Summertime provides the perfect opportunity for students to devote themselves to a favorite subject or get a jump on the upcoming school year. We offer upper division credit courses in a variety of disciplines and middle division review courses in math and English. Online classes and flex classes (a combination of in-class and online instruction) are also available.

Full-Credit Courses (June 11-July 29): World History, American Government/Economics, U.S. History, Cultural History of Western Civilization, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Honors Neuroscience, Criminalistics & Forensic Science, Geometry, Media, Spanish 1; Personal Fitness/Health (June 11-June 29); Golf (June 4-June 29).

Half-Credit Courses: World Religions (June 11-June 29 or July 9-July 27); Ethics (June 11-June 29 or July 9-July 27).

We also offer remedial credit courses for those who have been asked to repeat a course.

Review Courses: Orientation English (June 11-June 22), Orientation Math (July 9-July 27), Middle Division English (June 11-July 27), Middle Division Math (June 11-July 27), Pre-Algebra (June 11-July 27), Algebra 1/Customized High School Math Review (June 11-July 27), Algebra 2 (June 11-July 27), Honors Pre-Calculus (June 11-July 27).

We strongly encourage you to check with your school’s academic dean about taking a summer academic or review course, as some departmental restrictions may apply.

Standard Monday-Thursday Berkeley dress code applies for all academic and review courses. Please consult the Berkeley Upper Division Handbook on school policies related to violating Berkeley’s Honor Code with regard to cheating, plagiarism, unacceptable network use, bullying, and other offenses.

Classes are Monday-Friday. There will be no classes the week of July 4 (July 2-July 6). Please plan your summer vacations accordingly, as summer classes have strict attendance policies. Please be aware of each course's start and end date. For non-online courses, students are required to be on campus for their final exam.

For academic credit courses, four absences for a full-credit, six-week academic course will result in no credit being received for the course. Two absences for a half-credit, three-week course will result in no credit being received. Students must receive permission from the Summer Programs Director to miss any classes of a three-week religion course. For Personal Fitness/Health, no absences are allowed for the activity/in-school portion of the class. For academic and review classes, there are no refunds after the first three days of classes.

Please click on each class below for a description.
 

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  • Golf (credit; flex)

    This course is designed to promote the lifelong sport of golf while further instilling the core values of our school within each student: Discipline, Diligence, and Integrity.

    Students enrolled in summer Golf will experience two weeks of on-course training and play, as well as an additional two weeks researching the game of golf. This 4-week course meets at Countryway Golf Club (countrywaygc.com) June 4-8 and June 25-29 from 8am – 1pm each day. Each student will work on developing the physical and mental skills to play successful golf. While away from the course during the weeks of June 11-15 and June 18-22, students will complete numerous academic tasks, including a research paper and multiple essays on previous/current golf professionals and course designers. All academic material may be accessed and submitted through each students’ MyBerkeley account.

    Course Requirements:
    • Students must furnish their own golf equipment, including wearing a collared shirt tucked into golf pants or appropriate golf shorts. All golf shoes must have rubber spikes.
    • One 5-10 (no longer than 10) page paper on the history and evolution of golf; all students shall provide a detailed history on the evolution of golf with a correlation to the following societal elements: social, financial, and marketing (demographic specific).
    • Five 1-2 page essays on any five golfers, past or present, and why the student believes these specific individuals have influenced the game of golf (positively or negatively).
    • One 3-5 page essay on any course designer: course type, purpose of the “build” (Is it a lynx style course? etc.), natural factors affecting course design and potential hazards, and how to upkeep.

    June 4-June 29 (incoming 9th-12th graders)
  • Personal Fitness/Health (credit; flex)

    Personal Fitness/Health will provide information on the various components that make up one’s personal fitness and health so students can make informed decisions. This course is divided into two components, one being the physical activity piece and the other being the health academic piece. The health component will be in a virtual online class setting and the physical activity component will be held on campus. The health component is designed to provide the students with the knowledge and skills to obtain an optimal level of wellness. Students will be completing this part of the course online using MyBerkeley and the class LibGuides to receive lessons and submit assignments. Students will not be meeting in person but rather virtually through an online classroom which students can access daily at their convenience. Topics will include but are not limited to fitness, nutrition, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, disease prevention, sexual and reproductive health. The physical activity portion of this class will include an introduction to the weight room and a weight room workout at the start of each class. The class will participate in the following units: cooperative Project Adventure activities, gatorball, pickle ball, indoor soccer football, team handball, basketball, hockey, rock climbing, water polo, high elements, and frisbee games. The sport/activities covered in the physical activity portion of the course directly relate to the classroom curriculum in order to fully support students in achieving an optimal level of wellness.

    The health portion would be taught online (6/11-6/29) and there would be a required on-campus meeting from 11:30am-12:30pm on 6/11.

    There will be an AM and a PM option for the activity portion of the class: 6/11-6/29 from 8:00am-11:00am Monday through Friday on campus or 6/11-6/29 from 1:00pm-4:00pm Monday through Friday on campus.

    June 11-June 29 (incoming 9th graders)
  • Geometry (credit)

    Geometry is an integrated course in plane and solid geometry that includes the following topics: geometry in the coordinate plane, line and angle properties, properties of polygons, circles, Pythagorean Theorem, area, volume, similarity, right triangle trigonometry, and geometric proof. Students will investigate concepts and build conceptual understanding while continuing to develop, reinforce, and master computational skills. Students should maintain a comprehensive notebook consisting of definitions, conjectures, investigations, and constructions. A graphing calculator and a laptop computer are used in this course.
     
    PREREQUISITE: Admission requires successful completion of Algebra 1 (with a score of 85 or above and with departmental approval).

    June 11-July 27
  • Media (credit)

    This is an introductory course in which students will explore the many media and techniques employed by visual artists. Classroom production and the analysis of the work of master artists give students broad experience with these media.  
     
    This course is open to all interested high school students as class load permits.

    June 11-July 27
  • American Government/Economics (credit, online)

    The purpose of American Government is to give the student an understanding of how government works and why the system is as it is. The American Government course includes discussion of the U.S. Constitution, structure and function of the national government, the concept of federalism, as well as political parties and elections. Students should also develop an awareness of currents events in the areas being studied.
     
    Economics addresses the following fundamental economic concepts: production, prices and costs; production possibilities and the factors of production; supply/demand theory and the achievement of market equilibrium; savings and investment; the continuum from pure competition to monopoly; business firms and business funding; the dual economic goals of growth and stability; the flow of goods and services; the measurement of economic activity; the role that banks, businesses, government and other organizations play in the determination of policy to achieve economic goals. Time permitting at the end of the course, an investigation into the intricacies of the stock market will be undertaken.
     
    This online course requires the completion of a major research paper. Additionally, students must be present on campus for the final exam at the end of July.
     
    PREREQUISITE:   World History

    June 11-July 27
  • Cultural History of Western Civilization (credit, online)

    This online course is designed to give students a historical per­spective relative to Western art, sculpture, architecture, music, and ideas.  Using audio/visual demonstrations, discussions and comprehensive texts, the course introduces students to Western culture as it has de­veloped from the Greco-Roman period to the present.  As an enrichment to the course, a field trip to a local museum is part of the class.

    This course may serve as a History or VAPA credit or elective Global Scholars credit.

    June 11-July 27 (incoming 11th-12th graders)
  • U.S. History (credit, online)

    The United States History course covers the time period from the 1820s through the 1980s. Topics to be studied include Sectionalism, the Civil War, Reconstruction, Westward Expansion, Industrialization, Urbanization and Immigration, Imperialism, the Progressive Era, World War I, the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War, Civil Rights, and Domestic and Foreign Affairs from the Truman Administration through the Reagan Administration.
     
    This online course requires the completion of a major research paper.
     
    PREREQUISITE:   World History, American Government/Economics. For juniors and seniors only.

    June 11-July 27
  • World History (credit)

    World History is an important foundational course in the History and Religious Studies Department at Berkeley Preparatory School. This course prepares students to analyze world events and their historical and contemporary causes through targeted practice in reading, thinking and writing like an historian. Students engage deeply with a selected set of historical turning points and core concepts from 1500 to the present.This course also contains an extensive writing component to include in-class essays, document-based questions, and a major historical research paper.

    This course serves as a required Global Scholars credit.

    June 11-July 27 (incoming 9th graders)
  • Ethics (1/2 credit)

    In this course students explore the philosophical understanding of moral philosophy. Moral Philosophy or Ethics, strives to guide our ideas and behaviors about our society and the world. As the culmination of the Upper Division’s religious studies curriculum this course encourages students to synthesize and apply what has already been established to hone decision-making skills in contemporary life. Students will engage in debate and learn how to articulate their moral ideas based on the ideas of philosophers such as Socrates, Locke, Kant and Bentham. Moral dilemmas are discussed and the use of sophisticated theories spanning religion to Greek philosophy provide the ethical foundation for developing the skills required of a young man or woman to present valid moral arguments. Evaluating the ideas developed in western civilization while developing the analytical skills necessary to navigate a complex modern world. Independent thinking is encouraged with all students required to support their ethical reasoning in the form of written analysis, presentation and informal debate. There is a final exam at the end of the semester and grades are comprised of regular homework assignments, unit tests and in-class activities. This course earns ½ credit towards UD graduation requirement and grades contribute to students’ GPA.

    This is class is offered twice over the summer: June 11-June 29 & July 9-27 (incoming 11th-12th graders)
  • World Religions (1/2 credit)

    God is revealed to different cultures in a variety of ways as this course explores the religions of the world. Traditionally the five major religions are considered: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. Students will study the philosophical foundations and the historical contexts of these major religions and their studies will include an understanding of the lives, characters and teachings of the leaders of these faiths. By studying the scriptures, beliefs and forms of worship, students gain an understanding of how indispensable religious life has been to humankind through the millennia with particular emphasis placed on an appreciation of cultural myths, epic stories and philosophical underpinnings that truly characterize these traditions, with holidays and forms of worship as important topics of class discussion. This course will also focus on the geography, history and practice of these religions as they worked to form the cultural identity of their specific geographic area. There is a final exam at the end of semester and grades are comprised of regular homework assignments, unit tests and in-class activities.

    This course earns ½ credit towards UD graduation requirement and grades contribute to students’ GPA. World Religions is the prerequisite to the Ethics course and must be completed prior to the start of a student’s junior year.

    This is class is offered twice over the summer: June 11-June 29 & July 9-27 (incoming 9th-11th graders)
  • Biology w/ Lab (credit)

    The Biology course is based on a conceptual and laboratory approach to understanding the nature of living things. The course opens with an introduction to the scientific method and basic chemistry. Subsequent units cover all of the major aspects of the cell and cell theory including structure and function, photosynthesis and respiration, meiosis and mitosis, the cell cycle, nucleic acids and protein production. Students are also given an introduction to genetics and heredity, including Mendelian genetics. The second half of the course is devoted to classification and a survey of all of the major kingdoms of living organisms with an emphasis on humans. Computer-generated activities, animations, web quests, virtual field trips, and other evolving forms of technology will be incorporated into all facets of the course.

    June 11-July 27
  • Chemistry w/ Lab (credit)

    This course covers the fundamental concepts of an introduc­tory chemistry course. Topics studied include the phases of matter and transitions between these phases, types of chemical reac­tions, mathematics of chemical reactions and energy changes which accompany those reactions; atomic theory, models, periodicity, bonding theory, properties of solutions, kinetics, equilibrium, acid-base chemistry, and nuclear chemistry. The course is paced so that students are able to progress with comprehension and intuitive understanding.

    PREREQUISITE: Physics or Honors Physics, Algebra II or higher than Algebra II.

    June 11-July 27
  • Criminalistics & Forensic Science (credit; flex)

    This full-year elective fulfills the Global Scholar science requirement. This class will be offered over 6 weeks in the summer in a blended format, with the main content delivery coming in online delivery and labs and tests occurring on campus. This class will cover the history and development of forensic science, proper evidence collection and chain of possession, observational skills and proper crime scene processing technique.  We will explore some of the fundamental crime scene analysis techniques including fingerprinting, tool mark analysis, toxicology, DNA analysis and serology, environmental forensics, and trace evidence, as well as discuss the differences in crime scene processing around the world and milestone cases that have shaped the discipline. In lieu of a final exam, students will be required to complete a final project.

    This class is open to rising juniors and seniors who have successfully completed biology, physics and chemistry.  Students taking this class over the summer must attend each of the six on-campus days required (no absences are permitted).

    June 11-July 27
  • Honors Neuroscience (credit; flex)

    This full-credit elective is offered with Honors level credit and only during the summer. The course will explore the role of the central nervous system (with particular emphasis on brain function) in normal human physiology and disease states. In addition to learning about neurobiology, students will also learn laboratory methods used to evaluate brain function, injury progression, and treatment efficacy, such as western blotting, spectrophotometry –based quantification, and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA). A major goal of the course is to help students gain a competitive advantage when applying for laboratory research positions and internships in college. The class begins with neuroanatomy and will employ histological laboratory techniques to help assess the structure-function relationship between brain regions, neural cell types, and neural systems/centers. Following neuroanatomy, the emphasis shifts to cell signaling, including ligand-receptor interactions, second messengers, intracellular signaling pathways, and pharmacological tools that are utilized to alter cell signaling and function. The final unit will examine the onset, progression and current treatment options for selected neurological conditions spanning injury-induced neuropathies, psychopathologies, and neurodegenerative diseases.

    The course will be a combination of online and in-class instruction. Students must physically be on campus and in class Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1:30-4:30, and occasionally on Thursdays (TBD) for testing.

    PREREQUISITE: Biology or Chemistry with a 90 or higher at the College Preparatory level, or an 85 or higher at the Honors level. All students who have completed either Biology or Chemistry at the Advanced Placement level are eligible.
     
    June 11-July 27
  • Physics w/ Lab (credit)

    A student of Physics gains a conceptual introduction to the laws of the physical world. Subjects include motion analy­sis, forces, momentum, work, energy, heat, waves, sound, light, electricity and magnetism. Problem-solving methods of teaching physics are used. Students improve their applied quantitative skills by solving physics problems, thereby illustrating knowledge of fundamental physics concepts. The course also stresses development of laboratory skills through regularly scheduled laboratory sessions and special projects. Students are en­couraged to question, observe, collect data, analyze results, and reach conclusions on physical relationships. Indepen­dent creative thought and study are encouraged throughout the course.
     
    PREREQUISITE: Biology

    June 11-July 27
  • Spanish 1 (credit)

    This course, which is a gateway to a subsequent level two Spanish course, introduces the student to the basic structures of the language, with emphasis on communicative skills, as well as to the culture of the Spanish-speaking world. While the course stresses all four basic skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing), it encourages the students to develop their abilities to understand and speak the target language.

    June 11-July 27 (by Department Chair approval)
  • Credit Course Re-Take

    For those needing to re-take a credit course, please check with your school’s academic counselor first about taking a summer academic course.  In addition, please contact our Summer Programs office for availability.
  • Middle Division Orientation English

    Orientation English is available to rising sixth graders, especially those needing some additional help.  This course is a 3-week academic program tailored to support the intellectual and social development of students entering middle school.  Students will complete the 6th grade summer reading requirements together as a class, as well as developing additional vocabulary, writing, and grammar skills.   Students will get an introduction to the sixth grade and a jumpstart on the 2018-2019 curriculum.

    July 9-July 27
  • Middle Division Orientation Math

    This course is designed to prepare students for the beginning of sixth grade at Berkeley, especially those needing some math remediation. Concepts covered in this class include decimals, fractions, percents, one and two-step equations, sales tax and discount, basic geometric skills, and word problems involving all of these concepts.  Please note that this is a review class; taking this class will not officially move a child ahead in a math class.

    July 9-July 27; an online option is also available in June/July.  
  • Middle Division English

    Middle Division English is a comprehensive English course open to rising seventh and eighth graders. Students read short stories and a novel, and they write about what they read. In addition, they tackle new vocabulary and they brush up on their grammar, beginning with a parts-of-speech review.

    June 11-July 27
  • Middle Division Math

    This course is designed as a review of sixth grade math concepts as well as to prepare students for the seventh grade the following year. This class involves a good deal of algebra review as well as full review of geometric concepts.

    June 11-July 27
  • Pre-Algebra (online)

    This online course is designed to review concepts for seventh grade math in order to prepare students for their eighth grade year in algebra. This course is heavily loaded with the algebra concepts that the students will see in eighth grade.

    This is an online review class.

    June 11-July 27
  • Algebra 1 or Customized High School Math Review (online)

    Algebra 1 covers the subject matter traditionally included in a rigorous first-year course of algebra. Emphasis is placed on the development of manipulative skills, algebraic structure, and solutions of verbal problems. Topics covered include: operations with real numbers, rational and irrational algebraic expressions, and polynomials; solving linear, rational and quadratic equations, solving systems of linear equations and inequalities, and solving word problems related to each type of equation studied; factoring algebraic expressions, an introduction to functions and several types of variation. A graphing calculator and a laptop computer are used for classroom demonstrations, discovery activities, and as an aid in problem solving. 

    This is an online review class.

    **This online course could also be customized to meet the review needs for any high school math course, not just Algebra 1.  For further details, please contact the Summer Programs Office at 813.885.1673, ext. 2239.**

    June 11-July 27
  • Algebra 2 (online)

    Algebra 2 emphasizes the further development of Algebra 1 skills, the treatment of geometric concepts from an algebraic point of view, more advanced problem solving techniques, and the study of mathematics as a unified structure. Topics covered include: conic sections, rational expressions, equations and inequalities, systems of linear equations, word problems, functions, factoring, quadratic equations with rational and irrational roots, irrational numbers, imaginary and complex numbers, graphs, variations, exponents and logarithms, coordinate geometry, quadratic functions, equations of the second degree and their graphs, polynomial functions, exponential functions, logarithmic function and matrices. A student who is enrolled in this course is required to purchase a graphing calculator. It will be used extensively to perform discovery activities, for classroom demonstrations, and to serve as an aid for homework completion.  

    This is an online review class.

    June 11-July 27
  • Honors Pre-Calculus (online)

    Honors Pre-Calculus is designed primarily for students who plan to continue their study of mathematics by taking Calculus at Berkeley or in college. The concepts of algebraic, trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic functions are stressed. Conic sections, sequences and series, introductory probability and statistics, polar coordinates and graphing, and elementary concepts of calculus are also included. Students enrolled in the course are required to have graphing calculators for classroom and assignment activities. This course is offered in the summer for rising juniors and seniors. 

    This is an online review course.

    June 11-July 27
Week 1: June 4 - 8
Week 2: June 11 - 15
Week 3: June 18 - 22
Week 4: June 25 - 29
NO CAMPS July 2 - July 6
Week 5: July 9 - 13
Week 6: July 16 - 20
Week 7: July 23 - 27
2018 Summer Programs Schedule

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