Sessions 1 and 2: High School

High school students will select one focus area of interest and pursue a deep intellectual exploration of this subject. They will engage in challenging, academic coursework designed to help them follow their passion while working on authentic student driven projects. There will be opportunities to work with educators from our partner universities, as well as SAS master teachers, who have custom designed learning experiences for our Summer Semester students.

Session 1: June 5 to June 16
Session 2: June 19 to June 30
Classes are held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Sample Schedule

Session 1

SAS credits:

  • Geometry*
  • Biology*
  • International Thespian Festival

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies:

  • Design Thinking
  • Expository Writing

Columbia Business School:

  • Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Session 2

SAS credits:

  • Geometry*
  • Biology*

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies:

  • Engineering


*To receive high school credit for geometry or biology, students are required to take the courses in both sessions.

Course Descriptions

SAS Courses

Geometry

This course is designed for students who have successfully completed Algebra I. Students deepen their understanding and explanations of geometric relationships, moving towards formal mathematical arguments. The course includes transformations, similarity, logic, triangles, quadrilaterals, polygons, basic trigonometry, circles, probability, as well as area and volume of two- and three-dimensional figures. Coordinates, problem solving, and other elements of algebra are prevalent. This course satisfies the prerequisites for Algebra II and Algebra II/Trigonometry.

Biology

Of all the introductory science courses, Biology can have the greatest impact on students. It has special relevance and accessibility because it is about the natural world. Biology at SAS Summer School is the same program as the college curriculum course offered during the regular school year. Specifically, the program integrates hands on laboratory experiences and a wide variety of technology centered activities into a dynamic program that brings key concepts to life. Overall, six fundamental areas of Biology are explored; cellular biology, body systems, genetics, ecology, evolution, and physiology. Factual content that elaborates these concepts is presented in ways that strives to demonstrate biological interconnection and establish actual relevance to students’ lives.

International Thespian Festival

Every summer, thousands of high school thespians bring their love of all things theater to the International Thespian Festival—also known as ThesFest—a celebration of student achievement in the arts. Organized by the Educational Theatre Association and hosted by the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, the Festival is a one-of-a-kind, weeklong immersion experience in singing, dancing, acting, designing, directing, creating, writing, and memory-making. The festival features workshops presented by theater professionals, individual and group performances, programs for technical theater students, and opportunities to audition for college admission and scholarship. So whether you’re a freshman just beginning your theatrical journey, a seasoned senior with an impressive resume and great headshot—opportunities and adventures await at the International Thespian Festival.

Singapore American School has been invited to bring an ensemble to perform at the 2017 ThesFest. The piece will be an adaptation of existing script(s) featuring the talents of this ensemble. We are looking for a fair and balanced ensemble piece, and not a ‘star vehicle’. Rehearsals will not interfere with our regular drama productions and activities. The current plan is to meet from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for eight Saturdays to workshop our show and get it ready for performance. There are also two after school rehearsals the week of our SAS performance. SAS Students will receive SAS drama credit for the experience and the course is limited to students who are based in Singapore.

Pre-Trip Rehearsal Dates

  • Saturday, January 14
  • Saturday, February 4
  • Saturday, March 11
  • Saturday, April 15
  • Saturday, April 22
  • Monday, April 24 (3:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, April 25 (3:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m.)
  • Friday, April 28 (SAS showing)
  • Saturday, May 6
  • Saturday, May 20

Travel Information

Students will meet in Omaha, Nebraska on June 17, and stay in a hotel together as we do our final rehearsals for performance at the festival. We will spend one final night in the hotel together after the festival before heading our separate ways for the summer, departing on June 25. We can take an ensemble of between 10-16 students.

Program Costs

The cost will be $2700(SGD). This does not include travel to and from Lincoln. Parents can drop off and pick up their child in Omaha, or we will pick them up at the airport on June 17, and escort them to their flights on June 25. Tom Schulz will be the director and ensemble leader, and his wife, Esti, is the female chaperone for the trip.

Additional Information

Contact Thomas Schulz – tschulz@sas.edu.sg for additional information or questions.

Partnered Courses

College Campus Tours

TS Tours

TS College Tours, a leading provider of college and university tour programs for international school students, offers opportunities for students to find out more about college options through summer visits.

TS College Tours was established to serve international school students who plan to attend university in the US and the UK. Unlike other college tour companies, at TS College Tours we focus on the specific and exclusive needs of international students. Our counselors all have extensive experience in international schools and know how confusing it can be to apply to a university where one hasn’t grown up. We have the expertise to help students determine their “best fit” colleges, discover special requirements and determine what colleges meet those requirements, and help students present their unique backgrounds as stand-out assets when they apply.

Services include:

  • pre-scheduled campus tours
  • custom tours for schools
  • custom tours for families/tour logistics for families
  • on-site training of school counselors regarding the college admission process

Stanford University Pre-Collegiate Studies – in association with V-Campus

Design Thinking

Design thinking is a human-focused, prototype-driven process for innovation. In this course you will develop a solid understanding of the fundamental concepts, methods, and mindsets of design thinking by doing projects. The design thinking approach has rapidly been adopted by world leading brands, such as Apple, Google, Samsung, and GE and the approach is being taught at leading universities around the world, including Stanford and Harvard. It is also becoming the prominent approach used to solve problems in almost all industries from aeronautics, medical care, technology, non-profit, business, and education among others. In this project-based course, students will learn in teams, working together on projects developed by Stanford's d.school. They will brainstorm to unleash their creativity and also design and implement solutions for each other. Expect students to learn experientially by using their minds, hearts, hands, and feet and also polish their social emotional skills, creative confidence, and problem solving skills.

Expository Writing

Ideal for motivated and verbally talented students with an interest in writing about ideas and social issues, the expository writing course introduces students to a variety of essay structures and modes of essay development. The course examines two different forms of writing side by side: creative non-fiction and analytical essays, and in doing so, students compare the use of personal and fictional material with analysis and criticism. In this course, students investigate examples of reflective personal essays, expository essays, and research-based arguments written by expert practitioners in the art of writing, in part to improve their writing skills but also to evaluate and analyze arguments more effectively and think more critically about the writing process. To this end, students participate in a variety of informal writing exercises as well as one longer research project, which allows them to experiment with several different types of essays, including those based upon textual analysis, personal experience, and research. The course presents a valuable opportunity for close work with a master writing teacher, skilled teaching assistants, and other young writers in a workshop atmosphere.

Engineering

Although the fields of engineering are diverse and varied, they share common principles and methodologies. This course begins with an introduction to engineering research and practice through a general overview of the engineering fields represented by the teaching staff. Students will then be split into sections, each in a different field of engineering. Three areas of engineering will be represented, each taught by an instructor with expertise and research experience in the field, and students will focus their study in one subject area for the remainder of the course. In past summers, sections have included mechanical engineering, aeronautical engineering, chemical engineering, materials science, product design, mechatronics, and other fields. Students will be involved in hands- on projects such as building robots in a mechatronics section or radio-controlled gliders in an aeronautics section. In addition to seeing general engineering principles as they are applied in a specific field, students will be introduced to the theory including the applications of mathematics, physics and other sciences. The course may include guest lectures and course-related field trips.

Columbia University Business School – in association with Venture for All

Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation

This Columbia University Business School course exposes high school students to the theory and practice of entrepreneurship and innovation. Participants will be guided through the new venture creation process as applied to their own original ideas. This course allows learners to hone critical skills in research, creative decision-making, communication and negotiation, project management, financial analysis, and collaborative leadership. Students are tasked with creating their own venture concept and providing a detailed, extensively researched plan with corresponding documents by the end of the course. Throughout this accelerated class, students assess the industry and market appropriate for their venture ideas, from competitive strategies, develop new products and services, and generate full financial statements.

Summer Semester Highlight

Entering Grades for 2017–18

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