Upper School Summer Programs

Leaders In Training Camps

8:30 am - 3:30 pm  ·  Fee $160-$190  ·  Rising 9th-10th Grades  ·  Weeks 1-5 

The Leaders in Training (LIT) program offers qualified young people an opportunity to prepare for future positions as camp counselors, recreation leaders, or babysitters. Emphasis is placed on developing leadership skills, sensitivity to children, and programmatic skills. Campers participate in CPR, first-aid, and emergency training and receive a certificate upon program completion. Additional activities for the Leaders in Training include guest speakers and community service opportunities.

Please note: LIT Camps are intended for full day campers only. Please do not use the LIT program as a "filler" between other offerings.

Academic Course Descriptions

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  • Geometry: An Accelerated Credit Course · Weeks 1-7 (May 28-July 12)

    Accelerated Geometry
    Weeks 1 - 7 (May 28 - July 12)   ·   In-Person ·   Fee $795   ·   (9th-12th)
    Geometry introduces students to real applications of algebra and to logical reasoning needed in higher level mathematics courses. The course will consist of deductive and inductive reasoning, basic geometric figures, parallel lines, congruent triangles, quadrilaterals, triangle inequalities, similar polygons, circles, area, volume, coordinate geometry, and transformations. There will be a heavy focus on algebra throughout the course.  The content of this course will be identical to that found in the standard, year-long course. Material is covered each day in an amount roughly equivalent to four days during the regular school year.
    This is not a remedial course. This is a highly academic course requiring students to attend class daily (8:00am to 10:30am), complete homework daily, complete weekly graded assignments, and take three major exams throughout the seven-week period. Grades are determined by participation in class, daily assignments, unit graded assignments, and three major exams. Exam are given at 8:00am on June 12th, June 27th, and July 12. Students are expected to attend class in person.  Please contact Mr. Blackburn, the course instructor, with questions or concerns about the course before registering (sblackburn@johncooper.org). 
    * This course is open to Cooper students only.   
    Successfully completing this course will mean that those students will get credit for Geometry in the Upper School. Therefore, this course will count toward the Upper School’s three-year math requirement and a student’s grade will count towards his or her cumulative upper school GPA.
    In order to be accepted into the Summer Geometry taught at Cooper, a rising tenth grader must currently have a test average of 90% or higher in Algebra 1, an overall average of 90% or higher in Algebra 1, and a teacher recommendation. Students that have completed 8th grade must have a test average of 95% or higher in Algebra 1 and have scored in the upper third percentile (7 stanine and above) on both the Quantitative and Math sections of the ERB in the fall of this year. The student also must score at least an 85% on a comprehensive exam on topics covered in Algebra I. This exam will be administered in the student’s Algebra I class.
    To earn credit for this course, students must take all three exams and hold a C or better course average at the end of the seven-week course.
    1.  A copy of the textbook – Geometry 2018 - ISBN13: 9780079039941
    2.  Protractor, ruler, compass, paper, graph paper, pencils, and organizational folders/binder
    3.  Daily access to a computer and internet
    4.  Ability to scan work to PDF format and submit online
    5.  A TI-Nspire CAS CX calculator (available at Cooper bookstore)
    Due to the accelerated nature of this course, students must make every effort to attend class daily. Students are required to take three pencil-and-paper exams at scheduled times (June 12, June 27, and July 12).  May 27 and July 4 are recognized as holidays with no class or required activities. Students should email the instructor if they are planning to miss more than one or two days of class (sblackburn@johncooper.org).  Class ends July 12.
  • Introduction to Algebra I · Weeks 3-4

    9:00-10:30am  ·  Fee $290  ·  Rising 8th-9th Grades
    This two week class will present basic algebraic concepts to prepare students for Algebra I. Students will participate in a variety of hands-on activities to develop their grasp of the concepts covered. The emphasis will be on the understanding of balancing and factoring of equations and learning to use the steps of the equations to solve the problem. This class is designed for students in need of practice and reinforcement of general algebraic concepts. In addition to work done in class, students will be given extra enrichment packets for practicing math problems at home.
  • Introduction to Algebra II · Weeks 3-4

    12:30-2:00pm  ·  Fee $290  ·  Rising 10th-12th Grades
    This course will review basic algebraic concepts including a review of algebraic manipulation and an introduction to logarithmic functions, exponential functions, and conic section. This class is designed as an enrichment course for students who have completed Algebra I and/or Geometry and feel a need to practice and build on skills as they move forward to the next math level. Students should take this class if they would like to be introduced to some of the major topics they will be covering in Algebra II.
  • Introduction to Geometry · Weeks 3-4

    10:30am-12:00pm  ·  Fee $290  ·  Rising 8th-10th Grades
    This two week course is designed to be taken by students who would like to be introduced to some of the major topics they will be covering in Geometry. Students will study deductive reasoning, points, lines, planes, congruence, and parallel lines. The course will emphasize understanding of two-column, geometric proofs. This introduction will give students practice and basic skill building.

    *Students are recommended to have completed Algebra I before taking this offering.*


Week 1:  May 28 - May 31
Week 2:  June 3 - June 7
Week 3:  June 10 - June 14
Week 4:  June 17 - June 21
Week 5:  June 24 - June 28

Early Bird Discount

Early Bird Discount: Enjoy a $25 discount per camp session if registered before April 1.

Multi-week Discount: Register any camper for 3 or more sessions and receive $25 off each session. Enter discount code Multi to receive this discount.


Jay Woodruff

Director of Auxiliary Programs

281-367-0900 ext. 2515

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