The University of Mississippi's Summer Academy gives students entering the 8th, 9th, or 10th grades a taste of college life by offering a two-week residential academic program. Summer Academy offers two sessions with different courses offered during each session. Each course offered is listed in the Mississippi curriculum framework, but not generally offered in high school curricula across the state. Students can earn a 1/2 Carnegie unit that may be counted by their high school toward elective graduation requirements, however, whether credit is counted or not is determined by each student's high school.
• Inside the Game: Sports Literature in the 20th Century
20th Century Sports Literature is a course that will examine the evolution of sports in America. We will watch, examine, and read about the American "Big 3" sports of football, baseball, and basketball. Wanna know what athletes think of retaliation, like when a pitcher hits a batter after a home run or NBA player commits a hard foul after the opposition hits a big alley oops dunk? Where is the one place that you can learn and do all of this? Ole Miss's Summer Academy, of course!
• ACT Prep*
The ACT (according to www.actstudent.org) is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject
area tests in English, math, science, and reading. The ACT Plus Writing includes the four subject area tests plus a
30-minute Writing Test. All 4-year colleges and universities in the U.S accept ACT results. The results from these
tests must be included as part of applications for admission to most four-year colleges and universities. Because
admissions are becoming increasingly competitive, good ACT test scores can give students an edge on the
This course is designed to help students prepare for these important assessments by focusing on verbal skills like reading, writing and vocabulary. Students will develop valuable test-taking strategies to help improve their scores. This Reading and Writing section represents half of the ACT prep course experience, and consequently will represent one half of the student overall grade for the course
• Introduction to Debate
Argue! Challenge! Defend! Perform! Compete!
This SPEECH and DEBATE course introduces the fundamental concepts, skills, and techniques for competitive speech and debate. The effective speaker and debater will develop fluency in reading aloud as well as skills in arguing, writing, and researching. Critical thinking, listening, and speaking skills are emphasized in a supportive and friendly but competitive environment. Students interested in recent local, national, and international topics will enjoy arguing for and against a range of issues.
At the end of the course, students will be able to 1) Research, create, and deliver Public Forum Debate speeches as well as argue effectively in cross-fires; 2) Evaluate and deliver poetry or prose with meaning, feeling, and understanding; and 3) Work effectively as an individual and as a member of a team in class competitions.
• Introduction to Engineering
What do medieval war machines, earthquakes, and roller coasters have in common? Sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, right? Oddly enough, they do share a common bond - math. In Introduction to Engineering, we will design experiments and construct projects to view how engineers use math on a daily basis to study natural disasters, design amusement park rides, and understand ancient world conflicts. Math comes alive as we pull it from the sometimes boring classroom right into the world where you live and might work someday. Can you build a catapult with a better launch distance than anyone else or construct a dome to rival Epcot Center? These and other exciting opportunities await in Introduction to Engineering at Ole Miss's Summer Academy!
• Whodunnit? Mystery Literature in the 20th Century
Do you watch Sherlock or Elementary?
Do you find yourself drawn to detective shows and movies? 20th Century Mystery Literature is a short course that will examine not only the plots but the craft of great mystery short stories. Read the greats and devise your own schemes at Ole Miss' Summer Academy!
• How to Write Anything: College Prep Writing
College preparatory writing is designed to prepare students for college-level writing. Students will write for a variety of purposes depending on major, audience, and purpose including historically and scientifically. We will be writing and analyzing narrative, persuasive, and argumentative papers as well as discussing grammar, usage, organization, and punctuation.