Course Descriptions

 

Essential Questions Courses

Often, people have big questions on their minds. Questions like: What makes you step up to the plate and do something? Whose stories haven’t been heard in U.S. History? How can the design of living things be explained? Most courses in high school do not address such far-reaching questions. There is not enough time, there is too much material to cover, or it just doesn’t fit into one “subject area.” At Brown Summer High School, we focus on these big questions.

Brown Summer High School’s “Essential Questions” courses all begin with a big question that doesn’t necessarily have one right answer. You will have a chance to explore the question by studying it from a variety of perspectives. You will work individually, in small groups, and as a class. At the end of the course, you will have a chance to show others what you have learned, not by taking a test, but more creatively, in a way that you and your teachers design together.

2014 Summer Courses

BSHS students will participate in two of the following courses:

English

Would you gamble on a safe bet for the promise of something more?

What would it take for you to risk your own life for something or someone? What was once a utopian primate sanctuary is now a war torn landscape that has descended into chaos. After declining a UN rescue and being left alone, Sophie must find physical toughness and mental fortitude to save herself and an orphaned bonobo from the hungry, lawless and treacherous world around her. As we read the novel Endangered, our curriculum will take us from studying our closest primate relative, the peaceful bonobo, to learning about The Democratic Republic of Congo. We will study land and animal conservation, AIDS, the after-effects of colonialism, and basic humanitarian needs in war zones. We will talk, write and perform as well as consider what role we can have as we strive to understand these issues in the novel and in the world.

History/Social Studies

How is Rhode Island’s history a window into America’s past?  

Students will examine how key events and people have shaped the history of Rhode Island and help explain larger trends in American history. This course will explore many of the following topics: immigration, industrialization, war and the struggle for rights.

Science

What is sustainability anyway?

Scientists and mathematicians use models to both understand how our world “works” as well as to help create solutions to existing problems. BSHS math and science students will design and engineer sustainable models for a futuristic Providence urban community. Final student group projects will be presented to officials from the City of Providence for consideration.

Math

What is sustainability anyway?

Scientists and mathematicians use models to both understand how our world “works” as well as to help create solutions to existing problems. BSHS math and science students will design and engineer sustainable models for a futuristic Providence urban community. Final student group projects will be presented to officials from the City of Providence for consideration.

All course content is new, so feel free to sign up for any class - even if you've taken it at BSHS before!

College Pathways Advisory

The Future is Now

Whether you are beginning high school or going to be a senior, Brown Summer High School's advisory program will provide you with a chance to map your way toward college. You will have the chance to meet with an advisor and a small group of students to consider and plan your future while on the Brown University campus. Families will be invited to participate in a college preparation seminar. Brown Summer High School will help you set and achieve goals, both academically and personally, during high school so that you can achieve your dream of going to college.

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