Summer Scholars - Learning Shakespeare

Course Catalog

Small class sizes and Harkness pedagogy — along with the support of incredible teachers — encourage Scholars to take an active role in their learning, developing a mindset of critical thinking and collaborative leadership while gaining subject-matter knowledge.

 

  • 6th Grade
  • 7th Grade
  • 8th Grade
2D Visual Art and Mural Painting
Murals are much more than works of art that happen to be painted on walls! Summer Scholars gain exposure to a fascinating range of murals from the caves of Lascaux to graffiti artist Banksy as they investigate the powerful messages that can be conveyed through public art. Students strengthen their skills by exploring the Elements of Art, Principles of Design and Color Theory, and make a sketchbook to take away for future use. Through a series of Harkness inquiry discussions, the class collectively decides how to create an unforgettable, large-scale final presentation. Experience fun, hands-on art making, and untap your potential to design, propose and create impressive artworks for public spaces!
  • Arts
  • 6th Grade
  • 7th Grade
  • 8th Grade
3D Sculpture and Digital Animation
Explore the amazing world of animation and come away with a wide-ranging portfolio of 3D printed objects and digital animations! Summer Scholars view and discuss the work of innovative animation artists each day as they discover the fun and fascinating history of this unique artform. Harkness inquiry discussions lead to a series of whole class, small group and individual projects. With an emphasis on effective storytelling, students investigate a multi-media approach to stop motion animation. Provided supplies include non-drying clay, found objects, collage and colored sand. No previous computer experience is required as students also gain valuable exposure to 3D sculpting software. Many successful professionals working today discovered animation in their middle school years. This class might be your launching pad to a fun and exciting career!
  • Arts
  • Science & Technology
  • 7th Grade
  • 8th Grade
  • High School
Advanced Algebra and Trigonometry Readiness
Designed for students who are preparing for high school math classes. The active engagement of students along with the use of manipulatives and technology, such as calculators, computers, and spreadsheets, will allow students to develop an understanding of the mathematical principles they are learning. Students will engage in mathematical discourse with the teacher and other students. This course incorporates several topics, including linear equations, absolute value, functions, polynomials, factoring, rational expressions, radicals, complex numbers, quadratics, and more.
  • Mathematics
  • 8th Grade
  • High School
Advanced Robotics
In this course, students will explore the use of robots in industry, space exploration, and even entertainment. Scholars will study design, electronic sensors, components, energy transfer, and machine automation made possible by computer program-driven control systems. This hands-on, interactive course will enable students to develop prototypes for their own robots and use them in various challenges. Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of robotics.
  • Science & Technology
  • 7th Grade
  • 8th Grade
Algebra Foundation Practice
Designed for students who have finished a challenging seventh grade curriculum and who want to improve their skills, this course will help students understand the basic structure of algebra and acquire proficiency in applying algebraic concepts and skills in authentic situations. The course focuses on the development of problem-solving skills and the acquisition of mathematical vocabulary and symbols.Topics include variables and expressions; solving equations and inequalities; linear functions; and graphing and writing linear equations.
  • Mathematics
  • 7th Grade
  • 8th Grade
Art of Writing
Develop the passion for writing through practicing short stories, fiction, memoir, and creative nonfiction. Students will develop skills and confidence through reading, discussing, and sharing a range of writing projects in a supportive Harkness setting. We will revise and edit our writing together, and publish the final product on a class blog. All Lawrenceville English classes feature reading and writing in conjunction with each other.
  • Reading & Writing
  • 6th Grade
  • 7th Grade
  • 8th Grade
  • High School
Bioengineering: How Biology and Engineering Have Joined Forces to Change the Natural World
Ever wonder how Velcro was invented? Or how a prosthetic limb might be designed for speed or stability? Bioengineering brings together aspects of biology with engineering to solve common and less common problems in the natural world. This course will allow students to understand the range and depth of bioengineering, as well as more recent advancements in subfields, such as biomimetics, biorobotics, and environmental engineering. In a final project, students will investigate the contributions of biology and engineering to a given innovation.
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Science & Technology
  • 6th Grade
  • 7th Grade
  • 8th Grade
Brilliant Biology: Evolution
Welcome to Evolution! Do you love learning about living animals? Are you excited about fossil species? Have you ever wondered where diseases come from and how they spread? This biology course will examine how different species have evolved to succeed in their environments. Students will explore the genetic and environmental factors that lead to the development of certain traits. Hands-on examinations of skeletons and fossil replicas will help us explore the evolution of these traits.
  • Science & Technology
  • 7th Grade
  • 8th Grade
Crafting the Personal Essay
This course is perfect for students who are starting to think about representing themselves and their experiences in the secondary school or college admissions process. Students will read published personal essays in order to expand the techniques that may serve them well in their own writing. Students will also use tools to help prevent writer's block while developing their ability to craft compelling personal writing for a public audience. All Lawrenceville English classes feature reading and writing in conjunction with each other.
  • Reading & Writing
  • 6th Grade
  • 7th Grade
  • 8th Grade
  • High School
Creative Writing for Academic Success
Students will enhance their writing skills using multiple creative genres including poetry, fiction, and nonfiction/memoir to develop a basic subject-focused vocabulary and gain experience in a workshop environment that will promote participation, build confidence, and celebrate the revision process. Activities will likely include daily freewriting, discussions of successful creative works, guided prompts (“firestarters”), and workshops during which students will receive guidance in how to constructively discuss each other’s drafts. Students will acquire skills that translate to academic disciplines beyond the English classroom. There will be instruction of syntax, structure, and argumentation.
  • Reading & Writing
  • 6th Grade
  • 7th Grade
  • 8th Grade
  • High School
Design This: Solving the Problems of the World Around Us
Have you noticed the problems that exist in the world around you? Design thinking incorporates a process for innovation that includes empathy. This course will use this kind of thinking to discuss large and small problems that exist in the world, which may include poverty, equity, or even how to make a mundane task more engaging. In the final project, students will apply the process to solve a problem they have identified.
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • High School
DNA, DNA Mutations, and Understanding the Biology of Cancer
For students who have had biology, this course will enable scholars to learn about the structures and functions of DNA, RNA, and proteins. Students will apply their understanding to explore the DNA mutations that lead to the development of cancer. The culminating project will challenge students to explore the genetic manifestation, clinical diagnosis, and treatment options for one specific type of cancer.
  • Science & Technology
  • 8th Grade
  • High School
Entrepreneurship, Investments, and Financial Literacy
A collaborative atmosphere in class will cover topics such as management and business strategy, as well as financial terms, such as credit, interest, budgets, loans, and portfolios. Depending on the students’ interests, businesses explored might include fashion, technology, and restaurants. Teamwork and leadership skills will be required and business theory will be explored. Students will learn the basics of what it takes to turn an idea into a profitable business, by answering questions such as "Who would buy this product?" and "How would I sell this product?"
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • 6th Grade
  • 7th Grade
  • 8th Grade
Forensic Science: Foundations
Take on the role of a crime scene investigator and use lab equipment to analyze samples and study evidence to help solve a crime. In this interdisciplinary, hands-on course students will learn how to apply knowledge of science and the scientific method to legal problems. Students will lead the process while learning how to investigate a crime scene, uncover clues, and use technology and deductive reasoning.
  • Science & Technology
  • 7th Grade
  • 8th Grade
  • High School
Geometry Readiness
Get engaged in a fun, in-depth analysis of plane, solid, and coordinate geometry, related to both abstract mathematical concepts and real world problems. From Parallel Lines and Polygons to Perimeter, emphasis will be placed on developing your critical thinking and logical reasoning skills. You will work as part of a team to solve novel problems that will help cement key concepts and to then complete a culminating project such as: developing and costing out a House Plan, or even something like determining the most effective spot for pitchers and batters to stand while playing Baseball. This course will provide you a solid foundation for tackling Geometry problems on standardized tests such as the SSAT.
  • Mathematics
  • 6th Grade
  • 7th Grade
  • 8th Grade
Gods and Monsters
Ancient mythology is all around us—we just need to know where to look for it! Students will read about and discuss various gods and goddesses, entertaining myths from various cultures, and learn how people in the past explained things they didn’t understand. In this interdisciplinary course, students will develop vocabulary, explore history, and closely read texts, as well as practice their writing skills.
  • Reading & Writing
  • 6th Grade
  • 7th Grade
  • 8th Grade
Introduction to Robotics
In this course you will work in teams to solve engineering challenges and develop real world skills while using LEGO®EV3 Base Set and Software. Combining the versatility of the LEGO®building system and the intuitive, drag-and-drop EV3 software, this course will have you and your team engineering sleek robots and learning visual programming from day one! You will maintain an engineering journal in which you will capture your initial efforts at orthographic drawing. Once you have mastered a basic design process (test-reflect-redesign-reflect) and designed your robot, you will engage it in a variety of challenges such as Robotics Soccer and SumoBots.
  • Science & Technology
  • 6th Grade
  • 7th Grade
  • 8th Grade
  • High School
Logic Games
Let the games begin! For students who like puzzles, games, and riddles and who understand that those skills help everyone improve their thinking and perseverance! Understanding and using logic is a key to success in school and in life. Through games, puzzles, projects, and teamwork, students will learn the skills necessary to solve complex math problems and write convincing arguments. Students will have fun while developing critical thinking abilities.
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Mathematics
  • Reading & Writing
  • 8th Grade
  • High School
Math with Financial Applications
How can mathematical tools help students become a financially responsible adult? In this course, students will solve financial problems related to such topics as investing, using credit, banking, owning an automobile, securing a mortgage, managing income taxes, and budgeting. In addition to regular problem-based team activities, students will also work on a culminating, real-world application project such as constructing and evaluating the performance of a stock portfolio. Producing spreadsheets and using graphing calculators are key components of the course.
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Mathematics
  • 6th Grade
  • 7th Grade
  • 8th Grade
  • High School
Reading Deeper, Reading Smarter
Today's texts, both digital and print, require critical reading skills – the ability to not only understand a writer’s meaning but to also question the assumptions upon which a text is based. Comprehending texts below the surface level also requires that you understand the nuances of words— not just what the dictionary says they mean but also their many connotations. In this course students will read and write about a variety of "texts," from political cartoons to product advertisements to newspaper editorials and even poetry, to examine what's behind the saying, "the pen is mightier than the sword." Students will develop vocabulary and the kinds of critical reading skills deemed key not just to pass most standardized tests, but to boost college and career readiness. All Lawrenceville English classes feature reading and writing in conjunction with each other.
  • Reading & Writing
  • 8th Grade
  • High School
RedX Talks: Lawrenceville Innovation
In this interdisciplinary course students learn all about the art of composing and performing "TED"-style Talks. From research methodologies that produce persuasive arguments to the stagecraft involved in producing an engaging lecture, students will dig deep into this popular genre for promoting innovative ideas. The course culminates in a capstone project wherein students write and perform a RedX Talk of their own. What provocative questions are you excited to explore?
  • Arts
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Reading & Writing
  • 6th Grade
  • 7th Grade
  • 8th Grade
  • High School
Science as Entrepreneurship
Have you ever wondered how science projects become businesses? In this class you will learn how to take STEM to the next level, the global marketplace. We will discuss real cases where scientific research has been turned into products and companies. Then, in a collaborative environment, you will develop your own ideas into a business strategy and plan. Finally, staying true to the nature of seeking capital for a business venture, the class will culminate with a competition between classroom teams to see who has developed the most viable plan of action. You do not need to come to the class with developed ideas. You only need to come with a willingness to collaborate and engage in out-of-the-box thinking. Come learn how to leverage what you already know and think like an entrepreneur.
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Science & Technology
  • 6th Grade
  • 7th Grade
  • 8th Grade
Shark Tank
Combining innovation and business skills, students will learn how to develop their ideas into real plans of action and share those ideas with your peers. Scholars will engage in a collaborative environment and learn how to answer key questions, such as, Is this a product customers will buy? Are there companies that already sell this product successfully? True to the nature of seeking investors for an idea, the class will culminate with a competition between classroom teams to see who has developed the best plan of action. Students do not need to come to the class with a specific product idea, but they need to bring a willingness to collaborate and engage in out-of-the-box thinking.
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • 7th Grade
  • 8th Grade
  • High School
Speech & Debate
Students will begin by focusing on the theory of oral communication and the primary tenets of effective public speaking. Then, they will learn about debate theory, effective research, and debate strategies. Finally, of course, there will be debates.
  • Reading & Writing
  • 7th Grade
  • 8th Grade
  • High School
Sports and Literature
All Lawrenceville English classes feature reading and writing in conjunction with each other and this class does so with different aspects of sports through various mediums, such as current events, articles, novels, and media selections. Students will explore the role sports play in your own life and take a comprehensive look at issues impacting sports today, such as racism, gender issues, steroids, violence, and athletes as role models.
  • Reading & Writing
  • 7th Grade
  • 8th Grade
SSAT English
Students will prepare for every aspect of the verbal portion of the exam in a way that ensures students are not just learning how to pass the test but also how to be successful at school. Designed to enhance reading comprehension skills and verbal reasoning abilities, this course will “grow” vocabulary through creative, interactive activities. Students will also engage in reading and discussing a variety of texts—both fiction and non-fiction—developing close reading skills along the way. Although reading comprehension and vocabulary development are the core of this course, time will also be devoted to preparing for the unscored essay that is part of the SSAT.
  • Reading & Writing
  • 7th Grade
  • 8th Grade
SSAT Math
This class will prepare for every aspect of the Quantitative portions of the exam. Designed to enhance knowledge of computations, geometry/algebra, and mathematical concepts, this course will “grow” skills through creative, interactive activities. Students will also engage in studying and practicing a variety of approaches to computation—developing a deep understanding of fundamental math concepts and vocabulary along the way. Although math skill development is the core of this course and students will be taking practice tests throughout the three-weeks, some time will also be devoted to math and logic games, fun applications of the math concepts covered in the class.
  • Mathematics
  • 6th Grade
  • 7th Grade
  • 8th Grade
Video Production for Social Media
Students will create, shoot, and edit their own short movie for posting on social media sites like YouTube or Instagram. Using their own phone or tablet and laptop, they will learn how to create a professional-looking video with minimal equipment and free software. Classes will explore story lines, camera angles, lighting and sound, as well as the best practices in online posting and hosting.
  • Arts
  • 6th Grade
  • 7th Grade
  • 8th Grade
  • High School
Viruses and the Pandemics they Feed
The influenza virus caused three pandemics in the 20th century, and the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused the current pandemic of the 21st century. Advances in technology and research of these viruses have helped us to contain the threats they pose, but public perception and understanding can stand in the way of progress. Students will explore scientific breakthroughs and aspects of historical response to these pandemics to see how society and science work together… or against each other. The culminating project will explore one part of a given pandemic in depth.
  • Science & Technology
  • High School
Whodunnit?
Do you know anyone who doesn’t enjoy a good mystery? Whether it’s a short story by Edgar Allan Poe, one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories, a novel by Agatha Christie, or one of Alfred Hitchcock’s films, mysteries have the power to spark interest and challenge even the most observant among you. In this course you’ll savor detective and mystery stories and films from a variety of periods, including Who Killed Mr. Chippendale? (a mystery in poems). In addition to a broad range of texts, you will also try your hand at crafting your own mystery tale, experimenting with all the tools and techniques of the genre.
  • Reading & Writing