Growth, learning and fun don’t stop over the summer at MICDS. Named after school founder and visionary thinker William Greenleaf Eliot, Eliot Summer Academy challenges middle and high school students with an array of opportunities. Students have the opportunity to perform cutting-edge scientific research, create in the Maker Lab, craft their college essay and so much more! Enrichment and for-credit courses are available.
Classes offered through 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.
* Courses marked with a (C) are for-credit courses.
- ENGLISH (Rising 11th and 12th Grade) College Essay Writing
Picture a college admissions essay reader, bleary-eyed and buried in papers, reading your essay after a long day of reading a hundred others. You need a great essay, one that will cause them to carefully read it and delight at your personality, experiences and the writing skills used to display them. In this course, you will learn to craft one of these great essays. Consider all the challenges a great essay overcomes:
- It makes your reader care about you and remember you by making your reader feel.
- It makes your reader consider you by making them laugh and winning their trust.
- It makes your reader pay attention by making them read with anticipation.
To do this, you will be introduced to such techniques as character development (yes, you have to see yourself as a character in your story), dialogue, establishing credibility, establishing emotion, structure and point of view. During classes held Monday, Wednesday and Friday, we will take on a few of these skills at a time. Tuesday and Thursday will be for individual meetings where we will work on developing the unique fodder that will make up your great essay: we will formulate the unique character you are, the unique perspective you have on the world, your unique voice for expressing it and the character arc that is your journey through the many challenges you face.
There are many strategies you need to know in order to write a great college essay, and you will be introduced to them all as you craft your own.
*Note that this class will formally meet Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. On Tuesday and Thursday, students will individually conference with the teacher by appointment. These appointments will be established on the first day of class.
Dates/Time: July 29-August 2, MWF from 9:30-11:30 a.m., Tues/Thurs at individual conference appointment times
Teacher: Dan Sadicario
- ENGLISH (Rising 9th Grade) Reading Strategies for the Writing Process
Understanding 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 ensures 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 with the summer reading in an effort to 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
Dates/Times: July 15-26, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Teacher: Nicole Trueman
- 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.
Date/Time: July 15-26, 12:15 – 2:15 p.m.
Teacher: Oggy Smiljanic
- SCIENCE (Rising 9th-12th Grades) Science in the Field (C)
Science in the Field is a for-credit independent research project. Students may earn an Applied Science Topic credit for their involvement in an on-going collaboration with a practicing scientist or research institution. Students must have a faculty sponsor/mentor, document their work schedule, provide contact information to their Science in the Field supervisor, and provide a paper within thirty days after the experience outlining roles and responsibilities as well as the purpose of the collaboration and knowledge gained from the experience. Students will be assessed using a Pass/No Pass grading standard.
Prerequisites: Departmental Approval and Faculty Sponsor
If you are interested in taking this course, please contact the JK-12 Science Department Chair, Bob Shaw, at email@example.com.
Note: Science in the Field will NOT count towards NCAA core course totals for aspiring Division I and II athletes.
- 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 9th grade science 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.
This course will be split into two one-week sessions. Students should enroll in a week during Session 1 and a week during Session 2.
Dates/Time for Session 1: Either June 17-21 OR June 24-28, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Dates/Time for Session 2: Either July 15-19 OR July 22-26, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Teacher: Brian Coco
Cost: $275 per two one-week sessions
- SCIENCE (Rising 10th Grade) STEM 1.5
This course will be offered in a two-part session. Part 1 will take place June 24-27 and Part 2 will take place July 29-Aug 1. It is the expectation that students attend both parts. The split week model is intended to help students both review the content learned during the previous school year and to preview the new content for the upcoming school year in order to transition smoothly between grade levels. This model provides a natural break between the two parts. Please see the full description for Parts 1 & 2 below.
Session 1 is a review of 9th grade (mostly T3) chemistry skills that are required understanding for moving into 10th grade science. We will have a chance to go over the end of year 9th grade exam, identify areas of strength and weakness in T3 skills and then focus our time to strengthen those skills. The primary focus is on atomic structure, periodic trends, electron configurations, balancing equations and mole calculations—although there is room to add in any additional skills students identify as problem areas.
Session 2 is primarily a preview into the skills needed at the start of 10th grade science. We will work on how the skills they bring with them from 9th grade will be applied to science 10 in areas like hybridization, molecular structure, gram to mole calculations, enthalpy calculations and stoichiometry. We will also have an opportunity to work on the required summer assignment (due the first day of class in 10th grade) and get any questions answered before the work is submitted.
Dates/Time: June 24-27 and July 29-August 1, 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Teacher: Laura Bradford
- ENGLISH (Rising 7th and 8th Grades) Middle School Reading Processes and Strategies
Learn about the brain processes that are required for reading! Explore ways in which to improve your fluency and comprehension through the practice of oral and directed reading. Practice these skills with an experienced MICDS teacher and leave with strategies to complete your summer reading.
Date/Time: June 10-14, 12:15-3:15 p.m.
Teacher: Maggie Dunson
- ENGLISH (Rising 7th and 8th Grades) Middle School Combining Reading and Writing Applications
Preview and practice active reading strategies that prepare you for the writing process. Build your knowledge of ways in which to infer and analyze your reading and transfer it to writing. Students will practice outlining and idea building as well as sentence structure and conventions that will be emphasized in the classroom in the fall.
Date/Time: August 5-9, 12:15-3:15 p.m.
Teacher: Maggie Dunson
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (314)995-7405 for more information.
Registration opens January 15, 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.
- The full payment is due for each camper upon enrollment. Payment can be made via credit card, check or an electronic funds transfer (e-check).
- Checks should be made out to MICDS and mailed to:
101 N. Warson Rd.
St. Louis, MO, 63124
ATTN: Eliot Summer Academy
- Refund Policy
- Full refunds are available through April 2019.
- During May, a $50 fee per session per child is applied to refunds.
- Beginning May 30, there are no refunds.
- Summer Scheduling Conflicts
Having trouble working around other MICDS opportunities? Contact Director of Eliot Summer Academy Emily Coppersmith and Samantha White at email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (314)995-7329.