We are excited to share our brand new Summer Semester Challenge 2020! The SAS Summer Semester Challenge will be available for six weeks from June 8 to July 17.
Summer Semester registration will open on Monday, May 18 at 10:00 a.m. Registration will take place using Veracross. The registration link will be found on our Summer Semester website. Click here for detailed instructions on the registration process.
The SAS Summer Semester Challenge brings students together to work toward collective goals in the areas of physical activity, thinking, creativity, communication, and real-world challenges. Courses will generally be offered in one-week units and framed as a challenge to complete by the end of the week. The courses will engage and challenge our students in our deeper learning aspirations (creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, cultural competence, content knowledge, character, and communication). There are courses that can help you review old skills or learn new ones. In high school, Algebra I and Geometry are offered for credits. There also are other courses that will give students a head start on their learning for the coming year.
We have over 100 courses to choose from this summer! Click here to see the entire catalog.
Registration Process and Timeline
We are pleased to offer a wide range of creative and challenging courses, and we want to be sure that every student gets their top choice. We are prepared to open up new sections of each course to try to allow everyone to participate. In order to do this, there will be two registration windows:
Initial Registration Period
It is important to sign up for courses that interest your child, because courses that do not meet the minimum enrollment of six will be dropped after the first registration window closes on Tuesday, May 26. If your course is dropped, you will be notified by Monday, June 1, and you will have the opportunity to select another course from the list of remaining courses.should sign up for all the courses, in all the weeks they would like to attend. During the first registration period, it is not a “first come, first served” system, so it is not necessary to sign up early. You have the entire first registration window to sign up for your top choices. We will work hard to accommodate your choices, including adding extra sessions for courses that prove most popular. In the event that a course remains oversubscribed, we will choose students by lottery.
The second registration window will open on Tuesday, June 2 for the remaining weeks of Summer Semester (Weeks 2-6). At this time, families may only sign up for courses that are not fully subscribed through the initial registration period. These subsequent opportunities to register will close the Monday prior to the start of the next week of programming. For example, week two begins on Monday, June 15, so the subsequent registration period for week two will close the Monday before, on June 8. This allows time to arrange for buses and other preparations.
Subsequent Rolling Registration Periods
The cost of Summer Semester is $800 per week. As detailed further below in the FAQ, courses are designated as possible or not possible to be taught remotely. Those that are possible to be taught remotely will continue in the event we are required to go to distance learning. There will be no refunds in the event such courses go to distance learning. For courses not possible to be taught remotely, there will be a pro rata refund for any portion of the course not taught.
Yeap Transportation will provide busing for a cost depending on your location. Bus rates and sign-up are available on the Summer Semester website.
Program and Sample Schedule
Students can select from a wide range of challenges at their grade level. Students will meet with their team for three one-hour sessions to work collaboratively towards a collective goal. Each day there will also be a 60-minute daily active block, which will include physical challenges and activities. In order to follow safe-distancing measures to promote safety for all participants, groups will be small, ranging in size from six to 15 participants. If a course has more than 15 interested participants, the group will be broken into two sections with a second instructor. Groups will stay together throughout the day to reduce the number of interactions. Mr. Hoe’s Catering will provide lunch each day, which will be served in classrooms in accordance with safe-distancing guidelines.
We are excited about the opportunity for our students to come together, connect, and participate in these exciting challenges, and we hope that these sessions also give parents an opportunity to have a break as well.