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GSB Summer Institute

The Gill St. Bernard's Summer Institute offers accredited courses as well as a wide variety of opportunities in academic preparation, enrichment, and academic review.  As they work with our renowned faculty and like-minded peers in a challenging yet supportive environment, rising 8th-12th grade students can pursue a balanced schedule that allows them to explore new frontiers, polish their STEM credentials, strengthen their skills, and prepare for the rigors of the coming year.

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  • Algebra 1 Review

    Instructor: Nasrin Ameri (GSB Mathematics)
    Cost: $750

    Available Course Offerings:
    August 3-7, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    This one-week review course strengthens skills and content from Algebra 1 in order to ensure a smooth transition to Geometry during the full academic year.
  • Algebra II/Trigonometry (For Credit)

    Instructor: Manny Hercules (GSB Mathematics)
    Cost: $2000

    Available Course Offerings:
    June 22-July 31; 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    Successful completion of this six-week course offers a full year of credit for Algebra II/Trig.  Students explore all aspects of Algebra II and Trigonometry. Topics satisfy all IB requirements.

    Register online or download PDF
  • Algebra II/Trigonometry Preview

    Instructor: Fred Corona (GSB Mathmatics)
    Cost: $250

    Available Course Offerings:
    July 6-10; 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
    August 3-7; 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    This introductory course gives students a preview of concepts and problem solving in Algebra Two/Trigonometry in preparation for the full course taken during the academic year.
  • Bending Wood and Functional Furniture

    Instructor: Cos Arnett (GSB Woodworking)
    Cost: $600

    Available Course Offerings:
    June 29-July 2, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    Participants in this course explore two common methods of bending and manipulating wood- steam bending and bent lamination. Students learn about this exciting process and then create their own table-top forms over the duration of the course.
  • Calculus Preview

    Instructor: Fred Corona (GSB Mathematics)
    Cost: $250

    Available Course Offerings:
    July 13-17; 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
    July 20-24; 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

    This introductory course gives students a preview of concepts and problem solving in Honors Calculus or AP Calculus AB in preparation for the full course taken during the academic year.
  • Driver's Education

    Instructor: JonnaDeFalco (GSB Athletics)
    Cost: $350

    Available Course Offerings:
    June 22-26, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
    July 13-17, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

    This test-prep course prepares students for the NJMVC's written exam administered at the conclusion of the program. For automobile insurance discount information, call your provider directly; this class may or may not meet each company's requirements. Students must attend each class to be eligible to take the exam at the end of the course.
  • Filmmaking Workshop

    Instructor: Mike Chimes (Former GSB Technology Director)
    Cost: $750

    Available Course Offerings:
    August 10-14, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

    Students complete several short video projects and a music video using their phones as primary video equipment. To learn about choices made by master directors, students also study short independent films as well as segments of Hollywood hits.
  • Geometry (For Credit)

    Instructor: Fred Corona (GSB Mathematics)
    Cost: $2000

    Available Course Offerings:
    June 22-July 31, 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    Successful completion of this six-week course offers a full year of credit for Geometry. Students explore all aspects of geometry. Topics satisfy all IB requirements. 
  • Geometry Preview

    Instructor: Fred Corona (GSB Mathematics)
    Cost: $250

    Available Course Offerings:
    July 6-10; 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
    July 20-24; 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

    This introductory course gives students a preview of concepts and problem solving in Geometry in preparation for the full course taken during the academic year.

    Register online or download PDF
  • Introduction to Chinese

    Instructor: Lei Cooley (West Morris Regional World Language Teacher)
    Cost: $750

    Available Course Offerings:
    August 10-14, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

    Students will gain an introduction to Chinese language and culture. No experience or background in the language is necessary.
  • Introduction to Game Making in Python

    Instructor: Ian Prevost (GSB Computer Science)
    Cost: $500

    Available Course Offerings:
    August 10-14; 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    This workshop introduces students to programming in Python using the Pygame module. This course is designed to accommodate students of diverse programming backgrounds and levels.
  • Lego Robotics

    Instructor: Frank Corrado (GSB Mathematics/Technology)
    Cost: $750

    Available Course Offerings:
    July 13-17; 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    This course introduces students through project-based learning based on Lego robotics. Challenges include design projects, programming tasks, and obstacle courses.
  • Make Art For a Week

    Instructor: Sarah Isusi (GSB Art)
    Cost: $900

    Available Course Offerings:
    June 22-26; 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    If you are planning to take Honors Portfolio Development, AP 2D Art and Design, apply to an Art School, or submit a portfolio as a supplement, this workshop is for you! Immerse yourself in making art for a week, create strong work for your portfolio, or get a head start on your AP Concentration. All supplies are included.
  • Object-Oriented Programming in Java

    Instructor: Ian Prevost (GSB Computer Science)
    Cost: $500

    Available Course Offerings:
    August 10-14; 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

    This workshop introduces beginner and intermediate students to object-oriented programming in a fun and application-focused manner. Students will use modules and game development environments to complete projects.
  • Pre-Calculus Preview

    Instructor: Fred Corona (GSB Mathematics)
    Cost: $250

    Available Course Offerings:
    July 13-17; 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
    August 3-7; 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

    This introductory course gives students a preview of concepts and problem solving in Precalculus in preparation for the full course taken during the academic year.
  • SAT Mathematics Prep

    Instructor: Anita Kurisko (GSB Mathematics)
    Cost: $500

    Available Course Offerings:
    August 3-7; 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

    This course prepares students for the SAT exam through test-taking strategies and practice exams.
  • Spanish 1 Review

    Instructor: Brittany Casser (GSB Spanish)
    Cost: $500

    Available Course Offerings:
    June 29-July 2, 12:30 to 3:00 p.m.

    Students strengthen the basic skills and content of their Level 1 Spanish program in order to ensure a smooth transition to Level 2 Spanish. The review course includes basic vocabulary, grammar concepts, and communication skills.
  • Upper School Preview

    Instructor: Margery Schiesswohl (GSB 9th Grade Dean, Performing Arts) and Mike Wendell (GSB Assistant Dean of Student Life)
    Cost: $500

    Available Course Offerings:
    July 27-31; 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

    This class is designed for rising 9th graders at Gill St. Bernard’s School in order to ensure a smooth transition to the Upper School. Topics include schedule management, organization, note-taking, time management, and campus resources. The course also provides social opportunities in preparation for the academic year.
  • Writing For Document-Based Questions

    Instructor: Kathleen Hiott (GSB History)
    Cost: $500

    Available Course Offerings:
    August 3-7; 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

    In addition to the basics of Upper School composition, this class will introduce rising freshmen to Document Based Questions and present techniques on how to analyze primary and secondary sources.

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Gill St. Bernard’s is a private, coeducational day school for students age three through grade 12, located in suburban New Jersey. Each of the three school divisions provides a rigorous, meaningful, and age-appropriate curriculum, and all students benefit from the environmental learning opportunities that exist on our 208-acre campus.