Course Descriptions CP
All College Prep major courses meet for three hours on Monday through Saturday mornings. Major courses for which you may earn credit have an additional 1.5-hour session during the first half of the afternoon, four days per week.
If you take a morning-only major course, you’ll also take a minor course during the first half of the afternoon, four days each week.
See the daily schedule here.
Gain the scholarly skills that will be crucial throughout your high school and college careers: developing and writing research papers, persuasive essays, and literary analysis. You’ll concentrate on creating strong thesis statements, building focused paragraphs, and looking deeply at individual texts. You’ll engage in extensive freewriting, peer editing, and note taking to help you build a strong foundation. Weekly reviews of grammar and punctuation rules are an important component of the class, as are exercises designed to hone each student’s individual writing voice. (Five weeks, non-credit)
This advanced writing course will focus on AP English content and will prepare you for the language and composition class that may be in your future as a high school junior or senior. You’ll learn the fundamentals of rhetoric and dive into college-level texts. You’ll study argumentative and analytical prose techniques while furthering your literary synthesis skills. Covering a full academic year’s content is rigorous work — good preparation for college. (Five-weeks, for credit. Meets requirement for an NMH English credit, however students are still required to take an English course each academic year.)
What do YOU want to say? In this course, you’ll explore and experiment with the writing of fiction, personal essays, and poetry, developing your own ideas as you produce a portfolio of work. You’ll work in groups and one-on-one with the instructor, and you’ll engage in workshop-style feedback sessions as well as peer editing. Assignments often are tailored for individual students in response to needs and interests. You’ll read a variety of works to facilitate both discussions of what constitutes good writing and experimentation in your own work. (Five weeks, non-credit)
These courses are designed to cover a full year of curriculum in five weeks. Students should expect a fast-paced, intensive course, and must demonstrate a pattern of high achievement with a recommendation from their current math teacher. While some of these courses are for credit, NMH cannot guarantee credit or acceleration at another school. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain approval from their school prior to the course.
This class covers a full academic year of content and includes the following topics: properties of mathematical systems; solution of equations and inequalities; solution of equations that involve square root and absolute value; graphs of linear equations and systems, slope, and intercepts; graphs of inequalities; operations on polynomials and on rational and irrational expressions; and solution of quadratic equations by factoring and by the quadratic formula. The solution of word problems is an integral part of the course. (Five weeks, for credit, on-campus only.)
This class covers a full academic year of content with the objective of developing geometric ideas logically, using deductive and inductive reasoning and direct and indirect proof. Topics include the properties of triangles and other polygons, parallel and perpendicular lines, congruence and similarity, circles, and the properties of solids. Prerequisite: Algebra I. (Five weeks, for credit, online or on-campus.)
This class covers a full academic year of content (excluding trigonometry) and includes review of Algebra I, functions and relations, linear functions, systems of linear equations and inequalities, quadratic functions and complex numbers, exponential and logarithmic functions, rational algebraic functions, irrational algebraic functions, and quadratic systems. There is an emphasis on solving word problems using mathematical models in real-world applications. A Texas Instruments graphing calculator (TI-Nspire CAS) is required. Prerequisite: Algebra I. (Five weeks, for credit, online or on-campus.)
This class covers a full academic year of content and is designed to prepare you for Advanced Placement AB or BC calculus. It includes detailed study of polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, and trigonometric functions. Special emphasis is placed on graphs of these functions to gain insight into their behavior. A Texas Instruments graphing calculator (TI-Nspire CAS) is required. Prerequisite: Algebra II. (Five weeks, for credit, online or on-campus.)
In Calculus, you will build on your work in Precalculus by beginning a study of differentiation and integration of the elementary functions, with an emphasis on problem-solving and deepening your understanding of algebraic topics. You will finish this course with a solid foundation in introductory differential and integral calculus. (Five weeks, for credit, on-campus only.)
This introductory course covers numerical and graphical analysis of quantitative and categorical variables, applications of the normal distribution, and linear regression, as well as probability, experimental design and sampling methods, and continuous and discrete random variables. You will be exposed to sampling distributions and Statistical Inference, including the main types of both confidence intervals and hypothesis tests. This course is modeled after a traditional non-AP high school course. (Five weeks, for credit, on-campus only.)
DISCRETE MATH WITH PYTHON
This course is the intersection of mathematics and computer science. You will build on your Precalculus foundation and study mathematical sets, algorithms, sequences and sums, and vectors and matrices. While the focus will be on understanding the theory behind these concepts, you will use the programming language Python to enhance your understanding through practical applications. You will leave this course with a solid foundation of computer science in general, and coding in Python specifically, as well as an improved understanding of functions. (Three weeks, non-credit.)
Would you choose to determine how tall your child would be before they were conceived? Would you ensure your child would be disease-free — by manipulating their genome? Bioethics is an interdisciplinary class that studies biology and ethics as they relate to advances in reproductive technology, medicine, and research. In this accelerated course, we will examine historical and current issues around bioethics and pose the question: Just because we can do something, does that mean we should? (Five weeks, for credit.)
This course builds an understanding of the molecules and substances important to cell structure and function, then expands to genetics and organismal biology, and wraps up with evolution and ecology. Explore key principles and concepts with emphasis on how cells work and ultimately how the whole organism depends on those cellular processes. Participate in class discussions and small-group projects and presentations, and observe laboratory investigations. For some units of study, you will choose a specific topic to research or design a lab procedure to explore your own question. (Five weeks, for credit.)
This course delves into the study of matter and how it changes by examining topics such as atomic structure, periodicity, and bonding; names, formulas, and reactions of chemical substances; the mole concept and stoichiometry; thermo-chemistry; gas behavior; kinetic theory; and equilibrium. We will emphasize independent preparation, student-driven exploration, discussion-based projects and assessments, and virtual labs and activities. (Five weeks, for credit.)
UNDERSTANDING YOUR MIND: NEUROSCIENCE AND COGNITION
This course will delve into basic brain and neural anatomy with a special focus on the intersection of the brain and the mind. Drawing from current theories and various sources, we will investigate the relationships between cognitive processes such as perception, learning, memory, decision-making, problem-solving, and neural functioning. We will also explore tools and techniques for cognitive enhancement — how to get smarter! (Three weeks, non-credit.)
Social Justice and Power: Exploring Literature and Oppression
This course is designed to improve inter-group relations by breaking down barriers as well as developing an appreciation of diverse social identities. We will work on increasing personal awareness of our own identities, expanding knowledge of other identities and social and historical issues surrounding diversity, and encouraging action so you can see yourself as an agent of change in creating a more just and equitable world. (Five weeks, DSJ credit for NMH students.)
WORLD RELIGIONS AND CONTEMPORARY ISSUES
World Religions and Contemporary Issues provides in-depth examinations of at least three religious traditions and their impact on the modern world. You will explore the way religion intersects with history, culture, and politics while also exploring how religion shapes an individual’s worldview, belief structure, and actions. You will learn to critically and respectfully evaluate the impact of religion on today’s world. (Five weeks, for credit.)
GLOBAL ETHICS AND CLIMATE CHANGE
In this course, taught collaboratively by teachers from the departments of religious studies and philosophy and history and social sciences, you will explore some of the greatest challenges and trends affecting humanity in the 21st century: globalization, socio-economic inequities, competition for resources, and, most notably, climate change. You will discuss questions of moral responsibility and fairness related to climate change as you explore different ethical systems and how they may be applied to the questions posed by climate change and global inequities. You will also examine innovations in technology, governance, and business that can help people adapt to or mitigate the compounding effects of these global challenges. You will evaluate and design approaches to making a more sustainable world. (Five weeks, for credit.)
How does the mind work? How do our thoughts and emotions shape our actions in the world? Are there differences in the way people learn? This course covers a full academic year of content and uses literature, library research, experiments, and group projects to dive into the study of human behavior. You’ll explore traditional topics such as learning, memory, development, personality, the biological basis of behavior, and psychotherapy. You’ll also delve into newer sub-fields of study such as forensic (criminal) psychology, health psychology, the psychology of terrorism, and gender psychology. The practical application of psychology to everyday life is a major focus of the course. (Five weeks, for credit.)
Looking back helps us think about the future. This intensive course covers a full academic year of content and moves chronologically through the American past, looking at the United States as it developed from an agrarian society to an urban-industrial global power. You’ll read the work of eminent historians, engage in seminar discussions, do independent research, and write your own work, all with the goal of including a variety of perspectives. The course includes a research paper and multiple essays focused on critically assessing issues in U.S. history. (Five weeks, for credit.)
You make economic decisions every day. Do you buy what you want or what you need? Why should anyone care if the stock market drops 500 points or if the price of oil doubles? Economics is the study of how people use their limited resources. Covering a full academic year of content, this course investigates the microeconomic perspective — individual behavior and business decisions — as well as the macroeconomic perspective — growth, inflation, trade, and employment. The work will benefit both students going forward in math and other studies that require analytical thinking and students leaning toward political science and history. (Five weeks, for credit.)
College Prep minor courses meet in the afternoon from 1:30 to 3 pm. For students taking a full credit course, which meets in the morning and for the first period in the afternoon, you may choose to do sports, take SAT prep, or join a Rising Scholars minor course for the final period of the day from 3:30 to 5 pm.
Ever gazed up at the sky and wondered what’s out there? How was the Earth created? How big is the universe? What is a black hole? This course will answer these questions and so much more. NMH’s observatory is a wonderful location for viewing and studying stars and planets due to the minimal amount of light “pollution” from neighboring houses and towns. The course includes a daily classroom component as well as two evening viewing sessions per week. (Offered 3:30–5 pm instead of sports. Open to students in grades 7–12.)
You will learn the basics of aviation such as the four forces of flight (lift, drag, thrust, and gravity), airport sectional charts, controls of an airplane, navigation, drone flight, weather, flight planning, and airport operations. You will be able to fly the classroom simulator and learn the basics of take-off, maneuvering, and landing the airplane. You will fly gliders and drones to experience the knowledge they had gained first-hand, with field trips off-campus to a local airport to learn about pre-flighting an airplane and observe actual take-offs and landings of single-engine airplanes. (Offered 3:30–5 pm instead of sports. This class is open to students in grades 7–12.)
Work with your hands and get creative with clay! You’ll learn the hand-building techniques of pinching, coiling, and slab building, as well as how to throw simple functional pottery on the wheel like cups and bowls. In addition to learning about form, space, texture, and function, you will be introduced to alternative firing techniques and various options for surface decoration to find your creative voice.
COMMUNITY AND SERVICE
Get involved with the community! This course is all about building awareness of local and global needs and working with various organizations to offer support. Our discussions, fundraising efforts and activities will focus on issues such as homelessness and housing, health care, education, and children’s welfare.
Capture the world around you! Brush up on camera basics; master shutter speed, apertures, depth-of-field, and flash. You’ll work to take high-quality photographs under varying conditions, and you’ll experiment with landscape photography, close-ups, portraits, and athletic events. You must have your own digital SLR camera.
Are you theatrical? Do you love to perform? In this course, you’ll explore acting, improvisation, and mime. You’ll practice monologues and prepare a production to be presented to the campus community at the end of the session.
DRAWING AND PAINTING
Express your creativity and capture the world around you in bright colors — or black and white. This course will be tailored to you and your individual interests and abilities and is an opportunity for students of all levels to develop skills in drawing and painting.
Get rid of stage fright forever and prepare yourself for all those presentations facing you in high school and college. Learn the principles of effective public speaking and practice, practice, practice! You’ll try various forms of public address, from brief improvisational talks to formal speeches.
Our changing climate has created a great need to change our policies about how we generate electricity. Build your knowledge and awareness of renewable energy sources and how they can make our world more sustainable. In addition to classroom time, you’ll head out on field trips to local solar, wind, and hydroelectric power facilities.
Investigate! Design! Solve problems! And, yes, create a robot! You’ll begin with the history of robotics and move on to learning the basic components of a robotic system. You’ll experiment with the various methods that make robots move, with sensors, and with programming. Students must provide their own Chromebook or Windows-based Mac laptop. (Offered 3:30–5 pm instead of sports.)
Get strategic! This course, taught by Summit Educational Group instructors, focuses on the academic skills and test-taking techniques you need to succeed on the SAT. You’ll get support and guidance based on your individual needs that will maximize your scoring potential. There are several options (available on campus only):
- #1 SAT Math and Verbal: 1:30–3 pm, four days per week (you’ll do a sport 3:30–5 pm, four days per week)
- #2 SAT Math and Verbal: 3:30–5 pm, four days per week (if you choose this option, you won’t do a sport)
- #3 SAT Math only: 3:30–5 pm, two days a week (you’ll do a sport the other two days)
- #4 SAT Verbal only: 3:30–5 pm, two days a week (you’ll do a sport the other two days)
NOTE: For students in the three-week session,
you may only choose option #1.
Summit course fees:
- Options 1 or 2: $950
- Options 3 or 4: $450.
(Summit will reduce these fees for students who
receive NMH Summer Session financial aid.)
- Option 1 only: $575
SUMMER SESSION SINGERS
Bring your love of music to like-minded peers and collaborate with your voices. You’ll learn songs and practice together, with music selections based on your collective interests. No experience is necessary, and the ability to read music is not required.