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English as a Second Language (ESL)

The English as a Second Language (ESL) program offers three levels of instruction – beginning, intermediate, and advanced. The Secondary Level English Proficiency (SLEP) exam administered at the beginning of summer session determines level placement.

The Beginning program is an introduction to English and offers communication practice. The Intermediate program is for students who have a strong base in English grammar and provides more extensive practice using the language for communication. Students entering at the Advanced level might be ready to take mainstream classes in English.

ESL classes are offered during the morning periods. Students attend two two-hour classes. The first period class, from 8 to 10 a.m., focuses on reading and writing skills. The second period class, from 10 a.m. to noon, focuses on listening and speaking skills.

Vocabulary development is the primary focus of ESL classes. Grammar lessons are included in the context of the unit themes. During the first period, students practice learning and communicating in English primarily through reading and writing activities. They develop skills through grammar exercises, reading assignments, and the writing process: prewriting, drafting, revising and editing.

During the second period class, students practice learning and communicating in English through listening and speaking activities. In addition to classroom learning, students have the opportunity to practice their skills outside of the classroom by interacting with the community. Students will gain confidence and improve their oral fluency, develop pronunciation, and voice projection.

Students will select one elective class for the afternoon period, 1–3 p.m.

Afternoon Classes: 1-3 p.m.

Capture the Big Island/Summer Yearbook

Grades 6-12

Dive into your passion for photography as you find inspiration amid the rolling hills of the Kohala Mountains, the crystal clear water of Hapuna Beach, and the rainbow of colors of Hawai'i Island! Under the guidance of a professional photographer, students gain a basic understanding of techniques such as angling, centering, framing and exposure. Together we’ll capture candid shots to create a yearbook of summer memories and personal projects the students will carry with them long after their tans have faded.

Required: To participate in this class students must have their own digital camera and USB cable or memory card reader.

Endemic Hawai'i: Design Thinking and Print Making

Grades 6-8

For students who are new to the course and want to learn the foundations of design visualization and printmaking in the traditional ohe kapala style. Create your own unique limited edition print design inspired by nature, tradition and craft of the Hawaiian culture. Students will discover creativity exercises, visual storytelling, and sketching from observation. Students will develop ohe kapala stamps and prints inspired by these exercises. The final work will be displayed at HPA’s Isaacs Art Center as a part of the final summer exhibition.

Food, Culture, and Fun: Foodie Tours Around the World

Grades 6-12

Hawai‘i is an amalgamation of many cultures, and through this class, students get a glimpse into different parts of the world. Students will embark on a cultural journey that includes the exploration of music, language, art, and food. Each week students will explore a new theme and culture. Students will experience the culture and cuisine of Japan, Italy, Mexico, and Hawai‘i.

Foundations in Test Prep

Grades 9-10

Foundations in Test Prep will be offered for under classmen (grades 9-10) who would like to work on mastering the skills tested on the ACT and the SAT. Best SAT instructors will guide students through lessons on English grammar, critical reading, rhetorical skills, pre-algebra, algebra and geometry. Students can practice with questions presented in both the ACT and the SAT format, gaining valuable experience as they start their test prep journey. Best SAT instructors use the most student-friendly materials, and teach using a scaffolding approach. They believe that skills are built sequentially, and that a solid grasp of the basics is necessary for long-term success.

Textbooks will be provided.

Mixed Media Ceramics: STEAM Energy

Grades 6-12

STEAM is the energy of invention. Artistic inspiration for students in Mixed Media Ceramics will come as we investigate the biographies of the inventors and creators of our time. Personal characteristics, the inventions, artwork, ideas, microscopic and telescopic objects of study, and objects used for study will be our source material. Our creative work will know no bounds as amoebas turn into spaceships and clay turns into glass. All manner of hand-building techniques will be explored such as coil and slab. Students will spend another portion of the class testing their skill and determination to master the art of the wheel-thrown vessel. In this way wheels will reinvent the future as each student’s original creative life is explored and expressed.

Robotics

Grades 6-12

In this course, students will build electronic circuits, control these circuits through code and then use the circuits as integral parts of a mobile robot. Teacher led introductory sessions will progress to small group, project-based efforts which will test the students' understanding and perseverance. Students will learn to think like a computer scientist, with a strong emphasis on problem solving. Additionally, collaborative skills will be developed to enhance team efforts needed to successfully compete with other groups.

SAT and ACT Prep

Grades 11-12

Prepare for the SAT and ACT exams with tutors from Best SAT Tutorial Service. This comprehensive test prep class for upper classmen (grades 11-12) features three practice exams, 24 hours of SAT and ACT instruction, and six hours of free extra help available during evening study hall. Best SAT instructors use the most student-friendly materials, and teach using a scaffolding approach. They believe that skills are built sequentially, and that a solid grasp of the basics is necessary for long-term success.

Textbooks and supplemental materials will be provided; students required to bring a pencil and a TI 83 or TI 84 graphing calculator. Each class is limited to 10 students.

Variety Stage Performance

Grades 6-12

Students will have the chance to gain confidence and skill on the stage through drama, dance, and music. A large portion of our class will be spent exploring various acting techniques through acting games, improvisation, and scene work. The unique gifts and talents of each student will be polished and showcased in the end of summer variety show.

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