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Class of 2025 Summer Enrichment

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Summer 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. 

Co-curricular enrichment courses will open for registration on April 12 at 12 p.m. Academic enrichment courses will be announced and open after placement testing in May.

Please note that the times for co-curricular and academic courses will not conflict - so sign up for what interests you! We are limiting registration to two enrichment courses to ensure space for all interested incoming freshmen to participate.

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Course Listing

Introduction to Film Studies
Dates: June 21 - 25, 1:45 - 3:15 p.m.
 
Description: Film, like any art form, has a vast range of creative possibilities. It offers experiences that audiences find thrilling, entertaining, puzzling, and even shocking. But how do films do that? In this course, students will learn the key concepts of film analysis and cinematic technique as used in a number of critically-acclaimed films, past and present. They will also be exposed to the history of motion pictures as well as basic film production strategies. By the end of the course, students will have developed core analytical skills that will help them interpret and appreciate films of any genre.
 
Tuition: $125
Problem Solving: Puzzles & Patterns
Dates: June 21 - June 25, 12 - 1:30 p.m. OR June 28 - July 2, 12 - 1:30 p.m.
*Sign up for only one session
 
Description: In this week-long 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).
 
Tuition: $125
A (Brief) History of Washington, D.C.
Dates: June 21 - 25, 1:45 - 3:15 p.m. OR June 28 - July 2, 1:45 - 3:15 p.m.
*Sign up for only one session
 
Description: In this course, 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.
 
Tuition: $125
Introduction to Computer Programming in Python
Dates: June 21 – July 2 12:00 – 1:30 OR July 12 – July 23 12:00 – 1:30
*Sign up for only one session
 
Description: This course is designed for students with no prior programming experience. We will use a Python graphics library developed at Carnegie Mellon University to create interactive programs. Students will first learn how to create their own images using the functions provided. Students will then learn how to make their creations interactive using variables, conditional statements, loops, and user input from text and mouse presses. The class will culminate in a final project of the student’s choosing where they implement the skills learned throughout the course.
 
Tuition: $250
Metacognition: Learning How to Learn
Dates: June 28 – July 2, 12 – 1:30 p.m. OR July 19 – 23, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
*Sign up for only one session
 
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.
 
Tuition: $125
The History of the First Family
Dates: June 28 - July 2, 1:45 - 3:15 p.m. OR July 19 - 23, 1:45 - 3:15 p.m.
*Sign up for only one session
 
Description: This cultural history course will take a look at the evolution of the institution of the first family of the United States. Beginning in the early 19th century and ending in the 21st century, we will take a close look at various first families and analyze the way in which they shaped or changed the public role that the president's family has played throughout U.S. History.
 
Tuition: $125
Introduction to Visitation Leadership: One-Day Workshop
Dates: July 6, 7, OR 8, 12 – 3 p.m.
*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.
 
Tuition: $75
Introduction to Painting
Dates: July 12 – July 16, 1:45 – 3:15 p.m. OR July 26 – July 30, 1:45 – 3:15 p.m.
*Sign up for only one session
 
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.
 
Tuition: $125 plus a $10 materials fee = $135
Music & Film Production
Dates: July 19 - 23, 1:45 - 3:15 p.m.
 
Description: Let’s make a short film, talk show, or a song or two. Enter the collaborative world of music and film in this fun hands-on course. There is room for everyone in front of the mic and behind the mic; in front of the camera and behind the camera.
 
Tuition: $125
Introduction to Art History
Dates: July 26 - 30, 12 - 1:30 p.m.
 
Description: Classwork will include viewing slideshows, watching movie clips from art films, and short writing assignments. The content will cover The Birth of Art to the 15th century & the Renaissance through Modern/Post Modern periods.
 
Tuition: $125 plus $20 materials fee = $145

Academic Course Listing

English Enrichment
Open to all incoming freshmen; priority to recommended students.
 
Dates: June 21 – July 16; one 90-minute session between 8 and 11:15 a.m. - the specific time (either 8:00 - 9:30 or 9:45 - 11:15) will be assigned based on any potential student conflicts with other enrichment classes in the morning.
*No class on Monday, July 5
 
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.
 
Tuition: $500
Grammar Essentials: Preparing for English I
Open to all incoming freshmen; priority to recommended students.
 
Dates: June 21 - July 2, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. OR 10 - 11 a.m.
*Sign up for only one session
 
Description: This course will consist of a comprehensive grammar review for students who have either never been exposed to basic grammar and syntax instruction, or for students who may have struggled or lack confidence in understanding and would like to bolster their skills before beginning English I. We will methodically go through each of the eight parts of speech to master them through exercises, writing assignments, and analysis of reading passages to gain fluency with the basic elements of grammar and syntax.
 
Requirements: Students enrolled in this class must have completed their technology setup and introduction before the course begins. More details to follow.
 
Tuition:$250
Math Concepts and Skills
Open to all incoming freshmen; priority to recommended students.
 
Dates: June 21 – July 16, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
No class on Monday, July 5
 
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.
 
Tuition: $500
Pre-Algebra Bridge
Open to all incoming freshmen; priority to recommended students.
 
Dates: June 21 - July 2, 9:45 - 11:15 a.m.
 
Description: This course is designed to boost pre-Algebra skills that may not have been completed or solidified in the middle school curriculum. Particular emphasis will be on simplifying fractions, combining like terms, distributive property, multiplying polynomials, and solving linear equations.
 
Requirements: Students enrolled in this class must have completed their technology setup and introduction before the course begins. More details to follow.
 
Tuition: $250
Algebra I Bridge
Open to all incoming freshmen having taken an Algebra course in 7th or 8th grade; priority to recommended students.
 
Dates: July 6 – July 16, 9:45 - 11:15 a.m.
*No class on Monday, July 5
 
Description: This course is designed to boost Algebra skills that may not have been completed or solidified in the middle school curriculum. Algebra I topics covered include: properties of exponents, operations with polynomials and factoring.
 
Requirements: Students enrolled in this class must have completed their technology setup and introduction before the course begins. More details to follow.
 
Tuition: $250
Accelerated Math Bridge
By invitation only, based on recommendations after placement testing. Do not register for this course without being recommended by the Mathematics Department Chair, Mrs. Kathryn Krueger.
 
Dates: June 21 – July 16, one 90-minute session between 8 and 11:15 a.m. - the specific time (either 8 - 9:30 or 9:45 - 11:15 a.m.) will be assigned based on any potential student conflicts with other enrichment classes in the morning.
*No class on Monday, July 5
 
Description: This course is for students who need to hone their Algebra I skills in order to advance to a higher-level math course. Upon successful completion of this course and teacher recommendation, a student may enroll in Accelerated Math I for her freshman year. Algebra I topics covered include: operations on polynomials, exponent rules, factoring, algebraic fractions, solving linear, quadratic, and rational equations, linear functions, and operations with radicals.
 
Requirements: Students enrolled in this class must have completed their technology setup and introduction before the course begins. More details to follow.
 
Tuition: $500

GENERAL INFORMATION

Location: Enrichment courses are offered on-campus unless otherwise noted. Visitation adheres to D.C. Health guidance to ensure the safety of our students and faculty. Learn more about how we were able to bring students back to campus in fall 2020 on our LEAP In! website. If your family has a health concern, please reach out to our school nurse Heidi Greenhalgh

Registration: 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.