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Summer at BC High

Academic Courses

High School Academic Courses

For over 16 years BC HIgh has offered a top notch, academic courses in a wide variety of areas including SAT and ACT Prep, College Essay and the Common App as well as courses for HS credit or as an enrichment course. Courses are designed to enhance a students education in an area they may want to excel or to prepare them for courses in the upcoming school year. No matter what your student's interests, we offer a summer academic program that will help them excel and enhance their high school course load.

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  • BCHire Summer Seminar

    What: BCHire Summer Seminar: Professional Discernment and Formation

    When: Summer of 2020 at BC High from 9 AM to 12 PM.

    Who: Members of the Class of 2021 in collaboration with leaders and innovators within the BC High community and alumni network.

    Why: We believe this seminar is aligned with the Ignatian practices that BC High offers to our students.  It is our hope that through the course, students will develop a better understanding of themselves, their talents, and their aspirations for the future. We also believe this unique experience will highlight the students’ commitment to learning and their pursuit of opportunities to grow which in turn will further distinguish them.

    Register:  Students must commit to attending both sessions and completing assigned readings, journal responses, and the reflection paper.  To register please click this link and complete the form: https://goo.gl/forms/LlXj3Vs3VND8GhQs1
     
  • College & Test Preparation Courses-ONLINE Options

    College Essay and the Common App-ONLILNE
    Dare: July 27 - July 30 (Monday-Thursday)-NEWLY ADDED DATE!
    Date: 
    August 3 - August 6 (Monday - Thursday)
    Date: August 10 - August 13 (Monday - Thursday)
    Date: August 17 - August 20 (Monday - Thursday)
    Time: 9 a.m. - noon
    Tuition: $450
    Grade: entering 12

    This class is open for rising seniors from public, independent or parochial schools who want additional guidance through the college application process and/or want to have their college application process already in motion before the school year starts.
    During this 4-day co-ed course students will work closely with a BC High guidance counselor to compose their Common Application essay and complete the basics of the Common Application. In addition, students will receive assistance in the college search and selection process.
    Students will have homework assignments during this boot camp primarily related to drafting their essays.
     
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    SAT Test Prep
     
    SAT Test Prep-ONLINE
    Date: July 13 – July 31
    Time:
    11am-2:30pm (1/2 hour break included)
    Tuition: $850 Non-BC High students
                  No fee for BC High entering juniors
    Grade: entering 11-12

    The SAT exam is a measure of the critical thinking skills you'll need for academic success in college. The SAT includes a Critical Reading, Math, and Writing section, with a specific number of questions related to content. Three practice exams are included and administered in this course. The first day and last day is a practice test and one other practice test will be administered at the discretion of the instructor to track the student's progress. Attendance at every class is expected.

  • Digital Photography (0.25 Credit)-ONLINE

    Digital Photography (0.25 Credit)-ONLINE
    Date: July 13-31
    Time: 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
    Tuition: $500
    Grades: 9-12
     
    This course serves as an introduction to photography through digital imaging.  Emphasis will be placed on developing composition and aesthetic skills, technical craftsmanship, and critical analysis.  A text is provided that covers camera fundamentals and addresses technical information.  Students will be shooting a series of photographic assignments on campus and at home in addition to learning from the text.  It is highly recommended that each student has his or her own digital camera to complete the homework assigned in this course.
     
    Introduction to Drawing (0.25 Credit)
     
    Students will learn the fundamentals of drawing which is the basis of visual thought. Through the use of traditional techniques, students will be developing and refining their skills of observation and visual communication. Subjects explored will include the human figure, perspective, still life, landscapes, and cartooning. An assortment of media will be available including ink, colored pencil, charcoal, marker, and graphite. In addition to student production, understanding of aesthetics, art criticism, and art history are incorporated into the course.
  • Mathematics Courses-ONLINE Options

    Introduction to Geometry-ONLINE
    Date: July 13 - July 31
    Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Tuition: $500
    Grades: 6-10

    This course is a good introduction to what is covered in Geometry. It is useful for those taking PSAT test who have not taken Geometry. Exploring Geometry will look at a number of different topics ranging from triangles and polygons, angles, parallel lines, similar figures, area, perimeter and volume. The class will also cover Pythagorean Theorem and special right triangle rules.  

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    Introduction to Algebra 1-ONLINE
    Date: July 13 – July 31
    Time: 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
    Tuition: $500
    Grades: 6-10

    This course is designed for students who are entering Algebra I in the fall and wish to augment their arithmetic skills for fractions, percents, and different number sets in the context of solving a linear equation. Other topics appropriate to the students’ skill levels will also be covered.
  • Middle School Enrichment Courses-ONLINE Options

    Introduction to Geometry-ONLINE
    Date: July 13 - July 31
    Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Tuition: $500
    Grades: 6-8

    This course is a good introduction to what is covered in Geometry. It is useful for those taking PSAT test who have not taken Geometry. Exploring Geometry will look at a number of different topics ranging from triangles and polygons, angles, parallel lines, similar figures, area, perimeter and volume. The class will also cover Pythagorean Theorem and special right triangle rules.  
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    Introduction to Algebra 1-ONLINE
    Date: July 13 – July 31
    Time: 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
    Tuition: $500
    Grades: 6-8

    This course is designed for students who are entering Algebra I in the fall and wish to augment their arithmetic skills for fractions, percents, and different number sets in the context of solving a linear equation. Other topics appropriate to the students’ skill levels will also be covered.
     
  • Science Courses-ONLINE Options

    Chemistry I (Full Credit)-ONLINE
    Date: July 6 – Aug 7
    Time: 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. as well as determined by teacher
    Tuition: $1500
    Grades: 10-12

    This course is for sophomores, juniors and seniors. This course enables students to learn chemistry through experimentation and observation. Organizing the concepts, theories, and principles of chemistry allows students to develop an understanding of the materials that make up our world, the forces that bind them together, and the laws that govern changes in materials. The daily work in chemistry places emphasis on applying concepts, analytical reasoning, and problem solving using dimensional analysis. The use of a scientific calculator is required. 
    Prerequisite: Minimum of a C semester grade in both Algebra I and Biology I. (Lab Science) 
     
     
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    Chemistry I Honors (Full Credit)-ONLINE
    Date: 
    July 6 - Aug 7 
    Time: 
    8 a.m. - 11 a.m. - as well as determined by teacher
    Tuition: 
    $1500
    Grades: 
    10-12

    This course is for sophomores, juniors and seniors. Chemistry I Honors differs from Chemistry I in that a greater number of topics are covered in greater depth and the expectations are that the students will develop higher-level analytical skills. Those topics include thermodynamics, molality, colligative properties, introductory organic chemistry and preparation for the Chemistry SAT II. Students taking Chemistry Honors will be combined with Chemistry I students and be challenged differently in classwork, homework and tests.
    Prerequisite: B+ semester grade in both Algebra I and Biology I. Department Approval Required (Lab Science) 
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    Physics (Full Credit)
    Date: July 6 - Aug 7 
    Time: 
    8 a.m. - 11 a.m. - as well as determined by teacher
    Tuition: 
    $1500
    Grades: 11-12

    This course is for juniors and seniors and can serve as a strong preparation for the potential science major or as an overview of physics. The following topics are covered: basic concepts of force and motion; work, energy, power, momentum; circular motion; gravitation; wave behavior and the nature of light; electricity. This course presumes a basic understanding of algebraic manipulation and geometrical reasoning. The use of a scientific calculator is required. Laboratory activities will clarify, test, and extend the concepts discussed in class.
     
     
     
    Physics Honors (Full Credit)
    Date: July 6 - Aug 7 
    Time: 
    8 a.m. - 11 a.m. - as well as determined by teacher
    Tuition: 
    $1500
    Grades: 11-12

    This course is for juniors and seniors and will cover the topics listed in Physics at an increased pace and a more sophisticated level. Students taking Physics Honors will be combined with Physics students and be challenged differently in classwork, homework and tests.
    Prerequisite: Department Approval Required (Lab Science) 
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Program Dates

June 22-August 14
Specific program dates and times vary. See specific program for details.

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Contact Us

Beth Johns-Thomas
Director of Summer Programs
(617) 474-5181