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Summer School

Grades 7-12

For students looking to strengthen skills or improve in struggling subjects, the Brooks Summer School offers a variety of courses, focusing on academic enrichment and student-centered learning.

Small class sizes, limited to a maximum of twelve students per class, and highly-qualified instructors, creates the perfect learning environment to advance academically. Through our extensive portfolio of both traditional and advanced courses, Brooks Summer School creates a tailored academic environment that is right for your child. At Brooks, it is all about learning, instead of credit.

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English Courses

Advanced Composition and Literary Analysis

Designed for

Rising 9-11 graders

Expanding on the writing and reading fundamentals, Advanced Composition and Literary Analysis is designed for students entering 9th, 10th, or 11th grade. Emphasis is placed on reading, discussing, and writing about literature and poetry at a thematic level, with a focus on thesis development and the use of quotations as evidence. Mechanics, such as punctuation, verb tense consistency, and sentence and paragraph structure will be evaluated and discussed via direct instruction and peer editing sessions. Students will read and discuss various pieces of literature and poetry at length, paying close attention to thematic development and the human experience literature brings to light.

Foundations of Writing and Literature

Designed for

Rising 7-9 graders

The goal of this course is to prepare students entering 7th, 8th, or 9th grade to make the shift from reading for storyline to advanced reading for theme. Additionally, students will begin to write thesis-driven essays. Using high-interest short stories, students practice close reading, discussion, and interpretation of literature while learning the writing process and components of an effective essay. Working both independently and with peers, students practice mechanics, thesis creation, organization, and paragraph formatting while creating their own compositions.

Expository and Creative Writing

Designed for

Rising 7-12 graders

The Expository and Creative Writing course focuses on the fundamentals of two of the major modes of writing. Students will read and discuss effective essays and powerful narratives to examine the different structures, components, and styles of each while working on their own pieces using these new skills. The course consists of both direct instruction and workshops in which students brainstorm, organize, write and edit their essays both with the instructor and with peers. By the end of the session, participants will have at least two polished pieces to add to their writing portfolios and a clear understanding of both the differences and skills required to write strong narratives and logical essays.

Improving Language & Grammar Skills

Designed for

Rising 7-12 graders

This course is for students in late middle school and high school looking to improve their writing ability on the SSAT, in all their classes, and as preparation for the SAT. Students will review the fundamental rules of grammar, parts of speech, and syntax (sentence structures) – all of which are directly tested in the Language section of the SAT. Students will also learn techniques to vary their sentence structures, improve transitions and fluency, and choose more accurate diction. Lessons may include exploration of purpose, audience, organization, tone, and style. Students will complete multiple essays and then learn self-editing skills to become stronger editors of their own writing as well as of others.

Math Courses

Algebra I

Designed for

Rising 7-10 graders

This is a first year algebra course. Topics covered during the session include order of operations, evaluating expressions, solving equations, inequalities, polynomials, factoring, fractions, word problems, graphing, radicals, and quadratics. This course is well-suited for students who have just taken Pre-Algebra and want to prepare for Algebra I, as well as for those looking to hone their Algebra I skills prior to moving on to Algebra II.

Algebra II

Designed for

Rising 7-12 graders

This a second year course in Algebra. Students must have completed Algebra I prior to enrolling in this course. Concepts reviewed include relations, functions, solving systems of equations, complex numbers, radicals, exponential functions, logarithms, and conic sections.

Engineering Applications of Geometry and Trigonometry

Designed for

Rising 8-10 graders

This course builds upon algebra skills and is designed for students in grades 8, 9, and 10 who are seeking unique opportunities to learn and practice applied mathematics. Additionally, those interested in the fields of engineering, architecture, or other technical careers will find this course valuable. Students will build two- and three-dimensional products to explore core mathematical concepts, design processes, technical illustrations, and the building process to apply geometric and trigonometric fundamentals and properties as they apply to the foundation of engineering concepts. Geometry concepts will include triangle congruency, similarity, and transformations. Engineering concepts will include truss, tension, and compression.

Science Courses

Fundamentals of Programing

Designed for

Rising 7-12 graders

This unique course allows curious and aspiring engineers to delve in to the fundamental concepts of programming and robotics. Students will design, build and program their robot for various games, experiments, and team challenges. If you have never worked with robotics, come see what the buzz is all about. If you are an experienced robot builder, come strengthen your skills.

Introduction to Programming & Media Design

Designed for

Rising 7-12 graders

In Introduction to Programming and Media Design, students will learn fundamental programming concepts such as loops, conditionals, and Boolean logic with no prior coding experience required. Using Scratch, students will bring these concepts to life through a media lens by developing, creating, and modifying their own interactive games, animations, and stories. The course will challenge the students’ creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving skills while introducing them to the world of computer science.

SSAT Courses

SSAT English

Designed for

Rising 7-10 graders

This course provides students the opportunity to improve their verbal, writing and reading comprehension abilities. Activities include direct instruction on reading comprehension approaches, essay construction and learning and reviewing vocabulary words that commonly appear on the SSAT. Students will discover how to use word match, context and foundations of vocabulary through roots, prefixes, suffixes and word construction as skills to approach the verbal sections.

SSAT Math

Designed for

Rising 7-10 graders

The SSAT Math course prepares students for the math sections on the SSAT. Along with learning test taking skills, students will be provided direct instruction and review of concepts such as whole numbers, integers, fractions, decimals, percents, square roots, powers, algebraic expressions and equations, basic geometry and word problems. Also covered in the course are specific approaches to the math sections, including ‘quick checks’ and time-saving strategies.

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