UPPER SCHOOL COURSES

Note

  • Classes are now three-week sessions, Monday - Friday.
  • Classes are now located at the Brunswick Upper School (100 Maher Avenue, Greenwich).

9:00am - 10:30am

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  • Fundamentals of Biology

    This course is designed to bolster the knowledge and introduce vocabulary that students will encounter upon entering their biology class in the fall semester. Topics that we will cover include, but are not exclusively limited to:
    1. The chemistry of life including an introduction to organic molecules
    2. Cellular structure and function
    3. Biochemistry of photosynthesis and cellular respiration
    4. An introduction to DNA, RNA and rudimentary genetics
    5. Cell growth and division
    This is a wonderful opportunity to enter Biology and "hit the ground running". Familiarity with the ideas and vocabulary will certainly make the first semester of any biology class more manageable and enjoyable! 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.
  • Fundamentals of PreCalculus

    This course is for students who have completed a year-long Algebra II course and would like to reinforce their math skills in preparation for Precalculus. Each topic in Precalculus follows directly from one in Algebra II, so some time in this course will be spent clearing up difficulties that students might have experienced in Algebra II. Additionally, the initial stages of many topics from Precalculus will be tackled, including equations and their graphs; functions, composition, and inverses; polynomial and rational functions; exponents and logarithms; trigonometry; and probability.
  • SAT Math Prep

    This course is dedicated to preparing students for both SAT Math Section and SAT Math Subject tests. Gain the competitive advantage by learning how to quickly apply secret tips and tricks to solve complex problems. We will review the Algebra and Geometry which form the bedrock of SAT. We You'll practice, practice, and practice with actual collegeboard approved questions to get you the real feel of a SAT test. The purpose of this program is to expose you with the art of tackling multiple-choice questions and teach you valuable strategies for zeroing in on the correct answer choices, targeting the especially tricky concepts and tough questions - all designed to help you reach a great score.
  • Fundamentals of Chemistry

    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.
  • Fundamentals of Post 1945 U.S. History

    This course will emphasize the development of historical thinking skills while focusing on the history of the United States after World War II.  Skills such as analyzing primary and secondary sources, making effective comparisons, and developing cause and effect relationships between events which are pertinent to any Upper School history course, including APs.  Students will be encouraged to use sourcing information to make inferences about point of view, historical situation, and intended audience and to use that information in constructing a coherent argument.  We will also review certain historical writing skills such as development of an effective thesis and organizing a historical argument.  Finally, time will be devoted to preparation for specific kinds of questions commonly seen on history exams. 
  • Upper School Writing Workshop

    This course is designed to help Upper School-aged students strengthen their academic writing skills by implementing proven techniques. Basic writing exercises will include learning to write a strong thesis statement, create and organize supporting statements, identify and integrate direct textual references, breakdown into manageable pieces the essay writing process, and how to read a teacher's essay prompt. In class, students will read poetry, fiction and non-fiction prose in an effort to better understand various writing styles, write, re-read, revise not only student writing but also the writing of classmates, and learn to read critical essays and secondary sources as a key to writing more clearly.

9:00am - 12:00pm (2 course fee)

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  • Entrepreneurship, New Ideas, and Innovation

    Whether you want to start your own business, innovate in high school or college, or develop an entrepreneurial mindset, this course provides the fundamentals and framework for success. ENI will lead you through the entrepreneurial journey from ideation to launch. Specifically, ENI teaches concepts and frameworks that include; customer value proposition (CVP), total addressable market (TAM), target market (TM), competitive advantage (CA), minimum viable product (MVP), customer acquisition cost (CAC), lifetime value (LTV), the Lean Startup method and the hypothesis-driven approach. The ENI culminates with a pitch deck and making the pitch to angel investors.

    ENI is unique and exciting! Students will reach objectives through disciplined, but diverse, study and practice. ENI requires active participation on both the individual and group levels. Teamwork and public speaking are emphasized. ENI identifies key practices and themes using Harvard Business School case studies and other academic readings. ENI emphasizes peer to peer and active learning. Be ready to engage, innovate and find out what it is like to be an entrepreneur.

    ENI teaches how to read, analyze and write, specific to entrepreneurship, but applicable to all courses or jobs requiring similar skills. ENI will also help you master the case study method of learning. ENI is a college level course, and there are no prerequisites.

    Colleges are increasingly implementing entrepreneurship classes at the undergraduate level, including making a "fundamentals of entrepreneurship course" a required course in their curriculum. Employers want to hire students who possess the soft skills that are taught in this course. Additionally, having an entrepreneurship class on your college application or job resume, along with possessing the skills of an entrepreneur and an entrepreneurial mindset, can be the key differentiator for you. Regardless, the skills learned in ENI will benefit you in all your future endeavors.
  • Introduction to Computer Science (Session Closed; Class Full)

    Note: All applications for this course will be shown as "waitlisted" until approved by the Computer Science Dept. Chair. An email notification will be sent upon approval.
     
    Do you like figuring out how technology works? Exploring the vast array of possibilities that computing offers us?  The Summer Session coding class provides an excellent launchpad to learn Computer Science essentials and the art of programming.  Using Python and Java languages, you'll develop a broad and robust understanding of Computer Science principles, especially how to think algorithmically and solve programming problems efficiently using computational thinking.  In 3 short weeks, you'll be writing programs of graduated complexity while manipulating, testing, and debugging your code, and have lots of fun while doing it.
     
    Topics include software engineering principles, object-oriented design, method decomposition, encapsulation, and abstraction.  The emphasis is on learning efficient algorithmic construction, variables, logic, decision-making, loops and control structures.  The class transitions smoothly through a carefully selected set of procedural programming fundamentals and conceptual understanding is developed through a linear problem-solving approach.  The coursework will include opportunities for creative and artistic projects using a Graphical User Interface (GUI).
     
    This immersive, not-for-credit class is expressly designed for aspiring first-time programmers and is perfect for problem-solvers looking for a challenge, or for programmers interested in taking their coding skills to the next level.

12:00pm - 3:00pm (2 course fee)

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  • Introduction to Computer Science

    Note: All applications for this course will be shown as "waitlisted" until approved by the Computer Science Dept. Chair. An email notification will be sent upon approval.
     
    Do you like figuring out how technology works? Exploring the vast array of possibilities that computing offers us?  The Summer Session coding class provides an excellent launchpad to learn Computer Science essentials and the art of programming.  Using Python and Java languages, you'll develop a broad and robust understanding of Computer Science principles, especially how to think algorithmically and solve programming problems efficiently using computational thinking.  In 3 short weeks, you'll be writing programs of graduated complexity while manipulating, testing, and debugging your code, and have lots of fun while doing it.
     
    Topics include software engineering principles, object-oriented design, method decomposition, encapsulation, and abstraction.  The emphasis is on learning efficient algorithmic construction, variables, logic, decision-making, loops and control structures.  The class transitions smoothly through a carefully selected set of procedural programming fundamentals and conceptual understanding is developed through a linear problem-solving approach.  The coursework will include opportunities for creative and artistic projects using a Graphical User Interface (GUI).
     
    This immersive, not-for-credit class is expressly designed for aspiring first-time programmers and is perfect for problem-solvers looking for a challenge, or for programmers interested in taking their coding skills to the next level.

10:30am - 12:00pm

List of 6 items.

  • Fundamentals of Biology

    This course is designed to bolster the knowledge and introduce vocabulary that students will encounter upon entering their biology class in the fall semester. Topics that we will cover include, but are not exclusively limited to:
    1. The chemistry of life including an introduction to organic molecules
    2. Cellular structure and function
    3. Biochemistry of photosynthesis and cellular respiration
    4. An introduction to DNA, RNA and rudimentary genetics
    5. Cell growth and division
    This is a wonderful opportunity to enter Biology and "hit the ground running". Familiarity with the ideas and vocabulary will certainly make the first semester of any biology class more manageable and enjoyable! 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.
  • Fundamentals of Chemistry

    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.
  • Fundamentals of Algebra II

    Algebra II can be a challenging math course for even the brightest budding mathematicians. In Algebra II Prep we will endeavor to give students a head start on many of the most difficult concepts and problem solving methods including (but not limited to) factoring and graphing polynomials, trigonometric functions, finding intercepts, exponential and logarithmic functions, simplifying expressions, and general word problems. Whether you are struggling in math, or love math and want to improve, this is the class for you.
  • Fundamentals of Geometry

    This course is designed for students who are entering the ninth grade this fall and who are taking Geometry. This course will provide students with a solid foundation and exposure to the basic concepts of Geometry, giving them the edge to hit the ground running in the fall. The core of the course will be geometry basics as well as solidifying Algebra I skills that are needed on a regular basis in the study of Geometry.
  • Fundamentals of Physics

    This course will prepare students for their high school physics course by introducing many of the major concepts they will encounter in a full year course. One of the biggest hurdles for first year physics students is the time it takes to break through many of our misconceptions about the physical world. By the time many students have replaced their incorrect notions about topics like gravity, force, and energy, the instructor is two chapters further into the book. By introducing these topics ahead of time, this course will allow students to work through the material presented in their year long course with the advantage of having seen many concepts before.
  • Upper School Writing Workshop

    This course is designed to help Upper School-aged students strengthen their academic writing skills by implementing proven techniques. Basic writing exercises will include learning to write a strong thesis statement, create and organize supporting statements, identify and integrate direct textual references, breakdown into manageable pieces the essay writing process, and how to read a teacher's essay prompt. In class, students will read poetry, fiction and non-fiction prose in an effort to better understand various writing styles, write, re-read, revise not only student writing but also the writing of classmates, and learn to read critical essays and secondary sources as a key to writing more clearly.
 
 
 
 
 
 
CONTACT INFORMATION
Brunswick School Summer Session
100 Maher Avenue
Greenwich, CT 06830
203.625.5861
pwithstandley@brunswickschool.org

Brunswick School Greenwich, CT

  • Upper School
    100 Maher Avenue
    Office: 203.625.5856

    Lower School
    1252 King Street
    Office: 203.485.3670
  • Middle School
    1275 King Street
    Office: 203.242.1202

    Pre School
    1252 King Street
    Office: 203.485.3652

Main Phone: 203.625.5800
Business: 203.242.1220 
Alumni: 203.242.1223