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Summer Session

Summer Session at Bryn Mawr offers credit-bearing summer courses for Upper School students entering grades 9-12.

In keeping with our Bryn Mawr Way strategic plan goal of allowing more flexibility and individualization in the Upper School curriculum, Summer Session allows greater choice in how students complete their coursework. By taking credit-bearing classes during the summer, students can open up time for additional coursework or opt to create a better balance during the academic year. We also offer non-credit summer review courses for students to refresh or strengthen knowledge and skills before the academic year.

Summer Session 2020: June 8 - July 21

The full Summer Session will run for six weeks in June and July 2020. Students may complete a one semester/half credit or full credit course during the Summer Session.

2020 Dates:
Session I: June 8 to June 24
Session II: June 15 to July 1
Session III: June 8 to July 14
Session IV: June 15 to July 21

Semester Break (Where Applicable): July 3-6; Classes Resume Tuesday, July 7

Cost:
$1050 for a each 1/2 credit course
$1550 for each full credit course

Arts

List of 2 items.

  • Studio Art Foundations - 1/2 Credit

    Dates: Meets every weekday June 15-July 1
    Time: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
    Students: Open to rising 9-11 grade students
    Prerequisites: none
    Location: Upper School Art Studio

    The semester course focuses more on Design themed elements such as composition, sequential art, typography and basic graphic design. We will learn how to make an image that sends a message. Observation, independent thinking, creativity and problem-solving skills are developed and explored using the creative process. Students will learn to manipulate the basic elements of art and design through the exploration of a variety of subject matter and media. Drawing, painting and 3D components will develop the student’s expressive abilities and pave the way for emergent artistic vision. Lessons on art history are included to give context and inspiration through discussion and analysis.
  • Graphic Design - 1/2 Credit

    Dates: Meets every weekday July 8-June 24
    Time: 8:00am - 12:00pm
    Students: Open to rising 10th-12th grade students
    Instructor: Mrs. Letras
    Location: TBD
    Fulfills Graduation Requirement

    This semester course teaches students the basics of graphic design, including visual cohesiveness, layout, and color usage. Students will use these design concepts to create projects using the software applications Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Over the course of the semester, students will develop a portfolio of pieces ranging from a book cover to a logo design to a magazine. This course will also cover basic advertising principles and teach students how to analyze print design. No previous art or computer knowledge is required. (This course may be taken for Computer Science or art credit.)

Computer Science

List of 2 items.

  • AP Computer Science Principles (online) - 1 Credit

    Dates: Meets every weekday June 8- July 14, Semester Break July 3-6
    Time: 8:00am - 12:00pm
    Students: Open to rising 10th-12th-grade students
    Instructor: Dr. Alexander
    Prerequisites: Completion of Introduction to Computer Science
    Location: Online; In-person faculty meeting times will be available every week.

    In AP Computer Science Principles, students will develop computational thinking skills vital for success across all disciplines, such as using computational tools to analyze and study data and working with large data sets to analyze, visualize, and draw conclusions from trends. The course includes programming, but it also covers other big ideas in computer science: creativity, abstraction, data and information, algorithms, the Internet, and global impact The course engages students in the creative aspects of the field by allowing them to develop computational artifacts based on their interests. Students will also develop effective communication and collaboration skills by working individually and collaboratively to solve problems, and will discuss and write about the impacts these solutions could have on their community, society, and the world.
  • Introduction to Computer Science - 1/2 Credit

    Dates: Meets every weekday June 15-July 1
    Time: 8:00am - 12:00pm
    Students: Open to rising 9th-grade students
    Instructor: Ms. Kennedy
    Location: TBD
    Fulfills Graduation Requirement

    This project-based course examines computers and computing as they relate to the emerging technologies of today's world. Students will learn to think algorithmically and methodically to solve problems and write efficient programs. They will develop websites using HTML and CSS and will learn to program in Python. Additionally, students will apply these skills to tangible projects. Throughout the semester, students will have an opportunity to discuss trends in technology and the future of technology based on current research. Troubleshooting skills will be addressed for all platforms used on campus.

History

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  • United States History - 1 Credit

    Dates: Meets every weekday June 8- July 14, Semester break July 3-6
    Time: 8:00am - 12:00pm
    Students: Open to rising 11th grade students
    Instructor: Dr. Yeager
    Location: TBD
    Fulfills Graduation Requirement

    This course is an introduction to the history of the various peoples who have inhabited the geographical boundaries of the United States from the diverse Native American societies of the 15th century to the contentious groups of Americans of the early 21st century. The interactions, both positive and negative, of these peoples drive forward the narrative of U.S. history and have made the United States what it is today. We will explore these interactions through the lens of a series of themes, including the balance of the individual and community, struggles for liberty and power, and complex diversity. The course will also focus on developing key critical thinking and analytical writing skills. Students will participate in historical simulations, write analytical essays, and complete at least one research paper. The course will conclude with an exam that covers the period from 1865 to the present.

Math

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  • Advanced Functions and Trigonometry - 1 Credit

    Dates: Meets every weekday June 8-July 14; Semester break July 3-6
    Time: 8:00am - 12:00pm
    Students: Open to rising 10th grade students
    Instructor: Mr. Stephens
    Prerequisites: An Honors level Algebra 2 course is a prerequisite for this course., Mathematics Department approval is required.
    Location: TBD

    Advanced Functions and Trigonometry is a comprehensive honors level course. The course focuses on the mastery and development of critical thinking and new skills necessary for success in subsequent math courses. Students will grow in their conceptual understanding of the topics and in their ability to reason abstractly. Topics include analyzing polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions. An Honors level Algebra 2 course is a prerequisite for this course. (Mathematics Department approval is required.)
  • Algebra 1 (online) - not for credit

    Dates: Meets every M-Th June 15- July 21; Semester break July 3-6
    Time: 8:00am - 12:00pm
    Students: Open to rising 9th-grade students only
    Location: Online; In-person faculty meeting times will be available every week.
    Cost: $500

    This course is a review of Algebra 1 topics, designed to make sure students have a strong foundation to build upon in Algebra 2. The course is ideal for students who have just completed Geometry and would like to revisit the topics they have not used for awhile, or for students who have just completed Algebra 1 and found it very challenging. Exploration and discovery, guided and independent practice, games and technology will help students sharpen their Algebra 1 skills. This is a great introduction to the Upper School in a challenging but not-for-credit learning environment.

Science

List of 3 items.

  • Honors Biology - 1 Credit

    Dates: Meets every weekday June 8-July 14
    Time: 8:00am - 12:00pm
    Students: Open to rising 11th grade students
    Instructor: Dr. Li
    Location: TBD
    Fulfills Graduation Requirement

    The topics listed for biology above are covered in greater depth and breadth, and the molecular aspects of biological reactions are explored more extensively. Students are expected to learn some material independently, and scientific method and experimental design are an essential part of the course. The summer reading required for this course will be announced prior to the end of the current school year. It is suggested that students register for and take the SAT II Subject test in Biology if they find it necessary for the college recommendation process. (Science Department permission required.)
  • Physics - 1 Credit

    Dates: Meets every weekday June 15-July 21
    Time: 8:00am - 12:00pm
    Students: Open to rising 9th grade students
    Location: TBD
    Fulfills Graduation Requirement

    This course stresses methods of inquiry and investigative techniques; it promotes modern scientific literacy, and provides a foundation for advanced work in Physics. Major topics explored are the characteristics of, and interaction between, Matter and Energy, Kinematics, Forces, Momentum, Thermodynamics, Wave Phenomena, Electromagnetic Waves, Electrostatics, Electricity, and Magnetism. The relationship between physics and the community is emphasized, as is the connection with mathematics and other branches of science.
  • Research Methods - 1/2 Credit

    Dates: Meets every weekday June 8-June 24
    Time: 8:00am-12:00pm
    Students: Open to rising 10-12 grade students
    Instructor: Ms. Klevytska
    Location: TBD

    The exploration of current Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics research will expose students to concepts of experimental design and models, and problem solving using an interdisciplinary approach. Students will refine their skills of evaluating and writing technical papers, concluding with the creation of their own independent research paper. The course will include trips to local labs and visits from experts in the field to our classroom. Students seeking to participate in original and independent research projects would benefit greatly from enrolling in this course. The course is not a prerequisite for the Bryn Mawr internship program.
"I actually LIKE learning about U.S. History -- I feel like during the year I would be too busy to appreciate it."
- Summer Session Student
"I love this. This is how school should be - one thing at a time."
- Summer Session Student

Offerings by Grade Level


9th Grade

10th Grade

11th Grade

12th Grade

Physics (4)
Advanced Functions and Trig (3)
Honors Biology (3)
AP Computing Principles (online) (3)
Intro to Computer Science (2)
AP Computing Principles (online) (3)
US History (3)
US History (3)
Foundations of Art (2)
Foundations of Art (2)
AP Computing Principles (online) (3)
Foundations of Art (2)
Algebra 1 (online) (4)
Graphic Design (1)
Foundations of Art (2)
Graphic Design (1)
STEM Research Methods (1)
Graphic Design (1)
 STEM Research Methods (1)
 
STEM Research Methods (1)
 

Key:
1- denotes 1/2 credit class running from June 8-June 24
2 - denotes 1/2 credit class running from June 15 -July 1
3 - denotes 1 credit class running from June 8-July 14*
4 - denotes 1 credit class running from June 15-July 21*

* Semester Break (Where Applicable): July 3-6; Classes resume Tuesday, July 7

Classes are for rising students in grades 9-12.

FAQs

List of 9 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: What are the benefits of taking a summer course?

    Students taking a summer course will be able to concentrate on one subject at a time and immerse herself in a particular area of interest. By fulfilling graduation requirements over the summer, students can opt to take additional classes that relate to their interests during the school year or create more balance and flexibility in their schedule.
  • Q: How much class time can I miss from a summer course and still earn credit?

    Students are expected to attend all class hours to maximize the learning experience. For a ½ credit course, students may not miss more than four hours of class time. For a 1 credit course, students may not miss more than eight hours of class time.
  • Q: Once enrolled, can a student elect to not take the course for credit?

    Yes, a student may elect to audit the course, however, a refund will not be provided for the course's tuition.
  • Q: Is lunch provided?

    No, lunch is not provided for Summer Session students.
  • Q: I am an incoming Bryn Mawr student. Can I start my studies early by attending courses with Summer Session?

    Yes, new incoming Upper School students can register for the summer courses provided all prerequisites are met.
  • Q: What is the deadline to apply?

    Course registration will close on May 1, 2020 or earlier depending upon if the course reaches its capacity. Students are encouraged to register early to ensure their enrollment in a course.
  • Q: Is financial aid available?

    Two $500 need-based awards will be awarded to students who will currently receive financial aid from the Bryn Mawr School.

    The deadline to submit your financial aid request for the Summer Session is Friday, February 28th. Families will be notified if they have received one of the two awards by Monday, March 9th. Please visit this link to complete your financial aid request.
  • Q: Are classes guaranteed to run?

    Bryn Mawr reserves the right to cancel a Summer Session class if the minimum student numbers are not reached.
  • Q: Are there full-day options available?

    Yes! We offer several afternoon Summer Camps that need volunteers. Volunteering for one of these camps will also count towards your community service requirement for rising Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. If your daughter is interested in volunteering for a camp, please contact Leslie Feinberg, Director of External Programs, at FeinbergL@brynmawrschool.org. Camp volunteers will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Questions? Contact Us

Justin Curtis
Senior Director of Academic and Strategic Initiatives
410-323-8800, x1387
curtisj@brynmawrschool.org

Earn Community Service Hours

We offer several afternoon Summer Camps that need volunteers. Volunteering for one of these camps will also count towards your community service requirement for rising Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. If your daughter is interested in volunteering for a camp, please contact Leslie Feinberg, Director of External Programs, at FeinbergL@brynmawrschool.org. Camp volunteers will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.