During a time of school closures due to Covid-19, Rolling Hills Prep and Renaissance Schools have proven to be a model for Distance Learning. Our schools have implemented a model that encourages a high degree of engagement and consistency to maintain academic and social-emotional programming. Major components of our distance learning plan include utilizing multi-modes of learning tools to enhance the virtual learning experience. Students are taught live by a teacher and include interactive video labs, in-class discussions and time for independent work and review.
We are pleased to offer the below distance learning courses for the Summer of 2020.
For current students, you may register for any of these offerings by filling out the form linked below by May 29, 2020.
Students enrolled at other schools may register for any of these offerings by completing our on-line application below.
Summer School Classes
June 15, 2020 - July 17, 2020 (no class July 4 or July 5, 2020)
Time: 8:30am – 1:30pm, with built-in break and independent work periods.
Biology - Course Fee: $1,477
Please note: Rolling Hills Prep and Renaissance Students must first complete Chemistry as a prerequisite for taking this course.
This course will explore the fundamental question of what Life is -- at a molecular, cellular, organism, and ecosystem/biosphere level. The Big Ideas covered include the Evolution of life on Earth, the Diversity of life (from single-celled protozoa and inanimate viruses to complex, living Ecosystems), Genetics and Inheritance of Traits, in addition to Human Anatomy & Physiology. The class will include online lectures, break-out session discussions, mini-projects, quiz games, hands-on modeling, and a strong laboratory component, using virtual lab simulations and experiments. In addition, we will aim to conduct some wet labs (dissections in school), provided some of the current limitations are lifted and we are able to safely access the school facilities. The ultimate focus of this course is to see how biology relates to real-life applications.
Some of the real-life phenomena we will investigate are:
- How plants make their own food via photosynthesis and are the producers for all other life
- How global warming bleaches and degrades our coral Reefs, the richest biomes in our oceans
- How molecular genetics can solve crimes
- How genetic engineering can manufacture life-saving medicines, clones beagles and possibly even bring back the Woolly Mammoth from extinction.
This summer course fulfills the UC/CSU A-G requirement for a full year of Biology credit and can also be adapted for Honors Biology Credit for students planning on taking AP Biology during the regular academic school year. Open to all Grades 9-12.
Geometry - Course Fee: $1,477
This course provides students with a solid foundation in geometry. Emphasis is placed on reasoning, visualization, and application. Topics covered include logical reasoning, properties of geometric figures, parallel lines and angle relationships, coordinate geometry, similarity, congruence, and special right triangles. Open to all Grades 9-12 who have successfully completed Algebra 1. This course fulfills the UC/CSU A - G requirement for a full year of Geometry credit.
English Creative Non-Fiction - Course Fee: $1,477
Available to all Upper School students, this English elective course may be taken in addition to the four required years of English classes. This course provides students with an introduction to the elements of creative nonfiction. With an emphasis on storytelling, students will engage with a variety of nonfiction narrative methods including ‘list articles’, memes, digital journalism, film/music reviews, sports writing, recipes, personal essay, memoir, travel writing, and more, ultimately creating their own creative pieces. This course is available to all Upper School students and this English elective course may be taken in addition to the four required years of English classes.
June 29, 2020 - July 30, 2020 | Monday - Thursday, 9 AM - 3 PM
For current Renaissance students only, to be held only if campus is open for in-person activities
Fee: Per week- $600, 5 week discount- $2,225
RenCamp continues the mission set forth by the school: “Renaissance School believes that bright students who learn differently can rise to great heights when they become empowered and confident.” We will encourage growth in our students through their own personal and academic goals.
1:1 or Small Group Ren Tutoring - $150 per 2-hour session
Available to incoming and returning Renaissance Middle Schoolers, additional support is offered in Renaissance reading and math skills. Support in summer reading and math homework. Fun games and activities spread throughout the day to give a little Ren-flair and excitement while providing a safe social and learning environment.