Summer Studies: Course Descriptions

All courses are for grades 9-12, co-ed, unless otherwise noted.

Both U.S. History and Economic Policy can be taken for either honors credit or regular credit.  Student will discuss this with their instructor on the first day of class and do not need to designate honors or regular when registering online.

Economic Policy
Exploring Computer Science 
Foundations of Rhetoric: An Introduction to AP English Language and Composition  

Flex Fitness Activities

PE 101: Freshman Fitness
Honors Physics

Photo Explorations
Studio Art Survey
U.S. History
Write Like a High Schooler



ARABIC: JUNE 4 - July 6, 2018

This course will provide an introduction to Arabic language and culture and cover the equivalent of an introductory level college course.  This course will be taught by HB alumna Betty Rosen '08.

Economic Policy June 4 - July 6, 2018: 

The Economic Policy course is designed to allow HB students to study micro- and macroeconomics through research, data analysis, case studies, and traditional models. The course introduces participants to key economic concepts, which are generally framed around important social issues and international topics. Public, private and international economic policies are emphasized. The course stresses the importance of civic, international and business ethics and emphasizes the necessity of informed decision making. Major course topics include unemployment, transitional economies, poverty, discrimination, Social Security, Medicare, monetary policy, fiscal policy, pollution, crime and crime prevention, monopoly and monopsony, protectionism, outsourcing, international labor issues, globalization, immigration, and trade policy. A comprehensive policy research policy paper is required at the conclusion of the course. Honors option available for this course.


Exploring Computer Science 100 and 101: June 11-22, 2018

Students will be introduced to the breadth of the field of computer science through a hands-on exploration of topics. Rather than focusing the entire course on learning particular software tools or programming languages, the course is designed to focus the conceptual ideas of computing and help students understand why certain tools or languages might be utilized to solve particular problems. The goal is to develop in students the computational thinking practices of algorithm development, problem solving, and programming within the context of problems that are relevant to the lives of today’s students. Students will also be introduced to topics such as interface design, limits of computers and societal and ethical issues. Evaluation will be based on participation, projects, and quizzes.


Flex Fitness is a personal fitness course that provides instruction and support in the pursuit of individual fitness/wellness goals. Students will review proper and safe use of fitness room equipment, explore and utilize use of technology in planning and applying fitness and training goals and programs. The goal is to provide students with the knowledge and tools to set goals and design workout plans which support lifelong fitness and wellness. Upon completion of the course, students will be required to complete 36 hours of workouts and maintain a fitness log detailing their activity, data and progress towards goals. The log must be completed and turned in during exam week of the first semester.

foundations of rhetoric: an introduction to ap english language and composition: June 11-22, 2018

This course introduces students to the core terminology and concepts of rhetoric at the heart of the AP English Language and Composition course. Students in the course will also learn strategies for mastering the written part of the AP exam, practice numerous free response prompts, and receive written feedback on their work.

Chinese accelerated 1/2: JUNE 4-July 6, 2018

This course is designed for students who have prior experience learning Chinese, either formally or informally, but need to enhance their skills in one or more of the following areas: speaking and listening, reading, or writing. Each student will study at an individualized pace in the area of greatest need with the teacher’s guidance. Having completed this course, a student will be placed in an intermediate level of Chinese or continue with Chinese Accelerated 3/4 Honors. Its content is approximately equivalent to that of Chinese 1 and 2.    


This course is a continuation of Accelerated Chinese 1/2. Students continue developing their skills in the areas of speaking and listening, reading, and writing, based on their individual needs. Each student will again study at an individualized pace with the teacher’s guidance. Having completed this course, students will be prepared for placement in advanced levels of Chinese, including AP. Its content is approximately equivalent to that of Chinese 3 and 4.  

junior wellness: June 4-8, 2018

This course completes the Junior Wellness requirement for Hathaway Brown students.

PE 100: Freshman 

This course completes the first semester of the freshman physical education requirement.  In this course, students will engage in Adventure Learning and Lifetime Activities. The Adventure Learning curriculum develops problem solving, team/community building, leadership and communication skills through ground activities & challenges, low and high element climbing activities.  The Lifetime Activities curriculum involves students in recreational activities that encourage healthy lifestyles.  Racquet sports, ultimate games and backyard games will be included.   

PE 101: Freshman fitness: June 11-22, 2018

This course fulfills the second semester of the freshman physical education requirement through completion of the fitness portion of the curriculum, which focuses on developing skills and knowledge necessary to develop and manage a personalized and individualized fitness programs. It includes applying the primary components and principles of fitness to class activities such as fitness room equipment, machines, functional movement and body weight workouts, Yoga, Pilates, and Zumba. Students will learn a variety of methods to incorporate technology to plan, track, motivate and enhance movement, exercise and training. The lifetime activities portion of the curriculum provides students the opportunity to learn about and engage in recreational activities that encourage healthy lifestyles. 

PHOTO EXPLORATIONS: June 11-29, 2018

With an eye toward aesthetics, students will engage in digital photography and composition. All students will use DSLR cameras to capture hi-quality images, learn digital editing skills and digital printing.In addition to technical skills, this course will investigate questions of style and the evolution of photography.

What are the traditional rules of good composition? What is a student’s individual style?

What is the “New Aesthetic”?

The course will be composed of brief lectures, demonstrations and photo shoots in class. Course objectives include:

  • Understanding the use of a DSLR camera
  • Learning traditional photo composition “rules,” and photo-shoot set-up
  • Develop introductory Photoshop skills, i.e. “touch-ups” and “compositing”
  • Learn how to use wide-format inkjet printers for CMYK printing
  • Discussing historical and contemporary photographers

Each project will go from planning to staging, capturing (taking picture), editing and finally printing. Peppered between these will be short lessons about the history of photo, contemporary photographers and the ever-changing nature of picture-making.  Studio Art Survey is a prerequisite for this course, and this course can be taken before or after Photo 1 for HB students.

HONORS Physics: June 4-July 6, 2018

Physics is a study of the relationship between matter and energy and the laws of nature. Theoretical and experimental concepts are developed by lectures, class discussions, and observations in the laboratory. Topics include mechanics, electricity, magnetism, waves, sound, and light. Students will develop skills in making careful observations of everyday occurrences, organizing data, and explaining their findings in logical, well-written lab reports.

Studio Art Survey: June 11-June 29, 2018

The Studio Art Survey class is an introductory survey course for the Upper School that lays the groundwork for students to develop their abilities in the visual arts. Students work on developing skills in drawing and design principles through the use of a variety of media, learning the essential qualities of each one. The class examines work and ideas from the history of art and relates these to class projects. Students explore the artistic process and develop problem-solving skills through experimentation with new ideas and new media. The sequence of projects is organized so that students use and build upon the acquired skills of the prior completed assignments. Students view and critique each other's work in order to increase visual awareness and develop aesthetic understanding and vocabulary. The course includes work in the following media: pencil, charcoal, pastels, oil pastels, printmaking, acrylic paints, ink, ceramics, and mixed media. These efforts lead to increased personal creativity and expression, self-reliance and greater understanding of the meaning of art in our lives and society.

U.S. History: June 4-July 6, 2018

The American Odyssey examines the development of the United States from colonial times through the 20th century. The foundations and institutions that defined the United States in the past, and those that continue to define it today, are central to the course. The Odyssey explores and analyzes America’s economic development, political beliefs and institutions, and military expansion. The course also stresses the importance of the diverse cultures, beliefs and values that shaped the United States. While particular time periods in American history, such as the Revolutionary and Civil War eras, the Progressive era, and the Depression era, are important to the course, specific themes such as civil rights, demographic change, cultural diversity, war and diplomacy, and globalization are important as well. Analyses of literary and visual primary sources, multiple historical perspectives, and historical problems and solutions play major roles in the course. Students complete three thesis-based research papers during the year. Being able to read, write, and think critically are essential skills for this course. Honors option available for this course.

Write Like a High Schooler: July 30-August 10, 2018

Grade 9 only
Targeted towards rising 9th graders from any school, this short course is designed to help students develop their critical reading, writing, and general study skills. Students should expect to write during class each day and will receive extensive feedback on ways to improve their formal writing (argumentation, style, organization) as well as note-taking strategies and techniques to help improve reading comprehension.  This course is led by Mike Ciuni, Upper School English teacher.

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