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 IS FUN! Are you ready to learn about math in an exciting, different, and enriching environment? Each week we will be exploring different math topics using logic puzzles, conversions, statistics. NO BORING WORKSHEETS. We will practice math concepts through hands-on activities and apply the concepts to real-world problems that require a mathematical solution!
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.
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.
HANDS-ON CREATIVE WRITING
This is not your normal English class! Students will interact with diverse texts, styles, authors, and genres. Throughout this class, students will work together creating a learning atmosphere that encourages critical thinking, is active, and fun. This course will also give students an opportunity to create a piece of work of their own, supporting the value of process and product.
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.
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.