Summer

Credit Courses

Upper School Academic Courses for Credit

Lancaster Country Day School for-credit summer courses cover the content of academic year and trimester classes, allowing students to advance, or to focus on a particular area of study for approximately five weeks in the summer. Classes will be open to students from other schools, with a minimum class size of five students and a maximum class size of 17 students.
 
The full-year courses are worth 1.00 credit and trimester courses are worth .33 credits, equivalent to an LCDS Upper School class held during the academic year or trimester. The credits will appear on an LCDS transcript. For five weeks in June to July, courses meet daily from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. The cost for each course is $800 per 1 credit course and $265 per .33 credit course.
 
Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Prior to enrollment, students from other schools should contact their school guidance counselor to confirm credit transfer and acceptance.

Summer 2023 Course Offerings

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  • Physics 1

    Instructor:  Mr. Jim Ringlein, LCDS faculty

    Prerequisite(s): 
    Full year of Chemistry and Algebra II with final grades of C or higher.

    For students entering grades: 10-12

    Meeting Times:
    • June 20-July 21, 2023
    • 8 AM to 12 PM each day

    Course Description: 
    “Explore Learning” simulations and related worksheets are assigned for homework each evening, plus related e-reading and a few problems from the book. Expect about 1-1.5 hours of homework each evening. A quiz will be given each Friday, with a comprehensive final on the last day of class. You will need a laboratory notebook for documenting daily experiment results. 

    Week 1
    Kinematics in one and two dimensions, including use of LEGO Nxt robots.
     
    Week 2
    Forces, including water-rocket construction and testing.
     
    Week 3
    Momentum, energy, and work, including roller coaster design.
     
    Week 4
    Waves, sound, and optics.
     
    Week 5
    Electricity and magnetism.
  • Honors Chemistry

    Instructor:  Mrs. Lindsay Deibler-Wallace, LCDS faculty

    Prerequisite(s): 
    Full year of Algebra I and Honors Geometry with final grades of B or higher

    For students entering grades:  9-12

    Meeting Times: 
    • June 20-July 21, 2023
    • 8 AM to 12 PM each day

    Course Description:
    Vodcasts will be assigned as daily homework in addition to some practice problems on corresponding worksheets.  About 1 - 1.5 hours of homework each evening.  Comprehensive weekly assessments on 2-3 units, laboratory activities, and a final exam will all contribute to the overall grade in the course.

    Week 1
    • Laboratory safety, equipment, and procedures.
    • Chemical measurements: Significant figures, conversions, factor-label method.
    • Introduction to Chemistry: Element names and symbols, classification of matter, chemical/ physical properties and changes, energy.
    • Atomic Structure: Atomic theory and structure, isotopes and average atomic mass, mole concept.

    Week 2
    • The Periodic Table: Development of the Periodic Table, periodic trends.
    • Chemical Bonding: Common ions, chemical bonding: covalent, ionic, metallic.
    • Chemical Names and Formulas: Naming chemical compounds, using chemical formulas.

    Week 3
    • Chemical Reactions and Equations: Writing and balancing equations, reaction types, predicting products.
    • Stoichiometry: Stoichiometric calculations, limiting reactant, percent yield.

    Week 4
    • Gases: Development of the gas laws, partial pressure, effusion, and diffusion.
    • States of Matter: Properties of solids, liquids, gases, kinetic molecular theory, phase changes.

    Week 5
    • Gases: Development of the gas laws, partial pressure, effusion, and diffusion.
    • States of Matter: Properties of solids, liquids, gases, kinetic molecular theory, phase changes.
    • Advanced topics such as acids/bases and oxidation/ reduction as time permits.
  • Honors Geometry

    Instructor: Mrs. Katelyn Appelt, LCDS faculty

    Prerequisite(s):  A grade of B+ or higher in Algebra I, or permission of the Algebra I instructor.
     
    For students entering grades:  8-10
     
    Meeting Times:
    • June 20-July 21, 2023
    • 8 AM to 12 PM each day

    Course Description: 
    Class time will alternate between a learning day and a test day, with approximately 60-90 minutes of homework each day. To ensure understanding, learning days will include a graded worksheet due each afternoon.  At the end of the course, there will be a comprehensive final exam.  The worksheets, tests, homework, and final will all count toward your overall grade. 

    Week 1
    Points, lines, planes, angle pairs, distances, measures, algebraic reasoning, proving angles congruent, proofs with lines and angles.

    Week 2
    Proving triangles to be congruent, relationships within triangles, polygons, and quadrilaterals.
     
    Week 3
    Similarities in polygons, right triangle trigonometry.

    Week 4
    Area, surface area, and volume.

    Week 5
    Circles and geometric probability.
  • PE Body Fit (trimester elective)

    Instructor:  Mr. Chris Wilson, LCDS faculty

    Prerequisite(s): 
    None

    For students entering grades: 9-12

    Meeting Times:
    • June 20-July 21, 2023
    • 12 PM to 1 PM each day

    Course Description: 
    This course will incorporate fitness trackers, FitBits, Apple Watches, steps apps, pedometers, physical assessments, both indoor and outdoor fitness activities, as well as lectures, labs, quizzes, and project assignments. The students will learn how to use various equipment for strength training. The goal is to produce health-literate students familiar with the necessary tools and information of fitness and wellness. Grading of weekly participation, quizzes, labs, exams, and assignments will make up 75 percent of the final grade. The other 25 percent will be based on the final work-out plan, completed weekly during the course. The course is pass/fail. One hour per day should be allotted to completing course activities.

Contact Us

Heather Woodbridge, Director of Auxiliary Programs
Lancaster Country Day School
725 Hamilton Road
Lancaster, PA 17603-2491
Phone: (717) 392-2916, ext. 2492

Meet our Staff

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    Heather Woodbridge 

    Director of Auxiliary Programs
    Bio
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    Todd Trout 

    Assistant Head of School | Safety Coordinator | US Science Faculty | MS Mathematics Faculty
    Bio
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    Jenny Kroncke Gabriel 

    Head of Upper School | US History Faculty
    Bio
Lancaster Country Day School is a preschool-12th grade, coed college preparatory school with students from Lancaster, Hershey, York and Reading.