Middle School Summer Catalog

    Middle school is an important time of growth, learning, and transition for students. Laurel Springs’ summer programming for middle school students features asynchronous core math and English courses, a new 6-week hybrid Pre-Algebra course that allows students to complete a full year of content through a combination of independent study and daily live instruction, electives to feed their creative spirit, and a Readiness Camp to help rising 6th grade students feel more confident about entering middle school. Check out the options below designed to help middle school students grow in confidence, develop skills, and progress academically!

    Asynchronous Academic Courses

    • 6th Grade Math

      6th Grade Math is designed to provide students with a pedagogically sound math program. Each lesson is created so that students have multiple opportunities to practice the concepts and skills introduced. During this course, students will connect ratio and rate to whole number multiplication and division and use concepts of ratio and rate to solve problems. They will gain an understanding of the division of fractions and extend the concept to the system of rational numbers, which includes negative numbers and mixed numbers. Students will write, interpret, and use expressions and equations throughout the course. Last, they will develop an understanding of statistical thinking.

      Prerequisite: Successful completion of grade 5 Math or equivalent.

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,000

      8 Weeks (Full Year): $1,400

    • 7th Grade Math

      7th Grade Math is designed to further prepare students for the rigor of upcoming math courses. In the first semester, students will work with problem-solving skills, beginning algebra skills, geometry, decimals, fractions, data analysis, number theory and patterns, percents and integer use. Two projects will be used to measure the student’s ability to integrate and apply the course objectives. In the second semester, in addition to continuing some of the concepts already started, students will work with unit conversions, proportions and rates, squares and square roots, permutations and combinations, and probability. Real-life application of concepts is emphasized in all units.

      Prerequisite: Successful completion of grade 6 Math or equivalent.

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,000

      8 Weeks (Full Year): $1,400

    • 8th Grade Math

      8th Grade Math will help students move from the world of simple mathematics to the exciting world of Algebra and Geometry. It will provide them with a concrete understanding of the basics of algebraic thinking. Students will develop a deeper understanding of the math concepts they have already learned and will stretch their thinking by solving real world problems.

      Prerequisite: Successful completion of grade 7 Math or equivalent.

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,000

      8 Weeks (Full Year): $1,400

    • Pre-Algebra Readiness

      Pre-Algebra Readiness is designed for students just finishing 6th grade math and enrolling in Pre-Algebra in the fall. It reviews some of the more important topics that students need to have previously mastered to achieve a high level of success as they move forward in their math endeavors. Completing this course should help instill a strong level of confidence in students as they get ready to begin their next year of math in Pre-Algebra. Grades awarded for this course will be either pass or fail.

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,000

    • Pre-Algebra

      The Pre-Algebra program provides students with solid preparation for algebra and geometry. Students will build on previously developed arithmetic skills to expand their algebraic thinking skills. Students will cover topics including solving equations and inequalities containing fractions and decimals, ratios, linear functions, graphing, spatial thinking, and finding area and volume of geometric figures. In all, this is a comprehensive program that will provide students with a solid foundation for higher-level math courses.

      Prerequisite: Successful completion of Grade 7 math or equivalent.

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,000

      8 Weeks (Full Year): $1,400

    • Algebra Readiness

      Algebra Readiness is designed for students just finishing Pre-Algebra and enrolling in Algebra 1 in the fall. It can also be used as a wonderful refresher course for students getting ready to enter Algebra 2. This course reviews some of the more important topics that students need to have previously mastered to achieve a high level of success as they move forward in their math endeavors. Completing this course should help instill a strong level of confidence for students as they get ready to begin their next year of Algebra. Grades awarded for this course will be either pass or fail.

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,200

    • 8th Grade English

      During the first semester of this year-long course, students will read and analyze various kinds of written texts, including novels and short fiction, informational texts representing a wide range of topics and forms, and several one-act plays. Lessons in Semester A will also guide students in writing their own narratives and essays, using the readings in the course as both examples and sources of ideas for reflection, analysis, and argument. In Semester B, students will examine the role of historical autobiographies and diaries in our understanding of history. In the process, they’ll study the impact of point of view on nonfiction texts. In the second half of the semester, students will study the relationship between poetic expression and several conventions of language, including syntax, voice, sentence types, and punctuation. Near the end of the semester, students will reflect on their own growth and development throughout the year, compiling a portfolio that illustrates the progress they’ve made.

      Prerequisite: Successful completion of Grade 7 English or equivalent.

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,000

      8 Weeks (Full Year): $1,400

    • Digital Art & Design

      There are so many different types of art in this world—fine art, classical art, visual art—but the impact of digital art and design is all around us, often in ways that you probably aren’t even aware of! After taking Digital Art and Design, you’ll enjoy a deeper understanding and appreciation for all things digital as you explore this special genre of art found in everything from advertising to animation to photography and beyond. In this course, you’ll learn about the evolution of art, the basic principles of art and design, and the role of art in politics and society. Additionally, you will actually create your own digital art and make it come alive. Give your creative side a boost with this Digital Art and Design course.

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,000

    • Photography

      Photographs are all around us, and each helps to tell a story. This course teaches students to create their own stories through photos. During the first semester they will learn the basics of camera, lighting, and how to choose great subjects to create magazine-worthy photos. Students will amaze their friends and family with their newly learned skills. Taking photos is an art, and editing photos is a skill that many photographers seek to master. During the second semester, students will explore how to manipulate angles and lighting, the purpose for different types of photo files, how to use different software to edit photos, and safe places they can store them. Students will be well on their way to being editing gurus when they are finished with the course.

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,000

      8 Weeks (Full Year): $1,400

    Camps

    • Rising 6th Grade English Readiness Camp

      Get ready to P.O.U.N.C.E! The P.O.U.N.C.E program is for rising 6th grade students at Laurel Springs School. Its name is an acronym for “Preparing Our Unstoppable Nonpareil Children for Excellence.” The P.O.U.N.C.E. program will introduce important middle school strategies to help students be successful. Some of these strategies include note-taking, essay writing, study skills, organizational skills, and time management. The program is also intended to foster communication and build a sense of community amongst students and teachers which will be the foundation for a strong middle school experience. This camp will meet daily for a live session led by a teacher.

      Prerequisite: Successful completion of grade 5 English or equivalent.

      Session 1: June 10-14; 12-1 pm ET

      Session 2: July 8-12; 12-1 pm ET

      Cost: $300 per session

    • Rising 9th Grade English Readiness Camp

      Come build your confidence with our successful foundational strategies. Get a jump start on your first year of upper school English. Learn strategies for time-management, organization, communication, and pacing as well as how to read and annotate with a plan to uncover the writer’s purpose and meaning across a variety of texts. Engage in close reading and writing practice that sets you up for success in 9th grade English. This camp will meet daily for a live session led by a teacher.

      Prerequisite: Successful completion of grade 8 English or equivalent.

      Session 1: June 3-7; 1-2 pm ET

      Session 2: July 8-12; 1-2 pm ET

      Cost: $300 per session

    Hybrid Academic Intensive

    • Pre-Algebra 6-Week Intensive Hybrid Course (Grades 6-9)

      This intensive, hybrid version of the LSS Pre-Algebra course combines independent work time with daily teacher-led live lessons and dedicated office hours to support students in working more quickly through the Pre-Algebra curriculum. Pre-Algebra provides students with solid preparation for algebra and geometry. Students will build on previously developed arithmetic skills to expand their algebraic thinking skills. Students will cover topics including solving equations and inequalities containing fractions and decimals, ratios, linear functions, graphing, spatial thinking, and finding area and volume of geometric figures. In all, this is a comprehensive program that will provide students with a solid foundation for higher-level math courses. Please note -- this course is intended to be an intensive learning experience; students who take this course should be prepared to spend least 4 hours of independent work time per day in addition to the daily live lessons. Each session covers a full year of content.

      Prerequisite: Successful completion of Grade 7 math or equivalent.

      Session 1: June 12-July 24; 9-11 am ET

      Session 2: July 24-September 4; 9-11 am ET

      Cost: $2,000

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