High School Programs
In consideration of many safety-based factors, all in-person SSA Summer 2020 programs are cancelled. Learn more about our virtual offerings for 2020.
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 and science. All capable students are welcome to enroll in for-credit courses, but please be aware that classes are accelerated and involve significant homework assignments. A number of non-credit courses are also offered, including college-prep and interest-driven enrichment courses.
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 Friday, May 22, 2020.
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 career as an educator.
Please contact Dr. Barndollar with any questions.
June 8-19, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Architecture is a course that provides students with the fundamentals of architectural design, analysis and techniques presented through a range of drafting and model making projects. These technical skills are combined with CAD software (Chief Architect on iMac computers) so that the student can build an architectural plan utilizing both technologies. Emphasis is on the following: history of architecture and styles, current building and design techniques, and proper use of tools and materials.
· Produce (2) projects: BVAC Interior model/plans and Residential Model with Site Plan.
· Research and present (4) R&D’s (Research and Development) topics.
· Attend (2) Field trips: Fallingwater, June 11 and Carnegie Museum of Art, June 17. Tour fees and lunch for FW are covered in tuition. CMOA Admission is covered, bring lunch.
Drafting and Design for Architecture, Hepler & Wallach
Architecture of Happiness, Alain de Botton
All seats in Glass are currently full. If you would like to be added to a wait list for openings, please contact Dr. Barndollar at email@example.com.
June 8-12, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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.
June 15-26, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
In the robotics course, students experience the power of designing and programming robots to solve problems. Topics include an overview of robotics, engineering and programming principles, robot mapping, handling environments and objects. Students will use the Lego EV3 robotics kit with the RobotC language. Students are expected to work with independence and initiative to complete a significant long-term project.
PREREQUISITE: Problem Solving
June 15 - July 10, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and TR until 1 p.m.
Math I is a problem-based, student-centered study of algebraic concepts. For some, this will be their first attempt at moving beyond basic math. All students will have the opportunity to solidify their understanding of important concepts and skills used in all future math classes. In this course, real-life applications are explored in the context of word problems, and student discourse is fostered in the classroom. Students are active participants in their own learning by completing problems through which key concepts are investigated. Reading, writing, and speaking mathematics are emphasized by requiring students to complete solutions to open-ended word problems and present their findings in class. The students learn new ways of thinking to solve problems through the creative solutions produced by their peers. The teacher helps the students navigate the problem-solving strategies needed to discover solutions and make conclusions. Supplemental materials are provided for the students to practice the concepts as needed.
PREREQUISITE: SSA students in the course must be at least rising 9th graders.
June 15 - July 24, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Math II is a problem-based, student-centered study of geometric concepts. This course is for the student who has completed Math I or an Algebra course and has displayed a mastery of the algebraic concepts found in Math I. In this course, students are active participants in their own learning by completing problems through which key geometric concepts are investigated. Reading, writing, and speaking mathematics are emphasized by requiring students to complete solutions to open-ended word problems and present their findings in class. The students learn new ways of thinking to solve problems and to formalize their logical thinking. New concepts such as vectors, parametric equations, and right triangle trigonometry help the students find alternate ways to solve increasingly complex problems and proofs. The teacher helps the students navigate the problem-solving strategies needed to discover solutions and to make conclusions. Supplemental materials are provided for the students to practice the concepts as needed.
PREREQUISITES: Math I or successful completion of an Algebra I course and a demonstration of mastery of the concepts found in Math I
June 15- July 17, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Wednesdays from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
This is a junior-level course covering ecology, cell structure and function, genetics, development, plant and animal structure and function, respiration, photosynthesis and microbiology.
PREREQUISITE: Physics 1 and Chemistry 1
June 15- July 17, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Wednesdays from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
This is a sophomore-level course covering the fundamental concepts of modern chemical theory, utilizing the laboratory investigation techniques taught in the Concepts of Physics course. The topics covered include: atomic theory, chemical structure and bonding, molecular geometry, stoichiometry and quantitative analysis, gas laws, acid/base chemistry, kinetics, equilibrium, thermodynamics, oxidation/reduction reactions and basic organic chemistry.
PREREQUISITE: must be rising tenth graders who have completed Physics 1
June 15-July 2, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
This course is a fast-paced, hands-on survey of the scope and purpose of materials science and engineering. Students will learn about the major classes of materials --metals, ceramics, polymers, and composites -- and be able to identify why specific materials are chosen for given applications. This will help students understand the role that solid-state chemistry plays in their everyday lives. Students will also look beyond chemistry to learn about how processing materials differently will alter their microstructure and how that ultimately affects the properties and performance of a material. Students will also gain an insight into the profession of materials engineering and how broadly important it is for all disciplines of engineering. As a hands-on course, students will perform frequent experiments and watch demonstrations, including the use of both a tensile/compression testing in a universal testing machine (for determining mechanical properties), and an SEM (scanning electron microscope, to investigate the structure and chemical composition of materials).
SSA students will receive 1 credit for this course, graded on a letter-grade basis.
PREREQUISITE: Physics 1 and Chemistry 1
Session 1: June 15-19, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Session 2: June 22-26, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Session 3: July 27-31, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Session 4: August 3-7 ,9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Each student should expect to produce original, student-generated work of the highest quality – specifically, an activities resume and both a short and a long Common Application essay. This workshop offers a unique combination of one-on-one conferences and guided revision.
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! The positions below are highly competitive and we typically reach our cap by mid-May.
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 5 percent discount on their Camp Ren tuition after registration. Learn more about Camp Ren.
Fellowships are very limited and competitive 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. These positions are highly limited and very competitive. Interviews begin in mid-January 2020.
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 Jr. Counselor 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. These positions are highly limited and very competitive. Interviews begin in mid-January 2020.