Summer School Class List
Academic Program (8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
All classes are taught by current or former Edison High School teachers who have extensive experience teaching students with learning differences. The student and her/his family choose two of the three course offerings. Classes last 90 minutes and average eight students. All classes offer access to technology and study skills support.
Students are challenged to see math in a new way, as they solve real-life problems using practical, hands-on math activities. Abstract math concepts gain new relevance as students review basic arithmetic facts and practice the four operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Instruction is driven by students' individual needs and targets statewide math curriculum goals.
In writing class, students develop confidence in their own creativity and ability as they practice key strategies for improving different kinds of writing. The students write an essay, a report and several narrative pieces. Learning strategies include note-taking for research, using graphic organizers and self-monitoring with planners to organize time and deadlines. Writing skills and confidence will soar!
Our reading class promotes better reading by improving students' comprehension, vocabulary, fluency and basic decoding skills. The reading teacher uses a variety of engaging fiction and non-fiction materials at each student's reading level. Students work on outlining strategies, prepare a book report and develop crucial laptop skills.
Afternoon Enrichment Program* (1:00 P.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
After lunch and an outdoor break featuring organized games and activities from 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., students will explore a topic in-depth. Our outstanding Edison High School teachers will share some of their favorite ideas and topics to encourage deeper learning in content areas, spark new interests and spread excitement about learning! Participants may sign up by the week. Below are examples of the classes that may be offered in the afternoon.
Passport: Latin America
Come on a tour of the culture, cuisine, and community of Central and South America this summer. We will try out some artistic techniques, learn a few dance steps and be introduced to a variety of music. Students will investigate how the geography of the Andes, Amazon, planes and beaches influence the food, sports, festivals and fashion of regions. Of course, this will come with some cooking and taste tests. We'll practice some Spanish phrases and vocab. Students interested in expanding their view of the world will enjoy diving into the rich and diverse cultures of our American neighbors.
Give your student the opportunity to explore sports that can be enjoyed at any age. Sessions will include:
- Beginners Golf: We will travel to RedTail Golf Course where students will hit balls on the driving range, putt and chip at their practice facility. (Clubs will be provided)
- Bowling: We will utilize Superplay Bowling Alley (in the Valley Plaza - a short walk from Edison High School) and learn the basics of bowling.
- Tennis: Students will be introduced to the game of tennis right here on the Jesuit campus. They will learn to keep score, serve and volley
- Other activities of interest may include: Badminton, Ping Pong, Frisbee, soccer, yoga and hiking
Minecraft EDU: World of Humanities (History and Mythology through the world of Minecraft)
We are so excited to share the news - summer school gets to pilot what we hope will grow into a larger program at Edison - Minecraft EDU. Edison's brilliant Online Program Specialist Alison Weinberg has been working hard on this passion project and is ready to bring it to you! We will use the inspiring technology of Minecraft to get beyond the textbook and pull students into new worlds. Visit gladiators in the Coliseum, watch the engineering genius of the pyramids, ride in the Trojan horse...it's all interactive and explorable. Pre-created content worlds allow students to place themselves IN another world, and create the background knowledge, context and vocabulary we know is so critical to language-based studies. Get in on the ground floor - and then build yourself another floor because creepers are coming!
Making the World BetterSummer Service Learning for Youth!
Do you like working in teams on hands-on projects? Want to make the world a better place? If you like helping others and making a difference in the community, this class is for you! In this elective, Edison Service Learning director, Kassie Halpin, will lead students in projects that will improve the lives of people right here in the Portland metro area, and create smiles in other areas of the world. Students will get the opportunity to work on projects such as creating cards for service members, making blankets for children in need and hats for cancer patients, working at the Oregon Food Bank, and putting together homeless care packs for local distribution.
Engineering & Construction
Our Post Edison Director, Michael Cady Russell, loves building, construction, and engineering. This class focuses on reinforcing topics in math and science in a hands on way using experiments, computers and outdoor activities. Students will work as a team to examine various materials and create a structure that demonstrates what they have learned. Students interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) will have a great time and develop a deeper understanding of engineering and construction.
Afternoon enrichment classes are subject to change or cancellation if a minimum number of students do not register.