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Fairfax Collegiate Upper Level
Two-Week Half-Day Summer Courses for Grades 9-12
Alexandria, Chantilly, Loudoun, and McLean Locations

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 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Afternoon courses meet weekdays 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Test Prep and College Admissions


SAT Prep 9-12

Students prepare for the mathematics, reading, writing, and essay sections of the SAT.

The math review covers the Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 topics present on the SAT, as well as strategies for both the calculator and no-calculator portions of the test. The reading/writing review emphasizes locating information, making inferences, analyzing rhetoric, and synthesis of information from multiple sources.

Students complete 3 practice SAT tests under timed conditions and become familiar with SAT question formats, test scoring, and time-management strategies. Each student receives an evaluation based on their practice test scores that details areas for improvement and provides suggestions for further preparation.

Course materials include the latest version of The Official SAT Study Guide, which is published by the makers of the exam.

Session Dates Location Time
Session I 6/15/2020 - 6/26/2020 Chantilly Morning
Session I 6/15/2020 - 6/26/2020 McLean Morning
Session II 6/29/2020 - 7/10/2020 Alexandria Afternoon
Session II 6/29/2020 - 7/10/2020 Loudoun Afternoon
Session II 6/29/2020 - 7/10/2020 McLean Afternoon
Session III 7/13/2020 - 7/24/2020 Alexandria Afternoon
Session III 7/13/2020 - 7/24/2020 Chantilly Afternoon
Session III 7/13/2020 - 7/24/2020 McLean Afternoon
Session IV 7/27/2020 - 8/7/2020 Chantilly Afternoon
Session IV 7/27/2020 - 8/7/2020 Loudoun Afternoon
Session V 8/10/2020 - 8/21/2020 Alexandria Morning
Session V 8/10/2020 - 8/21/2020 Loudoun Morning

ACT Prep 9-12

Students prepare for the English, mathematics, reading, science, and writing sections of the ACT test.

The English and reading reviews focus on grammar, style, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. Math review topics include concepts from Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2. The science review covers experimental design, and interpreting and making inferences from experimental data.

Students complete 3 practice ACT tests under timed conditions and become familiar with ACT question formats, test scoring, and time-management strategies. Each student receives an evaluation based on their practice test scores that details areas for improvement and provides suggestions for further preparation.

Course materials include the latest version of The Official ACT Prep Guide, which is published by the makers of the exam.

Session Dates Location Time
Session II 6/29/2020 - 7/10/2020 Chantilly Morning
Session III 7/13/2020 - 7/24/2020 Loudoun Morning
Session IV 7/27/2020 - 8/7/2020 Alexandria Afternoon
Session IV 7/27/2020 - 8/7/2020 McLean Afternoon

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 I 6/15/2020 - 6/26/2020 McLean Afternoon
Session II 6/29/2020 - 7/10/2020 Alexandria Morning
Session II 6/29/2020 - 7/10/2020 Loudoun Morning
Session III 7/13/2020 - 7/24/2020 Chantilly Morning
Session IV 7/27/2020 - 8/7/2020 Alexandria 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 I 6/15/2020 - 6/26/2020 McLean Morning
Session II 6/29/2020 - 7/10/2020 Chantilly Morning
Session III 7/13/2020 - 7/24/2020 Alexandria Morning
Session III 7/13/2020 - 7/24/2020 Loudoun Afternoon
Session IV 7/27/2020 - 8/7/2020 Chantilly Morning
Session IV 7/27/2020 - 8/7/2020 McLean Afternoon
Session V 8/10/2020 - 8/21/2020 Alexandria Morning
Session V 8/10/2020 - 8/21/2020 Loudoun 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 McLean Morning
Session III 7/13/2020 - 7/24/2020 Chantilly Afternoon
Session III 7/13/2020 - 7/24/2020 Loudoun Morning
Session IV 7/27/2020 - 8/7/2020 Alexandria Afternoon

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.

Session Dates Location Time
Session I 6/15/2020 - 6/26/2020 McLean Afternoon
Session II 6/29/2020 - 7/10/2020 Alexandria Afternoon
Session III 7/13/2020 - 7/24/2020 Loudoun Morning
Session IV 7/27/2020 - 8/7/2020 Chantilly Morning

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.

Session Dates Location Time
Session II 6/29/2020 - 7/10/2020 Chantilly Afternoon
Session II 6/29/2020 - 7/10/2020 Loudoun Afternoon
Session III 7/13/2020 - 7/24/2020 McLean Morning
Session IV 7/27/2020 - 8/7/2020 Loudoun Morning
Session V 8/10/2020 - 8/21/2020 Alexandria 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 Chantilly Afternoon
Session II 6/29/2020 - 7/10/2020 McLean Morning
Session III 7/13/2020 - 7/24/2020 Alexandria Afternoon
Session III 7/13/2020 - 7/24/2020 Loudoun Afternoon
Session IV 7/27/2020 - 8/7/2020 Chantilly Afternoon
Session IV 7/27/2020 - 8/7/2020 McLean Morning
Session V 8/10/2020 - 8/21/2020 Alexandria Afternoon
Session V 8/10/2020 - 8/21/2020 Loudoun Morning

Critical Reading 9-12
New Course
Session Dates Location Time
Session II 6/29/2020 - 7/10/2020 Chantilly Afternoon
Session III 7/13/2020 - 7/24/2020 McLean Afternoon
Session IV 7/27/2020 - 8/7/2020 Loudoun Morning

High School Debate


High School Debate 9-12
New Course
Session Dates Location Time
Session I 6/15/2020 - 6/26/2020 Chantilly Morning
Session II 6/29/2020 - 7/10/2020 Loudoun Morning
Session III 7/13/2020 - 7/24/2020 Alexandria Morning
Session III 7/13/2020 - 7/24/2020 McLean Morning
Session IV 7/27/2020 - 8/7/2020 Loudoun 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 Chantilly Afternoon
Session II 6/29/2020 - 7/10/2020 Alexandria Morning
Session II 6/29/2020 - 7/10/2020 McLean Afternoon
Session III 7/13/2020 - 7/24/2020 Chantilly Morning
Session III 7/13/2020 - 7/24/2020 Loudoun Afternoon
Session IV 7/27/2020 - 8/7/2020 Alexandria Morning
Session IV 7/27/2020 - 8/7/2020 McLean Morning
Session V 8/10/2020 - 8/21/2020 Loudoun Afternoon

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 Loudoun Morning
Session IV 7/27/2020 - 8/7/2020 Loudoun Afternoon

SQL Database Programming 9-12
New Course
Session Dates Location Time
Session II 6/29/2020 - 7/10/2020 Loudoun Afternoon
Session IV 7/27/2020 - 8/7/2020 Loudoun Morning

Location Schedules


Alexandria
Beth El Hebrew Congregation
3830 Seminary Rd.
Alexandria, VA 22304
Session II (6/29/2020 - 7/10/2020)
Morning
College Essay Workshop 9-12
Intro to Computer Science 9-12
Afternoon
Intro to High School Bio 9-12
SAT Prep 9-12
Session III (7/13/2020 - 7/24/2020)
Morning
High School Debate 9-12
Intro to Algebra II 9-12
Afternoon
Academic Writing 9-12
SAT Prep 9-12
Session IV (7/27/2020 - 8/7/2020)
Morning
College Essay Workshop 9-12
Intro to Computer Science 9-12
Afternoon
ACT Prep 9-12
Intro to Precalculus 9-12
Session V (8/10/2020 - 8/21/2020)
Morning
Intro to Algebra II 9-12
SAT Prep 9-12
Afternoon
Academic Writing 9-12
Intro to High School Chem 9-12

Loudoun
Loudoun School for Advanced Studies
20577 Ashburn Rd.
Ashburn, VA 20147
Session II (6/29/2020 - 7/10/2020)
Morning
Algorithms with Python 9-12
College Essay Workshop 9-12
High School Debate 9-12
Afternoon
Intro to High School Chem 9-12
SAT Prep 9-12
SQL Database Programming 9-12
Session III (7/13/2020 - 7/24/2020)
Morning
ACT Prep 9-12
Intro to High School Bio 9-12
Intro to Precalculus 9-12
Afternoon
Academic Writing 9-12
Intro to Algebra II 9-12
Intro to Computer Science 9-12
Session IV (7/27/2020 - 8/7/2020)
Morning
Critical Reading 9-12
Intro to High School Chem 9-12
SQL Database Programming 9-12
Afternoon
Algorithms with Python 9-12
High School Debate 9-12
SAT Prep 9-12
Session V (8/10/2020 - 8/21/2020)
Morning
Academic Writing 9-12
SAT Prep 9-12
Afternoon
Intro to Algebra II 9-12
Intro to Computer Science 9-12

McLean
Lutheran Church of the Redeemer
1545 Chain Bridge Rd.
McLean, VA 22101
Session I (6/15/2020 - 6/26/2020)
Morning
Intro to Algebra II 9-12
SAT Prep 9-12
Afternoon
College Essay Workshop 9-12
Intro to High School Bio 9-12
Session II (6/29/2020 - 7/10/2020)
Morning
Academic Writing 9-12
Intro to Precalculus 9-12
Afternoon
Intro to Computer Science 9-12
SAT Prep 9-12
Session III (7/13/2020 - 7/24/2020)
Morning
High School Debate 9-12
Intro to High School Chem 9-12
Afternoon
Critical Reading 9-12
SAT Prep 9-12
Session IV (7/27/2020 - 8/7/2020)
Morning
Academic Writing 9-12
Intro to Computer Science 9-12
Afternoon
ACT Prep 9-12
Intro to Algebra II 9-12
Session V (8/10/2020 - 8/21/2020)
Morning
Afternoon

Chantilly
St. Timothy Catholic School
13809 Poplar Tree Rd.
Chantilly, VA 20151
Session I (6/15/2020 - 6/26/2020)
Morning
High School Debate 9-12
SAT Prep 9-12
Afternoon
Academic Writing 9-12
Intro to Computer Science 9-12
Session II (6/29/2020 - 7/10/2020)
Morning
ACT Prep 9-12
Intro to Algebra II 9-12
Afternoon
Critical Reading 9-12
Intro to High School Chem 9-12
Session III (7/13/2020 - 7/24/2020)
Morning
College Essay Workshop 9-12
Intro to Computer Science 9-12
Afternoon
Intro to Precalculus 9-12
SAT Prep 9-12
Session IV (7/27/2020 - 8/7/2020)
Morning
Intro to Algebra II 9-12
Intro to High School Bio 9-12
Afternoon
Academic Writing 9-12
SAT Prep 9-12