distance learning Summer School courses

Freshman Bridge Program, Geometry Courses and College Essay Boot Camp


Distance Learning Freshman Bridge Program: June 22-July 16
Hours: 8 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.
Course Fee: $750

This program is specifically designed to meet the needs of incoming Serra freshmen who may benefit from remedial review and support in the transition to high school. This program reviews foundational curriculum in English, math and science. Students who enroll in this program will fulfill their summer required reading* and math in a supportive learning environment.

Unsure if this program can benefit your son? Please contact the admissions department.

*Students will read one of the two books required of all incoming freshmen. This program is not recommended for those where remedial review is not necessary and is not recommended for those looking for advancement or enrichment courses. 
Attendance:

Students who are enrolled in a Freshman Bridge Program course as a condition of admission to Serra High School may miss only two days of class during the four-week summer session and must complete their final exams. Final exams will be given on Wednesday, July 15. The last day of school for students in this program is Thursday, July 16. Please address any attendance concerns or conflicts here.

Textbooks:

Math and science textbooks for the Freshman Bridge Program are loaned to students for the duration of the summer session. Textbooks for the Freshman Bridge Program English course will be provided to students at no additional cost.


Distance Learning Geometry: June 15-July 17
geometry for advancement
Hours: 8 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. (10 units)
Course Fee: $1,200

Incoming Serra freshmen: You may enroll in this class only after you have taken the math placement test at Serra in May and received permission from Serra’s Dean of Studies Rita Lee. You will receive a letter from Mrs. Lee soon after you complete the placement test; the letter will address your math placement and, if appropriate, what you need to do prior to enrolling in Geometry for Advancement this summer.

Students not attending Serra in the fall: You may enroll in this class at your own discretion. However, if you are intending to take the class for high school credit, it is strongly advised that you speak with your high school counselor before registering.

Topics covered in this course include tools of geometry, reasoning and proofs, parallel and perpendicular lines, congruent triangles, triangle relationships, quadrilaterals, similarity, right triangles and trigonometry, area of polygons, surface area and volume of solids, circles, and probability.

Honors Geometry for Advancement
Hours: 8 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. (10 units)
Course Fee: $1,200

Incoming Serra freshmen: You may enroll in this class only after you have taken the math placement test at Serra in May and received permission from Serra’s Dean of Studies Rita Lee. You will receive a letter from Mrs. Lee soon after you complete the placement test; the letter will address your math placement and, if appropriate, what you need to do prior to enrolling in Honors Geometry for Advancement this summer.

Students not attending Serra in the fall: You must submit the Honors Placement Agreement prior to the first day of class. You may scan and email the completed form to email, or mail it to Junípero Serra High School, 451 West 20th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403, attention Summer School.

Topics covered in this course include basic geometric concepts, inductive and deductive reasoning, parallel and perpendicular lines, congruent triangles and triangle relationships, quadrilaterals, similarity, right triangles and trigonometry, transformations, area, surface area and volume, circles, and probability.

Textbooks:

Geometry textbooks are loaned to students for the summer session.


Three-Day Virtual College Essay Boot Camp: Three sessions
Session 1:  June 8, 9, 12
Session 2:  june 15, 16, 19
session 3:  june 22, 23, 26
Hours: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Course Fee: $199 (limit of 16 students per session)
Want to get a jump on your college essay this summer?

Students entering their senior year can do just that with Serra's three-day Virtual College Essay Boot Camp. This course is a three-day intensive workshop designed to tackle the part of the admissions process that helps students to distinguish themselves in their applications. Students will work on college admissions essays, which are challenging for many college applicants. Padres will start by reflecting on their own experiences, values and relationships. These reflections will become the basis for a number of essays that tell each writer's unique story. Senior year is busy enough! Students will be able to get this part of the college application completed, so that he can face the next school year with confidence. 

The boot camp will include:

  • Three days of zoom workshops and independent work.
  • Individualized instruction from Serra counselors, Karen Ghidossi and Jane Zoucha
  • Guidance on strategic topics for the Common Application Essay and UC insight questions, as well as short-answer questions
  • Assistance with essay brainstorming, writing and revision

Questions? Send us an email