Academic Summer Courses

Morgan Park Academy will offer a full array of online academic courses in Summer 2020 for students from kindergarten through grade 12. Visit each division for details.

Discounts available: 10% sibling discount and 10% for taking more than one course.

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Programs by Division

Lower School (K-4)Middle School (5-8)Upper School (9-12)

Lower School (K-4)

We are excited to offer students who will be entering kindergarten through grade 4 the opportunity to learn online during the summer with our Exact Path Summer Program. This program has been designed to engage young learners and meet them at their level. Groups will be organized by grade level and MPA teachers will be supporting them daily with engaging activities. Chromebooks will be provided for families who need a device.
 
Exact Path Academic Program
Exact Path combines adaptive diagnostic assessments with individualized learning pathways to promote growth for K-4 grade students in math, reading, and language arts. This program will mix the Exact Path online platform and teacher-led Zoom meetings to offer a 6-week program focused on your child. Adaptive tools offer targeted instruction aligned to a specific path for each student. This approach will guide your child and ensure academic growth and readiness.

Information
Weekday Mornings - Monday through Friday
K-1: 9am to 10am - Teacher: B. Goggin
2-4: 9am to 10am - Teacher: A. Williams
One hour of teacher instruction per day

Grades: Entering Kindergarten to entering 4th Grade
Dates: 6-week program from June 15 to July 24, 2020
Lower School Discounted Pricing: $250
 
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Middle School (5-8)

Online courses abound this summer for students entering grades 5 through 8.
 
Information
Grades: Entering 5th to 8th Grade
Dates: 6-week program from June 15 to July 24, 2020
Time: Llisted below
Middle School Pricing: $350
 
All courses will be offered on our online platform by MPA teachers with a mix of face-to-face video instruction and independent work online. Chromebooks will be available to check out at MPA for families requiring an additional device. These blended classes will incorporate teacher-led and online instruction.
 

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English Academic Camp 5-6
9 am to 10 am - Teacher: E. Fitch
Based on a careful reading of quality literary texts, this course will help improve reading comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, and written composition.
 
English Academic Camp 7-8
10 am to 11 am - Teacher: S. Burgess
Based on a careful reading of quality literary texts, this course will help improve reading comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, and written composition.
 
Math Academic Camp 5-6
10 am to 11 am - Teacher: H. Cleveland
Middle School Mathematics extends students' understanding of numbers and computation and explores pre-algebra and problem -solving designed to develop an understanding of concepts and skills in preparation for the study of algebra. Students will be introduced to new material in challenging but exciting ways.
 
Math Academic Camp 7-8
9 am to 10 am - Teacher: R. Jackson
Middle School Mathematics extends students' understanding of numbers and computation and explores pre-algebra and problem -solving designed to develop an understanding of concepts and skills in preparation for the study of algebra. Students will be introduced to new material in challenging but exciting ways.
 
MS Intro Contemporary World
1 pm to 2 pm - Teacher: S. Burgess

This adapted Middle School Contemporary World course is an introduction course. It is designed to introduce and strengthen learners’ knowledge about the modern world. Multimedia tools including custom videos as well as videos from the BBC, custom maps, and interactive timelines will help engage learners as they complete this course. Learners will explore the importance of geography, the influence of culture, and the relationship humans have with the physical environment. They will also focus on the structure of government and economics. Ultimately, learners will complete this course as global citizens with an understanding of how to help and better their community and the world.
 
Middle School Spanish
2 pm to 3 pm - Teacher: Q. Harris

 
Middle School Photography: Drawing with Light
11 am to 12 pm - Teacher: P. Bergin

“A picture is worth a thousand words.” Photographs play an important role in our world today. We photograph to preserve memories, document events and create artistic works. This course introduces students to the basics of photography, including camera functions and photo composition. Students will learn what it takes to create a good photograph and how to improve photographs of animals, people, and vacations. They will also begin working with their photographs using photo-editing software. Through a variety of assigned projects, students will engage their creativity by photographing a range of subjects and learning to see the world through the lens of their cameras.
 
Middle School Career Explorations
11 am to 12 pm - Teacher: K. Gunty
What career are you best suited for? In this course, students will explore career options in many different fields including business, health science, public administration, the arts, and information technology.

Upper School

Upper School courses are for students entering grades 9-12. They are half-credit online courses that will count towards the MPA graduation requirement for total credits.

Dates: June 15 to August 14, 2020
Scheduling: There will be a mandatory meeting on June 15th. Schedules for Zoom meeting will be arranged by teachers.
Instructors are MPA teachers, listed below.
Time: Meetings will be scheduled with students prior to the beginning of the session.
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). 

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.

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Course Offerings

African-American Studies
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)
Teacher: V. Cleys

Art History & Appreciation
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)
Teacher: E. Bloch

Artificial Intelligence
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)
Teacher: K. Gunty

Consumer Economics
July 6th to July 23rd
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)
**If possible, this class will be held in person at Morgan Park Academy. If we are unable to meet in person on the start date (July 6), we will adjust the online component accordingly.
Teacher: T. Drahozal

Gothic Literature
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)
Teacher: M. Carey

Holocaust Studies
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)
Teacher: S. Burgess

Introduction to Anthropology
Introduction to Anthropology introduces students to the field of anthropology. Students will explore the evolution of anthropology as a distinct discipline, learn about anthropological terms, concepts and theories, and discuss the evolution of humans and human society and culture. Students will also learn about social institutions, such as marriage, economy, religion, and polity. The target audience for this course is high school students. (Social Studies 0.5 Credit)
Teacher: V. Cleys

Introduction to Archaeology
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)
Teacher: M. Carey

Introduction to Astronomy
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)
Teacher: E. Drown

Intro to Computer Science
This course fosters the development of required skills to live, learn, and work successfully in an increasingly complex and information-rich society. Students are will examine digital access to, information and technologies; cyber safety and digital literacy; legal, ethical and technological issues concerning digital citizenship; and the effective use of technologies to support teaching and learning. (Science 0.5 Credit)
Teacher: S. Terry

Introduction to Fashion Design
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)
Teacher: E. Bloch

Introduction to Forensic Science
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)
Teacher: E. Drown

Introduction to Marine Biology
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 adaptation s 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)
Teacher: E. Drown

Introduction to Philosophy
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)
Teacher: V. Cleys

Introduction to Social Media
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)
Teacher: M. Carey

Introduction to Veterinary Science
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)
Teacher: E. Drown

Introduction to Visual Arts
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)
Teacher: E. Bloch

Introduction to World Religions
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)
Teacher: S. Burgess

Music Appreciation
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)
Teacher: M. Ellis

Mythology & Folklore
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)
Teacher: M. Carey

Native American Studies: Historical Perspectives
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)
Teacher: S. Burgess

Nutrition & Wellness
This course focuses on essential knowledge about nutrition and wellness for health, fitness, and disease prevention. The course includes basic concepts of nutrition, the digestive and metabolic processes, nutrient requirements, dietary guidelines, menu planning, the importance of physical fitness, community health issues, food-related technology, and careers in the field of nutrition and wellness. (P.E. 0.5 Credit)
Teacher: K. Gunty

Revolutionary Ideas in Science
Revolutionary Ideas in Science covers the discoveries and inventions in science from pre-historic 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)
Teacher: E. Drown

Social Issues
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)
Teacher: V. Cleys

Sociology
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 the discover sociology as a subject and as a career. (Social Studies 0.5 Credit)
Teacher: V. Cleys

Structure of Writing
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)
Teacher: M. Carey and S. Burgess

Theater, Cinema & Film Production
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)
Teacher: M. Ellis

Women's Studies
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)
Teacher: S. Burgess