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Summer Enrichment Classes

Math: Algebra 1 

Monday – Friday || June 19 - July 7, 9:00 am - 10:00 am

A solid foundation and thorough understanding of Algebra 1 is necessary for success in future mathematics courses. This three week intensive course is designed for entering ninth grade students to International who have either experienced difficulty or have had limited exposure to Algebra 1. The course focuses upon the basic concepts of Algebra 1 as well as developing the essential skill of problem solving presentation and solution.

Topics to be covered include and are not limited to:

  • Order of operations; absolute value; combining like terms
  • Solving linear equations
  • Laws of exponents
  • Operations with monomials and polynomials
  • Identifying special products
  • Problem solving with polynomials
  • Factoring polynomials
  • Operations with algebraic fractions
  • Systems of equations

Homework is mandatory and will be assigned daily for the next day’s class. Longer homework assignments may be given on Friday for Monday’s class. Notebook, paper, pencils, and a scientific calculator are required for each class session.

Instructor: Guillaume Pignol 

English: Literary Analysis and Composition Workshop

Monday – Friday || June 19 - July 7, 10:15 am – 11:15 am

This three-week intensive course focuses exclusively on developing the essential skills necessary to write formal, analytic essays about literature.

It is this kind of writing that is required in all International High School English courses as well as in the literature courses offered at other highly rigorous, college-preparatory high schools. The course is designed for entering 9th grade students at International who would like a head-start on the kind of writing that will be expected of them in their 9th grade English class as well as subsequently in the IB program. It is equally appropriate for International High School students entering grades 10 and 11 who would simply like more practice writing about literature. Finally, it is also open to any non-International High School students who feel they could benefit from an intensive focus on the fundamentals of analytic writing.

Students will be guided through all the steps of the analytic writing process, starting with the “close reading” of a literary text and ending with a completed essay that is thoughtful, well-organized, and well-supported by textual evidence that has been appropriately incorporated into the body.

Instructor: Susanne Alissa Salhab, Head of English

English: Grammar and Usage

Monday – Friday || June 19 - July 7, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Did you know the first thing teachers of any subject notice about their students’ writing is whether it displays a good command of grammar and usage? Yet grammar is also the area of English instruction that in today’s education is most likely to be neglected. Whether you feel you “missed out” on grammar in middle school because it wasn’t thoroughly taught, or you were taught it but just “didn’t get it,” or you’re concerned about doing well on the grammar and usage portion of the SAT, this course is designed to help you. You’ll learn the essential grammatical terms as well as how to avoid the most common mistakes in grammar, punctuation, and usage. Simple, clear explanations and a variety of teaching techniques (including grammar games!) will convince you that grammar need not be a mystery or an exercise in torture. And you’ll get lots of practice, both written and oral, so that when you go back to school in the fall you can feel confident and secure that your writing is clear and grammatically correct. 

This course is designed to supplement “Literary Analysis and Composition.” It can also be taken separately. No prior study of grammar is required or assumed.

Instructor: Susanne Alissa Salhab, Head of English

Class Information

Classes are offered to incoming 9th- and 10th-grade International High School students.

Classes will be held Monday - Friday, June 19 - July 7, 2017 (no classes on July 4).

Please contact Guillaume Pignol with questions about the courses. 


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Please note the class offerings are subject to change based on enrollment.

Financial Aid

If you wish to seek financial assistance, please contact Erin Cronin and enter the code provided in the corresponding fields on the registration form.

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Phone: 415.558.2000

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An independent Pre-K through 12th grade co-educational day school in the heart of San Francisco. The school delivers a rigorous bilingual (French/English) immersion program through middle school, culminating in either French Baccalaureate or International Baccalaureate program in its International High School.

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