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Summer School High School Courses

Welcome to our Summer School. The credit courses in this program are designed for students to pursue needed credit for graduation and/or free up room in a student's academic year for additional academic courses. A letter grade will be earned for theses courses and posted on the student's high school transcript.

Important Information:

  • Courses run from June 10th through July 12th.
    • 1st Summer School Term: June 10th - June 25th
    • 2nd Summer School Term: June 26th - July 12th
  • Course times are from 8:30am to 2:00pm (Freshman Seminar is from 9:00am to 2:00pm)
  • May 24th is the last day to withdraw from Summer School with tuition refunded*
  • July 4th Holiday - There will be no classes in observance of the holiday on July 4th and 5th
     

Course List

The Freshman Seminar is designed as a bridge course for incoming 9th grade students who need or desire support in multiple subject areas in preparation for their first year of study at Xavier.  Through a cohort model, this course provides support for the academic and social transition from middle school into high school.  Students will participate in the following preparatory modules:

English I Prep - This subject module is designed for incoming freshman students who want to improve their English language arts skills before entering Xavier.  Through the context of the two texts assigned as required summer reading for all incoming ninth-graders, students will read, discuss, and analyze The Five People You Meet in Heaven and The Alchemist.  Students will work on reading for overt and implicit meaning in these texts, supporting the development of more sophisticated interpretative skills.  Emphasis will be placed on reading comprehension, discovery of new vocabulary, and textual analysis in order to become a stronger reader.  Students will strengthen knowledge and application of skills related to grammar, paragraph unity and coherence, and essay structure, in order to become a stronger writer.  

Math Prep - This subject module is designed for preparing incoming freshmen for mathematics at Xavier. Emphasis will be placed on reinforcing and further developing the fundamentals of algebra. Topics include but are not limited to the following: arithmetic, evaluating algebraic expressions, solving equations and inequalities, factoring, and developing problem-solving skills.   Students will be grouped according to math level in order to best support the needs of each student.

STREAM Prep - This subject module is designed for teaching students the technological skills used throughout Xavier’s curriculum. Students will become familiar with software tools essential to maximizing their communication and collaboration with faculty and other students via Renweb, Google Classroom, and G Suite.  This module will also reinforce each student’s responsibility of 21st century digital citizenship.  Additionally, students will hone their design thinking skills through a wide array of physical and digital challenges that include 3D modeling and printing, coding, and upcycling.  The student experience is designed to expose incoming students to the beginning skills and tools needed to further explore STREAM courses offered at Xavier.  

Study Skills Prep - This subject module is designed for preparing incoming freshmen for the busyness of high school life and balancing academic and co-curricular activities.  Through the context of the English Prep, Math Prep, and STREAM Prep Modules, students will work toward developing the following skills:  getting organized, effective study and test taking skills, social integration skills, time management, academic accountability, note taking and journaling, goal setting, stress management, and academic planning.

This seminar is a non-credit course. 
Course hours are from 9:00am to 12:30pm.
Registration fee: $20 (does NOT include books/materials) 

Placement for this course is determined by review of application materials.
The focus of the course is building the foundation necessary for success in the study of algebra and geometry. Students will become familiar with the following: the properties of mathematics; the language of algebra; solving one step and two step equations; adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing rational numbers and integers; solving inequalities; graphing equations and inequalities; proportions; percent; statistics and graphs; probability; applying algebra to geometry; measurement; and the study of polynomials. Study skills such as note taking, test taking strategies and organization will be developed to aid each student.

Students will receive 1.0 units of credit for successful completion of this course.
Note:  Students who place into this course have to comply with the UC three-year requirement starting with Algebra I and must complete up through Algebra II.
Tuition: $750 (includes books/materials)

This college prep course is designed to provide students with a basic foundation in algebra. Topics include functions and their graphs, linear and quadratic equations, inequalities, factoring, polynomials, radicals and exponents, and systems. In addressing these topics, it is expected that the student will increase their Algebra specific vocabulary and be able to apply the math in modeling real life situations.
Students will receive 1.0 units of credit for successful completion of this course. 
Note:  Students must have successfully completed Introduction to Algebra with a minimum grade of ‘B’ and have departmental approval to enroll in this accelerated course.  Incoming freshman students cannot enroll in this course.
Tuition: $750 (includes books/materials) 

 

This college prep course is designed to acquaint students with the basic structure and vocabulary of geometry as well as develop a proficiency in doing formal proofs. This course will cover perpendicular and parallel lines, congruent triangles, and properties of triangles, quadrilaterals, transformations, similarity, right triangles, trigonometry, circles, and area of polygons, surface area and volume.
Students will receive 1.0 units of credit for successful completion of this course. 
Note: Students must have successfully completed Algebra I with a minimum grade of ‘B’ and have departmental approval to enroll in this accelerated course.
Tuition: $750 (includes books/materials) 

 

This high school chemistry course uses the text developed by the American Chemical Society.  Utilizing Modern Chemistry allows the general chemistry course to explore chemistry as it relates to critical thinking applications in the world around us.  This course engages student learning through labs which explore chemical concepts such as: atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, conservation of matter and stoichiometry, gases and their properties, acids and bases, solutions, chemical thermodynamics, states of matter, reactions rates, chemical equilibrium, organic chemistry and biochemistry, and nuclear chemistry.  The hands-on laboratories in this course provide an opportunity for student to apply content and become acquainted with laboratory techniques.  Laboratories and lab write ups engage students by utilizing scientific inquiry, thought processes, analysis, and interpretation of data collected.  This college prep chemistry course will challenge general chemistry students to explore chemical theories and concepts in order to prepare for college.  With the content of this thematic text and the knowledge gained in this course, students will understand the effects of chemistry on our environment. 

Students will receive 1.0 units of credit for successful completion of this course.
Note: Students must have successfully completed Biology and Geometry with a minimum grade of ‘B’ and have departmental approval to enroll in this accelerated course. 
Tuition: $750 (includes books/materials)

This course is designed for students needing to remediate a semester grade of D/F in Xavier’s Integrated Science course.  The Science Seminar content provides a blend of the main branches of natural science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Environmental Science) and integrates the critical thinking methods and laboratory protocols for all future science courses that the student will take at Xavier.  Student will learn to observe, question, formulate and test hypotheses, and finally, collect, analyze, and present data.  
Successful completion of this course will result in the replacement of a previous semester’s grade and credit.
Course will run from June 12th through June 25th
Tuition: $375 (includes books/materials)

This college prep course offers a survey of economics with a focus on the American capitalist, free market approach. It teaches the skills necessary to analyze broad trends in the economy and consider solutions to such problems as unemployment, inflation, deflation, budget deficits, trade deficits, and recessions. Students will learn about the Federal Reserve System, monetary and fiscal policy, gross domestic product, the laws of supply and demand, and international trade.

Students will receive 0.5 units of credit for successful completion of this course.
Course will run from June 12th through June 25th
Tuition: $375 (includes books/materials)

This Theology Seminar provides a survey of the main elements taught across Xavier's four-yaer curriculum.  This course is designed for students needing to remediate a semester grade of D/F in a previous Theology course.  This seminar will focus on the following topics:  The Revelation of Jesus Christ in Scripture; Who is Jesus?; Paschal Mystery and the Mission of Jesus Christ; The Church and Christ's Mission in the World Today; The Sacraments of Christ; Our Life in Christ.

Successful completion of this course will result in the replacement of a previous semester's grade and credit
Tuition: $375 (includes books/materials)

Art Appreciation is a yearlong college prep course wherein students encounter visual art through the lenses of discerning what art is, defining what the creative process is and how it works, developing perceptual awareness and investigating how art communicates meaning, and by understanding art as a response to time, place, events, and relationships that are significant to the human condition. A range of 2-D and 3-D art making processes will support learning about and deepening understanding of visual art.

Students will receive 1.0 units of credit for successful completion of this course.
Tuition: $750 (includes books/materials)

In Beginning Drama, students gain a basic knowledge of the elements and principles of live performance, understand and apply basic acting vocabulary within the acting process, review historical and cultural context, practice critique processes, and examine career choices in Theatre. Students develop an awareness of aesthetic perception, artistic expression, and interpretation through projects designed to expand understanding of performance. This college prep course will push students to perform in a range of styles. Students begin to develop a sense of personal style as a performer as well. Examining stage presence, learning how to approach a script, analyzing a playwright’s intention, and applying these are essential course components.

Students will receive 1.0 units of credit for successful completion of this course.
Tuition: $750 (includes books/materials)

This is a low-intermediate to low-advanced level college prep language course designed to further the students’ application and understanding of the language and cultures of the Hispanophone world. Course content includes topics such as personal fitness, health and emergencies, personal identity and relationships, the arts, careers and humanitarian work, social issues, and the media.  These topics will be explored mostly in informal and in some formal settings.  In this course, students will formulate and express opinions on a variety of topics in a larger array of tenses, namely the subjunctive, the pluperfect, and present perfect tenses, while reinforcing the present, past, and future tenses.   Students will experience all three modes of communication (Interpretive, Interpersonal, Presentational) and all four skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking) will be developed in this course.  This course will be conducted in Spanish.

Students will receive 1.0 units of credit for successful completion of this course.
Note: This is an immersion experience in the Spanish language.  Successful completion of the course will allow students to finish their world language graduation requirement or to continue on to Spanish IV during the school year.
Tuition: $750 (includes books/materials)

 

Other Important Information


ENROLLMENT: Courses have limited enrollment and are only available for students enrolled at Xavier during the school year. Students cannot be officially enrolled until tuition fees are paid in full. Xavier reserves the right to cancel courses that do not meet minimum enrollment. Students will be scheduled according to class and period availability on a first-come, first-served basis. You will be contacted if a class is canceled, closed, or is not available.

ATTENDANCE: All students enrolled in the credit courses must be on time and in attendance each day to meet the requirements for course credit.   Absence exceeding one day each term will result in loss of credit.

OPTIONS FOR INCOMING FRESHMAN STUDENTS:  Incoming freshman students must be enrolled for the 2019-2020 school year in order to have access to the following three course options: Freshman Seminar, Introduction to Algebra, Algebra I CP.

SUMMER OFFICE HOURS:  7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Students can be dropped off as early as 8:00 a.m. All students must be picked-up by 2:30pm.  Families may be subject to a late fee of $20 every 15 minutes beyond 2:30pm.

LUNCH: Students may bring their own lunch/snack to school or may purchase lunch for the entire summer school period for $115.00. If they are taking a 12 day course the total amount for lunch is $60.00. Summer lunch menus are available on the registration form. 

APPEARANCE:  All students will be given a Xavier T-Shirt at the time of registration.  Students are required to wear a Xavier school T-shirt to camp.  Additional T- shirts may be purchased for $15.00 each.  Attire must be modest and in good taste.  Closed to shoes must be worn at all times, no swim wear, ripped, torn or excessively tight or baggy clothing.

*REFUNDS: As budgeting commitments must be made prior to the opening of the summer session, tuition will not be refunded for applications withdrawn after May 24th. Students who withdraw prior to May 24th will receive a refund of tuition paid minus a $50 administrative fee.

For any questions please contact the Summer School Director, Adrian Torres at atorres@xavierprep.org or at 760-601-3900 x 6085