Fall 2020 Opening of School Information for Phillips Academy Families

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Offering a personalized academic summer alternative

In light of the evolving situation related to the novel coronavirus (covid-19), Andover Summer has suspended all residential programming originally scheduled for the summer of 2020. In response to the interest expressed by families of enrolled students, Phillips Academy will be offering a limited number of online alternatives for students this summer. While we still believe strongly that the magic of Andover Summer lies in the on-campus experience – something that simply can’t be replicated completely online – we also feel a responsibility to offer online academic courses to students who have requested these, and others around the globe who may be seeking summer options. Through our partnership with the Tang Institute, eSummer at Phillips Academy will be available to students seeking to fill academic gaps through a virtual program this summer.

eSummer applications are due by May 29, 2020, thank you for your interest!

Running on the same 5-week calendar as the Andover Summer program (June 29-July 31, 2020), eSummer at Phillips Academy will offer:
  • A mix of innovative and traditional courses developed and taught by Phillips Academy faculty
  • Asynchronous, personalized learning to support students in achieving mastery of course goals through the creation and execution of a personalized learning plan
  • Extensive interaction with faculty and peers through optional synchronous sessions, video discussions, and daily office hours

With tuition rates at a fraction of the cost of Andover Summer’s regular residential offerings, eSummer at Phillips Academy offers an affordable alternative to those seeking an Andover experience.

  • Lower School Institute (for rising 7th and 8th graders): $1970 for a 5-week interdisciplinary program
  • Upper School (for rising 9th-12th graders): $945 per course for a 5-week academic class

Offerings for rising 7th - 8th graders

Study Materials

Prep Institute

This interdisciplinary institute is designed to provide middle school students of all ages a personalized pathway to academic success in math and English. Led by faculty from Phillips Academy and Andover Summer.

Work Bench

Physics of Flight

Along with lectures and videos highlighting the history and the challenges of human flight, you'll be making use of flight simulation and space exploration games. Learning how to design and fly planes, then blast off!

Student at computer

Express Yourself

Develop skills in close reading, observation, and reflection. Through the study of literature, you will consider how human beings tell their stories then apply through your own writing and film.

Complete LSI Course Catalog

View all of the available online course offerings, including full course descriptions, potential assignments, and projects. Courses fill on a rolling basis.


Engage Your Passion

With offerings that include Intensive Film Workshop and Digital Photography students can engage their creative passions this summer through an online experience at Andover, without ever needing to leave their homes. No specialized equipment will be required, as faculty will guide students through how to use their own devices to create art.

Writing For Success

Andover Summer's most popular course - Writing for Success - has been reimagined for an online summer experience. Students seeking to build their academic and creative writing skills, or hoping to get a jump on writing their college essays, can receive instruction, guidance, and support from Phillips Academy and Andover Summer faculty in the online English courses offered this summer.

Study for the Next Level

For those students seeking a way to prepare for the rigors of the next level of mathematics, Phillips Academy's faculty have designed a series of courses that couple easy-to-follow instruction with challenging practice and extensive supporting resources. From Introduction to Algebra all the way to Prep for AP Calculus, our math offerings provide something for everyone.

Develop Your Knowledge

Aspiring biologists, physicists, and astronomers will be well-served by Phillips Academy's offerings this summer. Providing coursework that focuses on development of knowledge and deep understanding in each discipline, coupled with at-home experiments and simulations, our science courses offer an option for students seeking to better understand the physical world around them.


When will courses begin and end?

Online courses will run during the same 5-week block originally intended for the Andover Summer residential program, beginning on Monday, June 29 and ending Friday, July 31, 2020.

What will be the eSummer at Phillips Academy program look like?

eSummer at Phillips Academy will offer a mastery-based, personalized approach to academics through intensive 1:1 coaching sessions with Phillips Academy faculty members, the development of a personalized learning plan to guide independent work towards mastery of a set of learning goals, and participation in a final Exhibition of Learning. Students will collaborate with peers on assignments and projects, connect in weekly synchronous class meetings, and engage in small groups with the teacher regularly during office hours. Additionally, faculty members will focus on helping students build effective online learning skills, preparing them to succeed in future online courses. For a more detailed video explanation of the summer schedule and workflow, click here.

What is the estimated time commitment?

We expect that students will put in roughly ~60-120 minutes of work daily per course, including:

  • Development of a personalized learning plan in partnership with their teachers, and regular 1:1 conferencing regarding their process and skill development.
  • Independent work on curated assignments relating to course learning goals (these may include video viewing or development, writing, reading, peer editing, projects - both individual and/or small group - and other forms of instruction or independent practice).
  • Completion of gateway assessments in Canvas, the Academy’s Learning Management System.
  • Partner or small group work via an Academy collaborative platform or web-based meeting tool.

When will I select my course?

After receiving an offer of admission and submitting a deposit and Enrollment Agreement, students will be able to register for the course(s) of their choice through the Parent Portal. Courses fill on a rolling basis, so this is a first-come, first-served opportunity.

Will courses run synchronously, asynchronously, or both?

Because we anticipate that students will be located all over the world, we do not anticipate that much synchronous work, if any, will be feasible. However, all students will be invited to participate in regular 1:1 check-ins with their teachers to reflect on their progress towards course learning goals, and office hours will be staggered to enable all students to have a realistic opportunity to engage in live conversation regularly, should they so desire. Asynchronous activities leading towards mastery of course goals will form the bulk of the coursework.

How will students’ performance be assessed?

Mastery learning is the name of the game. eSummer at Phillips Academy is about learning – not grades – and students will be assessed on their demonstrated levels of mastery of each of the course learning goals. Whether a student is progressing toward mastery, demonstrating mastery, or extending mastery, the focus is on building deep knowledge, skills, and connections. At the end of the summer, students will receive comprehensive narrative reports from their teachers, documenting their progress and assigning mastery levels related to each core learning goal.

What are the technical requirements?

In order to participate effectively in our online courses this summer, all students will need access to an internet-connected device (i.e. computer, tablet, phone) on which they can type, record video and audio, download content, and access information. They will need to be working with a relatively recent internet browser (the last 2 versions). Reliable internet service and the ability to access Academy webpages are also technical requirements for participation. Specific guidance for the requirements relating to Canvas, the Academy's learning management system, can be found here. Additionally, Microsoft Office 365 and the Adobe Creative Cloud will be made available to anyone with an andover.edu email address. Operating system requirements are Windows 8.1 or higher for Microsoft Office and Windows 10 for Adobe Creative Cloud, or any of the three most recent versions of macOS (currently 10.13 through 10.15). Browser requirements are the most recent version of the major browsers.

Will students earn credit for online courses?

As with our residential program, course credit is determined by a student’s home institution. End-of-session comments will be provided to all students, along with an assessment of their mastery of the course learning goals using an adapted version of Phillips Academy's 0-6 grading scale.

Does eSummer at Phillips Academy offer Financial Aid?

At this time Phillips Academy is unable to offer Financial Aid for participation in Summer 2020 virtual programming.