Summer School

The University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy proudly offers multiple summer school courses and programs for both incoming and current students, as well as students from the surrounding communities. Check out the learning opportunities below for your chance to ignite your summer!

Contact: Mr. Alexander Davidson, Summer School Principal

If looking for summer athletics opportunities, please visit the 2018 U of D Jesuit Summer Camps page by clicking here.

Courses & Programs

Academy Preparedness Workshop (Incoming Seventh and Eighth Grade Students, Academy)

The Academy Preparedness Workshop is a one week course designed to introduce new incoming seventh and eighth grade students to the U of D Jesuit Academy. The focus will be on building student skills, exploring the school layout, discovering important people to know, learning expectations for Academy students, and gaining general U of D Jesuit knowledge. Students will leave the class knowing what they need to do the have a strong start to the seventh grade year.

This course is a one week course, available June 18 - June 22 (Session #1) and July 16 - July 20 (Session #2). The course is scheduled 10:00 - 11:30 AM.

Cost: $100

Click here to complete the online registration form.

Pre-Freshman Program (Incoming Ninth Grade Students, High School)

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The University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy offers a pre-freshman summer program for graduated eighth-graders who will be attending U of D Jesuit in the fall as a freshman. The goal of this program is to bridge the students' middle and high school experiences in order for all students to be as successful as possible when starting ninth grade in the fall.


This is a preliminary writing camp designed to review and progress existing writing skills. The purpose is to review and prepare incoming freshmen students with the essential knowledge and skill sets involved in the cognitive writing based processes. The camp will focus on parts of speech, parts of a sentence, sentence construction, types of sentences, grammar/mechanics, and paragraph structure. The students should try to become aware of their writing processes from the use of proper planning and notation methods to the processes of writing and revising/editing their own work. The hope is to make the transition from 8th grade to 9th grade a little easier and less stressful.

Language Arts

This reading camp is a preliminary reading workshop course for students who wish to improve in the area of English language arts. Each student will spend his time in the reading camp improving reading comprehension skills in order to be successful when freshman year starts in the fall. The four-week course is designed to review and progress existing reading and analytical skills. The purpose is to prepare incoming freshmen students with the essential knowledge and skill sets involved in the analysis of literature.


The goal of the Pre-Freshman Mathematics course is to work with students to gain the confidence and solid footing necessary to succeed in Algebra at high school in the fall. The topics covered include operations with decimals, fractions, integers and expressions. The course is designed to review all of the fundamentals that students arriving from divers schools and backgrounds, are expected to know before beginning Algebra.

Study Skills

The purpose of this class is to impart the necessary skills to be successful high school students. Covering a range of topics from learning styles to note taking and studying, this course will be primer for academic success. Topics to be Covered: learning styles, study habits, note taking, critical listening, creating a proper study plan, reading comprehension/vocabulary study, test prep, organization/time management, avoiding academic stress, and proper use of technology.

Full Program: $500
Per Course: $100 (English, Language Arts, Mathematics, Study Skills)

High School Courses (Currently Enrolled Students)

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Five Great Ideas in Art

10th, 11th, 12th grades

“Five Great Ideas in Art” is a one week summer course that may be taken by current U of D Jesuit students in Grades 10-12 to fulfill their Fine Arts Requirement in the high school. This class provides an introduction to different types of art with the ability to focus on traditional art or photography during their time in the course. For the traditional art student, various techniques and media are introduced. Students will work with composition in drawing, painting, ceramics and mixed media. For the photography student, there is an exploration of light, shadow, form and composition when taking photos with a digital camera. They will also work at telling stories with their photos as well as basic skills on Photoshop. Photography students must bring a digital camera with a "manual mode" capability (DSLR, digital single-lens reflex).

This class is graded on a pass/fail basis. There are two sessions to choose from, morning or afternoon, available June 18 - June 22 (AM Session 8:30 AM – 11:00 AM; PM Session 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM). Friday, the last day of the class, all students will visit the Detroit Institute of Arts for a full-day field trip. (Click here to print the field trip permission slip to be turned in on the first day of class.) There is a maximum number of students who will be allowed to register for this course.

Cost: $200

Media & Communications

10th, 11th, 12th grades

The summer version of "21st Century Media and Cultural Communications" course will focus on covering modern communication theories and practices and how they impact today's society. In addition, students will learn about modern communication issues and concepts and practice skill sets that will help them become more effective communicators. The students will develop communication skills through learning to give media presentations and speeches. They will also be expected to use technology in class to aid in their understanding of today's media. Each student in the class will give an informative speech as well as learn to think on their feet with impromptu or "table topic" speeches.

This course may be taken by current U of D Jesuit students to substitute the one semester requirement in high school. This is a one week course, available June 11 - June 15. The class is scheduled from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, which includes a break for lunch. There is a maximum number of students who will be allowed to register for this course.

Cost: $150

Study Skills

10th, 11th, 12th grades

Looking to gain some high school survival skills? The purpose of the U of D Jesuit Summer Study Skills class is to offer students a primer on the skills needed to be successful students not only at U of D Jesuit, but through college and beyond. The focus is on the basic skills of note taking, time management, studying for tests, critical listening, and organization. Students will practice real skills with practical applications to their student life. They will discuss proper use of technology in an academic setting and learn how to best utilize all available resources.

This is a two week course, available June 18 - June 29 (Session #1) or July 9- July 20 (Session #2). The class is scheduled 2:00 - 3:30 PM.

Cost: $150

Click here to complete the online registration form.

Science Enrichment Camps (Non-UDJ General Public; Residents of Detroit)

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Goal: To introduce young minds to problem solving skills used to address issues that affect the world in which we live. To set up and foster the foundational skills such as study skills, data analysis, critical thinking, laboratory technique and collaboration; all which are crucial for success in today’s technology driven world. Camp participants will be challenged to work as a team to solve a real world problem using the skills they have built throughout the week.

Grades: Incoming 7th and 8th graders (All male and female students in this age range are welcome to participate. All students must be residents of the city of Detroit.)

Camp Sessions are 3 hours per day for 1 week. Maximum 20 students per session.

July 16 – 20, 2018

AM Session
8:30 – 11:30 AM


Maker Space

Material Science


PM Session
12:30 – 3:30 PM


Maker Space

Material Science


Materials Science

In the laboratory sessions, camp participants learn about metals, polymers, ceramics, composites, and nanomaterials, how these materials are processed, how their structure determines their properties, and how and where they are used. Student teams will also carry out an engineering design project which runs throughout the week with awards for the top teams.


By conducting hands-on science experiments within the ever-increasingly popular field of forensic science, classmate groupings are motivated to gather intelligence by applying their investigative and problem-solving skills to solve various mock crimes. Learn about means, motive and opportunity while exploring the fundamentals of fingerprinting, blood spatter analysis, and forensic document examination. Using paper chromatography, reveal the underlying composition of four suspects’ pens and apply the same scientific process on a ransom note to identify the perpetrators! Will you close your cases? Or will you need to gather more evidence?

Robotics (EV3 based)

Students form teams to apply mathematical and scientific learning to solve various hardware and software robotic challenges; transcend a maze; move cargo. Gear-up for building the speediest robotic dragster. Follow a set of plans or engineer your own design. Integrate touch, light, sound and ultrasonic sensors to allow your robot to perceive and interact with its surroundings. Showcase your problem-solving skills in designing, building and programming as you strive to take the lead in robotic team challenges!

Maker Space

Join the Maker Revolution and start designing and drafting in three dimensions! Using Google SketchUp, students learn common CAD (Computer Aided Design) tools and techniques. Start with simple boxes, spheres, and pipes and learn to rotate, stretch, and scale these shapes in a 3D environment. Then, learn to combine, print and construct these designs to solve real problems and create anything you can imagine. Our Maker Space course is a perfect beginner class for students interested in 21st Century careers in game design, prototype engineering, medical implant modeling, computer innovation and more.

Cost: $20

To register for the science enrichment courses, please click here to complete the online registration form.

Registration & Other Forms


Academy Preparedness Workshop: Click here to complete the online registration form.

Pre-Freshman Summer School Program: Click here to complete the online registration form.

High School Courses: Click here to complete the online registration form.

    • Art Field Trip Parent Permission Form: Click here to download form. Print the form and bring a signed copy to class on the first day of the course.

Science Enrichment: Click here to complete the online registration form.

Summer School Dress Code and Rules

Please direct your Summer School payments to:
U of D Jesuit High School & Academy
Office of Academic Affairs
8400 S. Cambridge
Detroit, MI 48221

Make checks payable to "U of D Jesuit".
Please write “U of D Jesuit Summer School” in the memo of your check or money order.

If you have any questions or if there are days when your son(s) may miss a summer school class due to vacations or other conflicts, then please contact the Summer School Principal Mr. Davidson at as soon as possible.