Summer Classes 2019

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

Course Descriptions

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 from June 10 to June 27 (Final exam will be conducted in school at 12:00 PM on June 28).

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. Students should expect to complete approximately 2 to 3 hours of work per week day. This course fulfills the Social Studies Department’s 0.5 credit U.S. Government requirement. Good Counsel students may opt to take the Honors level with departmental approval, 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 Exam Date: June 28 at 12:00 PM

Historiography (.5 credit)

Prerequisites: Completion of World and US History and/or department approval. Course is open to rising juniors and seniors.

Meeting times: June 17–June 28

Week 1: Classroom/Field Trips/Introduction of Final paper - Meet all day from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Week 2: Online Classwork/Reading/Conclusion of Final Paper - About 3-4 hours of work per day.

Description: The major goals of this course are to explore the major schools of thought, controversies, conflicts and interpretations involved in the study of history as a discipline. Students will participate in group discussions, conduct primary source research, and interpret secondary sources (including readings, documentaries and films) while taking into consideration the climate of opinion, agendas, and point of view of various historians, documentarians and filmmakers. Students will also participate in a variety of independent projects using the historical research and interpretation skills they will be learning throughout the course. Although this course is affiliated with the Social Studies Scholars program, being a member of the program is NOT a requirement for entrance into the course.


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: June 18–20, 25, 26 [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.

The 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

    Autodesk Inventor: Certification Training (0 credit)

    Prerequisites: Current OLGCHS STEM students. Class size is limited to 15 students.

    Meeting times: One Session: June 17–21 | 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    Description: This course will present the skill sets for obtaining certification as an Autodesk Inventor Certified User. Practice assessment presented by GMetrix will be provided. The student will have to coordinate and pay a proctoring fee at a later date, at their discretion, with a Certiport testing center.

    The course will guide the students in the format and content questioning correlated to the exam objectives in the Certiport certification exam:

    • User Interface and Navigation
    • Assembly Modeling
    • Drawing
    • Part Modeling
    • Sketching
    • Browser Editing

      Physical Education

      Sport and Fitness ONLINE (.5 credit)

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

      Meeting times: June 10 to July 12

      Note: On June 10th and July 12th, 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.

      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 10 to July 9 [No class on July 4 & 5] | 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

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

      Fine Arts

      Art Fundamentals (1 credit)

      Prerequisites: None. Open to grades 9-12.

      Meeting Times:

      In-Class Session: June 7 to June 14 | 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
      All Projects Completed by: June 28
      *Make-up in-class days: June 17 to June 21

      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.

      General Electives

      Study Skills (No Credit)

      Prerequisite: None. Open to incoming freshmen.

      Meeting times:

      Session One: June 17 | 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
      Session Two: June 18 | 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
      Session Three: June 19 | 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
      Session Four: June 20 | 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
      Session Five: June 21 | 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM

      Our one day Study Skills course is team-taught by members of the English and Mathematics departments. It serves as an effective way to transition incoming freshman to the rigors of the Good Counsel curriculum. The class covers key subject-specific skill sets in addition to general notetaking and study skills. Particular attention is paid to managing an increased level of reading and writing, as well as studying for math tests. Time is set aside to teach students effective techniques in the following areas: communication (especially with teachers and coaches), time management, self-care, and organization. Parents are invited to the final hour of class, which will cover the electronic gradebook and online resources, with time for questions at the end. This summer class is an excellent way to hit the ground running in preparation for a GC education.


      Computer Concepts (1 credit)

      Prerequisites: Open to grades 9-12.

      Meeting Times: July 9 to August 2 (8:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Monday through Friday)

      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. 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. As part of this class, students will work on projects using Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.

      All courses begin no earlier than June 7, 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, 2019 for non-Good Counsel students
      • Registration closes May 31, 2019


      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
      • .5 credit class | $300
      • .25 credit class $150
      • 0 credit (Study Skills class) | $95
      • 0 credit (STEM class) | $75

      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, 2019
      • 50% refund if a student withdraws anytime during May 2019
      • No refund if a student withdraws after May 31, 2019


      Contact Chuck Ehrman, Assistant Principal | 240.283.3207 |