Summer Programs 2023

The Prep will offer summer sessions and camps for a variety of ages and interests! Click on the information below to get started and learn more.

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Summer Enrichment Offerings for current Prep Students
St. Joseph’s Prep offers summer enrichment offerings to current Prep students who meet the listed prerequisites. See course descriptions below.

Full credit courses: June 12 thru July 21

Half-credit courses, 2 sessions:
June 12 thru June 30
July 5 thru July 21

Art and Religion are half-credit courses.

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  • Biology

    This course is an introduction to the life sciences.  Its major objective is to give the student an appreciation and understanding of life processes. The introductory course focuses on several themes in the life sciences: diversity and the unity of life, interdependence of organisms, evolution and science as a process. Topics include molecular biology, molecular genetics, cell biology, metabolism, classical genetics, microbiology, botany, zoology and human biology. Laboratory work using the scientific method with an emphasis on data analysis is emphasized. The scientific method is highlighted in learning how to write a lab report.  Laboratory work is an integral part of the course with students developing skills with the microscope, proper dissection technique and computer-based laboratory protocols. 

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Freshman Physics I and approval by Department Chairperson.
    Biology - SCI201 - 1 credit
  • Chemistry

    This course provides the student with a fundamental grasp of chemistry which includes using scientific measurement and lab techniques, classification of matter, the behavior of gasses, the characteristics of liquids and solids, atomic structure, periodicity, chemical bonds, equilibrium, and theories and reactions of acids and bases as well as kinetics and thermochemistry.  Some of the skills that a student will achieve during the course include problem-solving techniques, analytical thinking, expressing ideas with clarity and logic; significant figures/rounding off of calculations, proper usage of research for project/reports, as well as the use of mathematical relationships to predict outcomes.  Labs are structured to enforce the understanding of the chemical topics taught within the classroom setting.  Students are required to develop and apply the scientific method in producing a lab report based on his experimental results.   Labs are both physical as well as technologically based experimentation.
    Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Physics A and Biology. 

    Chemistry taken in a summer school program does not qualify a student for AP Chemistry or AP Biology.

    Chemistry - SCI 301 - 1 credit
  • Fine Arts

    Multimedia Design I
    This semester course focuses on developing compositional and design skills using the elements and principles of art. Students will learn to formulate original ideas, express their ideas in visual form and design work to convey meaning. Students will work in the art studio to develop ideas through a variety of media, techniques, and materials that will be further developed and finalized on the computer using the Adobe programs Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Students will learn throughout the semester, how to be thorough, deliberate, and expansive in their visual thinking.  Students will be given projects, problems and themes to address and solve. Historical and contemporary examples of design will be viewed throughout the semester for inspiration. Through discussions, written reflections, and critiques students will learn to evaluate and revise their own and others’ work throughout the artistic process.
    Multimedia Design I - ½ credit

    Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible for Multimedia Design II

    Multimedia Design II
    This course is designed as a continuation of Multimedia Design I. Second semester students will delve into more complex design challenges and create self-directed projects related to design problems they propose. Using the elements and principles of art students will create designs that merge practicality with aesthetics and form with function. In each unit students will explore concepts such as creative planning, design thinking, problem-solving, and hands-on construction as applied to possible creative design fields such as Graphic Design and Advertising, UX/UI Design, Textile Design, Product Design, Web Design, Video Game Design, Digital Photography, and Motion Graphics. Higher levels of refinement and craftsmanship will be expected throughout the course. 
    Multimedia Design II - ½ credit
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Multimedia Design I
  • History and Social Sciences

    US Government
    The US Government course is designed to give students a critical perspective on government and politics in the United States.  The course will commence with an examination of the historical foundations that have helped to shape American government.  Also, students will study how and why government functions in American society today. A college level textbook will be used in this course. Additional readings and documentaries will be scheduled for additional insights into current topics. The summer reading project will be evaluated in early September.  Also, students will be expected to complete a research paper designed to examine and explain some aspect of this course.  
    Prerequisite:  None  
    US Government and Politics - HIS301 1 credit
  • Mathematics

    Honors Precalculus
    This course is designed for specially qualified students who have demonstrated above-average ability and interest in mathematics and who have a strong desire to study Calculus [particularly AP Calculus] in the following year.  The course presents content similar to that in MAT301 as well as optimization, parametric equations, polar coordinates, conic sections and equations of circle.  Students are also expected to encounter more challenging exercises and homework assignments.
    Prerequisite:  93 in MAT202 or passing score on placement test offered in the Spring in conjunction with departmental approval.
    In-class Requirements: TI89 graphing calculator
    Honors Precalculus - MAT302 - 1 credit
  • Religious Studies

    Environmental Ethics
    In this course, students will embark on an exploratory survey of contemporary approaches to environmental ethics from within the Christian tradition. In addition to scholarly proposals and interpretive frameworks, traditional theological sources of inspiration, practical normative applications, and reporting on current issues facing the global ecological community will be considered for review. A majority of the work of note will consist of topics, issues, and written material pertaining to recent developments within the field/discipline of Christian environmental ethics [approx. 1960-present], although some material outside of the time period will be presented to help frame the discussion.
    Prerequisite: None
    Environmental Ethics - ½ credit