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Williston
Summer Seminars

This summer, explore an array of courses designed to prepare and inspire you.

Williston’s Summer Seminars presents a variety of offerings, taught by our expert and beloved teachers. Classes, which range from intro and prep courses to passion-based classes such as drawing and creative writing, are available to current and newly-enrolled Williston students, as well as high school students from other schools who are looking to enhance their learning over the summer. Our courses will help you hone your critical thinking, analysis, and communication, setting you up for success this fall. We hope you will join us!


quick facts

Our courses
Taught by expert Williston faculty, our summer classes are small, so you can get to know your teachers and classmates, and receive personalized attention. All classes will be synchronous, but will also include engaging independent work offline.

 

Dates and class times

  • Our four-week classes run from July 19 through August 13, 2021
  • Our six-week classes run from July 12 through August 20, 2021
  • Classes meet twice a week, on either Monday and Wednesday, or Tuesday and Thursday
  • Each class meeting is one hour long

Tuition

  • $900 per four-week course

What technology do I need?

  • Your own computer, laptop, or other tablet and a reliable internet connection
  • Classes are taught using Microsoft OneNote, so you’ll need a Microsoft account (which are free, if you don’t yet have one), and either the OneNote software or the ability to access it in a web browser
  • Classes are taught as Zoom video calls, so you’ll need a Zoom account, plus the ability to participate in Zoom via video and audio

Are the classes for credit?
No, the classes are not for credit. 

Are the courses graded?
Students will receive ample feedback but will not receive a final grade for the course. 

Are refunds available if we change our mind?
Yes; refunds will be offered before June 29 if students decide not to take the class. If a class does not meet a minimum of required registrants, the class will not be held, and families will be refunded.


Course Offerings

  • Mathematics

    Prep for Pre-Algebra
    Faculty: Mimi King, four-week course

    As a way for you to transition to middle school Pre-Algebra this course was developed to review and learn new math topics and improve your skills while doing engaging activities. I hope this class builds anticipation for new learning and gives you confidence in your abilities so that you are well prepared for the next level of math.

    Topics will include:

    • Understanding ratio and proportional relationships and using reasoning to solving problems.
    • Apply and extend work with multiplication and division to fractions.
    • Add, subtract, multiply and divide decimals.
    • Working with order of operations.
    • Apply and extend work of numbers to the system of rational numbers.
    • Make connections between fractions, decimals and percent.
    • Compute fluency with multi-digit numbers and find common factors and multiples.
    • Apply and extend understanding of arithmetic to algebraic expressions.
    • Solve one step equations.
    • Solve real world problems involving area, perimeter and volume.

    Prep for Algebra 
    Faculty: Mimi King, four-week course

    As a way for you to transition to Algebra, this course was developed to review and learn new pre-algebra topics and improve your skills while doing engaging activities. This class builds anticipation for new learning and gives you confidence in your abilities so that you are well prepared for the next level of math.  

    Topics will include: 

    • Understanding powers and exponents, order of operations, and working with integers
    • Graphing on a coordinate plane
    • Applying properties and simplifying expressions
    • Solving one-step and multi-step equations and inequalities with integers and decimals
    • Understanding factors, GCF and LCM and their applications
    • Applying rules of exponents and working with scientific notation in real world situations
    • Applying previous knowledge of operation work with fractions to solving multi-step equations
    • Making real world connections with ratios, proportions and probability
    • Working with percents, fractions, proportions and decimals and their applications

    Prep for Algebra 2
    Faculty: Kurt Whipple, four-week course 

    This course will review and enhance some of the major topics of a traditional style Algebra 1 course in preparation for studies in Algebra 2. We will review how to find equations of lines, graph linear functions, and solve linear equations. We will also look at different applications of these concepts. The concept of variables and the use of fractions will be stressed throughout the course. Homework will be given after each class period to allow students to work on the material individually. 

    Prep for Pre-Calculus
    Faculty: Kurt Whipple, four-week course

    This course will review and enhance some of the major topics of a traditional style Algebra 2 course in preparation for studies in Precalculus. We will review in depth both linear functions and quadratic functions expressed as equations, in tables, and as graphs. This course also looks at properties of exponents and factoring of polynomial expressions. Both the mechanics and applications of all these concepts will be stressed. Homework will be given after each class period to allow students to work on the material individually. 

Questions?

Contact Allison Malinowski, Williston Summer Seminar Coordinator at amalinowski@williston.com