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Summer Session at Bryn Mawr offers co-ed, credit-bearing summer courses for any student entering grades 9-12. All classes in Summer Session 2021 will be held virtually. Registration opens on Wednesday, January 6, 2021.
The Summer Session registration period is now closed. More than 150 students enrolled in Summer Session 2021. Please check back in January 2022 for an updated course catalog. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact Justin Curtis.

2021 Summer Session Courses

Art

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  • Studio Art Foundations (online) - 1/2 Credit

    Dates: Meets every weekday for 2.5 weeks; June 14-June 30
    Time: 12:30pm - 4:30pm
    Students: Open to rising 9th-11th grade students
    Prerequisites: none
    Location: Online
    Cost: $1100
    Fulfills Graduation Requirement

    This half-credit course focuses 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 (online) - 1/2 Credit

    Dates: Meets every weekday for 2.5 weeks; June 14-June 30
    Time: 8:00am - 12:00pm
    Students: Open to rising 10th-12th grade students
    Instructor: Mrs. Letras
    Location: Online
    Cost: $1100
    Fulfills Graduation Requirement

    This half-credit 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 and  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

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  • AP Computer Science Principles (online) - 1 Credit

    Dates: Meets every weekday for 5 weeks; June 7 -July 13; Semester Break Friday, July 2-5; Classes Resume Tuesday, July 6
    Time: This is an asynchronous course and has no set meeting time. Students will schedule times to meet with the instructor weekly for assistance and guidance on the topics discussed.
    Students: Open to rising 10th-12th-grade students
    Instructor: Dr. Alexander
    Prerequisites: Completion of Introduction to Computer Science or Department Chair Approval
    Location: Online; In-person faculty meeting times will be available every week.
    Cost: $1600
     
    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 (online) - 1/2 Credit

    Dates: Meets every weekday for 2.5 weeks; June 14-June 30
    Time: 8:00am - 12:00pm
    Students: Open to rising 9th-grade students
    Instructor: Ms. Kennedy
    Location: Online
    Cost: $1100
    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 course, 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.

English

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  • Introduction to Upper School English - not for credit

    Dates: Meets every M-Th June 14- July 1 (3 Weeks)
    Time: 1-3pm
    Students: Open to rising 9th-grade students only
    Location: Online
    Cost: $300

    Join a Bryn Mawr Upper School English teacher for a course geared towards introducing the skills, methods, and style of our Upper School English class. Expect lively discussion, individualized attention to critical writing skills, and a chance to encounter some interesting poems and short stories that will pique your interest for the courses you will take throughout Upper School. This class is recommended for students who would like additional writing and critical discussion practice, students new to Bryn Mawr, or any student who enjoys literature and wants to jump right into great literature and great discussion.

History

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  • United States History (online) - 1 Credit

    Dates: Meets every weekday for 5 weeks; June 7 -July 13; Semester Break: Friday, July 2-5; Classes Resume Tuesday, July 6
    Time: 8:00am - 12:00pm
    Students: Open to rising 11th and 12th grade students
    Instructor: Dr. Yeager
    Location: Online
    Cost: $1600
    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 (online) - 1 Credit

    Dates: Meets every weekday for 5 weeks; June 7 -July 13; Semester Break: Friday, July 2-5; Classes Resume Tuesday, July 6
    Time: 8:00am - 12:00pm
    Students: Open to rising 10th grade students
    Instructor: Mr. Stephens and Mr. Ecker
    Prerequisites: An honors-level Algebra 2 course is a prerequisite for this course., Mathematics Department approval is required.
    Location: Online
    Cost: $1600

    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.)
  • Geometry (online) - 1 Credit

    Dates: June 14 - July 20; Semester Break: Friday, July 2-5; Classes Resume Tuesday, July 6
    Time: Asynscous class with drop-in office hours; Approximately 20 hours of work per week
    Students: Open to rising 9th, 10th, and 11th-grade students
    Instructor: Mrs. Arrogancia
    Location: Online; In-person faculty meeting times will be available every week.
    Cost: $1600

    The primary topic of this course is Euclidean geometry. Students learn about lines, angles, triangles, polygons, circles, solids, perimeter, area, and volume. Students develop inductive reasoning skills to help them ascertain geometric properties and deductive reasoning skills to help them write and follow valid geometric proofs and arguments. Strong emphasis is placed on logic and accurate justification of process, as well as spatial visualization.
    (Mathematics Department approval is required.)

Science

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  • Honors Biology (online) - 1 Credit

    Dates: Meets every weekday for 5 weeks; June 7 -July 13; Semester Break: Friday, July 2-5; Classes Resume Tuesday, July 6
    Time: 8:00am - 12:00pm
    Students: Open to rising 11th grade students
    Instructor: Dr. Klevytska
    Location: Online
    Cost: $1600
    Fulfills Graduation Requirement; Prerequisite required

    Topics in cell biology, animal and plant diversity, genetics, behavior, ecology and evolution, as well as detailed study of plant and animal physiology and anatomy are included. As an honors course, topics are explored in considerable depth, molecular and chemical aspects of biological reactions are considered extensively, and students are expected to learn some material independently. Laboratory activities and the practice of mathematical basic skills are an essential part of the course, as well as scientific method and experimental design.

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Honors Chemistry or approval of Science Department

    AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics, and AP Environmental Sections are currently full for the 2021-22 school year. Please contact Jason George if you would like to discuss science course options that are available for students who take Honors Biology over the summer.
  • Physics (online) - 1 Credit

    Dates: Meets every weekday for 5 weeks; June 14 -July 20; Semester Break: Friday, July 2-5; Classes Resume Tuesday, July 6
    Time: 8:00am - 12:00pm
    Students: Open to rising 9th-12th grade students
    Location: Online
    Cost: $1600
    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.
The Summer Session registration period is now closed. More than 150 students enrolled in Summer Session 2021. Please check back in January 2022 for an updated course catalog. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact Justin Curtis.

Details & Costs


The full Summer Session will run for six weeks in June and July 2021. Students may complete a one semester/half credit or full credit course during the Summer Session.

2021 Dates:
Session I: June 14 to June 30
Session II: June 7 to July 13
Session III: June 14 to July 20

Semester Break (Where Applicable): July 2-5; Classes resume Tuesday, July 6

Cost:
$1100 for each 1/2 credit course
$1600 for each full credit course
"I really liked being able to work at my own pace and not have to worry about getting everything turned in by a certain time each day. Having assignments due by the end of the week prevented me from worrying about being behind."
- Summer Session Student
"I love this. This is how school should be - one thing at a time."
- Summer Session Student
"I was able to be VERY flexible with the course and I enjoyed that."
- Summer Session Student

Offerings by Grade Level


9th Grade

10th Grade

11th Grade

12th Grade

Intro to Computer Science (1)
Advanced Functions and Trig (2)
Honors Biology (2)
AP Computing Principles (online) (2)
Foundations of Art (1)
AP Computing Principles (online) (2)
US History (2)
US History (2)
Physics (3)
Foundations of Art (1)
AP Computing Principles (online) (2)
Foundations of Art (1)
Geometry (3)
Graphic Design (1)
Foundations of Art (1)
Graphic Design (1)
Modern Art & Society (1) Geometry (3)
Graphic Design (1)
Physics (3)
Physics (3)
Physics (3)
Modern Art & Society (1)
Modern Art & Society (1)
Modern Art & Society (1)
 

Key:
1 - denotes 1/2 credit class running from June 14-June 30
2 - denotes 1 credit class running from June 7 -July 13
3 - denotes 1 credit class running from June 14 -July 20

* Semester Break (Where Applicable): Friday, July 2-5; Classes resume Tuesday, July 6

Classes are for rising students in grades 9-12.

FAQs

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Questions? Contact Us

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