Course and Schedule Questions
How many hours will I be in class each week?
Classes meet for approximately five hours per week. Students taking three courses will have approximately fifteen hours per week in the classroom.
How much homework should I expect?
Students should expect an average of 60 minutes of homework for each class meeting.
How do I choose my Physical Education classes?
Physical Education (PE) classes are offered in two sessions allowing students the opportunity to participate in two different sports.
At the start of Summer School and again mid-way through the session, students will select their PE classes. Every summer our PE department offers a variety of sports. The options vary from year to year, but examples of past choices include: basketball, soccer, squash, swimming, tennis, water polo, track, and yoga.
UPPER SCHOOL and ACCESS EXETER students may register for the Seacoast United Soccer Club (SUSC) program for an additional fee.
Crew is open to a limited number of UPPER SCHOOL students who pre-register. Those rowing in crew will participate in this sport for the entire five weeks of the session. More information and registration forms will be available to enrolled students.
How do I create my UPPER SCHOOL schedule?
We recommend that you first carefully read through the catalog. Most students take courses in three separate disciplines. To avoid conflicts in scheduling, pay close attention to the format(s) in which a course is offered. The formats indicate the time when the course meets so it is not possible to sign up for two courses that are in the same format. On the application, please list your course selection in order of preference. It is very important that you choose three different courses as your alternate courses because it is sometimes impossible to honor all first choice requests. Applying early increases your chances of getting your first choices.
How do I read the UPPER SCHOOL daily schedule?
You will find a copy of the UPPER SCHOOL daily schedule on our website and in our Summer School catalog. You will notice class meeting times Monday through Saturday. The schedule is broken into formats and the formats represent the meeting time for each course. The dining hall will be open for lunch during the C, D, and E formats on most days. Each Physical Education class meets for approximately one hour on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday in the allocated sports block. Please note that Crew and the SUSC program have separate meeting times.
Students will receive their course schedule which lists their course meeting times on Registration Day. Schedules are not available before Registration Day.
What are the differences between the "A/B MWF", "A/B TTS", "C/D MWF", and "C/D TTS" formats?
Courses that meet in the "A/B MWF" format meet three times a week during both the "A" and "B" period on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Courses that meet in the "A/B TTS" meet during both the "A" and "B" period on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Refer to the daily schedule for the actual class times.
Courses that meet in the "C/D MWF" format meet three times a week during both the "C" and "D" period on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Courses that meet in the "C/D TTS" meet during both the "C" and "D" period on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Refer to the daily schedule for the actual class times.
May I change my courses once I am accepted to Summer School?
We do our best to place students in their first course choices but it is sometimes impossible to honor all course requests. After your choice of courses is confirmed, we expect to keep changes to a minimum. Requests for course changes must be made in writing before May 1st. The request must come from the parent/guardian of the student. Please do not call the Summer School Office to request a course change.
Requests for course changes made after the session has begun must receive the approval of the Director or the Dean of Admissions. Students must furnish compelling reasons in order to receive approval. No course changes will be made after the Wednesday of the first week of the session.
How many courses can day students take?
UPPER SCHOOL day students may choose one, two, or three courses. They may also enroll in the SAT or ACT Prep course, which requires a separate fee, in addition to their other courses. Physical education is optional for UPPER SCHOOL day students.
ACCESS EXETER day students will choose a cluster comprised of three courses. They may also enroll in the SSAT Prep course, which requires a separate fee. Physical education is required for ACCESS EXETER day students.
May I sign up for just the SAT, ACT, or SSAT Prep course?
No. UPPER SCHOOL day students must take at least one course in addition to the SAT or ACT Prep course. UPPER SCHOOL boarding students must enroll in three courses in addition to the SAT or ACT Prep course. The SAT Prep course does not count towards the three-course requirement for UPPER SCHOOL boarding students. ACCESS EXETER students must enroll in an academic cluster in addition to the SSAT Prep course.
Do you offer an ESL (English as a Second Language) program?
No. All students applying to Summer School must have a high level of English proficiency in order to successfully participate in our seminar-style courses. ACCESS EXETER students must be fully fluent in English.
Who are the Summer School teachers?
Many of our teachers teach at the Academy during the academic year; the rest are from other private schools, public schools, and colleges or universities. All of our Summer School faculty are experienced educators and deeply committed to our program and the Harkness teaching method. Visit Meet the Summer School Faculty on our website for more information.
Do you offer College Counseling during Summer School?
Yes. Our College Counselor is available for students to schedule private meetings to discuss their college options. Additionally, we hold a college fair that hosts over 60 colleges and universities from across the country. The Student Activities Office also organizes several college campus tours for UPPER SCHOOL students.
What is the average class size in Summer School?
Our class sizes are small, averaging between eleven to thirteen students per class.
Will I receive grades or credit for courses taken during
the Summer School?
We do not grant credit because the courses offered during Summer School are designed for academic enrichment and are not intended to cover a full semester's worth of content. Students seeking credit for courses taken during Summer School will need to make arrangements with their own schools.
At the end of the session students receive grades and teachers' comments for each of their courses. Grades are: Honors, Satisfactory, and Unsatisfactory, an equivalent letter or number grade is not given. The Summer School provides grades and comments to students who complete the full five weeks of Summer School.