Summer Academics

Classes are: Monday June 11th - Friday August 17th

Westtown Summer Academics offers both Westtown students and others in the local community an opportunity to advance their learning in an intensive short-course environment. Whether chosen to open up the school year schedule for maximum flexibility, deepen and enrich learning in a particular field of interest, or accelerate advancement through the curriculum, summer academic courses are an opportunity to grow and learn. All courses are taught by veteran Westtown teachers who are dedicated to creating a supportive and rigorous learning experience. 

Westtown students should check in with their advisors, department chairs, and/or Karen Gallagher, Director of Studies, to be certain summer choices are appropriate with regard to prerequisites and student intention. Westtown School will work with non-Westtown families and school districts to navigate crediting within their home schools.

Courses Offered:


Science Courses

  • Biology 1 - Cell & Molecular Biology - 0.5 credit

This course establishes a solid foundation in modern biology covering the cell as the basic unit of life. The structures and functions of cellular organelles will be discussed with emphasis on DNA as the molecule that controls cell function. Additional cellular functions include the generation of energy during cellular respiration and the process of cell division. Using microscopes and modern techniques such as electrophoresis, students will complete lab work that complements and underlines the concepts learned in class. Prerequisites: Physics 1 & Chemistry 1
Teacher: Dana Jensen
June 18 – June 29, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Tuition: $925 

  • Biology 2 - Ecology - 0.5 credit

This one-semester course serves as an introduction to the field of ecology. Students will start by identifying key global ecological concepts to provide context for identifying and interpreting the variety of ecosystems found on our campus, which are representative of the major ecological systems found in the northeastern United States. Students will gain experience in both field and laboratory investigation techniques. A key goal of this course is to improve analytical and writing skills through analysis and interpretation of ecological data. Prerequisite: Biology 1
Teacher: Dana Jensen
July 9 – July 20, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Tuition: $925

  • Introduction to Molecular Research Methods - 0.5 credit

This course expands and deepens the students understanding of DNA as the ‘text’ of life. Students will go beyond the groundwork laid in their foundation courses in biology and develop a more detailed understanding of the processes of protein synthesis, genetic engineering, cloning, and many other applications of molecular biology. The course is lab intensive and will introduce the students to many advanced lab techniques such as PCR and Western Blotting. This class will fundamentally prepare students for Scientific Research Advanced.
Teacher: Leslie Barr
June 18 – July 6, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuition: $925

  • Chemistry 2: Moles and Stoichiometry - 0.5 credit

In this course, students will continue their study of chemistry with topics including moles, stoichiometry, solutions, gases, redox and electrochemistry, thermochemistry, nuclear chemistry, and organic chemistry. Laboratory experiments are more complex, relying on students’ previous experience in lab and including analysis of more sophisticated data.
Teacher: Michael Hickey
June 18 – July 6, 8:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Tuition: $925

  • Astrophysics - 0.5 credit

This survey course provides an introduction to the physics of the universe. Students interested in the field will gain an understanding of the behavior of celestial objects and how they interact with each other. By first studying the history of astronomy, students will appreciate how the way in which we look at the sky has changed over time. The focus will be extended outward to study our own solar system, and then on to other galaxies. Stellar processes, including their birth and evolution will be explored, as will the evolution and eventual fate of the broader universe. Students should be capable of doing independent work and be willing to participate in class discussions.

Teacher: Michael Hickey
July 30 – August 17, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Tuition: $925

History Courses

  • Microeconomics - 0.5 credit                 

Economics is the study of how a society uses limited resources to produce and distribute the goods needed to live healthy and fulfilling lives. Microeconomics focuses on the decisions made by individuals or firms. Grounded in the school's mission with special attention to issues of stewardship and sustainability, Westtown's Economics courses also investigate the nontraditional discipline of Ecological Economics, which probes the limits of the Earth's resources and calls into question the basic assumption of the feasibility of ongoing growth in consumption.
Teacher: Elson Blunt
June 11- June 29, online
Tuition: $925 

  • Macroeconomics - 0.5 credit

Economics is the study of how a society uses limited resources to produce and distribute the goods needed to live healthy and fulfilling lives. Macroeconomics  investigates the dynamics of entire economy. The first goal of this course is to provide a solid foundation in most of the topics found in an introductory college-level Macroeconomics class. Grounded in the school's mission with special attention to issues of stewardship and sustainability, Westtown's Economics courses also investigate the nontraditional discipline of Ecological Economics, which probes the limits if the Earth’s resources and calls into question the basic assumption of the feasibility of ongoing growth in consumption.
Teacher: Elson Blunt
July 2- July 20, online
Tuition: $925

  • U.S. History - 1.0 credit                              

The US History course begins with a focus on the Pre-Columbian Americas and works through the late 20th Century. It is designed to provide an overview of some of the major events, trends, and themes across US History.  Aside from becoming familiar with the the historical content and developing greater critical thought, students will develop and refine refine document analysis skills and work with primary sources to uncover the past and develop personal opinions on some of the major questions that have guided the history of the United States.  As an online course, a disciplined and self-directed approach is required as students navigate course content through individual and group activities daily and in preparation for an online, weekly class meeting.  Students should expect to spend on average 3-4 hours daily on coursework and have the freedom to get ahead in the coursework if desired.   
Teacher: John Koenig
June 18 – July 27, online
Tuition: $1850

  • World History 1300 – 1800 - 0.5credit                

Modern World History in the fall semester covers human history from approximately 1300 CE through to the late 18th century. It takes a global approach to human history. Broad themes are explored, including the interactions of humans with their environment, the role of disease, the role of religion in conserving culture and propelling change, and the impact of technology. Special attention is given to issues of class division, power distribution, economic activity, and identity formation.

Course structure and format:

  • Course is entirely online with all material accessed and submitted through Canvas.
  • Students will complete an average of 4 hours of work per day, Monday through Thursday.
  • Class will “meet” in an electronic chat format each Monday and Wednesday at 9:00am EDT.

Who should take these courses:

  • Students looking to excel in history
  • Students looking to free up room in their schedule for courses in other disciplines
  • Students looking to hone their analytical writing skills

Teacher: Whitney Suttell
June 11- June 28, online
Tuition: $925

  • World History 1800-2000 - 0.5 credit

Modern World History in the spring semester picks up the story of human history from the late 18th century and carries it forward to the present. It takes a global approach to human history. Broad themes are explored, including the interactions of humans with their environment, the role of disease, the role of religion in conserving culture and propelling change, and the impact of technology. Special attention is given to issues of class division, power distribution, economic activity, and identity formation. Most importantly, the course strives to de-center the Western European model of history embodied in terms such as “the rise of the West.”

Course structure and format:

  • Students will complete an average of 4 hours of work per day, Monday through Thursday.
  • Class will “meet” in an electronic chat format each Monday and Wednesday at 9:00am EDT.

Who should take these courses:

  • Students looking to excel in history
  • Students looking to free up room in their schedule for courses in other disciplines
  • Students looking to hone their analytical writing skills

Teacher: Whitney Suttell
July 16 – August 2, online
Tuition: $925

Religion Courses

  • World Religions 1: Judaism & Christianity - 0.5 credit

Jews and Christians throughout the world have been committed to reading and interpreting their sacred texts and developing religious traditions based on these texts. This course will explore the textual foundations, ritual traditions, and worldviews of Judaism and Christianity through their evolving historical and cultural contexts. Students will gain an enhanced ability to read sacred texts and an understanding of the diversity within both traditions.
Teacher: Kristen Johnson
July 30 – August 17, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Tuition: $925

  • World Religions 2: Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam - 0.5 credit

World Religions explores the dominant religions of Asia and the Middle East—Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam. These traditions not only shape modern societies in powerful ways, but also offer unique and often instructive correctives to Western attitudes. These traditions are studied through primary sacred texts, literature, Harkness discussions, the arts and field trips. Prerequisite: World Religions 1.
Teacher: Brian Blackmore
July 2 – July 20, 12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuition: $925 

  • Quakerism - 0.25 credit                

This course is required of all 9th and 10th grade students. It introduces students to Quakerism and the way in which Quakerism impacts life at Westtown as well as the larger world. Students will examine Quaker history, practice, and testimonies and the ways in which these testimonies manifest in current events and daily life. Class will include an online component for submission of work. This course relies heavily on individual participation, as students examine their own participation in creating a life             which values the good in others and a society based on respect, integrity, and equality.
Teacher: Brian Blackmore
July 9 – July 13, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Tuition: $450

Mathematics Courses

  • Geometry - 1.0 credit

This course covers plane geometry and includes the study of congruence, similarity, ratio and proportion, area, the geometry of the circle, and right triangle trigonometry. Equal time is devoted to writing proofs and the use of computational aspects of basic results. This course includes a review of algebra topics in preparation for Algebra 2. Successful completion of this course prepares students to take Algebra 2, or Algebra 2 (Advanced). 
Teacher: Cheryle Osman Blunt
June 18 – July 27, hybrid - M, W, F 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., T, Th online
Tuition: $1850 

  • Algebra 2 - 1.0 credit

Algebra 2 completes the study of grammar of the language of mathematics. Using a functional approach, this course lays the groundwork for all future high school math study. The emphasis is on the manipulation of polynomial, logarithmic, exponential, rational and radical expressions, solving equations and inequalities involving these expressions. Anticipating a graphical emphasis of subsequent math courses, students are introduced to the graphs of associated functions. Next year math courses could include Statistics, Functions with Math Modeling, or Precalculus.
Teacher: Omar Otero
June 18 – July 30, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Tuition: $1850

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