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Summer Programs

Indian Creek School Summer Term welcomes all curious and engaged students in Kindergarten through Grade 12 who seek academic opportunities and enrichment. High School credit courses offered for grades 9-12.

June 22 - August 1, 2020
(6-week and 4-week sessions available)

We're prepared for whatever Summer 2020 brings.

    • Summer Term 2020 @Indian Creek School

Indian Creek's Summer Term 2020 is designed to provide students - both from ICS and other schools - the opportunity to connect, engage in learning, and strengthen academic and character skills that are so important for success in school and beyond. This season brings with it a unique challenge, as many camp programs have been canceled and the school year presented an unprecedented disruption.

Families seeking a summer experience which will engage students, keep them connected with peers, and bolster their academic foundation, through fun, safe, and inspiring programming will find what they're looking for in our ICS Summer Term program.  From rising Kindergarten students through high school Seniors, Summer Term 2020 offers engaging courses in a blended learning format. Enrichment courses will encourage students to explore areas of interest, while Foundational courses strengthen academic readiness.  Acceleration Courses will continue students' academic momentum, offering high school credit upon successful completion. 

While there is a lot of uncertainty around COVID-19 and when/how social distancing restrictions will be lifted, we have designed the ICS Summer Term so that courses will run regardless of what happens.

Option 1 - Blended: If in-school gatherings are permitted, summer term courses will follow a blended learning model, with some face-to-face learning happening at the Upper School campus and some online learning happening at home. 

Option 2 - Online: If social distancing restrictions remain enforced, courses will run entirely online with students and teachers connecting from home through both synchronous (video conferencing) and asynchronous means. Of course, engaging hands-on, off-screen learning will abound.
Either way, we're ready to learn.

Join Us for a Summer Term Information Session!

We will hold virtual Summer Term Info Sessions on Monday, May 4, at 12:30 p.m. and on Thursday, May 7, at 4:00 p.m. through zoom to give families the opportunity to learn more about Summer Term 2020 and ask questions!  

Submit the form below and you will receive a link to join the Virtual Summer Term Information Session.

Summer Term 2020

During Indian Creek School Summer Term, students will strengthen foundations, hone skills, and have a chance to socialize with peers in an academic setting.  ICS Summer Term is an optional extension of the school year and expands the reach of the outstanding and personalized educational opportunities we are known for. 
 
Indian Creek School faculty members, known for their online teaching skills and their individualized approach to student learning, serve as ICS Summer Term teachers. 
 
ICS Summer Term is open to both current Indian Creek School students and students enrolled in other schools.  Courses are available for students entering Kindergarten through Grade 12. Students may earn credits for high school through several of the Summer Term courses.

Summer Term 2020 offers three types of courses for students from Kindergarten - Grade 12

Foundational Courses are designed to bolster students' academic skills.
Acceleration Courses are designed to propel students' momentum in rigorous studies.
Enrichment Courses are designed to give students the opportunity to pursue engaging areas of interest.


In addition to providing rich content and experiences to students of all ages, blended learning courses are proven to develop non-cognitive skills, or learning competencies, that are important in helping students find success in school and beyond.



Blended Learning, also known as hybrid or mixed-mode learning takes place in classes where a portion of the face-to-face instruction is replaced with web-based online learning. BLinc (or Blended Learning at Indian Creek School) courses are innovative, engaging, and challenging. These rigorous courses are designed by accomplished, enthusiastic, and responsive teachers for students who excel and seek additional opportunities for intellectual growth. BLinc promotes student engagement and fosters collaborative learning in an online atmosphere, preparing students for global citizenship in the 21st century.

At Indian Creek School, we've been doing blended learning for years.

Learning Competencies

Summer Term 2020 Course Offerings

K - Grade 4

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  • Ramp Up to First Grade! (Rising 1st graders)

    Rising First Graders
    June 22 - July 17
    Foundational Course
    $800

    Calling All Incoming 1st Graders!

    Do you want to make sure your child is prepared for their upcoming school year?

    Would you like your child to receive personalized and differentiated instruction that challenges your student at their level?

    Then look no further - The Ramp Up to First Grade summer term course at Indian Creek School will include that and more!

    We will focus on personalized virtual reading groups, phonics, and word-analysis skills that help your child decode words, as well as hands on math lessons with virtual instruction and discussions that focus on number sense and basic math skills.

    This class, taught by Indian Creek first grade teacher Sarah Harris, is appropriate for students entering first grade at Indian Creek as well as students headed to first grade at other schools. The skills, character traits, and experiences that this class will provide are universal.

    Click here for more information.
  • Math and Reading Skills & Strategies (Grades 2-4)

    Grades 2-4
    June 22 - July 17
    Foundational Course
    $800

    Math and Reading Skills & Strategies is a four-week, Foundational course that will provide your student a well-rounded experience.

    Two weeks, led by ICS teacher Megan Silk, will be devoted to reinforcing and building key math skills. During this time, the class will hold virtual meetings for both group and individual instruction.

    Students will also have two weeks of instruction focused on comprehension skills and strategies when reading fiction and nonfiction texts. Led by Lower School Learning Specialist Beth Fromherz, they will participate in a daily comprehension "mini-lesson," as well as weekly guided reading groups featuring personalized texts.

    This course is designed for rising second through fourth grade students of ALL abilities, with plenty of opportunities for differentiation. Avoid the dreaded “summer slump” - and have fun with us sharpening your academic skills!

    Click here for more information.
  • Mini Movie Makers (Grades 2-4)

    Grades 2-4
    July 6 - August 1
    Enrichment Course
    $325

    Do you have a young director in your home eager to tell their story? ICS Mini Movie Makers challenges students to explore the art of writing, recording, and editing their own short films using tools found at home.
     
    Your mini-movie makers will experience regular online meetings to encourage and guide them in their movie maker process. Additionally, they will receive weekly teacher-made lessons and high-valued activities. These activities will involve students being both on and off screens to ensure they are active and engaged.

    Course creator (and ICS faculty member) Josh Sprague will engage students with exciting movie-themed activities while also ensuring all participants learn to use the technology involved in the course. Throughout the course, he will guide the students through writing, recording, and editing their own movie. Don't miss this incredible opportunity for your filmmaker to learn invaluable skills in a fun and engaging setting!

Grades 5-8

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  • Math: Real-World Applications

    Grades 5-8 
    June 22 - July 17
    Foundational Course
    $800

    Problem Solving: Real-World Applications
     
    Did you know that everything we do revolves around mathematical thinking? Have you ever thought, “Why do I need to learn this?” Do you like working with numbers or wish you felt more comfortable in math?

    Come explore with Indian Creek Mathematics Teacher Mrs. Stacy Kornmeyer as she shows how the math you are learning applies to the world around you. During this four-week course, students will work with patterns, operations, ratios, expressions, equations, and problem-solving strategies. Students will be given a choice of a fun project to apply their mathematical thinking to an authentic real-world scenario to see numbers in action! Mrs. Kornmeyer will meet with the entire class and in small groups to ensure every student’s journey strengthens and reinforces skills needed to be ready for next school year.

    Click here for more information.
  • Exploring Egypt

    Grades 5-8
    July 6 - August 1

    Enrichment Course 
    $325

    Uncover ancient mysteries as you read The Kane Chronicles, Rick Riordan's young adult series.  Follow the adventures of the story’s magical siblings as they defend the modern world from waking Egyptian gods and goddesses.  Each book in this three-part series will provide a new focal point to guide students to a deeper understanding of Ancient Egyptian culture, mythology, and history. 

    Created and taught by ICS’s own faculty member Tina Alexander, this course will count as the ICS summer reading requirement for rising fifth and sixth grade students.  It will count as three of the four required summer novels for rising seventh and eighth grade students.

    Exploring Egypt will have a face-to-face or synchronous meeting during the first week that will be scheduled based on social distancing guidelines and participants’ preferences.

    Click here for more information.
  • On Broadway! The History of Broadway Through Performance (Grades 7-12)

    Grades 7-12
    July 6-31
    Enrichment Course
    $325

    Do you love Broadway shows and singing? In this class, we will learn the history of theater and the great Broadway traditions through song.

    Each week we will discover the history and structure of theater while concentrating on different eras of Broadway music.  We will learn about shows of the times, styles of performance and the great composers and performers. We will do this while learning songs you will sing in our live masterclasses during the week. We will have fun performing for each other, and students will receive acting and singing coaching on their Broadway song performances.
     
    The class will include:
    • Study of the history of theater from Greek theater to present
    • Exploration of four of the major eras of Broadway theater
    • Learn one excerpt of a song from the chosen Broadway era of the week
    • Masterclasses on Wednesdays and Fridays
    • Acting and vocal coaching
    • Recital on the last day for parents and friends
    Note:  Due to the masterclass focus of this course, synchronous meetings will be required.

Grades 9-12

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  • Geometry

    Grades 9-12
    June 22 - July 31
    Acceleration Course: Students will earn 1 course credit upon successful completion of this class.
    $1800

    Summer Geometry is an intensive six-week course in which students will learn about many foundational ideas in mathematics, foremost among them being how to construct proofs of mathematical statements.

    Using careful, well-reasoned arguments in proofs allows students to formalize their previous experiences with geometry and understand rigorous mathematical reasoning. Making connections between algebra and geometry is an important thread that runs throughout the course. Students learn about congruence, similarity, and symmetry from the perspective of transformations of plane figures. Right triangles, trigonometry, and circles are studied and the connections between them are explored. Students will be able to express geometric properties with equations, understand geometric measurement and dimension, and create models using geometry.

    Whether you are looking to gain high school credit for this course or bolster your existing mastery of the subject, this course will leave you competent and confident in Geometry.

    Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Algebra 1

    Click here for more information.
  • FULL - Marine Biology

    This course has enrolled to maximum capacity. Please contact BLinc@indiancreekschool.org to join the waitlist.

    Grades 9-11
    July 6 - August 1

    Enrichment Course
    $325

    From brilliant coral reefs to the deep abyssal seas or from local estuaries to the open ocean, each of these locales is home to a wonderous array of marine life.

    Come travel through marine environments to learn how they work and what lurks within the waters. Indian Creek School’s STEM Director, Stephen Roth, will serve as your instructor and personal guide to these underwater locales. Students will explore the various flora (plant life) and fauna (animal life) of aquatic ecosystems, how they are uniquely adapted to their homes, and debate the pros and cons of human influences on watery worlds.

  • FULL - Writing Your College Essay (Grades 11 - 12)

    This course has enrolled to maximum capacity. Please contact BLinc@indiancreekschool.org to join the waitlist.

    Grades 9-12
    July 6 - August 1
    Enrichment Course
    $325

    Writing about yourself can be challenging, especially when it is the only opportunity for an admissions officer to get to know the real you. This course helps students compose their college admission essay and provides them with a springboard to get ahead of the very busy, and sometimes stressful, college application process. Each week, you will cultivate the tools necessary to develop and finish an essay ready to wow any college.

    Indian Creek Humanities faculty member Becca Derry will provide guidance and regular communication throughout the four weeks, from pre-writing in week one, to drafting in week two, to giving and receiving feedback in week three, to revising in week four. Through this course, students will be guided to consider the purpose (what they hope to convey about themselves), the structure (writing tools and techniques), and common pitfalls of their essays.

    One-on-one video conferencing through Microsoft Teams will take place throughout the course.
  • On Broadway! The History of Broadway Through Performance (Grades 7-12)

    Grades 7-12
    July 6-31
    Enrichment Course
    $325

    Do you love Broadway shows and singing? In this class, we will learn the history of theater and the great Broadway traditions through song. 

    Each week we will discover the history and structure of theater while concentrating on different eras of Broadway music.  We will learn about shows of the times, styles of performance and the great composers and performers. We will do this while learning songs you will sing in our live masterclasses during the week. We will have fun performing for each other, and students will receive acting and singing coaching on their Broadway song performances.
     
    The class will include:
    • Study of the history of theater from Greek theater to present
    • Exploration of four of the major eras of Broadway theater
    • Learn one excerpt of a song from the chosen Broadway era of the week
    • Masterclasses on Wednesdays and Fridays
    • Acting and vocal coaching
    • Recital on the last day for parents and friends
    Note:  Due to the masterclass focus of this course, synchronous meetings will be required.

Don't see what you're looking for? Let us know:

We'd love to hear from you about what types of blended learning courses you're interested in taking both this summer, and in the future.

FAQ

List of 10 frequently asked questions.

  • Who can attend ICS Summer Term?

    Summer term courses are available to any rising Kindergarten through grade 12 student who would like to engage in fun, high-quality learning, bolster their academic skills, or earn course credit for high school.  Students who attend Indian Creek and students who attend other schools are all invited to participate.
  • Is Summer Term the same as BLinc?

    Great question! BLinc stands for "Blended Learning at Indian Creek." Since Summer Term courses are offered in a blended (part asynchronous online content and part face-to-face or synchronous content) format, all summer term courses are considered BLinc classes.  However, while BLinc courses have traditionally offered enrichment opportunities for students to explore areas of interest since the program's creation in 2014, Summer Term 2020 has expanded the catalog to include courses that will boster students' academic foundation as well as full-credit courses. These additions are intended to provide opportunities to continue students' educational momentum during the COVID-19 pandemic. Indian Creek's deep experience in online teaching, as well as our world-class innovative faculty, puts the School in a unique position to be able to offer valuable educational options for ICS students as well as our local community.
  • What is the Summer Term schedule like?

    Summer Term course schedules vary by type of course (Foundational, Acceleration, and Enrichment courses) and age level (K-4, 5-8, 9-12) Course lengths range from four to six weeks, with synchronous or face-to-face sessions scheduled as appropriate.  More details can be found by clicking on each course title above, and in the graphic below.
  • Will we have face-to-face sessions for Summer 2020?

    While there is a lot of uncertainty around COVID-19 and when/how social distancing restrictions will be lifted, we are preparing for two options:

    If in-school gatherings are permitted, summer term courses will follow a blended learning model, with some face-to-face learning happening at the Upper School campus and some online learning happening at home.

    If social distancing restrictions remain enforced, courses will run entirely online with students and teachers connecting from home.
  • What happens if we have to miss a week?

    Blended learning Enrichment and Foundational courses are designed to allow students to learn at a flexible pace that meets their own learning needs and schedule.  Students who are unable to participate for any period of time can communicate with the instructor and work on a schedule that meets their needs.

    Acceleration courses follow a more rigorous pace. Students should communicate with their teacher as soon as possible if they need to miss any time.
  • What are the parent responsibilities?

    BLinc courses are designed to allow students of all ages to take charge of their learning.  In addition to providing academic skills, blended learning courses enhance the learning competencies of communication, problem-solving, metacognition, and curiosity.  So parents, register your children, ensure that they have access to a computer and other course materials, and then watch them take off!
  • How will Summer Term courses meet the needs of students of varying ages and exerience levels?

    Indian Creek School faculty are masters at differentiating teaching to meet the needs of students with a wide variety of experience and abilities. The blended learning environment is quite conducive to providing enrichment for advanced students and support for students who can benefit from extra reinforcement.
  • Is there an application process for Summer Term for ICS and non-ICS students?

    All students are accepted into summer term courses until each course reaches capacity, at which point a waitlist will form.  Geometry and Pre-Calculus do have prerequisite requirements, as noted in their course descriptions.
  • Will my school give credit for an ICS Summer Term acceleration couse?

    Summer Term acceleration courses are designed to meet Indian Creek's requirements for a half credit for Research Seminar and a full credit for Geometry and Pre-Calculus. These courses will appear on a student’s ICS transcript and their earned score will be incorporated into their overall GPA. Other schools may accept summer term credits at their discretion.  Students should take their course transcript to their school for credit approval.
  • What is the history of the BLinc program?

    It all started on a sunny day in Boston, Massachusetts... 

    Indian Creek educators developed the "big idea" of creating courses to allow motivated students to explore areas of interest in a flexible and enriching format in 2013.  By spring 2014, the BLinc program was a part of the Indian Creek experience.  Since then, hundreds of students have benefitted from BLinc courses, ranging from "Folklore and Fairy Tales" for Pre-K students to "Writing Your College Essay" for rising seniors. Indian Creek faculty members have been invited to share their expertise at educational conferences worldwide and are looked to as leaders in innovative teaching and learning.  Click here for more information.

Questions?

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  • Photo of Sarah Allen

    Sarah Allen 

    Director of Curriculum and Instruction
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    Patricia Roth 

    Director of the Blended Learning @ Indian Creek School (BLinc) Program; Science Faculty