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Academic & College Prep Programs

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2021 College Prep & Academic Programs:


Find your Voice: Jump Start your College Essay VIRTUAL COURSE
Faculty Member: Brennan Barnard
Ages: Rising 11th and 12th graders
Dates: August 9-13, Monday-Friday
Time: 8:30-11:30 a.m. 
Location: Taught remotely with a blend of live and synchronous learning
Cost: $375
This intensive writing workshop is designed to create a space for rising 11th and 12th graders to begin the creative process of drafting their college essays. The workshop is much more than the college process; as students will work with Derryfield’s experienced Director of College Counseling to find ways to uncover their unique story and draft an essay that truly reflects their values and life experiences. This class will be run remotely with a mix of live time spent sharing our writing as a group and individual time writing with guidance from the teacher. On the final day of the workshop, a college admission officer will join us to provide the college perspective on the personal statement and to read drafts of essays.
This workshop is designed to run with a small cohort of students to ensure personal attention.

One-Week Hybrid SAT/ACT Class
Faculty Member: Chris Induni
Ages: Rising 11th and 12th graders
Dates: August 9 - 13, Monday - Friday
9:15–11:45 a.m. 
12:15-2:45 p.m.  
The Derryfield School
Half-day $375;  Full-day $650 
Note: Students may register for verbal session, math session or both.
Only 1 full day session left! REGISTER NOW!
Derryfield math teacher and experienced ACT/SAT test-prep instructor, Chris Induni, will once again, offer week-long test preparation classes. Classes will include, one-on-one time with the instructor and group work. Students can choose the full-day class or just morning or afternoon if they only want to focus on either math or verbal.* 

*Please note:  Registrants must purchase a textbook not included in the course registration fee. Mr. Induni will contact participants with information.

Additional Academic Summer Opportunities
for Current and Incoming Derryfield Students 

Algebra Launch ~ REGISTER NOW!
In-person Workshop
Instructor: Tori Lucas
Ages: Rising 6th-8th graders
Dates: August 16-20
Times: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: The Derryfield School
Cost: $395
Are you studying pre-algebra or algebra in the fall?  Would you like to brush up on your math skills to prepare? This workshop will reinforce computational and algebraic skills as well as strengthen critical thinking and problem-solving skills in a fun, hands-on way. Students will start each day with a pretest to examine their existing skillset and this will determine their best placement each day. The small classes will allow for individualized instruction and hands-on activities. No book is required for this course -- all materials and a snack will be provided.

About the Instructor: Tori Lucas has been an innovative middle school math teacher and curriculum designer at the Rivers School in Weston, MA, as well as the Windham schools in NH.  After graduating from UNH with a Bachelor in Science in Mathematics, she earned an MEd from Boston College and is currently completing a degree in curriculum from Plymouth State University.  

Check back in Winter 2022 for the Summer 2022 program schedule!

Training for Success in the Humanities at Derryfield
In-Person Workshop
Ages: Rising 9th - 11th grade 
Get your academic skills into shape with this one-week class covering academic reading, writing, and study skills! Using readings that you’ll encounter in your English and History classes in the Fall Term, you will learn and do the type of work that will be expected of you in your humanities courses. You’ll practice writing thesis statements, conducting close reading, and tracking your homework and assignments in the manner that works best for you. 
This course is suited for a wide variety of academic skill levels; everyone will learn and everyone will be welcomed in a fun, low-pressure environment!

Summer Reading Help
In-person Workshop
Ages: Rising 9th & 10th graders
In this one-week workshop, using their assigned summer reading as a basis, students will finish their summer reading novel as a group, allowing them to discuss the characters, practice literary analysis, and get a head start on analytical writing. The purpose here is to use the reading students are already doing so as to prepare them for high school expectations and to get more out of their awesome summer books! 

Puzzlers: RISE to the Challenge
In-person Workshop
Ages: Rising 6th-8th graders
In this workshop, students will build three main skills: problem-solving, collaboration, and critical thinking. How will they do this? By PLAYING! 
Each day, students will jump into a challenge, including break-out games, logic puzzles, math puzzles, and writing challenges. Ultimately they will learn new strategies for approaching and solving problems. This is a fun workshop that will give students a glimpse into the habits of mind and study skills that help Derryfield students be successful.  

The Derryfield School

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