Summer Academic Classes

REGISTER ONLINE for our Summer on the Hill classes and camps!


summeronthehillThese are two week classes specifically designed for review and practice for the upcoming school year.

STUDY SKILLS with iPad distribution and orientation

This course is designed to help students access techniques that will improve comprehension and application across the curriculum. The iPads for incoming students will be distributed, and the iPad orientation will occur during class time. The iPad is only one of many tools our students will be exposed to in this study skills class. Individual learning styles are noted as a means to identify personal strengths and weaknesses. The students will be introduced to time management and organizational skills to help them accomplish homework and exam study with greater ease, and they will explore ways to minimize the many distractions they face today. Students will benefit from practical hints and methods in the areas of note-taking, test-taking, problem-solving, and project planning and presentation.

GRADES: 9 – 12
TIME: 10:00 – 11:30 AM
DATES: July 24 – August 4
COST: $150/Class meets Monday through Friday


The class is designed for incoming ninth graders who would like to strengthen basic math skills. This course is devised to help students prepare for the algebra taught in the freshman year of high school with special emphasis on techniques that may be slightly different from the junior high math experience. The ninth grade placement test will be used as a guide for what skills need to be reviewed, practiced, and reinforced.

TIME: 8:30 – 10:00 AM
DATES: July 24 – August 4
COST: $150


Preparation for the New, Redesigned SAT

Two classes are being offered in tandem to provide thirty hours of preparation for the new, redesigned SAT. Students may opt to take the class in preparation for the SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and SAT Essay or the preparation class for the SAT Math, or both classes. These classes are recommended to all serious-minded students who will take the SAT for college admission.

TIME: 9:00 AM – NOON
DATES: July 24 – August 4
Evidence-Based Reading, Writing & Essay prep (verbal) meet July 24 – July 28
Math prep meets July 29 – August 4
COST: $130 per course or $250 both combined


Students take summer term classes for many reasons. The most common motivation is to clear the yearlong schedule for added classes in math, science, theatre, and arts. Many students also use this avenue to open their upper-class schedules to take advantage of college classes offered at Mercyhurst University. A few students have organized their schedules to become full time college freshmen while they are still seniors in high school (SAM Program: see MPS handbook). Remediation of some subjects is available during summer term. Interested students should discuss this possibility with their teachers and counselors.

Term classes are available to students of all levels. Classes are offered in the morning beginning June 15, (EXCLUDING the Monday, July 3 and Tuesday, July 4 holiday break) through July 14. Class size is limited and the atmosphere is casual.

The cost of a term class is $200.

Students enrolling in these classes should register online or by mail by June 3.


Courses are scheduled at 8:30 AM and 10:30 AM. • Schedules are set to accommodate the greatest number of students. Times are subject to change based on enrollment.

CROSS TRAINING (10th, 11th and 12th Grade)

Prerequisite: Completion of Principles of Fitness & Wellness

The goal of this course is to introduce components of fitness and allow the student to experience various activities which enhance these components. Each class period is divided into four sessions. Session one is devoted to stretching and flexibility. Session two focuses on cardiovascular fitness, with the prime activities being jumping rope, stair stepping, and running. Session three develops muscular endurance, with the primary focus on strength training exercises. Session four is comprised of a cool down and discussion period.

TIME: 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM


A major transition is occurring in your life. Once children, you are about to become young adults capable of making all of your own health decisions. This course will provide some of the knowledge base and skills that will allow you to do this. It begins with awareness of health as physical, mental, and social wellness. Topics to be covered include structure and function of organs such as skin and eyes, personal hygiene, stress management, and issues concerning male/female reproductive health. As a result, students should develop healthful habits and enjoy positive relationships with peers, parents and teachers.

TIME: 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM


Health II focuses on the structure, function, disorders, and care of the body systems. Building on the holistic approach to health established in Health I, its goal is for each student to develop the knowledge base in human anatomy and physiology needed to understand health issues and make positive choices to maintain or improve wellness.

TIME: 8:30 – 10:30 AM

HEALTH III – WELLNESS ISSUES (11th and 12th Grade)

This course promotes the concepts of wellness with information pertinent to physical, emotional, and social growth. Students will learn how to set and achieve goals for healthy living by making responsible decisions. Topics include mental health and abnormal psychology, study of skeletal and muscular systems, alcohol and drug abuse, physical and emotional problems, human reproductive health, abstinence, sexually transmitted diseases, fitness, and AIDS.

TIME: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM


Do you want to save time by learning how to construct a research paper for your English or Social Studies classes or how to prepare a chart for a lab report? This course will teach you the skills to accomplish these tasks and more. Students are introduced to the new generation of Microsoft Office which uses features that are specifically designed to engage students, improve retention, and prepare them for future success. A step-by-step, screen-by-screen approach encourages students to expand their understanding of the Office software through experimentation, exploration, and planning ahead.

The course prepares students to become more capable software users by requiring them to use critical thinking and problem-solving skills to create real-life documents.

TIME: 8:30 – 10:30 AM or 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM


Prerequisite: Microsoft Office: Introductory Concepts and Techniques

Keynote, PowerPoint, Prezi – what’s the best tool for your project? Students will learn how to create presentations using innovative applications. In addition, they will develop skill in determining the best digital tool for the task and how to apply their knowledge to authentic learning experiences.

TIME: 8:30 – 10:30 AM or 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM


Prerequisite: Microsoft Office: Introductory Concepts and Techniques

Do you want to go beyond the basics of MS Word and learn skills that will allow you to efficiently produce high-quality, effective, sophisticated documents? Then MS Word is the course for you. This comprehensive word processing course is designed to allow students to develop technology skills needed in all areas of their lives. The course builds on the introductory concepts and techniques learned in the Microsoft Office course and encourages independent study in meeting the following objectives: incorporating tables, charts, and graphics into a Word document; generating form letters, mailing labels, and envelopes; learning to work with a master document; creating indices, tables of contents, and online forms.

TIME: 8:30 – 10:30 AM or 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM


Mercyhurst Prep Summer on the Hill offers a full range of summer remediation for students experiencing academic difficulty. Remediation may be available in: Algebra I • Algebra II • Chemistry • Foundations of Scientific Inquiry • Geometry • Spanish • English • Theology • United States History • World History • Health • Computer electives may also be remediated in the summer.

Students will have the opportunity to work through a fourth term (38 hours) of review and graded practice to identify and correct skill deficits. A final exam will be given at the end of the course. Fourth term grades and the new final exam will be used to recalculate the yearlong grade. The first final exam grade will be dropped. The student gains the advantage of enhancing personal skills while improving his/her yearlong grade and GPA. Students may enroll in remediation/credit recovery courses on the recommendation of their teachers and counselors or upon parent request.

DATES: June 15 – July 14/38 hours
TIME: 8:30 – 10:30 AM or 10:30 AM – 12:30
COST: $200

• Class schedules accommodate the greatest number of students. • A class must meet a minimum capacity in order to run. • Students are permitted one excused absence in remediation/credit recovery classes. • No classes Monday, July 3 or Tuesday, July 4. NOTE: Private tutoring may available at all levels of math instruction. Fees are negotiated directly with tutor, through Mercyhurst Prep.


Students also have the opportunity to access select elective and remediation/credit recovery courses online through the Mercy Learning Online Network. Some of the online courses approved through this network offer students a term elective credit. Others offer a fourth term of remediation/credit recovery. Students have the ease of in-home learning and 24-hour accessibility. The fee, set by the Mercy network, is $300 per course. This fee is determined by the Mercy Network. Registration is through MPS Summer on the Hill and must be made by Friday, June 3. In the event that one of the following courses is not offered on the Mercyhurst Prep campus in the summer, it may be taken online as a fourth term remediation/credit recovery class:

• Algebra I • English (9, 10 & 11-12) • Geometry • Spanish I • Theology • United States History • World History

The following courses will be offered as one term electives. These courses cannot substitute for courses required/offered during the school year; they are offered as enrichment opportunities.

• American Government • Art History • Economics

Mercy Learning Online courses are offered online Monday, June 12 through Friday, July 21 and have the following requirements:

• Participating in chat and/or discussion on the course discussion board

• Software: students are asked to use Microsoft Word for documents and have access to PowerPoint. Students may use available MPS computers for their online courses during times when the computer lab is open. All registrations for Mercy Learning Online are completed by a school administrator, Theresa Wyman, who will supply the network password to the student when registration is complete.

Email addresses: Students and parents are asked to submit email addresses with registration. The student email address must be his/her Mercyhurst Prep email address.