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Freshman Summer Courses

Summer academic and enrichment classes offer a fun and engaging way for any student to prepare for her freshman year. On-campus, hands-on courses give her the opportunity to hone her skills and explore new interests, meet her classmates, and get to know her teachers and our school. 

Summer classes will be offered between between June 17 and the end of July. Registration for enrichment courses will open in late March; math and English courses will open following placement testing in May.

Academic Courses

Bridge to Algebra I

Dates: One session - 4 weeks
June 17 – 28 and July 8 - 19 (No class on June 19, or the week of July 4) 
90-minute session from 8:00 to 9:30 AM

Description:

A strong base of conceptual understanding, together with good math skills, is essential to the successful high-school math experience. To that end, this class will be tailored to the individual ability of each student. Topics include: operations with fractions and integers, factors, exponents, roots, and ratio and proportion, presented in a setting of algebraic expressions and equations. 

Requirements: Students enrolled in this class must have completed their technology setup and introduction before the course begins. More details to follow. Enrollment is based on recommendation from the Math Department Chair and placement testing results.

Tuition: $500
English Enrichment

Dates: One session - 4 weeks 
June 17 – 28 and July 8 - 19 (No class on June 19, or the week of July 4)  
60-minute session from 10:00 to 11:00 AM

Description:

The English Enrichment course offers the opportunity to improve and hone skills necessary for English I.  We will focus on reviewing and reinforcing basic grammar and writing skills through daily instruction and practice. We also will foster an increased understanding of the characteristics of fiction through the study of short stories. All work will be completed within the parameters of class time, so homework will not be assigned. 

Requirements: Students enrolled in this class must have completed their technology setup and introduction before the course begins. More details to follow. Priority will be given to recommended students.

Tuition: $500

Enrichment Courses

Introduction to Painting

Dates: June 17 - 21 (4 days, no class Jun 19) OR June 24 - 28, 1:45 - 3:15 PM

Description:

Students will explore the elements of art (color, light, line, composition) through the creative process. Participants will use acrylic paint to create a color wheel, tint and shade chart, then a monochromatic masterpiece on canvas. To end the session, students will create a plein-air piece (outdoor painting) on Visitation’s beautiful campus. 

Instructor: Mrs. Smith  - Fine Arts Chair and Art Teacher

Tuition: $130 (June 17-21) or $160 (June 24-25)
  • Enrichment
  • Freshmen
Walking Tours and History of Washington, DC Neighborhoods

Dates: June 24 – 28, 8:00 - 11:00 AM

Description:

Students will examine Washington as a living city: a city whose politics, economy, neighborhoods, architecture, culture, and population have evolved over time.  In addition, the course emphasizes the importance of students learning how to ask thoughtful questions about their environment, finding ways to answer these questions, and effectively communicating their answers. Excursions into different neighborhoods and guest speakers will happen daily.

Instructor: Mr. Petri - History Teacher

Tuition: $300
  • Enrichment
  • Freshmen
A Nation of Immigrants: A History of the United States

Dates: June 24 - 28 12:00 - 1:30 PM

Description:

Immigrants undoubtedly transformed the United States. Immigrant communities settled much of the country, revolutionized the economy, advocated for democratic norms, defended the United States at home and abroad, formed tight-knit communities, experienced hardship, found joy, built culture, all in the name of creating a better future for themselves and generations after. To understand the History of the United States is to understand the plight of the immigrant. History is best understood from a variety of perspectives, after all there is no one story that encapsulates the United States nor can one adequately synthesize the history of immigration into one moment. Similarly, these stories are not solely “American” as the history of immigrants is not divorced from the homes they left. Each day this course will take students on a journey through the history of a particular region in the world, processing the historical contexts that informed the decisions to leave home and country, witnessing the hardships of the journey, contemplating the successes and failures of settling, and recognizing the contributions immigrant communities have made to the United States we know today. This course has no homework or reading, it only requires an inquisitive and critical mind.

Instructor: Dr. Angermeier- History Teacher

Tuition: $150

  • Enrichment
  • Freshmen
Introduction to Visitation Leadership: One-Day Workshop

Dates: Monday, June 24 12:00 – 3:00 OR Tuesday, June 25 12:00 – 3:00  

*Sign up for only one session

Description:

Leadership is a skill that anyone can learn. Discover what it means to be a student leader and what leadership opportunities Visitation offers. Even before you meet the rest of the class at Orientation, you will have the opportunity to learn more about yourself and others, what strengths you bring to a group situation, and the importance of communication as you work to accomplish goals. We will talk about goal setting, how to be a role model for others, and expectations of leaders at Visitation and beyond. No prior leadership experience at your previous school is necessary. 

Instructor: Mrs. Singleton - Director of Student Activities

Tuition: $60
  • Enrichment
  • Freshmen
Public Speaking

Dates: June 26-28 (3 days) 12:00 – 1:30  

Description:

Public speaking is a life-long skill that can be a lot of fun if you approach it from the right perspective. In this class, we'll talk about elements of oral communication, such as speech organization, body language, impromptu speaking, working with visual aids, and how to give appropriate feedback to a speaker. Our goal is to improve your comfort level in front of an audience in a no-pressure environment, while getting to know other Visi students as well.

Instructor: Mrs. Singleton - Director of Student Activities

Tuition: $90

  • Enrichment
  • Freshmen
Tour the National Museum of African-American History & Culture: One-Day Field Trip

Dates: July 3, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM 

Description:

Have you ever been to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in downtown Washington, DC?  If you have or have not, this trip is going to be an amazing and educational adventure for each participant who wants to learn about African-American culture. The day will start out at 8 a.m. on Georgetown Visitation's campus for an introduction to the day and then we will use the metro for transportation to the site. Once we arrive at the Museum, each student will have an opportunity to navigate the exhibits from the ground floor up. Students will break for lunch and engage in reflections on-site at the Sweet Home Cafe. After lunch we will continue our tour. Students will return to Visitation by 4 p.m. Please bring your walking shoes, a great appetite to learn, and be prepared to take notes. Both transportation fare and lunch cost will be covered by the school; outside food is not allowed into the museum. Please reach out to Mrs. Clay via raynetta.clay@visi.org with questions.

Instructor: Mrs. Clay - Dean of Student Life

Tuition: $150 (includes transportation and lunch)

  • Enrichment
  • Freshmen
Basic Hand Sewing

Dates: July 8 - July 11 (4 days), 1:45 - 3:15 PM

Description

Knowing basic hand sewing techniques allows you to quickly make repairs to your clothing and do small craft projects. Even if you have a sewing machine, there are times that hand sewing is better to give you the best and most convenient  results you want. Learn about hand-sewn stitches, how to sew them, and which technique works best for different purposes. Participants will learn how to hem, sew buttons and a variety of stitching techniques to use on their final class project! All materials supplied through the class.

Instructor: Mrs. Clay - Dean of Student Life

Tuition: $120 plus a $10 materials fee = $130

  • Enrichment
  • Freshmen
Creative Writing

 

Dates: July 8 - 12 - 12:00 - 1:30 PM

Description:

Short story writer and novelist Flannery O'Connor once said that anyone who has survived his or her life to the age of fifteen has enough material to last a lifetime.  The creative writing - prose class will give you the opportunity to use your writing skills for self-expression.  We will take a look at all the things that interest and fascinate us, and spend our time turning them into prose works of either fiction or non-fiction.  The work you write will be something you can hold onto throughout your four years at Visitation, and look back on at the end to see what you were thinking when you came in, and how you have grown during your four years here.  Look forward to a fun, exciting, and creative time together! 

Instructor: Mr. D’Agata - English Teacher

Tuition: $150

  • Enrichment
  • Freshmen
Reading for Fun & Fluency

Dates: July 8 - 12, 1:45 - 3:15 PM

Description:

This is a course for students who would like reinforcement of their reading skills to help them across the curriculum. We will take texts from a variety of sources that are both English materials and materials from other disciplines that will help students build fluency and confidence with grasping meaning. The course would be designed to help students who are non-readers--that is, students who would not normally pick up a book for pleasure--and teach them the variety of subjects and areas of knowledge where reading can enrich their understanding of things they may not have previously understood.

Instructor: Mr. D’Agata - English Teacher

Tuition: $150

  • Enrichment
  • Freshmen
History's Mysteries: Decoding the Past through Historical Sources

Dates: July 15 - 19 12:00 - 1:30 PM

Description:

In this course, students will learn strategies for working with different types of historical sources. Throughout the course, students will work closely with both primary and secondary sources to try and unravel historical mysteries. They will learn how to quickly and effectively analyze historical sources in a fun and engaging way, and how to use those sources as evidence. After completing the course, students will be better equipped to critically analyze historical sources and to utilize that information in their written work. There will be no homework for the class. 

Instructor: Mrs. Kapuza - History Teacher

Tuition: $150

  • Enrichment
  • Freshmen
Self-Care and Mindfulness

Dates: July 15 - 19 12:00 - 1:30 PM

Description:

In this one-week class, students will embark on a journey of self-discovery and well-being as they transition into high school. Through a dynamic combination of mindfulness practices, interactive self-care activities, and open discussions, students will develop essential skills to navigate the challenges of adolescence with resilience and self-awareness. Students will explore the foundations of mindfulness, cultivating present-moment awareness and stress-reduction techniques, while also delving into the importance of self-care routines for maintaining optimal mental health. By fostering a supportive community and providing tools for emotional regulation, this course empowers incoming freshmen to build a strong foundation for academic success, personal growth, and a positive high school experience.

Instructor: Dr. Trustey - Personal Counselor

Tuition: $150

  • Enrichment
  • Freshmen
Problem Solving: Puzzles & Patterns

Dates: July 15 - 19, 1:45 - 3:15

Description:

In this course, students will learn strategies for critical thinking and problem solving through the use of puzzles and inquiry activities. We will learn to define a problem, identify alternatives for its solution, and implement a plan. While the class will not focus specifically on math and science problem solving, students will be better equipped for solving mathematical word problems upon finishing. There will be no homework (other than to continue thinking).  

Instructor: Mr. Griggs - Science Teacher and Department Chair

Tuition: $150
  • Enrichment
  • Freshmen
Metacognition: the Psychological Science of Learning

Dates: Jul 22 - 26 8:00 - 9:30 AM

Description:

Students will be introduced to the principles of metacognition—awareness and knowledge of one’s own learning and thought processes. Demonstrations and strategies to improve attention, perception, and short-term and long-term memory will be presented so that students can explore what research-based approaches work best for their own personal learning styles. The class will be fun and interactive, and will introduce students to skills that can be used throughout their high-school careers. 

Instructor: Ms. Fay - History Teacher and Department Chair 

Tuition: $150
  • Enrichment
  • Freshmen
When Life is a Circus: The Basics of Object Manipulation

Dates: July 22 - 26 9:45 - 11:15 AM

Description:

Students will learn the basics of Object Manipulation as seen in circus performances including but not limited to: juggling, devil sticks, diabolo, poi, spinning plates, etc. They will also learn how to take a pie in the face. Students will be learning kinesthetic awareness and proprioceptive skills that are unique to circuses and have multiple crossover applications to sports and other physical activities. Each of these skills also teach persistence, problem solving, and surpassing the fear of failure in their own right. 

Instructor: Ms. Cornett - Athletic Trainer

Tuition: $150

  • Enrichment
  • Freshmen
Introduction to Hand Sewing & Embroidery

 

Dates: July 22 - 26 12:00 - 1:30 PM

Description:

Students will learn the basic hand stitches for sewing, mending, and decorative embroidery stitches. They will learn the applications for each kind of stick and when it is most appropriate to use. The basics of mending (ie; sewing buttons, fixing tears and rips, and hemming) will also be taught. While this will have no direct application to any classes, they will be utilizing problem solving skills as well as gaining life skills. There may be homework in the form of "Bring an example of X stitch to talk about tomorrow."

Instructor: Ms. Cornett - Athletic Trainer

Tuition: $150 + $10 materials fee = $160

  • Enrichment
  • Freshmen

GENERAL INFORMATION

Location: Enrichment courses are offered on-campus unless otherwise noted. 

Registration: Registration for enrichment classes will open later this spring. Full tuition is due at registration. Enrollment is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Visitation will maintain a waitlist in Veracross in the event of cancellations. Visitation reserves the right to cancel any class that does not meet the minimum enrollment. 

Financial Aid: A limited amount of financial aid is available for Summer Enrichment courses. If you would like to apply for aid, please email Director of Admissions & Financial Aid Janet Keller at janet.keller@visi.org.

Credit: Students do not earn credit for summer courses.

iPads: iPads are required for math and English classes to take and organize notes, submit assignments, and view some course materials. The courses will introduce apps that students will use during the school year, such as Notability. Other classes may also require an iPad.  

Lunch: Lunch is NOT provided. Students taking multiple classes are responsible for their own lunch / snacks. 

Questions: Contact Summer Enrichment Coordinator Eric Chalfin at eric.chalfin@visi.org.