Summer School 2020: Original Credit

  • Registration for original credit summer school is now closed.  Have a great summer!

    The Downingtown Area School District is offering a summer program for high school students that includes coursework for original credit. All courses are completely online, except for Lifelong Activities.

    Original Credit courses are courses that students are taking for the first time. The course is reported on the student’s official transcript and the grades are calculated into the student’s grade point average (GPA).  


    Students will need their own devices to access the Internet. Devices are not provided by the district for summer courses. Students who are planning to be without Internet access for more than a week (e.g. on vacation in the mountains) should wait and take the course during the school year.

    Please note: Students should expect to spend a minimum of 12-15 hours per week on a .5 credit course and 25-30 hours per week on a 1-credit course. Summer school courses cover MORE THAN a month's worth of material every week, so families should plan accordingly!

Registration Information

  • Students must first register for an original credit course or an enrichment course on the Downingtown Area School District website. Because of teacher staffing, no late registrations will be accepted.

    Per Board Policy: Students will not be approved to receive credit for summer courses that exceed 25% of a core content area or total encores. Students can make an appointment with their counselor if they are unsure if they have exceeded 25%.

    The charges for all approved courses will appear in the student’s PayForIt accounts. Students must pay for their courses in full in order to be enrolled. There are no refunds after the class has started.

    Students must attend ONE mandatory orientation before beginning classes if they are taking a fully cyber course.  Orientation for the Lifelong Activities class will be held as part of the first face-to-face class.

    STUDENT-ATHLETES: Please check with your building NCAA-Coordinator before registering if you need eligibility.

    FINAL GRADES: Grades for students taking an original credit course will be automatically sent to their school counselors at the conclusion of the course. It is the student’s responsibility to verify that final course grades have been received by the Counseling Office. 

    Please click the link below to register for summer school. Students must have their DASD student ID numbers to register!

Orientation

  • A link to the online orientation will be sent to students at the end of May. Orientations must be completed before class begins on June 15th.  Students in the Lifelong Activities class do not need to take orientation; they will have orientation at the beginning of their first class.

Available Original Credit Courses

  • Lifelong Activities (Physical Education) 

    Face-to-face at Downingtown West
    June 15 - July 9
    Monday-Thursday
    8:00 am - 11:30 am
    $225
    This course emphasizes the need for promoting and maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle. Activities that can be maintained throughout a lifetime are the main focus. Examples of these activities include, but are not limited to, tennis, badminton, ping pong, golf, volleyball, pickleball, and Frisbee golf. The Lifelong Activities course provides opportunities to develop skills and improve levels of fitness. Note: This course is a PE elective and does not satisfy the graduation requirement for 9th Grade Wellness & Fitness.

    Because of the ongoing COVID-19 closures, this class has been CANCELLED.

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    All online courses listed below run from June 15-August 13 and are online/asynchronous. 

    American Gov/Sociology

    Schoology
    1 credit
    $375
    The purpose of the semester course in American Government is to study the organization and function of our Federal, State, and Local governments. Current events are a major component of the course. The purpose of the semester course serves as an introduction to the social science of Sociology. In Sociology, students use scientific methods such as surveys, statistical analysis and student-oriented class discussions to gain insight into the forces at work in themselves and society. 

    Child Development

    Schoology
    .5 credit
    $225
    A child’s early years are crucial in forming his/her personality and intelligence for the remainder of his/her life. Students in Child Development learn about children from the prenatal stage through the preschool age. They apply their knowledge using the computerized baby, participating in a parenting simulation, and observing children from birth to preschool.

    Driver Safety Education

    Schoology
    .33 credits
    $225
    Driving a motor vehicle is a huge responsibility for a student. This course provides students with the knowledge needed to enter the traffic system as a vehicle operator. By assisting students with driving-related decision-making, students learn to think critically and develop proper attitudes toward defensive driving. The course uses the Pennsylvania Enhanced Driver Education module and meets the state’s requirement of 30 classroom instructional hours. The class includes vehicle maintenance, vehicle purchasing, and automobile insurance information. This course, in combination with behind the wheel training, may enable students to receive lower insurance rates.

    English 11

    Schoology
    1 credit
    $375
    This American Literature course is divided into thematic units of study. Students will study a variety of novels, dramas, nonfiction texts, films, short stories, and poetry. Special emphasis is given to competency in close reading skills and analytical writing, the research process, standardized test preparation, refining argumentative

    English 12

    Schoology
    1 credit
    $375
    This World Literature course is divided into thematic units of study. Students will study a variety of novels, dramas, nonfiction texts, short stories, and poetry. This course is designed to equip students with close reading skills, a variety of writing genres, argumentative public speaking, additional vocabulary development, and more advanced research skills necessary for both college and the workplace. Students will also finish the college essay and engage in independent learning. 

    Environmental Science

    Schoology
    1 credit
    $375
    This course is designed to build on the understanding of the environment begun in Biology I. Students will investigate a wide variety of environmental issues impacting local, state, national and global communities and will study a variety of topics including populations, preservation of natural resources, and pollution (air, land, water). Prerequisite: Biology I. 

    French I

    Schoology
    1 credit
    $375
    French I is an introductory course that develops students’ basic skills in all areas of communication in the target language: reading, writing, listening and speaking. There is an emphasis on elementary grammar constructions and vocabulary acquisition which provides the necessary foundation for basic communication. In this course, students begin to gain knowledge and understanding of French and francophone cultures. 

    Geometry

    Schoology
    1 credit
    $375
    This course formalizes what students learned about geometry in the middle grades with a focus on reasoning and making mathematical arguments. Mathematical reasoning is introduced with a study of triangle congruency, including exposure to formal proofs and geometric constructions. Then students extend what they have learned to other essential triangle concepts, including similarity, right triangle trigonometry, and the laws of sines and cosines. Moving on to other shapes, students justify and derive various formulas for circumference, area, and volume, as well as cross-sections of solids and rotations of two-dimensional objects. Students then make important connections between geometry and algebra, including special triangles, slopes of parallel and perpendicular lines, and parabolas in the coordinate plane, before delving into an in-depth investigation of the geometry of circles. The course closes with a study of set theory and probability, as students apply theoretical and experimental probability to make decisions informed by data analysis. Prerequisite: Algebra I.

    German I

    Edgenuity
    1 credit
    $375
    German I is an introductory course that develops students’ basic skills in all areas of communication in the target language: reading, writing, listening and speaking. There is an emphasis on elementary grammar constructions and vocabulary acquisition which provides the necessary foundation for basic communication. In this course, students begin to gain knowledge and understanding of German, Austrian, and Swiss cultures.

    Introduction to Business

    Schoology
    .5 credits
    $225
    As the nature of work continues to change, business education becomes increasingly important to all students. This course provides students with the opportunity to develop the skills and techniques necessary for success in the local and global workplace. Students will be introduced to the basics of finance, the decision-making techniques to be wise consumers, the economic principles of an increasingly international marketplace, and the processes by which businesses operate. This course provides a solid introduction to other business courses, such as Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance and Investment, and Marketing.

    Introduction to Psychology

    Edgenuity
    .5 credits
    $225
    Students gain an understanding of human behavior, including biological foundations and the brain, sensation, motivation, and perception. Students explore the relationship between learning and memory; various personality theories; emotions; states of consciousness; cognition; life-span development; and applied psychology. This is a good introductory course for students planning to take AP Psychology.

    Latin I

    Edgenuity
    1 credit
    $375
    High school students begin their introduction to Latin with fundamental building blocks in four key areas of foreign language study: listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Each unit consists of new vocabulary and grammar concepts, numerous interactive games reinforcing vocabulary and grammar, reading and listening comprehension activities, speaking and writing activities, cultural presentations covering significant aspects of Roman culture or their modern-day manifestations, and assessments. 

    Music Appreciation

    Edgenuity
    .5 credit
    $225
    Music is part of everyday lives and reflects the spirit of our human condition. To know and understand music, we distinguish and identify cultures on local and global levels. This course will provide students with an aesthetic and historical perspective of music, covering a variety of styles and developments from the Middle Ages through the 21st century. Students will acquire basic knowledge and listening skills, making future music experiences more informed and satisfying.

    Natural Disasters 

    Schoology
    1 credit
    $375
    This earth science course will investigate a variety of natural disasters and our subsequent preparedness as a society. Natural hazards have reshaped life on planet Earth in the past and will continue to do so in the future. In order to be sufficiently prepared for any disaster, we must understand the science behind the hazard itself. As such, this course will emphasize the interaction of Earth¹s five unique spheres: the exosphere, lithosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere. The project-based framework of the course will allow for content knowledge to be applied.

    Probability and Statistics

    Edgenuity
    1 credit
    $375
    This course provides a foundation in the study of probability and statistics. It provides coverage of descriptive statistics in one and two variables, normal and binomial distributions, counting techniques, rules of probability, odds, and expected value. Students use computers and graphing calculators to assist with computations and are expected to interpret the results in various contexts. Prerequisite: Algebra II. 

    Spanish I

    Schoology
    1 credit
    $375
    High school students continue their introduction to Spanish with fundamental building blocks in four key areas of foreign language study: listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Each unit consists of an ongoing adventure story, a new vocabulary and grammar concepts, numerous interactive games reinforcing vocabulary and grammar, reading and listening comprehension activities, speaking and writing activities, cultural presentations covering major Spanish-speaking areas in Europe and the Americas, and assessments. 

    United States History

    Schoology
    1 credit
    $375
    This US History course is a survey course of our nation’s history from 1920 to the present. The purpose of this course is to provide students with content knowledge and the understanding of current American political, cultural and social institutions.

Important Dates for 2020

  • April 6: Summer school registration opens.

    April 24 at 3:00 pm: Registration for original credit summer school closes.  

    May 4 - May 15 at 3:00 pm: Families must pay for the course in Payforit.  Non-payment of the course means that the student is no longer enrolled.

    May 16 - June 14: $50 fee charged for any withdrawals from a course during this time period.  There are no refunds issued after June 14.

    May 26 - June 12: Students must complete the online orientation.

    June 15: All summer school original credit online and face-to-face courses begin.

    July 9: Lifelong Activities (PE) original credit course ends.

    August 12 at 3 pm: All online original credit courses end.

Costs

  • Payment for summer school is the responsibility of the student. Students will not be placed in a course until the course has been paid in full.

    .5 or .33 credits course: $225
    1-credit course: $375