Get the Andover Summer Advantage

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Bridge the gap with Phillips Academy's summer refresher programs

Is your brain a bit jumbled from the past year of remote learning? Want to refocus, recharge, and set yourself up for a great school year ahead? Join fellow local middle and high school students and fantastic teachers in person on the Phillips Academy campus for Andover Summer’s Advantage program. This two-week back-to-school academic prep program is designed especially to meet the needs of local day students, after a challenging year of remote and hybrid learning. Whether it’s brushing up on math and reading skills, doing a deep dive into coding, or getting a head start on algebra and precalculus, let Phillips Academy help you prepare for a brand-new academic year.

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Andover Advantage Course Catalog

Andover Summer Advantage Programs

Recognizing that all of our students lost a tremendous amount of classroom time this year, the Andover Advantage program is designed to offer local day students the opportunity to take 1-2 refresher courses prior to the return to "regular" school. Enrolling in an Advantage course can help to refresh and engage students as they prepare for a new year, help close any gaps that may have emerged during the pandemic, and remind students of the joy that learning in-person with their peers can bring.

Taught by Phillips Academy and Andover Summer instructors, courses will be offered in the mornings (8:30-10:00 a.m.; 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) on the Andover campus, M-F from August 2-13. Additional sessions in July may be added based on community interest.

Dates:

Monday-Friday for two consecutive weeks

August 2-August 13, 2021

Students may choose to enroll in one or two courses

Period 1: 8:30am-10:00am

Period 2: 10:30am-12:00pm

Tuition and Fees:

$750 per course

$50 Health and Safety Fee (2021 only)

For students entering grades 7-8 in the fall, the Andover Summer Advantage program plans to include:

Critical Reading and Writing

PERIOD 1

Combining critical reading and analysis of texts with the construction of written responses and arguments, this course offers students the opportunity to build their active reading skills and write for an academic audience and purpose. Over the course of the program, students will practice constructing effective sentences and paragraphs to suit a variety of topics, audiences, and aims. This literacy refresher course challenges students to confront a variety of text types and encourages them to see writing as a valuable tool for conveying their own well-developed arguments, opinions, and analyses. Students will complete a baseline assessment prior to the start of the program, in order to ensure instruction can be best targeted to current strengths and areas of need.

Math Acceleration­–Topics in Algebra

PERIOD 2

This course reviews and reinforces math skills found in the pre-algebra and Algebra I curriculum, in order to ensure students enter the Algebra I course with a solid set of underlying skills and exposure to course content. Students will review important prerequisite concepts such as arithmetic with fractions, decimals, precents, negative numbers, and integer exponents, and based on their proficiency, will move on to algebraic concepts such as variables and expressions, ratios and proportions, and graphing. Students will complete a baseline assessment prior to the start of the program, in order to ensure instruction can be best targeted to current strengths and areas of need.

*course offerings are dependent upon enrollment

For students entering grades 9-12 in the fall, the Andover Advantage program plans to include:

Critical Reading

PERIODS 1 and 2

This course focuses on students’ abilities to read and interpret short stories and essays using close reading and annotation skills, working with both fiction and nonfiction material. Students will make inferences, analyze text structure, create and evaluate arguments, and provide textual evidence to support their own assertions. Through a variety of written and visual texts students will practice taking on different points of view, summarizing details, and comparing authors. Coursework will encourage students to see themselves as independent thinkers and teaches them how to give voice to their thoughts through the written word in response to the texts they read. Students will complete a baseline assessment prior to the start of the program, in order to ensure instruction can be best targeted to current strengths and areas of need.

Academic Writing

PERIOD 1

This course emphasizes essay composition as a craft and exposes students to different uses and combinations of rhetorical modes, including definition, description, narration, process, comparison, and analysis. Over the course of the program, students will practice constructing effective sentences and paragraphs to suit a variety of topics, audiences, and aims. By writing every day as well as reading and discussing the style and mechanics of published essays, students experience writing as a rewardingly rigorous, recursive, and creative process that involves brainstorming, planning, composing, editing, reverse outlining, and constructive peer review. Students will complete a baseline assessment prior to the start of the program, in order to ensure instruction can be best targeted to current strengths and areas of need.

Math Acceleration–Topics in Intermediate Algebra

PERIOD 1

This course reviews and reinforces math skills found in the Algebra II curriculum, providing a solid foundation for pre-calculus. Topics include solving linear equations and inequalities and absolute value equations and inequalities. Students will complete a baseline assessment prior to the start of the program, in order to ensure instruction can be best targeted to current strengths and areas of need.


*course offerings are dependent upon enrollment