In The Classroom
Summer Academy courses last for 85 minutes. The extended periods allow for innovative teaching and learning, as faculty and students have the time for laboratory work, film study, and guest and computer presentations. Each class usually has between eight to twelve students.
Mathematics Summer Academy math courses are designed to teach mathematical reasoning at a variety of levels. Courses in Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Precalculus, and Calculus are taught in intensive five-week sessions, and carry with them the possibility of receiving one year of high school credit (must be pre-arranged with home school).
Languages We offer writing and public speaking classes in the English language, and three levels of Spanish. In writing courses, students learn to write thesis statements, paragraphs, and developed essays. Public speaking courses give students the chance to speak in a setting that is supportive of this often challenging and difficult task. The three levels of Spanish, from beginner to advanced, are designed to improve students’ vocabulary, grammar, and overall fluency. We also offer ESL classes. English as a Second Language is tailored to meet the needs of the Summer Academy’s English-speaking, international students.
Science The foundations of scientific thought are taught in our labs and classrooms as intensive courses in biology, chemistry, and physics incorporate small group work and experiments into classroom learning. Students also engage in independent research to solidify their understanding of scientific principles.
Computer Science The effective use of technology in the classroom is an integral part of a Suffield education, and the Summer Academy is no different. A fully equipped technology center, student publications center, and multimedia lab are utilized by Summer Academy students.
Study Skills & Leadership
During this five-week course, students are introduced to specific steps that increase learning efficiency. The course addresses the following topics:
Goal Setting Students are given the task of setting both long and short-term goals. As part of this emphasis on goal setting, time management skills are introduced.
Note Taking Students work to improve their note-taking in various mediums, such as text, video, and audio. Through the use of outlines, students learn to break down and summarize information.
Research Students are taught various research methods and the importance of citation and bibliographies while conducting research.
Group Dynamics Through a variety of activities, including outdoor leadership training, students learn how to work as a group and develop connections with other classmates.
Technology Students see presentations on Microsoft Word and Powerpoint, and are asked to demonstrate competency in these areas.