Specialized Workshops

Specialized Workshops are Summer Session courses taught by Newark Academy faculty. These unique courses offer students a variety of opportunities to expand their creative and intellectual horizons. The workshops help students to discover new passions and to grow as thinkers and artists.

Choose Your Own Adventure: Writing Interactive Fiction with Twine / Grades 7-9    
In this workshop, students will explore Twine, an open-source web-based tool for creating interactive choose-your-own-adventure stories and other written games. Students will have the opportunity to practice and to improve their writing skills while learning the Twine programming language.  While there is no prerequisite for the course, students who enroll should be interested in exercising both their logical and creative thinking skills.  Students will also need to bring their own laptop to each class session.
Instructor: Jeff Vinikoor, Newark Academy Humanities Department, Chair

June 26 - June 30
1:00-3:00 pm
Tuition $240
 

Leadership in the 21st Century / Grades 8-12     
This one-week seminar uses case studies, activities, and testimonials from successful leaders from diverse fields to help students explore what makes an effective leader in today’s world. We will study classic models of leadership and then consider how to blend and update these models for success in our complex, dynamic world. Students will hone communication and collaboration skills through role-play activities and team challenges. Taught at an age-appropriate level, this course gives students practical skills and new ways of thinking about leadership and collaboration with the ultimate goal of preparing them to excel in teamwork and leadership in their school, sports team, or community.
Instructor: Derek Kanarek, Newark Academy Math Department, Chair; Advisor Model UN Club

June 26 - June 30
1:00-4:00 pm
Tuition $300


Model United Nations Institute / Grades 8-12
Students attending this one-week institute will learn research and debate skills while gaining a greater awareness of global affairs through intensive Model United Nations training. Students will be coached in position paper research and writing, debate rules and speaking skills, resolution writing, and strategies to win over the committee. This program is designed for students who are Model UN novices or who have attended one conference. An abbreviated three-hour simulation at the end of the week will round out the institute.
Instructor: Derek Kanarek, Newark Academy, Math Department, Chair; Advisor Model UN Club

July 10 - July 14 
1:00-4:00 pm
Tuition $300


Words, Words, Words: Vocabulary Preparation for the SAT, ACT, and College / Grades 9-12
The most basic aim of this workshop is to encourage students to savor and play with words and thereby develop a friendly, passionate, and enduring relationship with them that will serve them well as they prepare for the SAT, ACT, upper-level coursework, and ultimately, college.  Through a variety of in-class games and activities (oral, aural, and written), students will learn to focus attentively to words as the basic unit of creative and analytical expression.  Students taking this workshop will leave with an expanded vocabulary, heightened awareness of the magic and power of words, and more importantly, the basic tools and discipline with which they can continue working independently en route to acquiring and mastering a commanding vocabulary.  We want students to arrive at college with the intellectual confidence and joy a commanding vocabulary can instill.  The class will explore a variety of oral and literary registers ranging from “text-speak” to Shakespeare, poetry to film and popular song.
Instructor: Peter Reed, Newark Academy Humanities Department, Faculty

July 10 - July 14
1:00-4:00 pm
Tuition: $300


Model United Nations Institute: Advanced Committees / Grades 8-12
This one-week institute is designed for students who are experienced in the writing and debate skills needed for success in Model United Nations. The centerpiece of the institute will be a series of simulations inspired by the crisis committees for top delegates featured at many premier conferences. Students will sharpen their research and debate skills and explore solutions to complex geopolitical problems in this exciting new program.
Preferred Experience: Newark Academy’s Model United Nations Institute, or significant Model UN experience (attended two or more high school conferences)
Instructor: Derek Kanarek, Newark Academy, Chair, Math Department, Faculty Advisor, Model UN Club

July 17 - July 21
1:00-4:00 pm
Tuition $300


Introduction to Marine Habitats / Grades 7-9
This one-week seminar will introduce students to a variety of marine habitats including coral reefs, mangrove forests, and the deep sea.  Students will gain hands-on experience learning to identify live and preserved marine organisms that characterize each of the studied habitats. The goal for this course is to begin to explore ecology through the study of different marine environments and the organisms living and interacting in each habitat.
Instructor: Kristin Duszak, Newark Academy

July 17 - July 21
1:00-4:00 pm
Tuition: $300


Video Game Coders' Boot Camp / Grades 7-10
Build one or more classic “twitch games” complete with animations, sound effects, and artificial intelligence. Are you new to programming? This class will guide you through programming basics and have you customizing existing components and tweaking rules to your satisfaction – tasks appropriate for an entry level programmer.  Are you experienced? This class will immerse you in advanced object-orientated techniques and coding strategies that will have you not only customizing existing components, but inventing new ones.
Instructor: Andrew Alford, Newark Academy Math Department, Faculty

July 17 - July 21
1:00-4:00 pm
Tuition: $300
This class is closed.  Accepting wait list students.


Threats to Marine Ecosystems / Grades 7-9
This one-week seminar will explore human impacts on marine ecosystems with a focus on conservation.  Students will be introduced to major threats like climate change, overfishing, and pollution, and their subsequent effects on specific habitats and organisms. The goal of this seminar is to learn about how these threats can impact the entire ocean ecosystem and the steps we can take to mitigate their effects.  This course is designed as a follow-up to “Introduction to Marine Habitats” but would also be appropriate as a stand-alone course.
Instructor: Kristin Duszak, Newark Academy

July 24 - July 28
1:00-4:00 pm
Tuition: $300


Databases: End-to-End / Grades 8 - 12
Whether you are using an app or visiting a website, you are tapping into the digital domain’s hidden realm of databases, a world ruled by tables, relations, queries, transactions, and SQL.  Learn how “back-end” databases are conceived and assembled for use by “front end” services you access every day; then, design your own.  Are you new to programming?  The “back end” is a great place to start: it will lay a solid foundation on which to build.  Or if you’ve studied programming, perhaps your applications are limited to simple file input/output techniques; this course will bring your code to a new plateau.
Instructor: Andrew Alford, Newark Academy Math Department, Faculty

July 24 - July 28
1:00-4:00 pm
Tuition: $300

 

How To Apply

To apply to the Newark Academy Summer Specialized Workshops program, please download and print the Summer Session application and medical form. Both forms must be filled out and returned to Newark Academy with the $50 (non-refundable) application fee. All tuition balances are due on or before May 1. Applications received on or after May 1 must include the $50 application fee and the full tuition.

Summer Session Academic Registration Form

Summer Program Medical Form




Please send forms and fees to:
Newark Academy Summer Session
91 South Orange Avenue
Livingston, NJ 07039
Phone: 973.992.7000 ext. 217

Program Faculty

List of 5 members.

  • Andrew Alford 

    Indiana University - B.A.
    Pace University - M.S.
  • Kristin Duszak 

    James Cook University - M.S.
    SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry - B.S.
  • Derek Kanarek 

    Chair, Mathematics Department
    Rutgers University - B.S.
    James Cook University (Australia) - M.Teach.
    Columbia University - Ed.M.
  • Peter Reed 

    Humanities Department, Faculty
    University of Iowa - B.A.
    University of Iowa - M.A.
    Yale University - M.A.
  • Jeffrey Vinikoor 

    Chair, Humanities Department
    Princeton University - B.A.
    Columbia University - M.A.