Serra Summer School

Online registration is closed.  Walk-in registration will be available on Monday, June 17 at 7:45 a.m. in the Admissions Office.

For more information on the availability of Middle School class for the weeks of June 24 through July 15, please email Miguel Martinez.

 

Middle School: June 17-July 19

Most classes are taught by experienced educators from the Serra faculty and staff. Classes are 55 minutes long and will run in one-week sessions. Courses are $92/week. Not all classes are offered each week, and some classes have a limited enrollment (noted in the course description). Parents are asked to choose three courses per week for their child. Classes are from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. More information is available during registration. 
Week 1: June 17-21
Week 2: June 24-28
Week 3: July 1-5
Week 4: July 8-12
Week 5: July 15-19

Cancellation fee is $50

Spanish
june 17-july 5
Weeks: 1, 2, 3, 5

This week-long course will be a great introduction or review of the Spanish language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world. Students will focus on conversational Spanish by being introduced to basic vocabulary, grammar and culture. They will practice speaking, listening, reading and writing in Spanish. This course is appropriate for students who are currently taking Spanish in grades 6-8 and for students who have never taken a Spanish class before! ¡Nos vemos!

Mandarin - CANCELLED
july 8-19
weeks: 4, 5

Mandarin is the language spoken by more people on earth than any other language. It is becoming a popular language course on high school and college campuses. Get a head start on learning Mandarin in this series of week long classes that will introduce students to the basics of conversational Mandarin and the Chinese culture.来加入我们吧

French - cancelled
june 17-21
week: 1

Do you want to sound really sophisticated and well educated? Do you love crepes and baguettes? If you answered yes to either question, you should definitely sign up for Serra’s French class. You will learn the basics of French pronunciation, greetings and basic conversation, as well as discover the beautiful French culture. Venez nous rejoindre!

Study Skills
june 17-july 12
weeks: 1, 2, 3, 4

Study skills are just as important today as ever. In this class, students will focus on close reading, annotating fiction and non-fiction texts, summarizing texts, reading aloud, using graphic organizers and more. Take advantage of the summer to strengthen these important academic skills.

Art
june 17-july 19
weeks: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

In this fun and creative class, students will be introduced to a variety of art styles and techniques. They will have the opportunity to draw, paint, create 3-D art and learn about various influential historical and contemporary artists.

Cooking with Chef Ignacio
june 17-july 19
weeks: 11, 2, 3, 4, 5

Serra's own Chef Ignacio offers classes that will give students great culinary skills and some practical use of math with fractions, conversions and more. He will introduce kitchen safety, proper use of kitchen equipment and teach students how to cook healthy meals that are also delicious! He will teach different cuisines and show students how to make appetizers, main courses, and desserts (limit of 10 students per class).

Cell Phone Photography
july 8-12
Week: 4

Do you love to take pictures on your cell phone? Who doesn’t! This class will give you  tools and techniques to take engaging pictures with your phone and introduce you to simple editing tools, too. Students will need to come to class with a smartphone and be able to download a few apps. That’s all they’ll need to create quality, creative photos.

registration closed


Middle School Morning Extended Care

Morning extended care is provided through the Serra Sports and Recreation Camp and is available to students enrolled in Serra Middle School summer courses.

7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.: $65/one-week session

Register here for extended care
 

Pre-High School: June 24-July 18 (Incoming Freshmen)

SERIES 9 - High School Skills Building
Hours: 8 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.
Course Fee:     $750

This course is specifically designed to meet the needs of incoming Serra freshmen for whom summer school is required as a condition of admission. It also is open to other students entering 9th grade in the fall who would benefit from reinforcement of skills in the core subject areas of English, algebra and science. Each class meets daily. Students will be notified of actual course sequence and class times prior to the start of school.

Attendance:

Students who are attending the Series 9 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 17. The last day of school for Series 9 students is Thursday, July 18. School will be closed on Thursday, July 4 in observance of the holiday. Please address any attendance concerns or conflicts to Mrs. Sandy Brook.

Textbooks:

Math and science textbooks for Series 9 courses are loaned to students for the duration of the summer session. Math textbooks for geometry courses also are loaned to students for the summer session. Textbooks for the Series 9 English course will be provided to students at no additional cost.

Pre-High Geometry: June 17-July 19
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 Sandy Brook, 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.

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High School: June 17-July 19

High school courses, open to boys and girls from any school, offer college preparatory curriculum that mirrors the curriculum taught at Serra during the regular school year. All courses are UC/CSU approved except Driver Education.
Course Design:

Courses are designed for students seeking advancement or remediation (credit recovery). The first and second semester courses for remedial math and science classes run concurrently; therefore, you cannot take a second semester course for credit unless you have completed and mastered the skills for the first semester. Other courses are designed as “survey” classes for which you can earn credit for either the first or the second semester of the course.

Textbooks:

Textbooks are loaned to students for the duration of the summer session.

Attendance:

In order to receive credit, you may miss only two days of class during the five-week summer session, and you must complete the final exam. Final exams for high school courses are scheduled for Thursday, July 18, 2019, and will not be rescheduled to accommodate student absences. School will be closed on Thursday, July 4, in observance of the holiday.

Official Transcripts:

If you do not attend Serra High School during the regular school year and you want us to send an official transcript to your school, you must complete and submit the Request for 2019 Summer School Transcript form to the Serra summer school director no later than Friday, June 21. You also can pick up a copy of the form at Serra’s main office.

Important:

If you do not attend Serra High School during the regular school year, you are strongly advised to consult with your school counselor or academic dean to ensure that the classes you wish to take will meet the requirements for the credits you need. Pre-approval is required for students who wish to enroll in the Honors Geometry for Advancement class (see details below).

What happens if YOU cancel a class?

The last day you may cancel a class and receive a refund is Wednesday, June 19, 2019. A $100 fee will be deducted from the refund for each class you cancel, regardless of the class tuition. No refunds will be given for classes cancelled after the June 19 deadline.

What happens if WE cancel a class?

Because our summer school program has an open, rolling enrollment over several months, we will not know our final registration numbers until early June. Please be aware that low enrollment in a specific course may make it necessary for us to cancel the course or combine sections. We will notify you as early as possible should this occur. If we cancel a course, you will receive a full refund.


HIGH SCHOOL COURSES

MATHEMATICS

ALGEBRA 1 for Remediation - FIRST SEMESTER - CLOSED
Hours: 8 a.m. - 10:45 p.m. (5 units)
Course Fee: $600

Topics covered in this course include properties of real numbers, solving multi-step equations, proportions and percents, solving multi-step inequalities, an introduction to functions, linear functions and solving systems of equations.

ALGEBRA 1 for Remediation - SECOND SEMESTER - CLOSED
Hours: 11 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. (5 units)
Course Fee: $600

Topics covered in this course include properties of exponents and exponential functions, factoring polynomials, quadratic functions and equations, radical expressions and equations, rational expressions and functions, and data analysis.

ALGEBRA 2 for Remediation - FIRST SEMESTER - CLOSED
Hours: 11 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. (5 units)
Course Fee: $600

Topics covered in this course include solving multi-step equations and inequalities, absolute value functions, piecewise functions, systems of equations and inequalities, matrices, quadratic functions and polynomial functions.

ALGEBRA 2 for Remediation - SECOND SEMESTER - CLOSED
Hours: 11 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. (5 units)
Course Fee: $600

Topics covered in this course include radical functions, rational exponents, exponential and logarithmic functions, rational functions, sequences and series, conic sections, and statistics.

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

Current Serra Students: You may enroll in this class only after you have met with your counselor, received permission from Serra’s Dean of Studies Rita Lee and completed the Mathematics Department Advancement Contract. You can obtain this from Mrs. Lee or from your counselor.

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

Current Serra Students: You may enroll in this class only after you have met with your counselor, received permission from Serra’s Dean of Studies Rita Lee and completed the the Mathematics Department Advancement Contract.

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 Sandy Brook, or mail it to Junipero 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.


WORLD LANGUAGES

SPANISH 1-2 for Remediation
Hours: 8 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. (5 units)
Course Fee: $600

This first-year Spanish course is a review of basic grammar, including simple verb tenses, basic conversational vocabulary and sentence formation. It will satisfy requirements for one semester of Spanish 1-2.

Spanish 3-4 for Remediation
Hours: 8 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. (5 units)
Course Fee: $600

Topics in this second-year Spanish course include verb formation, sentence structure, vocabulary and the historical and cultural aspects of the Hispanic world. It will satisfy requirements for one semester of Spanish 3-4.


LAB SCIENCES

BIOLOGY for Remediation – FIRST SEMESTER - CANCELLED
Hours: 8 a.m. - 10:45 p.m. (5 units)
Course Fee: $600

Students will study topics including chemistry of life, cells and their environment, cell structure, photosynthesis and cellular respiration as well as an introduction to cellular reproduction.

BIOLOGY for Remediation – SECOND SEMESTER
Hours: 11 a.m. - 1:45 a.m. (5 units)
Course Fee: $600

The second semester of biology will explore meiosis and sexual reproduction, heredity, DNA and the production of proteins. Students will also study principles of evolution, ecology, kingdoms of life, and human biology.

Chemistry for Remediation – first SEMESTER - CANCELLED
Hours: 8 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. (5 units)
Course Fee: $600

First semester chemistry students explore how to analyze what they observe in the world with their eyes in terms of the invisible behavior of an atomic reality. Problem solving in both a mathematical sense and hands-on learning is taught while exploring atomic structure, geometry, electron movement, basic molecular interaction and laws that govern what we can see, touch and feel.

Chemistry for Remediation – second SEMESTER
Hours: 11 a.m. - 1:45 a.m. (5 units)
Course Fee: $600

Second semester chemistry students study types and properties of chemical reactions. Students learn to measure, qualify and predict the relationships among atoms, molecules and ions as they interact with one another. Concepts of the mole, stoichiometry and net ionic equations are taught while students explore the scientific method, making observations of molecular theory in the laboratory.


DRIVER EDUCATION
june 17 - july 5
HOURS: 11 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
COURSE FEE: $250

This course satisfies 30 hours of classroom instruction required by the California Department of Motor Vehicles. The session prepares students for obtaining their driver’s permit.

Consider the benefits of taking a teacher-instructed course rather than an online course:

  • Experienced instructor who will provide insightful tips and techniques, clarify information, answer questions, and challenge students to think critically about becoming safe, responsible drivers
  • Thorough coverage of the various aspects of driving and driver accountability
  • In-depth class discussions that delve into laws, practices, consequences, and more
  • Video support materials
  • DMV practice tests
  • Consistently high pass rate on DMV driver test

Online learning is an excellent alternative for many subjects, but with such a serious skill on the line, the time and effort invested in classroom-based instruction for driver education may outweigh the low cost and convenience of online education.

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