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CONGRESSIONAL SCHOOL SUMMER ACADEMY

2023 Summer Academy Information will be published in late January 2023.

Study with us in-person this summer! Now offering for-credit Geometry and expanded programs in reading, writing, and math with STEM for our younger learners.

GRADES 1 - 9 COURSES AVAILABLE JUNE 21 - JULY 29, 2022

Spark your child's intellectual curiosity and expand their skills with Congressional School Summer Academy!

Offering credit-bearing classes and academic enrichment options, Congressional School's four-week Summer Academy is designed for families seeking to ensure their children stay on track over the summer months, and have a leg up when returning to school this fall.

Daily Classes Monday - Friday

Four Weeks of Instruction
June 21 - July 15

Challenging, Developmentally-
Appropriate Classes

Small Classes

Taught By Highly Qualified,
Subject Area Specialty Teachers

SUMMER 2022 IN PERSON COURSES

Note: Registration is based on the student's rising grade for fall 2022.

Additional classes may be added.

June 21 - July 1

Emergent Readers - Rising 1st Grade
9:00am - 11:30am

The Emerging Readers course is designed for students entering grade 1 in the fall. Students will improve their reading by examining vocabulary, narrative basics (plot and characters), and beginning literary devices. This interactive and engaging course will allow students to listen and read along as they participate in several activities to foster a deep understanding and enthusiasm for reading.

Instructor: TBD

Exploring Engineers - Rising 1st Grade 
9:00am - 11:30am

The Exploring Engineers course is designed for students entering grade 1 in the fall. Engineers will enhance their planning, building and inventing skills while applying key math and logic skills. During this course students will work on their critical thinking skills, problem solving and teamwork through interactive lessons designed to teach fundamental concepts of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.

Instructor: Michelle Fry

Math Facts Fusion - Rising 2nd Grade
9:00am - 11:30am

The Math Facts Fusion course is designed for students entering Grades 2 in the fall. Students will keep their math skills sharp and build strong number sense through hands on learning, play and projects. Students will develop critical thinking skills for problem solving using reasoning and pattern-recognition.

Instructor: TBD

Story Detectives -  Rising 3rd Grade 
9:00am - 11:30am

The Story Detective course is designed for students entering grade 3 in the fall. Students will develop and strengthen strategies to improve comprehension through mysteries. Students will engage in a variety of activities including mini mysteries, clue hunts and reading games. Students will become master detectives as they review important comprehension skills focusing on answering who, what, when, where and why. By the end of the course, students will prove that they have become master detectives by writing their own mysteries ensuring they are reviewing key writing concepts. Daily projects and a variety activities will help students become master story detectives in both reading comprehension and writing!

Instructor: TBD

Math Jungle  - Rising 3rd Grade 
9:00am - 11:30am

The Math Jungle course is designed for students entering Grade 3 in the fall. Students will practice and review key mathematics concepts by participating in a variety of hands on activities to develop logical thinking.

Instructor: Waleska McGlone

Early Spanish Foundations  - Rising 1st - 2nd Grade
9:00am - 11:30am

The Early Spanish Foundations course is designed for students entering Grades 1 and 2 in the fall. This course is designed for beginning Spanish students. Throughout the course, students will be immersed in the Spanish language with an emphasis on learning through context. Students will be exposed to the culture and life including holidays, songs and games.

Instructor: TBD

Writer's Workshop  - Rising 4th - 5th Grade
9:00am - 11:30am

The Writer’s Workshop course is designed for students entering grades 4 and 5 in the Fall. Writer’s Workshop students will apply concepts of writing to craft creative writing pieces. Students will review grammar, sentence formation, paragraph construction, and editing strategies to increase their writing fluency and written communication skills.

Instructor: Emily Manes 

Robotics and Coding - Rising 4th - 5th Grade
9:00am - 11:30am

The Robotics and Coding course is designed for students entering grades 4 and 5 in the fall. This course is designed to challenge students while using different coding platforms. Perseverance through struggle, problem solving, sense of agency and collaboration will all be fostered and achieved through a variety of projects.

Instructor: Jose Ojeda

Geometry - Rising 7th - 9th Grade (For Credit)
9:00am - 2:30pm

COURSE DESCRIPTION
The Geometry is a mathematics course that is designed to give students a foundational view of the Euclidean study of measurement in the natural sciences. This course focuses on the development of problem-solving skills and the acquisition of mathematical vocabulary and symbols. Topics covered in the course are: reasoning and proof, lines and their relationships, triangles and their relationships, polygons and quadrilaterals, similarity, right triangles, properties of circles, properties of transformations, and area and volume. Students will both focus on the main topics of each unit and gain an appreciation for the structure of geometry; thus, developing more intuition of spatial visualization.
FOR-CREDIT INFORMATION
Credit bearing classes are high school level courses and may earn credit toward your child’s high school graduation. Please check with your child’s high school regarding its policy about transferring credits. Upon successful completion, you will receive a transcript that you may submit to your child’s high school.
ATTENDANCE
Students are expected to be in attendance at each class session each day. A student will not be granted credit if absences are excessive. As summer courses are condensed, excessive absences are defined as missing more than two (2) class sessions within a given session.
WHAT HAPPENS IN CLASS
Most classes will be similar in structure allowing for simple, predictable transitions from synchronous to asynchronous mode and vice-versa to minimize confusion. Additionally, for each class, students should expect to:
Complete a 5 to 10 question mini-quiz assessing the learning target(s) of the previous class.
Complete warm-up(s) directly related to the upcoming lesson target(s) as it should be a review of the previous class as well. It will be counted as participation.
Be prepared to discuss the warm-up and or homework solutions with the class synchronously (on video) or asynchronously (through online discussion board). It will be counted as participation.
Take notes based on the direct instruction given whether it be through synchronous or asynchronous means.
Be prepared to both show documentation of these notes and the ability to clearly explain the mathematical content covered on the notes.
Classwork should be completed asynchronously and independently. Classwork will either be online, in document form for printing, or part of a discussion board.
HOMEWORK
Students should expect to spend 10 - 15 minutes daily on homework. As preparation for each class mini-quiz, it is essential that students are consistently completing homework for memory consolidation.
TEACHER FEEDBACK
The students will always have access to all of their current grades in the Google Classroom gradebook. In addition, teacher feedback will occur very frequently in the following ways:
Mini-Quizzes: After daily grading, the students will receive written feedback on their online quizzes as to why their performance is accurately reflected by their grade.
Warm-Ups & Notes: Students will either receive an email denoting their weekly participation grade (if it is below an 80%) or an email stating to check the participation grades for the week.
Classwork: Students will either receive an email denoting their weekly participation grade (if it is below an 80%) or feedback on their online classwork as to why their performance is accurately reflected by their grade.
Tests: After grading, the students will receive feedback within a week’s completion.
ASSESSMENTS
In addition to the pre-assessment and the final exam, the students will have the following assessments:
Mini-Quizzes - online
5 Open Book Unit Tests that will be documents/Google Forms
Print & Complete - Returned by assigned due date

Instructor: TBD

July 5th - July 15th

Math Sense - Rising 1st Grade
9:00am - 11:30am

The Math Sense course is designed for students entering grade 1 in the fall. Students will keep their math skills sharp and build a strong number sense. Through projects and play, students will practice their number sense while working on core concepts such as counting, decomposing numbers, addition, and subtraction.

Instructor: Waleska McGlone

Creation Station - Rising 1st Grade
9:00am - 11:30am

The Creation Station course is designed for students entering Grade 1 in the fall. Students will be engaged in play, invention, and response. Each day, students will be introduced to new art forms and the joys of creative discovery. As students create, they will enhance their projects through written words. Students will practice their writing skills through both creative and descriptive writing. 

Instructor: Michelle Fry

Fluent Readers - Rising 2nd Grade
9:00am - 11:30am

The Fluent Readers course is designed for students entering grade 2 in the fall. Students will expand their reading skills, including faster and more accurate reading and analyzing spelling patterns. This program is structured to allow for simple, predictable transitions from Reading to play. Students will improve reading fluency through repeated readings with phonological awareness. Through play, projects and hands on learning, students will understand the major components of reading comprehension, including but not limited to imagery, inferencing, cause and effect, and vocabulary.

Instructor: TBD

Camp Logic - Rising 2nd Grade
9:00am - 11:30am

The Camp Logic course is designed for students entering second grade in the fall. Students will develop and enhance their problem-solving skills, basic math concepts, and logical thinking through fun-filled activities and cooperative games. Students will learn strategies to enhance their reasoning skills, visual memory, rapid recall, categorical thinking, and mental processing. In using a variety of games as the basic curriculum, the students will be able to have fun while working on critical thinking skills and learning problem-solving strategies.

Instructor: TBD

Project Build - Rising 3rd Grade
9:00am - 11:30am

The Project Build course is designed for students entering Grade 3 in the fall. Students will engage in all subject areas as they participate in this project-based course. Students will work collaboratively to design and build a large-scale project (e.g. city, theme park, zoo). Students will enhance their planning, building, and inventing skills as they are guided by their teacher through inquiry-based learning. During this course, students will work on their critical thinking skills, problem-solving, and teamwork.

Instructor: TBD

Project Build - Rising 3rd Grade
9:00am - 11:30am

The Reading Workshop course is designed for students entering grade 3 in the fall. Students will develop essential reading, and study skills as they are introduced to various strategies that will help them to read faster, more accurately, and with greater reading comprehension. This course is structured to allow for simple, predictable transitions from reading to play. Students will understand the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary. In addition, students will practice and fine-tune spelling, keyword, and inference elimination strategies.

Instructor: TBD

Spanish Foundations - Rising 3rd - 4th Grade
9:00am - 11:30am

The Spanish Foundations course is designed for students entering Grades 3 and 4 in the fall. This course is designed for beginning and intermediate Spanish students. Throughout the course, students will be immersed in the Spanish language with an emphasis on learning through context. Students will be exposed to the culture and life including holidays, songs, and games.

Instructor: TBD

Math Explorers - Rising 4th - 5th Grade
9:00am - 11:30am

The Math Explorer course is designed for students entering Grades 4 and 5 in the fall. Students will keep their math skills sharp while practicing deductive reasoning, spatial thinking, as well as critical thinking strategies. Math Explorers will get a chance to review key mathematics concepts participating in a variety of activities to develop logical and critical thinking skills. This course will equip students with mathematical strategies for problem solving using reasoning and pattern-recognition and critical thinking skills.

Instructor: TBD

Robotics and Coding - Rising 4th - 5th Grade
9:00am - 11:30am

The Robotics and Coding course is designed for students entering grades 4 and 5 in the fall. This course is designed to challenge students while using different coding platforms. Perseverance through struggle, problem solving, sense of agency and collaboration will all be fostered and achieved through a variety of projects.

Instructor: Jose Ojeda

Geometry - Rising 7th - 9th Grade (For Credit)
9:00am - 2:30pm

COURSE DESCRIPTION
The Geometry is a mathematics course that is designed to give students a foundational view of the Euclidean study of measurement in the natural sciences. This course focuses on the development of problem-solving skills and the acquisition of mathematical vocabulary and symbols. Topics covered in the course are: reasoning and proof, lines and their relationships, triangles and their relationships, polygons and quadrilaterals, similarity, right triangles, properties of circles, properties of transformations, and area and volume. Students will both focus on the main topics of each unit and gain an appreciation for the structure of geometry; thus, developing more intuition of spatial visualization.
FOR-CREDIT INFORMATION
Credit bearing classes are high school level courses and may earn credit toward your child’s high school graduation. Please check with your child’s high school regarding its policy about transferring credits. Upon successful completion, you will receive a transcript that you may submit to your child’s high school.
ATTENDANCE
Students are expected to be in attendance at each class session each day. A student will not be granted credit if absences are excessive. As summer courses are condensed, excessive absences are defined as missing more than two (2) class sessions within a given session.
WHAT HAPPENS IN CLASS
Most classes will be similar in structure allowing for simple, predictable transitions from synchronous to asynchronous mode and vice-versa to minimize confusion. Additionally, for each class, students should expect to:
Complete a 5 to 10 question mini-quiz assessing the learning target(s) of the previous class.
Complete warm-up(s) directly related to the upcoming lesson target(s) as it should be a review of the previous class as well. It will be counted as participation.
Be prepared to discuss the warm-up and or homework solutions with the class synchronously (on video) or asynchronously (through online discussion board). It will be counted as participation.
Take notes based on the direct instruction given whether it be through synchronous or asynchronous means.
Be prepared to both show documentation of these notes and the ability to clearly explain the mathematical content covered on the notes.
Classwork should be completed asynchronously and independently. Classwork will either be online, in document form for printing, or part of a discussion board.
HOMEWORK
Students should expect to spend 10 - 15 minutes daily on homework. As preparation for each class mini-quiz, it is essential that students are consistently completing homework for memory consolidation.
TEACHER FEEDBACK
The students will always have access to all of their current grades in the Google Classroom gradebook. In addition, teacher feedback will occur very frequently in the following ways:
Mini-Quizzes: After daily grading, the students will receive written feedback on their online quizzes as to why their performance is accurately reflected by their grade.
Warm-Ups & Notes: Students will either receive an email denoting their weekly participation grade (if it is below an 80%) or an email stating to check the participation grades for the week.
Classwork: Students will either receive an email denoting their weekly participation grade (if it is below an 80%) or feedback on their online classwork as to why their performance is accurately reflected by their grade.
Tests: After grading, the students will receive feedback within a week’s completion.
ASSESSMENTS
In addition to the pre-assessment and the final exam, the students will have the following assessments:
Mini-Quizzes - online
5 Open Book Unit Tests that will be documents/Google Forms
Print & Complete - Returned by assigned due date

Instructor: TBD

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July 18th - July 29th

Geometry - Rising 7th - 9th Grade (For Credit)
9:00am - 2:30pm

COURSE DESCRIPTION
The Geometry is a mathematics course that is designed to give students a foundational view of the Euclidean study of measurement in the natural sciences. This course focuses on the development of problem-solving skills and the acquisition of mathematical vocabulary and symbols. Topics covered in the course are: reasoning and proof, lines and their relationships, triangles and their relationships, polygons and quadrilaterals, similarity, right triangles, properties of circles, properties of transformations, and area and volume. Students will both focus on the main topics of each unit and gain an appreciation for the structure of geometry; thus, developing more intuition of spatial visualization.
FOR-CREDIT INFORMATION
Credit bearing classes are high school level courses and may earn credit toward your child’s high school graduation. Please check with your child’s high school regarding its policy about transferring credits. Upon successful completion, you will receive a transcript that you may submit to your child’s high school.
ATTENDANCE
Students are expected to be in attendance at each class session each day. A student will not be granted credit if absences are excessive. As summer courses are condensed, excessive absences are defined as missing more than two (2) class sessions within a given session.
WHAT HAPPENS IN CLASS
Most classes will be similar in structure allowing for simple, predictable transitions from synchronous to asynchronous mode and vice-versa to minimize confusion. Additionally, for each class, students should expect to:
Complete a 5 to 10 question mini-quiz assessing the learning target(s) of the previous class.
Complete warm-up(s) directly related to the upcoming lesson target(s) as it should be a review of the previous class as well. It will be counted as participation.
Be prepared to discuss the warm-up and or homework solutions with the class synchronously (on video) or asynchronously (through online discussion board). It will be counted as participation.
Take notes based on the direct instruction given whether it be through synchronous or asynchronous means.
Be prepared to both show documentation of these notes and the ability to clearly explain the mathematical content covered on the notes.
Classwork should be completed asynchronously and independently. Classwork will either be online, in document form for printing, or part of a discussion board.
HOMEWORK
Students should expect to spend 10 - 15 minutes daily on homework. As preparation for each class mini-quiz, it is essential that students are consistently completing homework for memory consolidation.
TEACHER FEEDBACK
The students will always have access to all of their current grades in the Google Classroom gradebook. In addition, teacher feedback will occur very frequently in the following ways:
Mini-Quizzes: After daily grading, the students will receive written feedback on their online quizzes as to why their performance is accurately reflected by their grade.
Warm-Ups & Notes: Students will either receive an email denoting their weekly participation grade (if it is below an 80%) or an email stating to check the participation grades for the week.
Classwork: Students will either receive an email denoting their weekly participation grade (if it is below an 80%) or feedback on their online classwork as to why their performance is accurately reflected by their grade.
Tests: After grading, the students will receive feedback within a week’s completion.
ASSESSMENTS
In addition to the pre-assessment and the final exam, the students will have the following assessments:
Mini-Quizzes - online
5 Open Book Unit Tests that will be documents/Google Forms
Print & Complete - Returned by assigned due date

Instructor: TBD

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Have more questions about our Summer Academy program?  Browse through our list of Frequently Asked Questions below.

Enrichment courses are two weeks long and run either from June 21 - July 1 or July 5 - July 15. For-credit classes are five weeks long - June 21 - July 22nd.

Congressional School Summer Academy is designed for students entering rising grades 1-9 in the fall of 2022. Students should enroll in summer classes at the same grade level they will be entering in the fall. The only class that has prerequisites for enrollment is our for-credit Geometry course, which is detailed in the course description.

Course fees are $650 for enrichment courses, and $2,400 per class for for-credit classes. Fees must be paid in full at registration with a credit card.

Yes. All classes run Monday - Friday. 

All courses will be held in small groups (up to 12 students in person) to allow each student the opportunity to get to know their teacher and other students in their group.

If a class is full, participants will be given an option to join a wait list. The Summer Academy will then notify you if space becomes available.

The credit-bearing classes are high school level courses and may earn credit toward your child’s high school graduation. Please check with your child’s high school regarding its policy about transferring credits. Upon successful completion, you will receive a transcript that you may submit to your child’s high school.

For credit-bearing classes, parents will receive weekly progress updates.

There will be many opportunities for the teacher to provide informal and formal feedback to both students and parents. The teacher will conference individually and in small groups with students regularly, providing oral feedback and some informal written notes on their work. Depending on the course, some courses will take an assessment at the onset of the class. This assessment will inform the instructor of the student’s current skill level and will help to drive the course content. Students will also take an assessment at the end of the course to measure improvement.

Students enrolled in credit-bearing classes will receive report cards with grades during the class and will receive a transcript upon passing the class. Students enrolled in enrichment classes will not receive report cards but will receive a certificate of completion upon finishing the course.

Yes, teachers will take attendance at the beginning of class each day. Due to the condensed nature of the credit-bearing classes and the potential for students to get behind if they miss a class, a strict attendance policy will be followed.

Closer to the start of summer academy, families enrolled in a course will receive more information about the first day of courses and what to expect for the session.

Summer Academy courses are designed to enhance education and be an extension of learning during the summertime. Therefore, appropriate student behavior is expected.

MEET THE DIRECTOR

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Questions? Contact:

Brenna Ponting
Learning Specialist
Summer Academy Director
summeracademy@congressionalschool.org

Learn more about Brenna