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Fairfax Collegiate Upper Level
Two-Week Half-Day Online Summer Courses for Grades 9-12

High School in Northern Virginia is demanding. Fairfax Collegiate Upper Level courses help students address four key challenges:

Founded in 1993, Fairfax Collegiate is Northern Virginia's largest summer academic program, enrolling over 3,000 students. Classes typically have 12 students or fewer. Instructors include graduate students and undergraduates from leading universities as well as area public and private school teachers.

Dates, Times, and Rates

Morning courses meet weekdays 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Afternoon courses meet weekdays 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Test Prep and College Admissions


SAT Math Prep Online 9-12
Topics include:
  • Heart of Algebra Review
  • Problem Solving and Data Analysis Review
  • Passport to Advanced Math Review
  • Geometry, Trigonometry, and Complex Numbers Reivew
  • Multiple Choice Math Questions
  • Student Produced Response Questions

The enrolllment limit is 12 students

Class time is used for instruction, discussion, and exploration of strategies and tactics. Student complete readings and practice tests outside of class.

In order to participate in the online version of the class, families will need to order a copy of the course textbook from Amazon (https://smile.amazon.com/dp/1457312190) or any other retailer of their choice.

Session Dates Location Time
Session I 6/15/2020 - 6/26/2020 Online Morning
Session III 7/13/2020 - 7/24/2020 Online Morning
Session V 8/10/2020 - 8/21/2020 Online Afternoon

SAT Verbal Prep Online 9-12
Topics include:
  • SAT Reading: Information and Ideas
  • SAT Reading: Rhetoric
  • SAT Reading: Synthesis
  • Sample Reading Test Questions
  • SAT Writing and Language: Expression of Ideas
  • SAT Writing and Language: Standard English Conventions
  • Sample Writing and Language Test Questions
  • The SAT Essay

The enrollment limit is 12 students.

Class time is used for instruction, discussion, and exploration of strategies and tactics. Student complete readings and practice tests outside of class.

In order to participate in the online version of the class, families will need to order a copy of the course textbook from Amazon (https://smile.amazon.com/dp/1457312190) or any other retailer of their choice.

Session Dates Location Time
Session I 6/15/2020 - 6/26/2020 Online Afternoon (Call for waitlist)
Session III 7/13/2020 - 7/24/2020 Online Afternoon
Session V 8/10/2020 - 8/21/2020 Online Morning

College Essay Workshop 9-12

This course explores how different colleges use application essays, how to write effective essays, and how to use essays to differentiate and position college applications.

The course is taught as a seminar. Students present their college admission goals and positioning strategies, brainstorm essay topics and approaches, and write, discuss, and revise admission essays.

Session Dates Location Time
Session II 6/29/2020 - 7/10/2020 Online Morning (Call for waitlist)
Session IV 7/27/2020 - 8/7/2020 Online Afternoon (Call for waitlist)
Session VI 8/24/2020 - 9/4/2020 Online Morning

High School Math


Intro to Algebra II 9-12

Get ready to take your Algebra skills to the next level.

This course is a focused workshop for the concepts necessary to succeed in Algebra II, including: operations on rational and radical expressions, factoring and solving polynomials, complex numbers, sequences and series, exponential and logarithmic functions, statistics, and permutations and combinations. Students take a diagnostic test on the first day of class to help the instructor determine the optimal selection and pacing of topics for their needs.

Each day's schedule includes small-group instruction, individual practice, one-on-one coaching, and math games.

Session Dates Location Time
Session III 7/13/2020 - 7/24/2020 Online Afternoon (Call for waitlist)
Session IV 7/27/2020 - 8/7/2020 Online Morning (Call for waitlist)
Session V 8/10/2020 - 8/21/2020 Online Afternoon

Intro to Precalculus 9-12

Make the transition to advanced high school-level math with confidence.

This course is a focused workshop for the concepts necessary to succeed in Precalculus, including: a careful review of Algebra 2 topics, solving and graphing trigonometric equations, inverse and composite trig functions, vectors, matrices, and limits. Students take a diagnostic test on the first day of class to help the instructor determine the optimal selection and pacing of topics for their needs.

Each day's schedule includes small-group instruction, individual practice, one-on-one coaching, and math games.

Session Dates Location Time
Session II 6/29/2020 - 7/10/2020 Online Afternoon
Session III 7/13/2020 - 7/24/2020 Online Morning (Call for waitlist)
Session IV 7/27/2020 - 8/7/2020 Online Morning (Call for waitlist)

High School Science


Intro to High School Bio 9-12

This course is designed to give students an advanced look at some of the most difficult topics in general high school, honors, or AP Biology, covering four primary units: Cellular Structure and Function, Biological Transport, DNA, and Heredity and Genetics.

This course is academically aggressive, with an emphasis on preparation, testing, and comprehension of important concepts in biology. Classes begin with important questions in biology to provoke critical thinking, before addressing those questions through focused lectures and activities. Daily quizzes and frequent review help tie concepts together to give students a deep understanding of how different biological processes are intertwined.

Online Adaptation:
In providing this class online, we continue to provide instruction in four primary units, and it is an academically rigorous course. As our online courses feature live instruction, students are able to work with each other as they complete problem sets and other group work to prepare for assessments.

Session Dates Location Time
Session III 7/13/2020 - 7/24/2020 Online Afternoon (Call for waitlist)
Session V 8/10/2020 - 8/21/2020 Online Morning
Session VI 8/24/2020 - 9/4/2020 Online Afternoon

Intro to High School Chem 9-12

This course is designed to give students an advanced look at some of the more difficult topics in general high school, honors, or AP Chemistry, covering four primary units: Atomic Structure and Bonding, Chemical Equations and Stoichiometry, States of Matter, and Solutions and Mixtures. Familiarity with basic algebraic concepts is encouraged.

This course is academically aggressive, with an emphasis on preparation, testing, comprehension, and the necessary math involved in high school Chemistry. Classes begin with an overview and review of major concepts, before diving into more detailed examination through lectures and problem sets. Individual and group work allows students to practice and improve their understanding in preparation for two comprehensive exams throughout the course.

Online Adaptation:
In providing this class online, we continue to provide instruction in four primary units, and it is an academically rigorous course. As our online courses feature live instruction, students are able to work with each other as they complete problem sets and other group work to prepare for assessments.

Session Dates Location Time
Session III 7/13/2020 - 7/24/2020 Online Morning
Session V 8/10/2020 - 8/21/2020 Online Afternoon

Advanced Writing


Academic Writing 9-12

Students write and revise short papers and essays on topics of personal interest and learn academic editorial and citation styles.

The course is taught in a seminar style and features discussion of notable examples of different forms of academic writing.

Students write daily in academic style and received detailed corrections and suggestions for improvement from instructors.

Session Dates Location Time
Session I 6/15/2020 - 6/26/2020 Online Morning (Call for waitlist)
Session III 7/13/2020 - 7/24/2020 Online Afternoon
Session V 8/10/2020 - 8/21/2020 Online Morning

High School Debate


High School Debate 9-12
New Course
Session Dates Location Time
Session II 6/29/2020 - 7/10/2020 Online Afternoon (Call for waitlist)
Session IV 7/27/2020 - 8/7/2020 Online Afternoon (Call for waitlist)
Session VI 8/24/2020 - 9/4/2020 Online Afternoon

Computer Science


Intro to Computer Science 9-12

Learn the Java programming language and prepare for high school computer science courses.

The course iteratively builds upon itself, covering topics from beginning programming such as keywords, variables, conditionals, and loops to advanced topics such as Object-Oriented Programming, Polymorphism, and Java GUI programming.

Exercises include console and GUI utilities, sorting algorithms, simple games, and other student projects.

Session Dates Location Time
Session I 6/15/2020 - 6/26/2020 Online Afternoon
Session II 6/29/2020 - 7/10/2020 Online Morning (Call for waitlist)
Session IV 7/27/2020 - 8/7/2020 Online Afternoon (Call for waitlist)
Session VI 8/24/2020 - 9/4/2020 Online Morning

Algorithms with Python 9-12

This course presents a hands-on tour of concepts at the core of high school computer science and beyond.

Students gain experience in programming algorithms used for sorting, searching, as well as creating data structures. Examples and projects use the Python programming language.

Session Dates Location Time
Session II 6/29/2020 - 7/10/2020 Online Afternoon (Call for waitlist)
Session V 8/10/2020 - 8/21/2020 Online Afternoon