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Summer Scholars

Our Summer Scholars Camp Preps Your Child for Fall

Our coeducational summer program offers students entering grades 6-12 opportunities to preview or review:

  • Business
  • English
  • History
  • Math
  • Politics
  • Science
  • And so much more!

Taught by Oak Knoll faculty, these courses are an extension of an Oak Knoll academic experience. Our strong and well-rounded college preparatory program meets the highest standards, and our students consistently score well above the national average on standardized tests. In light of COVID-19, all of our Summer Scholars sessions will be taught online. Please review the detailed course descriptions for registration information. All courses are open to the public.

Career Series - Online

Title: Engineering
Dates: July 5-30, 2021*
Time: 1 hour, 1 day a week
Grades: 9-12
Format: Online
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Each week, students will spend 1 hour virtually with an expert in the field.

  • Amy Wincko – Construction Civil Engineer (July 8, 2021: 9-10 a.m.)
  • Caitlin Cavanagh – Environmental Engineer (July 15, 2021: 9-10 a.m.)
  • Shaneena Alabado – Engineer Port Authority (July 22, 2021: 9-10 a.m.)

*Exact dates/times to be determined by the presenters.

Title: Finance
Dates: July 5-30, 2021*
Time: 1 hour, 1 day a week
Grades: 9-12
Format: Online
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Each week, students will spend 1 hour virtually with an expert in the field.

  • Kerrin Black – Santander (July 7, 2021: 3-4 p.m.)
  • Megan Donnelly Child – Broker Dealer (July 14, 2021: 3-4 p.m.)
  • Cory Beck Walker – Senior Investment (July 21, 2021: 3-4 p.m.)
  • Holly McLean – Finance and Media and Entertainment (July 28, 2021: 3-4 p.m.)

*Exact dates/times to be determined by the presenters.

Title: Law
Dates: July 5-30, 2021*
Time: 1 hour, 1 day a week
Grades: 9-12
Format: Online
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Each week, students will spend 1 hour virtually with an expert in the field.

  • Christine Poscablo – Attorney General’s Office (July 7, 2021: 10-11 a.m.)
  • Caitlin Moyna – Corporate Litigator (July 14, 2021: 10-11 a.m.)
  • Larysa Kautz – Lawyer and Nonprofit Director (July 21, 2021: 10-11 a.m.)
  • Seton O’Brien – First Amendment (July 28, 2021: 10-11 a.m.)

*Exact dates/times to be determined by the presenters.

2021 Online Courses

Title: Algebra I and Some Fun!
Teacher: Mr. Cardell
Dates: June 28 to July 29, 2021
Monday-Thursday
Time: 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Grades: Students entering grades 7-9 (Prerequisite – Pre-Algebra)Format: Online
Tuition: $875
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This class gives students a solid preview of high school algebra I. The course will review the concept of variables (studied in pre-algebra) and emphasize operations with variables. Students devote a major portion of the course studying topics such as graphing, solving equations and inequalities, factoring, exponents and radicals, rational expressions and linear systems. Each class begins with a thorough review of the previous homework assignment followed by the introduction of new material, individual instruction on problem worksheets and work at the board. Math games, critical-thinking problems and some fun projects involving teamwork are added to make the overall experience creative and bring mathematics to life. Students are expected to complete daily homework and classwork assignments without the stress of cumulative assessments. Extra help is available if needed. No text is required for this class; the course is based upon material gleaned from several different sources, with the Oak Knoll algebra I curriculum serving as the foundation. Lesson handouts and assignment sheets are provided on a daily basis, and students are required to keep this course material organized in a binder. At the completion of this course, students will be ready to succeed in their high school programs.

“Mr. Cardell’s Algebra I camp was a great addition to my summer, as he combined learning math with fun games. I entered my eighth-grade year of math with ease, knowing that Mr. Cardell had prepared me for it over the summer.” T, grade 8. This summer, an Oak Knoll rising senior will act as Mr. Cardell’s student intern. She will be available to work with him on lesson plans and to help with individual guided instruction.

Lastly, students who take this course are eligible for extra math help during the school year. Mr. Cardell works in close coordination with the mathematics teachers, and tutors Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry and segments of Pre-Calculus.

Title: Algebra II Workshop
Teacher: Ms. Hannan
Dates: July 26 to August 12, 2021
Monday-Thursday
Time: 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Cost: $360
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This course will help prepare students entering Algebra 2 in the Fall. It will continue to build student’s prior skills with algebraic and geometric concepts. Students will be introduced to many of the problem solving sets they will see in their Algebra 2 courses. The first two will cover solving equations, graphing, probability and advanced polynomials. The final week will focus on topics of review requested by the students.

Title: Current Events
Teacher: Mr. Novack
Dates: June 28 – July 16
Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m. (students entering grades 6-8)
12:30-2:30 p.m. (students entering grades 9-12)
Tuition: $425
Format: Online
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In a student-centered and conversational setting, students will examine the national and world headlines that unfold throughout the summer. Students will develop and refine the 21st century skills of critical thinking, collaboration, and communication. Reading with diligence, recognizing bias, linking historical connections, and exploring events from a variety of sources and viewpoints will be molded and encouraged as articles and topics are examined. Students will discuss and debate their own perspectives within an inviting conversational context – an experience that is sure to boost confidence as a new school year approaches. The Harkness Model, a highly engaging method for cultivating class conversation, will serve as the basis for student engagement and discussion. Students will be gently guided down the path of healthy and effective civil discourse – a worthy pursuit in our world today. Active listening, positive body language, respect for alternative views, clear articulation of viewpoints, confidence, presence, and poise are all elements of the Harkness model. The Choices Program from Brown University will help provide students with background knowledge on the many issues impacting the world today.

Title: Democracy and Women’s Rights in America: The Fight Over the ERA
Teacher: Ms. Johnston
Dates: July 26-29, 2021
Time: 10-11 a.m.
Grades: 9-12
Tuition: $95
Format: Online
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This course focuses on a case developed for the Harvard Business School Case Method Project. Students participating will read a short case study prior to class providing them the background knowledge needed to engage in conversation about historical events. Specifically, this case will address the topic of women’s rights in the United States. Starting with the American Revolution and moving through the 20th century, multiple topics including the Women’s Suffrage Movement and the rise of feminism, will be analyzed. The case will also focus on the activists who pushed for a proposed “Equal Rights Amendment” to the U.S. Constitution, as well as activists who opposed the ERA. The national debate taking place on the ERA will serve as an opportunity to teach students conflict resolution skills.

Title: Financial Literacy Part I
Teacher: Ms. Liebau
Dates: July 6-8 and July 12-15, 2021
Time: 12:30-2 p.m.
Grades: Students entering grades 10-12
Tuition: $225
Format: Online
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This is a crash course in finance for high school students – topics include: how to budget, buying a house, buying and selling cars, insurance, financing college, being an informed consumer, what to do when in debt, and how to build credit and use credit cards.

Title: Financial Literacy Part II
Teacher: Ms. Liebau
Dates: July 19-29, 2021
Time: 12:30-2 p.m.
Grades: Students entering grades 10-12
Tuition: $225
Format: Online
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Round 2 of a crash course in finance for high school students – topics include: filing taxes, the cost of college, cars (leasing vs buying), living on your own, homes (buying vs renting), and what to do if you are in debt.

Title: Geometry
Teacher: Mrs. Widder
Dates: June 28 to July 29, 2021
Time: 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Grades: Students entering grades 8-10
Format: Online
Tuition: $875
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Euclidean geometry is the basis for this course. The course begins with points, lines, planes and space – the building blocks of geometry. Students analyze congruency of triangles, polygons, the Pythagorean Theorem, similar polygons, circles, areas, parallel lines and volumes. Formal proofs are an emphasis throughout the course. Computer software complements selected topics. The enrichment course will give the student a solid preview of the high school geometry course. Students will be expected to complete daily homework assignments without the stress of cumulative assessments. At the completion of this course, a student will be ready to succeed in their high school program.

Supplies Needed: Geometry – McDougal Littell Jurgensen, published by Great Source Education Group ISBN 0-395-97727-4

Title: Grammar Gateway
Teacher: Ms. Mangold
Dates: August 9-12, 2021
Time: 9-10:30 a.m.
Grades: 6, 7 and 9
Tuition: $150
Format: Online
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There are no pre-requisites for this course; only a willingness to improve writing. This course will focus on concepts that have been identified in recent years such as subject-predicate agreement, pronoun agreement, punctuation, and complex sentences. These structural concepts will enhance student writing. There will also be a creative writing component.

Title: Introduction to Physics
Teacher: Mr. Williams
Dates: August 16-20, 2021
Monday-Thursday
Time: Session 1: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. OR Session 2: 1-3 p.m.
Grades: Students entering grade 9
Format: Online
Tuition: $210/session
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Are you interested in understanding more about what ninth grade physics is all about? If so, this summer one-week preview class is for you! Mr. Williams, who teaches freshman physics courses at Oak Knoll, will run a one-week summer preview of what physics is, what to expect during the school year and what materials/resources are available for you to be successful in grade 9 physics. Come join us for some physics, fun lab activities and some math review to help prepare you for the fall.

Title: Justice and Equity
Teacher: Close-Up Foundation
Dates: July 19-22, 2021
Time: 12-4 p.m.
Format: Online
Tuition: $300
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Oak Knoll is happy to partner with the Close-Up Foundation for this unique opportunity. Now more than ever, young people want to play a pivotal role in developing solutions and addressing inequities in the United States. This course will equip students with the tools and knowledge they need to become catalysts for change in their communities. Students will hear inspiring stories from young activists on strategies and models of advocacy and activism; deepen their understanding of issues and root causes in their communities; and work together to create meaningful solutions. The course will culminate with students presenting their action plans to guest panelists at a Civics Symposium. This course will help students build the skills and confidence necessary to empower a generation of changemakers.

Title: Pre-Algebra Workshop
Teacher: Ms. Hannan
Dates: June 28 to July 22, 2021
Monday-Thursday
Time: 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Grades: Students rising to grades 6 and 7
Format: Online
Tuition: $480
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This math workshop is designed for students entering Pre-Algebra in the fall and will review the basic operations of arithmetic. During the first three weeks, students will be introduced to algebraic concepts and will become familiar with basic operations using integers, fractions, decimals, and negative numbers. The following topics will also be covered: basics of equations, the use of variables, problem-solving, factorization of numbers, and properties of operation. The fourth week of the course will focus specifically on topics of review requested by the students.

Title: Public Speaking Fostering Civil Discourse
Teacher: Ms. Viggiano
Dates: August 2-5, 2021, M-TH
Time: 10-11:30 a.m.
Grades: Rising Grades 6-8
Fee: $185
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This course will be based on principles of civil discourse while bolstering the necessary factors that enhance solid public speaking and conflict resolution skills. Rather than focusing on the win, students will foster subjective reframing by engaging in listening, research, and writing exercises to further enhance their poise, eloquence, and confidence in front of a crowd. Above all, the goal is to reinforce the importance of supporting multiple perspectives on the same topic in a respectful and authentic manner.

Title: SAT Math and Standardized Test Prep
Teacher: Ms. White
Dates: August 9-12 and August 16-19, 2021
Monday-Thursday
Time: 1-3 p.m.
Format: Online
Grades: Students entering grades 11-12
Tuition: $345
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This two-week class is designed with several goals in mind. First, students will be well informed about the structure, nature and scoring of the new SAT math test based on the recent significant changes made to this standardized exam. After a thorough introduction, most of the sessions will be spent on analyzing and solving different types of sample math problems taken from various practice SAT tests. Additionally, this course will focus on the different approaches to problem solving, test-taking strategies, and the general navigation of standardized tests for both math and verbal sections. A portion of the class time will be spent on examining the ACT math test in identifying the similarities and differences between this test and the SAT. Individualized attention is a fundamental goal, ensuring that students completing this course will be ready to take an actual test with a set of customized strategies and a specific plan in mind.

Title: Well Written
Dates: July 6 – July 22
Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
For: Students entering grades 7-12
Teacher: Dr. McTague
Cost: $225
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This course offers students an opportunity to focus on the writing process. The course helps give students the tools and confidence they need to pursue writing in and outside their classes. The first two weeks will focus on creative writing, particularly poetry and the short story. Students will learn elements of creative writing and then be encouraged to pursue their own topics. We will also share their work with one another in workshops. The third week will offer tips and practice on academic writing; students will hone their skills in writing sentences and essays for high school English classes. Whether you write frequently or seldom, this course may be the one for you.

Summer Scholars Contact

Call 908-522-8186 or email cheryl.wilkinson@oakknoll.orgwith any additional questions.

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