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Summer Prep

Elevate Your Educational Experience with Summer Prep

Embark on a 4 to 8 week academic odyssey designed exclusively for students entering grades 7 through 12.  This immersive summer program, offered by Saint Thomas Academy and Visitation School, beckons young minds to unlock their full academic potential and position them to reach the highest level of academics by the time they graduate, possibly earning high school and college credits along the way.

Tailored Excellence for Middle and High School Learners
A Fusion of Excellence: Saint Thomas Academy and Visitation School
Transcripted Credits for Future Success
Inspired Teaching, Dedicated Faculty

 

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Summer Prep Registration

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Summer Prep is for any students entering grades 7 through 12, whether they attend Visitation School, Saint Thomas Academy, or elsewhere.  Courses are either 4 or 8 weeks in duration.
 
Summer Prep begins Tuesday, June 11. The second session begins Monday, July 8.
 
Course tuition is $1,250 per session, except for College Bound, which is $1,500 per session to defray the costs of test prep and transportation.  Most courses require that students register for both sessions to receive credit. In these cases, total tuition is $2,500. The enrollment requirements for Summer Prep coursework are listed in the Catalog.
 
 
REGISTRATION TERMS & CONDITIONS
Full payment is due at the time of registration.  In the event you need to cancel your registration, there is a non-refundable deposit of $250.  

If you require a payment plan and payment waiver code, please contact Deb Kilen at dkilen@cadets.com
 
Registrants have until May 15, 2024 to withdraw and receive a full refund, minus the deposit of $250 for the first session of Summer Prep.  Registrants have until June 21, 2024 to withdraw and receive a full refund, minus the deposit of $250 for the second session of Summer Prep.
 
The minimum course size is 5 students and the maximum course size is 24 students. Registrants will receive a full refund should their class be cancelled due to low enrollment.
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College Bound

Age group: Recommended for students entering grades 11 or 12

Prerequisite(s): None

Duration: 4 weeks (session 1 or 2)

Class notes: Test prep and college visits are included in the cost of the class.

College Bound is scheduled in the morning from 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Unlike the other courses in this catalog, College Bound is not coeducational.

College Bound is open enrollment. Visitation students interested in additional support are encouraged to work with their College Counseling Office.
Navigating the college search and application journey can bring a mix of excitement and apprehension. This course is designed to guide you through each step, ensuring you’re well-prepared and confident throughout the process. In one half of this course, we’ll delve into crafting your initial college list (exploration), admissions strategies and application procedures, essay writing, the art of recommendations, and mastering interviews. In the other half, you’ll receive test prep and visit college campuses. This is your opportunity to gain a head start on your college applications and gain insights into the world of admissions. Our instructors bring over two decades of collective experience in both college and high school counseling, providing you with a wealth of knowledge to support your journey.

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Mathematics

Introduction

Our mathematics course series is carefully crafted to help students strengthen their mathematical skills and open up new opportunities in high school math. Beginning with Algebra I - Quadratic and progressing through Geometry, Intermediate Algebra II, and Precalculus, our courses provide a solid foundation and prepare students for advanced studies in high school, regardless of your current math placement.

Algebra I - Linear

Age group: Recommended for students entering grades 7 through 8.

Prerequisite(s): None

Duration: 4 weeks (session 1)

It is offered in the afternoon from 1:00-3:45 p.m.

Class notes: This course prepares students for Algebra I - Quadratic.

Begin your exploration of Algebra I with our engaging course that brings the real number system to life! Dive into the beauty of algebraic symbols as you unravel the secrets of first-degree equations and graphs. Discover the power of problem-solving through systems of first-degree equations and embark on an exciting journey into the realm of exponents and square roots.

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Algebra I - Quadratic

Age group: Recommended for students entering grades 7 through 9.

Prerequisite(s): Algebra I - Linear or its equivalent.

Duration: 4 weeks (session 2).
 
Students need to successfully complete Linear and Quadratic Algebra I to qualify for Geometry.
 
It is offered in the afternoon from 1:00-3:45 p.m.

Class notes: This course prepares students for Geometry.

Continue your exploration of Algebra I in Quadratic, where we delve into the intricacies of the real number system, algebraic symbols, and linear functions as a solid foundation. Accelerate your understanding as we swiftly progress into the captivating realm of second-degree equations and graphs. Engage with expanded systems of first-degree equations, unravel the mysteries of factoring second-degree functions, and master the art of using the quadratic formula. Elevate your mathematical prowess with a comprehensive study of exponents and square roots.
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Geometry

Age group: Recommended for students entering grades 8 and 9.

Prerequisite(s): Satisfactory completion of Algebra I/Grade 9 Algebra – Quadratic or Algebraic.

Duration: 8 weeks (sessions 1 & 2).

It is offered in the afternoon from 1:00-3:45 p.m.

Class notes: This course prepares students for Intermediate Algebra II or Algebra II &
Trigonometry, depending on the student’s academic performance in the course. Embark on a captivating journey through Geometry as we lay the groundwork for understanding this fascinating branch of mathematics. Our course begins by equipping students with essential tools such as methods of reasoning, the coordinate plane, and various types of measurement. As we delve deeper, the spotlight turns to the exploration of the intriguing properties and practical applications of lines, triangles, quadrilaterals, similarity, right triangle trigonometry, circles, and transformations. Join us in building a strong geometric foundation that not only enhances problem-solving skills but also cultivates a profound appreciation for the beauty and practicality of geometry in the world around us.
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Intermediate Algebra II

Age group: Recommended for students entering grade 10 or 11.

Prerequisite(s): Geometry

Duration: 8 weeks (sessions 1 & 2).

It is offered in the afternoon from 1:00-3:45 p.m.

Class notes: This course is recommended for students who would benefit from a review of key concepts requisite to success in Algebra II & Trigonometry. Sophomore and junior students who successfully complete this course in the summer and Algebra II & Trigonometry during the regular academic year may be eligible for precalculus/math analysis, depending on their academic performance in the course.
 
Step confidently into the realm of Algebra II with our specialized course designed to provide a thorough review of Algebra I concepts, ensuring a seamless transition to Algebra II. Tailored for students seeking a solid foundation, this course navigates through the intricacies of quadratic, polynomial, rational, radical, exponential, and logarithmic functions in Algebra II. Strengthen your mathematical skills, reinforce your understanding of foundational principles, and embark on a journey that propels you to confidently tackle the advanced topics that await. This course is not just a review—it’s a bridge to success in Algebra II, offering the support and clarity needed for a smooth transition and a strong academic journey
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Precalculus/Math Analysis

Age group: Recommended for students entering grade 10 or 11.

Prerequisite(s): Algebra II/Trigonometry.

Duration: 8 weeks (sessions 1 & 2).
 
It is offered in the afternoon from 1:00-3:45 p.m.

Visitation students who complete this course over the summer are eligible for (Honors) Math Analysis during the school year pending their performance.
 
Class notes: This course accelerates a student’s placement in the Calculus sequence, preparing them for upper division coursework in Calculus I, AP Calculus, AP Statistics, and/or AP Computer Science.

Prepare for Calculus success with our Precalculus course! Explore number systems, polynomial, exponential, rational, and logarithmic functions, alongside sequences and series. Dive into trigonometry, anchored in the unit circle, periodic functions, and identities. This course is your key to mastering foundational concepts for a seamless transition to Calculus.
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Physical Education

Introduction

Embark on a transformative summer experience in health and physical education. Tailored for students entering grades 9 through 12, this program goes beyond traditional physical education, emphasizing activities that promote overall fitness and align with the state's standards for comprehensive health education. Participants will acquire habits and insights that foster lifelong health and well-being.

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Lifetime Fitness

Age group: Recommended for students entering grades 9 through 12

Prerequisite(s): None.

Duration: 4 weeks (session 1 or session 2).

It is offered in the afternoon from 1:00-3:45 p.m.

Class notes: This course fulfills Visitation School’s Physical Education 0.5 credit requirement.

This course is designed to offer students exposure to a variety of sports that are geared towards lifetime fitness, including but not limited to cycling, tennis/pickleball, golf, and canoeing. Students will have the opportunity to grow in their abilities as they participate in activities that require them to work as an individual as well as within a team setting.

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Science

Introduction

The science program at Saint Thomas Academy and Visitation School prepares students for college science courses. We offer sequences for students who are interested in science or engineering programs in college and for those who may not intend to take advanced science courses in college. Students study fundamental scientific principles, theories, and mathematical relationships, and learn scientific reasoning across all grade levels through STEAM related applications and through inquiry-based laboratory investigations.

College Chemistry

Age group: For students entering grades 11 or 12.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of Biology and Chemistry

Duration: 8 weeks (sessions 1 & 2).

It is offered in the afternoon from 1:00-3:45 p.m.

Class notes: This course has been accredited by Saint Mary’s University (MN) and can be taken for college credit for an additional fee. Students may also elect to take the AP exam in the Spring, if so desired. A graphing calculator is required. This course is equivalent to AP Chemistry at Saint Thomas Academy.

Topics include atomic structure, intermolecular forces, and bonding, chemical reactions, kinetics, thermodynamics, and chemical equilibrium. Descriptive chemistry is covered in depth and lab experiments reinforce the principles. In addition to traditional content, students will develop skills on six science practices: concept explanation, visual representation, questioning and methods, representing and describing data, data analysis and statistics, and science argumentation from evidence. Students will engage in several laboratory investigations to implement the science practices. The successful College Chemistry student will read assigned texts, participate in class discussions, work on problemsolving skills, conduct scientific investigations, and be prepared to write using scientific language. The College Chemistry framework specifies what students must know, be able to do, and understand, with a focus on the four big ideas that encompass core principles, theories, and processes of the study of Chemistry. The framework also encourages instruction that prepares students for advanced work in STEM majors.

This course is equivalent to C131/133 General Chemistry I / Chemistry Lab at Saint Mary’s University (MN).
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College Physics

Age group: For students entering grades 11 or 12.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of Algebra II & Trigonometry

Duration: 8 weeks (sessions 1 & 2).

It is offered in the afternoon from 1:00-3:45 p.m.

Class notes: This course has been accredited by Saint Mary’s University (MN) and can be taken for college credit for an additional fee. Students may also elect to take the AP exam in the Spring, if so desired. This course is equivalent to AP Physics at Saint Thomas Academy.
 
Physics unfolds the wonders of the physical world, building on the foundations laid in Physical Science. The course follows a classic physics curriculum, starting with mechanics and kinematics, with a focal point on understanding Newton’s Laws of Motion. From there, students delve into the realms of energy, momentum and collisions, simple harmonics, rotational motion, and gaining a profound insight into the mechanics of our universe.

Throughout this engaging course, students not only absorb theoretical knowledge but also learn to apply these concepts practically. Demonstrations, application problems, and hands-on labs provide a dynamic learning experience, connecting theory with real-world applications. Given that physics is inherently mathematical, students develop and sharpen their algebraic skills, including the art of solving equations.

This course is equivalent to P180/181 College Physics / College Physics Lab at Saint Mary’s University (MN).
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Social Studies

Introduction

The Social Studies Departments at Saint Thomas Academy and Visitation School are dedicated to creating a challenging educational environment that fosters academic excellence and values the distinct talents of each student. Students will develop in their ability to connect past and present through historical research methods, proficiency in geographical analysis, understanding of economic concepts and their application, political literacy for effective participation in the U.S. democratic process, critical thinking skills for evaluating controversial issues, multicultural awareness and sensitivity, and competency in acquiring, organizing, evaluating, and reporting information to solve problems and address issues.

College Microeconomics

Age group: For students entering grade 12.

Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of U.S. History.

Duration: 4 weeks (session 1).

It is offered in the afternoon from 1:00-3:45 p.m.
 
Class notes: This course has been accredited by Saint Mary’s University (MN) and can be taken for college credit for an additional fee. Students may also elect to take the AP exam in the Spring, if so desired. This course is equivalent to AP Microeconomics at Saint Thomas Academy.

Embark on a collegiate-level journey into microeconomics, tailored for those seeking a comprehensive introduction. Delve into crucial topics such as supply and demand, production, market structure, and factor markets. Elevate your understanding and engage with the foundations of microeconomics in a way that resonates with your personal and professional pursuits. This course is equivalent to EC261 Principles of Microeconomics at Saint Mary’s University (MN).
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College Macroeconomics

Age group: For students entering grade 12.

Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of Microeconomics

Duration: 4 weeks (session 2).

It is offered in the afternoon from 1:00-3:45 p.m.

Class notes: This course has been accredited by Saint Mary’s University (MN) and can be taken for college credit for an additional fee. Students may also elect to take the AP exam in the Spring, if so desired. This course is equivalent to AP Macroeconomics at Saint Thomas Academy.

Embark on a collegiate-level investigation of macroeconomics, tailored for those seeking a comprehensive introduction. Dive into pivotal topics such as inflation, unemployment, taxation, and money supply. This course empowers students to independently grasp lecture material, fostering a self-directed learning experience. Join us on this academic journey where intellectual curiosity converges with the practical application of economic theories.

This course is equivalent to EC262 Principles of Macroeconomics at Saint Mary’s University (MN).
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Theology

Introduction

Theology is an integral part of Catholic education. By stressing life’s moral dimensions, we strive to help young men and women be capable, just, compassionate, and forthright citizens. In assisting students in their faith formation, we seek to develop a spirituality which encourages adolescents to desire personal holiness as well as to become servant leaders who welcome and care for each other.

Introduction to Catholic Studies

Age group: Recommended for students entering grades 9 through 12 who are new to Catholic education.

Prerequisite(s): None

Duration: 4 weeks (session 2)

Class notes: This course meets in the morning from 9:30-12:00.

While it does not fulfill one of the schools’ theology requirements, it may used as elective credit at Saint Thomas Academy. Introduction to Catholic studies offers students who are new to Catholic education a primer for many of the topics that they will encounter in their religious studies. Topics include, inter alia, the nature of God, Jesus Christ, scripture, and Catholic morality. The course also prepares students for the Catholic school experience, regardless of their faith backgrounds. Students will receive a preview of Mass, adoration, confession, and service in the context of Saint Thomas Academy and Visitation School.

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World Languages

Introduction

While some individuals acquire a new language through immersion in another country, the majority of us embark on our language learning journey within a classroom setting, guided by dedicated teachers and alongside fellow classmates. A robust foundation in foreign language skills can offer students a multitude of opportunities, both in the short term and the long term.

In the short term, successful completion of a Level 1 foreign language course equips students with the linguistic groundwork necessary to progress to Level 2 their first year of high school. In the long term, students’ foreign language proficiency will reach its pinnacle with enrollment in the AP course, which represents the highest level attainable for high school students.

The process of learning a new language fundamentally reshapes one’s thought patterns and perspective on the world. When combined with exposure to diverse cultures, it fosters sensitivity and awareness in interpersonal interactions. This transformation is a crucial step towards becoming a global citizen in our rapidly diversifying world.

Coursework

High School Spanish I

Age group: Recommended for students entering grade 9

Prerequisite(s): None

Duration: 8 weeks (sessions 1 & 2)

It is offered in the afternoon from 1:00-3:45 p.m.

Class notes: This course is equivalent to Spanish I at Saint Thomas Academy & Visitation School.

This course is intended for those students who are interested in having a solid background in Spanish to start their freshman year at level 2 of the Spanish language curriculum. This is a fully Spanish-integrated, introductory course, making it possible for students to accomplish the development of language proficiency in Spanish.

The four language skills - listening, speaking, reading, and writing, plus a cultural component are all interwoven throughout the program. Plenty of activities are contained within the program to build competency in each of the four language skills, with the aim for students to communicate effectively and express themselves with
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Language Lab

Age group: Recommended for students entering grades 9-12

Prerequisite(s):  None.

Preference given to students with a proclivity for language and those seeking language support.

Duration: 4 weeks (session 2)

It is offered in the afternoon from 1:00-3:45 p.m.

Class notes: Course size limited to 8 total students.

Interested in honing your craft as a writer, reader, or orator? Wish to produce high-quality writing for your other classes? Want to submit a creative piece to the literary journal? Looking to craft the perfect senior speech? Join this semester-based language lab! In this course, you will receive personalized instruction on your verbal communication skills including to the written and spoken work. With limited spots available, this intentionally limited course will give you the one-on-one attention needed to upgrade your skills and separate you from the crowd!
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ACADEMIC CALENDAR
The STA/VIS Summer Prep classes meet from Tuesday, June 11 - Wednesday, July 31. Final exams are scheduled Thursday, August 1.

SESSIONS:
• Start of summer term / start of session 1: Tuesday, June 11
• Midterm / end of session 1: Tuesday, July 2
• Classes resume / start of session 2: Monday, July 8
•Last day of classes / end of session 2: Wednesday, July 31
• Final exams: Thursday, August 1

HOLIDAYS:
• Juneteenth: Wednesday, June 19
• Fourth of July & Mid Term Break: Wednesday, July 3 - Friday, July 5

DAILY SCHEDULE

College Bound/Summer Camp/Lifetime Fitness 9:30-12:00 p.m.
Lunch (Provided for an additional fee) 12:05-12:55 p.m.
Class 1:00-3:45 p.m.
Tutoring (Optional) 3:50-4:30 p.m.

TUITION
• Academic coursework: $1,250 per class per session ($2,500 per two-session course)
• College Bound: $1,500 per session (includes the cost of test prep and college visits)

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