Summer Programs
Summer at Country Day

Grades 9–12

Grades 9–12

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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  • Advanced Spanish (Grades 8–9)

    This course is for students who have taken Spanish for at least three years. Advanced Spanish will focus on learning beyond basic communication. Students will practice conversational skills using various verb tenses. They will use the subjunctive mood to express emotions, persuade and debate points. Conversation topics include arts, entertainment, environment and culture. Students will expand their cultural knowledge learning about Latin American countries including Peru, Argentina, Bolivia, and Ecuador.

    August 6–10
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250
  • 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, the 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
  • Public Speaking (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 23–27
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250
  • Creative Tech (Grades 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.

    July 9–13
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250
  • Geometry (Grades 9–12)

    The proof is in the learning! This course covers Euclidean geometry. Inductive and deductive reasoning, relationships among parallel and perpendicular lines, and formal proofs are included in the work. Other major topics addressed in this class are congruent and similar polygons, right triangles, circles, coordinate geometry, areas of polygons, volumes of solids and the development of logic. Students may register by the semester needed or for the full year’s credit. One semester is three weeks, and the whole year’s credit is a six-week course. Class will meet from 8 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Prerequisite: Algebra I; departmental approval is required for LJCDS students.

    Semester 1: June 18–July 6
    8 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
    $860 one-semester credit / $1,720 full year’s credit

    Semester 2: July 9–July 27
    8 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
    $860 one-semester credit / $1,720 full year’s credit
  • Making Medicine (Grades 9–12)

    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
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250
  • Oceans: A Field-Based Approach (Grades 11–12)

    This marine biology course asks students to jump right in! Students will explore local case studies that focus on complex oceanic issues that are relevant to San Diego, with 70 miles of coastline as part of our classroom. Experiences may include snorkeling in La Jolla to develop underwater survey techniques, interviewing fishermen in Oceanside to gain perspective on marine regulations, or conducting water-quality monitoring in the Tijuana River Estuary to discover pollutant pathways. This course’s field-based approach relies on three student experiences: investigating observable phenomena, conversing with experts and wrestling with challenging problems. In the process, they’ll examine how the ocean works and explore the complex relationship between humans and the sea. Optional SCUBA certification available. This course has been approved as a semester lab science elective by the University of California. For LJDCS students, this course will count as elective credit for graduation. Contact Chris Uyeda (cuyeda@ljcds.org) for full registration details.

    June 11–29 (weekdays)
    9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
    $950
  • The “Magic” of Chemistry (Grades 7–9)

    We truly live in a magical world! Magic is merely an 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.

    July 9–13
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $265

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  • Environmental Science (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
    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
  • 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

Arts

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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

    June 25-29
    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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  • 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 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
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $250
     
    July 30–August 3
    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
  • 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.
    $250

Sports

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  • 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 the 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

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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

Summer Events

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