Upper School Summer Programs

Leaders in Training

8:30 am - 3:00 pm  ·  Fee $120-$150  ·  Rising 9th-10th Grades  ·  Weeks 1-5 

The Leaders in Training 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 weekly field trips and community service opportunities.

Academic Offerings

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  • Geometry: An Accelerated Credit Course · Weeks 1-6

    8:30 am - 12:30 pm  ·  Fee $795  ·  Rising 9th-12th Grades
     
    Available for Cooper Students Only: Geometry introduces students to real applications of Algebra and logical reasoning needed in higher level mathematics courses. The six week course will consist of deductive and inductive reasoning, basic geometric figures, parallel lines, congruent triangles, quadrilaterals, inequalities, similar polygons, circles, constructions, area, volume, coordinate geometry, and transformations. The content of this course will be identical to that found in the normal 36-week course. Material is covered each day in an amount roughly equivalent to five days during the regular school year. This is not a remedial course; it is a highly academic course requiring daily study and work. There will be daily quizzes or tests. This course is only open to Cooper students.

    Purpose: 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 will count towards student's cumulative GPA.
     
    Academic Prerequisites: Students that have completed 9th or 10th grade must have obtained a B average or higher in Algerbra 1.
    Students that have completed 8th grade must have class grade, ERB scores, and a placement test administered by the Math Department to qualify.

    Exit Requirements: To earn credit for this course, students must hold a C or better in both 3 week grading periods (or semester equivalent).

    Materials:
      · A copy of textbook (available at the Spirit Store)
      · Protractor and compass
      · Graph paper
      · Highlighter and pencil
      · TI-nspire CAS CX Calculator (available at the Spirit Store)

    Attendance: Due to the accelerated nature of this course, students must make every effort to attend each class. Students missing more than two days of the entire session risk being denied credit. Students are required to take the exams during the regular class schedule. Missing an exam will risk being denied credit. The Instructor will not be available after July 8. There will be no classes July 3rd-4th.
  • Introduction to Geometry · Weeks 2-3

    10:05 - 11:35 am  ·  Fee $320  ·  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.
  • Introduction to Algebra I · Weeks 2-3

    8:30 - 10:00 am  ·  Fee $320  ·  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 2-3

    12:05 - 1:35 pm  ·  Fee $320  ·  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.
  • SAT: University Prep Program · Week 1

    9:00 am - 4:00 pm  ·  Fee $695  ·  Rising 9th-12th Grades
    Build a foundation for success with targeted instruction. We’ll train you in our exclusive strategies and provide the study tools you need to practice and master what you learn in class.
     
    Course Benefits:
    • Critical test-taking techniques
    • Realistic testing practice with proctored exams
    • Drills and homework assignments to practice outside class
    Course Features:
    • Practice tests: proctored SAT mock exam and five additional mock exams online
    • Course materials customized to the course
    • Study Tools: Access to additional video lessons, online SAT prep course, online practice drills, and online college admission advice available for 120 days from the start of the course
     
     
  • Study Skills for High School · Weeks 2-3

    1:40 - 3:10 pm  ·  Fee $320  ·  Rising 9th-10th Grades
    This two week course will teach the techniques needed to become more focused on homework needs. Students will begin with the basics of how, where, and when to study, and then they will move forward to specific techniques including note-taking, outlining, using index cards, and highlighting. They will also learn how to read for content, extract main ideas from textbooks and lectures, and gather needed information for studying. Laptops are needed for the second week of the course.

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Camp Schedule 2018

Week 1:  May 29 - June 1
Week 2:  June 4 - June 8
Week 3:  June 11 - June 15
Week 4:  June 18 - June 22
Week 5:  June 25 - June 29


The John Cooper School is an independent, non-sectarian, co-educational, college preparatory day school. Our mission is to provide a challenging education in a caring environment to a diverse group of select students, enabling them to become critical and creative thinkers, effective communicators, responsible citizens and leaders, and lifetime learners.

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