Summer Courses

In addition to classes scheduled during the school year, O’Connell offers summer courses for credit, for enrichment and for credit recovery. Please select from the tabs below to view our 2017 summer offerings.

Questions? Contact the counseling office (703-237-1461).

Summer Classes for Credit

Please note that perfect attendance is required to earn credit for summer classes.

Health/PE 1 for rising 9th grade (1 credit)
or Health/PE 2 for rising 10th grade (1 credit) *full
June 15-July 12 (no school July 3 & 4)
8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Tuition: $850
Course instruction emphasizes the development of a healthy and active lifestyle. Issues such as tobacco, alcohol and drug abuse; infectious diseases and stress; nutrition and fitness are discussed. A variety of physical activities--both team and individual sports--are offered, and physical fitness tests are administered during the course. CPR, first aid and classroom driver education are a part of the curriculum at the appropriate grade level.

Health 1 (.5 credit)
June 19-30 (8 a.m. - 11 a.m.)*full
July 24-Aug. 4 (8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.)
Tuition: $425
Co-ed course instruction includes selected systems of the body and their related health issues; tobacco, alcohol and drug abuse; infectious diseases; nutrition, stress and fitness; and a unit on the implications of bullying. Instruction emphasizes the development of a healthy active lifestyle. (This course fulfills the Health portion of the P.E. requirement.)

Survey of American Music (Grades 9-12) (.5 credit)
July 24 – Aug. 4
12:30 - 4 p.m.
Tuition: $425
This course explores the development of classical and folk music in the United States. Students are challenged to identify the characteristics of Native American music, colonial music, a variety of folk music in American history including, slave songs, classical music, the blue, jazz, country and western, rock and funk. Course curriculum includes reading, listening and writing assignments related to the music being studied. Students must have access to a computer with internet capability as listening is assigned from Internet sources. This Fine Arts credit course also serves as an elective credit in social studies.

Creative Writing (Grades 9-12) (.5 credit)
June 19 – July 7 (no school July 3&4)
Mornings - based on enrollment
Tuition: $425
This .5 credit class is designed for students (including incoming freshmen) who are strong English students with an interest in strengthening their writing skills and exploring avenues of creative expression. Students work in the genres of poetry, short fiction, drama and screenplay writing. Writing is supported by readings, classical and modern, in each of these genres.

Personal Branding and Digital Communication (Grades 9-12) (.5 credit)
June 15 - Aug. 4 (course work must be completed by Aug. 4)
Tuition: $300
This project-based course provides students with opportunities to create and utilize a digital portfolio, to develop a skill set essential for success in both college and work environments, and to appropriately communicate using digital tools. This course serves as a vehicle for students to present themselves to real world audiences more effectively. This course fulfills the computer requirement for graduation.

Geometry (Grade 10) (1 credit)
June 19 – July 21 (no school July 3&4)
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Tuition: $850
Must be recommended by current math teacher.
This course is designed for rising sophomores who have earned an A or A+ in Algebra 1/A and seek to study Honors Algebra 2/ Trigonometry and Precalculus before scheduling Calculus in their senior year. This course is an axiomatic approach to the basic theorems of Euclidean geometry. It uses an integrated approach to the study of plane and solid geometry, including proofs. A study of the area and volumes of the two-dimensional and three dimensional figures is included in the course. A thorough study of right triangle is taught as a brief introduction to trigonometry. This is a complete course in geometry using hands-on work to discover the concepts of geometry.

AP Comparative Government & Politics (Grades 11-12) (.5 credit)
June 19 – July 28
Mandatory course orientation on June 5 or 6 at 3 p.m.
This course introduces students to fundamental concepts used by political scientists to study the processes and outcomes of politics in a variety of country settings. The course aims to illustrate the rich diversity of political life, to show available institutional alternatives, to explain differences in processes and policy outcomes, and to communicate to students the importance of global and economic changes. This is an intellectually challenging online course with readings at a college level. Student taking the course for will be required to take the requisite AP exam in May 2018.

PLEASE NOTE: No classes are held on July 3 or July 4.

Academic Enrichment Opportunities

Introduction to High School English (Grade 9)
July 10-28
10:15 - 11:45 a.m.
Tuition: $200 (or $350 total for those enrolling in both English and Math courses)
This non-credit, three week course is designed for incoming freshmen to prepare for the rigors of high school English, with a focus on grammar, writing skills and summer reading. Emphasis is placed on class participation as well as developing a work ethic for success in 9th grade studies.

Introduction to High School Math (Grade 9)
July 10-28
8:30 - 10 a.m.

Tuition: $200 (or $350 total for those enrolling in both English and Math courses)
This non-credit, three week course is designed for incoming freshmen to prepare for the rigors of high school mathematics, with a focus on Algebra foundations. Emphasis is placed on reviewing math skills, as well as developing techniques and work habits for success in 9th grade studies.

Math Enrichment (Grades 10-12)
Students whose grades do not qualify them for advancing to the next math in their sequence should register with the math department chairperson ( for online math coursework proved through Educere to qualify for the desired class.

World Language Enrichment (Grades 10-12)
Students with a grade of C in language are expected to complete an online summer enrichment class provided through Middlebury College to gain the background needed to succeed at the next course level in that language. Student should register with the language department chairperson (

Credit Recovery

Students must make up any failure or incomplete grade before beginning the next school year. Ordinarily, this is done by daily attendance in summer sessions of supervised study and instruction at Bishop O’Connell.

Dates: June 19 - July 13 (no school on July 3&4)
Room: 238
Time: 8:00 - 11:00 a.m. for all courses except English (English time: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.)
Tuition: $600 for 1 course and $900 for 2 courses

Please do not sell your textbook if you need to make-up a course.

If you have any questions please contact Ms. Saracina at or 703.237.1461.

In-Car Driver Training

Behind the Wheel Driver's Training
Tuition: $300

Session 1: June 19 - June 23
All time slots have been filled.

Session 2: June 26 - June 30
All time slots have been filled.

Session 3: July 10 - July 14
All time slots have been filled.

Please note that online registration is ONLY for incoming and current Bishop O'Connell students. If you are enrolled at another school, please contact Ms. Robin Saracina (703-237-1461 or to discuss summer course enrollment.