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. Required real time meetings (for whole class instruction, small group collaboration/discussion, or one-on-one consultation with faculty) will take place within a window of time outside of the traditional school day. Students can expect an average of 5 hours of work each week including the class meeting, with most of that time devoted to asynchronous activities.

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  • Algebra I

    Instructor: Kim Widdig
    Grade Levels: 7th-8th
    Dates: June 14 – July 23, 2021
    Meeting Time: 9:00 – 11:00 am
    Tuition: $800
    Algebra 1 is designed to give students a foundation for all future mathematics courses. The fundamentals of algebraic problem-solving are explained. Concepts to be studied will include foundations of Algebra, solving equations and inequalities, linear and quadratic functions, systems of equations and inequalities, polynomials and factoring, radical expressions and equations, introduction to exponential functions, and data analysis and probability using real world data. Algebra 1 in a summer school environment is designed to complete a year-long Algebra 1 class in an accelerated six-week time frame. In order to be successful in this course, the student needs a strong background in Pre-Algebra and a consistent work ethic.
  • Honors Algebra II

    Instructor: Trish Martin
    Grade Levels: 9th-11th
    Dates: June 14 – July 23, 2021
    Meeting Time: 9:00 – 11:00 am
    Tuition: $800
    Honors Algebra 2 provides an in-depth study of the parent functions, their transformations, applications, and algebraic properties which provides a solid background for students moving into Honors Precalculus. The summer course will move at a fast pace covering a minimum of one chapter per week for six weeks.
  • Honors Geometry

    Instructor: Kim Widdig
    Grade Levels: 8th-9th
    Dates: June 14 – July 23, 2021
    Meeting Time: 1:00 – 3:00 pm
    Tuition:$800
    Geometry provides an in-depth study of Euclidean Geometry. Concepts to be studied will include a quick review of linear equations from Algebra 1, inductive reasoning, angle relationships, congruence and similarity, solving problems using properties (triangles, polygons, and circles), three dimensional figures, and transformations. In order to be successful in this course, the student needs a strong background in Algebra and a consistent work ethic.
  • Honors Pre-Cal

    Instructor: Trish Martin
    Grade Levels: 11th-12th
    Dates: June 14 – July 23, 2021
    Meeting Time: 1:00 – 3:00 pm
    Tuition: $800
    Honors Precalculus is an intensive study of the parent functions, including trigonometric functions, from both an algebraic and geometric viewpoint in preparation for the study of calculus. The summer course will move at a fast pace covering two sections per day for six weeks
  • Spanish II

    Instructors: Nancy Rivas/Przemek Tokarski
    Grade Levels: 9-12
    Dates: June 14-July 23
    Meeting Time: TBA
    Tuition: $800
    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.
  • Spanish III

    Instructors: Nancy Rivas/Przemek Tokarski
    Grade Levels: 10-12
    Dates: June 14-July 23
    Meeting Time: TBA
    Tuition:$800
    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.
  • Graphic Design I

    Instructor: Emmi Sprayberry
    Grade Levels: 9th-10th
    Dates: June 14 – July 23, 2021
    Meeting Time: 9:00 – 11:00 am
    Tuition: $800
    This course is an intro course into illustrator and indesign where students would learn the basic skills and understand how the principals and elements of design inform Graphic Design.
  • Coding with Python: A Beginner to Intermediate Coding Course

    Instructor: Price Chadwick
    Materials: A PC or MAC for coding plus a secondary device for connecting to the class and viewing the instructor's screen. The secondary device could be a secondary monitor, an iPad, or a second laptop or computer (including Chromebook). Unless you have a very large computer screen, it will be hard to view the instructor's screen and your coding screen on a single laptop monitor.
    Grade Levels: 9th-12th
    Dates: July 5 – July 23, 2021
    Meeting Time: 9:00 – 11:00 am
    Tuition: $475
    Python is, currently, the most popular programming language in the world. Used in web applications, data analytics, games, and networking, Python is a great language to learn. Because of its simplicity in terms of command structure, Python is incredibly readable and logical. This course is designed for a range of students from those who have no coding experience all the way to intermediate coders with experience in other languages. Because many of the lessons may be completed at the students own pace, more advanced students will be given more advanced challenges while novice coders can feel comfortable learning the basics.
  • Mammalogy

    Instructor: Marks McWhorter
    Grade Levels: 10th-12th
    Dates: June 14 – July 2, 2021
    Meeting Time: 9:00 – 11:00 am
    Tuition:$475
    Mammalogy is designed to introduce students to the exciting age of mammals in which we live. Over the course of the semester, we will discuss morphological and physiological adaptations, taxonomy, life history, distribution, and the evolution of mammals over the past 220 million years. This course is built for students who have an interest in mammals, comparative anatomy, veterinary medicine, vertebrate biology, and/or zoology. After a successful completion of the course, students will be able to: 
    • Identify and classify the major orders and families of mammals,
    • Describe major morphological features that gave rise to the diversification of mammals,
    • Understand evolutionary trends through extinct and extant mammalians,
    • Be familiar with techniques used by taxonomists and systematists to classify mammals,
    • And describe how nonhuman mammals have shaped landscapes around the world.
  • Psychology

    Instructor: Emily Philpott
    Grade Levels: 9th-12th
    Dates: June 14 – July 23, 2021
    Meeting Time: 1:00 – 3:00 pm
    Tuition: $800
    Have you ever wondered why you think and act the way you do? Or how to critically examine the research studies that you so often read about or see in the news? If these questions pique your curiosity, then this course is for you! We will study topics such as psychological disorders, memory, personality, sensation and perception, neuroscience, motivation, emotion, social psychology, intelligence, and child development. Throughout the course, you will be actively involved in experiments and activities, employ psychological research methods, and discuss ethical considerations. At the end of the summer you will be better able to understand, explain, and predict human behavior.
  • 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
    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
    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: TBA
    Grade Levels: 11th-12th
    Dates: June 14-July 2
    Meeting Time: 1:00 – 3:00 pm
    Tuition: $425
    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.
  • Songwriters and Songwriting

    Instructor: Scott Albert Johnson
    Grade Levels: 9th-12th
    Dates: June 14 – July 2, 2021
    Meeting Time: 1:00 – 3:00 pm
    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.
  • 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
    Tuition:$475
    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 curriculum. Interested students can view the full summer course offerings here and browse popular courses below:

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  • 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
  • Enhancing Critical Thinking in a Medical Environment

    Students explore anatomy and physiology pertaining to medical scenarios and gain an understanding of the disease process, demographics of disease, and pharmacology. Additional learning experiences in this high school summer medical program include studying current issues in health and medicine, interviewing a patient, and creating a new mystery case.
  • Race and Society

    What is race? Is it something we’re born with? Is it an idea that society imposes on us? An identity we perform? A privilege we benefit from? Does our own culture’s conception of race mirror those found in other parts of the world? These are just a few of the questions that students in this course will explore together as they approach the concept of race as a social construct that shapes and is shaped by societies and cultures in very real ways. Throughout the course students will learn about the changing relationship between race and society across time and across cultures. Engaging with readings, films, and speakers from a variety of academic fields (history, sociology, anthropology, literature) students will explore, research, reflect on and discuss the complex set of relationships governing race and society.
  • Introduction to Investments

    In this course, students simulate the work of investors by working with the tools, theories, and decision-making practices that define smart investment. We explore concepts in finance and apply them to investment decisions in three primary contexts: portfolio management, venture capital, and social investing. After an introduction to theories about valuation and risk management, students simulate scenarios in which they must make decisions to grow an investment portfolio. They manage investments in stocks, bonds, and options to learn a range of strategies for increasing the value of their portfolios. In the second unit, students take the perspective of venture capital investors, analyzing startup companies and predicting their value before they become public. In the third unit, students examine case studies of investment funds that apply the tools of finance to power social change. Throughout the course, students learn from experts who have experience in identifying value and managing risk in global markets. They develop their own ideas about methods for taking calculated financial risks and leave this course not just with a simulated portfolio of investments, but the skills necessary to manage portfolios in the future.
  • 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 modeling 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 cyber security issues. There is no computer science prerequisite for this course, though students with some background will certainly find avenues to flex their knowledge in this course.
  • 9/11 In A Global Context

    The tragedy of September 11, 2001 changed the world in profound ways. In this course, students explore the causes of 9/11, the events of the day itself, and its aftermath locally, nationally, and around the world. In place of a standard chronological framework, students instead view these events through a series of separate lenses. Each lens represents a different way to view the attacks and allows students to understand 9/11 as an event with complex and interrelated causes and outcomes. Using a variety of technologies and activities, students work individually and with peers to evaluate each lens. Students then analyze the post-9/11 period and explore how this event affected the U.S., the Middle East, and the wider world.

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