2019 Summer Classes

Do you want to continue learning this summer?

Enroll in an online summer course at Dwight Global!

Our summer classes for students in grades 9-12 are rigorous, full-credit online courses. Students learn with others who are motivated in a dynamic atmosphere that fosters collaboration and critical thinking. Our expert teachers are committed to supporting your academic success and are readily accessible outside of class hours.

At Dwight Global, you can supplement your transcript or pursue credit recovery. Either way, as with our other courses, summer courses are designed to draw on real-life examples, offer a global perspective, and provide a solid foundation for future study. Our students look forward to coming to class at Dwight Global and you will, too.

Classes will take place from June 10-August 25.

To learn more about our summer courses, contact us today by email at admissions@dwight.global or by phone at 212-724-2420.  To register, please complete this form.

Summer courses include:

English Language and Literature

In this course, students continue to develop higher level English language skills through the integration of critical thinking in reading, writing, and discussion. Themes such as loneliness, conformity, ambition and destiny are explored in John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. In addition, students read and discuss a range of classic and contemporary literature including poetry, essays, periodicals, music and film.

In preparation for college level writing, students compose argumentative, expository and narrative works. Teaching and assessment focuses on depth of ideas, organization of writing, and the ability to use language effectively and correctly. The writing curriculum is enhanced through regular lessons on grammar, mechanics, and vocabulary.

Foreign Languages

French I

In this course, students begin their introduction to French with fundamental building blocks in four key areas of world language study: listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. The extensive use of authentic materials (video, audio, images or texts) allows for a contextualized and interactive presentation of the vocabulary and the linguistic structures.

 

Students are actively engaged in completing task-based activities individually and collaboratively, while formulating and testing hypotheses about different aspects of French. The material and the activities engage students in such a way that they learn to develop the necessary metacognitive strategies to be successful both in the processing of the authentic input and in negotiating meaning to reach mutual understanding with other speakers. Cultural information relevant to francophone countries and communities and cross-cultural reflections permeate the class materials from beginning to end.

French II

In this course, students build on the knowledge gained in French I. Students work with many forms of francophone media: music, movies, videos, radio and television clips, movies, blogs, newspaper articles, and magazines. The goal is to help open the doors to another world of communication, so that students enjoy learning French and interacting with francophone culture, apply their content knowledge in other subject areas, and continue to learn other languages in the future. Some of the projects include:

• recording a podcast or skit with your favorite francophone artists

• exchanging written and video correspondence with francophone students

• planning an itinerary for a trip around the world

• watching and analyzing modern French movies

By the end of the year, students will be able to discuss current events in the francophone world, engage in a conversation or a debate with a French speaker, and identify and use the elements of language that make French sound so “French.”

French III

The content and activities of French III aim to further build student confidence and linguistic sophistication in communicating through the four competences: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Grammar points will focus on the passé composé, passé simple, conditionnel, and plus-que-parfait tenses, as well as the subjunctive mood.

In the first part of the course, contemporary French films and associated readings will serve as anchors in project-based modules that explore French and francophone subcultures. The last portion of the course will focus on a reading and analysis of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's Le Petit Prince. Thematic modules feature grammar and structure workshops, discussions and debates, vocabulary exercises, and both traditional and project-based assessments.

By the end of this course, students will be able to discuss and debate some French and francophone history, pop culture, and current events, utilize metacognitive strategies to negotiate meaning in novel francophone media content, and compose a well-organized synthesis of their opinions on a variety of modern issues.

Spanish I

This course covers a range of basic vocabulary and grammatical structures. Students will learn the Spanish alphabet and numbers, how to describe people and themselves, give opinions and express what they like or don’t like to do, and talk about food.

The grammatical structures covered include the concept of feminine and masculine nouns, plural, forming negatives, regular verbs in the present tense, and the irregular verbs “to have” and “to be.” Students will begin learning a range of reading strategies, and to describe and respond to visual and written text. They start to produce language orally, working on intonation and pronunciation. In writing, students will work within the conventions of a limited number of text types.

Spanish II

This course builds upon the material covered in Spanish I. Students will learn to conversational topics ranging from daily routines, shopping, and finding one’s way around, to planning a party, sports, and leisure activities. The grammatical structures covered include conjugation of regular and irregular verbs, and making negative statements; and a review of possessive adjectives and numbers. We introduce reflexive verbs, the preterit tense, and the immediate future. Students continue to gain the skills they need to make comparisons between their own culture and those of the Spanish-speaking world. They also gain a better understanding of writing with a sense of audience, purpose, and context; and begin to practice using a variety of text types.

Spanish III

Spanish III is a course designed to give students the opportunity to communicate in Spanish as well as to continue developing world language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students will develop and expand upon their prior knowledge and communicative skills at their own pace, but with a common goal. At the conclusion of the course, all students will be able to engage in conversations; provide and obtain information; express feelings and emotions; and exchange opinions in the present, conditional, future, and past tenses of Spanish.

Mathematics

Pre-Algebra

Pre-algebra is an introductory algebra course. The course is designed to introduce students to abstract mathematics concepts and thinking and begin to develop the concept of pro-numeration. Students learn how to apply mathematical expressions, equations, and graphs to various real-life examples and how to represent situations using multiple facets. Students apply their algebra skills through graphing, order of operations, linear equations, linear inequalities, logic, rational and irrational numbers, radicals, proportions, and applications of percentages. This course provides students many opportunities to demonstrate their mastery of pre-algebra.

Algebra I

Algebra I focuses on the elementary rules of mathematics, building a strong foundation for future mathematics courses. The curriculum includes solving and graphing linear equations and inequalities, simplifying exponential and radical expressions, and exploring polynomials. Students learn various ways to solve quadratic and rational equations. Discussions are frequent to relate these topics to various real-life situations.

This course provides a variety of assessments for students, as they express their mathematical knowledge through group work, unit exams, projects, and investigations.

Geometry

This course focuses on the theorems of Euclid, with some formal proofs. It emphasizes student understanding of the concepts and properties of these theorems and their application to numerical and problem-solving situations.

After the study of triangle properties, students are introduced to the three basic trigonometric ratios and their application to real-life situations. Students work on problems involving two- and three-dimensional objects; and the calculation of area, surface area, and volume. Assessment includes daily homework, quizzes, tests, projects, investigations, and a final examination.

Algebra II & Trigonometry

The Algebra II & Trigonometry course allows students to develop skills in understanding mathematical concepts and principles and apply their skills to solve problems related to real-world situations. The course focuses on the use of technology and inquiry-based learning.

The curriculum includes algebraic systems of equations and inequalities; sequences and series; direct and inverse variation; statistics; probability; permutations and combinations; and the study of different forms of functions, including trigonometric functions. Investigation tasks and independent and collaborative project work form part of the multiple formative and summative assessments with emphasis on communication and reasoning, using mathematical language. Student appreciation and understanding the value of mathematics in the real world is encouraged.

Pre-Calculus

This class is for students who are looking for the most challenging mathematics class, with a view of taking the Higher Level IB mathematics course in their junior and senior years.

Students will build on the skills they developed during the Algebra II Honors course, becoming better at analyzing problems, working accurately, and explaining their methods. They will deepen their knowledge of trigonometry and algebra, and be introduced to the differentiation and integration of simple functions. They will also use these calculus skills to solve problems involving slopes of lines and areas under curves, and to solve kinematics problems.

Assessments consist of homework, in-class quizzes and tests, and mathematical portfolio assignments.

Statistics

This is a one-year course in which students learn a number of essential topics in statistics. During the year, students will be introduced to major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. Students begin with an exploration of set theory and probability. Following this, students will learn how to use descriptive statistics to effectively summarize sets of data.

The course will then transition into more challenging concepts such as making predictions based on various distribution models, regression analysis, hypothesis testing, and mathematical modeling.

Throughout the course, students will have the opportunity to work on real-world tasks in which they will get the opportunity to utilize the mathematical concepts learned. In addition to the class’s core coursework, each student will design and implement a major culminating independent statistical study.

IB Math SL Prep

This course gives students from Dwight's Standard Level Algebra II & Trigonometry classes the skills needed to be successful in IB Math SL. Students complete an in-depth study of functions as well as trigonometry. Students will also have the opportunity to expand their knowledge in topics such as exponents and logarithms and transformation. Please note that this is a zero-credit course.

Students need Ms. Hamilton's permission to enroll.

Sciences

Biology

This course provides an introduction to the unity and diversity of life, from the molecular to the community level, from an evolutionary perspective. It focuses on the interrelationship between the structure and function of living things, and students explore the effects of human interaction with the natural environment.

Frequent laboratory experiences will augment the knowledge students gain through class study. This course provides students with an exceptional basic background for further study in biology or environmental science.

Chemistry

This course explores how the world is constructed on an atomic scale. Students learn how these tiny atomic and molecular constituents give rise to larger material behavior, and how people can use this understanding of matter to impact the world in a variety of ways (i.e., politically, socially, environmentally). Students learn to shift scales and make valuable predictions by mastering conversions and manipulating equations.

Beyond regular homework assignments, quizzes, and exams, the course provides opportunities for students to express themselves creatively with labs that emphasize problem solving, a 1,000-word essay exploring the need of science in light of pressing world concerns, and multimedia atomic history presentations.

Physics

This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to study the basic concepts of physics using algebra and trigonometry. The emphasis is on developing a combination of conceptual understanding and qualitative analysis of general principles and models, as well as on the nature of scientific theory.

Guided inquiry fosters students’ development of critical thinking skills, along with their ability to apply principles for solving physics problems. The curriculum includes content in kinematics, mechanics, and thermal physics; and culminates with a unit on waves and vibrations.

Environmental Science

Environmental Science is a rigorous curriculum designed to allow highly motivated students to conduct an in-depth study of the Earth and Environmental Sciences. Emphasis is placed on the human interactions with the geologic and environmental systems, predictability of a dynamic Earth, origin and evolution of the Earth system and universe, geochemical cycles and energy in the Earth system.

Social Studies

U.S. History

In this course, students focus on the social, political, and economic evolution of the United States. The course is divided into three thematic sections: the developing nation, forces of change, and the road to modernization.

Critical periods of change in U.S. history will be emphasized, including the Revolution and early national period, Jacksonian democracy and Indian removal, causes and consequences of the Civil War, Reconstruction, the Gilded Age, the Great Depression and the New Deal, World War II America, the Civil Rights Movement, and the rise of globalism.

Focusing in this way allows students to look deeply into these major turning points that have shaped the United States today. Students continue to develop key skills such as critical thinking through discussion and debate, and research paper writing. Students will also learn to create and support historical arguments through primary and secondary sources.

World History

This course takes a close look at modern world history. Students seek to understand political, social, and economic world issues from 1890 to the present. While ancient and medieval histories are both covered briefly, the emphasis will be on the modern world. Students will focus on critical periods of change, including the rise of globalism, World War I, World War II, the Cold War, and 9/11.

This course is intended to provide students with a clear understanding of the history of world cultures and civilizations. Emphasis is placed on seeing the connections between history and contemporary questions and issues. Students are introduced to a wide range of viewpoints in an effort to understand the richness of diverse cultural traditions across the globe.

Primary sources are emphasized, not only to complement the historical narrative, but also as a way to promote critical and analytical thinking. In addition, students will develop their research and writing skills, along with critical thinking through discussion and debate.

Electives

Economics

This course is an introduction to micro and macro-economic concepts. Students learn how local economies develop and explore ideal pricing and resource allocation governed by supply and demand, and how different economies interact to form a global marketplace. Through application of fundamentals from mathematics, students learn to quantify and articulate descriptions of these economies and their interactions. At the conclusion of this course, students will have a better understanding of local and global economies, and their place in both.

Psychology

This class encourages students to develop a personal interest in, and enthusiasm for, psychology, and to prepare students to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices. It is an introduction to the history, development, and practice of psychology.

Throughout this class students are encouraged to engage in the process of psychological inquiry to develop as effective and independent learners, and as critical and reflective thinkers with inquiring minds. By the end of this course, students will have an understanding of the relationship between psychology and social, cultural, scientific and contemporary issues and its impact on everyday life.

Business and Management

The Business Management course is designed to offer intensive study of business and management concepts, theories, case-studies, and experiments.  Topics of inquiry include business organization, human resources, accounts and finance, marketing, operations management and business strategy.  The course intends to provide an understanding of principles of economics, the nature of firms, the role of entrepreneurs in the economy, economic policy and regulation, the globalization of business environment and fundamentals of business strategy.  In addition, students are encouraged to develop awareness of political and social issues that interact with economic and business topics. 

If you are interested in taking a summer course not listed here, please contact Koko Lawson at klawson@dwight.global. 

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