RCS Academy




2 Weeks

Monday, July 2nd – Thursday, July 12th 2018


2 Weeks

Monday, July 16th – Thursday, July 26th 2018


2 Weeks

Monday, August 6th – Thursday August 16th 2018

RCS Academy is a separate program from the RCSummer Program. In order to be eligible to apply for RCS Academy, participants must be 14, 15, 16 years old by the first day of the program or be in 8th grade in the 2017 – 2018 school year. The half-day courses will be offered by some of the best and most experienced Robert College faculty from Monday to Thursday between 8:15 to 12:00 am. Participants may choose only 1 course per session. There will be a total of three two-week sessions. All courses will be taught in English.

*RCSummer participants who are 14 will have the option taking part in RCSAcademy by indicating this in their registration completion form. No other registration is needed other than RCSummer registration.14 year old RCSummer participants will be able to select voluntarily the RCS Academy course that interests them. This  element will take place from Monday to Thursday from 8:15 to 12:00 am. The rest of the program day will be the usual amazing RCSummer day.

It is our goal to create even more learning opportunities for our participants and offer courses that will be new and different from what they are offered during the school year. And of course RCS Academy, just like RCSummer, is about having fun!



RCS Academy Social Entrepreneurship Course aims to equip young people with design thinking skills to drive positive change in their schools and communities. The students who have taken these classes in Robert College in the past initiated and organized a peer mentoring program, a murder mystery night, a TEDx event, a social entrepreneurship exchange program with Bilkent Laboratory School and have been nominated as finalists in “Village to Raise a Child Social Entrepreneurship Competition” organized by Harvard University Social Innovation Collaborative with a project on creating an online recruitment platform for Syrian refugees in Turkey. If you enjoy interacting with people, listening to their stories, community building, problem solving, and designing projects to solve the social problems you observe around you, this course is for you.

Important Note : Participants will need to bring their laptops to the sessions every day. We will use Google Docs to prepare and share materials. Make sure you have a Gmail account!

Aybike Oğuz has been teaching English at different levels in Robert College for five years. She worked as an English teacher and a curriculum developer, and assumed different roles of responsibility in middle and senior management in Bilkent University and Özyeğin University Prep Schools. Her experience as a member of the senior management in the startup of Özyegin University Prep School inspired her to teach Social Entrepreneurship at high school level. She is currently the founding advisor of the Social Entrepreneurship Club at Robert College. Robert College Social Entrepreneurship Club, which started with five students in 2013, is currently run by 27 selected club members and has been working on different social entrepreneurship projects which you can read about at http://rcseclub.weebly.com. Her latest passion is teaching design thinking in (Business) English classes, the Social Entrepreneurship Club, and a peace education program entitled WINPEACE (Women’s Initiative in Peace) to empower high school students to drive positive social change in their communities. She co-authored a workshop report on the integration of social entrepreneurship training into the WINPEACE program in International School Magazine


Adventures in Drama and Performance will take students through a progression of skills that will enhance and improve their abilities to act and perform on stage in both standard drama and musical theatre. There will be a focus on learning the English terms for the theatre as well as acting and choreography. Students will have the chance to learn famous musical theatre standards and perform monologues from Shakespeare to modern works. They will progress from basic performance skills of body language and projection, to conveying emotion to an audience effectively and performing short scenes in front of an audience. Not only will students get to explore drama, they will have fun in a supportive and creative environment where the only limit is their imagination.

Caitlin Dunne is originally from Massachusetts, USA before she found her way to New York City where she worked for eleven years teaching English, Drama, & Music in The Bronx. She received a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship in 2007 to the United Kingdom that created a desire to explore teaching overseas. She took the leap internationally in 2014 and has been at Robert College for three years where she  teaches English and is one of the Co-Coordinators of the Lise Prep program. Her passions include Musical Theatre, Chocolate, and a good book to get lost in for hours on end.



Electronic music over the last fifty years has transformed from an experimental academic pursuit to the primary method of music production. In this course, participants will learn a bit of the history of electronic music, from Kraftwerk to the electro-pop of the ‘80s, to mainstream techno, to gear geeks like Aphex Twin and up through the computer revolution of recent years. Participants will learn to use the basic tools of electronic music, including sampling sequencers, drum machines, synthesizers, and effects processors, all through a powerful digital simulator. Participants will learn some basic elements of song structure and then use these electronic tools to analyze and remix others’ work as well as create and publish their own songs.

Important Note : Students will need to bring a laptop and headphones every day.

Sean Vander Meulen Originally from the U.S.A., Mr. Vander Meulen (a.k.a. DJ Trogdor the Burninator) is a physics teacher at Robert College. This is his second year at RC, and he has lived and taught in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. He has loved music since an early age, and has played drums in a number of bands with styles ranging from jazz to pop to metal. He plays a number of other instruments, most of them poorly.


Participants will work in the ‘RCS crime lab to learn Forensic Science skills and then use their learning to solve a number of cases including at least one crime scene simulation on campus! It is going to be Clem McDonnell’s third year at RCS Academy’s popular course Crime Scene!

Clem McDonnell has been teaching at Robert College for the past 31 years. He has taught most age groups from Orta prep to Lise 12 including Physics and General Science. He is currently teaching Lise Prep Science. He founded the RC Forensic Science Club which has been a popular club which he currently co-hosts with RC teacher Sibel Almas. He is a recipient of the Master Teacher Award and The Joukowsky Family Foundation Travel Award. This is your last chance to take a course with Robert College’s legendary teacher as he will retire next year.


How can we use DNA to track the spread of a virus? How can medical tests and scans tell us about what is going on with our health? How do survival strategies work in nature? Can patterns in the natural world be described? To answer these questions, we need math and it is not the type of math typically taught in school. This course will use simulations, puzzles, computers, and nature walks on Robert College’s Faralyalı Trail to answer these important questions and to discover how math relates to biology.

Andrew Tingleff has taught math at all levels including AP calculus and AP statistics at Robert College for the last 18 years. He has been involved with special projects with Intel and the Biomath project at DIMACS, a research center in the United States, and he is a long time advisor of Robert College’s outdoor Adventure Club.

Musical Improvisation Techniques for Rock, Blues, Funk and Jazz

Musical improvisation is defined as follows; “Musical improvisation (also known as musical extemporization) is the creative activity of immediate (“in the moment”) musical composition, which combines performance with communication of emotions and instrumental technique as well as spontaneous response to other musicians. Sometimes musical ideas in improvisation are spontaneous, but may be based on chord changes in classical music, and many other kinds of music. One definition is a “performance given extempore without planning or preparation.” Another definition is to “play or sing (music) extemporaneously, by inventing variations on a melody or creating new melodies, rhythms and harmonies.” “Improvisation is a major part of some types of 20th century music, such as blues, rock, jazz, funk and jazz fusion, in which instrumental performers improvise solos, melody lines and accompaniment parts.” In this course participants will learn some of the following improvisation techniques:

  • The basic and modern scales
  • The basic and modern chords
  • Chord progressions
  • Musical forms (blues, rock, funk, pop, jazz etc.)
  • Melodic and harmonic decorations
  • Rhythmic structures
  • Performing and improvising with the other instruments

Important Note: Students will need to bring their own instruments like guitar and bass guitar. The school has drums set, piano, keyboards and amplifiers in the studio.

Deniz Baysal has played with a lot of Rock, Funk, Blues and Jazz bands in Istanbul. He is a studio musician, arranger and composer. He has been playing in the studio recordings for 27 years. He has composed some theater and movie musics. He has been teaching practical and advanced music at Robert College for 17 years. He is the conductor of the Robert College orchestra.