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The following classes will be offered online due to social distancing measures to limit the spread of COVID-19

College Essay Writing

Teacher: Suzanne Morrison and Tracy Matthews
Dates: June 29 - July 3 (10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. with an hour break for lunch at 12:00 p.m.)
Prerequisite: For students entering twelfth grade

Summer is here, and with it, there will be time to start drafting your college essay.  To set you up for a productive start to the college process, Friends Select English Department and College Counseling Office are pairing up to offer you the opportunity to learn more about the significance of the college essay, to draft and workshop an essay, and to get feedback and guidance in writing your essay.

No matter where you are in the process--just gathering some ideas or actually beginning a draft--this 3-day course will give you skills that can enhance all of your writing for the college process.  Through a combination of mini-lessons in large group format, smaller group workshop time, and one-on-one conferencing with one of the teachers, this course will help you cultivate an authentic voice, write specifically for the college admissions audience, and learn how to make your writing come alive with more showing detail and less telling. 

In order to participate in this process, you will need access to Zoom (audio and video), google documents, and email. 

This course is taught by Suzanne Morrison and Tracy Matthews.

Suzanne Morrison has been teaching English for thirty years at both the college and secondary-school level. As a private tutor, an English teacher at several independent schools, and an educational consultant, Suzanne has worked extensively with students on their writing; for many of those years, she has led college essay workshops.  She is currently English Dept chair at Friends Select School.

Tracy Matthews has read and critiqued thousands of college essays for Friends Select students in her role as Director of College Planning at Friends Select for the past 18 years, as a consultant to and volunteer with various community-based and summer scholar programs, and as a college admissions professional at Princeton University and Swarthmore College

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Rising Upper School Academic Writing Intensive

Teacher: Margaret Smith
Dates: July 20 - 24 (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

This course will guide students through the fundamentals of writing an evidence based essay for humanities courses. Students will hone their skills gathering evidence, using MLA citation, structuring an essay outline, and writing a full essay that makes an analytic argument. The City of Philadelphia will be the subject of our writing, and all reading and researching for evidence will be conducted during the course. No prior knowledge is necessary, but homework will be required. Students will leave the class with a structure they can use on future assignments and individualized feedback.

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Algebra I Readiness (Algebra Prep)

Teacher: Sowmya Srinivasan
Dates: July 6 - 17 (1:00 - 3:00 p.m.)
Cost: $175
Prerequisite: For students entering Algebra 1 (typically Grades 8 or 9)

This course will review topics needed for students to enter into the 9th grade Algebra I course. It will be a review of important Pre-Algebra topics including word problems, operations with fractions and decimals, and solving basic equations.

This course is taught by Sarah Kelly, upper school math teacher and department chair at Friends Select School. Prior to joining the Friends Select faculty in 2018, she spent 8 years at Moorestown Friends School serving as an upper school math teacher, a lead advisor, a coach, and the assistant director of Summer Scholars Programs.

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Teacher: Ralph Reinwald
Dates: June 15 - July 24 (8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) 
Cost: $975
Prerequisites: B+ or higher in Algebra II, a love of mathematics, and no chalk allergies (teacher recommendation required)

This intensive course prepares students for calculus. It covers trigonometric functions and their graphs, right triangle trigonometry, polar coordinates and complex numbers, sequences and series, and limits of functions. An introduction to calculus topics will be covered if time permits.

This course is taught by Ralph Reinwald, upper school math teacher at Friends Select. He has been with the school since 1971 in a variety of roles including, math teacher for grades 6-12, technical drawing teacher, Latin teacher, History electives teacher, summer program math teacher, math department chair, student advisor, and business manager.

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Teacher: TBD
Dates: June 15 - July 24 (8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)
Cost: $975
Prerequisite: Completed Algebra 1 (teacher recommendation required)

Geometry SummerSessions

This intensive course covers the standard full-year geometry curriculum. Upon successful completion of this course, students are prepared for the next level math course.

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