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Summer School

After a limited, but successful launch in 2015, and an expanded set of courses in 2016. Ravenscroft is pleased to continue offering Summer School options for high school students in 2017.

American Government (Half Credit)

Dates: June 12-30, 2017

Final Exam or Culminating Project: Friday, June 30

Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Ages: Rising 10th-12th Grade Students

Location: Murphy Hall Upper School, Room #140

Cost: $900

Course Description: Across an intensive three-week summer session, this course introduces students to the American governmental and political system. Students begin by examining the origins of government, the development of representative government, and the emergence of the United States as a democratic republic. Particular attention is paid to the historical basis and development of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Other topics of study and discussion include, but are not limited to, the party system, federalism, campaigns and elections, the role of the press, current events, the changing roles and relationships between the three branches of government, and the duties and expectations of citizenship. The culminating project encourages students to consider their emerging roles as citizen leaders, enabling them to put into practice many of the concepts developed in the course.

This course will appear on the Ravenscroft transcript and be included in the cumulative GPA. Non-Ravenscroft students will be issued a transcript showing the course and final grade.

Instructors: Mark Laskowski, U/S History & Social Studies Faculty and Jennifer McIlvany, U/S History & Social Studies Faculty

Composition (Half Credit)

Session Dates:

Session #1: June 12-30, 2017

Session #2: July 10-28, 2017

Final Exam or Culminating Project: Friday, June 30 (Session 1) or Friday, July 28 (Session 2)

Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Ages: Rising 10th-12th Grade Students

Location: Murphy Hall Upper School, Room #143

Cost: $900

Program Description:

*Prerequisites: CP or Honors English II
(Note: Ravenscroft will verify students' prerequisites upon registration. If a student does not meet the prerequisite, the registration fee will be refunded.)

This rigorous three-week session of Composition satisfies the Upper School’s Composition requirement and prepares students for writing requirements in the Upper School curriculum and beyond through extensive immersion in regular writing practice, feedback through the editing and revision processes, and opportunities to share with peers. The course emphasizes writing as a multi-stage process wherein the best results are achieved through thoughtful, disciplined prewriting and revision. While the core English courses generally require students to write about fiction and/or poetry, Composition offers them the opportunity to write about their own lives and about subjects that have inherent interest to them. The first half of the course focuses on writing from personal experience; the second half centers on argumentative and persuasive essays in which MLA formatting is emphasized. Ultimately, students choose a topic for in depth, independent research that culminates in a research paper. Students should anticipate intensive and extensive out-of-class writing time devoted to putting into practice modeled skills and practices.

This course will appear on the Ravenscroft transcript and be included in the cumulative GPA. Non-Ravenscroft students will be issued a transcript showing the course and final grade.

Instructors:

Session #1-

Kevin Flinn joined the Upper School English Department in 2010 after teaching in private schools in Pennsylvania and California. He has taught English and writing since earning his teaching certificate from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2002. Mr. Flinn earned a bachelor's in cinema and photography from Ithaca College in 2001 and a master's in English/film studies at North Carolina State University in 2013. He has published four novels.

Shelley Torres joined the Upper School English department in 2013 after being the department chair of the Language Arts department in the Middle School. A graduate from California State University Northridge, with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a teaching certificate, she later earned a Master's in Business Administration from California Lutheran University. Shelley loves helping meet the needs of our students as they continue to build the skills to thrive in their complex and interdependent world.

Session #2-

Nicole Moore moved to Raleigh from Michigan in 2006 to join the Ravenscroft faculty. She taught previously at Cranbook Kingswood Schools in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Ms. Moore has a bachelor's degree in English from Mount Holyoke College, Mass., and a Master of Arts degree in medieval literature from the University of York, England. Prior to teaching in Michigan, she was an 11th-grade English teacher at The Hyde School in Woodstock, Conn.

Economics (Half Credit)

Dates:

Session #1: June 12-30, 2017

Session #2: July 10-28, 2017

Final Exam or Culminating Project: Friday, June 30 (Session 1), Friday, July 28 (Session 2)

Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Ages: Rising 10th-12th Grade Students

Location: Murphy Hall Upper School, Room #140

Cost: $900

Program Description: Across an intensive three-week summer session, this course develops a studentʹs knowledge of basic economic principles, with a special emphasis of the American economic system. Major topics include economic fundamentals and systems, the market economy, supply and demand, business organizations, market structures, money and monetary policy, fiscal policy, poverty, and international economics. Upon successful completion of the course, students will have the background, vocabulary, and analytical tools to comprehend and critique economic problems and policies.

This course will appear on the Ravenscroft transcript and be included in the cumulative GPA. Non-Ravenscroft students will be issued a transcript showing the course and final grade.

Instructors:

Jessica Yonzon, U/S Social Studies & Global Education Instructor (Session 1).

Erin Colby, former Ravenscroft U/S Social Studies Instructor (Session 2)

Geometry (One Credit)

Dates: June 12-July 28, 2017

*No Class on the week of July 3-7*

Exam Dates: Friday, June 30 & Friday, July 28

Time: 8:00 am- 12:00 pm

Ages: Rising 10th-12th Grade Students

Location: Murphy Hall Upper School, Room #141

Cost: $1800

Program Description:

*Prerequisites: Algebra 1 & Departmental Approval (Note: Ravenscroft will verify students' prerequisites upon registration. If a student does not meet the prerequisite, the registration fee will be refunded.)

This intensive summer credit course allows students, if successfully completed, to fulfill the Geometry requirement during the summer and enroll in Algebra 2 the following school year. This course investigates mathematical reasoning through technology-based exploration and the integration of algebra skills. Topics include geometric vocabulary, reasoning and proof, lines, triangles, polygons, circles, similarity, area, volume, and transformations. With the use of Geometer's Sketchpad and methods of proof, students will continually be challenged to cooperatively and individually formulate conjectures which develop critical thinking skills to increase conceptual understanding.

This course will appear on the Ravenscroft transcript and be included in the cumulative GPA. Non-Ravenscroft students will be issued a transcript showing the course and final grade. Please contact Aaron Sundstrom, Ravenscroft Upper School Mathematics Department Chair, with questions regarding credit and promotion at aaron.sundstrom@ravenscroft.org or 919.847.0900x2734 or the instructor Kalista Richardson at Kalista.Richardson@ravenscroft.org or 919.847.0900 x2270.

What To Bring: Notebook, pencil, colored pencils/pens, and a calculator.

Instructor: Kalista Richardson, U/S Math Instructor


Student Eligibility:

Enrollment is open to students in the relevant grades from Ravenscroft, other independent schools, and area public schools. Prospective students should take note of subject-specific course prerequisites. Non-Ravenscroft students should check with their current school to determine if credits earned will transfer.

Course Credit:

Students who successfully complete a six week summer course (Geometry) will earn 1.0 Ravenscroft credit; those who successfully complete a three week summer course (American Government, Composition, Economics) will earn 0.5 Ravenscroft credit.

For Ravenscroft students, summer courses (1) will be included on the Ravenscroft transcript, (2) will be factored into the cumulative GPA, and (3) count toward total graduation credits, assuming successful completion of the course. For the American Government, Composition, and Economics courses, successful completion will satisfy graduation requirements for these mandatory classes.

Students from other schools should check with their school’s registrar to ensure that they will receive academic credit for successful completion of Ravenscroft summer courses.

Tuition:

Course tuition is set by Ravenscroft School. For Summer 2017, tuition will be $900.00 per student per term or $1800.00 for courses spanning both terms. Tuition remission for children of faculty/staff members would apply. Need-based financial aid will be determined by Ravenscroft based upon a family’s demonstrated need for the prior year. Students eligible for tuition remission or financial aid should contact Peter Bogue (pbogue@ravenscroft.org) prior to registration in order to obtain a discount code for the relevant tuition remission.

Online Registration:

Students will be able to register and pay for all summer courses online through Ravenscroft Summer Programs.

Online registration for All Summer School courses starting on Monday, June 12 will close at 3:00 pm on Thursday, June 8.

Attendance Requirements:

Per the Ravenscroft Upper School Parent/Student Handbook, students will be required to attend at least eighty percent of all class periods (twelve of fifteen class sessions per course) AND earn a passing final grade in order to receive Ravenscroft credit. However, given the compressed nature of the course offering, missing even a single sessioncould jeopardize both a student’s performance in the class and his/her ability to earn academic credit for the course. Missed classes are the responsibility of the student. The teacher will be available for limited tutorial help but will not expected to reteach material on an individual basis.

Homework:

Given the intensive nature of the course, students should expect between one and two hours of homework per night per class meeting.