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2022 Fall Live Online Class

  • 09/21 to 12/14  12 Classes Wednesday 4:30pm-6:00pm $360/term No class on Nov. 23Location: Online7

    Course Description: This is the third course of Speech/Debate series. While this course continues to help students build up the Speech confidence and skills, it focuses more on Debate.

    Below are the sample topics to cover in the class. Topics may vary in different terms.

    Unit 1: Introduction to Debate
    1. Introduce students to some basic concepts and terms. 
    2. Involve students in an informal debate.

    Unit 2: Expanding on the concept of debate 
    1. Observe a live or videotaped debate. 
    2. Take part in an informal debate.

    Unit 3: Affirmative Structure
    1. Gain an understanding of the Affirmative philosophy.
    2. Examine the speech of the first Affirmative.

    Unit 4: Overview of Negative Strategy
    1. Understand negative strategy. 
    2. understand the job of the first Negative speaker

    Unit 5: Overview of Debate
    1. Second Affirmative Constructive Speech 
    2. Second Negative Constructive Speech
    3. The Break 
    4. Rebuttal by First Negative 
    5. Rebuttal by First Affirmative

    Unit 6: The Great debate (Discussion, Preparation, Presentation)

    Provide students an opportunity to prepare and debate in a formal style.

    Debate is an excellent way to develop critical thinking skills. The process of researching a debate is one of examining the pros and cons of an issue, determining what the problems are and considering alternative solutions. The research and presentation of a debate is clearly a team effort, and participation in activities like debate explicitly develops the skills needed to work in teams.

    Instructor: Ta-Leah Smithers

  • 09/20 to 12/13  24 Classes Tuesday,Thursday 3:55pm-4:55pm $495/term In-person Only; No class on Nov. 24Location: Rm 2

    Comprehensive Reading and Vocabulary Level 1 is a direct, systematic, and highly interactive reading comprehension program. The course aligns with the ITBS Reading test, and we use the ITBS reading test to measure student's achievement in this class.

    The class is designed with a one-year curriculum for advanced K-1 students:

    Level 1A: Starting students with the "From Phonics to Reading Level 2" to build up the vocabulary and reading skills based on Phonics. We may also use "Making Connections Grade 1" or various reading materials to practice comprehensive reading skills 

    Level 1B: Starting with more complex text readings we will have "From Phonics to Reading 2" as our reading textbook to take students to the next level of reading comprehension. We will use "Vocabulary Workshop for Comprehension 1" to power up students' vocabulary by putting the words in multiple contexts. And 6 books from Comprehension Library 1 will be used in class for students to apply their newly acquired skills and strategies. Level 1B usually take about 20 weeks to complete.

    Student books for Level 1A:
    Make Connections Book 1 & From Phonics to Reading 1

    Making Connections Student Book, Grade 1 (Homeschool  Edition)  -           From Phonics to Reading Student Edition Level A, Grade 1

    Books in PDF will be uploaded to the students' class page before the term starts. The hard copy of "From Phonics to Reading" book is included in your registration. You may buy the hard copy of "Making Connections 1" book at the group discount price on Sunshine's website via this link:   
    http://www.sunshineeliteeducation.com/course.php?term=39



  • 09/20 to 12/13  24 Classes Tuesday,Thursday 3:55pm-4:55pm $495/term In-person Only; No class on Nov. 24Location: Rm 2

    Comprehensive Reading and Vocabulary Level 2 is a direct, systematic, and highly interactive reading comprehension program. The course aligns with the ITBS Reading test, and we use the ITBS reading test to measure student's achievement in this class.

    The class is designed with a one-year curriculum for Grade 2-3 students:

    Level 2A: Starting students with the "Make Connections Book 2" to build up comprehensive reading skills.  We use "Vocabulary Workshop for Comprehensive 2" for expanding students' vocabulary with a comprehensive reading context. Level 2A usually take 12 to 14 weeks to finish.

    Level 2B: We use "Mastering Complex Text Using Multiple Reading Sources 2" for more complex text reading and scientific readings, we will use "Wordly Wise Book 2" in the 2B level to power up students' vocabulary further by putting the words in multiple contexts. 8-10 books from Comprehension Library 2 will be used in/out of class for students to apply their newly acquired skills and strategies. Level 2B usually take about 20 weeks to complete.

    Students will build up the following skills along the year:
         1. understand skills such as cause and effect, drawing conclusions, and predicting outcomes.
         2. locate, interpret, and organize key information in a text.
         3. analyze words in a text using vocabulary strategies.
         4. utilize text features such as maps, graphs, tables, photos, and glossaries to aid comprehension.
         5. interpret a variety of genres including biographies, science & social studies texts, Greek myth, and much more! 

    Student books for Level 2A:
    Make Connections Book 2
    Vocabulary Workshop for Comprehensive 2 

     

    Books in PDF will be uploaded to the students' class page before the term starts. The "Vocabulary Workshop for Comprehensive 2" is included in your registration. You may buy the "Make Connections 2" book at the group discount price on Sunshine's website via this link:   
    http://www.sunshineeliteeducation.com/course.php?term=39



  • 09/20 to 12/13  24 Classes Tuesday,Thursday 3:55pm-4:55pm $495/term In-person only; No class on Nov. 24Location: Rm 2

    This is a direct, systematic, and highly interactive reading comprehension program that teaches students practical strategies to bolster their reading and vocabulary skills for the reading tests. It's also a class for 3rd graders who want to prepare for the ITBS/OSA reading test.

    This course will build up the solid fundation for the reading and vocabulary skills by using comprehensive reading and vocabulary level 3A and 3B along the year.  Students will also learn the test strategies and sharpen the test skills by engaging in practice tests from multiple leading resources in class or out class as homework.

    Students in 3rd-6th grade who score in the 99 percentile in ITBS/OSA Reading, together with a 97% in either the ITBS/OSAS Math or CogAt test, will qualify for the SUMMA program in Middle School. For additional information on the SUMMA program at BSD schools, please check this link: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/teaching-learning/student-programs/talented-and-gifted

    The class is designed with a one-year curriculum for Grade 3-4 students:

    Level 3A: Students will start with the "Make Connections 3“ book to build up comprehensive reading skills with the high-quality of scientific reading.  Six books from Comprehension Library 3 will be used in/out of class for students to apply their newly acquired skills and strategies. We use the ”Vocabulary Workshop for Comprehensive 3“ for expanding students' vocabulary with a comprehensive reading context. Level 3A usually takes 12 to 14 weeks to finish.

    Level 3B: After finishing the Make Connections 3 book, we will continue with the "Reading Detective Beginning" and "Close Reading Complex Text 3" book in level 3B to further refine reading skills with more complex high-quality text. We will use the book "Wordly Wise book 3" to power up students' vocabulary further by putting the words in multiple contexts. The Online Reading Skill Unit Tests will be used to have students to practice the reading tests in the standard format and assess students' reading skills. Level 3B usually takes about 20 weeks to complete.

    Students will build up the following skills along the year:
         1. understand skills such as cause and effect, drawing conclusions, and predicting outcomes. 
         2. locate, interpret, and organize key information in a text.
         3. analyze words in a text using vocabulary strategies.
         4. utilize text features such as maps, graphs, tables, photos, and glossaries to aid comprehension. 
         5. interpret a variety of genres including biographies, science & social studies texts, Greek myth, and much more! 

    Student books for Level 3A:
    Vocabulary Workshop for Comprehensive 3 
    Make Connections 3 
    6 books from Comprehensive Library 

       

    Books in PDF will be uploaded to the students' class page before the term starts. The "Vocabulary Workshop for Comprehensive 3" is included in your registration. You may buy the "Make Connections 3" book at the group discount price on Sunshine's website via this link:   
    http://www.sunshineeliteeducation.com/course.php?term=39



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    09/21 to 12/14  24 Classes Monday,Wednesday 3:55pm-4:55pm $495/term No class on Nov. 23Location: Online9

    This is a direct, systematic, and highly interactive reading comprehension program that teaches students practical strategies to bolster their reading and vocabulary skills for the reading tests. It's also a class for 4th graders who want to prepare for the ITBS/OSA reading test. 

    This course will build up the solid fundation for the reading and vocabulary skills by using comprehensive reading and vocabulary level 4A and 4B along the year.  Students will also learn the test strategies and sharpen the test skills by engaging in practice tests from multiple leading resources in class or out class as homework.

    Students in 3rd-6th grade who score in the 99 percentile in ITBS/OSA Reading, together with a 97% in either the ITBS/OSAS Math or CogAt test, will qualify for the SUMMA program in Middle School. For additional information on the SUMMA program at BSD schools, please check this link: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/teaching-learning/student-programs/talented-and-gifted

    The class is designed with a one-year curriculum for Grade 4-5 students:

    Level 4A: We will start with the "Make Connections 4” to build up comprehensive reading skills by looking into the connections in the text. 6 books from Comprehension Library 5 will be used in/out of class for students to apply their newly acquired skills and strategies. We use "Vocabulary Workshop for Comprehensive 4" for expanding students' vocabulary with a comprehensive reading context. Level 4A usually takes 12 to 14 weeks to finish.

    Level 4B: We will take students to the next reading level with "Close Reading Complex Text 4" and "Reading Explorer Book 2" in 4B with more complex high-quality scientific texts. we will use the vocabulary book "Wordly Wise book 4" to power up students' vocabulary further by putting the words in multiple contexts. Level 4B usually take about 20 weeks to complete.

    Students will build up the following skills along the year:
         1. understand skills such as cause and effect, drawing conclusions, and predicting outcomes. 
         2. locate, interpret, and organize key information in a text.
         3. analyze words in a text using vocabulary strategies.
         4. utilize text features such as maps, graphs, tables, photos, and glossaries to aid comprehension. 
         5. interpret a variety of genres including biographies, science & social studies texts, Greek myth, and much more! 

    Student books for Level 4A: 
    Vocabulary Workshop for Comprehensive 4
    Make Connections 4
    6 books from Comprehensive Library 4 (PDF only)

     

    Books in PDF will be uploaded to the students' class page before the term starts. The "Vocabulary Workshop for Comprehensive 4" is included in your registration. You may buy the "Make Connections 4" book at the group discount price on Sunshine's website via this link:   
    http://www.sunshineeliteeducation.com/course.php?term=39

    Instructor: Will Ferguson

  • 09/21 to 12/14  24 Classes Monday,Wednesday 5:00pm-6:00pm $495/term No class on Nov. 23Location: Online9

    This is a direct, systematic, and highly interactive reading comprehension program that teaches students practical strategies to bolster their reading and vocabulary skills for the reading tests. It's a class for 5th graders who want to prepare for the ITBS/OSA reading test.

    This course will build up the solid fundation for the reading and vocabulary skills by using comprehensive reading and vocabulary level 5A and 5B along the year.  Students will also learn the test strategies and sharpen the test skills by engaging in practice tests from multiple leading resources in class or out class as homework.

    Students in 3rd-6th grade who score in the 99 percentile in ITBS/OSA Reading, together with a 97% in either the ITBS/OSAS Math or CogAt test, will qualify for the SUMMA program in Middle School. For additional information on the SUMMA program at BSD schools, please check this link: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/teaching-learning/student-programs/talented-and-gifted

    The class is designed with a one-year curriculum for Grade 5-6 students. 

    Level 5A: We will start with the "Make Connections 5” to build up comprehensive reading skills by looking into the connections in the text.  6 books from Comprehension Library 5 will be used in/out of class for students to apply their newly acquired skills and strategies. We use "Vocabulary Workshop for Comprehensive 5" for expanding students' vocabulary with a comprehensive reading context. Level 5A usually takes 12 to 14 weeks to finish.

    Level 5B: We will take students to the next reading level with "Close Reading Complex Text 5" and "Reading Detective A1" in 5B with more complex high-quality scientific texts. we will use the vocabulary book "Wordly Wise book 5" to power up students' vocabulary further by putting the words in multiple contexts. Level 5B usually take about 20 weeks to complete.

    Students will sharpen their skills in:
         
    •  Logical Analysis using principles of cause and effect to help draw conclusions/predict outcomes.
         •  Discourse Analysis using linguistic and textual principles to interpret/organize key information. 
         •  Semantic Analysis using specific words in a text to discover implicit information.
         •  Textual Analysis using textual/graphics features such as maps/graphs to aid in comprehension.
         •  Interpretation using a variety of genres (including biography, scientific writing,  social studies texts, Greek mythology, etc.) in order to apply the methods over a range of discourses.

    Literary Analysis Skills
         
    •  Defining vocabulary using contextual clues.
         •  Recognizing figurative language.
         •  Identifying the main idea, supporting details, and theme.
         •  Recognizing literary and rhetorical devices.
         •  Identifying story elements: theme, plot, setting, and characters.

    Textbooks

    Student books for Level 5A: 
    Vocabulary Workshop for Comprehensive 5
    Make Connections 5
    6 books from Comprehension Library 5 (PDF Only)

        Vocabulary-Workshop-Tools-for-Comprehension   

    Books in PDF will be uploaded to the students' class page before the term starts. The "Vocabulary Workshop for Comprehensive 5" is included in your registration. You may buy the "Make Connections 5" book at the group discount price on Sunshine's website via this link:   
    http://www.sunshineeliteeducation.com/course.php?term=39

    Instructor: Will Ferguson

  • 09/20 to 12/13  24 Classes Tuesday,Thursday 5:00pm-6:00pm $495/term No class on Nov. 24Location: Online20

    Comprehensive Reading and Vocabulary Level 6 is a direct, systematic, and highly interactive reading comprehension program that teaches students practical strategies to bolster their vocabulary and academic acumen. The course aligns with the standard Reading & SSAT tests which will be used to measure students’ achievement.

    The class is designed with a one-year curriculum for Grade 6 students:

    Level 6A: We will start with the "Close Reading Complex Texts 6" to build up comprehensive reading skills. We use "Vocabulary Workshop for Comprehensive 6" for expanding students' vocabulary with a comprehensive reading context. Level 6A usually takes 12-14 weeks to finish. 

    Level 6B: We will continue to the "Reading Explorer Book 4" and "Reading Detective Rx" to further refine reading comprehension and build scientific reading skills together.  We will use the "Wordly Wise Book 6" to power up students' vocabulary further by putting the words in multiple contexts. Level 6B usually take about 20 weeks to complete.

    Students will sharpen their skills in:
         
    •  Logical Analysis using principles of cause and effect to help draw conclusions/predict outcomes.
         •  Discourse Analysis using linguistic and textual principles to interpret/organize key information. 
         •  Semantic Analysis using specific words in a text to discover implicit information.
         •  Textual Analysis using textual/graphics features such as maps/graphs to aid in comprehension.
         •  Interpretation using a variety of genres (including biography, scientific writing,  social studies texts, Greek mythology, etc.) in order to apply the methods over a range of discourses.

    Literary Analysis Skills
         
    •  Defining vocabulary using contextual clues.
         •  Recognizing figurative language.
         •  Identifying the main idea, supporting details, and theme.
         •  Recognizing literary and rhetorical devices.
         •  Identifying story elements: theme, plot, setting, and characters.

    Textbooks
    The two core textbooks for this class are the award-winning Reading Explorer 4 (from National Geographic Learning) and Reading Detective Rx (from The Critical Thinking Co.). The Reading Explorer series is heavily oriented towards the sciences while introducing rhetorical concepts and reading strategies.  Reading Detective is oriented towards literature and writing.  In tandem, the curricula help the instructor deliver a varied, comprehensive, and coherent reading program.

    Student books for Level 6A:
    Vocabulary Workshop for Comprehensive 6
    Close Reading Complex Text 6

      

    Books in PDF will be uploaded to the students' class page before the term starts. The "Vocabulary Workshop for Comprehensive 6" is included in your registration. You may buy the "Close Reading Complex Texts 6" book at the group discount price on Sunshine's website via this link:   
    http://www.sunshineeliteeducation.com/course.php?term=39

    Instructor: Tami Bake

  • 09/21 to 12/14  12 Classes Wednesday 5:00pm-6:30pm $375/term No class on Nov. 23Location: Online2

    Literary reading skills are above basic and key reading skills to the point where students grasp texts in all their complexity. It is reading between lines in order to discover levels of meaning and develop meaningful interpretations.

    In this class, students will:
    (1) Review Basic Reading (imagining, responding, skimming)
    (2) Learn Reflective Reading (selecting, scanning, tracking)
    (3) Learn Analytical Reading (Interpreting, analyzing)
    (4) Write a critical analysis style essay 
    (5) Build vocabulary/syntax throughout the reading
    (6) Create a unique, critical essay with correct logical structure and grammar

    This class is designed with a one-year curriculum for Grade 5-6 students. The class will use various books on different terms throughout the year. Sunshine will provide an Ecopy of the books used in class or free rental of the hard copy of the book whenever possible.

    Text Books for Literary Reading Level II-A:

     On the Wings of Heroes by Richard Peck

    Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine

    Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

    Ranger's Apprentice by John Flanagan

    Note: If many students have already read a novel, we will choose an alternate.

    Instructor: Brenda Andrus

  • 09/26 to 12/12  12 Classes Monday 5:00pm-6:30pm $375/term Location: Online2

    In How to Read A Book, Van Doren and Mortimer talk about four main levels of reading: elementary reading, inspectional reading, analytical reading, and syntopical reading.

    Analytical reading goes beyond elementary reading (putting sounds and words together to discover surface-level meaning) and inspectional reading (systematic skimming and superficial reading) to the point where the student begins to understand the book and the author's views on the subject.  From this point, the students will be better able to tackle the syntopic reading skills that will enable them to thrive in higher levels of academia.

    In this class, students will:
    (1) Practice Elementary Reading
    (2) Learn Inspectional Reading (systematic skimming, superficial reading)
    (3) Learn Analytical Reading (classifying, summarizing, relating the part to whole and vice versa, and defining the problem that the author has articulated)
    (4) Write critical analysis essays
    (5) Build up vocabulary through the readings and exercises
    (6) Develop a unique, critical essay writing style with logical structure and correct grammar.

    This class is designed with a one-year curriculum for Grade 7-9 students. The class will use various books on different terms throughout the year. Sunshine will provide an Ecopy of the books used in class or free rental of the hard copy of the book whenever possible.

    Text Books for Literary Reading Level III-A: 
    (1) Red Scarf Girl, by Ji-li Jiang
    (2) excerpts from Mindset, by Carol Dweck
    (3) Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
    (4) Okay for Now, by Gary Schmidt
    Note: If many students have already read a novel, we will choose an alternate.

    We will also draw from these Additional Text Books (pdfs provided):
    (1) How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines.
    (2) A Short Guide to Writing about Literature (12th Edition)
    (3) Reading the World: Contemporary Literature from Around the Globe by Plc 
    (4) A World of Ideas: Essential Readings for College Writers by Lee A. Jacobus (essays)

    Instructor: Brenda Andrus

  • 09/24 to 12/10  12 Classes Saturday 1:00pm-2:30pm $375/term No class on Nov. 25Location: Online1

    This course focuses on building writing skills and grammar systematically for students in Kindergarten, grade 1, and grade 2. This level has a special focus on writing sentences.

    Most of the skills are drawn from the higher level of the grade spread, therefore this class is most appropriate for advanced Kindergarten students and on-level grade 1 & 2 students. Each of our levels has two years worth of skill content. A student can take this level for two years without repeating content!

    Our "skill-based" program helps children focus on specific writing skills in each class, so students gain mastery skill by skill. They become confident, competent writers. Each term we practice many genres of writing. Each genre builds different skills such as building attention to word choice with poetry and attention to descriptive details with science writing.

    Meanwhile "guided" writing is highly supported, and enables students to produce complete writing that is well-structured.

    An example guided writing assignment could provide the following prompts: 1. What was the best thing that happened over winter vacation? 2. Who was there? 3. Where was it? 4. When did it happen? 5. What happened first? 6. What happened next? 7. What happened last? 8. Complete the sentence: It was the best because ___________.

    A child who follows these prompts easily learns the importance of answering the questions who, when, and where, as well as including a sequence of events and a closing that relates to the main idea. When they draft their paragraph on a new piece of paper, they have a complex and complete paragraph. 

    Student Grammar/Workbooks for Writing 1A
    Let's Get This Day Started Writing and Language Skills 2 by Teacher Created Resources

    Paperback Let's Get This Day Started: Writing and Language Skills (Gr. 2) Book

    Books in PDF will be uploaded to the students' class page before the term starts. You may also buy the textbooks at the group discount price on Sunshine's website via this link:   
    http://www.sunshineeliteeducation.com/course.php?term=39

    Instructor: Jennifer Rose

  • 09/24 to 12/17  12 Classes Saturday 1:00pm-2:30pm $375/term No class on Nov. 26Location: Online1

    This class is a refined skill-based guided writing level 2 class that is taught in a different way: Strength-Focused By Jennifer Rose.

    it will inspire your ideas and empower you with the tools to refine your writing and make it audience ready. Each 90-minute class will have three sections: ideas, revision skills, and conventions. You will be supported all the way with the best revision techniques from Education Northwest's 6 traits approach, and the best instruction in conventions from Sadlier's Grammar Workshop textbook series. You will feel encouraged and confident to take your favorite ideas to an audience.

    Level 2 focuses on writing well-developed paragraphs of several sentences that introduce the main idea and support the idea with well-chosen details.

    We will be building writing skills and grammar systematically for students in grades 1 and 2. Most of the skills are drawn from the higher level of the grade spread, therefore this class is most appropriate for advanced grade 1 students and on-level grade 2 students. Each of our levels has two years worth of skill content. A student can take this level for two years without repeating content! When your student is ready to happily and confidently write multiple, related paragraphs, they will move on to Level 3.

    We will use the https://stonesoup.com/ website for inspiration, submit writing for publication, and if all goes as planned, we will do some publishing of our own. 

    Student Grammar/Workbooks for Strength Writing 1 & 2
    Let's Get This Day Started Writing and Language Skills 1 by Teacher Created Resources
    Let's Get This Day Started Writing and Language Skills 2 by Teacher Created Resources
    Paperback Let's Get This Day Started: Writing and Language Skills (Gr. 2) Book

    Books in PDF will be uploaded to the students' class page before the term starts. You may also buy the textbooks at the group discount price on Sunshine's website via this link:   
    http://www.sunshineeliteeducation.com/course.php?term=39

    Instructor: Jennifer Rose

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    09/24 to 12/17  12 Classes Saturday 11:00am-12:30pm $375/term No class on Nov. 26Location: Online1

    This class is a refined skill-based guided writing level 3 class that is taught in a different way: Strength-Focused By Jennifer Rose.

    Writing Level 3 focuses on writing three related paragraphs on one topic.

    We will be building writing skills and grammar systematically for students in grades 3 and 4. Most of the skills are drawn from the higher level of the grade spread, therefore this class is most appropriate for advanced grade 3 students and on-level grade 4 students. Each of our levels has two years worth of skill content. A student can take this level for two years without repeating content! When your student is ready to develop multiple organizational structures, they will move on to Level 4.

    Our "skill-based" program helps children focus on specific writing skills in each class, so students gain mastery skill by skill. They become confident, competent writers. Each term we practice many genres of writing. Each genre builds different skills such as building attention to word choice with poetry and attention to descriptive details with science writing. 

    Meanwhile "guided" writing is highly supported, and enables students to produce complete writing that is well-structured.

    For example, in Level 3, instead of asking a child to write about themselves, a guided writing assignment could provide the following prompts: 1. What is something you like to do? Explain what you like about it or how you do it. 2. What are some important things to know about you? [Choose at least 3 details, such as name, age, family members, school, favorite things]  3. What experiences in your past have been important to you? 4. Complete the sentence: I am the kind of person who _______. 5. What does it feel like to be you? 6. Now write your paragraphs in good order. 

    A child who follows these prompts learns to include explanations, make generalizations, and order paragraphs thoughtfully. They learn specific ending strategies, such as closing with feelings.  

    We will begin each class by building grammar with the Grammar Workshop from Sadlier throughout the year.

    Student Grammar/Workbooks for Strength Writing 3A
    Grammar Workshop for Grade 3 (full year curriculum)

    Grammar Workshop, Tools for Writing image

    Books in PDF will be uploaded to the students' class page before the term starts. You may also buy the textbooks at the group discount price on Sunshine's website via this link:   
    http://www.sunshineeliteeducation.com/course.php?term=39

    Instructor: Jennifer Rose

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    09/26 to 12/12  12 Classes Monday 5:00pm-6:30pm $375/term Location: Online1

    This class is a refined skill-based guided writing level 4 class that is taught in a different way: Strength-Focused By Jennifer Rose.

    Level 4 focuses on creating coherent, complete writing that is well developed with an introduction, a body, and a conclusion.

    We will be building writing skills and vocabulary systematically for students in grades 4 and 5. Most of the skills are drawn from the higher level of the grade spread, therefore this class is most appropriate for advanced grade-4 students and on-level grade 5 students. Each of our levels has two years worth of skill content. A student can take this level for two years without repeating content! When your student has achieved some facility with a variety of organizational structures, they will move on to Level 5. 

    Our "skill-based" program helps children focus on specific writing skills in each class, so students gain mastery skill by skill. They become confident, competent writers. Each term we practice many genres of writing. Each genre builds different skills such as building attention to word choice with poetry and attention to descriptive details with science writing. 

    Meanwhile "guided" writing is highly supported, and enables students to produce complete writing that is well-structured.

    For example, in Level 4, instead of asking a child to write an essay introducing themselves, a guided writing assignment could provide the following prompts: 1. What is something you like to do? Explain what you like about it or how you do it. 2. What are some important things to know about you? [Choose at least 3 details, such as name, age, family members, school, favorite things]  3. What experiences in your past have been important to you? 4. Complete the sentence: I am the kind of person who _______. 5. What does it feel like to be you? 6. Now write your paragraphs in good order. 

    A student who follows these prompts learns to include explanations, make generalizations, and order paragraphs thoughtfully. They learn the strategy of closing with feelings.

    We will begin each class by building grammar with the Grammar Workshop from Sadlier throughout the year.

    Student Grammar/Workbooks for Strength Writing 4A
    Grammar Workshop for Grade 4 (full year curriculum)

    Books in PDF will be uploaded to the students' class page before the term starts. You may also buy the textbooks at the group discount price on Sunshine's website via this link:   
    http://www.sunshineeliteeducation.com/course.php?term=39

    Instructor: Jennifer Rose

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    09/22 to 12/15  12 Classes Thursday 6:30pm-8:00pm $375/term No class on Nov. 24Location: Online1

    This class is a refined skill-based guided writing level 5 class that is taught in a different way: Strength-Focused By Jennifer Rose.

    Level 5 introduces research.

    We will be building writing skills and vocabulary systematically for students in grades 5 and 6. Most of the skills are drawn from the higher level of the grade spread, therefore this class is most appropriate for advanced grade 5 students and on-level grade 6 students. Each of our levels has two years worth of skill content. A student can take this level for two years without repeating content! When your student is ready to write extensive papers and write in test-taking conditions they will move on to Level 6.

    Our "skill-based" program helps students focus on specific writing skills in each class, so they gain mastery skill by skill. They become confident, competent writers. Each term we practice many genres of writing. Each genre builds different skills such as building attention to word choice with poetry and attention to descriptive details with science writing. 

    Meanwhile "guided" writing is highly supported, and enables students to produce complete writing that is well-structured.

    For example, in Level 5, a guided writing assignment could provide the following prompts: 1. What are three adjectives that describe you? Write two synonyms for each adjective, then circle the best descriptive word. 2. Give evidence (reasons or examples) to support each of the adjectives you chose. 3. What past experiences have contributed to making you who you are? 4. Complete the sentence: I am the kind of person who _______. 5. What does it feel like to be you? 

    A student who follows these prompts learns to use a thesaurus, provide support for general statements, describe cause and effect relationships, and make classifications and generalizations. 

    We will begin each class by building grammar with the Grammar Workshop from Sadlier throughout the year.

    Student Grammar/Workbooks for Strength Writing 5A
    Grammar Workshop for Grade 5 (full year curriculum)

    Books in PDF will be uploaded to the students' class page before the term starts. You may also buy the textbooks at the group discount price on Sunshine's website via this link:   
    http://www.sunshineeliteeducation.com/course.php?term=39

    Instructor: Jennifer Rose

  • 09/23 to 12/16  12 Classes Friday 5:00pm-6:30pm $375/term No class on Nov. 25Location: Online9

    Level 5 introduces research.

    We will be building writing skills and vocabulary systematically for students in grades 5 and 6. Most of the skills are drawn from the higher level of the grade spread, therefore this class is most appropriate for advanced grade 5 students and on-level grade 6 students. Each of our levels has two years worth of skill content. A student can take this level for two years without repeating content! When your student is ready to write extensive papers and write in test-taking conditions they will move on to Level 6.

    Our "skill-based" program helps students focus on specific writing skills in each class, so they gain mastery skill by skill. They become confident, competent writers. Each term we practice many genres of writing. Each genre builds different skills such as building attention to word choice with poetry and attention to descriptive details with science writing. 

    Meanwhile "guided" writing is highly supported, and enables students to produce complete writing that is well-structured.

    For example, in Level 5, a guided writing assignment could provide the following prompts: 1. What are three adjectives that describe you? Write two synonyms for each adjective, then circle the best descriptive word. 2. Give evidence (reasons or examples) to support each of the adjectives you chose. 3. What past experiences have contributed to making you who you are? 4. Complete the sentence: I am the kind of person who _______. 5. What does it feel like to be you? 

    A student who follows these prompts learns to use a thesaurus, provide support for general statements, describe cause and effect relationships, and make classifications and generalizations. 

    We will begin each class by building grammar with the Grammar Workshop from Sadlier throughout the year.

    Student Grammar/Workbooks for Writing 5A
    Grammar Workshop for Grade 5 (full year curriculum)

    Books in PDF will be uploaded to the students' class page before the term starts. You may also buy the textbooks at the group discount price on Sunshine's website via this link:   
    http://www.sunshineeliteeducation.com/course.php?term=39

    Instructor: Will Ferguson

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    09/23 to 12/16  12 Classes Friday 4:30pm-6:00pm $375/term No class on Nov. 25Location: Online1

    This class is a refined skill-based guided writing level 6/7 class that is taught in a different way: Strength-Focused By Jennifer Rose.

    Level 6/7 prepares students for middle school success. The small class size makes it possible to focus on students' particular needs, including essay writing and writing under testing conditions. Students learn skills such as topic testing, effective searches, and source evaluation. 

    Most of the skills are drawn from the higher level of the grade spread, therefore this class is most appropriate for advanced grade-6 students and on-level grade 7 students. Each of our levels has two years worth of skill content. A student can take this level for two years without repeating content! 

    Our "skill-based" program helps children focus on specific writing skills in each class, so students gain mastery skill by skill. They become confident, competent writers. Each term we practice many genres of writing. Each genre builds different skills such as building attention to word choice with poetry and attention to descriptive details with science writing. 

    Meanwhile "guided" writing is highly supported, and enables students to produce complete writing that is well-structured.

    Student Grammar/Workbooks for Strength Writing 6/7A
    Grammar for Writing 6 (full year curriculum)

    Books in PDF will be uploaded to the students' class page before the term starts. You may also buy the textbooks at the group discount price on Sunshine's website via this link:   
    http://www.sunshineeliteeducation.com/course.php?term=39

    Instructor: Jennifer Rose

  • 09/26 to 12/12  12 Classes Monday 5:00pm-6:30pm $375/term Location: Online6

    Level 6/7 prepares students for middle school success. The small class size makes it possible to focus on students' particular needs, including essay writing and writing under testing conditions. Students learn skills such as topic testing, effective searches, and source evaluation. 

    Most of the skills are drawn from the higher level of the grade spread, therefore this class is most appropriate for advanced grade-6 students and on-level grade 7 students. Each of our levels has two years worth of skill content. A student can take this level for two years without repeating content! 

    Our "skill-based" program helps children focus on specific writing skills in each class, so students gain mastery skill by skill. They become confident, competent writers. Each term we practice many genres of writing. Each genre builds different skills such as building attention to word choice with poetry and attention to descriptive details with science writing. 

    Meanwhile "guided" writing is highly supported, and enables students to produce complete writing that is well-structured.

    Student Grammar/Workbooks for Writing 6/7A
    Grammar for Writing 7 (full year curriculum)

      

    Books in PDF will be uploaded to the students' class page before the term starts. You may also buy the textbooks at the group discount price on Sunshine's website via this link:   
    http://www.sunshineeliteeducation.com/course.php?term=39



  • 09/24 to 12/17  12 Classes Saturday 9:00am-10:30am $375/term No class on Nov. 26Location: Online6

    This course is the step towards mastering the essay. You will be guided through the writing process, learning the essential components of the American high school and college essay. Topics include the various types of essays, the structure, and the development of paragraphs, topic sentences, thesis statements, supporting examples, grammar for academic writing, and vocabulary choices.

    By the end of this course, if you pay close attention and work hard enough, you will be able to write a short essay that has a clear and supported thesis, is logically organized, and follows the correct standards in mechanics, usage, grammar, and spelling of American English.

    Each Essay Level and Grammar has two years worth of skill content. A student can take this level for two years without repeating content!

    Student Grammar/Workbooks for Essay 1A:
    1. Grammar for High School: A Sentence-Composing Approach
    2. The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation: An Easy-to-Use Guide with Clear Rules, Real-World Examples, and Reproducible Quizzes

    We may also use the following textbooks as a reference in class:
    1. Patterns for College Writing: A Rhetorical Reader and Guide by Laurie G. Kirszner (Author), Stephen R. Mandell (Author)
    2. Developmental Exercises for A Writer's Reference by Diana Hacker (Author), Wanda Van Goor (Author)

    Books in PDF will be uploaded to the students' class page before the term starts. You may also borrow a hard copy of the textbooks from Sunshine whenever it's still available.

    Instructor: Julie Hlad

  • 09/23 to 12/16  12 Classes Friday 5:00pm-6:30pm $375/term No class on Nov. 25Location: Online6

    This course offers a critical-creative reading and annotating path to good composing practices at upper secondary and tertiary stages of learning. It aims to support your development of rhetorical strategies, literary analysis and critical composing practices.

    You will learn the kinds of critical thinking needed to make choices – choices of creative purpose and the diction, detail, imagery, and syntax to fulfill it. You will learn the questions to ask to develop a research question and a tenable thesis statement. You will be given sources to support your learning to summarize, quote, cite and reference properly.  You will read different types of critical essays that offer various types of claims and well-supported arguments, all to support your understanding of how you may shape your essay.  You will increase your vocabulary, understanding of logical, ethical and emotional fallacies to avoid and your confidence in your capacity to essay various types of critical tasks.

    Though the focus of the class will be on composing various types of essays required by AP and IB Diploma Programs, several of those types pertain to SAT essay writing, such as the AP rhetorical analysis essay and IB literary commentary. Preparation for those, including annotating text and various pre-writing approaches can support SAT test takers to prepare for writing and essay well.

    Each Essay Level and Grammar has two years worth of skill content. A student can take this level for two years without repeating content!

    Student Grammar/Workbooks for Essay 2A:
    1. Elements of Style & Workbook
    2. From Inquiry to Academic WritingA text and reader fourth edition by Stuart Greene

    We may also use the following textbooks as a reference in class:
    1. Patterns for College Writing: A Rhetorical Reader and Guide by Laurie G. Kirszner (Author)
    2. Various SAT Grammar practices

    Books in PDF will be uploaded to the students' class page before the term starts. You may also borrow a hard copy of the textbooks from Sunshine whenever it's still available.

    Instructor: Julie Hlad

  • 09/24 to 12/17  12 Classes Saturday 4:00pm-5:30pm $375/term No class on Nov. 26Location: Online15

    MS Creative Writing: Focusing on Submissions for Publication and Contests

    Debby Dodds

    As a creative writing teacher for twenty-five years and an award-winning published author, as well as an SAT/ACT/GRE coach and college admissions specialist, I’ve long been aware of how much professionals at the most competitive colleges value incoming students that are not merely proficient in STEM skills, but who can also write and communicate clearly. Moreover, right-brained, creative thinking also commands great appreciation.

    With almost every college going test-optional for this year and beyond, it is imperative to have a strong resume, essay, and portfolio when applying. Harvard, Stanford, Yale, and many other colleges have spokespeople who have asserted that 2021 will be a much different process and admissions will focus on other criteria than test scores and GPA. Students will need any and every extracurricular activity they can to show they’ve used this time productively as so many activities have been canceled, standardized tests have been suspended, and many schools will not provide GPAs.

    To this end, this class will not merely focus on strengthening creative writing skills but it will also provide guidance about where students can submit their work for contests and publications. I’ve had students submit and win many contests and many have had professional publication credits before graduating from high school including Scholastic Awards, Willamette Writer Awards, NY Times Essay Contests, Letters About Literature, best-selling anthologies, and many more.

    Instructor: Debby Dodds

  • 09/21 to 12/14  24 Classes Monday,Wednesday 3:55pm-4:55pm $495/term In-person only; No class on Nov. 23Location: Rm 2

    Math Level 1-A Syllabus and Class Plan

    The goal of this program is to enhance and add supplemental materials to school-taught objectives. We teach this class to ensure that students fully understand new concepts and methods, while also providing homework to develop understanding and build a love for math. According to student level of performance, we will adjust pacing to various levels and include challenge problems.

    This course uses the Singapore Dimensions Math 1A, which is the refined version of Singapore primary math. Singapore math is the proven top math curriculum for elementary students in the world. It teaches students to learn and master mathematical concepts in great detail while simultaneously applying a three-step learning process: concretepictorial, and abstract

    As an added challenge for advanced students, we will selectively use the following Singapore Math supplementary materials in class: Singapore Math Intensive Practice (1A & 1B for Level 1) or Singapore Challenge Word Problems

    Students starting 1st grade usually begin with Dimensions Math 1A and then finish 1B in the second term of the school year. Students who finish the 1A math in the Summer break may start with level 1B at the beginning of the school year. 

    If the 1st-grade student is starting 1A in the second term of the school year, we strongly recommend the student to complete level 1B in the coming Summer to catch up.

    Students may take our free online assessment test for accurate placement before joining the class. You may choose the Singapore math 1A test for this class to find out whether your child fits in 1A or should go next level of 1B.  It's normal for students to test lower than their grade level; in contrast, other math programs are not as advanced as the Singapore Math Program. 



  • 09/21 to 12/14  24 Classes Monday,Wednesday 3:55pm-4:55pm $495/term In-person only; No class on Nov. 23Location: Rm 2

    Math Level 1-B Syllabus and Class Plan

    The goal of this program is to enhance and add supplemental materials to school-taught objectives. We teach this class to ensure that students fully understand new concepts and methods, while also providing homework to develop understanding and build a love for math. According to student level of performance, we will adjust pacing to various levels and include challenge problems.

    This course uses the Singapore Dimensions Math 1B, which is the refined version of Singapore primary math. Singapore math is the proven top math curriculum for elementary students in the world. It teaches students to learn and master mathematical concepts in great detail while simultaneously applying a three-step learning process: concretepictorial, and abstract

    As an added challenge for advanced students, we will selectively use the following Singapore Math supplementary materials in class: Singapore Math Intensive Practice (1A & 1B for Level 1) or Singapore Challenge Word Problems

    Students in 1st grade usually begin with Dimensions Math 1B in the Winter/Spring term of the school year. Students who finish the 1A math with a 1A final test score of 80% is good to start with level 1B.

    Students may take our free online assessment test for accurate placement before joining the class. You may choose the Singapore math 1A test as the Pretest of this class to find out whether your kid is ready to start math level 1B.  It's normal for students to test lower than their grade level; in contrast, other math programs are not as advanced as the Singapore Math Program. 



  • 09/20 to 12/13  24 Classes Tuesday,Thursday 3:55pm-4:55pm $495/term No class on Nov. 24Location: Online5

    Math Level 2-A Syllabus and Class Plan

    The goal of this program is to enhance and add supplemental materials to school-taught objectives. We teach this class to ensure that students fully understand new concepts and methods, while also providing homework to develop understanding and build a love for math. According to student level of performance, we will adjust pacing to various levels and include challenge problems.

    This course uses the Singapore Dimensions Math 2A, which is the refined version of Singapore primary math. Singapore math is the proven top math curriculum for elementary students in the world. It teaches students to learn and master mathematical concepts in great detail while simultaneously applying a three-step learning process: concrete, pictorial, and abstract

    As an added challenge for advanced students, we will selectively use the following Singapore Math supplementary materials in class: Singapore Math Intensive Practice (2A & 2B for Level 2) or Singapore Challenge Word Problems

    Students starting 2nd grade usually begin with Dimensions Math 2A and then finish 2B in the second term of the school year. Students who finish the 2A math in the Summer break may start with level 2B at the beginning of the school year. 

    If the 2nd-grade student is starting 2A in the second term of the school year, we strongly recommend the student to complete level 2B in the coming Summer to catch up.

    Students may take our free online assessment test for accurate placement before joining the class. You may choose the Singapore math 1B test as the Pretest of this class to find out whether your kid is ready to start math level 2A.  It's normal for students to test lower than their grade level; in contrast, other math programs are not as advanced as the Singapore Math Program. 

    Instructor: Lalith Lulla;  Julie Davenport

  • 09/20 to 12/13  24 Classes Tuesday,Thursday 5:00pm-6:00pm $495/term No class on Nov. 24Location: Online5

    Math Level 2-B Syllabus and Class Plan

    The goal of this program is to enhance and add supplemental materials to school-taught objectives. We teach this class to ensure that students fully understand new concepts and methods, while also providing homework to develop understanding and build a love for math. According to student level of performance, we will adjust pacing to various levels and include challenge problems.

    This course uses the Singapore Dimensions Math 2B, which is the refined version of Singapore primary math. Singapore math is the proven top math curriculum for elementary students in the world. It teaches students to learn and master mathematical concepts in great detail while simultaneously applying a three-step learning process: concretepictorial, and abstract

    As an added challenge for advanced students, we will selectively use the following Singapore Math supplementary materials in class: Singapore Math Intensive Practice (2A & 2B for Level 2) or Singapore Challenge Word Problems

    Students in 2nd grade usually begin with Dimensions Math 2B in the Winter/Spring term of the school year. Students who finish the 2A math with a 2A final test score of 80% is good to start with level 2B.

    Students may take our free online assessment test for accurate placement before joining the class. You may choose the Singapore math 2A test as the Pretest of this class to find out whether your kid is ready to start math level 2B.  It's normal for students to test lower than their grade level; in contrast, other math programs are not as advanced as the Singapore Math Program. 

    Instructor: Lalith Lulla;  Julie Davenport

  • 09/21 to 12/14  24 Classes Monday,Wednesday 3:55pm-4:55pm $495/term No class on Nov. 23Location: Online3

    This is a class for 3rd graders who want to learn more advanced math skills than school and prepare for the ITBS math test. This course will go through the math skills thoroughly by using the Singapore Math 3A book to build up solid fundation for the math test (Math Level 3-A Syllabus and Class Plan). Students will also learn the test strategies and sharpen the test skills by engaging in practice tests from multiple leading resources in class or out class as homework.

    Students in 3rd-6th grade who score in the 99 percentile in ITBS/OSA Math, together with a 97% in either the ITBS/OSAS Reading or CogAt test, will qualify for the SUMMA program in Middle School. For additional information on the SUMMA program at BSD schools, please check this link: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/teaching-learning/student-programs/talented-and-gifted

    You may check your child's performance via the online practice test reports which will be done along with this class in your Sunshine account via the link "Assessment Tests".

    All class material will be provided in PDF file via the class page, plus our online tests with instant grading and reports.

    Instructor: Alexander Wedow

  • 09/21 to 12/14  24 Classes Monday, Wednesday 5:00pm-6:00pm $495/term No class on Nov. 23Location: Online3

    Math Level 3-B Syllabus and Class Plan

    The goal of this program is to enhance and add supplemental materials to school-taught objectives. We teach this class to ensure that students fully understand new concepts and methods, while also providing homework to develop understanding and build a love for math. According to student level of performance, we will adjust pacing to various levels and include challenge problems.

    In the Winter/Spring term, this class will help studnets to prepare for the ITBS math. We add ITBS math practice tests after spring break to help studnets to prepare for the ITBS math test in the coming Fall term.

    This course uses the Singapore Dimensions Math 3B, which is the refined version of Singapore primary math. Singapore math is the proven top math curriculum for elementary students in the world. It teaches students to learn and master mathematical concepts in great detail while simultaneously applying a three-step learning process: concretepictorial, and abstract

    As an added challenge for advanced students, we will selectively use the following Singapore Math supplementary materials in class: Singapore Math Intensive Practice (3A & 3B for Level 3) or Singapore Challenge Word Problems

    Students in 3rd grade usually begin with Dimensions Math 3B in the Winter/Spring term of the school year. Students who finish the 3A math with a 3A final test score of 80% is good to start with level 3B.

    Students may take our free online assessment test for accurate placement before joining the class. You may choose the Singapore math 3A test as the Pretest of this class to find out whether your kid is ready to start math level 3B.  It's normal for students to test lower than their grade level; in contrast, other math programs are not as advanced as the Singapore Math Program. 



  • 09/20 to 12/13  24 Classes Tuesday,Thursday 3:55pm-4:55pm $495/term No class on Nov. 24Location: Online11

    This is a class for 4th graders who want to learn more advanced math skills than school and prepare for the ITBS math test. This course will go through the math skills thoroughly by using the Singapore Math 4A book to build up solid fundation for the math test (Math Level 4-A Syllabus and Class Plan). Students will also learn the test strategies and sharpen the test skills by engaging in practice tests from multiple leading resources in class or out class as homework.

    Students in 3rd-6th grade who score in the 99 percentile in ITBS/OSA Math, together with a 97% in either the ITBS/OSAS Reading or CogAt test, will qualify for the SUMMA program in Middle School. For additional information on the SUMMA program at BSD schools, please check this link: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/teaching-learning/student-programs/talented-and-gifted

    You may check your child's performance via the online practice test reports which will be done along with this class in your Sunshine account via the link "Assessment Tests".

    All class material will be provided in PDF file via the class page, plus our online tests with instant grading and reports.

    Instructor: Kylie McAllister

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    09/20 to 12/13  24 Classes Tuesday,Thursday 5:00pm-6:00pm $495/term No class on Nov. 24Location: Online11

    Math Level 4-B Syllabus and Class Plan

    The goal of this program is to enhance and add supplemental materials to school-taught objectives and prepare students for the ITBS Math test with the fundamental skills. We teach this class to ensure that students fully understand new concepts and methods, while also providing homework to develop understanding and build a love for math. According to student level of performance, we will adjust pacing to various levels and include challenge problems.

    This course uses the Singapore Dimensions Math 4B, which is the refined version of Singapore primary math. Singapore math is the proven top math curriculum for elementary students in the world. It teaches students to learn and master mathematical concepts in great detail while simultaneously applying a three-step learning process: concretepictorial, and abstract

    As an added challenge for advanced students, we will selectively use the following Singapore Math supplementary materials in class: Singapore Math Intensive Practice (4A & 4B for Level 4) or Singapore Challenge Word Problems

    Students in 4th grade usually begin with Dimensions Math 4B in the Winter/Spring term of the school year. Students who finish the 4A math with a 4A final test score of 80% is good to start with level 4B.

    We strongly recommend the 4th-grade students who have finished math level 4B in the school year to learn the math level 5A in the coming Summer. The math level 5A class will further deepen students' math knowledge for the coming ITBS Math test in 5th grade, which is a critical test to qualify for the SUMMA program in middle school. 

    Students may take our free online assessment test for accurate placement before joining the class. You may choose the Singapore math 4A test as the Pretest of this class to find out whether your kid is ready to start math level 4B.  It's normal for students to test lower than their grade level; in contrast, other math programs are not as advanced as the Singapore Math Program. 

    Instructor: Kylie McAllister

  • 09/27 to 12/13  22 Classes Tuesday,Thursday 4:00pm-5:00pm $455/term No class on Nov. 24Location: Online10

    This is a class for 5th graders who want to learn more advanced math skills than school and prepare for the ITBS math test. This course will go through the math skills by using the F1: Number to Algebra book to build up advanced and solid fundation for the math test. Students will also learn the test strategies and sharpen the test skills by engaging in practice tests from multiple leading resources in class or out class as homework.

    Students in 4th-6th grade who score in the 99 percentile in ITBS/OSA Math, together with a 97% in either the ITBS/OSAS Reading or CogAt test, will qualify for the SUMMA program in Middle School. For additional information on the SUMMA program at BSD schools, please check this link: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/teaching-learning/student-programs/talented-and-gifted

    You may check your child's performance via the online practice test reports which will be done along with this class in your Sunshine account via the link "Assessment Tests".

    All class material will be provided in PDF file via the class page, plus our online tests with instant grading and reports.

    Prerequites:
    Singapore Math 4B or 5A, or equvalents

    Instructor: Pamela Robinson

  • 09/20 to 12/13  24 Classes Tuesday,Thursday 6:15pm-7:15pm $495/term No class on Nov. 24Location: Online15

    The Sunshine Elite fundamental math program is designed to enhance the school-learned curriculum by building up critical thinking in regard to algebra and related concepts.

    The goal of this course is to solidify students' math knowledge before taking the Algebra 1 class. The class aligns with Middle School 7/8 Math. The full course takes 2 semesters, or one school year, from Sept-Jun to complete.

    PreAlgebra A takes 14 weeks (usually Fall term) to complete. After this course, students can register for PreAlgebra B, which takes about 20 weeks to finish (usually Winter/Spring term).

    Text Book (free rental for the duration of the class)

    Holt Mathematics California: Student Edition Course 2: Pre-Algebra

    PreAlgebra A starts from Chapter 1 and covers Chapters 1 to 5 from Sep to Dec. 

    Chapter 1 - Principles of Algebra

    Chapter 2 - Rational Numbers

    Chapter 3 - Multi-Step Equations and Inequalities

    Chapter 4 - Exponents and Roots

    Chapter 5 - Ratios, Proportions, and Similarity

    PreAlgebra B starts from Chapter 5 and covers Chapters 6 to 12 from Jan. to June.

    Chapter 6 - Percents

    Chapter 7 - Graphs and Functions

    Chapter 8 - Foundations of Geometry

    Chapter 9 - Two-Dimensional Geometry

    Chapter 10 - Three-Dimensional Geometry

    Chapter 11 - Data, Statistics, and Probability

    Chapter 12 - Polynomials

    To ensure your child is a good fit for this class, you may have him or her take the online math assessment test at http://www.sunshineeliteeducation.com/assessment_test_list.php

    Instructor: Julie Davenport

  • 09/21 to 12/16  24 Classes Wednesday,Friday 5:00pm-6:00pm $495/term No class on Nov. 23Location: Online15

    The Sunshine Elite fundamental math program is designed to enhance the school-learned curriculum by building up critical thinking in regard to algebra and related concepts.

    The goal of this course is to solidify students' math knowledge before taking the Algebra 1 class. The class aligns with Middle School 7/8 Math. The full course takes 2 semesters, or one school year, from Sept-Jun to complete.

    PreAlgebra A takes 14 weeks (usually Fall term) to complete. After this course, students can register for PreAlgebra B, which takes about 20 weeks to finish (usually Winter/Spring term).

    Text Book (free rental for the duration of the class)

    Holt Mathematics California: Student Edition Course 2: Pre-Algebra

    PreAlgebra A starts from Chapter 1 and covers Chapters 1 to 5 from Sep to Dec. 

    Chapter 1 - Principles of Algebra

    Chapter 2 - Rational Numbers

    Chapter 3 - Multi-Step Equations and Inequalities

    Chapter 4 - Exponents and Roots

    Chapter 5 - Ratios, Proportions, and Similarity

    PreAlgebra B starts from Chapter 5 and covers Chapters 6 to 12 from Jan. to June.

    Chapter 6 - Percents

    Chapter 7 - Graphs and Functions

    Chapter 8 - Foundations of Geometry

    Chapter 9 - Two-Dimensional Geometry

    Chapter 10 - Three-Dimensional Geometry

    Chapter 11 - Data, Statistics, and Probability

    Chapter 12 - Polynomials

    To ensure your child is a good fit for this class, you may have him or her take the online math assessment test at http://www.sunshineeliteeducation.com/assessment_test_list.php

    Instructor: Lalith Lulla;  Julie Davenport

  • 09/21 to 12/14  24 Classes Monday,Wednesday 5:00pm-6:00pm $495/term No class on Nov. 23Location: Online10

    The Sunshine Elite fundamental math program is designed to enhance the school-learned curriculum by building up critical thinking in regard to algebra and related concepts.

    The goal of this course is to learn and solidify students' Algebra 1 knowledge before taking the Geometry class. The full course F3: Algebra 1 takes 2 semesters, or one school year, from Sept-Jun to complete. F3: Algebra 1-A takes one semester (usually in the fall term) to complete. After this course, students should progress to F3: Algebra 1-B (usually in the winter/spring term) to complete the full course of F3: Algebra 1.

    Text Book (free rental for the duration of the class)

    Holt Algebra 1 - Algebra Textbook - Brightstorm

    Holt Mathematics California Algebra 1, Student Edition

    F3: Algebra 1-A starts from Chapter 1 and covers Chapters 1 to 5 from Sep to Dec. 

    Chapter 1 - Foundations of Algebra

    Chapter 2 - Equations

    Chapter 3 - Inequalities

    Chapter 4 - Functions 

    Chapter 5 - Linear Functions

    F3: Algebra 1-B starts from Chapter 6 and covers Chapters 6 to 12 from Jan. to June.

    Chapter 6 - Systems of Equations and Inequalities 

    Chapter 7 - Exponents and Polynomials

    Chapter 8 - Factoring Polynomials

    Chapter 9 - Quadratic Functions and Equations

    Chapter 10 - Rational Functions and Equations

    Chapter 11 - Radical and Exponential Functions

    To ensure your child is a good fit for this class, you may have him or her take the online math assessment test at http://www.sunshineeliteeducation.com/assessment_test_list.php

    Instructor: Leah Hoff

  • 09/20 to 12/13  24 Classes Tuesday,Thursday 5:00pm-6:00pm $495/term No class on Nov. 24Location: Online10

    The Sunshine Elite fundamental math program is designed to enhance the school-learned curriculum by building up critical thinking in regard to geometry and related concepts.

    The goal of this course is to solidify students' Geometry knowledge before taking the Algebra 2 class. The full course F4: Geometry takes 2 semesters, or one school year, from Sept-Jun to complete. F4: Geometry A takes one semester (usually in the fall semester) to complete. After this course, students should progress to F4: Geometry B (usually in the winter/spring term) to complete the full course of F4: Geometry.  

    Text Book (free rental for the duration of the class)

    Holt Mathematics California Geometry, Student Edition

    F4: Geometry A covers Chapters 1 to 5 from Sep to Dec.

    Chapter 1 - Foundations for Geometry

    Chapter 2 - Geometry Reasoning

    Chapter 3 - Parallel and Perpendicular Lines

    Chapter 4 - Triangle Congruence

    Chapter 5 - Properties and Attributes of Triangles

    F4: Geometry B covers Chapters 6-12 from Jan. to June.

    Chapter 6 - Polygons and Quadrilaterals

    Chapter 7 - Similarity

    Chapter 8 - Right Triangles and Trigonometry

    Chapter 9 - Extending Perimeter, Circumference, and Area

    Chapter 10 - Spatial Reasoning

    Chapter 11 - Circles

    Chapter 12 - Extending Transformational Geometry

    To ensure your child is a good fit for this class, you may have him or her take the online math assessment test at http://www.sunshineeliteeducation.com/assessment_test_list.php

    Instructor: Leah Hoff

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    09/21 to 12/14  24 Classes Monday,Wednesday 5:00pm-6:00pm $495/term No class on Nov. 23Location: Online19

    We teach the AGS I class using the Holt California Algebra I / Geometry curriculum to build up the fundamental concepts and skills in the series that AGS I requires, with much more in-depth understanding. We also use the AGS I curriculum to ensure the class aligns with the required skills in AGS I.  

    Who will benefit from this class?

    • Students taking AGS I class in school but need more support to learn AGS I systematically with clear instruction and more in-depth understanding.
    • Students who want to prepare for the skip-level math placement test for the following school year.

    Textbooks: (free to rent for the duration of the course)

    Algebra I / Geometry Holt California Edition; AGS I supportive material 

    AGS 1A will cover Modules 1 to 5 from Sept to Dec in 14 classes.

    Module 1: Sequences

    Module 2: Linear & Exponential Functions

    Module 3: Features of Functions

    Module 4: Equations & Inequalities

    Module 5: Systems of Equations & Inequalities

    AGS 1B will cover Modules 6-9 and Reviews from Jan-Jun in 20 classes.

    Review Modules 1-5

    Module 6: Transformations & Symmetry

    Module 7: Congruence, Construction & Proof

    Module 8: Connecting Algebra & Geometry

    Module 9: Modeling Data

    Review Modules 1-9

    Reference: Contents Comparison from AGS I to Algebra I, Geometry

    AGS I  Contents in Algebra I/Geometry
    Module 1: Sequences Chapter 1-6 in Algebra I
    Module 2: Linear & Exponential Functions
    Module 3: Features of Functions
    Module 4: Equations & Inequalities
    Module 5: Systems of Equations & Inequalities
    Module 6: Transformations & Symmetry Chapter 1 & 4 in Geometry
    Module 7: Congruence, Construction & Proof
    Module 8: Connecting Algebra & Geometry
    Module 9: Modeling Data Statistics in PreAlgebra and Algebra I

    To ensure your child is a good fit for this class, you may have him or her take the online math assessment tests at http://www.sunshineeliteeducation.com/assessment_test_list.php

    Instructor: Connor Nelson

  • 09/21 to 12/17  24 Classes Monday,Wednesday 6:00pm-7:00pm $495/term No class on Nov. 23Location: Online19

    AGS 2 is the full school year curriculum. This is the supportive/enhanced AGS II class taught in a different way. We are teaching AGS II at sunshine using the Holt California Algebra I / Geometry curriculum to build up the fundamental concepts and skills in the sequence that AGS I requires, with much more in-depth understanding. We also use the AGS II curriculum to ensure the class is aligning with the topics in AGS II.

    AGS 2A is the first course of AGS 2, which is usually scheduled in the Fall term. Students who finish this course should progress to AGS 2B course in the Winter/Spring term to complete the full course of AGS 2

    Who will benefit from this class?

    • Students who are taking AGS 2 at school but need more support to learn AGS 2 systematically with clear instruction and more in-depth understanding.
    • Students who want to learn ahead of what they are learning at school to prepare for the skip-level math placement test for the next school year.

    Textbooks:

    Algebra I / Geometry Holt California Edition;

    AGS II supportive materials.

    Note: All class materials and books are offered in PDF files via the class page.

    Below are the topics in AGS II taught in the normal school year.

    AGS 2A covers Modules 1 to 4 from Sep to Dec in 14 weeks

    Module 1: Quadratic Functions

    Module 2: Structures of Expressions

    Module 3: Quadratic Equations

    Module 4: More Functions, More Features

    AGS 2B covers Modules 5-9 from Jan-Jun in 20 classes.

    Module 5: Geometric Figures

    Module 6: Similarity and Right Triangle Trigonometry

    Module 7: Circles from a Geometric Perspective

    Module 8: Circles and Other Conics

    Module 9: Probability

    Review Modules 1-9

    Reference: Contents and Comparison from AGS II to Algebra I, Geometry

    AGS II Contents in Algebra I/Geometry
    Module 1: Quadratic Functions Chapter 9, 10 in Algebra I & Piecewise Functions
    Module 2: Structures of Expressions
    Module 3: Quadratic Equations
    Module 4: More Functions, More Features
    Module 5: Geometric Figures Chapter 5-8 & 11 in Geometry
    Module 6: Similarity and Right Triangle Trigonometry
    Module 7: Circles from a Geometric Perspective
    Module 8: Circles and Other Conics
    Module 9: Probability In PreAlgebra and some in Algebra II

    To ensure your child is a good fit for this class, you may have him or her take the online math assessment tests at http://www.sunshineeliteeducation.com/assessment_test_list.php

    Instructor: Connor Nelson

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    09/22 to 12/15  12 Classes Thursday 5:00pm-7:00pm $495/term No class on Nov. 24Location: Online19

    AGS 3A is the first course of AGS 3, which is usually scheduled in the Fall term. 

    AGS 3 is the full school year curriculum. This is the supportive/enhanced AGS 3 class taught in a different way. We are teaching AGS 3 at sunshine using the Holt California Algebra 2 curriculum to build up the fundamental concepts and skills in the sequence that AGS 3 requires, with much more in-depth understanding. We also use the AGS 3 curriculum to ensure the class is aligning with the topics in AGS 3. Students who successfully finish this AGS 3/Algebra 2 course are ready to take the F5: PreCalculus or ready to prepare for the SAT math test. 

    Who will benefit from this class?

    • Students who are taking AGS 3 at school but need more support to learn AGS 3 systematically with clear instruction and more in-depth understanding.
    • Students who want to learn ahead of what they are learning at school to prepare for the skip-level math placement test for the next school year.

    Textbooks:

    1. Holt Mathematics California Algebra 2, Student Edition
    2. AGS III Assessment tests from MVP

    AGS 3A covers Chapters 1 to 6 from Sept. to Dec.

    Chapter 1 - Foundations For Functions

    Chapter 2 - Linear Functions

    Chapter 3 - Linear Systems

    Chapter 4 - Matrices

    Chapter 5 - Quadratic Functions

    Chapter 6 - Polynomial Functions

    AGS 3B covers Chapters 7-14 from Jan. to June.

    Chapter 7 - Exponential And Logarithmic Functions

    Chapter 8 - Rational And Radical Functions

    Chapter 9 - Properties And Attributes Of Functions

    Chapter 10 - Conic Sections

    Chapter 11 - Probability And Statistics

    Chapter 12 - Sequences And Series

    Chapter 13 - Trigonometric Functions

    Chapter 14 - Trigonometric Graphs And Identities

    The topics in AGS III align with Algebra 2 (see below). 

    AGS III Contents in Algebra II
    Module 1: Functions and Their Inverses Chapter 1-6 in Algebra II
    Module 2: Logarithmic Functions
    Module 3: Polynomial Functions
    Module 4: Rational Expressions and Functions
    Module 5: Modeling with Geometry Chapter 10 in Geometry
    Module 6: Modeling Periodic Behavior Chapter 7-12 in Algebra II
    Module 7: Trig. Functions Equations & Identities
    Module 8: Modeling with Functions
    Module 9: Statistics

    To ensure your child is a good fit for this class, you may have him or her take the online math assessment tests at http://www.sunshineeliteeducation.com/assessment_test_list.php

    Instructor: Connor Nelson

  • 09/21 to 12/16  24 Classes Wednesday,Friday 5:00pm-6:00pm $495/term No class on Nov. 23 and 25Location: Online18

    Prerequisites: Completion of Singapore Math levels 2A and 2B.

    There are 4 books in Beast Academy Level 2: 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D.

    • Beast Academy 2A includes chapers on place value, comparing, and addition. 
    • Beast Academy 2B includes chapters on subtraction, expressions, and problem solving.
    • Beast Academy Level 2C includes chapters on measurement, strategies, and odds and evens.
    • Beast Academy Level 2D includes chapters on big numbers, algorithms, and problem solving.

    This class will cover book 2A in Summer. Students who finish this class may continue to the book 2B in the Fall term. 

    Beast Academy is published by Art of Problem-Solving as an introduction to their rigorous middle school and high school textbooks. It's a comprehensive curriculum for grades 2-5. Each level consists of a Guide book (a fully-illustrated textbook written in an engaging, comic-book style) and a Practice book (a workbook providing hundreds of exercises, problems, puzzles, and games to reinforce the lessons from the Guide).

    The guides utilize many everyday contexts and visual representations to encourage children to think deeply and understand what they’re learning. This encourages a diminishment of rote learning and an increase in applying mathematics to various situations. 

    The materials cover core fundamentals and then present these fundamentals at a deeper and more challenging level than a typical elementary-school math curriculum. The problem sets are explicitly designed to help students develop the mental grit to handle AMC and Math Olympiad problems and later tackle the kind of non-trivial open questions that real mathematicians work on. 

    To ensure your child is a good fit for this class, you may have him or her take the online math assessment test at http://www.sunshineeliteeducation.com/assessment_test_list.php

    Note: Books in PDF will be uploaded to the students' class page before the term starts. You may also buy the textbooks at the group discount price on Sunshine's website via the Courses page.

    Instructor: Angela Norse

  • 09/21 to 12/16  24 Classes Wednesday,Friday 3:55pm-4:55pm $495/term No class on Nov. 23 and 25Location: Online18

    Prerequisites: Completion of Singapore Math levels 3A OR Beast Academy 3A

    There are 4 books in Beast Academy Level 3: 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D for a one-year curriculum. We have finished the 3A book in Summer. This class will start from 3B and then continue to book 3C in the Fall term, with about 12-week of class. After completion of this course, students should join the BA Math 3CD in the winter/spring to finish the 3C and 3D books.

    • BA Level 3A covers shapes, skip-counting, and perimeter, and area.
    • BA Level 3B covers multiplication and perfect squares.
    • BA Level 3C includes chapters on variables, division, and measurement.
    • BA Level 3D includes chapters on fractions, estimation, and area.

    Beast Academy is published by Art of Problem-Solving as an introduction to their rigorous middle school and high school textbooks. It's a comprehensive curriculum for grades 2-5. Each level consists of a Guide book (a fully-illustrated textbook written in an engaging, comic-book style) and a Practice book (a workbook providing hundreds of exercises, problems, puzzles, and games to reinforce the lessons from the Guide).

    The guides utilize many everyday contexts and visual representations to encourage children to think deeply and understand what they’re learning. This encourages a diminishment of rote learning and an increase in applying mathematics to various situations. 

    The materials cover core fundamentals and then present these fundamentals at a deeper and more challenging level than a typical elementary-school math curriculum. The problem sets are explicitly designed to help students develop the mental grit to handle AMC and Math Olympiad problems and later tackle the kind of non-trivial open questions that real mathematicians work on. 

    To ensure your child is a good fit for this class, you may have him or her take the online math assessment test at http://www.sunshineeliteeducation.com/assessment_test_list.php

    Note: Books in PDF will be uploaded to the students' class page before the term starts. You may also buy the textbooks at the group discount price on Sunshine's website via the Courses page.

    Instructor: Angela Norse

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    09/20 to 12/13  24 Classes Tuesday,Thursday 5:00pm-6:00pm $495/term No class on Nov. 24Location: Online18

    Prerequisites: Completion of Singapore Math levels 4A OR Beast Academy 4A

    There are 4 books in Beast Academy Level 4: 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D  for a one-year curriculum. We have finished the book 4A in Summer. This class will start from book 4B and then continue to book 4C in the Fall term, with about 12-week of class. After completion of this course, students should join the BA Math 4CD in the winter/spring to finish the 4C and 4D book.

    • Beast Academy 4A covers shapes, multiplication, and exponents
    • Beast Academy 4B covers counting, division, and logic.
    • Beast Academy 4C covers factors, fractions, and integers
    • Beast Academy 4D covers fractions, decimals, and probability

    Beast Academy is published by Art of Problem-Solving as an introduction to their rigorous middle school and high school textbooks. It's a comprehensive curriculum for grades 2-5. Each level consists of a Guide book (a fully-illustrated textbook written in an engaging, comic-book style) and a Practice book (a workbook providing hundreds of exercises, problems, puzzles, and games to reinforce the lessons from the Guide).

    The guides utilize many everyday contexts and visual representations to encourage children to think deeply and understand what they’re learning. This encourages a diminishment of rote learning and an increase in applying mathematics to various situations. 

    The materials cover core fundamentals and then present these fundamentals at a deeper and more challenging level than a typical elementary-school math curriculum. The problem sets are explicitly designed to help students develop the mental grit to handle AMC and Math Olympiad problems and later tackle the kind of non-trivial open questions that real mathematicians work on. 

    To ensure your child is a good fit for this class, you may have him or her take the online math assessment test at http://www.sunshineeliteeducation.com/assessment_test_list.php

    Note: Books in PDF will be uploaded to the students' class page before the term starts. You may also buy the textbooks at the group discount price on Sunshine's website via the Courses page.

    Instructor: Angela Norse

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    09/20 to 12/13  24 Classes Tuesday,Thursday 3:55pm-4:55pm $495/term No class on Nov. 24Location: Online18

    Prerequisites: Completion of Singapore Math levels 5A OR Beast Academy 5A

    There are 4 books in Beast Academy Level 5: 5A, 5B, 5C, 5D. We have finished the 5A book in Summer. This class will start from the book 5B and then continues to 5C as much as we can in the Fall term. After completion of this course, the class will continue to Winter/Spring term to finish the book 5C and 5D.

    • Beast Academy 5A covers solids, integers, and expressions/equations
    • Beast Academy 5B covers statistics, factors&multiples, and fractions
    • Beast Academy 5C covers sequences, ratios/rates, and decimals
    • Beast Academy 5D covers percents, square roots, and exponents

    Beast Academy is published by Art of Problem-Solving as an introduction to their rigorous middle school and high school textbooks. It's a comprehensive curriculum for grades 2-5. Each level consists of a Guide book (a fully-illustrated textbook written in an engaging, comic-book style) and a Practice book (a workbook providing hundreds of exercises, problems, puzzles, and games to reinforce the lessons from the Guide).

    The guides utilize many everyday contexts and visual representations to encourage children to think deeply and understand what they’re learning. This encourages a diminishment of rote learning and an increase in applying mathematics to various situations. 

    The materials cover core fundamentals and then present these fundamentals at a deeper and more challenging level than a typical elementary-school math curriculum. The problem sets are explicitly designed to help students develop the mental grit to handle AMC and Math Olympiad problems and later tackle the kind of non-trivial open questions that real mathematicians work on. 

    To ensure your child is a good fit for this class, you may have him or her take the online math assessment test at http://www.sunshineeliteeducation.com/assessment_test_list.php

    Note: Books in PDF will be uploaded to the students' class page before the term starts. You may also buy the textbooks at the group discount price on Sunshine's website via the Courses page.

    Instructor: Angela Norse

  • 09/20 to 12/13  24 Classes Tuesday,Thursday 6:05pm-7:05pm $495/term No class on Nov. 24Location: Online18

    Prerequisites: Completion of Singapore Math levels 5A OR Beast Academy 5A

    There are 4 books in Beast Academy Level 5: 5A, 5B, 5C, 5D. We have finished the 5A book in Summer. This class will start from the book 5B and then continues to 5C as much as we can in the Fall term. After completion of this course, the class will continue to Winter/Spring term to finish the book 5C and 5D.

    • Beast Academy 5A covers solids, integers, and expressions/equations
    • Beast Academy 5B covers statistics, factors&multiples, and fractions
    • Beast Academy 5C covers sequences, ratios/rates, and decimals
    • Beast Academy 5D covers percents, square roots, and exponents

    Beast Academy is published by Art of Problem-Solving as an introduction to their rigorous middle school and high school textbooks. It's a comprehensive curriculum for grades 2-5. Each level consists of a Guide book (a fully-illustrated textbook written in an engaging, comic-book style) and a Practice book (a workbook providing hundreds of exercises, problems, puzzles, and games to reinforce the lessons from the Guide).

    The guides utilize many everyday contexts and visual representations to encourage children to think deeply and understand what they’re learning. This encourages a diminishment of rote learning and an increase in applying mathematics to various situations. 

    The materials cover core fundamentals and then present these fundamentals at a deeper and more challenging level than a typical elementary-school math curriculum. The problem sets are explicitly designed to help students develop the mental grit to handle AMC and Math Olympiad problems and later tackle the kind of non-trivial open questions that real mathematicians work on. 

    To ensure your child is a good fit for this class, you may have him or her take the online math assessment test at http://www.sunshineeliteeducation.com/assessment_test_list.php

    Note: Books in PDF will be uploaded to the students' class page before the term starts. You may also buy the textbooks at the group discount price on Sunshine's website via the Courses page.

    Instructor: Angela Norse

  • 09/20 to 12/13  24 Classes Tuesday,Thursday 6:15pm-7:15pm $495/term No class on Nov. 24Location: Online10

    This class will continue from where we left in summer term.

    AoPS curriculum enhances school-taught learning at the problem-solving and advanced levels. It is also the foundation of competition math. 

    This full course takes 2 semesters, or one school year, from Sept-June to complete.

    PreAlgebra A (fall term) includes a thorough exploration of the fundamentals of arithmetic, including fractions, exponents, and decimals. We introduce beginning topics in number theory and algebra, including common divisors and multiples, primes and prime factorizations, basic equations and inequalities, and ratios.

    PreAlgebra B (winter/spring term) includes percents, square roots, exploration of geometric tools and strategies, topics of discrete mathematics and statistics, and a discussion of general problem-solving strategies.

    PreAlgebra prepares students for the rigors of algebra and also teaches students problem-solving techniques to prepare them for prestigious middle school math contests such as MATHCOUNTS, MOEMS, and the AMC 8.

    Textbook:

    The text is structured to inspire the reader to explore and develop new ideas. Each section starts with problems, giving the student a chance to solve them without help before proceeding. The text then includes solutions and explanations to these problems. Important facts and powerful problem-solving approaches are highlighted throughout the text. In addition to the instructional material, the book contains well over 1000 problems.

    To ensure your child is a good fit for this class, you may have him or her take the online math assessment test at http://www.sunshineeliteeducation.com/assessment_test_list.php

    Note: Books in PDF will be uploaded to the students' class page before the term starts. You may also buy the textbooks at the group discount price on Sunshine's website via the Courses page.

    Instructor: Leah Hoff

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    09/21 to 12/16  24 Classes Wednesday,Friday 6:05pm-7:35pm $735/term No class on Nov. 23 & 25Location: Online18

    AoPS curriculum enhances school-taught learning at the problem-solving and advanced levels. It is also the foundation of competition math. 

    This full course takes 2 semesters, or one school year, from Sept-June to complete.

    AOPS PreAlgebra A (Sept-December)

    Prealgebra A includes a thorough exploration of the fundamentals of arithmetic, including fractions, exponents, and decimals. We introduce beginning topics in number theory and algebra, including common divisors and multiples, primes and prime factorizations, basic equations and inequalities, and ratios.

    PreAlgebra B (January-June)

    Prealgebra B includes percents, square roots, exploration of geometric tools and strategies, topics of discrete mathematics and statistics, and a discussion of general problem-solving strategies.

    Prealgebra prepares students for the rigors of algebra and also teaches students problem-solving techniques to prepare them for prestigious middle school math contests such as MATHCOUNTS, MOEMS, and the AMC 8.

    Textbook:

    The text is structured to inspire the reader to explore and develop new ideas. Each section starts with problems, giving the student a chance to solve them without help before proceeding. The text then includes solutions and explanations to these problems. Important facts and powerful problem-solving approaches are highlighted throughout the text. In addition to the instructional material, the book contains well over 1000 problems.

    To ensure your child is a good fit for this class, you may have him or her take the online math assessment test at http://www.sunshineeliteeducation.com/assessment_test_list.php

    Note: Books in PDF will be uploaded to the students' class page before the term starts. You may also buy the textbooks at the group discount price on Sunshine's website via the Courses page.

    Instructor: Angela Norse

  • 09/20 to 12/13  24 Classes Tuesday,Thursday 5:00pm-6:00pm $600/term No class on Nov. 24Location: Online17

    AoPS Intro to Algebra is the math foundation class for advanced math learners and competition math. The class content goes beyond the school-based Algebra curriculum.

    Algebra A (fall term) starts from Chapter 1 and covers Chapters 1 to 10.

    Algebra B (winter/spring term) starts from Chapter 11 and covers Chapters 11 to 22.

    Textbook: Introduction to Algebra

    The topics in this book include the following: Exponents and radicals, linear equations and inequalities, ratios and proportions, factoring quadratics, complex numbers, completing the square, and the quadratic formula.

    The text is structured to inspire the reader to explore and develop new ideas. Each section starts with problems, giving the student a chance to solve them without help before proceeding. The text then includes solutions and explanations to these problems. Important facts and powerful problem-solving approaches are highlighted throughout the text. In addition to the instructional material, the book contains well over 1000 problems.

    This book can serve as a complete Algebra I course, and also includes many concepts covered in Algebra II. Middle school students preparing for MATHCOUNTS, high school students preparing for the AMC, and other students seeking to master the fundamentals of algebra will find this book an instrumental part of their mathematics libraries.

    To ensure your child is a good fit for this class, you may have him or her take the online math assessment test at http://www.sunshineeliteeducation.com/assessment_test_list.php

    Note: Books in PDF will be uploaded to the students' class page before the term starts. You may also buy the textbooks at the group discount price on Sunshine's website via the Courses page.

    Instructor: Manny Norse

  • 09/20 to 12/13  24 Classes Tuesday,Thursday 6:00pm-7:30pm $900/term No class on Nov. 24Location: Online17

    AoPS Geometry is the math foundation class for advanced math learners and competition math. The class content goes beyond the school-based Geometry curriculum.

    Geometry A starts from Chapter 1 and covers Chapters 1 to 9

    Geometry B starts from Chapter 10 and covers Chapters 10 to 19

    Textbook: Introduction to Geometry

    The topics in this book include the following: similar triangles, congruent triangles, quadrilaterals, polygons, circles, funky areas, power of a point, three-dimensional geometry, transformations, introductory trigonometry, and more.

    The text is structured to inspire the reader to explore and develop new ideas. Each section starts with problems, giving the student a chance to solve them without help before proceeding. The text then includes solutions and explanations of these problems. Important facts and powerful problem-solving approaches are highlighted throughout the text. In addition to the instructional material, the book contains well over 900 problems.

    This book serves as a complete geometry course and is ideal for students who have mastered basic algebra, such as solving linear equations. Middle school students preparing for MATHCOUNTS, high school students preparing for the AMC, and other students seeking to master the fundamentals of geometry will find this book an instrumental part of their mathematics libraries.

    To ensure your child is a good fit for this class, you may have him or her take the online math assessment test at http://www.sunshineeliteeducation.com/assessment_test_list.php

    Note: Books in PDF will be uploaded to the students' class page before the term starts. You may also buy the textbooks at the group discount price on Sunshine's website via the Courses page.

    Instructor: Manny Norse

  • 09/21 to 12/16  24 Classes Wednesday,Friday 4:30pm-6:00pm $900/term No class on Nov. 23 and 25Location: Online17

    AoPS Intermediate Algebra is the math foundation class for advanced math learners and competition math. The class content goes beyond the school-based Algebra II curriculum.

    Intermediate Algebra A starts from Chapter 1 and covers Chapters 1 to 9

    Intermediate Algebra B starts from Chapter 10 and covers Chapters 10 to 20

    Textbook: Intermediate Algebra

    The topics in this book include the following: advanced quadratics, polynomials, conics, general functions, logarithms, clever factorizations and substitutions, systems of equations, sequences, and series, symmetric sums, advanced factoring methods, classical inequalities, functional equations, and more.

    This comprehensive textbook is the follow-up to the acclaimed Introduction to Algebra textbook. It covers Algebra 2 and topics in Precalculus, as well as advanced topics such as problem-solving strategies required for success on the AMC and AIME competitions.

    To ensure your child is a good fit for this class, you may have him or her take the online math assessment test at http://www.sunshineeliteeducation.com/assessment_test_list.php

    Instructor: Manny Norse

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    09/24 to 12/17  12 Classes Saturday 5:00pm-6:00pm $255/term No class on Nov. 25Location: Online10

    This Math Competition class for grades 4-6 will focus on learning and practicing problem-solving skills with the materials from all the following 3 contests. Students enrolled in this class will be invited to the online adaptive learning system for the Math League contest.

    Math Olympiad stimulates enthusiasm and a love for mathematics. It teaches strategies for problem-solving and developing mathematical flexibility in solving problems. 

    Math League expands on basic math concepts taught in schools by using more challenging questions and word problems, requiring students to use critical thinking to complete each question accurately and in a timely manner.  All questions must be finished in the allotted time, and due to this constraint, the course focuses on practical strategies to quickly and accurately answer these types of questions.

    Math Kangaroo is a great way to introduce elementary school students to the world of competitive math. It is an interactive, prize-based competition consisting of puzzles and logic-type problems. Math Kangaroo is open to students in grades 1 - 12; the competition offers 24 problems to be solved within 75 minutes for grades 1-5 and 30 questions for students in grades 5 and up. 

    Instructor: Julie Davenport

  • 09/21 to 12/16  24 Classes Wednesday,Friday 6:00pm-7:00pm $600/term No class on Nov. 23 and 25Location: Online17

    MathCounts is a national middle school mathematics competition that builds problem-solving skills and fosters achievement through four levels of fun, in-person "bee" style contests. It provides engaging math programs to middle school students to build confidence and improve attitudes towards math and problem-solving. This class mainly works on the school and regional level of MathCounts problems.

    The American Mathematics Competitions (AMC) 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple-choice examination in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills. The contest is held in November every year and for students in grades 8 and below.

    This class is designed to learn the common problem-solving strategies for both competitions and also working on the previous years of competition for practice.  By the end of the class, students will have been exposed to hundreds of MathCounts/AMC 8 test questions to help them to succeed.

    The focus of this class is on test-taking strategies and critical thinking skills. Most students have the basic knowledge they need to take the competition, so our philosophy is to help students in the other requirements of the competition, namely, accuracy and speed.  The test-taking strategies taught in this class will help students not only in the competitions but also in the future for taking other tests inside and outside of school (such as the SAT and ACT).

    Prerequisites: Students have completed AGS I or Algebra I. For great achievements in the competitions, students find that AoPS Algebra class helps a lot along with this competition class.

    Note: The class materials used for this class are not repeated in 2 years. So students may join this class multiple times in 2 years to refine their competition skills.

    Instructor: Manny Norse

  • 09/24 to 12/17  12 Classes Saturday 9:00am-11:00am $600/term No class on Nov. 26Location: Online17

    MathCounts is a national middle school mathematics competition that builds problem-solving skills and fosters achievement through four levels of fun, in-person "bee" style contests. The four levels of MathCounts competitions are School, Regional, State, National, from easy to hard. This class is to prepare competitive students for the state and national level of MathCounts competition.

    The American Mathematics Competitions (AMC) 10 is a 25-question, 75-minute, multiple-choice examination in secondary school mathematics containing problems which can be understood and solved with algebra and geometry concepts. It is held in February for students in grades 10 and below.

    This course uses many previously used AMC/MathCounts questions both for class and homework.  In addition, we use many supplemental questions taken from competition math textbooks that will be used for homework to further reinforce the strategies and concepts taught in class.  By the end of the course, students will be exposed to thousands of AMC/MathCounts test questions.

    The focus of this class is on test-taking strategies and critical thinking skills. Most students have the basic knowledge they need to take the competition, so our philosophy is to help students in the other requirements of the competition, namely, accuracy and speed.

    Prerequisites: Students have completed AGS II or Algebra I and Geometry. For great achievements in the competitions, students find that AoPS Algebra and Geometry class helps to build up the foundation along with this competition class.

    Note: The class materials used for this class are not repeated in 2 years. So students may join this class multiple times in 2 years to refine their competition skills.

    Instructor: Manny Norse

  • 10/01 to 12/17  12 Classes Saturday 4:00pm-6:00pm $600/term Location: Online7

    The AMC 10 and AMC 12 are nationwide tests administered by the Mathematical Association of America that qualify you for the American Invitational Mathematics Exam (AIME). Only those with top scores will be invited to take the AIME. The MAA recommends 9th and 10th graders take the AMC 10, and 11th and 12th graders take the AMC 12. You can take the AMC 10 and/or 12 multiple times.

    The AMC 10 and AMC 12 each have 25 questions. You have 75 minutes for the entire exam. Note that you don't need to get all of the questions right to get a qualifying score. You just have to do better than most of the other students taking the exam! Keep that in mind as you come up with a strategy for the test.

    You need to be in the top 5% of scorers on the AMC 12 or the top 2.5% of scorers on the AMC 10 to qualify, so the vast majority of people who take the AMC exams don't qualify. But, if you do qualify, you can take the American Invitation Mathematics Examination, or AIME.

    If you do well on the AIME, you can qualify for the US Mathematical Olympiad. The top scorers from that competition then have the opportunity to train to be on the US team that competes at the International Math Olympiad. (You can find more info on this process over at the Mathematical Association of American website .)

    It's a long process to get to the IMO, and very few students make it that far. But even just taking the AIME can set you apart in the college admissions process, especially if you are interested in engineering programs. Along with a high GPA and strong SAT/ACT scores, taking the AIME is a way to signal to colleges you have superior math and problem-solving skills.

    This course will help students to be more ready for do well on AMC 10/12 tests. We will use customized materials for different topics in the competition and also use many previously AMC 10/12 questions both in class and for homework.

    Instructor: Noah Walsh, 2021 IMO Gold Model Winner & Current MIT student.

    Instructor: Noah Walsh

  • 09/24 to 12/17  12 Classes Saturday 1:00pm-3:00pm $495/term Private tutoring is available by text 503-9152956Location: Online8

    Course Objective: This class gives young students a strong foundation in the scientific discipline of biology. Students will learn about taxonomy, cell structure and types of cells, photosynthesis, plant structure, and life cycles, single-celled organisms and how they move and eat, the life cycle of the frog, the life cycle of the butterfly, and ecosystems. 

    This is a one-year curriculum and will be finished in Fall and Winter/Spring Terms, from Sep to Jun, about 34 weeks.

    Text Books: (provided in PDF format)

    Biology by PRENTICE HALL

    Instructor: Scott Martin

  • 09/24 to 12/17  12 Classes Saturday 3:00pm-5:00pm $495/term Private tutoring is available by text 503-9152956Location: Online8

    Course Objective: This is a one-year, 34-lesson course for Middle school students who want to learn Chemistry in advance. Students who finish this course will be ready for Honor Chemistry or Advanced Chemistry courses in High School.

    Prerequisite: Algebra 1 or AGS 1

    This is a one-year curriculum and will be finished in Fall and Winter/Spring Terms, from Sep to Jun, about 34 weeks.

    Course Plan for one school year:

    Middle School Chemistry A covers Chapters 1-7 in 14 weeks

    Chapter 1: Chemistry and Measurement

    Chapter 2: Matter

    Chapter 3: Formulas and Names of Compounds

    Chapter 4: Chemical Quantities

    Chapter 5: Chemical Reactions

    Chapter 6: Stoichiometry

    Chapter 7: Gases

    Middle School Chemistry B covers Chapters 8-19 in 20 weeks

    Chapter 8: Atomic Theory

    Chapter 9: Nuclear Chemistry

    Chapter 10: Electrons

    Chapter 11: Patterns in the Periodic Table

    Chapter 12: Bonding

    Chapter 13: Thermodynamics

    Chapter 14: Solids and Liquids

    Chapter 15: Solutions

    Chapter 16: Reaction Rates and Equilibrium

    Chapter 17: Acids and Bases

    Chapter 18: Electrochemistry

    Chapter 19: Organic Chemistry

    Text Books: 

    Instructor: Scott Martin

  • 09/21 to 12/14  24 Classes Monday,Wednesday 5:00pm-6:00pm $495/term No class on Nov. 23Location: Online16

    Course Objective: This is a one year course for typical freshmen in high school to get ready to take the AP physics 1 and 2. The curriculum is corresponding to the first-year high school STEM physics. It's a great class for students who have learned advanced math therefore use math to solve complex and interesting real-world problems.

    (1) To build a solid conceptual understanding of physics.
    (2) To apply math skills to solve Physics problems.
    (3) To prepare students for AP/IB Physics classes in High School.

    Prerequisite: Algebra 1

    Unit 1: Mechanics
    Chapter 2-3: Equilibrium and Linear Motion
    Chapter 4-6: Newton's Laws of Motion
    Chapter 7-9: Momentum and Energy
    Chapter 10-14: Gravity, Projectiles, and Satellites
    Chapter 15-16: Special Relativity

    Unit 2: Properties of Matter
    Chapter 17: Atomic Nature of Matter
    Chapter 18-20: Solids, Liquids, Gas

    Unit 3: Heat
    Chapter 21-23: Heat Transfer
    Chapter 24: Thermodynamics

    Unit 4: Sound and Light

    Chapter 25-27: Waves, Sound, Light
    Chapter 28-31: Color, Reflection, Lenses

    Unit 5: Electricity and Magnetism
    Chapter 32-35: Static and Current Electricity
    Chapter 36-37: Magnetism and Electromagnetic Induction

    Unit 6: Atomic and Nuclear Physics
    Chapter 38: The Atom and the Quantum
    Chapter 39: The Atomic Nucleus and Radioactivity
    Chapter 40: Nuclear Fission and Fusion

    Text Books: (Free rental from Sunshine library)

    Conceptual Physics Book Cover

    The PDF file of the textbook will be loaded to the class page before the term starts.

    Instructor: Maggie Greenwood

  • 09/21 to 12/16  24 Classes Wednesday,Friday 4:00pm-5:00pm $600/term Private tutoring is available by text 503-9152956Location: Online8

    This Summer class will teach the topics in AP Biology as much as we can.

    AP Biology review and exam prep class

    Reviews concepts and skills covered in AP Biology, prepares AP and IB students getting ready for AP Biology exam in May.

    Class Material and Textbook:
    1. Barron's AP Biology Review
    2. Practice Assignment from College Board 

    Instructor: Scott Martin

  • 09/24 to 12/17  12 Classes Saturday 9:00am-10:30am $395/term This class is in-person only. No class on Nov. 26Location: Rm 2

    This class is specially designed for the online live class. This class will cover the basics of building and programming in LEGO Robotics. Students will learn to follow building instructions to construct robots, as well as design their own robots and programs to complete a variety of tasks using the LEGO Robotics 

    We believe that every child is a scientist and that we can help children become even better scientists! Robotics is a great way to inspire students to learn about math, science, and technology!

    We will use the following toolkits in our classroom:

    LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox 17101 Fun Robot Building Set and Educational Coding Kit for Kids, Award-Winning STEM Learning Toy


    We are looking forward to starting the LEGO Robotics adventure with you!

    Instructor: Douglas Macklin

  • 09/24 to 12/17  12 Classes Saturday 11:00am-12:30pm $395/term This class is in-person only. No class on Nov. 26Location: Rm 2

    We believe that every child is a scientist and that we can help children become even better scientists! Robotics is a great way to inspire students to learn about math, science, and technology!

    This class is specially designed for the online live class and is for students who already have some knowledge about LEGO EV3 Robotics and coding. This class will cover the basics of building and programming in LEGO Robotics. Through hands-on learning, students will learn to follow building instructions to construct robots, as well as design their own robots and programs to complete a variety of tasks using the amazing LEGO EV3 Mindstorms Educationtional Robot Toolkit. 

    We will use the following toolkits in our classroom:

    LEGO EV3 Mindstorm Robotics Core Set 45544

    We are looking forward to starting the LEGO Robotics adventure with you!

    Instructor: Douglas Macklin

  • 09/24 to 12/17  12 classes Saturday 10:30am-12:30pm $515/term This class is in-person only. No class on Nov. 26Location: Rm 2

    We believe that every child is a scientist and that we can help children become even better scientists! Robotics is a great way to inspire students to learn about math, science, and technology!

    This class is specially designed for the online live class and is for middle school students who want to explore the fun with LEGO EV3 MindStorm Robotics and Coding. This class will cover the basics of building and programming in LEGO Robotics. Through hands-on learning, students will learn to construct robots, as well as design their own robots and programs to complete a variety of tasks using the amazing LEGO EV3 Mindstorms Educationtional Robot Toolkit. 

    We will use the following toolkits in our classroom:

    LEGO EV3 Mindstorm Robotics Core Set 45544

    We are looking forward to starting the LEGO Robotics adventure with you!

    Instructor: Douglas Macklin

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    09/26 to 12/12  12 Classes Monday 5:30pm-7:00pm $375/term Location: Online7

    This class is for students with no programming experience and who want to choose Python as their first programming language to learn.

    Prerequisites for this course: Pre Algebra

    Python is a widely-used programming language. It is simple in its design, yet incredibly flexible and powerful. Python is the best introductory programming language. This course is designed for all ages who want to learn to program with Python. We will learn the basics such as installing and running Python, variables, strings, and text, interacting with users, conditions, and logic, etc. We will develop several small games using what we learn in class and make the learning fun and creative.

    This class includes the following Python Language Skills:

    • Introduction to programming languages.
    • How to install Python?
    • Introduction to Python IDLE environment
    • Programming at Prompt >>>
    • Introduction to different operators +,-,*,/,% and doing simple calculations on prompts
    • Variables and different types of data types.
    • Strings and indexing and slicing on strings.
    • Introduction to different types of string functions
    • Different types of operators like arithmetical, comparison, and Boolean operators
    • Conditional programming and using different types of IF statements in Python.
    • Introduction to math modules and using various string and mathematical functions.
    • Creating simple mathematical and conditional programs.
    • Creating functions in Python
    • Lists in Python

    Projects:

    • Group project - create your own! (random groups)
    • Group project - each group is assigned different instructions (2 random groups)
    • Solo project - create your own!

    LABS:
    • 1.1: Divide by X
    • 1.2: Calories
    • 2.1 Using Math Functions
    • 2.2: Input & Output Formatted
    Instructor: Shilpa Sharma

  • 09/23 to 12/16  12 Classes Friday 4:30pm-6:00pm $375/term No class on Nov. 25Location: Online13

     

    This class is for students who have finished the Python programming beginner-A class or who already have at least one term of formal Python Programming training. Students who have very good programming skills with another language such as Java or c++ may also join this class to transfer to Python.

     Prerequisites for this course: Pre Algebra

    Python is a widely-used programming language. It is simple in its design, yet incredibly flexible and powerful. Python is the best introductory programming language. In Python II, we will learn using functions and modules to organize programs, using lists, sets, and dictionaries to organize data, debugging, building graphical interfaces, etc. We will develop several small games or some applications which may automate some boring stuff in our life using what we learn in class and make the learning fun and creative.

    This class includes following things:

    • Introduction to different types of loops.
    • Programming based on FOR loops and While Loop.
    • Introduction to sequence data types: Lists, Tuples, Sets, Dictionaries
    • Programming on lists.
    • Introduction to turtle modules and turtle programming.
    • Turtle programming projects

    Projects:

    • Building Grade calculator
    • Making HELLO WORLD projects using Turtle Graphics.
    • Making Various shapes using Turtle graphics
    • Building Turtle CAR
    • Turtle Race game
    Instructor: Shilpa Sharma

  • 09/22 to 12/15  12 Classes Thursday 5:30pm-7:00pm $375/term No class on Nov. 24Location: Online7

    This class is for students who have finished the Python programming Junior-A class. 

    Python is a widely-used programming language. It is simple in its design, yet incredibly flexible and powerful. Python is the best introductory programming language. In Python II, we will learn using functions and modules to organize programs, using lists, sets, and dictionaries to organize data, debugging, building graphical interfaces, etc. We will develop several small games or some applications which may automate some boring stuff in our life using what we learn in class and make the learning fun and creative.

    This class includes following things:

    • Complex programming
    • Functional Programming
    • Exceptional Handling
    • Recursive Functions
    • OOPS Concepts like classes and Objects.
    • Introduction to Tkinter modules
    • Introduction to permutations and combinations using itertools modules
    • Introduction to arrays and Numpy library.

    Projects:

    • Making Games with graphics
    • Email validation
    • Phone number validation.
    • Tic-Toe-Game

     

     

     

     

    Instructor: Shilpa Sharma

  • 09/24 to 12/17  12 Classes Saturday 4:00pm-5:30pm $375/term No class on Nov. 26Location: Online5

    This class is for students who have finished the Python programming Junior-B class or have similar Python programming skills.

    Python is a widely-used programming language. It is simple in its design, yet incredibly flexible and powerful. 

    This class will reinforce and deepen your Python programming skills learned in Junior-A and Junior-B courses by working on more projects with different Python libraries. This class will also introduce students to basic sorting and searching algorithms.

     This class will work on the programming problems from the ACSL (American Computer Science League) Junior level programming contest. Students will refine and improve their Python programming skills through hands-on projects.

    ACSL ( American Computer Science League) Junior Competition details can be found here:

    https://www.acsl.org/get-started/study-materials

    This class includes the following things:

    • Working with files. Reading and writing from files
    • Introduction to array and NumPy modules.
    • Programming based on single-dimensional and multi-dimensional arrays.
    • Introduction to data structures and algorithms.
    • Introduction to Number systems algorithms and implementations in Python.
    • Strings programming (Palindrome strings algorithms)
    • Basics algorithms Linear search and Binary Search algorithms.
    • Basics sorting algorithms.
    • ACSL junior Contest problems
    Instructor: Shalika Arora

  • 10/05 to 12/14  10 Classes Wednesday 6:00pm-7:00pm $215/term No class on Nov. 23Location: Online7

    ACSL Computer Contest Elementary Division

    American Computer Science League (www.acsl.org), ACSL organizes computer science contests and computer programming contests for elementary, junior, and senior high school students. 

    This year ACSL elementary contest consists of non-programming problems. Four categories, one each contest, will be tested. The contest consists of a 30-minute, 5-question test each month.

    2021-2022 ACSL Contest includes 4 tests. The topics covered are: 

    Contest #1: Computer Number Systems

    Contest #2: Prefix/Infix/Postfix Notation

    Contest #3: Boolean Algebra

    Contest #4: Graph Theory.

    Students will be given a 5-question test of questions on the given topic that encourages the use of strong problem-solving skills to get the correct answer.

    In this class, we will teach the Computer Number Systems for test 1 and get students ready for the No. 1 of the contest which is on Nov 17, 2021

    In this class, we will also teach the Prefix/Infix/Postfix Notations for test 2 and get students ready for the No. 2 of the contest which is on Jan 21, 2021

    No prior programming experience is required to attend this training class. Students are expected to be good at fifth-grade math with good problem-solving skills.

     Here is the contest events detail and registration link:  

    https://www.sunshineeliteeducation.com/course.php?term=46&course_category=30

    Instructor: Shilpa Sharma

  • 10/11 to 12/13  10 Classes Tuesday 6:00pm-7:00pm $215/term Location: Online5

    American Computer Science League (ACSL http://www.acsl.org/ ) organizes computer science contests and computer programming contests for elementary, junior, and senior high school students.

    Each contest round consists of two parts: a written section (short answer test) and a programming section. Written topics tested include "what does this program do?", digital electronics, Boolean algebra, computer numbering systems, recursive functions, data structures (primarily dealing with binary search trees, stacks, and queues), regular expressions,  bit string flicking, graph theory, and prefix/postfix/infix notation.

    Only Students from Grade 6 to Grade 9 are allowed to participate in the Junior Division.

    The Fall term will prepare for Contest-1 and Contest-2

    The Winter term will prepare for Contest-3, Contest-4 as well as the ACSL Finals competition.
    The first contest is scheduled for Nov 17, 2021

    Topics for Contest #1 covers the following areas:
    1. Computer Number Systems
    2. Recursive Functions
    3. What Does This Program Do? - Branching

    Topics for Contest #2 covers the following areas:
    1. Prefix/Infix/Postfix Notation
    2. Bit-String Flicking
    3. What Does This Program Do? - Looping

    Topics for Contest #3 covers the following areas:
    1. Boolean Algebra
    2. Data Structures
    3. What Does This Program Do? - Arrays

    Topics for Contest #4 covers the following areas:
    1. Graph Theory
    2. Digital Electronics
    3. What Does This Program Do? - Strings

    No prior programming experience is required to attend this training class. Students are expected to be proficient in Algebra 1 with good problem-solving skills.

    The above topics will be taught from a beginner level gradually progressing towards the level required to excel in the ACSL Junior Division competition.

    Finally, we have opened the registration for the 2021-2022 ACSL contests at Sunshine.

    Here are the contest events detail and registration link:  https://www.sunshineeliteeducation.com/course.php?term=46&course_category=30

    Instructor: Shilpa Sharma

  • 09/27 to 12/15  23 Classes Tuesday,Thursday 4:30pm-5:35pm $495/term No class on Nov. 24Location: Online13

    C++ is a powerful general-purpose programming language. It can be used to develop operating systems, browsers, games, and so on. C++ supports different ways of programming like procedural, object-oriented, functional, and so on. This makes C++ powerful as well as flexible.

    C++ is an intermediate-level language; learning this language will give you a much deeper understanding of programming structure. In C++, you have to write, declare, and explain everything in the source code, giving you a deeper knowledge of all the program parts. Also, the syntax of C, C++, and Java are almost the same, so learning Java and C after C++ will be very easy.

    Other languages like Python are much easier to understand because they are almost syntax-free. You don't have to specify everything while writing its code, which makes the programming part easy, but you don't get the opportunity to learn the logic structure of the program like C++. Once you have learned the C++ language, then other languages will be easy for you to learn, as your foundation becomes strong.

     

    Instructor: Jeffrey Chan

  • 10/01 to 12/17  12 Classes Saturday 8:00am-10:00am $495/term Location: Online13

    This class will improve students, who have a few months of experience with python, problem-solving skills, logic, mathematics, programming sense, confidence, and speaking skills. In this class, we will solve a lot of problems together and make sure students will be able to present their ideas (logic), discuss with their classmates, and work with classmates. All those skills we will work on are in favor of the students not just learning how to code but also how to network with other classmates and communicate their ideas.

    This class will extensively work on list, for loops, while loops, if else else if statements, strings, object oriented programming and manipulating data structures. Albeit it looks like there are only a few topics, in the research industry, that’s 70% of what researchers do with Python, specifically in machine learning or artificial intelligent field. Building a rock-solid foundation from those basic data structures and logic, students will be in a better position for their futures
    because most of the jobs that are related to the STEM major will require some sort of programming experience.

    The expected outcome of this class:
    Students will have a solid foundation for USACO bronze. Although some problems might be equivalent to the bronze level from USACO, it doesn’t mean that problem solving with Python is the equivalent class as Data Structure and Algorithms – USACO Bronze to Silver.

    Recommendation:
    Before committing to Data Structure and Algorithms – USACO Bronze to Silver, those who are interested in Data Structure and Algorithms – USACO Bronze to Silver should consider taking problem-solving with Python.

    We highly suggested students take USACO Fundamental, this class and Intro to C++ together because USACO Bronze to Silver and Silver to Gold will be using C++ instead of python. So once you finish both classes for Fall, you are solid and ready for the USACO Bronze to Silver.

    Instructor: Jeffrey Chan

  • 10/01 to 12/17  12 Classes Saturday 4:00pm-6:00pm $495/term Location: Online13

    Algorithms are the soul of computing. Algorithmic thinking, unlike the very young electronic machinery it brings alive, is rooted in ancient mathematics. It can be roughly described as creating "recipes" (well defined sequences of computational steps) for getting "things" (computational problems specifying an input-output relation) "successfully" (correctly) "done" (in finite steps and time).

    Algorithm design and analysis provide the theoretical backbone of computer science and are a must in the daily work of the successful programmer. The goal of this course is to provide a solid background in the design and analysis of the major classes of algorithms.

    In this course, students will develop ability to articulate processes for solving problems and to implement those processes efficiently within their programming. Students will learn to design algorithms for searching, sorting, and optimization and apply them to answer practical questions. 

    The expected outcome of this class:
    Students will be more confident to solve a lot of USACO Bronze level problems, and be able to solve some problems which are equivalent to the silver level from USACO,

    Prerequities:
    Problem Solving by Python or equivalent. 

    Instructor: Jeffrey Chan

  • 10/01 to 12/17  12 Classes Saturday 1:30pm-3:30pm $495/term Location: Online13

    This class is to introduce students to USACO Silver to Gold problems.

    The USACO (http://www.usaco.org) supports computing education in the USA and worldwide by identifying, motivating, and training high-school computing students at all levels. It has very rich resources to help students to learn computer programming at different levels. USACO usually offers 3 online contests in a year: The first contests usually is set in December, and second contest is in January and third contest is in Feburary. Students who demonstrate outstanding performance in USACO on-line programming competitions are eligible for selection as a finalist invited to attend the USACO summer training camp for further instruction, and for consideration as a potential member of the USA team to attend the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI).

    Students should already have solid programming skills either using Python, Java or C++. It's recommended to take the Data Structure and Algorithms course before taking this class.

    Instructor: Jeffrey Chan

  • 10/01 to 12/17  12 Classes Saturday 3:30pm-5:00pm $375/term Location: Online11

    This course is Part 1 of AP Computer Science A: Fundamental of Java. AP Computer Science A is one year curriculum for high school students. Sunshine has split it into part 1 and part 2 which usually can be finished in 2 terms.

    Prerequisite: No previous knowledge of Java is expected

    AP Computer Science A
    Advanced Placement Computer Science A is an AP Computer Science course and examination offered by the College Board to high school students as an opportunity to earn college credit for a college-level computer science course. AP Computer Science A is meant to be the equivalent of a first-semester course in computer science. The AP exam currently tests students on their knowledge of Java. Java Programming Language is one of the most popular programming languages particularly for client–server web applications. Java is high-level, class-based, object-oriented programming language that is designed to have as few implementation dependencies as possible. It is a general-purpose programming language intended to let programmers write once, run anywhere, meaning that compiled Java code can run on all platforms that support Java without the need for recompilation. Java applications are typically
    compiled to bytecode that can run on any Java virtual machine regardless of the underlying computer architecture. 

    AP Computer Science A - Part 1: Fundamental of Java

    Topics to be covered:
    Unit 1: Primitive Types
    Unit 2: Using Objects
    Unit 3: Boolean Expressions and if Statements
    Unit 4: Iteration
    Unit 5: Writing Classes

    AP Computer Science A - Part 2: Advanced Concepts in Java

    Topics to be covered:
    Unit 6: Array
    Unit 7: ArrayList
    Unit 8: 2D Array
    Unit 9: Inheritance
    Unit 10: Recursion

    Note: Each class will follow a format: Computer science Concepts, Programming activity, Quiz. 

    Reference Information:
    College Board (collegeboard.org) AP Computer Science A Course and Exam Description, Effective Fall 2019
    https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/sites/default/files/2019-05/ap-computer-science-a-course-and-exam-description.pdf

    Instructor: Craig Kaercher

  • 10/01 to 12/17  12 Classes Saturday 1:00pm-3:00pm $600/term Location: Online11

    This course is Part 2 of AP Computer Science A: Advanced Concepts in Java. AP Computer Science A is one year curriculum for high school students. Sunshine has split it into part 1 and part 2 which usually can be finished in 2 terms.

    Prerequisite: AP Computer Science A - Part 1: Fundamental of Java or Introduction to Java

    AP Computer Science A
    Advanced Placement Computer Science A is an AP Computer Science course and examination offered by the College Board to high school students as an opportunity to earn college credit for a college-level computer science course. AP Computer Science A is meant to be the equivalent of a first-semester course in computer science. The AP exam currently tests students on their knowledge of Java. Java Programming Language is one of the most popular programming languages particularly for client–server web applications. Java is high-level, class-based, object-oriented programming language that is designed to have as few implementation dependencies as possible. It is a general-purpose programming language intended to let programmers write once, run anywhere, meaning that compiled Java code can run on all platforms that support Java without the need for recompilation. Java applications are typically
    compiled to bytecode that can run on any Java virtual machine regardless of the underlying computer architecture. 

    AP Computer Science A - Part 1: Fundamental of Java

    Topics to be covered:
    Unit 1: Primitive Types
    Unit 2: Using Objects
    Unit 3: Boolean Expressions and if Statements
    Unit 4: Iteration
    Unit 5: Writing Classes

    AP Computer Science A - Part 2: Advanced Concepts in Java

    Topics to be covered:
    Unit 6: Array
    Unit 7: ArrayList
    Unit 8: 2D Array
    Unit 9: Inheritance
    Unit 10: Recursion

    Note: Each class will follow a format: Computer science Concepts, Programming activity, Quiz. 

    Reference Information:
    College Board (collegeboard.org) AP Computer Science A Course and Exam Description, Effective Fall 2019
    https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/sites/default/files/2019-05/ap-computer-science-a-course-and-exam-description.pdf

    Instructor: Craig Kaercher

  • 09/24 to 12/17  12 Classes Saturday 9:00am-10:00am $255/term In-person only; No class on Nov. 26Location: Rm 3

    Chess is the classic game that develops spatial thinking and strategies and builds focused concentration. Often known as a game for the intellectually gifted, chess is the best sport to exercise the most important organ in our bodies: the brain. It promotes brain growth, raises your IQ, teaches planning and foresight, sparks your creativity, increases problem-solving skills, and optimizes memory improvement.

    This class is for the beginner who has little to no experience with Chess but wants to learn. In this class, students will learn basic game rules and opening tactic moves.

    Instructor: Alexander Wedow

  • 09/23 to 12/16  12 Classes Friday 5:30pm-6:30pm $255/term No class on Nov. 25Location: Online4

    Chess is a classic game that develops spatial thinking and strategies and builds focused concentration. Often known as a game for the intellectually gifted, chess is the best sport to exercise the most important organ in our bodies: the brain. It promotes brain growth, raises your IQ, teaches planning and foresight, sparks your creativity, increases problem-solving skills, and optimizes memory improvement.

    This class will teach more about basic opening strategies and more advanced tactical tricks and patterns.
       The Summer session will start fresh, not just continue the 2020-2021 curriculum. We test the current skills for all students, integrate new students, and work on strategies and tactics for two main phases of the game. First we will all learn and practice a typical  chess opening. Second, we will focus on the key endgame patterns. This rewards pattern training and visualization skills.

    For the online classes, students will need to use a chess.com account in order to play chess during the class. Younger students can use ChessKid or other portals otherwise, but please have a regular chess.com account just for class. The instructor can observe all games at once. Another benefit from playing these games online is that the instructor can also comment on each student's games at some point during the course, and send those personal suggestions for improvement to the class.

    Instructor: Charles Schulien

  • 09/21 to 12/14  12 Classes Wednesday 5:00pm-6:30pm $395/term No class on Nov. 23Location: Online4

    Chess is the classic game that develops spatial thinking and strategies and builds focused concentration. Often known as a game for the intellectually gifted, chess is the best sport to exercise the most important organ in our bodies: the brain. It promotes brain growth, raises your IQ, teaches planning and foresight, sparks your creativity, increases problem-solving skills, and optimizes memory improvement.

    The summer 2021 course builds on lessons from some great players. Active learning techniques will help students retain the lessons, and they can apply this method to learning from any master games on their own. Student play, ideally in at least 1-2 tournaments, even online, is strongly encouraged. It is important to test your skills, and student game review is another part of the curriculum. Thus we personalize the courses while seeking to illustrate how to apply strategic concepts in your games.

    Recommendation: Students who have a rating 900 or above.

    Instructor: Charles Schulien

  • 09/26 to 12/12  12 Classes Monday 3:30pm-5:00pm $395/term Location: Online7

    These art classes are aimed at fostering young students’ general appreciation toward the arts while learning fundamental skills for their artistic expression.

    Additionally, students will learn the basics of drawing and coloring while having fun exploring different artistic forms, such as pencil and charcoal sketching, watercolor, acrylic painting, Chinese oil painting, pastel painting, and much more...

    Instructor: Tie Li

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    09/24 to 11/12  8 Sessions Saturday 10:30am-12:00pm $360/term No class on Nov. 26Location: Online6

    This is an 8-week complete review and test practice package for students who plan to take SAT tests.

    This package uses materials focused on the most complicated SAT topics and problems as well as more advanced test skills and time management strategies to optimize scores.  The package includes proctored tests that replicate the stress of the actual test.

    All class materials are offered in PDF files for free.  The hard copy of books may involve extra book fees.

    Instructor: Julie Hlad

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    09/23 to 11/12  8 Classes Friday 3:30pm-5:00pm $360/term No class on Nov. 25Location: Online16

    This is an 8-weeks complete review and test practice package for students who plan to take SAT tests.

    This package is for students who want to further improve their SAT scores. This package uses materials focused on the most complicated SAT topics and problems as well as more advanced test skills and time management strategies to optimize scores.  The package includes proctored tests that replicate the stress of the actual test.

    All class materials are offered in PDF files for free.  The hard copy of books may involve extra book fees.
     
     
    Instructor: Maggie Greenwood

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    09/24 to 12/17  12 Classes Saturday 1:00pm-2:30pm $450/term No class on Nov. 26Location: Online6

    This is a test prep class for students who want to prepare for the SSAT or HSPT test to apply for private high schools or talented search programs.

    The SSAT score is required by OES, Catlin Cable high school application or it can be used to qualify the talented search program such as Johns Hopkins for talented youth https://cty.jhu.edu/. SSAT tests usually are hosted by some local schools like OES, Catlin Cable. The tests are usually offered in December, January, and February.

    The HSPT test is similar to the SSAT test, which is used by the Christian High schools like Jesuit, St. Mary, or Valley Catholic. HSPT test is usually offered in January by the private school like Jesuit.

    This class in Summer term focuses on fundamental skills of Reading/Vocabulary/Writing for Upper-level SSAT/HSPT, which is also good for students who wants to improve on Reading/Vocabulary/Writing skills.

    The class in Fall term will be more test centralized with more practice tests and reviews.

    Class Materials:

    We are using different class materials from multiple resources. The materials used in Summer, Fall, and Winter/Spring terms are different and complement each other. All class materials will be provided by e-copy via the class page on your Sunshine account.

    Instructor: Julie Hlad

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    09/21 to 10/21  10 Classes Wednesday,Friday 5:00pm-6:30pm $315/term Location: Online8

    This is the CogAt test preparation class for 3rd-grade students in Elementary school to qualify for the TAG program. The purpose is to let students study the test skills and get better performance in the test.  The long term benefit of this class is to help students improve the cognitive and reasoning abilities by learning logical and creative thinking behind the materials, which are critical for their future success.

    This class is an intensive test preparation class which will go through all 9 sections in CogAt tests, but with more focus on the 3 screening sections: Verbal Analogies, Figure Matrices, and Number Analogies. The CogAt screening test will be given to all 3rd graders in BSD schools at the end of October. 

    Students who get 97% or plus in the screening test will be invited to take the full test in Dec. Students who get 99%+ in the full test will be identified as TAG students in elementary school. 

    Sunshine will provide all testing materials for students to practice with. We use the online practice test with instant scoring and report along with the classes. All online practice test reports are saved in your Sunshine account and you may check your child's performance via the "Assessment Tests" link in your account.

    Instructor: Alexander Wedow

  • 09/24 to 10/22  5 Classes Saturday 10:00am-12:00pm $215/term Location: Online20

    This is the CogAt test preparation class for 3rd-grade students in Elementary school to qualify for the TAG program. The purpose is to let students study the test skills and get better performance in the test.  The long term benefit of this class is to help students improve the cognitive and reasoning abilities by learning logical and creative thinking behind the materials, which are critical for their future success.

    This class is an intensive test preparation class which will go through all 9 sections in CogAt tests, but with more focus on the 3 screening sections: Verbal Analogies, Figure Matrices, and Number Analogies. The CogAt screening test will be given to all 3rd graders in BSD schools at the end of October. 

    Students who get 97% or plus in the screening test will be invited to take the full test in Dec. Students who get 99%+ in the full test will be identified as TAG students in elementary school. 

    Sunshine will provide all testing materials for students to practice with. We use the online practice test with instant scoring and report along with the classes. All online practice test reports are saved in your Sunshine account and you may check your child's performance via the "Assessment Tests" link in your account.

    Instructor: Tami Bake

  • 09/21 to 10/21  10 Classes Wednesday,Friday 5:00pm-6:30pm $315/term Location: Online20

    This is the CogAt test preparation class for 5th-grade students to qualify for the middle school SUMMA program. The 3rd & 5th graders will go to take the CogAt test at school in Fall,  A student in K-3rd grade who scores with 99 percentile at CogAt will qualify for the TAG program in Elementary school. A student in 4th-6th grade who scores with 99 percentile at CogAt will qualify for the SUMMA program in Middle School.

    The purpose of this class is to let students learn the test skills and get ready for the tests. The long term benefit of this class is to help students improve the cognitive and reasoning abilities by learning logical and creative thinking behind the materials, which are critical for their future success.

    The first 8-week of the class will focus more on the 3 screening sections: Verbal Analogies, Figure Matrices, and Number Analogies. And then the remaining 6 weeks will focus more on the other sections, practice, and strategies.

    The CogAt screening test will be given to all 5th graders in BSD schools at the end of October or the beginning of November each year.

    Students who get 97% or plus in the screening test will be invited to take the full test in Dec or Jan. Students who get 99% in the full test will qualify for the SUMMA program in Middle schools. 

    Sunshine will provide all testing materials for students to practice with. We use the online practice test with instant scoring and report along with the classes. All online practice test reports are saved in your Sunshine account and you may check your child's performance via the "Assessment Tests" link in your account. 

    Instructor: Tami Bake

  • 09/24 to 10/22  5 Classes Saturday 1:00pm-3:00pm $215/term Location: Online20

    This is the CogAt test preparation class for 5th-grade students to qualify for the middle school SUMMA program. The 3rd & 5th graders will go to take the CogAt test at school in Fall,  A student in K-3rd grade who scores with 99 percentile at CogAt will qualify for the TAG program in Elementary school. A student in 4th-6th grade who scores with 99 percentile at CogAt will qualify for the SUMMA program in Middle School.

    The purpose of this class is to let students learn the test skills and get ready for the tests. The long term benefit of this class is to help students improve the cognitive and reasoning abilities by learning logical and creative thinking behind the materials, which are critical for their future success.

    The first 8-week of the class will focus more on the 3 screening sections: Verbal Analogies, Figure Matrices, and Number Analogies. And then the remaining 6 weeks will focus more on the other sections, practice, and strategies.

    The CogAt screening test will be given to all 5th graders in BSD schools at the end of October or the beginning of November each year.

    Students who get 97% or plus in the screening test will be invited to take the full test in Dec or Jan. Students who get 99% in the full test will qualify for the SUMMA program in Middle schools. 

    Sunshine will provide all testing materials for students to practice with. We use the online practice test with instant scoring and report along with the classes. All online practice test reports are saved in your Sunshine account and you may check your child's performance via the "Assessment Tests" link in your account. 

    Instructor: Tami Bake

  • 09/20 to 12/17   $50/time 

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