Hun Summer School

Courses and Faculty

Our courses are designed to help students gain credit and confidence in their high school studies.

Our credit courses help students advance through a course of study gain credit at local high schools such as Princeton High School, Hopewell Valley Regional High School, Montgomery High School, both West Windsor North and South High Schools. Our enrichment courses allow students from public high schools and top private, boarding and international schools to prepare better for the rigors of high school and beyond.

Highly-qualified teachers lead all of our courses.  Our faculty have either been invited back year after year or were sought out through a competitive application process. 

Key Dates and Resources: 

Course Descriptions

Credit Courses - Sessions 1 & 2

List of 8 items.

  • Algebra II

    For Grades 9-12 - This course offers a brief review of Algebra but emphasizes the study of polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions. Students spend time studying geometric and arithmetic sequences and series. This course is equal to one high school credit in Algebra II and prepares students for Pre-Calculus. A TI-83 graphing calculator or a comparable calculator is required. Prerequisites: Algebra I and Geometry. Please note: Expressions are not taught.

    Download the full syllabus
  • Algebra II Honors

    Description to come
  • Geometry

    Grades 9-12 - This course is the equivalent of a full-year course of Euclidean Geometry and helps students prepare for Algebra II. The course covers all aspects of plane geometry. Geometric proofs are included throughout the course to improve the student’s understanding and logical thought processes. Successful completion of Algebra I is needed to be enrolled in this course. This course is equal to one high school credit in Geometry.  A scientific calculator is required.  Please note: Statistics are not taught.

    Download the full syllabus
  • Geometry Honors

    Grades 9-12 - This course is the equivalent of an accelerated full-year course of Euclidean Geometry Honors and helps students prepare for Algebra II Honors. The course covers all aspects of plane geometry. Geometric proofs are included throughout the course to improve the student’s understanding and logical thought processes. Successful completion of Algebra I is needed to be enrolled in this course. This course is equal to one high school credit in Geometry Honors. A scientific calculator is required. Please note: Statistics are not taught.

    Download the Full Syllabus
  • Physics

    Grades 9-12 - This course is equal to one high school credit in Physics and students should be prepared to work hard in and out of the classrooms and labs. This course introduces students to the underlying principles of mechanics, thermodynamics, wave phenomena, light, electrostatics, magnetism, and nuclear physics, and serves to demonstrate the central role physics plays in the other sciences, as well as its application to everyday life. The course uses traditional methods of individual study and work in small groups.

    Downlaod the full syllabus
  • Pre-Calculus

    Grades 9-12 - This course emphasizes advanced algebra, trigonometry, analytic geometry, vector algebra, limits, and polynomial and transcendental functions.  This course is equal to one high school credit in Pre-Calculus.  A TI-84 or TI-Nspire calculator is recommended for this course.

    Download the full syllabus
  • Chemistry

    Grades 9-12 - This course offers the student the opportunity to accelerate his or her curriculum in science.  The course includes fundamentals of inorganic, physical, analytical, and organic chemistry. Lectures and laboratory work emphasize the development of observation and problem-solving skills. This course is equal to one high school credit in Chemistry. There are fifteen one-hour labs in this course.

    Download the full syllabus
  • Chemistry Honors

    Description to come.

Enrichment Courses (8:00 - 10:00 a.m.) - Session 1 or 2

List of 10 items.

  • Algebra I Review

    Grades 9-12 - The review class will cover a range of topics from Algebra I and provide preparation for Algebra II. The speed and depth of material covered will be determined by the teacher and will be based on the strength of understanding of the enrolled students.

    Download the Full Syllabus
  • Algebra II Preview

    Grades 9-12 - In this course, students will preview concepts covered in the first semester of Algebra II.  They include real numbers, exponents, polynomials, algebraic expressions, graphical representation of data, graphs of an equation, linear equations, problem solving and word problems. In addition, the course will cover quadratic equations, factoring, complex numbers, linear equalities and writing linear equations, functions, exponential functions, and logarithmic functions.

    Download the Full Syllabus
     
  • Chemistry Preview

    Grades 9-12 - Chemistry Preview introduces the basic fundamentals of inorganic, physical, analytical, and organic chemistry. Concepts are reinforced by frequent laboratory periods. Students develop problem-solving skills involving tables, diagrams, graphs, and mathematical and chemical equations. This course is designed to provide a thorough background for students who plan to take chemistry during the school year. This course covers half of the material in our comprehensive course.
  • Geometry Preview

    Grades 9-12 - Geometry Preview provides an introduction to geometric concepts, and is intended to prepare students for a full geometry course in the upcoming school year. This course is also designed to give students an understanding of what geometry tools are and how they are used in problem solving. The course will cover points, lines, planes, angles, deductive reasoning, perpendicular lines, parallel lines and planes, congruent triangles, quadrilaterals, inequalities, similarity, right triangles, and trigonometry.

    Download the Full Syllabus
     
  • Middle School Creative Writing

    Grades 6-8 - Do you love writing, or want to improve your writing skills?  Designed especially for the emerging writer, this course will help students develop a personal voice, expand vocabulary, and strengthen grammar and punctuation skills. Assignments will include fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry, as well as review the process of writing formal essays through research, outlining, drafts, and editing. Proficiency in English is required.

    Download the Full Syllabus
     
  • Middle School Pre-Algebra

    Grades 6-8 - This class concentrates on the development of the basic fundamentals of mathematics, including operations with numbers, decimals, and fractions. The class emphasizes review and retention of the fundamentals necessary for subsequent progression into Algebra I. At the same time, students will work on problem solving, critical thinking, and abstract reasoning skills.   
  • Physics Preview

    Grades 9-12 - This course introduces students to the underlying principles of mechanics, thermodynamics, wave phenomena, light, electrostatics, magnetism, and nuclear physics, and serves to demonstrate the central role physics plays in the other sciences, as well as its application to everyday life. The course uses traditional methods of individual study and work in small groups. The course is designed to help students who will be taking physics during the school year.  

    Download the Full Syllabus
  • Public Speaking and Debate

    Grades 8-12 - From elocution to forming a convincing argument, to winning over your audience, this course provides students with powerful and diverse range of public speaking skills.  Students will also learn how to craft and deliver a convincing message, how to use technology productively in a presentation, and how to field questions. Students will engage in daily speaking exercises, orations, and dialogues.  Classwork also introduces students to the art form of debate in order to enhance their public speaking.  The course culminates in a formal presentation on a topic of a student’s choosing.

    Download the Full Syllabus
  • SAT & ACT Math & Science Prep

    Grades 10-12 - This course offers an individualized and student-centered approach to test preparation through an innovative and interactive curriculum.  Each of the five weeks is devoted to a different portion of the tests and is designed to equip students with time saving and point-boosting techniques. Every class will include both group instruction and individual attention, as well as regular practice and extensive feedback.

    Download the course overview
  • SSAT Prep and Study Skills

    Grades 6-8 - This course offers an individualized and student-centered approach to test preparation through an innovative and interactive curriculum. Each of the five weeks is devoted to a different portion of the SSAT test and is designed to equip students with time saving and point-boosting techniques. Every class will include both group instruction and individual attention, as well as regular practice and extensive feedback.

    Download the Full Syllabus

Enrichment Courses (10:20 - 12:20 p.m.) - Session 1 or 2

List of 7 items.

  • Algebra I Preview

    Grades 9-12 - This course reviews the fundamental ideas, structure, and manipulative skills of algebra, while reviewing basic math skills. This preview class is designed to enrich the math background of students who will be entering Algebra I in the fall.

    Download the Full Syllabus
  • Biology Preview

    Grades 9-12 - Investigation and exploration are key elements of the course. This course will cover matter and energy for life: composting, living vs. nonliving; eco-systems; populations; homeostasis: the body in balance; inheritance: chromosomes, genetic engineering; biodiversity: visualizing five billion years and classification; and the biosphere: environment as a global concern.

    Download the Full Syllabus
  • Geometry Preview

    Grades 9-12 - Geometry Preview provides an introduction to geometric concepts, and is intended to prepare students for a full geometry course in the upcoming school year. This course is also designed to give students an understanding of what geometry tools are and how they are used in problem solving. The course will cover points, lines, planes, angles, deductive reasoning, perpendicular lines, parallel lines and planes, congruent triangles, quadrilaterals, inequalities, similarity, right triangles, and trigonometry.

    Download the Full Syllabus
  • Middle School Book Club

    Grades 6-8 - Join us for an exciting summer of reading award-winning books that challenge and entice the imagination! Both strong and developing readers will enjoy exploring young-adult literature in a variety of genres from fantasy to contemporary fiction and memoir, analyzing content for meaning, inference, and plot and character development. Students should be proficient in English and have solid reading comprehension skills.  Last summer students read Chomp (Carl Hiaasen); The Ranger’s Apprentice Series: The Ruins of Gorlan, Book 1 (John Flanagan); The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian(Sherman Alexie); The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks (E. Lockhart); and Leviathan trilogy: Leviathan, Book 1(Scott Westerfeld).

    Download the Full Syllabus
  • Middle School Science

    Grades 6-8 - Join us for an exciting summer of Middle School Science that challenges and entice the imagination! Students should be interested in biology, chemistry, and most importantly, how things work in our natural world. Come join us! 
  • Pre-Calculus Preview

    Grades 9-12 - Pre-Calculus Preview exposes students to a wide range of mathematical tools used to support the learning of calculus. Subject matter includes trigonometric functions and their graphing, polar and rectangular coordinates, conics, exponents and logarithmic functions, linear relations, systems of equations and inequalities, the nature of graphs, sequences and series, and polynomial and rational functions.

    Download the Full Syllabus
  • SAT & ACT Verbal Prep

    Grades 10-12 - This course offers an individualized and student-centered approach to test preparation through an innovative and interactive curriculum.  Each of the five weeks is devoted to a different portion of the tests and is designed to equip students with time saving, point-boosting techniques, as well as extensive preparation for the writing portion.  Every class will include both group instruction and individual attention, as well as regular practice and extensive feedback.

    Download the course overview

Writing Intensive Courses (1:00 - 3:00 p.m.) - Session 1 or 2

List of 4 items.

  • College Prep and Essay Writing (NEW)

    College Prep and Essay Writing Syllabus:
    Grades 11-12 - Rising juniors and seniors have likely started thinking about, or even entered, the college application process.

    Led by Hun’s College Counseling staff and Hun’s 11th Grade Dean, students will:

    1. Complete a student assessment to determine the “best fit” college which matches their academic profile, unique skills, interests and passions.
    2. Take college tours of small, medium and large schools to see diverse learning environments.
    3. Research the various types of applications available, like Early Decision, Early Action, Regular Action etc., and create an application timeline.
    4. Outline their colleges essays, both personal statements and supplemental essays*
    5. Walk away with a personalized BALANCED college list that ranges from dream to realistic colleges.

    *Writing a college essay is one of the most important elements of college admission and not part of the standard English curriculum. Today, in addition to the Common Application essay, most universities require multiple supplementals, so that applicants have to write as many as 20-30 essays on a wide variety of topics. In this course, students will explore the elements that make for successful personal writing, study models of excellent college essays, and craft their own. We will also work on supplementals and practice the interview process. Beyond the practical benefit of completing work for the application, students will gain confidence in their writing and how to present themselves in interviews, both for college and beyond. Proficiency in English is required.
     
  • Creative Writing

    Grades 9-12 - Do you love writing, or want to improve your writing skills? If so, then this course is designed with you in mind. Students will study a variety of writing styles and the elements of structuring a captivating story. In addition to creating imaginative, original works, students will also learn how to polish their grammar, vocabulary, and presentation. During the class, students will create short stories and poems, and workshop their creations with other students and the instructor. Proficiency in English is required.
  • Expository and Analytical Essay Writing

    Grades 8-12 - No matter what career students may choose, the one skill they will definitely need is the ability to write well. In this course, students will cover the elements of expository and analytical writing that are required in high school and college classes, from pre-writing to crafting a thesis and topic sentences, to choosing effective evidence and developing persuasive arguments. Students will learn to polish their essays through customized lessons in grammar, punctuation, and style, and will be exposed to a variety of different types of writing that can be used in many academic disciplines and will offer the confidence to write well beyond college. Proficiency in English is required.

    Download the Full Syllabus
  • Extra Help (math, science and enrichment support)

    This option allows students for refine their math and science skills with a dedicated instructor. Students can also work on their homework in this period. Credit course boarders must take Extra Help.

Contact Us

Questions?  Contact Us at summer@hunschool.org!

List of 1 members.

  • Ted Shaffner 

    Director of The Hun Summer School; Junior Class Dean; English Teacher; Dorm Parent-Global Commons
    (609) 921-7600 Ext 2346
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - M.F.A.
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - B.A.
The Hun School of Princeton is an independent, coeducational, private day and boarding college preparatory school.  Student-centered, hands-on learning prepares students for the global community in which they will live and work.

176 Edgerstoune Road, Princeton, NJ 08540  |  Phone: (609) 921-7600 | Email: admiss@hunschool.org