High School Intensives

Grades 9-12

We understand the busy schedules of our students in grades 9-12. The High School Intensive courses are each three weeks long. The intensives allow student to take one, three week class for 3 1/2 hours per day across three Saturdays or Sundays. You are also able to elect to pick one, three week session during each of the nine weeks, or as many as six intensives during the nine week period. Intensives do not have to be taken consecutively.

The intensives do require meeting eligibility requirements for each academic area. Please email our office or call the gifted office should you have any questions regarding the grade 9-12 program. The program also offers 9-week online classes

Time: 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Fees: $335 (1 Intensive) | $625 (2 Intensives) | $810 (3 Intensives)
Courses last for 3 weeks and students may register for 1-3 courses.

In addition to a fall and spring schedule, we offer two, three-week long camps during the summer for students in grades 9-12. Learn more.

Spring 2015 Schedule

Saturday Intensives





March 7, 14, 21 



March 28, April 11, 18

SAT Math--Canceled


April 25, May 2, 9

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Sunday Intensives



Intensive Course Topic


March 8, 15, 22



March 29, April 12, 19

SAT Verbal-Canceled


April 26, May 3, 10

Additional courses for the Spring Session will be offered online

Course Descriptions

Algebra II

In Algebra II students will expand on their knowledge of Algebra 1. This course will develop the students understanding of core algebraic concepts such as polynomials, algebraic expressions, factoring, quadratic equations, and an introduction into Trigonometry. They will learn to apply these concepts to real life applications. Students will be engaging in mathematical concepts that will broaden their understanding of what they know and prepare them for a smooth transition to higher levels of mathematics.

College and Personal Essay Writing

Creative Non-Fiction

Colleges often ask for essay questions to be answered in which you are asked to share personal information about yourself. In addition to using this to evaluate your Language Arts abilities, this is an attempt to learn more about who you are as a person. They want to know who you are and how you may fit into their community. This non-fiction workshop is set up to focus on writing personal essays. The essays can be focused on deeper meaning subjects, or can focus on events that have helped shape who you ultimately are. This workshop will let you find your writing voice in a supportive environment. Everyone in this workshop must submit a 3-5 page piece with their applications. You will learn how to revise your work as well as how other people read your work.  During the last class you will be asked to present a final piece to an audience to practice public speaking skills and share to share your craft. Come prepared to share, think, hone your writing skills, and analyze essays with your peers.

DBQ: Critical Thinking

Synthesizing documents and understanding what was said are important elements in creating cohesive essays. This course will challenge to you read other individuals interpretations of documents and draw conclusions that may not be in agreed upon across each of the documents you read. This class will encourage you to challenge what you are reading and hearing to create your own view point. This class is for students who are looking to push their papers to the next academic level and want to work on critical analysis. Fact based debate in this class will be encouraged.


Trigonometry is found within math, physics, biomechanics, physiology, and banking. Trigonometry is also an important component within calculus. This course will review and emphasize some of the core concepts in trigonometry used in both precalculus and calculus. You will be given active hands on exercises to bring the lessons of trigonometry to life. You will also need to bring a calculator, note book, and curiosity for mathematics and science.

Human Form

The human figure is complex and intricate. Mastering the human form takes years of study, dedication, and practice. In this class you will cover concepts involving movement and shape in order to create human figures. Drawing the human form is a fundamental building block for learning shape and creating depth within art. This course will focus on learning about human anatomy from an artistic view.  Required Materials: Sketchbook and drawing pencils

Intro to Japanese Language and Culture

This is a concentrated course that will give an introduction into the Japanese language and culture. Students will be introduced to greetings, likes and dislikes, as well as some basic writing. This class will be taught in an active manner. You will be asked to move around and interact with one another. This course is designed for students who have an interest in Japanese language or culture.

Intro. To Psychology

This class will introduce you to basic elements of psychological theory through experiments and observations. This is a hands-on class where your skills of perception will be challenged.  How well can you communicate your thoughts through non-verbal actions? Discover your own talents and strengths through analysis of motivation, communication, perception, and creativity.  Learn about how well you know yourself.

Line Drawing

Line drawings consist of only lines. The simple redirection of a line can redirect a viewer’s eye to unassuming focal points. Artists are challenged to look at contour, form, and shape. In this intensive you will not be asked to take the next step into shading or coloring. The course will allow you to experiment with continual line drawings, variation of shade, and line variations.
Required Materials:  Sketchbook and drawing pencils

Mixed Media

Students will learn the principal and elements of while using their imaginations in art projects that encourage self-expression. Students will use critical thinking skills to develop the ability to talk about art. Students will learn how to use a variety of media including charcoal, paint, pen and ink, and collage to create in-depth art projects.


Experience the art of poetry in a supportive workshop forum. This course focuses on writing, reading, and analyzing poetry written by your peers on a variety of topics. You will be encouraged to discover the words and songs that allow you to express emotion and thought in an unassuming manner. You must submit 2 poems with your application that you would like to use in the workshop. The course will go over how to read to punctuation, utilize sentence style for impact in a poem, the art of revision, and public speaking. This is an active workshop where class participation is a must. The final project of this course is an opportunity to read your original poem in front of a supportive audience.


This advanced course will use the students’ understanding of algebraic techniques to develop concepts used in calculus, providing an intuitive foundation for future work. Topics covered will include polynomial and rational functions, and exponential and logarithmic functions. Emphasis will be on developing a combination of strategies how to solve problems graphically, analytically and numerically. Prerequisite: A full year’s course in Algebra.

Public Speaking

Public speaking is a skill used not only in the classroom but in everyday life. Learning how to project meaning and influence a group of people is important in creating clear communication. In this intensive you will be challenged to identify a speech that speaks to you. Evaluate well known speakers body language, tone, and chosen words. You will be asked to read aloud famous speeches and explore how changing tone or dynamic changes impact. Over the three week period you will be asked to memorize part of a speech that speaks to you and deliver it to a small audience leveraging your new communication skills. Push and challenge your current public speaking skills by evaluating speeches through both verbal and non-verbal means. The course emphasizes critical thinking and communication in a supportive environment.

Rhetoric & Comp

Emotion, credibility, and logic are three elements necessary in writing. Rhetoric itself is the study of writing and speaking well. Rhetoric requires persuasion and proper composition to create a successful piece or writing or presentations. When you write, knowing your audience and how to talk to your audience is important. This determines tone, voice, and language. In this class you will focus on the art of persuasion and knowing your audience. You will be asked to think critically about arguments and evidence in writing. You will be asked to challenge what is known in a piece of writing, and then examine how to improve upon it.

SAT Math

This course will be geared toward improving scores on the SAT math section. Included in the course will be test-taking techniques and strategies with reinforcement units in arithmetic, algebra, problem solving, basic geometry and quantitative comparison

SAT Verbal

SAT verbal test places greater emphasis on the reading comprehension and sentence completion sections of the test. Success on the test, like success in school work, requires solid skills in critical reading and critical thinking. This revised verbal SAT preparation course emphasizes those analytical language skills. There is significant carryover to all other subjects studied in school.

SAT Writing

The writing section of the SAT is used to provide you an opportunity to show how well you can develop and express ideas. This workshop will help you focus your writing on developing a point of view, learn how to properly order your ideas, and how to use poignant language to express thought. Within this class you will practice writing within a given time frame and then asked to analyze what you have written. The class will also emphasize how to write clearly so the readers are able to get the clearest view of who you are and what you are trying to say.

Short Stories

This course focuses on writing, reading, and analyzing short stories written by your peers on a variety of topics. You must submit a 3 page short story with your application that you would like to use in the workshop. The course will go over how to read to punctuation, utilize sentence style for impact in a story, the art of revision, and public speaking. This is an active workshop where class participation is a must. The final project of this course is an opportunity to read your original short story in front of an audience.

STEM: Sea Perch

MIT Sea Grant's new SeaPerch program introduces pre-college students to the wonders of underwater robotics. Part of the Office of Naval Research's initiative, "Recruiting the Next Generation of Naval Architects," this program teaches students how to build an underwater robot (called a SeaPerch), how to build a propulsion system, how to develop a controller, and how to investigate weight and buoyancy. This endeavor is one of many exciting new projects funded by the Office of Naval Research as part of its National Naval Responsibility Initiative. The initiative focuses on bringing academia, government and industry to work together to ensure that the talent needed to design the Navy's next generation of ships and submarines will be there when needed.