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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 2019. 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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  • 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 15–19
    8–11 a.m.
    $260
    LJCDS educator Wendy Clemente
  • 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.
     
    Prerequisite: Algebra I

    Semester 1: June 10–28
    Semester 2: July 1–19
    8 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
    $875 one-semester credit / $1,750 full year’s credit
    LJCDS math educator Dave Schall
  • Oceans: A Field-Based Approach (Grades 9–12)

    This experiential, field course takes students across San Diego to explore the following essential question: how does the ocean work? Students will snorkel with leopard sharks, hatch grunion eggs, collect coastal data for monitoring programs, cruise for marine mammals, and visit "secret” beaches. Deeper learning is facilitated by investigating observable phenomena, conversing with local experts and wrestling with challenging problems that examine the complex relationship between humans and the sea. 

    This course has been approved as a semester lab science elective by the University of California. For LJCDS students, this course will count as elective credit for graduation. 

    July 15–26
    9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
    $885
    LJCDS educator Chris Uyeda

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  • Making Medicine (Grades 9–12)

    Have you ever wondered how to make 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 29–August 2 
    12–3 p.m.
    $260
    LJCDS science educator Leigh Pierce

Arts

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  • Creative Photography (Grades 6–10)

    Discover a new way to use photography in this hands-on course. Students will go beyond the digital image by using a variety of media to create original works of photographic art. They will explore techniques such as collage, cyanotypes, photo transfers and mixed media. Students will take photos and transform them, breaking away from computers and digital tools.

    July 8–12
    8–11 a.m.
    $280
    LJCDS art educator Jessie McIntyre
  • Digital Photography (Grades 6–10)

    Dive into the endless possibilities of photographic arts in this introductory course. Students will be guided through activities designed to help them learn more about cameras, take creative shots, and practice digital editing techniques. Students will explore various types of photography and have opportunities to turn their digital images into works of art.

    June 10–14
    8–11 a.m.
    $280
    LJCDS art educator Jessie McIntyre
  • Graphic Design (Grades 6–10)

    Graphic design is a valuable skill in today’s visual society. Everything from advertisements to websites to logos use visuals to share information. In this workshop, students will learn how to use the principles of graphic design such as typography, color theory and hierarchy to create their own unique graphics that communicate a message.

    June 24–28
    8–11 a.m.
    $275
    LJCDS art educator Jessie McIntyre
  • 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 24–28
    8–11 a.m.
    $290
    LJCDS art educator Liz Stringer
  • Motion Graphics (Grades 7–9)

    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 word of face-tracking to create your own animoji creations!

    July 8–12
    8–11 a.m.
    $275
    LJCDS innovation educator Luna Kim
  • Musical Theater Annie Jr. (Grades 1–12)

    With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Annie eventually foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations, finding a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy. 

    We are excited to present our first ever summer musical theater show with Grades 1–12! We will be performing the Jr. version of the ever-popular Annie and will need to have students from all grade levels participate to cover the multitude of roles. You will not want to miss out on this show!

    June 10–14, June 17–21, June 24–27 (this is a three-week class)
    Dress Rehearsal: Wednesday, June 26 from 9:30–10:30 a.m.
    Performances: Thursday, June 27 at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
    Note: Due to the performance on Thursday evening, there will NOT be class on Friday, June 28
    8–11 a.m.
    $675
    Directors: LJCDS educators Wendy Clemente and Caroline Becker-Przymus
  • Silk Screening Workshop: The Good, the Bad and the Copy (Grades 6–10)

    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 2-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 29–August 2
    8–11 a.m.
    $280
    LJCDS art educator Liz Stringer
  • 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 several places around San Diego.

    July 22–26
    8–11 a.m.
    $280
    LJCDS art educator Liz Stringer

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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!

    July 22–26
    12–3 p.m.
    $280
    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.

    June 24–28
    12–3 p.m.
    $280
    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.

    July 8–12
    12–3 p.m.
    $280
    LJCDS art educator Liz Stringer
  • The Artful Science of Toys (Grades 5–9)

    Here our studios are our laboratories and it is time to get messy as we explore the 3-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.

    July 1–3
    12–3 p.m.
    $170
    LJCDS art educator Liz Stringer
  • The Artist’s Notebook (Grades 5–10)

    Calling all daydreamers, doodlers, and makers! In this brief course, students will explore the world through the lens of an artist by creating their own artist’s notebook. Students will use a variety of media such as drawing, watercolor, collage, and photography to collect ideas, memories, visions, dreams, and inspiration in a notebook.

    July 1–3
    12–3 p.m.
    $170
    LJCDS art educator Jessie McIntyre

Tech/STEAM

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  • Building an App (Grades 5–9)

    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 22–26
    8–11 a.m.
    $260
    LJCDS innovation educator Luna Kim
  • Java Programming: Art, Games & Arduino (Grades 7–9) – Full Day

    Students learn Java programming in a fun and understandable way using the Java-based Processing® language. Create interactive games, graphics and animations. Projects cover important fundamentals of coding such as variables, functions, loops, conditionals, arrays and basic object-oriented programming (OOP), including linked lists and inheritance. Finish by programming the Arduino®-based Wink robot to race, dance and solve mazes.

    • Note: Comfort and familiarity with typing are required. Students who are 11 years old and have prior programming experience can enroll.
    July 29–August 2
    8 a.m.–3 p.m.
    $550
    San Diego Tech Know How staff
  • Python® Programming (Beginner Level) (Grades 6–9) – Full Day

    Learn Python® programming by creating games, art and animations. Python is the perfect first programming language since it is similar to English and widely used. Students work on more than 25 engaging projects which teach the most important constructs of Python®–variables, functions, conditional statements, loops and lists. Incorporate graphics and finish by making your own arcade-style games, entirely with Python code. Then, use your Python skills to control movement and actions for the new Codey Rocky robot. Team up to develop intricate moves, and play games like Capture the Flag and Battle Jousts against other robots–all coded with Python!

    • Note: Comfort and familiarity with typing are required. Students who are 10 years old and have prior programming experience can enroll.
    July 15–19
    8 a.m.–3 p.m.
    $550
    San Diego Tech Know How staff

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  • Coding for Fortnite Fans (Grades 7–10)

    This summer, students will learn how to build a 2D video game with all the exciting elements of the popular 3D video game Fortnite! In this camp, students will learn how to code different features of Fortnite, like enemies, armor, weapons and potions into their own unique 2D games! In addition to learning how to code, students will also be guided in the ways of digital citizenship and how to appropriately and safely share their fan-fictional work with the world.

    In each of our Grades 7–10 camps, students will learn a typed programming language called Racket, which is a language used to build other programming languages.

    Although Racket is normally taught in college undergraduate courses, ThoughtSTEM has been funded by the National Science Foundation to build new Racket video game programming languages that prepare students for collegiate-level computer science coursework. Even though Fortnite itself isn't code-able, students who take this course will learn computer science skills that will enable them to develop their own Fortnite-like games in the future.

    July 22–July 26
    12–3 p.m.
    $330
    San Diego ThoughtSTEM staff
  • 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! *Class is limited to 6 students.

    June 17–21 (Grades 5–6) 
    June 24–28 (Grades 7–9)
    12–3 p.m.
    $300
    LJCDS staff member Jessica Biglin

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 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 24–28
    8–11 a.m.
    $275
    LJCDS volleyball coach Lynne Galli

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

    June 24–28
    July 1–3
    July 15–19
    12–3 p.m.
    $290 ($175 July 1–3)
    LJCDS educator Bob Simon will escort students to Mesa Rim Climbing & Fitness Center for instruction