Johnson Academic Center Summer Learning

Each summer, the Johnson Academic Center at Forsyth Country Day School features one of the most exciting academic development summer programs in the Winston-Salem area. This summer plan is designed to teach, develop, and enhance each participant's learning style. 

List of 16 frequently asked questions.

  • Summer Reading

    Every summer the English department at FCDS assigns novels to be read in preparation for our fall classes. The JAC offers one-on-one work on these novels for our Middle and Upper School student body. The sessions will focus on helping students read the text and discuss the plot, characters, and general themes. Some reading of the text is required outside of the class time.   

    60 minutes/one-on-one
  • Writing Skills

    This course is offered to provide students with an opportunity to improve their structured writing skills. Students will practice methods of outlining, webbing, and editing that are effective for Middle and Upper School. Students will improve their word choice, sentence structure, and ability to convey ideas through paragraph/essay form.

    30 or 60 minute sessions
    Rising 7th-12th graders
     
  • Spanish Tutoring

    Students will have the opportunity to reinforce concepts that they may have struggled with during the school year. They are encouraged to bring examples of their best work, and the work that could use some improvement. These sessions will be tailored to the level of the student.

    30 or 60 minutes/one-on-one
    Rising 5th-12th graders
  • Creative Writing

    Creative Writing: Do you find beauty in writing? Do you often think lyrically? Do you want to expand your creativity? The summer Creative Writing course gives students the opportunity to enhance their writing and creative thinking skills through means of poetry, artistic expression, and scenario-building. Can be taken as a class or as individual sessions, 30 or 60 min.

    Rising 5th-12th graders
     
  • Singapore Math Skills

    The Singapore Math Skills course is designed for rising second through rising fourth graders, to review basic skills. These skills include: adding, subtracting, bar modeling and multiplying, and division facts as grade appropriate, regrouping and working with numbers to 1000and many other math skills that will help to improve their basic understanding of mathematics.   

    30-45 minutes/one-on-one
    Rising 2nd-4th Grade
  • Math Skills

    The Math Skills course is designed for rising fifth through rising eighth graders, to review basic skills. These skills include: adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing fractions, solving inequalities, estimation, basic calculator skills, solving word problems, identifying prime numbers, understanding probability, using measurements, solving mental math problems, and many other math skills that will help to improve their basic understanding of mathematics.   

    60 minutes/one-on-one
    Rising 5th-8th Grade
  • Pre-Algebra

    The purpose of this course is to prepare students with strong foundational skills and begin to introduce algebraic problem-solving. Students will review basic math skills and strive for mastery of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division using whole numbers, decimals, and fractions. Students will continue working with graphs, exponential and scientific notation, and multiply using powers of 10.
    • one-on-one
    • 60 minute sessions
    • 7th or 8th graders
  • Jumpstart Algebra I

    The JAC offers a jumpstart to the specific math courses that students are scheduled to take in the fall. These classes will cover basic skills to prepare students, as well as familiarize them with mathematical vocabulary. These classes are not graded, and they are presented so students will have some exposure to the material before actually participating in the course.

    60 min, Rising Algebra I students.
  • Algebra 2

    This course is designed to review basic algebraic concepts including an overview of exponents, polynomials, review of factoring, rational expressions, negative and rational exponents and a review of radicals.
    • 60 minute session
  • Pre-Calculus

    Students will review and solidify key skills from Algebra II that will be needed moving forward into Pre-Calculus. Students will be introduced to the initial material taught in Pre-Calculus and provided with a good foundation to start the school year. 

    60 minutes
  • Jumpstart Calculus

    The Calculus Jumpstart class will begin with a review of skills from Pre-Calculus to solidify key concepts that will be needed in Calculus. In addition to the review, students will be introduced to the initial material taught in Calculus to provide them with a good foundation to start the school year.

    60 minutes
  • Jumpstart Geometry

    The JAC offers a jumpstart to the specific math courses that students are scheduled to take in the fall. These classes will cover basic skills to prepare students, as well as familiarize them with mathematical vocabulary. These classes are not graded, and they are presented so students will have some exposure to the material before actually participating in the course.  

    60 minutes
  • SAT Prep

    This course aims to help students improve their scores in all SAT subject areas (Writing & Language and Math) through a combination of test taking strategy and content review. Sessions will be tailored to meet the needs of each student.

    60 minute sessions, all grades welcome, $90 for one-on-one, $55 for small group (not more than 4 people in small group)
  • Keyboarding

    This course allows students to practice keyboarding skills through guided sessions using the computer program Typing Quest. Sessions will be tailored to specific areas for growth.

    One-on-one, 30 minutes
  • ACT Prep

    This course aims to help students improve their scores in all ACT subject areas (English, Math, Reading, and Science) through a combination of test taking strategy and content review. Sessions will be tailored to meet the needs of each student.

    60 minute sessions, all grades welcome, $90 for one-on-one, $55 for small group (not more than 4 people in small group)
  • Handwriting

    This course is designed for rising first graders who are struggling with pencil grip and/or basic handwriting skills. Students will participate in a variety of interactive strategies and games to make handwriting practice fun, while utilizing the "Handwriting Without Tears" method.

    One-on-one, 30 minute sessions.
Dates:
June 8-11 - Monday-Thursday 
June 15-18 - Monday-Thursday  (No SAT/ACT) (*This is the only week for Singapore Math)
June 22-25 - Monday-Thursday 
July 6-9 - Monday-Thursday 
July 13-16 - Monday-Thursday
July 20-23 - Monday-Thursday 
Questions About JAC Summer Learning
Email Elizabeth Ottenjohn
Forsyth Country Day School (FCDS) is a private, college preparatory, independent school for preschool through high school located in Lewisville, NC, just outside of Winston-Salem. Students benefit from a challenging academic curriculum, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.