Summer Study

Make this summer count.

EA Summer Study offers students a fantastic opportunity to gain an academic edge with enrichment and credit-bearing courses in a variety of subjects.

Explore our course catalog below, and register for the courses of your choice at the right. In the case that a course you have selected is full, you will receive an email notification and refund from a summer course coordinator. If the course does not appear on the menu, it is at capacity.

Need-based financial aid is available to EA students who require a course to move forward in their studies. For more information, or to find out if you are eligible for need-based financial aid, contact Grace Wingfield at summerstudy@episcopalacademy.org

Register for ESF's Math Enrichment courses.

Course Listings and Registration

Academic Enrichment (Non-Credit)

Literature Study for Upper School English

Teacher: Ms. Lindsay Coleman

Grade Levels: Rising 9th-12th grade

Required materials: Paper, pens, pencils

Dates: July 15-19 or July 22-26; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Price: $250 per week

This course will center on preparing students to study literature in Upper School. A single novel will be the centerpiece for each week of the course. Students will learn to be more effective readers by taking notes, discussing the content in class, and writing analytically about what they have learned. Students will practice writing essays and taking assessments that mirror those often given in EA’s Upper School English Department. There will be homework outside of class.

Students may register for a single week or for both weeks.


The College Essay and AP Literature and Language

Teacher: Mr. Tony Herman

Grade Levels: Rising 9th-12th grade

Required materials: Laptop, notebook, pens and pencils

Dates: Three Options:

  • June 10-14, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • July 8-12, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • July 22-26, 1-5 p.m.

Price: $350 per week

The course begins each day as a dedication to the formal aspects of writing. Specifically, we will be studying how to write concise, sophisticated essays for the English AP exams (both the literature and language exams). Thus, focus will be on grammar, organization, flow, thesis-creation, and sophistication of analysis. The goal will be to get students writing a solid 4-paragraph essay (introduction, two bodies, conclusion) in 40 minutes.

The second half of the class each day will be focused on writing the college essay. In less than 650 words, students will construct mini-memoirs and stylistic pieces that have a college admissions committee in mind. We will discuss what NOT to write about and how to use fresh, image-driven language to make one’s writing pop. The goal is to have a nearly-finished draft of one’s college essay by the end of the week (a lofty task but doable).

Poetry and Flash Fiction

Teacher: Mr. Tony Herman

Grade Levels: Rising 9th-12th grade

Required materials: Laptop, paper, pens, pencils

Dates: Three Options:

  • June 17-21, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • July 15-19, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • July 29-Aug. 2, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Price: $350 per week

This creative writing class will revolve around learning about new poets and authors and imitating their style and tone in order to create one’s own voice. In addition, a great deal of time will be spent on writing and workshopping drafts of poems and short fiction, eventually honing in on final pieces one can be proud of. Students will be encouraged to seek out individual wellsprings of creativity and transform them into vibrant poems and short stories. Through class discussion and analysis of various authors, we will identify and discuss the hallmarks of great writing and learn how to cultivate these creative strategies in our own work. The final product/assessment, upon completion of the course, will be a portfolio of work, both creative and analytical, that is a model of one’s best work.

Reading for Detail and Critical Thinking

Teacher: Ms. Lee Billmyer

Grade Levels: Rising 9th-12th grade

Dates: Two Options:
  • June 24-28 , 1-3 p.m.
  • July 8-12, 1-3 p.m.

Price: $175 per week

This reading intensive course will offer students exactly what summer can provide: time to read and discuss in detail an array of works that will enrich and increase a student’s reading repertoire. The analytical skills emphasized in this course will utilize the best techniques and strategies suggested by College Board Advanced Placement Test Practice for AP Language and AP Literature.

Many of the short stories and novellas for this course are in the public domain; therefore, students need to bring their own computers to class. Additional reading materials will be provided. Robust discussion in Socratic seminar style will follow the completion of each short work. Students will design “essential questions” and peer from their observation decks as they compile written responses to questions about characters, themes, settings, nuances, and authors’ techniques in conveying their messages.

What will a student hope to achieve by completing this course? The love of reading will be instilled. The joy of discovery and the satisfaction of gleaning salient points will fuel the student’s desire to read additional great works and to read more carefully by breaking bad reading habits and establishing new habits!

Design & Fabrication

Teacher: Mr. Matt Memmo

Grade Levels: Rising 9th-12th grade

Dates: Monday - Friday, July 8-26, 1-4 p.m.

Price: $750

This engaging, hands-on course will emphasize design, creativity and the use of the Engineering Design Process to solve real-world problems that exist in everyday life. Students will learn design principles, modeling, and prototyping. They will also use software for computer-aided design and drafting, image editing and generation and will program in the Java programming language. In addition, students will use the 3D printer and laser cutter for prototyping and building structures and will build interactive electronic devices using the Arduino microcontroller.

Foundations in Spanish

Teacher: Mr. Jamison Monahan

Grade Levels: Rising 8th-12th grade

Required Materials: Notebook, Pens, Pencils

Dates: Three Options:
  • July 8-12, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • July 15-19, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • July 22-26, 9 p.m. - 12 p.m.

Price: $250

Foundations in Spanish is offered to students who are interested in entering Spanish 2 or Spanish 2 Honors with a strong foundation. The course focuses on building vocabulary and reviewing basic structures of Spanish 1 through the use of music, stories, art, and short news clips. Each week will have a new focus and a project that will place emphasis on communicating effectively and engaging all students.

Students work with each other and strive to improve individual confidence. In order to fully develop skills, students engage directly with the language and culture. In preparation for immediate success in the upcoming year, students regularly use the necessary grammar and vocabulary. A cultural element allows students to experience the benefits and fun of learning the Spanish language and to realize the doors that fluency in Spanish can open! Week 1 will focus on the present tense, Week 2 will focus on past tenses, Week 3 will focus on commands.

Students can register for an individual week or all weeks of the course.

Introductory Chinese/Mandarin

Teacher: Ms. Sophie Fu

Grade Levels: Rising 6th-9th grade

Required Materials: Notebook, Pencils, Pens

Dates: Three Options:
  • July 15-19, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • July 22-26, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • July 29- Aug. 2, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Price: $250 per week

Introductory Mandarin will introduce students to both Chinese language and culture in a fun, engaging, and inspiring environment. It is offered for students as a first introduction to Mandarin, to prepare for an upcoming Mandarin course, or for Mandarin 1 remediation practice.

The teacher will tailor teaching objectives for both new students and returning students based on learning goals. The course will focus on listening, speaking, reading, and writing at the novice ACTFL proficiency level through the use of music, stories, video clips, art, and other activities. Week 1 will focus on a general introduction to Chinese, including an introduction to the character system and pinyin. Week 2 will focus on interpersonal greetings and introductions. Week 3 will focus on discussing family, food, colors, and parts of the body. Students will be encouraged to participate in daily conversation and written exercises using Chinese characters, all while also enjoying various cultural activities based on the in-class learning topics.

Students can register for an individual week or all weeks of the course.

Foundations in French

Teacher: Ms. Lauren Golden

Required Materials: Notebook, Pencils, Pens (Laptops are suggested but may be provided for class use)

Dates: Two Options:
  • July 22-26, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • July 29- Aug. 2, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Price: $250 per week

Foundations in French is offered to students who are interested in entering French 2 or French 2 Honors with a strong foundation. The course focuses on building vocabulary and reviewing basic structures of French 1. There will be a strong emphasis on listening and speaking skills, but the teacher will also offer practice with writing and reading comprehension. In order to fully develop skills, students will put their language skills into practice by presenting dialogues in French, engaging in fun projects, watching videos and learning songs in the target language. And, of course, it would not be French class if we didn’t occasionally make crêpes. Students can register for an individual week or for both! The teacher can also tailor the course to the students’ individual needs or areas that they want to work on.

Courses for Credit

Chemistry

Teacher: Ms. Diane Radov

Grade Levels: Rising 9th-12th grade

Required Materials: Scientific Calculator, Pen/Pencil, Colored Pencils, Notebook

Dates: Monday - Friday, June 17 - July 26: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Special Note: 1.0 credit for EA students

Price: $1,200

Chemistry is an introductory course covering the entire year of concepts which include the following: atomic and molecular structure, the periodic table, stoichiometry, the states of matter, kinetic molecular theory, reaction rates, thermodynamics, equilibrium processes, acids and bases, oxidation-reduction, and electrochemistry.

This course is both quantitative and qualitative and includes daily laboratory experiences, quizzes, tests, and a research project. The grade will be formulated as follows: Tests (40%), Quizzes (10%), Labs (25%), Research (5%), and Final Exam (20%). Daily attendance is required.

Introduction to Computer Science and Engineering

Teacher: Mr. Matt Memmo

Special Note: 0.5 credit for EA students

Dates: Monday-Friday, July 8-26, 8 a.m.- 12 p.m.

Price: $800

Students will learn the basics of programming & computational thinking concepts; digital literacy and digital citizenship skills; electronics and robotics concepts; and engineering design concepts. The class assessments will be project-based. Students will learn how to solve problems and analyze data by developing algorithms and using the engineering design approach. Programming languages/platforms used will include PencilCode, Javascript, Java, Tinkercad, Photoshop, Arduino and Raspberry Pi.

Algebra I

Teacher: Ms. Ashley O'Connor

Special Note: 1.0 Math credit for EA students

Required Materials: Folder, notebook, pencils, TI 84 Graphing Calculator

Dates: Monday-Friday, June 24-July 26, 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Pre-Algebra accompanied by the encouragement and signed approval of the student’s school’s Math Department Chair

Price: $1,100

Equivalent to a full year Algebra I experience, this course covers topics including: basic operations with variables, exponents, and radicals; polynomial and rational expressions; solving linear, fractional, and quadratic equations; graphing and writing linear equations; solving linear systems; and the quadratic formula.

Homework will be assigned daily; quizzes will occur daily; and tests will take place each week covering two chapters of content. There will also be midterm and final exams. Students will receive midterm and final grades. Daily attendance is required.

Algebra II

Teacher: Mr. Ryan Klein

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Algebra I accompanied by the encouragement and signed approval of the student’s school’s Math Department Chair

Required Materials: Notebook, pencils, straight edge, graph paper, and a TI 84 Graphing Calculator.

Note: 1.0 Math credit for approved EA students

Dates: June 17- July 23, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Price: $1,100

Equivalent to a full year Algebra II experience, this course builds quickly on elementary algebra skills. Students will work toward mastering techniques including: linear, polynomial, rational, and radical equations and inequalities; exponential and logarithmic expressions; complex numbers; and sequences and series.

Homework will be assigned daily; Weekly quizzes and tests will be given, along with a midterm and final exam. Students will receive midterm and final grades. Daily attendance is required.

Geometry

Teacher: Ms. Grace Wingfield

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Algebra I accompanied by the encouragement and signed approval of the student’s school’s Math Department Chair

Required Materials: Notebook, folder, pencils, and a calculator

Note: 1.0 Math credit for approved EA students

Dates: Monday - Thursday, June 17-July 23, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Price: $1,100

Equivalent to a full year Geometry experience, this course starts with the basic concepts of point, line and plane, followed by the introduction of the principles of logical reasoning and spatial relations through the study of geometric figures. Students strengthen their inductive and deductive reasoning skills and the techniques of formal proof are developed in the context of congruent and similar polygons, parallel and perpendicular lines, area, and volume.

Homework will be assigned daily as extensive practice outside of class is necessary. Weekly quizzes and tests will be given, along with a midterm and final exam. Students will receive midterm and final grades. Daily attendance is required.

Pre-Calculus

Teacher: Mr. CJ Yespelkis and Dr. Tom Goebeler

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Geometry and Algebra 2 accompanied by the encouragement and signed approval of the student’s school’s Math Department Chair

Required Materials: Notebook, pencils, straight edge, graph paper, TI 84 Graphing Calculator

Note: 1.0 Math credit for approved EA students

Dates: Monday - Friday, June 17-July 19, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

(Note: June 22 - July 3 classes will end at 12 p.m.)

Price: $1,200

Equivalent to a full year Pre-Calculus experience, this rigorous course in analysis develops graphing and problem-solving dexterity through the study of polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions. Extended topics include sequences and series, parametric equations, and an introduction to calculus. The graphing calculator will be used extensively as a tool of inquiry.

Homework will be assigned daily; Weekly quizzes and tests will be given, along with a midterm and final exam. Students will receive midterm and final grades. Daily attendance is required.