Course Descriptions

Verbal Analogies for GT: 2nd and 3rd Grades
This course teaches students to think analytically with picture and word analogies. Students are introduced to the concept of analogies and practice finding similarities making comparisons using diagrams. This course gradually progresses from picture analogies to those include letters and finally to word analogies. This course covers five categories of analogies: descriptive, comparative, categorical, serial, and casual, with 3 levels of difficulty within each category. This course builds skills for picture analogies section of CogAT test, and Verbal section of JHU/SCAT test.
Creative Writing: 2nd and 3rd Grades
Be prepared for two weeks of excitement and adventure, as students expand their horizons and engage their creativity in this fun and challenging writing course. Students will learn the basics of the writing process as well as improve their vocabulary and sentence structure as they create their own original literary works. At the end of the course, these pieces will be made into a class anthology, a great accomplishment for any aspiring young writer.
Inquisitive Science: 2nd and 3rd Grades
Inquisitive Science presents standards-based, hands-on, minds-on activities that help students learn basic physical science principles and the scientific method of investigation. Each activity is a 10- to 30-minute guided experiment in which students are prompted to verbalize their step-by-step observations, predictions, and conclusions.
Writers' Workshop: 4th and 5th Grades
Spend two weeks honing your writing skills and creating masterpieces worth publishing! Students will explore the writing process in depth, from brainstorming to publication, and build literary works from their own imagination and experience. Each student will complete a full narrative, short story, and poem portfolio. These will be collected and made into an anthology at the end of the course, a fine accomplishment for our young writers.
Word Roots in Vocabulary: 4th to 6th Grades
This course explores the use of word roots in vocabulary with plenty of exercises intended to help students expand their spelling, comprehension and vocabulary. Based on word roots, prefixes and suffixes, students will learn to decipher words based on the Latin foundations, helping to expand their word bank by leaps and bounds. Course covers lots of word roots and their Latin and Greek meanings; exercises in the class will help with understanding words' correct definition, and then choosing the correct word to fit into a sentence.
Competition Math: 2nd to 6th Grades
Students will discover new ways to solve problems in this two week competition math course. Students will explore a variety of math concepts through fun and challenging word problems. The class will go over smart tricks and short cuts, as well as some fundamentals. It will build on and enhance students' math skills, preparing them for middle school Math Counts competitions level.
Algebra for PSAT/SAT/AOS/TJ Prep: 8th and 10th
This intense two week course will benefit greatly for students who are preparing for the TJ/AOS entrance tests. This will prepare them for success in both tests, as well as at either TJ or AOS. This course covers the range of topics in Algebra 1 & 2 which includes substitution and simplifying algebraic expressions; properties of exponents; algebraic word problems; linear equations and inequalities; systems of equations and inequalities; rational and radical equations; equations of lines; absolute value; direct and inverse variation; quadratic equations; algebraic functions. This course builds students on problem solving, and reasoning skills to get an edge on TJ and PSAT tests.
Geometry for PSAT/SAT/AOS/TJ Prep: 8th and 10th
This intense two week course will benefit greatly for students who are preparing for the PSAT/SAT/TJ/AOS entrance tests. This will prepare them for success in both tests, as well as at either TJ or AOS. This course covers the range of topics in Geometry which includes area and perimeter of a polygon; area and circumference of a circle; volume; Pythagorean theorem; isosceles, equilateral, and right triangles; parallel and perpendicular lines; coordinate geometry; slope; transformations. This course builds students on problem solving, and reasoning skills to get an edge on TJ and PSAT tests.
Pre-Algebra/Number and Operations for PSAT/SAT/AOS/TJ Prep: 8th to 10th
This intense two week course will benefit greatly for students who are preparing for the TJ/AOS entrance tests. This will prepare them for success in both tests, as well as at either TJ or AOS. This course covers the range of topics in pre-algebra which includes arithmetic word problems; percent, ratio, and proportion; properties of integers; rational numbers; sets (union, intersection, and elements); counting techniques; sequences and series; elementary number theory. This course builds students on problem solving, and reasoning skills to get an edge on TJ and PSAT tests.
Amusement Park Science: 2nd to 6th Grades
Students will understand motion in a line and plane through hands on activities and discovery. They will learn to model them mathematically and use computing devices to predict motion. They will apply this knowledge to a variety of amusement park rides in order to understand how they work. Using this knowledge, they will build working models of rides from kits and garage scraps. They will also assemble force meters and other tools to analyze park rides. These tools will be used to make measurements and collect data in their visit to an amusement park. They will then analyze the data collected to verify what they have understood.
Computer Science Camp: 4th and 5th Grades
Students will expand their creativity and learn about Computers & Information Systems through this fun filled hands-on website creation. Students will be working with website builders to create beautiful websites. Students will be working with existing websites, modifying them using simple HTML coding. Students will be taught the concepts of The world of computers, Inside the computer, Information retrieval, Networking, Academic Websites, Databases, and finally computers in the society
Java/Python: 6th to 8th Grades
Students will expand their horizons and programming knowledge in this hands-on website creation course. Students will be working with simple Python, Java languages. Students will be taught the concepts of The world of computers, Inside the computer, Information retrieval, Networking, Academic Websites, Databases, and finally computers in the society. Students will gain an understanding of basic computer science, and have fun at the same time!
Robotics: 2nd to 8th Grades
Students' imaginations will soar in this fun, hands-on class in building robots. Students will be working with LEGO Mindstorm kits to create walking robots that can perform a variety of tasks. During these two weeks, students will learn the basics of computers and programming, as well as the fundamental skills needed for engineering: perseverance and creativity. This will also prepare them for robotics clubs and competitions at the middle and high school levels.
Chess Camp: 2nd to 8th Grades
Students' skills and intelligence will be tested in this fun Chess course. All skill levels are invited to compete in well-matched games with their peers. Students will learn the basics of the game of chess, as well as basic to advanced opening strategies, among other skills. Students will be able to practice new skills on the chess boards, and compete in a friendly class chess tournament.
Public Speaking: 2nd to 8th Grades
Although public speaking is an integral part of communication in the modern world, many people are anxious or nervous about delivering comments to strangers. The Public Speaking class is designed to build confidence, critical thinking skills and public speaking ability, helping students to develop their talents in communication and reasoning. These skills are invaluable, especially in public speaking contests, debate clubs, and student government. Students will write and present short speeches on a variety of topics, and will work on both short-notice prompts would help for public speaking contests and more general questions.
	  Ashburn/Sterling
	  44710, Cape Ct. 
	  Suite #112, 2nd Floor 
	  Ashburn, VA 20147
	  South Riding/Chantilly
	  4229 Lafayette Center Drive
	  Suite #1350 
	  Chantilly, VA 20151
	  McLean/Vienna
	  8201 Greensboro Drive 
	  Suite #300
	  McLean, VA 22102
	  Herndon/Reston
	  1175 Herndon Pkwy
	  Suite#550
	  Herndon, VA 20170

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