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Academic, Athletic, and Arts Programs at The Rivers School
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Summer Mini-Term Classes

Summer Mini-Term
(June 18-29)


Summer Mini-Term
(7 On-Site Courses)

The following seven classes are part of a two-week summer mini-term from Monday, June 18  through Friday, June 29, 2018. 


Each class meets every day for three hours, either in the morning (9 am - 12 pm) or afternoon (1-4 pm). Students taking two courses receive a discounted tuition rate and are able to have lunch in the dining hall from 12-1 pm.

Please note: students can only receive ½ trimester credit in Interdisciplinary Studies each summer regardless of the number of IDS courses they take.


Morning Courses:

(1) Creating Video Games with Code

Theresa Riedl, instructor

Through this course, students will learn the foundational ideas behind coding while designing and coding their own video games. This class will introduce students to computer programming through the use of Greenfoot, an interactive Java development environment. Read More ...

(2) Data Analytics

John Adams, instructor

The legendary United States Olympic Hockey coach, Herb Brooks famously said to his team that “great moments are born from great opportunity.”  With more data available today than ever before, we have a great opportunity. In order create a great moment and take advantage of this opportunity, one needs the skills to properly make sense of data and clearly communicate statistical analyses. Read More ...

(3) Field Methods in Environmental Science

Dr. Chris Dalton, instructor

Environmental Science uses fundamental principles in biology, chemistry, and physics to foster and sustain livable environments. In this field-based course, students will learn basic principles in environmental science, such as species interactions, nutrient cycling, and reaction kinetics, and apply those principles to environmental challenges like sustaining biodiversity, reducing toxic algae blooms, and mitigating the impacts of climate change. Read More ...

Afternoon Courses:

(4) Art Through Technology

Theresa Riedl, instructor

In this course students will learn how to use multiple forms of technology to create their own original artwork with the help of Rivers’ laser cutter. Students will complete three main projects. Read More ...

(5) Ceramics: Exploring Alternative Surface/Firing Techniques

Tim Clark, instructor

In this two week workshop we will explore some of the possibilities of alternative surface treatments for ceramic objects. We will create forms by hand-building and/or wheel-throwing, expanding our awareness of what is possible while working in clay. Experimentation with an emphasis on taking risks during the creation process will yield a great variety of objects to explore the firing processes. Read More ...

(6) Mindfulness, Literature, and Yoga for Extraordinary Living

Mary Mertsch, instructor

Do you feel exhausted from the busy pace of the school year and the many demands it has placed on you? Want to ease into summer by enhancing your self-awareness, reducing stress, and further developing your creativity and emotional growth, all in a supportive environment of your peers? Read More ...

(7) Woodworking

Lorinda Gardner, instructor

In this introductory Woodworking course, students will learn how to build one or more functional products using wood as the primary material. Sample projects include making a finely crafted custom box, stool, creative storage unit, intricate candleholder and more. Read More ...


Details & Eligibility

▸ On-Site Course
▸ June 18 - 29, 2018, 9-12 pm or 1-4 pm

2018 Tuition: $875 per course
Select 2 courses for $1,600 (includes lunch)

Financial aid is available (June 1 deadline)

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