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School year 2020/21
Summer School
In the event national Covid-19 restrictions mean the courses cannot be run on school premises, we will offer a full refund of the course fees.

AHS organises Summer School courses open to both our own and external students. Our 2021 courses will run from 28th June to 2nd July

These courses are devised, developed and delivered by our highly experienced teaching staff and cover a wide range of disciplines and faculties across the school. In common with our year-round operations, the summer programmes are informed by our teaching philosophy and overriding mission to help each student reach their full potential and achieve academic excellence.

PLN 2500 per course, including two Covid tests, lunch each day, and all lessons and activities.

Each course runs for 22.5 hours each week and includes a range of co-curricular and sports activities led by our own faculty of teachers.

Participants may combine all courses with a Modern Languages elective in French, German or Spanish.

Boarding provision, including full board and transport to and from the school, may be available on request. Please write to summer.school@akademeia.edu.pl for further information.

 

The Summer School is an intellectually stimulating and fun taste of academic life at Akademeia. It is ideal for students who are keen to experience what it’s like to study here for the first time, as well as for our current students looking to engage in inspiring materials away from the core syllabus.
Andrew James, Summer School Coordinator

 

Andrew James
BA (Hons.) Philosophy, University of Liverpool
Cambridge English CELTA
Cambridge English DELTA
 

In addition to teaching English for Academic Purposes, Andrew is responsible for Akademeia’s Summer School.  Having last been responsible for setting up the short courses department of a well-established UK independent school he was previously the UK manager of a large international summer camp provider based out of Switzerland. English language teaching has been Andrew’s primary focus since leaving university, a career which has taken him to Poland, France and Portugal, working most recently for the British Council. Outside of school and family life, Andrew is keen on politics, philosophy and a wide range of sports, especially golf and cricket.


 

Register your interest 

To express your interest, please download the form below, fill it in and send it back to summer.school@akademeia.edu.pl

Registration of Interest Form


 

General Courses

Participants may combine all courses with a Modern Languages elective in French, German or Spanish.

English Language and Literature

Minimum English language level B1+
Target age range: 14-16
28th June to 2nd July

Come forth into the light of things,
Let Nature be your teacher.

– William Wordsworth

Join us this summer for an immersive English Language summer school program that will lead you on a journey of intellectual discovery ‘into the light of natural things’, as we follow Wordsworth’s call to explore nature through text and creativity. Our unique curriculum will enable students to improve their written and oral proficiency of English through the study of both literary fiction and non-fiction, poetry, visual culture, and ecology. Using the theme of nature as our starting point, students will have the opportunity to work on core academic skills such as notetaking, textual analysis, and essay writing, whilst also exploring their talents for imaginative writing and creative expression.

All participants will be supported in their learning throughout the course by members of the Akademeia faculty whose expertise will nurture the intellectual curiosity and independent thinking of each individual. Thanks to the outstanding level of teaching they will receive during the summer school, students are sure to gain new confidence in their use of a range of English skills, whilst flourishing intellectually.

Prior to enrolment, participants will be asked to complete a short piece of sample writing on a topic relating to our overarching theme of nature and invited to a brief talk with a member of the English Department.

English For Academic Purposes

Minimum English language level B1
Target age range: 12-14
28th June to 2nd July

The English for Academic Purposes Summer School is an exclusively designed course for students aged between 12-15, ideal for those who wish to experience Akademeia’s first-class teaching standards for the first time and help prepare themselves for a rewarding academic career.

The carefully devised syllabus has two overriding priorities:

 

  • To provide students with a genuine taste of what it’s like to study at Akademeia; we achieve this by focusing productive content on key academic skills.
  • To address the most common language and structural mistakes our students’ make upon entrance to the school, in order to enable participants to excel in their future studies.

Key elements of the English language, such as perfect and passive tenses, the appropriate use of articles and correct punctuation are each worked on in dedicated, focused sessions. These will provide students with the foundations necessary to successfully complete many of the same academic assignments required of our term-time students, such as essay writing and analysing texts for language and effect.  This course provides the essential preparation for all students considering joining our school.

Prior to enrolment, participants will be asked to complete a short piece of sample writing on a topic relating to our overarching theme of nature and/or invited to a brief talk with a member of the English Department.

Social Sciences: Digital Futures

Minimum English language level B1+
Target age range: 14-16
28th June to 2nd July

The contemporary world is more digital than ever. Electoral campaigns, trade, forms of cultural production, everyday life, and even war all unfold with significant help from advanced technologies. However, the consequences of digital advancement for the future of our planet are far from certain. Who benefits and who loses out on the digitalisation of political, economic, social, cultural and even environmental systems? Will these processes result in a more just, equal and prosperous future? Finally, are the technologies, platforms and algorithms being developed set to improve, or simply reshape, our world?

These are just some of the questions that will be tackled in this year’s Social Sciences Summer School, where we will introduce students to recent developments in social-scientific research on the digital world. Through a series of interactive seminars, workshops and debates, students as members of the young generation of future global leaders will be asked to think through multiple facets of the digital world. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, this course is the ideal choice for students interested in Sociology, Economics, Politics, Psychology or Geography, and for all those who wish to get to grips with the ramifications of our digital future. 

Fine Arts

Minimum English language level B1
Target age range: 13-16
Submission of an art task to be provided upon enrollment
28th June to 2nd July

This week-long course focuses on the importance of colour in creating expressive images and encourages students to control and use it as part of their unique artistic voice. Students will have the opportunity to explore how colour contributes to mood in an image, and practice coding different emotions and feelings via nuanced colour arrangements based on subjective perceptions or shared cultural symbolism. This course is dedicated to students interested in seeing, drawing and learning in new ways, all under the guidance of our own highly qualified teaching staff.

Starting with preliminary drawings on day one, using a variety of wet or dry mediums of choice that could include pencils, chalk, or oil pastels, you will be introduced to the concepts of composition and pictorial structure. The focus will then turn to working on small scale colour study exercises, with a particular emphasis on ‘temperature of colour’ and ‘harmonies and discord’ as well as ‘colour’s cultural symbolism’. The final two days are structured around working on larger scale and sustained drawings, with one-to-one, group discussions and live colour mixing demonstrations offered throughout.


AHS University Preparatory Courses

Akademeia’s University Preparatory Courses run in the fields of Natural Sciences, Social Sciences and Mathematics, covering the full spectrum of these broad and vital fields.  Led by our own faculty of highly experienced teachers, themselves graduates of top universities, these courses are the ideal preparation for 16 to 18-year-olds looking to enter the finest universities and colleges.

In order to successfully complete one of our preparatory courses, participants should have a strong grounding in the English language prior to admission.

Participants may combine all courses with a Modern Languages elective in French, German or Spanish.

Mathematics

Target age range: 16-18
28th June to 2nd July

Mathematics is often called the “universal language”. This is true, but if you have studied it in different places you may have also spotted some “dialects”. Countries, systems and universities may differ, not only in terms symbols and notation, but also perspective. We believe that by understanding these perspectives students will be better prepared to not only gain admittance to first-class universities, but also to succeed long-term in the subject responsible for some of humanity’s most prized achievements.

Our Mathematics University Preparatory Course focuses of helping candidates prepare for entrance examination to top institutions in both the US and the UK. Primarily students will be primed for SAT (for US applications), and MAT (for Oxford, Imperial College and Warwick), but elements of other entrance examinations will also be included.  Due to our small group sizes, our highly experienced and qualified faculty will be able to personalise their support to participants, highlighting the similarities and differences in approach and providing sound technical advice to thrive. Whether you are looking to prepare for a specific entrance test, would like to broaden your perspectives, or simply love mathematics, this is the course for you.

Participants will asked to complete a questionnaire prior to enrolment, specifying their requirements and in order for our faculty understand your current level and proficiency in the subject.

Natural Sciences

Target age range: 16-18
28th June to 2nd July

The Natural Sciences University Preparatory Course is the ideal resource for all candidates considering a career in these distinct, but interwoven disciplines.  The programme will prepare students to gain admittance to the most prestigious university courses in the field, through a focus on both the examination and practical skills the finest institutions require.

Participants will have the opportunity to train for NSAA (Natural Sciences Admissions Assessment), BMAT (BioMedical Admissions Test), UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test), PAT (Physics Aptitude Test) and IMAT (International Medical Admissions Test), all under the supervision of our own first-class team of teachers. The programme will also include mock university interviews, grounded in the real experiences our faculty themselves have been through.  For anybody considering a career in Natural Sciences, this course provides both the knowledge and skills to help make those aspirations a reality.

Social Sciences

Target age range: 16-18
28th June to 2nd July

The Social Sciences University Preparatory Course is addressed to students considering further study in any of its core disciplines, such as Economics, HSPS, Sociology, Psychology, and many others. The aim of the programme is to familiarise students with the specific requirements of the course that they would like to pursue and support them with their preparations for the admissions process.

Learning under the supervision of our own team of experts in each field, the programme will also focus on developing participants’ skills (such as critical thinking, source analysis, public speaking, and essay writing), crucial for admissions aptitude tests and the pursuit of a career in Social Sciences, After completing the course, students will also be asked to participate in a mock admission process including a written task and interview, grounded in the real-life experiences of our faculty.  For all students who would like to develop their practical studies in the Social Sciences, or who simply wish to broaden their horizons, this programme provides the ideal preparation.


Foundation Year Boot Camp

For the first time we are offering a cross-departmental course for younger learners. This exciting programme offers the ideal way to experience the wide range of academic disciplines available at our school. 

Minimum English language level A2/B1
Target age range: 12-14
28th June to 2nd July

How will the next generation of learners face the challenges of an ever-changing, unstable world? Our Foundation Year Boot Camp introduces students to the wide range of faculties available at our school as well as the power of the multidisciplinary approach to education we value. Providing an experience removed from the typical ‘standardised education’ model, this program will help nurture life skills and individual growth through student-led investigations in a collaborative, open workspace.

Tailored for dynamic learners between the ages of 12 and 14, the AHS Boot Camp creates opportunities to explore the potential of our bodies, societies and the natural world in an integrated and holistic way. The program views each academic discipline as a toolbox that can be drawn upon to provide multidisciplinary solutions to real-world problems. Learners will be tasked to solve a problem of their choosing, from practical everyday issues to helping answer more ambitious global challenges, leading their own investigations with the full support of the resources and faculty of the many disciplines represented at Akademeia. This program is an excellent introduction to the exceptional learning ecosystem provided by our school.

The main requirement to enter the course is a curious and creative nature, as well the drive to realise your potential.

Participants may combine all courses with a Modern Languages elective in French, German or Spanish.


 

Modern Languages Elective

PLN 500 for 8 periods of 40 minutes
28th June to 2nd July

Participants in our Summer School will have the opportunity to combine their core course with a Modern Languages add-on.  These will run in small groups at an intermediate level in the following languages: French, Spanish and German. Lessons will take place from Monday to Thursday from 15:45-17:10 and are the perfect opportunity to experience Akademeia’s holistic approach to learning foreign languages.

The seminar type format of the lessons will help instil in participants a love of learning the language itself, as well as an appreciation of the new perspectives developing fluency can provide.  The classes aim to introduce students to how we view language instruction and leave them with tips and strategies to develop their skills independently in the future.

Open to all students participating on another Summer School course. Minimum A2 level in preferred language.


 

What Our Students Said

EAP

  • ‘I think that I learned a lot here and it was great experience to meet teachers from Akademeia and see the level of this school.’
  • ‘The lessons were really interesting, well prepared and I learned a lot of new information’
  • ‘I really liked my Akademeia Summer School experience, because it taught me a few academic skills and prepared me for the future in Akademeia High School.’
  • ‘Well, the Akademeia Summer School exceeded my expectations’

Mathematics

  • ‘I found the lessons interesting. While some of the topics were challenging to me, the teachers managed to explain it in such a way that I understood nearly everything. Overall, I’m glad I participated in the summer school as it was a great introduction to Akademeia.’
  • ‘It was a very interesting, but also challenging experience. Most of the material that we covered was new for me and at first it was a little bit hard to understand but throughout the lessons I can say that I understood and learned a lot from them.’

Social Sciences

  • ‘I feel like everything was organised very smoothly and deliberately, the schedule was demanding but at the same time rewarding, the classes were eye-opening and very interesting for me.’
  • ‘Interesting, inspiring, fun.’

Natural Sciences

  • ‘It was very fun and interesting to learn how a real hospital operates and what happens during surgeries.’
  • ‘It was really engaging and you could learn a whole lot of interesting things; the lessons weren’t too long, it was very enjoyable.’

 

Contact us

Should you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us. We are very keen to tell you more about the Summer School courses.

Andrew James, Summer School Coordinator
summer.school@akademeia.edu.pl

 

Akademeia High School
Ledóchowskiej 2
02-972 Warszawa

office@akademeia.edu.pl
+ 48 22 299 87 87

General information & fees Register your interest General Courses (12-16) AHS University Preparatory Courses (16-18) Foundation Year Boot Camp (12-14) Modern Languages Elective What Our Students Said Contact us
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