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For-Credit Academic Courses

For credit sections are open to BASIS Independent students who have met the Math Advancement Criteria (see your Dean for details). For-credit students are eligible for full credit upon successful completion of the course and passing of the corresponding Math Exam. Enrichment classes are open to all students. The following Economics, Fine Arts and PE courses are for BASIS Independent students entering grades 9 – 12 in fall 2020 who need to fulfill graduation requirements for Economics and Fine Arts respectively.
  • Pre-Algebra

    BASIS Independent students must be either rising or incoming grade 6 to be eligible to take this course. This course will be offered in an online format.

    Pre-algebra includes topics from geometry, discrete mathematics, probability and statistics. At the end of the course, students are well-versed in areas of: fractions, decimals, mixed numbers, positive and negative numbers, order of operations, percentages, proportions, ratios, divisibility, rounding, place value, unit conversions, scientific notation, and data representation, algebraic representation, and solving real-world problems.

    Required Materials
    Saxon Algebra 1/2: Incremental Development Edition 3 2004; ISBN 13: 978-1-56577-149-9

    Textbooks will be supplied for the course.

    Course Session
    June 15–July 24
    (Class will not be held on July 3)
    8:30 AM–1:00 PM PST

    Live Lecture: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM PST
    Independent Study: 10:30 AM–12:00 PM PST
    Live Office Hour: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PST

    Final Math Exam: July 24

    Tuition
    $2850

  • Algebra I/Geometry

    BASIS Independent students must have completed Pre-Algebra or its equivalent, and have advancement approval for FOR-CREDIT. This course will be offered in an online format.

    Follow the link to see the Math Placement Letter and learn about the approval process.

    Algebra I / Geometry covers all of the traditional first-year algebra topics while helping students build higher-order thinking skills, real-world application skills, reasoning, and an understanding of interconnecting math strands. The class focuses on multiple representations of algebraic thinking: verbal, numerical, symbolic and graphical.

    Topics covered will include algebra foundations, basic geometric concepts, functions and relations, linear equations, polynomials, rational expressions and functions, inequalities, systems of equations and inequalities, radical expressions and functions, quadratic equations, absolute-value equations and inequalities, and probability and data analysis. Real-world applications and continual practice/review are fundamental parts of the class and are important for mastery of the material.

    Required Materials
    Saxon Algebra 1: Incremental Development (Student Edition) ; ISBN 13: 978-1-56577-134-5

    Textbook will be supplied for the course.

    Course Session
    June 15–July 24
    (Class will not be held on July 3)
    8:30 AM–1:00 PM PST

    Live Lecture: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM PST
    Independent Study: 10:30 AM–12:00 PM PST
    Live Office Hour: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PST

    Final Math Exam: July 24

    Tuition
    $2850

  • Algebra II/Geometry

    BASIS Independent students must have completed Algebra I/Geometry or its equivalent and have advancement approval for FOR-CREDIT. This course will be offered in an online format.

    Follow the link to see the Math Placement Letter and learn about the approval process.

    This is the second part in a series of algebra and geometry courses. Students will continue working on concepts introduced in Algebra I/Geometry, but more in-depth. After mastering topics introduced in this course students should be able to solve equations and inequalities with absolute value, quadratic and logarithmic equations, and work with complex numbers and trigonometric functions of right triangles. Also, geometry will be incorporated and the equivalent of formal geometry will be concluded. Students will be introduced to proofs in geometry with similar and congruent figures, circles and their parts, lines, and planes.

    Required Materials
    Saxon Algebra 2 Student Edition Grades 9-12 2004 ; ISBN 13: 978-1-56577-140-6

    Textbooks will be supplied for the course.

    Course Session
    June 15–July 24
    (Class will not be held on July 3)
    8:30 AM–1:00 PM PST

    Live Lecture: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM PST
    Independent Study: 10:30 AM–12:00 PM PST
    Live Office Hour: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PST

    Final Math Exam: July 24

    Tuition
    $2850

  • Economics

    For students entering grades 9-12 in the fall of 2020.This course will be offered in an online format.

    The summer economics course will introduce students to the concepts of economics. This includes learning about many of the basic models in economics such as supply and demand and how specific markets and economies behave. The course will take some key elements from both microeconomics (individual and firm analyses) and macroeconomics (nationwide analyses). By the end of the course, students will be economically literate. They will be able to understand how our world works through the viewpoint of an economist.

    Course Session
    June 15–July 2
    (Class will not be held on July 3)
    8:30 AM–1:00 PM PST

    Live Lecture: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM PST
    Independent Study: 10:30 AM–12:00 PM PST
    Live Office Hour: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PST

    Tuition
    $1425

  • Film Studies

    For students entering grades 9-12 in the fall of 2020.This course will be offered in an online format.

    Film Studies provides an overview of film history from the invention of motion picture technology to the present day. This course is broad, both chronologically and geographically, incorporating many foreign language films while focusing on the history of the American motion picture as a frame of reference. There are six major components engaged throughout the year: the evolution of the technology and its connection with major historical movements; analysis of film utilizing key terminology from films studies and theory; critique of social issues such as gender, class, race, and politics in film; creative production of a short film and exhibition in a festival; publication of a contemporary film review; and a film exhibition and discussion with an audience. In summary, film studies students will acquire language to critique historical, theoretical, technical, and social issues in film, create a short film for exhibition in a campus film festival, and generate a film review blog shared with the campus community. Course films include, but are not limited to: City Lights (1931); Bringing Up Baby (1938); Rebecca (1940); The Red Shoes (1948); High Noon (1952); Singin’ In the Rain (1952); Some Like It Hot (1959); The 400 Blows (1959); Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967); Zanjeer (1973); Raise the Red Lantern (1991); The Hate U Give (2018).

    Course Session
    June 15–July 24
    (Class will not be held on July 3)
    8:30 AM–1:30 PM

    Lecture/Intro Film: 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM PST
    Independent Work/Watch Film: 9:00 AM–12:00 PM PST
    Live Office Hour: 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM  PST

    Lecture/Discussion: 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM PST

    Tuition
    $2850

Math Enrichment

  • Pre-Algebra

    BASIS Independent students must be either rising or incoming grade 6 to be eligible to take this course. This course will be offered in an online format.

    Pre-Algebra  includes topics from geometry, discrete mathematics, and probability and statistics. At the end of the course, students are well-versed in areas of: fractions, decimals, mixed numbers, positive and negative numbers, order of operations, percentages, proportions, ratios, divisibility, rounding, place value, unit conversions, scientific notation, and data representation, algebraic representation, and solving real-world problems.

    Suggested Materials
    Saxon Algebra 1/2: Incremental Development Edition 3 2004; ISBN 13: 978-1-56577-149-9

    Textbook will be supplied for the course.

    Course Session
    June 15–July 24
    8:30 AM–12:00 PM PST
    (Class will not be held on July 3)

    Live Lecture: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM PST
    Independent Study: 10:30 AM–12:00 PM PST

    Tuition
    $2250

  • Algebra I/Geometry

    Completion of Pre-Algebra or its equivalent is recommended. This course will be offered in an online format.

    Algebra I/Geometry covers all of the traditional first-year algebra topics while helping students build higher-order thinking skills, real-world application skills, reasoning, and an understanding of interconnecting math strands. The class focuses on multiple representations of algebraic thinking: verbal, numerical, symbolic, and graphical.

    Topics covered will include algebra foundations, basic geometric concepts, functions and relations, linear equations; polynomials, rational expressions and functions, inequalities, systems of equations and inequalities, radical expressions and functions, quadratic equations, absolute-value equations and inequalities, and probability and data analysis. Real-world applications and continual practice/review are fundamental parts of the class and are important for mastery of the material.

    Suggested Materials
    Saxon Algebra 1: Incremental Development (Student Edition) ; ISBN 13: 978-1-56577-134-5

    Textbook will be supplied for the course.

    Course Session
    June 15–July 24
    8:30 AM–12:00 PM PST
    (Class will not be held on July 3)

    Live Lecture: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM PST
    Independent Study: 10:30 AM–12:00 PM PST

    Tuition
    $2250

  • Algebra II/Geometry

    Completion of Algebra I/Geometry or its equivalent is recommended. This course will be offered in an online format.

    This is the second part in a series of algebra and geometry courses. Students will continue working on concepts introduced in Algebra I/Geometry, but more in-depth. After mastering topics introduced in this course students should be able to solve equations and inequalities with absolute value, quadratic and logarithmic equations, and work with complex numbers and trigonometric functions of right triangles. Also, geometry will be incorporated and the equivalent of formal geometry will be concluded. Students will be introduced to proofs in geometry with similar and congruent figures, circles and their parts, lines, and planes.

    Suggested Materials
    Saxon Algebra 2 Student Edition Grades 9-12 2004 ; ISBN 13: 978-1-56577-140-6

    Textbook will be supplied for the course.

    Course Session
    June 15–July 24
    8:30 AM–12:00 PM PST
    (Class will not be held on July 3)

    Live Lecture: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM PST
    Independent Study: 10:30 AM–12:00 PM PST

    Tuition
    $2250

Science Enrichment

  • Biology Week 1

    For students entering grades 7–8 in the fall of 2020. This course will be offered in an online format.

    This one week biology course covers grades 6 and 7 and introduces students to the cellular world, specifically how cells come together in billions of different combinations to produce the enormous variety of life on this planet. After learning what it means to be a biologist – to not only ask questions about the living world around oneself, but within oneself as well – students will explore and explain the underlying mechanisms that govern the functioning of all living organisms. By the end of this course, students should not only have a baseline knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, but also understand how humans compare and contrast with our distant relatives, the Plant Kingdom.

    Course Session
    June 15–June 19
    1:45 PM – 3:45 PM PST

    Tuition
    $250

  • Biology Week 2

    For students entering grade 9 in the fall of 2020. This course will be offered in an online format.

    This one week biology course covers grade 8 and will further students’ comprehension of cells by learning more in depth about cellular processes and the maintenance of homeostasis. The course will dive into details of biochemistry of carbohydrates, proteins and lipids. Cellular transport and membrane structure are emphasized. Plant processes like photosynthesis are studied at a molecular level. The students will learn all the basic reactions occurring in the process of cellular respiration. Cell division, Genetics, DNA structure, DNA replication, transcription and translation are studied in depth. Evolutionary and ecological concepts will be reinforced especially in the context of genetics. This course is an excellent preparatory course for honors biology.

    Course Session
    June 22–June 26
    1:45 PM – 3:45 PM PST

    Tuition
    $250

  • Chemistry

    For students entering grades 7–9 in the fall of 2020. This course will be offered in an online format.

    In the summer chemistry program, students will be introduced to measurements and significant figures, atomic structure, types of matter, physical and chemical changes, bonding and chemical reactions. They will learn how to read the periodic table, name simple ionic and covalent compounds and do chemical calculations involving moles and Avogadro’s number.

     

    Course Session
    June 29–July 10
    1:45 PM – 3:45 PM PST
    (Class will not be held on July 3)

    Tuition
    $450

  • Physics

    For students entering grades 7–9 in the fall of 2020. This course will be offered in an online format.

    First Time Physics teaches the essential definitions and descriptions of classical physics in the areas such as motion, forces, Newton’s laws, momentum, energy and electrostatics. Mathematically, our course will primarily use three variable equations with basic algebra. Students must clearly solve these equations for missing variables and use proper units and notation. The core focus of First Time Physics is upon building fluent verbal descriptions of physical systems as well as learning fundamental rules for solving problems in classical physics. This will help prepare students for the coming year’s most challenging topics such as 2-D vectors, 2-D kinematics, 2-D force analysis, conservation of energy, conservation of momentum and electrostatics.

    Course Session
    July 13–July 24
    1:45 PM – 3:45 PM PST

    Tuition
    $500

Writing

  • Essay Writing Blueprint

    For students entering grades 5-6 in the fall of 2020. This course will be offered in an online format.

    Writing is an essential skill that all middle school students will use in their classes. This Essay Writing Blueprint course offers younger students a chance to develop their writing skills in a fun week-long writing course. Students will practice writing paragraphs and short essays about different topics, including many topics of their own choosing! Our time will be spent on building students’ abilities, confidence, and enjoyment in writing of all kinds.

    Course Sessions
    June 29–July 2; July 13–July 17
    8:30 AM–11:30 AM PST
    (Class will not be held on July 3)

    Tuition
    $280  (June 29–July 2)
    $350 (July 13–July 17)

  • Essay Writing Blueprint

    For students entering grades 7–8 in the fall of 2020. This course will be offered in an online format.

    Clear and concise writing is the essential way that students demonstrate their ideas and understanding in all of their classes.  This week-long course offers students in rising grades 7 and 8 the chance to hone their essay writing skills while also developing their own unique voice as a writer.  Students will improve their grammar and vocabulary knowledge, as well as practice different styles of essay-writing, including research essays, persuasive essays, and personal essays.  Our time will be spent building students’ abilities, confidence, and enjoyment in writing.

    Course Session
    July 6 –July 10
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM PST

    Tuition
    $350 per session

  • Writing Preparation for SAT

    For students entering grades 9–12 in the fall of 2020. This course will be offered in an online format.

    This week-long SAT summer course will prepare students for the reading, writing, and essay sections of the SAT.  In this course, students will develop their reading comprehension, analytical thinking, and writing skills through language study and practice exams.  Students will also write several SAT essays responding to different prompts in order to improve the design of thesis statements, content, and essay organization. This course, in addition to preparing students for the SAT, will also be useful in laying the foundations for AP English Language and Composition. 

    Course Session
    June 29–July 2
    July 6–July 10
    July 13–July 17
    12:30 PM–3:30 PM PST
    (Class will not be held on July 3)

    Tuition
    $280 (June 29–July 2)
    $350 (July 6 –July 10; July 13 –July 17)                                                                           

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