Summer Institute + De Paul Academy (grades 7-9)

photo 2 (1)

The De Paul Academy is a series of one-week enrichment courses for motivated students entering the 7th, 8th, and 9th grades.

These courses are specifically designed for students to explore exciting topics not typically offered at their grade level, and to collaborate with others who share a similar intellectual curiosity. Weeks are filled with project-based assignments, labs, and field trips. Each course runs from 9 am – 3 pm daily with a lunch break from noon to 1 pm. Lunch is included!

Please note that these courses are NOT for students interested in traditional grade level reinforcement or grade recovery. Students must be motivated to learn in a project-based, collaborative learning environment in order to have a meaningful experience in the De Paul Academy.

Cost Per Week (includes lunch)

Early Bird Special: $325
After April 19, 2017:

Register Now!

View Courses:

June 12-16, 2017 | 9 am to 3 pm

How much time do you spend playing games on your phone or computer? How much time do you wish you could spend playing games? Take a week and come learn about designing and building games for mobile phones and tablets (Android and iOS) and build a game yourself! You'll spend the week... Read More

June 12-16, 2017 | 9 am to 3 pm

San Francisco is one of the world’s great cities, but how did it come to be that way? This course will explore the connections between the San Francisco of today and the city of the Barbary Coast days. Students will research the demographic, social and political origins of specific neighborhoods... Read More

June 12-16, 2017 | 9 am to 3 pm

Why can planes and rockets fly? Why do soccer balls and baseballs curve? How do musical instruments make sound? Exploring physics can help us come to understand the how and the why. Students will build rockets, planes, circuits and a variety of other hands-on activities while learning how to use... Read More

June 12-16, 2017 | 9 am to 3 pm

Join us for a fun week of projects and field trips that will engage students in the world of math. Learn how probability and statistics drive the world of casino gaming. See how math informs the stock market and impacts the global economy. Analyze Steph Curry’s shot chart and explore math in... Read More

June 19-23, 2017 | 9 am to 3 pm

This course will introduce students to basic web design using simple HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) as well as review some WYSIWYG (drag and drop) webpage editors.   Students will learn how to plan and design effective web pages, from concept to launch.... Read More

June 19-23, 2017 | 9 am to 3 pm

Young artists will explore a diversity of expression through a range of mediums, playful exercises and fun-filled projects. Beginning and advanced students will get an opportunity to develop skills in watercolor, acrylic painting, stamping, colored pencil and more. With an emphasis on... Read More

June 19-23, 2017 (Session I) | July 17-21, 2017 (Session II) | 9 am to 3 pm

What’s involved in making a robot? How do I successfully design a robot with specific tasks in mind? Empowering students to be creative problem solvers is essential to education especially in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Exploring robotics naturally leads... Read More

June 19-23, 2017 | 9 am to 3 pm

Mankind has been making and listening to music for thousands of years. Come and explore the creation of music, guided by a professional. We will learn how to create, compose and perform our own music. Emphasis will be on songwriting, recording, and putting a band together. By the end of the week,... Read More

June 26-30, 2017 (Session I) | July 10-14, 2017 (Session II) | 9 am to 3 pm

Enjoy an introduction to musical theater through hands-on improvisation and acting techniques, rudimentary study of the mechanics of a song and the exploration of dance techniques. Participants will learn individually and as members of a group. The workshop will culminate with an open... Read More

June 26 - 30, 2017 | 9 am to 3 pm

Find out how words can create images, engage the senses, inspire emotions, and invite us on journeys to new places. We’ll spend the week exploring different genres of creative writing: poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction, to exercise  the old adage, “Show, don’t tell.” It has been... Read More

June 26-June 30, 2017 | 9 am to 3 pm

Lights. Camera. Action! Take your knowledge and appreciation of film to the next level by learning how to analyze someone else’s production and produce your own. After sharpening our critical thinking skills by viewing and discussing a variety of films and film clips, students will go... Read More

June 26-30, 2017 (Session I) | July 17-21, 2017 (Session II) | 9 am to 3 pm

A picture is worth a thousand words! Knowing how to manipulate images through both camera and production techniques is the key to telling intriguing stories through photographs. Students will learn the fundamentals of composition, depth of field, and lighting, then take their skills to the... Read More

July 5-7, 2017 | 9 am to 3 pm

This hands-on workshop is all about creating and making cool things with a wide range of digital and analogue tools. Our young makers will be working with a variety of mediums, such as printing their creations on a 3D printer using Autodesk software (with a possibility of taking a field trip to the... Read More

July 5-7, 2017 | 9 am to 3 pm

A recent survey found that 80% of college admission boards look at prospective student’s social media and over 90% of employers look for job candidates who are digitally literate. Today almost every job relies on some aspect of technology; whether it’s sitting at a PC in an office, working... Read More

July 10-14, 2017 | 9 am to 3 pm

Scratch is a popular block programming tool created by MIT, used worldwide by hundreds of thousands of students to create games and other programs. This class is recommended for Scratch newbies. It begins with the basics of block programming, moves to creating games and character interactions,... Read More

July 10-14, 2017 | 9 am to 3 pm

Develop habits for healthy living in this one-week mini course. Help your family make the most of your surroundings by learning to think critically and creatively about the food you eat. Become a top chef and prepare seasonal juices, smoothies, soups, salads and other healthy recipes. Learn... Read More

July 10-14, 2017 | 9 am to 3 pm

Comic Books have historically been an avenue for entertainment as well as social and political commentary. They are a way to demonstrate the sophisticated interplay between images and text, blur the lines that delineate high and low art, and frequently challenge the norms around narratives,... Read More

July 17-21, 2017 | 9 am to 3 pm

Master the basics of competitive Speech & Debate! Whether their goal is to overcome fear of public speaking, prepare arguments for a social studies debate, or get a glimpse of what competing on the SHC Speech & Debate Team will be like, students will practice public speaking... Read More

July 17-21, 2017 | 9 am to 3 pm

In this one week course, students will learn how to design and build a large scale construction project. This will be a hands on course using power tools, welding, metal fabrication, and electrical engineering in SHC's Sister Caroline Collins, DC, Theater Shop. Our focus will be on learning how... Read More