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Summer @Andover

Why Andover? | 2011

A Rigorous Academic Program Summer Session classes challenge and extend the intellectual, aesthetic, and ethical interests of able students who want to reap the rewards of intensive study. Be prepared for courses that push you to perform to your fullest potential!

Varied and Extensive Course Offerings Do you want to enhance your knowledge of a subject you already love? Do you want to explore a subject you have never studied before or something your school doesn’t offer? Do you want to get ahead in anticipation of a difficult course next fall? Are you an aspiring photographer or an artist looking for opportunity, guidance, and enrichment? Andover offers courses from geometry to philosophy, from English as a Second Language to advanced literary analysis. Be sure to flip through the Upper School Course of Study and Activities or Lower School Institutes brochure and see what appeals to you!

Experienced and Creative Faculty Summer Session faculty, which is composed of teachers from Phillips Academy and other secondary schools, colleges, and graduate schools, returns summer after summer for the chance to engage in and learn from this exciting international community. The Summer Session curriculum offers opportunities to experiment with innovative approaches to teaching and to share ideas with insightful colleagues and eager students from around the world. The senior teaching staff is augmented by a corps of teaching assistants; their enthusiasm for learning provides students with a model for serious and dynamic intellectual inquiry.

“I love the feeling of independence. I felt like I was around intelligent students from all over the world. This is an experience I will remember. I had a fun, productive summer. I can’t think of a better way to spend my summer.” —female student from Massachusetts

An Extraordinarily Diverse Summer Community Among the most exciting and rewarding aspects of Summer Session is the chance to live and work with other students who represent an unparalleled diversity of geography, religion, race, and economic circumstance. In 2010, more than 600 Summer Session students hailed from 41 countries, 38 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

A Precollege Boarding Experience You will share the campus and its many resources for five weeks, living in dormitories and learning community responsibility and self-discipline. While the dorms are supervised and the faculty accessible (the studentfaculty ratio is 9 to 1), you will quickly learn how to budget your own time and respect the needs of others.

Convenient Campus Location Phillips Academy has a safe, scenic, and spacious campus, located only a short train ride from the beautiful and historic cities of Boston and Cambridge. In addition to the sights, museums, colleges, shops, and restaurants of these two cities, Andover lies within easy driving distance of the spectacular seacoasts of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. Summer Session organizes several trips to a variety of venues that may include nearby beaches, musical and theatrical events, outlet shopping, and amusement parks. In addition, you may, with permission, use Wednesdays and weekends to explore Boston with friends.

“The teachers are incredible people, always ready to help us.” —male student from Brazil

Outstanding Academic Resources The Oliver Wendell Holmes Library is located in the heart of the campus and serves the informational and recreational reading needs of members of the Phillips Academy community. In support of the Academy’s mission of helping students to master skills, acquire knowledge, and think critically, creatively, and independently, the librarians work closely with the faculty to provide students with the information skills necessary for lifelong learning. The instruction program emphasizes the four research processes of reading, research, evaluation, and writing. The library offers students a collection of more than 175,000 books in print and electronic formats, access to millions of magazine and journal articles in its paid databases, Wi-Fi access throughout the building, and a professional staff eager to help fulfill the research needs of the students. The Phillips Academy Computer Center, staffed by technical professionals, offers both Macintosh- and Windows-based computers, high-resolution scanners, and color printing. All computers are networked to high-speed laser printers and offer a wide range of software. Students also may take advantage of easy Internet and e-mail access. The Polk-Lillard Electronic Imaging Center, located in the Elson Art Center, contains two computer labs, video-editing suites, two fully equipped multimedia classrooms, video duplication services, and a staff fluent in current digital and video technologies. Also in the Elson Art Center, Kemper Auditorium is equipped with a surround-sound system, an enhanced video projection system, and a media-control Crestron System. The Gelb Science Center, opened in 2004, houses state-of-the-art science classrooms, laboratories, research spaces, and an astronomical observatory. Reopened in fall 2010, the renovated and expanded Addison Gallery of American Art possesses an extraordinary permanent collection of more than 16,000 works and hosts exhibitions and other scholarly programs every year. The Addison’s knowledgeable education staff organizes visits to the museum from almost all disciplines. Graves Hall, Phillips Academy’s music building, contains three classrooms, two concert halls, a Rock Room, practice rooms, and a music listening library. Its practice rooms are available to Summer Session students. In addition, the Robert S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology allows for the study and preservation of Native American cultures and teaches an appreciation and respect for human cultural diversity.


Geographical Distribution 2010 Domestic Student Count Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut District of Columbia Florida Georgia Hawaii Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Puerto Rico South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Washington Total

2010 International Student Count 1 8 1 20 1 8 4 13 12 2 21 1 1 1 4 6 80 2 1 3 1 2 2 2 2 11 12 40 2 7 1 1 3 9 3 1 16 20 6 4 335

Austria Belgium Brazil Canada Chile China Colombia Costa Rica Dominican Republic England France Germany Greece Hong Kong Indonesia Italy Japan Kenya Korea Kuwait Lebanon Mexico Monaco New Zealand Nigeria Pakistan Philippines Russia Saudi Arabia Scotland Singapore Spain Switzerland Taiwan Thailand The Netherlands Turkey Ukraine United Arab Emirates Venezuela West Samoa Total


4 3 6 4 1 29 2 2 11 5 11 8 18 22 4 20 24 1 8 2 8 5 1 1 1 1 4 1 7 1 1 26 12 8 4 1 22 1 1 2 1 294

2010 Class Distribution GIRLS 34 38 103 101 64

BOYS 12 55 81 87 54

TOTAL 46 93 184 188 118





Boarding Students Day Students Writing Workshop

316 20 4

259 26 4

575 46 8





Rising 8th-Graders Rising 9th-Graders Rising 10th-Graders Rising 11th-Graders Rising 12th-Graders


“Summer Session is a fantastic program where I saw a unique combination of attention to academic rigor and human development. Over five short weeks, my students matured and grew to fit the expectations we asked of them. Kids at this age have much more potential than I thought they did, whether that means being able to take a collegelevel philosophy class or to live peacefully with 30 other peers and adults.� —faculty member


College Counseling A special feature of Summer Session is the College Counseling program, which is organized and staffed by professional college counselors. The cornerstone of the program, an afternoon workshop series, brings to campus outstanding experts on various issues pertaining to the process of selecting and applying to college. Phillips Academy’s Summer Session college counseling coordinator and admissions representatives from some of the finest colleges in the Northeast offer a comprehensive and detailed plan for applying to college. Each Wednesday, tours of several New England colleges are scheduled (preference is given to 11th- and 12th-graders). During the five weeks, at least two colleges are visited each week. In mid-July, more than 100 college representatives from around the nation are invited to campus to meet with students. Students also may arrange conferences with a counselor, a valuable service to help plan for the future.

A sampling of colleges visited by Summer Session students. Clockwise: MIT, Boston University, Amherst, Harvard, Yale


“I am pleased that I was able to develop a relationship with many of the students, and I felt that my visibility on campus as part of the college counseling activities fostered their involvement and excitement in the college planning process.” —College Counseling coordinator

College Counseling 2010 Summer Offerings An example of what to expect in summer 2011 Monday





June 30 Orientation

July 1 Introduction to Summer Session’s College Counseling Program

July 2 Select! Don’t Settle The College Research Process

Workshops will meet in Tang Theatre in George Washington Hall, 1:50–2:40 p.m.

John McLaughlin, Merrimack College

Joy A. LeBlanc, Phillips Academy

July 5 Navigating the College Fair; Choosing a College Major

July 6 Evaluating the College Application Essay: the Admissions Side

Drew Carter, College of the Holy Cross

Margit Dahl, Yale University

July 12 Writing and the College Admissions Process: Expert Advice

July 13 Building Your Extracurricular Activities and Resume

Matthew Pohl, Sarah Lawrence College

David Hautanen, Northeastern University

July 19 Guidelines for International Students Applying to U.S. Colleges & Universities

July 20 Should I Apply Early? Testing & Assessments The Student-Athlete The Wait List

Sarah Damerville, Dartmouth College

Lauren Dennis, Wellesley College

July 26 Case Studies: How Selective Colleges Decide *Limited to those who attended on 7/23*

July 27 10 Tips for the Successful College Interview

Elisha Anderson, Brown University

Karen Kristof, Smith College

College Trips To: July 7 Boston College Harvard University Northeastern University Wellesley College

July 14 Brandeis University Brown University Rhode Island School of Design Tufts University

July 21 Boston University Dartmouth College Harvard University

July 8 The Ivy League: The Most Competitive Schools in America Logan Powell, Princeton University

July 15 Admissions 101: How and Why Colleges Make Decisions

July 9 Annual College Fair Representatives from over 100 Top Colleges Case Memorial Cage

2–4 p.m.

July 16 Financial Aid & Scholarships Brandi Smith, Vanderbilt University

Matthew Hyde, Tufts University

July 22 Making the Most of the College Campus Visit Patrick McNally, Boston University

July 23 Case Studies: How Selective Colleges Decide/Reading Session *Required for 7/26 workshop* Elisha Anderson, Brown University

July 28 Amherst College Babson College Massachusetts Institute of Technology

July 29 What I Wish I’d Known: Advice and Anecdotes Teaching Assistants Panel, Phillips Academy Summer Session

July 30 Making the Match! College Counseling Overview/Q&A/ Trivia Competition Joy A. LeBlanc, Phillips Academy


Related Phillips Academy Programs

This program annually identifies approximately 100 outstanding college students and graduates from diverse backgrounds who are committed to eradicating racial disparities at all levels of education. IRT offers a summer workshop on the Phillips Academy campus to prepare students for the rigors of graduate school. For information, please contact Kelly Wise, executive director, or Asabe Poloma, director, at or 978-749-4116.

selves in the study of mathematics, science, and English for three consecutive summers at Andover, beginning the summer after their ninth-grade year. The program is free to all accepted students; this is possible through the generous contributions of alumni, Phillips Academy, and other individuals, foundations, and corporations. Students are offered intensive courses that not only foster their passion for math and science, but also prepare them to compete successfully for admission to selective colleges to pursue careers in math, science, engineering, medicine, and other related fields. The (MS)2 program runs simultaneously with Phillips Academy’s Summer Session. Students in (MS)2 follow a different class schedule and course of study than students in the Summer Session, but they participate fully in Summer Session dormitory life, afternoon activities, and social functions. For applications and more information, please visit or contact the (MS)2 office at 978-749-4402 or

Mathematics and Science for Minority Students—(MS)2

Phillips Academy/Andover High School/Lawrence Schools—PALS

In response to the low representation of African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native American students in the fields of math and science, Phillips Academy founded (MS)2 in 1977. The program annually offers approximately 110 African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native American public school students from targeted areas across the United States the opportunity to immerse them-

PALS is a two-year program for academically capable seventh- and eighth-grade students from the Leonard, Parthum, and South Lawrence East schools in nearby Lawrence, Mass. During the school year, high school and college-age volunteers attend weekly training sessions and then teach these middle-school students one-on-one in academic areas. In the summer, PALS participants come to the campus of Phillips Academy for a month-long hands-on program of math, science, reading, writing, vocabulary building, and computer applications. For more information, please contact Thomas Cone at 978-470-0668.

Andover Bread Loaf Writing Workshop—ABL A three-week summer institute is held on campus for U.S. urban public school and international teachers. In addition, ABL offers a three-week summer workshop, the Lawrence Student Writers Workshop, for Lawrence, Mass., public elementary school students. For information, please call Louis Bernieri, director, at 978-749-4386.

Institute for Recruitment of Teachers—IRT


Summer Session students are invited to visit the Gelb Science Center observatory, participate in challenging and innovative classes, and go on a variety of field trips. At right, a student visits Boston’s PBS television station.


“The students are motivated, creative, and incredibly open to new things.” —faculty member


“The classroom energy fosters a unique learning environmnent that challenges students to think in new ways and exposes each person to new ideas, whether from the perspective of a teacher or a fellow classmate. Each student brings to the classroom a very unique academic background that contributes to very diverse and rich classroom discussions.” —faculty member


“The intensely international dynamic of Summer Session was what surprised me the most. Not only were the students exposed to a more diverse and widespread community than they likely will experience even in college, but what is perhaps more surprising is their incredibly mature and thoughtful reflection on that fact—the extent to which they not only benefited from but also consciously appreciated this cultural exchange.” —faculty member


A Brief History of Phillips Academy The town of Andover, Mass., incorporated in 1646, is an attractive elm-shaded community 21 miles north of Boston and about the same distance west from Salem, Gloucester, and the sea. Both the town and the Academy are rich in history. Before they turned to the building of a school in 1778, Judge Samuel Phillips, the Academy’s founder, and Eliphalet Pearson, its first headmaster, worked together manufacturing gunpowder for the Revolutionary War forces. George Washington, a close friend of Samuel Phillips and a frequent visitor to Andover, sent his nephews to the Academy. In 1789, during his term as president of the United States, Washington held a reception on horseback for the students and townspeople on the Old Training Field, now the site of the Memorial Bell Tower. Paul Revere engraved the school’s seal; John Hancock signed its charter. As a seminarian at Andover, Samuel Smith wrote the words of the song “America” (My Country ’Tis of Thee) in one of the Academy buildings, now called America House. Harriet Beecher Stowe lived and worked for many years on Andover Hill and is buried in the Academy cemetery.

“I enjoy seeing the potential of the next generation as they model how well a world society can work. They embrace each other’s differences and share a cultural experience that is unique.” —faculty member Phillips Academy Summer Session • 180 Main Street • Andover MA 01810-4161 978-749-4400 •

Summer @Andover

Campus Life | 2011

“I love the positive energy here. Coming from completely different backgrounds, everyone came here to make new friends while still focusing on work. The people here are determined, and I love that. I enjoyed the outside trips, hanging with friends—both inside and outside of my dorm—and my classes. I would tell my friends that Summer Session is a productive way to spend your summer.” —male student from New York

A Welcoming, Vibrant, and Exciting Summer Community The following questions and answers will give you a clearer understanding of day-to-day life on campus and help you embrace the academic and cultural experiences, adventure, and fun you’re sure to encounter as a Summer Session student.

What is expected of me? • All students are expected to behave safely, honestly, responsibly, and respectfully in Phillips Academy’s multicultural community.

Who will look after me during my stay at Phillips Academy? • Experienced, enthusiastic, and caring house counselors get to know each student personally and help students adapt to dorm living. • House counselors, who often serve as teachers during Summer Session, will help with any questions or concerns. • The main point of contact for students and parents, house counselors write a report at the end of the five weeks about each student’s Summer Session experiences.

What is life like in the dormitory? • Housing on campus is varied. Anywhere from five to 39 students live in a Phillips Academy dormitory; the average ratio of house counselor to student is one to nine. • Not only a place to sleep and study, a dorm serves as a comfortable social environment in which many students develop lasting friendships. • Living in a dorm also provides an excellent opportunity for developing self-discipline, time-management skills, respect, and tolerance for others. • Rooms are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. However, students may note their preference for a double room or a single room on the application form; typically there are more requests for doubles than for singles. • Living closely with other young people from widely differing backgrounds is one of the most

rewarding experiences of Summer Session; requests for friends as roommates are not honored.

What should I bring? • Each student is encouraged to bring a fan for his/her desk (these also can be purchased locally). • Linens—including pillow, extra set of long sheets, pillowcase, blanket, washcloth, and set of towels— are provided. • Although Phillips Academy has several computer centers with Apple and PC computers, students are encouraged to bring their own computers to campus. • Students may not bring TVs, air conditioners, refrigerators, and other appliances. • Personal spending habits vary. However, approximately $700 is recommended for trips and personal spending money. Traveler’s checks and ATM cards are recommended.

Will I have access to a telephone and e-mail? • Each student room has a phone, which has free local service. • Long-distance calls may be placed by using a calling card or via the student’s cell phone. • Voice mailboxes are provided for all students. • Each student has a personal e-mail account and access to the Web. • Internet access through the campus network is available in all dorms.

What should I wear? • Students dress informally but with a sense of propriety; there is no dress code at Phillips Academy. • Students should have clothing suitable for trips to colleges, theatres, etc. • Students should have swimming and athletic gear. • Coin-operated washing machines and dryers are available in most dormitories; an optional laundry service may be purchased.

Why do I take only two courses? • Each Summer Session course is an in-depth study of a subject that requires substantial commitment and effort inside and outside of class. • Taking more than two courses would not allow time for the other activities and opportunities offered by Summer Session. • Choosing two courses with a heavy concentration in the same discipline is not advised.

Is extra help available? • Math, Writing, and ESL Study Centers operate daily to complement in-class instruction and to provide individual attention. • These centers offer the opportunity for tutoring by skilled faculty members.

May I leave campus during the day? • Students may go to the town of Andover in the afternoons and early evenings. • Upper School students may leave campus on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons, and all day on Sunday (Day Excuses) with house counselor permission and written parental consent on file. • Lower School Institute (LSI) students are not allowed to take Day Excuses.

May I stay away from campus overnight? • Students may leave campus after classes on Saturday with written permission from parents and approval of Summer Session deans. • An invitation from and the presence of an adult are required for the student to go home or to stay at a friend’s home. • No off-campus visit, with or without parents, may interfere with the student’s responsibility to attend every class Monday through Saturday and study hours Sunday through Friday. • Unauthorized absence from campus will result in dismissal.

What if I am a day student? • Day students are an integral part of Summer Session. Along with attending classes, they are encouraged to take part in all activities, eat in the main dining hall, relax and socialize with the community, and make full use of Summer Session facilities. • Course-wise, day students have several options. They may design a schedule that includes a major, a minor, an activity, and college counseling (the same schedule as a boarding student) OR they may construct a schedule with one course or a combination of Upper School offerings.

Where will I have meals? • Meals are served in Paresky Commons, a central dining hall with a variety of entrées, a pasta bar, and a salad bar, among other choices available daily. • The Den, located on the lower level of Paresky Commons, is a student center that offers a menu of sandwiches, snacks, pizza, and smoothies at reasonable prices.

Will I have free time? • Along with time for required classes and appointments, days are structured to allow ample time for individual study and relaxation in study areas, dormitory common rooms, and athletic facilities.

What if I get sick? • Phillips Academy has registered nurses on duty 24 hours a day at the Isham Health Center. • In addition, a physician and a psychological counselor hold office hours and remain on call at all times.

May I take music lessons? • Private music lessons and chamber music instruction are available. • A complete listing of what is offered, including fee schedules, is included in your acceptance packet.

Where can I attend religious services? • Summer Session provides students, on request, with schedules for local religious services and assists students in obtaining information for services outside of the town of Andover.

How will I manage my money? • Students are encouraged to have a checking account at a bank, either in their hometown or in the town of Andover. • There is a Bank of America ATM on campus, located by the student mailboxes in the lower level of George Washington Hall. • Banks and ATMs located in downtown Andover, a short walk from campus, include Bank of America, Butler Bank, Citibank, Citizens Bank, Sovereign Bank, TD Bank, and The Savings Bank. • Some students also find traveler’s checks to be a useful option.

What about afternoon activities? • You will be able to participate in a special activity of your choice on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons. • Afternoon activities can include basketball, soccer, tennis, swimming, yoga, physical fitness, running, ultimate Frisbee, and more.

“The best thing was definitely the multicultural environment—living together with people from all over the world and sharing, experiencing, and exchanging cultural views.” —male student from Belgium

Student Life Cultural and Social Opportunities • On Saturday nights, students can enjoy movies, dances, off-campus trips, and visiting entertainers who come to campus. • Students are invited to audition for a student talent show, one of the best and most highly anticipated performances of the summer. • The W.E.B. DuBois Colloquium brings students and faculty together to explore a range of contemporary topics with scholars, artists, and activists.

Trips & Tours • Each Wednesday, trips and tours to New England colleges are scheduled; preference is given to 11thand 12th-graders. • Each weekend, several trips are planned for recreation. Based on excursions in previous years, trips in 2011 may include: Historic Boston Trips to North Shore beaches An amusement park and water park Outlet shopping Historic Salem, Mass. Boston theatre Whale watch Plimouth Plantation/Mayflower Sports parks

“I loved learning and making a lot of friends. I loved campus life and the field trips. It’s awesome and very educational.” —female student from New Jersey

“Students in Summer Session learn, grow, and mature in a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment. Gaining independence and meeting other students from around the world will alter forever how they see themselves and the world around them.” —Fernando Alonso Director of Summer Session Phillips Academy Summer Session • 180 Main Street • Andover MA 01810-4161 978-749-4400 •


Upper School Course of Study & Activities | 2011


he nation’s oldest secondary school summer academic program, Summer Session began at Phillips Academy in 1942 as an emergency response to the need for educated soldiers to fight in World War II. Over the past 70 years, Summer Session has evolved into a premier academic program and an innovative leader in enrichment education. Many of our graduates—newly inspired and far better prepared in many ways for the challenges of high school and beyond— go on to attend some of the nation’s top colleges and universities.

Upper School Daily Schedule 7–9 a.m.


As you peruse this brochure, you’ll find a broad range of courses that will introduce you to a new area of study or help you delve more deeply into an established interest or passion. We know you’ll find a variety of courses that will both challenge and excite you!

9–10:55 a.m.

Major Course

11:05 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

Minor Course*

11:05 a.m.–1 p.m.

Extended Minor Course*

12:30–1:45 p.m.

Minor Course*

Please take your time as you make your choices, paying special attention to prerequisites and grade level requirements. Be sure to call 978-749-4400 or e-mail if you have any questions or concerns.

11 a.m.–2 p.m.


2–3:10 p.m.

College Counseling**

3:30–5 p.m.

Afternoon Activities**

5–7 p.m.


7:30–9:30 p.m.

Study hours

9:30 p.m.

Dorm sign-in

10:30 p.m.

Students in own rooms

We look forward to seeing you in June. Elizabeth E. Washburn Dean of Admission

*No Minor Course classes on Wednesday **Not applicable on Wednesday and Saturday

Academic course offerings are accurate as of November 2010. Additional courses and activities may be added or deleted; visit for the most up-to-date list.

Courses, Programs & Activities at a Glance MINOR COURSES


ARTS—Visual and Performing

ARTS—Visual and Performing Advanced Computer Graphics Drawing and Painting Intensive Film Workshop Master Artist, Master Movements Photography

4 5 5 5 6

COMPUTER SCIENCE Advanced Computer Graphics Programming in Java

6 6

ENGLISH Creative Writing Modern American Literature Reading and Writing A&B Speech and Debate This is America: The Wire Writers in Depth

7 7 7 7 8 8



LANGUAGES Intense Elementary French Intense Elementary Spanish

11 11

MATHEMATICS Calculus Geometry Intermediate Algebra Pre-Calculus

12 12 12 13

PHILOSOPHY/RELIGION Introduction to Philosophy Philosophy in Film

13 13


and Play Production Animation ✧ Black and White Photography ✧ Ceramics ✧ Digital Photography Graphic Design ✧ Intensive Dance Program ✧ Metal Arts ✧ Studio Art ✧ Studio Art Through the Ages

4 4 4 4 5 5 5 5 6 6

COMPUTER SCIENCE Introduction to Programming Web Development: Design to Deployment

6 6

ENGLISH Etymology and Semantics Start the Presses Reading and Writing A&B Speech and Debate

7 7 7 7


A Multimedia Approach to American Culture ESL: Preparing for the TOEFL ESL: Speak Up! ESL: The Journalist ESL Writing, Presenting, and Defending Your Work ESL: Writing the Essay

8 9 9 9 9 9

HISTORY AND SOCIAL SCIENCE American Law and Lawyers Decoding the Screen: An Introduction to American Media Studies International Relations Psychology: Current Issues ✧ Smuggling, Pirates, and Privateers: A Multilingual Study of Pirates in the Early Americas Sports Psychology

13 14 14 14 15

Beginning Latin Intense Elementary Chinese ✧ Intermediate French ✧ Intermediate Spanish ✧ Introduction to Arabic ✧ Smuggling, Pirates, and Privateers: A Multilingual Study of Pirates in the Early Americas

✧ Intermediate

Algebra to Pre-Calculus Trigonometry

✧ Introduction

12 12 13

PHILOSOPHY/RELIGION Introduction to Ethics Wilderness and the American Ethic

13 13

SCIENCE Introduction to the Immune System and Mechanical Engineering with LEGO®s ✧ Prep for AP Biology ✧ Prep for AP Chemistry ✧ Prep for SAT II in Physics ✧ The Solar System and Space Exploration ✧ Physics

14 14 14 15 15 15

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS The Princeton Review® SAT Prep Readak Advanced Learning Skills

16 16


9 9 10 10 10 11


SCIENCE Biology: First Year Chemistry: First Year Introduction to Astronomy Physics: First Year The Dynamic Body


✧ Acting

✧ Journalism:

ESL Major Great Issues and Controversies of the Modern World History Seminar Introduction to Cultural Anthropology Money, Economy, and Society Social Psychology


(and Extended Minors) continued

(and Extended Minors)

11 11 11 11 12 12

Option 1: Upper School Program 17 Option 2: Lower School Institutes 17 Option 3: Intensive Writing Workshop 17

AFTERNOON ACTIVITIES Basketball Bats, Balls, and Bases Board and Card Games Cross-Country Training Dance Dance Exercise Outdoor Adventure Physical Fitness Playground Games Power Walking Running Soccer Soccer Training Squash Swimming Swimming Training Table Tennis Tai Chi Ch’uan Tennis Tennis Training Training with Kickboxing Ultimate Frisbee Volleyball Yoga and Meditation

19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21

Arts—Visual and Performing Our varied arts offerings allow students to express their creative side by learning the basics and then building on those basics through a thoughtful and reflective process. As they take our classes, students have the opportunity to develop their newly discovered creative side or extend and deepen their knowledge and talent.

Acting and Play Production Grades 10–12 EXTENDED MINOR Working from the ground up, students learn how to use their minds, bodies, and voices as professional actors do. Beginning with physical and vocal exercises, improvisation games, and other ensemble-building workshops, the course then moves on to more advanced acting techniques. The students learn about scene and character analysis, objectives, obstacles, subtext, status, stakes, back story, and internal conflict. They also explore a wide range of dramatic form and structure by studying several great plays, including works by Shakespeare, Brecht, Williams, Miller, Vogel, and Beckett. The course culminates in the production of an evening of polished fiveto 10-minute scenes presented to the entire Summer Session audience.


Advanced Computer Graphics

Black and White Photography

All Grades MAJOR


This course introduces students to the fundamentals of design on the computer and concentrates on Adobe Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, and Web development tools. Using the computer as a creative tool, students blend photography, type, sound, video, animation, and interactivity. While studying various artists using different media in order to understand the elements of design, students develop computer skills to express themselves visually. Students work on various projects throughout the summer, creating digital collages, a short movie, and a website that incorporates animation and sound.

This is for the student who seeks an introduction to the use of the camera, black and white film processing, darkroom printing, hand coloring, and the history of photography. Segments on alternative darkroom processes and digital imaging using Adobe Printshop expose you to the real-world techniques being used in the field of digital photography. Frequent in-class critiques, discussion, and trips to view the Addison Gallery of American Art’s photography collection supplement this rigorous course. No prior photographic experience is expected.

Animation All Grades MINOR This course is designed for any student who wishes to see his or her artwork come to life. We will explore different animation techniques such as drawing directly on film, cutouts, claymation, sand, flip books, and drawn animation. Basic movement and timing, soundtrack/dialogue synchronization, and editing are covered. All projects are shot and edited on our state-of-the-art computers and professional production and editing software. A wide range of animated films are screened throughout the summer. No prerequisites or requirements; just bring lots of imagination.

Requirement: Students must have a manually adjustable 35mm camera with a light meter.

Ceramics All Grades EXTENDED MINOR This course discusses the elements of threedimensional design and focuses on the creative potential of the student. Ceramics at Phillips Academy is comparable to ceramics taught at art schools and select universities; the Academy is equipped with facilities for pit firing, high fire gas, and Raku. Techniques, glazes, and firing procedures are introduced with the support of books, slides, and visits to the Addison Gallery of American Art and the Robert S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology on campus.

Digital Photography All Grades EXTENDED MINOR Students learn the basics of photography and how to use digital cameras. Students will be scanning their images into Adobe Photoshop. Using this program, they transform the images by adding color and many of the program’s altering techniques. Through this class, students gain an understanding of photography and how technology can help change their images. The ultimate challenge of the class is for students to push their creative limits. Students are encouraged to bring their digital camera if they have one.

Drawing and Painting All Grades MAJOR The fundamental elements of drawing—line, shape, value, perspective, and composition— are emphasized in the initial weeks of this course. Students are introduced to a variety of materials (graphite, charcoal, ink, and acrylic) through a series of exercises that celebrate drawing as a creative act. From drawing, students can expand into the realm of painting and mixed media, working from a variety of approaches.

Graphic Design All Grades MINOR Have you ever tried to design a poster, flyer, business card, yearbook, or a major presentation and been stymied by the considerable choices you must make? In our informationdriven society, graphic design principles and concepts are needed more than ever to bring balance, clarity, and visual appeal to all varieties of content. According to noted graphic designer Paul Rand, “To design is much more than simply to assemble, to order, or even to edit; it is to add value and meaning, to illuminate, to simplify, to clarify, to modify, to dignify, to dramatize, to persuade and perhaps even to amuse. To design is to transform prose into poetry. Design broadens perception, magnifies experience, and enhances vision. Design is the product of feeling and awareness, of ideas that originate in the mind of the spectator.”

Intensive Dance Program

Master Artist, Master Movements


All Grades MAJOR

This extended minor is designed for students with some formal training and a serious interest in dance. The course is intensive in terms of contact hours and the commitment to dance that the class schedule requires. The dance faculty will offer a program that consists of strength and flexibility training, master classes in jazz dance, a choreography lab, and repertory rehearsal. Students are expected to learn challenging choreography and to develop and teach material of their own in consultation with their instructors. This course also requires afternoon and evening rehearsals as students prepare for a public performance on Phillips Academy’s main stage in the final week of Summer Session. Students enrolled in the course will be asked to audition on the first day of class. Students who enroll in this course will automatically be registered for the dance afternoon activity.

This course analyzes the master artists, artworks, literature, and primary influences of the Renaissance, Impressionists, and Modern movements through vibrant discussion, debate, and creative writing. Neither prerequisites nor previous experience in studying the arts are necessary, though a love for observation, conversation, and imaginative argument are a must. Students will be asked to think outside of their comfort zone and delve into the lives of those who chose to convey thought and emotion through line, form, light, shape, and color.

Intensive Film Workshop All Grades MAJOR This course is designed for students who are interested in making a serious commitment to expressing themselves through the motion picture. This intensive program leads the student through an exploration of each aspect of filmmaking, from the conception of an idea to the final steps in editing.

Metal Arts All Grades EXTENDED MINOR Make it in metal! Let your creativity shine! This hands-on class introduces students to basic metalworking and jewelry techniques. Design concepts and idea generation also will be discussed. Designs can be translated into jewelry, containers, objects, and small sculpture. Students will learn basic metalworking techniques, including sawing, filing, soldering, stone setting, forging, forming, texturing,

The course is segmented to include film development, pre-production scheduling, production, and editing. Students explore the genre of the fiction film, studying the style and technique of various filmmakers. Projects are produced using some of today’s most technologically advanced materials and systems, available on campus in the PolkLillard Electronic Imaging Center. Students gain a greater film/video vocabulary as well as a technical background allowing them to continue with filmmaking.


study of the elements and principles of design, students will create various works of art using a variety of media. Techniques in painting, drawing, printmaking, and computer design are the primary focus of Studio Art. Classic subjects such as portraits, still life, landscapes, and the figure will comprise much of the subject matter in this class. Students will watch art films and visit local galleries to supplement the curriculum.

Studio Art Through the Ages All Grades EXTENDED MINOR

fusing, “cold-connecting,” and more. Here’s the opportunity for students to put their chemistry knowledge to use in a practical application. Imagine a beautiful silver necklace, a patterned bracelet, a sterling silver spoon, or a copper container. Transform two-dimensional designs into three-dimensional objects and enjoy every minute of the process.

Photography All Grades MAJOR This black and white photography course is designed for the beginning through intermediate student. Students are taught how to use a 35mm camera, develop negatives, and print in a professional darkroom, while also learning some alternative techniques. They are introduced to the images of renowned photographers through presentation and discussion. The course requires the student to initiate and execute a body of work culminating in the production of a portfolio consisting of 10 photographs. Requirement: Students must have a manually adjustable 35mm camera with a light meter.

Studio Art All Grades EXTENDED MINOR Do you want to become a better artist? Would you like to create a body of quality artwork that can be used later in a college portfolio? Learn the tools of the studio artist. Through


Today’s generation of upcoming artists has redefined opportunity to create, manipulate, and discuss personal thoughts and emotions through art. However, it is imperative for such artists to understand that the creation of a studio project or work of art is only half the battle of becoming a successful artist. Students not only will learn about famous works of art, but also will learn how to use such knowledge to better communicate and discuss ideas behind their own creative pieces. Sketches and studio art projects as well as readings and creative writings will be assigned. The Addison Gallery of American Art on the Phillips Academy campus as well as other local museums will be visited.

Computer Science Our computer courses are designed to give students an introduction to the world of computer language as well as to expand their knowledge of how computers work and what they are capable of doing in the world today.

Advanced Computer Graphics All Grades MAJOR See Visual and Performing Arts for description.

Introduction to Programming All Grades MINOR This course provides an introduction for students with no previous programming experience. Students explore the basics of computer programming while creating games and simulations. Topics include object-oriented programming, variables, decisions, events, and the basics of game design. All concepts can be transferred to other object-oriented languages, such as Java and Visual Basic.

Programming in Java All Grades MAJOR This course is intended as an introduction to computer programming. Emphasis is placed on methodology, algorithms, data structures, code style, and the Java programming language, as suggested by the College Board for the A-level Advanced Placement Computer Science exam. Students learn to design and implement computer-based solutions to a variety of problems. In addition, students design programs that are expandable and understandable, and they learn how and when to write code that is reusable. This class also discusses the ethical and social implications of computer use. Prerequisite: completion of Algebra II

Web Development: Design to Deployment Grades 10–12 MINOR Students learn the basic principles of XHTML (and HTML) and Web page design, and how to use Macromedia Dreamweaver and Adobe Photoshop to implement their designs. Students will use and customize Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and Javascript to enrich their pages. Advanced computer graphic techniques in Photoshop will be explored, as will the capabilities of server-side scripting and Macromedia Flash (as time permits). This course is designed for anyone who would like an accelerated introduction to creating professional Web pages. No Web development experience is required.

English Our English courses are designed to help our students communicate on all levels, whether through creative writing, analytical, and expository writing, or speech and debate. Students will be able to build their skills through interaction with peers, teachers, and tutors in our Writing Center. In all of our courses, students actively engage with one another and with teachers to discuss thoughtful ideas and develop critical thinking skills as well as to learn about the process of writing, editing, and revising.

Creative Writing All Grades MAJOR This course is for the student who thinks of writing as an art, not just a useful skill. Students read and write in several genres— short story, poetry, and nonfiction memoir— using the readings as models for their own work. In their writing, students are expected to develop mastery of fundamental techniques of good writing, from basic grammar and usage to metaphorical language and plot structure. Required to write daily, revise, and produce polished final drafts, students begin to transform raw talent into true skill.

Etymology and Semantics All Grades MINOR English is a language with a long and colorful history. It has been shaped by invasions, by migrations, and by the creativity of writers of genius. Systematic study of the development of English, along with Greek and Latin word roots, helps students develop an understanding of how language shapes—and is shaped by—culture. Students think critically about the power and versatility of language and leave the course with a sense of the role of English in literature and history. Analyzing the components of English words and surveying the evolution of the language provide a fascinating and effective way to increase vocabulary and develop the skills necessary for forming ideas and expressing them clearly.

Journalism: Start the Presses

Reading and Writing A&B


A for Grades 11–12 B for Grades 9–10 MINOR

Students hone their reporting, writing, and editing skills through regular story assignments ranging from hard news and features to reviews and opinion pieces. The class works together as a newsroom team, producing a weekly newspaper. Students also become critical consumers of the mass media and explore the ethical issues facing modern-day journalists.

Modern American Literature Grades 10–12 MAJOR This is a critical reading and writing course and will be an intensive survey of American fiction, poetry, and drama. The class will discuss and write about recurring themes in a variety of genres as a portal into contemporary culture. Authors may include Ralph Ellison, John Updike, Tennessee Williams, Allen Ginsberg, Julia Alvarez, and Toni Morrison.

Reading and Writing A&B A for Grades 11–12 B for Grades 9–10 MAJOR The course most requested and taken by students, Reading and Writing is offered as both a major and a minor course. The focus is on a student’s ability to read actively and write articulately, a cornerstone of any solid education. This critical reading and writing course challenges students to confront a variety of written and visual texts and encourages them to see writing as a valuable tool. This intensive reading and writing workshop pushes students to discover the individual thinker in each of them and teaches them how to give voice to their thoughts through the written word. A variety of books and authors will be used.

The minor Reading and Writing course is an adapted version of the major. It has the same objectives as the major course, but less time to utilize as many different written and visual texts.

Speech and Debate Grades 10–12 MAJOR In a survey, 3,000 Americans were asked what they dreaded most. Public speaking came in first—ahead of death! Yet in an encouraging classroom atmosphere, students can overcome this fear as they are taught to improve both the delivery and the content of their public speaking. Students write, revise, and speak extensively for themselves and are introduced to competitive high school speech activities, such as extemporaneous speaking, impromptu speech, and Lincoln-Douglas debate. Close analysis of contemporary American political speeches and research of controversial topics such as the death penalty, abortion, gun control, and AIDS testing provide issues for classroom debate. Students develop a skill that serves them invaluably for the rest of their lives. This course assumes no prior knowledge of public speaking or debate.

Speech and Debate Grades 10–12 MINOR This course prepares students for important moments in their lives: when they interview, when they seek a class office, or when they are trying to persuade a group to see their point of view. Learning to organize one’s thoughts and to present them effectively develops important and useful life skills. Students deliver different types of speeches and learn how to select a topic, organize the material, control the audience, and make an effective delivery. They learn to offer both praise and constructive criticism as classmates work together to develop and improve each person’s speaking abilities. Armed with the fundamentals of debate theory and argumentation, students


integrate current events into their debates of contemporary policy issues. They view and critique each other’s presentations. Written homework assignments and oral presentations are evaluated with an emphasis on assessing strengths and weaknesses and tracking improvement. This course assumes no prior knowledge of public speaking or debate.

This is America: The Wire Grades 11–12 MAJOR “The grand theme here is nothing less than a national existentialism,” Davis Simon wrote in proposing the landmark television show, The Wire, to HBO. Seven years and 60 television hours later, he had thoroughly explored the interconnectedness of race, class, social policy, and ethics in modern-day America, and he had done so in a manner comparable to Charles Dickens. In this course, students will approach The Wire in varied ways, as a work of television, as a work of literature, as a work critiquing social policy, as a work exploring urban life, as a work examining America. Topics will range from heroic archetypes to housing policy, from the failures of the post-industrial economy to the failures of contemporary school reform, from narrative methodologies to urban inequality. To “inhale” The Wire in its entirety, students will devote six hours to class discussion, 12 hours to screening episodes, and at least six hours to reading each week. Parents and students should be aware that some episodes of The Wire contain strong language, nudity, and graphic violence.

Writers in Depth Grades 10–12 MAJOR This course offers students the opportunity to go into depth in their understanding and appreciation of a single writer through the reading of his or her works as well as biography and critical appraisals. What mattered to the writer? How did his life affect his writing? What have the critics said about his work? Most important of all, what does his writing mean to us? Each summer a new writer will be selected by the course instructor; students will discover the writer for the summer once


they arrive on campus. Authors could include Hemingway, Faulkner, Steinbeck, Buck, and Fitzgerald, among others.

English as a Second Language English as a Second Language courses offer the non-native English speaker who already has a basic knowledge of conversational English the opportunity to become more proficient and comfortable in the skill areas of speaking, listening, grammar, reading, and writing in the English language. Students attend the ESL major course for about 12 hours each week and an ESL minor course for close to six. Field trips, homework, and supplementary assignments combine with classroom work to provide a significant English language experience. Students are evaluated shortly after arrival for placement purposes. Non-native English-speaking students who choose to study English as a Second Language are expected to register for both the major and one of the minor ESL courses. ESL minor courses differ significantly from major courses in that the minors concentrate on a particular area of study.

ESL Major All Grades MAJOR The major course sections of ESL are divided into levels according to the results of a placement process that includes a placement

examination and an interview administered shortly after arrival. Classes are offered to meet the needs of students who are highly proficient in English as well as those who need more practice and support. (A beginner’s level course is not offered; this applies to students who have scored below 133 on the TOEFL CBT or 45 on the TOEFL iBT.) While all classes stress the development of competencies in the skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking, close attention is paid to individual needs. Students are exposed to a wide variety of English materials and are expected to understand and respond to course materials that include, but are not limited to, American literature–based texts across a broad range of genre, films, articles, and nonfiction. Classes are small (typically 12 students) and highly interactive, and it is not unusual to find eight or more cultures represented in any given group.

ESL: A Multimedia Approach to American Culture All Grades EXTENDED MINOR This intermediate/advanced course takes a close look at American culture through important historical events and documents of popular culture. Various media are investigated to gain a more complete understanding of the United States and its people. We examine American newspapers and see America through a number of films that focus on

specific themes in American culture. Students should be comfortable expressing themselves in both written and spoken English.

ESL: Preparing for the TOEFL All Grades MINOR The purpose of this class is to help students improve their performance on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Four different means of language-skill acquisition and improvement are utilized: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. After a general introduction to the test format, each section of the TOEFL (Listening Comprehension; Written Expression and Speaking Ability; Reading Comprehension) is considered in detail. Students, working individually and in groups, read selections from various newspaper and magazine sources and practice extensively in a test-preparation text. This course is designed for high intermediate-level students whose goals include studying at a college or university in the United States.

ESL: Speak Up! All Grades MINOR In this ESL course, students engage in a variety of exercises to improve their proficiency in conversational English. Discussions, role-play skits, poetry, debates, and extemporaneous and prepared speeches place the students at the center of the learning process and expand both the breadth and depth of their spoken English. In order to increase students’ comfort in a broad range of situations, topics for these various activities range from the mundane to the profound. Some exercises revolve around practical, everyday situations, while others involve discussing topics on a deeper intellectual level. Students are challenged to employ new vocabulary, to converse using complex sentence structures, and to express difficult ideas. They work on pronunciation skills. Recognizing the key role of listening in any meaningful conversation, the course also focuses extensively on listening skills. This course is designed for students who are not comfortable speaking with native speakers of English and/or those who have not had many opportunities to speak English.

ESL: The Journalist All Grades MINOR

History And Social Science

This course is a practicum on fact-gathering and checking, writing, and revising original short articles. Students will adopt a journalist’s approach to reporting and crafting a story and, using examples of innovative literary journalism, create accurate, attention-holding writing about life on campus. This course is designed for advanced-level students who already are comfortable expressing ideas in written and spoken English.

Given our ever-changing “global” world, it seems more necessary than ever to have a reflective understanding of history from many different perspectives. Our History and Social Science courses help students gain knowledge in different areas and encourage dialogue within a dynamic environment.

ESL: Writing, Presenting, and Defending Your Work

Grades 11–12 MINOR

All Grades MINOR Reading, writing, and speaking fluently in complex academic English are essential skills in which any advanced ESL student needs to excel. This course is designed to give students the analytical skills required for success in the pre-university scholastic environment. Assignments will involve researching various scholarly topics, composing papers, and presenting and defending oral arguments. The class culminates with students writing a longer research project on a topic of their choice and then defending their work to their classmates. This course is designed for nonnative speakers who already are familiar with and comfortable with producing the standard five-paragraph essay structure.

ESL: Writing the Essay Grades 9–11 MINOR This course, designed for intermediate-level learners, assists students in becoming familiar with a standard five-paragraph essay structure. The course will aim to explore writing through analysis of relevant topics and themes. Students will learn and practice different forms of the essay, including but not limited to persuasive, compare and contrast, and cause and effect. Students will receive constructive feedback on both organizational and grammatical structures. Students may also be asked to present their work orally, but the focus of this course is on the improvement in the expression of ideas in clear written English.

American Law and Lawyers In this class, students learn about the foundations of the American legal system and how they apply to social, economic, political, and individual issues. We explore what it means to “think like a lawyer” through discussion, mock trials, and guest speakers. Readings focus on actual landmark cases. One of the highlights of the course is our final project, in which we have a mock trial of a case currently on the U.S. Supreme Court docket. If you love discussion, if legal issues intrigue you, if you’re thinking about studying law, or if you just want to look at society from a new point of view, this is the class for you.

Decoding the Screen: An Introduction to American Media Studies All Grades MINOR What is an advertisement really selling you? Do television networks report the news or create it? Can a popular film or album, or even a website, change history? If you have ever wondered, look further. American Media Studies is one of the fastest growing fields in colleges and universities across the country. Dynamic and interdisciplinary, this course attempts to analyze the print, visual, and online media that define the 20th and 21st centuries. Students in this class will examine journalism, advertising, literature, popular music, and the Web as nuanced sources of cultural information and criticism. This course will provide an opportunity for students to hone their critical thinking and improve their analytical writing through daily


practice. In addition, students will work creatively to produce their own journalism, advertising, visual, audio, and online media.

Great Issues and Controversies of the Modern World Grades 10–12 MAJOR The purpose of Great Issues and Controversies of the Modern World is to expose students to the diversity of the peoples and the cultures in the world and to foster a better understanding of specific world events. Classes in the past have explored complicated and complex subjects such as genocide, American presidential elections, terrorism, globalization, and immigration. In addition to these topical objectives, the course will help students improve their writing skills through exams, essays, and papers; their speaking skills through in-class discussions; and their analytical skills through readings and debates. By focusing on these objectives throughout the summer, students not only will increase their knowledge of contemporary issues, they will sharpen the tools that are necessary in any discipline. The overarching goals are to learn more about the world, to apply the material to improve their skill objectives, and to continue to follow world events beyond this Summer Session course.

History Seminar Grades 10–12 MAJOR This seminar course has a different focus each summer. This summer the course will focus on a survey of major segregation episodes in the United States, Australia, South Africa, and Germany. While the course will take on a distinctive historical flavor, it also will examine psychological and sociological perspectives. Students will examine primary documents and films in order to understand the events in each country and how those events were eventually portrayed in popular culture. By exploring the purpose and structure of memorials, including monuments and museums, students also will examine how episodes of discrimination are remembered.


International Relations

Money, Economy, and Society

All Grades MINOR

Grades 11–12 MAJOR

This course is designed to stimulate students’ interest in international relations and foreign policy. As a result of their experiences in the class, they become more astute observers of the international scene and better understand the problems facing the world. Strong emphasis is placed on both the historical background and the realities of the modern world scene. Students are assigned readings and gain considerable experience in utilizing library sources emphasizing a variety of viewpoints. Much attention is given to the development of critical thinking, and a large portion of the course is devoted to activities that promote student involvement. Students engage in seminars, serve as prosecutors, defenders, and court members in mock World Court cases, and become involved in a major simulation modeled on the United Nations, utilizing debate, negotiation, compromise, and decision-making skills.

Have you ever considered how the laws of economics affect you? Study these laws and you have at your disposal a powerful tool for making personal decisions and understanding the world around you. Why does Michael Jordan earn tens of millions of dollars and the president of the United States only a tiny fraction of this sum? Can we eliminate poverty by writing checks to the poor? Should companies be allowed to buy and sell rights to pollute? Should you put your college money in a savings account or in the stock market? This course provides a nonmathematical overview of macro- and micro-economic theory and a forum for lively and provocative debate.

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology All Grades MAJOR This course introduces emerging social scientists to the world of cultural anthropology. We examine such domains as the concept of culture, gender and sexuality, religion and ritual, sickness and healing, symbols and language, social inequalities and social change, kinship and social organization, and political economy and globalization. As we discuss these topics in a cross-cultural perspective, the students are introduced to anthropological research methods and various approaches to social scientific analysis. The overarching goal of this course is to examine the diverse ways people make sense of their lives and thereby become better equipped to understand and critique our own society.

Psychology: Current Issues All Grades MINOR The goal of this course is to introduce students to the basic concepts, theories, and branches of psychology. Through a combination of readings, lectures, student-centered activities, and contemporary films, we investigate topics such as adjustment, stress, coping, and interpersonal relationships. Students also will explore psychological ideas that are directly relevant to their adolescent experiences, such as friendship, belonging, and identity formation. No previous background in psychology is required.

Smuggling, Pirates, and Profiteers: A Multilingual Study of Piracy in the Early Americas Grades 10–12 EXTENDED MINOR This course is designed to offer students who have taken two or more years of high school level Spanish the opportunity to use those abilities to delve into an exciting period of history. Europe’s expansion into the Americas in the years following 1492 opened up a vast new theater of economic development, one which was as inhabited by conniving profiteers as

involved within the field. Material is introduced and evaluated by discussion, research, practical lab applications, and written assignments. This course is recommended for anyone who is interested in the behavioral life sciences or how sports psychology principles may be applied in our daily lives.


it was by honest businessmen. Students will become familiar with this world by reading in both Spanish and English and using primary documents in both languages. Prerequisite: At least two years of high school level Spanish.

Social Psychology Grades 11–12 MAJOR This course is an introduction to the theories and applications of social psychology in research, academic, and social settings. Through class activities and discussions, students experience and reflect on constructs of social psychology that they will have read about in scientific settings. Students also are involved in discussing the relevance of gender and ethnic diversity in the construction of social values, with specific focus on their own lives and experiences. Topics include group dynamics, conformity, self-knowledge, attitude formation and change, interpersonal attraction, prejudice, and aggression.

Sports Psychology All Grades MINOR This course focuses on the neurological and affective or behavioral components of athletes involved in sports and recreational environments. This class introduces students to the history, principles, concepts, and topics of sports psychology in relation to other disciplines, such as biochemistry, biology, anatomy and physiology, and sociology. Students are exposed to contemporary issues and practices

Studying languages over the summer offers students the opportunity to learn a new language or deepen their understanding of a language they already have studied. Students also benefit from the opportunity to speak in those languages with the broad range of international students on campus.

Beginning Latin All Grades MINOR Beginning Latin will introduce students to basic Latin grammar and vocabulary in order to develop reading skills. Emphasis will be on reading comprehension, but the course also will focus on pronunciation and expanding English vocabulary using Latin roots. By analyzing translated excerpts from Roman poets such as Virgil, students will appreciate the art of translation and the depth of Roman cultural and literary influence. In addition, the course will explore various aspects of ancient Roman culture—including gods, myths, and government.

Intense Elementary Chinese All Grades MINOR One out of every four people in the world uses the Chinese language. This course is designed for students who have not had previous exposure to the language. The course covers basic pronunciation and grammatical structures. The textbook includes the study of short lessons, with practical and lively conversations that emphasize vocabulary. By the end of the session, students are able to recognize, pronounce, and write as many as 150 Chinese characters and phrases. The class also will have a brief introduction to Chinese arts, culture, and history.

Intense Elementary French All Grades MAJOR This course is for students who have not studied French and would like a strong introduction to the language by being immersed in it. Students become familiar with and proficient in fundamental elements of French vocabulary, grammar, and structure through frequent practice in written and oral expression. There is a strong focus on everyday communication and current French usage, including idiomatic expressions. This course is an essential introduction to the world of French and francophone thought and communication.

Intense Elementary Spanish All Grades MAJOR This course is for students who have not studied Spanish and would like a strong introduction to the language by being immersed in it. Topics include verbs, grammatical structures (definite/indefinite articles, position and agreement of adjectives, possessive/demonstrative nouns/adjectives, comparisons, pronouns), and idioms.

Intermediate French All Grades EXTENDED MINOR For students who have taken one or two years of French at the high school level, this course emphasizes listening comprehension and the use of basic conversational patterns in French speech. Students continue their school year work on grammatical and idiomatic structures. Students also will be exposed to levelappropriate reading materials.

Intermediate Spanish All Grades EXTENDED MINOR For students who have taken one or two years of Spanish at the high school level, this course emphasizes listening comprehension and the use of basic conversational patterns in Spanish and will allow students to continue their school year work on grammatical and idiomatic structures. Students also will be exposed to level-appropriate reading materials.


structured proofs and deductive reasoning is emphasized. Along with numerical solutions to problems, topics include basic postulates of geometry, lines and angles, congruent triangles, parallel lines in the plane and in space, quadrilaterals and polygons, circles, similar triangles and other figures, and the Pythagorean Theorem. Prerequisite: A yearlong course in elementary algebra

Intermediate Algebra Grades 9–10 EXTENDED MINOR

Introduction to Arabic All Grades EXTENDED MINOR Introduction to Arabic familiarizes students with the basic components of Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and the cultures of the Arabic-speaking world. Since MSA does not vary by country and is distinct from local dialects, students who study MSA will be able to communicate with all Arabic speakers and understand Arabic print and audio media. This course is a language course with a significant cultural component. Students focus on speaking, reading, writing, and listening to MSA. Additionally, students become familiar with the cultures of the Arabic-speaking and Islamic world through Arabic films, radio broadcasts, and music, as well as Islam and Islamic art. As the summer progresses, students begin to write in Arabic, read basic passages, learn to use an Arabic-English dictionary, and converse about simple topics (including greetings, introductions, biographical information, hobbies, and interests).

Smuggling, Pirates, and Profiteers: A Multilingual Study of Piracy in the early Americas All Grades EXTENDED MINOR See History and Social Sciences for description.


Mathematics Our mathematics offerings allow students to either strengthen their skills or to dive into new topics in preparation for their mathematics courses in the coming school years. All mathematics students take a placement test shortly after arrival on campus to confirm their course assignments. Students must have a Texas Instruments TI-84 graphing calculator or its equivalent for all math courses.

Calculus Grades 10–12 MAJOR This course is for students who have successfully completed two years of algebra and a yearlong pre-calculus course that includes trigonometry. It is an accelerated mathematics course for strong math students. Topics covered include many of the ones in the Advanced Placement curriculum, including limits and continuity, derivatives and their applications, indefinite and definite integrals, techniques and applications of integration, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Prerequisite: Two years of algebra and a year of trigonometry

Geometry All Grades MAJOR For students who have had a strong elementary algebra course but no geometry, this course is a thorough study of the fundamentals of geometry. The development of logical,

This course reviews, strengthens, and reinforces math skills found in an Algebra I curriculum and provides students a solid foundation in preparation for an Algebra II course. Topics include graphing and solving both linear and quadratic functions, systems of equations, and properties of exponents. Prerequisite: A yearlong course in algebra

Intermediate Algebra Grades 9–11 MAJOR Similar to the Intermediate Algebra minor, this course reviews and reinforces the skills found in an Algebra I course, but because it is a major and has more teaching time it also offers an in-depth look at topics in Algebra II. Topics covered include linear systems, quadratic equations, polynomials, exponential functions, and radical functions. The use of graphing calculators is emphasized. Prerequisite: A yearlong course in algebra

Introduction to Pre-Calculus All Grades EXTENDED MINOR Similar in description to the pre-calculus major, this minor course delves into the standard and more advanced topics of precalculus. Students will not cover as much material as the major course, yet they will receive a strong introduction and background to most topics in pre-calculus and will be very prepared to take that course during the school year. The course will include study of sequences and series, counting and probability, logarithmic and exponential functions,

systems of equations, matrices, and partial fractions. Students will gain both a graphical and algebraic understanding. Students will leave this course having mastered the covered topics and their applications. Prerequisite: Two years of algebra

Pre-Calculus All Grades MAJOR This course delves deeply into the standard and more advanced topics of pre-calculus. Although algebra topics such as inverse functions, quadratic functions, and completing the square will be reviewed along the way, this pre-calculus course includes the in-depth study of sequences and series, counting and probability, logarithmic and exponential functions, conic sections, parametric equations, systems of equations, matrices, and partial fractions. Students will gain both a graphical and algebraic understanding. Students will leave this course having mastered the covered topics and their applications. Emphasis is placed on the derivation, applications, and extension of these topics to create a strong foundation for calculus. Prerequisite: Two years of algebra

Trigonometry All Grades MINOR This course offers a comprehensive study of circular and trigonometric functions. Emphasis is placed on applying trigonometry to model real-life applications. Topics include radian measure, trigonometric functions, trigonometric equations, solving right triangles, graphing trigonometric functions, inverse trigonometric functions, law of sines, and law of cosines. Prerequisite: One year of algebra and geometry

Philosophy/ Religion Have you ever wondered about the “why” of things? Have you ever wondered about the “big” questions in life? Here is your chance to discover what the study of philosophy and ethics is all about. Our course offerings help students understand what the questions are and how to discuss them meaningfully.

Introduction to Ethics Grades 11–12 MINOR Why should I be moral? Are there any universal ethical principles? What does it mean to live the good life? What obligations do I have toward others? These questions lie at the heart of what it means to be human. This course takes up these questions as it introduces students to texts and concepts in moral philosophy. Students read and engage in the writings of Plato, Aristotle, Kant, J.S. Mill, and the Bible in order to clarify, challenge, and deepen their own understanding of reason, human nature, duty, and happiness. Class time features reading, discussion, and the use of film to examine these topics and others.

Introduction to Philosophy Grades 10–12 MAJOR Introduction to Philosophy serves as a survey course of some of the major questions with which students, philosophers, and others have wrestled throughout the course of Western Civilization: What exists and how do we know its nature? What can we know and how can we know it? Are there moral absolutes and how do we know them? Students engage each other and the authors in conversation and are challenged to express their own ideas on subjects, in addition to articulating those of the authors. They also will develop their abilities to think, speak, write carefully and critically, and reflect on their beliefs. All texts used in this class are primary sources. Students also will take advantage of the close proximity of Walden Pond, where H.D. Thoreau wrote his masterpiece, Walden. The class will take a field trip to the pond in conjunction with one of the readings.

Philosophy in Film Grades 10–12 MAJOR Filmmakers in recent decades have found creative ways to raise and address questions about God, the human condition, the nature of reality, and other topics of philosophical interest. In this course, students watch and critically examine a variety of films as a way

of exploring topics in philosophy and appreciating the ways they bear on human life. Examples of films include those by Woody Allen (e.g., Crimes and Misdemeanors), Peter Weir (e.g., The Truman Show), and Ingmar Bergman (e.g., The Seventh Seal), as well as science fiction films like The Matrix. Texts to be read include the writings of Plato, Descartes, Nietzsche, and others.

Wilderness and the American Ethic All Grades MINOR Does morality play a role in how we protect or exploit our natural resources? Explore the historical, cultural, and psychological legacy of the current environmental debate in the United States. In this course you will learn how colonialism, capitalism, democracy, religion, and several other factors influenced the way Americans interact with and relate to the natural world today.

Science Our science courses offer students the opportunity to explore a new area of study or to strengthen their understanding in a particular field of interest as they get ready for the new school year. Please review the course descriptions and prerequisites carefully.

Biology: First Year All Grades MAJOR This is an intensive introductory lecture, laboratory, and field course designed to investigate and explore biological concepts and principles. Units covered include ecology, plant biology, animal diversity, concepts of animal structure, and cellular biology. Scientific writing also is emphasized. The framework of the course is a student’s conceptual understanding of biology; however, an emphasis is placed on biology as a process rather than an accumulation of facts.


Chemistry: First Year Grades 10–12 MAJOR This course is geared toward highly motivated students who show an interest in science and have demonstrated strong mathematical and conceptual abilities. As an introduction to chemistry, students in this intensive class learn essential chemical principles such as stoichiometry, atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding theories, and the properties of gases, liquids, solids, and solutions. The very fundamental concepts of chemical equilibrium and acid-base chemistry also are presented, and students are introduced to the topic of electrochemistry. The course is balanced by a combination of lectures, problemsolving exercises, and laboratory work. This course will give students a strong foundation in chemistry. Requirement: Texas Instruments TI-84 graphing calculator or its equivalent. Prerequisite: One year of algebra

Introduction to Astronomy All Grades MAJOR Modern astronomy is a quest for a greater understanding of the evolution and diversity of the Universe, as well as an application of critical thinking skills to broader questions in physics, chemistry, biology, and environmental science. This class examines both the current state of the science along with the future avenues of research and discovery. Topics include traditional areas of emphasis such as the electromagnetic spectrum, light, telescopes, navigating the night sky, solar system formation, the planets, global climate change, comets and asteroids, the sun, and the lifecycle of stars. We also will apply a critical analysis to the broader questions that include the search for life in the universe and connections to life in niches on this planet. We will keep a close eye on current research and examine the history of science through the eyes of nonconventional thinkers like Einstein and Galileo. Lastly, we will examine some of the more exotic questions that are stretching the limits of modern science, like black holes, ion propulsion, dark energy, and life in extreme environments. We will make use of the extraordinary imagery and resources available here at Phillips Academy,

including the state-of-the-art observatory in the Gelb Science Center. Throughout the term, students will engage the science critically and capture a snapshot of this emerging field of science.

Introduction to the Immune System All Grades MINOR The immune system is the main defense used by our bodies to fight infection and disease. This course is geared toward highly motivated students who have excelled in their introductory high school biology course and show an interest in the biological sciences. Students in this course will learn the fundamental concepts of cells and tissues of the immune system, antigens and antibodies, lymphocyte function and regulation, immune mechanisms, and immunity in defense and disease. If and when time allows, special topics that illustrate the applications of immunology in other areas will be presented. The course uses a college-level textbook and covers topics at a depth equivalent to that of an introductory college immunology course. Prerequisite: One year of biology

Physics and Mechanical Engineering with LEGO®s All Grades EXTENDED MINOR This laboratory course features a wide range of physics and mechanical engineering topics. Students explore the topics covered in discussion through daily hands-on experimentation with LEGOs and the powerful new LEGO microcomputer, the RCX. Throughout the term, the students learn Labview, a visual computer programming language used for data acquisition that drives the RCX robots to execute the students’ programs and carry out specified tasks. Daily experimentation culminates in a team-produced “systems engineering project,” a team challenge that displays the students’ newly acquired knowledge. Their final project makes use of the experimentation and data-logging capabilities of the RCX and its sensors, with which the students design, construct, and program a robot that

carries out a scientific experiment and returns with data for further analysis. Prerequisite: One year of chemistry or physics and/or algebra

Physics: First Year All Grades MAJOR This course covers the main ideas of mechanics and provides a solid foundation of concepts, confidence in problem solving, and exposure to laboratory techniques. Although this course does not cover a full year’s worth of material, the techniques learned are an excellent preparation for all introductory physics topics. Requirement: Texas Instruments TI-84 graphing calculator or its equivalent. Prerequisite: One year of algebra

Prep for Advanced Placement Biology Grades 10–12 EXTENDED MINOR This course is designed for highly motivated students who have taken a year of biology and want to delve more deeply into the subject matter or for students who will be taking AP Biology in the coming school year and want to be better prepared for the rigors of that course. This fast-paced course will involve classroom discussion and problem solving as well as practical lab work. A college-level textbook is utilized and the course covers topics at a depth equivalent to that of an introductory college biology course. Prerequisite: One year of biology


cardiology, and genetics. Students learn to identify anatomical structures as well as their functions in relation to daily bodily activities. Student work is assessed by written reports, examinations, lab practicals based on dissection, and research topics. Students have the opportunity to leave this course with their own portfolio materials that are focused on topics introduced in the class setting.

The Solar System and Space Exploration Grades 9–12 EXTENDED MINOR

Prep for Advanced Placement Chemistry Grades 10–12 EXTENDED MINOR This course is intended for highly motivated students who are getting ready to take an AP Chemistry course and have demonstrated strong mathematical and conceptual abilities. Students learn essential chemical principles such as stoichiometry, atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding theories, and the properties of gases, liquids, solids, and solutions. The very fundamental concepts of chemical equilibrium and acid-base chemistry also are presented, and students are introduced to the topic of electrochemistry. The course is balanced by a combination of lectures, problem-solving exercises, and laboratory work. The course uses a collegelevel textbook and covers topics at a depth equivalent to that of an introductory college chemistry course.

physics and are interested in covering additional material in preparation for the SAT II physics exam. This course is fast-paced and will involve classroom discussion and problem solving as well as practical lab work. A collegelevel textbook is utilized and the course covers topics at a depth equivalent to that of an introductory college physics course. Requirement: Texas Instruments TI-84 graphing calculator or its equivalent. Prerequisites: Two years of algebra and one year of physics

The Dynamic Body Grades 11–12 MAJOR This major course focuses on the anatomical and physiological workings of the human body. Among the anatomy and physiology topics introduced are histology, kinesiology,

This course will look at the planets and the exploration of the solar system from the perspective of the last 50 years of human spaceflight. By making use of the rich array of images returned from the moon, Mars, and beyond, students will explore and critically analyze these worlds in the context of their geologic evolution and the search for extraterrestrial life. The class will examine the processes that have shaped the planets and moons of our solar system. Students will explore the fundamentals of geology and meteorology on the Earth and apply them to the rest of the solar system. Critical thinking will be stressed in the context of comparative planetology. This class specifically will look at the formation of the solar system, the history of space exploration, missions to the moon and Mars, and the search for life.

Requirement: Texas Instruments TI-84 graphing calculator or its equivalent. Prerequisite: One year of algebra

Prep for SAT II in Physics Grades 10–12 EXTENDED MINOR This course is intended for highly motivated students who are getting ready to take an AP Physics course and have demonstrated strong mathematical and conceptual abilities or for students who have just completed a year of


Additional Programs The Princeton Review® Sat Prep Course

Readak Advanced Learning Skills Program

All Grades

All Grades

This Princeton Review course prepares students for the math, reading, and writing sections of the SAT exam, including the student-written essay. Students are divided into appropriate classes based on their results on a preliminary diagnostic SAT practice exam taken shortly after arrival on campus. The Princeton Review® SAT Prep class will focus on the math strategy, grammar/usage rules, vocabulary, and critical reading skills that are tested on the SAT exam. Students will learn efficient test-taking strategies that, along with taking two additional full-length SAT practice exams, will help relieve test-taking anxiety and allow them to maximize their scores. The practice exams also will be used to chart students’ score improvements over the duration of the course. Detailed, personalized score analyses will be posted and available online through each student’s Princeton Review Online Student Center account.

The Readak course provides strategies that enable students to become more efficient and effective learners. This course is ideal for successful students who wish to refine their talents as they approach the next level of academic challenges. Students who are not satisfied with their performance also will acquire better methods for reading and studying academic material. Experience shows that effective study skills also help students prepare for tests, including standardized tests such as the ACT, PSAT, and SAT. Comprehension and retention of academic material is a primary emphasis of the course, as are efficient note taking and improved reading skills. Readak teachers encourage students to read for purpose, for accountability, and for enhanced comprehension.

Although intended primarily for rising seniors and juniors, this course is open to all students. It consists of 24 hours of live in-class instruction taught over the five weeks of Summer Session. As previously mentioned, the course will include three full-length SAT practice exams. In addition to their work while on campus, when students return home at the end of the summer they will have full access to the Princeton Review Online Student Center, allowing them to continue to strengthen their skills as they prepare for the SAT exams. The additional cost for this program is $800. If interested, be sure to select The Princeton Review SAT Prep course on your application form; slots fill up quickly.


The course will consist of 12 hours of instruction taught throughout Summer Session. Course materials include a special student workbook and the students’ own textbooks, so that they can apply course strategies in other Summer Session class assignments. The additional cost for this program is $495. All students accepted to Summer Session will receive additional mailings regarding Readak course registration and class options. For additional information, please visit Readak’s website at

Day Student Programs Several program options are available to day students. Please read the following descriptions for complete information, noting the differing schedules. Like boarding students, day students must commit to full attendance throughout the entire program. Complete instructions and Day Student Application forms are included in this packet and are accessible online at

Option 1

Option 2

Option 3

Upper School Program

Lower School Institutes

Intensive Writing Workshop

• For students who have completed eighth grade

• For students who have completed seventh grade

• For students who have completed eighth grade

• Meets June 28–August 3

• Meets June 28–August 3

• Meets Monday–Friday, July 11–July 29 (9 a.m.–noon)

• Daily schedule will depend on course choices A five-week program in which students may select the following: 1. a combination of a Major Course and/or a Minor Course and, if desired, an activity and/or College Counseling 2. a single Major Course or Minor Course and, if desired, an activity and/or College Counseling 3. an Extended Minor Course and, if desired, an activity and/or College Counseling In addition to one of these three combinations, a student may sign up for the Readak Advanced Learning Skills program and/or The Princeton Review® SAT Prep course. Upper School Daily Schedule: • Major Courses meet Monday–Friday, 9–10:55 a.m., and on Saturday, 9–10:30 a.m. • Minor Courses meet Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, either 11:05 a.m.–12:20 p.m. or 12:30–1:45 p.m., and on Saturday, 10:40–11:40 a.m.

A five-week program in which students may choose between two interdisciplinary institutes: 1. Charting the Natural World: Marine Biology Meets Math 2. Express Yourself: A Study of Literature, Performance, and Film Students maintain an ambitious schedule of classes, recreational sports, social activities, and study time Monday through Saturday. More detailed information is available in the enclosed brochure and online at

This three-week program meets for three hours a day and provides writing assignments in description, narration, argumentation, and exposition. Papers evolve from rough draft to clean copy to revised piece through peer editing and teacher comments. The instructor holds at least two formal conferences with each student as well as after-class sessions as necessary. Creative assignments grow from a memory or from a response to a painting or photograph; expository assignments stem from reading poems, plays, short fiction, and essays. Interesting, clear, persuasive writing is the goal of each of the approximately eight papers. The class consists of students reading and assessing each others’ work, dramatic readings, and writing exercises, as well as necessary attention to grammar. During the final class, workshop students present an oral report on a short novel suggested by the instructor or from a required reading list or other source. Grades are pass/fail on all work.

• Extended Minor Courses meet Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 11:05 a.m.–1 p.m., and on Saturday, 10:40 a.m.–noon. • College Counseling meets Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 2–3:10 p.m. • Activities meet Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 3:30–5 p.m.



Afternoon Activities Summer Session’s organized recreational activity program provides students with the opportunity to try a new sport or to practice an old favorite while developing friendships with a group of peers. With numerous playing fields, tennis courts, a gymnasium, an indoor pool, an ice rink, and a fully equipped fitness center, students have ample opportunity to be active in both Academy and student-organized sports. The Afternoon Activities program meets Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons for 60-minute sessions. Activities are recreationbased and coed, and each activity has an enrollment limit; first choices cannot be guaranteed. Depending on our 2011 coaching staff, we hope to be able to offer to committed athletes a training-level component for cross country, tennis, swimming, and soccer. Any special attire, equipment, or experience required is noted in the activity description. However, depending on your interests you may consider bringing sundry athletic equipment (i.e., baseball glove, running shoes, tennis/squash racquet). Students enrolled in the Lower School Institutes take part in a rotation program of tennis, soccer, and team games.

Basketball Boys and girls work on the skills of the game and are organized into teams to compete on an intramural basis. Basketball shoes are required. Running shoes are not allowed.

Bats, Balls, and Bases Students will be outside engaging in a variety of games, including stickball, Wiffle ball, cricket, and a softball variation that does not require gloves.

Board and Card Games For those students who may be physically unable to participate in active sports, we offer board and card games. Students will learn how to play classic card games such as Hearts, Spades, and Bridge as well as board games such as Chess, Checkers, Monopoly, Risk, and Settlers of Catan.

Cross-Country Training

Outdoor Adventure

This is an afternoon activity that allows the serious competitive runner the opportunity to prepare for a competitive fall season. Students must wear proper running shoes and attire.

Outdoor Adventure presents a series of physical and problem-solving challenges requiring students to work together cooperatively and effectively in order to achieve success. Activities become more demanding as groups progress from ground activities to the high element ropes climbing course. Additionally, students spend several days learning and practicing rock-climbing skills at the state-ofthe-art Josh Miner indoor climbing facility. Groups of 8–10 students are paired with experienced instructors and work closely together over the five-week session.

Dance This activity is open to all students, although some dance experience is preferred. Students may work on a range of styles from modern to ballet and jazz. All students will have the opportunity to show off their new moves at an end-of-summer dance recital.

Dance Exercise This program is the perfect blend of dance, aerobics, and yoga. It is designed to create length, strength, and movement in our bodies—nourishing the entire metabolism, bringing better health to our minds and bodies. It is an amazing way to work out.

Physical Fitness This program is designed to improve muscle tone, strength, endurance, and flexibility. Taking advantage of our state-of-the-art fitness center, activities include weight training with free weights or variable-resistance machines and cardiovascular fitness using machines such as stairmasters, stationary bicycles, and control gravity machines. Everyone is welcome, but participants should be prepared for a rigorous, demanding activity.


Playground Games Do you remember those amazing afternoons in elementary school when your class split into teams and battled on the field with a red rubber ball? Those are the dreams we will recreate daily in this activity, which will include a rotation of games like kickball, dodgeball, capture the flag, and others. Don’t be concerned if you’ve never played these games—all skill levels are welcome!

Power Walking A low-level aerobic activity that is open to everyone, power walking provides an opportunity to improve general fitness while participating in an Olympic sport. Walkers tour the Phillips Academy campus and bird sanctuary, as well as the Andover town area.

Running This afternoon activity is for all types of runners, from beginners or joggers to experienced runners. Each participant runs with her/ his chosen group: short, medium, or long distance. All students are expected to stretch and to run, using the activity as a chance to improve their endurance. Students must wear proper running shoes and attire.

Soccer Players are organized into coed teams and receive instruction in the rudiments of the game. There are numerous skill levels, and everyone finds a proper niche. All participants must bring molded cleats and shin guards.

Soccer Training This activity, intended for those who will be playing soccer in the fall, gives students the opportunity to train, improve their overall fitness, and hone their skills in preparation for a competitive school season.

Squash This sport is offered as a free-play activity, with some guidance available for those who want it. The school furnishes the balls, and the players supply their own racquets and protective eyewear. Players also must have shoes with non-marking, light-colored soles. (Running shoes are not allowed.)

Swimming Swimming takes place in Phillips Academy’s six-lane indoor pool, and participants are required to have nylon or other synthetic


fabric bathing suits. Those with long hair must wear caps or a tight braid. The group is divided into recreational swimmers and competitive swimmers.

Swimming Training This activity is intended for the competitive swimmer who wants to get ready for a season of water polo or swimming. Students will receive a combination of training as well as instructional sessions, as our coaching staff allows.

Table Tennis Students will spend the summer playing one of the fastest sports in the world, table tennis. Nearly a dozen tables will be available for play, and students will be paired so that they can learn from more experienced players.

Tai Chi Ch’uan A centuries-old soft martial art, Tai Chi Ch’uan is a form of moving meditation that promotes wakeful relaxation. Students will learn breathing exercises and slow movements to develop their inner energy, or chi. Tai Chi Ch’uan

offers long-term health benefits, including stress reduction and improved circulation.

Tennis The tennis program consists of recreational play at the intermediate and advanced levels. A small group of beginners will receive some instruction. Players must provide their own racquets.

Tennis Training This activity is intended for students who regularly compete in tennis at their school or in a league. Students will receive a combination of training as well as instructional and strategy sessions, as our coaching staff allows.

Training with Kickboxing This activity is designed to cultivate strengths, coordination, and stamina. Participants learn and practice fundamental techniques of punching, moving, defending, and kicking, without actual sparring. In this way, emphasis is placed on the role of martial arts in physical training and personal fitness. No previous experience required.

Ultimate Frisbee Ultimate Frisbee is a team sport resembling soccer but played with a disc. It is an exciting and invigorating game. Basic skills are reinforced daily.

Volleyball This activity is open to all levels and played both competitively and for fun. Instruction is available for those who need it.

Yoga and Meditation Yoga, meaning “to unite,” is an age-old Eastern practice that unites body and mind. Increasingly popular as a means of developing a stronger, more flexible body, yoga offers health and spiritual benefits as well. Students will practice postures that intensely work their muscles and leave them with an increased sense of calm and clarity.


Andover’s athletic facilities are among the finest in the country and include 18 playing fields and 18 tennis courts; Phelps Stadium; the Sorota Track; three gymnasiums with swimming and diving pools, basketball and squash courts, two dance studios, and a wrestling room; Phelps Park; the state-of-theart Rosenau fitness center; the Case Memorial Cage with its indoor track; the Harrison Rink; and the James C. Greenway Boathouse on the Merrimack River.

Summer@Andover Summer Session applications are included in this packet in a separate booklet and also are available online.

This brochure was produced through the Summer Session office in conjunction with the Office of Communication at Phillips Academy. Project Director: Elizabeth Washburn Art Director and Designer: Ken Puleo Editor: Jill Clerkin Photography: Taras Ferencevych, Ellen Hardy, John Hurley, Matt Lisa, Paul Murphy, Charles Newhall, Walter Pineda, Keith Robinson, Elisabeth Tully, Arthur Weaver, Deanna Yurchuk

Printed on recycled 10% total recovered fiber and all post-consumer fiber.

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Lower School Institutes | 2011

Lower School Institutes The Lower School Institutes (LSI) offers pre–8th-grade students the opportunity to work with a team of teachers in an integrated curriculum in either marine biology and math or literature, performance, and film. This Summer Session program includes curricular trips off campus, afternoon activities that rotate to include tennis, soccer, and team games, and, if boarding, residential experiences tailored to younger students. An optional course in effective learning skills, called Readak, also is offered. Detailed Readak information can be found in the Upper School Course of Study and Activities brochure. “It was an awesome summer; I learned a lot, I made many new friends, and the teachers were awesome.” —an LSI student

“I learned a lot of unique ways to combine film, writing, and performance. The teachers’ attitudes and the friendly atmosphere made me feel more comfortable and want to learn.” —an LSI student

Charting the Natural World: Marine Biology Meets Math Picture yourself standing in a shallow tide pool of cool ocean water on a warm, sunny day. Hear the soft, constant crashing of the surf in the distance. Feel the sand between your toes, the soft pinch of a crab at your heel. Now, reach into your pocket and pull out your beaker—it’s time to collect your water sample! Explore and explain the aquatic environment through this integrated math and biology institute. Apply your math skills in the way that you have always wanted to—by solving real-life problems. In the science classroom, marine biology will be used as a model for investigating some of the key concepts of biology, including ecosystems, energy and nutrient cycles, evolution, and anatomy and physiology. In the math classroom, you will learn the fundamentals of algebra to give you the tools to analyze and describe the natural world. You will learn methods of gathering and analyzing data, drawing conclusions, and communicating your results. Armed with this knowledge and these skills, you will set out to investigate the problems that confront scientists when trying to describe nature. You will travel on several excursions that will give you hands-on experiences to connect you to the aquatic environment of New England. Trips include: a whalewatching adventure off the coast of Gloucester to

increase your understanding and awareness of these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat; a visit to Boston’s New England Aquarium to study species, habitats, and issues critical to New England; and a trip to local tide pools to provide a unique opportunity to apply your knowledge of marine organisms and sampling techniques firsthand. Feel like a real scientist. Realize the power of math. Students taking this course should not have taken a full year of algebra.

Express Yourself: A Study of Literature, Performance, and Film Do you ever wonder how you can truly express yourself? We believe that there are filmmakers, performance artists, and writers among all of us. In this institute, the student will become aware of the various ways that we, as human beings and artists, can express ourselves. You will begin to locate your creative voice with an intensive study of dramatic and narrative texts. You will look at how human beings tell their stories, thereby beginning to tell your own. While exploring a variety of themes in literature, such as racial tensions in society, universality in human nature, coming of age, and definitions of friendship, students will work toward interpreting these themes through the mediums of theatre and film. As part of the performance component, you will engage not only in the role of performer, but of director, designer, choreographer, and critic. You will stage scripted scenes as well as your own compositions. In the film portion of the course, you will develop the basic technical

skills required to produce a short video from inception to completion. In so doing, you will understand the basics of character development, cinematography, story structure, and creative editing. We will take advantage of our close proximity to Boston and take field trips to theatres, production studios, and museums. Finding yourself in the editing room or onstage, the themes you have studied in the classroom begin to come alive. Suddenly, you are the next Lorraine Hansberry or Thornton Wilder. You will be able to take what you have learned and create final pieces of art that are your very own, such as a movie, a poem, and a staged performance. In this course, students will develop skills in close reading, observation, reflection, and communication in order to interpret their lives in artistic ways. Here, no one will tell you that young people are to be seen and not heard; we want you to be seen and heard!

Lower School Institutes Residential Life The residential life of Lower School Institutes students is deliberately scheduled to assist them in meeting all of their academic requirements with proper rest, adequate time for recreation, and close supervision.

Breakfast Check-In All LSI boarding students are required to check in at breakfast before 8 a.m. on school days. House counselors of students who miss or are late to check-in are notified by e-mail.

Evenings in the Dorms • Sign-In on Nights Before Classes: LSI boarding students are required to check in for evening study hall by 7:30 p.m. on nights before classes. LSI students participate in study activities monitored by their teachers. Tuesday nights are the only exception. • In-Room on Nights Before Classes: LSI boarding students are required to be in their own rooms by 10 p.m. on nights before classes.

“I would just like to thank you for the time of my life. As long as I live I will never forget my amazing experience here.” —an LSI student

• Lights-Out on Nights Before Classes: There is a 10:30 p.m. lights-out policy for LSI boarding students on nights before classes. • Sign-In on Saturday Nights: Like all Summer Session boarding students, LSI boarding students are required to sign in by 11 p.m. on Saturday nights. • In-Room on Saturday Nights: LSI boarding students are required to be in their own rooms by midnight on Saturday nights. • Lights-Out on Saturday Nights: It is left to the house counselors’ discretion whether or not to institute a lights-out policy on Saturday nights.

Student Activities • LSI Tuesday Night Activities: On each Tuesday night there will be an activity planned solely for LSI students. Unlike the Saturday events, all LSI students are required to attend the Tuesday night activities. These typically run from about 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. A list of these activities is e-mailed to students. • LSI Saturday Night Activities: Each Saturday night there will be an activity planned solely for LSI students. Although all students are encouraged to attend these activities, their attendance is not required. A list of these activities is e-mailed to students.

Day Excuses • While LSI students may walk downtown during free periods and take part in school-sponsored trips off campus, they are not permitted to take Day Excuses (as described in the Summer Session Handbook).

Visiting Dorms of the Opposite Gender • LSI students are not allowed inside dorms occupied by the opposite gender. Students are directed to study and socialize in common areas on campus.

Application Information Applicants for the Lower School Institutes (LSI) program should read and follow the enclosed Admission Information and Application Instructions. Please indicate your first-choice institute in the space provided on the back of Form 2. Note that a Skype interview may be necessary for those applicants whose first language is not English. For more information, please visit the Summer Session website at or call 978-749-4400.

“I love my dormmates, my roommate, my house counselor, and my TA! They were all very kind and took care of everyone very well.” —an LSI student

Lower School Institutes Daily Schedule

8 a.m. 9–10:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m.–noon Noon–1 p.m. 1:30–3 p.m. 3:30–4:30 p.m. 5–6:30 p.m. 7:30–8:45 p.m. 9 p.m. 10 p.m. 10:30 p.m.

Tuesday Wednesday Saturday

Breakfast (must sign in by 8 a.m.) Class Class Lunch Afternoon Activities Readak Dinner Class/Flextime/Proctored study hall Dormitory Sign-in Students in own rooms Lights out Evening activity exclusively for LSI students Field trips are scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Classes, 9–11 a.m.

Special social activities are planned for LSI students on weekends and on Tuesday evenings. Phillips Academy Summer Session • 180 Main Street • Andover MA 01810-4161 978-749-4400 •

Summer Session 2011 Full Catalog  

This is the complete catalog for the Phillips Academy Summer Session 2011.

Summer Session 2011 Full Catalog  

This is the complete catalog for the Phillips Academy Summer Session 2011.