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* (12:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.)
After lunch 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.
Afternoon enrichment classes are only available to registered morning students. Afternoon-only attendance is not an option in our program.
ART IN NATURE
From huge mountain ranges to tiny seashells, the beauty of nature is all around us. Let’s explore it together! This enrichment class focuses on creating art from and inspired by nature. From found object collages to mixing watercolor with photography, and botanical dissection to sunlight prints, we will explore the interesting beauty of our natural world through a variety of artistic media. Each class may include a walk to a local park or neighborhood for inspiration and exercise, and much of our work will take place outdoors. No artistic skills are required; just an interest in trying out techniques and exploring the beauty of nature.
MAKING THE WORLD BETTER
Summer 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, collecting for the Oregon Food Bank, and putting together homeless care packs for local distribution.
ENGINEERING & DESIGN
Have you ever thought about what it takes to make a replacement heart valve? Do you like to build things that fly, float or move? Join us for the Engineering and Design class.
Engineers ask critical questions about what they want to create, whether it be a skyscraper, amusement park ride, bicycle or smartphone. These questions include: What is the problem to solve? What do we want to design? Who is it for? What do we want to accomplish? What are the project requirements? What are the limitations? What is our goal?
In this enrichment class, students will explore physics and math by building a model of a heart valve. We will explore aerodynamics through paper airplanes and water bottle rockets. We will gain a better understanding of buoyancy by constructing clay boats. This class is hands-on and will be a lot of fun!
NEW THIS SUMMER! - Learn how to cook with easy-to-use small appliances! Students will have the opportunity to combine ingredients to make a variety of dishes using a microwave, air fryer or InstantPot! Students will take a trip to the supermarket to shop for ingredients. Then, throughout the week, they will learn to prepare food and learn proper clean up, too. Activities may include reading/following recipes; measuring ingredients; and learning the proper use of kitchen equipment. Creations could include: microwave mug cakes, making pizza dough to bake at home, creating a sourdough starter, or other fun items! Come hungry!
Time to get up and get active, everyone! This week will involve various sports, games, and activities – both indoors and outdoors – meant for fun, exercise, and to expand our appreciation of the greatest machine you will ever own: your body! Some of the activities may include:
- Bowling (inclimate weather)
- Tennis Baseball
- Track activities
Also, bring your own ideas for fun activities you’d like to share with the group.
The four-day week (week 2) is $200. All the others are $250 per week.
If you would like to apply for the Middle School Summer Program, please begin the application process.