Eliot Summer Academy is a summer academic program for middle and high school students offered on the campus of MICDS. The program is named in honor of the school’s founder, William Greenleaf Eliot, a visionary thinker who sought to provide opportunities for young people to enrich themselves and excel academically. The Summer Academy aims to do the same, challenging and invigorating students with a variety of courses of study during the summer months.
Classes offered for Eliot Summer Academy are designed to be review, enrichment or replacement oriented. Review courses help students transition between coursework levels, allow them to redo work, catch up or make up a course. Enrichment courses offer something new and may help students prepare for the next school year. Replacement courses are offered for MICDS credit and help students open up their schedule for other options or electives during the academic year.
- ENGLISH (Rising 9th and 10th Grade) Reading Strategies for the Writing ProcessUnderstanding the purpose and the learning objective of reading assignments and writing tasks becomes more challenging at the secondary school level. However, applying the correct strategies ensure that students are actively engaged in the assigned texts and are pursuing meaningful insights in their responses. In this workshop, students will develop their skills in literary analysis and writing through practice activities and a multimedia project that simulate the experience of an English classroom at the upper school level. We will work on identifying strong evidence while reading a text to support paragraph arguments, as well as build a personal “tool kit” of strategies for analyzing literary devices, brainstorming for writing assignments, participating in discussions, and preparing for feedback sessions with teachers. Moving on to the next level doesn’t need to be a mystery or a struggle; let’s work together to be prepared. Please note that this class meets Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for student reflection on our work in class.
Teacher: Celeste Prince
- HISTORY (Rising 9th Grade) A Brief History of the World 1300-1900
This course will highlight key developments that occurred across the major civilizations of Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America from approximately 1300 to 1900 CE, focusing on the emergence of new connections between continents. Students will examine the Columbian Exchange and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, exploring how this led to different revolutionary movements both in Europe and in the Americas. We will then move to a discussion of industrialization and the global economy, and the course will end with the rise of imperialism, thus setting the stage for the 9th grade curriculum which begins with the road to World War I. Most importantly, though, this course will help students develop their critical thinking and writing skills, to better prepare them for the requirements of Upper School History classes. Students will read and analyze a combination of primary and secondary sources, as they work to improve their ability to research, write, and make presentations about various historical issues and problems.
Teacher: Elizabeth Wells
- MATH (Rising 6th-8th Grade) Treehouse Design
Design your own treehouse! This course will give students the opportunity to apply mathematical skills to a real-world problem. Throughout the duration of the course, students will use the skills acquired in 6th grade math to plan, design, and build a model treehouse. The first half of the course will be spent working out the details of their proposal, and the second half of the class will be spent on the creation of a physical model of their proposed tree house. This fun treehouse design helps students visualize how mathematical concepts are used outside of the realm of textbooks and worksheets.
Teacher: Dustin Delfin
- MATH (Rising 9th Grade) Foundations for Applied Integrated Math 1
Integrated mathematics requires a strong foundation in the algebra and geometry concepts introduced in 8th grade. This course will provide a review of important math topics to help students build the necessary understanding to find success in Applied Integrated Mathematics 1 or Integrated Mathematics 1. Using an individualized approach, students will improve their algebra skills while exploring meaningful problems that require knowledge of many math concepts. The course will also help build problem solving techniques in preparation for the type of work required in the 9th grade courses.
Teacher: Jody Marberry
- SCIENCE (Rising 10th Grade) STEM 1.5
The purpose of this class is to help students build a stronger foundation of basic math and science skills to help increase success in the Science 10 course. In this course, students will address and practice skills such as:
- Dimensional analysis
- Intramolecular forces
- Periodic trends
- Electron configurations and orbital diagrams
- Ions vs. atoms
- Nomenclature of chemical compounds
- Identifying and using polyatomic ions in compounds
Collaborative work will be very important in this class. In addition to learning and strengthening the skills via the teacher, students will work together in groups to help them work through the activities and assignments.
*Note: This course will meet Monday, June 25-Thursday, June 28 AND Monday, July 9-Thursday, July 12
Teacher: Laura Bradford
- SCIENCE (Rising 9th Grade) STEM 0.5
A strong start for high school science is key to success. STEM 0.5 is a way for students to practice foundational pieces required in the ninth grade required course. Topics include data collection, experimental design, graphing and data analysis, and dimensional analysis. The course will be taught using inquiry based methods and the 5 E’s of engineering.
Teacher: Brian Coco
- WORLD LANGUAGE (Rising 9th and 10th Grade) Spanish 1.5
Immerse yourself in Spanish this summer! The Spanish 1.5 course is designed to build on the foundation of skills and vocabulary learned in the Spanish 100 level to prepare you for success in Spanish 200. During this two-week long course, students will engage in projects and collaborative work designed to reinforce and extend skills and broaden vocabulary. Students will complete two Integrated Performance Assessments (IPA’s) throughout the duration of this course. Any student having completed Spanish 100 and wishing to start the school year on a strong foot, or wanting extra exposure to Spanish is welcome to take this course!
Teacher: Alyoska Hajdukiewicz
Registration opens January 15.
Tuition for Eliot Summer Academy is listed with each course. Some courses may have additional fees to cover books, materials or field trips. Limited financial aid is available to MICDS families. Please contact Kathy Fagin, MICDS Director of Financial Aid at email@example.com or (314)995-7405 for more information.
Registration opens in January, and payment is required at the time of registration. Early registration is encouraged, as class sizes will be kept small (10 to 20 students). A minimum enrollment of 10 students will be required for most courses. In the event a course is canceled, you will be contacted, and registration fees will be refunded.
- Before May 2, all fees less 15% office fee.
- Before May 30, all fees less 30% office fee.
- After May 30, no refunds.
- Summer Scheduling Conflicts
Having trouble working around other MICDS opportunities? Contact Director of Eliot Summer Academy Emily Coppersmith and Samantha White at firstname.lastname@example.org or (314)995-7329, and we will work with you to schedule with other MICDS programs. Prorated fees for other MICDS programs, excluding ESA, are available.
For more information, please contact Emily Coppersmith, Director of Eliot Summer Academy, or Samantha White, Summer Registrar, at email@example.com or (314)995-7329.