Summer Semester

Summer Semester 2019 

Discounts: 20% off three or more classes/family (discount applies only to academic programs)

*Disclaimer: If any of our course offerings do not meet the minimum enrollment requirement, the class will be canceled, and your money refunded.

Grades 1-6

Dates: July 1-July 19     Cost: $90/class

Support for Success: Math (9:00 A.M. - 10:00 A.M)

Three weeks of intensive, targeted skill support in Math taught by experienced teachers.  Skills covered in class are reflective of those needed to start the school year successfully.

Support for Success: Reading (10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M)

Three weeks of intensive, targeted skill support in Reading taught by experienced teachers.  Skills covered in class are reflective of those needed to start the school year successfully.

Prep for Success: Vanguard 101/Grades 1-2/ Grades 3-4/ Grades 5-6 (11:00 A.M. -12:00 P.M.)

Prep for Success is an overview of grammar, writing, cursive, planner usage, and study and organizational skills.  It is both a perfect introduction for incoming students and a great summer refresher for returning students.

Elementary Day Camp: (One-Hour Blocks – 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.)

Arts, crafts, science, physical education, and more! Students will develop their skills and have fun while doing so.  Structured in one-hour blocks, students can register for up to three hours a day.  Open to all students whether they are enrolled in supplemental courses or not. Enrollment is required if there are gaps of time between classes that students are taking if they are not being picked up or supervised during a parent during that time. 

Latin I.4 (9:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.)

A course for beginners that will introduce students to the basic foundations of Classical Latin. Topics include alphabet pronunciation, basic vocabulary, First and Second Declension nouns and adjectives, First and Second Conjugation Verbs, and the being verb, sum, esse. This course is ideal for students transferring into 5th grade, previous 4th grade students who may want extra practice, or for incoming 4th grade students who may want a head start.

Latin I.5 (11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.)

A course that continues to cultivate an understanding of basic Classical Latin vocabulary and forms. The goals for this course are to practice more deeply the concepts learned in Latin I.4 by working with Latin case usages, verbal tenses, and the translation of simple sentences from English to Latin. This course is best suited for transfer students to 6th grade, as well as for previous 5th grade students who may want to improve their skills.

Grades 7-8

$180 for 30-hour classes (3 weeks)

$360 for 60-hour intensive classes (6 weeks)

MATH

The junior high math summer program has two tracks:

  • Course 1 (incoming 7th grade) - 10:15 A.M. - 12:15 P.M.
    • Three weeks/30 hours total (July 1 - July 19) - This program highlights the main concepts of the book, primarily focusing on the last half of the book.  This course is a perfect refresher before school starts or as a book completion course to high- level incoming students.
    • Six weeks/60 hours total (June 10- July 19) - The six-week intensive Course 1 program focuses on bringing students to the appropriate level needed to continue to the next grade.  A readiness test will be administered at the conclusion of the program.
  • Course 2 (incoming 8th grade) - 10:15 A.M. - 12:15 P.M.
    • Six weeks/60 hours total (June 10- July 19) - The six-week intensive Course 2 program focuses on bringing students to the appropriate level needed to continue to the next grade.  This program covers the entire book and is appropriate for students who did not successfully complete Course 2 throughout the school year or placement test.  A readiness test will be administered at the conclusion of the program.
    • Three weeks/30 hours total (July 1 – July 19) - The three-week Course 2 program highlights the main concepts of the book, primarily focusing on the last half of the book.  This course is a perfect refresher before school starts or as a book completion course to high level incoming students.

ENGLISH

Junior High English Tutorial  (8:00 A.M. - 10:00 A.M.)

This course will cover literature, writing, grammar, and vocabulary at the junior high level.   Through the literature students will learn reading comprehension strategies, note taking skills, and increase vocabulary.  In addition, students will complete a weekly, in-class writing assignment about the literature to develop and demonstrate critical thinking.  By way of writing and direct instruction, students will also be refreshed on grammar concepts such as the parts of speech, the sentence base, phrases, clauses, and sentence types.  Students will be required daily to complete a grammar assignment, read the text, and answer accompanying questions as homework.

The junior high English tutorial has two tracks:

  • Six weeks/60 hours total (June 10 - July 19) - The six-week intensive English tutorial will include Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl and Ender’s Game.  This program is best for students who struggled throughout the entire school year in English classes or failed to complete a junior high placement exam.
Three weeks/30 hours total (July 1 – July 19) - The three-week English tutorial will include Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl. This program is best for students who need an English refresher before the school year.

                                                           Grades 9-12                                                      

$180 for 30-hour classes (three weeks)

 $360 for 60-hour intensive classes (six weeks)

           (All 60-hour classes are semester credit courses)

MATH

Course 3 (Pre-Algebra) 8:00 A.M. - 10:00 A.M.

In this 9th Grade Mathematics Readiness class, students will complete Course 3 in preparation for 9th grade Algebra 1.  The high school math summer program has two tracks:

  • Six weeks/60 hours total Credit Recovery (June 10 - July 19) - The six-week intensive Course 3 program focuses on bringing students to the appropriate level needed to continue to the next grade.  This program covers the entire book and is appropriate for students who did not successfully complete Course 2 throughout the school year or placement test.  A readiness test will be administered at the conclusion of the program.
  • Three weeks/30 hours total (July 1 – July 19) - The three-week Course 3 program highlights the main concepts of the book, primarily focusing on the last half of the book.  This course is a perfect refresher before school starts or as a book completion course for high-level incoming students.

ENGLISH

Entering 9th Grade or new high school students (10:15 A.M. – 12:15 P.M.)

This course will cover literature, writing, grammar, and vocabulary for entering freshmen or students newly admitted to The Vanguard School.  Students in this class will read a novel as well as various short stories and poems and learn a variety of Grammar concepts.  Writing in this course will be completed mostly through weekly, in-class writing assignments.  A typed, five-paragraph thesis paper will be the culminating assignment of the course. Students will be required to complete a daily grammar assignment, read the text, and answer accompanying questions as homework.  Students taking this course as a credit recovery will also be required to complete a final exam.

The English tutorial has two tracks:

  • Six weeks/60 hours total Credit Recovery (June 10 - July 19)

The six-week intensive English tutorial will include Antigone, Frankenstein, as well as various short stories and poems by which they will learn new vocabulary.  Grammar concepts taught in this course include a refresher on parts of speech and in-depth instruction of subject complements, phrases, and clauses.  This program is best for students who struggled throughout the entire school year in English classes or failed to complete an English placement exam.

  • Three weeks/30 hours total (July 1 – July 19)

The three-week English tutorial will include Antigone as well as various short stories and poems in which they will learn new vocabulary.  Grammar concepts taught in this course include phrases and clauses.  This program is best for students who need an English refresher before the school year.

Fitness for Life – (1 Semester P.E. Credit  - June 10 – July 19)

Six weeks/60 hours total  (1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.)

Fitness for Life is a one semester credit course that will help students acquire knowledge about health-related physical fitness and healthy lifestyles that lead to physical fitness, health, and wellness.  This course fulfills one semester of P.E. credit or one general elective credit.  Any incoming freshman participants in this course will be eligible for a second study hall or an elective course their freshman year at The Vanguard School.  Incoming freshman who take this course for one semester of P.E. credit may postpone the second semester of P.E. with the expectation that they will complete it the following summer.

Music History – (Graduation Required Elective Credit - July 1 – July 19)

Three weeks/60 hours total (8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.)

This one semester course is designed to help the student begin to understand the essential elements of classic western music history through an analysis of the student’s personal musical aesthetical perspective and how it fits in context with a larger world historical aesthetic.  While we will study music from pre-history to the present, we will focus on the common practice era (1600-1803).  This course is required for graduation from The Vanguard School and now can be taken during the summer to open up space in your school year schedule for alternative electives.

Art History - (Graduation Required Elective Credit -  June 10 – June 28)

Three weeks/60 hours total  (8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.)

This is a one semester course that offers a chronological survey of Western art from the dawn of civilization to the modern era.  Although there is an effort to involve students with images and ideas that lie outside the Western tradition, the larger context in which these images are discussed is Western.  The course combines proper historical techniques and procedures with an emphasis on the unique position and role played by the artist and the work of art, its context, and the critic.  Special attention is given to our interpretation of a work of art based upon its intended use, audience, and role in a society.  The course will also focus on how works of art shaped, and were shaped by western social, political, economic, and intellectual history.  As a survey course, the material is approached as an introduction to the discipline.  Two goals of the course are to encourage the student to pursue further study in college as well as become versed in the visual language of art.

Latin 1B - (Graduation required Language Credit - June 10 – July 19)

Six weeks/90 hours total (8:15 A.M. – 11:15 A.M.)

This course is an excellent option for students who have taken Vanguard's Latin IA and would like to complete the high school Latin graduation requirement over the summer.  Students will continue the textbook study of Latin vocabulary, grammar, and syntax begun in Latin IA, starting the course in chapter 10 and finishing in chapter 18 of Latin for the New Millennium level I.  In addition to fundamental language topics, emphasis will be placed on developing strong foundational translation skills through chapter readings.  These adapted prose excerpts of Vergil, Ovid, Horace, Seneca, and others will introduce students to the works of the most influential and significant ancient Roman authors.  The course will include weekly quizzes and tests and will conclude with a final exam to assess mastery.  Upon completion of this course, students will be prepared to join high school Latin II or high school Spanish I or German I.

Sports Camps

 (No discounts for multiple programs taken; programs will not be included in academic discounts)

Basketball Camp

  • Grades K-6                          8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.           June 4 – 6                        $60
  • Grades K-6                          8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.           July 30 – Aug 1              $60

Cheerleading Camp

  • Grades 1-6                          9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.           June 10 – 12                   $50

Soccer Camp

  • Grades 1-5                          8:00 A.M. – 9:00 A.M.              June 17 - 20                    $60
  • Grades 6-8                          9:15 A.M. – 10:15 A.M.           June 17 - 20                    $60

Cross Country Camp (Located at Bear Creek East Park)

  • Grades 2-4                          8:00 A.M. – 9:30 A.M.              June 24 - 27                    $50

Enrichment Programs

(No discounts for multiple programs taken; programs are not included in academic discounts)

Custer’s Art Camp (June 12 – June 16) Grade 7 – Adult, (9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M)

Cost: $180

Mr. Greg Custer will be offering an art camp to help students develop their drawing skills.  Spend the week developing your draftsmanship skills while having fun and making your own works of art which you will be proud to show off in the end.  You will be studying all the basic methods of drawing that has made our school one of the most successful drawing programs in the state.  This instruction will serve all skill levels from the beginner to advanced artist.  The age requirement is 2019-2020 7th grade level or older.  And yes, adults are welcome! 

Drama Workshop (July 8 – July 12)  Grades 3 – 8 (9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M) Cost: $180

                                                                 Grades 9 – 12 (1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.) Cost: $180

Directed by Vanguard’s experienced vocal and theater instructors, this workshop provides a unique opportunity for students to experience multiple aspects of performance from audition preparation and experience to stage movement and singing to monologue work and stage presence and confidence building games.  Students will receive intensive, personal direction as they work on developing their talents, which will culminate in a stage musical at the end of the course.

Camp Invention (register at www.campinvention.org)– June 10 – June 14,

Grades K- 6 (9:00A.M. - 3:30 P.M.) Cost: $235

Unmask your child’s creativity this summer in the all-new Camp Invention® program, Supercharged, where children build confidence, learn to collaborate and transform their wild imaginations into epic creations.  Campers in grades K-6 will learn creative problem-solving skills while coding and programming futuristic robots, uncovering ancient fossils, designing high-tech superhero gadgets and exploring radio frequencies.  Local educators will lead this action-packed program featuring exhilarating, hands-on STEM activities teaching children to question, explore, break through obstacles and embrace failure!  Early registration discounts are available!

Harry Potter Magical Engineering using Lego Materials (register at www.play-well.org)

Explore the magic of Harry Potter using LEGO®!  Find Platform 9 ¾, build Hogwarts Express Train, work cooperatively to construct the mysterious Hogwarts Castle, and challenge the Hungarian Horntail Dragon.  Travel to a world of wizardry and hone your magical skills while learning about Muggle (STEM) concepts.

Harry Potter Master Engineering using Lego Materials (register at www.play-well.org)
Master the magic of Harry Potter using LEGO®! Build Diagon Alley in preparation for your trip to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.  Hop on your Broomstick and play Quidditch, duel the evil Lord Voldemort, and hone your magical skills while learning about advanced Muggle (STEM) concepts.

Adventures in STEM using LEGO Materials (register at www.play-well.org)

Let your imagination run wild with tens of thousands of LEGO® parts!  Build engineer-designed projects such as: Trains, Helicopters, Treehouses, and Beam Bridges.  Design and build as never before and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment.  There are no prerequisites for this course.

STEM Explorations using LEGO Materials (register at www.play-well.org)
Level up your engineering skills with Play-Well TEKnologies and tens of thousands of LEGO® parts!  Apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture through engineer-designed projects such as: Gear Cars, Gondolas, Merry-Go-Rounds, and Scissor Lifts.  Design and build as never before and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment.  There are no prerequisites for this course.


Register at www.play-well.org. 

Harry Potter Magical Engineering (Ages 5-6)     9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.  June 17 – 21                                $178

Harry Potter Master Engineering (Ages 7-12)    1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.    June 17 – 21                                 $178

Adventures in STEM (Ages 5-6)                               9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.  July 8 – July 12                            $178

STEM Explorations (Ages 7-12)                               1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.    July 8 – July 12                             $178