Summer Learning

During the summer of 2023, Gonzaga will offer a wide array of academic programs and classes. More information about these programs can be found below, and here are answers to some Frequently Asked Questions.

Freshman Transition Program


Gonzaga offers courses to students who are admitted and enrolled members of the Gonzaga Class of 2027, offering a "back to basics" approach. In addition to the Introduction to Eye Street class, which provides a foundation for a student's time at Gonzaga, these workshop classes in Reading, English, and Mathematics have been developed to ease the transition from eighth grade to high school and are taught by faculty who are selected for their patience, understanding, and humor. 

Structured to prepare students in core subjects and essential skills, the Freshman Transition Program also provides an introduction to the high school classroom, the transportation routine, and the Gonzaga campus and facilities. During the summer session, students must remain on campus for breaks and between classes. Refreshments may be purchased in the cafeteria.

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  • Introduction to Eye Street

    Introduction to Eye Street is the cornerstone class for incoming students to Gonzaga. The course's purpose is to introduce new students to the many aspects of student life that may not fall under our standard academic curriculum. The class is centered around the five tenants of the Graduate at Graduation (Intellectually Competent, Open to Growth, Religious, Loving, and Committed to Doing Justice). Working backward to their first days as an Eagle, the class creates an extended orientation to help students be better prepared for their first day of school at Gonzaga. Topics covered will help our young men understand: the history and importance of Gonzaga's location in its identity, why students attend Gonzaga, what our expectations are for Gonzaga students, how to use the many technological tools available to Gonzaga students, and how Gonzaga can plan to help them achieve their goals over four years on Eye Street.
  • English Workshop

    The English Workshop will engage students in writing essential for subject writing in their high school courses. This course will include a review of basic composition with a strong emphasis on sentence structure, grammar, and punctuation. A thorough introduction to the "Gonzaga Writing Project" will also be included.
  • Mathematics Workshops

    The Mathematics Workshops are designed to meet students where they are in terms of arithmetic and algebraic skills. Students will be placed in the appropriate class based on the Gonzaga Mathematics Placement Exam. Every course is tailored to provide an ongoing general review and individualized help where necessary. The following courses are available in the Freshman Transition Program:  Advanced Math, Algebra, and Geometry.
  • Reading Workshop

    The Reading Workshop will provide the student with proven techniques for increased comprehension and retention of reading material. Students will concentrate on the analysis of Gonzaga's summer reading texts through structured discussion and short written responses.

Summer Mathematics Classes for Advancement

Summer Mathematics Classes for Advancement are a concentrated and accelerated class meeting two and a half hours a day for 23 days in the summer (classes start on June 20 and run through July 21). Upon completion, the course will be listed on the student's transcript with a grade, fulfilling the prerequisite for more advanced mathematics courses. These courses are for academic credit, however, the classes do not fulfill Gonzaga's mathematics graduation requirement of four years of math classes. Registration for these classes will take place when registering for 2023-2024 classes.

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  • Geometry

    Geometry is offered only to the recommended rising sophomore wishing to advance in Mathematics.
  • Precalculus with Analysis

    Precalculus with Analysis is offered only to the recommended rising junior or senior wishing to advance in Mathematics.
    • Class meetings: Weekdays June 20 to July 22 from 8:30 am to 11:00 am, July 4 is a holiday
    • Students must attend every class, missing more than two classes will result in the student being withdrawn from the course.

Summer Enrichment

The Gonzaga Summer Enrichment program allows students to enhance their skills in key subjects, prepare for college testing or applications, or discover something new and exciting.

Each class will need a minimum enrollment to offer the enrichment class.  If the minimum enrollment is not met, the course will be canceled, and payment will be refunded. 

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  • Algebra Refresher

    A review of the basic algebra skills grown "rusty" during geometry, this course is designed to help students prepare for Algebra II in the Fall.  This class will allow students to enter the next phase of high-school mathematics with confidence and knowledge.
  • Gear up for Geometry

    Gear up for Geometry!  This course is an opportunity for high school students to develop skills needed for success in Geometry.  Introductory instruction and conceptual development of geometric theorems, postulates, and proofs are provided.   Students will learn to switch from the analytical approach used in Algebra to the more logical methodology of Geometry.
  • Makerspace: 3D Printing, Laser Cutting, Coding, and More

    In this course, you will be given the opportunity to create and learn skills in emerging technologies. We will use computer-aided design to create objects using the 3D printers, laser cutters, and CNC machines available at Gonzaga. In addition, we will learn the basics of coding to use Arduinos and Raspberry Pis to show how circuitry and coding work together. If you like to tinker and create, this is the course for you!
  • SAT/ACT Review: Mathematics

    The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) continues to be an essential component of the college selection and decision process for college-bound seniors. Gonzaga's review courses are open to male students from all area high schools and help students prepare for these important tests.
    The classes are intensive and comprehensive, devoted exclusively to reviewing and mastering test materials, and include a simulated test.  
    The SAT / ACT class in Mathematics is designed to give students a thorough review of college preparatory math.  The review includes an overview of the basic concepts and theories and practice in using essential skills and formulas.
  • SAT/ACT Review: Verbal

    The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) continues to be an essential component of the college selection and decision process for college-bound seniors.  Gonzagas review courses are open to male students from all high schools and help students prepare for these important tests.
    The classes are intensive and comprehensive, devoted exclusively to reviewing and mastering test materials, and includes a simulated test.  
    The SAT / ACT English (Verbal) class provides students with a review of logic problems and analytical readings.  Writing, vocabular-building and ongoing word review are stressed.  Review and practice for on-demand essay writing in the new format will be thoroughly covered.
  • Spanish Intensive

    Conducted primarily in Spanish, this course will provide practice in speaking, reading, and listening.  Using authentic resources, students will practice and retain vocabulary, review grammar, and be ready for the next level in the fall.
  • Summer AP Writing Workshop

    This course is open to rising juniors enrolled in AP English Language & Composition for the academic year 2023-2024. Throughout the four weeks, the course will cover the fundamentals of essay writing in preparation for success in AP Lang in the fall. Students will review grammar through the Punctuation Templates (PTs) and paragraph structure. They will have the opportunity to practice skills from sophomore year that will be necessary for AP Lang, including five-paragraph essay structure and thesis statement generation. Students will be prompted to practice close reading, understand literary techniques, and craft essay responses, and will be introduced to the concept of rhetoric. The class will read the summer reading text, Ta-Nehisi Coates's memoir Between the World and Me, in order to maximize preparation for the coursework in the fall. This course is particularly suited to students who feel like their writing needs greater acuity and focus, especially those who attend AP Lang from on-level English 2.
  • Summer Spanish Skills Refresher Course

    This course is best suited for students who have completed Spanish I and II yet feel they need additional skills and practice to prepare them for Spanish II and III. This would also be a great option for students moving to Spanish 2 Honors or Spanish 3 Honors. At the beginning of the course, the student's current level will be evaluated, and then the course will be tailored to meet their individual needs to prepare them for their Spanish II or III course in the Fall. Students will have the opportunity to practice all four skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

Credit Review Tutorial

The Gonzaga Credit Review Tutorial Program is an innovative alternative to course failure designed specifically for Gonzaga students. The tutorial format provides students with the opportunity to concentrate on a single subject with individual instruction and attention.

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    The intensive curriculum for each course is structured as a tutorial with a limited number of students per course. The class schedule will be set once enrollment is completed.

    Classes require 90 minutes of instructional time each day, providing enough time to enable teachers and students to cover subject matter in-depth and fit instruction to individual needs.

    In past summers, Gonzaga students who attended summer review classes improved their performance the following semester in the next level of the subject studied by an average of one and one-half grades.

    The following courses are offered in the 2023 Summer program. Please select the course(s) desired during the registration process. Please select the class in Session Options:

    * American History
    * Algebra
    * Algebra II
    * Biology
    * Chemistry
    * English I-IV
    * Geometry
    * Religion - Freshman
    * Religion - Social Justice
    * Spanish
    * TV COmmunications
    * World Cultures
    Click here to register online now.


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    Mr. Scott Waller 

    Director of Summer Learning Programs, Mathematics Teacher, Head Varsity Soccer Coach
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