“Moving from Seed to Farm to Market to Table” Summer Seminar
July 6 - July 31
9:00 - 12:30 pm
We are very excited to be able to move our Summer Seminar online while keeping our unique seminar format and interactive experiences. Specific schedules and class times will be shared closer to the start of the program, but all classes will occur between 9:00-12:30.
Moving from Seed to Farm to Market to Table will include multidisciplinary instruction focused on the Science, History, and Culture of Food in our area.
Interactive experiences include interviews with local experts, virtual field trips, group film screenings, and hands-on activities from home.
Each summer student will receive an individual “Seminar Kit,” containing a selection of materials and supplies to be used for classes and hands-on projects.
Still trying to convince your student to participate? Make sure they know that all Upper School Summer Students who attend their online classes and meet basic expectations for participation, will receive full credit for AIM’s assigned summer work!
This program is open to both AIM and non-AIM students, entering grades 9 through 12.
We will hold our Introduction to the ACT program through live, virtual classes with our instructors, in combination with individual access to online practice problems and tests. We are currently exploring different digital options for supplemental practice.
Specific schedules and class times will be shared closer to the start of the program, but all classes will occur between 9:00-12:30.
This course is designed to demystify the ACT for rising juniors and seniors who have not yet taken the exam. Over the four-week summer session, students will build confidence by first becoming familiar with the test's format and content, then practicing the core skills required for success on the test. By virtue of its small class size, the course structure is flexible and will be adapted to students' needs and abilities.
Content and Analytical Skills
The ACT tests both content and reasoning. It tests only a narrow range of content but requires strong command thereof. The most heavily tested content areas are grammar, vocabulary, arithmetic, algebra, and geometry. The ACT tests reasoning skills by presenting this content in a variety of formats, many of them unfamiliar, disguised, or hybridized. The course will begin with orientation to the testing format and strategy, then go into content, both basics, as well as deeper review of specific subject areas depending on individual and group need.
Test-Taking Skills and Strategy
This course will cover a variety of test-taking skills. Some provide alternative ways of arriving at the correct answer, including estimation, process of elimination, and working backwards. Others relate to navigating the test as a whole, such as work-flow efficiency, pacing, and question sequence (strategically skipping around). Many of these skills typically require some individual calibration, particularly for students who may qualify for testing accommodations. Accordingly, the course will cover these skills generally at first but gradually incorporate particularized guidance as needed
This program is open to both AIM and non-AIM students entering grades 11 and 12.
Since our new online seminar-based programs are focused primarily on the Humanities and Literacy, we are offering an add-on program for math skill maintenance. This hour-long program is for AIM or non AIM Upper School students (rising 9th-12th) who are continuing to work on fluency with basic math facts or with fundamental algebraic concepts. This is not tied to particular math curriculum or grade level, and is designed to provide an opportunity to practice basic math skills during the summer months.
Online Program Details:
For students who are registered for our optional Math Add-On, this will be a live, virtual class that takes place daily, outside of the seminar program hours. We had planned for it to begin at 8:00 am, but given the change in format (and knowing the sleep patterns of our teenagers), we will be reaching out individually to registered families to determine if there might be a better time to hold this class.