INFO TO KNOW

ACADEMIC COURSES
For boys & girls
entering grades 8 - 12

WHERE
Hunting Valley Campus

WHEN
June 12 - July 14
(no classes July 3 & 4)
(see info at left for dates of Acceleration courses)

TIMES
7:45 - 8:55 am (PE only)
9:00 - 10:10 am
10:10 - 11:20 am
11:20 am - 12:30 pm
(see info at left for times of Acceleration courses)

FEE
$450 per course
$1,275 - 3 courses
$1,600 - 4 courses
(see info at left for fees of Acceleration courses)

DIRECTOR
William Daughtrey
wdaughtrey@us.edu
216.831.2200 ext. 7355

SCIENCE DEPT. CHAIR
Karen Axelrod
kaxelrod@us.edu
216.831.2200 ext. 7490

MATH DEPT. CHAIR
Mitch Strachan
mstrachan@us.edu
216.831.2200 ext. 7474

Summer Academics

Grades & Transcripts
Students are given advisory ratings at the midpoint of the five-week session. Grades accompany the courses taken for credit. Students desiring transcripts forwarded to other schools should notify the director.

Books & Supplies
Many of the required materials are supplied without cost. Others are available on a cash basis.

General Information
One five-week session (6-12 to 7-14)
Four class times per morning
Each class is 70 minutes
No classes July 3 & 4
Only two excused absences allowed in for-credit classes
Classes open to grades 9 & 10 boys (except Writing Workshop, which is coed grds. 8-12)

ALL OF THE COURSES IN THIS GRID (EXCEPT WRITING WORKSHOP) FULFILL CREDIT REQUIREMENTS AT THE UPPER SCHOOL.

7:45 - 8:55 am 9:00 - 10:10 am 10:10 - 11:20 am 11:20 am - 12:30 pm
Physical Education
(CLASS FULL - SPACE AVAILABLE IN 9:00 PE)
Health 
 
Health 
 
Technical Design 1
 
Photography 1 (Digital) Intro to Drawing & Painting
Physical Education Photography 1 (Digital)  
Writing Workshop (coed grades 8-12)

ACCELERATION COURSES 
Acceleration Courses are open by application only. Interested students should contact William Daughtrey (wdaughtrey@us.edu).

Acceleration Course Descriptions

List of 7 frequently asked questions.

  • Introduction to Biology

    Introduction to Biology covers the foundational topics and laboratory skills typically covered in the year-long course. Students who successfully complete the course are prepared to take AP Biology.
    Open to grade 9 boys
    June 12 - July 14
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
    $1,300
  • Introduction to Chemistry

    Introduction to Chemistry covers the foundation topics and laboratory skills typically covered in the year-long course. Students who successfully complete the course are prepared to take AP Chemistry.
    Open to grade 9 & 10 boys
    June 12 - July 14
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
    $1,300
  • Introduction to Physics

    Introduction to Physics covers the foundation topics and laboratory skills typically covered in the year-long course. Students who successfully complete the course are prepared to take AP Physics.
    Open to grade 11 boys
    June 12 - July 14
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
    $1,300
  • Spanish Language Accelerator - Path to Level 3

    Summer Spanish Accelerator – Path to Level 3 increases students’ reading and listening comprehension skills, giving them the skills and vocabulary to successfully negotiate social situations. Students will continue their progress toward mastery of the present and preterit tenses as well as begin to work with the imperfect and future tenses. Entry into the Spanish 3 Honors course in the 2017-18 school year is contingent upon satisfactory completion of the course, the passing of the summer course exam, as well as the teacher’s recommendation. Open to boys grades 9 & 10 who have successfully completed Spanish 2.
    Interested students must be recommended by their current teacher and must have the approval from the Languages Department Chair before enrolling.
    Open to grades 9 & 10 boys
    June 12 - July 14
    1:45 - 3:30 pm
    $600
  • Summer Spanish - Path to Spanish 2 Honors

    This course is a conversational intensive intended to offer students a path to the Honors track of study at a level 2: a more sophisticated, more challenging approach to the study of the Spanish language that may lead to further opportunities for advanced study. This course is academic in its structure and responsibilities. The class will be conversational, and it will be an opportunity to enrich the student's understanding of the Spanish language and some of its representative cultural practices. There will be work to be done outside of class in preparation for the class discussions. Finally, entry into the Spanish 2 Honors course in the 2017-18 school year is contingent upon satisfactory completion of the course, the passing of the summer course exam, as well as the teacher’s recommendation.
    Interested students must have be recommended by their current teacher and must have the approval from the Languages Department Chair before enrolling.

    Open to grade 9 boys in Spanish I
    June 13 - July 13
    Tuesdays and Thursdays
    12:30 - 1:30 pm
    $250
  • Accelerated Geometry

    Summer Accelerated Geometry covers all of the material in our yearlong course. In this course, students are introduced to the definitions, postulates, and theorems of geometry and learn how to use them to develop logical arguments called proofs. Topics include inductive and deductive reasoning, area, volume, the Pythagorean Theorem, similarity, congruence, and the properties of lines, angles, triangles, polygons, circles, and geometric solids. This course also undertakes an extensive exploration of trigonometry. Topics include the trigonometry of right triangles, the laws of cosines and sines, the unit circle, and applications. Evaluation is by means of daily homework sets, weekly tests, and a final exam.

    Students who successfully complete this course by achieving a grade of B or better will move to Precalculus (Accelerated or Honors) in 10th grade. Rising 10th graders in the accelerated or honors math sequences are eligible to apply. Interested students must have approval from the Math Department Chair before enrolling.

    June 12 - July 14
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
    $1,300
  • Honors Precalculus

    Summer Honors Precalculus covers functions, trigonometry, analytic geometry, sequences and series, mathematical induction, and probability.  In addition, students begin to study topics in first-semester calculus including limits, continuity, and the derivative. Evaluation is by means of daily homework sets, weekly tests, and a final exam.
    Students who successfully complete this course by achieving a grade of B or better will move to AP Calculus BC. Students in the honors math sequence are eligible to apply. Interested students must have approval from the Math Department Chair before enrolling.

    June 12 - July 21 (note this is a six-week course)
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
    $1,550

Credit Course Descriptions

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • Health

    The Health course is designed to introduce students to various health and wellness topics pertinent to adolescents including: safety and first aid, personal care and body systems, disease and disorders, coming of age, wellness and your body, orientation to the fitness center, chemicals and your mind, healthy and safe relationships, mental and emotional health, and human development and sexuality. Various outside experts will present on topics throughout the course. Students will be certified in CPR/AED/First Aid. Students are required to take one semester of Health in their freshman year. The completion of this course with a passing grade fulfills that requirement. Due to the intensive nature of this course, students who miss more than two days may not receive credit.
  • Intro to Drawing and Painting

    This course will introduce students to fundamental drawing and painting techniques. The focus of the class is to explore two-dimensional design using a variety of mediums in a studio art environment. The class will undertake projects in abstract drawings, color theory and color mixing with tempera paintings, two-point perspective mechanical drawing, and watercolor painting. In both drawing and painting disciplines, the aesthetic qualities of composition, craftsmanship, proper technique of medium, the ability to critique their own artwork as well as others, and personal creativity will be emphasized. 

    This course fulfills one of the two Arts electives students are required to take in the sophomore year. Due to the intensive nature of this course, students who miss more than two days may not receive credit.
  • Photography I

    In this all-digital course, students will learn the fundamentals of photography in composition, camera function, and art history. Utilizing the Hunting Valley Campus grounds and architecture as inspiration, several small portfolios of themed images will serve as the foundation to understanding the difference between mere snapshots and composed photography. Artists ranging from Paul Strand and Alfred Steiglitz to Lee Friedlander and David Hockney will be highlighted in lectures and in our approach to assignments. All works are eligible for competition in the upcoming 2017-18 school year. Cameras provided or bring your own. 

    This course fulfills one of the two Arts electives students are required to take in the sophomore year. Due to the intensive nature of this course, students who miss more than two days may not receive credit.
  • Physical Education

    This course is designed to introduce students to a variety of physical activities that engage them on multiple cognitive and affective levels.  A variety of recreational games, fitness activities, and sport-specific content will be taught throughout the five-week course. Students are required to take one semester of physical education in their freshman year and one semester in their sophomore year.  The completion of this course with a passing grade fulfills one semester of that requirement.  Due to the intensive nature of this course, students who miss more than two days may not receive credit.
  • Technology Design

    Summer Technical Design I (CAD) will introduce the foundations of working with a computer-aided mechanical drafting class using AutoCAD software. This software gives each student a unique experience into the world of architects and engineers. The students draw a series of mechanical objects in two-dimensional drawings, then transition into three-dimensional wire frame drawings, and finally construct three-dimensional solid models. The class will finish with an industrial design project that involves designing and creating a creative chair. Each week the students are assessed on their ability to learn the CAD software and draw the given mechanical objects. 

    This course fulfills one of the two Arts electives students are required to take in the sophomore year. Due to the intensive nature of this course, students who miss more than two days may not receive credit.
  • Writing Workshop

    The Writing Workshop helps students develop their skills across several modes of composition including expository, persuasive, analytical and argumentative. While issues of grammar and mechanics will be addressed throughout the course, our primary focus will be on the clear and graceful development of paragraphs and essays. Specific units of the course include: writing about the arts; timed writing using SAT and AP prompts; and constructing the affirmative and negative sides of a Lincoln-Douglas debate resolution.

Shaker Heights Campus

20701 Brantley Road
Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122
GRADES K-8
Phone: 216.321.8260

Hunting Valley Campus

2785 SOM Center Road
Hunting Valley, OH 44022
GRADES 9-12
Phone: 216.831.2200
University School serves 870 boys in grades K-12 on two campuses in suburban Cleveland, Ohio. The School’s mission is to inspire boys of promise to become young men of character who lead and serve. Dedicated faculty, rigorous curriculum, and experiential programs foster intellectual, physical, creative, and moral excellence.