Summer Studies Non-Credit Courses

A variety of non-credit and review courses are offered to allow students to brush up on academic skills, further develop writing or math foundations, and explore new interests.

Students must be registered in a Sidwell Summer program at all times if they are remaining on campus.

*Registration for all non-credit courses must be completed online.

Summer Studies questions should be directed to the Director of Summer Studies, Tom Donley at donleyt@sidwell.edu or 202.537.8173.

Summer Studies Enrichment - Academic Programs - Sidwell Summer Camp

Middle School Review

This morning program offers students entering Grades 6 -8 the chance to bolster their skills in math, reading, and writing. Taught by a team of teachers, this program is designed to model a regular middle school morning, with students rotating through different periods devoted to the study of math, reading, and writing.

MS Math: Each day, students will spend a part of their morning refining their pre-algebraic computational and reasoning skills. Extensive practice dealing with rational expressions involving fractions, negative numbers, percents, and decimals will sharpen students’ computational fluency. Furthermore, an introduction to basic algebraic notation will give students an opportunity to apply these skills towards simplifying and evaluating expressions involving variables. A review of fundamental geometric formulas and principles, along with a study of linear graphing techniques, will enable students to improve their computational accuracy while developing their spatial reasoning skills. Emphasis will be placed on developing a neat and organized problem-solving style. Students will also develop their ability to check work methodically for careless mistakes.

MS Language Arts: During the Language Arts period, students will focus on developing competency and confidence with reading. Students will read a variety of materials, including novels, short stories, articles, plays, and poems. We will discuss and develop critical reading skills as students learn to identify text structures, preview texts, and summarize and synthesize texts.  Students will focus on developing greater precision in diction, crafting sentences, developing paragraphs, and using correct punctuation. Students will have the opportunity to write about the various texts they read for the program. Students will write analytical essays and personal reflections.

Combining Middle School Review with an Afternoon of ExploreStar: Students may combine Middle School Review with ExploreStar program in the afternoon to create a full day of enrichment and academics. Contact the Summer Programs Office for assistance in registration – 202.537.8133.

Age Requirement: Students entering grades 6-8.

Dates and Time:  July 5 – 28, 8:30AM – 11:30AM, Class + ExploreStar- 8:30AM – 3:00 PM

Instructors: Diane Scattergood, Andrew Callard, Anders Drewry

Text: Texts for this class are provided.

Tuition: $1,450

MiddleSchool Review plus ExploreStar Tuition: $2175 for all 4 weeks. ($125 for 7/5 week, and $200 for each 7/10, 7/17/ and 7/24 weeks)

College Application Essay Writing Workshop

This one-week workshop will focus on helping each student understand and develop an authentic voice, which he or she will then use in compelling self-narration. Daily activities will include how to brainstorm topics, how to begin the writing process, and how to approach revisions without losing what is unique and spontaneous in a first draft. Students will have an opportunity to discuss sample essays and to receive one-on-one feedback from the instructor.

Age Requirement: This program is open to students entering grade 12 and non-SFS rising 11th graders.

Dates and Time: July 10 – 14, 1:30PM-3:30PM

Instructor: Diane Scattergood

Text: Texts for this class are provided.

Tuition: $325

English Review

This class is designed for students who want to strengthen their analytic writing and critical reading skills before moving to the next grade. Daily writing practice, supported by work in grammar and punctuation, will emphasize clarity of expression and proper sentence structure. A variety of readings will provide ample opportunities for improving comprehension and discussion skills. Instruction will be tailored to individual needs, and students will be able to utilize computers as they work on grammar and writing skills.  Upon registration, please only select one section.

Age Requirement: Students entering grades 8-11.

Dates and Time of Section I: June 19 – July 14, 8:30AM  – 10:30AM

Dates and Time of Section II: June 19 – July 14, 11:00AM  – 1:00PM

Instructor:  Diane Scattergood

Text: Texts for this class are provided.

Tuition: $1,000

PSAT/SAT Preparation Class led by Academic Approach

At Academic Approach, we see ACT & SAT preparation as an opportunity to engage students in real learning. Teachers are warm, supportive professionals who know how to make a classroom experience effective in raising scores, academically enriching, and, just as importantly, enjoyable for the students.

Academic Approach classroom courses are uniquely effective and efficient because of the high level of customized teaching we provide. As expert tutors, we know that one size does not fit all, so we differentiate each class, customizing each study plan to the class’s specific strengths and weaknesses. The class begins with a diagnostic test, and our proprietary diagnostic analysis provides us with a powerful, in-depth understanding of the class’s most common and immediate learning needs.

Our extensive in-print and online coursework supports students with a comprehensive review of every rule and strategy necessary for test-taking success. Students retain access to Academic Approach’s exceptional online courses after the Summer Session ends, so they can prepare flexibly throughout the year for the PSAT, SAT, and ACT.

Age Requirement: Students entering grades 10-12.

Dates and Time: July 10 – July 21, 9:00AM – 12:30PM (Mondays, Test Days),9:00AM-12:00PM (Tuesday – Friday)

Tuition: $1,100

ACT Preparation Class led by Academic Approach

At Academic Approach, we see ACT & SAT preparation as an opportunity to engage students in real learning. We, as teachers, are warm, supportive professionals who know how to make a classroom experience effective in raising scores, academically enriching, and, just as importantly, enjoyable for the students.

Academic Approach classroom courses are uniquely effective and efficient because of the high level of customized teaching we provide. As expert tutors, we know that one size does not fit all, so we differentiate each class, customizing each study plan to the class’s specific strengths and weaknesses. We begin with a diagnostic test, and our proprietary diagnostic analysis provides us with a powerful, in-depth understanding of the class’s most common and immediate learning needs.

Our extensive in-print and online coursework supports students with a comprehensive review of every rule and strategy necessary for test-taking success. Students retain access to Academic Approach’s exceptional online courses after the Summer Session ends, so they can prepare flexibly throughout the year for the PSAT, SAT, and ACT.

Age Requirement: Students entering grades 10-12.

Dates and Time: July 10 – July 21, 9:00AM – 12:30PM (Mondays, Test Days), 12:30 – 3:30PM (Tuesday – Friday)

Tuition: $1,100

Algebra Review (Online)

The Summer Online Algebra review is open to all students who have completed a first year algebra course and are seeking to review concepts before taking Algebra 2 or Precalculus. Topics will include linear equations and systems, quadratics, rational functions, roots, and exponents. Problem-solving and proper writing of math will be emphasized. Students must have internet access, a graphing calculator, and must be able and willing to manage time effectively to complete problem sets and assessments. Outline available here.

Age Requirement: Students entering grades 8-11.

Dates and Time: Six modules should be completed over the course of 6-8 weeks.  Online office hours will be offered M, W, F – June 19 – August 11.

Instructor: Justin Heiges, Math Department Chair at Sidwell Friends.

Requirements: Internet access, TI-84 calculator, phone or scanner for sending written work, and a laptop or other device for viewing materials, tutorials, and for interaction with teacher and to access course site.

Tuition: $800

Pre-Algebra

This course will expose students to a variety of Pre-Algebra concepts and skills. The purpose of the course will be for students to become better math students by increasing their knowledge, understanding, and confidence with the subject. Students will gain experience with rational number operations, percentages, ratios and proportions, equations, and geometry. Problem solving will also be an emphasis of this course. Students will learn how to approach word problems with strategies that help them find solutions effectively and quickly. Students attending this course should have some experience with fractions, decimals, and percents. Homework for this course should average about 20 minutes/night.

Age Requirement: Students entering grades 7-9.

Dates and Time: June 19 – July 14, 10:45AM – 12:30PM

Instructor: Ethan Merlin

Text: TBD

Tuition: $1,025

Tuition and Reports

A $250 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of registration for each course. This deposit is applicable towards the full fee. All fees must be paid in full by May 1. After May 1, no refunds will be granted unless the course is cancelled. If all fees are not paid by May 1, the student’s place in the course will be offered to the next person on the waiting list. If enrolling after May 1, payment in full is required.

Financial aid may be available to Sidwell Friends School students who receive financial aid during the regular school year. A written request for aid is required. The Black Student Fund, Latino Student Fund and other independent schools may also be able to provide financial aid. Please contact other organizations directly.

What To Bring

Students should arrive daily with the following items: Required text book (see class description), TI- 83 or TI-84 graphing calculator (Math Courses), pens, pencils, notebooks for note-taking, and a binder to hold all handouts.

You may purchase these books yourself online from Sidwell Friends Virtual Book Store or at your local bookstore. Please make sure you get the correct edition with the ISBN listed. To purchase books online from the Virtual Bookstore click on “Order your Books.” On the Course ID list, select all the classes in which your student is enrolled. Then click on “Continue” to purchase the books. All books should be purchased prior to the first day of class.

A final report of work and achievement in all courses is sent to parents/guardians and, if applicable, to the student’s school. Midterm reports are sent for six-week credit courses. If non-Sidwell students would like their school to receive a report, they must indicate this on the application form and provide the full mailing address.

Policies, Student Responsibilities, and Forms

Each student and a parent/guardian must read and sign the policies below and return the completed and signed forms to the Sidwell Summer Office no later than June 15th.

Student Responsibilities

SFS Responsible Use Policy

Summer Studies Student Information Sheet and Grade Report Request

All students are expected to adhere to the academic and personal standards of conduct and behavior as outlined in the Sidwell Friends Handbook for Parents and Students. A copy of the handbook is available upon request.

Absences: If a student is absent unexpectedly, the school requests that parents call the Upper School Office (202-537-8160) by 8:30 AM on the morning of the absence. Students will be permitted to make up work missed during excused absences.

Conduct: Students are expected to uphold the traditions of an academic community in which all members accept responsibility to do their own work and to give credit to sources that they use. They are expected to respect the Sidwell Friends Honor Code which does not tolerate lying or cheating. All students are expected to abide by the rules and regulations outlined in the Sidwell Friends Handbook for Parents and Students, copy available upon request. Please note that food and beverages cannot be consumed in the classroom or hallways.

Students are expected to be in compliance at all times with generally accepted standards of behavior. Stealing, damaging, or destroying the property of any member of the school community, as well as the school itself, will not be tolerated. Students who are found to be responsible for such actions will be liable for the cost of repairing or replacing the items involved and will be subject to disciplinary action, which, at the discretion of the Director of Summer Studies, may include expulsion from the program. If expulsion occurs, tuition will not be refunded.

SFSnet Acceptable Use Policy SFS Responsible Use Policy 2011. Use of computers at Sidwell Friends School will be denied to any student who does not return this signed form.