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Summer Academics

Sessions for Summer 2023

Session I:  June 5-16 // 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. // Monday-Friday
Session II: June 20-30 // 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. // Monday-Friday (no classes on June 19)
Session III: July 10-21 // 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. // Monday-Friday

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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. Please enjoy this video to learn more about it. 

Our traditional program offers a variety of credit forward two-week and four-week courses that provide students with greater academic flexibility during the school year by freeing up space in their schedule for additional electives, including AP coursework, Fine Arts and PEAK offerings, or for more advanced world languages or religion courses than they would otherwise be able to take.

With our experiential learning courses, students spend five 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!

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Credit-Forward 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.

Biblical Studies

(4 weeks; 1 Religion Credit)

This course satisfies a core religion credit necessary for graduation and introduces students to Old and New Testaments.

  • Eligible Students:  Rising 9-12 grade students
  • Credit: 1 Religion Credit received. Daily attendance is mandatory. 
  • Cost: $3,000 per student
    Non-Refundable Registration Fee: $50
  • Offered: Sessions I and II (June 5-30, 2023)


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. Students have the opportunity to participate in unique, days-long field trips to local religious sites to deepen their understanding of world religions.

  • Eligible Students:  Rising 10th -12th grade students who have taken Biblical Studies 
  • Credit: 1 Religion Credit received. Daily attendance is mandatory. 
  • Cost: $3,000 per student
    Non-Refundable Registration Fee: $50
  • Offered: Sessions I & II (June 5-30, 2023)
World Language Courses 

(4 weeks; 1 World Language Credit)

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

  • Eligible Students:  Rising 10th -12th grade students 
  • Credit: 1 World Language Credit received. Daily attendance is mandatory. 
  • Cost: $3,000 per student
    Non-Refundable Registration Fee: $50
  • Offered: Session I & II (June 5-30, 2023)




Non Credit-Forward Courses


Students can elect to take non-credit bearing coursework over the summer to help bridge the gap between middle and upper school or to enhance their skills in certain subject areas.

English & Math Skills for Rising Freshmen

(2 weeks; Session III, July 10-21, 2023)

This course will introduce skills for success in the Upper School. With a physics-first curriculum and writing-intensive Humanities courses, students need a strong background in algebra and language arts to thrive during freshmen year. This course will focus on reading and writing during the first week, including strategies for research writing essential for success in freshmen history. The second week will be spent on algebraic fundamentals needed for success in physics and math as well as study skills and organization strategies to help make the transition into the Upper School as smooth as possible.

  • Eligible Students: Rising 9th grade students 
  • Cost: $1,500 per student
    Non-Refundable Registration Fee: $50

Strategies: Advanced History Skills

(1 week; July 10-14, 2023 or July 17-21, 2023)

This one-week course gives you the skills you need to succeed in advanced-level history courses. You will learn historical thinking skills and strategies for reading primary and secondary sources along with practicing written responses on a range of question types.

  • Eligible Students: Rising 10th, 11th and 12th grade students 
  • Cost: $750 per student
    Non-Refundable Registration Fee: $50

Experiential Learning

We will release more information on 2023 experiential learning opportunities soon. In the meantime, check out some of the courses we have offered in the past.


Biblical Studies: Greece

(1 religion credit forward)
Faculty Lead: Evan Bassett
Dates: (On-campus) June 6-17 & June 29-July 1
(Travel) June 20-27
Travel/ land based costs: $5,035
Estimated Airfare: $1,675
Estimated Cost: $6,710
Enrollment Limit: 10 students

Click here for the itinerary. 

A travel version of our traditional Biblical Studies course that pairs 2 weeks of on-campus instruction with travel to Greece to explore the New Testament through the life of Paul the Apostle. The course will be led by Evan Bassett, faculty in the Holy Innocents’ religion department and PhD candidate in Hebrew Bible at Emory University. Students will earn their core credit for Biblical Studies as they visit destinations like Corinth, Patmos, and Thessaloniki.

Understanding Dutch Life: Literature, History, Art – Amsterdam
(Half elective-credit forward)
Faculty Lead: George Bevington
Dates: (On-campus) June 13 & June 23-24
(Travel) June 14-22
Travel/ land based costs: $4,615
Estimated Airfare: $1,200
Estimated Cost: $5,815
Enrollment Limit: 15 students

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to earn an elective half-credit as you explore the history and culture of Amsterdam through literature with George Bevington. Books will come alive as you explore art, architecture, and urban life on the streets of Amsterdam.

World Religions: Bali

(1 religion credit forward)
Faculty Lead: Adrienne Rowe
Dates: (On-campus) June 6-17 & July 1
(Travel) June 20-29
Travel/ land based costs: $4,885
Estimated Airfare: $1,525
Estimated Cost: $6,410
Enrollment Limit: 10 students 
(We have already reached enrollment capacity and are no longer accepting registration for this course)
Click here for the itinerary. 

For those who are desiring a truly unique summer experience, our travel version of the World Religions course involves 2 weeks of on campus work followed by 10 days in beautiful Bali. Students will be led by Adrienne Rowe, long time religion and history teacher and Dean of the Class of 2024, as they explore ritual, reverence, and religious practice on the island of Bali.


Ethical Responses to the Nazi Regime, Central Europe

(Half elective-credit forward)
Faculty Lead: Rebecca Rivera
Dates: (On-campus) June 6-8 & June 17
(Travel) June 9-16
Travel/ land based costs: $4,380
Estimated Airfare: $1,400
Estimated Cost: $5,780
Enrollment Limit: 12 students

Click here for the 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.

Ethics and Engineering
STEM: Ethics and Our Shared Future - Boston

Faculty Lead: Amanda Sautter
Dates: (On-campus) June 13,15,17 & June 20-21
(Travel) June 20-26
Travel/ land based costs: $4,485
Estimated Airfare: $775
Estimated Cost: $5,260
Enrollment Limit: 10 students

Click here for the 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.  


Jennifer Evans, Ph.D.
Upper School Summer Academics Director
(404) 303-2150, ext. 272