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SHP Summer Academics


SHP students who typically thrive in summer school blended 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.
Registration closes May 1, 2020 at 6:00pm. 


There are maximum enrollment restrictions; please see the specific details under the course descriptions. Courses without enough enrollment will not be offered. We will have a wait list, but space is not guaranteed.

While in-class meetings vary, per class, please note: all summer classes follow a 6-week schedule and students are expected to keep up with work for the duration of the entire course, both online and in person.

 Please contact the course instructor to add your name to the waitlist.

Course Descriptions Summer 2020

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  • ACADEMIC EDGE - By Invitation Only

    Sacred Heart offers several summer courses that provide SHP students the opportunity to preview material covered in their fall semester classes. These courses are offered on an invitation basis. The courses are offered over three weeks during the last week of July and the first two weeks of August. iPads will be available for use for summer courses, as needed.

    2020 Schedule

    July 20-Aug 7 daily (15 sessions) - only two absences are allowed
    Exception: Pre-Soph English is 2 weeks, with a longer instruction time - see below

    Time 8:30-10:00am
    Building Confidence & Skills for Math and Science
    Instructor: D. Sweeney
    Location : Homer 214

    Instructor : J. Reyes
    Location : TBD

    Pre-Algebra II
    Instructor: S. Bell
    Location : TBD

    Trigonometry Prep
    Instructors: TBD
    Location: TBD

    Time 10:10-11:40am
    Pre-Frosh English
    Instructor: F. Picetti
    Location: TBD

    Pre-Soph English
    Instructor: C. O'Donnell- 2 week course July 20-July 31
    Location:  TBD

    Time: 12:15-1:45pm
    Biology Prep Instructor: D. Sweeney
    Location: Homer 214

    Registration opens May 1, 2020 at 8:00am and closes May 31, 2020 at 8:00am. 

    $600 per course
  • CS - Computer Science Principles - TWO SECTIONS ARE FULL

    CLASSES ARE FULL. Please email the teacher to be put on the waitlist. lpham@shschools.org

    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.

    Dates: June 8- June 26 (3 weeks)

    On-Campus Class Meetings (all other instruction will be online)
    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
    Final Project Due: June 26

    Wednesday, Friday

    Final Project Due: June 26

    Instructor: Lan Pham
    Prerequisites: Either section open to all SHP students, including rising Freshmen (with permission of School Counselor)
    No more than one (1) excused or unexcused absence is allowed.
    Location: CAM 156
    Maximum enrollment: 18
    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.

    Open to: Rising Seniors and for enrichment only

    Instructors: Lisa Harper & Jake Moffat
    In-class dates
    June 1      9:00am-12:00pm
    June 2      9:00am-12:00pm
    June 3-4   by appointment, SWW students will meet with College Counselors to vet potential essay topics
    June 5      9:00am-3:00pm (Students will draft personal statements)

    October 2020 face-to-face check-in TBD

    Virtual check-in
    : Tuesday, July 14th
    Location: MB
    Maximum enrollment: 30
    Tuition: $900
  • GOA - Summer Classes

    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 >>
  • Health and Wellness - TWO SECTIONS

    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.

    Registration is by invitation only, with permission of school counselor.
    Dates: Monday-Friday June 8- June 26 (3 weeks)

    Morning Section 8:30am -12pm 

    Afternoon Section 12:30pm-4:00pm

    Monika Nagy
    Prerequisites: Rising Sophomores or Incoming Freshmen (with permission of School Counselor)
    No more than one (1) excused or unexcused absence is allowed.
    Location :  MB120
    Maximum enrollment per section: 20
    Tuition: $1,100 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.

    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.

    Instructors: Laura Gremett & Karen Perone
    Open to: Rising Sophomores Only
    Prerequisites: for SHP students an A- both semesters or an A in Semester 2 for Algebra I; for non SHP students an A in both semesters of Algebra I and a letter of recommendation from current Algebra I teacher
    Dates: June 8 - July 17 Monday-Friday
    July 4th Holiday TBD
    Maximum enrollment: 18
    Tuition: $1,500

    This course deals with three basic relationships of life: self (identity), God, and other people.  Students are asked to examine their experiences, attitudes, and beliefs about personal identity, sexuality, spirituality, family relationships, friendships, dating, and marriage.  The class explores how we are called to act towards one another in light of human dignity, sin, grace and reconciliation.  In addition, reading, research, and discussions invite students to dialogue with moral and intellectual sources from the Catholic-Christian tradition, and other appropriate resources from theology, sociology, and psychology.

    : Katie Hennessey
    Open to: Rising Seniors
    On Campus Class Meetings
    10:00am-2:00pm (all meetings)
    June 9, 10, 16, 23, and 30
    July 7 and 14
    No more than one (1) excused or unexcused on-campus class meeting absence is allowed.
    Location : TBD
    Maximum enrollment: 18
    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.

    Instructors: Jessica Mueller & Kathleen Neville Shinn
    Open to: Rising Juniors

    Urban Plunge
    Tuesday, June 9, 8:00am-8:00pm 
    Urban Plunge satisfies a graduation requirement.

    On-Campus Class Meetings:
    Wednesday, June 10  9:00am-3:00pm (Sacred Heart)
    Thursday, June 11  9:00am-3:00pm (Sacred Heart)
    Tuesday, June 16  9:00am-3:00pm (Sacred Heart)
    Wednesday, June 17  8:00am-4:00pm (Field Trip)
    Thursday, June 18  8:00am-4:00pm (Field Trip)
    Monday, June 29  9:00am-3:00pm (Sacred Heart)
    Wednesday, July 8  8:00am-4:00pm (Field Trip)
    Thursday, July 9  9:00am-3:00pm (Sacred Heart)
    No more than one (1) excused or unexcused on-campus class meeting absence is allowed. 
    Location : TBD
    Maximum enrollment: 36
    Tuition: $1,100

    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.

    Instructor: Rod Cardamone
    Open to: Rising Juniors
    On-Campus Class Meetings
    June 17, 18, and 19 10:00am-12:00pm
    July 15, 16, and 17 10:00am-12:00pm
    No more than one (1) excused or unexcused absence is allowed.
    Optional Office Hours:  July 14th 10:00am-12:00pm
    Location : Main Building 125
    Maximum enrollment: 18 CLASS IS FULL
    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.
    Instructor: Marisol Ornelas
    Open to: Rising Juniors and Seniors Only

    • 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
    Dates: June 8-July 17 Monday-Friday 
    July 4th Holiday TBD

    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.

     Homer 223
    Maximum enrollment: 18
    Tuition: $1,500
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE - Psychology

    Psychology focuses on the fundamental question, "Why do we do what we do?" In this course, we will examine human thought and behavior through reading, discussion, writing, and research. Our investigation will include questions like: How does the brain work? How do we learn and remember? How much are we influenced by our surroundings, and how much are we influenced by in-born traits? How does the presence of others influence our behavior? How can the tools of psychology help us achieve wellness and wholeness? Six on-campus meetings will be held on-campus, and independent assignments must be completed between class sessions. This course has UC approval.

    Instructor: Lindsay Phillips
    Open to: Rising Juniors and Senior

    On-Campus Meetings (9:30am-12:30pm
    Tuesday, June 23
    Thursday, June 25
    Tuesday, June 30 
    Tuesday, July 7
    Thursday, July 9
    Tuesday, July 14
    Thursday, July 16 
    No more than one (1) excused or unexcused absence is allowed. 
    Location : MB 335
    Maximum enrollment: 18
    Tuition: $1,100
  • SOPHIECONNECT - Enrichment Only

    2020 Summer SophieConnect Class Offerings >>

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


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  • Course Information

    SHP offers summer courses in Computer Science, English, Health & Wellness, Math, Religious Studies, Science and Social Science. 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 face-to-face instruction). While in-class meetings vary, per class, please note: all summer classes follow a 6-week schedule and students are expected to keep up with work for the duration of the entire course, both online and in person. Students should check with the course instructor directly for questions about the summer schedule.

    Credit bearing courses will last for 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.
    Blended = at least 20% of time students are required to be in classroom with teacher.
    • Course Dates - 6 week blocks, 60 hours for semester long courses; 120 hours for Geo Jump and Physics
    • Monday June 8 - Friday, July 17, 2020
    • Vacation Days - TBD
    • "In classroom" dates will vary by teacher; please see course specific information
    • Limit - one core academic course per student
    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 Friday, May 1, 2020. A $100 fee will be deducted from the refund for any class you cancel. No refunds will be given for classes cancelled after the May 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 19, 2020.

    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)

    Academic Edge: $600 per class
    (three-week course)

    For students who wish to apply for financial aid for Summer School, please contact the Office of EJME 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 Dr. McDonald at amcdonald@shschools.org if you do not have access to technology during the summer.

SHP Summer School Policies

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