Summer Classes 2017

These courses, taught by experienced Good Counsel teachers, allow students to pursue an intellectual interest or advance within a certain subject area.

Course Descriptions


Computer Concepts and Applications (1 credit)

Prerequisites: None. Open to grades 9-12.

Meeting times: One Session: In the classroom - June 5 to June 30 | 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Description: This course introduces students to the personal computer and how it is used in a business environment. Students will learn about the creation of the PC and the founding of the personal computer industry. The will learn about the components of the PC and what should be considered when purchasing one. Students study the history of the Internet, how browsers work and search engine skills that help them with research. Finally, students work on projects to develop skills in Word, Excel and PowerPoint.


Catholic Social Teaching/Service Learning (1 Credit)

Prerequisites: Open to rising Good Counsel seniors. This course requires departmental approval; it fulfills the Senior Religion requirement. You must complete an application. See Mrs. Weidner.

Meeting Times: Two sessions. See below.

Students explore the relationship between action and justice by examining and living out the Gospel challenge to serve the marginalized in our society. The class will explore the Church’s tradition of Catholic Social Teaching through the Church documents and the writings of contemporary theologians. Students will also put their faith into action through structured service activities.

Class will meet for 80 hours over the two weeks (Monday through Friday) with a combination of class time, service trips, and independent work.

Schedule to Be Announced (after service sites are scheduled)

  • 1st session: Monday June 5th to Friday June 16th
  • 2nd session: Monday June 19th to Friday June 30th

* Note: Field Trip Fee to Be Determined


Introduction to Algebra (.25 credit)

Prerequisite: Successful completion of pre-Algebra. This class is intended for incoming 9th graders.

Meeting times: One session: July 10 to July 21| 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Accelerated Algebra (.5 credit)

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra I

Meeting times:

  • Session One: July 10 to July 21 | 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
  • Session Two: June 12 to June 30 | 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (*No Class June 19)

Description: Accelerated Algebra is taken prior to Geometry or Honors Geometry and is designed either for the incoming freshman who has taken a full year of algebra in middle school but may not have mastered all the material or for the Our Lady of Good Counsel student who needs additional work with Algebra I material. This course cannot be used to replace a full year of Algebra I. Accelerated algebra focuses heavily on the second semester of Algebra I. The students will graph linear equations, systems of equations, and linear inequalities in two variables; solve using a variety of techniques; graph and solve quadratic equations; simplify radical and rational expressions; and solve radical equations. Particular emphasis is placed upon applying algebraic skills to word problems in each unit. Students are taught to use the graphing calculator as a tool and thus will need to have a TI-83 or TI-84 graphing calculator. Students will also need a binder with both note paper and graph paper.

Honors Pre-AP/IB Geometry (1 Credit)

Prerequisites: A or B in Algebra I or departmental approval.

Meeting times:

  • Session One: June 12 to July 11 (No class July 3 & 4) | 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Session Two: July 10 to August 4 | 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Description: This is a rigorous 4 week course designed for students with superior mathematical ability who wish to accelerate their math progression. This course covers angle and line relationships, parallel lines and planes, congruent and similar polygons, right triangles, right triangle trigonometry, circles, perimeter and area of plane figures, area and volume of solids, coordinate geometry, sets, logic, statistics, probability, and transformations. Students master these geometric concepts through extensive proof methods, algebraic applications, and geometric constructions. Some preparation for the PSAT and SAT exams is included. Students will need to have a TI-83 or TI-84 graphing calculator, binder with notepaper, and a protractor. Students will need to purchase the honors geometry notebook from the instructor on the first day of class. Note: 25.00 dollar workbook fee.

Honors Algebra II (1 credit)

Prerequisites: A or B in Algebra I and Geometry, or departmental approval

Meeting times: One session - June 19 to July 14 | 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM (No class July 4)

Description: This is a rigorous four week course designed for students with superior mathematical ability who wish to accelerate their math progression. Students continue to approach mathematical concepts from a more theoretical perspective than in non-honors courses. This course covers relations and functions, solving equations and inequalities, quadratic functions, polynomial functions, and matrices. Problem solving and graphing processes are emphasized. Students also receive preparation for the SAT and ACT exam.

Introduction to Calculus (.25 Credit)

Prerequisites: Successful completion of precalculus or departmental approval.

Meeting times: One session - July 24 to August 4 | 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

World Languages

Spanish III/Honors Pre-AP-IB Spanish III (1 credit)

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Spanish II/Honors Spanish II. Open to grades 9-12.

Meeting Times: One Session - June 5 to June 30 | 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Description: This course stresses oral evaluation, vocabulary, grammatical structure, homework completion, projects and reading/listening skills.


Introduction to Feminist Literary Theory (.5 credits)

Prerequisites: Rising 10th- 12th graders or alumni

Meeting Times: June 12 to June 16 - 9:00 AM-1:00 PM for two weeks in the classroom; 1:00-5:00 PM for field trips.

Course content:

  • Excerpts from fundamental texts
  • Editorials and excerpts from media sources
  • Video clips & TED talks
  • Teacher-led discussion
  • Student-led discussion
  • Field trips to museums and other sites with connection to content (extra cost)

Grammar and Writing Refresher (.5 credit)

Prerequisites: Rising 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders

Format: Online + in-class

Meeting Times: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM - July 17 to July 27 + online instruction & feedback (8 hours). End date of the course is July 28.

Course content:

  • Systematic grammar instruction
  • Application of grammar concepts to writing
  • Stylistic writing tips for differing writing purposes

Description: This course is for rising 9th to 12th graders who wish to improve grammar and writing skills, including those who

  • have gaps in their background knowledge—i.e., did not arrive at GC with a solid base in grammar
  • would benefit from support, scaffolding, and review to master basic grammar/writing principles
  • wish to improve their knowledge of grammar and writing principles so as to improve their performance on classroom written tasks

* This course would not include instruction and feedback in extensive writing tasks. Rather, the focus would be on clarifying knowledge of the building blocks of language and sentence structure.

Writing Strategies (.25 credits)

Prerequisites: Rising juniors and seniors looking for remedial help with their writing.

Meeting Times: August 14-18 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

This course will deal with a basic grammar review, with techniques for improving sentence structure (and variety), with upgrading the writer’s use of appropriate language, and with writing effectively to support a persuasive thesis.

The goals of this workshop and the strategies used for teaching will be adjusted in response to the needs of the specific group that registers for this session.

Social Studies

U.S. Government & Politics with Honors Pre-AP/IB Option (.5 credit)

Prerequisites: Open to rising sophomores and juniors

Meeting times: This is an on-line class. June 12 to June 30

Description: This online course examines the basic ideas conveyed in the U.S. Constitution and how these principles have shaped the national government. Special emphasis is given to the protection of basic liberties, the political process, the major powers of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches, and the goals and methods employed by various groups to achieve “equal treatment under the law”. Students will be required to analyze and interpret visual materials and engage in research projects on current issues. All work for this course will be completed and submitted electronically, except for the final exam, which will be administered by the instructor in the school building. Good Counsel students whose most recent Social Studies final course grade was at least a “B” may opt to take the Honors level, which will demand additional work focused on the skills and critical thinking required to succeed in AP and IB elective courses. Please note, in a summer course, there are no level changes after the course has begun.

* You should expect to complete approximately 2 to 3 hours of work per week day.

Final Test Date: June 30 at noon

Physical Education

Sport and Fitness ONLINE (.5 credit)

Prerequisites: None - Open to rising 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders.

Dates: June 12 through July 14

Class Meet Dates: June 12th and July 14th | 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Description: This course will focus on the five components of fitness and sports conditioning through the use of sport specific and fitness activities.

Students will learn basic exercises and workouts along with proper warm-up/cool-down and lifting/spotting techniques. In addition, students will learn how to design a workout that will best suit their specific, individual needs and fitness goals.

Students will receive workouts and homework assignments every week via Google classroom and will have to complete the workouts on their own time. Instructor will explain in depth how the class will work on June 12th.

Students will also expand their knowledge of health topics related to fitness including nutrition, benefits of cardiovascular exercise, and other various health risks/concerns.

* This course combines direct instruction via Google classroom and independent study outside of the classroom. This is an online class. Elective credit may be earned upon completion of class unless otherwise determined through the studies office.

General Electives

Study Skills (NoCredit)

Prerequisite: None. Open to incoming freshmen.

Meeting times:

  • Session 1: June 12th - June 16th 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
  • Session 2: June 19th - June 23rd 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
  • Session 3: June 19th - June 23rd 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Description: This one week course will be team taught by Social Studies and Mathematics teachers. This course will serve as an effective way to transition incoming freshmen to the rigors of a high school curriculum. It will feature reading comprehension and math-based skills. Daily lessons will improve note taking, memory techniques, study techniques and graphing-calculator use. At the end of the week’s session, parents are invited to attend the last class as the instructors will review effective iPad apps, teacher websites, and answer any questions that arise. Students will need to have a TI-83 or TI-84 graphing calculator and a binder with both note paper and graph paper.

All courses begin no earlier than June 5, 2017 and have various end dates. See each course description for the specific dates and times.


  • Registration opens in March for Good Counsel students
  • Registration opens May 1, 2017 for non-Good Counsel students
  • Registration closes June 30, 2017


Students are permitted no more than one excused absence for illness or emergency in a half credit class; no more than two in a one credit class. Should a student miss a class, he/she is expected to make up all missed work. Absences may negatively affect a student’s grade. Excessive absences will result in credit being withheld for the course.

Note: Should the school be forced to close due to weather or some other emergency, teachers will work with students to make up the missed time/classwork.


  • 1 credit class | $600
  • .75 credit class $450
  • .5 credit class | $300
  • .25 credit class $150
  • 0 credit Study Skills class | $85

Note: A materials/field trip/book fee may apply. See the individual course descriptions.

Class Size

Most courses are capped at 15 students. The school reserves the right to cancel a class for having an enrollment of fewer than 10 students.

Earning Elective/Original Credit

For Good Counsel students, these courses can be put on your high school transcript. However, they count as elective credit and do not replace the department credit requirements for graduation unless specifically noted in the course description.

Refund Policy

  • Full refund if a student withdraws by April 30, 2017
  • 50% refund if a student withdraws anytime during May, 2017
  • No refund if a student withdraws after May 31, 2017


Contact Chuck Ehrman, Assistant Principal | 240.283.3207

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