Courses

Summer Institute Dates: June 12-28, 2017

SUMMER INSTITUTE HOURS: 8:00 A.M. TO 1:30 P.M.

Application Deadline: Monday, May 15, 2017

Summer Institute Tuition: $475

Includes instructional materials. Early registration and payment ensures class selection. Classes have limited space, and seats are assigned on a first come, first served basis. Late registration for required summer school courses can jeopardize acceptance.

Academic Credit:

Each summer course is .5 STA High School Credit.

DRESS CODE:

9th-12th grade students must wear the complete STA uniform to summer school classes. STAchieve! students must wear their current school uniform or khaki pants and collared shirts with brown or black shoes.

FORGIVENESS POLICY:

When a student receives a semester grade of D or F in a course taken at St. Thomas Aquinas High School, the student, with the approval of his/her guidance counselor, may remediate that semester grade in a summer session at St. Thomas Aquinas High School. The new grade earned is calculated in the GPA in place of the D or F. Course availability is dependent on course enrollment.

ATTENDANCE POLICY:

According to state educational guidelines, 65 contact hours constitute a half academic credit. Consequently, a student must meet this criterion in order to receive credit for the course.

*Confirmation of all course offerings is subject to enrollment.
St. Thomas Aquinas High School does not refund payments after the second day of class instruction.

Rising 10-12 Graders

English

Yearbook Honors

Yearbook Honors (for credit) involves the student in preparing the school yearbook Veritas for publication. Students assist in establishing the yearbook theme, end sheets, table of contents, division pages, and major sections of the book; the creating, writing and editing of all headlines, captions, and body copy; selecting, scanning, and cropping photographs, and implementing Herff Jones E-Design and Adobe Photoshop.

Fine Arts

Art of Film Honors

Art of Film Honors offers students the opportunity to study major film genres and to analyze the thematic content of films presented in class. Parental permission form required.

Coding for the Digital Age Honors

Coding for the Digital Age Honors (Semester I) aims to provide students with an understanding of the role computation can play in solving problems and provides students with the skill set to write programs that allow them to accomplish useful goals.

Digital Photography Honors

Digital Photography Honors develops skills to shoot effective color and black-and-white photos and to process prints digitally. Additionally, students learn about the history, techniques, and applications of photography in the digital medium.

Forensics I Honors

Forensics I Honors exposes students to all aspects of public speaking and focuses on the art of forensic speaking.

Improvisation I Honors

Improvisation I Honors includes the practice of acting, talking, problem-solving, and reacting in the moment.

Music Techniques Honors

Music Techniques Honors offers practice in Music Technology, Fundamentals of Rhythm, Music Theory, and Performance of Pop Music. Students will use iPad and computer technology during these classes.

Music Theory Honors

Music Theory Honors prepares students for the Advanced Placement Music Theory course which is offered during the school year. In this Summer Session course, students will acquire skills in ear training, musical notation, terminology, chord structure and harmonic progression. The curriculum will focus on note reading, advanced sight-reading, melodic/harmonic dictation and short composition. This course will help prepare students to represent our school at the Florida All State Choir of 2017.

Visual Arts Honors

Visual Arts Honors explores both 2D and 3D art forms, including drawing, painting, and ceramics. Students will be exposed to a variety of media: charcoal, acrylic, watercolor, etc. Students will also look at artwork within a larger historical context and study various artists and genres.

Health and Physical Education

Health

Health (Required Credit) focuses on the knowledge, behaviors, and attitudes of student health.

Sports Medicine Honors

Sports Medicine Honors enables students to acquire the knowledge and skills related to the nature, prevention, care, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries (Health Credit elective. Does not replace required health course).

Mathematics

Trigonometry Honors

Trigonometry Honors covers all aspects of trigonometric functions taught in Pre-calculus Honors, including trigonometric identities, graphs, formulas, equations, and their applications. This course requires your current math teacher’s approval.

Science

Applied Physics Honors

Applied Physics Honors uses a hands-on approach, exposing students to specific concepts of physics. All students can benefit from this introductory course; however, the Science Department highly recommends this course for students enrolled in Advanced Placement Physics for the coming year. This course requires approval from your current science teacher. Course may be taken for credit or audit.

Biotechnology Honors

Biotechnology Honors explores the connections between science fiction, pop culture, bio-hacking and real-life science.

Integrated Science I Honors

Integrated Science I Honors explores various aspects of criminal forensics: classification of fingerprints, hair and fiber analysis, and an in-depth look at the criminal justice system.

Introduction to Robotics Honors

Introduction to Robotics Honors offers an introduction to science and engineering concepts illustrated throughout the design, building, and programming of a robot (semester I).

Pre-Med Honors

Pre-Med Honors (Semester I) introduces medical terminology and intro to anatomy and body systems, pathology and medical protocols.

Survey of Marine Mammals Honors

Survey of Marine Mammals Honors engages the students in the study of aquatic mammals, their characteristics and behaviors.

Social Studies

The Brain and Behavior Honors

The Brain and Behavior Honors exposes students to the fascinating field of neuropsychology, its advances and the effect it has had on our daily lives and our understanding of mental health.

Causes of Crime Honors

Causes of Crime Honors explores theories of crimes and examines the causes. Course recommended for rising juniors and seniors.

Personal Finance Honors

Personal Finance Honors aims to provide students a level of financial intelligence so that he or she will have the financial foundations to work toward financial independence.

Pre-Law Honors

Pre-Law Honors (Semester I) introduces students to the American legal system and the type of analytical reasoning used by lawyers.

Principles of Business Honors

Principles of Business Honors is a survey course that will expose students to business terminology, concepts, and current business issues.

Theology

Social Justice in Action Honors

Social Justice in Action Honors engages students in activities that help develop an appreciation for the concept of service to the school and to the community. Students submit reflection papers on an assigned topic, complete assignments in preparation for providing service and participate in extensive service during scheduled field trips. Parental permission form required.

Incoming 9 Graders

Fine Arts

Coding for the Digital Age Honors

Coding for the Digital Age Honors (Semester I) aims to provide students with an understanding of the role computation can play in solving problems and provides students with the skill-set to write programs that allow them to accomplish useful goals.

Forensics I Honors

Forensics I Honors exposes students to all aspects of public speaking and focuses on the art of forensic speaking.

Improvisation Honors

Improvisation Honors includes the practice of acting, talking, problem-solving, and reacting in the moment.

Music Techniques Honors

Music Techniques Honors offers sessions in Music Technology, Fundamentals of Rhythm, Music Theory, and Performance of Pop Music. Students will use iPad and computer technology during these classes.

Music Theory Honors

Music Theory Honors prepares students for the Advanced Placement Music Theory that is offered during the school year. In the Summer Institute course students will acquire skills in ear training, musical notation, terminology, chord structure, and harmonic progression. The curriculum will focus on note reading, advanced sight reading, melodic/harmonic dictation and short composition. This course will help prepare students to represent our school at the Florida All State Choir of 2017.

Visual Arts Honors

Visual Arts Honors explores both 2D and 3D art forms, including drawing, painting, and ceramics. Students will be exposed to a variety of media: charcoal, acrylic, watercolor, etc. Students will also look at artwork within a larger historical context and study various artists and genres.

Health and Physical Education

Dance Fitness

Dance Fitness (Alternative Personal Fitness Credit) enables students to use the knowledge and skills in dance as an exercise regimen.

Health

Health (Required Credit) focuses on the knowledge, behaviors, and attitudes of student health.

Personal Fitness

Personal Fitness challenges the physical skills and abilities of students in relation to health.

Science

Introduction to Robotics Honors

Introduction to Robotics Honors offers an introduction to science and engineering concepts illustrated throughout the design, building and programming of a robot.

Pre-Engineering Honors

Pre-Engineering Honors explores principles in engineering by working with 1:10 scale electric radio-controlled cars. Students will work in teams and study the intricacies of their car’s mechanical system. Teams will evaluate engineering challenges science, technology, and mathematics. Each team will maintain a technical engineering notebook in order to document their journey to produce the fastes car in the end-of-course races.

STAchieve! (Rising 7-8 Graders)

Fine Arts

Coding for the Digital Age Honors

Coding for the Digital Age Honors (Semester I) aims to provide students with an understanding of the role computation can play in solving problems and provides students with the skill-set to write programs that allow them to accomplish useful goals.


Introduction to Forensics Honors

Introduction to Forensics Honors exposes students to all aspects of public speaking and requires students to do research and to write.

Music Techniques Honors

Music Techniques Honors will offer sessions in Music Technology, Fundamentals of Rhythm, Music Theory, and Performance of Pop Music. Students will use iPad and computer technology during these classes.

Visual Arts Honors

Visual Arts Honors explores both 2D and 3D art forms, including drawing, painting, and ceramics. Students will be exposed to a variety of media: charcoal, acrylic, watercolor, etc. Students will also look at artwork within a larger historical context and study various artists and genres.

Physical Education

Dance Fitness

Dance Fitness enables students to use the knowledge and skills in dance as an exercise regimen.

Fitness Training

Fitness Training concentrates on increasing students’ physical skills and abilities, using aerobic activities and strength training; the course includes a nutrition education component.

Science

Introduction to Robotics Honors

Introduction to Robotics Honors offers an introduction to science and engineering concepts illustrated throughout the design, building and programming of a robot.

Science Exploration Honors

Science Exploration Honors draws its content from biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, and meteorology to explore and understand the world, using “hands-on” experimentation, laboratory experiments, research, and reporting.


Two levels of Robotics allow incoming freshmen and rising 8th graders to explore the world of building, programming, and competing in robotic development.


Enroll in Dance Fitness where students learn choreography and build basic technique.
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