SUMMER SEMESTER

Wise guidance at Woodward Academy is extended through the summer to provide our students the opportunity to receive academic credit while discovering new interests, cultivating academic strengths, and improving in areas of weakness. Non-Woodward students are welcome to apply to Summer Semester at Woodward and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All students must meet prerequisites and be approved by the academic dean before registering for classes. Acceptance into Summer Semester does not affect regular school year admission decisions.

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Woodward students in Costa Rica
Tropical ecology students in Monteverde, Costa Rica.

Humanities Classes

English, History, World Languages

Math & Science Classes

Multicultural Literature (EP)

Multicultural Literature EP CF

1064
Prerequisite: None
Texts: (1) Things Fall Apart, Achebe (ISBN: 978-0-385-47454-2)
(2) Advanced Word Power, Johnson (ISBN 978-1-59194-226-9)
(3) Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck (ISBN 9780749717100 OR 9780140177398)--required summer reading for grade 9
(4) TBA second summer reading text required for grade 9

Description: This course prepares students for college reading and writing. Focusing on the influence of time and culture on word meanings and syntax, the course provides students an opportunity to investigate the distinctive voices and literature of many different culture, in addition to the American and British literature covered in English 2 and 3. By working on the vocabulary and critical reading skills necessary for comprehending these works, students will improve their ability to be successful in college-level work. The course counts as elective credit and will cover one summer reading selection as well as vocabulary enrichment. Students will refine their metacognitive reading skills by using literature from around the globe. Note: For some 9th and 10th grade students, the course is required.

Teachers: Reker, Zents
Credit: .5
Dates: June 5–30; 9:00-1:00 daily
Grade Reports: 1 progress email mid-way; final 7/20
Tuition: $1700

Journalism I - ONLINE (EP/HP)

Journalism I

Online (EP 1093/HP 1094)

Description: This course focuses on journalistic writing through analysis of newspapers, yearbooks, literary magazines, and broadcast journalism publications. A concentration on the following components of journalistic writing is critical: influence, purpose, structure, and diction. Reading, writing, and critical thinking are key components as students explore the power and influence of journalism. Students will participate in news gathering and aspects of copywriting, editing, and revising. Additionally, they will study the ethics of journalism. This course also includes a basic overview of photojournalism, typography, and design for online and print publications. This course is a prerequisite for all advanced journalism courses, including applying for the Phoenix yearbook and The Blade online and print newsmagazine staffs. This course is offered in the school year, but only at the EP level; HP is available only in the summer program.

Teacher: Goode-Peoples

Credit: .5
Dates: June 5–July 21
Time: Online
Tuition: $1,700

Basic Reading and Writing 1&2 (CP/EP)

Basic Reading and Writing 1&2 CP CF

1060 CP/1061 EP
Prerequisite: None
Texts: Required Summer Reading Books

Description: This course fulfills the mandatory summer work for rising 9th and 10th graders required to have 20 hours of tutoring because they earned Ds for two semesters in English 8 or English 1. This course is also available to students who need support or want greater success in English 1 and 2 in the Upper School. The course gives students elective credits in the US (which tutoring does not). Grammar review, writing exercises based on a summer reading book, critical reading and critical thinking work, as well as lessons to improve listening, speaking, and viewing skills comprise the coursework.

Teacher: Ratliff
Credit: .5
Dates: June 5–30; 9:00-1:00 daily
Grade Reports: 1 progress email mid-way; final 7/20
Tuition: $1700

Basic Reading and Writing 3&4 (CP/EP)

Basic Reading and Writing 3 &4 CP CF

1062 CP/1063 EP
Prerequisite: None
Texts: Required Summer Reading Books

Description: This course fulfills the mandatory summer work for rising 11th and 12th graders required to have 20 hours of tutoring because they earned Ds for two semesters in English 2 or English 3. This course is also available to students who need support or want greater success in English 3 and 4 in the Upper School. The course gives students elective credits in the US (which tutoring does not). Grammar review, writing exercises based on a summer reading book, critical reading and critical thinking work, as well as lessons to improve listening, speaking, and viewing skills comprise the coursework.

Teacher: Ratliff
Credit: .5
Dates: June 5–30; 9:00-1:00 daily
Grade Reports: 1 progress email mid-way; final 7/20
Tuition: $1700

The American West: Settlement to Present (CP/EP/HP)

The American West: Settlement to Present CP, EP, HP

1257 CP/1258 EP/1259 HP
Prerequisite: None
Text: TBA

Description: This course looks at the frontier, region, and modern landscape that is the American West. The course will begin with the exploration and settlement of diverse groups and continue through the cultural clashes and the development of the West. Specifically, American West covers the early exploration, beginning with the Columbian Exchange, setting the stage for the development of the southwest culture; it continues with the exploration of Lewis and Clark and U.S. expansion as Native Americans struggled to protect their land and preserve their culture; included as well will be information on the unique west of cowboys, ranchers, miners, lumberjacks, and oil men leading to economic development and struggle for conservation, all of which continue to impact our nation's political, economic, and environmental outlook.

Teacher: Widener
Credit: .5
Dates: June 5 - June 16, 9:00 to 3:30 daily
Grade Reports: A mid-way progress email and a final report on August 1
Tuition: $1,700

For those with F in a semester grade:
CF denotes Credit Forward. CR denotes Credit Recovery.

Pre-Calculus with Trigonometry (EP)

PreCal w Trig EP CF*

Course 1170 HOPE RIGOR
Prerequisite: PreCal w Algebra EP, rising seniors only (for WA enrollees)
Text: Precalculus 2011 Edition, Glencoe (ISBN 978-0-07-880273-7) (WA students used this text in 2015-16 school year)

Description: This one-semester course is the continuation of Pre-Calculus with Algebra. It covers the complete study of trigonometric functions and identities, along with applications of these topics (complex numbers, polar coordinates, etc.).

Teacher: Lecesne
Credit: .5
Dates: June 12–23; 9:00-3:30 daily
Grade reports: 1 progress email mid-way; final 7/20
Tuition: $1700

Chemistry (CP)

Chemistry CP CF or CR

Prerequisite: Bio CP or Dept. Head Approval
1309 and 1310 CP HOPE RIGOR
Text: Chemistry in the Community 6th edition (ISBN: 978-1-4292-1952-5)

Description: Designed for the academic student, this course provides an opportunity to study the properties and the behavior of matter. The course places emphasis on laboratory work and chemical problem solving, and will feature units on descriptive, organic, inorganic, and nuclear chemistry as well as environmental chemistry.

Teacher: Kise
Credit: 1
Dates: June 5–30; 9:00-3:30 daily
Grade Reports: Weekly progress email; mid-way, semester-one email; final 7/20
Tuition: $2695

Criminal Investigation & Forensics (EP/HP)

Criminal Investigation and Forensics EP/HP CF

1350 EP/1377 HP HOPE RIGOR
Prerequisite: Biology EP or HP and Chemistry EP or HP
Texts: Forensic Science: Fundamentals and Investigations, 2nd ed. (ISBN: 978-1-305-07711-9)

Description: This course will provide students with an opportunity to learn the procedures and principles of forensic science and criminal investigation. Students will play the role of a crime scene investigator, learning the importance of collecting and processing multiple avenues of evidence during a course-long investigation. The course will cover a large range of techniques in forensic analysis, including DNA Typing, Questioned Document Examination, Forensic Entomology, Bite Mark Analysis, Blood Spatter Analysis, Hair and Fiber Analysis, and more. Forensic science incorporates skills in biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, and criminal justice. It introduces law enforcement topics such as criminal investigations, fingerprint development, firearms identification, and questioned document examination. Students will show their knowledge and skills learned in the course by composing investigative reports and concluding the investigation. This course is offered in the school year, but only at the EP level; HP is available only in the summer program.

Teacher: Alvord
Credit: .5
Dates: June 5–16; 9-3:30 daily
Grade Reports: 1 progress email mid-way; final 7/20
Tuition: $1700

Intro to Biotechnology (EP/HP)

Intro to Biotechnology EP/HP CF

Prerequisite: Biology EP or HP and Chemistry EP or HP
1352
Texts: Biotech: Science for New Millenium with CD (ISBN: 978-0-7638-4284-0)

Description: This course introduces students to the fundamentals of biotechnology. Included in this course is a basic overview of current trends and careers in biotechnology. Additionally, emphasis on basic laboratory skills along with the business, regulatory, and ethical aspects of biotechnology is included. In the course, students learn fundamental skills such as lab design, lab safety, how to write and keep up a lab notebook (required by anyone who does research in an NIH-funded institution), and writing and presentation skills. The knowledge and skills gained in this course will provide students with a broad understanding of biotechnology and its impact on society and with a set of foundation skills for entry into the career pathway. Topics covered in this course are: the Biotech industry, Microbiology and Cell Culture, DNA Structure and Analysis, bacterial transformation and plasmid purification, PCR, protein structure and analysis, and immunological applications. This course is offered in the school year, but only at the EP level; HP is available only in the summer program.


Teacher: Alvord
Credit: .5
Dates: June 19–30; 9 to 3:30 pm daily
Grade Reports: 1 progress email mid-way; final 7/20
Tuition: $1700

Tropical Ecology (EP/HP)

Tropical Ecology EP/HP CF

Prerequisite: Bio EP or HP & Chemistry EP or HP
1380 EP/ 1381 HP
Texts: None

Description: This course will be taught by Chery Gibson (former Woodward faculty and Science Department Chair), Elaine Carroll (former biology Instructor), and Mark Wainwright (author and naturalist from Costa Rica). For 11 days, students will travel throughout Costa Rica exploring and learning about some of the richest ecosystems on earth, Costa Rica’s fascinating history and culture, and often, the connection between the two. The ecosystems to be explored include lowland Caribbean rainforest, highland cloudforest, coastal Pacific rainforest, mangroves, and even caves. In addition, students will look at how people use the surrounding areas, with visits to a pineapple plantation, an organic farm, and a reforestation project. Along the way, we will take every opportunity to "taste" Costa Rica—quite literally through the country’s food, but also in terms of Costa Rica's scenery, its everyday life, its music and dance, and its ocean.

Teachers: Gibson, Carroll
Credit: .5
Dates: June 19–29; full days; Off Campus (Costa Rica)
Grade Reports: 1 progress email mid-way; final 7/20
Tuition: $3550 (includes airfare, room and board, registration fee and course fee)


What You Need to Know

about Summer Semester at Woodward

The academic school day begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. for most classes. Students must arrive on campus no later than 8:55 a.m. To report a legitimate and unavoidable absence related to health or a family emergency, parents must contact the Summer Semester office at 404.765.4400 as well as the classroom teacher. It is the student's responsibility to schedule a time with the teacher to make up missed work. If a student misses more than 10 percent (eight hours) of either a four-week or three-week course, the academic dean has the right to remove the student from the course and deny credit. If a student needed remediation due to two Ds, the student may be allowed to remain in the course without transcript credit. The school is not obligated to refund payment should a student's absenteeism exceed the eight-hour limit.

Note: There will be no class the week of July 4 - 8, in observance of Independence Day.

All Woodward Academy rules regarding student behavior apply to the summer sessions. Students are expected to behave in a mature and responsible manner at all times, respecting each other's desire to learn and develop to her or his fullest potential. The program director may at any time require a student to leave the program if her or his conduct is disruptive. A student who is dismissed under such circumstances is not eligible for a tuition refund. Students are expected to uphold the traditions of an academic community in which all members accept responsibility to do their own work and to give credit to sources that they use. They are expected to respect the Woodward Academy Honor Code which does not tolerate lying, cheating, or plagiarism. Dress at the Summer Semester is informal, but should be neat, clean, and appropriate.

Students are not permitted to leave the campus for any reason while attending the program. If a student leaves campus without permission, he or she will be subject to dismissal from the Summer Academic Program.

Most for-credit classes require the additional purchase of books and/or materials for the class. Book lists (including ISBN numbers) will be provided upon confirmation on the class.

Books are available online through MBS.

Mid-session and final grade reports will be issued to all students enrolled in for-credit courses. Final grades will be mailed home at the end of the session.
Students enrolled in the Summer Semester will receive lunch daily. They may also take advantage of our other offerings, including the summer bus service, the payment plan, and afternoon supervision.
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