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Summer 2021

High School Summer Academy

Thank you for supporting DPIE in the Summer of 2021.

We look forward to offering new and exciting courses to you in the Summer of 2022.  

For the last nine years, DPIE has excelled at offering accelerated year-long courses in a six-week, five hour per day format and Dublin students have done extremely well in the program.  Due to the continuing changes we are facing due to COVID-19, we have decided this year again, to offer our summer academy in a online distance learning format.  

We work with the school district to teach Dublin High School courses as they are designed by the DUSD. Therefore, we asked our lead teachers for each course to design an online distance learning format that would provide the greatest opportunity for students to learn, succeed and to prepare them for the next course level.  Below is the list of courses that we are offering this summer.  Click on each subject to see the detailed distance course outline and to enroll.

Summer Program Dates & Times

  • Dates: Six weeks - June 2 to July 9, 2021.

  • Venue: Online.

  • Class times: 8:30am to 1:30pm

  • First Semester
    Week 1:   June 2 - 4
    Week 2:   June 7 - 11
    Week 3:   June 14 - 18 - MID-TERM EXAM

  • Second Semester
    Week 4:   June 21 - 25
    Week 5:   June 28 - July 2 
    Week 6:   July 6 - July 9 - No school on July 5 - FINAL EXAM July 9

Who Can Enroll in the DPIE Summer Program?

Dublin students in grades 9 – 11 who attend school in the Dublin Unified School District and meet the pre-requisites/ essential skills to take the class may enroll in the program for course credit and receive A-G UC admission credit towards college admission. The courses taught in the summer academy follow the course outlines as taught at Dublin High School and all quizzes, tests and finals are those used by Dublin teachers.


Dublin students in grades 6 - 8 may enroll in high school math classes if they have successfully completed the required prerequisites for the class.


Non-Dublin High School Students - Given the limited amount of space in this summer’s Academy students from outside the Dublin School District will not be able to enroll in the program even for enrichment purposes.

Before Enrolling in ANY Course ..

Dublin High School students and current DUSD 8th graders who want to take a math, science or physical education course for credit must submit the Alternative Credit Application form found on the DHS Counseling website and must satisfy the prerequisites/essential skills required for each the course you wish to take. (You do not need to know the name of your assigned counselor to complete the form).   

DUSD 6th and 7th graders who believe they meet the prerequisites for taking Math Course 3 or Advanced Geometry must submit a Middle School Summer Math Acceleration request using the form posted on DUSD middle school websites. 

You can find the prerequisite information for each course on our course description page

Please visit the Dublin High School website here for the Alternative Credit Application Form.

Students who have met the prerequisites/essential skills required for a course MUST BE approved by a counselor to enroll in DPIE course.  Please submit your form soon as space is limited this year. 

How do I get Approval to take a course in the DPIE summer program? 

Dublin students who want to take a math or science course for credit must be pre-approved by Dublin High  in order to have the course and grade added to their transcript.  The Dublin High School approval proess is paperless and approvals must be submitted online by utilizing the approval link below.  Click on the link and complete the information asked and then submit your request.

Online Approval Link for Math - LIVE 

Online Approval Link for Science - LIVE

The online approval requests are submitted to the Head of Maths and Science Departments at Dublin High School.  You will be notified via email of your approval or denial after all first semester grades have been added to student transcripts.  We anticipate these emails to begin after January 27, 2020.

Students enrolling in Physical Education courses DO NOT need prior aproval and may enroll straight away. (Click here for course information and to enroll).

Cost of High School Programs

 All 6-week, year-long Summer high school courses

  • $975 - February to June 1st

3-week semester courses (Physical Education only)

  • $485 - February – June 1 – First Semester (12 days)
  • $490 – February – June 27 – Second Semester (13 days)

What are the pre-requisites and grade criteria required for approvals?

Math Pre-Requisites and Grade Criteria

*NOTE: Students may only take one Algebra based course for acceleration through DPIE. They can take either Algebra 1 or Algebra 2/Trigonometry in DPIE, but they cannot take both classes through any Summer program.

** Math students who do not earn the minimum grade requirements to have their grades automatically added to their high school transcript and move on to the next course level, may appeal  to have their grades counted and to move onto the next course level by completing the Dublin High School Waiver form. As a convenience, the Waiver form will be distributed by DPIE via email to the families of all math students enrolled in the Academy during the last week of the summer session. The waivers can be turned into your DPIE math teacher and they will be collected and given to the head of the DHS Math Department for review.

Science Pre-Requisites & Grade Criteria


  • Student must be entering grades 9 or 10 in the Fall (2020 – 2021 school year).
  • Students wanting to enroll in this class must have a strong “B” or better in both their current science and English classes.

Note: Students enrolling in the Biomedical Academy must take this class during the regular school year and cannot take this class in the Summer.

Honors Chemistry

  • Successful completion of or concurrently enrolled in Alg.2/Trig class.
  • Successful completion of Biology.

Physical Education and Elective Courses

  • Students who want to enroll in Physical Education or Elective programs do not need prior approval from the high school and may register as soon as registration opens on January 29, 2020.
  • Physical Education credit earned during the Summer counts toward the completion of the Sophomore PE requirement and does not satisfy the requirement of Physical Education for Freshman. This means all freshman will be required to take Physical Education in their Freshman year.

List of High School Courses Available in Summer 2021

DPIE High School Summer Academy Background and Information

Ten years ago, DPIE was asked by the leadership team of the Dublin Unified School District (DUSD), to begin offering High School academic courses during the summer to help Dublin students advance their educational programs.  They explained that given the limitations of time and all the requirements required for a student to graduate, it was difficult for academically aggressive students to take all the math and science classes they needed to achieve their academic goals prior to going to college.

The district’s goal was to find a resolution to those limitations that would “supplement” the Dublin High School graduation requirements and provide an avenue for Dublin students to accelerate their academic programs. The first DPIE Summer High School Academy opened in the summer of 2012 with 150 students.  Over time as more families learned about the program and as enrollment in the school district grew, DPIE enrollment numbers grew to 600 participants in the summer of 2020.

The DPIE Academy was modeled after successful “supplemental programs” that have been running in southern California. To ensure that DPIE’s program was in alignment with DUSD standards as well as national standards, DPIE worked with DUSD Educational Services staff and WASC (Western Association of Schools & Colleges).

What is WASC?

WASC serves as the accrediting commission for high schools across the nation. They ensure that school programs meet requirements for educational excellence. Their stated purpose is to “foster educational excellence in elementary, secondary, adult, post-secondary and supplementary education programs.”

Like Dublin High School, the DPIE Summer High School Academy has gone through the WASC accreditation process, which occurs every six years. In each certification process a team of educational experts visit the campus while classes are in session. These experts attend classes to observe instruction, reviews the schools programs, course syllabi, policies and procedures and interview groups of students, teachers, parents and administration in an effort to learn about and evaluate the program. 

In each visitation, the DPIE Summer High School Academy, like Dublin High School, has received the highest accreditation possible, received kudos for its operation and has been recognized for excellence.

Why Accreditation?

  • Assures a school community that the school’s purposes are appropriate and being accomplished through a viable education program — a trustworthy institution for student learning.
  • Validates the integrity of the school’s program.
  • Facilitates transfer of credits to other English-speaking schools — critical for college/university acceptance worldwide.
  • Provides a process for regularly examining programs, processes, and data around school goals and student learning through data analysis, reflection, inquiry, and dialogue.
  • Builds a professional culture to support the schoolwide action plan.
  • Fosters the continuous improvement of the school’s programs and operations to support student learning.
  • Provides valuable insight from fellow educators visiting the school.
  • Benefits schools that choose joint accreditation or other collaborative processes, e.g., WASC/HIDOE and ACS WASC and IBO.


Supplemental Education Programs vs Comprehensive High Schools

Transcripts - The DPIE Summer High School Academy was created and designed to be a “supplemental program.”  This means we offer a limited range of courses but not all the courses needed to graduate from high school.  This, of course, means we cannot issue a high school diploma.

Since we are not considered to be a “Comprehensive High School,” our program cannot issue transcripts, only comprehensive high schools can issue official transcripts.

A – G Requirements – DPIE teaches the Dublin High School curriculum, this has always been part of the agreement between DPIE and the DUSD. Dublin High’s courses are listed on the UC system’s A-G approved list, however, even though we teach Dublin’s courses using mostly teachers from Dublin High, DPIE courses cannot be added to the approved A-G list because DPIE is not a comprehensive, diploma issuing high school.

Through Principal Certification, UC accepts DPIE courses as meeting the A-G requirements needed for college admission and the transcript will be accepted by any university in the country.

The transcript and A-G list issues are solved by the UC Admissions office established Principal Certification Policy.

Principal Certification – The UC System’s Admissions office, recognizing the value of WASC accredited supplementary programs such as the DPIE Summer Academy, established the Principal Certification policy many years ago which allows high school principals or school districts to determine if courses offered through a supplementary program meet their standards.  If a district determines that courses taken in a supplementary program match their course of study, that district is empowered to accept the supplementary courses as their own and add them to the student’s official high school transcript, issue 10 units of credit toward graduation and to count the grade in the student’s high school grade point average.