Summer

Advantage Program

June 15 - July 10, 2020

Shore's Advantage Program is an online-only, four-week academic summer session focused on core subject areas for grades 6-9. It's designed to help students complete their public school's spring 2020 term that may have been disrupted by COVID-19. Students enroll at the grade level they were in during spring 2020.

During this intensive school experience, instruction is provided daily in history, language arts, and mathematics by respected Shore Country Day School faculty members. The program presents a mix of live, in-person video instruction and independent, offline work. Students master academic skills alongside core content areas to prepare them for success in the fall. Teachers provide individualized help and support through advisor meetings and 1:1 tutorials during office hours.

In the Shore Advantage Program, students will:
  • Obtain a personalized review of materials and skills that they might not have fully explored or clearly understood this spring term due to school closures.  
  • Reorient themselves to important academic concepts and skills.  
  • Develop practical, effective study skills and strategies that will serve them well at their next level of study, and beyond.
  • Gain exposure to the powerful dynamics of discussion-based learning that is at the core of Shore’s philosophy.

Daily schedule:
All instructional activities and homework are scheduled from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., followed by office hours until 1:00 p.m.

Class size:
Minimum of three students; maximum of eight students.

Tuition:
$2000 for the full four-week, three-subject program; financial aid is not available.

Course Descriptions

List of 3 items.

  • Grade 6

    MATH
    Students will solve algebraic equations involving integers, fractions, and decimals with an emphasis on the rules for operations with negative numbers. Linear equations will include the use of Distributive Property and solving with variables on both sides.

    HISTORY
    Students will build on their study of societies and government in grade 5 and extend it globally. The focus will be on the Ancient Arabian Peninsula, Mesoamerica, and Africa. Using specific history and digital literacy skills, students will engage in investigations about the particulars of these societies and how they have altered from the past to the present. Students will be introduced to the philosophy of discussion-based learning, and they will work both independently and collaboratively on assignments that reflect their own area of interest.

    LANGUAGE ARTS
    Students 
    will focus on one of the following readings (depending on the students’ individualized needs):
    Tuck Everlasting, Natalie Babbitt  
    Number the Stars, Lois Lowry
    Home of the Brave, Katherine Applegate
    The Rock and the River, Kekla Magoon

  • Grade 7

    MATH
    Students will use geometric formulas to solve area and perimeter of polygons and transformations on the coordinate grid. Students will also understand and calculate probability of independent and dependent events.

    HISTORY
    Students will build on their study of global societies and government and widen their perspective with a study of East Asia (specifically, China and Japan), India, and Europe. Using specific history and digital literacy skills, students will engage in online discussions, with the goal of sharpening the verbal expression of their ideas, and on outside readings to cultivate best practices in close reading and annotation.

    LANGUAGE ARTS
    Students 
    will focus on one of the following readings (depending on the students’ individualized needs):
    The Pearl, John Steinbeck
    Brown Girl Dreaming, Jacqueline Woodson 
    The Martian Chronicles, Ray Bradbury
     
  • Grades 8-9

    MATH
    Students will solve and graph quadratic equations using several methods. There will be emphasis on quadratics as they apply to the real world including projectile problems.

    HISTORY
    Students will build on their study of global societies and government in Grades 6 and 7 and use that foundational knowledge as a base for a closer look at their own government. A rigorous study of civics ensures students are well acquainted with the democratic institutions of the United States. “Justice” will take center stage as the theme around which many discussions will revolve, and students will have the opportunity to engage in research projects and papers to further cultivate their digital literacy and writing skillset.
     
    LANGUAGE ARTS
    Students will focus on one of the following readings (depending on the students’ individualized needs):
    The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros 
    The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway
    Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury 
    The Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri

Why Shore?

One of the pillars of Shore’s philosophy is that children should take charge of their own learning, no matter what their age. To that end, Shore faculty are equipped with a deep understanding and a full toolkit to design learning experiences that promote both independent and collaborative learning. Middle school-age children have faced some unique challenges with the current COVID-19 pandemic, yet Shore has kept pace with both content and skill development, thanks to the teamwork and mutual respect of involved parents, caring teachers, and interested students. Above all, the Shore community has met this challenge with compassion, flexibility, and a willingness to deliver a top quality experience for everyone. The Shore Advantage Program will provide an abridged version of that same experience for students who want a healthy, online academic summer program that highlights the specific individual needs of the student.