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 24 through August 2, 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 of four students. The academic day begins at 8 am and ends at 1:15 pm. We we not have school on the 4th of July.
Open to students entering grades 9–12. Class meets 8–11 am.June 24 through August 2.
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.
1/2 credit for Hopkins students entering grades 11–12. Class meets 9:00am–12:45pm, Monday - Thursday, June 24 through August 1.
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)
AC III textbooks: Eric Foner’s Give Me Liberty, edition 5; McKay, Hill, Butler’s World Societies edition 10
Open to all students entering grades 8-9. Class meets 8–11 am, June 24 through August 2.
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.
Open to students entering grades 9–11. Class meets 8–11 am, June 24 through August 2.
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.
1 credit for Hopkins students entering grades 10–12. Class meets 8–11 am, June 24 through August 2.
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.
1 credit for Hopkins students entering grades 10–12. Class meets 9–12 noon, June 24 through August 2.
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.
1 credit for Hopkins students entering grades 11–12. Class meets Monday–Thursday, 8 am–12 noon. June 24–August 1.
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.
Hopkins School lends textbooks for all Physics classes.
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.
This course is worth a 1/2 credit for Hopkins students. Open to all students entering grades 9–12. Class meets 8:00 am–11:00 am, June 24 through August 2.
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.
Open to students entering grades 10–12. Two 3-week sessions available: June 24 through July 12 & July 15 through August 2. 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
Open to all students. Class meets 8:30 am–1:15 pm. Two 1-week sessions,
July 8–12 or July 15–19.
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 8–12 (code #151)
Session 2: July 15–19 (code #152)
Session 1 & 2: July 8–12 & July 15–19 (code #153)
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.
Open to students entering grades 3–12. Camp meets 8–11 am, June 24 – July 12
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 24–28, Cost: $250 (code #307)
Week 2: July 1-3, and 5, Cost: $200 (code #308)
Week 3: July 8–12, Cost: $250 (code #309)
Courts open to campers and supervised by coaches 11:00-1:30 for extra play during the second and third weeks only.
Open to girls with at least one year of team or tournament experience. Camp meets June 24–28 from 11:30am – 1:00pm.
Because our bodies differ from boys’, our shots, strategies, and movement differ - and thus, how we play and train differs. And for one week, we will develop that game and the techniques, attitudes, and habits that help us be our greatest selves.
Coaches selected for their extensive experience teaching the women’s game. Cost: $295 (code #313)
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.
Coaches We select coaches based on their ability to communicate with and inspire junior players. We have had coaches from Trinity College, Yale College, and the PSA tour. We have found great success with coaches from A-level prep schools and private clubs.
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
Jenn Pellitier played for Canada throughout her junior career at 2 Pan-American Championships and one World Championships. Played for Trinity College, capturing the National Championship in 2014.
Whitney Stewart competed in Juniors, High School, and College at National Level Championships; individually ranked in Top 10 in the US and Canada. Played Pro in France and league in South Africa. Coached since age 16.
We maintain a 3:1 (or better) player:coach ratio, which is extraordinarily low.
Week 1: Building game points
Shot placements and sequences; accuracy work
Drills working on technical constructs of the game
June 24–28 Cost: $395 (code #310)
Week 2: Combining and adjusting strategies
Setting up points
Understanding and deploying tactics
July 1-3, and 5 Cost: $320 (code #311)
Week 3: Matchplay
Implementing tactics across a match
Assessing and adapting
July 8–12 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.
Le Havre Soccer Camp
For a second year, 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 17–July 19, 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.