Summer Programs

The New School of Northern Virginia

2018 Summer Programs

Offline Registration: Please contact us at 703-691-3040 or for a registration form.


Senior Year Preparation


Instructor:  Carolina McLean          Credit: 0.5 English          Dates: June 26th-July 13th          Times: 8:30-12:00


The first semester of senior year is incredibly demanding, with students often struggling with the many challenges of college applications and essays, standardized tests, senior exhibitions, and school coursework. This three-week class is designed to help make the fall semester more manageable and to improve the overall quality of work produced. By focusing on the college application process and the senior exhibition over the summer, students are able to enter their senior year with many of their responsibilities completed, enabling them to focus on their classes and the senior exhibition.


This course will focus on:

* writing effective and compelling college application essays

* constructing a timeline for completing their senior exhibition benchmarks

* beginning the research and outline for their senior exhibition papers


Students interested in participating in this course are encouraged to begin the college selection process this spring so they know which college essays to work on over the summer. Cost: $950


(Designed for New School rising seniors)


College Application Jumpstart


Instructor:  Carolina McLean          Dates: July 16th-20th          Times: 8:30-12:00


This one-week workshop is designed to help students improve their college applications. Specifically, this class will focus on:
* writing effective and compelling college application essays
* preparing college application materials, such as resumes and recommendation requests

* preparing for college interviews


Leadership Internship in Kenya


Instructor: Janis Trizna          Credit: 0.5 Social Science or Computer Science          Dates: June 18th-July 3rd


The goal of this 3-week internship is to plan and implement a program that best serves the goals of an orphanage in Nakuru, Kenya. New School students will receive high school credit for designing a summer program that could have a long term, profound effect on young people in one of the poorest parts of the country. Contact Janis for more information and read through this information sheet.


Writing Enrichment


Instructor: Carolina McLean          Dates: July 9th-13th           Times: 1:00-4:30pm


The New School of Northern Virginia Summer Writing Enrichment Program focuses on the development of writing skills for students ages 12 and up. The program is suited for young writers who wish to build basic grammar, mechanics, and organizational skills, as well as advanced writers aspiring to learn new techniques.  All styles, from creative poetry and stories to non-fiction and scholarship, are welcome. Writers will be mentored individually as they work on compositions of their choosing, whether they seek to improve work written in the past or draft entirely new pieces. In addition, we will explore various forms of literature to inspire and inform new approaches to writing.


Math Enrichment


Instructor: Billy Pasour          Dates: July 16th-20th (Session 1) & July 23rd-27th (Session 2)

Times: Pre-Algebra/Algebra sessions from 8:30-12:00

Advanced Math session from 1:00-4:30


Do you want to be super prepared for your math class next year? Are there topics from this past year that you never really understood? Do you want to try using math beyond the textbook in new and exciting ways? The New School’s Summer Math Enrichment programs offer kids a fun approach to math, using creative design, group projects, and field trips to explore the limitless possibilities of mathematics. Topics may include model bridge construction, video game design, 3D printing, and model rocketry. Everything in our program is hands-on and experiential, and kids are encouraged to bring ideas for us to make into reality!


The Summer Math Enrichment program is offered at two levels:

  • *Early High School Math is for kids who have taken Pre-Algebra or Algebra 1, and will explore topics that feature heavily in Algebra and Geometry.
  • *Advanced High School Math is for kids who have taken Algebra 2 or higher and will explore topics that involve more advanced topics like Trigonometry and Calculus.


General Program Information and Payment Policy


  • A $150 non-refundable deposit is required for each session block upon registration.
  • Only cash and checks are accepted. Make checks payable to The New School.
  • There is no school on July 4th in observance of Independence Day.
  • The maximum class size is 14-15. Each course must have a minimum of 5 students to run the class.
  • There will be no pro-ration for days missed.
  • In the unlikely event that a session is cancelled, your deposit will be refunded.
  • After receiving your deposit, The New School will send confirmation and a balance due statement. The balance must be paid no later than three weeks prior to the start of the session.
  • A late fee of 1.5% per month (minimum of $25) will be applied to any balance that is unpaid 30 days after it is due.


For further information, call us at: 703-691-3040.


*The New School of Northern Virginia, Inc. (the “School”), admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, gender, religion or sexual orientation to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. The School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, gender, religion or sexual orientation in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

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