Classes at the Summer Academy 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.
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).
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.
In 1993, Suffield Academy became the first high school in the country to require every student to possess a laptop computer. 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.
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.