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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
Summer School Director

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

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 (FULL)

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.

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

Westminster engages bright, curious, motivated students who are nurtured by challenge. Summer School gives these students the ability to customize their learning path by offering academic courses that complement their educational experience during the school year. By choosing to take a Summer School course, rising sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students can:

  • Pursue a passion
  • Strengthen skills
  • Transition smoothly into middle school, both academically and socially

Middle School Summer School is June 4–29. Online registration opens at 10:00 a.m. on April 12. We offer one-week, two-week, and four-week options. Several of these options can be combined so that students may enroll in more than one course. Many Summer School courses are open to Westminster and non-Westminster students. You can find a listing of courses open to non-Westminster families below.

Current Westminster families, which will include newly-admitted families as of April, should refer to Summer School information on Wildcat Web for details about registration, additional courses and sample academic daily schedules.

Non-Westminster families can find registration instructions here.

One-Week Courses

Creative Writing Workshop

June 4–8; 9:00 a.m.–Noon; $500
Open to non-Westminster and Westminster students
Lunch available only for students enrolled in morning and afternoon courses

Love to write? Looking for opportunities to publish your work? Join Jennifer Dracos-Tice, Director of the Upper School Writing Fellows Program and long-time tutor for Lower and Middle School students, to generate, workshop, and revise a substantial portfolio. Participants learn processes for crafting various genres including poetry, songs, memoir, fiction, screenplays, and theatrical productions. The course concludes with a celebratory reading to which all are welcome.

Numbers in Nature: Math and Photography

June 25–29; 9:00 a.m.–Noon; $500
Open to non-Westminster and Westminster students
Lunch available only for students enrolled in morning and afternoon courses

Students will become familiar with Fibonacci spirals in nature through photography, benefit from engaging lessons on phi and golden spirals, improve proficiency with irrational numbers, and develop an appreciation for number patterns in the world in which they live.

Two-Week Course

Think Tank: Solving Problems for the Future

June 18–29; 12:30–2:30 p.m.; $500
Open to non-Westminster and Westminster students
Lunch available only for students enrolled in morning and afternoon courses

This course uses a studio model which incorporates interdisciplinary collaboration. Students will understand the messiness of the creative process as they define, research, prototype, test, and solve a comprehensive problem. They will have the opportunity to integrate math, science, writing, and engineering to solve complex problems through a hands-on approach. Possible projects include “Design a City on Mars” or “Alternative Sources of Energy.” The class culminates with a presentation of the product.

Four-Week Courses

Middle School Day (Four-Hour Option)

June 4–29 8:00 a.m.–Noon; $2,520
Open to non-Westminster and Westminster students
Lunch available only for students enrolled in morning and afternoon courses

Courses include reading, writing, study skills, typing, math, coding, pre-algebra, computer skills and advisement. Advisement provides instruction on developing and strengthening executive function, and this year we are focusing on time management and organization skills. Advisement, provided at no additional cost, is required for all rising sixth grade students and recommended strongly for rising seventh and eighth grade students.

Sample Four-Hour Schedule

DurationRising SixthRising SixthRising SeventhRising Eighth
8:00–8:20 a.m.AdvisementAdvisementAdvisementAdvisement
8:25–9:15 a.m.MathWriting/Study SkillsCodingCoding
9:15–10:05 a.m.Typing/Computer SkillsReading/Study SkillsMathPre-Algebra
10:05–10:20 a.m.BreakBreakBreakBreak
10:20–11:00 a.m.Writing/Study SkillsTyping/Computer SkillsReading/Study SkillsPre-Algebra
11:10 a.m.–NoonReading/Study SkillsMathWriting/Study SkillsWriting/Study Skills

Middle School Day (Two-Hour Option)

June 4–29 8:00 a.m.–Noon; $1,800
Open to non-Westminster and Westminster students
Lunch available only for students enrolled in morning and afternoon courses

Students who select the two-hour option will take two, 50-minute courses. They will enroll in either math sessions only, math and coding only or the reading and writing sessions.

Sample Two-Hour Schedule

Sixth (Math)
Sixth (Reading/Writing)
Seventh (Math)
Seventh (Reading/Writing)
Eighth (Math)
Advisement
8:00–8:20 a.m.
Advisement
8:00–8:20 a.m.
Advisement
8:00–8:20 a.m.
Reading/Study Skills
10:20–11:10 a.m.
Pre-Algebra
9:15–10:05 a.m.
Math
8:25–9:15 a.m.
Writing/Study Skills
8:25–9:15 a.m.
Coding
8:25–9:15 a.m.
Writing/StudySkills
11:00 a.m.–Noon
Break
10:05–10:20 a.m.
Math
9:15–10:05 a.m.
Reading/Study Skills
9:15–10:05 a.m.
Math
9:15–10:05 a.m.
Dismissal
Noon
Pre-Algebra
10:20–11:10 a.m.
Dismissal
10:05 a.m.
Dismissal
10:05 a.m.
Dismissal
10:05 a.m.
Dismissal
11:10 a.m.

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