Summer Studies Credit Courses

Summer Studies Credit Courses

  6 week sessions       8:30am - 12:00pm       $1400

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A variety of courses are offered for credit each summer. Students can select to take a course for credit so they can accelerate their academic work, reduce the course load for the coming year, or focus on a single subject. Credit courses meet 3.5 hours/day for six weeks and are considered the equivalent of a full year course. Students who wish to receive credit should obtain the appropriate signatures from their school in order to register for the course.


To register for a credit course, students must complete a paper application as signatures are required. Click here for the Summer Studies Application. Applications should be submitted via mail or in person:

3825 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016

Fax: (202-537-2483) 
Email to

Note, Teaching Assistants work with course instructors to assist students and are available for 2 hours after class every day of the session.

Summer Studies questions should be directed to the Director of Summer Studies, Tom Donley at or 202-537-8173.


The course is a standard treatment of many Pre-calculus topics. Areas of study include polynomials, exponents, logarithms, sequences, series, trigonometry, and polar functions. A TI-83 or TI-84 graphing calculator is needed for this course.

Mandatory Placement Exam for Pre-calculus: Due to the challenging nature of the rapid-paced summer Pre-Calculus course, we require all students to take a placement exam in order to determine their eligibility for the course. We want all of our students to enjoy a positive learning experience and having the necessary skills and background is critical for achieving success in the summer Pre-Calculus course. Students who find the placement exam to be too difficult should consider enrolling in Algebra 2, a course that will allow them to reinforce their skills in a second-year Algebra course.  ALL Pre-Calculus students must email Tom Donley, Director of Summer Studies, to schedule the mandatory Placement Exam. *The placement exam will take place at Sidwell Friends Upper School.

  • Age Requirement: Students entering grades 10-12.

  • Dates and Time: 6 weeks - June 17 - July 26, 8:30am – 12:00pm

  • Instructor: TBD

  • Text: PreCalculus with Limits, 3rd edition, By Ron Larson, Cengage Publishing, 2014, ISBN 978-1-133-96288-5. You can purchase the textbook through Sidwell’s virtual bookstore (MBS Direct), or through another vendor.

  • Tuition: $1,400

Algebra 2

In Algebra 2 students study the algebraic properties and graphs of real-valued functions and specific skills needed for working with applications. Previous work with linear relationships and systems is expanded, and, in addition, students study direct and inverse variation, quadratic and higher degree polynomial functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, inverses of functions, conic sections, basic probability, and data interpretation.

  • Dates and Time: 6 weeks - June 17- July 26, 8:30am – 12:00pm (No camp July 4 & 5)

  • Instructor: Yolanda Rolle

  • Tuition: $1,400

Online Algebra Review

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 Pre-Calculus. 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. 

  • Age Requirement: Students entering grades 8-11.

  • Dates and Times: Six modules should be completed over the course of 8 weeks. Online office hours will vary by week.

  • Instructor: Justin Heiges (Math Department Chair at Sidwell Friends School).

  • Tuition: $800

Technology requirements - Students will need:

1.      Internet Access

2.      Laptop or Other Device for Accessing Course Site, Tutorials, and for Interaction with Teacher

3.      TI-84 Calculator

4.      Phone or Scanner for Sending Written Work

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.

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.

Attendance and Absences

Classes do not meet on July 4 + 5 in observation of the Independence Day holiday. Any anticipated absence longer than two days must be cleared with the Director of Summer Studies prior to the start of the course. A student who misses more than two instructional days of school may not receive credit for the course.

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

Policies, Student Responsibilities, and Forms (accordion)

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 10.

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. Please see above.

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 - Please click here for the SFSnet policy statement. Use of computers at Sidwell Friends School will be denied to any student who does not return this signed form.