Specialty Workshops

Specialty Workshops are Summer Session courses designed to 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.


Specialty Workshops

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  • Leadership in the 21st Century - Grades 8-12

    Session Dates and Tuition: July 6 - July 10, $300
    Times:
    1:00-4:00 pm
     
    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: Kevin George, Glen Ridge High School, Model UN Club Advisor
  • Improv Workshop - Grades 6-8

    Session Dates and Tuition: July 6 - July 10, $300
    Times:
    1:00-4:00 pm
     
    Spontaneity and imagination are the cornerstones of this course where students learn the basics of improvisational comedy.  Through a series of fun exercises and theater games, students will gain confidence on stage as they learn the fundamental skills required to perform comedic scenes without a script. Students will learn to work collaboratively with others as they build skills that can be translated to other kinds of theatrical work. 
         
    Instructor: Elaine Brodie, Newark Academy Arts Department, Chair
     
  • Yoga 101 Workshop - Grades 6-8

    Session Dates and Tuition: July 6 - July 10, $200
    Times:
    1:00-3:00 pm

    In this course, students will learn various yoga asanas (poses) while understanding the health benefits of their yoga practice. Students will start with a yoga class which will then lead to journaling, projects and discussions. Please bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothes to class.

    Instructor: Tara DelRusso, Newark Academy Health Department, Faculty
  • College Essays: "Out of The Box" Thinking and Writing - Grades 11-12

    Session Dates and Tuition: July 6 - July 10, $300
    Times:
    1:00-4:00 pm

    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 several 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


  • Model United Nations Institute - Grades 8-12

    Session Dates and Tuition: July 13 - July 17, $300
    Times:
    1:00-4:00 pm

    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: Kevin George, Glen Ridge High School, Advisor Model UN Club
  • Spanish Boot Camp - Grades 9-12

    Session Dates and Tuition: July 13 - July 17, $300
    Times:
    1:00-4:00 pm

    This workshop is designed for students with at least two years of Spanish studies who are considering taking advanced level Spanish courses in the near future. Whether it will be AP Spanish, IB Spanish, Honors courses or a semester abroad; this workshop will work on the language skills needed to succeed in those levels.  We will practice the four aspects of communication: listening, speaking, reading and writing. We will review key grammatical points and will write essays in proper academic Spanish. We will read and discuss different texts such as short stories, news, blogs, film reviews and articles. Students will enhance their comprehension skills listening to podcasts, interviews and songs in Spanish. Students will improve their oral and presentational skills doing oral presentations. Key cultural aspects from the Spanish-speaking world will be presented. This immersion-style workshop will be conducted entirely in Spanish and students are expected to speak only Spanish.

    Instructor: Reyther Ortega, Newark Academy Language Department, Faculty
  • Advanced Model UN - Grades 8-12

    Session Dates and Tuition: July 20 - July 24, $300
    Times:
    1:00-4:00 pm

    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: Kevin George, Glen Ridge High School, Model UN Club Advisor
  • Beginning Tap/Jazz/Ballet - Grades 3-6

    Session Dates and Tuition: June 29 - July 10, $400
    Times:
    1:00-3:00 pm

    This two-week course is designed to offer a dance student a chance to explore three different styles of dance.  Newcomers to dance will be introduced to the basics of each style, while those with more experience will be challenged with harder exercises.  All students will learn a piece of choreography in each style and perform these pieces at the end of the two weeks.  In addition, students will have the opportunity to choreograph their own pieces in any style and may choose to present these pieces at the final performance.  There is no prerequisite for this course. 
     
    Instructor: Yvette Luxenberg, Newark Academy, Arts Department, Dance
  • Musical Theatre / Dance - Grades 6-9

    Session Dates and Tuition: July 13 - July 17, $200
    Times: 
    1:00-3:00 pm

    This course is designed for any student interested in the dance element of musical theater.  Do you love to sing and act, but wish you had more dance experience to audition for your school musical?  Do you love musicals and wish you could perform to music from them more often? Do you love other styles of dance, but have yet to focus on musical theater dance?  Here is your chance! This course is open to all levels as the choreography will be tailored to each student. Those with significant dance experience will work on complex choreography and serious technique, and those just beginning will learn the basics.  All students will perform in a group piece and more advanced students may also choose to work on and perform a self-choreographed solo, with guidance from the instructor.

    Instructor: Yvette Luxenberg, Newark Academy, Arts Department, Dance
     
  • Advanced Contemporary Dance - Grades 7-12

    Session Dates and Tuition: July 20 – 24, $200
    Times:
    1:00-3:00 pm
     
    This course is designed to challenge the serious contemporary dancer with elements of modern dance exercises from the Graham, Horton and Limón styles.  Students will also work on improvisational skills and choreography.  Students will learn a piece of choreography to perform at the end of the session.  Students may also choose to work on their solos to be performed at the final performance.  Eight years of previous dance experience in ballet, jazz, or modern/contemporary dance is the prerequisite for this course.
     
    Instructor: Yvette Luxenberg, Newark Academy, Arts Department, Dance
  • Street Jazz Workshop - Grades 5-8

    Session Dates and Tuition: July 27 – July 31, $200
    Times:
    1:00-3:00  pm
     
    This course is designed to offer any interested student the chance to learn a fun, upbeat style of dancing and perform a full piece at the end of the session.  In addition, students will be taught the elements of composition and will choreograph their own pieces in whatever style they choose and may present these pieces at the final informal performance.  No previous experience is necessary.

    Instructor: Yvette Luxenberg, Newark Academy, Arts Department, Dance