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Summer Courses

Virtual Saints re-imagines teaching and learning to allow students the flexibility to participate from anywhere in the world and to complete the work within their own schedules. Combining both real time meetings with at your own pace activities and assignments, St. Andrew’s teachers will leverage the best pedagogical practices with new technology to design a unique and engaging experience for all. In addition, students can expect to have weekly individual virtual meetings with teachers to receive further guidance and feedback, for a truly personalized learning experience.

*The deadline to enroll is June 1, 2023.

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  • Interview and Monologue Workshop

    Instructor: David Kelly
    Grade Levels: 8th –12th
    Dates: June 12 - June 30, 2023
    Tuition: $475
    Materials: A computer with a webcam for recording
    This asynchronous virtual course takes students through the process of selecting, preparing and presenting monologues, famous speeches from history, and original speeches, and impromptu speaking.  Students will have the opportunity to work on a range of texts and styles to gain confidence as speakers and apply their skills in scenarios ranging from university interviews to speaking in class presentations and acting on stage or on film. This class will help students find their voice and show off their public speaking skills. Generous feedback and live interview and performance tips will benefit students who take this course.  This course is geared toward High School seniors who wish to gain experience as polished and professional speakers for college admissions or job interviews, school presentations, and for any student who wishes to hone their acting skills.
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  • Personal Finance

    Instructor: Ibby Joseph
    Grade Levels: 11th – 12th
    Dates: June 12 - June 30, 2023
    Meeting Time: 9:00 – 11:00 am
    Tuition: $475
    Materials: Foundations of Personal Finance by Dave Ramsey, ISBN 978-1936948222

    In the Personal Finance course, students will learn budgeting basics, how to plan for college, ways to save money, the availability of financial services, the role of insurance, how to complete a tax return, renting vs buying, how to improve a credit score, using the debt snowball, how to become an aware consumer, how to be ready for a career, how to invest and how to be prepared for retirement.  In addition, students will study global economics.  During class time, students will complete various activities related to these topics and will prepare several projects.
  • Spanish 2

    Instructor: Nancy Rivas
    Grade Levels: 9th - 12th
    Dates: June 19 – August 2, 2023
    Materials: EntreCulturas 2 and One-Year Softcover Print and Digital Student Package (ISBN) 9781942400547; computer with camera and microphone in working conditions and headphones with microphone attached.
    This is an intensive course that focuses on improving students’ language skills and concepts learned in level 1. This intensive course will continue to emphasize the fundamentals of the Spanish language and to challenge students to increase the breadth and complexity of their language skills. Students will be prepared to start Spanish III in the fall. The course will cover the first half of the textbook. 
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  • Spanish 3

    Instructor: Nancy Rivas
    Grade Levels: 9th - 12th
    Dates: June 19 – August 2, 2023
    Materials: EntreCulturas 2 and One-Year Softcover Print and Digital Student Package (ISBN) 9781942400547; computer with camera and microphone in working conditions and headphones with microphone attached.
    This is an intensive course that focuses on improving students’ language skills and concepts learned in the previous 2 levels. The program is standards-based, organized thematically to include real-life thematic and cultural contexts. Students will have opportunities to interact in the target language to solidify culturally appropriate communication skills using authentic materials. Students should be ready for level 4 during the fall semester upon successful completion of the course. The course will cover the second half of the textbook.
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  • The Cold War: American Foreign Policy, 1945-1991

    Instructor: Jim Foley
    Grade Levels: 11th-12th
    Dates: June 12 – June 30, 2023
    Meeting Time: 9:00 – 11:00 am
    Tuition: $475
    Materials: For the Soul of Mankind: The United States, the Soviet Union, and the Cold War by Melvyn P. Leffler (ISBN 978-0374531423). All other materials will be provided to students.

    This course examines the development of this historical era from its beginnings during the Grand Alliance of World War Two, to its outbreak in the immediate post-war period, through detente and into the end of the Cold War with the end of Soviet rule in Eastern Europe and the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Students learn about the political, military, diplomatic, and cultural dimensions to the Cold War.
  • Short Story as Memoir: Critique and Editing

    Instructor: Jen Whitt
    Grade Levels: 9th – 12th
    Dates: July 5 – July 26, 2023
    Tuition:$475
    Materials: Selected stories will be emailed at the beginning of each week. You will need a journal/paper if you think better using a pen and paper. If not, we will be using shared Google Docs for all peer reviews.

    Participants in the class would learn to think like writers, to better understand the techniques a writer uses and the decisions a writer must make. 

    By focusing on the short story format, the class would examine how the construct is the perfect vehicle to build a personal narrative. Through a close study of a collection of diverse short stories, students will learn how to turn the mundane and ordinary from their life into memoir. 

    Work for the class includes a Harkness table short story analysis that ties directly to daily writing prompts. In addition to the nightly readings, students will be expected to generate pieces for critique as each class will contain a creative writing workshop either in small groups or one-on-one. The final week will primarily  consist of revisions and edits with the goal of producing an original short story memoir that could then be published. Depending on schedules and the timing of the class, it is possible to also have an author come as a guest speaker to offer tips and feedback. 

    Short stories to be examined include works by: Irving, Hemingway, Chopin, Dubus, Kinkaid, Plath, Walker, Bellow, O’Brien.
 

Global Online Academy

St. Andrew's is the only school in Mississippi to have been granted membership in Global Online Academy (GOA), a consortium of leading independent schools from around the world that provides online courses which go beyond the confines of the traditional school curriculum, and we are excited to now be able to provide this experience to students outside of St. Andrew's through Virtual Saints' summer experience. Interested students can view the full summer course offerings here and browse popular courses below. Students should register directly with GOA through their summer course website.

*The cost of summer GOA courses is $650 with the exception of Spanish Language through Culture and Geometry which are $900. The deadline to apply for summer GOA classes is June 1, 2023.

  • Geometry
  • PreCalculus
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Problem Solving with Engineering and Design
  • Digital Photography
  • How to Argue Well
 

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    Linda Rodriguez 

    Upper School English and History Teacher, Director of Virtual Learning
    (601) 853-6000
Foundations — Grade 12 • Jackson, Mississippi
South Campus | Infants to Grade 4
4120 Old Canton Road, Jackson, Mississippi 39216
601.987.9300
North Campus | Grades 5 to 12
370 Old Agency Road, Ridgeland, Mississippi 39157
601.853.6000