Academics
Summer at BC High

Academic Courses, Grades 6-12

Build your confidence and talents while getting a head start for the coming school year! The BC High Summer Academic program offers enrichment and standardized test preparation classes for girls & boys entering grades 6-12.
Academic Courses run for either two, three or six weeks depending on the class. ACT classes run for three weeks;. ISEE and SSAT classes each run for three weeks. Courses are offered Monday through Friday unless stated otherwise in the description.

For a detailed course description, schedule, and tuition information on our summer academic courses offerings, please click on the tabs below:

Summer Course Offerings

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  • BCHire Summer Seminar

    What: BCHire Summer Seminar: Professional Discernment and Formation

    When: Summer of 2018.  June 25th and August 6th at BC High from 9 AM to 12 PM.

    Who: Members of the Class of 2019 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
     
  • Classical Language Courses

    Greek I Honors (Full Credit)

    Date: June 25 – August 3
    Time: 8 a.m. - 11 a.m.
    Tuition: $1500
    Grades: 9-12

    This is a rigorous course which is open to highly qualified students who have a sincere interest in ancient languages and history. Students will have demonstrated a proficiency in their first-year language course (B+ or higher). Latin is not required to take Greek. The course will cover basic forms of grammar, syntax and vocabulary. Students will progressively read adapted Greek tales from Greek mythology. Cultural units will include the historical developments of Periclean Athens, and a thorough reading in translation of both Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex and Antigone. All students will take the National Greek Exam in March.  
     
    Prerequisite: Application and Department Approval Required
  • College & Test Preparation Courses

    College Essay and the Common Application

    Date: August 6 - August 9 (Monday - Thursday)
    Date: August 13 - August 16 (Monday - Thursday)
    Date: August 20 - August 23 (Monday - Thursday)
    Time: 9 a.m. - noon
    Tuition: $350
    Grades: 11-12

    This class is open to students from any school. In this 4-day co-ed course (3 hours per day) 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 get assistance in the college search and selection process from the guidance counselor.

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    Middle School Entrance Exam - ISEE/SSAT Test Prep

    Date: June 25 - July 13
    Time:
    8 a.m. - 11 a.m.
    Tuition: $875
    Grades: 6

    This course is designed to prepare students for successful completion of the exams administered for entrance into Middle School, the ISEE and the SSAT. The course will include 12 days of instruction and 3 assessment exams to track the student's progress.

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    High School Entrance Exam - HSPT/SSAT Test Prep

    Date: July 16 - August 3
    Time:
    8 a.m. - 11 a.m.
    Tuition: $875
    Grade: 8

    This course is designed to prepare students for successful completion of the exams administered for entrance into High School, the HSPT and the SSAT. The course will include 12 days of instruction and 3 assessment exams to track a student's progress.

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    ACT Test Prep

    Session 1: June 25 - July 13
    Session 2: July 16 - August 3
    Time: 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. (8 a.m. - noon on Practice Test Days)        
    Tuition: $950 Non-BC High students
                 No fee for BC High entering juniors
    Grade: 11-12

    BC High offers the complete Summit Review course, including successful strategy concepts and proven test-taking techniques. Three practice exams are included in the course. The first day is a practice test. The other two practice test days will be scheduled by the teachers. Attendance at every class is expected. Please only choose one session.
  • Mathematics Courses

    Exploring Geometry

    Date: July 16 - August 3
    Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Tuition: $500
    Grades: 6-12

    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 look at Pythagorean Theorem and special right triangle rules.  

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    Introduction to Algebra 1

    Session 1: June 25 – July 13
    Session 2: July 16 – August 3
    Time: 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
    Tuition: $500
    Grades: 6-12

    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 be addressed.

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    Math Fundamentals (Entering Grades 6-8)

    Date: June 25 - July 13
    Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Tuition: $500

    This course, for grades 6 and 7, is designed to help improve knowledge of basic arithmetic operations with whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and percentages.

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    Trigonometry for Calculus

    Date: June 25 - July 13
    Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Tuition: $500
    Grades: 11-12

    This course is designed for students who demonstrate aptitude for mathematics and who preformed very well in an Algebra II class. This class will cover the topics in trigonometry necessary to take Calculus Honors or AP Calculus, including the unit circle, the six trigonometric functions and their graphs and values, trig equations, and application of those functions. The course will rapidly cover the necessary topics to determine if students would adapt well to the rigorous pacing of an AP class. Upon successful completion of the class, students will be recommended for AP Calculus, Honors Calculus, or Pre-calculus.
  • Science Courses

    Chemistry I (Full Credit)

    Date: June 25 - August 3
    Time: 8 a.m. - 11 a.m.
    Tuition: $1500
    Grades: 10-12

    This course is for sophomores, juniors and seniors. Chemistry is the science that investigates the composition of substances and the changes they undergo. 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)

    Date: June 25 - August 3
    Time: 8 a.m. - 11 a.m.
    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 problems dealing with limiting reactants, thermodynamics, molality, colligative properties, introductory organic chemistry and preparation for the Chemistry SAT II. 

    Prerequisite: B+ semester grade in both Algebra I and Biology I. Application and Department Approval Required (Lab Science) 

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    Chemistry Warm-Up

    Date: August 6 - August 16 (Monday - Thursday)
    Time: 8:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
    Tuition: $500
    Grades: 9-12

    The goal of the course is to introduce students to the 10 Chemistry topics which tend to pose the greatest difficulty. We begin with the Mathematics of Chemistry, Atomic Structure, Atom and Ion Names, Compound Formation, Molar Mass and Percent Composition, Empirical and Molecular Formulas, Stoichiometry, Gas Laws, Lewis Structures, and Geometries.

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    Physics (Full Credit)

    Date: June 25 - August 3
    Time: 8 a.m. - 11 a.m.
    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.

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    Physics Honors (Full Credit)

    Date: June 25 - August 3
    Time: 8 a.m. - 11 a.m.
    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.

    Prerequisite: Application and Department Approval Required (Lab Science) 
  • Visual Arts Courses

    Digital Photography (0.25 Credit)

    Date: June 25 - July 13 (Monday - Friday)
    Time: 8 a.m. - 10 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 have his or her own digital camera to complete the homework assigned in this course.

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    Introduction to Drawing (0.25 Credit)

    Date: June 25 - July 13 (Monday - Friday)
    Time: 10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
    Tuition: $500
    Grades: 9-12

    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 manga/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.
  • Writing Courses

    High School Writing 

    Date: July 16 - August 3
    Time: 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
    Tuition: $500
    Grades: 9-12

    This course is geared for current high school students who wish to improve and augment their academic writing skills. Students will be required to write and read daily. Students will write academic essays that will require them to analyze, compare and define specific ideas. The class will review the writing process including: organization, clarity, development, sentence structure and grammar.

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    Writing Fundamentals (Entering Grades 6-8)

    Date: June 25 - July 13
    Time: 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
    Tuition: $500
    Grades: 6-8

    This course is designed for rising 6, 7, and 8 grade students who need to improve their English grammar and writing skills. Students will review vocabulary, basic grammar, basic writing skills, paragraph unity, and coherence. Students will also read short works of fiction and write critical analyses based on their reading.

Contact Us

Beth Johns-Thomas
Director of Summer Programs
bjohnsthomas@bchigh.edu
(617) 474-5181