Greens Farms Academy

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

Summer Academy

Summer Academy

Grades 3–12, June 10–July 19
Hours: 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Credit Courses & Two-Week Enrichment Workshops
Director of Summer Academy: Matt Norko

The Summer Academy offers students a variety of options to get ahead and strengthen their skills. Students are able to focus on one course at a time in a motivating and stress-free environment. All courses are taught by GFA faculty members and use the school’s state-of-the-art facilities. The Middle School courses also offer an introduction to GFA’s Signature Programs in Upper School. Best of all, our courses are half day, so there’s still time to enjoy the summer!

2019 Credit Classes

Geometry

Dates: 6/17–7/19
Time: 9:00–12:30
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: 6-24–7/19*
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 26.

Science & STEAM Research

Revised Dates:  6/24 - 7/19
Time:  9:00–12:30
Open to grades: 9–12
Price: $1,600

For students starting research for an Independent Study project in the sciences or pursuing a diploma concentration in STEAM, this four-week course introduces students to the principles and practices of writing and presenting at the college level. The course explores writing for scientific publications and journals, searching literature, statistical design of experiments, scientific writing, and project planning. Students also learn presentation methods for explaining scientific findings and numeracy. Each student selects a specific research topic, plans a project, and documents progress in a scientific journal. Students finish the class with a completely written research plan/proposal, which may be applied to further research during the school year or as part of a STEAM capstone project. This course is a prerequisite for Independent Study in the sciences for GFA students. Students will need a laptop computer.

2019 Two-Week Enrichment Workshops

Upper School Analytical Writing Workshop

Dates:  7/8–7/19
Time:  9:00–12:30
Open to grades: 9–12
Price: $800

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.

Upper School Creative Writing Workshop

Dates:  6/24–7/3
Time:  9:00–12:30
Open to grades: 9–12
Price: $750

This two-week course is designed to help students learn to write creatively both in both poetry and prose. The primary focus of the course will be to help students to practice the structures and techniques of creative expression as a means of exploring their own imaginations and crafting their own unique voices. By the end of the course, each student will have created a number of polished creative pieces.

Middle School Math — Grades 5/6

Dates: 6/24–7/3
Time: 9:00–12:30
Open to grades: 5–6
Price: $650

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! *This course is run together with Entering PreAlgebra & Algebra 1, but with its own activities and as its own tract to form MS Math.

Middle School Math — Entering Pre-Algebra & Algebra 1

Dates: 6/24–7/3
Time: 9:00–12:30
Open to grades: 6–8
Price: $650

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. *This course is run together with Math Grades 5/6, but with its own activities and as its own track to form MS Math.

Middle School Creative Writing Workshop

Dates: 7/8–7/19
Time: 9:00–12:30
Open to grades: 5–8
Price: $700

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: Rocketry & More

Dates: 6/10–6/21
Time: 9:00–12:30
Open to grades: 3–8
Price: $700

Calling all future scientists, makers, astronauts and engineers! ​Students are invited to become modern day rocket scientists. ​Rockets provide great hands–on opportunities for students to discover important scientific principles such as Newton’s laws, acceleration, thrust, and inertia, in both a fun and exploratory way. Using various materials​, students will test these principles and be able to launch handmade rockets​.​ These young engineers will also have the opportunity to use upcycled materials to build amazing new objects. During this workshop you will be able to design and build everything from musical instruments to video games and connect them to a computer, and program them to make them interactive! Students will be able to reflect, analyze and improve their creations through trial and error. After consideration, they improve upon designs to make them durable. Students learn about circuitry using the MaKey MaKey and develop programming skills in Scratch. With hard fun, collaboration, and creativity, this workshop is great for everyone, especially those students who love hands-on learning!

Coding — In Minecraft!

Dates: 6/24–7/3
Time: 9:00–12:30
Open to grades: 3–8
Price: $650

In this workshop students will learn Java programming by modifying Minecraft® and creating their own Mods from start to finish. Students will learn the fundamentals of the language without getting bogged down typing hundreds of lines of code one by one. Students first design the graphics, then modify real Java code to quickly program their new features. At the end of the course, students will have their own polished Mod that they created on their own. In addition to Java programming, students will be introduced to other programming languages like Scratch and Swift. They will become familiar with these languages by completing increasingly difficult challenges.

Middle School Model UN

Dates: 7/8–7/19
Time: 9:00–12:30
Open to grades: 5–8
Price: $700

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.

Video Production

Dates: 6/10–6/21
Time: 9:00–12:30
Open to grades: 5–8
Price: $700

This course is designed to teach students the three main parts of filmmaking: writing a screenplay, filming the action, and editing the video to render a movie short. In the course, we will discuss the three-act structure, read produced scripts, and watch movie clips to learn what makes a compelling visual story. Working in small groups, students will experience the ins and outs of the process: brainstorming movie ideas, script formatting, setting up camera shots, capturing crisp audio, and using Final Cut to edit video and add effects. At the end of the course, students will have turned a simple idea into a fully produced film.

Math Grades 3/4

Dates: 6/24–7/3
Time: 9:00–12:30
Open to grades: 3–4
Price: $600

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 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: 7/8–7/19
Time: 9:00–12:30
Open to grades: 3–4
Price: $650

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.

Reading Grades 3/4

Dates: 6/10–6/21
Time: 9:00–12:30
Open to grades: 3–4
Price: $650

This two–week workshop is designed for students who are looking to find engaging books to read and discuss over the summer. Students will participate in independent and whole group reading. Students will reinforce comprehension strategies as well as fluency and decoding, which will help strengthen their reading.