High School Programs
Shady Side Academy offers a variety of Summer School courses for students entering grades 9-12, including for-credit courses in art, mathematics, computer science, health and science. All capable students are welcome to enroll in for-credit courses, but please be aware that classes are accelerated. A number of non-credit courses are also offered, including college prep and interest-driven enrichment courses.
The 2018 Summer School course listings will be available to view online February 9, 2018. Registration for high school level Summer School courses will open at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, February 13, 2018.
Courses offering a full academic year of credit meet half a day for six weeks, with the exception of science courses. Courses offering one term of academic credit typically meet half a day for two to three weeks. All courses are held on the Senior School campus. Limited busing is available. For-credit courses include lunch.
Please note some courses have prerequisites in order to enroll. For-credit summer courses are condensed and therefore accelerated due to the shortened duration. Students can expect additional work at home each evening. Read course descriptions carefully before registering. Most courses have enrollment limits so that we can provide a quality learning experience for every student. All courses are subject to cancellation if fewer than five students enroll prior to June 9, 2018.
Notes on For-Credit Courses
Transfer of Credits: Credit for the purpose of making up a failure has been accepted by public and independent schools. Arrangements for credit transfer should be discussed when registering for Summer School. Shady Side Academy does not assume responsibility for credits not transferring.
Absences: To earn credit in for-credit summer courses, students must attend all class sessions. We recognize that from time to time, circumstances arise beyond the control of students or their families, including illness or emergency, that make attendance impossible. The Summer School director may deem an absence approved or unapproved based on available documentation. Unapproved absence from any course may result in no credit earned.Shady Side Academy Families: Please note only one graduation requirement in any discipline can be earned through summer study. For example, science requires two years of study – only one of the required courses may be taken in the summer. To read the policies regarding summer study, please see the Senior School Course Catalog.
Progress reports are issued in for-credit courses at the end of the third and sixth weeks of Summer School. The Summer School director receives interim reports on students not performing satisfactorily, in which case parents are notified and action plans formulated.
Dr. David Barndollar is Shady Side Academy's Summer School Director. He is an experienced educator and school leader deeply committed to the development of students. He serves as the chair of the Senior School's English department and has served in a number of capacities over his 27-year career as an educator.
Please contact Dr. Barndollar with any questions.
Students will explore a variety of subject matter, materials and techniques specific to 2D design and composition. The elements and principles of design will be emphasized to establish a common language and to develop the students’ understanding of visual organization, art historical references and studio maintenance which will apply across the visual art curriculum. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to enroll in advanced-level 2D courses, including Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Photography, Digital Imaging and Architecture.
3D Studio Art Foundation introduces students to the process of creating three-dimensional art projects in a variety of media including, but not limited to, cardboard, foam board, ceramics and metals. Students will be required to sketch their ideas on paper prior to beginning each assignment. While emphasis will be placed on creativity, design, technique and form, each student’s visualization and conceptualization skills will be challenged.
Architecture is a course that provides the student with the fundamentals of architecture through a range of procedures in drafting and 3D model making. These technical skills are combined with computer applications (Chief Architect on iMac computers) so that the student can build an architectural plan using both technologies.
Emphasis is on the following: history of architecture and styles, contemporary building and design techniques and proper use of tools and materials. The summer course includes a field trip to Fallingwater. The cost of the field trip (travel, admission and lunch) is included in the course fee.
PREREQUISITE: Studio Art 2D Foundation or Studio Art 3D Foundation
Students in this class will have the unique opportunity to explore color, texture, design, patterns and form while working with opaque and transparent sheet glass. Glass is a one-credit class that focuses on the process of fusing, slumping and casting glass in an electric kiln. Its aim is to provide opportunities for students to expand their visualization and conceptualization skills while challenging their creative problem-solving abilities.
PREREQUISITE: 3D Studio Art Foundation
Additionally, students who have successfully completed the first-level Glass class are able to enroll in the Advanced Glass class. Both classes (first-level and Advanced Glass) are offered simultaneously and they have different project assignments, which are based on individual skill level at the beginning of the course.
The emphasis of this course is on the foundations of programming methodologies for the discipline of computer science. Topics covered include modular programming, conditionals, loops, variables and parameters. These concepts will be applicable to all programming languages studied in the future. The Java language is used in conjunction with the “Karel J. Robot” package and a graphics package.
PREREQUISITE: Geometry or one term of Mathematics I
$2,090Math I is a study of core topics in algebra and geometry. Students will complete a packet of problems through which the following key concepts are learned: the distributive property, order of operations, percent, slope, linear and quadratic relationships, perimeter, area, volume, direct variation, uniform motion, exponents, radicals, the Pythagorean Theorem, angle relationships, and the distance formula. Shady Side students enrolled in the course will be prepared for Math II, while non-Shady Side students will receive Algebra I credit.
PREREQUISITE: must be rising tenth graders who have completed Physics 1
$2,090This fast-paced laboratory-based course focuses on helping students to achieve an understanding of the nature of science and experimental design in the context of physics topics. Topics covered include energy, experimental design, 1-D kinematics, forces and momentum. Physics 1 will meet on Wednesdays until 4 p.m.
Shady Side Academy partners with the alumni-owned Goldstein Test Prep to bring SAT/ACT prep courses to our Senior School campus.
Shady Side Academy offers several opportunities for high school students interested in working in one of our SSA Summer programs. Becoming a member of our close-knit staff is a wonderful opportunity for responsible, vibrant and outgoing teenagers looking to work with children. We provide ample opportunities for leadership and advancement, while also giving lots of training, feedback and positive reinforcement. Working at camp can be one of the most memorable and instructive jobs you'll ever have; join us to see what the fun is all about!
Leaders-in-training, or LITs, are rising ninth graders who attend our middle school day camp, Camp Ren, while spending several hours each week volunteering with our elementary-aged Day Camp Discovery children. LITs also receive leadership instruction. All hours are recorded and documented so they can be put towards school requirements, scholarships, awards, etc.
The LIT program is reserved only for campers signed up for Camp Ren. Since LITs volunteer several hours each week, they receive a 10 percent discount on their Camp Ren tuition after registration. Learn more about Camp Ren.
Fellowships are opportunities for rising tenth graders to volunteer with SSA Summer programs. Fellows have two options: they can join two counselors in overseeing a group of elementary-aged campers at Day Camp Discovery; or they can join an activity area to act as a teaching assistant. All hours are documented so that they can be used towards National Honor Society, scholarships, etc.
The application process to become a fellow is easy. Simply complete our online employment application, and you will be contacted for a brief interview or phone call. Once accepted, all fellows must complete a Pennsylvania Criminal Background Check, a Pennsylvania Childline Background Check and an FBI Background Check.
Rising juniors and seniors can apply to become junior counselors for our elementary-aged Day Camp Discovery. Junior counselors are responsible for helping counselors lead co-ed groups of 10-16 campers in lessons/activities, and providing a safe, fun and quality day camp experience for all children. Junior counselors actively lead campers in scheduled programs, oversee activities and assist counselors and specialists.
The application process to become a fellow is easy. Simply complete our online employment application, and you will be contacted for a brief interview or phone call. Once accepted, all junior counselors must complete a Pennsylvania Criminal Background Check, a Pennsylvania Childline Background Check and an FBI Background Check.