St. Johnsbury Academy is thrilled to offer a robust array of academic opportunities for rising 9th-12th graders. The COVID-19 pandemic caused significant challenges for students at all grade levels, and we are eager to help provide academic remediation and enrichment this summer. Students will have opportunities to fill gaps in their skills and knowledge, advance academically, and explore new and exciting hands-on classes they would not normally have during the traditional school year. These premier, in-person academic courses will come at no out-of-pocket cost to SJA families and are only available to currently enrolled SJA students entering 9th-12th grade. Each successfully completed course earns a student one elective credit. See below for our full list of course offerings and descriptions. Space is limited, so register today!
When: Every weekday June 28-July 30 (except Monday July, 5); classes either meet from 8:10-10:00am, 10:10-12:00pm, or 1:00-2:50pm
Where: In-person on the campus of St. Johnsbury Academy and the SJA Field Campus for science offerings (transportation provided)
COVID-19 Protocols: TBD by the state of Vermont and our SJA COVID Response Team; students should be prepared to wear masks in classrooms and abide by social distancing measures, but some restrictions may be loosened by June 28. Details about specific Summer Academic Session COVID-19 protocols will be communicated at a later date.
Jennifer Land Mackenzie
In this course, students will have the chance to explore their passion for creative writing and to spend collaborative time with other writers. Half of the course will be spent studying the art of short fiction and the other half will focus on writing poetry. Students explore examples written by a wide variety of fiction writers and poets, tailored to the interests of those who sign up for the class. No experience is necessary for this course other than a willingness to explore new ideas and test them out by sharing new pieces of writing. Students will write every single day, with an eye towards creating a polished piece of writing in each genre that will ultimately go into a class anthology.
Preparing for Success in High School: English Language Skills
The St. Johnsbury Academy’s Preparing for Success in High School: English Language Skills summer session is designed for incoming ninth and tenth grade students who want to hone and improve their English language skills. Students will develop the skills, fluency, and confidence needed to communicate effectively in written and spoken English. They will also develop strategies to improve upon reading comprehension and analytical skills, as well as engage in exciting project-based learning activities that will develop their critical thinking skills.
This course develops the analytic skills necessary to describe the behavior of mathematical functions. Topics include algebraic expressions, u-substitution, higher degree polynomials, rational, logarithmic, and exponential functions, function composition, inverses of functions, transformations of functions, and polynomial and synthetic division. In this course students will explore broad applications of mathematical ideas as they pertain to the field of business, the social sciences, computer science, and number theory. The goal of this course is to prepare students to interpret data, to construct algorithms, and to build mathematical models to analyze and solve problems. Topics include probability, data analysis, sequences and series, and logic.
This course serves as a bridge between elementary mathematics and Algebra and will build a foundation of algebraic concepts with the use of technology, manipulatives, problem solving, and cooperative learning. Concepts include algebraic expressions, linear equations, polynomials, factoring, inequalities, geometry, statistics, and graphing. Problem solving, reasoning, estimation, and connections between math and everyday applications will be emphasized throughout Pre-Algebra. This course is designed to prepare students for Algebra I.
This course consists of the rules of Algebra with an emphasis on linear functions. They will also learn to evaluate and simplify algebraic expressions and linear equations. In addition, students will evaluate, analyze, and graph functions and relations. Applications of systems of equations will be studied using both algebra and analytic geometry. Data analysis and linear regression will be explored.
This course is intended to complete and review the topics not developed thoroughly in Algebra 2. It will reinforce and strengthen concepts and skills studied from Algebra 2 with emphasis on equation and inequality solving. There will be emphasis on solving complex or unfamiliar problems using appropriate analysis techniques and reasonable estimation. The students will learn to generalize results from specific applications. Advanced topics of solving rational expressions, transformations, and exponential growth and decay are also included.
The Art and Science of Botany and Horticulture
This class will explore the world of plants through botanical illustration and horticulture. Students will spend time outdoors in the forest and meadow at the SJA Field Campus learning about the anatomy, physiology, evolution and ecology of native and ornamental plants. Students will apply their knowledge as they practice horticultural techniques such as seed starting, pruning, grafting, and garden design, and will practice the skill of rendering what they see into detailed, scientifically accurate illustrations and field notes.
Environmental Chemistry and Physics
This course will cover similar content to Physical Systems of Matter and Energy, usually taken in the sophomore year, with special attention to the biosphere, agriculture, and the interconnection of physical systems in the environment. Students will learn about cycles of energy flow, water and soil chemistry, and applications of basic chemistry and physics to the natural world. The course will emphasize field observations and laboratory exercises that provide real-world applications of the principles of chemistry and physics to the world around us. (Prerequisite: Algebra I and enthusiasm for spending time in the great outdoors.)
Farm-to-Table: Topics in Sustainable Agriculture
This is a field-based course in which students will engage in hands-on, in-depth activities in a variety of topics in farm to table sustainable agriculture. The course will focus largely on animal agriculture, but with some attention to plants. Topics will include: rotational grazing of sheep and poultry, fencing, chicken tractor construction, composting, plant propagation, growing microgreens and seedlings, fiber arts, and processing chickens. Throughout the course students will focus on the sustainability of the practices and their alternatives. Students will participate in bringing products from the farm to their own plates in a final cookout at the end of the class. This course will require physical work and the majority of the course will take place outside at the SJA Field Campus.
SJA Summer Dance: Ballet & Modern
Marianne Handy Hraibi
The Modern Dance Technique of Martha Graham is the basis of these classes which progress carefully from a basic and thorough introduction to an energetic, challenging, and healthful movement experience. This dance course will introduce and develop fundamental technique basic to both modern dance and ballet. The course focuses on proper body alignment while it teaches correct use of muscles groups. Emphasis is on lengthening and toning muscles while striving to work with freedom. Classes focus on correct technique as well as proper body conditioning and toning. Instruction is geared to individual student’s needs. The work of class conditions the body by increasing core strength, flexibility, balance, stretch, and agility while providing students with professional training.
World Civilization, Post-1500
SJA Social Studies Faculty TB
This course will explore the major themes of historical change in the world from 1500 to 1800. Citizenship, government, and revolution are key strands of the course. It will also enable students to work on those Social Studies department standards that have not yet been mastered.
SJA Social Studies Faculty TB
This survey course will expose students to the history of the United States in a chronological approach from the founding of the United States to the present. The course will focus on active citizenship and will highlight the study of United States history through political and economic lenses.
Elementary and Middle School Summer Camps
Do you have a child in elementary or middle school looking for dynamic summer camp programming through SJA and the St. J Recreation Department this summer? Use these links register for one of our SJA Youth Athletic Camps (grade levels vary from 3-8), St. J Rec Adventure Camps (grade levels vary from 3-8), or Kamp IWannaHavFun (grades K-5).