Academics

Summer Programs

WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR...CONGRATULATIONS TO FRANK MASON ON BEING DRAFTED BY THE SACRAMENTO KINGS! CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION!

Academic Summer School (Grade 9 -12)

Students in grades 9-12 are able to repeat core classes to make up for low or failing grades and take elective classes to get ahead. Repeat courses include English, Math, History, and Science. Elective courses include Art, SAT/ACT Prep, Study Skills, and STEM. In our Academic Summer School, Massanutten offers the safety of a structured learning environment, as well as the fun of a summer camp through a combination of classroom time and weekend activities. Credit for academic courses is transferable to your student's current school.

JROTC Academic Summer Program (Grade 9 - 12)

The JROTC Academic Summer Program is designed to help cadet leaders increase and refine their leadership skills as well as introduce students in grades 9-12 to the JROTC curriculum through LET 1, LET2, or LET3. The JROTC program is a full day class which includes not only class time, but numerous outdoor activities. If your student is interested in JROTC and has not had the chance to explore its possibilities or if your student is trying to get ahead in their school's JROTC program, this is the opportunity for them. Completion of this program will count as one high school course credit.

English for Academics Summer Program (Grade 6 - 12)

Massanutten Military Academy offers a one to five-week English for Academics Program that utilizes ESL (English as a Second Language) course work for students in grades 6-12. Students will learn English both in a classroom setting and through exciting field trips and through daily life as they interact with students from all over the United States.

STEM Summer Camp (Grade 6 - 12)

We offer two two-week STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Camp Sessions.  designed to give students in grades 6-12 the opportunity to explore Energy and the Environment, Computer Science, Engineering, Flight and Space, and Bio-medical. Upon completion of STEM Camp, participants will receive a certificate of completion for the courses. The first camp session will run from 7/1/17 - 7/14/17 and the second camps session will run from 7/22/16 - 8/4/16.

Colonel's Camp: A Middle School Leadership Program (Grades 6 - 8)

Colonel's Camp is a Middle School Leadership Program for students in grades 6-8. During this program your student will learn valuable skills that will help them as they prepare for the high school careers. This program focuses on values like Character, Leadership, Responsibility, and Service as well as building the capacity for life-long learning.

Colonel’s Camp will consist of classroom instruction in U.S. History, Military History, The Civil War, Close Order Drill and Military Customs and Courtesies. The Campers will be instructed in Military Drill and Ceremonies including flag-raising and wreath laying. 
 
A typical day will begin with a review and study period for the campers to complete Cadet Recognition for Massanutten Military Academy. Each week there will be local community service activities and 2 educational field trips.  Some of the field trips are:
 
National Museum of the U.S. Marines
Air & Space Museum, Dulles
Arlington National Cemetery
Mount Vernon, Home of George Washington

Summer School Course Catalog

List of 7 items.

  • Electives

    Art MS & I-IV (Grades 7-12)
    The visual arts program offers students comprehensive art experience with detailed exploration in the classics such as painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, graphic design, and crafts. In addition to gaining confidence and proficiency working with a variety of mediums, students will learn about the history, analysis, and interpretation of art.

    JROTC
    The JROTC Summer Program is designed to help cadet leaders increase and refine their leadership skills as well as introduce students in grades 9-12 to the JROTC curriculum through LET 1, LET2, or LET3. 

    SAT Prep (Grades 11&12)
    This course provides Cadets with an opportunity to increase the score they earn on the SAT by:
    • Understanding how the test is constructed
    • Demonstrating mastery of selected content needed as a knowledgebase needed to take     the SAT
    • Demonstrating knowledge and application of test taking strategies needed to be successful in taking the SAT.
    Perseverance in practice will be a vital to cadets doing well on the actual assessment. Completion of Classwork Assignments, Drills, and Homework are an expected part of this course.
                                       
    Study Skills (Grades 7-12)
    THIS CLASS IS NOT A STUDY HALL. The Massanutten Military Academy Study Skills course is a one-semester course. The study skills courses focus on time-management, note-taking and test-taking strategies with the purpose of enhancing the students’ performance in their standard middle and high school courses and in preparation for success in their future college coursework. Successful completion of this course will provide the student with a more focused and better-organized approach to studying and learning. Students analyze their own study habits and learning styles as they learn to take ownership of their education and learning success. Whereas other courses are content with student learning within the confines of their classrooms, the success of Study Skills is manifest in the learning that occurs in other classrooms.
  • English

    MSLA (Grades 7 & 8)
    Middle School Language Arts will focus on enhancing the student’s reading and writing abilities, understanding of genre and text, and metacognition while focused on reading and writing.  Students will focus on expanding vocabulary, reading and writing strategies, and developing further understanding of genre and text structure.  Texts will be read independently, in groups, with partners, and aloud.  Writing will focus on a process-based writer’s workshop.  Maximum exposure to reading and writing will be the emphasis of the class.  Students should seek out texts that interest them and challenge them and will be taught how to pick age and level appropriate texts.  The class will adhere to the Virginia state Standards of Learning for Reading.  Formal assessments will occur throughout the year and will always be announced in advance to students.

    English 9
    This course is designed to expose cadets to a variety of literature and types of writing. Cadets will read and analyze drama, fiction, mass media and non-fiction. Cadets will develop expository, informational, narrative and persuasive writings by going through all steps of the writing process.

    English 10
    English 10 emphasizes reading strategies for students to know how a variety ofliterary works, themes, and cultural archetypes define literature. The course includes the concepts that distinguish the major genres: fiction, including short stories, fables, myths, novels, and drama; poetry; and essays. The literary elements inherent in the genres serve as concepts to extend the students’ knowledge of literature and other print material such as informational texts. All selections serve as focal points for improving reading comprehension, vocabulary development, and grammar and usage skills. The course offers students numerous opportunities to practice the stages of a writing process, from planning to drafting, revising, editing, and proofreading in order to produce final products in narrative, descriptive, and expository writing. In addition, the students explore and use technology to access, organize, and present their ideas effectively.

    English 11
    This course is designed to build on the development and integration of communication skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening.  This course explores both classic and contemporary American literature and the prevalent themes and characterizations which are reflective of the history and culture. Course work includes numerous writing assignments in a variety of topics.  Vocabulary activities include the study of words encountered in reading and content presentations.  Grammar development will continue through the application of rules and sentence formation, usage, spelling, and mechanics.  Speaking skills are expanded and improved through the preparation and performance of various oral presentations.  Cadets will develop informative and persuasive compositions by locating, evaluating, synthesizing, and citing applicable information with attention to organization and accuracy.
     
    English 12
    Instruction in English 12 reinforces and extends cadets’ skills in writing, reading, speaking, and critical thinking.  Course work includes numerous writing assignments about a variety of topics. Cadets learn to write formal essays in the Modern Language Association format, which is the standard used by English departments at most two and four year colleges in the nation.    Successful completion of the course requirements prepares the student for college-level humanities classes and for improved writing, in general.  This course is structured on a chronological examination of British literary material.  Vocabulary activities include the study of words encountered in reading and content presentations.  Speaking skills are expanded and improved through the preparation and performance of various oral presentations.  Cadets enhance both critical and a management skill by critiquing each other’s oral presentations and writings.  
  • ESL

    ESL(Grades 6-12)
    This course is designed to build English reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. In this course we will focus on basic essay writing, grammar, and reading comprehension. By the end of this course students will be able to write a basic essay, edit writing samples, and discuss the main ideas of reading assignments.
  • Foreign Language

    *Offered online through Rosetta Stone
     
    Spanish (Grades 8-12)
    ¡Bienvenidos! This is an introductory course to both the Spanish language and the cultures where the Spanish language is spoken. This course is modeled on the communicative approach where emphasis is placed on communicating a message through meaning-bearing input and structured output rather than repetition and rote memorization. While it is still important for you to study vocabulary and produce the language, our approach will be directed toward the exploration and deeper understanding of the language.
     
    French (Grades 8-12)
    French will begin with a review of vocabulary and concepts learned. Students will continue to learn how to read and write French.  Throughout French , students will gain a deeper understanding of the language and gain a more extensive vocabulary. Students will also learn more about the culture of Francophone countries and cultures.
  • History

    US History MS (Grades 7 & *)
    Students will be guided through material using a variety of methods including lecture, small group work, and independent work. We will use the following essential questions to give our overview of U.S. History a thematic focus: What makes an American heroic? How has the American definition of a hero changed over time? Is there difference between a good citizen and a heroic citizen?

    Civics MS (Grades 7 & 8)
    Students will learn about the roles of citizens in relation to the government and other ruling bodies.
     
    World Geography(Grade 9)
    World Geography is a year-long course designed to provide students with a basic understanding of and interrelationship between physical and human geography.

    World History/ AP (Grades 10)
    This year-long course focuses on modern history.  This means that we will investigate the human experience from about 1500 to the present time.  The central story is the rise of European civilization to its dominant position in the world.  The organizing themes will be geography, economics, politics, art, culture, science, technology & society, the idea of constitutionalism & globalization. 

    US History
    U.S. History is a yearlong course designed to help students to know and understand various significant historical events spanning early exploration and native cultures of the Americas to U.S. society’s current state, with hopes that the student becomes a more well-rounded world citizen.  There will be particular focus on how conflicts, ingenuity, and technology of the past have shaped the appearance and experience our society offers in the present.  Within the context of this course, there will also be the examination of geographical, government, and citizenship concepts.

    US Government
    The course is designed to further cadet knowledge of the functions of government, the election process, civil rights, civil liberties, the origins and foundations of American Government, The Constitution, Federalism, the three branches of government in the United States, the presidency, and various Supreme Court Cases.  Cadets will be familiar with the elected representatives responsible for making local, state, and federal laws in the United States.  Cadets will identify the American President, Vice President, and the Speaker of the House.  Cadets will be able to describe differences between the three branches of American Government.  Cadets will read and understand the depth of the court system and how different Supreme Court cases have shaped the landscape of the political environment in the United States. Each unit of study includes frequent writing assignments, quizzes, tests, a midterm, and final at the end of the semester.  
  • Mathematics

    Pre-Algebra (Grade 7)
    Math class has changed.  No longer do we simply read examples, learn a formula and do practice problems every day.  Throughout the course of this year, you will learn how to apply mathematic expressions and equations to questions requiring mathematic reasoning.  Through Investigations, you will learn basic principles of Algebra, ways to analyze and represent proportional and non-proportional linear relationships, how to apply operations to situations involving rational numbers and many other mathematical techniques. By applying these new skills, you will develop a more sophisticated way of dealing with word problems and approaching higher levels of math.
     
    Algebra (Grades 8 - 9)
    This course examines the basic structure of real numbers, algebraic expressions, and functions. Students explore linear equations, inequalities, functions and systems, quadratic equations and functions, polynomial and exponential expressions, graphing in the Cartesian plane, data analysis, probability, and the elementary analysis of functions. Mathematical modeling of real-life problems, construction of appropriate linear models to fit data sets, and uses of technology (including some instruction with the TI-83, TI-83+ graphing calculator) are major themes of the course.  By implementing structured group work, the students will to collaborate with their piers while working towards the same goal, which is to understand the mathematical concepts in class.
     
    Geometry (Grades 9-11)
    This course is designed so that you can be actively engaged as you learn geometry.  You will learn to use the tools of geometry and to perform geometry investigations with them.  Many of the investigations are carried out in small cooperative groups in which you jointly plan and find solutions with other students.  Your investigations will lead you to the discovery of geometry properties.  In addition, you will gradually learn about proof, a form of reasoning that will help you explain why your discoveries are true, through developing proof group activities and exercises. 
     
    Algebra II (Grades 10-12)
    This course provides a continuation and extension of the basic algebraic concepts from Algebra I and Geometry. Students discuss, represent, and solve increasingly sophisticated real world problems using advanced algebraic techniques incorporating appropriate technology- either calculator or computer. They will study the properties and the algebra of functions, systems or equations and inequalities, as well as applied trigonometry. Algebra II provides a sound understanding of all elementary functions from linear functions through trigonometric and circular functions, explores sequences, series and matrices and determinates. Prerequisite: Algebra I
     
    Pre-Calculus (Grades 11 - 12)
    The course will operate a little differently now that we’ve completed our upgrade to a software-based curriculum.   You will still be expected to learn all of the required fundamental concepts for Precalculus.  Through this innovative technology, we will be able to better assess where your mathematical strengths lie within individual units, chapters, and lessons, giving you the ultimate control and efficiency in utilizing class time and study skills all within the context of your personal computer.  In order to receive a passing grade and full accreditation for the course, you will need to keep track of your individual progress on certifies and seek out help when you need it.  The new skills covered in this course will help you develop a more sophisticated, and expedited, way of comprehending mathematical problems and approaching higher levels of analysis, synthesis and problem-solving. Prerequisite: Algebra II

    Calculus
    Students will learn about functions, equations, graphs, exponentials and logarithms, and differentiation and integration. Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus.
  • Science

    Life Science (Grade 7)
    This course helps define life and what makes up living things. Students will study life cycles, mitosis, genetics, etc.
     
    Biology
    Biology is a yearlong college-level course designed to challenge students to think critically, to develop a conceptual understanding of the biological sciences. In this course students will learn about the process of scientific investigation through the study of living things. This course will begin with revisiting the fact that Biology is the study of life, and that science is a systematic process of inquiry. This course is designed to cover the biological perspectives of chemistry, study the macromolecules that function within and form organisms, genetics, early embryonic development, as well as a survey of the five kingdoms of life and plant and animal form and function. This course will conclude with application of biological knowledge of environment and social concerns.

    Chemistry
    A development of the fundamental principles of chemistry and their applications. Chemical nomenclature, molar relationships, atomic structure, bonding theories, energy and matter, periodic properties, solution calculations, gas laws, the phases of matter, and the properties of solids and liquids, organic chemistry and chemistry of life are among the topics discussed.

    Physics
    This course is designed to start with the historical background of Physics and the basic discoveries. The goal is to have a solid background in all the topics within Physics. Physics is a combination of Math and Science but it falls under the category of Science.
I absolutely believe I would not have been able to meet the academic requirements needed to do what I do without the foundation I received at MMA as well as the study habits.

- Rev. Dr. Stewart E. Bair

Summer School 2017

Summer School 2017 will be held from July 1st - August 5th!
Massanutten Military Academy is a co-ed non-profit boarding and day school for grades 612.