Academic Summer Courses

Morgan Park Academy offers a full array of in-person and online summer courses for students entering grades 5-12. Upper School classes are half-credit online courses that will count towards the MPA graduation requirement for total credits.

Middle School

Middle School courses are for students entering 5-8.
Middle School Dates: June 28 to August 6, 2021
Middle School Pricing: $350 per class. 10% off for students signing up for more than 1 class. And 10% off for families signing up more than one student (sibling discount).

Upper School

Online classes: June 14 to August 13, 2021
In-Person: Dates and times are indicated below
Pricing: $550 per class. 10% off for students signing up for more than 1 class. And 10% off for families signing for more than one student (sibling discount).

Scheduling for Online Courses:
All online students must attend the introductory session on Monday, June 14th. The time for their intro session will be emailed in early June.

All online students must attend a weekly Zoom meeting. Although the online 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.

In-Person Schedule: Dates and time for in-person classes are indicated below.

Instructors: MPA teachers, listed below.

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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Course Offerings - Middle School 5-8

Writing
An online class specifically tailored to help middle school students (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. Teacher: S. Burgess

Cultural History and Geography
An online class created to help middle school students improve in and explore new areas of geography, world, and American history. Students will not only learn about other cultures but will also practice the necessary skills needed to research these areas to make informed and clear understandings. Teacher: S. Burgess

Reading and Writing Advancement
An online class that will offer middle school students opportunities to improve and advance their 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. Teacher: S. Burgess

Course Offerings - Upper School 9-12

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. (Social Studies 0.5 Credit) ONLINE
Teacher: V. Cleys

Art History & Appreciation (Online)
This course explores the main concepts of art, expression, and creativity as it helps students answer questions such as what is art; what is creativity; and how and why people respond to art. It covers essential design principles such as emphasis, balance, and unity. Units include Art, History, and Culture; Western and World Art Appreciation; and Art and the Modern World. (Art 0.5 Credit) ONLINE
Teacher: E. Bloch

Artificial Intelligence (Online)
This course is focused on the history, applications, and innovations of artificial intelligence. Students will learn about intelligence agents, problem-solving using search algorithms, knowledge representation, and reasoning in artificial intelligence. Students will also learn about the basic concepts of machine learning and natural language processing (NLP). Students will also learn about expert systems, computer vision and robotics. This course also covers ethics and safety related to artificial intelligence. Online discussions and course activities require students to develop and apply critical thinking skills, while the included games appeal to a variety of learning styles and keep students engaged. (Science 0.5 Credit) ONLINE
Teacher: E. Drown

Consumer Economics (Hybrid)
In-Person: June 21st to July 9th
This course is intended to help students make informed decisions about the expenditure of their personal resources and understand basic economic principles. Students will learn how the American economy functions and to help them prepare to make decisions as consumers, wage earners, and citizens within that economy. (Social Studies 0.5 Credit) HYBRID
**This is a hybrid class, the first 3 weeks of class will be in person at Morgan Park Academy.
Teacher: T. Drahozal

Gothic Literature (Online)
Gothic Literature course analyzes the conventions, elements, themes, and other characteristics of Gothic literature. This course covers subject areas such as: morality and spirituality in gothic poetry, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, dual personalities, Edgar Allan Poe, Dracula, gothic conventions across time, and many more. (English 0.5 Credit) ONLINE
Teacher: M. Carey

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. (Social Studies 0.5 Credit) ONLINE
Teacher: S. Burgess

Introduction to Archaeology (Online)
Introduction to Archaeology discusses the work and techniques involved in archaeology and the prospects of an archaeologist. This course covers subject areas such as: history of modern archaeology, discoveries in archaeology, careers in archaeology, research techniques, evidence, site excavation, and many more. (Social Studies 0.5 Credit) ONLINE
Teacher: M. Carey

Introduction to Astronomy (Online)
Introduction to Astronomy covers a wide range of topics, such as the solar system, planets, stars, asteroids, comets, galaxies, space exploration, and theories of cosmology. The target audience for this course is high school students. (Science 0.5 Credit) ONLINE
Teacher: K. Gunty

Intro to Computer Science (Online)
Intro to Computer Science is an introductory-level course for students brand new to programming and computer science. In this course, students will learn problem-solving strategies, the foundations of computer science, and how to think computationally and solve real-world problems. This course is also a prerequisite for the AP CS course. (Science 0.5 Credit) ONLINE
Teacher: S. Terry

Introduction to Fashion Design (Online)
From Components of Fashion to Haute Couture to Production, this course is focused on the practical aspects of career preparation in the fashion design industry. The course provides students with both breadth and depth, as they explore the full gamut of relevant topics in fashion design. Online discussions and course activities require students to develop and apply critical thinking skills while the included games appeal to a variety of learning styles and keep students engaged. Fascinating and practical, Introduction to Fashion design will appeal to, and enrich, many of your students. (Art 0.5 Credit) ONLINE
Teacher: E. Bloch

Introduction to Forensic Science (In-Person)
In-Person: June 21st to July 9th
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. (Science 0.5 Credit) ONLINE
**This is an in-person class at Morgan Park Academy.
Teacher: E. Drown

Introduction to Marine Biology (Online)
This course is designed to introduce students to oceanic features and processes, ocean habitats and ecosystems, life forms in the ocean, and different types of interactions in the ocean. Students will learn about the formation and characteristic features of the oceans. They will learn about the scientific method and explore careers available in marine biology. They will learn about the characteristic features of different taxonomic groups found in the ocean. They will learn about the different habitats, life forms, and ecosystems that exist in the oceans and explore the different types of adaptations marine creatures possess to survive in the ocean. They will learn about succession and the flow of energy in marine ecosystems. They will also learn about the resources that the oceans provide and the threats that the oceans face from human activities. (Science 0.5 Credit) ONLINE
Teacher: K. Gunty

Introduction to Philosophy (Online)
This course provides students an introduction to the field of philosophy and its great, timeless questions. Students explore the origin and evolution of philosophy as a discipline and learn about the times, lives, and intellectual contributions of essential philosophers. (Social Studies 0.5 Credit) ONLINE
Teacher: M. Carey

Introduction to Social Media (Online)
This cutting-edge course develops social media skills and knowledge that will have a practical and positive impact in helping high school students succeed in today's economy. Of course, they already engage in social media, but this course enhances their skills and knowledge in order to apply them in a practical way in their careers. Online discussions are a critical aspect of creating a collaborative learning environment, while games and other interactions ensure engagement and promote a strong career orientation. (Social Studies 0.5 Credit) ONLINE
Teacher: M. Carey

Introduction to Veterinary Science (Online)
This course is designed to introduce all students at the high school level to the fundamentals of veterinary science, measures to control diseases in animals, and the impact of toxins and poisons on animal health. The students will explore the history of veterinary science and the skills and requirements for a successful career in the veterinary industry. They will also explore the physiology and anatomy of animals, learn how to evaluate animal health and determine effective treatments for infectious and noninfectious diseases in animals. Additionally, they will learn about zoonotic diseases and the impact of toxins and poisons on animal health. (Science 0.5 Credit) ONLINE
Teacher: K. Gunty

Introduction to Visual Arts (Online)
This course is designed to enable all students at the high school level to familiarize themselves with different types of visual arts. The students will explore units in: Creativity and Expression in Art, Elements of Art, History of Art, Cultural Heritage of Art, Drawing, Printing, Painting, Graphic Design and Illustration, and Multimedia. (Art 0.5 Credit) ONLINE
Teacher: E. Bloch

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. (Social Studies 0.5 Credit) ONLINE
Teacher: S. Burgess

Music Appreciation (Online)
In a time of an increasing emphasis on STEM courses and skills, it remains essential to provide your students with opportunities to explore the arts from both an informational and career-oriented perspective. In Music Appreciation, students will explore the history and evolution of music, learn the elements of music and musical notations, and the contributions of popular music artists and composers. A variety of lessons, activities, and discussions will help to develop an awareness and appreciation of music that will develop not only critical thinking skills but life-enriching skills as well. (Art 0.5 Credit) ONLINE
Teacher: M. Ellis

Mythology & Folklore (Online)
Introduction to Mythology and Folklore discusses myths, legends, and folklore from around the world. This course covers subjects such as Mythology, Legend, Folklore, Gods and the Goddesses, natural events, and wonders of the world. (Social Studies 0.5 Credit) ONLINE
Teacher: M. Carey

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. (Social Studies 0.5 Credit) ONLINE
Teacher: S. Burgess

Revolutionary Ideas in Science (Online)
Revolutionary Ideas in Science covers the discoveries and inventions in science from prehistoric to present times. This course covers subject areas such as: prehistoric science, technology, ancient and medieval science, the scientific revolution, thermodynamics and electricity, and many more. (Science 0.5 Credit) ONLINE
Teacher: E. Drown

Social Issues (Online)
Because the specifics of social issues change rapidly, this course is designed to have students discover contemporary and relevant perspectives on issues that may have been around for centuries. Students engage in significant research and each lesson ends with an essay assignment that encourages students to express their opinions. Topics include media, government, civil liberties, poverty, terrorism, crime, the environment, and many more. (Social Studies 0.5 Credit) ONLINE
Teacher: V. Cleys

Sociology (Online)
In this course, students will explore the evolution of sociology as a distinct discipline while learning about sociological concepts and processes. They will learn how the individual relates to and impacts society. Students will also learn about the influence of culture, social structure, socialization, and social change on themselves and others. The course combines a variety of content types, including lessons, activities, discussions, and games to engage learners as they discover sociology as a subject and as a career. (Social Studies 0.5 Credit) ONLINE
M.
Carey

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. (English 0.5 Credit) ONLINE
Teacher: S. Burgess

Theater, Cinema & Film Production (Online)
This course explores what goes into the making of a theater and film production. The course focuses on the pre-production, production, and post-production stages of theater and film productions. Students will be introduced to theater and film, and their different genres and subgenres. They will also learn about roles and responsibilities of the cast and crew, including the director, actors, screenplay writers, set designers, wardrobe stylists and costume designers, and makeup artists. The course also covers technical aspects, such as lighting and sound. Students will also learn about the influence of the audience on theater, cinema, and film production. The course combines a variety of content types, including lessons, activities, discussions, and games to keep students engaged as they discover the world of theater, cinema, and film production. (Art 0.5 Credit) ONLINE
Teacher: M. Ellis

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. (Social Studies 0.5 Credit) ONLINE
Teacher: S. Burgess