Summer Session Course Descriptions
- English Literature
- Creative Writing
- Environmental Science
- English as a Second Language (ESL) I and II
- Language Skills
- SSAT Prep
“Writing is a process, a journey into memory and the soul.” —Isabelle Allende
In this course students address writing all sort of pieces, from the standards, such as poetry, stories, and plays, to more inventive ideas, such as recipes, teen fiction, and comedy monologues. A writer’s notebook is used throughout the course. To improve the craft of creative writing, students consult work by such figures as Roald Dahl, Rick Riordan, and Annie Dillard. The 6 + 1 Traits program is used to help emphasize voice, ideas, organization, word choice, sentence fluency and conventions, as tools for evaluation and revision.
The Robotics program uses Lego EV3 kits and MINDSTORMS software to introduce the students to basic programming and problem solving strategies. Students investigate principles of science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM). Topics covered include: motor control, gear ratios, torque, friction, sensors, timing, program loops, timing sequences and propulsion systems. The students work hands-on in small groups to design, build and program their own robots to complete a range of tasks.
Students learn the basic principles and qualities of clay, glazes, and the firing process as they use the wheel and practice hand building to create expressive pieces.
This is a comprehensive SSAT review course offered Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:00-4:00 p.m. taught by an industry insider who has worked with Rumsey's Summer Session for five years. The main objective of the course is to teach test taking strategies for each section with a comprehensive review of vocabulary and math. The tuition for the five week session is $500.00. There are no refunds for missed classes.