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Youth

The School of Professional & Continuing Studies offers classes and programs for middle school and high school age students, especially focused on co-curricular topics and skills.

Our classes and programs cover test preparation and career planning for college-bound students along with educational enrichment programs for middle and high school students. Updated summer opportunities will be posted in March.

S.T.E.P.S. to Success

The S.T.E.P.S. to Success program introduces important skills, techniques and strategies to maximize success on test day, and provides advice for entry-level college and career planning.

Upcoming Courses

Courses

In today's era of high stakes testing, memorizing for tests has become the norm. This class will guide students in developing lifelong skills that will serve them through high school, college and beyond. Learn how to begin to think critically, process information far more effectively in class, take effective notes, manage papers and projects effectively and efficiently, and develop other key skills.


Every day, starting on 09/22/19 and ending on 09/22/19, INTC, Room 230
What do you want to do when you finish high school? Identifying a career path is the first step in deciding what occupations and college majors might be right for you. Learn how your interests fit into career families, and then identify what possible occupations are related. This interactive workshop includes an online assessment to be completed prior to the workshop date, and the results will be handed out and interpreted during the workshop.


Class meets one afternoon, October 17, 2019.
Choosing the right college can feel overwhelming when deciding between options and trying to understand the requirements needed to get in. However, it actually can be a fun and exciting experience if you have the tools and knowledge needed to help you make a decision. Join us in this interactive workshop where you will learn how to identify colleges that offer majors that align with your career interests.


Class meets one afternoon November 3, 2019.
Our uniquely designed PSAT Prep course presents important techniques and tips for taking the test. We will cover what to expect in the Math and English sections, while practicing questions and reviewing the answer explanations. This is a great way to decrease text anxiety and gain valuable skills in a 'no pressure' class! Course is designed for students taking the test in October, who have not taken the PSAT before.


Every week on Sunday, starting on 10/06/19 and ending on 10/13/19
Weekend Workshops resume this fall, meeting on Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons. Tuition includes books, materials, healthy snacks/fruit/refreshments daily. Class sessions concentrate on the three major testing areas: Mathematics, Critical Reading, and Writing, with an introduction to the Essay. (Course designed for students 15 and older. Current or previous Algebra II is recommended.)


This course meets September 28 and 29: Sat 9am-1:30pm, Sun 1-5:30pm, BUS, Room 115
This course meets October 26 and 27: Sat 9am-1:30pm, Sun 1-5:30pm
This course meets November 23 and 24: Sat 9am-1:30pm, Sun 1-5:30pm
This is not your typical art class! Artists will study world-renowned abstract artists, learn key elements for designing an abstract work of art, and use a variety of fun (and messy!) techniques to create dynamic, colorful, and unique masterpieces. Inspired by real-world objects, people and scenes, artists will create by portraying what they feel and think rather than by what they see. Designed for middle/high school students.


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There are so many games to play! Some involve stories, others use numbers or letters, and all present a challenge. On screen and off we will analyze what makes a good game, explore all the moving parts, and create our own games. This class takes information and logic from traditional games and applies it to the digital world.


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CodeVA brings an exciting new class to campus this summer with Intro to Vex Robotics! Students will explore the world of machines and robotics as they build and explore the properties of basic simple machines. While working in teams, students will construct robots they can drive while learning how to design a robot to complete a challenge. Note: all robots are part of the curriculum and will not go home with students.


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What is your favorite pet? Is it a dog, cat, bird, fish, ferret, or some other beloved member of your family? To bring each pet portrait to life you will need to know how to paint fur, scales, feathers, eyes, ears, nails and tails: all of the key details that make your pet special. Using watercolors, you will learn how to portray each feature to create beautiful works of art. Designed for middle/high school students.


This course contains no sessions

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Take your Math SAT Prep to the next level! Our unique and specialized focus sessions provide intensive practice and review of the math questions on the SAT. Learn tips, strategies, and techniques to help best prepare for test day. Tuition includes book. (Course recommended for students with previous or current Algebra II skills.)


This class meets 2 days. Saturday, Sept 28 @ 11:30am-1:30pm and Sunday, Sept 29 @ 1-3pm