APEX Program

APEX program is a new series of high-level Summer Programs offered by Keystone Summer Archway.  These advanced courses have been created especially by Keystone teachers for Keystone students looking for opportunities to explore challenging topics during the summer. 

 

1. When is the program?

The program runs for two weeks in two sessions:

Session 1: July 12 – 23, 2021. 

Session 2: July 24 – Aug 6, 2021.

 

2. Who does the program serve?

Keystone students currently in grade 6-11.

 

3. How much does the program cost?

The price of the program is based on the number of classes that the student will take:

  • One Class: 10,000 RMB
  • Two Classes: 15,000 RMB
  • Three Classes: 20,000 RMB
  • Four Classes: 25,000 RMB

Boarding Program

Our boarding program will be available to students attending APEX classes.  If the student is living in the dorms for two weeks (for up to two classes), the additional charge will be 6,000 RMB.  A four week stay (for three or four classes) will be 12,000 RMB.  Boarding will include breakfast and dinner daily.

4. What is the daily schedule?

Time

Activities

8:00-11:00

APEX Class #1

11:00-12:00

Lunch

12:00-3:00

APEX Class #2

 

5. How to apply for the program?

There will be a limited number of spaces available for each course, so we encourage you to apply for admission as soon as possible.  Please fill the application form on: https://summer375773.typeform.com/to/CT1paBdO.  The deadline for applications will be Friday, May 21st.  We will announce the accepted students and the final daily schedule the week of May 24th to facilitate your summer plans. (Keystone students ONLY)

 

6. What are the content courses?

Middle School APEX Courses

MATHEMATICS:  PROBLEM SOLVING

Course content: Middle School students will get the opportunity to be challenged by Mr. Mike Koivusalo and test out their problem-solving skills in this summer program.  MYP Math Criterion B summative assessments are always a big challenge because students are asked to explore an unfamiliar problem using mathematics that they are familiar with.  This summer program will teach them the skills required to approach a problem that they have never seen before! Students will learn strategies to solve problems ranging from drawing visual representations, to trying simpler problems, considering different cases and many more. This summer program will cover problems in many different topics across mathematics.

Grade requirement: Keystone students currently in grade 6-8.

Time session: Only run in Session 2: July 24 – Aug 6, 2021.

 

SCIENCE:  FUN WITH DNA

Course content: Ms. Mahedran will also lead Middle School students through this entry-level course in DNA science.  Students are immersed in an environment of hands-on activities and laboratory experiments designed to increase genetic literacy, encourage critical and creative thinking, and spark interest in the field of biotechnology.

Grade requirement: Keystone students currently in grade 7-8.

Time session: Only run in Session 2: July 24 – Aug 6, 2021.

 

SCIENCE:  CLIMATE CHANGE

Course content: Exploring her passion for understanding and addressing climate change, Ms. Portia Mhlongo will guide students through an exploration of the scientific evidence data to build awareness and enthusiasm for their future lives as potential leaders in a world that will need educated and enthusiastic advocates for solving global problems by starting locally.  This specialized class will also benefit from the participation of invited experts that will contribute their knowledge and experience.

Grade requirement: Keystone students currently in grade 6-8.

Time session:

Session 1: July 12 – 23, 2021. 

Session 2: July 24 – Aug 6, 2021.

 

WRITING:  FREELANCE JOURNALISM

Course content: Ms. Marjorie Perry, a published journalist, will share her personal experience and knowledge in the field of reporting with students aspiring to improve their language skills and learn how to effectively communicate the events of the world around them.  Ms. Perry’s personal contacts in the business of journalism will also play a role in helping students see different perspectives in this vital and exciting type of writing.

Grade requirement: Keystone students currently in grade 6-8.

Time session:

Session 1: July 12 – 23, 2021. 

Session 2: July 24 – Aug 6, 2021.

 

High School APEX Courses

MATHEMATICS:  NUMBER THEORY

Course content: Ms. Amanda Shen will teach one of the most fascinating aspects of modern mathematics in her Number Theory class.  Modular arithmetic and the use of different bases are just two of the topics with applications in programming that students will find both challenging and innovative.  Number Theory will also explore the development of mathematical concepts using the kind of formal proof and logic structure that helps students to be successful in a wide variety of courses in college that go far beyond mathematics.

Grade requirement: Keystone students currently in grade 9-11.

Time session:

Session 1: July 12 – 23, 2021. 

Session 2: July 24 – Aug 6, 2021.

 

MATHEMATICS:  LINEAR ALGEBRA

Course content: Mr. Mike Koivusalo will introduce students to the importance of, and strategies for, writing mathematical proofs in this summer program. DP HL Mathematics requires a certain level of rigor that is not expected in most of the MYP units. This summer program will teach students the language and skills of proof writing so that they will be more confident in their DP classes. They will also get an opportunity to test out their new skills by exploring vectors and linear algebra – a topic that they will face in both of the DP higher level mathematics courses.

Grade requirement: Keystone students currently in grade 9-11.

Time session: Only run in Session 2: July 24 – Aug 6, 2021.

 

SCIENCE:  DNA BARCODING

Course content: Working in partnership with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s DNA Learning Center, Ms. Sindhura Mahedran will lead High School students through the process of using science to identify a “DNA Barcode.”  DNA Barcoding projects allow students to link molecular genetics to ecology and evolution --- with the potential to contribute new scientific knowledge about biodiversity, conservation biology, and human effects on the environment.  This advanced course will rely on prior knowledge from our High School Biology classes.

Grade requirement: Keystone students currently in grade 10-11.

Time session: Only run in Session 2: July 24 – Aug 6, 2021.

 

SCIENCE:  FUN WITH DNA

Course content: Ms. Mahedran will also lead Middle School students through this entry-level course in DNA science.  Students are immersed in an environment of hands-on activities and laboratory experiments designed to increase genetic literacy, encourage critical and creative thinking, and spark interest in the field of biotechnology.

Grade requirement: Keystone students currently in grade 9.

Time session: Only run in Session 2: July 24 – Aug 6, 2021.

 

SCIENCE:  CLIMATE CHANGE

Course content: Exploring her passion for understanding and addressing climate change, Ms. Portia Mhlongo will guide students through an exploration of the scientific evidence data to build awareness and enthusiasm for their future lives as potential leaders in a world that will need educated and enthusiastic advocates for solving global problems by starting locally.  This specialized class will also benefit from the participation of invited experts that will contribute their knowledge and experience.

Grade requirement: Keystone students currently in grade 9-11.

Time session:

Session 1: July 12 – 23, 2021. 

Session 2: July 24 – Aug 6, 2021.

 

KEYSTONE PHILOSOPHY COUNCIL

Course content: Our own Huang Yuanching will mentor a task force of Keystone students interested in exploring how Chinese and Foreign Values provide structure and guidance for a special school like ours that strives to unite the best philosophies from around the world.  Our school’s leadership teams will rely on this task force to act as an advisory council throughout the school year, starting with how we welcome new teachers to Keystone, and continuing through the process of helping everyone at the school understand each other and work better together with a clearly articulated philosophy that is both global and based in Chinese culture and values.

Grade requirement: Keystone students currently in grade 10-11.

Time session:

Session 1: July 12 – 23, 2021. 

Session 2: July 24 – Aug 6, 2021.

 

WRITING:  SHORT STORIES

Course content: We believe that one of the best ways to build language literacy is through the use of a creative process that engages the imaginations of our students.  With that in mind, Ms. Marcella Cooper, the Head of our Secondary School English Department, will mentor our young writers of fiction through the process of creating their own short stories.  This class will also provide a window for students to learn how to begin the process of writing longer-form fiction literature and encourage them to see that process through.

Grade requirement: Keystone students currently in grade 9-11.

Time session:

Session 1: July 12 – 23, 2021. 

Session 2: July 24 – Aug 6, 2021.

 

WRITING:  FREELANCE JOURNALISM

Course content: Ms. Marjorie Perry, a published journalist, will share her personal experience and knowledge in the field of reporting with students aspiring to improve their language skills and learn how to effectively communicate the events of the world around them.  Ms. Perry’s personal contacts in the business of journalism will also play a role in helping students see different perspectives in this vital and exciting type of writing.

Grade requirement: Keystone students currently in grade 9-11.

Time session:

Session 1: July 12 – 23, 2021. 

Session 2: July 24 – Aug 6, 2021.