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Coed Academic Prep

2018 Co-Ed Academic Prep Camps

Registration for all courses and camps can be completed online by visiting www.bluesombrero.com/mba.

Students should report to the Lobby of the Massey Building (Junior School) for the first day of their class. Please remember to bring writing utensils with you.

Adventures in Literature
Session 1: June 18-22 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Session 2: July 9-13 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $175

This five-day course introduces students to the study of literature before the seventh grade at MBA. Students will learn how to takes notes while reading a novel, how to answer study questions, how to answer a discussion question, and how to write and to revise an informal writing assignment. The final two days of the course, students will prepare and perform scenes from the novel and write and read essays on topics concerning plot, character, and conflict.

Text: "Selected Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Short Stories"

General Expectations:
1) MBA will loan students the text for the duration of the course.  Copies will be distributed on the first day of class. 
2) Although this novel is not listed as a "choice book" on the seventh-grade summer reading list, it will count as a "choice book" for only those students who complete the Adventures in Literature course.
3) Taking this course does not preclude a student from completing the required project on the book which will be due Monday, August 29.  A project about the book will still be required.
 

Adventures in Composition
Session 1: June 18-22 from 12:00 noon - 1:30 p.m.
Session 2: July 9-13 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Cost: $175

This five-day course introduces students to specific forms of composition that will be taught in the seventh grade at MBA and teaches writing as a process.

Text: "Selected Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Short Stories"

General Expectations:
1) MBA will loan students the text for the duration of the course.  Copies will be distributed on the first day of class. 
2) Although this novel is not listed as a "choice book" on the seventh-grade summer reading list, it will count as a "choice book" for only those students who complete the Adventures in Literature course.
3) Taking this course does not preclude a student from completing the required project on the book which will be due Monday, August 29.  A project about the book will still be required.
 

Algebra I Headstart
June 11-22 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
For rising grades 8-9
Cost: $300

This is a preview course designed to make students more confident in their mathematical skills in preparation for entering Algebra I. The course reviews concepts and operations from Pre-Algebra and introduces materials from Algebra I.

Basic & Intermediate Debate
Week 1: June 4-8 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Week 2: June 11-15 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
For boys and girls in rising grades 5-9
Cost $225 for 1 session or $400 for both

Do you like to argue?
Are you interested in current events and political issues?
Hoping for admission to an A-list college or university?
Academic policy debate demonstrably improves test scores and classroom performance. Debaters enter the adult world prepared to develop informed opinions and express them effectively. Through intensive research, debaters learn to read and think critically about a wide variety of public policy issues. Admissions officers regularly cite participation in debate as one of the most beneficial of extracurricular activities for college applicants.

MBA’s Big Red Summer Debate Camp is designed for students with very little or no debate experience. Taught by MBA’s outstanding and nationally-known debate coaches, the Big Red Debate Camps will take students through an introduction to the nature, structure, and purpose of public argument in a fun and fast-paced environment. Campers will receive an introduction to the rules and practice of competitive debating as it is practiced in middle and upper schools across the nation. These camps are a great introduction to those who wish to explore the world of competitive debate.

Computer Skills
Session 1: June 11-22 from 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Session 2: June 11-22 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Session 3: July 9-20 from 8:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m.
Session 4: July 9-20 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Session 5: July 23-August 3 from 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Session 6: July 23-August 3 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Cost: $325

***ALL CLASS DATES MUST BE ATTENDED AND CANNOT BE SWAPPED***

Limited enrollment for each session.
In this class, rising 7th grade students will work primarily to develop and improve their keyboarding speed. The class also provides students with the necessary skills to use Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint successfully in the classroom. Discussions about Internet etiquette, online reputation, and responsibility in the digital age provide the foundation of acceptable use expected of students attending MBA.

MBA rising 7th grade students may take this course to fulfill the Computer Enrichment requirement for the year. Completing the course during the summer will allow the boys an extra study hall during one quarter.

Geometry Headsta
rt
June 11-22 from 12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m.
For boys and girls in rising grades 9-10
Cost: $300

This is a preview course designed to make students more confident in their mathematical skills in preparation for entering Geometry. The course reviews concepts and operations from Algebra I and introduces materials from Geometry.

High School Grammar Preview - Clauses and Verbals

July 30-August 3 from 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
For boys and girls in rising grades 9-12
Cost: $175

This course introduces students to the adjective, the adverb, and the noun clauses as well as the verbals (gerunds, participles, and infinitives).

High School Study Skills - Surviving the Academic Wilderness

Session 1: June 11-15 from 12:00 noon - 1:30 p.m.
Session 2: July 23-27 from 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
For boys and girls in rising grades 9-12
Cost: $175

Students will explore principles of survival once they find themselves in an academic setting that has high expectations. They will learn to assess their own situation and to take responsibility for their success.

IPS Introduction
Session 1: June 11-15 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Session 2: July 9-13 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
For boys in rising grade 7
Cost: $200

The Introduction to IPS (Introductory Physical Science) is a week-long program that introduces students to a few of the fundamental concepts covered in the 7th grade science course at MBA. Basic lab techniques as well as some math skills needed in IPS will be explored. Students will get a chance to do basic physical science labs as well as a project during this 5-day course.  Areas covered will include – fundamental physical measurements, calculated physical quantities, conversions, math skills, and graphing. Each student will need to bring a calculator.

Jumpstart for Pre-Algebra

July 16-20 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
For rising grade 7
Cost: $175

This class provides an overview of MBA’s beginning math course. Acquainting students with concepts of positive/negative numbers, ratios/proportions, and solving equations will increase their chances to succeed during the year. Students should be proficient in the basic operations of decimals and fractions.

Junior School Grammar Preview - The Sentence and Parts of Speech
July 30-August 3 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
For rising grades 6-8
Cost: $175

This course covers sentence purpose, structure, parts, and errors. It also introduces students to the basic characteristics of the eight parts of speech.

Junior School Study Skills - Preparing for the Academic Wilderness

Session 1: June 11-15 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Session 2: July 23-27 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon 
For rising grades 6-8
Cost: $175

Students will learn how to prepare for an academic setting that has high expectations by learning study strategies, note taking, test taking, reading, writing, concentration, memorization, and organization.

Latin I Introduction
Session 1: June 11-22 from 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Session 2: July 23 - August 3 from 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
For rising grades 8-9
Cost: $300

This course is designed for students who need a head start before beginning Latin I in order to strengthen vocabulary, grammar, and general language study skills (especially those with grades in English below 80). The course introduces the basic syntax and grammar of Latin language with a strong emphasis on Latin vocabulary and Latin roots of English words.

Latin II Preparation
Session 1: June 11-22 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Session 2: July 23-August 3 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
For rising grades 9-12
Cost: $300

This course is designed for students who need to review Latin I before starting Latin II in the fall. It is highly recommended for students whose average in Latin I is consistently below 80. The course reviews Latin I vocabulary, syntax, and grammar with particular emphasis on material taught during the second semester of Latin I – all indicative verb tenses, active and passive voices, the imperative mood, case usages, pronouns (especially the relative pronoun), and translation skills (both Latin-to-English and English-to-Latin).

MBA Prep
Session 1: July 23-27 from 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Session 2: July 30-August 3 from 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
For boys in rising grades 5-6
Cost: $250

Are you interested in coming to MBA? Want to know what a day at school is like? This one week course for boys in rising grades 5 & 6 introduces students to a day in the life of an MBA student. It will address all areas of MBA's ideal of Gentleman, Scholar, Athlete...
Gentleman: Each day, students will learn about etiquette, gentlemanly behavior, and manners through MBA's advisory program.
Scholar: Students will learn and review advanced topics in Grammar and Mathematics. The course will also address study skills and organization.
Athlete: Students will also participate in fun athletic competitions each day.

Preparing for the SAT Math
Session 1: June 4-15 from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Session 2: July 16-27 from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
For rising grades 9-12
Cost: $250 or $450 for both Math & Verbal Prep. (Includes book)

This two-week course will prepare students for the PSAT and the SAT Math content. The course will address the SAT's scoring system, along with additional focus on Problem Solving and Data Analysis. The course is open to students entering grades 9 to 12 who already have a basic understanding of Algebra and Plane Geometry. The course also covers 1) learning how the PSAT and SAT are constructed, 2) practicing strategies for multiple choice questions, 3) simplifying advanced math required for student-produced responses, and 4) taking timed practice tests to help students sustain focus and minimize anxiety. The course is open to students entering grades 9 to 12.

Preparing for the SAT Verbal
Session 1: June 4-15 from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Session 2: July 16-27 from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
For rising grades 9-12
Cost: $250 or $450 for both Math & Verbal Prep.

This two-week course will prepare students for the PSAT and the SAT Verbal and Writing content. The course will address the revised SAT's scoring system, along with specific preparation for the Language/ Writing section and the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing sections of the SAT and PSAT. The course also covers 1) learning how the PSAT and SAT are constructed, 2) understanding and practicing strategies for deciding which questions to answer and how much time to devote to each, 3) expanding vocabulary, and 4) taking timed practice tests to help students sustain focus and minimize anxiety. The course is open to students entering grades 9 to 12.

Research for 8th Grade
Session 1: June 4-15 from 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Session 2: June 4-15 from 12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m.
Session 3: July 9-20 from 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Session 4: July 9-20 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Session 5: July 23-August 3 from 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Session 6: July 23-August 3 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Cost: $325
Limited enrollment for each session

***ALL CLASS DATES MUST BE ATTENDED AND CANNOT BE SWAPPED***

This newly designed course balances building technology-based research skills with learning how to present information effectively in a public speaking environment. Students will learn how to acquire, organize, and store information from both printed and electronic sources, evaluate the legitimacy and usefulness of the information they locate, and attribute that information using proper bibliographic forms. 

MBA rising 8th grade students may take this course to fulfill the Research Enrichment requirement for the year. Completing the course during the summer will allow the boys an extra study hall during one quarter.

Coed Academic Prep Info

Contacts

For Sports Camp Questions Contact:

Summer/Winter Programs Coordinator
Mike Martin ('98)
615.369.5368

All-Sports Camps Director
Michael Anderson ('93)

For Academic Prep and
Review Questions Contact:

Jennifer Haendel
615.369.5380


For Summer Lacrosse Questions Contact:

Chris Smith
615.369.5365

For Registration Questions Contact:

Summer Programs Coordinator
Mike Martin ('98)
615.369.5368

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