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January 22, 2018

Experience Andover this summer

Application now open for 7th to 12th Graders
by Jenny Barker

Students entering 7th through 12th grades have a range of new opportunities to continue their learning and stretch their imaginations this summer. Three hybrid Summer Session courses will combine exciting topicsfiction writing, literature and music, and the science of cookingand unique, in-person and online learning methods. The courses will run as five-week programs, from July 3 to August 5, 2018, including time in residence on the Phillips Academy campus and an online portion completed from home (see below for dates according to course).


Applications are open now and space is limited! Students are accepted on a rolling basis. Encourage your Andover students, their friends at other schools, and even siblings to explore these course offerings.


A Voice of Her Own: Fiction Workshop for Young Women 

for High-School Girls

On campus: July 3 to 15, 2018; Online: July 16 to August 4, 2018

This hybrid creative-writing course for young women interested in rethinking the possibilities of fiction-writing in a supportive workshop environment. The course begins with a two-week residency at Phillips Academy, where students will review and redefine conventional fiction-writing terms, experiment with generative and collaborative writing exercises, learn new editorial skills, participate in literary and social events on campus, and leave with several story drafts in progress. During the final three weeks of the course, students will expand, workshop, and revise their stories from home via an online platform. As students shift from an academic mindset to an independent one—from question-answerers to problem-makers, from student writers in the classroom to writers working as professionals do from home—they will cultivate sustainable writing habits and learn to recognize risk-taking and mistake-making as essential aspects of the creative process. By the end of the course, all students will have several polished pieces of fiction ready to share or submit to publications, new contacts in the literary world, and an expanded sense of how and why to challenge the conventions of both fiction-writing and publishing. 

This course is taught by Tang Fellow Kate McQuade, renowned author and an instructor in English at Phillips Academy. 

Literary Beats: Tapping into the Shared DNA of Music and Literature 

for High-School Students 

Online: July 3 to 22, 2018; On campus: July 23 to August 5, 2018

With the great musician Bob Dylan winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016, the question "What is Literature?" has gotten even more complicated. Going back to Ancient Greece, there has been a long- standing kinship between music and literature, and in the "Literary Beats" course, a personalized five-week hybrid program, students have the opportunity to explore some of the following questions rarely asked in an academic setting: Do our favorite songs have "literary merit?" Can the study of pop music, often cited as the "people's poetry," be an important intellectual pursuit? Who might be the next musician to win the Nobel Prize? The only course prerequisites are a love for music, a willingness to explore how sounds contribute to meaning in literature, and an adventurous curiosity about connecting the two disciplines. Literary Beats starts with a three-week online experience as students introduce themselves to their classmates with their own musical playlists and use that repertoire to launch into discussions and collaborative projects. Although the instructors will spotlight hip hop artists and Harlem Renaissance poets, the course will be powered by personal interest as students will collect and analyze their own songs and poems from a variety of musical genres and literary periods. Students will also learn about the role of music and songs in classic literature such as Shakespeare's plays and in excerpts from great modern fiction, including Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man.

This course is designed for all high-school-aged students and is taught by Edward Raines, an English teacher at Westridge School, and Leo Kitajima, director of orchestra, jazz, and chamber music at Menlo School. 

Serving Up Science 

for Rising 7th and 8th Graders 

Online: July 3 to 22, 2018On campus: July 23 to August 5, 2018

The course begins with a three-week online experience that engages students in coursework and preparation through a variety of online platforms and computer-based learning. Students then spend two weeks of residency on the Phillips Academy campus, applying what they have learned in the online portion of the course to real-life lab experiments, projects, and in-person learning. While on campus, students will utilize the school’s excellent facilities and resources—including the Gelb Science Center and Paresky Commons dining hall—to think about chemistry in both complex and simple ways. Through class work, field trips, evening study sessions, and online activities, students will work to develop and apply their knowledge of scientific concepts to better understand the chemical reactions that are present in a variety of approaches to cooking. A laptop is required. 

This course, now in its second is designed for rising 7th and 8th graders as part of the Lower School Institute and taught by Andover faculty members Brian Faulk, chemistry instructor, and Keith Robinson, biology and chemistry instructor. 

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