Summer Programs

Summer School


Summer School Academic Program

The Summer School Program is an opportunity for Woodward Academy students to receive academic credit while developing areas of special interest, improving proficiency, or remediating weaknesses. Small class sizes, innovative teaching methods and a relaxed atmosphere all help to create an excellent learning environment.

Non Woodward students will be considered on a case by case basis. The Academic Dean will consider the requests from non-Woodward students; acceptance in the summer program does not affect any school-year admission decisions.  All students must meet the pre-requisite requirements and be approved by the Academic Dean.

Three courses travel off campus (Costa Rica, England and Washington State).  These courses have an earlier deadline for acceptance (February 27, 2015).

There are two steps required to enroll in summer classes:


>>STEP 1 - Use this link to submit a request to the Academic Dean at Woodward Academy to attend summer classes. Students MUST receive approval from the Academic Dean before registering for summer classes.

>>STEP 2 - After you have received an email approving your summer class, please register online and submit payment when online registration opens in January.

Classes in the Humanities for Summer 2015

ENGLISH - (CP,EP) Basic Reading & Writing 1 & 2, 1 Semester, June 1-26

For those students who are going into grades 9 and 10 who are required to have 20 hours of tutoring because they earned D's for two semesters in English 8 or English I, this course is also available to students who want support to find greater success in English 1 and 2 in the Upper School. This course gives students elective credits in the Upper School (which tutoring does not). Reviewing grammar, using a summer reading book to teach writing, and teaching critical reading and thinking skills as well as listening, speaking and viewing skills comprise the coursework.

Dates:  June 1 - 26
Time:  9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Tuition: $1,600
Prerequisite: none

Submit a request to attend summer classes.

ENGLISH - (CP, EP) Basic Reading and Writing III and IV, 1 Semester, June 1 - 26

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 cultures (in addition to the American and British literature which is covered in English 2 and 3).  Because the vocabulary and critical reading skills necessary for comprehending these works are challenging, 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 as the students refine the metacognitive reading skills by using literature from around the globe. Note:  For some 9th and 10th grade students the course is required.

Dates: June 1 - 26
Time:  9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Tuition:  $1,600
Prerequisite: None

Submit a request to attend summer classes.

ENGLISH - (EP) Multicultural Literature, 1 Semester, June 1 - 26

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 cultures (in addition to the American and British literature which is covered in English 2 and 3). Because the vocabulary and critical reading skills necessary for comprehending these works are challenging, 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 as the students refine the metacognitive reading skills by using literature from around the globe. Note: For some 9th and 10th grade students the course is required.

Dates:  June 1 - 26
Time:  9 a.m. - 1  p.m.
Tuition: $1,600
Pre-Requisite: none

Submit a request to attend summer classes.

ENGLISH - (EP, HP) Shakespeare in England, 1 Semester, June 8 - 20

Have you ever wanted to experience a play in the Globe Theater, or to engage with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford Upon Avon? This summer, you have the opportunity to do just that! Join us as we travel to England for an immersive study of William Shakespeare’s life and select comedies. In hopes of uniting our students as socially conscious young adults, the Shakespeare 2015 summer study will include works that raise important questions about religion (Merchant of Venice), gender (Taming of the Shrew), and race (The Tempest).

Dates: June 8 at Woodward Academy, June 9th - 20th  in England
Times: June 8th; 9 a.m.  - 3:30 p.m.
Tuition:  $4,700
Pre-Requisite: none

Submit a request to attend summer classes.

History - (EP, HP) Multicultural, Ethnic & Diversity Studies, 1 Semester, June 1 - 26

Multicultural, Ethnic and Diversity Studies (commonly called MEDS) is an organic, experimental, interdisciplinary, survey course examining America's diverse cultural heritage through the voices and visions of gender, racial, religious, and ethnic "minorities." This course incorporates themes in history, art, literature, sociology, psychology, music, pop culture, and the media. We will identify, compare, and contrast these various themes in their historical, social, cultural, economic, personal, political, and legal contexts.

Because this is a summer course with a block schedule, students who take summer MEDS will have unique travel opportunities not available during the regular, academic year. These opportunities include, but are not limited to, field trips to the Atlanta Mosque, the Temple, an Asian Market, the King Center, Ebeneezer Baptist Church, the Hindu Temple of Atlanta, and a Caribbean Market.

Dates: June 1 - 26
Time: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Tuition: $1,600
Prerequisite:  None
Textbook: TBD

Submit a request to attend summer classes.

World Languages - (CP,EP) French Grammar Workshop 1, 2 & 3, 1 Semester, June 1 - 26

This course offers an opportunity to receive specific help on areas of concern in French 1, 2, & 3. The course earns a semester of elective credit and provides opportunities in speaking and listening and writing in the core French courses, using teacher provided texts and worksheets.

Date: June 1 - 26
Time:  9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Tuition:  $1,600
Pre-requisite:  French 1 , 2 or 3

Submit a request to attend summer classes.

World Languages - (CP,EP) Spanish Grammar Workshop 1, 2 & 3, 1 Semester, June 1 - 26

This course offers an opportunity to receive specific help on areas of concern in Spanish 1 and 2. The course earns a semester of elective credit and provides opportunities in speaking and listening and writing in the core Spanish courses, using teacher provided texts and worksheets.

Dates: June 1 - 26
Times: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Tuition: $1,600
Pre-Requisite: Spanish 1 or 2

Submit a request to attend summer classes.

Classes in Science & Math for Summer 2015

Math - (CP,EP) Geometry, 1 Semester, June 1 - 26, July 6 - 17

This is a year-long course whose topics include points and lines, logic, angles, properties of polygons, congruence, perimeter, area, volume, coordinate geometry, similarity, right triangle trig, parallel lines, and circles. Algebra 1 skills are incorporated throughout the course so that those skills will be strengthened and retained.

Dates: June 1 - 26, July 6 - 17
Time: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Tuition: $2,950
Pre-Requisite: Algebra 1

Math - (EP) Pre-Calculus with Trigonometry, 1 Semester, June 15 - 26

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.).

Dates: June 15- 26
Time: 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Tuition: $1,600
Pre-Requisite: Pre-Calculus with Algebra EP

Science - (EP,HP) Criminal Investigation & Forensics, 1 Semester, June 1 - 26

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 understanding of the knowledge and skills learned by composing investigative reports and concluding the investigation.

Dates: June 1 – 26
Time:  9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Tuition:  $1,600
Prerequisite: Biology EP or HP and Chemistry EP or HP

Science - (EP,HP) Intro to Biotechnology , 1 Semester, June 1- 26

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.

Dates: June 1- 26
Time: 1:30 p.m.  - 4:30 p.m.
Tuition: $1,600
Prerequisite: Biology EP or HP

Science - (CP) Chemistry, 1 Year, June 1 - 19, July 6 - 24

Designed for the academic student, this course provides for the study of the properties and the behavior of matter.  Emphasis is placed on laboratory work, chemical problem solving and units on descriptive, organic, inorganic, and nuclear chemistry as well as environmental chemistry.

Dates: June 1 – 19, July 6 – 24
Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., depending on lab schedule
Tuition:  $2,950
Prerequisite: Biology CP or Department Head approval.

Science - (EP,HP) Microbiology, I Semester, June 8 - 26

Microbiology is the study of single celled organisms and simple multi-celled organisms. This course is designed for the serious high school science student interested in gaining more lab techniques and a deeper understanding of cell processes. Course work includes, but is not limited to, wet labs, computer simulated labs, team projects, independent learning activities, teacher directed instruction, and research. During this course the student will cover an introduction to the biology of microorganisms, including phylogeny and diversity, growth, metabolism, and genetics. A main objective is to gain appreciation and understanding of diversity and dominance of microorganisms. The course also considers the role of microorganisms in human’s lives, from ways in which they have shaped our environment to direct microbe-human interactions. The laboratory introduces basic techniques of pure culture work, enrichments and isolation, and experimentation with microorganisms.

Dates: June 8 – 26
Time: MWF 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., T/TH 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Tuition: $1,600
Pre-Requisite: Biology and Chemistry

Science - (EP, HP) Geology of National Parks, 1 Semester, June 8-12, 13-20 Washington State and Oregon

This course presents basic geologic concepts through the lens of our national parks and monuments. Students will be exposed to national park geology through plate tectonics, mountains, volcanoes, earthquakes, and other geological phenomena that result from processes that occur within or on the surface of the Earth. We will see how processes occurring at plate boundaries and hotspots result in the dramatic landscapes seen in national parks. We will also introduce other geologic concepts such as rock types, geologic time, and historical geology using examples from the national parks. These tools allow us to understand why landscapes and rocks in a given park are similar to those in some parks yet differ from those in others; and to appreciate why the preservation of geologic features within national parks helps us understand natural science and how it relates to society and the environment.

Dates: June 8-12 on campus, June 13-20 Washington State and Oregon
Time: (June 8-12)  9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Tuition: $3,800 (includes airfare and room and board in Washington)
Pre-Requisite: Biology and Chemistry

Science - (EP, HP) Tropical Ecology, 1 Semester, June 15-25, Costa Rica

This course will be taught by Chery Gibson (former member of the Woodward Academy Faculty and Science Department Chair) and Mark Wainwright (author and naturalist from Costa Rica).  For 11 days (June 15th – 25th), students will travel throughout Costa Rica exploring and learning about some of the richest ecosystems on earth, some of the fascinating Costa Rican history and culture that surrounds them, 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, we will also look at how people use the surrounding areas, with visits to a pineapple plantation, an organic farm, and a reforestation project. And along the way, we will take every opportunity to "taste" Costa Rica - its food literally, but also Costa Rica's scenery, its everyday life, its music and dance, its ocean.

Dates: June 15 - 25
Tuition:  $3,800  (includes airfare, room and board in Costa Rica) 
Prerequisite: Biology EP or HP and Chemistry EP or HP

More Information

Need to contact us?  The best way to reach the summer programs office is via email at camps@woodward.edu, or call us at 404.765.4400.

Lunch is included as part of this program. Students enrolled in the Summer Academic Program may also take advantage of our other offerings, including the summer bus service, the payment plan and afternoon supervision. Students may not remain on campus unsupervised during the summer.

Summer School Policies

Woodward students who are entering grades 9-12 may apply to attend. For scheduling purposes, please note there will be no class the week of June 30 - July 4, in observance of Independence Day. All courses without a minimum number of registrants are subject to cancellation.

Students MUST receive approval from the Academic Dean in the Upper School before enrolling and paying for a Summer Academic class. Once approval has been granted, parents will be notified via email that their student may register.

The Summer Academic Program is an intense program, one requiring students be at class and on task; therefore, it is important that the student be fully committed when registering for the course. In addition to the class work during the academic day, students can expect homework designed to support and reinforce the class work. All students are expected to adhere to the academic and personal standards of conduct and behavior as outlined in the Woodward Academy Upper School Student/Parent Handbook.

Attendance: The Upper School academic year attendance policy is not feasible in the summer where a day of Woodward's compacted program is roughly the equivalent to more than a week in the normal school year. Therefore, all absences during the summer academic program must be health-related or emergency family situations (funerals, etc.). The academic school day begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends for most classes at 1:00 p.m. Students must arrive on time and thus take into consideration possible traffic problems as they are to arrive on campus no later than 8:55 a.m. Students should schedule or reschedule doctors appointments to the late afternoon. To report a legitimate and unavoidable absence, the parent must contact the Summer Office (404.765.4400) and the classroom teacher. It is the students responsibility to schedule a time with the teacher to makeup missed work. Collaboratively, the teacher and student will devise a time-line for make-up work, a time-line which the student must follow. If a student misses more than 10% (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. However, if a student needed remediation due to two D's, he may, with the Academic Dean's permission, be allowed to remain in the course but will receive no credit on his Upper School transcript (but will receive tutoring credit).

The school is not obligated to refund money should a student's absenteeism exceed the above limits.

Conduct: 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 School 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.

Books and Materials: 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.

Grade Reports: 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.