PDF 2019 Summer Offerings

 Education is not the filling of a pail,  but the lighting of a fire.– Plutarch


Keep the fire of learning alive this June with a Cicero Prep Summer Academy course! Our offerings range from enrichment courses, to our Prep Study Skills academic camp, to Great Hearts credit courses. Explore on the pages below, and online registration begins March 8. Registration closes May 31.

All classes run Monday through Friday. For policies and procedures, click here. For questions relating to Summer Academy courses or enrollment, please contact Mr. Julian, Assistant Headmaster.




Enrichment 1

Credit Courses 2

Summer Academy Policies and Procedures 3




Expand your horizons with these enrichment courses, taught by Cicero instructors.

Register online by clicking here.

Course Description Schedule Fee
SCIENCE CAMP Dissection, fire, flying objects! Explore the upper school’s most engaging science labs over a weeklong survey of our prestigious 9-12th grade science program, including biology, bio-chem, chemistry, and physics. For incoming 6th-9th graders. June 3 – 7

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

HUMANITIES & FINE ARTS CAMP Poets? Check. Musicians? Check. Actors? Check. Artists? Check. Philosophers and literary enthusiasts? Check. Experience our upper school’s humanities and fine arts in this one-week course. For incoming 6th-9th graders. June 10 – 14

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

CAMP BUNDLE Register for both the Humanities & Fine Arts Camp and the Science Camp and save. For incoming 6th-9th graders. June 3 – 14

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

PREP STUDY SKILLS Our most popular course. A carefully designed two-week course used to prepare students of all ages for the curriculum of Cicero Prep. Two sessions offered. First come, first serve. Round 1: June 3 – 14

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM


Round 2: June 17 – 28

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

CREATIVE WRITING Mr. Martel will lead students through a workshop on creative writing and guide them in crafting their own work. June 3 – 14

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

ROCK CLIMBING Mr. Ophals will be teaching rock climbing, including 2 3-hour sessions at the rock gym each week, and one classroom session at Cicero (including lunch) each week. Includes a month-long membership.


1353 E University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281

(fee includes $80 membership and equipment rental and lunch on Wednesdays)

June 3 – 28

Tue 12:00-3:00 (PRG)

Wed 12:30-2:00 Cicero

Thu 12:00-3:00 (PRG)















Credit Courses

The following courses meet the requirement for middle school promotion. These courses can help transferring students align with the Cicero curriculum, returning students to complete missed credit, or students who need support to build their academic skills. However, they are not intended to substitute for upcoming curricular coursework.


Great Hearts affirms the fundamental importance of a single track liberal arts education. As such, with rare exception, all students are expected to complete the same courses in a given year of study. This being so, it is important for students to come to a given year of study at Cicero Preparatory Academy with sufficient foundational knowledge for year of study. Without the necessary prior experience, students will most likely struggle to succeed academically at Cicero. We strongly encourage incoming students to prepare for study at Cicero in the summer prior to the start of their first academic year at Cicero. Please use the table below to determine how your student should prepare to begin at Cicero.


Register online by clicking here.


Course Description Schedule Fee



**An important note for incoming 10th grade students: Because all students enroll in Algebra II, students who have not taken Algebra I or demonstrated success in Algebra I will need to enroll in Algebra I in summer school. We also strongly encourage all students who struggled in Algebra I in 8th grade to enroll in this course. Additionally, AZ Merit and the standardized tests for college admission expect students to have a certain proficiency in this subject.


CREDIT AWARDED: 8th Grade Math

June 3 – 28

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Prep for




This course helps prepare for 10th grade Algebra II with an overview of key topics from Pre-Algebra and Algebra I. Review topics will include linear equations, graphing lines, multiplying polynomials and negative exponents. This course will help students solidify their understanding of the algebraic concepts that they will need to form a strong foundation for more complex topics in Algebra II.


**An important note for incoming 10th grade students: Because all students enroll in Algebra II, students who have not taken Algebra I, or have not demonstrated success in Algebra I, will need to enroll in Algebra I, NOT Prep for Algebra II.

Session 1 June 10-21


10:00 AM -12:00 PM


MATH FUNDAMENTALS This course is available to all students who either need to retake the course or are new to the school. The course covers the main concepts from our 6th and 7th grade math curriculum. Students who are struggling can use this to deepen their understanding. Students entering 7th or 8th grade at Cicero can use this to ensure that they are on track and prepared for the next level of mathematics.


CREDIT AWARDED: 6th, 7th Grade Math

June 3 – 28

8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

REMEDIAL LATIN Advanced preparation for students transferring to Cicero later than 6th grade or for those who are interested in strengthening their understanding of the Latin curriculum during the summer. It is also for those who need to retake the class.


CREDIT AWARDED: 6th, 7th, 8th Grade Latin

June 3 – 28

10:30 AM – 2:30 PM


Summer Academy Policies and Procedures

Homework: For credit courses in particular, optional homework may be assigned to strengthen student understanding from each class meeting. In order to cover the essential concepts of a year-long course, instructors will clearly communicate student expectations in this area.


Dress Code: Students must wear their school uniforms to summer school. All other policies regarding personal appearance are governed by the Cicero Preparatory Academy Family Handbook. Please click the link and review the policy. Exceptions are noted below:


NOTE: students from other Great Hearts’ academies (including those coming from Archway Cicero) are welcome to wear their own uniforms but will be held accountable to Cicero dress code standards.


Snacks are not provided by the school during the summer; please be sure to send snacks with your child if they need them during the day.


Pickup & Drop-Off: Students may be dropped off at school as early as 7:45 a.m., and must be picked up no later than 12:15 p.m. Parents should drop off and pick up students at the east entrance for Cicero Prep. If a family needs a student to leave class early, a parent/guardian should notify the CiP Summer Academy Director at least 24 hours ahead. Students will not be released from class without parental notification.


Students with Allergies and/or Medications: Please be sure to accurately and thoroughly fill out all allergy information using the form in the front office. Please note that you must provide the front office with any medication (clearly labeled with name and instructions) prior to your child attending the first day of their summer school class.


Behavior: Students are expected to behave in a manner consistent with the behavioral expectations of Veritas as outlined in the CiP Family Handbook. Please click the link and review the policy. Students removed from a class or activity for disciplinary reasons will jeopardize their continued enrollment in the program as well as their registration fee(s).


Refunds: No refunds will be issued after first day of session. Any refund issued before the first day of session will be less a $50 non-refundable deposit. Classes cannot be pro-rated due to absence.


Phone Contact: If you need to reach the Cicero Summer Academy Director during summer hours, please call 480-297-6335 or email Mr. Duff at eduff@ciceroprep.org.