2020 SUMMER LEARNING PROGRAMS

Due to the circumstances surrounding Covid-19, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all in person RL Summer programs for the 2020 season. This includes both athletic and academic offerings. If you have previously signed up for a program, and would like to transfer your deposit to a virtual learning course, please email summer@roxburylatin.org. If you have signed up for a program, and do not plan on joining us in virtual learning, please allow until July 15 for a 100% refund.

Dates: July 6 – July 23; Monday – Thursday (12 classes total; 4 days a week)

Cost: $499* for each course

*Unfortunately, we are unable to offer any discounts or financial aid this summer for our virtual learning program.

12 student maximum per course. We will not run a class with fewer than 4 students.

More details for each course offering below:

COLLEGE PREP

COMMON APPLICATION BOOT CAMP

Grades: Rising 12th Graders

Time: 9:00am – 10:15am

Cost: $499

Instructor: Meredith Reynolds

Meredith Reynolds is the Associate Director of College Guidance at Roxbury Latin. Prior to arriving at Roxbury Latin, Meredith served in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at Tufts University for seven years. During this time, she evaluated applications from suburban Boston, much of New England and the Midwest, upstate New York, Turkey, and South Korea. At Roxbury Latin, Meredith serves as the primary College Counselor for half of the senior class, guiding them through the process of shaping their college lists and crafting their applications. Meredith earned her undergraduate degree from Tufts University. 

Course Description:

How do college admission officers evaluate applications? How should you select your essay topic and which topics should you avoid? How do you craft an essay that is personal, authentic, and engaging? In this course, students will learn about selective admissions, develop an essay topic, and outline, write, and revise their Common Application essay. 

This course is designed for rising seniors looking to get a head start on their college applications. By the end of the workshop, students will have a completed Common Application Essay and a number of topics prepared for their supplemental essays. They will also have a good understanding of holistic admissions at highly selective colleges and universities. Start your senior year prepared to put your best foot forward in the college application process.

TEST PREP

ISEE PREPARATION

Grades: Rising 6th – 8th graders

Time: 10:15am – 11:15am

Cost: $499

Instructor: Myles Keating

Myles Keating is an RL alumnus and went on to study Applied Math and Computer Science at Stanford University. He has been tutoring in professional and volunteer capacities for over a decade, primarily focused on standardized test prep. Currently, Myles is tutoring full time, primarily specializing in standardized test prep and mathematics.

Course Description:

If the cost of go-karting is S dollars for the first ten laps and T dollars for every additional lap after that, how many laps in a go-kart would you do before you found yourself an ISEE tutor?

Percentages and scalene triangles and graph coordinates. Words like obdurate and nefarious and, ironically, laconic. Studying for the ISEE can feel overwhelming. This three-week course will prepare test-takers for all three levels of the ISEE: lower, middle, and upper. Students will build vocabulary, accelerate reading speed, and master topics in algebra, geometry, probability, and more. Through daily lessons, Jeopardy!-style games, and math races, students will learn to identify question patterns and think strategically about question wording and test pacing.

SSAT PREPARATION

Grades: Rising 7th – 10th graders

Time: 9:00am – 10:00am

Cost: $499

Instructor: Myles Keating

Myles Keating is an RL alumnus and went on to study Applied Math and Computer Science at Stanford University. He has been tutoring in professional and volunteer capacities for over a decade, primarily focused on standardized test prep. Currently, Myles is tutoring full time, primarily specializing in standardized test prep and mathematics.

Course Description:

Studying for the SSAT can feel overwhelming. This three-week course will prepare test-takers by helping them build vocabulary, accelerate reading speed, and master topics in algebra, geometry, probability, and more. Through daily lessons, Jeopardy!-style games, and math races, students will learn to identify question patterns and think strategically about question wording and test pacing.

 

SCIENCE

STEM

Grades: Rising 6th – 8th graders

Time: 9:00am – 10:00am

Cost: $499

Instructor: John Lieb

John Lieb is Roxbury Latin’s Math Department Chair and teacher of all levels of math, including RL’s signature Math-Science Investigations course, a STEM course that provides students the opportunity to explore ideas in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. John earned his undergraduate degree from Williams College and a master’s degree at the Harvard Extension School. 

Course Description:

The STEM course will introduce students to the basics of electronics and programming, using Arduino (more info at https://www.arduino.cc/) as the platform for learning. Students will learn how to make circuits, write computer code, and script interactive programs, providing a foundation for future study in computer science. Many of the programming examples will be math-based (for example, focusing on the binary and hexadecimal number systems).

BIOLOGY

Grades: Rising 9th – 12th graders

Time: 9:00am – 10:00am

Cost: $499

Instructor: Bryan Dunn

Bryan Dunn will be joining the Roxbury Latin faculty this fall as the new Dean of Faculty and Science Department Chair. Bryan joins RL after serving as the Science Department Chair at Xaverian Brothers High School, where he taught a wide variety of courses including AP Biology and Chemistry. Bryan earned his undergraduate degree from William & Mary, his master’s degree in education from Boston College, and his Doctor of Education from Northeastern University. 

Course Description:

This course will serve as an overview of the main concepts of biology with an underlying theme of evolution as the central focus. Other areas of biology, such as genetics, cell biology, development and behavior and immunology will also be covered. Class instruction will include group work, virtual labs and problem solving along with lecture and direct instruction.   This course is perfect for students who may experience gaps in their learning due to recent school closure as well as for students who are looking to get a head start on their Biology class this fall. 

CHEMISTRY

Grades: Rising 9th – 12th graders

Time: 10:15am – 11:15am

Cost: $499

Instructor: Bryan Dunn

Bryan Dunn will be joining the Roxbury Latin faculty this fall as the new Dean of Faculty and Science Department Chair. Bryan joins RL after serving as the Science Department Chair at Xaverian Brothers High School, where he taught a wide variety of courses including AP Biology and Chemistry. Bryan earned his undergraduate degree from William & Mary, his master’s degree in education from Boston College, and his Doctor of Education from Northeastern University. 

Course Description:

Students will focus on the structure and composition of matter and understanding how it makes up living things. This course will also study how matter changes and delve into how those changes in matter occur. The major areas of focus will be matter, chemical reactions, solutions and nuclear chemistry.  Class instruction will include group work, virtual labs and problem solving along with lecture and direct instruction.  This course is perfect for students who may experience gaps in their learning due to recent school closure as well as for students who are looking to get a head start on their Chemistry class this fall. 

PHYSICS

Grades: Rising 9th – 12th graders

Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Cost: $499

Instructor: Emily Grubb

Emily Grubb teaches math and Conceptual Physics at Roxbury Latin. Emily earned her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and is working toward her master’s in education from the University of Pennsylvania as a member of the RL Fellows program. 

Course Description:

Students will seek to answer the same question that scientists have been pondering for centuries: Why does the world behave the way it does? Students will investigate some of the fundamental laws of physics, such as mechanics, motion, momentum and force. Using these principles, we will examine interesting everyday applications of physics and design fun experiments to test our understanding. At the end of our time together, you’ll be able to view the world around you with a new lens and appreciate why physics is fundamental to our everyday lives. This course is perfect for students who may experience gaps in their learning due to recent school closure as well as for students who are looking to get a head start on their physics class this fall.

LANGUAGES

SPANISH I

Grades: Rising 6th -10th graders

Time: 9:00am – 10:00am

Cost: $499

Instructor: Visaury Moreta

Visaury Moreta teaches Spanish at Roxbury Latin. Visaury earned her undergraduate degree from Holy Cross and recently completed her master’s degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania through RL’s Fellows program.

Course Description:

Spanish I initiates students into understanding, speaking, reading, and writing Spanish through a variety of communicative activities that encourage students to use Spanish in an authentic and effective way. Students begin their introduction to Spanish by focusing on the four key areas of foreign language study: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students should expect to be actively engaged in their own language learning and work towards becoming familiar with common vocabulary terms and phrases. This includes greetings, simple question and answer, and vocabulary about family, hobbies, the classroom and vacations, as well as, but not limited to, the following grammar: present tense “-ar, -er, -ir” verbs, numbers, telling time, ser versus estar, the verb “gustar,” adjectives, stem-changing verbs and reflexive verbs. At the completion of the course, students will possess a general understanding of grammar patterns and the ability to participate in simple conversations. This course is suited for students who may experience gaps in their learning due to recent school closures and want to build on what they already know, or for students who are looking to get a head start on their Spanish class this fall. 

SPANISH II

Grades: Rising 6th – 10th graders

Time: 10:15am – 11:15am

Cost: $499

Instructor: Visaury Moreta

Visaury Moreta teaches Spanish at Roxbury Latin. Visaury earned her undergraduate degree from Holy Cross and recently completed her master’s degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania through RL’s Fellows program.

Course Description:

Spanish II builds on students’ knowledge of vocabulary, grammar, and syntax on common structures and verb tenses. Students will continue to focus on the four key areas of foreign language study: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students will expand their knowledge of simple conversation vocabulary terms and phrases, and begin to express their own thoughts and opinions. This course includes, but is not limited to, the following grammar: indirect and direct objects, comparisons, superlatives, the past tenses (preterite and imperfect), commands (familiar and formal) and the subjunctive mood, as well as vocabulary about celebrations, health and the body, technology and parts of house and chores. This course is perfect for students who may experience gaps in their learning due to recent school closures and want to build on what they already know,or for students who are looking to get a head start on their Spanish class this fall. 

LATIN I

Grades: Rising 6th – 10th graders

Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Cost: $499

Instructor: Alessandro Ferzoco

Alessandro Ferzoco teaches Latin at Roxbury Latin. A Roxbury Latin alumnus, Alessandro earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard College. 

Course Description:

Latin I will introduce students to verbs and nouns, basic grammar, and sentence building in order to provide a robust foundation for Latin language learning. This program is perfect for students preparing to enter a new Latin curriculum in the fall, or anyone wishing to expand their English vocabulary or acquire invaluable tools for mastering foreign languages. With emphasis on English derivations from Latin roots, the course stresses forms, syntax, and vocabulary. Extensive comparison of English and Latin grammar reinforces the understanding of the mechanics of both languages. This course is perfect for students who may experience gaps in their learning due to recent school closures, as well as for students who are looking for an introduction to Latin for the upcoming school year.

LATIN II

Grades: Rising 6th – 10th graders

Time: 1:15pm – 2:15pm

Cost: $499

Instructor: Alessandro Ferzoco

Alessandro Ferzoco teaches Latin at Roxbury Latin. A Roxbury Latin alumnus, Alessandro earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard College. 

Course Description:

Latin 2 strives for the mastery of fundamentals. While continuing to stress the forms, syntax and vocabulary, Latin 2 will begin to read and dissect ancient Latin literature and continue to provide a robust foundation for Latin language learning. This course is perfect for students who may experience gaps in their learning due to recent school closures, as well as supplement current Latin knowledge for the upcoming school year.

ENGLISH

WRITING

Grades: Rising 6th – 8th graders

Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm and 1:15pm – 2:15pm

Cost: $499

Instructor: Justin Muchnick

Justin Muchnick will be joining the Roxbury Latin faculty this fall as a member of the English Department. An avid writer and reader, Justin has many published works, including essays in the Journal of Sports Literature and The Northwestern Art Review. Justin was a 2020 Rhodes Scholarship Finalist and is a co-author of a book titled “Straight A-Study Skills.” Justin earned his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and is working towards a master’s degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania through RL’s Fellows program. 

Course Description:

Students will develop and practice the skills they need to become stronger writers. Over the course of three weeks, students will work through the entire essay-writing process, beginning with an outline and eventually building up to a polished and well-organized final draft. Structured peer review as well as detailed teacher feedback will help students improve all aspects of their writing, from the finer technicalities (e.g., grammar and sentence structure) to the big picture (e.g., overarching argument and authorial voice). Along the way, students will read and analyze several short works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry—not only to appreciate good writing, but also to hone their own craft.

GRAMMAR

Grades: Rising 6th – 8th graders

Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Cost: $499

Instructor: Sonja Holmberg

Sonja Holmberg teaches English and Art at Roxbury Latin. Before RL, Sonja taught English, French, and Art for two years at the Holderness School and then two years at Greenwich Academy. Sonja earned her undergraduate degree from Tufts University and is working toward her master’s degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania through RL’s Fellows program.

Course Description:

Students will explore the differences between spoken and written English, while evaluating the factors that influence use of grammar and vocabulary in speech and writing. At the completion of the course, students will have a better understanding of the English language and the way in which it is used in both speech and writing. Both worksheets and contextual practice will be implemented to help learn how to recognize certain grammatical structures within the context of short stories and other writings and how to create their own unique sentences by applying those grammatical structures.

LITERATURE

Grades: Rising 6th – 8th graders

Time: 1:15pm – 2:15pm

Cost: $499

Instructor: Sonja Holmberg

Sonja Holmberg teaches English and Art at Roxbury Latin. Before RL, Sonja taught English, French, and Art for two years at the Holderness School and then two years at Greenwich Academy. Sonja earned her undergraduate degree from Tufts University and is working towards her master’s degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania through RL’s Fellows program.

Course Description:

Students will be exposed to a range of English literature, including short stories and poems in order to provide a space for discussion and development of analytical skills. In this class, students will develop the ability to read and observe with discrimination, sensitivity, and pleasure and the ability to communicate information and ideas clearly, persuasively, and gracefully both through writing and discussion.

MATHEMATICS

PRE-ALGEBRA:

Grades: Rising 6th – 8th graders

Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Cost: $499

Instructor: Jack Parker

Jack Parker will be joining the Roxbury Latin faculty this fall as a member of the Math Department. Jack earned his undergraduate degree from Middlebury College and is working towards his master’s degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania through RL Fellows program. 

Course Description:

Students will review the basic arithmetic and introduction to algebraic concepts, including basic review of whole numbers and decimals, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of fractions, order of operations, and ratio and proportion.  This course is perfect for students who may experience gaps in their learning due to recent school closure as well as for students who are looking to get a head start on their math class this fall.

ALGEBRA:

Grades: Rising 7th – 9th graders

Time: 9:00am – 10:00am

Cost: $499

Instructor: Art Beauregard

Art Beauregard will be joining the Roxbury Latin faculty this fall as a member of the Math Department. Art brings a wealth of experience, having previously taught at The Fessenden School and Beaver Country Day. Art earned his undergraduate degree from Lehigh University and his Masters and Doctorate Degree in Biomedical Sciences from Albany University.

Course Description:

Students will receive a comprehensive overview of the fundamentals of algebra. The course emphasizes algebraic techniques, particularly factoring, solving equations, and analyzing linear functions.  Strategies for solving problems form an important component of the course, and an assortment of word problems will be covered throughout.  Other topics covered will include real numbers, operations with polynomials and algebraic fractions, inequalities, systems of equations, radical expressions, and quadratic functions. This course is perfect for students who may experience gaps in their learning due to recent school closure as well as for students who are looking to get a head start on their math class this fall.

GEOMETRY:

Grades: Rising 9th – 11th graders

Time: 10:15am – 11:15am

Cost: $499

Instructor: Art Beauregard

Art Beauregard will be joining the Roxbury Latin faculty this fall as a member of the Math Department. Art brings a wealth of experience, having previously taught at The Fessenden School and Beaver Country Day. Art earned his undergraduate degree from Lehigh University and his Masters and Doctorate Degree in Biomedical Sciences from Albany University.

Course Description:

Students will receive an introduction to geometric techniques and concepts involving lines, planes, triangles, circles, polygons, perpendicularity, congruence, similarity, area, and volume.  Algebraic techniques are revisited through topics such as inequalities, proportions, and coordinate geometry. Mathematical writing, axiomatic reasoning, and proof form a natural component of the curriculum.  Further topics may also include vectors, constructions, and similarity transformations. This course is perfect for students who may experience gaps in their learning due to recent school closure as well as for students who are looking to get a head start on their math class this fall.

CALCULUS:

Grades:  Rising 11th – 12th graders

Time: 1:15pm – 2:15pm

Cost: $499

Instructor: Jack Parker

Jack Parker will be joining the Roxbury Latin faculty this fall as a member of the Math Department. Jack earned his undergraduate degree from Middlebury College and is working towards his master’s degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania through RL Fellows program.

Course Description:

Students will examine differential and integral calculus: limits and continuity, the derivative and techniques of differentiation, extremal problems, related rates, the definite integral, Fundamental Theorem of calculus, derivatives and integrals of trigonometric functions, logarithmic and exponential functions. This course is perfect for students who may experience gaps in their learning due to recent school closure as well as for students who are looking to get a head start on their math class this fall. 

ECONOMICS:

Grades: Rising 6th – 8th graders

Time: 9:00am – 10:00am and 10:15 am – 11:15am

Cost: $499

Instructor: Chris Brown

Chris Brown teaches History and Economics at Roxbury Latin. Chris earned his undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College with a double major in Economics and German and recently completed his master’s in education from the University of Pennsylvania through RL’s Fellows program. 

Course Description:

Students will tackle the essentials of economics, focusing on topics like opportunity cost, supply and demand, growth, unemployment, money, the financial system, trade, markets, and decision making. Throughout the three weeks, students will engage thoroughly with real world applications of these ideas and the implications that spring from them. Through interactive lectures, students will be asked to assess, analyze, and debate complex scenarios, and to challenge themselves and their classmates to think outside the box.

 
 
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