Weekend Academics

Students walking on campusFilm Series

Our optional film series will meet on the weekends during the program. You will select your film series topics during your residential meetings once you are on campus. You may choose from the following:

Great Documentaries
  • "Underwater Dreams"
  • "Next Goal Wins"
  • "An Inconvenient Truth"
  • "Food, Inc."
  • "Rise of the Hackers"
  • "Why Sharks Attack"
  • "Wild Predator Invasion"
  • "Forensics on Trial"
  • "What Are Animals Thinking?"
  • "Can I Eat That?"
  • "Can Science Stop Crime?"
  • "Where Did We Come From?"
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Weekend Expo

These learning opportunities – see below for details – will enhance your knowledge and proficiency in the areas of academic writing, college preparation, and SAT Training. Dynamic yet practical, you can attend each expo once. The time and location of each expo will be announced on site.

Academic Writing

College level writing requires practice, but primarily it involves the command of certain skills that will reveal your writing style as professional, persuasive, and sophisticated. Choose this Weekend Expo and learn the strategies and foundations that will contribute to your academic success. You will learn how to create a draft for a college level paper, how to use citations properly, and how to differentiate between quoting, summarizing, and paraphrasing. You will also have the opportunity to practice creating an effective argument in your paper. Finally, learn what plagiarism is, how to avoid it, and what are the typical academic and life consequences for plagiarism and academic dishonesty convictions.

College Preparation

For many high school students, applying to and succeeding in college can prove challenging without adequate preparation. Opt for this Weekend Expo and get important tips on how to prepare a competitive application packet and what to expect in your first year of college and how to tackle its challenges. We will start by exploring the college search process and identifying factors that will lead you to find the college that will be the best fit for you. We will then review the components of a college application packet and share with you strategies for writing an effective college application essay and for creating a resume and activities list that will reflect your interests and potential contributions to a college community. Finally, we will explore the opportunities and challenges of your first year as a college student.  We will discuss strategies for adapting to a new environment, managing your time, and staying healthy. We will provide academic and residential resources to help you successfully navigate that exciting and challenging first year of college.

SAT Test Training

The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is a crucial part of the college admissions process for many high school students. Select this Weekend Expo to learn more about the SAT (format, scoring, and content) and practice real SAT reading, math, and writing questions. Not only will you learn key test-taking strategies, but you will also see how these strategies can help you in your high school classes. This course is hands-on, involves lots of interaction with your teacher and peers, and helps you understand more about the role of the SAT in college admissions and scholarship decision-making.