Summer Studies
Non-Credit Courses

Summer Studies Non-Credit Courses

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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.

Summer Studies questions should be directed to the Director of Summer Studies, Tom Donley at donleyt@sidwell.edu or 202-537-8173. Registration for all non-credit courses must be completed online using the “Register Now” link.


STEP (Summer STudies Enrichment Program)

STEP offers students entering Grades 6 – 9 the chance to brush up on academic skills, further develop math and writing foundations, and explore new interests. Participants can design a full-day schedule by combining non-credit academic courses with weekly hands-on electives.  This 4-week program will take place from July 9 – August 3, 2018.

Please visit the STEP page for more details and workshop offerings.


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 9-13, 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, Section I: June 18 – July 13, 8:30am  – 10:30am
  • Instructor:  Diane Scattergood
  • Text: Texts for this class are provided.
  • Tuition: $1,050

Creative Writing: The Short Story

This course is for students interested in gaining mastery of the fundamental techniques of the short story.  Assigned writing projects, in-class exercises, workshops, and discussion of literary works help students generate and refine their own material. Over the duration of the class, students work toward achieving the originality of vision and maturity of expression that lie at the heart of meaningful fiction. The class’s workshop format – in which each writer submits work for group discussion and critique – encourages students to develop their own aesthetic responses and to hone their critical thinking skills. 

  • Age Requirement: Students entering grades 11-12.
  • Dates and Time: June 18 – July 13, 10:00am - 12:00pm
  • Instructor:  Soon Wiley
  • 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: 6/18 – 6/29, 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: 6/18 – 6/29, 9:00am – 12:30pm (Mondays, Test Days); 12:30pm – 3:30pm (Tuesday – Friday)
  • Tuition: $1,100

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 8:30am 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 2011Use of computers at Sidwell Friends School will be denied to any student who does not return this signed form.