CSW Global Summer Academy

Course Descriptions

U.S. Youth Subcultures

This course will explore the roles of subcultures in contributing to the cultural spectrum of the United States between the 1920s and today. Studying subcultures reveals as much about the shadows of society as it does the mainstream. Subcultures also represent a unique intersection of radical political ideologies and new artistic trends, often expressed through a group’s attachment to a specific genre of music, social outlet, and/or fashion. 

We will examine the value systems and the historical contexts that gave rise to various groups, potentially including the Flappers; Zoot-Suiters; Beatniks; Greasers; Hippies; Hip-Hop; Punk Rockers; street artists; and others. 

We will also explore the ways in which society has repeatedly borrowed from these previously isolated movements, turning them into yet another means of mass consumption. 

Integrated Studies: Global Health

Students will be asked to examine a variety of global health issues including worldwide mortality rates, international obstacles to maternal health, non-communicable diseases and the access to healthy water. We will discuss a framework for analyzing global health problems developed by the Harvard School of Public Health and consider a variety of ways to visualize data and determine statistical significance. The students will be required to research issues and find compelling data, and then use that data to generate a strong argument and tell a compelling story through the use of visual art, persuasive writing, etc. Ultimately, they will come to understand the causes affecting the health of communities and search for solutions for a more equitable outcome.

Academic Reading and Writing

This course is designed to introduce students to the demands and conventions of reading and writing in order to understand academic expectations at American independent schools and beyond. Students will practice academic writing, which includes paraphrasing, summarizing, quoting, organizing ideas, developing research skills, building effective arguments, and using evidence and secondary source material. Students will also learn and use critical reading skills to get information from academic texts. They will be able to identify main points and details, determine audience and purpose, summarize, analyze, and respond to written English texts.

Summer 2020 Program Details

PROGRAM DATES:  Sunday, July 19 to Saturday, August 1, 2020
ENROLLMENT: 40 students
AGES: Grades 8 to 12

COURSES OFFERED: Academic Reading and Writing, History, Science and/or Integrated Studies

  • October 1, 2019:  Applications Open
  • April 1, 2020:  Applications Due
  • April 15, 2020:  Tuition Due
  • May 25, 2020:  Medical Forms Due
We are currently accepting school arranged applications only; there is a required minimum of 10 students per school. 

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    Po-Wei Weng 

    Chair of Languages Department, Intl. Student Advisor
    Wesleyan University - Ph.D. (ABD)
    Wesleyan University - M.A.
    National Taiwan University - M.A.
    National Taichung Teachers College (Taiwan) - B.Ed.
    National Kuo-Kuang Academy of Arts - Diploma
The Cambridge School of Weston is a progressive high school for day and boarding students in grades 9–12 and PG. CSW's mission is to provide a progressive education that emphasizes deep learning, meaningful relationships, and a dynamic program that inspires students to discover who they are and what their contribution is to their school, their community and the world.