Middle & Upper School Summer Courses

Join in hands-on learning and academic growth opportunities this summer.

Middle School courses are open to rising 6th-9th grade students and Upper School courses are open to rising 9th-12th grade students, depending on the course.

The registration deadline is June 4, 2021.

Middle School Courses

EcoAdventures - Exploring the Natural World

  • Dates: June 28 – July 1, 2021
  • Times: 9 am – 3 pm
  • Description: Experiments, investigation, exploration, oh my! Come unlock a world of mystery that God created. Every day we will focus on a different theme: Weather, Insects & Plants, Water, and Energy. This fun, interactive camp takes a hands-on approach to understanding our amazing natural world.
  • Cost: $325
  • Grades: Rising 6th-9th grade

Ceramics - Jars of Clay

  • Dates: July 5 – 8, 2021
  • Times: 9 am – 12 pm
  • Description: Students will explore hand building, throwing, and glazing techniques while creating beautiful works. The entire Christian walk can be shared through the creation of a pot on the potter’s wheel! Students will witness the kiln firing process and relate it to the refining fire of the Holy Spirit. Students will gain an understanding of our walk with the Potter while creating with the Clay.
  • Cost: $235
  • Grades: Rising 6-9th

Middle School Theater Intensive

  • Dates: July 12-15, 2021
  • Times: 9 am – 3 pm
  • Description: Calling all actors for the Middle School Theater Intensive! Students will gain high-level skills in characterization, scene work, musical theatre, audition technique, improvisation, & monologues culminating in a theater showcase!
  • Cost: $275
  • Grades: Rising 6-9th

Math Boot Camp

  • Dates: July 26-29, 2021
  • Times: 9 am – 3 pm
  • Description: Don’t start the new year off rusty on your math skills! This course will focus on strengthening the content knowledge that students need to be successful in middle school math—fundamentals review, Big 30 concepts, an introduction to solving equations, etc. This course is intended for students enrolled in Math 1, Math 2, or pre-algebra next year.
  • Cost: $275
  • Grades: Rising 6-9th

Upper School Courses

Agricultural Science Foundations

  • Dates: June 7-10, 2021 and June 14-17, 2021
  • Times: 9 am – 3 pm
  • Description: Agricultural Science Foundations (Aquaponics) is designed to develop competencies in the areas of agricultural history and Aquaponics. Students will learn the global impact of agriculture; career opportunities; scientific and research concepts; biological and physical science principles; environmental principles; agriscience safety; principles of leadership; and agribusiness, employability, and human relations skills in agriscience. Laboratory investigations that include scientific inquiry, research, measurement, problem-solving, emerging technologies, tools and equipment, as well as, experimental quality, and safety procedures will be an integral part of this course. This is a 1.0 credit class counting toward the required 3.0 Science credits.
  • Cost: $500
  • Grades: 10-12th
  • Credit: 1.0

Economics Honors

  • Dates: June 7-10, 2021 and June 14-17, 2021
  • Times: 9 am – 3 pm
  • Description: In addition to materials covered in Economics, students will develop a comprehensive understanding of principles of production, determination of prices, and distribution of income.
  • Cost: $500
  • Grades: 12th
  • Credit: 0.5

Gospel of John

  • Dates: July 12-15, 2021 and July 19-22, 2021
  • Times: 9 am – 3 pm
  • Description: This course explores the key themes in the Gospel of John: salvation, sanctification, and especially the deity, teachings, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Studying God’s word can bring understanding, growth, and freedom to our lives. This is a 0.5 credit class counting toward the 2.5 required Christian Studies credits.
  • Cost: $500
  • Grades: 9-12th
  • Credit: 0.5

World Religions

  • Dates: June 7-10, 2021 and June 14-17, 2021
  • Times: 9 am – 3 pm
  • Description: Through the study of world religions, students acquire an understanding of the way people in different cultures satisfy their spiritual needs. Students understand the place of religion in culture, the importance that has been attached to religion in peoples’ lives and the relationship between religion and other social institutions. This is a 0.5 credit class counting toward the 2.5 required Christian Studies credits.
  • Cost: $500
  • Grades: 9-12th
  • Credit: 0.5

Personal Fitness

  • Dates: June 7-10, 2021 and June 14-17, 2021
  • Times: 9 am – 3 pm
  • Description: The purpose of this course is to (a) acquire knowledge of physical fitness concepts (b) understand the influence of lifestyle on health and fitness, and (c) begin to develop an optimal level of fitness. This is a 0.5 credit class counting toward the required 1.0 Physical Education credits.
  • Cost: $500
  • Grades: 9-12th
  • Credit: 0.5

College Application Camp

  • Dates: July 22-23, 2021 OR July 29-30, 2021
  • Times: 9 am – 3:30 pm
  • Description: Get a jump on the college application process before the stress of senior year begins. In this session, we will be focusing on:
    • The Dos and Don’ts of writing college essays
    • Common Application and Institutional Applications
    • Using SCOIR to your advantage
    • Navigating the college application process
    • College advisors will be leading these sessions and available to students to assist with college applications, essays and any other college application questions
  • Cost: $200
  • Grades: 12th

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      Volunteer hours given by the Upper School Students last year.
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      Alumni since 1986.
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