July 1â€“August 4, 2013
“We learn as we compare stories with people from countries all over the globe, appreciating each other’s accents and celebrating our diversity over tuna salad.” –Emily Bethesda, Maryland
CONTENTS Fun Facts What if, in one summer day, you could build and test a six-foot slingshot, analyze and discuss globalization, eat a delicious panini, rehearse with a chamber ensemble, and take a nature walk—all before 5 p.m.? Or maybe you’d rather debate ethics with your classmates, use Legos to learn about robotics, and improve your soccer skills. Perhaps you’d like to conduct a newspaper interview, savor a slice of veggie pizza, and view an extensive photography collection at the Addison Gallery of American Art before heading out to take your own shots for class.
You can do all of those things in a day at Phillips Academy’s Summer Session. Not just another summer school, Summer Session is a five-week intercultural exchange for students entering grades 8 through 12, with more than 600 students from 50 countries enrolled in 2012. Now in its 71st year, Summer Session offers an extensive array of innovative and traditional courses and activities. At the end of the program, students receive a grade and a report for each of their classes, as well as a Summer Session certificate of participation. Students may request that transcripts of their grades be sent to their home high school or to any college to which they are applying. Phillips Academy, founded in 1778, is located in Andover, Massachusetts, on a breathtaking 500-acre campus. Facilities include the Oliver Wendell Holmes Library, Addison Gallery of American Art, R.S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology, and the Gelb Science Center—home of the PA Observatory.
Upper School (for rising 9th- through 12th-Graders) 4 Humanities 6 Math and Science 8 The Arts 10 English as a Second Language (ESL) 12 A Day in the Life 14 Campus Life 16 Afternoon Activities 18 College Prep 22 Day Student Program
Weekends 24 Optional Programs
Lower School Institute (for rising 8th-Graders) 28 Course Choices 30 Campus Life 32 Upper School Course Descriptions
How to Apply
Tuition and Expenses
Contributing photographers: Gil Talbot, Taras Ferencevych
Students from around the world representing 50 different countries
300 More than 300 non-U.S. students on campus
175,000 More than 175,000 print and e-books available at the Oliver Wendell Holmes Library
More than 10,000 artifacts in PAâ€™s Peabody Museum of Archaeology
Personal classroom attention with a 5:1 student-to-faculty ratio
More than 50 Upper School courses to choose from
10,000 More than 137,000 meals served in Paresky Commons during the summer
2 ice rinks and 2 basketball courts
18 State-of-the-art fitness center
18 athletic fields and 18 tennis courts
Beautiful, historic 500-acre campus with plenty of room to play
24 afternoon sports/activities to choose from
17,000 More than 17,000 works at the Addison Gallery of American Art
More than 200 biology dissections
The PA Observatory, situated on the roof of the Gelb Science Center, rotates 360 degrees 3
“Students from all over the world share their perspectives in my class.” —Dan Sheehan, PA ’85 Instructor, International Relations
UPPER SCHOOL Students entering grades 9 through 12 take part in the Upper School program, selecting two courses of study from more than 50 offerings. Each class meets for 90 minutes, six days a week. In addition, students choose one afternoon activity that meets four days a week for 60 minutes; they’re also invited to participate in Summer Session’s popular College Counseling program. With course options including Intensive Film Workshop, Speech and Debate, Web Development, Sports Psychology, and Introduction to Astronomy, the hardest part of Summer Session might be narrowing down the choices!
“Although Summer Session only lasts for 36 days, we will never forget the challenges, the lessons, the fun, and the people.” —Joyce Beijing, China
FAVORITE WEEKEND TRIP Hampton Beach
FAVORITE COLLEGE TRIP Yale
FAVORITE THING ABOUT MY CLASSES The discussions always made me think.
WHAT SURPRISED ME MOST ABOUT SUMMER SESSION That there are so many countries represented
FAVORITE COLLEGE TRIP Harvard
BEST THING ABOUT MY CLASSES The debates and different points of view
FAVORITE FOOD AT PARESKY COMMONS Pizza
FAVORITE THING ABOUT MY CLASSES My cultural anthropology course was fascinating.
WHAT SURPRISED ME MOST ABOUT SUMMER SESSION How quickly everyone settled in
BEST MEMORY The dorm atmosphere
Our English courses challenge students to write, analyze, discuss, and debate. Writing for Success, a perennial favorite, requires students to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) every day to help improve their writing skills, from basic sentences on up through fully structured essays. Students in Journalism: Start the Presses function as a newsroom team, producing a weekly newspaper.
History and Social Science From Great Issues and Modern Controversies of the Modern World to Sports Psychology and Decoding the Screen: An Introduction to American Media Studies, our history and social science offerings provide a complete overview of today’s rapidly changing world and the diversity of its peoples.
Philosophy and Religion What it does it mean to be a good person? What are morals? What is human existence all about—why are we here on Earth? Philosophers and ethicists have been debating these questions for millennia, and students in our philosophy and religion courses will do the same, through texts, films, discussions, and a trip to Thoreau’s Walden Pond. For a complete list of 2013 humanities courses, please see pages 35–38.
“The Andover experience was a great opportunity for our daughter to be exposed to an international environment of excellence in education.” —Ana Martin and Jesus Merayo Summer Session parents Asturias, Spain
“It’s a delight and a privilege to open up the world of ideas to these students.” —Michael Legaspi Instructor, Introduction to Philosophy and Ethics
BEST THING ABOUT MY ROOMMATE
San Juan, Puerto Rico
FAVORITE FOOD AT PARESKY COMMONS Pancakes
FAVORITE COLLEGE TRIP Boston College
He helped me with my English.
FAVORITE THING ABOUT MY CLASSES Really hot discussions! I really like everyone arguing about many topics.
BIGGEST SURPRISE ABOUT SUMMER SESSION Everyone is so diverse, and it feels like everyone in the world gathering here.
“Andover is the only place in the world that leaves its students with a strong foundation of academics, and also the confidence to take on the world.” —Amanda Chantilly, Maryland 8
MATH & SCIENCE Mathematics Brush up on your skills or prepare for the upcoming school year. Our mathematics classes will have you graphing trigonometric functions and solving polynomial equations in no time.
Science With course levels ranging from introductory to Advanced Placement prep, our science offerings really do cover everything under the sun—and beyond. Introduction to Astronomy students will utilize the state-of-the-art observatory in the Gelb Science Center, while students in The Dynamic Body will learn the anatomical and physiological workings of the human body and take part in small-scale animal dissections.
For a complete list of 2013 math and science courses, please see pages 37–39.
THE ARTS Visual Arts With campus resources including the world-renowned Addison Gallery of American Art, Summer Session students interested in the visual arts have an unparalleled opportunity to view and create art in a variety of genres: painting, ceramics, photography, animation, computer graphics, drawing, graphic design, and printmaking.
Performing Arts Budding actors and aspiring filmmakers will find workshops that inspire and challenge. Students in Intensive Film Workshop take advantage of PA’s Polk-Lillard Electronic Imaging Center, where they will use some of today’s most technologically advanced programs. Thespians in Acting and Play Production will learn to move and project like the pros do, entertaining their fellow Summer Session students with an evening of 5- to 10-minute skits.
“At Andover, we were exposed to new avenues of enjoyment and new ways of expressing ourselves.” —Naomi
For a complete list of 2013 arts courses, please see pages 34–35.
Yuting “Chloe” Wuhan, China
Dharan, Saudi Arabia
We’re very free to express our own ideas.
FAVORITE FOOD AT PARESKY COMMONS
WHAT SURPRISED ME MOST ABOUT SUMMER SESSION
Learning about the planets
1. The campus is so huge. 2. The food is so good. 3. The faculty is so nice and caring. 4. The classes are so interesting.
WHAT SURPRISED ME MOST ABOUT SUMMER SESSION
Everyone is really friendly.
So many things…this is such an impressive experience for me.
BEST THING ABOUT MY CLASSES
BEST THING ABOUT MY CLASSES
“Summer Session is like a second home to me. It’s intense—in a good way! The teaching experience is genuinely stimulating, the arts opportunities for students are so rich, and the studios are equipped with great facilities, comparable to those at a university.” —Wendy Percival, PA ’69 Instructor, Ceramics and Drawing and Painting
WHAT SURPRISED ME MOST ABOUT SUMMER SESSION All the cultures present, and how much you learn
FAVORITE ACTIVITY The talent show
BEST COLLEGE TRIP Dartmouth
BEST MEMORIES How beautiful the campus is and the great people I met every day
ESL English as a Second Language The Summer Session student body is a diverse and multilingual group; typically more than 90 students register for our ESL courses. Classes are small and highly interactive. Students also learn by reading a variety of texts and watching films. The ESL program is geared toward students who already have a basic knowledge of conversational English but would like to be more fluent in speaking, reading, and writing. All students enrolling in ESL are asked to take an exam and participate in an interview once on campus to determine appropriate placement in the ESL Core Course. They also choose a second course, which might focus on journalism or TOEFL preparation, or provide a look at American culture through various media. The ESL Study Center is open every day to provide students one-on-one tutoring time with their instructors. For a complete list of 2013 ESL courses, please see page 36.
“There’s such energy and enthusiasm in the classroom. I see it when I look into my students’ eyes: a desire to improve their English skills, but also to participate in discussions about broader life issues.” —Esther Williams Instructor, ESL: Transitional Reading and Writing
FAVORITE ACTIVITY Talent show
FAVORITE FOOD AT PARESKY COMMONS Pineapples, cheese pizza
WHAT SURPRISED ME MOST ABOUT SUMMER SESSION
All the students and teachers are very friendly—and even if you don’t know them, you always greet each other.
BEST THING ABOUT MY CLASSES
FAVORITE WEEKEND TRIP
WHAT SURPRISED ME MOST ABOUT SUMMER SESSION
How hard some classes were, but fun, too
BEST COLLEGE TRIPS
Harvard and MIT
The patience from the teachers
A DAY IN THE LIFE… Downtown Andover 2:10 pm
Head to Kemper for workshop run by a Yale admissions officer, “10 Tips for the Successful College Interview”
…OF AN UPPER SCHOOL STUDENT
Summer Session days are never boring. There’s class time, of course, but also afternoon activities, music lessons, college visits, movies, dances, the everpopular Summer Session talent show, special performances, exhibitions at the Addison Gallery, artifacts to examine at the Peabody Museum, and weekend trips, for starters. It’s a short walk to downtown Andover, where students can explore numerous shops and restaurants. And if they like, they can even sprawl on the grass by the Bell Tower and check out the day’s cloud formations. 14
Phillips Academy map by Wade Zahares
At tennis, working on my topspin!
Back to my dorm for a quick shower; get started on physics homework
Physics in Gelb; class heads outside to do a friction experiment on the lawn
First class at SamPhil: Money, Economy, and Society
SAT Prep class in Morse Hall
7:45 am 11:45 am
Meet Eva and Shawn in library to work on our class project
Meet Yamato and Devin for breakfast at Paresky Commons
Play frisbee with friends on the Great Lawn after dinner
Sign in at Johnson Hall and play foosball with my dormmates before tackling more homework
Phone alarm set to Bell Tower ringtone wakes me up
Back to Paresky for a calzone and salad for lunch
Meet JosĂŠ and the gang for dinner; stir-fry night is my favorite!
CAMPUS LIFE “Being independent meant more responsibility—but also more freedom, enabling us to learn things they don’t teach in the classroom.” —Jane Vancouver, Washington
Summer Session boarding students live in a variety of dormitories around campus, with experienced and caring house counselors on hand to help with day-to-day questions or unexpected issues. (Day students, see page 23.) More than just a place to sleep and study, dorms provide residents with an opportunity to develop lasting friendships and cultivate a healthy level of age-appropriate independence in a safe environment. Most dorms house 5 to 39 students, with a counselor-to-student ratio of one to nine. House counselors are frequently teachers as well. Every student is provided with bed linens, a pillow, a blanket, and towels. Laundry rooms in most dorms offer coin-operated washers and dryers; laundry service is available for an additional charge. All rooms have wireless Internet access. The on-campus Isham Health Center is fully staffed with registered nurses on site 24 hours a day; in addition, a doctor and mental health counselor are on call at all times. All students eat their meals in Paresky Commons, a centrally located dining hall with multiple dining areas offering fresh, delicious, and healthy food choices—including frozen yogurt!
“I learned how to say ‘take out the trash’ in 13 languages.” —Chris Wade, PA ’08 Teaching Assistant & House Counselor
Afternoon Activities Summer Session fun happens both inside and outside the classroom. In our Afternoon Activities program, students can choose new or familiar sports—such as cricket, kickboxing, or ultimate frisbee—and popular games like Settlers of Catan or chess. Participants in Playground Games can relive such American classics as dodgeball, kickball, and Capture the Flag, or learn them for the first time. Each Upper School student chooses one activity for the entire five weeks. Groups meet Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons for 60 minutes. Athletes who need to get in shape for fall sports are welcome to sign up for training activities that are specific to their sports. Most of Andover’s extensive high-quality athletic facilities are available to Summer Session students, including two ice rinks; an indoor swimming pool; basketball, squash, and tennis courts; a weight and exercise room; dance studios; indoor and outdoor tracks; and numerous playing fields. There’s plenty of room for everyone to play!
“I enjoyed seeing students overcome their fears and conquer challenges.” —Taras Ferencevych Instructor, Outdoor Adventure
“The cultural and language lines were blurred, and the playing field was leveled. “ —Dan Budak Instructor, Ultimate Frisbee 19
UPPER SCHOOL AFTERNOON ACTIVITIES
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.
The perfect blend of dance, aerobics, and yoga, this program 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.
A low-level aerobic activity that is open to everyone, power walking provides an opportunity for students to improve general fitness while participating in an Olympic sport. Walkers tour the Phillips Academy campus and bird sanctuary, as well as the town of Andover.
Basketball Training This activity, intended for those who will be playing on a basketball team, gives students the opportunity to train, improve their overall fitness, and hone their skills in preparation for a competitive school season. 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 doesn’t 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 This afternoon activity allows the serious runner the opportunity to prepare for a competitive fall season. Students must wear proper running shoes and attire.
Dance Open to all students—although some dance experience is preferred—students may work on a range of styles, from modern to ballet to jazz. All students will have the opportunity to display their new moves at an end-of-summer dance recital.
Outdoor Adventure Outdoor Adventure presents a series of physical and problem-solving challenges requiring students to work together cooperatively and effectively. 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-of-the‑art Josh Miner indoor climbing facility. Groups of 8–10 students work closely with experienced instructors over the five-week session.
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 variableresistance 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 workout.
Playground Games Do you remember those amazing afternoons in elementary school when your class was divided into teams and then battled on the field with a red rubber ball? Those are the days we will recreate in this activity, which includes a rotation of games such as kickball, dodgeball, and Capture the Flag. Don’t be concerned if you’ve never played these games—all skill levels are welcomed!
Running This afternoon activity is for all types of runners, from beginners to joggers to experienced runners. Each participant runs with his or her 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 basics of the game. There are numerous skill levels, and everyone finds his or her 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. All participants must bring molded cleats and shin guards.
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 and competitive swimmers.
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 novice players will be paired so 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 school or in a league. Students will receive a combination of training, as well as instructional and strategy sessions, depending on coaching staff.
Training with Kickboxing This activity is designed to cultivate strength, 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 that resembles American football but is 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.
COLLEGE PREP PREPARING STUDENTS FOR THE CHALLENGE AND ADVENTURE OF PLANNING FOR COLLEGE College Counseling Workshops
Perhaps unique among independent school programs, our afternoon workshop series brings admission officers from prestigious colleges and universities throughout the Northeast to campus four days a week. Speaker topics might include making the most of a college visit, the art of the interview, what’s behind admission decision-making, or how to choose a major.
A college counselor is always available to meet with Summer Session students to guide them through the maze of higher education applications and establish a personalized plan.
College Fair The mid–Summer Session college fair brings representatives from 100‑plus colleges and universities to campus to answer questions and offer written materials.
College Visits On Wednesday afternoons, students are invited to tour a handful of the area’s top colleges and universities, including Harvard, Tufts, Yale, Dartmouth, Amherst, Boston College, and Rhode Island School of Design.
Students interested in preparing for the SAT exam are encouraged to register for the Princeton Review SAT Prep Course. For more information, see page 25.
DAY STUDENTS Upper School and Lower School Institute Day Student Programs Day students can create a Summer Session program experience thatâ€™s so fulfilling, the only on-campus activity they may miss out on is sleeping! Upper School day students may take an Ă la carte approach to Summer Session, enrolling in one course or two. They also have the opportunity to participate in afternoon activities, weekend trips, college counseling, and college tours. Like boarding students, day students also can register for optional Princeton Review and Readak courses (see page 25). Lower School Institute day students follow the same program schedule as their boarding classmates. On campus, all day students are fully integrated in Summer Session activities, meals, and social events, and are entitled to use all facilities.
WEEKENDS Weekend Activities On weekends, all Summer Session students are welcome to walk down the hill to explore the town of Andover, enjoy a meal, or do some shopping. Other special activities are organized by the Summer Session program. Upper School students can be part of an afternoon trip to an amusement or water park, a tour of nearby Salem, or a whale watch, or spend a few hours on one of the North Shore’s beautiful beaches or in Boston’s renowned Museum of Science and Mugar Omni Theater. There’s also plenty to do on campus, where happenings include movies; dances; the annual—and very popular—student talent show; and the W.E.B. DuBois Colloquium, which brings students and faculty together to explore a range of contemporary topics with visiting scholars, artists, and activists. Upper school students are allowed to leave campus on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons, as well as all day Sunday, provided they have a Day Excuse, house counselor permission, and written parental consent on file. Once classes end on Saturdays, they may leave for an overnight with written permission from parents and approval from Summer Session deans. Lower School Institute students enjoy weekend programs that are designated especially for them, including off-campus visits to an amusement park, a Lowell Spinners baseball game, bowling, or laser tag. On-campus events include a pizza party, movies, and a dance.
Upper School off-campus weekend activities may have additional costs.
OPTIONAL Several supplemental programs are available to all Summer Session students. Because space is limited and slots tend to fill quickly, interested students should be sure to indicate supplemental program choices on their application forms.
Readak Advanced Learning/Study Skills The Readak program, which is comprised of 12 one-hour classes over a four-week period, provides a variety of strategies to help students become more confident and effective learners. The course offers approaches to effective note taking, better reading comprehension and study skills, essay planning, and test preparation and test takingâ€”including alleviating test anxiety.
Princeton Review SAT Prep Course The SAT Prep Course covers all sections of the exam: math, reading, writing, and essay. Students will learn test-taking strategies and take two full-length practice exams (with an optional third test available). They will have complete access to the Princeton Review Online Student Center at the conclusion of the course and can continue to improve their skills after Summer Session ends.
Princeton Review SSAT Prep Course The Secondary School Admission Test is used for admissions at private schools nationwide. The SSAT Prep Course, open to Lower School Institute students, provides strategies and testing practice on all sections of the test. Students take two full-length practice SSATs and receive personalized score reports detailing their strengths and weaknesses.
Private Music Instruction Students are invited to sign up for music lessons to keep their practice going strong throughout the summer. They may choose from four 45-minute or four 60-minute private lessons; practice rooms and instrument rentals are available.
Chamber Music Summer Session musicians also are invited to take part in the Chamber Music Program. Students audition for placement in a Chamber Recital and receive four 60-minute chamber coaching sessions.
These optional programs are administered by an outside provider. Please see application for additional fees required.
DIVERSITY Sweden Scotland
Denmark Lithuania Netherlands Poland England Germany Czech Republic Belgium Austria Luxembourg Ukraine Switzerland Hungary France Serbia Monaco Italy Spain Turkey Greece
Lebanon Israel Jordan
Guatemala El Salvador Nicaragua Costa Rica Panama
Colombia Ecuador Brazil
Dominican Republic French West Indies Aruba Nigeria
Pakistan Kuwait Qatar United Arab Emirates Saudi Arabia
Hong Kong Taiwan
Summer Session students are an extraordinarily diverse group, representing a variety of races, religions, socioeconomic circumstances, and geographic origins. More than 600 students arrive on campus each summer from about 50 countries, as represented by the orange on the map.
Malaysia Singapore Indonesia Samoa Mauritius Australia
LOWER SCHOOL LSI Daily Schedule The Lower School Institute (LSI) is open to students who are entering 8th grade. Its unique courses integrate multiple subjects under the umbrella of a single theme: Charting the Natural World merges biology and math, and Express Yourself’s students look at the art of self-expression through the lenses of literature, performance, and film. New this year are Bridges to English, a four-century trek to better English language skills, and Revolutions, an interactive look at some of the most important turning points in U.S. history. And all LSI students go on exciting off-site field trips that are tied in to the subject matter. Afternoon and special Tuesday and Saturday night activities allow students plenty of time to interact with all of their LSI peers! 28
Class period 1
Class period 2
LSI afternoon activities
Readak/SSAT Prep courses
Readak/SSAT Prep courses
Students in their rooms
Tuesday evenings—Exclusive activity for LSI students Wednesdays—Field trips scheduled 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Saturdays—Classes held 9–11 a.m.; exclusive evening activity for LSI students
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
FAVORITE FOOD AT PARESKY COMMONS Apple crumble with ice cream
FAVORITE ACTIVITY Nuke ’em!
FAVORITE THING ABOUT MY CLASS Editing videos
FAVORITE THING ABOUT MY CLASS Mr. Smith is the best!
WHAT SURPRISED ME MOST ABOUT SUMMER SESSION The amount of fun we had
BEST MEMORY My classmates
Chit “Ariane” Beijing, China
WHAT SURPRISED ME MOST ABOUT SUMMER SESSION The campus is amazing, the teachers are cool.
BEST MEMORY Everyone and the food and the campus
FAVORITE WEEKEND TRIP Canobie Lake Park
Time for Change Revolutions, revolutions, revolutions. They have influenced every aspect of our lives—from food production to construction, from our approaches to science to the ways that countries around the world are governed.
In this course, you will actively explore pivotal points of change throughout history via the lenses of agricultural, industrial, scientific, and political revolutions. From the cotton gin to cars, from the theory of evolution to the American Revolution, this course will consider some of history’s most important turning points. Students will seek to understand and engage with the past, an activity that will be made all the more real by visiting historic areas in and around Boston. In the process—by using a variety of tools from the social sciences—you will learn to think critically and meaningfully about the past while understanding your own changing world.
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 rhythmic 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 and scoop up a water sample. In this integrated math and biology institute, you’ll explore and explain the local aquatic environment. You’ll learn methods of gathering and analyzing data, drawing conclusions, and communicating results. Special excursions include a whale-watching adventure off the coast of Gloucester, a visit to Boston’s New England Aquarium, and a trip to local tide pools for a unique opportunity to apply your knowledge of marine organisms and sampling techniques firsthand. Investigate through science. Use the power of math to analyze. Students taking this course should not have taken a full year of algebra.
A Study of Literature, Performance, and Film
BRIDGES TO ENGLISH
Connecting Our Past and Present
There are filmmakers, performance artists, and writers in all of us, and in this institute you will experience some of the many ways that we express ourselves, as human beings and as artists. You will develop skills in close reading, observation, reflection, and communication that will allow you to interpret your life in your own uniquely artistic ways.
New England’s story is rich and distinctive: it was the birthplace of the American Revolution, and today it is home to cutting-edge technology. The unique approach of Bridges to English offers non-native English speakers a tour of early American history even as they experience hands-on 21st-century media production.
Beginning with a study of literature, you will consider how human beings tell their stories through dramatic and narrative texts, themes you’ll then apply onstage or through film. In the performance component, you will engage not only in the role of performer, but also as director, designer, choreographer, and critic. You will stage scripted scenes, as well as your own compositions. In the film portion of the course, you’ll develop the basic technical skills needed to produce a short video. We’ll supplement with visits to Boston theatres, production studios, and museums. Go ahead— express yourself!
You and your fellow students will follow Boston’s Freedom Trail, where the legendary Boston Massacre etched itself into history, and explore Old Salem Village, home of the chilling witch trials. You will also read and discuss fiction, poetry, and nonfiction works dating from the Colonial period through today. The contemporary media curriculum component will allow students to look at today’s most important topics in their own blogs and video journals. In five short weeks, you will journey some 300-plus years, improving your written and spoken English skills as you go.
Please note that courses fill quickly. We recommend students apply early to increase the likelihood of admission to their first choice.
CAMPUS LIFE “As I read my daughter’s letters describing new friends from all over the world and the program itself, I felt that she had found the ideal place that both nurtured and challenged her at the same time. As a parent, there is nothing more rewarding than to find such an environment for your child.” —Jennifer Achuck LSI parent Fox Point, Wisconsin 32
Lower School Institute students are housed in gender-specific dorms separate from Upper School students. (Day students, see page 23.) A close community of nurturing adults—many of whom are teachers—guarantees students’ safety at all times. LSI dorm life is organized so that students have the opportunity to finish their schoolwork and get the necessary amount of rest, but with enough time for fun, too! Every student is provided with bed linens, a pillow, a blanket, and towels; desk fans are recommended. Each room also has a phone for local calls, as well as wireless Internet access. Most dorms are equipped with coin-operated washers and dryers; laundry service is available for an additional charge. The on-campus Isham Health Center is fully staffed with registered nurses on site 24 hours a day; in addition, a doctor and mental health counselor are on call at all times. LSI students enjoy special Tuesday and Saturday night activities. Tuesdays bring required off‑campus outings—to see the latest movie or play laser tag, for example—while Saturdays are on campus and optional—a dance or a barbecue. All students eat their meals in Paresky Commons, a centrally located dining hall with multiple dining areas offering fresh, delicious, and healthy food choices—and yummy brownie sundaes, too!
UPPER SCHOOL ARTS—VISUAL AND PERFORMING Acting and Play Production Grades 10–12 | PERIOD
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 5- to 10-minute scenes presented to the entire Summer Session audience.
Advanced Computer Graphics All Grades | PERIOD
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.
Animation All Grades | PERIOD
Designed for any student who wishes to see his or her artwork come to life, this course explores 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.
Black and White Photography
Drawing and Painting
All Grades | PERIOD
All Grades | PERIOD
1 and PERIOD 2
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.
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.
Students are encouraged to bring a manually adjustable 35mm camera with a light meter if they have one; those who do not are welcome to borrow one for the duration of the program.
Have you ever tried to design a poster, flyer, business card, yearbook, or class presentation and been stymied by the considerable choices you must make? In our information-driven 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.”
Ceramics All Grades | PERIOD
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 | PERIOD
1 and PERIOD 2
Students learn the basics of photography and how to use digital cameras. Students will be scanning their images into Adobe Photoshop, where they can transform the images by adding color and can utilize 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 a digital camera if they have one; those who do not are welcome to borrow one for the duration of the program.
Graphic Design All Grades |
Intensive Film Workshop All Grades | PERIOD
This course is created for students 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. 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 Polk-Lillard Electronic Imaging Center. Students gain a greater film/ video vocabulary as well as a technical background allowing them to continue with filmmaking.
Studio Art All Grades | PERIOD
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 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 lifes, 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.
reusable. Although this is not an official AP course, students are exposed to most of the topics covered on the AP Computer Science exam and are capable of creating small, structured programs using the Java language. Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra II
Web Development: Design to Deployment Grades 10–12 | PERIOD
See description on page 34.
Introduction to Programming
No Web development experience is required.
COMPUTER SCIENCE Advanced Computer Graphics All Grades | PERIOD
All Grades | PERIOD
This course provides a graphical introduction to computer programming for students with no previous programming experience. Students explore the basics of computer programming while creating animations, games, and simulations. Topics include object-oriented programming, variables, decisions, events, and the basics of game design in a graphical environment. Students do not need a strong high school math background, making this an ideal course for younger students. Though the course is not taught with a traditional programming language, all concepts can be transferred to other object-oriented languages, such as Java and Visual Basic.
Programming in Java All Grades | PERIOD
This course is intended as an introduction to computer programming using traditional coding methods. Emphasis is placed on methodology, algorithms, data structures, code style, and the Java programming language, as suggested by the College Board for the Advanced Placement (AP) 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
ENGLISH Writing for Success All Grades | PERIOD
1 and PERIOD 2
The most important writing course your child will ever take and the most sought-after writing course at Andover, Writing for Success focuses on construction of effective sentences, substantive paragraphs, and cogent essays. Unlike many contemporary writing courses in which students practice through engagement with literature, in this course students work exclusively on their ability to write. By writing every day and by exploring a variety of rhetorical modes— descriptive, narrative, process, comparative, and argumentative—students foster their abilities to write concise sentences, focused paragraphs, and persuasive essays. In addition, students read and discuss exemplary essays—not as paragons for emulation, but as examples of the myriad ways in which one can write well.
Writers in Depth Grades 10–12 |
PERIOD 1 and PERIOD 2
This course offers students the opportunity to go in-depth in their understanding and appreciation of a range of different writers. It focuses on the student’s abilities to read novels, plays, short stories and/or essays actively and to write articulately. 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. It helps them see themselves as independent thinkers and teaches them how to give voice to their thoughts through the written word. A variety of books and authors will be examined.
Creative Writing All Grades | PERIOD
1 and PERIOD 2
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 as well as share in class, students begin to transform raw talent into true skill.
Journalism: Start the Presses All Grades | PERIOD
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.
Speech and Debate Grades 10–12 | PERIOD
1 and PERIOD 2
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.
UPPER SCHOOL COURSE DESCRIPTIONS (continued) ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE ESL Core Course All Grades | PERIOD
The PERIOD 1 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; students should have scored above 450 on the paper test, above 133 on the TOEFL CBT, or above 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 genres, 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 | PERIOD
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 the United States 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 | PERIOD
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. Working individually and in groups, students 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 | PERIOD
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 the 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 | PERIOD
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.
ESL: Writing, Presenting, and Defending Your Work All Grades | PERIOD
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 non-native speakers who are familiar with and comfortable producing the standard five-paragraph essay.
ESL: Writing the Essay Grades 9–11 | PERIOD
This course, designed for intermediate-level learners, assists students in becoming familiar with the 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 styles. 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.
HISTORY AND SOCIAL SCIENCE American Law and Lawyers Grades 11–12 | PERIOD
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 hold 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 | PERIOD
What is an advertisement really selling you? Do television networks report the news or create it? Can a popular film or album—even a website— change history? American Media Studies is one of the fastest growing fields in colleges and universities across the country. Dynamic and interdisciplinary, this course analyzes 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 skills 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 | PERIOD
1 and PERIOD 2
The purpose of Great Issues and Controversies of the Modern World is to expose students to the diversity of the peoples and cultures in the world and to foster a better understanding of specific world events. Past classes 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.
International Relations All Grades | PERIOD
1 and PERIOD 2
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 learn to better understand the problems facing the world today. 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.
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology All Grades | PERIOD
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 with a cross-cultural perspective, 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 society.
Money, Economy, and Society Grades 11–12 | PERIOD
1 and PERIOD 2
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 Alex Rodriguez earn tens of millions of dollars and the president of the United States only a tiny fraction of that? 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 macroand micro-economic theory and a forum for lively and provocative debate.
Psychology: Current Issues All Grades | PERIOD
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.
Social Psychology Grades 11–12 | PERIOD
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 | PERIOD
This course focuses on the neurological and affective or behavioral components of athletes involved in sports and recreational environments. Students will be introduced to the history, principles, concepts, and topics of
sports psychology in relation to other disciplines, such as biochemistry, biology, anatomy and physiology, and sociology, as well as contemporary issues and practices relevant to the field. Material is introduced and evaluated through discussion, research, practical lab applications, and written assignments. This course is recommended for anyone who is interested in the behavioral life sciences or the ways sports psychology principles may be applied in our daily lives.
MATHEMATICS* Calculus Grades 10–12 | PERIOD
1 and PERIOD 2
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 and covers many of the topics 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 | PERIOD
1 and PERIOD 2
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, 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
Intensive Algebra Review Grades 9–10 | PERIOD
1 and PERIOD 2
This course reviews and reinforces math skills found in the pre-algebra and Algebra I curriculum. It should provide a solid foundation for Algebra II and Intermediate Algebra. Topics include graphing and solving of both linear and quadratic functions, systems of equations, and properties of exponents. Prerequisite: successful completion of a year of algebra
* Each student who registers for a math course will be required to take an on-campus placement test.
UPPER SCHOOL COURSE DESCRIPTIONS (continued) Topics in Intermediate Algebra and Pre-Calculus All Grades | PERIOD
1 and PERIOD 2
This course will focus on Intermediate Algebra and Pre-Calculus topics needed for success later on in Calculus. Students take a placement test once they arrive on campus and then are placed in a section in which they will be challenged appropriately and dramatically enhance their math skills. Topics that may be covered in a particular section include linear systems, quadratic equations, polynomials, logarithmic and exponential functions, radical functions, a study of sequences and series, counting and probability, systems of equations, matrices, and partial fractions. Students will gain both a graphical and an algebraic understanding. Prerequisite: two years of algebra
Trigonometry All Grades | PERIOD
This course offers a comprehensive study of circular and trigonometric functions. Emphasis is placed on applying trigonometry to model reallife 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 each of algebra and geometry
PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION Introduction to Ethics Grades 11–12 | PERIOD
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
Physics: First Year
Grades 10–12 | PERIOD
All Grades | PERIOD
Introduction to Philosophy serves as a survey 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 enjoy the close proximity of Walden Pond, where H.D. Thoreau wrote his masterpiece, Walden, taking a field trip there in conjunction with one of the readings.
SCIENCE Biology: First Year All Grades | PERIOD
1 and PERIOD 2
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 | PERIOD
1 and PERIOD 2
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, problem-solving exercises, and laboratory work, and will give students a strong foundation in chemistry. Requirement: Texas Instruments TI-84 graphing calculator or its equivalent Prerequisite: one year of algebra
1 and PERIOD 2
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
Introduction to Astronomy All Grades | PERIOD
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, including Einstein and Galileo. Lastly, we will examine some of the more exotic questions that are stretching the limits of modern science, such as 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 session, students will engage the science critically and capture a snapshot of this emerging field of science. Prerequisite: one year of chemistry or physics and/or algebra
Robots: Design! Build! Program!
Prep for Advanced Placement Chemistry
The Dynamic Body
All Grades | PERIOD
Grades 10–12 | PERIOD
Grades 11–12 | PERIOD
The future is robotics! Science, math, engineering, creativity, and logic are all combined in this exciting introductory robotics and robotics programming course. Designs will incorporate Lego Tetrix, HiTechnic sensors, and RobotC programming. Students will work in small groups to design, build, and program robotic solutions to challenges selected at the start of the program. As a culminating activity, students will participate in the Summer Session Tech Challenge at the end of the program. If you never have worked with robots, come get your first taste. If you are experienced in robotics, come strengthen your skills.
Prep for Advanced Placement Biology Grades 10–12 | PERIOD
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 fastpaced 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
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 review 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 college-level textbook and covers topics at a depth equivalent to that of an introductory college chemistry course.
This course focuses on the anatomical and physiological workings of the human body. Among the anatomy and physiology topics introduced are histology, kinesiology, cardiology, and genetics. Students learn to identify anatomical structures and their functions in relation to daily bodily activities. Student work is assessed through 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.
Requirement: Texas Instruments TI-84 graphing calculator or its equivalent
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.
Prerequisite: one year of algebra and one year of chemistry
Prep for Advanced Placement Physics Grades 10–12 | PERIOD
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 completed a year of physics and are interested in covering additional topics. This course is fast-paced and 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 physics course.
The Solar System and Space Exploration Grades 9–12 | PERIOD
Requirement: Texas Instruments TI-84 graphing calculator or its equivalent Prerequisites: two years of algebra and one year of physics
HOW TO APPLY SUMMER SESSION—July 1 to August 4, 2013
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“As a former Phillips Academy student, it was an emotional parental high to have a child be able to appreciate the greatness of the Andover experience in Summer Session.” —Tom Francis, PA ’75 Summer Session parent Kailua, Hawaii
John G. Palfrey Jr. Head of School Fernando R. Alonso Director, Summer Session Elizabeth E. Washburn Assistant Director and Dean of Admission, Summer Session
SUMMER SESSIONâ€”July 1 to August 4, 2013 STATEMENT OF PURPOSE Fostering a passion for lifelong learning, Summer Session combines a full boarding, precollege experience with small classes in a multicultural community. Innovative pedagogy complements traditional methods.
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