Summer Programs 2016

Summer Programs 2016

Join The Beacon Summer Program! 

Stay connected with your Beacon friends and keep your skills sharp during the long break.


The Beacon Summer Program offers an affordable, meaningful summer experience to current and incoming Beacon Academy students. Choose from academic options or experiential, city-based explorations. All classes are led by Beacon teachers, are organized into one-week sections, and meet for half or full days.


Academic offerings include two science classes, IB Biology Prep and DNA, Genetics, and Disorders, both led by Dr. Moore. Mr. Mosher and Dr. Bator will offer an Introduction to the Independent Project, a new element of Beacon’s curriculum that will be added in the 2016-2017 school year. Dr. Bator will offer Being an Historian: Exploring the Archives. Finally, Mr. Mosher and Dr. Bator will lead Beacon Basics, an introduction to life at Beacon Academy that’s recommended for incoming students but is open to all.


Experiential learning classes will include Chicago by El, Chicago’s Beaches and Parks, and The Cultural City. These week-long classes offer guided trips into the city with small groups of Beacon students — a perfect opportunity to stay connected with friends over the summer!


Registration for summer programs for 2016 has closed. For questions about enrollment, please contact Rick Mosher.

IB Biology Prep

Dr. Moore

Week 5 (July 25-July 29); 9:30AM-12:00PM



During this week-long course, we will be reviewing the fundamentals that will prepare a student for IB Biology.  This review will include concepts that were studied during both years of integrated science, as well as additional material that will be beneficial to those taking IB Biology in the fall.

Beacon Basics

Mr. Mosher

Week 5 (July 25-29); 10:00AM-12:30PM


Dr. Bator

Week 7 (August 8-12); 10:00AM-12:30PM


Dr. Bator

Week 8 (August 15-19); 10:00AM-12:30PM



This summer course is designed specifically for incoming Beacon students. During this week we will learn some of the basics of being a Beacon student. What does it mean that Beacon is an open campus? How do we use Evanston’s library, public parks, cultural centers, and athletic facilities? How is learning at Beacon different than at other schools? They’ll learn this not through presentations, but instead through treasure hunts, mapping activities, field trips, and hands-on learning experiences. By the end of the week, students will feel more comfortable navigating Evanston, as well as the Beacon way of learning, and will have forged friendships with new classmates.

The El and Chicago

Dr. Bator

Week 5 (July 25-29); 10:00AM-3:00PM



What do we learn about Chicago when we spend a week riding the El and exploring city? This all-day summer program will have students ask that question. It is part sociology, part history, part field trip, part civics class, and part cultural exploration. Students will ride the Red, Orange, Blue, and Green lines from start to finish, periodically getting off the train to explore neighborhoods and to get snacks. On the last day of the class, students will use their field notes to create a project which explores what they’ve learned, their emotional reactions to that, and questions about Chicago that emerged from our journey. A Ventra card, comfortable walking shoes, money for lunch, and a notebook is required for this course.

Film Studies: An Introduction

Mr. Small

Week 4 (July 18–22); 10:00AM-12:30PM



This course will provide an overview of some of the major topics in film studies. We will explore some of the most important ideas, both in making films and thinking about films. We will refine our understanding of how to analyze films, particularly in the ways that shots are arranged and edited. We will look very closely at short sequences; we will compare full-length movies like one might compare novels. Students will occasionally need to watch specific distributed material, ranging from brief snippets to longer chunks, to prepare for the next day’s class. All course content will be delivered directly to the students, so no additional purchases will be necessary.