Academics

Summer Explorations

SUMMER EXPLORATIONS

June 15 – July 24, 2020

Due to ongoing social distancing restrictions, all courses will be held online. As noted below, the Young Researchers Program will only take place at the upper school if campus reopens.

No classes will be held on Friday, July 3 in observance of Independence Day.
View the summer explorations courses below and register hereNote that registration for private music lessons, and for the Prepworks course, have a separate registration process as described below.

DiscoveRE

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  • DiscoveRE: INTRODUCTION TO MIDDLE SCHOOL ENGLISH

    Duration & Schedule: July 6 – July 24; M-Th, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    Prerequisites: None
    Grade level: Open to incoming 6th-grade students
    Cost: $1,200

    This course prepares incoming students for reading and writing at Ransom Everglades' middle school. It is designed for students who might want additional skill-building as they enter 6th grade. The course reviews a variety of skills we expect incoming 6th-grade students to have mastered — including grammar, sentence structure, organization in writing, and analytical and critical reading — and prepares students to tackle the reading and writing assignments they will encounter in their sixth-grade courses.

    Credit: This course is for enrichment and skill-building; completion of this course will not confer RE credit.

  • DiscoveRE: INTRODUCTION TO MIDDLE SCHOOL MATHEMATICS

    Duration & Schedule: July 6 – July 24; M-Th, 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.
    Prerequisites: None
    Grade level: Open to incoming 6th-grade students
    Cost: $1,200

    This course prepares incoming students for the Ransom Everglades middle school mathematics program. It is designed for students who might want additional skill-building as they enter 6th grade. The course reviews a variety of mathematics concepts we expect incoming 6th-grade students to have mastered — including operations with fractions and decimals, graphing, and solving one-step equations — and prepares students to explore topics covered in the Foundations in Mathematics course.

    Credit: This course is for enrichment and skill-building; completion of this course will not confer RE credit.

  • DiscoveRE: STUDY SKILLS

    Duration & Schedule: July 6 – July 24; M-Th, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    Prerequisites: None
    Grade level: Open to incoming 6th-grade students
    Cost: $1,200

    This course offers incoming students an overview of the study skills expected at Ransom Everglades' middle school. It is designed for students who might want additional skill-building as they enter 6th grade. The course reviews a variety of skills that will help students be successful in the 6th grade at RE — including time management, note-taking, organization (i.e. how to organize a notebook), applying what is learned in class to homework, studying for tests and test-taking, active reading and active listening — and prepares students to tackle the various challenges they will encounter in their 6th-grade courses.

Mathematics

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  • DiscoveRE: INTRODUCTION TO MIDDLE SCHOOL MATHEMATICS

    Duration & Schedule: July 6 – July 24; M-Th, 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.
    Prerequisites: None
    Grade level: Open to incoming 6th-grade students
    Cost: $1,200

    This course prepares incoming students for the Ransom Everglades middle school mathematics program. It is designed for students who might want additional skill-building as they enter 6th grade. The course reviews a variety of mathematics concepts we expect incoming 6th-grade students to have mastered — including operations with fractions and decimals, graphing, and solving one-step equations — and prepares students to explore topics covered in the Foundations in Mathematics course.

    Credit: This course is for enrichment and skill-building; completion of this course will not confer RE credit.

  • PRE-ALGEBRA ESSENTIALS

    Duration & Schedule:  June 29 – July 24; M-Th, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    Prerequisites Pre-Algebra
    Cost:  $1,400
     
    Pre-Algebra Essentials includes a review of various topics discussed in the Pre-Algebra class, such as the use of variables in arithmetic equations, whole number operations, decimals and fractions, integers and equations, rational numbers, basic geometric concepts, and a variety of other topics. Students practice solving different types of mathematics problems and hone the skills needed for success in Algebra 1.
     
    Credit:  This course is for enrichment and skill-building; completion of this course will not confer RE credit.

  • ALGEBRA I Essentials

    Duration & Schedule:  June 29 – July 24; M-Th, 8:30 - 10 a.m. 
    Prerequisites:  Algebra 1
    Cost:  $1,400
     
    Algebra 1 Essentials includes a review of the fundamentals of algebra, covering topics that utilize the mechanics of algebra in order to develop and hone problem-solving skills. Real-life applications are stressed whenever possible. These problem-solving skills play a vital role not only in future math courses, but also in all subject areas. The topics include solving equations and inequalities, word-problem applications, polynomials, factoring, functions and graphs, linear systems, quadratics, radicals, and rational expressions. Students practice solving different types of mathematics problems and hone the skills needed for success in future math courses.

    Credit:  This course is for enrichment and skill-building; completion of this course will not confer RE credit.

  • ALGEBRA II

    Duration & Schedule:  June 15 – July 24; 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    Prerequisites: Algebra 1 and department permission
    Cost:  $2,800
     
    Algebra 2 provides a continuation of algebra for students who have completed Algebra 1. The topics covered in Algebra 2 include properties of real numbers, simplifying algebraic expressions, solving linear equations and inequalities, absolute value, systems of linear equations, linear functions and their graphs, linear programming, polynomials, rational expressions, number systems (irrational and complex), solving quadratic equations and inequalities, quadratic functions and their graphs, variation, solving polynomial equations, analytic geometry, exponential and logarithmic functions, conics, matrices and determinants. The goals of the course include applying the skills learned in Algebra 1, improving students’ written communication skills in mathematics and using the graphing calculator as a learning tool and problem solver.
     
    Credit:  For Ransom Everglades students, this course will earn 1 math credit (the equivalent of a full-year course). The final grade in the course will appear on the Ransom Everglades transcript and will be included in the calculation of GPA. 

  • GEOMETRY (Algebra-based)

    Duration & Schedule:  June 15 – July 24, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Prerequisites: Algebra 1 and department permission
    Cost:  $2,800
     
    Geometry (Algebra-based) offers an introduction to a mathematical theory of space. This course concentrates on Euclidean geometry while maintaining and sharpening algebraic skills. The topics include: deductive systems, undefined terms, definitions, postulates, theorems, proofs, indirect proofs; subsets of space: points, lines, planes, segments, rays, angles, triangles, quadrilaterals, polygons, and polygonal regions; real numbers and measurement: betweenness, distance, angle measure, area, volume, convex sets and separation, incidence, perpendicularity and parallelism; equivalence relation: congruence, proportionality and similarity; the Pythagorean Theorem; circles, tangents, arcs, chords, regular polygons, circumference, sectors; prisms, pyramids, cylinders, cones and spheres; and right triangle trigonometry. Although students are expected to be able to write formal and indirect proofs, algebraic proofs will be emphasized, especially in the coordinate geometry unit.

    Credit:  For Ransom Everglades students, this course will earn 1 math credit (the equivalent of a full-year course). The final grade in the course will appear on the Ransom Everglades transcript and will be included in the calculation of GPA.

  • CRITICAL THINKING AND PROBLEM SOLVING IN ALGEBRA

    Duration & Schedule: June 15 – July 10; M-Th, 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.
    Prerequisites: Algebra 1; this class is appropriate for any student who has just finished Algebra 1, Algebra 2, or Geometry and who would enjoy a deeper exploration into algebraic problem solving.
    Cost: $1,400

    Algebra is the foundation of mathematics for most students. Having a deep understanding of algebra makes it easier to learn new concepts in math. Building confidence in math by doing complex problems makes students better problem solvers and can help them better enjoy math classes in the future. Learning how to solve advanced questions also makes standardized test questions less intimidating. This class helps students develop their skills in solving difficult algebraic problems. This four-week course focuses on problems and techniques from the “Art of Problem Solving,” which is frequently used by competitive mathematics teams to prepare for events. The instructor will guide and work through parts of the book, but the text can provide a summer's worth of material for students.

Science & Data Science

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  • DATA SCIENCE ACADEMY

    Duration & Schedule:
         June 15 – July 10: MWF, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.; T/Th, individual meetings
         July 13 – July 24: Work on capstone projects, individual meetings
    Prerequisites: None
    Grade level: Open to rising 10th-12th-grade students
    Cost: $2,000

    RE Data Science Academy provides an introduction to data analytics and visualizations for students with and without prior coding experience. Students will learn how to import, manipulate, clean, and analyze data to produce reports that can be used for data-driven decision making. During the course, we will be working hands-on data, learning how to do data scraping and data extraction, processing the data into clean, structured, and workable datasets for analysis or machine learning applications. This course will be an excellent foundation for future endeavors into the data science world and could be a perfect first step before taking the Applied Data Science class. In the final capstone project, students will apply their skills to interpret real-world data sets and make appropriate analyses and recommendations from their findings.

    Tech Requirements: Students must have a computer with Jupyter Notebook, Python 3.7, and Microsoft Excel installed.

    Credit: This course is for enrichment and skill-building; completion of this course will not confer RE credit.

  • THE YOUNG RESEARCHERS PROGRAM (YREP)

    Duration & Schedule: 4 weeks: June 29 – July 24; Participants can attend mornings and/or afternoons, but must commit to a minimum of 5 hours per day, 4 days per week.
    Prerequisites: None
    Grade level: Open to rising 9th-12th grade students
    Cost: $1,850

    Note that because this course is based on research lab equipment on campus, this course will only be offered if campus is reopened in time for its start.

    Ransom Everglades upper school students are invited to carry out scientific research under the Young REsearcher Program (YREP). Participants will work under the mentorship of faculty member Dr. Ochatt to investigate the presence of heavy metals in Biscayne Bay waters and in shark tissue, using an innovative technique called Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS). YREP scholars will be engineering a sample positioning system for the LIBS apparatus and will be developing a method to quantify heavy metal concentrations. In addition, artificial intelligence algorithms will be used to analyze data and compare it to known references provided by the National Institute of Standards (NIST). Prior work under this program has resulted in awards received at professional symposia. We will continue our goal of preparing results for scientific presentation and publication. All work will be conducted on land and no experience is required.

    Credit: This course is for enrichment and skill-building; completion of this course will not confer RE credit.

World Languages

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  • SPANISH CONVERSATION AND REVIEW: NOVICE TO INTERMEDIATE

    Duration & Schedule:  June 29 – July 24; M-Th, 1 - 2:30 p.m.
    Eligibility Middle or upper school students currently in Spanish 2 or Spanish 3
    Cost:  $1,400
     
    This class is designed to help students review and consolidate the skills they have developed in levels 2 or 3 of the Spanish curriculum, in a conversation-based setting that includes review homework, so that they are prepared for their next Spanish course. The “Novice to Intermediate” review class focuses on skills such as using several consecutive, complete and original sentences to communicate on a variety of familiar topics; asking and answering a variety of straightforward questions on those topics; expressing oneself with confidence in the present time frame; and reviewing other verb forms and structures to refer to the past and future and communicate reactions to influence people. This class is available to middle and upper school students who wish to review their skills at this level.
     
    Credit:  This course is for enrichment and skill-building; completion of this course will not confer RE credit.
     

Performing Arts

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  • PRIVATE MUSIC LESSONS & GROUP STRING PERFORMANCE LESSONS

    Duration & Schedule:  Throughout the summer, as scheduled through the Performing Arts Department
    Prerequisites None
    Cost:  $80 per hour for private lessons; $50 per hour for group string performance lessons (up to 3 students per lesson)
     
    Ransom Everglades will facilitate the scheduling of music lessons for students with our faculty and adjunct faculty members. Lessons are scheduled based on the availability of the instructors. In addition to private lessons on strings instruments, group performance lessons will allow an additional opportunity for students to hone their skills.
     
    Lessons are available for the following instruments:  Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Flute, Piccolo, Bassoon, Oboe, Euphonium, French Horn, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Jazz Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Cello, String Bass, Viola, Violin
     
    Students/families who are interested in this option should contact Florencia Ancewicz, Performing Arts Assistant, at fancewicz@ransomeverglades.org  
     

Test Preparation

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Summer Explorations Staff

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    Thomas Willis 04

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    Gustavo Palacios 

    Middle School Science Department Coordinator
    305-250-6897
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    Daisy Armas 

    Administrative Assistant for Athletics
    305-460-8879

Coconut Grove, FL 33133
Middle School2045 South Bayshore DriveTel: 305-250-6850
Upper School3575 Main HighwayTel: 305-460-8800
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.