courses, unless otherwise indicated, are open to Westminster and non-Westminster students who seek to extend their learning beyond the school year. Please feel free to reach out to us with questions. We hope to see you on campus this summer!

Warm regards,

Kristen Orsini
Director of Summer School

Upper School

Summer School is forward facing, rather than remedial in nature. It is a deep dive into one course, either a new class that is only available during the summer, or a course that fulfills a graduation requirement. Students may choose to attend Summer School to:

  • Pursue a passion or explore a new area of interest
  • Transition smoothly into upper school
  • Establish a narrative for college admissions
  • Create a more balanced schedule during the school year (for artists, athletes, AP students, students who take multiple electives, etc.)
  • Strengthen academic skills
  • Experience the Atlanta community and beyond

In the Upper School, we offer several courses that take advantage of the freedom that the summer schedule affords to leave campus and explore the many opportunities that Atlanta and the surrounding areas have to offer. And if all that weren’t enough, there are ice cream treats every week!

Registration for Summer School began November 15 and is on a first-come-first-serve basis. If your preferred class is full, you may sign up for the waitlist or choose another class.

Courses are open to Westminster and non-Westminster students. Westminster entrance requirements are waived. Non-Westminster families may refer to this Summer School registration guide for additional details including how to register.

Current Westminster families should refer to the Summer School resource board on Wildcat Web for information about registration and sample academic year schedules.

Semester courses are offered for three weeks. Year-long courses are offered for six weeks. Summer School 2018 includes two sessions. Session One occurs June 4-22, and Session Two runs from June 25-July 13. There are no classes on July 4.

Session One and Two: Mathematics and English

English

9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Rising Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Graders

Session One: June 4-22
Session Two: June 25-July 13 (no class on July 4)
$1940 for one session
$3570 for two sessions
Lunch provided

English courses are offered for rising ninth through twelfth graders. English courses will be tailored to meet the individual needs of participants. Please contact Cheryle Kirk for additional details.


Mathematics

9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Rising Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Graders

Session One: June 4-22
Session Two: June 25-July 13 (no class on July 4)
$1940 for one session
$3570 for two sessions
Lunch provided

Math courses are year-long courses during the academic year. For Summer School, math courses run consecutively from session I through session II. Westminster students may not take these courses for forward credit but may take these courses if they need to repeat a course of study. Non-Westminster students may take the courses for forward credit with their school’s permission. Please contact Cheryle Kirk for more instructions and to receive a form.

  • Geometry (Rising Ninth Graders)

Covers right-angle trigonometry, vectors, solving triangles, two-dimensional and three-dimensional figures and their properties, logical reasoning and the development of formal proof using theorems and postulates, transformations, congruence, symmetry, and linear functions. Emphasizes visualizing and understanding Euclidean geometric properties and mathematical relationships, making and verifying conjectures, and applying geometric concepts to real-world situations.

  • Algebra 2 (Rising Tenth Graders)

Emphasizes the development, understanding and practical applications of algebraic expressions, equations, inequalities, relations, and functions. Covers linear, quadratic, high-degree polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, rational and trigonometric functions both for their abstract properties and as tools for modeling real-world situations. Investigates systems of equations, linear programming, matrices, conic sections, and sequences and series. Relates and applies algebraic concepts to geometry and data analysis.

  • Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus (Rising Eleventh and Twelfth Graders)

Further study of the algebra, properties, graphs, and applications of polynomial, rational, radical exponential, logarithmic, absolute value and piecewise-defined functions. Intensive study of trigonometric and circular functions, including solving triangles, transformations on graphs of trigonometric functions, inverse trigonometric functions, verifying and applying trigonometric identities, and solving trigonometric equations. Additional topics covered include parametric and polar functions, and vectors.

Session One Course Descriptions

Athletics and Leadership (Not for Credit)

June 11-15 (Week 2 only)
9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Rising Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Graders
$500
Lunch not provided

Do you think of yourself as a leader? Do you aspire to become a leader on your team? In this course, we will help you consider that leadership is a skillset that you can develop at and beyond Westminster. This class specifically will focus on developing leadership on athletic teams. Readings and case studies will revolve around athletics and The Wildcat Way. We will begin with what it means and what it takes to be a good teammate. Subsequently, we will advise how to use that standing to positively influence fellow players. This course is not just for captains. It is for anyone who wants to learn how to lead any team effectively and finds sports to be a powerful vehicle to understand motivation, discipline and vision. Instructors are Brooks Batcheller and Tim Downes.

Bioengineering Research Methods (Elective Credit)

9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Rising Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Graders
$1940
Lunch provided

Bioengineering Research Methods is a three-week long lab intensive course, which will introduce the basic principles and laboratory techniques of biomedical research. Students will become familiar with biotechnology applications and learn how genetic engineering can be applied to biological and medical problems. This course will discuss and perform labs on genetically modified organisms, cloning, genome editing, gene therapy, stem cells, cell culture, and research ethics.

Fitness for Life/PE (Forward Credit)

8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Rising Ninth and Tenth Graders
$1940
Lunch provided

This course includes training in cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, muscular strength, muscular 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 course.


History of the Ancient World (Forward Credit)

9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Rising Tenth Graders
$1940
Form required for registration
Lunch provided

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

Introduction to History (Forward Credit)

9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Rising Ninth Graders
$1940
Form required for registration
Lunch provided

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

New Testament 10 (Forward Credit)

9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Rising Tenth Graders
$1940
Lunch provided

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 course neither demands nor expects any prior religious knowledge. The curriculum is student-centered and inquiry-based.


Old Testament 9 (Forward Credit)

9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Rising Ninth Graders
$1940
Lunch provided

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 course neither demands nor expects any prior religious knowledge. The curriculum is student-centered and inquiry-based.

Out and About: Creative Writing Around the City (Not for Credit)

June 4-8 (Week 1)
1-4 p.m.
Rising Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Graders
$500
Lunch not provided

Love to write? Looking for experiential sources of inspiration? Interested in trying new genres? Join us for Creative Writing with Jen Dracos-Tice, veteran Upper School English teacher and Writing Fellows director. We will write in the classroom, around the campus, and in different locations in the city. In the end, all students create a writing portfolio with a concentration on a genre of choice. Students are welcome to work on ongoing, larger projects in this course, as well. We will have a celebratory reading to close out the week!


Printmaking (Forward Credit)

9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Rising Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Graders
$1940
Lunch provided

Are you satisfied with creating only single works of art? Do you dream in multiples? Do you want to design wearable art? This course explores the basics of printmaking. Learn techniques in rubbings, relief printing, silkscreen, and monoprinting. Print on paper, fabrics (yes, this means clothing, including T-shirts) and experiment with alternative materials. Create blocks and plates you can reuse for years, and discuss the importance of printing as a fine art. Come and immerse yourself in this ancient practice of visual communication.

Reading and Writing the South: Literature, Nature and History (Elective Credit)

9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Rising Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Graders
$1940
Lunch provided

Flannery O’Connor and Alice Walker, two of America’s most acclaimed writers, were born and raised within 100 miles of the Westminster campus. Reading their short stories, novels, and essays we will explore the question of what it means to “be Southern”. Responding to these questions by writing in a variety of genres, students will also take frequent day trips to historical, natural, and cultural sites which will expand our appreciation for the complexities of the Southern experience.


Robotics and Design Lab (Not for Credit)

June 4-15 (Weeks 1 and 2)
12:30 p.m.-3 p.m.
Rising Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Graders
$1000
Lunch not provided

This is a hands-on robotics design course for students who already have a basic level of engineering knowledge, either with a robotics team or any introductory engineering or programming course. Students ideally would propose projects to work on during the lab time, which would take place during the second half of the day. However, if students were unable to develop project ideas, there are existing project concepts on which they can work.

Transition to Upper School (Not for Credit)

June 4-15 (Weeks 1 and 2)
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Rising Westminster Ninth Graders or Any New Student
$1000
Lunch provided

This course is designed to help current Westminster or new-to-Westminster students as they transition to the Upper School. Students will work on improving skills needed for success in ninth grade, such as reading, writing, and time management. They learn more about the campus, hear from guest speakers, and engage in community building. New students will learn how to navigate their MacBooks, including using Schoology and Google Drive.

Session Two Course Descriptions

Fitness for Life/PE (Forward Credit)

8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Rising Ninth and Tenth Graders
$1940
Lunch provided

This course includes training in cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, muscular strength, muscular 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 course.

Old Testament 9 (Forward Credit)

9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Rising Ninth Graders
$1940
Lunch provided

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 course neither demands nor expects any prior religious knowledge. The curriculum is student-centered and inquiry-based.

Registration Information

  • Register online in mid-November. A deposit is not required at registration.
  • Receive confirmation e-mail from Cheryle Kirk within 5 business days.
  • Sign the Summer School Enrollment Contract and Summer School handbook via Docusign. Both require parent and student signatures, and will be available late February 2018.
  • Pay half of tuition by Monday, March 5, 2018.
  • Pay the tuition balance by Tuesday, May 15, 2018.
  • Receive a final Email from Cheryle Kirk with Summer School details in May 2018.



Middle School

The Middle School summer program is designed to help develop each student’s proficiency in the areas of English, math, study skills, and computer skills. Courses are one-week or four-week partial day programs. Most classes are open to non-Westminster students.

Summer 2018 information will be available in the Spring. Registration will open April 2018. Middle School Summer School will take place June 4 - 29, 2018.


summer 2018 courses will INCLUDE:
  • Executive Function and Life Skills
  • Coding
  • Creative Writing
  • Math
  • Pre-Algebra
  • Reading and Study Skills
  • Transition to Middle School
  • Typing and Computer Skills
  • Writing and Study Skills


Course Credit

Middle School courses offer enrichment opportunities rather than credit. Some Upper School academic courses are available for credit.

Non-Westminster students in the Upper School summer program may qualify for credit in select courses and should work with the Registrar of their school.

Contact Us

Have a a question about Summer School?
CONTACT US

Cheryle Kirk
Summer School Registrar
404.609.6282


Kristen Orsini
Summer School Director
404.609.6229