Academics + Summer High School
2018 SHCP SUMMER HIGH SCHOOL COURSES & INFORMATION
DATES: June 11 – July 13
- Honors Biology: June 4 – July 13
- One five-unit course: $550
- Two five-unit courses or one accelerated or honors course $1100
All high school courses are offered to only current SHC students entering 10th-12th grade. There are five categories of classes:
- Accelerated – worth 10 units of credit
- Honors – worth 10 units of credit
- Preparatory – worth 5 units of credit
- Preview – no credit
- Credit Recovery – making up credits.
All students (excluding Honors Biology students) are required to attend the summer school orientation which will be held on June 11th at 8:00am in the Student Life Center. Student schedules will be distributed after orientation, prior to a special schedule for the first day of summer school.
Due to the nature of summer school and the class time needed for obtaining course credit, no absences are permitted. The summer school session is 24 days long and it is expected that a student will be present all 24 days. NOTE: Honors Biology is 29 days long. No allowances can be made for any family vacations or other activities that will prevent a student from attending school. July 4th is a school holiday.
Please contact your counselor or SHC Summer School Principal, Mr. Phil Freed, with questions (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Accelerated Geometry 1,2
This course is designed for double math students. Double math students are those who either 1) received an A in Algebra 1,2 with teacher recommendation or 2) received a B in Algebra 1,2 Honors or Advanced Algebra/Trig 1,2 with teacher recommendation.
Computer Programming in Visual Basic 6.0
Computer Programming is a class in Visual Basic 6.0, a programming language that includes problem solving, program logic and design techniques of an event-driven language. Students will study a language that uses graphical user interfaces along with tools for understanding elementary programming concepts. This course has no formal prerequisites though students generally need a 3.0 GPA level proficiency in Algebra and Geometry to achieve the course outcomes
This course is designed for rising 11th graders who have a cumulative 3.5 GPA in Chemistry 1,2 or a cumulative 3.0 GPA in Chemistry 1,2 Honors and concurrent enrollment or successful completion of Advanced Algebra Trigonometry 1,2.
Literature and Science (English)
Literature and Science seeks to define what it means to be human by examining classic and contemporary literature that explores bioethical issues. As people of faith, as emergent voters in the biotech Bay Area, and ultimately as human beings, what kinds of choices might students be asked to make in their lifetimes? Though it will not manufacture answers, this course will stimulate ethical inquiry through narrative as well as hone literary and writing skills. This course is designed for rising 11th and 12th graders.
Class sets will be provided:
- Being Human: Core Readings in the Humanities, edited by Leon Kass, M.D.
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
- Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
- Videos, films, etc.
- Additional class handouts
Speculative Fiction (English)
Speculative Fiction takes a scholarly approach to the appreciation and understanding of classic science fiction. Far from the lasers and hyperspace of pop/genre fiction, this course presents an argument for speculative literature as one of the most cogent, serious and exciting literary forms in modern times. This course examines the consequences of speculation and examines how the future of our society may not be all it’s promised. This course is designed for rising 11th and 12th graders.
Class sets will be provided:
- Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
- Level 7 by Mordecai Roshwald
- Feed by M. T. Anderson
- Miscellaneous short stories and readings (to be provided)
- The Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume Two A Edited by Ben Bova
- Videos, films, etc.
Advanced Algebra Preview
This course is designed to meet the needs of students who want a preview of the Advanced Algebra course they will be taking in the fall. This course is for enrichment only/no credit will be given.
This course is designed to meet the needs of students who want a preview of the Geometry course they will be taking in the fall. This course is for enrichment only/no credit will be given.
This course is designed to meet the needs of students who want a preview of the Chemistry course they will be taking in the fall. This course is for enrichment only/no credit will be given.
This course is designed to meet the needs of students who want a preview of the Biology course they will be taking in the fall. This course is for enrichment only/no credit will be given.
CREDIT RECOVERY COURSES
A second semester course in elementary algebra. Topics: factoring, rational expressions, linear equations with two variables.
Advanced Algebra 1/2
A one semester course in second year algebra. Topics: linear equations, rational numbers, complex numbers and polynomials.
A one-semester course in plane geometry. Topics: lines, angles, polygons, with stress on inductive and deductive reasoning.
A one semester course in chemistry. Students will execute, classify, predict and quantify the products of chemical reactions. They will perform calculations involving mass, moles, and concentration of types of matter and they will also describe the model of the atom and the placement of elements in the periodic table.
A one semester course that satisfies the first semester of physics. This course will cover topics taught in first semester Physics class.
A one semester course in physics that satisfies the second semester of physics.
A one semester course in biology. Students will explore various biological topics that will include principles of genetics, cell biology, DNA replication and energy utilization.
World History 1/2
This is a course covering the various stages of World History. The subject matter includes Prehistory, the Early River Valley civilizations, Egypt, Greece, Rome, and the Empires in India, Africa, and the Americas, the Middle Ages, the formation of Western Europe, the Renaissance, the Muslim World, empires in East Asia, Africa, and European History through Modern Times.
U.S. History 1/2
A review course in U.S. History. This course surveys America from the reconstruction period to the present.
7:55am-10:10am and 10:40am-12:55pm
This lower division writing course is geared for students who have taken 9th or 10th grade English. This literature based course emphasizes clarity and correctness in paragraph and composition writing. Students will learn to write more effectively under pressure and will polish their timed based essay skills. Students will understand basic story terms as they apply to literature and will increase their vocabulary through literature.
This course traces cross-cultural and timeless themes through the study of representative texts from particular cultures. While further developing their writing skills with text-inspired assignments, students also attempt ambitious, college-level essays of greater length and with more sophisticated documentation than at previous grade levels. Students successfully completing this course will come away with advanced critical reasoning, improved analytical writing, and the ability to converse decisively about literature.
Rhetoric and Composition
This writing intensive summer class will help students refine their abilities to discern writing tasks and situations. Students will study both rhetoric and composition, focusing on synthesizing various perspectives to both effectively craft and evaluate argument. Additionally, students will examine the cultural contexts for critical thinking and writing and will engage in close reading of the myths that dominate American Culture.
A review course for first and second year Spanish students.
This course examines general ethical principles and applies these to specific ethical situations, the formation of a personal conscience and moral reasoning. This class is primarily for those who received a poor grade during the regular school year.
This course examines the history of the Hebrew people and the development of their faith as they discover the nature of God and man through the successes and failures of their patriarchs, prophets, priests and kings. This class is primarily for those who received a poor grade during the regular school year.
This course begins with the New Testament infancy of the church and traces its development through the centuries to the present day. This class is primarily for those who received a poor grade during the regular school year.