Upper School

Summer Institute's Upper School Program offers high school students (Grades 9-12) the opportunity to explore new subjects, or to advance in core academic or artistic subjects. Students who are serious about their academic and personal growth will find our intensive college preparatory courses, situated in a relaxed environment, the perfect way to excel this summer.

The Summer Institute at King is open to all students from schools in the CT/NY area. Click on the sessions below to see the details for each course.

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"I took two different classes over two consecutive summers; Introduction to Global Studies and Topics in Global Studies. Both classes helped me get a jump start on my academics because they were both requirements for King's Global Distinction. Taking those courses helped me to better select my classes during the academic year and I felt more prepared."

- Abby Mancuso '20

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Six WEEK SESSIONS (Earn Academic Credit)

Algebra 1

Algebra 1

  • Six Week Session: June 24 - August 2. 2019
  • Time: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Incoming Grades: 8, 9, 10
  • Year Long Course: 1 Credit
  • Cost: $1,780

This course is a traditional first-year study of elementary algebraic concepts and their applications. Topics covered include linear equations and inequalities, system of equations, graphing, direct variation, operations with rational and irrational expressions, radical equations, the quadratic formula, quadratic functions and equations, and factoring. This course provides a foundation for Algebra 2.

Teachers and TA's are available from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. for homework help or for a review session.

Algebra 2 / Trigonometry

Algebra 2 / Trigonometry

  • Six Week Session: June 24 - August 2, 2019
  • Time: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Incoming Grades: 10, 11, 12
  • Year Long Course: 1 Credit
  • Cost: $1,780

This course is a continuation and extension of Algebra 1. Topics cover several functions, such as absolute value, linear, quadratic, exponential, logarithmic, rational, radical, and trigonometric equations. The course includes topics on rational exponents, complex numbers, sequences and series, inequalities, and systems of linear equations in two and three variables. The TI-83 or TI-84 graphing calculator is used throughout the course.

Teachers and TA's are available from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. for homework help or for a review session.

Geometry

Geometry

  • Six Week Session: June 24 - August 2, 2019
  • Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Incoming Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Year Long Course: 1 Credit
  • Cost: $2,100

Geometry is a six-week four-hour course covered in the standard sequence of college preparatory mathematics at King. This course is designed for students with a strong mathematics interest and background. The course emphasizes logic, reasoning, inductive and deductive thinking skills; it includes the study of the properties and applications of common geometric figures in two and three dimensions, transformations, and right triangle trigonometry.Geometer Sketchpad and traditional compass and straightedge are utilized for construction. After completing this course, students can enter Algebra II with Trigonometry.


Pre-Calculus

Pre-Calculus

  • Six Week Session: June 24 - August 2, 2019
  • Time: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Incoming Grades: 10, 11, 12
  • Year Long Course: 1 Credit
  • Cost: $1,780

This course is designed to prepare highly motivated and capable mathematics students for Calculus. Pre-Calculus is an extension of Algebra 2 with an emphasis on functions, trigonometry, and introductory calculus topics. All major areas covered in Algebra 2 are reinforced at a greater depth with additional calculator applications. Students must have their own TI-83 or TI-84 graphing calculator.

Teachers and TA's are available from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. for homework help or for a review session.

Physics

Physics

  • Six Week Session: June 24 - August 2, 2019
  • Time: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Incoming Grades: 10, 11, 12
  • Year Long Course: 1 Credit
  • Cost: $1,780

General Physics is an algebra-based physics course; it covers Newtonian mechanics, electricity and magnetism, thermodynamics, waves and optics, and modern physics. Students gain both a deeper appreciation of the concepts of Physics and additional problem-solving skills. Hands-on or computer based labs help students understand the concepts covered in the course and deepen the students' appreciation of the scientific method.

On some days, class could go to 12 p.m. due to a lab or extra time. Teachers and TA's are available from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. for homework help or for a review session.

Introduction to Java

Introduction to Java

  • Three Week Session: June 24 - August 2, 2019
  • Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Incoming Grades: 10, 11, 12
  • Semester Course: .50 Credits
  • Cost: $890

This course provides an introduction to procedural programming using the Java programming language and is a prerequisite for AP Computer Science A.Students begin by using a Graphics package to create interesting programs while learning the fundamental concepts of data types, conditional statements, loops, methods, arrays, inheritance, object-oriented design, and polymorphism. The course will then move students to the syntax of the Java language.  No prior programming experience is assumed.

THREE WEEK SESSIONS

Fundamentals of Art for Beginners

Fundamentals Of Art For Beginners

  • Three Week Session: June 24 - July 12, 2019
    • Session 1: 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
    • Session 2: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Incoming Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Semester Course: .25 Credits
  • Cost: $740
This course is the foundation course and prerequisite for all other Visual Art electives at King, with the exception of Themes in Art History. It consists of a series of problems and projects designed to teach skills and techniques leading to the understanding and application of the elements of art and the principles of design to both two dimensional and three dimensional projects. These basic principles and elements are further enhanced by examination of the art and artists of different periods and cultures.

English 9, Analyzing Gaming through Academic Writing

 

  • Three Week Session: June 24 - July 12, 2019
  • Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Incoming Grades: 9
  • Enrichment Course (No Credit)
  • Cost: $560

 

Fortnight: What does it tell us about the gaming experience? In fact, one could argue that video games are a fascinating mixture of graphic design and unresolved human conflict. If you're a fan of Nintendo, XBox, PC consul play, and even mobile device/app gaming, this writing class is for you. The Writing Workshop for incoming Ninth Grade students will focus on essay composition from single paragraph composition to multiple paragraph outlining/writing. Students will understand the natural flow and trajectory of an essay that will lead to effective persuasive claim-based compositions. The workshop will bring attention to using higher compound sentences to express increasingly cogent argumentative pieces of writing, discussing events at a higher level in order to write more deliberate prose, and important mechanical elements. There will be heavy review of the following basic sentence structure components: punctuation, capitalization, present tense verb forms, writing without contractions, identifying parts of speech, and properly utilizing transition words. This course will cover the foundations necessary for students to understand the expectations of 9th grade composition writing.

 

 

 

 

Algebra Boot Camp

ALGEBRA I BOOT CAMP

  • Three Week Session: June 24 - July 12, 2019
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Incoming Grades: 8, 9
  • Enrichment Course (No Credit)
  • Cost: $560
This course emphasizes fundamental Algebra skills necessary to be successful in Algebra I. Topics reviewed include solving multiple step equations and relating two or more unknowns, multiplying binomials, graphing linear equations and a variety of word problems. This course would be helpful for any student who needs to improve their Algebra skills.

Geometry-Algebra 1 - Skills Builder

Geometry/ALGEBRA 1 - Skills Builder

  • Three Week Session: June 24 - July 12, 2019
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Incoming Grades: 9, 10
  • Enrichment Course (No Credit)
  • Cost: $560

This course emphasizes fundamental Algebra skills necessary to be successful in Geometry and Algebra 2. Topics reviewed include solving inequalities and quadratic equations, factoring, graphing linear and quadratic functions and a variety of word problems. This course would be helpful for any student who needs to improve their Algebra skills or whose Algebra course did not cover the above topics.

Introduction to Global Studies

Introduction to Global Studies

  • Three Week Session: June 24 - July 12, 2019
  • Time: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Incoming Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Semester Course: .50 Credits
  • Cost: $890
This course introduces students to the concept of globalization as a dynamic process and condition. It explores the causes and effects of globalization and asks questions such as: What is globalization? How does globalization occur? Is globalization a new phenomenon? Is globalization driven by conflict or consensus? Does globalization create new forms of inequality and social hierarchy? This is an inquiry-based course that surveys the socioeconomic, socio-political, technological, and ecological dimensions of globalization, as well as the ideologies of globalization. Attention is also given to how globalization affects popular culture and daily life through the media and various other communication channels.

Cinema Studies

CINEMA STUDIES

  • Three Week Session: June 24 - July 12, 2019
  • Time: 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Incoming Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Enrichment Opportunity: No Credit
  • Cost: $900

Watch and discuss a new film every day for three weeks in this Cinema Studies course. Each week students will explore films from around the world based on that weeks theme. Discussions will focus on film aesthetic, techniques, criticism and history. Students will deconstruct films to understand narrative structure, visual storytelling, and formal cinematic elements. This summer's themes will include: The Chase / Noir / Movies about Movies.

College Essay Boot Camp

TIME TO WRITE THAT IMPORTANT ESSAY

  • Three Week Session: June 24 - July 12, 2019
  • Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Incoming Grades: 11, 12
  • Enrichment Course (No Credit)
  • Cost: $560

No push-ups, no wind sprints, no crying. Instead, using the Common Application prompts, we will brainstorm, draft, and polish personal statements and a few short answers or supplementary essays. It isn't easy to craft a compelling, revealing statement that expresses who you are, but you can do it! Find your voice, write with clarity and confidence, and get the essay off your to-do list before classes start again!

Introduction to Public Speaking

Introduction To Public Speaking

  • Three Week Session: June 24 - July 12, 2019
    • SESSION 1: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
    • SESSION 2: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Incoming Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Semester Course: .25 Credits
  • Cost: $560

Yes, you can learn to speak comfortably in public! Communication skills are essential for success in academic, community and professional settings. Emphasis will include verbal and physical delivery, anxiety management strategies, developing rapport with the audience and creating a well- structured speech. Students will work in write, edit, and deliver speeches. There will be some daily homework.

*Please note this class is listed under Upper School - Academic Courses on the registration page.

Web Design Course

WEB DESIGN COURSE

  • Three Week Session: June 24 - July 12, 2019
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Incoming Grades: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Semester Long Course: .25 Credit
  • Cost: $560

Web Design introduces students to HyperText Markup Language (HTML) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) in order to develop and design uniquely functional websites. Students will create a website using responsive web design. The course is a great introduction to coding and computer science.

Video Game Design

Video Game design

  • Three Week Session: June 24 - July 12, 2019
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Incoming Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Enrichment Opportunity: No Credit
  • Cost: $560

An advanced course in Video Game Design provides students with the opportunity to design, program, and create fully functional video games. The course will use the Javascript language to introduce basic programming and design skills that are essential to developing a video game. Prior programming knowledge including decisions, loops and arrays is assumed.

Trigonometry - July 1 - July 12

Trigonometry

  • Three Week Session: July 1 - July 12, 2019
  • Time: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Incoming Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Semester Course: .25 Credits
  • Cost: $740

This course will begin with an introduction to Trigonometry. Throughout the course, students will cover all of the Trigonometry topics included in an Algebra 2/Trigonometry course. These topics include right triangle trigonometry, trigonometric functions, inverse trigonometric functions, Law of Sines, Law of Cosines, the unit circle, periodic functions, and graphing trigonometric functions. This course provides a foundation for Precalculus and would be helpful for any student whose Algebra 2 course did not include Trigonometry or all of the topics listed above.


Topics in Global Studies

Topics in Global Studies

  • Three Week Session: July 15 - August 2, 2019
  • Time: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Incoming Grades: 10, 11, 12
  • Semester Course: .50 Credits
  • Cost: $890
This course is meant to explore the concept of globalization as it affects specific global issues and problems. Through extensive research into these issues, students will gain a thorough understanding of the effect such issues have on the economic, political, cultural, and environmental elements of our daily lives. In the process, students will develop critical thinking skills to arrive at a consensus about how to solve the issues and problems they are studying. Learning and using research skills will be a strong component of the course.

Three Week Arts Sessions

Fundamentals of Art for Beginners

Fundamentals Of Art For Beginners

  • Three Week Session: June 24 - July 12, 2019
    • Session 1: 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
    • Session 2: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Incoming Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Semester Course: .25 Credits
  • Cost: $740
This course is the foundation course and prerequisite for all other Visual Art electives at King, with the exception of Themes in Art History. It consists of a series of problems and projects designed to teach skills and techniques leading to the understanding and application of the elements of art and the principles of design to both two dimensional and three dimensional projects. These basic principles and elements are further enhanced by examination of the art and artists of different periods and cultures.

*Please note this class is listed under Upper School - Academic Courses on the registration page.

Introduction to Public Speaking

Introduction To Public Speaking

  • Three Week Session: June 24 - July 12, 2019
    • SESSION I: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
    • SESSION II: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Incoming Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Semester Course: .25 Credits
  • Cost: $560

Yes, you can learn to speak comfortably in public! Communication skills are essential for success in academic, community and professional settings. Emphasis will include verbal and physical delivery, anxiety management strategies, developing rapport with the audience and creating a well- structured speech. Students will work in write, edit, and deliver speeches. There will be some daily homework.

*Please note this class is listed under Upper School - Academic Courses on the registration page.

Choir

Choir Class 

  • Three Week Session: June 24 - July 12, 2019
    • Session 1: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Incoming Grades: 7-12

Cost: $480 per session 

Instructor: Brian Miller

Music is the universal language! This class will help students discover their creativity while building confidence and encouraging fearlessness when facing performance situations.  While this course will culminate in a performance, students will be working to master numerous skills that will help them become better vocal music performers.  The class will be divided into full ensemble rehearsal time, solfege study, site reading, rhythmic dictation, and sectional time.  The class will be 2 hours long and will may include guest clinicians on various topics.  Class size will be limited to 20 students, and students will be asked to sing various voice parts. 

One Week Sessions

College Essay Writing Course

TIME TO WRITE THAT IMPORTANT ESSAY

  • One Week Sessions:   
  • Session I: June 17 - July 21, 2019
  • Session II: June 24 - June 28, 2019
  • Session II: July 8 - July 12, 2019
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Incoming Grades: 11, 12
  • Enrichment Course (No Credit)
  • Cost: $280

No push-ups, no wind sprints, no crying. Instead, using the Common Application prompts, we will brainstorm, draft, and polish personal statements and a few short answers or supplementary essays. It isn't easy to craft a compelling, revealing statement that expresses who you are, but you can do it! Find your voice, write with clarity and confidence, and get the essay off your to-do list before classes start again!

Please view the Sports Clinic pages for additional sessions for Upper School students.

"I was fortunate enough to take a 6 week Physics course the summer before my junior year which truly helped me get ahead academically. With an extremely small class size, and plenty of free time to focus on just one course, I was able to really thrive in what could have been a tough full-year physics course. Also, because I got to take physics over the summer, I was able to take AP Biology junior year instead of the required Physics course, and taking the AP really gave me an academic edge."

-Idalis (student)