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Summer 2020 Academic Camps

Around the World in 5 Days

Grades 2-4                                                                                                                                 $175

Week 3                                                                                                                         9AM – 12PM

Ever wonder what life is like for children in other parts of the world? What games do they play? How do they celebrate holidays? What types of snacks do they  eat? We will explore cultures from Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America. A great way to expand your child’s global perspective!   Instructor: Mira Howard.

 

Art History Detectives

Grades 2 to 4                                                                                                                               $180

Week 5                                                                                                                         1PM – 4PM​

Grab your paint brush and put on your detective’s hat... we’re going back in time to learn about great artists and important periods of Art History. After we’ve uncovered clues about how and why artists created their masterpieces, we’ll create our own art in their style!  Instructor: Mira Howard.

 

Beltline Bookworms

Grades 5 to 8                                                                                                                              $150

Week 4                                                                                                                        9AM – 12PM

Books make summer better! This camp is all about allowing students a few hours each day for reading, writing and reflection. Students will have the chance to knock out some of their summer reading requirements while discussing and analyzing the works with their peers. Conversations about their novels will help with recall and building their literary community while creating and presenting book critiques will help students practice sharing and thinking critically about fictional plots. Additionally, students will also enjoy exploring short stories and graphic novels as well as listening to appropriate middle school read alouds.   Instructor: Lynn Cooper.

 

Boys and Books

Grades 2 to 4                                                                                                                              $150 Week 4                                                                                                                        9AM – 12PM

Monsters, dinosaurs, trucks, trains, and animals—what does your little guy like to read about? The best way to get better at reading is to practice, so each day, we’ll read and talk about lots of books! We will also do a little writing and art and have plenty of playtime to burn off extra energy! Emily Hodges is a Heathwood middle school English teacher and mother of two boys. During this camp, she will get to know your budding reader and select books that are interesting and appropriate for them.

 

CODE IT (More than Coding)
Grades 3 to 5                                                                                                                              $200

Weeks 4 & 5                                                                                                               9AM – 12PM

Does your student love navigating how things work on a computer? CODEMOJI's computer science programs is for 3rd-5th graders and our mission is simple: teach students to enjoy all things related to coding and the web while building problem solving and creative thinking skills. Our staff of educators deliver clear, entertaining instruction to ensure students have fun while learning complex coding skills using popularized emojis that represent HTML text, which lowers the barriers to new coders and increases their excitement and understanding of computer science. Students build animations, websites, and video games; explore multiple coding languages; program robots; create STEM-based projects both on and off line; and are encouraged to share their projects when they get home. Students also work with interactive circuit boards to understand the basics of currents and work with their teacher to build a handful of fun hands on projects. Instructor: Livio Bolzon.

 

Digital Skills

Grades 5 to 8                                                                                                                       $175

Week 6                                                                                                                        1PM - 4PM​

This camp will cover all the tips, tricks, and essential skills kids need to be successful in the digital world. Taught by a Google certified educator, this camp will focus on things like Google Docs, Gmail, online research, and digital citizenship. This camp will cover a wide variety of apps and strategies to help each student improve their digital education. A wifi capable device, not a cellphone, is required. iPads are preferred, but laptops are also acceptable.    Instructor: Brice Spires

 

Graphic Arts Online - 1/2 Credit Course

Grades 9 to 12                                                                                                                 $400

Week 3                                                                                                                        9AM – 12PM​

This course is designed to teach students the basic principles of sound graphic design as well as the tools and technical skills to make their design ideas a reality. 

Principles covered will include layout, composition, symmetry, asymmetry, golden ration,  color theory, and typography. Students will be taught to apply these principles to create designs using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

This course will be made up of 15 synchronous hours and 30 asynchronous hours. The synchronous hours will be spent mostly on covering Graphic Design principles and learning Photoshop and Illustrator skills. Students will spend 30 hours of asynchronous time working on assigned projects with video tutorials as reference. 

There will not be a final assessment for the Graphic Arts Online course, however students will be required to submit acceptable work for all of their projects in order to pass the class.      Instructor: Rodrigo Acosta

 

Field, Streams & Forest Friends

Grades EC3 to Kindergarten                                                                                                     $150

Week 3                                                                                                                         9AM - 12PM​

Is your child fascinated by animals that burrow in the dirt, live in the pond, or hide in the forest? Early Childhood teacher Becky Funderburk will lead young campers in exploring Heathwood's many habitats. Children will learn the body parts of bugs and how insects are different from spiders. They will decorate a critter cage for insects that live on the land such as beetles, caterpillars, and grasshoppers, and create an ant farm to observe these special creatures. Campers will have the opportunity to experience our very own Observational Beehive and view these important pollinators hard at work! 

 

Finding the Balance of Middle School

Grades 5 to 8                                                                                                                       $185

Week 7                                                                                                                             1PM - 4PM

Life is all about balance.  You love to play Fortnite or Roblox.  You can’t get enough of Snapchat or Instagram.  Your parents however are always hounding you about your grades.  What is a student to do?  If this sounds familiar, this camp is for you.  We will work on finding the balance in middle school.  We will spend much of the day learning study and organizational skills, as well as working on your Math and English summer work.  The rest of the day will then be spent enjoying a plugged-in paradise, with the screen activity of your choice.  We will learn that working hard deserves a reward.  It’s all about balance! If you want to get a jump start on your summer work, learn to study more efficiently, and have some fun, please join us.  This camp will hopefully result in an easier school year next fall, allowing you to have more free time to do the things you love.  All study materials will be provided, but bring your iPad for plugged in time.  Instructor:  Michelle Dillman.

 

5th Grade Fun Forever Online Camp

Rising 6th Grade                                                                                                                  $300

Week 3-4 (see dates below)                                                                                          12PM- 1PM

In the event that campus is closed for the summer, Mrs. Cooper’s three week camp would allow 5th graders to continue on with their learning and exploration. 

Her camp would run from June 22 - July 10 from 12:00 - 3:00, (includes week of June 29 - July 3). 
Students take a break from the heat to settle in for a few hours of discussion, reading, writing, and vocabulary growth. 

Each class would begin with 20-30 minutes of a Google Meet; students would then break out to work on their tasks at home before checking back in to report and share out with classmates. 

A second work session would follow, and students would reconvene to connect and share before the end of class. 

Students will work to complete the vocabulary workbook, read another novel together, and write both formally and creatively in response to inspiring poems and quotations. Students will also enjoy read-alouds and creative projects. 

The only purchase needed for this camp is the novel Hoot by Carl Hiaasen.  

12:00 - 12:30: Meeting at the beginning of each class for 30 minutes for a vocabulary chat, pre-reading task

12:30 - 1:00: Vocabulary work independently

1:00: Back on the Google Meet for vocabulary sharing and corrections, reading questions or assignment posted 

1:30 - 2:30: Reading and working on assignment connected to the novel on their own or in small Google Meet groups  (students will need to buy novels)

2:30 - 3:00: Reconvene for discussion and sharing out for the day, connecting reading to a theme, painting,  or quotation by a world leader

Instructor: Lynn Cooper - MS English teacher

 

Five-Paragraph Essay Writing

Grades 8 to 12                                                                                                                           $165

Week 4                                                                                                                            1PM – 4PM

In this course, students will learn how to improve their writing skills for the essential form of writing in high school and college, the five-paragraph essay. When it comes to writing essays in high school and college, we all need a place to start. Think of the five-paragraph essay as just that. Some students may find this to be a simple process, while others may spend a greater amount of time understanding this fundamental building block of high school and college writing. The core elements of the essay, the thesis, the body, and the conclusion, will all be at the center of this camp. Students will learn the best strategies and skills essential to becoming successful essay writer and how to adapt the five-paragraph essay in longer, more in-depth, papers and essays. Students will learn the ins and outs of the basic form of essays in high school and college, the five-paragraph essay. Students will learn the best strategies and skills in essay writing. Students will also learn how to approach the core elements of an essay, the thesis, the body, and the conclusion.  Instructor:  Brice Spires.

 

Flow into Fifth

Grades 5                                                                                                                                     $175

Week 6                                                                                                                        9AM – 12PM​

Flow from fourth… right into fifth! Rising 5th graders from Heathwood will be introduced to the 5th grade area in the middle school building, learn about expectations and procedures, and get a sneak-peek at grade level and school-wide activities for the coming year. Attention to writing and reading will be a key feature of this class to equip students with all the tools they need to be successful in Middle School. Students may also focus on summer reading responses.  Instructor:  Lynn Cooper, 5th grade English teacher and team leader.

 

Foundations for Freshman Year

Grades 9                                                                                                                                     $250

Weeks 5 and 6                                                                                                             9AM – 12PM​

The freshman year is a challenging one for many students, and those who begin ninth-grade English with a strong foundation are much more likely to succeed.  This course is designed to strengthen the skills and study strategies necessary to succeed in 9th-grade Composition and Literature and should be especially helpful for students who have experienced difficulty with reading or writing assignments in the past and for those who are reluctant to read or who feel intimidated by their summer reading assignment.  We will spend about half of our class time reading and will try to finish reading and discussing at least one of the two assigned summer reading books. We will devote the rest of our time to developing skills and strategies for reading, writing, vocabulary study, and organization.  (Note: This course is designed to last two weeks, but it is possible to sign up for only one of the two weeks.) Instructor: James Hane.

 

Geography of the Bible (Course Credit)

Grades 9 to 12                                                                                                                            $400

Week 1                                                                                                                            1PM – 4PM

In this course, students will go in-depth on the geographic locations mentioned in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. This course will look into the known historical events in and around those locations at the time and how they correlate with the events detailed in the Bible. This will include political, social, and military conflicts in these areas around the given times of the Biblical events. Students will be given historical points of reference to such events as the Exodus of the Jews from Egypt, Kings David and Solomon, and the various locations mentioned during the life of Christ. This course will serve as a religion or social studies credit for Heathwood students. Required Text:  Holman Bible Atlas, Thomas V. Brisco. ISBN: 978-0805497601.  Instructor: Brice Spires.

 

Grammar Gurus

Grades 6 to 9                                                                                                                              $150

Week 7                                                                                                                        9AM – 12PM

Students will spend the week learning and practicing proper punctuation, and they will explore the power of word groups in writing. Students can expect to explore their own writing styles. How can my writing become less redundant? What tools do authors use to bring their imagery to life for readers? How can a few words, like an absolute phrase, add to the tone of a writing piece? Students will learn, drill, and create through the week. We will also revise any summer reading reflection pieces students have drafted before arriving, taking that task off of the family to-do-list!

 

Greatest Conspiracies of History

Grades 5 to 10                                                                                                                            $150

Week 4                                                                                                                        9AM – 12PM​

What really happened to Elvis? How many shooters were on the grassy knoll? What really is in Area 51? Come join Mr. Spires on a quest to find the answers to these burning questions, among many others. Students will hone their critical thinking and research skills during this camp, all while staying out of the heat!

 

Introduction to Twos

Grade EC2                                                                                                                                 $300

Weeks 6                                                                                                                9AM – 4PM

Come have a sneak peek into the terrific time the 2s have at Heathwood! Enjoy centers, storytelling,snack,outdoor time and more. We will support a positive potty-training process to get ready for the new school year. Instructor: Dawne Wallace & Rebecca Smith

 

Inventor’s Camp

Grades 1 to 4                                                                                                                              $400

Week 2                                                                                                                           9AM – 4PM

Have fun using your imagination and engineering skills!  Campers will be designing, testing and building using creative problem solving & STEM applications.  This camp will build their confidence as they use innovation skills to create their inventions! Instructor: Natalie Ashenfelter.

 

The Keys to Meaning: Using Mythology and Psychology to “Read” Movies

Grades 9 to 12                                                                                                                            $215

Week 6                                                                                                                            1PM – 4PM

A quality movie can offer the moviegoer many layers of meaning to dig into. In this course, we will use Karl Jung’s “individuation process” and Joseph Campbell’s cycle of the hero’s adventure as keys to unlocking the meaning of a few good movies.  We will watch and discuss Spirited Away; O Brother, Where Art Thou?; one of the Harry Potter movies, and selections from The Matrix (with scenes of violence omitted).  Instructor: James Hane.

 

Kid Coding

Grades 1 to 2                                                                                                                              $200

Week 5                                                                                                                            1PM – 4PM

Your rising first or second grader will learn the basics of coding and computer science as they are immersed in STEM activities. Students will collaborate to program robots to complete tasks, work with emojis as they dive into the Codemoji platform, and participate in offline unplugged coding activities and games. Throughout the program students will design a website and learn to utilize their newly acquired coding skills to advance through interactive lessons. The Codemoji Coder program will challenge your student as they advance through HTML, CS, and JS coding basics and will promote the desire to continue their coding learning outside of the classroom.

 

Kindergarten Sneak Peek

Grade Kindergarten                                                                                                                    $150

Week 6                                                                                                                         9AM – 12PM

Come have some fun with Mrs. Schafer and Mrs. Stevenson! Campers will get a special peek into all the fun that happens when you become a kindergartner. We’ll play games, act out stories, make play-doh, tinker, experiment, and explore our classroom centers. Also, students will help to make the August calendar for all of their incoming classmates, and will become familiar with the some of the routines of our day - including math and reading games!

 

Ladies and Literature

Grades 2 to 4                                                                                                                              $150

Week 1                                                                                                                      9AM – 12PM

Does your daughter love to read? Does your daughter fight reading? This camp is for everyone! Each day, we’ll read and talk about lots of books! We will also do a little cooking, writing, art, and maybe even some dress up!  Emily Hodges is a Heathwood middle school English teacher and mother of two boys. During this camp, she will get to know your budding reader and select books that are interesting and appropriate for them.

 

Learn. Code. Build.

Grades 6 to 8                                                                                                                         $200

Week 4                                                                                                                            1PM – 4PM

If your older student loves all things related to games, computers, and the web LEARN. CODE. BUILD! is the program for them! Students will learn how to build a open-ended projects during this coding program for created for 6th-8th graders. Covered first in this class are programming terms, wireframing, HTML, CSS, JavaScript basics. During the latter part of the program students' knowledge is put to the test as they each build a project! Plus, we'll provide follow-up instructions for participants (and parents) so they can continue learning and improving their website, and apps at home. Students will also learn how to program robots and more this is more than just a coding camp on computers. Instructor: Livio Bolzon.

 

Money Matters

Grades 6 to 12                                                                                                                       $175

Week 3                                                                                                                            1PM – 4PM

How much should I save? How much should I spend? How can I earn money?  Answer these questions and more in this camp focusing on smart money management.  We will explore the cost of modern living, learn about wages for different careers, discuss money goals, and even work on a resume!  Whether you are earning your own money already or just planning what to do with your allowance, you will be better prepared to make smart money choices after taking this camp!    Instructor:  Jennifer Falvey

In the event we are not able to return to campus, this course will still meet in the afternoons of June 22-26 via Google Meet. 

The group will gather in Google Meet to discuss the day's topics, get instructions, and answer questions.  Students will then work on their own for short periods of time (20-30 min.), with the instructor available the entire time for questions in Google Meet.  

After each independent-work period, students will return to the Meet to discuss as a group before moving on to the next part of the program.  

Basic materials needed: laptop or desktop computer capable of opening multiple browser windows; composition notebook; calculator or calculator app; pencils or pens.  

Revised cost for this camp: $125

 

 

Philosophy – Online Credit Course

Grades 11-12                                                                                                                            $400

June 8 to July 31                                                                                                                     Online

          This course begins with a look at Socrates and asks similar questions of 6 famous philosophers who thought that philosophy was for everyone, and not just university professors and students.  We will ask Socrates, Epicurus, Seneca, Montaigne, Schopenhauer, and Nietzsche a series of questions, beginning with "is there really such a thing as happiness, and if so how do we acquire it?"  We will also take a look at what it might mean to be "good" and delve into how one might weather the headwinds of life.   The course's work will consist of readings from three books, a number of videos, and occasional group discussions via the world wide web.  There will be 8 assigned essays that will be used as assessments.  Thoughtful and thorough are your bywords to success.

Simon Blackburn, "Being Good" Oxford Press, 0-19-285377-5

Alain de Botton, The Consolations of Philosophy, 9780679779179

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 9781503280465

Any edition, e-book, etc will suffice.

Course instructor Bill Russell worked in four independent schools for 25 years and also taught at the United States Military Academy at West Point.  This is his 11th year offering online classes.

 

Poets with Painters

Grades 5 to 8                                                                                                                             $150

Week 3                                                                                                                        9AM – 12PM​

During this camp, students will read and write various forms of poetry. Each day, students will be introduced to famous poets, such as Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, and Mary Oliver, just to name a few.  Students will also learn about celebrated painters and their masterpieces though mini-lessons, finding inspiration for their own original poems through fun exposure to the works of artists such as Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh, Andy Warhol, Mary Cassatt, Frida Kahlo, and Georgia O'Keefe. What might a painting say to your young poet? Let's find out! Instructor: Lynn Cooper

 

Prepping for Algebra

Grades 7 to 9                                                                                                                              $150

Week 6                                                                                                                        9AM – 12PM​

Do you have a child who is getting ready to take Algebra for the first time? Summer is the time to enhance their math skills. Prepping for Algebra is the perfect camp to review all pre-algebra skills, as well as computational skills. Middle School teacher, Liza Johnson, will help your child build the foundation they need to be "prepped" for Algebra.        

 

Prepping for Middle School Math

Grades 5 & 6                                                                                                                              $150

Week 7                                                                                                                        9AM – 12PM

Fractions, decimals, and computation, OH MY! Summer is the perfect time to review the math skills needed to be successful in Middle School. Heathwood Middle School teacher, Liza Johnson, will help your child build the foundation needed to be ready for math during the middle years. All campers need to bring is a sharpened pencil and a good attitude. Ms. Johnson will take care of the rest!

 

Probability and Statistics - ½ Credit Course

Grades 9 to 12                                                                                                                            $400

Week 2 & 3                                                                                                                    9AM – 12PM

Probability and Statistics provides an introduction to probability and statistics with applications. Topics include descriptive statistics, basic probability models, random variables, discrete and continuous probability distributions, statistical estimation, confidence intervals, and an introduction to linear regression.   Students must have completed Algebra 1. 

Class will meet daily for synchronous learning for 90 minutes for a total of 15 hours. Students will be expected to complete 30 hours of asynchronous learning.

Course is two weeks with a final exam and/or project the following week.   Instructor: Jenny Nelson

A TI-84 calculator is required.  Students do not have to purchase a textbook; students will be provided access to an online textbook. 

 

Public Speaking

Grades 5 to 8                                                                                                                              $155

Week 1                                                                                                                        9AM – 12PM​

Public speaking can be an exhilarating, confidence-building experience that can help you in the classroom, at work, and in daily life! In this collaborative camp, participants will not only study the qualities of gifted orators throughout history, but they will also work together in a positive environment to give and receive constructive feedback to sharpen one another for a variety of settings. Students will be pushed to remain poised when under pressure, learn stress-relieving techniques, and even play devil's advocate. Students will develop the communication skills necessary to be more successful in the classroom, the office, and in daily life. The goals for this camp involve better one to one communication, without a screen in between, and a better understanding of how to communicate and present to a group. Instructor: Brice Spiers

 

SAT Prep Course

Grades 9 to 12                                                                                                                            $575

Week 4                                                                                                                  9AM – 11:30AM

Heathwood Hall is offering a summer test-prep course designed to prepare juniors and seniors for the upcoming SAT.  The program will be taught by Mr. Rip Blackstone and Dr. Elisha Sircy, using the successful Applerouth Prep system.  This course, priced at $575.00 includes the materials fee, is significantly less expensive than many other test-prep programs, and offers the added benefits of venue (right here at Heathwood), dynamic instructors, and free, on-line prep help for students to practice between sessions and after the class is over.

 

Science Palooza

Grades 3 to 6                                                                                                                              $150

Week 7                                                                                                                         9AM – 12PM​

Come discover, experiment, and create as we learn about the colliding worlds of art and science in this STEAM-based camp. We will create biomes from around the world, star gaze at constellations, master meteorology, investigate how things work and dabble in chemistry and physics/ Put on your learning can and grab the art supplies because this STEAM camp will rock your world!

 

Senior Exhibition Kickstart

Grade Rising Seniors from HHES                                                                                            $250

Week 5                                                                                                                          9AM - 12PM

Students will get a head-start on their capstone project: The Senior Exhibition.  This hands-on, intensive summer camp led by Upper School English Teacher Elise Hagstette is meant to give students a chance to begin the year-long process of developing a research topic, preparing their method of study, and gaining important tips on the final presentation or product. 

*** Students will need to bring their own laptop computers.***

 

Sliding into 2nd

Grades 2                                                                                                                                     $150

Week 7                                                                                                                          9AM - 12PM

Review of 1st grade and preview of 2nd grade skills.  Instructor:  Brooke Whiteman.

 

Soar into 6th

Grades 6                                                                                                                                     $175

Week 6                                                                                                                          9AM - 12PM

Soar into sixth grade with all the skills you will need to be successful! This camp will focus on grade level expectations and procedures, and provide a sneak peek at the content covered in sixth grade. We will also concentrate on writing, reading comprehension, and other 6th-grade level skills. Students will also have time to focus on their summer reading.      Instructor: Brice Spires 

 

Super Sleuths

Grades 3 to 6                                                                                                                              $150

Week 6                                                                                                                            1PM – 4PM

Get out your magnifying glasses and detective hat as we have clues to decipher and crimes to solve! We'll put our critical thinking skills and STEM knowledge to the test and get to the bottom of the mysteries by learning the tricks real investigators use to solve cases. While experimenting with simple detection techniques, your reasoning skills will grow and your problem-solving skills will become better than CSI agents! Brought to you by nationally-acclaimed learning organization, Little Scholars.

 

Unlimited Hands-On Science: Elements of Art

Grades Kindergarten to 6                                                                 Half day: $175, Full day: $250

Weeks 1, 2 & 3                                                                                          9AM-12PM, 9 AM-4PM

Science and Art naturally overlap. Both are means of investigation. Both involve ideas, theories and hypotheses that are tested in places where mind and hand come together; the lab and the studio. Artists, just like scientists study many different things such as, materials, people, culture and history and then learn to transform this information into something else. Did you know in ancient Greece, the word for art was techne, from which technique and technology are derived; these terms are applied to both scientific and artistic practices. In this camp, we will explore these practices.

 

Unlimited Hands-On Science: Nature Camp

Grades Kindergarten to 6                                                                 Half day: $225, Full day: $300

Weeks 6 & 7                                                                                              9AM-12PM, 9 AM-4PM

Whether your child wants to become a biologist, physicist, entomologist, herpetologist, geologist or botanist, this is definitely the class for them. In UHS nature camp, we will take a quick look at nature from all perspectives. Get ready to get a little dirty as we dig deep into nature. Join us as we venture out and hunt for bugs to preserve.

 

Unlimited Hands-On Science: World of Robotics

Grades Kindergarten to 6                                                                 Half day: $225, Full day: $300

Weeks 4 & 5                                                                                              9AM-12PM, 9 AM-4PM

Science and Technology go hand in hand. This program will allow students to explore the basic and complex technology that is used to design and build robots. They will discover the world of robotics and when asked they will be able to describe the differences between humans and their robotic counterparts. Do you think you have what it takes to build and power your own robot? Are you ready to become a junior engineer and an electrician? Come explore the world of robotics and become a “robo-scientist” today!

 

Video Production Online - 1/2 Credit Course

Grades 9 to 12                                                                                                                        $400

Week 2                                                                                                                            9AM – 12PM

This course is designed to teach students the process of planning, recording and post producing engaging video content. 

Students will learn crucial elements of pre-production such as story boarding, writing and production scheduling. They will also learn technical aspects of recording such as image composition, audio recording, codecs and frame rates. Finally, students will be taught how to put all of this together in post-production using Premiere Pro editing software.

This course will be made up of 15 synchronous hours and 30 asynchronous hours. The synchronous hours will be spent mostly on covering Graphic Design principles and learning Photoshop and Illustrator skills. Students will spend 30 hours of asynchronous time working on assigned projects with video tutorials as reference. 

There will not be a final assessment for the Video Production Online course, however students will be required to submit acceptable work for all of their projects in order to pass the class.        Instructor: Rodrigo Acosta

 

Words, Words, Words!

Grades 5 to 8                                                                                                                              $150

Week 3                                                                                                                            1PM – 4PM

This camp is all about learning new vocabulary words for academic success! Students will explore new word lists each day, master Latin and Greek roots by the dozen, and play fun word games, such as Scrabble, crossword puzzles, and word searches!

 

World Mythology – Online 1/2 Credit Course

Grades 10 to 12                                                                                                                          $400

June 8 to July 31                                                                                                                     Online

Our mythology class examines the classic themes common to most systems - e.g., the hero's quest, the creation and destruction of the world - while we read stories from cultures throughout the world, seeking to understand both commonalities and differences amongst and between disparate cultures. Our goal is to come to a better understanding of the reasons that cultures that seem, on the surface, to be quite different tend to ask – and try to answer – the same questions about life.  

The primary text is by Donna Rosenberg.  The title is "World Mythology: An Anthology of the Great Myths and Epics (Second Edition/Edition 2"  There are free sources on-line, but the text sells new for $16.22 or used for $13.32 from Barnes and Noble.   We will also be reading "Grendel" by John Gardner.  Prices vary widely, but the book is available used for less than $3.

All other reading sources will be available on-line.   Instructor is Bill Russell who worked in four independent schools for 25 years and who also taught at the United States Military Academy at West Point.  This is his 11th year offering on-line classes.