Enjoy summer while still achieving academic success.
Our one-to-one summer elective courses let students customize their schedule so they can take family vacations, sleep in, and catch up before the fall semester.
Why take elective courses at Fusion this summer:
- Personalized, one-to-one teaching
- Customized summer scheduling
- Catch up on missed credits
- Get ahead before the school year starts
- Avoid summer learning loss
- Get a tough class out of the way
- Enjoy reduced summer tuition pricing
Summer elective courses offered for credit:
In this class, students learn how to optimize the use of the 3D printer for personal and professional projects. Students start with general engineering principles such as designing a product to solve a problem or identified need, developing specs for the project, and executing the creation through to revisions and finishing touches. Students learn that all specs in a project are not equal, and learn to complete cost-benefit analyses on things like materials and design. Lastly, students learn how to use CAD programs to use existing templates and create their own designs, and how to maximize their layout for the 3D print.
For students interested in technology, virtual reality, video game design, marketing, television and motion pictures, or digital imaging- this course is a great foundation. Students gain an understanding of graphic design and illustration through use of 3D animation software to create virtual 3D design projects. Students hone skills on drawing, photography, and 3D construction techniques and develop the skills to navigate a 3D digital modeling workspace.
Anthropology is a course designed not only to give a students an understanding of the study of humans, their history, their environment, their culture and societal interactions, but also to build bridges across nations, comparing, contrasting, and exploring similarities and differences among them.
This course is designed to educate students in the basics of start-up business and management. It will establish a practical base of knowledge for students interested in business. The learner will be equipped with the fundamental prerequisites of formulating a business plan in addition to executing business ideas.
Students learn about the various working parts in a computer, how to come up with a computer component list, and how to build a computer on their own. Students learn about six main components (motherboard, processor, graphics card, memory, storage, and power supply) of a computer and how they are unique from one another. Students get hands on experience in designing different computers based on different needs and in constructing a working computer on their own.
This course is ideal for students interested in learning how to create games, software or apps for computer or mobile devices. Students can expect to learn a programming language (such as C++, C sharp, Java or Python), fundamental skills in programming (such as strings, mathematical operations, logical operators and functions), and gain an introduction into object-oriented programming.
Students master fundamental economic concepts, applying the tools (graphs, statistics, and equations) from other subject areas to the understanding of operations and institutions of economic systems. Studied in a historic context are the basic economic principles of micro and macroeconomics, international economics, comparative economic systems, measurement, and methods.
Executive Skills is a two semester elective course that supports the development of key executive functioning skills that impact the daily lives of students. This course is individualized based on the unique strengths and areas of growth for the student determined by formal assessment, student and family surveys, and interviews. Based on a review of these points of information, 7-9 of the 11 skills are identified for focused development during the two semesters of this course. Executive Skills empowers students to take control of their experiences through knowledge, strategies, practice, and real-life application.
This advanced course not only shows the student how scientific concepts are the basis for applications to real world problems, but allows students to experience and experiment with these principles. Geometry concepts are used to show the design of aerofoils and low-friction projectiles. Students are expected to design, build, test, and finalize real projects with actual function.
Film Studies develops understanding of the impact of film across the world and throughout history. Students become familiar with the basic terminology and elements of film-making and narrative structure to improve their critical thinking, as well as their ability to communicate critical responses to films. In-depth study of several movements in film will broaden the student’s knowledge of the medium’s history and evolution. Students will analyze films and study filmmakers from various cultures and eras.
Humanities provides a survey and diverse understanding of humankind. This course discusses the interconnectedness of the human experience through the study of history, art, literature, rhetorical and critical analysis. Students will analyze and engage with literature, art, historical documents, political philosophy, scientific achievement and religion to explore and better understand the creative power of the human mind and spirit.
This two-semester course focuses on the invention process from brainstorming to completion of a prototype. The course covers search and development, design for an invention perspective, and finally building a working prototype. The second semester focuses on bringing the invention to market. The journey covers refining the prototype into a finished product, writing a business plan, marketing and raising funding for the invention’s entrance into the market place.
This course takes students through the changing field of journalism, the place of the press in democracy and the difference journalists can make in the lives of others. Students read, participate in active discussions, and write and produce quality pieces.
In this one semester course students will learn how to prepare and step into Leadership opportunities. This course will smooth the transition from individual contributor to supervisor to leader. The course will teach basics and gain insights into the more advanced aspects of leadership needed to inspire and motivate teams by having students complete a leadership project.
This course develops a student’s ability to function in the three domains: Academic, Career, and Personal/Social. This curriculum builds character assets, which foster resiliency and personal growth, as well as prepares the student for their future success. Throughout the class, the student will gain a realistic portrayal of an autonomous lifestyle and the skills necessary to be independent and self-sufficient. * A second year of Life Skills is available to those students seeking additional time to develop skills within the three domains: Academic, Career, and Personal/Social. This course is customized for the unique needs and interests of the student.
The purpose of this semester-long course is to introduce students to significant ideas they need to successfully navigate the financial aspects of adult life. A sample of course topics are day-to-day financial needs, investing and savings, and credit, loans, and the financial impact of education.
In this course, students consider many questions about the truth in our lives and finding the line between storytelling and personal history as they read a range of contemporary autobiographies and memoirs. Students explore how writers compose their lives, construct an identity, and create a somewhat coherent self often against personal, societal, and cultural obstacles.
This introductory course includes the major concerns of Western philosophy. Topics include: the question of ethics, metaphysics, the philosophy of religion, and the theory of knowledge. Through an examination of the evolution of key philosophical issues, students will also learn how arguments are formed, how new theories are developed from philosophical debate, and how through disagreement a greater understanding of complex topics can occur.
Positive Psychology is designed to explore a balanced, more complete view of human functioning by including both positive and negative views of reality. This course will delve into the growing field of positive psychology through many pioneering contributions, through reflections on current events and research, and through personal mini-experiments and life enhancement strategies.
This is a beginning course in robotics. The objective of this course is to introduce the students to basic programming as well as problem solving strategies through the use of Lego Mindstorms, RobotC software and/or other robotics materials and software. Students will work hands-on to design, build, program and document their progress. Topics may include motor control, gear ratios, torque, friction, sensors, timing, program loops, logic gates, decision-making, timing sequences, propulsion systems and binary number systems.
Students learn how to create societal impact through Social Entrepreneurship. Social Entrepreneurship is described as the discovery and sustainable exploration of opportunities to create social change. Students are guided through the process of identifying an opportunity to address social problems through the uses of their newly developed business skills.
Students will explore the commonly used research methods within the field of sociology, and the importance of gathering information in an ethical manner. The final semester focuses on the use of the sociological imagination, and building skills in understanding and gathering information about the cultures, societies, and the world around us, in an objective way, as well as exploring the inequalities that exist in a heterogeneous culture.
This one semester course provides students the necessary knowledge and skills needed to prepare and present an effective speech using research-based public speaking strategies and procedures. Training includes critical analysis through reading and listening to contemporary and historical speeches.
Study Skills guides students through a series of units beginning with a self exploration of current study habits and culminating with the development of personal skills such as meta-cognition, mindfulness, stress management and goal-setting. The majority of the course is focused on helping students build their toolbox of strategies for academic skills such as comprehension through reading and note-taking, memory-retention, test-taking, and planning and executing successful independent work completion. This course is graded as pass/fail.