Academics

Summer Learning

During the summer of 2021, Gonzaga will offer a wide array of academic programs and classes. Feel free to contact Director of Summer Learning Scott Waller at 202-336-7158 or summerlearning@gonzaga.org with questions or for more information.

Freshman Transition Program

OPEN TO ADMITTED & ENROLLED MEMBERS OF THE GONZAGA CLASS of 2025 ONLY.

Gonzaga offers courses to students who are admitted and enrolled members of the Gonzaga Class of 2025, offering a "back to basics" approach. In addition to a required Introduction to Eye Street class, these workshop classes in Reading, English, Mathematics, and Music 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.
 
This year's program will take place from June 28 to July 23. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

List of 5 items.

  • 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. Again, workshop placement is determined based on the placement exam taken in June. 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.
  • Music Workshop

    In Gonzaga’s summer music enrichment program, students will have the opportunity to explore a wide variety of endeavors; not only as a member of a large ensemble like band, orchestra, or choir, but also as a composer, soloist, and chamber musician of musical expression while preparing to become a productive member of the arts community.

    Over the course of the program, students will work with the Director of Bands on a program of a large ensemble, small group, and solo music. Culminating in a featured performance in Gonzaga’s historic St. Aloysius Church, students will have an opportunity to showcase their efforts to the wider Gonzaga community and get a first-hand look at the concert preparation process.

Summer Enrichment and Credit Review Programs

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

List of 11 items.

  • 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.
  • Crafting the College Essay

    This two-week class is designed for seniors who will soon begin the application process, with a focus on the essential college essay.  Classes will concentrate on general essay principles and examine effective techniques.  Assistance with individual draft essays will be provided.

    Students will meet in person Monday through Thursday and virtually through distance learning on Friday.
     
    FOUR DIFFERENT SESSIONS OFFERED.  Please select session desired at checkout:

    * SESSION I: June 28, 29, 30 & July 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9    - 8:20 am - 9:50 am
    * SESSION II: June 28, 29, 30 & July 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9    - 9: 55 am - 11:25 am
    * SESSION III: July 12-16, & 19-22   - 8:20 am - 9:50 am
    * SESSION IV: July 12-16, & 19-22   -9: 55am - 11:25 am
  • Credit Review Tutorial

    The 2021 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.

    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 class 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 2021 Summer program. 

    * Algebra
    * Algebra II
    * Biology
    * Chemistry
    * English I-II
    * Geometry
    * Religion - Freshman
    * World Cultures
  • 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.

    Students will meet in person Monday through Thursday and virtually through distance learning on Fridays.
  • 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!

    Students will meet in person Monday through Thursday and virtually through distance learning on Fridays.
  • Movie-Making and Live Broadcasting (Intro to WZAG)

    There are many ways to tell a story. At Gonzaga, we have a class called WZAG that live broadcasts to the school every day during homeroom. In this summer course, you will learn how to film, how to edit using Adobe Premiere Pro and Photoshop, as well as how to use a teleprompter and live broadcasting software. If you like to be on camera or behind the camera (or both), we highly recommend this course!

    Students will meet in person Monday through Thursday and virtually Through distance learning on Fridays.
  • Precalculus

    Precalculus with Analysis is offered only to the rising junior or senior wishing to advance in Mathematics. Summer Precalculus and Analysis is a concentrated and accelerated class meeting three hours a day for 19 days in the summer. Upon completion, the course will be listed on the student's transcript without a grade, fulfilling the prerequisite for more advanced mathematics courses. This course is not offered for academic credit, does not fulfill Gonzaga’s mathematics graduation requirement, and has no impact on a student’s overall GPA. 

    Below are the course description and details about the summer course:

    Course Description: Precalculus provides a complete mathematical background for the study of calculus. Particular attention is given to linear functions, quadratic functions, rational functions, systems of equations, polynomial functions, conic sections, trigonometry, graphs of functions, sequences, series, complex numbers, and techniques of equation solving. Completion of 330 or 331 is the only prerequisite.

    Details:
    • Students must attend every class, missing more than two classes will result in the student being withdrawn from the course.
    • Students are to enroll in AP Calculus AB or AP Statistics for the fall semester.
    • The course will be listed on the student's transcript upon successful completion without a grade.
  • 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.

    Students will meet in person Monday through Thursday and virtually through distance learning on Fridays.
  • Summer Writing Workshop

    The Summer Writing Workshop is open to rising sophomores or juniors who want to improve their writing skills, specifically with literary writing and paragraph/essay writing. The class will be tailored to students’ needs, and all levels are welcome. Content could include a review of punctuation templates (PTs), paragraph and/or essay structure, and other grammar and writing rules. Students will be encouraged to revise response paragraphs and essays that they wrote during the school year.
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