Summer Course Offerings 2020

St. Joseph’s Prep offers summer enrichment offerings to those students who meet the listed prerequisites. Our offerings include both full and half-credit courses.

Please note: due to health restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, all summer course offerings will be offered virtually. Prep teachers will continue to instruct the students remotely using Google Classroom and other online tools. The Prep reserves the right to cancel any class for which there is inadequate enrollment. 

Full-credit Courses

  • These courses run from Monday, June 15 through Friday, July 24, from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. (synchronous)
  • The cost is $1,700 and will be added to your Smart Tuition account.
  • Students enrolled in a full-credit course may not enroll in any other summer courses.

Half-credit Courses

  • These courses occur in two Sessions: A and B. Session A runs from Monday, June 15th through Thursday, July 2nd. Session B runs from Tuesday, July 6 through Friday, July 24. Regardless of the Session, classes run from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. (synchronous).
  • The cost per class is $850 and will be added to your Smart Tuition account.
  • Students enrolled in a half-credit course may enroll in one other half-credit course provided that the two courses meet in different sessions.

Please read the course descriptions that follow. Once you have selected the desired course, make sure that you meet the prerequisites. Then, you may enroll in a summer course by completing the form below.

>>Click here to complete the summer enrollment form. The deadline to register is Friday, May 22 (extended from previous deadline in light of decision to conduct summer courses virtually).

Science Department

  • Biology (1 credit) This course is an introduction to the life sciences. Its major objective is to give the student an appreciation and understanding of life processes. After a brief historical survey of developments in biology, the course proceeds in an evolutionary sequence according to the following topics: atoms to molecules to genes to cells to organisms, and culminates in the study of the human body. Laboratory work is an integral part of the course with students developing skills with the microscope and proper dissection technique.

    Successful completion of Physical Science and approval of Department Chairperson.

  • Chemistry (1 credit) This course provides the student with a fundamental grasp of chemistry which includes classification of matter, the behavior of gases, the characteristics of liquids and solids, atomic structure, periodicity, chemical bonds, equilibrium, and theories and reactions of acids and bases as well as kinetics and thermochemistry. The course also provides a brief introduction to both organic and nuclear chemistry and endeavors to develop sensitivity to concerns about chemical pollution and protection of the environment. General Chemistry may serve as a terminal course or as a preparation for further science courses.

    Successful completion of Physical Science and Biology and approval of the Department Chairperson.

    Chemistry taken in a summer school program does not qualify a student for AP Chemistry or AP Biology.

History Department

  • US Government and Politics (1 credit) The US Government course is designed to give students a critical perspective on government and politics in the United States. The course will commence with an examination of the historical foundations that have helped to shape American government. Also, students will study how and why government functions in American society today. A college level textbook will be used in this course. Additional readings and documentaries will be scheduled for additional insights into current topics. The summer reading project will be evaluated in early September. Also, students will be expected to complete a research paper designed to examine and explain some aspect of this course.

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of United States History.

Classics Department

  • Latin III - (1 credit) This course is designed for students who wish to complete a third course in Latin during the summer. It is identical in design to the yearlong Latin III course, but students read extensively from the works of only one author (either prose or poetry). This is a terminal course, and students who complete it will not be permitted to continue their study of the language in AP Latin, Latin IV, or Honors Latin IV.

    : Successful completion of Latin II.

Mathematics Department

  • Honors Precalculus - (1 credit) This course is designed for specifically qualified students who have demonstrated above-average ability and interest in mathematics and who have a strong desire to study AP Calculus AB in the fall. Placement in AP Calculus AB is not guaranteed. Students must earn at least a B on the final examination, regardless of overall grade in the course. This course presents content similar to that of Algebra 2/Trigonometry, but it does so more rigorously. Students will have more challenging exercises and assignments. All students are required to possess a TI-89 graphing calculator.

    Students must obtain departmental approval which generally requires an A in Honors Geometry or a high A in Algebra II/Trigonometry.

Fine Arts Department

  • Ceramics I - (1/2 credit) This course introduces students to hand-building forms in clay. Students gain an understanding of the creative possibilities involved with clay as a medium. This course focuses on various methods of working with clay such as pinching, coil and slab building. Sculptural and surface design skills are emphasized. Students are encouraged to explore functional object making, innovative approaches, and personal vision. Historical and contemporary art examples are shown and discussed as inspiration for projects. Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible for Ceramics II. This class is offered in both Session A and Session B.

    Prerequisite: None.

  • Ceramics II - (1/2 credit) This course is designed as a continuation of Ceramics I. Students will further expand their facility with clay techniques and processes. Wheel throwing and extruding techniques will be introduced in addition to the hand-building methods learned in Ceramics I. Students will be given more responsibility to develop their own artistic ideas, with an emphasis on critical thinking about sculptural forms and the aesthetics of functional ceramics. Higher levels of refinement and craftsmanship will be expected throughout the course. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Ceramics I. This class is offered in both Session A and Session B.

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Ceramics I.

  • Music: Styles and Analysis - (1/2 credit) This course is designed to give the students a general knowledge of the language and materials of music. Students will use this knowledge to compare and contrast many different genres, styles, and techniques, as well as develop and articulate informed opinions on how music affects them personally. We will study basic music theory and notation, different families of instruments, the characteristics of musical time periods, influential composers and musicians, and genres and styles from around the world. At the end of the course, students will create either a final paper, presentation, or podcast discussing how the concepts studied throughout the semester apply to one of their favorite current artists and reflecting on the ways in which the music of this artist affects them. This class is offered in Session A.

    Prerequisite: None.

>>Click here to complete the summer enrollment form. The deadline to complete the registration is Friday, May 22.

St. Joseph's Preparatory School
1733 West Girard Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19130
tel: 215.978.1950
fax: 215.765.1710
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