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2021 Summer High School Program

Currently, all courses are distance learning courses this summer, except where noted for Summer PE and Chemistry Boost. If anything should change, we will communicate as soon as possible. We hope that you take advantage of our virtual course offerings! Please note the refund policy before registering for NDB's Summer Academy.
Open to Notre Dame girls only - all grades.
Dates: June 15 - July 16 (no class on July 5)Monday 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (Zoom Workout)Tuesday 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. (Health Unit on Zoom)Tuesday 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (Zoom Workout) or (In-Person Workout on Campus)Wednesday 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (Zoom Workout)Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. (Health Unit on Zoom)Thursday 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (Zoom Workout) or (In-Person Workout on Campus)Friday 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (Zoom Workout) Cost: $795This course is designed to offer students the skills and knowledge needed to lead a healthy lifestyle. A variety of fitness activities and sports will be introduced, complemented by instruction in health education. This will fulfill NDB's 1-year requirement and also meet the requirements for the California State mandate for health education. Note: Only one day of Summer PE can be made up if missed. Please make sure you can attend all days!

Incoming 9th Grade Only
Dates: June 14 - July 2Times: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Open to Notre Dame girls only. Cost: $495This course is designed for incoming freshmen to get a jumpstart in English, math, science and study skills. Our teachers are fun, engaging and full of the knowledge you need to be successful once classes begin in the fall!

BIOLOGY / HONORS BIOLOGY PREP (This course is not running)
Incoming 9th Grade Only
Dates: June 14 - June 18Times: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Open to Notre Dame girls only. Cost: $395The Summer Lab Skills course is designed to support those students who are accelerating into Biology or Honors Biology in their freshman year. The course provides opportunities to learn and practice lab skills incorporating design thinking, collaboration, and communication. Students are introduced to laboratory and technology tools that will be used during the year.

Students Aged 15 and Older
Dates Option 1: June 7 - June 11#3 Dates Option 2: June 14 - June 18Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Open to high school girls and boys. Cost: $495This class fulfills the state requirement for student preparation for an instructional permit and/or provisional driver’s license. Students must be 15 years or older by the start of the class. Students will learn the highway system, basic maneuvers, informed decision-making, and the dangers of impaired driving due to chemical use.

Open to Notre Dame rising seniors only
Dates/Times Option 1: June 7 - June 11; 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.#5 Dates/Times Option 2: June 7 - June 11; 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  Cost: $495 The most stressful piece of the college admissions process is essay writing. In this summer intensive course, rising seniors (the class of 2022), will get an early start on these college essays. This is a five day workshop in which students have the opportunity to understand the do's and don'ts of admissions essays while receiving assistance in identifying and articulating their personal and academic strengths. The process will involve self-reflection and brainstorming, centering on UC personal statements and Common Application main essays. Group work as well as instructor assistance in editing and feedback, will result in first drafts of multiple essays. Requirements: Must bring a laptop each day. Must have their resumes completed on Naviance. No make-ups for unattended sessions. Enrollment is limited to 25 per section.
Open to selected incoming NDB 9th graders only. Dates: June 14 - July 2Times: 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Cost: $395
This Algebra I Review / Geometry Prep course is designed to support those students who are accelerating into Geometry or Geometry Honors in their freshman year. The course provides opportunities to learn and practice the skills necessary to build a foundation for success  in their future math courses. Sample topics include real numbers, solving and graphing linear equations and inequalities, functions, quadratic equations and factoring. Students will be equipped with general mathematical strategies that will be useful throughout their education at NDB.
Open to high school girls and boys
Dates: June 22 - July 22 (Tuesdays and Thursdays only)Times: 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Cost: $795
Everyone can be good at math! NDB's Foundations for Math Success can show you another way to gain greater access to your natural number sense by identifying and filling gaps, clarifying misconceptions, and building a strong foundation. Things will finally begin to make sense, and then the fun begins! We are teaching possibility, something that can change your high school career and open unlimited opportunities for the future. Brain science shows that everyone can be good at math!
Open to NDB students only. Dates: June 7 - June 11Times: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Cost: $395
The most important prerequisite for success in AP Physics is a strong mathematical skill-set. This course will review the math that will be most useful for AP Physics 1: rounding and significant figures; scientific notation; unit conversions; algebraic manipulation; trigonometry; graphing; and interpreting graphs. This course also provides the opportunity to get to know your AP Physics teacher and some classmates, and to get your summer homework out of the way in the first week of the break!
Open to high school girls and boys
Dates: June 14 - July 2Times: 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Cost: $495
The first two weeks of this SAT Math Test Prep course will cover a review of basic definitions, key facts, and tactics that students will need to answer SAT-type questions. During the third week, students will work on practice tests, using the information learned during the first two weeks. Topics to include:
ARITHMETIC: basic facts; fractions and decimals; percent's; ratios and proportions; averages. 
ALGEBRA: polynomials; solving equations and inequalities; word problems. 
GEOMETRY: lines and angles; triangles; quadrilaterals; circles; solid geometry; coordinate geometry. 
MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS: probability, sequences; interpretation of charts and graphs; functions; basic trigonometry; basics of complex numbers. The instructor will use BARRON's SAT prep book. You can purchase your own copy here:
CHEMISTRY BOOST AND LAB SKILLS (This course is not running)
Open to NDB students only.
12 students max Dates: June 14 - June 24 Monday thru Thursday Times: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Cost: $495
Remote learning affected many disciplines, none more than the lab sciences.  If you are taking an AP Lab science for next year you may want to consider this summer boost course held on campus. Week 1: Monday thru Thursday -Time will be spent reviewing topics which overlap with AP Biology and AP Chemistry.  Students will have the opportunity to practice lab skills such as volumetric and gravimetric analysis.  They will learn how to employ SLOP (Safe Lab Operating Procedures) and learn how to safely handle common lab equipment.   This week is open to graduating students who wish to develop lab skills prior to taking a lab class at college. Week 2: Monday thru Thursday - Chemistry Review and reinforcement. Time will be set aside for work on the mandatory summer assignment in AP Chemistry. Students taking AP chemistry are encouraged to enroll for both weeks.
INTERNATIONAL SUMMER ACADEMY (This course is not running)
Open to Notre Dame international students only.
Dates: TBA
Times: TBA
Cost: $1,300.00 (for the 3 week course)
The International Summer Academy is a balance between fun and academic support. It is designed to support international students with summer homework and reading, English language acquisition, study skills, and organization. Students are introduced to technology tools that will be used during the academic year. Students will participate in fun online events around the San Francisco Bay Area to become better acquainted with all that it has to offer.
INTRO TO CODING MADE EASY (This course is not running)
Date Option 1: TBA Times: TBA Open to NDB students and middle school girls and boys. Cost: $395In today's digital world, coding is a fundamental skill alongside math and reading, but too few kids have the opportunity to learn to program because it is rarely taught in school. This course aims to create a fun and engaging platform, where students not only learn to program, but also to have opportunities to be creative using code.

FRESHMAN STUDY SKILLS (This course is not running)
Dates: June 14 - June 25Times: 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Open to Notre Dame girls only. Cost: $395Get a head start on gaining the necessary learning strategies and study skills that are crucial for success at a college-prep school. Topics covered include: executive functioning, active listening, reading comprehension, note taking, test preparation, test taking, and public speaking.

Dates: July 6 - July 16 (no school on July 5 - holiday)
Times: 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Open to Notre Dame girls only.
Cost: No Charge!
Explore how a courtroom trial actually works in this two-week course. Try your hand at writing questions for witnesses, and learn about the rules of evidence (objection!). Great for anyone interested in developing their critical thinking and public speaking skills in a creative and fun way.

INTRODUCTION TO SEWING (This course is not running)
Dates: TBA Times: TBA Open to high school and middle school girls. Cost: $295Learn the basics of sewing in this three-week course at the end of which you will have a skirt, pajama pants, or both! The course will begin with how to use a sewing machine and pick out a pattern. Then you will learn how to take a pile of fabric and notions and turn them into a piece of clothing you can wear. Along the way, you will learn such things as how to take your measurements, adjust a pattern if necessary, finish seams, and sew on buttons. By the end of the class, you will have a foundation of sewing skills on which to build for future sewing projects. This course requires an adult or older sibling be present during the class each meeting in case of injury. NOTE: The instructor will contact you two weeks before class to give you a list of items you will need for the class.  Be sure to check your email often. Also, you need your own machine for this class. Check with the instructor about the possibility of borrowing a machine.  If you are looking for a place to service your sewing machine or to purchase one, contact Ralph's Vacuum and Sewing Center.  Due to COVID-19, Ralph's inventory of new and used machines is low and there is a longer wait than usual for machines to be serviced. So, contact them soon. Ralph's Vacuum and Sewing Center, (650) 368-2841.
Open to NDB students only
Dates: TBA Times: TBA  Cost: $295Learn to utilize the National Archives while boosting your detective skills. This course will be one that your family will treasure for years to come, as you capture and document forgotten history. You will acquire the following skills: interviewing, photo archiving, forensic research, and an Indiana Jones mindset. Recommended equipment: scanner, computer, and additional costs (Genealogy or Digital Conversion Services) if so desired.
PRINTMAKING EXPLORATION (This course is not running)
Open to high school and middle school girls.
Dates Option 1: TBA Dates Option 2: TBA Times: TBA  Cost: $395 (cost includes supplies to be picked up at NDB date TBD)This course explores the art of printmaking and will include instruction and technique in understanding everything from monotype printing, block printing, Pochoir, and even Suminagashi (the Japanese art of ink and water printing). Create your own beautiful prints with step by step instruction and demonstrations via Zoom. Supplies are included for each of the printmaking types - your creative imagination is all that is needed.
NOTE: The instructor will contact you one week before class to arrange a time for picking up materials at NDB. Pickups will be scheduled for the Sunday before classes begin.
VIDEO GAME DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT (This course is not running)
Open to high school and middle school girls only
Dates: TBA Times: TBA
(grades 6-12).Cost: $395
Create your very own video game in this exciting, hands-on class! You will use scratch - a free visual programming language developed at MIT - to learn fundamental coding skills, including using variables, loops, conditional statements, event handling, arithmetic operators, and sensing. Then, you will use Stanford's Design Thinking process to plan out your theme, storyline, gameplay, graphics, music, and sound effects. This course is for TOTAL BEGINNERS - the only requirements are CREATIVITY and ENTHUSIASM. NOTE: Technical Requirements: A computer, the Zoom desktop app, and the latest version of google chrome.
Summer School Refund / Cancellation Policy (HS Summer Program, School of Volleyball, Sport Camps):
  • For each program or class, there is a $100 nonrefundable deposit that is included in the price of each program or class.
  • Cancellations made after May 1 will receive a refund of 50% of the full price of the program or class less the $100 nonrefundable deposit.
  • Cancellations made on or after June 1 will not receive a refund.