Academic for-credit courses

Both Bio and Algebra are 6-week long courses.

Bio

Cost: $1,850 + $150 materials fee.

Algebra II

Cost: $1,850

The Head-Royce Summer Program offers a variety of for-credit, preparatory, and enrichment courses at the High School level. Courses offered for one session are equivalent to one semester and six-week programs equal the content of the entire academic year.

All for-credit summer courses were developed by current and former Head-Royce Department Chairs of the respective academic departments to be equivalents of the academic year courses, modified for the summer format, carrying the equivalent UC Certification status.

Head-Royce students should speak with their advisor about potential class placement. All course-related questions can be forwarded to Saya McKenna, Upper School Assistant Head, at smckenna@headroyce.org.


The Immersion Format

The offerings are fast-paced, engaging, and intense. For any given course, the number of hours spent in the summer classroom exceeds the number of hours spent in the academic year classroom for a true immersion experience. While this format may not match all learning styles, many students will find the immersion approach more accessible and effective. During the academic year, students spread their attention over many subjects during a seven-hour school day; in the summer, students are immersed in one subject for a longer block and are able to give their entire academic energy to it.

Summer Instruction

All great classes depend on great teaching, and this is perhaps most true for the immersion format. Indeed, teaching the same group of students in one subject for the extended time each day for six weeks is a significant professional challenge, one requiring a depth of experience and talent in multiple pedagogical approaches. These considerations are at the forefront of our teacher selection process. We are proud to offer outstanding and highly effective educators, exceptionally suited for this work. (See teachers for each course in course descriptions.) Finally, a maximum class size of 20 students allows productive access to these great teachers. Individual attention is guaranteed.

Common reasons students take for-credit summer coursework at Head-Royce:

1) Schedule Space- Students may take a summer course to create space in the upcoming year’s class schedule. Depending on individual need, this could be used for two different purposes: to provide openings in the schedule and the ability to focus on fewer subjects in a busy year; to enable students to take additional courses in the regular academic year.

2) Off-Campus Study - Students may take a summer course to fulfill required coursework missed/to be missed due to off-campus study programs.

3) Preview and Preparation - Students may take a summer course on an audited basis to preview material for the upcoming year’s version of the same course or as a foundation for the AP version of that course.

International Students

Thank you for your interest in our summer program. Our courses are designed and aligned with Head-Royce School's Curriculum Program. While we try our best to accommodate all students, International Students must be conversational in English and able to complete the coursework with English fluency in reading and writing. We do not work with placement organizations.

Transfer & Credit Information

HRS Students

A. Head-Royce Students

Head-Royce students taking for-credit summer courses through the Head-Royce Summer Program will choose one of three options at course completion to determine how the summer course will impact transcript records and grade point average. Please note that Option 3 becomes the default choice should families not indicate a preference within 10 days following course completion. The course teacher will record preferences.

OPTION 1: Standard Transcript/GPA and Graduation Requirement Impact.

Course name with mid-term and final grades to appear on the upcoming year’s transcript within the standard transcript format. (BIOLOGY taken in summer 2013 will appear as BIOLOGY on the 2013-14 transcript.) In addition, as a sidebar note on the transcript, the following sentence will appear: “STUDENT NAME took SUMMER COURSE NAME through the 20XX Head-Royce Summer Program, and the grade is included in the GPA calculation.” With Option 1, summer course grades will have the standard impact on grade point average, University of California, and Head-Royce graduation requirements. As with the academic year, a minimum grade of C- is required to meet graduation requirements.

OPTION 2: Sidebar Notation Only/No GPA Impact; Does not satisfy graduation requirements. The course will not appear in standard transcript section, but as a sidebar note on the upcoming year’s transcript document the following sentence will appear: “STUDENT NAME took SUMMER COURSE NAME through the 20XX Head-Royce Summer Program on a Pass/No Pass basis with a PASSING record.” With Option 2, the School will not issue midterm/final grades beyond the PASS/NO PASS report; the summer course will have no impact on grade point average, nor will summer courses count toward University of California or Head-Royce graduation requirements. Students intending to re-take the summer course in the upcoming academic year may not choose Option 2.

OPTION 3: Audit (No Transcript reference/GPA Impact; Does not satisfy Grad. Requirements.) The course will not be recorded on the transcript in any way. With Option 3, summer course grades will have no impact on grade point average, nor will summer courses count toward University of California or Head-Royce graduation requirements.

NON HRS Students

Non-Head-Royce Students, TRANSCRIPT OPTIONS:

Like Head-Royce students, students from the broader community have options in the recording and reporting of summer grades. Non-Head-Royce students will choose one of two options at course completion. Please note that Option 2 below becomes the default choice should families not indicate a preference within 10 days following course completion. The course teacher will record preferences.

NON-HEAD-ROYCE OPTION 1: Records are provided to family and High Schools. Certified course information, including course name with midterm and semester grades, will be sent in the form of an official letter to High Schools from the Summer Program Director and Head-Royce School Academic Dean. This document will also certify the for-credit and U.C. Certified status of the course taken. NON-HEAD-ROYCE OPTION 2: Records provided to Family.Here the only recipient of grade information would be the family of the student. Non-HRS families would receive course information, including course name with mid-term and final grades, in the form of an official letter from the Summer Program Director and Academic Dean. This document will also certify the for-credit and U.C. Certified status of the course taken.

Families from the broader community interested in using the summer Algebra I course for acceleration should ask academic year schools if Head-Royce Summer Algebra I will meet requirements. It has been our experience that schools tend to recognize this summer class as counting toward course requirements, and we are happy to provide schools with the curricular details required for consideration.