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Summer Study at Riverdale

Mathematics and Writing courses for
students entering grades 7–9

Half-day classes in three- and six-week sessions
June 18–July 27, 2018

We are pleased to announce a new summer academic program for students entering grades 7–9. In half-day morning classes over three- or six-week sessions, Summer Study at Riverdale will give students an opportunity to deepen their understanding of academic disciplines through active learning that helps bridge the gap between academic years in order to develop and maintain important skill sets with extended classroom time.

Faculty and staff will work with students on both academic and personal goals, aiming to prepare them for new challenges in the next chapter of their education. An important teaching thread in all courses will be "learning how to learn." The strategies and experiences of this program will provide a useful reservoir of knowledge and skills that students will draw upon in their future academic endeavors.

Small classes taught by Riverdale faculty will provide all students the unique opportunity to explore new interests and prepare for the challenges of the next school year.

If you have more questions about this program, please email program director Georgia Tucker at gtucker@riverdale.edu.

Please note: Preregistration ends April 30, 2018.

General Information

Who: Middle and Upper School Students entering grades 7–9. Riverdale and non-Riverdale students may enroll in courses.

Where: Upper Learning Building on the River Campus.

When: Courses in three- and six-week sessions in June and July. Students focus on one discipline—mathematics or writing—per session.

Three-week Session I: June 18-July 6
Three-week Session II: July 9-27
Six-week Session: June 18-July 27

Daily Schedule

8:00 am: Campus Opens
8:30 am–12:30 pm: Classes
12:30 pm–1:00 pm: Lunch
1:00 pm: Campus Closes

Food and Transportation: Healthy snacks will be available during the day, but no meal service will be provided. Students are welcome to bring their lunch. Transportation will be available for an additional charge.

Cost for three-week class: $1,600
Cost for six-week class: $3,000

Learning How to Learn

“Learning how to learn” is a set of skills and understandings that are essential not only for academic success but also for personal and professional growth and well-being beyond schooling.

Leading your own learning involves understanding how to stay focused and on task, knowing how your brain works in terms of making and retrieving memories, and how to study and be involved in the classroom in productive and effective ways. We all have room to improve in these skills.

Instruction at Summer Study at Riverdale will embed lessons on metacognition and learning strategies so students improve on transferable skills that will benefit them far beyond one academic discipline.

Math Courses

Pre-Algebra for Rising 7th and 8th Graders: Course uses hands-on activities to practice pre-algebra skills in new and interesting ways. Focuses include fractions, decimals, ratios and percents, word problems, and simple algebraic expressions. The course will stress building numeracy and problem-solving skills. Work will be tailored to the individual needs of students from each participating grade level.

Session One: June 18-July 6
Session Two: July 9-27
Six Week Session: June 18-July 27

Algebra for Rising 9th Graders: Course bridges the gap between Middle and Upper School math programs, helping ensure students have practice with more abstract thinking and algebraic reasoning that will eventually lead into Algebra 2 and trigonometry. Focuses in the first three-week session include linear functions and systems of equations, and in the second three-week session include quadratic equations and irrational numbers. Both sessions emphasize practice with algebraic word problems.

Session One: June 18-July 6
Session Two: July 9-27
Six Week Session: June 18-July 27

English Courses

Analytical Reading and Writing: Course builds close reading skills using both fiction and nonfiction texts, and builds key analytical writing skills such as thesis statement creation, evidence selection, and incorporating opposing viewpoints into interpretation. Curriculum will focus on shorter, engaging texts and poems with high frequencies of feedback and practice. Students will break down the elements of a strong argument and learn how those skills can be transferred to many different academic disciplines.

Session One: June 18–July 6
Session Two: July 9–27
Six Week Session: June 18–July 27

Creative Writing: Course uses a varied series of creative writing prompts to build writing stamina and skills such as imagery, perspective, and tone. Course will include high frequencies of feedback and practice, and students will workshop their writing and select pieces to revise for weekly showcases to celebrate students’ work and progress. Inspirations for our writing will include the Wave Hill Garden next door to campus.

Session One: June 18–July 6
Session Two: July 9–27
Six Week Session: June 18–July 27

Apply to Summer Study at Riverdale

The Summer Study application form can be found here. Please note that Pre-registration ends on April 16, 2018. Enrollment is limited: be sure to apply soon.

Riverdale Country School

Mind • Character • Community




5250 Fieldston Road
Bronx, NY 10471

LS: (718) 549-7780
MS/US: (718) 549-8810


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