Curriculum

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Instruction is provided by current Jesuit or Jesuit trained teachers.  Students are assigned a counselor for the duration of the program.  Student/Counselor ratio averages 10:1. *

* Curriculum is subject to change

Junior Academics Plus (5th and 6th grade):

Math of Sports

Students develop 5-6 grade level math fundamentals as relating to sports.  Students look at the greatest players in respective sports by finding out  shooting percentages, on base statistics, and  batting and pitching averages.  There is hands on learning in finding out their own shooting percentage as well as throwing pitches to measure their own fast ball without a radar gun (averages/speed, distance, and time/time conversions).  Additional math of sports is found in looking at the geometric shapes of playing surfaces and materials (finding area and volume).

Creative Writing and Public Speaking

In this class, students will engage in many types of creative writing, including—but not limited to—short stories, poetry, and plays. They will study examples from each type and learn literary techniques that will improve their writing and critical thinking skills. Additionally, students will be tasked with reading their work aloud to their classmates, as a way of developing their self-confidence and presentation abilities.

Engineering

In a fun structured environment, students will explore science through project-based learning.  The students will learn principles of science such as displacement, velocity, kinetic energy, force, stored energy, mass, and force along with many other concepts.  They will do this through lecture, research and most importantly apply these principles to hands-on builds so that they can see the science at work.

MINECRAFT 3D Printing

One of the most innovative and educational video games around is Minecraft. It offers real-world possibilities that encourage invention, creation, collaboration, and application. Students will form groups to design and build projects. We will combine their creative group work with a 3D printer to capture and print a model from their samples in Minecraft.

Academics Plus (7th and 8th grade):

Experimental Probabilities and Statistics

Students will work individually and collaboratively to learn about various concepts that deal with probabilities and statistics. Students will learn about histograms, scatter plots, bar graphs, pie charts, etc. Ever wonder the chances of winning that carnival game at the State Fair? Students will work in groups to create games of probability, create a Scientific experiment and present their data to the class.

Media Literacy

Electronic media has become a part of our daily lives. Interacting with electronic media requires knowing and applying some general guidelines.  In this course, students learn guidelines and other skills in order to stay safe, respectful and responsible when navigating current electronic media.

Computer Engineering

Each week campers will learn concepts from engineering, computer science, and filmmaking. Students will collaborate to execute various projects and will learn computer engineering terms that will be defined and used throughout the lessons.

Newspaper

Aided by staff members of The Plank (the Jesuit High School online and print newspaper), students will produce traditional and current articles for a class publication.  In two to three-person groups, students will interview, photograph and write a newspaper-style article about a person or event connected to the Academics Plus program. Then, also in groups, they will compose a multimedia blog post centered on a topic that they think will intrigue their peers. After editing, their work will be published and will help students realize their talents and the rewards of writing about their interests in a practical, direct style.