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 11 to June 22
Session 2: June 25 to July 6
Classes are held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Course Offering

Session One Session two
Geometry*—SAS Credit Geometry*—SAS Credit
Algebra 1*—SAS CreditAlgebra 1*—SAS Credit
International Thespian Festival—SAS CreditTS College Tours
TS College Tours

*To receive high school credit for geometry, or algebra 1, students are required to take the courses in both sessions.

Course Descriptions

SAS Courses


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.


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 – 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

Mathematical Logic and Problem Solving (Session One, June 11 - June 22)

This course is for those who delight in solving challenging math problems and who would like to further develop both their problem-solving and their logical-reasoning skills. Problem solving is the activity of the mathematician, and logical reasoning is the framework for this activity. Here we give an introductory course in logic, drawing from examples outside of mathematics but focusing on the use of logic within mathematics. Students are introduced to the basics of propositional and first-order logic, and this gives them access to formal notions of familiar logical methods. Additionally, students discover how their formal understanding can be used directly to help solve certain mathematical problems. But logical reasoning is not all there is to problem solving. Good problem-solving skills include ingenuity, creativity, and the ability to apply a variety of strategies and techniques. In this course, students are taught fundamental tools and standard techniques for problem solving, and they are given the opportunity to develop their mathematical ingenuity through practice on problems in a wide range of difficulty. The mathematical subject areas that the problems are drawn from include set theory, number theory, and combinatorics - none of which require more background than algebra.

Creative Writing (Session One, June 11 - June 22)

In this course, students develop the imaginative, critical, and technical skills necessary for writing fiction and poetry. Using the published work of well-known authors as well as original student writing, students explore various topics and problems that face anyone embarking on the creative-writing process. Students read texts as writers, not as critics or historians of literature. Additionally, this class will examine the fundamental questions facing writers today: how and why do writers write? The course follows the workshop model where students bring their own stories and poems to class for group discussion, and students develop the skills to constructively critique and workshop each other's work. Through this process, students learn a variety of techniques for improving and developing their own writing.

Global Business Entrepreneurship (Session Two, June 25 - July 6)

Entrepreneurs exist in every part of the globe. They are an important element of economic activity for nations on a local and international level - They help in creating and serving markets through their products and services, providing jobs and extending human potential through innovation.

In this course, we explored what entrepreneurship is through case studies of prominent businesses like Facebook, Amazon and social enterprises like Kiva that now have a global presence and operate at scale. Students were able to identify different aspects of a business, best practices, tools and mindsets needed for success and innovation. Students experientially learned what it's like to build a business from scratch during this course - From coming up with an idea to testing to implementation to actual sales and business management.

They polished their social-emotional skills, built creative confidence and enhanced their problem-solving skills.

Software Engineering and Game Design (Session Two, June 25 - July 6)

This course, Software Engineering and Game Design, seeks to provide students with an introduction to Computer Science and design thinking through the lens of game design. Each day, students engage in classroom discussions and design activities, develop software, present and critique one another's work, and document their progress in online journals.

For many students, this course is their first introduction to software engineering. This incredibly rich and diverse field has almost unlimited applications. By focusing on the familiar domain of games, we provide a concrete goal to motivate and situate the complexities of computer science. Though there are many languages and frameworks appropriate to a game design course, this class focuses on Javascript and HTML, the lingua franca of the internet, which can be extended to web, app, and game development.

The field of game design incorporates many disciplines - programming, graphic design, audio design, and user experience design. Through surveying these various topics, students are introduced to different ways they can have an impact in the world of technology as engineers, designers, and artists, and take the first steps towards translating their love of games and puzzles into a lifelong passion for learning.

Session One Session two
Geometry Geometry
Algebra 1Algebra 1
International Thespian FestivalGlobal Business and Entrepreneurship
Math Logic and Problem SolvingSoftware Development and Game Designing
Creative Writing

Summer Semester Highlight

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