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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.

SUMMER 2019 INFORMATION - Monday, June 10 - Friday, July 19, 2019
Registration will open at 6:00pm on Thursday, February 28, 2019. The registration deadline is 6:00pm on Friday, March 29, 2019. 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.

Course Descriptions Summer 2018

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  • ACADEMIC EDGE - By Invitation Only

    2018 Schedule

    July 23-Aug 10 daily (15 sessions) - only two absences are allowed
    Exception: Pre-Soph English is 2 weeks, with a longer instruction time - see below
    Pre-Algebra I Instructor: D. Garrison
    Portable 305

    Pre-Geometry Instructor : J. Reyes
    Portable 304

    Pre-Algebra II Instructor: S. Bell
    Portable 206 105
    Pre-Frosh English Instructor: F. Picetti
    Main Building 331

    Pre-Soph English Instructor: C. O'Donnell - 2 week course July 23-August 3 
    Main Building 223
    12:15 - 1:45
    Biology Prep Instructor: D. Sweeney 
    Homer 214

    Registration opens May 1, 2018 at 8:00am and closes May 31, 2018 at 8:00am.

    Register after May 1, 2018
  • CS/CI Exploring Computer Science (online)

    Open to Rising Sophomores and Up

    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.

    Dates: June 11- July 20 all online
    Instructor: P. Ruiz
    Rising Sophomores and Up
    Prerequisites: None
  • ENGLISH - Senior Writers Workshop (Enrichment) - Class is Full

    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.
    Open to: Rising seniors and for enrichment only.
    Instructors are L. Harper and D. Kennedy
    In-class dates: Monday, June 4; Tuesday, June 5; Tuesday, August 14; Wednesday, August 15
    Virtual check-in: Monday, July 16
  • GOA - Summer Classes

    Registration is done separately for GOA classes.
    More info >>
  • 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.
    Dates: June 10- June 28 (3 weeks)
    Instructor M.Nagy
    Prerequisites: Rising Sophomores or Incoming Freshman (with permission of counselor)
  • 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
    Instructor: C. York
    Open to: Rising Sophomores Only
    Prerequisites: for SHP students an A- or above for 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
    Dates: 6/11-7/20 M-F 8:30-12:30
    July 4th holiday TBD
  • 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.

    Instructor: Virginia Boesen
    Open to: Rising Seniors Only
    Class meeting dates:
    Monday, June 11 10:00 - 12:00
    Thursday & Friday, June 28 & 29 10:00 - 12:00
    Thursday & Friday, July 12 & 13 10:00 - 12:00
    We will also schedule one additional meeting with the instructor and small groups from the class - mutually agreed upon date and time.
  • RELIGIOUS STUDIES - Social Ethics - Class is Full

    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.

    Open to
    : Rising Juniors Only
    Instructor: M. Carroll
    In Classroom: 
    June 18-21 8:00-3:00  
    Urban Plunge 6/18/18 7:30am to 7:30pm St. Anthony's
    All remaining work will be completed online
  • RELIGIOUS STUDIES - World Religions - Class is Full

    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: R. Cardamone
    Open to: Rising Juniors Only
    DatesJune 25-27 (M-W) 10:00 - 11:30 & July 18-20 (Wed. - Fri.) 10-12 
    Optional office hour day June 28th 10-11:30
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE - Cognitive Psychology (summer 2018 only)

    This on-line and blended learning experience will give students the opportunity to investigate Intelligence, learning differences, the foundations of special education (law and pedagogy), and the multi facets of executive function. These topics will work together to illustrate what it means for every student to learn. Through the understanding of challenges that span from attention to reading comprehension the students enrolled in the course will experiment and practice interventions and one-on-one best-teaching practices that support student learning and promote access in the classroom. Students enrolled in Cognitive Psychology will be expected to complete a 6-10 page research paper which will enable them to gain a deeper understanding of a topic such as memory, cognition, reading comprehension, learning differences or special education law. They will also be asked to share their original analysis with their classmates in order to improve their research and writing skills. Students in this course will also be expected to use their experience working one on one with a middle school student to highlight the in-action
    experience of cognitive psychology. This is a UC approved course.
    Instructor: E. Barry
    Prerequisites: B in US History
    Dates: June 11 - June 29
    face to face and TA in classroom - 8 - 12pm Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri
    July 2 - 20th - asynchronous - online;
    Cog Psych - Wednesdays - TA only - 8 - 12
    essentially it is a five day a week class with 4 days of instruction.
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE - The History and Legacy of the Bill of Rights

    The course introduces the origin, nature and modern-day importance of the U.S. Bill of Rights and includes an in-depth look at scope and protections of the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution. By the end of the course students will be exposed to, and argue, constitutional issues from a variety of different historical and contemporary perspectives. The overall purpose of the course is to provide students with the context to identify and explain their own constitutional rights, and to understand the challenges of balancing government authority and individual freedom. Though there will be a variety of assignments completed out of class, class sessions will focus on interactive activities, including simulations and debates. This is a UC approved course.
    Class Meeting Schedule:
    Tuesday, June 12, 9:00 – 12:00
    Thursday, June 14, 9:00 – 12:00
    Tuesday, June 19, 9:00 – 12:00
    Thursday, June 21, 9:00 – 12:00
    Wednesday, June 27, 9:00 – 12:00
    Thursday, July 5, 9:00 – 12:00
    Wednesday, July 11, 9:00 – 12:00
    Wednesday, July 18, 9:00 – 12:00
    Thursday, July 19, 9:00 – 10:30 – Final Exam
    Instructor: A. Hurley
    Open to: Rising Juniors / Rising Seniors
    Prerequisites: B in US History


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  • Online Courses

    SHP offers semester long courses in English, Fine Art, Math, Religious Studies, Science and Social Science. These courses may fulfill graduation requirements and some may fulfill UC/CSU a-g subject area requirements. Each semester long summer course requires 60 hours of coursework including required online work and work in the classroom. NOTE: Exploring Computer Science is an online class.

    Semester credit courses will last for 6 weeks  following the end of Spring semester. 18 max enrollment per course. Students may choose to take these courses during the summer for a variety of reasons and should work in tandem with their advisors 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
    • Monday June 10 - Friday, July 19, 2019
    • 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 courses open to non-SHP students are Geometry Jump and Exploring CS. In order to receive credit for a course, students may only miss two (2) days of class and must pass the final exam. Final exams cannot be taken early and will not be rescheduled to accommodate absences. Non-SHP students must complete a transcript request form to receive and official transcript.
  • Course Withdrawal

    Students may cancel enrollment anytime before summer school begins. The last day you may cancel a class and receive a refund is Wednesday, May 1, 2019. 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 drop a course is Friday, June 21, 2019.

    If a student withdraws from a course after the second week of class, the student will receive a "W" on their SHP transcript. If the course is being taken to fulfill a graduation requirement, the student will need to contact the Academic Advisor to adjust the Fall course schedule. However, after completing the third week of summer school, students may not withdraw and the earned grade will be posted on their SHP transcript.
  • Tuition

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

    Senior Writers Workshop: $900

    Geometry Jump: $1,500
    (year-long course)

    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 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 if you do not have access to technology during the summer.

SHP Summer School Policies

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