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Distance Learning and COVID-19 Response

Dear Bellarmine Summer Days Community,

Last summer marked the inaugural year of Summer Days: Going the Distance in which we offered distancing learning options for students across the bay area.  Our instructors expertly responded to the needs of their elementary, middle, and high school students through constructive, hands-on programming that continued to spark their imagination and encourage creativity in a virtual setting. If last summer taught us anything, it is that our instructors and coaches are among the best of the best in their commitment and ability to provide your student with a meaningful and wholistic summer experience regardless of modality.

We are committed to safely returning to campus this June.  We are also planning to continue offering hybrid and online courses and camps.  As new information and guidelines develop, we will be communicating any adjustments to our catalog as we make them. 

As in previous summers, Bellarmine freshmen will have an opportunity to connect with Bellarmine teachers and programs through our Bell Prep camps and a variety of other academic and enrichment offerings including Robotics, Speech and Debate, and Writing Workshop, to name a few. We also have a variety of outstanding academic and enrichment options for all high school students, including our biggest line-up of computer science courses yet, and the continuation of our outstanding entrepreneurship camp. Further, we will continue to provide opportunities for preview, remediation, and acceleration to all high school students with our UC approved credit bearing courses. UC-approved A-G course credit is available for our guest students; guest students should check with their respective schools to determine if they can receive credit for selected courses. Our instructors are busy preparing a quality learning experience for each of their respective courses and camps. Check out our catalog here: Summer Days: Distance Learning Catalog. I am confident we will continue meeting our high standards for our Summer Days programming through our online, hybrid, and in-person offerings. Below are some important facts regarding Summer Days:

Frequently Asked Questions and information:

  • Why shorter periods in distance learning courses? We continue to be dedicated to student health and safety in our programming. Our revised schedule was designed with the intent of reducing continuous screen time without breaks. Our 50-50 method is 50 minutes of synchronous instruction, and 50 minutes of asynchronous instruction. Synchronous instruction is real-time instruction with a teacher present online for lecture, discussion, and class activities. Asynchronous instruction, which is also often referred to as “flipped teaching”, is when content is provided in the form of a consumable video, reading, or project, providing students the chance to work independently or on teams, then return to the synchronous classroom for feedback and assessment.
  • Why smaller class sizes? We feel it is important to preserve quality of programming for each of our programs. Anyone who has spent time in a classroom knows that classroom size has a profound impact the quality of each student’s experience. As such, most of our classes will be capped at 15 to 20 students to allow for smaller group discussions and one on one assistance from instructors. This also means that seats will fill faster than usual, so reserve your spot soon.
  • Can we still get credit for UC credit-bearing courses? Yes! The UC has committed to providing credit for distance learning courses that would have previously required in-person meetings, including Chemistry and Biology, as well as English and Math courses.
  • Follow us! We now have an Instagram account where we will be sharing images and information about our offerings and happenings throughout the summer. Click here to check it out!

The Summer Days team is looking forward to providing constructive, structured, and enriching opportunities to serve students and parents this summer. Should you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at summerschool@bcp.org.  

 

Sincerely,

Chris Cozort

Director of Bellarmine Summer Programs