Experience the nationally recognized BASIS Curriculum through our virtual summer programs! Taught by our very own world-class Subject Expert Teachers, these online academic camps are a wonderful way to keep your child engaged all summer long. Choose from a variety of for-credit academic courses as well as enrichment courses, all from the comfort of your home. From building real-world application skills in Algebra and Geometry, exploring worlds of living organisms in biology, becoming immersed in film history, and much more, students will enhance their love of learning and keep their content knowledge and critical-thinking skills sharp.  Academic programs are open for Rising Grades 1–12 and will be exclusively virtual this year. View our Summer Program Course Guide.

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For Credit Academic Courses

The following Math courses are offered both for credit and enrichment and will run concurrently. For credit sections are open to non-BASIS Independent Students as well as currently enrolled BASIS Independent students who have advancement approval. For-credit students are eligible for full credit upon successful completion of the course and passing with 90% or above of the corresponding Math Exam. Enrichment classes are open to all students. The following Elective courses are open to students entering Grades 9-12 in fall 2021; however, BASIS Independent Students cannot receive High School Credit or meet Graduation Requirements with these courses, with the exception of Economics, unless they are entering Grades 10-12 in fall 2021. Students entering Grades 9-12 will meet Economics Graduation Requirements by taking this course. Please note, BASIS Independent Schools will award academic credit for the below list of for-credit courses. It is up to the discretion of your child's school to accept this credit.
  • PreAlgebra

    Note: BASIS Independent students must be either rising or incoming grade 6 and have advancement approval for FOR-CREDIT to be eligible to take this course. This course will be offered in an online format.

    Pre-algebra includes topics from geometry, discrete mathematics, probability and statistics. At the end of the course, students are well-versed in areas of: fractions, decimals, mixed numbers, positive and negative numbers, order of operations, percentages, proportions, ratios, divisibility, rounding, place value, unit conversions, scientific notation, and data representation, algebraic representation, and solving real-world problems.

    Required Materials
    Saxon Algebra 1/2: Incremental Development Edition 3 2004; ISBN 13: 978-1-56577-149-9

    Textbook rentals are available for the course.

    Course Session
    June 28–July 30
    (Class will not be held on July 5)
    8:30 AM–2:00 PM EST

    Live Lecture: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM EST

    Independent Study: 10:30 AM–11:30 PM EST

    Break: 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM EST

    Live Lecture: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

    Live Office Hour: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST (for For-Credit Students only)

    Final Math Exam: July 30

    Tuition
    $2850

     

  • Algebra I/Geometry

    BASIS Independent students must have completed Pre-Algebra or its equivalent, and have advancement approval from their Director of Academic Programs for FOR-CREDIT. This course will be offered in an online format.

    Algebra I / Geometry covers all of the traditional first-year algebra topics while helping students build higher-order thinking skills, real-world application skills, reasoning, and an understanding of interconnecting math strands. The class focuses on multiple representations of algebraic thinking: verbal, numerical, symbolic and graphical.

    Topics covered will include algebra foundations, basic geometric concepts, functions and relations, linear equations, polynomials, rational expressions and functions, inequalities, systems of equations and inequalities, radical expressions and functions, quadratic equations, absolute-value equations and inequalities, and probability and data analysis. Real-world applications and continual practice/review are fundamental parts of the class and are important for mastery of the material.

    Required Materials
    Saxon Algebra 1: Incremental Development (Student Edition) ; ISBN 13: 978-1-56577-134-5

    Textbook rentals are available for the course.

    Course Session
    June 28–July 30
    (Class will not be held on July 5)
    8:30 AM–2:00 PM EST

    Live Lecture: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM EST

    Independent Study: 10:30 AM–11:30 PM EST

    Break: 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM EST

    Live Lecture: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

    Live Office Hour: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST (for For-Credit Students only)

    Math Placement Exam: July 30

    Tuition
    $2850

  • Algebra II/Geometry

    BASIS Independent students must have completed Algebra I/Geometry or its equivalent and have advancement approval from their Director of Academic Programs for FOR-CREDIT. This course will be offered in an online format.

    This is the second part in a series of algebra and geometry courses. Students will continue working on concepts introduced in Algebra I/Geometry, but more in-depth. After mastering topics introduced in this course students should be able to solve equations and inequalities with absolute value, quadratic and logarithmic equations, and work with complex numbers and trigonometric functions of right triangles. Also, geometry will be incorporated and the equivalent of formal geometry will be concluded. Students will be introduced to proofs in geometry with similar and congruent figures, circles and their parts, lines, and planes.

    Required Materials
    Saxon Algebra 2 Student Edition Grades 9-12 2004 ; ISBN 13: 978-1-56577-140-6

    Textbook rentals are available for the course.

    Course Session
    June 28–July 30
    (Class will not be held on July 5)
    8:30 AM–2:00 PM EST

    Live Lecture: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM EST

    Independent Study: 10:30 AM–11:30 PM EST

    Break: 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM EST

    Live Lecture: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

    Live Office Hour: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST (for For-Credit Students only)

    Math Placement Exam: July 30

    Tuition
    $2850

     

  • Economics

    For students entering grades 9-12 in the fall of 2021.This course will be offered in an online format.

    The summer economics course will introduce students to the concepts of economics. This includes learning about many of the basic models in economics such as supply and demand and how specific markets and economies behave. The course will take some key elements from both microeconomics (individual and firm analyses) and macroeconomics (nationwide analyses). By the end of the course, students will be economically literate. They will be able to understand how our world works through the viewpoint of an economist.

    Course Session
    June 28–July 16
    (Class will not be held on July 5)
    8:30 AM–1:00 PM EST

    Live Lecture: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM EST

    Independent Study: 10:30 AM–12:00 PM EST

    Live Office Hour: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

    Tuition
    $1425

  • Digital Photography

    For students entering grades 9 – 12 in the fall of 2021. High School credit will only be awarded to students who take this course when they are in rising grade 10 or higher. This course will be offered in an online format.

    This course is designed to investigate and develop students’ photographic skills with an emphasis on composition as well as content. Students will explore traditional and contemporary methods of photography as well as commercial techniques. This course is based on individual expression, historical perspective and current trends as a vehicle for communication. This course meets the UC A-G criteria for a Visual and Fine Arts credit.

    Required materials

    • Digital Camera: must have a manual mode and be able to shoot in raw (uncompressed); cell phones will not be allowed as the class camera; Summer Camera List.
    • SD or other camera compatible memory card (8 GB minimum)
    • 16 GB minimum USB drive
    • Computer that is compatible with Adobe Creative Cloud (CC)
    • Adobe CC Photography Plan Subscription ($9.99/month)
    • Tripod (many sold for roughly $20)

    Course Session

    June 28 – July 30 (Class will not be held on July 5)

    8:30 AM–2:30 PM EST

    Live Lecture: 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM EST

    Independent Study: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

    Break: 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM EST

    Live Office Hour: 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM EST

    Live Lecture: 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM EST

    Tuition
    $2850

     

  • Film Studies

    For students entering grades 9-12 in the fall of 2021. High School credit will only be awarded to students who take this course when they are in rising grade 10 or higher. This course will be offered in an online format.

    Film Studies provides an overview of film history from the invention of motion picture technology to the present day. This course is broad, both chronologically and geographically, incorporating many foreign language films while focusing on the history of the American motion picture as a frame of reference. There are six major components engaged throughout the year: the evolution of the technology and its connection with major historical movements; analysis of film utilizing key terminology from films studies and theory; critique of social issues such as gender, class, race, and politics in film; creative production of a short film and exhibition in a festival; publication of a contemporary film review; and a film exhibition and discussion with an audience. In summary, film studies students will acquire language to critique historical, theoretical, technical, and social issues in film, create a short film for exhibition in a campus film festival, and generate a film review blog shared with the campus community.

    Course films include, but are not limited to: City Lights (1931); Bringing Up Baby (1938); Rebecca (1940); The Red Shoes (1948); High Noon (1952); Singin’ In the Rain (1952); Some Like It Hot (1959); The 400 Blows (1959); Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967); Zanjeer (1973); Raise the Red Lantern (1991); The Hate U Give (2018); Frankenstein (1931); Young Frankenstein (1974); The Stranger (1946); Citizen Kane (1941); The Empire Strikes Back (1980).

    Required Materials
    A Netflix streaming account

    Course Session
    June 28–July 30
    (Class will not be held on July 5)

    8:30 AM–2:30 PM EST

    Live Lecture: 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM EST

    Independent Study: 10:00 AM–12:00 PM EST

    Break: 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM EST

    Live Office Hour: 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM  EST

    Live Lecture: 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM EST

    Tuition
    $2850

  • Introduction To Business

    For students entering grades 9 – 12 in the fall of 2021. High School credit will only be awarded to students who take this course when they are in rising grade 10 or higher. This course will be offered in an online format.

    Introduction to Business provides an overview of starting a business, the types of businesses that exist, and the challenges that businesses face in our current economy. This course will teach students the basics of starting a business by having them write a startup business plan. They will have to name their business, create a marketing plan, hire employees and figure out how to pay them, court investors, and plan for a sustainable future. Students will be required to purchase or rent the college introductory book Entrepreneurship: Owning Your Future 12th Edition (ISBN-13: 978-0134324821 / ISBN-10: 013432482X)along with corresponding workbook, in order to learn and practice business terminology. By the end of the course, the students will have a completed and fully-designed business plan. They will be versed in subjects such as business ethics, sustainability, marketing, and finances; and they will understand and appreciate many of the most common difficulties new businesses face.

    Required Materials
    Entrepreneurship: Owning Your Future 12th Edition; ISBN-13: 978-0134324821along with corresponding workbook

    Course Session
    June 28–July 30
    (Class will not be held on July 5)
    8:30 AM–2:30 PM EST

    Live Lecture: 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM EST

    Project Time: 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM EST

    Live Lecture: 10:30 AM–12:00 PM EST

    Break: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

    Project Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM  EST

    Office Hours: 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM EST

    Tuition
    $2850

  • Introduction to Programming

    For students entering grades 9 – 12 in the fall of 2021. High School credit will only be awarded to students who take this course when they are in rising grade 10 or higher. This course will be offered in an online format.

    Introduction to Programming serves as a pre-AP Java programming course. Students are introduced to the Java development cycle, object-orientation, and control structures. Students learn about primitive data types and their wrapper classes, operators, data structures such as arrays and lists, and special topics. The course also emphasizes the problem solving aspects of programming. Concepts covered in this course are further developed as students progress through the computer science discipline. Completion of this course fulfills the prerequisite to enroll in AP Computer Science A class. Topics include: introduction to the Java development environment; primitive data types; arithmetic and relational operators; conditionals and flowcharts; iterations – for, while, and do loops; testing and debugging; arrays and array lists; implementing methods; variable scope; introduction to object-orientation – objects and classes.

    Required Materials

    Big Java Early Objects, Cay S. Horstmann; ISBN: 978-1-119-49909-1

    Course Session
    June 28–July 30
    (Class will not be held on July 5)
    8:30 AM–2:30 PM EST

    Live Lecture: 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM EST

    Independent Study: 10:00 AM–12:00 PM EST

    Break: 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM EST

    Live Office Hour: 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM  EST

    Office Hours: 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM EST

    Tuition
    $2850

Math Enrichment Programs

  • Pre-Algebra

    BASIS Independent students must be either rising or incoming grade 6 to be eligible to take this course. This course will be offered in an online format.

    Pre-Algebra  includes topics from geometry, discrete mathematics, and probability and statistics. At the end of the course, students are well-versed in areas of: fractions, decimals, mixed numbers, positive and negative numbers, order of operations, percentages, proportions, ratios, divisibility, rounding, place value, unit conversions, scientific notation, and data representation, algebraic representation, and solving real-world problems.

    Suggested Materials
    Saxon Algebra 1/2: Incremental Development Edition 3 2004; ISBN 13: 978-1-56577-149-9

    Textbook rentals are available for the course.

    Course Session
    June 28–July 30
    8:30 AM–1:00 PM EST
    (Class will not be held on July 5)

    Live Lecture: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM EST

    Independent Study: 10:30 AM–11:30 PM EST

    Break: 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM EST

    Live Lecture: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

    Tuition
    $2250

  • Algebra I/Geometry

    Completion of Pre-Algebra or its equivalent is recommended. This course will be offered in an online format.

    Algebra I/Geometry covers all of the traditional first-year algebra topics while helping students build higher-order thinking skills, real-world application skills, reasoning, and an understanding of interconnecting math strands. The class focuses on multiple representations of algebraic thinking: verbal, numerical, symbolic, and graphical.

    Topics covered will include algebra foundations, basic geometric concepts, functions and relations, linear equations; polynomials, rational expressions and functions, inequalities, systems of equations and inequalities, radical expressions and functions, quadratic equations, absolute-value equations and inequalities, and probability and data analysis. Real-world applications and continual practice/review are fundamental parts of the class and are important for mastery of the material.

    Suggested Materials
    Saxon Algebra 1: Incremental Development (Student Edition) ; ISBN 13: 978-1-56577-134-5

    Textbook rentals are available for the course.

    Course Session
    June 28–July 30
    8:30 AM–1:00 PM EST
    (Class will not be held on July 5)

    Live Lecture: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM EST

    Independent Study: 10:30 AM–11:30 PM EST

    Break: 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM EST

    Live Lecture: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

    Tuition
    $2250

  • Algebra II/Geometry

    Completion of Algebra I/Geometry or its equivalent is recommended. This course will be offered in an online format.

    This is the second part in a series of algebra and geometry courses. Students will continue working on concepts introduced in Algebra I/Geometry, but more in-depth. After mastering topics introduced in this course students should be able to solve equations and inequalities with absolute value, quadratic and logarithmic equations, and work with complex numbers and trigonometric functions of right triangles. Also, geometry will be incorporated and the equivalent of formal geometry will be concluded. Students will be introduced to proofs in geometry with similar and congruent figures, circles and their parts, lines, and planes.

    Suggested Materials
    Saxon Algebra 2 Student Edition Grades 9-12 2004 ; ISBN 13: 978-1-56577-140-6

    Textbook rentals are available for the course.

    Course Session
    June 28–July 30
    8:30 AM–1:00 PM EST
    (Class will not be held on July 5)

    Live Lecture: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM EST

    Independent Study: 10:30 AM–11:30 PM EST

    Break: 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM EST

    Live Lecture: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

    Tuition
    $2250

  • Pre-Calculus

    Completion of Algebra II/Geometry or its equivalent is required. This course will be offered in an online format.

    This enrichment opportunity provides a five week in-depth coverage of major topics covered during the Pre-Calculus AB course in the fall.  Each week will focus on one of the major topics starting with the elementary conceptual level and developing them into intermediate and advanced level by the end of the week.  The major topics include Conic Sections, Functions, Logarithms, and Trigonometry (two weeks will be dedicated to this topic).  An emphasis will be placed on students to discuss each of these topics using Algebraic, numerical, graphical and verbal standards.  There will be daily in class and independent study assignments and many checks for understandings throughout the week. There is no required textbook for this course.  All material will be provided by the instructor within the framework of the distance learning model and applicable online platforms.

    Course Session
    June 28–July 30
    8:30 AM–1:00 PM EST
    (Class will not be held on July 5)

    Live Lecture:  8:30 AM – 10:30 AM EST

    Independent Study: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM EST

    Break: 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM EST

    Live Lecture: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

    Tuition
    $2250

  • Primary Math Enrichment

    This class will introduce and review concepts essential to be successful for students in 1st and 2nd grade.

    We will be focusing on skills such as addition, subtraction, and multiplication. We will work on the use of these skills in standard equations and in word problems. Word problems will focus on real world scenarios providing applicable context. Additional content will include measuring, comparing, and estimating length; word problems related to elapsed time and money. Also will include a basic understanding of geometric shapes. Content is subject to change based on the needs of the students at the discretion of the instructor.

    Course Session
    July 12-16
    8:30- 11:30 AM EST

    Tuition
    $350

  • Primary Math Concepts

    This class will introduce and review concepts essential to be successful for students in 3rd and 4th grade.

    We will be focusing on skills such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will work on the use of these skills in standard equations and in word problems. Word problems will focus on real world scenarios providing applicable context. Additional content will include interpreting and representing data via graphs, fractions, and word problems related to elapsed time and money. Also will include a basic understanding of geometric shapes. Content is subject to change based on the needs of the students at the discretion of the instructor.

    Course Session
    July 19-23
    8:30- 11:30 AM EST

    Tuition
    $350

Science Enrichment Programs

  • Biology Week 1

    For students entering grades 7–8 in the fall of 2021 (and entering grade 9 if student has not taken Biology). This course will be offered in an online format.

    This one week biology course covers grades 6 and 7 and introduces students to the cellular world, specifically how cells come together in billions of different combinations to produce the enormous variety of life on this planet. After learning what it means to be a biologist – to not only ask questions about the living world around oneself, but within oneself as well – students will explore and explain the underlying mechanisms that govern the functioning of all living organisms. By the end of this course, students should not only have a baseline knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, but also understand how humans compare and contrast with our distant relatives, the Plant Kingdom.

    Course Session
    July 26- 30
    2:30- 4:30 PM EST

    Tuition
    $250

  • Biology Week 2

    For students entering grade 9 in the fall of 2021. This course will be offered in an online format.

    This one week biology course covers grade 8 and will further students’ comprehension of cells by learning more in depth about cellular processes and the maintenance of homeostasis. The course will dive into details of biochemistry of carbohydrates, proteins and lipids. Cellular transport and membrane structure are emphasized. Plant processes like photosynthesis are studied at a molecular level. The students will learn all the basic reactions occurring in the process of cellular respiration. Cell division, Genetics, DNA structure, DNA replication, transcription and translation are studied in depth. Evolutionary and ecological concepts will be reinforced especially in the context of genetics. This course is an excellent preparatory course for honors biology.

    Course Session
    August 2- 6
    10:00 AM- Noon EST

    Tuition
    $250

  • Chemistry

    For students entering grades 7–9 in the fall of 2021. This course will be offered in an online format.

    In the summer chemistry program, students will be introduced to measurements and significant figures, atomic structure, types of matter, physical and chemical changes, bonding and chemical reactions. They will learn how to read the periodic table, name simple ionic and covalent compounds and do chemical calculations involving moles and Avogadro’s number.

    Course Session
    Dates: 2 weeks TBD
    2 hours TBD EST

    Tuition
    $500

Writing Enrichment Programs

  • Reading & Writing Workshop

    For students entering 4th or 5th grade in Fall 2021.

    This two-week course will use methods based in Classical languages and literature to prepare students for 5th and 6th grade writing. The first week will comprise an intensive review of English grammar and an introduction to Latin/Greek roots and prefixes/suffixes which are useful in vocabulary building. In the second week, we will work on exercises centered on the students’ retelling of a story, incorporating work on the expansion and summarization of narrative. This second week of writing will draw from the ancient educational idea of progymnasmata (“pre-writing exercises”), which help students overcome writer’s block and problems of clarity and concision. To participate in this course, students will need a notebook, pen, small whiteboard, and whiteboard markers.

    Course Session
    June 28-July 9

    (Class will not be held on July 5)
    8:30 AM- 11:30 AM EST

    Tuition
    $630

  • Study Skills and Notetaking

    Study Skills and Notetaking

    For students entering grades 6-12 in Fall 2021.

    This class is designed to help students understand the challenges in reading multiple secondary and primary sources, and to teach students effective study strategies based on their learning style. Students will look at different styles of notetaking, will learn the power of staying organized, and get to know the methodology and benefits behind these lifelong skills. Through the exploration of their own learning styles and new forms of notetaking and studying, these skills will become something to look forward to instead of dread. At the end of this course, students will learn how to use their study time more effectively and develop easy strategies to maximize their time while sustaining a high level of comprehension and organization. These powerful skills will lower the stress and anxiety associated with high-stakes testing, and provide the preparation support students need to succeed in those situations.

     

    This course will also help prepare new students for the transition into the BASIS curriculum. Students will learn about the importance of a daily communication journal, the benefits of different note taking styles for different courses, and learn strategies for how to manage the challenging workload

    Course Session
    Week 1: August 2-6

    Grades 6-8

    8:30 AM- 11:30 AM EST

    Week 2: August 9-13

    Grade 9-12

    8:30 AM- 11:30 AM EST

    Tuition
    $350