Academics

Summer Learning Programs

During the summer months, Gonzaga offers a wide array of academic programs and classes on campus, designed both for Gonzaga students as well as students from area high schools. Online registration for the Freshman Transition Program is now available by clicking here; to register for Summer Enrichment and Credit Review programs, click here

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

Gonzaga offers courses to students who will be entering the school as freshmen in August. Offering a "back to basics" approach, these workshop classes (in Reading, Study Skills, 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. This year's program will take place from June 24 to July 19. Click here to see a flyer with more information, and here to register online.
      

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  • English Workshop

    The English Workshop will engage students in the kinds of 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 taken on June 1, 2019.  Every course is tailored to provide an on-going general review and individualized help where necessary.

    The following courses are available in the Freshman Transition Program:  Advanced Math; Algebra, and; Geometry.  Again, workshop placement is determined based on the placement exam taken in June.
  • Reading Workshop

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

    The Study Skills Workshop is based on current theories of learning and brain research. 
    Topics covered include critical reading, listening, note-taking, and student specific study techniques.  Each student will determine his own learning style and develop an approach that builds on his strengths and remediates his weaknesses.  The goal of the workshop is to help each student become an efficient and independent learner.
     

Summer Enrichment and Credit Review Programs

Open to all DC area high school students, the Gonzaga Summer Enrichment & Credit Review programs allow students to enhance their skills in key subjects, prepare for college testing or applications, or review material in courses previously taken. Courses are offered between June 24 and July 19.  Click on the course offerings below for full descriptions, and click here to register. Please note: these classes are not open to incoming Gonzaga freshmen.
      

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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.
  • 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. 
  • Credit Review Tutorial

    The Gonzaga Credit Review Tutorial Program is an innovative alternative to course failure designed specifically for college-bound 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.  Classes are 90  minutes in length, providing enough time to enable teachers and students to cover subject matter in depth and to fit instruction to individual need.
     
    Gonzaga students who attended summer review class in past summers 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 2019 Summer program. 
     
     
    * Algebra I, II
    * Biology
    * Chemistry
    * English I-IV
    * Geometry
    * History - European
    * History - United States
    * Latin I, II & III
    * Physics
    * Pre-Calculus
    * Religion I - IV
    * Spanish I, II & III
    * World Cultures
  • Geometry Primer

    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 to learn skills in emerging technologies. We will use computer-aided design to create objects using the 3D printers, laser cutters, and the CNC machine 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!
  • 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!
  • Personal Finance

    Have you wanted to take Mr. Every's Personal Finance class during the school year but been unable to fit it into your schedule? Here's your chance to learn some key life skills this summer! The class will cover topics such as good and bad spending habits, the value of saving, budgeting, setting SMART financial goals, and making good financial decisions for major purchases/commitments such as cell phone plans, cars, and homes. We'll also cover borrowing, simple and compound interest, investing, long term financial planning, financial services, insurance, and taxes. We'll examine the cost of living in Washington, DC as well as "Life Below the Line," an in-depth look at the root causes of poverty in DC and beyond. This course promises to provide you with skills and knowledge that will have practical impacts for your life well into the future.
  • SAT/ACT Review: English

    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 on-going word review are stressed.  Review and practice for on-demand essay writing in the new format will be thoroughly covered.
  • 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.
  • Spanish Intensive Workshop

    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 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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