Newman Summer Academics and Enrichment

+ Course Descriptions

We offer a diverse selection of courses each summer, each of which is listed below. Along with each course you will find its course description, details about the instructor and later a download with further class details.

Chess Camp with Coach Jeff York

Chess Camp with Coach Jeff YorkCome learn and play chess! If you are a beginner, you will learn all the basics of rules, tactics and strategy, and chess thinking. If you have some experience, you will improve your play to have more fun and challenge other strong players. Instruction mixed with lots of hands on practice and some competition will make this a fun way to spend a week of summer!

Coach Jeff York has been teaching scholastic chess to kids professionally for 10 years. His education includes a B.A. from University of South Florida, an M.A. from Tulane University in Latin American Studies, and an M.A. in Linguistics from University of South Florida. He has taught at all levels, from kindergartners to University students. He is a twice published author and is a Spanish and Portuguese speaker. In his chess teaching career, his students have won four Florida State Scholastic Championships, one National Scholastic Championship, one National Team Championship, and one Louisiana State Scholastic Championship. His hobbies and interests include soccer, running, chess, languages, and playing music as a bassist and drummer. Most of all, he loves seeing kids achieve success in chess and in life by learning chess.

+ Dates: August 12 - August 14 | Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Grades: Rising 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th | Fee: $152

College Application Essay Writing Workshop

Rising Newman seniors, let’s write college application essays! In this workshop, we will brainstorm, workshop, and polish personal essays and short answers for you to use on college applications in the fall. Students will finish the five-day workshop with one complete and edited essay, one complete and edited short supplemental response, and drafts of other essays that can be used in the application process. Get a head start on your essays, saving you time in the fall!

July 22 - 26, 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
July 29 - August 2, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Grades: Rising 12th grade (only available to Newman students)

To register, scroll to the top or bottom of this page or click here.

Joel Causey is an Upper School English instructor who has—since 1999—taught at several independent schools; he is currently in the middle of his third year at Isidore Newman. He has an Bachelor’s Degree from Baylor University, where he focused on Political Science, History, and English Studies. He has a Master’s Degree in English Studies (American Literature) from T.C.U. He has, since 2007, called New Orleans “home.” Over his eighteen-year career, he has taught sixteen Seniors English Courses (AP Literature and Composition, English IV Honors, and English IV, in addition to a number of Senior English Electives). In each of those courses, the College Application Essay has been an integral component. This will be his second summer teaching the College Essay Workshop at Newman.

+ Dates: - | Time: -
Grades: Rising 12th | Fee: $75

Geometry a (.5 credit earned)

Geometry a (.5 credit earned)If the course is being taken for original credit, the student must pass both Geometry a (first summer semester) and Geometry b (second summer semester). The first semester of the geometry course covers chapters 1 – 5 in Geometry for Enjoyment and Challenge by Rhoad, Milauskas, and Whipple (ISBN 13: 978-0-86609-965-3 or ISBN 10: 0-86609-965-4). Chapters 1 and 2 cover the basic terms, postulates, and theorems. Chapter 3 covers congruent triangles. Chapter 4 covers lines in the plane. Chapter 5 covers parallel lines.

All students will be expected to bring a TI-84 calculator and the textbook with them each day, both are available on Amazon.


+ Dates: June 3 - June 28 | Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Grades: Rising 10th, 11th | Fee: $876

Geometry b (.5 credit earned)

Geometry b (.5 credit earned)If the course is being taken for original credit, the student must pass both Geometry a (first summer semester) and Geometry b (second summer semester). The second semester begins with chapter 7 in Geometry for Enjoyment and Challenge by Rhoad, Milauskas, and Whipple (ISBN 13: 978-0-86609-965-3 or ISBN 10: 0-86609-965-4). Chapter 7 covers polygons. Chapter 8 covers similar polygons. Chapter 9 covers right triangles and the Pythagorean Theorem. Chapter 10 covers circles. Chapters 11 and 12 cover area, surface area, and volume. Chapter 15 covers inequalities.
All students will be expected to bring a TI-84 calculator and the textbook with them each day, both are available on Amazon.

Instructor, t.b.a.

+ Dates: July 8 - August 2 | Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Grades: Rising 10th, 11th | Fee: $876

Mission: Space Invention

Mission: Space InventionBlast off to explore our planet, the Solar System, and the Milky Way. Discover your place in all of that space! Using the excitement of NASA’s mission and programs, students will engage in hands-on activities and experiments. By identifying challenges and proposing solutions to space related situations, students will develop their knowledge and process skills in science, technology, engineering, and math (the STEM disciplines). Students will stir up their creative juices as they work in teams to understand toys in microgravity, build a rocket, create alien slimes, and program LEGO robotics.

Click here to view a sample schedule for this class.

Jennifer Williams, Newman Lower School Science Coordinator
Jennifer Williams teaches 2nd through 4th grade at Newman. She has won the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and has been named Louisiana's Outstanding Elementary Science Teacher, among many other awards. She is author of Oobleck Slime & Dancing Spaghetti which is based upon her science curriculum that has been wildly popular with students and educators. Jennifer is a Teacher Leader for the National Geographic Society's JASON Project where she trains other instructors in hands-on, cross-curricular learning, and she is the author of many articles for Instructor Magazine.

+ Dates: June 3 - June 7 | Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Grades: Rising 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th | Fee: $344

Newman Middle School Readiness Course

Newman Middle School Readiness CourseIn this workshop students will work though portions of their assigned summer math packets and readings. While the main focus will be reading, writing, and math, each teacher will implement study skills and learning strategies such as note-taking, reading strategies, organization, and time management. This workshop is split in to three one hour periods and a snack break. All supplies and a daily snack will be provided except the student’s summer reading book.

Rebecca Chase, Writing Instructor
Rebecca has worked at Newman as the 7th grade English teacher for the last five years. Prior to her time at Newman, Rebecca taught for six years in New Orleans public schools. Rebecca understands the importance of organizational skills in order to be a successful and productive student.

Jessica Lambert, Reading Instructor
Jessica has worked at Newman as the Middle School Learning Specialist for the past 6 years. Prior to her time at Newman Jessica taught 1st and 2nd Grade for 10 years in the Fort Worth and Atlanta public schools. Jessica is passionate about highlighting students strengths and finding strategies to conquer their challenges.

Kellie Pitts, Math Instructor (June class)
Kellie has been at Newman since 2011. She is currently the Lower School Math Coach/Curriculum Coordinator but also spent five years teaching 5th grade math and taught in the 4th grade for two years at Newman. Prior to her time at Newman, Kellie taught 4th and 5th grade math at McGehee. Kellie is passionate about math and loves to help her students gain a strong conceptual understanding of the content while also seeing that math is fun!.

Robin Christian, Math Instructor (July class)
Robin just finished her first year at Newman, serving as the 5th grade math teacher. Prior to her time at Newman, Robin spent 18 years teaching 5th-8th grade math and serving as the Mathematics Curriculum Coordinator at St. Matthew’s Parish School in Pacific Palisades, CA. Robin is a passionate teacher who loves to challenge her students!

Dates: June 24 - 28 or July 8 - 12
Times: 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Grades: rising 6th - 8th
Fee: $319

To register, scroll to the top or bottom of this page or click here.

Serve NOLA: Summer Service Learning

Through a series of hands-on experiences in the community, students will learn about social justice issues affecting New Orleans residents, hear from guest speakers, go on local service trips, and discover how they can be agents for change. Each Serve NOLA week will be a five-day service-learning experience for high school students offered this summer by Isidore Newman School.

Students can choose to participate in one week or two weeks – each with its own specific theme:

Week 1, June 3 - 7: Criminal Justice and Incarceration in Louisiana
Students will spend a week examining the criminal justice system in New Orleans and around Louisiana. Louisiana has the second highest imprisonment rate in the nation, imprisoning more of its people, per capita, than every state other than Oklahoma – and every other country in the world. Students will meet with individuals from all sides of the system and will be encouraged to think critically, to ask hard questions, and to form their own opinions. We will work with First 72+, an organization that works to end the cycle of incarceration, spend time in court with Public Defenders, meet with the District Attorney’s Office, hear from the NOPD and bail bondsmen, talk with a variety of city and state officials, tour Angola Prison, and hear directly from people who have been impacted by the criminal justice system and from those working to reform it.
This week will challenge participants to explore the criminal justice system in an attempt to understand its many complexities and to discover how local citizens are and can be agents for change.
Grades: Rising 10th grade through graduating seniors
Times: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., except Tuesday, 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. for the Angola visit

Week 2, July 29 - August 2: Rebuilding New Orleans
Students will spend a week building homes with SBP, formerly known as the St. Bernard Project, an organization founded in March 2006 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina by Zack Rosenburg and Liz McCartney. With the tremendous support of donors, volunteers and corporate partners, that organization has grown from a three-person volunteer team into a national organization headquartered in New Orleans, recognized as a leader in disaster resilience and recovery, with a mission to shrink the time between disaster and recovery. Since 2006, SBP has directly rebuilt homes for more than 1,660 families with the help of more than 180,000 volunteers in New Orleans, LA; Joplin, MO; Staten Island, NY; Rockaway, NY; Monmouth/Ocean Counties, NJ; San Marcos, TX; Columbia, SC; Baton Rouge, LA; Houston, TX; Brazoria County, TX; and Puerto Rico.
Throughout the week, we will be joined by guest speakers with various professional backgrounds and understandings of Hurricane Katrina’s overall impact; each speaker will give insight into his/her experiences during (and after) the storm and the levee breaches.
Grades: Rising 10th grade through graduating seniors
Times: t.b.d.

Kim Causey, Newman Community Service Coordinator

Kim Causey is the Community Service Coordinator at Isidore Newman School. She has spent the last ten-plus years creating and implementing service-learning programs in schools and churches in New Orleans, Dallas, and Kansas City. Kim earned both her Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Arts degrees at the University of Notre Dame. She is passionate about helping students engage with the uniquely diverse population of New Orleans and ensuring that they are equipped to address the many social justice issues we each confront on a daily basis. It is her privilege to play a small role in helping cultivate socially-aware, compassionate, and informed individuals who are able to recognize their own gifts and assume an active role in their own communities.

To register, scroll to the top or bottom of this page or click here.

+ Dates: June 3 - August 2 | Time: -
Grades: Rising 10th, 11th, 12th | Fee: $342 per week

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