Summer 2020 Mini Courses

Summer 2020 Mini Courses

We’re incredibly excited to offer these new mini-courses in June and July! We know this school year and summer have been impacted, and wanted to create options that promote authentic learning and engagement.

Each mini-course requires a minimum of three students, and is capped at six students. Invite a few friends to join!

We can also do coursework individually, and have other Summer 2020 offerings of subject and course work (especially helpful for gaps in learning), writing workshops, test preparation, and our college application bootcamp, along with our college application advising.

All options are available virtually – so you can work with us from anywhere summer.

Please be in touch with any questions, suggestions or ways we can be helpful. Thank you, as always, for the opportunity to work with your children.

High School Offerings:

Digital Literacy

Digital Literacy - We know social media posts and messages have the potential to alter lives, and also know that students aren't always given the proper tools to navigate their online and in-real-life experiences. Even the most informed parents aren't up to date on the latest and greatest in technology. This three session course uses the framework of healthy socialization, effective self-regulation and overall safety to help students understand the importance of impact and how to create a blueprint for their online experiences that promotes social, emotional, physical and spiritual wellness. It is based on the work Green Ivy founder Ana Homayoun has been doing in public, private and independent schools around the country as a result of my latest book, Social Media Wellness.  (Check out the book trailer video here). Also offered for middle school students. 

Details Price Qty
July 27, 28, 29 from 3-5 pmshow details + $225.00 (USD)  
August 11, 12, 13 from 3-5 pmshow details + $225.00 (USD)  

College Application Writing

Personal essays are the heart and soul of an effective college application. In our College Application Writing Mini-Course, students collaborate in a small group setting to draft essays that reflect their own authentic stories, strengths, and interests. Our comprehensive workshop reviews all aspects of the essay writing process, with exercises focused on idea generation, planning, style, organization, and storytelling. With the help of group feedback and one-on-one guidance from our instructors, each student will emerge from the workshop with a working draft of their college essay, and an understanding of how to approach supplements and other short answer questions.

Details Price Qty
July 28, 30 from 4-6pmshow details + $375.00 (USD)  
August 3, 5 from 10 am - noonshow details + $375.00 (USD)  
August 11, 13 from 11 am - 1 pmshow details + $375.00 (USD)  
August 11, 13 from 5-7 pmshow details + $375.00 (USD)  
August 23, 30 from 2-4 pmshow details + $375.00 (USD)  

Who Am I? A Journey in Self-Identity

What can we learn from reading and writing stories? What can stories tell us about our own lives and identities? Through a series of activities and readings, we will examine our identities and develop the tools to tell our stories well. We will see how identities are formed and shaped through various experiences over time by collaborating with each other in investigating our own origins and history.  Also offered for middle school students.

Details Price Qty
Wednesdays June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 1 from 11 - 12:15 pm (Brandon)show details + $275.00 (USD)   Expired
Wednesdays July 8, 15, 22, 29, August 5 from 11 - 12:15 (Brandon)show details + $275.00 (USD)   Expired

Cultivating and Finalizing Your College List

Many juniors planned to visit colleges this spring and weren’t able to because of school closures and stay-at-home orders. This three-session workshop helps students identify their personal interests, research schools to find appropriate options, and finalize their list in time to begin applications over the summer.  

Details Price Qty
Thursday June 11, 18, 25 from 11 am - 12:15 pm (Ana)show details + $225.00 (USD)   Expired

Develop Your Summer Blueprint

Summer camps have been postponed, internships canceled, and some of our summer routines and rituals are not currently an option. What can we do? This two-session seminar helps students adjust, adapt, and develop their own blueprint for a summer that feels rewarding, relaxing and fulfilling.

Details Price Qty
Tuesday June 9 and 16 from 1 pm - 2:15 pm (Ana)show details + $150.00 (USD)   Expired

Introduction to AP Calculus

This four-session mini-course serves as a solid overview for students entering AP Calculus. We’ll review certain algebraic techniques as well as introduce the concepts covered in AP Calculus. We’ll also provide insight into the everyday uses of Calculus and its importance in our daily lives.

Details Price Qty
Monday and Wednesday June 15, 17, 22, 24 from 1 pm - 2:15 pm (Rick)show details + $325.00 (USD)   Expired
Monday thru Friday July 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 from 1 - 2:15 pm (Rick)show details + $325.00 (USD)  

Dialogue Writing Workshop (Creative Writing)

Attention all aspiring screenwriters, playwrights, short-story writers, and novelists! Dialogue is an essential part of nearly every story. This four-session workshop aims to help students create strong dialogue to enhance their storytelling ability. We’ll focus on how dialogue influences a story and is critical to character development.

Details Price Qty
Wednesday June 10, 17, 24, July 1 from 3 pm - 4:15 pm (Rick)show details + $225.00 (USD)   Expired
Wednesday July 8, 15, 22, 29 from 3 pm - 4:15 pm (Rick)show details + $225.00 (USD)   Expired

Creative Nonfiction

Creative nonfiction turns even the most routine personal experiences into powerful reflections on growth, loss, and dreams. This four-session workshop trains students to appreciate the storytelling potential of their own memories and surroundings, and culminates in an edited nonfictional narrative.  Also offered for middle school students.

Details Price Qty
Thursday June 18, 25 and July 2, 9 from 4 pm - 5:15 pm (Marc)show details + $225.00 (USD)   Expired
Monday thru Friday July 13-17 from Noon - 1:00 pm (Marc)show details + $225.00 (USD)   Expired
Monday thru Friday July 20-24 from Noon - 1:00 pm (Marc)show details + $225.00 (USD)  

Poetry

From Kendrick Lamar to Shakespeare, poetry teaches us to see the beauty behind everyday reality. This four-session workshop allows students to become more comfortable reading, understanding, and writing poetry. Students’ final projects could include polished rap verses, lyric poems, haiku collections, and more. Also offered for middle school students.

Details Price Qty
Monday June 22, 29 and July 6, 13 from 4 pm - 5:15 pm (Marc)show details + $225.00 (USD)   Expired
Monday July 20, 27 and August 3, 10 from 4 pm - 5:15 pm (Marc)show details + $225.00 (USD)  

College Application Bootcamp

The Green Ivy four-day intensive college application bootcamp is essential for every rising high school senior. Our intensive college admissions bootcamp is a one-of-a-kind, comprehensive program designed to give rising high school seniors the tools to create exceptional college applications. In a relaxed environment, students navigate the nuts and bolts of the application process. Participants learn how to organize their applications and essays in a way that shines a light to their talents, interests, and unique gifts. We help students navigate college lists, recommendation letters, personal statements, and supplemental questions, along with the basic information for the Common Application, UC Application, and Coalition Application.

We are offering three separate sessions this summer. Choose the one that works best for you.

June 15 - 18, 2020 - 3-7 pm | July 13 - 16, 2020 - 2:30-6:30 pm | August 3 - 6, 2020 - 10am-2 pm
Details Price Qty
College Application Bootcamp June 15-18, 2020 3-7 pmshow details + $1,495.00 (USD)   Expired
College Application Bootcamp July 13-16, 2020 2:30-6:30 pmshow details + $1,495.00 (USD)   Expired
College Application Bootcamp August 3-6, 2020 10:00am to 2:00 pmshow details + $1,495.00 (USD)  

Introductory Organizational Workshop - Great for Back to School!

Our Organizational Workshop introduces our organization, time-management, and personal productivity skills and systems. The workshop covers binders, digital folders, written planner, when/where/how to study, managing distractions, nutrition/sleep/stress management, and setting academic and personal goals.

The workshop is an encouraging introduction to the skills that we highlight during weekly follow up sessions, which we recommend to ensure retention of new habits. We've adapted the workshop to focus on strategies to help students during remote learning, including managing digital distractions during online calls, compartmentalizing work, coming up with a weekly schedule, and prioritizing social, emotional and physical wellness during stay-at-home.

The introductory workshop is a virtual one-on-one, 90-minute session with a member of our staff. Once you sign up, we will reach out to confirm a time and date that works. (Also offered for Middle School)

Details Price Qty
Date: Varies, confirmed upon registrationshow details + $195.00 (USD)  

Middle School Offerings:

Digital Literacy

Digital Literacy - We know social media posts and messages have the potential to alter lives, and also know that students aren't always given the proper tools to navigate their online and in-real-life experiences. Even the most informed parents aren't up to date on the latest and greatest in technology. This three session course uses the framework of healthy socialization, effective self-regulation and overall safety to help students understand the importance of impact and how to create a blueprint for their online experiences that promotes social, emotional, physical and spiritual wellness. It is based on the work Green Ivy founder Ana Homayoun has been doing in public, private and independent schools around the country as a result of my latest book, Social Media Wellness.  (Check out the book trailer video here). Also offered for high school students. 

Details Price Qty
July 28, 29, 30 from 11-1 pmshow details + $225.00 (USD)  
August 4, 5, 6 from 3-5 pmshow details + $225.00 (USD)  

Logic Games

Is your child fan of riddles? Do they love to tackle puzzles? This mini-course will test students’ ability to properly reason through a series of fun logic games! Logic games require students to quickly analyze a complex set of facts with many variables and apply those facts to related questions in order to make logical conclusions. In five sessions, students will understand structure of logic games, complete a series of fun quizzes, and ultimately attempt to create their own version of a game!

Details Price Qty
Mondays June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 from 1 - 2:15 pm (Brandon)show details + $255.00 (USD)   Expired
Mondays July 6, 13, 20, 27, August 3 from 1 - 2:15 pm (Brandon)show details + $255.00 (USD)   Expired

Creative Nonfiction

Creative nonfiction turns even the most routine personal experiences into powerful reflections on growth, loss, and dreams. This four-session workshop trains students to appreciate the storytelling potential of their own memories and surroundings, and culminates in an edited nonfictional narrative.  Also offered for high school students. 

Details Price Qty
Monday June 22, 29 and July 6, 13 from 1 - 2:15 pm (Marc)show details + $225.00 (USD)   Expired
Monday July 20, 27 and August 3, 10 from 1 - 2:15 pm (Marc)show details + $225.00 (USD)  

Poetry

From Kendrick Lamar to Shakespeare, poetry teaches us to see the beauty behind everyday reality. This five-session workshop allows students to become more comfortable reading, understanding, and writing poetry. Students’ final projects could include polished rap verses, lyric poems, haiku collections, and more. Also offered for high school students. 

Details Price Qty
Thursday June 18, 25 and July 2, 9 from 1 - 2:15 pm (Marc)show details + $225.00 (USD)   Expired
Thursday July 16, 23, 30 and August 6 from 1 - 2:15 pm (Marc)show details + $225.00 (USD)  

Who Am I? A Journey in Self-Identity

What can we learn from reading and writing stories? What can stories tell us about our own lives and identities? Through a series of activities and readings, we’ll examine our identities and develop the tools to tell our stories well. We’ll see how identities are formed and shaped through various experiences over time by collaborating with each other in investigating our own origins and history.  Also offered for high school students. 

Details Price Qty
Mondays June 15, 22, 29 and July 6 from 11 am - 12:15 pm (Brandon)show details + $275.00 (USD)   Expired
Mondays July 13, 20, 27 and August 3 from 11 am - 12:15 pm (Brandon)show details + $275.00 (USD)   Expired

Looking at Planet Earth (aka Introduction to Earth Systems) (Part 1)

For any and all climate enthusiasts! Our sessions will focus on a general overview of the hydrosphere/cryosphere (ocean/ice), atmosphere (air), lithosphere (land), and biosphere (living things). We’ll use each session as an exploratory “deep dive” on each sphere and observe the interactions that occur within each system. This five-session mini-course concludes with an overview on fields involving Earth system science and environmental science (policy, law, research, and education).

Details Price Qty
Monday and Wednesday July 6, 8, 13, 15, 20 from 3 - 4:15 pm (Khrystal)show details + $275.00 (USD)   Expired
Monday thru Friday July 27-31 from 3:00 - 4:15 pm (Khrystal)show details + $275.00 (USD)  

Sustainable Solutions for Environmental Issues (Part 2)

Over the past few months, we’ve seen what a dramatic impact our altered use patterns have had on the environment. This mini-course focuses on how we can sustainably use the Earth’s resources. We’ll look at food production, water scarcity, biodiversity, energy, and overall climate change.

Details Price Qty
Monday and Wednesday June 15, 17, 22, 24 from 3 - 4:15 pm (Khrystal)show details + $275.00 (USD)   Expired
Tuesday and Thursday July 7, 9, 14, 16 from 3 - 4:15 pm (Khrystal)show details + $275.00 (USD)   Expired

Develop Your Summer Blueprint

Summer camps have been postponed, internships canceled, and some of our normal summer routines and rituals are not currently an option. Still summer 2020 definitely doesn’t need to be a bust. What can we do? This two-session seminar helps students adjust, adapt, and develop their own blueprint for a summer that feels rewarding, fulfilling, and interesting - and not online all the time (!).


SSAT Strategy Overview

For students thinking of applying to private high school, the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) is used for admission (and there will be an at-home testing option this fall). This five-session overview goes through the SSAT format and timing, helps students understand the types of questions they will see on the test, and explains instructions that will be presented to them.

Details Price Qty
Monday and Thursday June 15, 18, 22, 25, 29 from 3 to 4:15 pm (Rick)show details + $325.00 (USD)   Expired
Tuesday and Thursday June 16, 18, 23, 25, 30 from 11 am - 12:15 pm (Rick)show details + $325.00 (USD)   Expired
Monday thru Friday July 20-24 from 11:00 - 12:15 pm (Rick)show details + $325.00 (USD)  

Introductory Organizational Workshop - Great for Back to School!

Our Organizational Workshop introduces our organization, time-management, and personal productivity skills and systems. The workshop covers binders, digital folders, written planner, when/where/how to study, managing distractions, nutrition/sleep/stress management, and setting academic and personal goals.

The workshop is an encouraging introduction to the skills that we highlight during weekly follow up sessions, which we recommend to ensure retention of new habits. We've adapted the workshop to focus on strategies to help students during remote learning, including managing digital distractions during online calls, compartmentalizing work, coming up with a weekly schedule, and prioritizing social, emotional and physical wellness during stay-at-home.

The introductory workshop is a virtual one-on-one, 90-minute session with a member of our staff. Once you sign up, we will reach out to confirm a time and date that works. (Also offered for High School)

Details Price Qty
Date: Varies, confirmed upon registrationshow details + $195.00 (USD)