Academic Summer Courses

Morgan Park Academy offers an array of summer courses for students entering grades 5-12. All are taught by members of the MPA faculty.


Middle School

For students entering grades 5-8
June 28 to August 6, 2021

Each class is $350, with available discounts of 10% for students signing up for more than one class and 10% for families signing up more than one student (sibling discount).

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Middle School Courses

Writing (Online)
An online class specifically tailored to help students in grades 5-8 improve in areas of basic composition by focusing on grammar, sentence structure, writing organization, and specific types of writing assignments. This class is for the student who both needs and wants to improve. As the summer session progresses, students will write small pieces of composition to practice and improve the necessary skills needed to become a better writer. Taught by Ms. Burgess.

Reading & Writing Advancement (Online)
An online class focused on improving and advancing skills in the reading of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry and responding in writing to such texts. Students will read short stories, magazine and newspaper articles, and poetry in order to improve their skills in analysis writing. Taught by Ms. Burgess.


Upper School

For students entering grades 5-8
June 14 to August 13, 2021

Each class is $550, with available discounts of 10% for students signing up for more than one class and 10% for families signing up more than one student (sibling discount).

These Upper School offerings are half-credit courses that will count towards the MPA graduation requirement for total credits.

All students in online courses must attend the introductory session on Monday, June 14, and must attend a weekly Zoom meeting. Although these courses are designed to be self-guided, the weekly check-in with their teacher is mandatory. Teachers can also be reached via email and additional Zoom sessions can be scheduled by students as needed. These Zoom weekly meetings will be arranged by teachers on a mutually agreed-upon day and time. The classes are meant to be flexible, but scheduled meetings must be attended by students.

The courses also are open to non-MPA students. A transcript will be issued at the end of the summer session. Make sure you check with your school to ensure that MPA credits are transferable. Morgan Park Academy is an accredited institution.

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Upper School Courses

African-American Studies (Online)
This course traces the experiences of Africans in the Americas from 1500 to the present day. In this course, students will explore history, politics, and culture. Although the course proceeds in chronological order, lessons are also grouped by themes and trends in African American history. Therefore, some time periods and important people are featured in more than one lesson. Taught by Ms. Cleys, this class carries a 0.5 credit for social studies.

Holocaust Studies (Online)
This course is focused on the Holocaust, a tragic time in history that resulted in the killing of six million Jewish people in Europe. Students trace this period in history from the aftermath of the First World War to the roots of anti-Semitism and the rise of Adolf Hitler to the aftermath of the Holocaust. The course explores the history of the Jewish community in Europe and what they were subjected to at the hands of the Nazis, including their experiences in the ghettos, concentration camps, and termination camps. Students learn about how Nazis victimized non-Jewish people who were against the Third Reich. The course also covers the Jewish resistance and their fight for liberation, the trials after the Second World War, and the impact of the Holocaust on the world. This course combines a variety of content types, including lessons, activities, discussions, and games to keep students engaged as they trace this tragic period in history. Taught by Ms. Burgess, this class carries a 0.5 credit for social studies.

Introduction to Forensic Science (In-Person)
In-Person: June 21 to July 9
This course is designed to introduce students to the importance and limitations of forensic science and explore different career options in this field. They also learn to process a crime scene, collect and preserve evidence, and analyze biological evidence such as fingerprints, blood spatter, and DNA samples. Moreover, they learn to determine the time and cause of death in homicides and analyze ballistic evidence and human remains in a crime scene. Finally, they learn about forensic investigative methods related to arson, computer crimes, financial crimes, frauds, and forgeries. Taught by Mrs. Drown, this class carries a 0.5 credit for science.

Introduction to World Religions (Online)
Introduction to World Religions discusses the origins, beliefs, and practices related to various world religions. The target audience for this course is high school students. This course covers subject areas such as: primal religious traditions, sacred stories, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, contemporary religious movements, and many more. Taught by Ms. Burgess, this class carries a 0.5 credit for social studies.

Native American Studies: Historical Perspectives (Online)
By providing historical perspectives, this course provides a comprehensive understanding of the roots of Native American culture. The topics addressed include an exploration of the Native American history in the arctic and subarctic, various regions of the U.S., and the development of Native American life. Taught by Ms. Burgess, this class carries a 0.5 credit for social studies.

Structure of Writing (Online)
This course focuses on building good sentences. Students will learn how to put words, phrases, and clauses together and how to punctuate correctly. They will start using sentences in short compositions. As an extra bonus, students will add some new words to their vocabulary, and they will practice spelling difficult words. Near the end of the course, students are to submit a book report. Early in the course, encourage students to start looking for the books they want to read for the book report. They might also preview the introduction to that lesson so they know what will be expected. Taught by Ms. Burgess, this class carries a 0.5 credit for English.

Women's Studies (Online)
Women’s Studies introduces students to women’s studies, gender studies, and gender roles. The course traces the history of feminism, analyzes feminist theories, and examines intersectionality. Students will learn about social and political movements for the rights of women and other vulnerable groups. Students will also learn about social and family structures and socialization, which includes identifying prejudices, biases, and stereotypes that exist in society, and how the media perpetuates some stereotypes about gender roles and identities. The course also covers social and family structures, different forms of oppression, ways to prevent oppression, and methods to help and empower victims. Students will learn about international activism for gender equality, legal rights, and the challenges in achieving equality for all citizens from every section of society. The course combines a variety of content types, including lessons, activities, discussions, and games to engage learners as they discover the significance of women’s studies. Taught by Ms. Burgess, this class carries a 0.5 credit for social studies.

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