Greens Farms Academy

An Independent Co-Ed Day School For Grades PreK-12

Summer Academy

Grades 3–12, Starts June 10
Credit Courses & Two-Week Enrichment Workshops

The Summer Academy offers students a variety of innovative courses that explore project-based learning while focusing on collaboration, creativity, skills development, and fun. Students are able to focus on one course at a time in a motivating and stress-free environment under the leadership of our GFA faculty. Most of our courses end at 12:30 pm so there is still plenty of time to enjoy the summer.

All courses take place on campus and are open to the public. 

Half-Day Sessions: June 10–July 19.

Registration will open in February.

MATT NORKO
DIRECTOR OF SUMMER ACADEMY

2018 Credit Classes

Geometry

Dates: 6/18-7/20
Time: 8:30-12:00
Open to grades: 9-12
Cost: $2,000

This five-week for-credit course focuses on geometric properties and relationships of parallel and perpendicular lines, symmetry and congruency, quadrilaterals and polygons, right triangles, circles, and areas and volumes of various shapes. Rigorous proof of geometric properties will be emphasized. Analytic and vector methods will be used. This course is designed for acceleration, not remediation, and is open to both GFA and non-GFA students. Students will need to purchase a textbook prior to enrollment. Geometry, Jurgensen et al. McDougal Littell Publishers, ISBN 0-395-97727-4

International Relations

Dates: 6-18-7/13*
Time: 3 hours per day
Open to grades: 9-12
Cost: $1,600

This online, for-credit course exposes students to ideas from some of the greatest thinkers in international relations. Readings explore different philosophies that have developed in the field and writers’ divergent assessments of, and answers to, the main problems in the international arena. Students reflect on a series of questions central to the study of International Relations: war and peace in the modern state system, the growth of the global economy, the role of International law and supranational institutions, and the challenges posed by nuclear proliferation and terrorism. In addition, students will explore the complexity of current affairs through case studies, simulations of international crises, and in-depth analysis of global issues. Throughout the course, discussion is grounded in real world problems, with the primary emphasis on current global issues and their historical background, as well as on concepts and theories. Students will spend three flexible hours per day online, five days per week for four weeks. A final paper is due on July 20.

2018 Two-Week Enrichment Workshops

Upper School Analytical Writing Workshop

Dates: 7/9-7/20
Time: 9:00-12:00
Open to grades: 9-12
Cost: $800

Description: This two-week course is designed to help students learn to write analytically about a variety of genres. The primary emphasis of the course is that writing is a process: we will divide that process into discrete stages so that students will be able to work in-depth on each stage. Students will practice building their arguments about the meaning of a text upon close analysis of the text's structure and language; each student will receive feedback and evaluation of their work, both from their classmates and from the instructor. By the end of the course, each student will have crafted a number of polished analytical pieces

Math Grades 5/6

Dates: 6/25-7/6
Time: 9:00-12:00
Open to grades: 5-6
Cost: $700

Description: This two-week workshop is designed to master the necessary math facts for success in Middle School Math. Students review a variety of topics including basic number facts and number sense. Instruction focuses around each student’s individual needs and provides plenty of practice opportunities. Games will keep the math lively and fun!

Math - Entering Pre-Algebra & Algebra 1

Dates: 6/25-7/6
Time: 9:00-12:00
Open to grades: 6-8
Cost: $700

Description: Through games and individualized instruction, this two-week workshop gives students a chance to practice and master the math facts they’ll need for success with algebraic concepts. Students will work on basic number facts; order of operations; integers; fractions, decimals, and percents; estimation; probability; geometry concepts; equation solving; and basic word problems — all designed to set them up for success in next year’s math classes with plenty of practice opportunities.

Middle School Creative Writing Workshop

Dates: 7/9-7/20
Time: 9:00-12:00
Open to grades: 5-8
Cost: $700

Description: This two-week workshop offers students the opportunity to improve their narrative writing skills through the exploration of personal narrative and fiction writing. Students work primarily on creative writing pieces and instruction focuses on all stages of the writing process in order to strengthen writing skills and confidence in the genre. The class offers a great opportunity for both relaying and receiving constructive criticism during workshop time. Memoirs, poetry, and short stories are utilized for discussion and writing topics.

STEAM Camp

Dates: Session 1: 6/25-7/6
Session 2: 7/9-7/20
Time: 9:00-12:00
Open to grades: 3-8
Cost: $700/session

Description: Calling all future scientists, makers, astronauts, artists, and engineers! STEAM Camp is your chance to be creative and innovative through hands-on challenges like rocketry, coding in Minecraft, 3D design and printing, and computer science methodologies, and much more. It is an opportunity to discover important scientific principles through fun and exploration. You’ll also get a chance to dream, design, prototype, and test everything from musical instruments to video games and and program them to be interactive! All students will get a chance to test and improve their creations through trial and error to discover the methods that work best. You’ll also learn about circuitry using the MaKey MaKey and develop programming skills in Scratch. If you love collaboration, creativity, fun and hands-on learning, this camp is for you! Each session is different, so sign up for one or both.

Middle School Model UN

Dates: 7/9-7/20
Time: 9:00-12:00
Open to grades: 5-8
Cost: $700

Description: Are you a Middle Schooler interested by politics, diplomacy, or the international community? This course is designed just for you. Over the course of two weeks, you’ll get a chance to dive into these concepts and participate in educational simulations to deepen your understanding of the global community. Imagine a humanitarian crisis, a coup, or a war. How do you respond as a neighboring, or even distant, country? Learn more about the role that the United Nations plays in the global community and its impact around the world.

Science and Art in Nature

Dates: 6/11-6/22
Time: 9:00-12:00
Open to grades: 3-8
Cost: $700

Description: For students in Lower and Middle School, this course is an introduction to organic horticulture and local ecology. Spend time in our gardens to learn about organic practices, soil management, ecological design, pest management, seed saving, herbalism and much more. Explore our grounds to learn about the roles and uses of various trees and shrubs. Some design projects may include ecological landscaping, living art, container gardens, and herbal medicines. This course aims to provide students with a broad knowledge of native and Northeast adapted plants for food, fiber, medicine, and ecological design.

Math Grades 3/4

Dates: 6/25-7/6
Time: 9:00-12:00
Open to grades: 3-4
Cost: $650

Description: This two-week workshop is designed for students who are looking to keep themselves more academically focused during the summer and improve their math skills while having some fun! Students also explore math topics of estimation, integer operations, and the basic facts essential to mathematical success in future years.

Writing Grades 3/4

Dates: 7/9-7/20
Time: 9:00-12:00
Open to grades: 3-4
Cost: $650

Description: This two-week workshop is designed for students who are looking to stay focused during the summer, and who are interested in fun ways to improve their writing skills. Students will work on analytical skills and creative writing pieces. By focusing on all stages of the writing process students will gain a better understanding of writing techniques they’ll need for success in the year ahead.