2023 Summer School Course Offerings

Thank you for your interest in our Summer School Course offerings. Please use the form below to register. 

The tuition for each course is given at the end of the course description. There is a discount for early registration, which runs through March 31, 2023. Tuition for each course goes up for registrations received after March 31.

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If you have additional questions about the following courses, please contact Jon Jarc at jjarc@ignatius.edu.

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Health (0.5 HPE credit)

This course is divided into two areas: first aid and human sexuality. By completing this course, students can effectively deal with emergencies described in the Red Cross First Aid Handbook. Practical application will be emphasized in conjunction with recognizing signs and symptoms. Certification for first aid and CPR skills is possible for each student to achieve in this course. The approach to sexuality in this class is more than the mere teaching of anatomy. Upon learning that sexuality involves thoughts, feelings, and attitudes about one's self and others, students will be able to make mature decisions in regard to their sexuality. This course covers male and female roles, the reproductive systems, menstruation, pregnancy and birth, birth defects, birth control, and sexually transmitted diseases.
    • Department: Health/PE
    • Open to: students entering 10th-12th grades
    • Period 2: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 
    • Teacher: Mr. Drew Krainz
    • Room: Carroll Classroom

    2023 Dates: June 5 - June 30

    Program Fee: $400 until April 1/$500 April 1 and after

    Introduction to World Cinema (0.5 English credit)

    In Introduction to World Cinema, students watch and analyze films that will broaden their aesthetic and cultural horizons and give them the skills to analyze films they encounter every day. The course will push students to open themselves to film as art and more than entertainment to be consumed and forgotten. The course will help students explain why they enjoy the films they love so much and deepen their appreciation for the medium.

    The wide goals of this class are here:

    1. To give you a working vocabulary and ability to analyze and appreciate good film, including technical and narrative analysis

    2. To enrich your lives with perspectives from across the world and to push you to engage with non-American or at least non-Hollywood voices and perspectives

    3. Introduce you to key film movements

    4. To grow your analytical and writing skills by engaging in film analysis essays and discussion

    5. Enhance your appreciation for the provision and build a sense of solidarity with people around the globe in an extension of the Church’s global mission

    The course is divided into four chunks roughly corresponding to a week of class time and two to three films per unit:

    1. Building Blocks & American Movies

    2. Akira Kurosawa & an Introduction to Classic Japanese Movies

    3. European Movies

    4. Pot Pourri: African and other Movies

    Each course section will culminate in an essay of two to four pages concerning the unit’s films and themes.

    The final project will be centered around an independent viewing experience. The instructor will provide you with a list of titles, and your task will be to select one of the films from the list or a film of equal rigor and analyze its technical execution as well as its thematic content as you would in literary analysis.

    • Department: English
    • Open to: students entering 10th-12th grades
    • Period 3: from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    • Teacher: Mr. Sam Boenker
    • Room: MB 514

    2023 Dates: June 5 - June 30

    Program Fee: $400 until April 1/$500 April 1 and after

    Honors Greek II (1.0 Language credit)

    This is a full-year course. It is a continuation of Greek I, in which further selections from Homer’s Odyssey and Iliad are read in the original Greek.  Further investigation into various aspects of Greek society and its influence on the modern world is conducted, including such topics as Greek athletics, mythology, philosophy, law enforcement, history, etc.
    • Department: Languages
    • Registration Requirements: Honors Greek I
    • Period: Every Monday (May 29 through July 31) from 2 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
    • Teacher: Mr. Joe Zebrak '87
    • Room: MB 219

    2023 Dates: May 29 - July 31

    Program Fee: $800 until April 1/$1000 April 1 and after

    United States Government (0.5 History credit)

    This course will give students a thorough understanding of the structure and powers of national, state, and local governments in the United States. Major emphasis is placed upon the separation of powers, comparisons with other forms of government, and the role of the Congress and the Presidency.  Special attention is given to individual freedoms and responsibilities as guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, focusing on the manner in which the Supreme Court has interpreted them in over 200 years of decisions.
    • Department: History
    • Open to: students entering 11th-12th grades
    • Period 1: from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
    • Teacher: Mr. Joe Ptak
    • Room: MB 514

    2023 Dates: June 5 - June 30

    Program Fee: $400 until April 1/$500 April 1 and after

    Visual Arts (0.5 Fine Arts credit) - At Capacity - Please email jjarc@ignatius.edu to join the waitlist.

    An accelerated version of the Visual Arts course. This course is an introductory studio art course in which students experiment with various art media before progressing into medium-specific coursework.  It is designed to elevate artistic awareness by exploring fundamental practices and techniques within two and three-dimensional art media (drawing, painting, clay, sculpture, mixed media, and graphic design).  Students engage in various visual arts experiences that involve sampling art production, criticism, and appreciation. It is designed to be experimental, enlightening, and enjoyable. *Students taking this summer course should plan to take another Fine Arts course the following year.
    • Department: Fine Arts
    • Open to: students entering 9th-12th grades
    • Period 2: 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (includes lunch break)
    • Teacher: Mr. Clayton Petras
    • Room: MB 511
    *Please note this course meets longer each day over two weeks instead of the traditional four weeks for other classes.

    2023 Dates: Weeks 3 & 4 only - June 19 - June 30

    Program Fee: $400 before April 1/$500 April 1 and after

    Public Speaking (0.5 Fine Arts credit)

    This is a performance-based course designed to introduce basic communication principles and help students become confident and competent communicators through planning and developing effective speeches that accommodate and target their audience. Students will present speeches in both formal platform settings and informal group interactions. Presentations will be planned and impromptu, and class discussion and research on current issues will be a significant component of the course. Students will complete self and peer critiques and receive verbal and written feedback from the instructor.
    • Department: Fine Arts
    • Open to: students entering 11th-12th grades
    • Period 1: 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
    • Teacher: Mrs. Kim Gross
    • Room: MB 417

    2023 Dates: June 5 - June 30  

    Program Fee: $400 before April 1/$500 April 1 and after

    Digital Literacy - formerly Computer Concepts/Applications (0.5 credit required for graduation)

    In a digital world, it is essential that individuals entering the workforce are properly skilled. This course is an introduction to a wide range of computer-related skills and a way for students to prove their proficiency in creating visual demonstrations, using online assessment tools, and with research opportunities. The skill set obtained from the class will be invaluable to the student through his Ignatius career. This class will teach you how to use computers more efficiently and be technologically literate in a digital world. Computer literacy and Internet applications will be learned as well. The training modules and assignments will be constructed in the “study it, learn it, show it” approach.  This approach will maximize learning retention. The course furthers the development of essential skills in written and oral communication and information literacy and provides opportunities for active engagement with essential components of the Jesuit and Saint Ignatius High School educational traditions.
    • Department: Fine Arts
    • Open to: students entering 10th grade
    • Period 1: Online only - This course will be taught virtually
    • Teacher: Mr. Jon Jarc '93

    2023 Dates: June 5 - June 30  

    Program Fee: $400 before April 1/$500 April 1 and after

    Honors Algebra II Bridge (0.5 Math credit)

    Qualifications: recommendation for Hon Alg II/Trig w Limits from the math department

    This is an accelerated Honors Algebra II course. You must attend each class due to the accelerated nature of this course. Students earning 85% or higher will be placed into Honors PreCalculus during the subsequent school year. Students earning 90% or higher will be placed into Honors PreCalculus or AP PreCalculus. Students earning less than 85% will be placed into Hon Alg II/Trig w Limits during the subsequent school year.

    • Department: Mathematics
    • Open to: Must be registered for Honors Algebra II Trig with Limits
    • Period 1: 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 
    • Teacher: Mr. Mark Kaiser '06
    • Room: MB 413

    2023 Dates: June 5 - June 30  

    Program Fee: $400 before May 1/$500 May 1 and after

    Calculus For Physics (0.25 Math credit)

    This is an abbreviated Calculus course. This course is for rising seniors interested in AP Physics: Mechanics but will not take AP Calculus as seniors. You must attend each class due to the accelerated nature of this course. Students earning 85% or higher will have met the math requirement for AP Physics: Mechanics during the subsequent school year. Students earning less than 85% will have met the math requirement for Honors Physics during the subsequent school year. Completion of this course will not impact a student's math course placement.

    • Department: Mathematics
    • Open to: Math department chair approval 
    • Prerequisites: Honors Algebra (239) during junior year AND meets all AP Physics qualifications. 
    • Period 3: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
    • Teacher: Mr. Jon Barker '87
    • Room: MB 233

    2023 Dates:  Weeks 3 & 4 only - June 19 - June 30

    Program Fee: $200 before May 1/$250 May 1 and after

    Forensic Science (0.5 Science credit)

    An introduction to Forensic Science, which is the application of scientific principles and techniques to criminal justice matters. Forensic Science is the application of science (chemistry, physics, and biology) to the criminal and civil laws enforced by police agencies in a criminal justice system. Topics covered will include the following:

    • Introduction/History of forensics

    • Crime scene investigations/Evidence Collection

    • Fingerprinting

    • Toxicology

    • Biological evidence (DNA, Blood splatter, hair & fibers, etc)

    • Students will be taught the proper collection, preservation, and laboratory analysis of various samples.

    This course is a Science elective, and students will receive Science credit for completing the course. However, it does not replace the required courses needed for graduation.

    • Department: Science
    • Open to: students entering 11th-12th grades
    • Prerequisites: Biology and Chemistry. 
    • Period 2: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    • Teacher: Mr. Scott Hawkins
    • Room: Science Building 203
    • Limit: 20 students

    2023 Dates:  June 5 to June 30

    Program Fee: $400 before April 1/$500 April 1 and after

    Honors Summer History - Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648 (0.5 Honors History credit)

    Western Civilization I is an honors-level summer school offering open to all grade levels in which students will learn the foundations of western history and culture.  The course covers the history of Europe and the Near East in the time period before the required Modern World History course that all students take in the 9th grade and so it serves as an excellent introduction to that course or as a ‘prequel’ to that course for students who have already taken it.

    The class will meet for two hours every weekday for four consecutive weeks and students will be expected to complete approximately one hour of homework for each class meeting.  Because of the condensed nature of the course, any absence will be highly detrimental to a student’s success in the class.  Students earning a passing grade will earn a ½ honors History elective credit.

    Students will also be prepared to succeed on the Western Civilization I College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) test.  This optional test, offered by the College Board, could earn a student 3 college credit hours at participating colleges and universitiesThere is a $90 testing fee plus an additional administrative fee that varies ($30-$75 typically) depending on the testing method chosen, i.e. in person at a local area testing center or remotely using your computer at home.

    • Department: History
    • Open to: All qualified, AP level students 
    • Period 2: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    • Teacher: Mr. Joe Ptak 
    • Room: MB 514

    2023 Dates:  June 5 - June 30

    Program Fee: $400 before April 1/$500 April 1 and after

    Expert Learning (Executive Functioning Skills - SMART Prep)

    Maximize your potential and start earning grades that show how smart you really are by taking this non-credit class on skills that every successful student should have. Gain awareness of your own strengths and weaknesses, set goals and actually achieve them, improve digital competencies, and improve your retention of information. Students will develop skills to learn better!

    • Department: Walton Center
    • Open to: students entering 10th-12th grades
    • Period 1: 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
    • Teacher: Mr. Kevin Mackey
    • Room: Walton Center (1st floor Main Building)

    2023 Dates: 2 weeks

    Session 1 - June 5 - June 16, 2023 OR

    Session 2 - June 19 - June 30, 2023

    Program Fee: $200 before April 1/$250 April 1 and after
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