For-Credit Academic Courses

The following Math courses are offered both for credit and enrichment and will run concurrently. For credit sections are only open to currently enrolled BASIS Curriculum students who have met the Math Advancement Criteria (see your Dean for details). Enrichment classes are open to all BASIS Curriculum students as well as non-BASIS Curriculum students who meet the course pre-requisites. BASIS Curriculum students will have priority registration and are eligible for full credit upon successful completion of the course and passing of the corresponding Math Exam. The following Economics course is for BASIS Curriculum students entering grades 9 – 12 in fall 2019 who need to fulfill the required ½ credit in Economics. BASIS Curriculum students will be eligible for ½ credit upon successful completion of the course. The following World History course is for BASIS Curriculum students entering grades 9 – 12 in the fall of 2019 who need to fulfill the graduation requirement in Social Science. BASIS Curriculum students will receive credit upon successful completion of the course.
  • Pre-Algebra

    Saxon 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. Students will have short breaks and lunchtime (lunch is not included). All students will need to successfully pass the summer course with an “A-” or higher and receive a score of 90% or higher on the cumulative final exam to receive credit for this course.

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

    Textbook rental is available at a rate of $75 per book (this includes a $50 damage/loss deposit). This deposit will be refunded at the end of the course upon the return of the rented textbook in its original condition.

    Admissions Requirements

    Students must be either rising or incoming BASIS Curriculum 6th graders to be eligible to take this course.

    Course Sessions
    June 17–July 26
    8:00 AM–1:00 PM
    (Class will not be held on July 4 or 5)

    Tuition
    $2850

  • Algebra I/Geometry

    Completion of Pre-Algebra or its equivalent and advancement approval for FOR-CREDIT students is required. Follow the link to see the Math Placement Letter and the approval process. All students approved for the Math Advancement program will need to successfully pass the summer course with an “A-” or higher and receive a score of 90% or higher on the cumulative final exam to receive credit for this course.

    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. Students will have short breaks and lunchtime (lunch is not included).

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

    Textbook rental is available at a rate of $75 per book (this includes a $50 damage/loss deposit). This deposit will be refunded at the end of the course upon the return of the rented textbook in its original condition.

    Course Sessions
    June 17–July 26

    8:00 AM–1:00 PM

    (Class will not be held on July 4 or 5)

    Tuition
    $2850

  • Algebra II/Geometry

    Completion of Algebra I/Geometry or its equivalent and advancement approval for FOR-CREDIT students is required. Follow the link to see the Math Placement Letter and the approval process. All students approved for the Math Advancement program will need to successfully pass the summer course with an “A-” or higher and receive a score of 90% or higher on the cumulative final exam to receive credit for this course.

    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. Students will have short breaks and lunchtime (lunch is not included).

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

    Textbook rental is available at a rate of $75 per book (this includes a $50 damage/loss deposit). This deposit will be refunded at the end of the course upon the return of the rented textbook in its original condition.

    Course Sessions
    June 17–July 26

    8:00 AM–1:00 PM

    (Class will not be held on July 4 or 5)

    Tuition
    $2850

  • Economics

    For BASIS Curriculum students entering grades 9–12 in fall of 2019.

    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. BASIS Curriculum students will be eligible for ½ credit upon successful completion of this course.

    Course Sessions
    July 8–July 26

    8:00 AM–1:00 PM

    Tuition
    $1425

  • World History

    For BASIS Curriculum students entering grades 9–12 in the fall of 2019.

    This World History course will focus on developing students’ abilities to think conceptually about world history from approximately 8000 BCE to the present and apply historical thinking skills as they learn about the past. Five themes of equal importance—focusing on the environment, cultures, state-building, economic systems, and social structures—provide areas of historical inquiry for investigation throughout the course.

    This four-week class encompasses the history of the five major geographical regions of the globe: Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania, with special focus on historical developments and processes that cross multiple regions. Students will be using four different books by prominent historians to analyze different perspectives of world history.

    Required Materials
    • MacGregor, Neil. A History of the World in 100 Objects. London: Allen Lane, 2010. Print. ISBN-10: 0143124153

    Textbook rental is available at a rate of $75 per book (this includes a $50 damage/loss deposit). This deposit will be refunded at the end of the course upon the return of the rented textbook in its original condition.

    Course Sessions
    June 17–July 12

    8:00 AM–1:00 PM

    (Class will not be held on July 4 or 5)

    Tuition
    $1900

Math Enrichment

  • Pre-Algebra

    Saxon 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.

    Course Textbook
    • Saxon Algebra 1/2: Incremental Development Edition 3 2004 ; ISBN 13: 978-1-56577-149-9

    Admissions Requirements

    Students must be either rising or incoming 6th graders to be eligible to take this course.

    Course Sessions
    June 17–July 26

    8:00 AM–11:20 AM

    (Class will not be held on July 4 or 5)

    Tuition
    $2250

  • Algebra I/Geometry

    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. Students will have short breaks and lunchtime (lunch is not included).

    Course Textbook
    • Saxon Algebra 1: Incremental Development (Student Edition) ; ISBN 13: 978-1-56577-134-5

    Admissions Requirements
    Completion of Pre-Algebra or its equivalent is recommended.

    Course Sessions
    June 17 – July 26

    8:00 AM – 11:20 AM

    (Class will not be held on July 4 or 5)

    Tuition
    $2250

  • Algebra II/Geometry

    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. Students will have short breaks and lunchtime (lunch is not included).

    Course Textbook
    • Saxon Algebra 2 Student Edition Grades 9-12 2004 ; ISBN 13: 978-1-56577-140-6

    Admissions requirements
    Completion of Algebra I or its equivalent or recommended.

    Course Sessions
    June 17 – July 26

    8:00 AM – 11:20 AM

    (Class will not be held on July 4 or 5)

    Tuition
    $2250

World Language Enrichment

  • Spanish

    For students entering grade 9 in the fall of 2019.

    A two week Spanish course for students who need to catch up on or bolster their skills The course will emphasize  grammatical structures and verb tenses; such as past, present progressive, present perfect, future tenses, and reflexive verbs. This course moves beyond daily life into topics such as travel, sports, leisure activities, childhood, news, and professions. Skills are developed through reading, writing, and listening activities, as well as public speaking and presentations. By the end of this course, students will have established fundamentals in Spanish and be prepared to start Spanish II.

    Course Sessions
    July 15 – July 26

    1:15 PM – 3:00 PM

    Tuition
    $700

  • Advanced Spanish

    For students entering grades 11–12 in the fall of 2019.

    An advanced  Spanish course for students who need to catch up on, or bolster their skills. The course will emphasize grammatical structures and verb tenses. Students will focus on the future subjunctive tenses, and will learn ways to remember their uses. This course moves beyond daily life and students have the opportunity to begin comparing different Latin American cultures. Skills are developed through reading, writing, and listening activities, as well as public speaking. By the end of this course, students will be better prepared to start Spanish IV or AP Spanish.

    Course Sessions
    July 15 – July 26

    8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

    Tuition
    $700

  • Mandarin

    For students entering grades 7 – 9 in the fall of 2019.

    This two week Mandarin course is for students who have little to no Mandarin experience, and are looking to prepare for taking a full year class. The course covers Mandarin alphabet and writing system, grammatical elements in sentences and syntactic rules of sentence formation, daily expression and simple dialogues, etc. As the course is completed, students will be familiar with the most commonly used vocabulary, basic sentence structures, and important grammar points of level-A Mandarin. Students will be trained in listening and speaking, and will master basic communication skills.

    Course Sessions
    June 17 – June 28

    1:15 PM – 3:00 PM

    Tuition
    $500

  • Latin

    For students entering grades 7–9 in the fall of 2019.

    This two week Latin course is designed for incoming 7th through 9th graders with little to no Latin experience, while being relevant for current Latin students as well. The course will review basic Latin grammar, and will cover noun declensions, cases, and their uses. Students will learn verb conjugations and how to adjust verbs to change their meanings into different tenses, voices, and moods. After learning simple building blocks like adverbs and prepositions, students will begin translations and readings. By the end of this course, students will have completed a grammar review, and be in a better position to start heavier translation/grammar courses.

    Course Sessions
    June 17 – June 28

    1:15 PM – 3:00 PM

    Tuition
    $500

Science Enrichment

  • Biology I

    For students entering grades 7–8 in the fall of 2019.

    This one week biology course covers 6th and 7th grades and will introduce 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 Sessions
    June 17–June 21

    3:15 PM–5:00 PM

    Tuition
    $250

  • Biology II

    For students entering grade 9 in the fall of 2019.

    This two week biology course covers  8th grade 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 24–June 28

    3:15 PM–5:00 PM

    Tuition
    $250

  • Chemistry

    For students entering grades 7–9 in the fall of 2019.

    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. The instruction will be a mix of hands-on activities, guided inquiry, lecture, and lab experiments.

    Course Sessions
    July 15–July 26

    3:15 PM–5:00 PM

    Tuition
    $500

  • Physics

    For students entering grades 7–9 in the fall of 2019.

    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 Sessions
    July 1–July 12

    3:15 PM–5:00 PM

    (Class will not be held on July 4 or 5)

    Tuition
    $400

Writing

  • Essay Writing Blueprint

    For students entering grades 4-6 in the fall of 2019.

    Writing is an essential skill for all middle school students to 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 even 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 24–June 28
    July 22–July 26

    8:00 AM–11:00 AM

    Tuition
    $350 per session

  • Essay Writing Blueprint

    For students entering grades 7–8 in the fall of 2019.

    Is essay writing something that makes you anxious or confused? Do you find it hard to brainstorm ideas for your writing or have issues knowing what type of writing you should be employing on different mediums? Join us in a one week course that will work to improve your writing skills across different formats. Students will lean standardized essay writing for AP World History classes throughout the regular school year. As such, time will be spent discussing and practicing writing skills for exam essay writing (with an emphasis on thesis statements and structure), electronic communication, presentation type writing, creative writing; business writing (letters, memos, resumes), and casual/friendly communication. Have fun while improving skills necessary for growth in any subject!

    Course Sessions

    June 17–June 21
    July 8–July 12

    8:00 AM–11:00 AM

    Tuition
    $350 per session

  • Writing Preparation for SAT

    For students entering grades 9–12 in the fall of 2019.

    This summer course is designed to prepare students for the writing section of the SAT. We will focus on identifying purpose, audience, and various rhetorical techniques used by authors. Additionally, we will be writing several SAT essays responding to a variety of prompts in order to improve our construction of thesis statements, developing content, and 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 Sessions
    June 17–June 21
    June 24–June 28

    July 8–July 12

     

    12:00 PM–3:00 PM

    Tuition
    $350 per session

  • Writing Preparation for AP History

    For students entering grades 8–12 in the fall of 2019.

    This workshop is designed to help students conquer the Free Response Questions on AP History Exams. Learn about the expectations, rubrics, and construction of a well-crafted response. In this workshop, students will practice the three types of FRQ: Short Answer Question, Document-Based Question, and Long Essay. Through history lectures and practical essay practice, students will walk away with confidence as they begin the new school year ready for AP courses.

    Course Sessions
    June 24-28           8:00 AM-11:00 AM
    July 15-19            12:00 PM-3:00 PM

    July 22–July 26   8:00 AM-11:00 AM

    Tuition
    $350 per session

Fine Arts

  • Recycled Art Summer Camp

    For students entering grades 1 – 4 in the fall of 2019.

    Looking to make something spectacular while also saving the earth?  Recycled Art Camp will lead students through various art craft projects that will use recycled materials only.  Students will be inspired by contemporary artists who create recycled art, and learn new techniques to make beautiful and sustainable artwork.  Creative spirit and innovative minds are welcome and needed!

    Course Session
    June 17–June 21

    8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

    Tuition
    $350 (plus $25 material fee)

  • Observing Nature Through Art Camp

    For students entering grades 5 – 8 in the fall of 2019.

    In this course, students will learn key observational 2D skills while connecting to the greater concept of nature as a whole.  Student will learn various techniques in drawing, painting, and printmaking through use of observing landscape and items in nature.  Activities completed during this camp will serve as biological research, as well as compositional training that can provide students with building blocks for future art courses.

    Course Session
    June 24–June 28

    8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

    Tuition
    $350 (plus $40 material fee)

     

     

Sports

  • Volleyball

    For students entering grades 5 – 8 in the fall of 2019.

    Students will learn basic volleyball skills including warm-up routines and stretches. As always, the concepts of teamwork and communication will be emphasized. Students will be introduced to skills including the forearm pass, setting, serving, format rotation, spiking, blocking, and rally scoring. The focus will be keeping the ball in play. The basic underhand serve will lead up to the overhand serve which requires a great deal of practice to master. After a few lessons, the students will be able to combine their new found skills to play a mini modified volleyball game.

    Course Sessions
    June 17–June 21 (for grades 5-6)
    June 24–June 28 (for grades 7-8)

    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

    Tuition
    $350

College Preparation

  • 4 Point ACT or 180 Point SAT Guarantee

    For students entering grades 7 – 12 in the fall of 2019.

    In this program, you will improve at least 4 points on the ACT or 180 points on the SAT! Zenith Tutoring, our partner, will be providing individualized feedback for each student—no group exercises. Students can expect a customized plan, utilizing an innovative, data-driven approach. The curriculum combines one-on-one attention, online videos, and written materials, with access to over 1000 test preparation videos prepared by Zenith.

    The class format is also very flexible in that you can also mix and match dates/times; just pick any 10 sessions within the dates provided! You may also use sessions at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley in the fall, as well as Zenith’s Palo Alto location any time during the summer or fall.

    Note: With this program, the maximum guarantee provided is a 32 on the ACT or a 1420 on the SAT. For example, a student starting with a 29 on the ACT would receive the same guarantee (32) as one who starts with a 28. With that said, there’s no reason you couldn’t exceed the guarantee; many of Zenith’s students do!

    For more information: https://www.zenithtutoring.com/basis-independent-silicon-valley

    Course Session

    June 17 – July 26 (Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays; class will not be held on July 5th)

    9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

    Tuition

    $1,500 for the entire duration of the program, with all materials included.

  • 7 Point ACT or 300 Point SAT Guarantee

    For students entering grades 7 – 12 in the fall of 2019.

    In this program, you will improve at least 7 points on the ACT or 300 points on the SAT! Zenith Tutoring, our partner, will be providing individualized feedback for each student—no group exercises. Students can expect a customized plan, utilizing an innovative, data-driven approach. The curriculum combines one-on-one attention, online videos, and written materials, with access to over 1000 test preparation videos prepared by Zenith.

    The class format is also very flexible in that you can also mix and match dates/times; just pick any 25 sessions within the dates provided! You may also use sessions at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley in the fall, as well as Zenith’s Palo Alto location any time during the summer or fall.

    Note: With this program, the maximum guarantee provided is a 32 on the ACT or a 1420 on the SAT. For example, a student starting with a 26 on the ACT would receive the same guarantee (32) as one who starts with a 25. With that said, there’s no reason you couldn’t exceed the guarantee; many of Zenith’s students do!

    For more information: https://www.zenithtutoring.com/basis-independent-silicon-valley

    Course Session

    June 17 – July 26 (Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays; class will not be held on July 5th)

    9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

    Tuition

    $3,000 for the entire duration of the program, all materials included

  • 34+ ACT or 1500+ SAT Guarantee

    For students entering grades 7 – 12 in the fall of 2019.

    In this program, students will receive a 34+ on the ACT or a 1500+ on the SAT! This program is specifically designed for high-scoring students (minimum 29 on ACT or 1300 on SAT). Zenith Tutoring, our partner, provides unlimited sessions until the goal is reached, with each session providing individualized feedback for each student—no group exercises. Students can expect a customized plan for each student, utilizing an innovative, data-driven approach. The curriculum combines one-on-one attention, online videos, and written materials, with access to over 1000 test preparation videos prepared by Zenith.

    The class format is also very flexible in- that you can also mix and match dates/times; just pick any sessions within the dates provided! You may also use sessions at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley in the fall, as well as Zenith’s Palo Alto location any time during the summer or fall.

    Note: With this program, the maximum guarantee provided is a 34 on the ACT or a 1500 on the SAT. That said, there’s no reason you couldn’t exceed the guarantee; many of Zenith’s students do! (including perfect scores among BASIS Curriculum students)

    For more information: https://www.zenithtutoring.com/basis-independent-silicon-valley

    Course Session

    June 17 – July 26 (Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays; class will not be held on July 5th)

    9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

    Tuition

    $3,000 for the entire duration of the program, all materials included

  • 800 Score Guarantee for Math 2 Subject Test

    For students entering grades 7 – 12 in the fall of 2019

    In this program, students will get an 800 on the Math 2 Subject Test! Zenith Tutoring, our partner, provides unlimited sessions until the goal is reached, with each class providing private attention to each student—no group exercises. Students can expect a customized plan for each student, utilizing an innovative, data-driven approach. The curriculum combines one-on-one attention, online videos, and written materials.

    The class format is also very flexible in that you can also mix and match dates/times; just pick any sessions within the dates provided! You may also use sessions at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley in the fall, as well as Zenith’s Palo Alto location any time during the summer or fall.

    Note: Students need a minimum score of 650. Students with lower scores can still participate in the program, but would need to agree to a reduced guarantee based on the initial test.

    For more information: https://www.zenithtutoring.com/basis-independent-silicon-valley

    Course Session

    June 17 – July 26 (Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays; class will not be held on July 5th)

    9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

    Tuition

    $1,200 for the entire duration of the program, all materials included

Summer Partners

  • Bits, Bytes & Pixels

    Summer Graphic Design Camp
    June 24 – June 28, July 22 – July 26 | 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM | Ages 10 – 18

    $540 per session

    Summer Coding Camp for Kids
    June 24 – June 28, July 22 – July 26 | 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Ages 7 – 9

    $400 per session

    Click here to learn more and register with Bits, Bytes & Pixels!

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