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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 are excited to offer some wonderful opportunities and many new experiences for summer 2020. Students will have numerous options, so every week they can discover something new. Spend the entire day with us, or select experiences a la carte.

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Academics

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  • 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. 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.
     
    Prerequisite: Algebra I

    Semester 1: June 8–26
    Semester 2: June 29–July 17 (There will be no camp on Friday, July 3 and Monday, July 6)
    8 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
    $950 one-semester credit / $1,900 full year’s credit
    LJCDS math educator Dave Schall
  • 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 20–24
    8–11 a.m.
    $275
    LJCDS English educator Nate Heppner
  • Writing Skills (Grades 7–9)

    Be the writer! Be the designer! Be the publisher! We will work on writing paragraphs and longer pieces based on student interests. This is a great class for students who need to work on writing more efficiently and accurately. The teacher will work with individual students at their levels.

    July 27–31
    8–11 a.m.
    $275
    LJCDS educator Wendy Clemente

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  • Escape Room (Grades 5–9)

    From searching for the truth at the Lost Point Lodge to saving a carnival at the Great Carnival Challenge, students can take part in daring and courageous stories in this week of adventure. Participants learn how to solve problems under pressure and work as a team. Students must use critical thinking and collaboration to solve the elaborate and mysterious escape rooms. This course will kindle a team-building experience while fostering an imaginative and wonder-filled atmosphere. Transportation will be provided to-and-from various escape room venues.

    June 22–26
    12–3 p.m.
    $325 
    LJCDS summer camp staff

    July 13–17
    12–3 p.m.
    $325 
    LJCDS summer camp staff

Arts

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  • 2D Art-Making (Grades 5–9)

    Develop your voice in this introductory course that will introduce students to a dynamic variety of two-dimensional art-making. This class is truly an experimental laboratory where conceptual thinking, artmaking and design skills are developed. Some materials used include acrylic and 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 look at some 2-D artwork in person!

    June 29–July 2 (There will be no camp on July 3)
    8–11 a.m.
    $240
    LJCDS art educator Liz Stringer
  • 3D Art-Making (Grades 5–9)

    In 3D Art-Making, students will produce a body of work that is inspired by past and contemporary sculptors. 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 an object. Some art movements explored include minimalism, the light and space movement, experimental art-making and installation. Materials used include wood, aluminum, clay, plastic and LED lights.

    July 27–July 31
    8–11 a.m.
    $290
    LJCDS art educator Liz Stringer
  • 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) 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. 
     
    June 15–19
    8–11 a.m.
    $300
    LJCDS art educator Liz Stringer
  • Contemporary Art Making (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 22–June 26
    8–11 a.m.
    $290
    LJCDS art educator Liz Stringer
  • Fun with Photoshop (Grades 5–12)

    The possibilities with Photoshop are endless! In this fun and diverse class, students will learn basic and advanced tools to create some fun creations. Photography enthusiasts will learn how to add or remove elements to create their masterpiece. Designers will explore how to make mockups of products like t-shirts, hats, packaging and more.

    July 13–July 17
    8–11 a.m.
    $290
    LJCDS innovation educator Luna Kim
  • Intro to Graphic Design (Grades 5–12)

    Digitize your drawings to share with everyone! In this course, students will learn how to use Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop to create a digital recreation of their pencil and paper drawings. Learn about highlights and shadows to achieve depth and color theory to make your designs stand out. Design your own hats, T-shirts, mugs and more with your own illustrations on them! Save your digital masterpiece and share your artwork with your friends and family.

    July 27–31
    8–11 a.m.
    $290
    LJCDS innovation educator Luna Kim
  • Motion Graphics (Grades 6–12)

    Ever wondered how animations are made? Students will learn how to design their own characters and animate them to create a variety of animations. Design a short film, bring your custom designed characters to life, or animate your own name or logo! Dive into the world of face-tracking to create your own animoji creations!

    June 15–19
    8–11 a.m.
    $285
    LJCDS innovation educator Luna Kim
  • Musical Theater Disney’s Aladdin JR. (Grades 1–12)

    LJCDS Summer Musical Theater is pleased to present the 2020 summer production of Disney’s Aladdin JR. Aladdin and his three friends, Babkak, Omar and Kassim, are down on their luck until Aladdin discovers a magic lamp and the Genie who has the power to grant three wishes. Wanting to earn the respect of the princess, Jasmine, Aladdin embarks on an adventure that will test his will and his moral character. This is a three-week class.

    June 8–12, June 15–19 and June 22–25
    8–11 a.m.
    Dress RehearsalWednesday, June 24, 10:30–11 a.m.
    PerformancesThursday, June 25, 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
    Note: Due to the performance on Thursday evening, there will be no class on Friday, June 26.
    $675
    LJCDS educators Wendy Clemente and Caroline Becker
  • Photo Excursions (Grades 5–11)

    Take your camera on an adventure this summer! We will spend time photographing at different locations throughout San Diego and review the basics of composition and exposure and begin to look at the world differently. Students will have the opportunity to develop their photographic voice and vision while out in the field. Students will also learn to edit their shots and will take home some prints from the week. 

    Students are encouraged to bring their own digital cameras, but rentals can be arranged.
    Please bring your camera to the first class.

    June 22–26
    8–11 a.m.
    $280
    LJCDS art educator Jessie McIntyre
  • Silk Screening Workshop: The Good, the Bad and the Copy (Grades 5–10)

    Enter the world of copies, copy-cats, and image transfer as students learn the step-by-step process of how to silkscreen a design onto a two-dimensional surface. Students will learn processes such as the setup of a silk screen 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 its ability to blur the lines between design, conceptual art and pop culture.

    July 20–July 24
    8–11 a.m.
    $300
    LJCDS art educator Liz Stringer
  • Summer Yearbook (Grades 5–12) 9 a.m.–2 p.m.

    Students will create a yearbook that will serve as a memory book and time capsule of the 2020 summer programs. They will learn teamwork by creating a cover for their book, photography tips (Nikon cameras provided), how to write headlines and short articles, and how to caption photos. Best practices for interview questions will be reviewed and students will be given a chance to interview students, teachers and administrators. Yearbook students will learn how they can tell stories with photographs. Each student will be given a daily “Beat Sheet,” outlining their reporting, photography or interview topics for the day. In addition, we will conduct photo scavenger hunts, celebrate summer birthdays and capture the daily activities of the summer programs at LJCDS. Students will learn graphic design and how to use templates, photo and text boxes. At the end of the week, students should have a grasp of the fundamentals of a yearbook class and will have created a small version of a school yearbook.
     
    August 3–7
    9 a.m.–2 p.m.
    $285
    LJCDS librarian Lorrie Culver

Arts

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  • Beginning Music Theory (Grades 7–12)

    If you have ever wanted to learn how to read music, how music is organized and notated, or simply wanted to advance your music reading skills, then Beginning Music Theory is the course for you. Throughout the two-week period, we will explore pitch, rhythm, meter, notation, scales, keys, key signatures, meter signatures, intervals, triads, seventh chords and basic harmony. By the end of the course, you will know all major and minor keys, how to read and write in treble and bass clef using standard meters and rhythmic values, and how to notate and harmonize a simple melody. Knowledge of all areas will be tested through hands-on project work. This is a two-week class.

    June 8–12 and June 15–19
    12–3 p.m. 
    $450
    LJCDS choir and music educator Caroline Becker

    July 7–10 and July 13–17 (There will be no camp on July 6)
    12–3 p.m. 
    $400
    LJCDS choir and music educator Caroline Becker
  • Drama Kids Playhouse I – Mystery (Grades 5–9)

    It's no mystery teens love our camps! Intrigue and investigation are necessities for any mystery. Who? What? Where? When? Why? Campers will hone their observation and detection skills when they are placed in unique situations where they must solve the mystery with their fellow campers. Join us as we learn what it takes to create and perform a wide variety of mystery drama scenes. Campers will write, solve and act up in great whodunit mysteries—created, directed and performed entirely by them! Campers will bring the house down during their end-of-camp performance of a mystery skit their team creates. Want to know how the show ends? So do we, but it's a mystery!

    July 7–10 (There will be no camp on July 6)
    12–3 p.m.
    $220
    San Diego Drama Kids staff
  • Drama Kids Teen: Hear Ye, Hear Ye… You All, Listen Up! (Grades 6–9)

    Come one, come all…maidens, knights and wizards be prepared to have a ball exploring the renaissance period. With a good dash of the fantastical and adventurous creations, our brave and fair guests take an active role, becoming unique characters of their own and participate in scriptwriting. Wait not! Campers create their team’s own medieval court. Alas, rest assured, all perform to tell the magnificent tale at the end-of-camp presentation. Imagination awaits!

    July 27–31
    12–3 p.m.
    $275
    San Diego Drama Kids staff
  • Flamenco Dance and Spanish Music (Grades 5–10)

    Students will learn all the basics of flamenco dance and music from Spain. We'll learn how to position our body in a very Spanish way, how to move our hands and arms, and how to stomp our feet on the dance floor to make those peculiar beats (Taconeo) that characterize flamenco dancing. We'll also be learning about the rhythm and how to apply it to our dance in many different ways, like clapping, snapping, or body slapping. The students will be learning a full dance choreography that they will be performing on the last day of the workshop. In addition to all this, Spanish vocabulary will be introduced in these lessons. It will be a great opportunity for students to practice a second language while they're learning and having fun dancing.

    June 29–July 2 (There will be no camp on July 3)
    12–3 p.m.
    $200
    Oscar Valero

    July 13–17
    12–3 p.m.
    $250
    Oscar Valero
  • 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. 

    June 22–26
    12–3 p.m.
    $300
    LJCDS art educator Liz Stringer
  • Summer Yearbook (Grades 5–12)

    Students will create a yearbook that will serve as a memory book and time capsule of the 2020 summer programs. They will learn teamwork by creating a cover for their book, photography tips (Nikon cameras provided), how to write headlines and short articles, and how to caption photos. Best practices for interview questions will be reviewed and students will be given a chance to interview students, teachers and administrators. Yearbook students will learn how they can tell stories with photographs. Each student will be given a daily “Beat Sheet,” outlining their reporting, photography or interview topics for the day. In addition, we will conduct photo scavenger hunts, celebrate summer birthdays and capture the daily activities of the summer programs at LJCDS. Students will learn graphic design and how to use templates, photo and text boxes. At the end of the week, students should have a grasp of the fundamentals of a yearbook class and will have created a small version of a school yearbook.

    July 27–31
    12–3 p.m.
    $285
    LJCDS librarian Lorrie Culver
  • The Artful Science of Toys (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 to make toys. 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. Emphasis is placed on the methods artists use to develop their design ideas while examining structures, materials, and technologies exemplified in historical and contemporary toy making.

    June 29–July 2 (There will be no camp on July 3)
    12–3 p.m.
    $240
    LJCDS art educator Liz Stringer
  • The Creative Process (Grades 5–11)

    Explore the creative process as an artist in this hands-on course. Students will participate in a wide variety of exercises that will allow them to explore their creativity and develop their voice and vision as an artist. During the week, we will examine the steps of the creative process through a variety of practices including journaling, drawing, painting and photography. Experience how the creative process can help express your voice, maintain an open mind, solve problems, make decisions and connect with others!

    June 8–12
    12–3 p.m.
    Cost: $280
    LJCDS art educator Jessie McIntyre
  • 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 visit several places around San Diego.

    July 27–July 31
    12–3 p.m.
    $300
    LJCDS art educator Liz Stringer

Tech/STEAM

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  • Building an App (Grades 6–12)

    Love playing games? Have an app in mind that you wish existed? Students will learn to code and develop their first application! From ideation all the way to development, students will learn how mobile apps work and how to build each component. As a bonus, students will also learn how to design the apps to have a beautiful custom look.

    July 20–24
    8–11 a.m.
    $275
    LJCDS innovation educator Luna Kim
  • Intro to the Innovation Lab (Grades 5–12)

    Turn your creative ideas into tangible artwork! Learn how to use the laser cutter and design a variety of two- and three-dimensional models. Sketch, etch and cut your artwork onto a variety of material such as wood and acrylic. Build a clock, lampshade, 3D animal, coaster and more. The possibilities are endless!

    July 7–10 (There will be no camp on July 6)
    8–11 a.m.
    $180
    LJCDS innovation educator Luna Kim

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  • Fun with Vinyl (Grades 5–12)

    Ever wondered how stickers are made and wished you could design your own sticker and vinyl pieces? In this class, students will learn software and mechanical skills to design and produce their own stickers and vinyl work. They will learn how to illustrate their ideas on Adobe Illustrator and create their very own sticker sheets that they can take home! Students who want to go beyond the sticker sheets will have the opportunity to learn how to cut, mask and cast their vinyl designs onto a surface of their choice. Decorate your laptop, notebook, phone and water bottle with designs you created!

    June 8–12
    12–3 p.m.
    $290
    LJCDS innovation educator Luna Kim

Sports

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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 techniques. 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 Mesa Rim Climbing & Fitness Center. Transportation will be provided to-and-from the center.

    June 15–19
    12–3 p.m.
    $300
    LJCDS educator Bob Simon will escort students to Mesa Rim Climbing & Fitness Center for instruction

    July 7–10 (There will be no camp on July 6)
    12–3 p.m.
    $240
    LJCDS educator Bob Simon will escort students to Mesa Rim Climbing & Fitness Center for instruction

    July 20–24
    12–3 p.m.
    $300
    LJCDS educator Bob Simon will escort students to Mesa Rim Climbing & Fitness Center for instruction

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