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    Brian Shepard 

    Director of Summer Academic Programming; Associate Director of College Placement; Visual Arts, Upper School
    203.625.5841

UPPER SCHOOL

Welcome to Brunswick School’s Summer Sessions for Upper School students! Offerings for students entering grades 9-12 are coeducational and run from June 10-June 28 for Session I, and July 8-July 26 for Session II. Preparatory and enrichment classes are available in Math, English, Computer Science, Languages, History, and the Arts. Please see each course description for additional details, timing, and dates. Registration is open to the public, and as class sizes are limited, enrollment will be on a first-come, first-served basis.


COURSE OFFERINGS

   ARTS — Brunswick Theater Workshop!
Course Length:  Session I - 3 Weeks Date & Time:  6/10-6/28  ( 12:30p-3:30p )
Grade (Rising):  5-12 Teacher Name:  Seth Potter, Matthew Kirby-Smith, Logan Stamey
Course Size:  60 boys and girls Cost:  $2,400

Description:  The Brunswick Theater Workshop will be an exciting and fun immersive theater experience. Using 2023-24’s middle school and upper school plays and musicals as a foundation, actors, and technicians will explore Acting, Musical Theater, Improvisation, Stage Combat, Puppetry, Choreography, Lighting and Stagecraft, and so much more. Come trip the lights fantastic with Brunswicks Theater team! Get a leg up on next year and be a part of this great company!
Materials Needed:  None
 
   COMPUTER SCIENCE — Artistic Algorithms - Exploring Art with Code
Course Length:  Session I - 3 Weeks Date & Time:  6/10-6/28  ( 12:30p-2:00p )
Grade (Rising):  5-12 Teacher Name:  Sunil Gupta
Course Size:  10 boys and girls Cost:  $1,440

Description:  Step into the vibrant intersection of art and technology with Artistic Algorithms! This unique course, designed for middle and upper school students, focuses on using Processing – a flexible software sketchbook. Here, students will learn how to blend coding with visual art, creating stunning digital pieces from interactive graphics to animated creations. No prior art or coding experience is needed; just bring your imagination and watch it come to life through code! Artistic Algorithms is the perfect playground for the creatively curious.
Materials Needed:  Mac, Windows or Chromebook device to write, compile and run Python code
 
   COMPUTER SCIENCE — Artistic Algorithms - Exploring Art with Code
Course Length:  Session II - 3 Weeks Date & Time:  7/8-7/26  ( 12:30p-2:00p )
Grade (Rising):  5-12 Teacher Name:  Sunil Gupta
Course Size:  10 boys and girls Cost:  $1,550

Description:  Step into the vibrant intersection of art and technology with Artistic Algorithms! This unique course, designed for middle and upper school students, focuses on using Processing – a flexible software sketchbook. Here, students will learn how to blend coding with visual art, creating stunning digital pieces from interactive graphics to animated creations. No prior art or coding experience is needed; just bring your imagination and watch it come to life through code! Artistic Algorithms is the perfect playground for the creatively curious.
Materials Needed:  Mac, Windows or Chromebook device to write, compile and run Python code
 
   COMPUTER SCIENCE — Java Journeys - Coding with Creativity
Course Length:  Session I - 3 Weeks Date & Time:  6/10-6/28  ( 10:30a-12:00p )
Grade (Rising):  5-12 Teacher Name:  Sunil Gupta
Course Size:  10 boys and girls Cost:  $1,440

Description:  Java Journeys invites budding programmers to the exciting world of Java coding. Aimed at middle and upper school students, this course covers the basics of Java programming, from understanding syntax and variables to mastering control structures and basic data types. Through hands-on projects, students will develop their own applications, learning how to problem-solve and think like a programmer. Java Journeys is ideal for those ready to take their first steps into a more exciting coding universe.
Materials Needed:  Mac or Windows device to write, compile and run Java code
 
   COMPUTER SCIENCE — Java Journeys - Coding with Creativity
Course Length:  Session II - 3 Weeks Date & Time:  7/8-7/26  ( 10:30a-12:00p )
Grade (Rising):  5-12 Teacher Name:  Sunil Gupta
Course Size:  10 boys and girls Cost:  $1,550

Description:  Java Journeys invites budding programmers to the exciting world of Java coding. Aimed at middle and upper school students, this course covers the basics of Java programming, from understanding syntax and variables to mastering control structures and basic data types. Through hands-on projects, students will develop their own applications, learning how to problem-solve and think like a programmer. Java Journeys is ideal for those ready to take their first steps into a more exciting coding universe.
Materials Needed:  Mac or Windows device to write, compile and run Java code
 
   COMPUTER SCIENCE — Python Playgrounds - Coding for Young Minds
Course Length:  Session I - 3 Weeks Date & Time:  6/10-6/28  ( 8:45a-10:15a )
Grade (Rising):  5-12 Teacher Name:  Sunil Gupta
Course Size:  10 boys and girls Cost:  $1,440

Description:  Dive into the world of Python Playgrounds where middle and upper schoolers can embark on a thrilling journey through coding! This course is designed to introduce the fundamentals of Python in a fun, interactive way. Students will learn about variables, conditionals, loops, and functions, all while creating engaging projects, including games and animations. Perfect for those who love to explore and create, Python Playground is where coding meets creativity!
Materials Needed:  Mac, Windows or Chromebook device to write, compile and run Python code
 
   COMPUTER SCIENCE — Python Playgrounds - Coding for Young Minds
Course Length:  Session II - 3 Weeks Date & Time:  7/8-7/26  ( 8:45a-10:15a )
Grade (Rising):  5-12 Teacher Name:  Sunil Gupta
Course Size:  10 boys and girls Cost:  $1,550

Description:  Dive into the world of Python Playgrounds where middle and upper schoolers can embark on a thrilling journey through coding! This course is designed to introduce the fundamentals of Python in a fun, interactive way. Students will learn about variables, conditionals, loops, and functions, all while creating engaging projects, including games and animations. Perfect for those who love to explore and create, Python Playground is where coding meets creativity!
Materials Needed:  Mac, Windows or Chromebook device to write, compile and run Python code
 
   ENGLISH — Summer Reading & Writing
Course Length:  Session I - 3 Weeks Date & Time:  6/10-6/28  ( 8:45a-10:15a )
Grade (Rising):  9-12 Teacher Name:  Seth Potter
Course Size:  12 boys and girls Cost:  $1,440

Description:  Using Brunswick's Upper School Summer Reading books as a base, students will work on crucial writing skills based on the reading. Brush up on your writing while completing your English and History summer reading.
Materials Needed:  None
 
   ENGLISH — Writing in the Humanities
Course Length:  Session II - 3 Weeks Date & Time:  7/8-7/26  ( 8:45a-10:15a )
Grade (Rising):  9-12 Teacher Name:  Brian Hoffman
Course Size:  14 boys and girls Cost:  $1,550

Description:  This summer course will introduce students to the distinct academic expectations of humanities courses at Brunswick. Students will learn how to write strong body paragraphs, topic sentences, and thesis statements. Students will also develop approaches that will improve their notation skills in the classroom, reading comprehension, and test taking skills. Please contact bhoffman@brunswickschool.org if you have any further questions.
Materials Needed:  None
 
   ENGLISH — Writing Workshop
Course Length:  Session I - 3 Weeks Date & Time:  6/10-6/28  ( 10:30a-12:00p )
Grade (Rising):  9-12 Teacher Name:  Bob Benjamin
Course Size:  12 boys and girls Cost:  $1,440

Description:  Writing Workshop will help students become more effective analytical writers. We will work on building strong, active, clear sentences, and then combining these sentences into focused and unified paragraphs. We will concentrate on crafting clear, arguable topical assertions for paragraphs, and incorporating relevant specific evidence in support of these assertions. Finally, we will combine these skills in composing well-organized and logically developed five-paragraph essays.
Materials Needed:  None
 
   ENGLISH — Writing Workshop
Course Length:  Session II - 3 Weeks Date & Time:  7/8-7/26  ( 10:30a-12:00p )
Grade (Rising):  9-12 Teacher Name:  Bob Benjamin
Course Size:  10 boys and girls Cost:  $1,550

Description:  Writing Workshop will help students become more effective analytical writers. We will work on building strong, active, clear sentences, and then combining these sentences into focused and unified paragraphs. We will concentrate on crafting clear, arguable topical assertions for paragraphs, and incorporating relevant specific evidence in support of these assertions. Finally, we will combine these skills in composing well-organized and logically developed five-paragraph essays.
Materials Needed:  None
 
   ENGLISH — Writing Workshop (Advanced Placement)
Course Length:  Session I - 3 Weeks Date & Time:  6/10-6/28  ( 10:30a-12:00p )
Grade (Rising):  9-12 Teacher Name:  Brian Hoffman
Course Size:  12 boys and girls Cost:  $1,440

Description:  This summer course will introduce students to the writing strategies and techniques needed to master Advanced Placement humanities courses. The complex rubrics that structure Advanced Placement humanities courses will be reviewed point by point. Students will learn to successfully write responses for the Document Based Essay Question (DBQ), the Long Essay Question (LEQ), and the Short Answer Question (SAQ). Strategies to master the stimulus based multiple choice section will also be reviewed consistently over the course. Dr. Hoffman has been teaching AP US History for over 10 years and has been a reader for the College Board for the last 5 years. The course is ideal for rising Sophomores and Juniors preparing to take their first Humanities Advanced Placement course. Please contact bhoffman@brunswickschool.org if you have any further questions.
Materials Needed:  None
 
   FOREIGN LANGUAGE — Fundamentals of Latin
Course Length:  Session I - 3 Weeks Date & Time:  6/10-6/28  ( 8:45a-10:15a )
Grade (Rising):  9-11 Teacher Name:  Jaime Gonzalez-Ocana
Course Size:  12 boys and girls Cost:  $1,440

Description:  Prepare for upper school Latin, by reviewing and reinforcing the foundations of Latin’s elementary grammar. The course includes practice on parsing and translating, and reviewing basic vocabulary. For 9th and 10th graders taking Latin, and for rising 9th graders enrolled in Latin II Honors.
Materials Needed:  None
 
   FOREIGN LANGUAGE — Fundamentals of Spanish
Course Length:  Session I - 3 Weeks Date & Time:  6/10-6/28  ( 10:30a-12:00p )
Grade (Rising):  9-11 Teacher Name:  Jaime Gonzalez-Ocana
Course Size:  12 boys and girls Cost:  $1,440

Description:  This course is directed to upper school students who would like to reinforce and practice their language skills by participating in activities and hands-on projects using the language as much as possible. The course is especially interesting for students who (1) want to consolidate and expand their foundation in Spanish, (2) are moving into an Honors class and want to review and strengthen their linguistic foundation, (3) are new to Brunswick and want to transition easily to their new Spanish class.
Materials Needed:  None
 
   HISTORY — Hollywood and the Civil Rights Movement
Course Length:  Session I - 3 Weeks Date & Time:  6/10-6/28  ( 8:45a-10:15a )
Grade (Rising):  9-12 Teacher Name:  Brian Hoffman
Course Size:  14 boys and girls Cost:  $1,440

Description:  This class will use film to look at the way Hollywood has represented the history of the Civil Right Movement. Students will use primary sources and learn the history of the civil rights movement in order to evaluate the accuracy of films like Selma (2014), Mississippi Burning (1988), The Long Walk Home (1990), and The Butler (2013). What do these films get right? What did they change? Why did Hollywood make these changes? This highly engaging course is designed to develop critical thinking skills, media literacy, and improve essay writing skills. There will be daily short writing assignments as well as an opportunity to write a long format essay. Please contact bhoffman@brunswickschool.org if you have any further questions.
Materials Needed:  None
 
   MATH — Intro to Algebra II
Course Length:  Session I - 3 Weeks Date & Time:  6/10-6/28  ( 10:30a-12:00p )
Grade (Rising):  10 Teacher Name:  Amy Kerekes
Course Size:  15 boys and girls Cost:  $1,440

Description:  This course is intended for students of any level who are preparing to take Algebra II with Trigonometry in the Fall of 2024. This course will cover essential topics of Algebra II, such as linear functions, quadratic functions, exponents, and a small review of basic trigonometry.
Materials Needed:  Scientific calculator or better needed
 
   MATH — Intro to Algebra II
Course Length:  Session I - 3 Weeks Date & Time:  6/10-6/28  ( 8:45a-10:15a )
Grade (Rising):  10 Teacher Name:  Amy Kerekes
Course Size:  15 boys and girls Cost:  $1,440

Description:  This course is intended for students of any level who are preparing to take Algebra II with Trigonometry in the Fall of 2024. This course will cover essential topics of Algebra II, such as linear functions, quadratic functions, exponents, and a small review of basic trigonometry.
Materials Needed:  Scientific calculator or better needed
 
   MATH — Intro to Geometry
Course Length:  Session I - 2 Weeks Date & Time:  6/10-6/21  ( 10:30a-12:00p )
Grade (Rising):  9 Teacher Name:  Milica Dussinger
Course Size:  12 boys and girls Cost:  $930

Description:  This course is intended for any student who is preparing to take Geometry in the Fall of 2024. This course will cover essential topics of Geometry, such as angles, parallel lines, polygons and their properties, circle theorems as well as introductory proof problems.
Materials Needed:  None
 
   MATH — Intro to Proof Based Geometry
Course Length:  Session I - 2 Weeks Date & Time:  6/10-6/21  ( 8:45a-10:15a )
Grade (Rising):  9 Teacher Name:  Milica Dussinger
Course Size:  12 boys and girls Cost:  $930

Description:  This course is intended for any student who is preparing to take Accelerated or Honors Geometry course in the Fall of 2024. The course is heavily proof oriented and is designed to teach proper proof writing, while covering essential topics of Geometry, such as angles, congruent triangles, parallel lines, and polygons and their properties.
Materials Needed:  None
 
   MATH & COMPUTER SCIENCE — MathCounts - Coding the Future
Course Length:  Session I - 3 Weeks Date & Time:  6/10-6/28  ( 12:30p-3:30p )
Grade (Rising):  7-10 Teacher Name:  Poonam Gupta
Course Size:  6 boys and girls Cost:  $2,800

Description:  Dive into the exciting intersection of math and tech with our MathCounts course, tailored for students in grades 7 to 10. Designed to enhance your problem-solving skills and mathematical creativity and prepare you for competitions like MathCounts and AMC 8. Engage with challenging problems and topics, including advanced algebra, number theory, geometry, and combinatorics. As you progress, you'll bridge the gap between abstract math and practical applications by learning to read, understand, and write code, while building fascinating devices such as digital trumpets, motion alarms, night-lights, automatic pet feeders, and robots. These projects, powered by microprocessors, will allow you to see firsthand what digital prototyping platforms can achieve. Get set to write code that interacts with the world, reading sensor data and activating devices based on motion and proximity. Join us to unlock the potential of math in the real world, blending theory with hands-on innovation! **This course will be taught at the Upper School campus on Maher Avenue**
Materials Needed:  None
 
   MATH & COMPUTER SCIENCE — MathCounts - Coding the Future
Course Length:  Session II - 3 Weeks Date & Time:  7/8-7/26  ( 12:30p-3:30p )
Grade (Rising):  7-10 Teacher Name:  Poonam Gupta
Course Size:  6 boys and girls Cost:  $3,000

Description:  Dive into the exciting intersection of math and tech with our MathCounts course, tailored for students in grades 7 to 10. Designed to enhance your problem-solving skills and mathematical creativity and prepare you for competitions like MathCounts and AMC 8. Engage with challenging problems and topics, including advanced algebra, number theory, geometry, and combinatorics. As you progress, you'll bridge the gap between abstract math and practical applications by learning to read, understand, and write code, while building fascinating devices such as digital trumpets, motion alarms, night-lights, automatic pet feeders, and robots. These projects, powered by microprocessors, will allow you to see firsthand what digital prototyping platforms can achieve. Get set to write code that interacts with the world, reading sensor data and activating devices based on motion and proximity. Join us to unlock the potential of math in the real world, blending theory with hands-on innovation! **This course will be taught at the Upper School campus on Maher Avenue**
Materials Needed:  None
 
   SCIENCE — Chemistry
Course Length:  Session I - 3 Weeks Date & Time:  6/10-6/28  ( 10:30a-12:00p )
Grade (Rising):  10 Teacher Name:  Derek Hruska
Course Size:  12 boys and girls Cost:  $1,440

Description:  This course is designed to bolster the knowledge and introduce vocabulary that students will encounter upon entering their chemistry class in the fall semester.  Topics that we cover include, but are not exclusively limited to, matter, reactions, scientific measurement and its notation, historical discovery and structure of the atom, significance of electrons and chemical bonding, the periodic table and its trends and relevance and an introduction to chemical naming and formulae. This is a wonderful opportunity to enter Chemistry and “hit the ground running.”  Familiarity with the ideas and vocabulary will certainly make the first semester of any chemistry class more manageable and fun!  Additionally, the students will be instructed on how best to approach the organization and review of material that will serve them beyond chemistry and in subsequent science courses.
Materials Needed:  Scientific calculator
 
   SCIENCE — Chemistry
Course Length:  Session I - 3 Weeks Date & Time:  6/10-6/28  ( 8:45a-10:15a )
Grade (Rising):  10 Teacher Name:  Derek Hruska
Course Size:  12 boys and girls Cost:  $1,440

Description:  This course is designed to bolster the knowledge and introduce vocabulary that students will encounter upon entering their chemistry class in the fall semester.  Topics that we cover include, but are not exclusively limited to, matter, reactions, scientific measurement and its notation, historical discovery and structure of the atom, significance of electrons and chemical bonding, the periodic table and its trends and relevance and an introduction to chemical naming and formulae. This is a wonderful opportunity to enter Chemistry and “hit the ground running.”  Familiarity with the ideas and vocabulary will certainly make the first semester of any chemistry class more manageable and fun!  Additionally, the students will be instructed on how best to approach the organization and review of material that will serve them beyond chemistry and in subsequent science courses.
Materials Needed:  Scientific calculator
 
   SCIENCE — Chemistry
Course Length:  Session II - 3 Weeks Date & Time:  7/8-7/26  ( 8:45a-10:15a )
Grade (Rising):  10 Teacher Name:  Derek Hruska
Course Size:  12 boys and girls Cost:  $1,550

Description:  This course is designed to bolster the knowledge and introduce vocabulary that students will encounter upon entering their chemistry class in the fall semester.  Topics that we cover include, but are not exclusively limited to, matter, reactions, scientific measurement and its notation, historical discovery and structure of the atom, significance of electrons and chemical bonding, the periodic table and its trends and relevance and an introduction to chemical naming and formulae. This is a wonderful opportunity to enter Chemistry and “hit the ground running.”  Familiarity with the ideas and vocabulary will certainly make the first semester of any chemistry class more manageable and fun!  Additionally, the students will be instructed on how best to approach the organization and review of material that will serve them beyond chemistry and in subsequent science courses.
Materials Needed:  Scientific calculator
 
   SCIENCE — Intro to Biology
Course Length:  Session I - 3 Weeks Date & Time:  6/10-6/28  ( 10:30a-12:00p )
Grade (Rising):  9 Teacher Name:  Kristina Norrgard
Course Size:  12 boys and girls Cost:  $1,440

Description:  In this course students will be introduced to topics that will be covered in the first few units of the year, including Ecology, Biochemistry, and Cells, while learning about how to take notes and think scientifically.
Materials Needed:  None
 
   SCIENCE — Intro to Biology
Course Length:  Session I - 3 Weeks Date & Time:  6/10-6/28  ( 8:45a-10:15a )
Grade (Rising):  9 Teacher Name:  Kristina Norrgard
Course Size:  12 boys and girls Cost:  $1,440

Description:  In this course students will be introduced to topics that will be covered in the first few units of the year, including Ecology, Biochemistry, and Cells, while learning about how to take notes and think scientifically.
Materials Needed:  None
 
   SCIENCE — Physics
Course Length:  Session I - 3 Weeks Date & Time:  6/10-6/28  ( 12:30p-2:00p )
Grade (Rising):  11 Teacher Name:  Derek Hruska
Course Size:  14 boys and girls Cost:  $1,440

Description:  This physics summer program provides an introduction to high school physics that will cover the following topics; velocity, acceleration, free-fall, projectile motion, forces, conservation of energy, and momentum. There will be classwork that will include problem-solving as well as lab work to provide hands-on experience with physics.
Materials Needed:  Writing utensil, notebook, calculator, and a laptop
 
   SCIENCE — Physics
Course Length:  Session II - 3 Weeks Date & Time:  7/15-8/2  ( 10:30a-12:00p )
Grade (Rising):  11 Teacher Name:  Pete Arthmire
Course Size:  14 boys and girls Cost:  $1,550

Description:  This physics summer program provides an introduction to high school physics that will cover the following topics; velocity, acceleration, free-fall, projectile motion, forces, conservation of energy, and momentum. There will be classwork that will include problem-solving as well as lab work to provide hands-on experience with physics.
Materials Needed:  Writing utensil, notebook, calculator, and a laptop
 
   TEST PREP — ACT Prep
Course Length:  Session II - 3 Weeks Date & Time:  7/8-7/26  ( 8:45a-10:15a )
Grade (Rising):  10-12 Teacher Name:  Drew Dawson
Course Size:  14 boys and girls Cost:  $1,550

Description:  In ACT Prep, students will complete practice test sections and become familiar with the types and phrasing of ACT questions so there are not any surprises during the actual test. ACT prep teaches students proven strategies that help improve their standardized test understanding and performance. Students will play games that teach them time and stress management. Who says (some) aspects of ACT preparation can’t be fun?
Materials Needed:  Writing utensils and clean paper
 
   TEST PREP — SAT Prep
Course Length:  Session II - 3 Weeks Date & Time:  7/8-7/26  ( 10:30a-12:00p )
Grade (Rising):  10-12 Teacher Name:  Drew Dawson
Course Size:  14 boys and girls Cost:  $1,550

Description:  In SAT Prep, students will become familiar with key math, reading, and writing concepts they’ll be expected to know when they take the exam. Students also learn to improve the study and test-taking skills that they will need to employ throughout their college career. Students will play games that teach them time and stress management. Properly preparing for the SAT can lead to more confidence heading into college.
Materials Needed:  Writing utensils and clean paper
 

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    Office: 203.625.5856

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    Office: 203.242.1202

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    Office: 203.485.3652

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