Summer Classes 2018

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

Course Descriptions

Fine Arts

Art Fundamentals (1 credit)

Prerequisites: None. Open to grades 9-12.

Meeting Times:

In-Class Session: June 8 to June 15 | 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
All Projects Completed by: June 29
*Make-up in-class days: June 18 to June 22

Students investigate the basic elements of art and principles of design through a series of problem-solving processes. Students improve their technical skills while exploring a variety of media. Equal emphasis is given to both process and product. Basic components of each unit are: art history, studio production, art criticism, and aesthetics. Students are challenged to produce creative two and three-dimensional artworks which reflect critical thinking skills. Coursework includes drawing, painting, ceramics, and digital animation projects.


Accelerated Algebra (.5 credit)

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Algebra I

Meeting times:

Session One: June 18 to June 29 | 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Session Two: July 9 to July 20 | 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

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 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 Algebra II (1 credit)

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

Meeting times:

One Session: June 11 to July 6 [No class July 4] | 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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.

Honors Pre-AP/IB Geometry (1 credit)

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

Meeting times:

Session One: June 18 to July 13 (No class July 4) | 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Session Two: July 9 to August 6 | 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Description: This is a rigorous four-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.

Social Studies

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

Prerequisites: Open to rising sophomores and juniors

Meeting times: This is an on-line class. June 11 to June 28 (Final exam will be conducted in school at 12:00 PM on June 29

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 school on the final day of the course. Good Counsel students whose most recent Social Studies final course grade was at least a “B” may opt to take the Honors Pre-AP/IB Option, which will demand additional work focused on the skills and critical thinking required to succeed in AP and IB elective courses. Please note: In this summer course, there are no level changes once the course has begun.

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

Final Exam Date: June 29 at 12:00 PM


Introduction to Autodesk Inventor (.25 credit)

Prerequisites: Open only to incoming 9th-grade STEM students admitted into the STEM Program. Class size is limited to 20 students.

Meeting times:

One Session: July 10 to July 12, July 17 and July 19 [5 days] | 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Description:This course will present the skill sets associated with the Autodesk Inventor software introduced in the 9th grade STEM class – Introduction to Engineering Design. The intent of this course is to give incoming STEM students a head start with the CAD modeling process, and to guide them toward becoming a certified user through Certiport.

This course will enable the students to:

      • Create dimensioned sketches for parts
      • Create 3D part files
      • Create and annotate drawing files
      • Constrain parts to create assemblies
      • Create animations
      • Create a stress analysis of a part
      • Use slicing software to 3D print their parts
      • Use the laser cutter to cut out parts

Computer Studies

Computer Concepts & Applications (1 Credit)

Prerequisites: None. Open to grades 9-12.

Meeting Times: One Session:

Part 1 - In class: June 11 to June 22 | 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Part 2 - Online: June 25 to July 6
Final Meeting - In class: July 9 | 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM

Description: This course introduces students to the personal computer and how it is used in a business environment. During part 1 in the classroom, students will learn about the creation of the PC and the founding of the personal computer industry. They 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. The part 2 online segment will be administered via Google Classroom and students will work on projects to develop skills in Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Students must have access to a computer, NOT an iPad. Office 2016 is provided for every student free of charge and is required to complete these projects.

Physical Education

Sport and Fitness ONLINE (.5 credit)

Prerequisites: Studies Office approval. For any rising 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders

Meeting times: June 11 to July 13

Note: On June 11th and July 13th, the class will meet at school from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The two in-school class meeting dates are mandatory, unless student has approval from teacher prior to the start of the class.

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 11th. Students will also expand their knowledge of health topics related to fitness including nutrition, benefits of cardiovascular exercise, and other various health risks/concerns.

Note: This online course combines direct instruction via Google classroom and independent study outside of the classroom. Elective credit may be earned upon completion of class unless otherwise determined through the Studies Office.

This course is highly recommended for IB Diploma Candidates and students in the STEM Program.


Catholic Social Teaching/Service Learning (1 Credit)

Application and registration for this course is done through the Religious Studies Department. Please contact the Department Chair Peg Weidner with questions (

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 11 to July 6 [No class on July 4] | 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

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

General Electives

Study Skills (NoCredit)

Prerequisite: None. Open to incoming freshmen.

Meeting times:

  • Session One: June 18th - June 22th | 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM and 10:30 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 develop 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 questions. Students will need to have a TI-83 or TI-84 graphing calculator and a binder with both note paper and graph paper.

Note: Students may attend either 90-minute session during the day.

All courses begin no earlier than June 4, 2018 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, 2018 for non-Good Counsel students
  • Registration closes May 31, 2018


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.

Please contact Academic Department Chairs or the Assistant Principal for Academics with any questions regarding placement or prerequisites.

Refund Policy

  • Full refund if a student withdraws by April 30, 2018
  • 50% refund if a student withdraws anytime during May, 2018
  • No refund if a student withdraws after May 31, 2018


Contact Andrew Collins, Assistant Principal | 240.283.3206 |