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Online Summer Courses at Avon Old Farms School

We understand the importance of year-round learning: Avon Old Farms was one of the first Independent Schools to offer online courses.

  • AOF students can augment their current course of study in order to position themselves to enroll in more advanced, varied courses during the school year.
  • AOF students will familiarize themselves with an online learning environment that will increasingly play a fundamental part of post-secondary school education.
  • Students will not only reinforce concepts from previous course work, but also they will preview concepts from the course they are scheduled to take the following fall.
 

Taught by Our Own Skilled Faculty for Credit

Avon Old Farms offers online courses that serve the interest of 21st century secondary education with an emphasis on college preparation. Consider these recent statistics gathered from a featured presentation at the 2012 TABS Conference:

  • 5 states require high school students to take an online course to graduate
  • 6.1 million college students (31%) took online courses in 2011-2012 as part of college curriculum
  • 60%-70% of undergraduates will take an online course as part of a four-year degree

AOF online offerings are designed with our specific curriculum and students in mind, and we are pleased to offer for-credit courses and preview courses in math and physics this summer. We will also continue to offer our 4-week SAT Preparation Course focused on the Reading section as well as our 2-week Critical-Reading and Note-Taking Skills for the New Student course.

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Cost

CourseCost
Full Year Credit$2,000
Full-Year Preview$1,000
History $750
Note-Taking Preparation$750
SAT Prep: Critical Reading$500

Financial aid is available for qualified students.

Example of Online Lecture

General Course Outline

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 29.
  • The final exam for year long-courses is on July 27.

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.

Online Summer Courses Offered

Credit Courses Offered

Since these 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 course outline tab 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 Online

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.

Algebra 2 Online

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.

Precalculus Online

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.

Calculus Online

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.

Physics Online

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.

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.

NOTE: All courses are dependent upon student interest and require a minimum number of students to enroll in order to be offered.

Preview Courses Offered

We will also be offering 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.

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.

Precalculus Preview

The primary objective of this class is to prepare students for the study of precalculus in the fall. Topics covered include rational functions, logarithmic and exponential functions, and trigonomentric functions. These topics will be covered in the first semester of the full year precalculus course. Successful completion should position students well heading into the fall. Students wishing to take this class should have earned at least a B- in Algebra 2 or Advanced Math.

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.

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.

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.

NOTE: All courses are dependent upon student interest and require a minimum number of students to enroll in order to be offered.

Preparation Courses Offered

We will also be offering 2 and 4-week courses in August to help knock the summer rust off. The purpose of these 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

The 4-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 4 weeks.

Critical Reading and Note-Taking Skills for the New Student

This 2-week intensive course focuses on the fundamental academic skills necessary for successful students at the prep school level. Over the 2-weeks, students will be expected to watch videos demonstrating how to read thoughtfully and critically, how to 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 but is open to all grade levels.

SAT Prep: Critical Reading Section

This structured 4-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 Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7pm-9pm 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.

NOTE: All courses are dependent upon student interest and require a minimum number of students to enroll in order to be offered.