City Academy

City Academy offers more academic classes for support, advancement, or exposure. These can be anywhere from 1-6 weeks long.

Algebra II Readiness (Virtual)

Teacher: Herb Kerns or Sarah Kelly
Dates: July 19 - July 30 (1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
Cost: $325
Prerequisite: For students in upper school

This course will review topics needed for students to enter into the Algebra II course. It will be a review of important Algebra I topics including linear equations, polynomials, inequalities, and systems of equations.

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Algebra II (Virtual)

Teacher: Sarah Kelly
Dates: June 21 - July 9 and July 19 - August 6 (8:30 a.m. -  12:30 p.m.; no class the week of July 12-17)
Cost: $975
Prerequisite: A- or better in Algebra I or Geometry

This six-week intensive course focuses on strengthening students' computational skills in solving equations and graphing linear equations. Topics include: simplifying expressions (polynomial, exponents, roots, rational), solving linear and quadratic equations and inequalities, solving systems of linear equations, and graphing linear functions. Because of the intense nature of this course, students must have a strong Algebra I background (end-of-year average of A- or higher). Additionally, Friends Select students must earn a B or higher in this course to move on to Pre-Calculus. 

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Algebra I Readiness (Virtual)

Teacher: Sowmya Srinivasan
Dates: June 21 - July 2 (2:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.) 
Cost: $325
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, solving basic equations.

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Coding Class (In-Person. One Week Virtual)

Teacher: Vineyard App Camp 
Dates: One week in-person sessions week of June 28, July 12, July 19, and July 26 from 10:00 - 1:00 p.m. The week of the 26th will be virtual.
Cost: $180 per session
Prerequisite: For rising third graders to rising tenth graders.

In this course, you will learn the skills of a coder and the mindset of an entrepreneur, through actually building and releasing an iPhone app with your friends! You'll gain an exciting set of 21st-century tech skills and learn how to make your own apps and games. To start, you’ll learn about logic, coding (Javascript and React), and design, through fun, group-based activities, led by an enthusiastic instructor. At the end, you'll complete a final project where you make an app for a real non-profit organization. Previous students have created real apps being used right now by a mental health charity, a New York non-profit, and a charter school in the UK for their final projects.

You don’t need any previous experience or special software for the course: all you need is your creativity and a computer!

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Diving into DSLR Photography (In-Person)

Teacher: Zoë Blatt
Dates: July 5 - July 9; 9:30 a.m. -  12:00 p.m.
Cost: $ 180; FREE TO FSS STUDENTS 
Prerequisite: For middle school and upper school students

In this workshop, you will learn the ins and outs of manual photography using a DSLR or Mirorless Camera. You will experiment with exposure, shutter speed, aperture, a variety of lenses, and studio lighting as you explore portraiture, cityscape, macro, and abstraction. You will leave this course with a collection of thoughtfully composed and edited digital photographs. Cameras will be provided, but a computer is required. No experience necessary.

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Elementary Arabic (Blended)

Teacher: Erik Hermans
Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:15 a.m-11:15 a.m. (Tuesday in person and Thursday virtual) July 20 - August 12
Cost: $120; FREE TO FSS STUDENTS 
Prerequisite: For middle school and upper school students

Would you like to learn the Arabic language? Would you like to learn how to read an entirely new alphabet? Are you curious about the language that more than half a billion people use on a daily basis and that is one of the six official languages of the United Nations? If so, then you should sign up for this course. No prior knowledge of Arabic is needed. The focus of this course will be on reading and writing letters, words and basic sentences in Modern Standard Arabic.

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Formal Writing and the 5-Paragraph Essay (Virtual)

Teacher: Matthew Rosen
Dates: June 28 - July 2; 9:00 a.m. -  12:00 p.m.
Cost: $ 120; FREE TO FSS STUDENTS 
Prerequisite: For rising 9th and 10th graders only

This class reviews the elements of the formal writing process, with special emphasis on crafting the five-paragraph essay. Over the course of one week, students will read a short story, generate an original thesis statement, then review how to defend their thesis with supportive body paragraphs. Students will craft a 5-paragraph essay. Special attention will be paid to body-paragraph construction; we will spend time developing strong analytical paragraphs that are well-supported with textual evidence and critical analysis. This class is ideal for rising ninth and tenth graders who want to review and practice expository writing.

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Geometry (Virtual)

Teacher: TBA
Dates: June 21 - July 30 (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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Getting Ready for Upper School (In-Person)

Teacher: Chris Singler, Erin Pratt, Norman Bayard
Dates: August 23 - August 25; 9:00 a.m. -  12:00 p.m.
Cost: $ 120; FREE TO FSS STUDENTS 
Prerequisite: For rising 9th graders only

This three day course will cover a variety of topics to get a rising ninth grader ready for high school at Friends Select School. Topics will include: academic readiness, athletics, rites of passage, goal setting, technology, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and more.

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Intro to Algebra I in Spanish

Teacher: Satoia Wright
Dates: July 26 - August 13 Monday through Thursday; 8:00 a.m. -  11:30 a.m.
Cost: Pay what you can FREE TO FSS STUDENTS 
Prerequisite: For middle school students

Este curso será enseñado exclusivamente en español y fue diseñado para apoyar a los estudiantes y familias de habla hispana. Este curso repasará los temas que los estudiantes necesitan para tener éxito al ingresar a su curso de Álgebra. Además de repasar temas esenciales de pre álgebra como porcentajes, expresiones, ecuaciones de varios pasos y desigualdades, los estudiantes también estudiarán múltiples representaciones de funciones lineales y no lineales. Los estudiantes analizarán y aplicarán datos del mundo, usarán materiales prácticos y calculadoras cuando sea necesario.

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Latin Fundamentals (Blended)

Teacher: Erik Hermans
Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00 a.m-10:00 a.m. (Tuesday in person and Thursday virtual) July 20 - August 12
Cost: $120; FREE TO FSS STUDENTS 
Prerequisite: For middle school and upper school students

Would you like to improve your command of the Latin language? Whether you feel you are struggling with Latin grammar or simply like to become even better than you already are in translating Latin sentences, this course will allow you give your Latin skills a summer boost. Any student between 5th and 12th grade is welcome and exercises and assignments will be tailored to each student's needs.

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Let’s Get Organized and Ease the Stress! (In-Person)

Teacher: Dorlisa Young
Middle School Dates: June 22, 23, and 24 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Upper School Dates: July 13, 14, and 15 from 10:00 - 11:00 am
Cost: $40; FREE TO FSS STUDENTS 
Prerequisite: For middle students and upper school students 

Did you misplace your Math homework because it was stuck in between papers in your Language Arts folder? If we peeked at your computer, would we see 20 tabs open at the same time? If this sounds like you, then let’s get organized for the next school year.  You will learn lots of tips to get your backpack, computer, binders, and folders ready before the beginning of the school year. 

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Let's Write Until It's Right (In-Person)

Teacher: Dorlisa Young
Dates: July 19 - July 23; 10:00 a.m. -  11:15 a.m.
Cost: $ 120; FREE TO FSS STUDENTS 
Prerequisite: For middle school students

Middle School, let’s elevate your writing skills with a focus on how to convert your ideas, outlines, and rough drafts into quality paragraphs, essays, book reports, and research papers. We want your papers to shine in your middle school classes.

During the 75-minute sessions, you will learn techniques that will take the stress out of writing a variety of papers you will encounter during middle school.

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Lights, Camera, Action! Intro to Video Production (In-Person) - FULL

Teacher: Zoë Blatt
Dates: July 5 - July 9; 12:30 p.m. -  3:00 p.m.
Cost: $ 180; FREE TO FSS STUDENTS 
Prerequisite: For middle school and upper school students

In this class, you will learn the basics of video production: storyboarding, shooting, and editing. You will work in teams to create short films on a variety of subjects. No equipment is needed for this course, but a computer is required.

COURSE IS FULL

Middle School Summer Reading Support (In-Person)

Teacher: Bryan Skelly
Dates: July 12 - July 21; 2:00 p.m. -  3:30 p.m.
Cost: $ 180; FREE TO FSS STUDENTS 
Prerequisite: For middle school students

Join your classmates to read your summer books requirements together. Using a literature circle model, students will get support from Tr. Bryan on reading skills and enjoy their summer reading books with classmates. Students will be divided up by grade, so they can listen, read, and discuss their novels and summer assignments.

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Poetry in the City: Middle School (In-Person)

Teacher: Bryan Skelly
Dates: June 28 - July 2; 9:00 a.m. -  1:00 p.m.
Cost: $180; FREE TO FSS STUDENTS 
Prerequisite: For middle school students

Throughout the course, students will be given the space and time to create original works of poetry. By using collaboration, the world around us, and model poems, students will get to enjoy the art of poetry. Students should pack a lunch for this course.

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Pragmatic Woodworking (In-Person)

Teacher: Max Budnick
Dates: July 5 - July 16; 9:00 a.m. -  12:00 p.m.
Cost: $ 245; FREE TO FSS STUDENTS 
Prerequisite: For upper school students

This two week intensive course introduces students to the fundamentals of woodworking with an emphasis on hand tools, formal design processes, and safe shop practices. Students will be individually guided through introductory joinery and woodworking projects in which they will learn how to effectively use a wide variety of hand tools, as well as how to interpret and develop a design idea to carry it to completion. This pragmatic hands-on approach will encourage students to look critically at the woodworking challenges in front of them, and help hone the mental and physical skills necessary to devise elegant solutions.

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Pre-Calculus (Virtual)

Teacher: Ralph Reinwald
Dates: June 21 - July 30 (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.

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Summer Math Fun (In-Person)

Teacher: Daniel Essex
Dates: July 19 - July 29; Monday through Thursday; 9:00 a.m. -  10:30 a.m.
Cost: $ 180 FREE TO FSS STUDENTS 
Prerequisite: For students in 5th and 6th grade

Join your classmates in learning some of the fundamentals of Pre-Algebra. Every day in this short summer course, students will practice key math skills through games and have the opportunity to receive support from one another and from Tr. Dan on their summer math packets.

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