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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

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.


Every afternoon, starting on 07/22/19 and ending on 07/26/19, SPB, Room 204
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.


One afternoon on 8/4/19
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.


One afternoon on 8/11/19
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.


Every afternoon, starting on 08/05/19 and ending on 08/09/19
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 afternoon, starting on 08/05/19 and ending on 08/08/19
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.


Every morning, starting on 07/15/19 and ending on 07/19/19, SPB, Room 204
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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Our unique and specialized focus sessions provide intensive practice and review of the English questions on the SAT, as well as an introduction to the essay. Learn tips, strategies, and techniques to help best prepare for test day. Book and materials provided. (One-week session includes 8 hours of prep.)


Every day, starting on 07/22/19 and ending on 07/25/19, INTC, Room 229
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. Book and materials provided. (One-week session includes 8 hours of prep.)


Every morning, starting on 07/29/19 and ending on 08/01/19
Our uniquely designed and popular summer workshops return! In these sessions you will learn and practice important test-taking strategies and techniques to lower your test anxiety and give you a solid foundation. Our highly experienced educators teach how to approach questions in all areas: Mathematics, Critical Reading, Writing, with an introduction to the Essay. All materials included with breakfast/snacks/refreshments daily. (One-week session includes 16 hours of prep.)


Every day, starting on 07/15/19 and ending on 07/18/19, INTC, Room 230
Every day, starting on 07/22/19 and ending on 07/25/19, INTC, Room 230
Every day, starting on 07/29/19 and ending on 08/01/19
Every day, starting on 08/05/19 and ending on 08/08/19
Every day, starting on 08/12/19 and ending on 08/15/19
We're setting the calculator aside for this class! This summer, practice high school math skills without the calculator. This new and innovative course led by Amy Maxey, Nationally Board Certified Math Faculty at Maggie Walker Governor's School, offers an excellent opportunity to review and work with fractions, factoring, simplifying radicals, and more. Join us for 'no-pressure' interactive math sessions, and step up your math game for the year ahead! (Pre-requisite: Algebra I.)


Every day, starting on 08/12/19 and ending on 08/15/19
Weekend Workshops will resume in SEPTEMBER. STEPS to SUCCESS workshops meet on Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons. Tuition includes books, materials, lunch on Saturday at UR and refreshments on Sunday. 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.)


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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, as well as developing other key skills. This course offers students the opportunity to rediscover the joy of learning by understanding how the mind works, their own learning styles, and by teaching them to manage themselves. Course is designed for rising 9th-12th grade students, with all materials included.


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