Princeton International School of Mathematics and Science

2020 Summer Online Courses

About Us

Princeton International School of Mathematics and Science, located in Princeton, New Jersey, is an independent high school accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA-CESS). Upholding the educational philosophy of “incorporating the best educational practices in China and the US”, PRISMS is dedicated to nurturing integrity, competence and global vision on our students.

2020 Summer Program

Built upon PRISMS’ mission and outstanding faculty from China and the US, this year’s summer program is well designed with the following highlights:

Welcome to the PRISMS Family!

How to register (All time is EDT)

1. Time: July 15 - July 18

2.Steps:

Limited Spots Available!

Time (EDT)
Course
Cost
7/27-8/14, M, W, & F, 8-10am
Calculus Head Start
$900
8/3-8/8, Six days M thru Sat, 8-10am
AP Calculus Summer Class
$600
7/31-8/25, T & Fri, 8-10pm
SAT Subject Test - Math
$800
7/20-8/6, M, T, & Th, 8-10am
Prep for Transition from Algebra-Based Physics to Calculus-Based Physics
$900
7/27-8/16, M & W, 8-10am
Quick Review for SAT Physics Candidates
$900
7/20-7/25, Six days M thru Sat, 10pm-12am
AP Chemistry Summer Prep (Session I)
$600
7/27-8/1, Six days M thru Sat, 10pm-12am
AP Chemistry Summer Prep (Session II)
$600
8/4-8/20, T & Th, 8-10am
AP CS A Test Prep (Max 3 Students)
$800
7/21-8/7, T & F, 8-10am
Poetry and the Five Senses
$600
7/21-8/7, T & F, 8-10am
Creative Writing Using American Slang
$600
7/20-8/10, M, T, W, & Th, 8-10am
Introduction to Spanish
$800

Course Catalog

1. Calculus Head Start

Course Description

Calculus Head Start: This class is designed to give students who plan to study Calculus a strong foundation that will ensure success and deep understanding. Prerequisite for the class is Advanced Algebra.

Language:

English. Chinese-speaking TAs as needed

Syllabus

About the Instructor

Andrew Bleckner has a BA degree in applied mathematics from Brown University, and PhD in Music Composition from the University of Pennsylvania. He also has a master’s degree in secondary mathematics education from Chestnut Hill College. He has taught math and music for the past 5 years at Princeton International School of Math and Science (PRISMS). He also has 7 years’ experience teaching music theory and music composition at the college level. He is passionate about both math and music and loves to share his passions in the classroom.

2. AP Calculus Summer Class

Course Description

This course is to provide adequate instructions for those students who wish to take the AP Calculus class in the 2020-2012 school year or to take the AP Calculus AB & BC exam in May 2020. It helps students make the smooth transition from Pre-calculus to AP calculus, laying a solid foundation for AP Calculus learning in the new semester. With 12-hours classes (6 periods, 2 hours each time), students will learn calculus by actively engaging with their instructor, the textbook, a graphing calculator, and online videos and animations. It will significantly strengthen students' mathematics foundation, improve students' ability to problem-solving skills by making individualized learning plan and delivering intensive training topics, in order to help the students to learn Calculus efficiently and get well prepared for the AP Calculus exam. Prerequisite is Pre-Calculus or same level courses.

Language:

English

Syllabus

About the Instructor

Dr. Gong is the course leader of AP Calculus and AP Statistics at PRISMS. In the 2016-2020 school years, more than 95% of his students obtained “5” in both AP Calculus and AP Statistics exams. He had an outstanding experience of teaching a variety of high-school level mathematics courses including A-level pure & further mathematics, IBDP mathematics and AP calculus. In addition, he has served in the school and regional research programs. Dr. Gong loves education, loves mathematics, and loves his students. He is highly praised by students and parents.

3. SAT Subject Test Mathematics Prep Course

Course Description

Our SAT Subject Test Math Course is designed for those students who wish to take the SAT Subject Test Mathematics Level 1 or 2 in August or October, 2020. This course emphasize the skills, strategies, and content associated with the test and necessary for student success. Our teacher’s expertise and command of test content is even more critical this year, since in-class academics were impacted by the global health crisis and school closings. With fewer testing opportunities in 2020, strong SAT Subject Test scores will distinguish a student’s college application.

Language:

English

About the Instructor

Dr. Gong is the course leader of AP Calculus and AP Statistics at PRISMS. He had an outstanding experience of teaching a variety of high-school level mathematics courses including A-level pure & further mathematics, IBDP mathematics and AP calculus. In addition, he has served in the school and regional research programs. Dr. Gong loves education, loves mathematics, and loves his students. He is highly praised by students and parents.

4. Preparation for transition from Algebra-Based Physics to Calculus-Based Physics

Course Description

Mechanics, includes kinematics (one dimensional motion , two-dimensional motion and oscillation), dynamics (Newton’s law of motion, Newton’s law of universal gravitation, energy and work, momentum) will be reviewed. The basic calculus, which are most applied in AP physics will be learned and practiced through physics problems solving. Some examples related to electricity and magnetism problems will also be reviewed and solved by new method relating to calculus. The outcomes of the course will be both getting the whole map of physics learned in algebra-based physics course before, and ready to smoothly transit to AP physics course in the upcoming semester.

Requirements:

Algebra-based physics or equivalent courses have been completed and AP physics is going to be learned next semester.

Language:

English

Syllabus

About the Instructor

Qi Wang had rich experience of teaching high school physics under varies teaching system internationally, which includes teaching A-Level, IB course, Honors physics course and AP physics.

5. Quick Review for SAT Physics Candidates

Course Description

Students should have finished Honor Physics and are preparing for SAT- Physics test.

Language:

English

Syllabus

3 classes to review mechanics and 3 classes to review electricity and magnetism.

About the Instructor

Mr. Tian received his Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Beijing Normal University and his master degree of Data Science in Rutgers University. He instructs students through lectures, discussions, and demonstrations in physics. He uses his unique style to plan and conduct activities for: balance program of instruction, demonstration and work time that provides students with opportunities to observe, combine the data science and Physics, question and discover. He has been a very responsible and detailed oriented teacher when he prepares, administers and grades tests and assignments to evaluate students' progresses. He is an innovative teacher who likes to use innovative information technology in Physics teaching. He consistently adapts his teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students' needs. His work boosts students' performance and talent in Physics a lot.

6. AP Chemistry Summer Prep

Course Description

AP Chemistry is one of the college-level courses approved by College Board to be taught in high schools. Its content is equivalent to the Introductory Chemistry at college. Since 2014, College Board has reformed the AP Chemistry exam to a major extent, which holistically evaluates the students' ability to acquire and process information, solve problems, and apply the experiment skills. The course and exam are challenging with a low chance of getting a 5.

This AP Chemistry Summer Prep course is designed for those who are taking the AP Chemistry course or the exam in fall. The instructor, Dr. Chen, has taught many years of AP Chemistry in an American high school. This course includes 6 sessions, 2 hours each, which covers unit 1 - Atomic Structures and Periodicity and unit 2 - Molecular Structures and Bonding based on the latest 2019 course and exam description. These two units are not only the foundation of AP Chemistry, but also one of the key topics in AP Chemistry exam.

The prep sessions are well designed based on Dr. Chen's years of experience in teaching and test prep. Through insightful lectures, in-depth problem analysis, and selected simulated experiments, this course aims to arouse the students' interest, expand their knowledge, consolidate the foundation, deepen understanding, and prepare them for the next steps.

Language:

Chinese and English

Syllabus

About the Instructor

Dr. Steven Chen got his Ph.D. from Peking University. Having served as a Chemistry teacher and competition coach in top Chinese and American high schools, he has rich experience and deep understanding on science education in both China and U. S. As a College Board certified teacher, Dr. Chen has taught AP Chemistry for many years. In the past 5 years, over 90% of his students have scored 5 (full score) in the exams. His teaching, in both Chinese and English, is active, insightful, personalized and inspiring. Dr. Chen not only knows the Chinese students profoundly but also has taught in an American high school for many years. He is the mentors for dozens of gold medalist in Chinese and American chemistry competitions, camp finalists, and International Chemistry Olympiad winners.

7. AP CS A Test Prep

Course Description

This course is designed for students who want to boost his/her AP CS A grade. Students who got 3 or 4 in the AP CS A test, could use this personalized (max. 3 students in a class) course to fine tune his/her skills and knowledge to get the top score next time. The entire AP CS A domain will be covered, explained, and practiced in an interactive way. All questions will be answered clearly, all complex points will be explained well.

Language:

English and as-needed Mandarin Chinese

Syllabus

About the Instructor

Weihsing Wang, (1) AP CS A teacher for 9 years (2) AP CS A reader for ETS (3) Experienced CS professional.

8. Poetry and the Five Senses: Building vocabulary through poetry

Course Description

Consider this: if you only know the word “red” to describe a color, you will never use the words “vermillion,” “scarlet,” “rose,” or “claret” to describe, in a more nuanced way, the color you see, and in fact, your experience with color will actually be limited by your limited language. In short, words create reality. By that logic, it is also true then that building a vocabulary and knowing more words makes life richer and more fulfilling. The precise language of poetry makes the form especially useful for English language learners to develop their vocabularies and become more fluent and expressive, and in “Poetry and the Five Senses” you will learn more English words and poetic forms and put the two together as you write your own poetry and learn to express yourself more beautifully and expressively in English.

Language:

English, with a Chinese TA

Syllabus

During each lesson, students will learn new vocabulary to describe what they see, hear, taste, touch, and smell. Also, students will learn vocabulary to describe emotional states that accompany sense experience. They will also learn at least one new poem in the English language from which they can model their own writing. By discussing poetry during each class, they will also acquire language related to the study of literature (e.g. “rhyme,” “meter,” “stanza,” etc.). Finally, the students will practice writing their own poetry, and they will share it with each other both during and outside of class, and in doing so, they will learn to collaborate more effectively.

About the Instructor

Mr. Carpenter is the Assistant Principal for Student Life at PRISMS. He is also Head of the Humanities and World Languages Department. He has been teaching high school students for over 30 years. He loves poetry, music, and a big breakfast.

About the TA

Ariana recently graduated from PRISMS as a member of the class of 2020. While at PRISMS, Ariana used computational biology to investigate the genetics of Alzheimer’s disease. This fall, she will begin studying Neuroscience at Northwestern University. Ariana studied American literature with Mr. Carpenter during her junior year. In her senior year, she took Advanced Placement Literature and Composition. Outside the classroom, she enjoys acting, hanging out with friends, and watching tv shows. Also, Ariana loves kittens!

9. Creative Writing Using American Slang

Course Description

American English is rife with slang and idioms. This course will introduce students to a wide variety of common American expressions that, if translated literally, would be meaningless to the students. Those expressions, however, are essential for students to communicate well with their peers who are native speakers of American English and even to fully understand American teachers, and yet are not usually accessible to students when they learn English grammar, spelling, proper word usage, and formal writing. Students will learn the cultural origin of English language idioms, phrases, how to use them in informal written and oral communication, and the phrases’ counterparts in Chinese language and culture.

Language:

English and as-needed Mandarin Chinese

Syllabus

This course will be as interactive as possible, considering its online nature. We will open with brief descriptions, with examples, of slang and idioms. After that, the students will be presented with an idiom via one of a variety of media mechanisms, such as short movie clips, written passages from novels, short stories, plays, or songs. Second, the students will be asked to guess at the real meaning of the idiom, which many times can be obscure and require explanation. Third, the students will be asked to offer their opinions on analogous idioms in Chinese that express the same thought. This may lead to interesting discussions among the students. Fourth, the students will be required to write, and then read to the class, short paragraphs or dialogue using the idiom properly. All written products will be submitted electronically for further evaluation. Finally, students will be required to complete a long-term project in the form of a play wherein many of the idioms learned will be used in the dialogue. This long-term project may be done in pairs, with each member of a pair contributing dialogue and storyline.

About the Instructor

Dr. Paul Cammer his rich experience in teaching on all aspects related to education, such as curriculum development, research lab designs, and faculty professional development. Dr. Cammer received the Cypress Impact Teacher Award in 2018 and the U.S. Department of Education Presidential Scholars Program, Teacher Recognition Award in 2011.

Dr. Yang Yang received her doctorate in Educational Psychology from Purdue University with a specialty in gifted, talented, and creative studies. She has experience teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) students at the college level and gifted students at the secondary level.

10. Introduction to Spanish

Course Description

¡Hola! In this Spanish course, you will take the first steps towards the basics of Spanish. I will walk you through the most common vocabulary and expressions in Spanish. I will give you pronunciation tips, and I will also teach you the basic grammar rules so you can build complete sentences in Spanish! At the end of the course, you will be able to talk about your family, friends, traveling and additionally you will be able to order food in a Spanish restaurant. You will learn in a fun and meaningful way through interactive activities, vocabulary games, grammar videos, and exercises that will help you to acquire basic language skills. ¡Empezamos!

Language:

Spanish and as-needed English. A Chinese TA as needed

Syllabus

About the Instructor

Native from Lleida, Spain, Mariona Esquerda Ciutat has a strong STEM background as she completed her Bachelor’s degree in physics and her Master’s degree in geophysics at the University of Barcelona. Additionally, Ms. Ciutat earned an additional Master’s degree in Teaching at the University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. Her Master’s thesis focused on students’ perception of “difficulty” in classroom exercises and activities. Since then, Ms. Ciutat has been working as an educator in both high schools and college. Additionally, her 11 years of experience as an instructor at the music summer camp “Les Cantarelles d’Estiu” has shaped her into an enthusiastic, creative, and student-focused educator. Ms. Ciutat combines these experiences into the interdisciplinary pedagogy that is the hallmark of the PRISMS experience.