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 2019 summer offerings, and register by using the registration button at the bottom of this page.

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 or Health/PE 2 (Grades 9-12)
June 17-July 12
8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Tuition: $850
Classes meet for six hours daily, earning 1.0 credit. Driver education is included in Health/PE 2.

Health 1 (Grade 9) This class is full.
June 17 - 28
8 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Tuition: $425
This 0.5 credit class is designed for freshmen intending to use athletic participation to obtain their PE credit.

Survey of American Music (Grades 9-12)
July 22 – Aug. 2
12:30 - 4 p.m.
Tuition: $425
This 0.5 credit 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.

Personal Branding and Digital Communication (Grades 9-12)
June 17 - July 26 (course work must be completed by July 29)
Tuition: $300
This 0.5 credit 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)
June 17 – July 17
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Tuition: $850
Must be recommended by current math teacher.
This 1.0 credit 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)
June 17 – July 26 (coursework must be completed by July 26)
This 0.5 credit 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 2020.

PLEASE NOTE: No classes are held on July 4-5.

Academic Enrichment Opportunities

Introduction to High School English (Grade 9)
June 18 - July 3
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)
June 18 - July 3
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.

June 17 - July 12 (no school July 4 and 5) - 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. daily.

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 Training

Cost is $325 per session

June 17- June 21 (9:00 - 10:30 AM) This section is closed.
June 17- June 21 (10:30 AM - noon) This section is closed.
June 17- June 21 (12:30 - 2:00 PM)
June 17- June 21 (2:00 - 3:30 PM)

July 8 - July 12 (9:00 - 10:30 AM)
July 8 - July 12 (10:30 AM - noon)
July 8 - July 12 (12:30 - 2:00 PM)
July 8 - July 12(2:00 - 3:30 PM)

July 15 - July 19 (9:00 - 10:30 AM)
July 15 - July 19 (10:30 AM - noon)
July 15 - July 19 (12:30 - 2:00 PM)

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.

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