Summer School 2018

JUNE 25–AUGUST 3, 2018

Upper School

for students entering grades 9–12
The Upper School provides a balanced array of academic and enrichment courses for students, both Hopkins and non-Hopkins, who will enter grades 9–12 in the fall.

Six weeks in length, the summer session runs from June 25 through August 3, and is held on the tranquil 104-acre Hopkins School campus overlooking the city of New Haven.

Three types of courses are offered in the Upper School: academic credit courses, which provide 90 hours of teaching in a given subject area and require an equivalent amount of out-of-class study time; non-credit academic review courses which provide between 30 and 60 hours of class-based learning; and enrichment courses for students seeking to expand their horizons or strengthen core learning skills. Classes are kept small, typically averaging between 8 and 12 students. The Summer School reserves the right to cancel a class that does not reach the minimum enrollment. The academic day begins at 8 am and ends at 1:15 pm.  We we not have school on the 4th of July.

Upper School Courses

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  • Write it Right! Practical Writing Skills & Strategies

    Open to students entering grades 9–12. Class meets 8–11 am.
    Communication skills—especially writing—are the single most important advantage
    you can give a child. Future performance in school and in the workplace is greatly
    enhanced by the ability to speak and write well. This course provides a six-week writing tutorial: forming a topic sentence and thesis, methods of organization, using transitions, sentence variety, basic editing techniques, writing introductions and conclusions, supporting points, and along the way, the “art of being a student.” Students are taught elements of description, narration, comparison, persuasion, definition, division & classification, as well as the underlying grammatical structure of English—the building blocks of sentences. The course uses today’s technology and popular media, including YouTube videos, vlogs and discussion threads, films, art, popular lyrics, film music, and literary excerpts to teach critical thinking and foster creativity. This is an active participation course with lots of one-to-one attention in a supportive environment.

    Students get hands-on practice leading class lessons and reviews: if you can explain it to someone, you know it! By the end, students will have produced a body of written work to show for their efforts. All course texts and materials are provided. Come with a laptop, an iPad, or just pen and paper!

    Course created by University of New Haven Senior Lecturer, Wes Davis, who brings
    decades of experience teaching every kind and level of writing from remedial to honors, from middle school to college.

    Cost: $1,800 (code #101)
    * This session is now full as of 5/23/18
  • Atlantic Communities II: 1815-1945

    1 credit for Hopkins students entering grades 10–11. Class meets 9 am–1 pm.
    In this second course of the Atlantic Communities sequence, the histories, societies and
    cultures of Europe and the Americas, along with those of Western Africa and the West
    Indies, continue to fuse together but the outlook is extended toward broader horizons.
    Students begin with the Industrial Revolution and end their study at the eve of the Cold
    War. The transformations of the Modern Age across the Atlantic Region, the development
    of liberalism as well as European and U.S. nation building including the tragedy of
    America’s Civil War are important points of focus. The course continues with WWI and the
    Russian Revolution. This is followed by an examination of the economic, political, and cultural
    reactions of the Great War in the 1920’s, which led to the global economic depression
    of the 1930’s, the rise of totalitarianism, and WWII. A research paper is a major

    Please note:
    You cannot take two AC summer school courses.
    If you choose to take ACII in the summer before the 10th or the 11th grade, you WILL
    be eligible for AP US or AP European.
    We are limiting the ACII summer course to one section, with a cap of 12 students.
    If you take ACII in the summer, you do NOT have to take an elective in the senior
    school, in addition to ACIII or one of the APs. If you follow up with ACIII or AP,
    that will fulfill your History graduation requirement.

    Cost: Credit $3,000  (code #105)
  • Atlantic Communities III: The Global Community (1939–present)

    1/2 credit for Hopkins students entering grades 11–12. Class meets 9:00am–12:45pm.
    AC3 finishes the core sequence in Hopkins History. The course starts with tensions arising among allies in World War II which then become the Cold War. Coupled with the end of the great colonial empires, that War created a new dynamic in world affairs as the United States and the Soviet Union attempted to manage global politics and economies. The Atlantic world grew closer together with increasing interaction and technology. The end of the Cold War brought another set of challenges in a world not so clearly divided. This course will look at fairly recent historical developments of global economies, ethnic cleansing as a “solution” to conflict, health crises such as AIDS, concerns for the health of the planet and environment, and the rise of religious fundamentalism. Students will become more familiar with the forces that have created the world they will inhabit as
    adults. (Prerequisite: Atlantic Communities II)

    Cost: Credit $2,300 (code #106)
  • Math 20 | Algebra

    Open to all students entering grades 8-9. Class meets 8–11 am.
    Using tangential concepts in probability, statistics and matrices as motivation, this course takes up a thorough treatment of the real number line, linear equations and functions, systems of equations, inequalities and absolute values, and elementary algebraic manipulations.  Prerequisite: Math 10, Pre-algebra.

    Cost: $2,300 (code #131)
  • Geometry

    Open to students entering grades 9–11. Class meets 8–11 am.
    A classic study of the development of geometry and its use of deductive reasoning and proofs, Geometry develops skills in visualization, graphic representation and the application of core geometric ideas. Relationships that exist between course content and the physical world are emphasized. Integration of synthetic, coordinate and transformation approaches also strengthen students’ understanding of algebra. Hopkins students may not take this class for academic credit.

    Cost: $1,800 (code #133)
  • Math 50 | Functions, Statistics & Trigonometry

Open to students entering grades 10–12. Class meets 8–11 am.
    Math 50 serves as a transition between algebra and precalculus by integrating probability, statistical and algebraic concepts. Trigonometry and the use of functions and statistics to model real-world situations is a major theme. The TI-83 graphing calculator is required. Math 40 or Departmental approval is a prerequisite. Departmental approval is required. One section will be offered with a cap of 12 students.

    Cost: $2,300 (code #137) 
  • Math 55 | Pre-calculus

    Open to all students entering grades 10–12. Class meets 9–12 noon.
    Math 55 integrates algebra, geometry and trigonometry as a precursor to the study of calculus and concentrates on the fundamental areas of function, analytic geometry, and mathematical analysis. Technology allows the course to focus on problem solving and exploration. A TI-83 calculator is required. Departmental approval is required. One section will be offered with a cap of 12 students.

    Cost: $2,300 (code #139)
    *This session is now full as of 5/29/18
  • Physics

    1 credit for Hopkins students entering grades 11–12. Class meets Monday–Thursday, 8 am–12 noon.
    This course takes a systematic approach toward understanding the conceptual framework
    that underlies the universe. Students apply algebraic methods in modeling physical phenomena,
    and become comfortable with the techniques and terminology of physics.
    Topics include: mechanics, waves, light, electricity, and magnetism. Laboratory exercises
    require both formal and informal reporting.

    Rising Hopkins 11th and 12th Graders who elect to take Physics in Hopkins Summer
    School must take Biology and Chemistry during a regular academic year. Summer School
    Physics is intensive and includes the same content, laboratory exercises, and final exam as
    the year-long Physics course. Summer School Physics is not the equivalent of Accelerated
    Physics and therefore does not fulfill the AP Physics prerequisite. However, it does satisfy
    the Physics prerequisite for several Science electives.
    Departmental approval is required. One section will be offered with a cap of 14 students.

    Cost: $2,400 (code #140)
  • Bridging the Gap: From AP Physics 1 to SAT Subject Test

    Three week course: June 25-July 13, 12:15-3:15 pm

    In this three week course students will study concepts including: Capacitors, Thermodynamics, Basic Quantum Theory, Relativity, Magnetism and Optics. Each of these topics is found on the SAT subject test in physics, but do not appear in the AP Physics 1 curriculum. The course will cover these ideas with a rigor just past the level required for the exam, and will still involve demonstrations and experiments to cement concepts for our students. This course is not for credit.

    Cost: $1,800  (code #142)
  • An Introduction to Computer Programming

    Open to all students entering grades 9–12. Class meets 8:00 am–11:00 am.
    This course is designed to serve as a first course in programming for students with no prior computing experience. Using a highly visual approach, the course concentrates on programming in Processing, a Java-based language, which prepares students to work with other object-oriented programming languages. Themes include data structures, logic, problem solving through algorithmic design, computer graphics, and user interaction. Topics in object-oriented programming include objects, classes, inheritance, polymorphism, and code reusability. Other programming topics may be explored through student final projects. This course is worth a 1/2 credit for Hopkins students. Prerequisite: Algebra II and departmental approval. No prior experience with programming is expected. This class caps at 10 students.

    Cost: $1,360 (code #161)
  • Comprehensive SAT Review

    Open to students entering grades 10–12. Two 3-week sessions available: June 25–July 13 & July 16–August 3. Class meets 9:00 am – 12:00 noon.
    Designed to prepare students for both the Math and Verbal sections of the new SAT, this pragmatic course is based upon a simple and proven axiom that extensive practice and familiarity with the testing format(s) yields improved performance. Students will discuss and learn useful hints and techniques, review the most frequently tested concepts of mathematics, algebra, geometry, critical reading comprehension, writing and vocabulary, and apply such strategies in class during daily practice and debriefing sessions.  Prerequisite: Algebra II. This class caps at 15

    *Session 1: June 25–July 13, 9:00 am–12:00pm.
    Cost: $1,200 (code #143) *This session is now full as of 3/17/2018

    Session 2: July 16–August 3, 9:00 am–12:00pm.
    Cost: $1,200 (code #144)
  • Chess Program

    Open to all students. Class meets 8:30 am–1:15 pm. Two 1-week sessions.

    The Chess Program offers a more abstract study of problem-solving and strategic decision-
    making. The study of the following positional concepts—basic endgames, thinking techniques and list of imbalances, calculation and combinations, the role of minor pieces in the middle-game, space and preventive maneuvers, the mystery of the center, weak pawns, strong pawns, weak squares, material loss and sacrifice, temporary imbalances; making use of extra material, open files, and using imbalances in every phase of the game—are related to previously mastered concepts, extend their opening repertoire and ready the student for tournament play.

    In addition, students will:
    • practice the 3 keys to success: Tactics, Tactics, and more Tactics!
    • demonstrate effective written and oral communication.
    • be competent in reasoning and problem-solving skills.
    • be able to explain solutions to problems.
    • demonstrate their understanding of the above positional concepts.
    • develop an appreciation for chess as a coherent body of knowledge and as a worthwhile human endeavor.

    Cost: $350 per session/week
    Session 1: July 9–13 (code #151)
    Session 2: July 16–20 (code #152)
    Session 1 & 2: July 9–13 & July 16–20 (code #153)

Squash Program

The Hopkins Squash Camp is a co-educational instruction program which offers students an opportunity to strengthen foundation skills while acquiring the techniques necessary to improve or excel. Our teaching is provided in an atmosphere conducive to both learning and fun.

Participants are grouped according to their age and ability and enrollment is limited to ensure that individual and small group instruction is emphasized. Expert coaching, always a hallmark of Hopkins athletics, focuses on honing existing skills and individual strengths. In addition, concepts and tactics are taught through game or match situations.

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  • Squash: Beginner and Intermediate, Levels I and II

    Open to students entering grades 3–12. Camp meets 8–11 am.
    Forbes magazine named squash as the world’s healthiest game for its excellent physical and mental demands, low risk of injury, and lifetime availability. US Squash Level II coach, Brad Czepiel, and his staff of trained coaches and advanced players teach proper stroke mechanics, graceful court movement, and effective match strategy for new and intermediate players. Individual and group coaching, and a variety of on- and off-court activities inspire the budding squash player. A mid-practice video break allows campers a time to refresh for the final hour’s action.
    Equipment: Players are welcome to borrow Hopkins’ racquets, glasses, and shoes.

    Week 1: June 25–29, Cost: $250 (code #307)
    Week 2: July 2-3, 5–6, Cost: $200 (code #308)
    Week 3: July 9–13, Cost: $250 (code #309)

    Courts open to campers and supervised by coaches 11:00-1:30 for extra play.
  • Squash: Advanced, Level III

    Open to experienced junior players. Camp meets 1:30–3:30 pm.
    Squash Level III builds experienced players’ fundamentals to help them get even more power, finesse, and success from their game. Each week focuses on central, critical skills, though other related on- and off-court elements will be addressed. Throughout, the camp makes an asset of Hopkins’ hot courts; the pace is high, and outright winners are very difficult, a combination that acclimatizes players to the long, creative points of advanced junior squash. Camp limited to twelve players.


    Pam Saunders: former Assistant Coach for Yale squash.
    • A 2004 graduate of Trinity, Masters of Sport and Exercise Studies, Smith College, 2008.
    • Zimbabwe Junior National Champion from U10 to U19.
    Tom Pashley: Coach for Sacred Heart, Greenwich.
    • Competed on the PSA world tour for 5 years. Played for England at junior European and World championships.
    • Highest world ranking: 105
    Brad Czepiel: Director of Hopkins squash. High school girls coach since 2005.
    • Level II US Squash coach. NEISA executive committee member.
    Other coaches will be added to maintain a low player-coach ratio.

    Week 1: Building game points
    Shot placements and sequences; accuracy work
    Drills working on technical constructs of the game
    June 25–29
    Cost: $395 (code #310)

    Week 2: Combining and adjusting strategies
    Setting up points
    Understanding and deploying tactics
    July 2-3, 5–6
    Cost: $320 (code #311)

    Week 3: Matchplay
    Implementing tactics across a match
    Assessing and adapting
    July 9–13
    Cost: $395 (code #312)

    All squash camps meet in Hopkins’ six-court Kneisel Squash Center located at the top of the quad and most easily accessed via the 94 Knollwood Drive entrance.

Havre Soccer Camp

For the first time in the USA, France’s oldest Soccer Establishment, the Le Havre Athletic Club, HAC, offers an exclusive summer training camp for both French and American football players to take place at the Hopkins School in New Haven, CT. HAC, founded in 1872, is the oldest Football Club in France, with the HAC Youth Academy producing some of the greatest players in the world.

The camp will be offered June 25–August 3, with six 1-week camps and three 2-week camps for both girls and boys aged 12–18. Parents may choose which week(s) they want their kids to attend and if they want to package multiple weeks together. This program also can be tailored to entire teams should they wish to train together.

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  • More About the HAC Soccer Camp

Players from around the world will train using the HAC methodology, which is the same methodology players such as Riyad Mahrez (Leicester), Paul Pogba (Manchester City), Dimitri Payet (West Ham United), and Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City) all trained under to learn the game. The camp will be managed by Michaël Bunel, one of Le Havre’s top youth coaches. Additionally, Michael will be assisted by several professional players from the HAC’s women section.

    HAC offers a unique, dynamic soccer environment allowing players to master the mental, technical and physical aspects of the game which will help nurture and develop young talent into the future of the sport. This summer camp will provide a cultural exchange experience between French and American ideologies that is exclusive to the camp. It will allow the players to broaden their minds and dive into the HAC way. One of the most exciting aspects of this camp is the possibility of recruitment from local Colleges and Prep Schools. Every Friday we will invite recruiters to come out to watch Friday Scrimmages.

    Le Havre is proud to partner with the Hopkins School in New Haven, CT. Hopkins was established in 1660 and is the third oldest independent school in the United States. Along with its ongoing commitment to academic excellence, the school has a strong athletic focus and participates in the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council. Both the boy’s and girl’s soccer programs appeared in the 2017 league championship games, which lead to the boys taking home the conference title, and the girls finishing second.