SUMMER FOCUS - UC BERKELEY

 

 

Sponsored and conducted by the Collegiate Guidance Council. Designed for high school students grades 10-12.

 

Spring 1998 Dear College Bound Students Are you excited by the prospect of college? Are you ready to experience life at one of the world’s great universities? Do you enjoy meeting students from all over the country? Are you eager to show the future college of your choice that you’re serious about academic study? If you find yourself answering "Yes" to any of these questions, please consider joining us at "Summer Focus," Collegiate Guidance Council’s unique summer study program at UC Berkeley. The program is designed for entering high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. We offer: a A wide selection of UC Summer Session courses for college credit a Enrichment courses in SAT preparation, sciences, and humanities that will help make you an attractive candidate to selective colleges a Tutoring by our professional staff of educators to maximize your academic success a Supportive, supervised living arrangements at UC Berkeley a A chance to experience college in a fun, friendly setting and to enjoy a variety of social activities, including excursions throughout the Bay Area a This is your opportunity to make sure that your college experience really is "the best four years of your life," by taking a test drive at UC Berkeley. We’ll introduce you to college life, help improve your critical thinking skills, and offer you a chance to excel in classes for which you’ll receive college credit. Spend six weeks with us in Berkeley this coming summer and discover your academic potential! Sincerely, Carl Thierman Program Director

 

 

 

The Summer Focus program at the University of California, Berkeley is an exciting academic enrichment program for motivated secondary school students with extras that are simply not available at other summer study programs. The goal of the program is to offer a high level academic experience for qualified high school students, while providing the supervision and supportive learning environment that students of this age need. Learning, support and fun in a relaxed atmosphere are the hallmarks of the program. This is an independent program held in the residence hall facilities of UC Berkeley. The program is sponsored by the Collegiate Guidance Council in partnership with Berkeley Summer Session.

 

Our comprehensive summer experience includes supervised residential living, courses at UC Berkeley supplemented with exclusive electives taught by our faculty, tutoring sessions by degreed professionals who will be auditing the courses, and weekend trips designed to take advantage of the many recreational opportunities available in the Bay Area.

Participants will enroll in a UC Berkeley summer session course which will be taught by a member of the University’s faculty, Graduate Student Instructors or distinguished visitor. Expert Summer Focus instructors will provide tutoring for these university classes most evenings, and will also teach special elective courses available only through the Summer Focus program. The Summer Focus instructors individually design the curricula for these electives to maximize the ability to convey their own knowledge and passion for the course.

Students will experience large lecture style teaching in the university courses but also learn in small group settings in the tutoring sessions as well as the elective courses. The opportunity to participate in small group discussions affords students a unique ability to maximize their learning potential by solidifying the knowledge they acquired in the larger lectures.

 

The camp is designed so that participants won’t just learn a lot; they’ll also have a great time! Each weekend participants will go on a chaperoned trip to places like Great America, San Francisco, Stinson Beach, Oakland A’s or San Francisco Giants baseball games and the Orinda Shakespeare Festival. Social activities will be offered some evenings in the residence halls as well. Each day students will have at least four hours of recreational free time.

 

If you are considering a summer academic program, consider the entire package. Nowhere else will you find such a comprehensive program in such a positive environment as that offered by the Collegiate Guidance Council with "Berkeley Summer Focus."

 

 

Schedule

Sample Schedule (Monday — Saturday)

7:15-8:45 Breakfast

9:00-10:30 UC Summer Session Class

10:30-11:30 Study Time/Break

11:45-1:00 Lunch

2:00-3:30 Enrichment Course

3:30-5:00 Free Time

5:15-6:30 Dinner

7:00-8:30 Tutoring/Study

9:30 Dorm Check

11:00 Floor Check

 

 

1. College Level Writing This course is designed to prepare students for a transition to college level writing through a variety of assignments on contemporary, controversial issues. Students will be learning how to effectively structure and support a logical argument. Class activities will include seminar discussion, outside reading from a variety of contemporary sources, films, saturation reports, sentence modeling exercises, writing from photographs, and training in offering effective peer criticism.

2. Creative Writing Creative writing is designed for those students who enjoy writing as a hobby. Using a wide range of published writing models, students practice writing an autobiography, short stories, poetry and one-act plays. The course includes an extensive discussion of the strengths and possibilities of each creative mode; and of character, voice, point of view, and audience. Students will produce both a personal portfolio of their best work and a group of their favorite pieces.

3. Introduction to Western Philosophy This class will provide a basic introduction to the concepts and traditions of western philosophy. Students will be introduced to the meaning of philosophy as traditionally espoused in western culture, as well as some of the recurrent themes. The course will feature brief readings by or about the standard bearers of philosophy such as Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Kant and Hegel. There will be an attempt to tie traditional philosophical arguments to contemporary issues.

4. Introduction to the American Legal System Topics will include the Constitution, federalism, civil/criminal distinctions, and the concept of an independent judiciary. Students will explore these topics through selected historical readings and excerpted case materials. Debates, re-enactments, panel discussions and student presentations will be used to keep the seminar fun and entertaining

5. Anatomy and Physiology This course is designed to give an overview of human anatomy and physiology. It will include an integrated study from the micro to the macro level of the human body and it’s systems. Both structures and the functions of the different systems will be included in a unified approach that presents the essential technical vocabulary as well as physiological concepts.

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8. SAT Preparation This course is specially designed by Summer Focus instructors to prepare students to take the SAT. Rather than focus on risky test taking tricks, students will develop and practice proven test taking skills on actual ETS Tests. Latin and Greek word roots will be explored to help master the verbal section while reasoning and logic will be stressed for the mathematics portion of the exam.

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COURSES

Courses

Berkeley Summer Session (July 5—August 14, 1999)

African American Studies 4A (4 Units)

Africa: History & Culture

African American Studies 5A (4 Units)

African American Life & Culture in the U.S.

Anthropology 2 (4 Units)

Intro to Archeology

Astronomy 10 (4 Units)

Intro to General Astronomy

Comparative Literature N40 (3 Units) Women & Literature In the Looking Glass

Education 113 (3 Units) Internet and Higher Education

Ethnic Studies 21AC (4 Units)

Racial & Ethnic Groups in the U.S.

Ethnic Studies N41 (4 Units)

Protest Movements since the 60’s

Geography 4 (4 Units)

World Peoples & Cultural Environments

History 5 (4 Units)

European Civilization: Renaissance - Present

History 7B (4 Units)

Intro to U.S. History

History 8B (4 Units)

Latin America

History 9B (4 Units)

Asian History

Information Management N1 (2 Units)

Utilizing the UCB Library (3 Weeks)

Linguistics 55AC (4 Units)

The American Languages

Neurobiology 63 (3 Units)

Intro to Functional Neruoanatomy

Music 26AC (4 Units)

Music in American Culture

Music 27 (4 Units)

Intro to Music

Nutritional Science 10 (3 Units)

Intro to Human Nutrition

Philosophy 2 (4 Units)

Individual Morality & Social Justice

Philosophy 4 (4 Units)

Knowledge & Its Limits

Philosophy 12A (4 Units)

Intro to Logic

Philosophy 25A (4 Units)

Ancient Philosophy

Philosophy 25B (4 Units)

Modern Philosophy

Physical Education 1, 2 (half-unit)

PE Activities (conditioning, tennis, etc.)

 

 

 

 

Recreational Activities

 

Although the purpose of Summer Focus is to help make you a well-prepared and attractive applicant to the selective college of your choice, we also want you to spend some time enjoying the beautiful Bay Area. We will be dining out in Berkeley occasionally, enjoying films in the dorm and around town, and visiting local cultural attractions. Each Sunday, we will plan a chaperoned day trip to a popular recreation site. Possible day-trips include: Great America theme park, Pier 39 in San Francisco, Oakland A’s or San Francisco Giants baseball, or the beautiful Pacific Ocean beaches.

 

 

FROM THE PARTICIPANTS

 

"The thing I’ve noticed about my fellow students at Harvard is how they all seem to be able to present themselves so professionally. And what impresses me is how this program can teach a student the skills necessary to help them stand out from the crowd."

Steve Tidrick, Harvard University, Class of 1994

 

 

FACTS AT A GLANCE

 

University of California, Berkeley

Program Date July 5 - August 14

Program tuition and fees $4,750

 

Fee schedule $500 towards tuition is required upon application. The tuition balance is due by June 15. A partial refund of one-half the tuition balance will be returned if we receive notice of cancellation at least 30 days prior to the start of the program. Students may pay in full upon application. A summer session course of up to 4 units is included. Additional courses cost $105 per unit.

 

Additional deposits A refundable room and key deposit of $125 is required. The family is responsible for any damage costs incurred by the participant. Forfeiture of deposit will result if keys are not returned upon departure.

 

Financial aid A limited amount of aid is available on a need-only basis. Recent tax forms are required for consideration.

 

Fees cover Full tuition for all program electives, residence hall lodging for the duration of the program, a meal program, workbooks and materials for program electives, access to athletic and recreational facilities, most planned recreational and evening activities, and camp memorabilia.

 

Fees do not cover Transportation to and from the program site, spending and laundry money, bath linens, bed linens, nights of additional lodging if necessary, Summer Session course fees above four units and books.

 

Student responsibilities and conduct Students are expected to attend all scheduled events, classes, and seminars. Students must conduct themselves in a mature and responsible manner, following all program and university guidelines and fully respecting the rights of others.

 

After application Students will be notified as to whether or not they are accepted into the program. Accepted students will be sent a follow-up packet with all final enrollment material. This packet includes: a medical treatment and insurance form, a student profile questionnaire, a rules agreement form which must be signed by both the student and a legal guardian, and complete information on housing, meals, and transportation. All forms must be completed, signed, and returned to the CGC before a student may attend the workshop.

 

 

 

 

 

OUTSTANDING FACULTY

Mr. Carl Thiermann, has a B.A. in Political Science from Oberlin and a M.A. in English from the University of California at Berkeley, has taught English in independent schools for over twenty years and will be consulting director to the program. In 1990, he was named one of San Francisco’s "star" teachers by Mayor Agnos. This year Mr. Thiermann was appointed to the Strategic Planning committee at the Head Royce School and also serves as a Grade Level Dean.

 

Mr. Jim Gentile, Esq., graduated from Georgetown University in 1978 with a B.A. in Philosophy. He is currently a member of the adjunct faculty of Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland. For the past twenty years he has coached hool of Law at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. For the past fifteen years he has been an attorney in private practice in both Maryland and the District of Columbia.

 

Ms. Cheryl Burdette, was an honors student in Psychology and studied biology and chemistry extensively at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and received the Dean’s award of excellence. For two years she taught at Vestevia Hills High School in Alabama. Currently Ms. Burdette is studying naturopathic medicine at Bastyr University. She is also involved in a major study based in Montana researching alternative therapies for treatment of Multiple Sclerosis.

 

Mr. Brook Dooley, graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in Linguistics. For the past four years he has been teaching English and debate at Hales Franciscan High School in Chicago. Mr. Dooley currently serves as Chairman of the Curriculum Development Committee, responsible for coordinating department heads in the creation of a school-e and a research assistant at the National Opinion Research Center.

 

Ms. Rachel Roisman, graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College in chemistry and will be attending Johns Hopkins medical school in the fall. Ms. Roisman is a published author of scientific research and has extensive experience in both biology and organic chemistry research. She is currently a community organizer working on health care issues with homeless and low income people in Alameda County.

 

Ms. Rachel Roisman, graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College in chemistry and will be attending Johns Hopkins medical school in the fall. Ms. Roisman is a published author of scientific research and has extensive experience in both biology and organic chemistry research. She is currently a community organizer working on health care issues with homeless and low income people in Alameda County.

 

 

 

To Enroll Now (prior to May 15): Fill out the application form completely, including the lines provided for PSAT/SAT scores (if available), and mail it to us along with the deposit to the address listed below. Summer Focus has a rolling admission deadline with applications received before May 15 having priority. Please include a copy of a transcript and one letter of recommendation from a current teacher. A deposit check of $500, which will be credited towards the total cost of tuition, is required with your application. Checks should be made payable to Collegiate Guidance Council. Students may pay in full upon application. Students not accepted to the program will have their deposit checks voided and returned. Once a student is accepted to the program, the deposit is non-refundable.

Late Enrollment (after May 15): Admission to the Summer Focus is on a rolling admission basis. Applications received later than May 15 are accepted according to available space and will incur a non-refundable late charge of $50 which must accompany this completed application.

Enrollment Procedure Summary

a Fill out and mail the application form including GPA and scores

a Include a copy of your transcript

a Include one letter of recommendation (from a current teacher)

a Include a deposit check of $500

a Mail completed application and documents to the address below

 

 

Application for Admission

(Any information not available leave blank)

 

Student's Name Present Grade

Home Address City State Zip

Home Phone Parent Work Phone

Date of Birth Gender

Parent(s) Full Name

Applicant’s High School

School Address City State Zip

Name of College Advisor/Guidance Counselor

School Phone

List two program electives that interest you most

List two Summer Session Courses that interest you most

GAP SAT verbal math

How did you hear about the program?

 

Reminder You must remit the $500 application/tuition deposit fee with your completed application.

Please remember that this deposit is non-refundable once a student is accepted into the program.

Enrollment is limited – Apply early!

Total enclosed $ n Deposit n Full payment

 

Signature of Parent/Guardian Date

 

Mail To Collegiate Guidance Council Financial Aid Students with financial need are

1678 Shattuck Avenue, Suite 305 encouraged to call or write for Berkeley, California 94709 financial aid information.

(510) 548–6612

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