PD Academy

PD Academy is Providence Day's traditional summer school offering in-person courses in math, English, and other topics of interest to middle and high school students. Click on a course name below to see more details, including a full course description, start and end times, and more. High school students should check with their school regarding transferability of credit prior to registering. No classes on June 20 and July 4.

Questions? Please contact Randy Sienkowski, Dean of Summer Academics.



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June 13-28; Rising Grades 10-12
Study the conceptual tools necessary to develop an understanding of some of the world’s diverse political structures and practices. Students will study the governmental systems of Great Britain, Nigeria, China, Russia, Iran and Mexico, providing a foundation for developing paradigms of different types of political systems.

June 13-July 15; Rising Grades 10-12
This course teaches students how mathematics can develop from a postulate system using deductive and inductive reasoning.

June 29-July 15; Rising Grades 10-12
This course will examine the concepts of resistance and dissent that have appeared in the modern world as well as the historical impact of these actions. The guiding questions for this class will be how and why do people bring about change? Students will investigate recent events through a historical lens, practice empathy through the use of primary sources, and generate research-driven conclusions.

June 27-July 15; Rising Grades 9-12
In today’s society, we are inundated with ideas about healthy living and what others suggest we do to improve our quality of life.

June 13-July 8; Rising Grades 6-8
Students will study a variety of literary works and the use of the writing process to develop proficiency in paragraph writing and supplementary reading.

June 13-July 8; Rising Grades 6-8
Middle School Math emphasizes continuous and recurring practice on the basic mathematical concepts and operations of whole numbers, fractions, and decimals. 

June 29-July 15; Rising Grades 9-12
This course will give students the opportunity to develop historical research skills by uncovering and evaluating primary sources of individuals and groups that are less visible in most U.S. history classes. Students will have the opportunity to conduct field work at area archives, libraries, museums, and community history repositories in their effort to discover the past through physical and digital artifacts.

June 13-July 29; Rising Grades 11-12
This independent-study course is designed for self-motivated students who are ready to acknowledge fitness as it will be when they leave PDS.

July 5-15; Rising Grades 10-12
This course is for students who wish to improve their performance on the SAT. Students study types of questions found on the test by working sample problems and completing timed tests.

June 13-28; Rising Grades 11-12
In this course, student writing constitutes the text. Frequent brief essays that draw upon students’ own experiences and knowledge provide students a body of work with which to practice revising and editing skills.