Summer Programs
Summer at Country Day

Grades 5–8

Grades 5–8

Welcome to La Jolla Country Day School’s summer programs. We are excited that you are spending some (or all!) of your summer with us. If you’re returning from last year, welcome back and thank you for choosing us again!

We invite you to review our summer program opportunities below. Click on each title for more information. When you're ready to register, click here or click the "Register Now" button on the left. 

Schedule
Take a morning or afternoon class or stay for a full day of fun! Most classes are one week long. The few multi-week courses in our program are noted in the dates section below the course description.

Morning classes run from 9 a.m.–12 p.m. Drop-off for these classes begins at 8:30 a.m. Afternoon classes run from 12:30–3:30 p.m. If your child is staying with us for the morning and the afternoon, they will be able to enjoy a supervised group lunch with their new friends.

Extended Day
Need to come earlier than 8:30 a.m. or stay later than 3:30 p.m.? No problem! Students can come as early as 7:30 a.m. and stay as late as 5:30 p.m. This time will be filled with additional camp activities such as crafts, games and playtime. This Extended Day experience is a flat $11-per-hour fee. Families using this service will simply be billed at the end of the week.

If you have any questions, please contact Summer Programs Director Jessica Abbondanzio at summerprograms@ljcds.org.

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Academics

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  • Active Reading: Developing Reading Strategies (Grades 5–6)

    This course is designed to provide structured opportunities for students to engage with texts in deep and meaningful ways as they learn how to monitor their own understanding of texts before, during and after reading. While reading short stories in a variety of genres, students develop critical-thinking skills that examine implied relationships and understandings, recognize how character and plot are developed, and formulate and justify opinions about text.

    July 2–6  (No class July 4)
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $200
  • Chemistry (Grades 7–9)

    Let’s find the solutions! This lab course addresses the properties and behavior of matter, covering atomic and molecular theory, phases of matter, atomic structure, periodic properties, energy of chemical and nuclear reactions, chemical kinetics, equilibrium reactions, solubility and ionization, oxidation and reductions, electrochemical cells and organic chemistry. Topics are covered in lecture, discussion and lab formats. This course is for those who plan to take additional advanced science courses in high school and college.

    July 23–27
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250
  • Creative Writing (Grades 5–6 and 7–9)

    Learn to brave the blank page! This class encourages creativity and expression as students brave the page to find their voices. They’ll explore formats such as the essay, short story and poem. Grammar, paragraph organization and vocabulary building will happen organically as students write their own pieces, and read and critique each other’s work.

    June 25–29 (Grades 5–6)
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250

    July 9–13 (Grades 7–9)
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250
  • Hands-On Applications of Fractions, Decimals, Percents (Grades 5–6)

    Get a handle on fractions, decimals and percents! Students will work with all operations involving fractions and decimals and apply these skills to percents and proportions. Emphasis will be placed on visual models, multiple representations and place value to build a deep understanding of real numbers. Students will take those skills and collaborate with their peers on real-world activities. As a culminating project, students will develop basic financial literacy skills and apply their understanding of real numbers and percentages to create a business plan.

    July 16–20
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250
  • Hands-On Geometry (Grades 5–6)

    We’re angling for success! Students will use manipulatives to explore various polygons and prove related formulas through cooperative learning. Students will also explore concepts related to measurement, the coordinate plane, and area, perimeter and volume. Then they’ll apply their skills to real-world activities and a culminating project.
     
    July 23–27
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250
  • Let’s Cook! (Grades 3–5)

    Let’s Cook cooking classes are fun and interactive! The goal is to educate children about healthy foods while developing useful everyday culinary skills like how to use a knife and grater safely. Each session of this class will include a different selection of healthy and fun recipes. From fresh stir-fry to healthy pizzas, creating pastas from scratch and baking scrumptious treats, kids will find new recipes they love to eat and know how to cook! Let’s Cook is a nut-free program and can accommodate most food allergies and diet restrictions.

    Advanced Italian Cooking
    July 9–13 (Grades 3–5)
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $265
  • Mystery Madness (Grades 5–6)

    Students become reading detectives as they crack the code to unsolved cases! By investigating the elements of a mystery and the methods of crime solving, students develop important comprehension skills such as inferring, questioning, making schematic connections and synthesizing information. Our young detectives create case files, develop chapter summaries, keep track of case details, record character information and clues, develop a suspect list, and evaluate their mystery story with a final case report.

    June 18–22
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250
  • Operation Invention (Grades 4–6)

    We’ll take you on a journey of discovery through the real-life inventions of Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Edison and the Wright brothers! You will be challenged to re-create some of the most important and exciting inventions of all time, including catapults, bridges and light bulbs. Next, overcome a series of challenges using basic materials, tips from famous inventors and the most important tool of all—your mind! Finally, you will be tasked with dreaming up inventions of your own. While Edison said, “Invention is 10 percent inspiration and 90 percent perspiration,” this camp is 100 percent FUN! Take-home projects include a harmonica, catapult, Circuit Maze and message in a bottle.

    July 30–August 3
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250
  • Public Speaking (Grades 5–6 and Grades 7–9)

    Is this thing on? It sure is! In this intro to public speaking, students will gain experience as speakers in front of an audience or as a member of a group. Students are instructed in form (posture, delivery and diction) and content (choice of topic, organization and development). Topics covered include informative, persuasive and instructive speeches, formal readings and group discussions.

    July 16–20 (Grades 5–6)
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250

    July 23–27 (Grades 7–9)
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250
  • Summer Reading (Grade 7)

    This will be one storied summer! Students will improve reading comprehension, discuss selections and practice critical thinking. They’ll complete at least three novels and several short stories and be motivated to read more. Class activities include discussion, reading rounds, book reviews and talks, oral reading, quizzes and essays. Selections will include at least one novel from the LJCDS summer reading list. Books are included in fees.

    July 9–13
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250
  • Summer Reading (Grade 8)

    Students will be booked this summer! With great reads, that is. They’ll improve reading comprehension, discuss selections and practice critical thinking while finishing at least three novels and several short stories. Class activities include discussion, reading rounds, book reviews and talks, oral reading, quizzes and essays. Selections will include at least one novel from the LJCDS summer reading list. Books are included in fees.

    June 25–29
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250
  • The “Magic” of Chemistry (Grades 7–9)

    We truly live in a magical world! Magic is merely illusion, and many phenomena that appear to be magic at first are actually just the illusion created by science. In this program, students will explore science through the power of illusion. They will observe phenomena that at first seem mysterious and then move on to understanding the power behind the "magic" they have seen. In addition to demonstrations from the teacher, students will get to explore firsthand the creation of "magic" through experiments that they will participate in. From dry ice to foams to bubbles to colored flames to bending water and beyond, science will be brought to life through engaging and exciting explorations of the "magic" of science! Concepts covered will also provide a solid foundation for high school chemistry topics as we delve into subjects such as acids and bases, phase changes and atomic structure. This class will include a field trip to the Fleet Science Center.

    Dates: July 9–13
    Time: 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    Cost: $265
  • Zine Maker 2018: Write Your Own Way (Grades 5–8)

    Be the writer! Be the designer! Be the publisher! Spend the week working on preparing, drafting, editing and then laying out your own zine. This is a great class for students who want to try writing in different styles, and also for students who need to brush up on or practice their writing skills. We will use classroom computers (or students can bring their own laptops) and Google Docs to create writing pieces in a number of styles. Then, students will assemble their written pieces to create a mini-magazine that focuses on their interests and tastes. Want to write about sports? How about food? Comic books? LEGO®? The possibilities are endless. Students should have a working Gmail account for this class.

    July 9–13 (Grade 6) 
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250

    July 16–20 (Grades 7–8)
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250

    July 23–27 (Grade 5)
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250

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  • Environmental Science (Grades 5–6 and Grades 7–9)

    Earth is a magnificent, yet complicated, place! Every day, we use resources that Earth has provided for us, from water to food to energy, as we explore our planet and live our lives. However, keeping our planet healthy with 7.5 billion people using its resources is a challenge! In this program, students will explore Earth's many systems (primarily the water cycle and carbon cycle) and observe the interaction between human technology and its influence on Earth. We will explore concepts through research, investigation and hands-on activities. Notable topics that students will explore through hands-on activities or labs will include the following: micro-plastic pollution in the ocean, ice-core sampling to test for carbon dioxide levels, composting and food waste and recycled drinking water.

    June 18–22 (Grades 7–9)
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $250

    July 23–27 (Grades 5–6)
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $250
  • Hands-On Geometry (Grades 7–9)

    We have the formula for success! Students will use manipulatives to explore two- and three-dimensional figures and prove related formulas through cooperative learning. They’ll also engage in various extension activities with triangles and geometric tessellations and transformations. Basic geometric theorems, including trigonometric functions, will be introduced. Graphing calculators and online graphing programs will be used to supplement student learning.

    July 23–27
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $250
  • Jr. Detective (Grades 4–6)

    Become a Mad Science Jr. Detective and take a fascinating journey into the world of detection, forensics and classified information. Learn code language to send secret messages as part of your mission. Use special spy glasses to help learn about surveillance and the important role it plays in security. Investigate a pretend crime scene and sift through clues to crack the case. As part of the Mad Science Bureau of Investigation, you will gain observational skills that are used by secret agents. Take-home projects include a secret code breaker, whodunit kit, scene solver, spy glasses and more!

    June 25–29
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $250
  • Let’s Cook! (K–Grade 8)

    Let’s Cook cooking classes are fun and interactive! The goal is to educate children about healthy foods while developing useful everyday culinary skills like how to use a knife and grater safely. Each session of this class will include a different selection of healthy and fun recipes. From fresh stir-fry to healthy pizzas, creating pastas from scratch and baking scrumptious treats, kids will find new recipes they love to eat and know how to cook! Let’s Cook is a nut-free program and can accommodate most food allergies and diet restrictions.

    Advanced Baking Skills
    July 2–6  (No class July 4)
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $215
     
    Advanced Italian Cooking
    July 9–13
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $265
  • Making Medicine (Grades 6–8)

    Have you ever wondered how to make a medicine? This course is a hands-on educational experience with the same techniques used in the biotech industry to make biological medicines. Students will learn how to use scientific tools and techniques such as microscopy, cell counting, aseptic techniques, pH and glucose measurement, formulation, gel electrophoresis and column chromatography. Budding chemists will have the opportunity to grow live cells in a bioreactor, analyze them under the microscope, produce a protein, purify and analyze it, and in the end have their very own vial of medicine that they can hold in their hand! Students taking this class will have an understanding of how to make a biological medicine and will be uniquely qualified for internships in the biotech and research industry.

    July 23–27
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $250
  • Physics (Grades 7–9)

    Come experience a day in the life of a physicist! Explore concepts surrounding light, sound, energy and collisions. Set up labs with real equipment and make real scientific discoveries. One day of this course will include the ultimate physics field trip to see energy at work—at Disneyland! The class will take a full-day field trip to witness physics principles at work creating Disney attractions. Students will get a 3-hour field study with Disney cast members to understand the fundamentals of light and sound.  Please note: The day of our field trip, students will need to arrive at LJCDS at 6:30 a.m. and will return at 10 p.m. If a student is enrolled in a morning class the week of July 9–13, they will receive a refund for the one morning of class that will be missed due to this trip.

    July 9–13
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $375
  • Space Camp (Grades 3–5)

    We are clear for launch! This week we will explore space through science, art and robotic challenges. We will have a special STEAM challenge day full of fun games and a field trip to the Air and Space Museum. Come rocket into this adventure!
     
    July 30–August 3 
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $265
  • Spanish Review (Grades 3–6)

    Is your child going to be new to his/her Spanish class next year? We will be offering one summer Spanish class review session for students entering Grades 3–6. These classes are designed to facilitate the students’ transition into Spanish class during the school year, provide an opportunity to meet new classmates and ease them into their new school environment.  

    July 30–August 3
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $250

Day Camps

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  • Country Day Adventure Camp (Grades 1–5) – Full Day

    Ready for action?! Come spend this week in our full-day adventure camp! Students will experience adventures such as rock climbing, laser tag, kayaking, go-karts, skating, miniature golf and more!

    July 30–August 3
    9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
    $500
  • Country Day Animal Encounters Camp (K–Grade 8) – Full Day

    Kick off the summer with some WILD field trips! We’ll discover the worlds of a variety of wildlife through daily outings. Field trips will include educational tours at places like the San Diego Wildlife Park, Living Coast Discovery Center, San Diego Zoo, EcoVivarium Reptile Museum and Sea Life Aquarium. We will be out exploring all day, so please plan on packing a sack lunch for picnics.

    June 11–15
    9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
    $500
  • San Diego History Explorers (K–Grade 5) – Full Day

    A long time ago, across this great land...things happened, and we’re going to figure out what they are! Take a step back in time and explore how San Diego was built. This is a weeklong full-day camp of fun (and educational) field trips. Students will go on a hike to learn about the lives of explorers at Cabrillo National Monument, tour tall ships at the Maritime Museum, visit our fossilized past at the Natural History Museum and Museum of Man in Balboa Park, and go on a photo scavenger hunt through Old Town! Our “time capsule” buses will take us on our trips back in time daily. Students will need to pack a sack lunch for daily picnics.

    July 2–6 (No class July 4)
    9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
    $400

Arts

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  • Cartooning (Grades 5–8)

    Calling all Calvin and Hobbes fans! Cartoonists will be created in this week of drawing. Students will learn the basic process for creating a panel-style cartoon (think Garfield or Calvin and Hobbes). Kids will learn how to plan and develop the idea for a comic strip, including creating the panels, the dialogue and an overall concept for the strip. Students will create their own characters, draw them, practice them and then turn them into a panel strip. By the end of this four-day class, kids will have a small series of their own comic strip!

    July 2–6 (No class July 4)
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $200
  • Contemporary and Jazz Dance Camp (Grades 1–8)

    Your favorite and most expressive dance moves are within reach. Camp will include ballet, contemporary and jazz classes to gain experience in all the forms you need for your favorite routines. Each one-week session will conclude with a brief performance. Students may sign up for one or two weeks. Each week will be different.

    July 2–6 (No class July 4)
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $200

    July 9–13
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250
  • Contemporary Art-Making Through the Observation of Local San Diego Artists (Grades 7–11)

    During this course, students will be introduced to art-making strategies used by artists living and working in San Diego. Through the observation of their artwork, students will produce a body of their own work that will culminate in an exhibition where they will meet the local artists and share their learning! This is a multimedia course that will include the use of 2D, 3D and installation practices.

    June 25–29
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250
  • Disney’s Cinderella Kids - (Grades 1-8)

    The timeless “rags to riches” fairy tale becomes a new audience favorite in Disney’s Cinderella KIDS, an adaptation of the treasured animated film that will charm its way into your heart and remind audiences that dreams really can come true. Poor Cinderella is endlessly mistreated by her wicked stepmother and stepsisters and denied a chance to go to the royal ball. With a little help from her mice friends—and a lot of help from her Fairy Godmother—Cinderella’s dreams come true. She goes to the ball, meets the Prince, and falls in love!

    June 18–29 (Note: This is a two-week class.)
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $500

    Dress Rehearsal: Wednesday, June 27, from 10:30–11 a.m.
    Performances: Thursday, June 28, 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Geology and Art-Making (Grades 5–9)

    In this course, students will produce a body of work inspired by the observation of the rich diversity of rocks and minerals that exist on Earth. We will learn about the different types of rocks and minerals and develop techniques to help us identify them and use them as a medium for art-making. We will explore art-making techniques used during the Paleolithic period, Native American sand art and techniques used by contemporary artists. During this course, we will go on a trip to Torrey Pines State Beach to examine rock layers and make land art.

    June 18–22
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $265
  • Hand Building with Clay 101 (Grades 5–9)

    Exploring a variety of techniques, students will develop an understanding of ceramics as a dynamic and contemporary material in the world of sculpture. Appropriate for both beginners and experienced students, this workshop presents a comprehensive approach to ceramics, exploring coil-forms, carving, figure sculpting, hand-building basics, surface treatment and several different firing processes. Central to the work are class discussions, one-on-one instruction, collaborative explorations, self-directed projects, and “quick and dirty” challenges to keep the energy alive and flowing. Class discussions and periodicals on themes ranging from art history to contemporary artists to technical information shape and expand each student’s vision of what ceramics is today and encourage thoughtful questioning of the direction their own work and artistic voice will take.

    July 23–27
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250
  • Look at That Face! (Grades 4–7)

    Learn how to observe and render faces, both human and animal! Use pencil, charcoal and watercolor paints, and learn the basic structure of faces, how to use shading and light to create realistic skin (and fur), and how to produce beautiful portraits of yourself and your loved ones! This experience is brought to LJCDS by La Jolla’s My Art Shed director Porschia Talbot '03.

    July 16–20
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $275
  • Silk Screening Workshop: The Good, the Bad and the Copy (Grades 6–10)

    Enter the world of copies, copycats and image transfer as students learn the step-by-step process of how to silkscreen a design onto a two-dimensional surface. Working within a set material, students investigate contemporary topics and essential elements of art such as line, perspective, tone, proportion, composition, value, gesture and language. Students will learn processes such as the setup of a silkscreen press with vinyl cut designs, silk screening on fabric using two colors, and the difference between an original and a copy. Emphasis is placed on individual and collaborative projects that help blossoming artists develop their design ideas, while examining current contemporary screen printings and their ability to blur the lines among design, conceptual art and popular culture.

    July 16–20
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250
  • The Artful Science of Casting (Making the Part) (Grades 5–9)

    Our studios are our laboratories, and it is time to get messy as we explore the three-dimensional applications of modeling, casting and carving. Students will learn the exact science of casting within art (using materials such as plaster, ceramics and alginate) as they master how to mix ratios, learn basic modes of construction and experiment with material transformation. Students will elaborate on their knowledge of the elements of sculpture and 3D materials, with the overall expectation of developing their own artistic voice. Emphasis is placed on the methods artists use to develop their design ideas while examining structures, materials and technologies exemplified in historical and contemporary casting.

    July 30–August 3
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250
  • Watercolor: The Natural World (Grades 5–9)

    In this course, we will produce a body of work that explores the beauty of the natural world. Technical skills in watercolor will be developed through in-class demonstrations and applications in our own paintings. Subject matter will include landscapes, plants and animals. For inspiration and insight, we will go to the San Diego Watercolor Society to see the work that is on exhibit.

    August 6–10
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $265

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  • 2D Art-Making (Grades 5–9)

    This is an introductory course that will introduce students to a dynamic variety of two-dimensional art-making. Some materials that we will use include acrylic paint, oil paint, charcoal, graphite, pen and ink, pastels, collage and cyanotypes. We will go to the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, where we will meet museum curators and look at art in person!

    June 25–29
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $265
  • 3D Art-Making (Grades 5–9)

    In 3D Art-Making, students will produce a body of work that is inspired by sculptors. Some concepts that we will explore include minimalism, the light and space movement, experimental art-making and installation. Materials used will include wood, aluminum, clay, plastic and LED lights. During this course, we will visit Quint Gallery, where we will meet the curator and see the amazing artwork!

    June 18–22
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $265

    August 6–10
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $265
  • Acrylic Textures and Mixed Media Design with Sewing Machines (Grades 3–6)

    Discover ways to use paint, embroidery techniques and sewing machines to create mixed media art projects. Use photographs, paper, fabrics, acrylic mediums and paint to create beautiful greeting cards, handmade books and mixed media art pieces! This experience is presented to LJCDS by La Jolla’s My Art Shed director Porschia Talbot.

    August 6–10
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $275
  • Bookmaking: The Art of the FOLD (Grades 5–9)

    What is a book? Here, artists are introduced to the wild and crazy world of paper and image transformation. Students will learn to make folded books, books with secret pockets, tiny books, zines and collaborative books, pushing the envelope of what they understand to be a book. In this workshop, students will learn to make a variety of unique books and develop their skills in collage, assemblage, frottage, puzzles, maps, diagrams and creative writing. This camp is for students interested in creating two-dimensional artworks using both traditional and contemporary processes, from the hand-built to experimentation and beyond.

    July 16–20
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $250
  • Ceramics: Throwing (Caution to the Wind)! (Grades 5–9)

    It’s time to explore personal expression through the versatile and oh-so-messy medium of clay using the wheel. Students will explore all of the wonderful elements of sculpture (form, structure, negative space, balance, symmetry, etc.) as they grapple with the technical and conceptual issues related to sculpture and the creation of a vessel. Here, students will learn how throwing becomes a tool to achieve their desired sculptural object when in combination with other ceramic techniques, including coiling, hand building and figure sculpture, as well as surface enrichment and glazing methods. One-on-one mentorship and group critiques will provide the opportunity to reflect on their work while understanding the rich connection ceramics has to artistic expressions from the past, present and other cultures. This class is truly an experimental laboratory where conceptual thinking, art-making and design skills are developed.

    July 30–August 3
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $250
  • Dance for Musical Theater (Grades 1–8)

    You can sing, you can act, but are you ready to be a TRIPLE THREAT!? Learn all the essentials of dance for Broadway at this summer camp. Camp will include daily dance classes, stage makeup classes and real Broadway routines. Each one-week session will conclude with a brief performance. This class is a great addition for those involved in the Cinderella musical camp in the morning! (However, you don’t have to be a part of Cinderella to enjoy this class.) Students may sign up for one or two weeks. Each week will be different.

    June 18–22
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $250

    June 25–29
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $250
  • Drama Kids Acting Academy Playhouse – Mystery (Grades 5–8)

    It's no mystery teens love our camps! Join us as we learn what it takes to create and perform a wide variety of mystery drama scenes. Campers this week will write, solve and act in great plays—created, directed and performed entirely by THEM! Campers will bring the house down during their end-of-camp presentation, performing a mystery skit their team creates. Want to know how the show ends? SO DO WE, but it's a mystery... This experience is presented by Drama Kids San Diego.

    August 6–10
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $250
  • Drama Kids Acting Academy Playhouse – Renaissance (Grades 5–8)

    Journey with us back to a time of maidens and knights, kings and queens. The renaissance times are full of contrasting play on languages and emotions. How doth your Acting Academy student fair? Could one but carry forth imagination as such into one’s own script? Wait not! Come now and create your own Renaissance story or act in one of our many fair themes. Campers will bring the house down during their end-of-camp presentation, performing a skit their team creates. Imaginations await! This experience is presented by Drama Kids San Diego.

    July 16–20
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $250
  • Extra-Large Expressionism (Grades 3–6)

    Learn about the Expressionist artists who broke away from the traditional and dove headfirst into the world of color and emotion. Express your inner being in technicolor and larger-than-life scale while learning about balance, texture, color-mixing and a variety of BIG painting techniques. This experience is brought to LJCDS by La Jolla’s My Art Shed director Porschia Talbot '03.

    June 18–22
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $275
  • Hip-Hop Dance Camp (Grades 1–8)

    Musicality, rhythm, coordination and fun! In this class, you’ll learn the latest dance routines to today’s most popular songs. Get your friends together for a week of exciting moves and great music. Each one-week session will conclude with a brief performance. Students may sign up for one or two weeks. Each week will be different.

    July 2–6 (No class July 4)
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $200

    July 9–13
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $250
  • Music Appreciation (Grades 6–9)

    You’ve got the beat! Come join us as we get a musical introduction to jazz, early rock, blues, opera and music from other countries. As a class, we will make musical instruments from readily available materials and jam together! Students will use their smartphones and the Garageband computer app to record and organize sound collages. We’ll also work on writing skills as we write original poetry, song lyrics and song melodies.

    July 16–20
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $250
  • Under the Sea with Sculpture and Ceramics (Grades 5–8)

    Artists explore the oceanographic world through form, texture, movement, scale, light and more, all while getting a bit of fresh air. Students will be attending an oceanography immersion trip that will be worked into a multitiered project based on the question “How can artists take inspiration from nature and learn the difference between abstraction and scientific reproduction?” Students will gather inspiration from their visit to the Birch Aquarium, the La Jolla tide pools and the La Jolla sea lion population to experience the connection between art and nature (through the lens of oceanography). This camp is for students interested in creating three-dimensional artworks using both traditional and contemporary processes, from the hand-built to using recycled materials and more. Sculptural methods are introduced through techniques such as sketching, clay sculpting, paper-making, carving, soft sculpture and material manipulation.

    July 23–27
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $265
  • World Drumming! (Grades 6–9)

    This class will be an interactive, performance-based experience in which students will play a wide variety of instruments representing cultural music traditions from around the world. World music to be explored will include African drum circle, taiko drumming from Japan, steel drumming from the Caribbean and Afro-Cuban grooves. Also included will be elements of music composition and improvisational soloing.

    June 18–22
    12:30-3:30 p.m.
    $250

Tech/STEAM

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  • 3D Animation (Grades 6–9)

    Enter a new dimension of creativity! Many of today’s animated movies like Up, Toy Story and Inside Out all require 3D animators. Students will explore this colorful art, learning the basic tools to start developing their own 3D animated movies. Using Blender, they’ll learn how to model, rig and animate various characters in a world they build all on their own.

    July 30–August 3
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250
  • 3D Modeling (Grades 4–6)

    Calling all makers! Using Solidworks, an industry-grade CAD package, students will model their own designs for 3D printing in our small 3D-printer farm. Students will learn basic sketching skills, how to design for parts to fit together, how to 3D model proficiently, and how to run our Lulzbot 3D-printer farm. Students will get to design and print their designs out of rubber, metal-plastic, wood-plastic or a variety of other materials! Maybe you want to design a new invention, a bobblehead or just a piece of art. Let us help you set your imagination free.

    July 23–27 (Grades 5–6)
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250

    July 30–August 3 (Grades 4–5)
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250
  • Advanced Video Game Design (Grades 7–9)

    In Advanced Video Game Design, students will be expanding upon what they learned in the intro version of this course. Continuing to use Unreal Engine, students will be introduced to more complex aspects of game design such as particles, lighting and programming. Using Blueprint (UE’s node-based programming, a variation of C++), students will program 3D assets within their worlds, allowing them to do (almost) anything they want! At the end of the course, students will have a fully functioning game level that they will take screenshots of for a portfolio. *Prereq: Students should have previously taken our Intro to Video Game Design class or have previous experience with Unreal Engine.

    July 23–27
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250
  • Animatronics (Grades 5–8)

    Let’s get a move on! In this course, students will build moving, talking, dancing animatronic characters, like those you see at theme parks. Kids can pick their favorite characters—everything from an adventurous mouse to a Pirate of the Caribbean—and learn how to build moving animatronic skeletons to bring them to life. After the internal skeleton is built, students will create a costume for the character. Then they’ll program their characters’ movements and use them to tell their stories.

    August 6–10
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250
  • Animatronics and Animation (Grades 3–8) – Full Day

    Learn the basics behind Disney magic! This class will involve four full days of on-campus learning and one day of a magical field trip! While on campus, students will design and build electromechanical animatronic characters as well as create pencil drawings for flip book animations. Students in Grades 3–4 will create with Little Bits for their animatronic characters, while Grade 5–8 students will use arduinos and servo motors. Everyone will learn the basics of creating flip books to bring their drawings to life while practicing drawing some of their favorite animated characters. Our magical field-trip day will be to Disneyland for a special tour called “Designing a Disney Story.” While at Disney, students will get an inside look at how Disney animators create full-length features. Please note: The day of our field trip, students will need to arrive at LJCDS at 6:30 a.m. and will return at 10 p.m.  

    July 9–13
    9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
    $625
  • Designing for Virtual Reality (Grades 5–6 and Grades 7–9)

    Join us in our new Virtual Reality Lab to create your own 3D world that you and your friends can explore. Using state-of-the-art computers, the Unreal Engine and HTC Vive Virtual Reality systems, you will learn how to create interactive experiences complete with your own landscapes and objects. Best of all, you get to decide how they interact! Maybe you will want a castle to float in a cloud, controlled with the tip of your finger. Or maybe you would like to turn day into night and back again just by popping bubbles that are floating by. It’s all up to you!  

    June 25–29
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250

    August 6–10
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250
  • Develop Your Own Android App (Grades 6–9)

    Have an app idea? We’ll help students code their very first Android app. Students will wow their friends, while at the same time learning what it takes to be a tech entrepreneur. Students in this camp will learn foundational computer science skills and user interface design by creating their own apps. We’ll help students make their app ideas a reality that they can share with friends. Students can even publish their apps to the Android App Store and start their first entrepreneurial venture! All hardware will be provided. We will send daily email reports with the code that students worked on in camp that day, so they can keep developing their Android app at home. This class is presented by ThoughtSTEM San Diego.

    July 9–13
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $265
  • Galaxy Defenders: Robotics (Grades 3–5)

    It's time to save the galaxy! Students will design motorized robotic creatures and vehicles from the Star Wars and superhero movies using LEGO® components. We'll use motors along with WeDo 2.0 motion and tilt sensors to bring our creations to life! Design a moving droid with laser sounds, a remote-control A-wing, the Batmobile and more. Next, team up and further your robotics skills by completing missions with MakeBlock's mBot programmable robot. You'll use Scratch-like code blocks to control the robot and maneuver it through mazes and master challenges such as a balloon-popping game. You'll also learn how to code text and even animate the eyes of your robot using an LED array panel.

    July 2–6 (No class July 4)
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $200
  • Intro to Video Game Design (Grades 7–9)

    Control the play and the game! This course builds on kids’ love of video games to introduce them to world building using 3D modeled assets. Students will be using Unreal Engine to create worlds and levels that have objectives and goals to complete. Students will learn to critique and help other students make their levels playable, yet challenging. This intro level course will heavily focus on the core elements of game design, as well as quality testing that goes into those games they love!

    July 16–20
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250
  • LEGO® BattleBots (Grades 7–9)

    Who will build the biggest, baddest bot? Using LEGO® and the remote-controlled MakeBlock systems, students will work in teams to design, engineer and operate their wheeled machines to accomplish a new challenge each day. Today it’s “capture the flag,” tomorrow it’s “king of the hill”! Work in teams to design and build your robot, then work together with another team on the battlefield to beat the other alliance and be the BattleBot champions!

    August 6–10
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250
  • Python® Programming (Beginner Level): Learn by Making Games (Grades 6–9) – Full day

    Learn to program in Python® by creating games, such as number and logic games and interactive arcade-style games. Python® is the perfect language for learning computer programming because it is easy to understand! It is very similar to writing in English and requires fewer lines of code. Students will be learning about variables, functions, conditional statements, loops and lists. They will incorporate graphics into projects and finish with the breakthrough of making their own games entirely with Python® code. No prior programming experience is required, but comfort and familiarity with typing is suggested. Each student will bring home their project files to be played on a computer using any major operating system.

    July 30–August 3
    9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
    $500
  • Skateboard Design (Grades 5–6)

    What a rad way to learn! Students get to design and build skateboard decks from scratch, from sketching their art and converting it to digital drawings, to vacuum forming, handcrafting foam molds and using the Roarockit method for laminating and bending wood. Students will use basic hand tools to finish their boards and finally laser-cut their designs onto the wood. They’ll leave with their very own skateboard deck and a new understanding of how to create a product.

    July 23–27
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250
  • Web Design: HTML, CSS and JavaScript (Grades 6–9)

    In this camp, students will program awesome websites to showcase anything and everything they are passionate about, whether it’s photography, books or video games! Students will learn the foundational programming languages of the web: HTML, CSS and JavaScript. We will send daily email reports with the code that students worked on in camp that day, so they can keep developing their websites at home. Optionally, we’ll help students get their websites set up with a unique web domain so they can easily share their website with their friends. This class is presented by ThoughtSTEM San Diego.

    July 16–20
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $265

Tech/STEAM

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  • 3D Modeling (Grades 5–6)

    Calling all makers! Using Solidworks, an industry-grade CAD package, students will model their own designs for 3D printing in our small 3D-printer farm. Students will learn basic sketching skills, how to design for parts to fit together, how to 3D model proficiently, and how to run our Lulzbot 3D-printer farm. Students will get to design and print their designs out of rubber, metal-plastic, wood-plastic or a variety of other materials! Maybe you want to design a new invention, a bobblehead or just a piece of art. Let us help you set your imagination free.

    July 30–August 3
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $250
  • Coding for Virtual Reality with HTML and JavaScript (Grades 6–9)

    Students will learn HTML, JavaScript and other powerful programming languages as they create virtual worlds that they can explore using Google Cardboard and any smartphone. Virtual reality is right at our fingertips! Students will be able to share their virtual reality projects with friends and family. All materials included in the cost of the class. We will send daily email reports with the code that students worked on in camp that day, so they can keep developing their projects at home. They'll also receive a free Google Cardboard to use at home at the end of camp. This class is presented by ThoughtSTEM San Diego.

    July 9–13
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $265
  • Creative Tech (Grades 5–6 and 7–9)

    Technology + Art = Creative Tech! Come learn more about the laser cutter along with other tools in the Innovation Lab. Learn how to use the laser cutter to design things like a poster of your favorite logo, two- and three-dimensional models, etched artwork on a notebook cover and even an artistic back for a smartphone. Also, learn how to add LED lights to give your project color! This class is offered multiple times, but students will have the creative freedom to create different projects each week.

    June 25–29 (Grades 7–9)
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $250

    July 9–13 (Grades 5–6)
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $250

    July 30–August 3 (Grades 7–9)
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $250
  • Designing for Virtual Reality (Grades 7–9)

    Join us in our new Virtual Reality Lab to create your own 3D world that you and your friends can explore. Using state-of-the-art computers, the Unreal Engine and HTC Vive Virtual Reality systems, you will learn how to create interactive experiences complete with your own landscapes and objects. Best of all, you get to decide how they interact! Maybe you will want a castle to float in a cloud, controlled with the tip of your finger. Or maybe you would like to turn day into night and back again just by popping bubbles that are floating by. It’s all up to you!  

    August 6–10
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $250
  • Exploring Coding and Engineering (Grades 3–5)

    We’re turning San Diego students into young inventors! Explore electronics and conductivity using coding to create interactive animations and video games. Using electronics, students will turn real-world objects, like bananas, into touchpads that they can use to play video games they design! Students will expand their projects even further with lights, motors and sensors using Arduino microcontrollers and a text-based programming language. We will send daily email reports with the code that students worked on in camp that day, so they can keep coding at home. We'll also send information at the end of camp about how you can purchase a microcontroller for use at home. This experience is presented by ThoughtSTEM San Diego.

    July 16–20
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $265
  • Galaxy Defenders: Computer Gaming (Grades 3–5)

    Design several fun space adventure computer games while learning coding fundamentals. You'll learn about loops, if/else statements, logical operators and variables using Scratch's code blocks. You'll even make a game where you have to use the "force" by moving your hand to control a lightsaber in your game! The best thing is, you can take home your games to play with friends and family on any Windows or Mac computer.

    July 2–6 (No class July 4)
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $200
  • Intro to Video Game Design (Grades 5–6)

    Control the play and the game! This course builds on kids’ love of video games to introduce them to world building using 3D modeled assets. Students will be using Unreal Engine to create worlds and levels that have objectives and goals to complete. Students will learn to critique and help other students make their levels playable, yet challenging. This intro level course will heavily focus on the core elements of game design, as well as quality testing that goes into those games they love!

    July 23–27
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $250
  • Keyboarding (Grades 5–8)

    Typing is more than a key skill for students in today’s computer-driven world—it can be an academic advantage. Students will learn typing techniques and strategies, with the goals of reaching 30 words per minute (wpm) for fifth-graders and 40 wpm for sixth-graders.

    June 25–29
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $250
  • LEGO® BattleBots (Grades 5–6)

    Who will build the biggest, baddest bot? Using LEGO® and the remote-controlled MakeBlock systems, students will work in teams to design, engineer and operate their wheeled machines to accomplish a new challenge each day. Today it’s “capture the flag,” tomorrow it’s “king of the hill”! Work in teams to design and build your robot, then work together with another team on the battlefield to beat the other alliance and be the BattleBot champions!

    August 6–10
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $250
  • LEGO® STEAM (Grades 3–5)

    Calling all young brickologists! STEAM learning has never been more fun! Using WeDo 2.0 and LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 building systems, students will engineer solutions to a variety of challenges throughout the week. Class will include a review of math skills using LEGO® as helpful manipulatives and LEGO® art! Camp will include a special LEGO® Makerspace program at LEGOLAND®! Each session offering of this camp will have a different variety of activities.

    June 25–29
    Note: June 27 will be a field trip to LEGOLAND from 12:30–6:15 p.m.
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $285

    July 16–20
    Note: July 19 will be a field trip to LEGOLAND from 12:30–6:15 p.m.
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $285
  • Skateboard Design (Grades 7–9)

    What a rad way to learn! Students get to design and build skateboard decks from scratch, from sketching their art and converting it to digital drawings, to vacuum forming, handcrafting foam molds and using the Roarockit method for laminating and bending wood. Students will use basic hand tools to finish their boards and finally laser-cut their designs onto the wood. They’ll leave with their very own skateboard deck and a new understanding of how to create a product.

    July 23–27
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    Cost: $250
  • Slime Squad Camp (Grades 3–5)

    Are you slime crazy? Do you love making squishy, squeezy stuff? Then Challenge Island® Slime Squad Camp is the place for you! You and a tribe full of friends will dive into a new slime-filled world every day, from alien ooze to ghostly goo to monster muck to lava, too. No matter how you stretch it, Challenge Island® Slime Squad Camp promises to be a STEAM-riffic adventure of a lifetime.

    July 9–13
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $250

Sports

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  • Baseball (Grades 1–8) – Half/Full Day

    Calling all boys of summer! In this instructional camp, players will engage in five fun-filled days with technical and strategic instruction and scrimmages with players of like ability. Students may register for half-day or full-day camp. For more details, contact Coach Edman at jedman@ljcds.org or 858-467-9344.

    June 18–22
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250 half-day

    June 18–22
    9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
    $450 full-day
  • Boys Lacrosse (K–Grade 8)

    It’s time for summer goals! This four-day camp is designed to improve skills in all aspects of lacrosse, for both beginners and advanced players. We’ll start at square one, focusing on being fundamentally sound and technically correct, and build each player from the ground up. Students will leave with the confidence that they have a strong foundation for future success.

    June 18–21 (*Note this camp will not meet on Friday)
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $200
  • Girls Sand Volleyball (Grades 5–9)

    Bump! Set! Sand! It’s summertime, and there’s no better place to spend it than at the beach. LJCDS Volleyball Camps provide a sand volleyball intensive to prepare you for the upcoming season. It’s harder to move and play in sand, so you’ll learn techniques that will elevate both your mental and physical stamina on the court. Never played before? That’s OK!  Players are divided into training groups that ensure they get the most out of each session. All levels of experience are welcome, and advanced training will be available for more-experienced players.

    June 25–29
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250
  • Torrey Basketball Camp (K–Grade 8) – Half/Full Day

    Nothing but net—and fun. This camp combines coaching and teaching to help students develop their basketball skills and athletic ability, and build upon their own personal attitudes toward the game and life. Students may register for half-day or full-day camp.

    June 11–15
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250 half-day

    June 11–15
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $250 half day

    June 11–15
    9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
    $450 full-day

Sports

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  • Rock Climbing (Grades 5–9)

    Calling all rock fans! In one action-packed week, students will learn a variety of rock climbing skills, including knot tying, proper equipment use, belaying (being a principal source of protection to other climbers) and overall climbing technique. In the process, they’ll also learn leadership skills, teamwork, trust-building and self-confidence through physical and mental challenges. This course is taught by the Mesa Rim Indoor Climbing Center. Transportation will be provided to and from Mesa Rim.

    June 18–22
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $250

    July 16–20
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $250