Summer Courses

Morgan Park Academy summer courses are for students entering grades 9-12.

Non-MPA students: A transcript will be issued at the end of the summer session. Make sure you check with your school to ensure that MPA credits are transferable.

2020 SUMMER COURSES

Summer Business Incubator

Mon-Tues-Wed-Thurs  * July 20 to Aug. 14 * 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
This course is designed to allow students to explore the world of entrepreneurs. Students will create and fully develop their own product or service. Student teams will work through the process of ideation, market research, and business plan development. They will explore and apply concepts in the subfields of marketing, accounting, human resources, and the legal aspects of running a business. This course will provide students with the hands-on opportunity to imagine, design, construct, market, and refine their own business ventures. Instructor is Mrs. Fahey. (0.5 credits)

Course registration is available here.

Intro to Multimedia

Monday through Friday  *  Aug. 17 to Aug. 28  *  1:00-2:00 p.m.
This course introduces the many applications that enhance the world of multimedia and the web, as well as the technological decisions that are needed to deploy them. Students will learn how various tools are used to create a rich, dynamic audio/visual experience for users in many different formats. This class will give students an overview of the various approaches to video and audio editing and production. Students enrolling in the course should have basic computer skills. Instructor is Mr. Ellis. (0.5 credits)

Course registration is available here.

Advanced Composition

Monday and Tuesday  *  June 22 to July 17  *  11:30-1:00 p.m.
This blended course will focus on the student’s individual needs, allowing them to either review essay and core writing skills, improve on existing skills, or pursue advanced writing skills for various writing scenarios. Throughout the course, students will work to complete the supplemental writings and readings which will help them hone needed advanced writing skills for Upper School. Students will be guided through careful planning stages, encouraged to write, then refine their writing through multiple revisions and edits in order to produce unique, insightful, and grammatically sound responses. Students should expect to write for extended periods of time, either on campus or independently at home, utilize editing software, such as Grammarly, and share their writing with the instructor and peers for revision purposes. Upon successful completion of the course, students will have written several types of compositions and worked to improve composition skills. As a blended course, this course requires students to complete assignments, projects, and other requirements online. Students will meet with the instructor but will be expected to complete work on their own outside of class. Instructor is Ms. Burgess. (0.5 credits)

Course registration is available here.

Consumer Economics

Tuesday and Thursday  *  June 15 to July 3  *  8:00-10:00 a.m.
Students will learn basic economic principles, how the American economy functions and how to make decisions as consumers, wage earners, and citizens within that economy. This is a blended course that requires students to complete assignments, projects, and other requirements online. Students will meet with the instructor two days a week, then complete work on their own outside of class. Instructor is Mr. Drahozal. (0.5 credits)

Course registration is available here.

Introduction to Computer Science

Online Class  *  June 22 to July 31  *  Required Meeting June 22 at 10:15 a.m.
This course fosters the development of required skills to live, learn, and work successfully in an increasingly complex and information-rich society. Students will examine digital access to information and technologies; cyber safety and digital literacy; legal, ethical and technological issues concerning digital citizenship; and the effective use of technologies to support teaching and learning. Instructor is Ms. Terry. (0.5 credits)

Course registration is available here.

Health

Online Class  *  June 29 to July 31  *  Required Meeting June 29 at 10:45 a.m.
Health and wellness is an important concept that includes all aspects of a person’s being; it means having both a healthy mind and body. This semester course introduces students to a variety of health-related issues. It helps students begin to make responsible lifestyle choices. Areas of discussion and instruction are determined by current health and wellness concerns. Topics include personality and emotions, stress, nutrition, addictive behaviors, wellness, AIDS, and STIs.  (0.5 credits)

Course registration is available here.

Life Skills 101
Fridays * June 22 to July 31 * 10:45 am to 1:30 pm 
(NON-CREDIT)
This course will introduce students to a spectrum of skills required to successfully master the challenges of being a responsible adult.  Critical subjects include basic cooking, sewing, homemaking and basic repair skills, map-reading and basic car maintenance, social, dining and workplace etiquette; consumer savvy; and lease negotiations.
Course registration is available here.
Basics of Finance & Investing 
Mon-Tues-Wed-Thurs * June 22 to July 16 * 10:45 am to 1:30 pm
(.5 credit)

In this course, students will acquire a thorough basic knowledge of investments and the securities markets by the end of the school year.  Class activities will allow students to become familiar with the theories presented as well as practical applications and gain the ability to evaluate different investment vehicles, recognizing the risks inherent in each and weighing them appropriately against the potential return.

Course registration is available here.
Pre-APUSH Bootcamp  
Mon-Tues-Wed-Thurs July 20 to August 14 * 8 am to 10:15 am
(.5 credit)
AP US History, also known as APUSH, is a rigorous, college level survey course that examines U.S. History from 1491 to the present. Throughout the course students will be introduced to major themes in U.S. History.  Pre-APUSH Bootcamp will introduce students to the historical thinking skills and history-founded themes that are central to the APUSH.  It also will provide a comprehensive review of content that is an expected precursor to APUSH, including an understanding of the evolution and content of the United States Constitution.  Coursework will take the place of summer work that is a required prerequisite to the class.
Course registration is available here.

English Language Writing and Speaking

Monday through Friday  *  Aug. 10 to Aug. 21  *  10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
This course is designed for non-native English speakers to practice writing and speaking skills. The course will be in two parts. In the first session, students will practice writing short pieces reflective of MPA Upper School standards. In the second session, students will practice speaking with the instructor, giving small presentations and conducting conversations with other students. Registration is by invitation only. Instructor is Sra. Harris.

Course registration is available here.

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