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.

Algebra 2

Algebra 2This course is designed for remediation or review of Algebra 2. Enrolled students must have completed a full Algebra 2 course to be eligible. This is not an original credit course. The course will cover linear functions, absolute value functions, systems of equations, quadratic functions, complex numbers, function transformations, integer and rational exponents, radical functions, circles, exponential and logarithmic functions, rational functions, and an introduction to probability.

All students will be expected to bring a TI-83 or 84 calculator with them each day.

Instructor, t.b.a.

+ Dates: June 4 - June 22 | Time: 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Grades: Rising 10th, 11th | Fee: $375

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 9 - August 10 | Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Grades: Rising 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th | Fee: $200

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!

Dates: July 9 - 13 or July 23 - 27 (8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) or July 30 - August 3 (12:00 p.m. - 4:00 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.

Marie Bigham and Joel Causey
Marie Bigham has worked in college admissions, both as an admissions representative for Washington University in St. Louis and as a college counselor in independent schools, for 20 years. Considered a national leader in the profession, Marie has been featured in a wide range of media, including The New York Times, WNYC, Al Jazeera, and CNN. Marie is committed to equity, access and social justice through college education; she founded Admissions Community Cultivating Equity and Peace Today (ACCEPT) in July 2016, a group of over 2800 members. Marie joined the Newman community in 2015.

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 4 - June 29 | Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Grades: Rising 10th, 11th | Fee: $867

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 9 - August 3 | Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Grades: Rising 10th, 11th | Fee: $867

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 4 - June 8 | Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Grades: Rising 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th | Fee: $341

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.

Michael Milling, Math Instructor
Michael Milling has taught math in the Middle School at Newman for the past 23 years. He has taught 6th, 7th Advanced, and 8th grade math and loves working with students who are in the Middle School. Michael enjoys the challenges of making math come alive to students of all types.

Dates: June 25 - 29 or July 23 - 27
Times: 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Grades: rising 6th - 8th
Fee: $316

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, two weeks, or all three weeks – each with its own specific theme:

Week 1 (June 4 - 8): Protecting the Future: Wetland Restoration and Sustainable Food Sourcing for Middle Schoolers
40% of US coastal wetlands are in Louisiana, and 90% of coastal wetland loss is in Louisiana – one acre every 30 minutes. Relative to its size, Louisiana is losing its coastline at a rate faster than anywhere else in the world. We will spend part of the week partnering with organizations that work to restore our coastal areas. Students will plant trees and marsh grasses and they’ll even get to hold baby alligators and snakes!
Another way to make Louisiana more sustainable is building the local food economy to increase food security in the New Orleans area. We’ll spend part of our week working with organizations that support long term efforts to create local food sources — from backyard gardens to community gardens to small urban farms – and organizations that help people who don’t have enough to eat right now. Middle school students have the power to make a significant difference.
Grades: Rising 7th, 8th & 9th graders
Time: t.b.d.

Week 2 (June 25 - 29): Rebuilding New Orleans for High Schoolers
Students will spend a week rebuilding homes with, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the long-term recovery of the Lower Ninth Ward in the wake of hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the levee breaches of 2005. To date, has fully rebuilt eighty-five homes, and has completed smaller repair and renovation projects on over two hundred more homes, bringing back more Lower Ninth Ward families than any other single organization.
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
Time: t.b.d.

Week 3 (July 9 - 13): Community Service Sampler for Middle Schoolers
There are many ways to make New Orleans a more just, inclusive, peaceful, and sustainable city. Spend a week exploring how you can be more involved in our community by working directly with agencies that support the elderly, people with special needs, the hungry, those living in poverty, and children in need. Find out where your interests and talents meet the needs of our city and its residents.
Grades: Rising 7th, 8th & 9th graders
Time: t.b.d.

Week 4 (July 23 - 27): Criminal Justice and Incarceration in Louisiana for High Schoolers
Spend a week examining the criminal justice system in New Orleans and around Louisiana. Louisiana is the world’s prison capital, imprisoning more of its people, per capita, than any other state or 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, tour Angola Prison, and hear directly from people who have been impacted by the criminal justice system.
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

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 4 - July 27 | Time: -
Grades: Rising 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th | Fee: $339 per week

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