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Extraordinary young people deserve extraordinary summers!
Choose from two great summer program options:
  • Summer@Springs: Weeklong, half-day academic enrichment camps for middle and high school students. Scroll down to view class descriptions, and register by clicking the red Summer@Springs button below.
  • Camp Indian Springs: Weeklong, full-day summer camps for ages 5-13. Learn more and register by clicking the Camp Indian Springs brochure at right or by visiting campindiansprings119.com.
*Please note the separate registration system for each program. Choose from one or both programs for a summer of fun at Indian Springs School!
Summer@Springs 2015
Come sharpen your mind or experience something new in a beautiful setting this summer!

Summer@Springs offers students in grades 4-12 a wide range of academic enrichment courses — from SAT/PSAT preparation to wetlands ecology to black-and-white analog photography. Summer@Springs faculty are dedicated professionals and accomplished educators, and their courses are designed to be fun, adventurous, and enriching for students who want to make the most out of their summer breaks.

We appreciate your interest in our summer programs. Below is the full schedule of 2015 Summer@Springs offerings. If you have any questions, please contact Summer@Springs Director Douglas Ray at dray@indiansprings.org or at 205-532-1806.


Available Whenever Courses are Offered

Before Care — supervision of students who arrive on campus between 7:45 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. (required of early-arriving students who will be in grades 4-8 in the fall). $35/week.

After Care — supervision of students who remain on campus between 3:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. (required of students staying after the conclusion of courses who will be in grades 4-8 in the fall). $45/week.

Lunch — a delicious meal is available each day in the Indian Springs School Dining Hall after the conclusion of morning courses and before the start of afternoon courses. $35/week.


Overview of 2015 Summer Course Offerings
(Scroll down for course details and descriptions.)

June 8-12
  • Wetlands Ecology
  • Essay Writing Boot Camp
  • Harry Potter: Exploring the Literature and Films
June 15-19
  • Driver's Education
  • Let's Sing!
June 22-26
  • Science Discovery I
  • How to Write a Personal Narrative
  • Mastering the SAT/PSAT
July 6-10
  • Conquering the College Application Essay
  • How to Read and Talk About Literature
  • Acing the ACT
  • Study Skills and Strategies
July 13-17
  • Algebra Readiness
  • Science Discovery II
  • Mastering the SAT/PSAT
  • Geometry Readiness
July 20-24
  • Driver's Education
July 27-31
  • Black-and-White Analog Photography
August 3-7
  • Precalculus Preview

Course Details and Descriptions


JUNE 8-12

Course: Wetlands Ecology
Instructor: Bob Pollard, ISS Biology Teacher
Dates: June 8-12
Time: 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Ages: Rising 4th-7th
Cost: $250
Description: The Indian Springs School campus contains a very diverse environment, including several wetlands. In this week-long course, younger students are exposed to the biological wonders characteristic of the ponds, streams, and springs that are integral parts of our unique campus. The course culminates in an exciting field trip to the University of Montevallo’s Ebenezer Swamp Ecological Preserve.

Course:
Essay Writing Boot Camp
Instructor: Kelly Jacobs, ISS History Teacher
Dates: June 8-12
Time: 1:00-3:30 p.m.
Ages: Rising 7th-10th
Cost: $275
Description: If essay assignments seem vague and insurmountable, if your papers ever start focused on one idea but end up in an entirely different place, if you are tired of having teachers tell you your papers are poorly organized or not supported well, then this course is for you. We'll address how to approach an assignment, break it down into manageable components, and produce a well-constructed essay. Students will learn how to craft a powerful thesis, construct a logical argument, and balance idea development with the paper's overall flow. 

Course: Harry Potter: Exploring the Literature and Films
Instructor: Lori Pollard, Instructor for Hoover City Schools and ISS Dorm Parent
Dates: June 8-12
Time: 1:00-3:30 p.m.
Ages: Rising 6th and up
Cost: $300
Description: This course is designed for the avid reader and Potter enthusiast. We will explore the books by J.K. Rowling, delving into the difficult questions and topics that make the series so intriguing. We will talk about Hogwarts and the magic, characters, and chemistry that helped create this modern classic. (We will view parts of the movies too!) Due to film ratings of PG-13, a parental waiver giving permission to view the films will be required.

JUNE 15-19

Course: Driver’s Education
Instructor: John Milton, Oak Mountain High School Teacher and Driver’s Education Instructor for Shelby County Schools
Dates: June 15-19
Time: 9:00-Noon
Age: Rising 10th-12th
Cost: $300
Description: This course will focus on equipping students with the skills to be safe, defensive drivers. In-course work will include in-depth discussion on the effects of alcohol and drugs on drivers as well as the dangers of distracted drivers. Students will participate in simulated driving situations and actual behind-the-wheel practice and may choose to take the Alabama Driver’s test. The class also includes a mini-course on boating safety, and students will have an opportunity to take the Alabama Boating Basics test to qualify to receive a valid Alabama Boater’s endorsement. Class times listed reflect in-class seat work. Driving times will be arranged with small groups of 2-3 students as schedule permits during the regular school day and will continue into the next week (June 22-26).

Course: Let's Sing!
Instructor: Jennifer Bryant, D.M.A., Voice Instructor, Birmingham-Southern College, University of Montevallo
Dates: June 15-19
Time: 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Ages: Rising 5th-12th
Cost: $300
Description: Are you interested in learning to sing, read music, and effectively present yourself in front of a group of people? You are in the right class! Through group vocal lessons, you will discover your voice with regard to its physical properties (breath, resonance, articulation, and diction) while learning to read music in a collaborative atmosphere. Together we will learn a song with the purposes of presenting it as a solo toward the end of the week. Through the use of eye contact, vocal expression, body posture, gestures, and facial expressions you will learn to “sell” a song and learn skills to conquer stage fright!

JUNE 22-26

C
ourse: Science Discovery I
Instructor: Christina Tetzlaff, ISS Chemistry Teacher
Dates: June 22-26
Time: 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Ages: Rising 5th-8th
Cost: $300
Description: This course will expose science students to a wide array of concepts and techniques of the physical sciences through fun laboratory exercises. Each day will feature new experiments and focus on new scientific discoveries. Experiments will include making bouncy balls for polymer science, making ice cream for food chemistry, tie-dying for acid-base chemistry, and more.

Course: How to Write a Personal Narrative
Instructor: Douglas Ray, ISS English and Latin Teacher / Director of Summer Programs
Dates: June 22-26
Time: 10 a.m.-Noon
Ages: Rising 10th-12th
Cost: $300
Description: It’s not easy to write clearly and compellingly about the most difficult of texts: oneself. However, we are asked to do it time and time again—in classrooms, then in applications for colleges, graduate schools, and jobs. Want to go to college? Write a personal narrative. Want to get a doctorate? Write a personal narrative. Rhodes Scholarship? Write a personal narrative. Want to be employed? Write a personal narrative. This class is useful for everyone and designed specifically for secondary students who are soon-to-be college-bound, but the skills and content of the course are not solely focused on a particular admission committee. Douglas Ray, author/editor of two books and ISS’s Poet-in-Residence, will guide students in writing a personal essay from exploration/discovery to editing and fine-tuning. Students will emerge with a set of skills to strengthen any piece of writing for any audience.

Course: Mastering the SAT/PSAT (Session 1)
Instructor: Douglas Ray, ISS English and Latin Teacher / Director of Summer Programs
Dates: June 22-26
Time: 1:00-3:30 p.m.
Ages: Rising 10th-12th
Cost: $325
Description: Standardized testing is a potentially stressful reality for the college-bound student. With 11 years of teaching test prep courses, Douglas Ray—a U.S. Presidential Scholar, National Merit Scholar, and standardized test writer—will prepare students for improved results on the SAT/PSAT. Preparing for these tests can maximize student performance and minimize test-related anxiety. Employing real test questions and simulated testing environments, students will explore various methods of test-taking to understand what works best for them. We will look at test forms and the content typically covered, while recognizing students' particular strengths and focusing on students' areas for improvement. At the conclusion of this course, students will emerge as more confident, better-prepared masters of SAT/PSAT.

JULY 6-10

Course: Conquering the College Application Essay
Instructor: Adam Mazer, ISS Alumnus and Academic Tutor
Dates: July 6-10
Time: 10:00 a.m.-Noon
Age: Rising 12th
Cost: $300
Description: This class will focus on the trickiest part of the college application: the personal essay. Brown University alum and NYC-based writing and test-prep teacher Adam Mazer will guide students through the many ways to write a creative, unique, and compelling personal statement. Students will give and receive constructive criticism in workshop-style discussions and will emerge from the class with a fully formed, well-polished personal statement.

Course:
How to Read and Talk About Literature
Instructor:
Douglas Ray, ISS English and Latin Teacher / Director of Summer Programs
Dates:
July 6-10
Time:
10 a.m.-Noon
Ages:
Rising 8th-10th
Cost:
$300
Description:
This course will guide students in how to read a literary text critically and how to discuss a text fearlessly. Through reading and considering short stories, essays, and poems, students will learn what to look for in texts, what sorts of questions are useful to ask in interpreting a text, and what effects the different formal features of each genre have on interpretation. We’ll read classic and contemporary texts, engage in discussion, and work to improve each student’s skills and confidence in making assertive, defensible arguments about what we’re reading.

Course:
Acing the ACT
Instructor: Adam Mazer, ISS Alumnus and Academic Tutor
Dates: July 6-10
Time: 1:00-3:30 p.m.
Ages: Rising 11th-12th
Cost: $325
Description: This course takes an in-depth look at the ACT, which recently surpassed the SAT as the most popular standardized test for college applications. Using actual tests and test-taking conditions, Brown University alum Adam Mazer will guide students through tried-and-true strategies developed over six years as a New York City application advisor and test prep tutor. In addition, we will review the tougher concepts covered on the ACT, filling in gaps in students’ knowledge and shoring their strong areas with proctored practice tests. By the end of the course, students will emerge with the confidence and experience necessary to ace the ACT.

Course: Study Skills and Strategies
Instructor: Carole Mazer, Clinical Psychologist, Academic Tutor, and Parent of Three ISS Alums
Dates: July 6-10
Time: 1:00-3:30 p.m.
Ages: Rising 8th-10th (will make exceptions)
Cost: $300
Description: Have you ever wished you could get more academic work done in less time and do a better job on it? This course is designed to give you all the skills and information to do just that. We will cover a wide variety of study skills including organization and time management, memorization and studying, reading comprehension, essay writing, research, citations, projects, and more! Attention will also be given to adapting these areas to each student's individual learning style.

JULY 13-17

Course: Algebra Readiness
Instructor: Wendy Gray, Mountain Brook High School Math Teacher and ISS Parent
Dates:
July 13-17
Time: 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Ages: Students who have completed Pre-Algebra or are rising 9th graders
Cost: $275
Description: This course offers students a chance to strengthen their Pre-Algebra skills so they will be prepared to start Algebra. We will focus on improving computational skills with fractions and integers; developing number sense; reviewing solving algebraic equations; simplifying expressions and graphing lines; and gaining experience with application problems. Students will also use various technological platforms to learn the tools available to them for mathematics enrichment.

Course: Science Discovery II
Instructor: Christina Tetzlaff, ISS Chemistry Teacher
Dates: July 13-17
Time: 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Ages: Rising 5th-8th
Cost: $300
Description: Science Discovery II will cover different concepts and techniques of the physical sciences with an emphasis on Things that Go! The week will provide hands-on, inquiry-based labs teaching students how to design experiments as they investigate Newton's three laws of motion, Bernoulli's Principle, and how energy can be stored and used to produce motion. We will "launch" rockets and race several objects. Ready, set ... GO!

Course: Mastering the SAT/PSAT (Session 2)
Instructor: Douglas Ray, ISS English and Latin Teacher / Director of Summer Programs
Dates: July 13-17
Time: 1:00-3:30 p.m.
Ages: Rising 10th-12th
Cost: $325
Description: Standardized testing is a potentially stressful reality for the college-bound student. With 11 years of teaching test prep courses, Douglas Ray—a U.S. Presidential Scholar, National Merit Scholar, and standardized test writer—will prepare students for improved results on the SAT/PSAT. Preparing for these tests can maximize student performance and minimize test-related anxiety. Employing real test questions and simulated testing environments, students will explore various methods of test-taking to understand what works best for them. We will look at test forms and the content typically covered, while recognizing students' particular strengths and focusing on students' areas for improvement. At the conclusion of this course, students will emerge as more confident, better-prepared masters of SAT/PSAT.

Course: Geometry Readiness
Instructor: Wendy Gray, Mountain Brook High School Math Teacher and ISS Parent
Dates: July 13-17
Time: 1:00-3:30 p.m.
Ages: Students who have completed Algebra I
Cost: $275
Description: This course offers students a chance to strengthen their Algebra and Pre-Geometry skills so they will be prepared to start Geometry. We will focus on reviewing area, perimeter, surface area, and volume of familiar and not-so-familiar shapes; solving Geometry problems using Algebra skills; and gaining experience with logical reasoning and writing justifications for proofs. Students will also use various technological platforms to learn the tools available to them for mathematics enrichment.

JULY 20-24

Course: Driver’s Education
Instructor: John Milton, Oak Mountain High School Teacher and Driver’s Education Instructor for Shelby County Schools
Dates: July 20-24
Time: 9:00-Noon
Age: Rising 10th-12th
Cost: $300
Description: This course will focus on equipping students with the skills to be safe, defensive drivers. In-course work will include in-depth discussion on the effects of alcohol and drugs on drivers as well as the dangers of distracted drivers. Students will participate in simulated driving situations and actual behind-the-wheel practice and may choose to take the Alabama Driver’s test. The class also includes a mini-course on boating safety, and students will have an opportunity to take the Alabama Boating Basics test to qualify to receive a valid Alabama Boater’s endorsement. Class times listed reflect in-class seat work. Driving times will be arranged with small groups of 2-3 students as schedule permits during the regular school day and will continue into the next week (July 27-31).

JULY 27-31

Course: Black-and-White Analog Photography
Instructor: Michael Sheehan, ISS Photography Teacher
Dates: July 27-31
Time: 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Ages: Rising 7th-12th
Cost: $500
Description: Students will be taught the fine points of creative composition, proper lighting, and custom printmaking. Students will be able to shoot black-and-white film utilizing Indian Springs' inspiring campus, process their film, and hand-print true black-and-white images in our legendary darkroom. We will provide all materials and a 35mm SLR camera.

AUGUST 3-7

Course: Precalculus Preview
Instructor: Wendy Gray, Mountain Brook High School Math Teacher and ISS Parent
Dates: August 3-7
Time: 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Ages: Students who have completed Algebra II
Cost: $275
Description: This course utilizes the rule of four to prepare students for the rigor of mathematical analysis encountered in Precalculus. The rule of four represents functions as equations, graphs, tables, and words. Utilizing the rule of four develops a meaningful understanding for the algebraic and graphical methods essential to mathematical problem solving. In addition to developing schemes for approaching function analysis, we will focus on simplifying expressions, solving equations, and graphing for polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions. Students will also use various technological platforms to learn the tools available to them for mathematics enrichment.


Courses updated 1.20.15
New This Summer!
Click here to register for Camp Indian Springs 2015!
Indian Springs School will serve as host this summer for Camp Indian Springs, a series of weeklong day camps for ages 5-13! From June 1 through July 31, campers can spend one or more weeks enjoying gymnasium and outdoor sports, gardening, arts and crafts, field trips to bowling, skating, the movies, and more. Formerly Spain Park Day Camp, Camp Indian Springs is independently operated by Executive Director Joe Carter, who helps coach the ISS Boys Soccer Team. Click here to learn more and register for Camp Indian Springs!
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