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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
  • Caitlin Cavanagh – Environmental Engineer
  • Shaneena Alabado – Engineer Port Authority

*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
  • Megan Donnelly Child – Broker Dealer
  • Cory Beck Walker – Senior Investment
  • Holly McLean – Finance and Media and Entertainment

*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.

  • Caitlin Moyna – Corporate Litigator
  • Larysa Kautz – Lawyer and Nonprofit Director
  • Seton O’Brien – First Amendment
  • Christine Poscablo – Attorney General’s Office

*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: 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: Pre-Algebra Workshop
Teacher: Ms. Hannan
Dates: June 28 to July 22, 2021
Monday-Thursday
Time: 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Grades: Students rising to grades 6 and 7
Format: Online
Tuition: $720
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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.

Summer Scholars Contact

Call 908-522-8186 or email debi.tarowsky@oakknoll.org with any additional questions.

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