Summer Institute + De Paul Academy (grades 7-9)
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.
Summer 2018 information is now available! Registration begins on February 15, 2018 at noon.
Cost Per Week (includes lunch)
Early Bird Special: $325
After April 19, 2018: $375
View 2018 Courses:
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
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
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
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
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 the... Read More
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
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
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
This is a course for adventurers who wish to explore and learn more about the great outdoors! There are so many hidden secrets in nature, and in this course we will investigate them first hand with off-site explorations and hikes. We will read about trees and water, and then venture off to see... Read More
In this course we will take a look at how new media helps shape the field of journalism. Students will be exposed to examples of how the immediacy of the digital age has changed the way we read and write about the news. Students will get the chance to develop their interviewing skills by asking... Read More
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
Living in the Bay Area, we are surrounded by a seasonal bounty of foods. Help your family make the most of your surroundings by learning to think critically and creatively about the food you eat. Learn to incorporate whole, natural and local foods into everyday cooking. Students will learn to... Read More
Students will explore fun and exciting applications of electricity and electronics as they collaborate during a week of building and inventing. Collaboration and solving problems that arise along the way will be key as they work to build a model house with traditional bulbs, LEDs and different... Read More
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
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
In this 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 to build... Read More
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
Spend a week exploring some of the world class museums San Francisco has to offer. Each day we’ll visit museums such as the Exploratorium, SFMOMA, California Academy of Science, and Musee Mechanique (final schedule TBD based on availability). Each morning we’ll learn about the history of each... Read More
Everyone – EVERYONE – has an innate need to express themselves artistically. If the medium that moves YOU is the written word, this summer course will be five days well spent. We’ll explore the forms of poetry and the short story to create our own artistic self-expressions. In the poetry... Read More
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
No US city is richer in history, legend, and culture – or a better urban setting for historical fiction -- than San Francisco: Twenty thousand years ago, a river valley emptied through the Golden Gate into a grassy plain teeming with exotic mega fauna, stretching 30 miles toward jagged coastal... Read More