Staples Summer Academy offers Summer Programs for High School Students

Westport Continuing Education has expanded summer programs for high school students with the Staples Summer Academy. Summer offerings include High School Credit Courses, College Essay Workshops, Gear Up for AP classes, Grammar and Writing, Biotechnology Careers, Driver Education, and SAT / ACT prep. 

Teens can get ahead academically this summer by taking a High School Credit Course in Chemistry, Physics, Geometry, U.S. Government or Physical Education. Classes take place at Staples High School, unless noted otherwise, and taught by certified teachers. Two “Gear Up” classes will help prepare students for AP courses in Algebra and Social Studies. College-ready skills are emphasized in the Grammar and Writing Review class to help improve your written fluency, clarity and power through punctuation and grammar fundamentals.

The popular College Essay Boot Camp will be held online this summer with Staples High School teachers Mary Katherine Hocking and Jamie Pacuk. In this course, get tips for admission interviews from a top-tier college interviewer. New instructor Jennifer Schonbrunn Hinkle presents the College Essay Workshop in person at Staples High School. Hinkle, a former magazine editor and Brown University graduate, has spent over a decade helping students take the sting out of the writing process. In the College Essay Seminar course, Sheryl Kayne, Adjunct Professor at Sacred Heart University, has the goal of encouraging students to gain confidence in their own writing and speaking abilities while creating a compelling essay. 

Biotechnology: Innovative Careers is a new class for students with an interest in chemistry, biology and physics to learn more about the potential career paths that are open (and in high demand) for students in these fields. Students engage in readings, group work and research to discover real-life examples of biotech careers, taught by Steven Delco. Delco has worked in the life sciences industry for over 30 years as an educator, scientist, securities analyst, hedge fund manager, and CEO. Recognized internationally as a thought leader at the intersection of biotechnology and finance, he has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Online, Reuters and is a regular contributor to Forbes.com. Currently he is the President and CEO of Delco Advisors LLC and President of Survive Cancer, Inc. 

Driver Education continues with online courses that begin on a regular basis with The Next Street. Plan ahead! Private driving lessons book 3 months in advance. Go to thenextstreet.com/staples and choose the upcoming class that works with your schedule!  

AlphaPrep offers affordable options for SAT and ACT preparation classes. AlphaPrep's mission is to help students achieve their highest potential by developing individualized learning programs, tailored to take account of each student's strengths, weaknesses, and unique learning styles. To register, go to AlphaPrep.com; select Services tab and enter course code WESTPORT to view details.

For more information and to register for classes, go to the Westport Continuing Education website. More information can also be requested via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 203-341-1209. 

Westport Continuing Education (WCE) provides high quality educational and enrichment programs to the residents of Westport and Fairfield County, annually serving nearly 6,000 adults and kids with 700 programs. Classes, workshops, and camps are offered throughout the year after school, in the evenings, and on weekends for adults and children. 

WCE is a division of Westport Public Schools, whose mission is to empower and inspire students to reach their full potential as lifelong learners and socially responsible contributors to our global community.



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