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Academic Workshops

Brush Up for Success!

Academic Workshops are open to Pacific Ridge students and students from the wider community.

Course Offerings:

List of 7 items.

  • Freshman Seminar (7/16-7/20)

    Dates: 7/16 - 7/20 (Monday - Friday)
    Time: 9:00 - 12:00 p.m.
    Grades: Rising 9th and incoming Upper School Students
    Instructor: Allegra Molineaux
    Cost: $245
     
    This week-long course enhances academic skills that foster a successful transition to high school. Students improve classroom skills such as note taking, active reading, collaborative learning, and test taking. They also learn productivity strategies and tools such as time management, test preparation, goal setting, motivation and concentration. Finally, the class introduces students to the nature of high school disciplines (Biology, History, English, etc.) and the general expectations of those disciplines. Students leave with a clear understanding of the various academic and student support services available on campus. While this class is an excellent introduction for students new to Pacific Ridge, returning students can benefit from the skills and strategy review as well.
  • Start-Up Camp with UCSD Rady School Of Management (7/30-8/3)

    Program Dates:  7/30 - 8/3
    Time: Full day. 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Grades:7-9
    Instructor: Tina Klein, Ph. D.
    Cost: $575
    REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.
    Curious about entrepreneurship, but not sure where to start? This one-week course is designed for young aspiring entrepreneurs who want to explore this path. From developing new business ideas, learning marketing, research, and communication skills to entrepreneurial strategy and pitching, this course follows Rady’s successful approach to commercializing innovation.  Through a mix of lectures, exercises, simulations, field trips, and discussions with founders of startups, students  will 1) learn the entrepreneurial mindset and its essential tools, 2) glean insight into consumer and buyer behavior, 3) create viable business ideas, 4) appreciate how & when to protect your intellectual property, 5) explore the fundamentals of digital marketing & crowdfunding, 6) play an online entrepreneur simulation in which you’ll evaluate financing options at startup, as well as make staffing, marketing, and inventory management decisions, and 7) and learn effective communication and presentation skills. The week culminates with student pitches to local CEOs and entrepreneurs. Learn more about Launchpad programs at http://rady.ucsd.edu/centers/ciid/launchpad/
  • Middle School Skills for Success (7/23-7/27)

    Dates: 7/23 - 7/27  (Monday - Friday)
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Grades: 7 (Only open for incoming 7th graders)
    Instructor: Luke Michel
    Cost: $245
    This week-long course is designed to help incoming 7th grade Pacific Ridge students develop the skills needed to be successful in middle school.  Students will improve classroom skills such as writing, note taking, active reading, collaborative learning, and Harkness discussion skills. They will also learn productivity strategies and tools such as organization, time management, test preparation, goal setting, motivation and concentration. By introducing and using the technological platforms required of them during the year, such as their Pacific Ridge email account, PowerSchool Learning, and Google Drive, students will be ready to hit the ground running on the first day of school. Students will also leave with a clear understanding of the various academic and student support services available on campus. The transition to a new school and into middle school is exciting and fun, but it can also be challenging for students. This course is designed to help new Firebirds with the transition and to help them fine-tune some of the skills they will need in middle school.
     
  • Middle School Essay Writing Workshop (7/23-7/27)

    Dates: 7/23 - 7/27 (Monday - Friday)
    Time: 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
    Grades: 7 – 8
    Instructor: Peyton Bray
    Cost: $255
    In this workshop, Middle School students will practice and gain confidence in all aspects of the essay-writing process, especially the ability to argue persuasively for a specific position. They will learn how to read for writing, brainstorm, develop a strong thesis statement, use supporting evidence, expand and analyze ideas, draft, and gain comfort with revision as the most important part of the writing process. This essay-writing workshop will benefit all Middle School students, whether they are building their writing foundations or simply wish to gain more practice and confidence with persuasive essay writing.
  • Upper School Essay Writing Workshop (7/23-7/27)

    Dates: 7/23 - 7/27 (Monday - Friday)
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Grades: 9-11
    Instructor: Peyton Bray
    Cost: $255
    In this workshop, Upper School students will practice and gain confidence in all aspects of the essay-writing process, especially the ability to argue persuasively for a specific position. They will learn how to read for writing, brainstorm, develop a strong thesis statement, use supporting evidence, expand and analyze their ideas, draft, and gain comfort with revision as the most important part of the writing process. This essay-writing workshop will benefit all Upper School students, whether they are building their writing foundations or simply wish to gain more practice and confidence with persuasive essay writing.
  • Algebra Brush-Up (7/23-7/27)

    Dates:  7/23 - 7/27 (Monday - Friday)
    Time: 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
    Instructor: Olga Koroleva
    Cost: $255
     
    Start Algebra II on the right foot! After a year of Geometry, the foundations of Algebra can be a bit rusty. The goal of this workshop is to provide a strong review of the important concepts of Algebra I. Analytical skills are stressed more than simple mechanical skills, as students work on many models represented by linear, quadratic, and exponential functions as well as systems of equations. The graphing calculator Texas Instrument (TI-84) is used as a learning tool. Don’t be stressed at the beginning of your next math class!
  • Middle School Skills for Success (7/30-8/3)

    Dates: 7/30 - 8/3 (Monday - Friday)
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Grades: 7 (Only open for incoming 7th graders)
    Instructor: Luke Michel
    Cost: $245
    
    This week-long course is designed to help incoming 7th grade Pacific Ridge students develop the skills needed to be successful in middle school.  Students will improve classroom skills such as writing, note taking, active reading, collaborative learning, and Harkness discussion skills. They will also learn productivity strategies and tools such as organization, time management, test preparation, goal setting, motivation and concentration. By introducing and using the technological platforms required of them during the year, such as their Pacific Ridge email account, PowerSchool Learning, and Google Drive, students will be ready to hit the ground running on the first day of school. Students will also leave with a clear understanding of the various academic and student support services available on campus. The transition to a new school and into middle school is exciting and fun, but it can also be challenging for students. This course is designed to help new Firebirds with the transition and to help them fine-tune some of the skills they will need in middle school.

Questions?

Questions? Please contact us at summerprograms@pacificridge.org