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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 2-week and 4-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. 

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 1-12 // 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. // Monday-Friday
Session II: June 15-26 // 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. // Monday-Friday
Session III: June 29-July 10 // 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. // Monday-Friday

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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.

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Biblical Studies

(4 weeks; 1 Religion Credit)

In this course, we will study the Bible, focusing on the Old Testament for two weeks and the New Testament for two weeks.

  • Eligible Students:  Rising 9th -10th grade students 
  • Credit: 1 Religion Credit received.  Daily attendance is mandatory. 
  • Sessions Offered: Session I-II and Session II-III
  • Cost: $3,000 per student
    Non-Refundable Registration Fee: $50

 

World Religions

(4 weeks; 1 Religion Credit)

In this course, students will acquire a basic knowledge and understanding of world religions, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism.

  • Eligible Students:  Rising 10th -12th grade students who have taken Biblical Studies (or God and Humanity)
  • Credit: 1 Religion Credit received.  Daily attendance is mandatory. 
  • Sessions Offered: Session I-II and Session II-III
  • Cost: $3,000 per student
    Non-Refundable Registration Fee: $50
 
Foreign Language Courses 

(4 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 or Sessions II-III
  • Cost:   $3000.00 per student
    Non-Refundable Registration Fee: $50.00
 
Math Courses 

(4 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 or Sessions II-III
  • 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 Nazi Regime, 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 15-24

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

FAQs

What is the attendance policy?

For experiential learning courses, in order to earn credit, students may not miss more than one hour of class time.

For traditional courses, students may not miss more than 2.5 hours of class time (for 2 week courses) or 5 hours of class time (for 4 week courses).

What is the dress code for Summer Academics?

Students are to abide by Holy Innocents' stated non-uniform dress code.

The administration reserves the right to proscribe any apparel that is considered distracting and/or inappropriate. Students are required to be neat and clean and to use their good judgment in matters of dress. Casual dress is acceptable, but students should be mindful of the academic nature of our school. Clothes must be neat and free of excessive rips, tears and frays. Pajamas are not allowed.  Sandals, slides, and slippers are not allowed. No underwear (boxer shorts, bras, etc.) may be visible at any time. Clothing that has objectionable writing may not be worn. Garments that expose the midriff are prohibited. Yoga pants/leggings are allowed, provided that there is adequate coverage. Shorts/skorts may be worn if the garment is longer than the longest finger tip when arms are extended down the sides of the body.

How do I register?

To register, download the Summer Academics registration form (linked to the left) and remit to Jennifer Goldsberry with:

  • $50 registration fee (for experiential learning)
  • $50 registration fee and full tuition (for traditional)

Can students park on campus during Summer Academics?

Yes.  All students with a valid driver's license may park on campus during Summer Academics.