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Summer Institute Dates: June 11-27, 2018

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

Application Deadline: Monday, May 14, 2018

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. Achieve 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 administrative approval, may remediate that semester grade in a summer session at Saint Thomas Aquinas High School. The new grade earned is calculated in the GPA in place of the “D” or “F” which is bracketed on the student transcript indicating its replacement. There will be no summer school remediation for an AP or Dual Enrollment course.

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.

Yearbook Honors for Service Hours

Yearbook Honors (for service hours) 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. Students must complete 35 hours to be determined by the instructor. There is no fee for this class, but registration is required. (Prerequisite: Students must be enrolled in a Yearbook class for next year.)

General Elective

Pre-Engineering Honors

Pre-Engineering Honors explores the design and engineering process through the use of remote-controlled cars, which can be modified to access a variety of platforms. Students will explore mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and CAD (computer-aided design). This course will be augmented with regular visits from local engineers, as well as possible field trips to see engineering career opportunities in the community. This class only available to rising juniors and seniors with a 4.0 GPA or higher.

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.

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.

Improvisation I Honors

Improvisation I Honors

introduces students to one of the most basic forms of theatre, which includes the practice of acting, talking, problem solving, and reacting in the moment. Students strengthen their ability to think quickly, exercise their mental agility, explore their own creativity and use their imagination in this challenging yet fun class designed to work the mind and body.

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.

Vocal Techniques Honors

Vocal Techniques Honors introduces students to the fundamentals of healthy singing, including breathing techniques and sound production in different vocal styles through fun warm-ups and vocal exercises. Fundamentals of music notation and elements of Sight Singing will be introduced as well. Every student will have an opportunity to prepare one solo piece and perform in the vocal ensemble. A mini-recital will take place at the end of the course.

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.

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 the 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 the 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.

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.

Drone Coding and Navigating Honors

Drone Coding and Navigating Honors Students will explore the language of coding by programming the controls of their very own drone. First, teams of students will assemble and control flying a drone, utilizing the pre-packaged navigation software from the manufacturing company. They will work in Python/Java to program their own navigation controls. Then, they will move to programming the drone to run autonomously. The teams of students will be competing in a variety of challenges encompassing many programming levels, the hardest of which will enlist using sensor/camera feedback from the drone to adjust its movements.

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.

Pre-Med Honors

Pre-Med Honors (Semester I) introduces medical terminology and intro to anatomy and body systems, pathology and medical protocols. This class only available to rising juniors and seniors with a 4.0 GPA or higher.

Robotics I Honors

Robotics I Honors (Semester I) introduces students to physics and engineering concepts illustrated throughout the design, building, and programming of a robot. This will include both autonomous and driver-controlled programming of LEGO robots and Battlebots.

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

Causes of Crime Honors

Causes of Crime Honors explores theories of crimes and examines the causes. This class is only available to rising juniors and seniors.

International Relations Honors

International Relations Honors introduces students to some of the important problems that characterize the contemporary international system including issues pertaining to international politics, international organizations, global development, global forces, and international integration. This class only available to rising juniors and seniors.

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

Improvisation Honors

Improvisation Honors introduces students to one of the most basic forms of theatre, which includes the practice of acting, talking, problem solving, and reacting in the moment. Students strengthen their ability to think quickly, exercise their mental agility, explore their own creativity and use their imagination in this challenging yet fun class designed to work the mind and body.

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.

Vocal Techniques Honors

Vocal Techniques Honors introduces students to the fundamentals of healthy singing, including breathing techniques and sound production in different vocal styles through fun warm-ups and vocal exercises. Fundamentals of music notation and elements of Sight Singing will be introduced as well. Every student will have an opportunity to prepare one solo piece and perform in the vocal ensemble. A mini-recital will take place at the end of the course.

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

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

Robotics I Honors

Robotics I Honors (Semester I) introduces students to physics and engineering concepts illustrated throughout the design, building, and programming of a robot. This will include both autonomous and driver-controlled programming of LEGO robots and Battlebots.

STAchieve! (Rising 7-8 Graders)

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.


Fine Arts

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

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 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.