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.

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 25 - June 29
1:00-4:00 pm
Tuition $300

College Essays: "Out of The Box" Thinking and Writing / Grades 11,12
Feeling confined or confused by the writing involved in applying to college?  Feeling constrained by word counts, or topics assigned?  Feeling at sea because you need help organizing too many ideas?  This course is for you! College Essays: "Out of The Box" Thinking and Writing is designed for students interested in honing their writing and editing skills, specifically for the college application process.  Our work will center on working outside of the proverbial box; we will set ourselves free from as many constraints as possible, and use our creativity to make memorable work.  By the end of this week-long course, students will have written and workshopped four pieces that will do more than simply address the ideas posed by the common application and supplemental questions; they will act as windows into the young men and women who craft them.  
Instructor: Elizabeth Barbato LaPadula, D.Litt., Newark Academy English Department, Faculty
June 25 - June 29; July 16 - July 20
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 9 - July 13
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 9 - July 13
1:00-4:00 pm
Tuition: $300

Alternative Health Care Methods / Grades 9 - 12
This course will explore various methods we can use to better our health for both maintenance and disease prevention. These methods can help complement traditional medicine when necessary and help with our overall wellness on a daily basis. Each class will begin and end with Yoga and meditation. Topics that will be discussed: essential oils, exercise, meditation, aromatherapy, yoga, chiropractic. Acupuncture, massage, guided imagery, journaling, deep breathing, natural products, progressive relaxation, among others.
Instructor: Tara DelRusso, Newark Academy Health Department, Faculty

July 9 - July 13
1:00-3:00 pm
Tuition: $240

Advanced Model UN / 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 16 - July 20
1:00-4:00 pm
Tuition $300

Introduction to Marine Ecosystems / Grades 7-9
This one-week seminar will introduce students to a variety of marine ecosystems including coral reefs, mangrove forests, kelp forests, and the deep sea. Students will gain hands-on experience learning about key characteristics of some of the major marine phyla and identifying marine organisms that characterize each of the studied ecosystems. 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 16 - July 20
1:00-4:00 pm
Tuition: $300

How To Apply

To apply to the Newark Academy Summer Specialized Workshops program, please complete 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 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 4 members.

  • Elizabeth LaPadula 

    Middlebury College - B.A.
    Dartmouth College - M.A.L.S.
    Drew University - D.Lit
  • Tara DelRusso 

    Montclair State University - B.S.
    College of St. Elizabeth - M.S.
  • Kristin Duszak 

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

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