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PD Academy

“My daughter participated in the Global Issues: Refugees class. It was awesome. Getting involved with the refugee community was such a great opportunity. It was absolutely lovely to have the teacher take advantage of the extended class time in that way. Five stars.”
- 2018 Camp Parent

 

PD Academy offers fully-accredited academic programs for middle and high school students, many of which satisfy semester or year credit. This is where you’ll find math, global studies, physical education, and more. Students should check transferability of credits with their school before registering. Course offerings subject to change each summer. Click on each course name to see the details. Questions about a course? Our Dean of Academics Randy Sienkowski can help you. 


 

Students study families of functions and realistic problems through activities that engage them in data collection, the use of tables and graphs to organize and display data, the development of symbolic rules to model relations among important variables, and meaningful questions about those relations. Students work individually and in teams using graphing calculators. (1 credit) *PDS students may take only for remediation credit and with Division Head approval.

  • June 10-July 12
  • Morning: 7:30a-1:15p
  • Rising Grades: 7-12
  • Cost: $975
  • Morning Camp
  • Rising Grade 10
  • Rising Grade 11
  • Rising Grade 12
  • Rising Grade 7
  • Rising Grade 8
  • Rising Grade 9

In this course students expand upon their thinking skills through analyzing information and incorporating strategies for resolving problems. Students continue to integrate problem solving throughout the year by exploring a variety of applications and word problems. Students study the concept of functions, graphing, factoring, systems of equations, sequences, series, logarithms and conic sections. With the help of a graphing calculator students look beyond the simple computed answers and seek understanding of these concepts graphically as well as algebraically. (1 credit) *PDS students may only take for remediation credit and with Division Head approval.

  • June 10-July 12
  • Time: 7:30a-1:15p
  • Rising Grades: 7-12
  • Cost: $975
  • Morning Camp
  • Rising Grade 10
  • Rising Grade 11
  • Rising Grade 12
  • Rising Grade 7
  • Rising Grade 8
  • Rising Grade 9

Students in Comparative Government and Politics will study the conceptual tools necessary to develop an understanding of some of the world’s diverse political structures and practices. Students will examine both specific countries and their governments and general concepts used to interpret the political relationships and institutions found in virtually all national politics. 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. Using these countries as case studies, students will also seek to understand the political implications of different levels of economic development and globalization. (0.5 credit) *This is a required course for the Global Studies Diploma.

  • June 10-25
  • Time: 7:30a-1p
  • Rising Grades: 10-12
  • Cost: $500
  • Morning Camp
  • Rising Grade 10
  • Rising Grade 11
  • Rising Grade 12

Students develop the correct techniques of keyboarding on the computer, learn the alphabetic and numeric keyboard, and build speed and accuracy in this course. They acquire an understanding of the basic functions of word processing as they prepare letters, reports, tables, and a newsletter. They also learn to use spreadsheets, desktop publishing techniques and presentation software. *This course satisfies the Providence Day School computer science requirement.

  • June 3-21
  • Morning: 8a-12:30p
  • Rising Grades: 6-12
  • Cost: $575
  • Morning Camp
  • Rising Grade 10
  • Rising Grade 11
  • Rising Grade 12
  • Rising Grade 6
  • Rising Grade 7
  • Rising Grade 8
  • Rising Grade 9

This course teaches students how mathematics can develop from a postulate system using deductive and inductive reasoning. Students think in spatial terms, incorporating points, lines, planes, congruence, and similarity. The students will work with triangles, polygons, circles, and geometric solids. Students learn to approach a problem with a specific goal in mind, and logically develop the appropriate steps to reach their conclusion. Students practice algebraic manipulation of formulas. Teachers introduce coordinate geometry and transformational geometry as time permits. (1 credit) *PDS students may take for credit with Division Head Approval.

  • June 10-July 12
  • Time: 7:30a-1:15p
  • Rising Grades: 7-12
  • Cost: $975
  • Morning Camp
  • Rising Grade 10
  • Rising Grade 11
  • Rising Grade 12
  • Rising Grade 7
  • Rising Grade 8
  • Rising Grade 9

This global issues course will investigate issues related to sustainable development and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org), including possible topics such as Global Migration, Population and Demographics, and The Sustainable Global City.  Students will have the opportunity to conduct in-depth research related to the topic and present their findings to the class. No prerequisite (0.5 Credit)

  • June 26-July 12
  • Morning: 7:30a-1:15p
  • Rising Grade: 10-12
  • Cost: $500
  • Morning Camp
  • Rising Grade 10
  • Rising Grade 11
  • Rising Grade 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. It would be simple to believe and follow the first health theory thrown our way, but in so many cases this may not improve our quality of life, but instead have a reverse effect. With this in mind, the 9th grade health course is designed to empower students to follow three simple steps to attack and analyze relevant health topics. First, students must research and acquire KNOWLEDGE about the subject. Second, they must analyze their research and determine what their ATTITUDE is about the subject. Finally, the students are challenged to look at pre-existing BEHAVIORS that impact the subject and set goals to make any necessary changes to improve their quality of life. (0.5 credit) *PDS students may take for credit.

  • June 24-July 12
  • Morning: 7:30a-12:30p
  • Rising Grades: 9-12
  • Cost: $625
  • Morning Camp
  • Rising Grade 10
  • Rising Grade 11
  • Rising Grade 12
  • Rising Grade 9

Students will study a variety of literary works and the use of the writing process to develop proficiency in paragraph writing and supplementary reading. This course reviews basic grammar rules and principles and enriches vocabulary through reading. Study skills useful in all disciplines are emphasized.

  • June 10-July 3
  • Morning: 10:30a-12:30p
  • Rising Grades: 6-8
  • Cost: $525
  • Morning Camp
  • Rising Grade 6
  • Rising Grade 7
  • Rising Grade 8

Middle School Math emphasizes continuous and recurring practice on the basic mathematical concepts and operations of whole numbers, fractions, and decimals. Students work with percentages, ratio and proportion, powers and roots, geometry, graphing, signed numbers, and probability.

  • June 10-July 3
  • Morning: 8:15-10:15a
  • Rising Grades 6-8
  • Cost: $525
  • Morning Camp
  • Rising Grade 6
  • Rising Grade 7
  • Rising Grade 8

This course is designed for self-motivated students who are ready to acknowledge fitness as it will be when they leave PDS. Students will be responsible for reaching their fitness goals on their own time, through various venues. A physical education teacher will monitor them through online journals and activity monitors. Additionally, students are required to complete food journals, a fitness portfolio, and a pre- and post-fitness test. Students who are interested in this course must have a current membership to a fitness center or be able to come to the school wellness center for certain activity requirements. Additionally, students will be required to purchase a Polar Bluetooth heart-rate monitor to be used in conjunction with a smart phone as well as the Lifetime Fitness iBook. Students must meet the requirements of the course – no exceptions. Students unable to meet scheduled on-campus dates (see below) will incur a tutoring fee to accommodate their schedule. Prerequisite: P.E. - Lifetime Wellness and available to rising Juniors & Seniors only. Mandatory meetings in the Mosack Athletic Center: • June 3 and 4, 11 a.m.-12p.m. - review course requirements • June 5, 11 a.m. - beginning-of-course fitness test • Week of August 12 - end-of-course fitness test. *PDS students may take for credit.

  • June 3-Aug 9
  • Morning: 11a-12p on June 3, 4, and 5
  • Rising Grades: 11-12
  • Cost: $625
  • Rising Grade 11
  • Rising Grade 12

This course is a combination of an in-class foundation and practical independent experience. Each student must take two consecutive weeks of on-campus instruction (June 10-June 21) followed by three weeks of independent workouts monitored by the instructor (June 24-July 12). Attendance at one of the two Fitness Testing days (July 11 OR July 12) is mandatory. A strict attendance policy will be enforced; students may be absent for only one day from June 10-June 21. Independent workouts are tracked using online blogs. Students are required to spend 1.5 hours working out and journaling per day. Students are not required to be on campus during the second three weeks, with the exception of the end-of-course fitness test. Students may earn one half-unit of credit (i.e. semester credit) in summer toward the 1.5 physical education credits required for graduation. This course satisfies a P.E. Lifetime Wellness credit requirement (0.5 credit). *PDS students may take for credit. If the course has already been taken during the school year, summer credit will not be given. This course may not be repeated for credit. Drop off and pick up at the Mosack Athletic Center.

  • June 10-July 12
  • Morning: 7:30a-11:30a
  • Rising Grades: 9
  • Cost: $625
  • Morning Camp
  • Rising Grade 9

This is a preparation course for algebra. Students will study integers, order of operations, evaluating algebraic expressions, monomials, polynomials, solving and graphing equations and inequalities. Experience in pre-algebra is recommended.

  • June 10-July 3
  • Morning: 8:15-10:15a
  • Rising Grades: 6-8
  • Cost: $525
  • Morning Camp
  • Rising Grade 6
  • Rising Grade 7
  • Rising Grade 8

This course will re-examine functions studied in Algebra II, contain an in-depth study of trigonometry, explore parametric equations and the polar coordinate system, and introduce units on probability and statistics. The course will also include an introduction of limits and some calculus concepts that will prepare a student to take a college-level calculus class. Students will use the graphing calculator to connect algebraic, numerical and graphical representations of functions. (1 credit) *PDS students may take for credit only with Division Head approval.

  • June 10-July 12
  • Morning: 7:30a-1:15p
  • Rising Grades: 9-12
  • Cost: $975
  • Morning Camp
  • Rising Grade 10
  • Rising Grade 11
  • Rising Grade 12
  • Rising Grade 9

Alice is an innovative block-based programming environment that makes it easy to create animations, build interactive narratives, or program simple games in 3D. Unlike many of the puzzle-based coding applications, Alice motivates learning through creative exploration. Alice is designed to teach logical and computational thinking skills, fundamental principles of programming and to be a first exposure to object-oriented programming. *This course satisfies the Providence Day School computer science requirement.

  • June 3-21
  • Morning: 8a-12:30p
  • Rising Grade: 6-8 
  • Cost: $575
  • Morning Camp
  • Rising Grade 6
  • Rising Grade 7
  • Rising Grade 8

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. Emphasis is on vocabulary enrichment, analysis, reading comprehension techniques, and the understanding of mathematical concepts including geometry. Practice materials are included with course registration.

  • July 8-19
  • Time: 10:30a-12:30p
  • Rising Grades: 10-12
  • Cost: $525
  • Morning Camp
  • Rising Grade 10
  • Rising Grade 11
  • Rising Grade 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. Writing Seminar places more emphasis on style and voice than in past courses, providing direct instruction in ways to manipulate one’s prose to achieve particular rhetorical aims. Longer essays include researched arguments about the campus community and about a global issue. Students continue to work with each other to refine their developing sense of what it means to write for an audience. Grammar review occurs throughout as issues emerge out of student writing, and vocabulary instruction focuses on words that can be used throughout the course. (0.5 credit) *PDS students may take for credit.

  • June 10-June 25
  • Morning: 7:30a-1p
  • Rising Grades: 11-12
  • Cost: $500
  • Morning Camp
  • Rising Grade 11
  • Rising Grade 12