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 four 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.
Deadline for admission is May 9, 2014
• ACT Prep* [THIS CLASS IS FULL]
ACT Prep focuses on test-taking skills for standardized tests.
• Mississippi Writers*
Study of Mississippi's rich literary heritage through the study of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and drama. Student's will explore the contribution of Mississippi writers to twentieth century American literature. This course will introduce students to not only traditionally studied authors but also to the current voices in the state's literary landscape.
• Earth and Space Science
Explorations into Earth and Space Science is beginners glimpse into the various aspects of the Earth and Universe. Possible topics of discussion will be the composition of the Earth, weathering, plate tectonics, fossils, oceanography, atmospheric phenomena, the water cycle, and planetary and star systems.
• Visual Arts
Visual Arts explores the creation and study of works of art and design. Students will engage in the production, critical analysis, history and culture, aesthetics, and connections among the visual arts, other content areas, and everyday life.
Deadline for admission is May 30, 2014
Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of drama and the modern stage.
• Environmental Science
Environmental Science Explores the ways in which the environment shapes living communities, interactions of organisms with their environment, and the impact of human activities on the physical and biological systems of the Earth.
Ever consider being your own boss? Wonder how famous entrepreneurs got their start? In this class we will put your day dreams on paper, look at how those who became successful did so, and what happened to those who failed. We will also look at legal systems in business, cultural differences, advantages and disadvantages for possible businesses.
• Local Culture*
Local Culture is a survey course designed to investigate the cultural diversity of Mississippi through a study of its history, economics, politics, and geography. Using local culture, literary heritage, and people, students will understand and appreciate the development of the area. Excursions to the Delta Blues Museum, Mississippi River museum, Civil Rights Museum, local l iterary, musical, and culinary attractions are included in the session.
Deadline for admission is June 13, 2014
• Fantasy Fiction
Fantasy Fiction will allow students to explore this genre of fiction in both the popular and literary tradition as they read works by J.K. Rowling, C.S.Lewis, Ray Bradbury, and other writers of the fantasy genre.
• ACT Prep [THIS CLASS IS FULL]
ACT Prep focuses on test-taking skills for standardized tests.
Astronomy encourages students to develop and communicate an understanding of astronomy through a history of astronomy, technology and instruments, celestial bodies and other components of the universe.
Deadline for admission is July 4, 2014
Mythology explores the world of the gods and goddesses and their influence in our modern world
• Personal Finance
Personal Finance allows the student to explore personal financial decision-making. It also helps individuals use skills in money management, record-keeping, banking, and investing. The course accomplishes this by the study of basic concepts involving economics, insurance, banking, credit, stocks and bonds, and other related topics through the use of business research tools and technological resources. Activities will include preparation of budgets, consumer skills, checking accounts, investment applications, comparison-shopping, advertising research, standard of living analysis, and comparison of housing options.
• Introduction to Engineering
The purpose of this course is to provide students with an introduction to the problem solving methods that engineers use when applying scientific and mathematic principles for the creation of realistic solutions to everyday technical problems.
• JUST ADDED! Arts and Career Exploration
Students will be exposed to a broad range of media, techniques, and processes and will develop knowledge and skills in the the creation and study of works of art and design.
The goal of this course is to increase students' knowledge of art's relation to math, science, and the state's economy as they study production, critical analysis, culture, and aesthetics. Students will be exposed to a broad range of media, techniques, and processes and will develop knowledge and skills in the the creation and study of works of art and design. During the month of June, students will complete an online introduction course in which they will explore art forms and creative careers in Mississippi in preparation for the hands-on experience on the campus of The University of Mississippi as a Summer Academy participant in July. The students will be able to explore the places in the Creative Economy online and then collectively determine the locations for exploration in July. Students will then be residential students in the Summer Academy program during its fourth session. During this session, students will travel for an exploration of multiple genres of creative construction in Mississippi. They will meet with artists and entrepreneurs to explore how the arts fit into the state's larger economy and culture. Areas of study will include music and music production, visual arts, theatre, film, architecture, culinary arts, and graphic design. Students will document their exploration in a travelogue in which they will explore connections between art and the local place. At the end of the two weeks, students will complete a project for Fall Showcase. Between the end of the program and the final showcase, students will develop their projects and remain in contact with each other, as well as the course instructor, via the online course. At the showcase, students will demonstrate how they used the skills gained during the two week session by presenting a product or a video of their accomplishment. This one-day event will be open to the public and will feature local art representatives and artists from around the state.
The cost of this program is $500 per student in addition to the $125 registration fee. Scholarships are not available for this course. This course is only open to students who are rising 9th or 10th graders. Fifteen spots are available and are on a first come, first serve basis. No academic criteria needs to be met, but students must provide two teacher recommendations, as well as. permission from their principal.