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AOF Online Summer Courses FAQs

How will AOF’s Online Summer Courses benefit me?

  • You'll enhance your current course of study so you can enroll in more advanced/varied courses next year.
  • You'll familiarize yourself with online learning: you're going to be using this environment throughout your college years!
  • You'll reinforce concepts you learned from previous course work and preview concepts you're scheduled to take in the fall.

Are online courses really that effective?

AOF Online Summer Courses serve the interest of 21st-century secondary education and college preparation. As more colleges and universities offer blended and online components in their curriculums, students who have previous experience with online academics have an advantage heading into these opportunities. At Avon, approximately 100 students take advantage of our course offerings each summer.

The 2018 Online Education Trends Report as well as the Babson Survey Report on Online and Distance Education show upward trends in online course engagement in secondary and post-secondary education continue:

  • Five states require high school students to take an online course to graduate.
  • Over 30% of higher education students took at least one online course in 2016 as part of his/her college curriculum.
  • In the 2017-2018 school year, 34% of polled schools saw an increase in high school and first-semester college students engaging in online curriculum.
  • Online education has increased for the 14th straight year with 6% of all students now taking at least one online course (a total of 6,359,121 students), with an increase of 5.6% (337,016 students) in the last year alone.
  • 60%-70% of undergraduates will take an online course as part of a four-year degree
  • Plans and resources for online program development at four-year institutions continue to increase each year.

Who teaches AOF's Online Summer Courses?

AOF Online Summer Courses are taught by our own skilled faculty and are designed with our specific curriculum and students in mind. We are dedicated to providing small class sizes, extra help enrichment sessions, and timely feedback and support; additionally, we are pleased to offer for-credit courses and preview courses in math, physics, and computer science this summer. We will also continue to offer our four-week SAT Preparation Course as well as our two-week Critical-Reading and Note-Taking Skills for the New Student course.

How much do AOF Online Summer Courses cost?

Course Cost
Eight-Week Full Year Credit $2,000
Eight-Week Full-Year Preview $1,000
Four-Week Pre-AP US History $750
Four-Week SAT Prep: Critical Reading $500
Two-Week Preparation Course $750

What does a typical AOF Online Summer Course session look like?

What should I expect from the course and how will I be assessed?

Course Content

  • All content will be delivered to the students through videos produced by the teacher. Students are expected to watch these videos and take notes on the content as if they were sitting in a regular class.
  • All course information and resources will be provided by the teacher through Veracross and Google Sites.
  • In order to get through all of the material, students will be required to put in approximately 3 hours per day for credit courses and approximately 2 hours per day for preview courses.
  • These courses are asynchronous, which means that the work can be completed each day when it suits the student. For the 3 hours recommended for a credit course, a student could do 1 hour in the morning and 2 at night to accommodate a summer job or a local sports camp. However, the student must be able to complete those 3 hours each day and should not expect to be able to leave it all for the weekends, take days off, or go on vacation somewhere for a week without access to the internet and without time each day for the work.

     

Assessments

  • There will be assignments for each course that will cover the material designated by the teacher for each week.
  • The midterm exam for year-long courses is on June 28.
  • The final exam for year long-courses is on July 26.

Grading

  • Weekly assignments – 60% (10% each)
  • Midterm exam – 20%
  • Final exam – 20%
  • Students will be required to submit an academic honesty statement with each weekly assignment, the midterm exam, and the final exam.

Support

  • There will be a minimum of three scheduled 1-1 student/teacher conference assessing the progress of the student.
  • Just like our regular classes, students can expect to get additional support from their teachers. This can be done through e-mail, Skype, phone, etc. Teachers will outline their guidelines on how to get extra help with the material at the beginning of the course.

AOF Online Summer Courses Offered

NEW! Two-Week Preparation Courses for Incoming Students

For Enrolled Avon Old Farms Students Only

Our two-week preparation courses are designed to provide some review, a head-start, and some support for our newest students as they approach the upcoming school year. These courses will help to “knock the rust off” the summer, get boys refocused on academics, and introduce some concepts inherent in prep school academics. Whether you want to review and refresh your learning from last year or get a head-start on some of the upcoming concepts, these two-week classes can help any boy feeling a little end-of-summer academic trepidation gain some momentum and confidence heading into the new school year. Students can take all four courses or pick any combination that suits their interests and needs. Note the dates for each course as there is some overlap, which will mean a little more work on those overlapping dates but does not mean they cannot be taken concurrently.

Foundational Mathematics Skills

This two-week course is designed for the incoming student who wants to review fundamental Algebra 1 and Geometry skills in preparation for the coming year. The course will cover topics dealing with fractions, exponents, operations with real numbers, algebraic equations, angles, and degrees.  Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to “hit the ground running” in their fall Algebra or Geometry courses.

This course is recommended for incoming freshmen and new sophomores taking either Algebra 1 or Geometry in the fall.

Dates: July 29 - August 11

Introduction to Research Writing for History

This two-week intensive course will develop skills on how to locate, use, and cite academically certifiable resources as it pertains to research. In addition, the course will provide students with appropriate scaffolding to select/narrow paper topics, create a complex thesis statement, craft introductions, and outline papers. Online tutorials, simulation reading/writing, and internet “scavenger hunts” will aid the student along the way. Reading and comprehension assessments will be administered. Upon successful completion of the course, students will have developed transferable skills for their fall classes and be able to initiate formal research paper writing.

This course is recommended for incoming students in all grade levels.

Dates: July 29 - August 11

Introduction to Lab Sciences

This two-week online introductory course will prepare incoming students for greater success in science classes at Avon Old Farms by providing an early look at the expectations set forth by the Science Department faculty. Students will focus on scientific terminology, reading comprehension, efficient note-taking, productive study techniques, organizing lab reports, and writing scientific lab reports. Learning will be accomplished using a multifaceted approach involving various technological and online platforms. Upon completion, students will have practiced science-related skills and will be ready to hit the ground running for their upcoming science courses.

This course is recommended for incoming freshmen and new sophomores taking either Physical Science or Biology in the fall.

Dates: August 12 - 25

Critical Reading and Note-Taking Skills

This two-week intensive course focuses on the fundamental academic skills necessary for successful students at the prep school level. Over the two weeks, students will be expected to watch videos demonstrating how to: read thoughtfully and critically; annotate the text; and take useful notes. Similarly, readings will be assigned for students to practically apply the skills learned. There will be reading and concept assessments to determine the effectiveness of the students' efforts. Upon completion, students will be able to immediately take the skills learned into their fall courses.

This course is recommended for incoming freshmen and new sophomores.

Dates: August 12 - 25

 

Four-Week Preparation Courses

For Enrolled Avon Old Farms Students Only

The purpose of the four week preparation courses is to help students prepare for the upcoming year either in a specific course by reviewing the concepts of the previous year and previewing the first semester or in a specific area such as the SAT. As with the full-year classes, students will complete weekly assignments and are expected to put in approximately two hours per day watching videos and working on assignments.

Early American History - Pre-AP US

This Course Open For Avon Old Farms Students Only

The four-week online Early American History course is designed for students who intend to enroll in Advanced Placement United States History and have not had the Honors Early American History course. It would also serve students who have taken Honors Early American History and wish to reinforce their understanding of the material and gain practice writing A.P. U.S. History essays. The course covers the first five sections of the A.P. U.S. History curriculum, from Pre-Columbian Societies through The Early Republic. This course will run for four weeks.

Dates: July 29 - August 23

SAT Prep: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This Course Open For Avon Old Farms Students Only

This structured four-week intensive course focuses on preparing the students for the Critical Reading portion of the New SAT. Students will create a Khan Academy account within our Avon Old Farms “class” as determined by the teacher. Students will use the Khan Academy videos to identify areas of strength and weakness for further work. Unlike our other courses, this course will have mandatory online sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 - 8 p.m. where students will work with our teacher to focus on skills, get support and guidance, and work one-on-one. There will also be one enrichment time per week as needed. During the rest of the week, students will be expected to continue working with the videos as well as content generated by the teacher focused on each student’s individual needs. This course is recommended for rising juniors and seniors. This course is $500.00. There is no financial aid offered for this course.

Dates: July 29 - August 23

Eight-Week Credit Course - Registration is closed

Since the eight week credit classes (same syllabus as the classes offered during the school year) will be covering a year’s worth of work in a seven-week summer class, students are expected to put in approximately three hours per day watching videos and working on assignments. Please refer to the calendar on the right of this page for further information regarding important dates.

Grading is based upon weekly assignments, a mid-term exam, and a final exam. Please refer to the FAQ section above for further information. Successful completion will result in a student receiving credit for the course, and it will show up on his Avon Old Farms transcript.

Geometry

Geometry’s primary objective is the study of Euclidean Geometry as a formal, logical system. Where possible, excursions are made into three-dimensional figures and elementary analytic geometry. Some review of algebraic materials may be included. This course begins with developing visualization and some drawing skills. Both algebraic and geometric models are introduced and are further enhanced throughout the course. Proofs are developed slowly in the first half of the course. Various proof formats, including paragraph, flow-chart, and two-column proofs are presented. Students are expected to be actively involved in their own learning. The use of manipulatives is integrated into this course.

Prerequisite: A minimum B average (or department approval) required in current math course.

Dates: June 3 - July 26

Algebra 2

This course is a more intensive and extensive study of topics introduced in Algebra 1. The primary objective of the Algebra 2 curriculum is to prepare students for Pre-Calculus or Pre-Calculus Honors. The course is designed to prepare students for college level mathematics and is beneficial for those who will pursue further study in mathematics or related fields. Extensive work is included with equalities, inequalities, absolute value, fractional and negative exponents, radicals, systems of quadratics, and logarithms. The content of the course is organized around families of functions, including linear, quadratic, exponential, logarithmic, radical and rational functions. Students will learn to represent functions in multiple ways, including verbal descriptions, equations, tables, and graphs. Students will also learn to model real-world situations using functions. Graphing calculator skills will be taught and used extensively in this course. Throughout this course, students will develop learning strategies, critical thinking skills, and problem solving techniques to prepare for future math courses.

Prerequisite: A minimum B average (or department approval) required in current math course.

Dates: June 3 - July 26

Precalculus

The primary objective of the precalculus curriculum is to prepare students for calculus. Integral to the learning process is the systematic review of earlier concepts learned in Algebra 2 and/or Advanced Math and procedures in which students use previously learned skills to develop proficiency with more advanced concepts, especially trigonometry. Students wishing to take this class should have earned at least a B in Algebra 2 or Advanced Math and approval from the math department may be required.

Prerequisite: A minimum B+ average (or department approval) required in current math course.

Dates: June 3 - July 26

Calculus

his advanced course is an introduction to the fundamental topics comprising calculus. Algebraic, trigonometric, and transcendental functions are studied in the context of differentiation and integration. At the conclusion of this course, students should be able to use calculus methods in a variety of applications and problem solving situations. Students that successfully complete this course are encouraged to take Advanced Placement Calculus. Students wishing to take this class should have earned at least a B in Precalculus and approval from the math department may be required.

Prerequisite: A minimum B+ average (or department approval) required in current math course.

Dates: June 3 - July 26

Physics

This course is designed with the premise that the study of physics and its application to everyday life are vital to all students. Concepts involving mechanics, electricity, magnetism, and light are developed in a unified and logical sequence. The course shows how physics is related to the other sciences and includes some aspects of the history and philosophy of science. There is no lab component to this course.

Dates: June 3 - July 26

Computer Science Principles

Using Python® as a primary tool and incorporating multiple platforms and languages for computation, this course aims to develop computational thinking, generate excitement about career paths that utilize computing, and introduce professional tools that foster creativity and collaboration. Computer Science Principles helps students develop programming expertise and explore the workings of the Internet. Projects and problems include app development, visualization of data, cybersecurity, and simulation. PLTW is recognized by the College Board as an endorsed provider of curriculum and professional development for AP® Computer Science Principles (AP CSP). This endorsement affirms that all components of PLTW CSP’s offerings are aligned to the AP Curriculum Framework standards and the AP CSP assessment.

Dates: June 3 - July 26

Eight-Week Preview Course - Registration is closed

We will also be offering eight-week courses that preview the full-year. These courses will follow the full-year credit curriculum without requiring graded performance. The purpose of these courses is to help students prepare for an upcoming class in the fall. As with the credit classes, students will complete weekly assignments and take a mid-term and final exam. For the preview courses, students are expected to put in approximately two hours per day watching videos and working on assignments.

Geometry Preview

Geometry’s primary objective is the study of Euclidean Geometry as a formal, logical system. Where possible, excursions are made into three-dimensional figures and elementary analytic geometry. Some review of algebraic materials may be included. This course begins with developing visualization and some drawing skills. Both algebraic and geometric models are introduced and are further enhanced throughout the course. Proofs are developed slowly in the first half of the course. Various proof formats, including paragraph, flow-chart, and two-column proofs are presented. Students are expected to be actively involved in their own learning. The use of manipulatives is integrated into this course.

Dates: June 3 - July 26

Algebra 2 Preview

This course is a more intensive and extensive study of topics introduced in Algebra 1. The primary objective of the Algebra 2 curriculum is to prepare students for Pre-Calculus or Pre-Calculus Honors. The course is designed to prepare students for college level mathematics and is beneficial for those who will pursue further study in mathematics or related fields. Extensive work is included with equalities, inequalities, absolute value, fractional and negative exponents, radicals, systems of quadratics, and logarithms. The content of the course is organized around families of functions, including linear, quadratic, exponential, logarithmic, radical and rational functions. Students will learn to represent functions in multiple ways, including verbal descriptions, equations, tables, and graphs. Students will also learn to model real-world situations using functions. Graphing calculator skills will be taught and used extensively in this course. Throughout this course, students will develop learning strategies, critical thinking skills, and problem solving techniques to prepare for future math courses.

Dates: June 3 - July 26

Precalculus Preview

The primary objective of the precalculus curriculum is to prepare students for calculus. Integral to the learning process is the systematic review of earlier concepts learned in Algebra 2 and/or Advanced Math and procedures in which students use previously learned skills to develop proficiency with more advanced concepts, especially trigonometry. Successful completion should position students well heading into the fall.

Dates: June 3 - July 26

Calculus Preview

This course is designed to give students an introduction to material they will see in either regular or honors calculus in the fall. The course starts with a review of rational, logarithmic, exponential, and trigonometric functions, all of which are important in the study of calculus. Significant time will be spent on limits and differentiation. Students wishing to take this class should have earned at least a B- in precalculus.

Dates: June 3 - July 26

Physics Preview

This course is designed with the premise that the study of physics and its application to everyday life are vital to all students. Concepts involving mechanics, electricity, magnetism, and light are developed in a unified and logical sequence. The course shows how physics is related to the other sciences and includes some aspects of the history and philosophy of science. There is no lab component to this course.

Dates: June 3 - July 26

Computer Science Principles Preview

Using Python® as a primary tool and incorporating multiple platforms and languages for computation, this course aims to develop computational thinking, generate excitement about career paths that utilize computing, and introduce professional tools that foster creativity and collaboration. Computer Science Principles helps students develop programming expertise and explore the workings of the Internet. Projects and problems include app development, visualization of data, cybersecurity, and simulation. PLTW is recognized by the College Board as an endorsed provider of curriculum and professional development for AP® Computer Science Principles (AP CSP). This endorsement affirms that all components of PLTW CSP’s offerings are aligned to the AP Curriculum Framework standards and the AP CSP assessment.

Dates: June 3 - July 26

Questions? Contact the AOF Online Summer Courses Director

Kathleen Barzun

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