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Summer Academics

Holy Innocents’ Summer Academics program continues developing in students a love of learning, even in the summer months!  Our program is proud to offer both traditional and experiential learning opportunities for high school students.

Our traditional program offers a variety of credit forward 3-week and 6-week courses that provide students with greater academic flexibility during the school year by freeing up space in their schedule for additional electives or allowing them to take more advanced language and math courses than they would otherwise be able to. Our 6-week language and math courses span both sessions of Summer Academics, whereas our 3-week religion courses can be taken during either first or second session of Summer Academics.

With our experiential learning courses, students spend 5 days in a traditional Summer Academics setting preparing for and debriefing after thought-provoking travel abroad experiences to exciting destinations across the globe. For our experiential learners, the world truly is their classroom!

Summer Academics

Sessions for Summer 2020

Session I:  June 1-19 // 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. // Monday-Friday
Session II: June 22-July 10 // 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. // Monday-Friday

Online Registration Opening Soon.

Traditional Courses

Holy Innocents’ is pleased to offer credit-forward courses to students who wish to advance their education over the summer and enhance their academic transcripts.

Foreign Language Courses 

(6 weeks; 1 Foreign Language Credit)

Various levels of French, Spanish and Latin may be offered, depending on interest.  

  • Eligible Students:  Rising 9th -12th grade students 
  • Credit: 1 Foreign Language Credit received.  Daily attendance is mandatory.  
  • Sessions Offered:  Sessions I-II
  • Cost:   $3000.00 per student
    Non-Refundable Registration Fee: $50.00
 
God and Humanity 

(3 weeks; 1 Religion Credit)

This course will use the Bible, historical fiction, literary fiction, and supporting film segments to explore the nature and character of God, humanity, and the historical relationship between God and humanity.  The principle focus of the class will be a Judeo-Christian theology that develops over time accessible through the course readings. The themes explored will include sin, free will, covenant theology, theocracy, patriarchy, monarchy, and salvation.

  • Eligible Students: Rising 10th grade students
  • Credit: 1 Religion Credit received.  Daily attendance is mandatory. 
  • Sessions Offered: Session I and Session II
  • Cost: $1,550 per student
    Non-Refundable Registration Fee: $50

 

Abrahamic Traditions 

(3 weeks; 1 Religion Credit)

Jews, Christians and Muslims are commonly referred to as members of the Abrahamic family of faith since each faith claims Abraham as its progenitor. Christianity and Judaism experienced a “parting of the ways” during the inception and development of Christianity. Islam emerged as a further prophecy and self-perceived clarification of earlier prophetic witness in the seventh century. The purpose of this course is to explore initial family relationships, what factors contributed to the emergence of separate communities of belief and practice, often in conflict with one another despite their common ancestry, and the role played by these conflicts in the shaping of critical historic periods. Additionally, students will explore different pathways of interfaith engagement that follow from theoretical and theological arguments for inclusive approaches to our interreligious context and assess the ways Abrahamic traditions have yielded complex religious responses to oppression and social injustice in the 20th and early 21st centuries. 

  • Eligible Students: Rising 11th grade students
  • Credit: 1 Religion Credit received.  Daily attendance is mandatory. 
  • Sessions Offered: Session I and Session II
  • Cost: $1,550 per student
    Non-Refundable Registration Fee: $50

 

Servant Leadership 

(3 weeks; 1 Religion Credit)

Servant Leadership will involve a focused and directed study of the “philosophy and set of practices set forth by Robert K. Greenleaf that proposes that if followed, these practices will enrich the lives of individuals, build better organizations and ultimately create a more just and caring world.  During the evolution of this course, students will examine and explore the contemporary philosophy of servant leadership through the lens of justice and equity.  Ultimately, students will come to develop a worldview from which to consider modern issues of justice and injustice.  Students will spend time analyzing written and visual sources and, engaging in meaningful discussion that provides them with the tools and information to draw conclusions around a variety of topics.  Once the premise and theory of Servant Leadership is explored as a foundation, students will explore examples of past and present servant leaders while exploring major social issues including, but not limited to, conversations on civil and human rights, race, gender, socioeconomic status, prison justice, education, the environment, etc.  Students will use those readings, discussions, films, etc to critically analyze, through either the written word or presentation, their roles of servant leaders in our community and their own lived experience.’”  Students will complete their final project for the course, “an action-research project where the student employs their unique understanding of being a servant leader and addressing injustice.”  

  • Eligible Students:  Rising 12th grade students (including global students)
  • Credit: 1 Religion Credit received.  Daily attendance is mandatory.  
  • Sessions Offered:  Sessions I and II
  • Cost:   $1,550 per student
    Non-Refundable Registration Fee: $50   
 
Math Courses 

(6 weeks; 1 Math Credit)

Various mathematics courses may be offered, depending on interest.  

  • Eligible Students:  Rising 9th -12th grade students 
  • Credit: 1 Math Credit received.  Daily attendance is mandatory.  
  • Sessions Offered:  Sessions I-II
  • Cost:   $3,000 per student
    Non-Refundable Registration Fee: $50
Experiential Learning

In addition to our forward credit courses, we are thrilled to partner with Envoys, a national leader in educational travel programs for high school students, in offering you four study abroad options. More details on these trips, as well as estimated total cost for the course, is available in the course descriptions listed below. In addition to the time your child spends abroad, there will be five days of on-campus instruction. Please note that we do require a $50 registration fee to reserve your child a spot on the trip. Additional details, including final costs and dates of in-class instruction will be released as soon as enough students have registered for the trip. Please note that your child will need a passport if traveling outside of the country. 

 

Ethical Responses to the Holocaust
Ethical Responses to the Holocaust, Germany & Austria

Dates

  • In Class (8 a.m.-1 p.m.): June 1-4, June 15
  • Traveling: June 5-12

Cost: Approximately $5,350

Course Highlights and Itinerary

This course, which is offered as a senior religion elective without a study abroad component at Holy Innocents’, will take on three major lenses of inquiry: literary connections, memorialization, and national identity and immigration. Students main literary grounding will be Erik Larson’s In the Garden of Beasts, and we will be discussing the reading and using it to inform our understanding of key sites we visit during the trip. Additionally, students will learn to question memorial and monuments through critical inquiry and build awareness of how, why, and what is memorialized (and what is not). On-campus, we will watch the documentary series Hitler’s Inner Evil Circle, and while abroad, we will question what identity Germans were working so hard to protect in the years leading up to World War II. Throughout the program, we will focus on the factors that contribute to national identity, like rituals, traditions, and shared history. 

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El Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage
Pilgrimage on El Camino de Santiago, Spain

Dates

  • In Class (8 a.m.-1 p.m.): June 22-24, July 9-10
  • Traveling: June 25-July 8

Cost: Approximately $5,190

Course Highlights and Itinerary

This is course offers students the opportunity to come to understand the unique, empathic, and community-based culture that has emerged on El Camino de Santiago between walkers of the pilgrimage. Along our journey, students will explore spiritual and religious identity across a variety of mediums and experiences. Students will also gain a robust understanding of the historical context of this pilgrimage route and the role of the Catholic Church not only within religious institutions but in socio-political life before the Reformation. Students will spend time in Astorga, Spain preparing for their expedition, several days walking El Camino, and the trip will conclude at Santiago de Compostela.   

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Place-based Literature and History
Place-Based Literature and History
Dates
  • In Class (8 a.m.-1 p.m.): June 1-2, June 29-July 1
  • Traveling: June 17-26

Cost: Ranging from $4,825-$5,575

Course Highlights and Itinerary

During this trip, students will inquire into the relationship between the place in which a novel is written and the context and themes that appear within. Students will read famous novels, including J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Return of the King and Manus Magnusson’s The Vikings before, during, and after their experience in Sweden. While abroad, students will visit destinations and locations likely to evoke some of the same imagery and symbolism as appears in the novels they read. We will also consider how history informs art, and how at any given moment in history, authors and writers are weaving the zeitgeist of the times into their stories. We will ask ourselves how the sociopolitical context of an author’s country affects the work produced. Finally, we will explore the ways in which the physical geography of a country determines the lifestyle of culture of the population that lives there. During our time abroad, students will have the opportunity to visit Stockholm, Gothenburg, and Lund. 

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Ethics and Engineering
Ethics and Engineering, Boston

Dates

  • In Class (8 a.m.-1 p.m.): June 1-4, June 12
  • Traveling: June 5-11

Cost: Approximately $4,450

Course Highlights and Itinerary

In this program, we will explore the rich history and modern context of innovation in healthcare and technology within the greater Boston metropolitan area. We will learn about the past and explore the future of science and technology in one of the most innovative square miles on the planet: Kendall Square, Cambridge—home of MIT and some of the most inventive minds and influential technological advances in history. Students will have the opportunity to learn about gene editing tools like CRISPR/Cas9 and how they are rapidly advancing the potential of technology to change living organisms, including humans. We will also consider the ways that the benefits of economic development in the greater Boston area have been divided amongst the community members, focusing on how pressures in housing and transportation affect the life choices of a wide range of local citizens.

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Standardized Test Preparation
English SAT Test Prep

Looking to boost your reading and writing SAT scores?  Spend 1 week (25 hours) learning English content and test taking strategies from an English teacher!

Dates: June 1-5  OR  June 22-26

Cost: $400

 

Math SAT Test Prep

Looking to boost your math SAT scores?  Spend 1 week (25 hours) learning math content and test taking strategies from a math teacher!

Dates: June 8-12  OR  June 29–July 3

Cost: $400

Questions?

Jennifer Goldsberry
Director, HIES Summer
Academics Program

(404) 255-4026, ext. 826