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 three 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. Students will read Friday Night Lights and compare it to the movie and television version of the story, read Calico Joe by Oxford author and baseball enthusiast, John Grisham, and hopefully, attend a baseball game in Memphis. We will research the system used by Billy Beane in creating a successful Oakland Athletics franchise and compete to create our own champions using the same method. 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*
• Introduction to Debate
• 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
• How to Write Anything: College Prep Writing