Summer Session


Canisius offers several enrichment courses during its annual Summer Accelerated Learning Program. These courses are open to high school students from all over WNY (not just Canisius students) and allow them the opportunity to complete core requirements and/or electives in areas of interest during a more compact time frame.

Important Dates

  • May 26: Registration forms and payment due
  • June 25: Physics class begins
  • June 29: Precalculus and Health classes begin
  • July 3: Independence Day observed, no classes
  • July 31: Last day of classes
  • Classes are held weekdays 8am - noon (unless otherwise noted)

Courses for 2020

Accelerated Courses

Health – June 29, July 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 (8:00am–10:00am or 10:00am–12:00pm) - THE SECOND SESSION OF HEALTH IS FULL
Precalculus – June 29 through July 31 (8:00am – 12:00pm) 
Physics – June 25 through July 29 (8:00am – 12:00pm)

In class meeting dates: June 29, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Absence on June 29 and/or July 29 will preclude a student from receiving credit.
½ Credit

This course features a hybrid of in-class instruction and online course work. It covers a number of topics including emotional health, nutrition, disease and disorder, healthy life styles, and first-aid. These topics are covered through in class meetings and the use of Schoology. This course fulfills a student’s Health requirement.
Requirements: Eligible students must have an overall GPA of 80% or above.

June 29 – July 31
1 Credit

This course is intended to prepare students for Calculus. Students enrolled in this course may register for AP Calculus AB or BC in the fall, depending on teacher recommendation. This course fulfills the Canisius High School Precalculus requirement.
Requirements: Eligible students must have a grade of 85% or higher in Algebra II Trig and receive department approval.

June 25 – July 29 
1 Credit

This course will meet the Canisius High School Physics requirement, and completion of this course will allow students to enroll in the next science course in his sequence. Students who successfully complete summer Physics will be eligible for enrollment in Advanced Placement Science for the 2020-2021 academic year which is based on space availability and department recommendation.
Requirements: All students must have successfully completed Biology, Chemistry, Geometry and Algebra 2 Trigonometry with an average of 85% or higher and receive departmental approval.

Writing the Common Application Essay Workshop
August 10 – 14                       9:00am – 12:00pm

This workshop is an intensive, five-day program that primarily focuses on writing the Common Application essay.  The workshop will include:  an in-depth look at the essay prompts, brainstorming essay ideas, writing the perfect hook sentence and introduction, structuring the body and incorporating specific details, and constructing a compelling clincher.  The goal of the workshop is for students to produce a complete, polished, engaging Common Application essay that has been reviewed for content, structure, tone and readability, and spelling, punctuation, and grammar.  

This course is offered to Canisius High School students currently in Grade 11, and is not a credit-bearing course.  Space is limited.

Cost: $200.00



Students may not be absent more than TWICE during the course schedule, as absences undermine the program’s academic integrity. Course credit may be denied if a student has excessive absences. The attendance policy may not be modified or adjusted to meet personal needs or vacation schedules. Please note that ONE absence from the Health course is permissible, but discouraged.

Textbooks & Materials:

Textbooks will be provided for all courses. Students may be responsible for the purchase of workbooks, supplies, or other fees.

Dress Code:

Summer Session is an academic program and it is expected that student attire corresponds. Young men may wear non-athletic shorts. T-shirts are permissible, but must have sleeves, and all footwear must be close-toed. Young women may wear shorts or skirts that come to the knee. Leggings, tank tops, and low-cut tops are not permissible.


1 Credit Course……………. $500
½ Credit Course…………… $250

Summer Session information will be available in both the principal’s office and guidance office.

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