Week 4 Catalog
Building Math Skills for Incoming Grade 6 (Two Week Course: Week 2)
Grade Level: Incoming 6th
Course Description: We will focus on strengthening skills for fractions and decimals. Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division with fractions and decimals are important skills for pre-algebra. These skills will be needed over and over again in your math and science classes here at ASD. This course runs for two weeks. It is expected that you also sign up for week 3. If you also sign up for the Week 1 "Organize Yourself!" , you will receive $20 off your registration!
Programming Simple Video Games with PyGame
Grade Level: 7th - 9th
Course Description: If you've ever wanted to create your own video games, but didn't know where to start, this is the course for you. Students will learn the basics of the Python programming language and its PyGame expansion, and then employ these tools to code simple puzzles and games. Learn the technical language of video games, and then develop your own spin on simple classics. Builds on skills learned in 2D Computer Graphics and Animation. Taking both is recommended, but not required if you have prior experience with computer programming.
The Art of the Graphic Novel
Grade Level: 6th - 12th
Course Description: In this class students will read various works and learn to understand what happens in the imagination while reading a graphic novel. Tradition and technique will be discussed while making connections to other forms of visual storytelling. Students will learn about storyboarding and how many closely related to cinematography comics and graphic novels truly are. As well as reading and understanding the form of a graphic novel, the class will get to choose or create a short story to turn into a one page scene in the form of a comic strip.
Introduction to Biological Principles
Grade Level: 8th - 11th
Course Description: This course is geared for students entering ASD at grade 8 or above or have missed important biology concepts needed for the science curriculum. Topics covered include the organization of life, cell structure, and the chemical basis for life. Students who feel they could use a "refresher", or reinforcement for competency should take this course. This course is strongly recommended for students new to ASD.
Master the College Application Essay
Grade Level: 11-12
Did you know that thousands of college applicants hurt their chances of getting accepted to their dream college each year because they write sub-par admission essays? Part of the problem lies in the fact that there is a lot of confusion about what makes an outstanding college essay. Think of the essay as the face of your college application. Your application, without a stand-out essay, is a statistic—a faceless person in a sea of thousands with similar GPAs and standardized test scores. An application with a poorly written essay does not give admissions officers the chance to really know what makes you unique from the rest of the applicants.