Signature Programs
Virtual Saints

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, 2022.

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  • Personal Finance

    Instructor: Ibby Joseph
    Grade Levels: 11th – 12th
    Dates: June 13 - July 1, 2022
    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.
  • The Cold War: American Foreign Policy, 1945-1991

    Instructor: Jim Foley
    Grade Levels: 11th-12th
    Dates: June 14 – July 2, 2021
    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.
  • A Nation Divided: The Literature of Civil Rights in the Modern US

    Instructor: Linda Rodriguez
    Grade Levels: 11th-12th
    Dates: June 14 – July 2, 2021
    Meeting Time: 9:00 – 11:00 am
    Tuition: $475
    Materials: All materials will be provided by the instructor.

    The story of equality in America is a tale of achingly slow but steady progress. From the Civil War to the present day, the path toward equal rights has never been direct or secure. This semester course is designed as an interdisciplinary exploration of the quest for civil rights throughout the 19th and 20th centuries as it relates to African Americans, women, Native Americans, Asian Americans, migrant workers and the LGBTQ community. Special focus will be given to the indelible role that the deep South played in the struggle. Students will work with various texts including Supreme Court Cases, memoire, essays, poetry, short fiction, and primary source documents. Additionally, students will design and implement their own oral history projects as a culmination to the class.
  • Ethics

    Instructor: Chris Robinson
    Grade Levels: 11th-12th
    Dates: July 18 – August 5
    Meeting Time: 9:00 – 11:00 am
    Tuition: $475
    • Ethics: Theory and Contemporary Issues 9th Edition by Barbara Mackinnon (ISBN) 978-1305958678
    • other materials shared over Google Classroom

    Students will become familiar with the study of ethics and major theories. Students will consider major ethical issues and relevant ethical dilemmas, applying relevant theories. Students will continue to develop personal ethics.
  • Short Story as Memoir: Critique and Editing

    Instructor: Jen Whitt
    Grade Levels: 9th – 12th
    Dates: June 14 – July 2, 2021
    Meeting Time: 1:00 – 3:00 pm
    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.
  • Songs and Songwriting

    Instructor: Scott Albert Johnson
    Grade Levels: 9th-12th
    Tuition: $475

    Songwriters and Songwriting will be an elective course that combines a survey of some of the great songwriters of the last 100 years (from multiple genres) with a component in which students write their own song(s). Students will use as their primary textbook "Songwriters on Songwriting" by Paul Zollo and his sequel, "More Songwriters on Songwriting," which include interviews with well-known artists (including Bob Dylan, Kenny Gamble, Paul Simon, Randy Newman, Herbie Hancock and many more) about their creative process.  Students will explicate the lyrics of well-known songs, from the Jazz Age to modern hip-hop and everything in between. They will also have a project where they write their own song, either individually or in partnership with another student. While the primary focus will be on the lyrical aspect of songwriting, students will also be expected to understand basic musical structure and (very light) theory.

    This course will also offer an adults only section which will meet at an alternate time from the student section.

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, 2022.  Please use the following discount codes at registration.
  • SAESRSM (-$100) - For any St. Andrew's student (additional $100 discount off standard member enrollment fee)
  • SAESRFRIENDS (-$350) - For any non-St. Andrew's student ($350 discount off non-member enrollment fee)

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  • Geometry

    This intensive summer course is designed to provide an accelerated path through the traditional high school geometry curriculum. Focusing on Euclidian geometry, students will examine topics relating to parallel lines, similar and congruent triangles, quadrilaterals, polygons, and circles. Students can expect to analyze lengths, areas, and volumes of two and three dimensional figures, and will explore transformations and other manipulations. Particular attention will be paid to introductory trigonometry with right triangles and the study of circles (radians, sectors, arc length etc). In addition, the development of a mature, logical thought process will begin through a formal introduction to arguments, deductions, theorems, and proofs. Because this course will cover topics that are typically presented in a yearlong course, students should expect to dedicate 15-20 hours per week during the intensive 7-week summer session. Prerequisite: A strong background in Algebra 1 or similar.

    Recommended resource: This course will draw significantly from McDougal-Littell's Geometry, Jurgensen, Brown, and Jurgensen 2011. It is not required that students purchase it - though they may find it useful as a companion resource for this course.
  • Cyber Security

    Cyber criminals leverage technology and human behavior to attack our online security. This course explores the fundamentals of and vulnerabilities in the design of computers, networks, and the internet. Course content includes the basics of computer components, connectivity, virtualization, and hardening. Students will learn about network design, Domain Name Services, and TCP/IP. They will understand switching, routing and access control for internet devices, and how denial of service, spoofing and flood attacks work. Basic programming introduced in the course will inform hashing strategies, while an introduction to ciphers and cryptography will show how shared-key encryption works for HTTPS and TLS traffic. Students will also explore the fundamentals of data forensics and incident response protocols. The course includes analysis of current threats and best practice modelling for cyber defense, including password complexity, security, management, breach analysis, and hash cracking. Computational thinking and programming skills developed in this course will help students solve a variety of cybersecurity issues. There is no computer science prerequisite for this course, though students with some background will certainly find avenues to flex their knowledge.
  • Medical Problem Solving

    In this medical program for high school students, participants collaboratively solve medical mystery cases, similar to the approach used in many medical schools. Students use problem-solving techniques in order to understand and appreciate relevant medical/biological facts as they confront the principles and practices of medicine, and enhance their critical thinking skills through:
    • Examining data
    • Drawing conclusions
    • Making diagnoses
    • Treating patients
  • Abnormal Psychology

    This course provides students with a general introduction to the field of abnormal psychology from a western perspective while exploring the cultural assumptions within the field. Students examine the biopsychosocial aspects of what we consider abnormal while developing an understanding of the stigma often associated with psychological disorders. Through book study, videos, article reviews, and discussions, students consider how our increasingly global world influences mental health in diverse settings. In learning about the different areas of western abnormal psychology, students study the symptoms, diagnoses, and responses to several specific disorders such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, or schizophrenia. Students develop an understanding of how challenging it can be to define “normal” as they begin to empathize with those struggling with mental distress. Throughout the course, students are encouraged to attend to their own mental well-being. The course culminates in an independent project where students showcase their learning with the goal of making an impact in their local communities.
  • Digital Photography

    In an era where everyone has become a photographer obsessed with documenting most aspects of life, we swim in a sea of images, whether posted on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Pinterest, or another digital medium. Yet what does taking a powerful and persuasive photo with a 35mm digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera require? Digital Photography explores this question in a variety of ways, beginning with the technical aspects of using and taking advantage of a powerful camera then moving to a host of creative questions and opportunities. Technical topics such as aperture, shutter, white balance, and resolution get ample coverage in the first half of the course, yet each is pursued with the goal of enabling students to leverage the possibilities that come with manual image capture. Once confident about technical basics, students apply their skills when pursuing creative questions such as how to understand and use light, how to consider composition, and how to take compelling portraits. Throughout the course, students tackle projects that enable sharing their local and diverse settings, ideally creating global perspectives through doing so. Additionally, students interact with each other often through critique sessions and collaborative exploration of the work of many noteworthy professional photographers, whose images serve to inspire and suggest the diverse ways that photography tells visual stories. Prerequisite: Students must have daily access to a DSLR camera.
  • Fiction Writing

    This course connects students interested in creative writing (primarily short fiction) and provides a space for supportive and constructive feedback. Students gain experience in the workshop model, learning how to effectively critique and discuss one each other's writing in an online environment. In addition to developing skills as readers within a workshop setting, students strive to develop their own writing identities through a variety of exercises.

    International Connection: The Globalization of Creative Fiction Writing

    This Online Fiction Writing Course capitalizes on the geographic diversity of the students by eliciting stories that shed light on both the commonalities and differences of life experiences in different locations. Additionally, we read and discuss the work of authors from around the globe.

    Students’ Essential Responsibilities Are Twofold:

    1. To engage in the class as readers and writers and
    2. To focus on their development as readers and writers
    Both require active participation in discussions of various formats within our online community, as well as dedicated time outside of class reading and providing constructive feedback on one another’s work and writing original pieces for the workshop.

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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
North Campus | Grades 5 to 12
370 Old Agency Road, Ridgeland, Mississippi 39157