Hamden Hall Country Day School

Educating students in PreSchool through Grade 12
Summer Academy

Upper School Courses

Summer Academy dates for 2018 will run from June 25 - Aug. 3.
Registration is now open. 


Our strength at Hamden Hall Summer Academy is our small class size. Our courses provide students with the chance to work closely with qualified teachers who aim to help equip students with the skills, attitude, and the independence necessary to master whatever stage they are at in the educational process.

Summer Academy is broken into two, 3 week sessions. Credit Courses run for the full six weeks.
Click on a course link to be taken to its corresponding course description.

Click on the Summer Academy Application to register.

Have a question? Contact Kim Porto at summeracademy@hamdenhall.org

*NEW courses offered for credit include:


Credit Courses

Non-Credit Courses
Session 1 June 25 - July 13     Session 2 July 16 - Aug. 3   
9:00-10:00 Geometry Preview
Algebra II Preview
9:00-10:00 Geometry Preview
Algebra II Preview
10:00-11:00 The Fundamentals of English II 10:00-11:00 The Fundamentals of English II
11:00-12:00 Writing Fundamentals II 11:00-12:00 Writing Fundamentals II 

If interested in Spanish or Latin courses, please contact Kim Porto at kporto@hamdenhall.org.

Special Programs

Credit Courses

Any student who wishes to receive credit for a Summer Academy course should contact the Summer Academy office and request that a transcript be sent to their school. Please be aware that the decision to award credit is made by the school which the student attends during the regular school year. *Eligible Hamden Hall students may also take selected courses for credit. Successful completion of a credit course allows a Hamden Hall student to advance to the next level of the course in September. It does not reduce the number of courses to be taken that year. 
* Departmental permission required prior to registration.


Chemistry (credit)

9am -12pm
June 25 - August 3
Tuition: $1100
Grades: 10-11

This summer Chemistry course is intended for students who are interested in a B level chemistry for credit course. A major concept of the course is how the atomic theory has evolved in explaining the properties of matter, especially behavior of the elements and their compounds. Other topics include the mathematical and theoretical treatments of the gas laws, the mole, calorimetry, equilibrium and solutions, an introduction to acids/bases, and oxidation/ reduction reactions. These concepts are reinforced by experiments, demonstrations and use of models. Current problems of science are considered in magazine reports. This course does not qualify students for accelerated or traditional placement into AP Chemistry or other AP Sciences.
Department Head permission required PRIOR TO REGISTRATION for Hamden Hall students.



Geometry (Credit)

9am -12pm
June 25 - August 3
Tuition: $1100
Grades: 9-10 

This course provides, through deductive reasoning, a comprehensive study of the theorems, postulates, and definitions associated with plane, solid, and coordinate Geometry. This course is offered to students who have completed Algebra I and is intended to broaden their conceptual skill, strengthen their organizational skills, and develop an aggressive, yet flexible approach to finding solutions to problems. 
Department Head permission required PRIOR TO REGISTRATION for Hamden Hall students. 

Spanish I (Credit)

Section 1: Hours/Dates TBD 
Tuition: $1100
Grades: 9-12
 
This intensive course is equivalent to a full first year Spanish course which focuses on basic Spanish vocabulary and grammar, along with an introduction to Spanish culture.  It is designed to prepare students to enter Spanish II in the fall.
Department Head permission required PRIOR TO REGISTRATION for Hamden Hall students.  
Contact Kim Porto at kporto@hamdenhall.org if interested in this course.

Latin I (Credit)

Hours/Dates TBD
Tuition: $1100
Grades: 9-12
 
This intensive course is equivalent to a full first year Latin course which focuses on basic Latin vocabulary and grammar, along with an introduction to the culture of ancient Rome.  It is designed to prepare students to enter Latin II in the fall.
Department Head permission required PRIOR TO REGISTRATION for Hamden Hall students.  
Contact Kim Porto at kporto@hamdenhall.org if interested in this course. 

Algebra II (Credit/Non-Credit) This class is cancelled.

9am-12pm
June 25 - August 3
Tuition: $1100   
Grades: 9-12

This course reviews Algebra II concepts including signed numbers, order of operations, linear equations, algebraic fractions and word problems.  It covers quadratic, exponential, and logarithmic functions with an emphasis on graphing.  Problem solving techniques are emphasized. Graphing calculators are used to support the concepts.  Optional topics might include the conic sections and trigonometric functions.  This course features Mr. Zundell's "Little Brucie's" world famous "miracle notes." This is a traditional, basic Algebra II course.  Each student needs to check with their school's guidance office to verify that this curriculum meets their school's curriculum guidelines and to find out if they will need to take their school's final exam.
Department Head permission required PRIOR TO REGISTRATION for Hamden Hall students.

Trigonometry for Calculus (Credit)

 8:00 -11:00 am
Dates June 25 - July 13
Tuition: $600 
Grades: 9-12

Trigonometry for Calculus is designed for students who want to strengthen their preparation for Pre Calculus or who intend to pursue the study of Advanced Placement Calculus in the upcoming school year. In this course, students will learn the definitions and methods utilized with the trigonometric functions, reference triangles, the unit circle, right triangles, oblique triangles (Laws of Sines and Cosines), inverse trigonometric functions, and identities (Pythagorean, addition, and double angle). The course will also emphasize the practical applications of trigonometry and the trigonometric concepts that are utilized in the development of Calculus. 
Department Head permission required PRIOR TO REGISTRATION for Hamden Hall students. 

Algebra I (Credit)

 8:30-11:30 am
June 25 - August 3
Tuition: $1100
Grades: 8-12
Topics such as coordinate graphing and polynomials continue to be investigated on a more abstract level.  Factoring, quadratic equations, algebraic fractions, systems of equations, inequalities, irrational numbers, and the quadratic formula are taught. Word problems remain an integral part of the cou
Department Head permission required PRIOR TO REGISTRATION for Hamden Hall students.


Basic Statistics (Credit) 

Hours/Dates TBD
Tuition: $1100
Grades: 9-11
 
We will start with data and learn how to summarize it by calculating its mean, median, and mode and by calculating its spread. Then we will discuss probability, expectation and decisions. Then we will discuss what data "should" look like, including several probability distributions and the normal distribution. Finally, we will discuss predictions or inferences about means. Students need to have at TI-83 calculator or higher. 


Painting (Credit) 
12:30-3:30 pm 
June 25 - July 13
Tuition $650
The focus on this course is on color, drawing, and composition.  Students will gain familiarity and skill with painting and various techniques.  The application of water-based mediums will be emphasized.  Experimentation with gouache, ink, and washes, as well as drawing materials will be encouraged.  Students will work from observation.  Field trips (walking distance) to park and city settings will be the theme of many of their paintings.
A supply list will be provided prior to the beginning of the class.



Ceramics (Credit)
9:00-12:00 pm
June 25-July 13
Tuition $650
This course is an introduction to the sculp­tural, painterly, and functional approaches to ceramics. Students will explore techniques in wheel throwing and construction for hand­ building. The emphasis is on the form and the function of each piece. Specific class assignments are required.
A supply list will be provided prior to the beginning of the class.
 
Drawing the Still Life (Credit)
Time: TBD
June 25 - July 13
Tuition $650
This course aims to provide a basic understanding of the components of drawing by strengthening the student’s ability to understand and convey spatial and tonal relationships.  Students will investigate the three-dimensional object through a series of exercises geared to strengthen their ability to see.
A supply list will be provided prior to the beginning of the class.

Digital Photography (Credit)
12:30-3:30
June 25 -July 12
Tuition $650
The objective of this course is to give students an introduction to the technical skills necessary to use computers, digital cameras, scanners, and software as a means of visually communicating their photographic ideas. The course will enable students to shoot digitally, scan, and make adjustments in Adobe Photoshop. The use of Adobe Photoshop will be geared towards improving photographic images and not heavy manipu­lation or design. We will explore both the technical and aesthetic side of photography and how the “digital revolution” is changing the medium through a combination of lectures, projects, and student­ designed research.

Algebra II Preview

Tuition: $330
Grades 9-12 

Students will review computations including the properties of real numbers, solving linear equations and graphing, simplifying and factoring polynomials simplifying rational expressions including the use of radicals and some imaginary numbers, and the use of quadratic equations.
Strongly recommended as a preparation for Algebra II. 

Geometry Preview

Tuition $330
Grades 8-12

Students will become acquainted with the use of definitions, postulates and theorems, particularly as they apply to the "if-then" logic of proofs; points, lines, planes, segments and angles; properties of triangles and other geometric figures; congruency and similarity; right triangles; circles; areas and volumes.
Strongly recommended as a preparation for Geometry. 


Writing Fundamentals II

Tuition: $330
Grades 9-12
 
This course will provide intensive practice in brainstorming, outlining, writing and rewriting expository and research papers. Analyzing the question, text interpretation, editing drafts, and close proofreading are all skills that will be taught. Appropriate footnoting, endnoting and bibliography techniques will also be reviewed. Strongly recommended for students new to Hamden Hall.

The Fundamentals of English II


Tuition: $330
Grades 9-12

This course reviews the elements of critical reading, analysis, writing, grammar, and vocabulary considered important for success in the upper grades. Students will read, discuss and provide written analysis of literature from the Hamden Hall summer reading list. 
Strongly recommended for students new to Hamden Hall


 
 
This six-week course will simulate a college level honors course for mathematics majors, and is intended for students with both strong experience and interest in the subject matter. Having a foundation in proof-based mathematics is important not only for future studies in mathematics, but problem solving in general.


 
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