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Preparatory (9-12)

SHP Summer Academics

SHP Summer Session features a variety of courses and experiences designed to fit the unique opportunity for learning summertime offers. Courses are offered as intensive learning experiences at a variety of lengths (3-week, 4-week, and 6-week) and a variety of formats (Fully in-person, Fully online, and Hybrid). Pay close attention to course details to ensure your desired course meets your (or your students) learning style and needs. All courses, regardless of length, will include the same amount of coursework (60 hours for semester-long courses, 120 for year long), so the shorter the calendar length of a course, the more intensive it is.
Students who typically thrive in fully online or hybrid courses are self-directed, motivated, technology proficient, and independent learners. Students must be comfortable studying, participating in online discussions, and learning in an online environment. They must have regular access to a computer and the internet for the entire duration of the course. While online learning has flexibility, these courses require regular online participation, meeting submission deadlines, and face-to-face meetings as determined by the course instructor. Families should note course-specific synchronous meeting times/dates and reserve these times on their student’s calendar. Families should also ensure that their student has additional time in their days protected to complete the balance of their coursework, which can be quite substantial.
Please note that teachers reserve the right to refine the class meeting schedule as summer approaches, although all summer courses will fit entirely within the 6-week timeframe (June 6 - July 15). The Senior Writers workshop, which awards no academic credit, takes place May 31-June 3 with check-ins throughout the summer. Courses have limited capacity, so enrollment is not guaranteed. Courses without enough enrollment by April 1, 2022 will not be offered.

Registration Process
The registration process for Summer Session 2022 is changing slightly from previous years. Instead of a strictly first-come-first-serve process, the school will assign seats in high-demand courses via lottery.
Course Request Portal Opens Monday, February 7 at 9:00am
Students and families may formally request enrollment for summer session courses starting Monday, Feb. 7. No payment is required at this time.
Lottery Deadline Monday, February 28 at 6:00pm
After the lottery deadline, seats in courses that are over capacity will be assigned first to students who qualify for priority registration (see below) and then to students selected via lottery. Students who get a seat will receive an email with a link to register and submit tuition payment. Students who do not will be placed on a waitlist and notified accordingly.
Final Registration Deadline Friday, April 1 at 6:00pm
Following the Lottery deadline on February 28, students and families will still be able to register for courses that are not yet at capacity on a first-come-first-serve basis until Friday, April 1.
The demand for SHP Summer Session courses always exceeds capacity, particularly true for Religious Studies and Science courses. In order to facilitate equitable access to these high-demand courses, we will assign available course seats via lottery among students who have requested enrollment by the initial “Lottery Deadline” on February 28 at 6pm. Students who are not assigned a seat based on the outcome of the lottery will be placed on a waiting list in the order of their lottery number. Students who are assigned a course seat will receive an email with a registration link and will then have three days to secure their seat with tuition payment. Any student who does not register within these three days will lose their seat, so that it can be offered to the next student on the waiting list.
Priority Registration
Students who meet certain strict criteria may be eligible for priority registration, which allows access to course seats in advance of the lottery. Students who qualify for priority registration must reach out to their school counselor to confirm eligibility and submit a course request online by the Feb 28 deadline.

Please contact Mr. Brady at dbrady@shschools.org with questions.

Academic Edge and Refresher Courses
Please note that the initial set of for-credit academic course offerings do not include Academic Edge and other non-transcripted refresher courses, which we will continue to develop throughout the semester as student needs come into clearer focus. We are on track to release more details for these offerings in April. 


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    Academic Edge 2021 Schedule 

    Registration opens May 1, 2021 at 8:00am and closes May 31, 2021 at 8:00am. 

    July 19-Aug 6 daily (15 sessions) - only two absences are allowed
    Exception: Pre-Soph English is 2 weeks, with a longer instruction time. Biology Prep meets 2 hours 4 days a week - see below. 

    Time 8:30-10:00am
    Pre-Frosh English
    Instructor: F. Picetti
    Location: Main Building 208

    Pre-Soph English
    Instructor: D. Kennedy- 2 week course July 19-July 30
    Location:  Main Building 223

    Time 10:10-11:40am
    Building Confidence & Skills for Math and Science
    Instructor: S. Bell & D. Sweeney
    Location : Homer 214

    Instructor : G. Morris
    Location :Campbell 221/218

    Pre-Algebra 2
    Instructor:J. Gilmore & J. Proulx
    Location: Campbell 227

    Time: 12:00-2:00pm (4 days per week)
    Biology Prep Instructor: H. Crowder & D. Sweeney
    Location: Homer 214
    A $200 materials fee will be collected to cover the lab kits.

    Please note: Academic Edge courses are by invitation only.
  • CS - Robotics

    This course exposes students to the various elements of engineering (applied science) and should be considered an introduction to both hardware and software engineering. Hands-on projects in robotics are utilities to develop skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Specific topics include: use of tools in the shop, motors and power, hearing, pneumatics, computer assisted drawing (CAD) and 3D printing, basic programming, and construction/operation of several robots. Emphasis will be on FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) and the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). This class is highly differentiated and project-based to accommodate a variety of skill and experience levels.

    Course Dates: June 7 - June 25 (3 weeks)
    Synchronous Meeting Times: Weekdays, 9am-1pm
    Course Format: Fully In-person
    Course Instructor: Alex Bucur
    Attendance: No more than one (1) excused or unexcused on-campus class meeting absence is allowed.
    Tuition: $1,100
  • CS - Computer Science Principles

    Open to all SHP students, including Incoming Freshmen (with permission of School Counselor)
    This 60-hour semester course will introduce students to computational thinking while they explore their “digital world.” This course explores the history of computing, the Internet, human-computer interaction, computational problem solving, web design, hardware basics, data, digital literacy, ethical and appropriate uses of technology, and programming. Additionally, students will learn to manage a digital workflow through online organization and collaboration. While the course is not a full programming class, students will gain an understanding of programming through many small coding exercises, primarily using HTML5 and Python. Through project-based learning, students will answer questions such as: How do I make a web page? What happens when I connect to the Internet? Where/what is "the cloud"? What can I do with data? What is a computer program? How do computers and computer programs run? This course will be delivered in 6 modules that will be released on a weekly basis. Students will be expected to spend 2 hours per day watching videos, interacting with posts, and completing assignments. Students will need internet access as well as a laptop or desktop computer.
    This course has UC approval.

    Course Dates
    : June 13 - July 1 (3 weeks)
    Synchronous Meeting Times: Weekdays, 9-11am
    Course Format: Fully Online
    Course Instructor: TBD  
    Prerequisites: Sections are open to all SHP students, including rising Freshmen (with permission of School Counselor)
    Attendance: No more than one (1) excused or unexcused absence is allowed.
    Tuition: $1,100
  • ENGLISH - Senior Writers Workshop (Enrichment)

    This seminar course provides the structure and support to guide students through the college essay writing process, from brainstorming and idea formation to the final editing process. The workshop days are scheduled to naturally follow the writing process, with single day meetings in June, August and October. This workshop is designed to be a hands-on writing seminar for students who want to work on their individual college essays. The course will not present material different from that offered to every rising senior student at “College Kick Off”; but rather will offer a forum for a student to work through writing the college essay with individual support and guidance. The instructors will help each student access his or her individual voice, helping them focus on his or her unique attributes. Instructors will provide editing suggestions and assistance throughout the writing process and will work in collaboration with our College Counseling Department.

    This course is open only for rising Seniors and offers no academic course credit. Please note that it does not take place during the regular summer session, when all for-credit summer session courses take place.
    Exact Dates: May 31 - June 3 with check-ins throughout the summer
    Exact Times: TBD
    Instructors: Lisa Harper & Jake Moffat
    Tuition: $900
  • Health and Wellness

    Health & Wellness is a one semester requirement that is part of the school's overall commitment to providing students with ongoing opportunities to learn about health related topics and to reflect upon individual decision-making in the context of the SHP community and beyond. The emphasis of the program is to promote balance, safety, self-reflection, and the skills to navigate various situations and decisions that students may encounter throughout their teenage years. A major goal of the course is to build healthy communities where individuals look out for one another and feel empowered to make healthy decisions. Topics of the course include: Adolescent Development, Identity, Conformity & Bystander Effects, Physical Health, Mental Health, Relationships, Communication, Substance Use, Sexual Health, Technology & Social Media.
    This course has UC approval.

    UPDATE: Health & Wellness will now be offered in an online format this summer.

    Registration is by invitation only, with permission of school counselor.

    Class Meeting Times: June 7-25 (3 weeks), M-F 8:30am-12:30pm
    Instructor: Monika Nagy
    Prerequisites: Open only to rising Freshman 

    Attendance: No more than one (1) excused or unexcused absence is allowed.
    Tuition: This is a required course that must be taken before the sophomore year, so SHP summer tuition will be covered by the school.
  • MATH - Geometry Jump

    This course covers the same material as a full-year high school Geometry course in a very intensive fashion. The main purpose is to develop understanding of concepts in plane, solid and coordinate geometry, the skills to apply these concepts to solve problems, and the ability to construct formal arguments and proofs. Topics include angles, parallel lines, triangles and other types of polygons, congruence, similarity, circles, various types of solid figures, area, volume, coordinate geometry, and basic right triangle trigonometry. Throughout the course there is a committed and consistent effort to review and use algebraic skills in the context of solving geometrical problems.
    This is a UC approved course.

    This course is open only to rising Sophomores.
    Course Dates: June 6 - July 15 (6 weeks)
    Synchronous Meeting Times: Weekdays, 9am-12pm
    Course Format: Fully Online
    Course Instructor: Laura Gremett 
    Prerequisites: for SHP students an A- or higher both semesters of Algebra I; for non SHP students an A in both semesters of Algebra I and a letter of recommendation from current Algebra I teacher
    Attendance: No more than two (2) excused or unexcused absences are allowed; SHP will call parents if attendance becomes an issue and a third absence will result in withdrawal from the course.
    Tuition: $1,500
  • RELIGIOUS STUDIES - History of the Church

    Like its parent faith, Judaism, Catholicism is a deeply historical religion.  The Church community’s relationship with society, spiritual life, its understanding of the Gospel message, conception of mission and discipleship, and organization today are based on two millennia of reflective dialogue.  This course is a critical study of that dialog from the New Testament origins of the Christian community to the present day. We will explore the Church in history: its nature and meaning, images, marks, life and ministry, guide to moral life, and the role of prayer. 
    This course is open only to rising Seniors.
    Provisional Course Dates: June 6 - July 1 (4 weeks)
    Synchronous Meeting Times: Weekdays, 9-11am
    Course Format: Hybrid
    Course Instructors: TBD
    Attendance: No more than one (1) excused or unexcused on-campus class meeting absence is allowed.
    Tuition: $1,100
  • RELIGIOUS STUDIES - Social Ethics

    This course examines the scriptural and traditional underpinnings of a “faith that does justice” and analyzes social ethics as based on a conscious sense of responsibility to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We extend this examination into the realm of institutional development by analyzing the morality of our social institutions through our case studies of contemporary ethical issues. Particular emphasis is placed on Catholic Social Teaching and our response to issues of racism and discrimination, poverty and economic injustice, and violence and war as recurring, broad-based issues that have a tendency to wreak havoc with the moral health of our social institutions.
    This course has UC approval.

    This course is open only to rising Juniors.
    Provisional Course Dates: June 6 - July 1 (4 weeks)
    Synchronous Meeting Times: Weekdays, 9-11am
    Course Format: Hybrid
    Course Instructors: TBD
    Tuition: $1,100
  • RELIGIOUS STUDIES - World Religions

    This course focuses on the ways in which important spiritual truths are found in non-Christian religions. Students learn the practice of interreligious dialogue, including the dialogue of scholars and theologians and the dialogue of shared spiritual experience. In addition, gaining accurate knowledge of other religions and cultures is a significant aspect of the course. Students come to recognize the ways in which other systems of belief and practice differ from Catholicism.
    This course has UC approval.

    This course is open only to rising Juniors.

    Provisional Course Dates: June 7 - July 16 (6 weeks)
    Provisional Synchronous Meeting Times: Weekdays, 9-11am 
    Course Format: Hybrid
    Course Instructor(s): TBD
    Attendance: No more than one (1) excused or unexcused absence is allowed.
    Tuition: $1,100
  • SCIENCE - Physics

    This course covers the same material as a full-year high school physics course in a very intensive fashion. Physics is an introductory course that explores the concepts of motion, mechanics, sound, electricity, and optics. Both conceptual and mathematical aspects of physics are covered and extensive demonstration and laboratory work are included. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, and problem solving. This course will also include using scientific writing skills and graphical analysis to demonstrate a thorough understanding of the physical world. Throughout the course, there is a committed and consistent effort to use algebraic and trigonometric skills in the context of solving physics problems.

    This is a UC approved course.
    This course is open only to rising Juniors and Seniors.
    Course Dates: June 6 - July 1 (4 weeks)
    Synchronous Meeting Times: Weekdays, 9am-3pm
    Course Format: Fully In-person
    Course Instructor: Riaz Abdulla 
    Prerequisites: Placement based on diagnostic assessment and recommendations of previous Science and Math teachers; Completion of Biology, Chemistry or Chemistry Honors; B- or better in Algebra II
    Attendance: No more than two (2) excused or unexcused absences are allowed; SHP will call parents if attendance becomes an issue and a third absence will result in withdrawal from the course.
    Tuition: $1,500
  • GOA - Summer Classes (Enrichment Only) - TBD

    This is for reference only - to be updated in April 2021
    Registration is done separately for GOA classes.
    Tuition for GOA is $1,100 per course and courses are enrichment electives that do not bear credit for SHP graduation requirements. For questions about taking GOA courses and the impact on their SHP transcript, students should speak with their School Counselor and/or College Counselor.

    GOA Catalog >>
  • SOPHIECONNECT - Enrichment Only TBD

    This is for reference only. TBD in April 2021
    2020 Summer SophieConnect Class Offerings >>

    SHS partners with other Sacred Heart Network schools through the SophieConnect program.

Summer School Contact

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    Daniel Brady 

    Asst. Principal of Strategic Projects & Creative Inquiry Department Head - SHP

Academic Edge Contact

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    Anna McDonald Ed.D., ET/P 

    Educational Therapist - SHP

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  • Course Information

    Each semester-long summer course requires 60 hours of coursework including required online work and work in the classroom. Geometry Jump and Physics are year-long courses. (These courses require 120 hours of coursework). While in-class meetings vary, per class, please note: all for-credit summer courses fit within a 6-week timeframe and students are expected to keep up with work for the duration of the entire course, both online and in person (if conditions permit). Students should check with the course instructor directly for questions about the summer schedule.
    Credit bearing courses will last up to 6 weeks following the end of Spring semester. 18 max enrollment per course, unless otherwise noted. Students may choose to take these courses during the summer for a variety of reasons and should work in tandem with their School Counselors when registering for these courses.
    • Course Dates - See specific course information 60 hours for semester long courses; 120 hours for Geo Jump and Physics
    • Monday June 6 - Friday, July 15, 2020
    • Synchronous “in classroom” dates will vary by teacher; please see course specific information. Note that less synchronous time means more asynchronous homework. All semester courses total 60 hours coursework, year-long 120 hours.
    • Students may not enroll in more than one offering as synchronous meeting times conflict.
    Please note: The only course open to non-SHP students is Geometry Jump. In order to receive credit for a course, students may miss no more than 10% of in-class meetings and must pass the final exam.  Final exams cannot be taken early and will not be rescheduled to accommodate absences. Due to the blended nature of summer courses, in-class meetings are very important.  For semester long classes, students may have one (1) excused or unexcused absence. For Geometry Jump, two (2) absences are allowed.  Non-SHP students must complete a transcript request form to receive an official summer school transcript from SHP.
  • Course Withdrawal

    Students may cancel enrollment anytime before summer school begins. The last day you may cancel a class and receive a refund is Monday, April 1, 2021. A $100 fee will be deducted from the refund for any class you cancel. No refunds will be given for classes cancelled after the April 1 deadline. Students may drop from a course in the first two weeks of class. The last day to drop a course is Friday, June 17, 2022.

    If a student withdraws from a summer school course after the second week of instruction, the student will receive a "W" on their SHP transcript.  Withdrawals are not allowed beyond the third week of instruction for any reason.  If the course is being taken to fulfill a graduation requirement, the student will need to contact the School Counselor to adjust the Fall course schedule.
  • Tuition

    Summer School Courses: $1,100 per course
    (semester-long courses)

    Senior Writers Workshop: $900

    Geometry Jump and Physics: $1,500
    (year-long courses)
    For students who wish to apply for financial aid for Summer School, please contact the Office of Mission Culture and Strategy (OMCS) at cmunguia@shschools.org or 650-454-8312.
  • Computer Use

    All students will need access to a computer or iPad for the duration of their summer course.  Please contact Mr. Brady at dbrady@shschools.org if you do not have access to technology during the summer.

SHP Summer School Policies

Founded by the Society of the Sacred Heart, SHS is a Catholic, independent, co-ed day school for students in preschool through grade 12