Upperclass Summer 2021 Enrichment

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Summer enrichment offers rising sophomores, juniors and seniors the opportunity to learn new skills, explore their interests, have fun, and prepare for the fall.

Registration for co-curricular courses will launch April 9 at 12 p.m. Summer U.S. History and College Counseling registration will open later this spring.


Course Listing

Introduction to Film Studies
Dates: June 21 - 25, 12:00 - 1:30 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
Conversations for Racial Justice
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 the 2018 pastoral letter on racism, Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love, the U.S. Bishops state, "Racism is a moral problem that requires a moral remedy – a transformation of the human heart – that impels us to act.” Rooting ourselves in the voices and stories of our Brothers and Sisters of Color and using antiracism curriculum, this course will provide an opportunity for meaningful dialogue around racial injustice in an effort to move towards personal and social transformation.
Tuition: $125
Exploring the World's Religions
Dates: June 21 - 25 OR June 28 - July 2, 12 - 1:30 p.m.
*Sign up for only one session
Description: Join us for a glimpse into some of the world's major religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, and Islam. Grounding ourselves in the Church's call by Pope Paul VI in Nostre Aetate to promote unity and love among people and nations, we will explore the basic elements of religion and the essential questions that religions seek to answer. We will then explore each tradition in broad strokes while at the same time try to gain some small insight into the experience of its practitioners.
Tuition: $125
Our Town and Waiting for Godot
Dates: June 28 - July 2, 12 - 1:30 p.m. OR July 26 - 30, 12 - 1:30 p.m.
*Sign up for only one session
Description: Students with a special interest in literature and drama will enjoy reading and discussing these two great 20th c. plays, Wilder’s Our Town and Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. We will engage with the plays from both a literary and a performance point of view to highlight their profound ideas and their startlingly effective theatrical approaches.
Tuition: $125 plus a $20 book fee = $145
Introduction to Art History
Dates: July 12 - 16, 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
Music & Film Production
Dates: July 19 - 23, 12 - 1:30 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
Rising Seniors Only - College Application Workshop (Virtual)
Dates: Aug 5, 6, 9, 10, 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. OR Aug 12, 13, 16, 17, 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
*Sign up for only one session
Description: This virtual workshop will include sessions on writing an essay, interviewing, and completing the Common Application. This is an intensive course that will require some work outside of the classroom. Each student will leave with a completed essay, a completed Common Application, and feedback on their interview skills. Students will have an opportunity to interact with admissions officers from colleges across the country. Please direct all questions to Ms. Stacy Richardson
Tuition: $200
Please note - this course is only available to rising seniors in the Class of 2022. 


Location: Courses will take place on-campus unless otherwise noted, adhering to guidance from D.C. Health. If your family has a health concern, please reach out to school nurse Mrs. 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

Credit: Students do not earn credit for summer courses unless specifically noted in the course description.

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

Questions: Contact Summer Enrichment Coordinator Eric Chalfin at