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Badger Precollege Classes

Think like a Badger. Badger Precollege offers in-person and online programs in humanities, music, business, psychology, government, STEM, college prep and more — all designed to help students in grades 1–12 find their passion, meet new friends and explore their future.

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Virtual Intro to Cyber Robotics (Winter)

Virtual Intro to Cyber Robotics utilizes the innovative "CoderZ"’ curriculum to guide students through coding challenges and collaborative activities with a virtual robot. Students will learn to control their virtual robots by writing code to facilitate motion utilizing pattern recognition, repeat loops, smart block functions and much more! 
Upcoming Dates
  • Jan. 29, 2022–Feb. 26, 2022
    $200
    Online

Virtual Inside Out, Upside Down: Intro to Psychology (Winter)

This class will introduce students to the world of psychology using the movie "Inside Out" as a base for exploring emotions, actions and memories. Students will be learning about the foundations of psychology through role play, class discussions and other activities. If you geek out about dreams, wonder why some of your emotions are so strong, or want to better understand how your brain works, this class is for you!
Upcoming Dates
  • Jan. 29, 2022–Feb. 26, 2022
    $200
    Online

Virtual Fantastic Beasts: Exploring Fantasy through Literature and Art (Winter)

Fantastic Beasts: Exploring Fantasy through Literature and Art will explore the wonderful world of magical creatures through literature, writing and the arts! We will read about fantastic beasts, write our own stories and poems, improv and perform pieces about these magical creatures, and create art using our limitless imaginations. 
Upcoming Dates
  • Jan. 29, 2022–Feb. 26, 2022
    $200
    Online

College Ready Skills (EducationUSA Connects)

The College Ready program is a four-week online program for international high school students ages 15-18. This holistic program provides an all-around college readiness experience for research and a jump start in career exploration to prepare students for life success. Students will attend workshops on three subject areas: Intro to Research Skills, Writing Your College Essay and Analytical Reasoning. Each workshop will help you hone the skills you will need for college success, learn different aspects of college academics, and enable you to use your time in high school to prepare for college life.
Upcoming Dates
  • March 4–25, 2022
    Tuition: $450
    Online

Analytical Reasoning for College Success

In this course, we will learn how to think about research, analysis and computing, all from different disciplinary perspectives, both quantitatively and qualitatively. Students will learn how to structure a project, write simple analytical code, correctly interpret their results and defend claims about what they find.
Upcoming Dates
  • March 5–19, 2022
    $475
    Online

Analytical Skills For Research and Data Analysis

Analytical Skills For Research and Data Analysis will help you understand how to break a problem’s data down into tasks for a computer to solve (algorithms) and how to break projects into tasks for humans to collaborate respectfully and effectively (projects).
Upcoming Dates
  • March 5–19, 2022
    $475
    Online

Financial Essentials for College Planning

This class will help you understand options for funding a college education and prepare to make confident decisions during the college application and admission process. We will explore financial aid processes, look at the options for merit and need-based aid and learn how to compare financial aid packages offered by colleges and universities. In this class, you will learn how to approach finding the school that offers the best financial fit for you as a student.
Upcoming Dates
  • March 5–19, 2022
    $475
    Online

Writing Your College Essay

Writing Your College Essay is designed to offer high school students the opportunity to hone the skills they need to succeed in college, learn more about college admissions, financial aid and navigating universities of all sizes, prepare for college academics and set yourself up for future success.  This program will help you understand the ins and outs of articulating complex ideas via writing. 
Upcoming Dates
  • March 5–19, 2022
    $475
    Online

Adventures in Coding: Exploring Math (Grades 3-4)

Adventures in Coding will spark your curiosity about the connections between math, computer coding and programming. If you geek out about video games, computers, equations or even different mathematical languages, join us for this coding adventure!
Upcoming Dates
  • June 13–17, 2022
    Tuition: $410
    Application Fee: $30
    In-person
  • June 20–24, 2022
    Tuition: $410
    Application Fee: $30
    In-person

Fantastic Beasts: Exploring Literature and Art (GEM Grades 1-2)

In this course we will explore the wonderful world of magical creatures through literature, writing, and the arts! We will read about fantastic beasts, write our own stories and poems, improv and perform pieces about these magical creatures, and create art using our limitless imaginations.
Upcoming Dates
  • June 13–17, 2022
    Tuition: $410
    Application Fee: $30
    In-person

Introduction to Cyber Robotics (Grades 3-4)

This course utilizes the innovative "CoderZ" curriculum to guide students through coding challenges and collaborative activities with a virtual robot. Students will learn to control their virtual robots by writing code to facilitate motion utilizing pattern recognition, repeat loops, smart block functions and much more! 
Upcoming Dates
  • June 13–17, 2022
    Tuition: $410
    Application Fee: $30
    In-person

Misinformation in Science and Society

Modern science is increasingly surrounded by controversial public debates about its societal applications and political implications. Genetically modified organisms, artificial intelligence and COVID-19 have been a powerful illustration of how unprepared many societies are for what the WHO has called an infodemic — the onslaught of information, some correct, much of it incorrect or misleading — that makes it difficult for citizens to separate signal from noise when it comes to identifying the best available science. This class will explore how we make personal and political decisions in the midst of this infodemic.
Upcoming Dates
  • June 19, 2022–July 1, 2022
    Residential tuition: $3,800
    International tuition: $4,200
    Application Fee: $70
    In-person

Imaging Self: Dance

This course provides an experiential introduction to the academic study of dance through self-reflective and creative movement practices. Students will engage in solo and group improvisational movement, along with writing, reading, video viewing and discussion. The course will culminate in an interdisciplinary creative project focusing on performing the self through movement and the elements of dance.
Upcoming Dates
  • June 19, 2022–July 1, 2022
    Residential tuition: $3,800
    International tuition: $4,200
    Application Fee: $70
    In-person

Imaging Self: Photography and the Mediated Image

This course explores photography as a vernacular tool for Imaging Self. Through an interdisciplinary practice, the course will reflect on identity through place, culture and popular media. Focus will be on self-representation, while investigating the representation of others historically, in popular culture and in social media.
Upcoming Dates
  • June 19, 2022–July 1, 2022
    Residential tuition: $3,800
    International tuition: $4,200
    Application Fee: $70
    In-person