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Grades 1–4

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 our program again.

Sessions run from June 6–August 5. There will be no camp on Monday, June 20 and the week of July 4–8. Sign up for a morning or afternoon class or stay for a full day of fun. Register for classes based on the grade level your child will be entering in fall 2022.

Morning classes run from 8:30–11:30 a.m. Drop-off for morning classes begins at 8 a.m. Afternoon classes run from 12:30–3:30 p.m. Drop-off for afternoon classes begins at 12 p.m. If your child is staying with us for the morning and the afternoon, they will enjoy a complimentary box lunch with their new friends between 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

See General Info or FAQs for more details. Registration closes at noon two weeks before the start of each session.
 
Classes are subject to change. Visit the registration website for the most up-to-date schedule.

Morning

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  • Ballet and More (Grades 1–4)

    This comprehensive ballet camp for dancers of all levels includes daily ballet classes, ballet repertory class, stage makeup and a second technique class (including jazz, contemporary or hip-hop). This one-week session concludes with a brief performance.
     
    July 11–15
    8:30–11:30 a.m. 
    $325 
    Minimum of 5 students 
    Led by Seaside Arts Center instructor
  • Broadway Jazz/Dance for Musical Theater (Grades 1–4)

    You can sing, you can act, but are you ready to be a triple threat? Learn all the essentials of dance for Broadway in this program. Camp includes daily dance classes, stage makeup classes, real Broadway routines and concludes with a brief performance.
     
    July 18–22
    8:30–11:30 a.m.
    $325
    Minimum of 5 students 
    Led by Seaside Arts Center instructor
  • Chinese Picture Books (Grades 1–4) 

    A fun and innovative way to learn Mandarin. Your child will learn to appreciate some of today’s favorite children's books in Mandarin. By incorporating hands-on activities, reciting, role play, music, games and drawing, children will naturally apply proper Mandarin sentence structure and grammar intuitively into their daily vocabulary. By the end of class, children will create their own Mandarin picture books and perform their picture stories to the class. 
     
    June 27–July 1- I See a Song and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, Chinese Version
    July 11–July 15 - Guji Guji, Chinese Version
    8:30–11:30 a.m.
    $400 per session
    Minimum 6 students 
    Led by San Diego Chinese Academy educators Jojo Ni and Marian Liu
  • Contemporary and Jazz Dance Camp (Grades 1–4)

    Your favorite and most expressive dance moves are within reach. Camp includes ballet, contemporary and jazz instruction to gain experience in all the forms needed for your favorite routines. This session concludes with a brief performance.
     
    July 25–29 
    8:30–11:30 a.m. 
    $325
    Minimum of 5 students 
    Led by Seaside Arts Center instructor
  • Cooking Round the World (Grades 1–4) 

    A summer of delicious fun awaits your child! Each camp week has a different theme. Sign up for 1 week or 6 weeks. Click here for class descriptions.
     
    June 13–17 (Full)
    Cooking Round the USA 
    June 21–24 (LJCDS is closed June 20)
    Mac and Cheese Me 
    June 27–July 1 (Full)
    Cooking Round the World 
    July 11–15 
    All About Dumplings 
    July 18–22 
    Island Cooking 
    July 25–29 
    A Dish of Disney Kids 

    8:30–11:30 a.m.
    $295 per session ($236 for June 21–24)
    Minimum of 10 students 
    Led by Cooking Round the World
  • Drawing and Painting (Grades 4–8) 

    Learn about different drawing and painting techniques, and learn new ways to use graphite, colored pencils, pastels, tempera and acrylic paints. Paint from real life, draw from your imagination and explore the work of artists from a variety of artistic backgrounds and movements.
     
    July 25–29 
    8:30–11:30 a.m.
    $370 + $20 materials fee
    Led by Lower School visual arts educator Porschia Talbot
  • History of Harlem and Jazz (Grades 1–2)

    In this two-week program, first- and second-grade students learn about the Harlem Renaissance and analyze music and art from that time period. They create original jazz artwork, listen to audio samples, analyze elements of jazz, research musicians, and learn how jazz became a unifier between community and culture. 

    July 18–29
    8:30–11:30 a.m.
    $740
    Led by Classical Charter School special education educator Caroline Ruttenberg
  • IGNITE Youth Leadership: A Dare to Be Summer Camp (Grades 3–6) 

    The IGNITE program is an engaging and interactive experience designed to help kids build a strong sense of self, navigate the challenges they face and develop the skills needed to thrive in the world using tools like mindfulness and empathy.

    Developed by the Conscious Leadership Academy at the University of San Diego using research from the fields of leadership, social-emotional learning, psychology, and education, this program allows students to practice using their voices to advocate for themselves and create personal boundaries.

    June 13–17 (FULL)
    June 21–24 (LJCDS is closed June 20) 
    June 27–July 1
    8:30–11:30 a.m.
    $500 per week ($400 for June 21–24)
    Led by The Conscious Leadership Academy Dare to Be facilitator team
  • Junior Great Books (Grades 3–4)

    This reading enrichment course uses books from the Junior Great Books literature series to develop comprehension and critical evaluation skills. After reading the stories, students participate in discussions that guide them in making inferences and deepening their understanding of the selections. The insights and fun continue with age-appropriate activities, including creative writing, crafts, puppets and drama based on the readings. A physical education component is also included. 

    June 13–17
    8–11:30 a.m.
    $370
    Led by retired LJCDS Lower School librarian Susan Middleton
  • Kodely: Behind the Scenes of Game Design (Grades 1–4) 

    Students dive into the fundamentals of what makes up a game and begin to break up different game components such as mechanics, themes and game objectives. They work with MakeCode Arcade, a block-based platform to create retro games.
     
    July 11–15
    July 18–22
    July 25–29 
    8:30–11:30 a.m. 
    $423 per week 
    Minimum of 6 students 
    Led by Kodely team member
  • Magical Art Adventures (Grades 1–3)

    See the world through the eyes of a phoenix. Make a nest from nothing but feathers, twigs and fairy dust. Paint the sky with every color of the rainbow. This exciting camp guides students through different projects that incorporate painting, drawing and sculpture into learning about the world around them. Draw horses or unicorns or both at this all-inclusive magical animal camp.
     
    June 21–24 (LJCDS is closed June 20) 
    8:30–11:30 a.m.
    $296
    Led by Lower School visual arts educator Porschia Talbot
  • Mindfulness, Meditation and Creativity Camp (Grades 1–2)

    Students learn about what it means to be mindful and how to harness the powers of imagination, creativity and intention. They practice meditation, movement through yoga and create a daily gratitude practice. Students creatively express themselves using a variety of mediums and create art projects, including lavender eye pillows, rainbow scratcher mandalas and vision boards. This is a great opportunity for any child that would like to build their own mindfulness toolbox. 

    July 18–29 
    8:30–11:30 a.m.
    $740
    Led by LJCDS Lower School associate educator Laurel Johnson
  • Mixed Media with Sewing Machines (Grades 4–8) 

    Learn to use a sewing machine and design wearable, huggable and hanging art pieces. Create a variety of mixed-media art projects using fabric, paint, different printing techniques, beads, wire and alternative materials.
     
    July 18–22
    8:30–11:30 a.m.
    $370 + $45 materials fee
    Led by Lower School visual arts educator Porschia Talbot
  • Painting in Acrylic (Grades 4–8)

    Learn the basics of acrylic painting, brush techniques and color mixing. Discover how to map the outline on canvas, block in basic shapes and build up details to create beautiful canvas paintings.
     
    June 13–17
    8:30–11:30 a.m.
    $370 + $30 materials fee
    Led by Lower School visual arts educator Porschia Talbot
  • Recycled Materials Art Camp (Grades 1–2)

    Students explore a variety of mediums using recycled materials as their canvas in this camp. They learn about recycling, reusing, repurposing and sustainability and tap into their creative side to make multiple masterpieces. Get ready to save the earth and make some beautiful artwork in the process.

    June 21–July 1 (LJCDS is closed June 20)
    8:30–11:30 a.m.
    $670
    Led by LJCDS Lower School associate educator Laurel Johnson
  • SPARK Business Academy: Coed Aspiring Fashionistas (Grades 4–8)

    In this stylish program, students gain knowledge of the fashion industry and develop skills in fashion design, fashion marketing, fashion journalism and branding. Students develop sketching skills, explore popular brands, analyze industry trends (e.g., athleisure), design various articles of clothing, define their own brand, explore careers in fashion and more.

    June 13–17
    July 11–15 
    8:30–11:30 a.m.
    $325 per week 
    Minimum of 10 students 
    Led by SPARK Business Academy instructor
  • SPARK Business Academy: Little Inventors (Grades 1–3)

    Young inventors get their creative juices flowing in this project-based program. They identify the need for an invention and create real structures and solutions. Students also learn about famous inventors and internalize how recent innovations improve our lives.

    June 27–July 1 
    July 25–29 
    8:30–11:30 a.m.
    $325 per week 
    Minimum of 10 students 
    Led by SPARK Business Academy instructor
  • SPARK Business Academy: My First Lemonade Stand (Grades 1–3)

    Let's sell lemonade! Young campers become "lemonade entrepreneurs" and learn how to make lemonade and earn money selling it. From designing marketing flyers to estimating profits to experimenting with recipes, students have fun all week while developing business savvy. As an optional showcase event, students launch the lemonade stand on Friday to raise money for their selected charity.

    June 21–24 (LJCDS is closed June 20)
    July 18–22 (Full)
    8:30–11:30 a.m.
    $325 per week ($260 June 21–24) 
    Minimum of 10 students 
    Led by SPARK Business Academy instructor
  • Summer Chess Camp (Grades 1–4)

    Checkmate! Experienced coaches from Excelsior Chess, San Diego’s premier scholastic chess program, share their passion and insights into the game. Group participation, playing skills and sportsmanship are evaluated daily, culminating in a mini chess tournament held at the end of the week. 
     
    July 11–15
    July 18–22
    July 25–29
    8:30–11:30 a.m.
    $200
    Minimum of 10 students 
    Led by Excelsior Chess instructors
  • Sweeter Than Chocolate (Grades 3–4)

    Sweeter Than Chocolate includes a variety of activities exploring the history and art of chocolate. All activities are hands-on and all about chocolate. The program includes math, literacy and history on . . . chocolate!
     
    June 13–17
    8:30–11:30 a.m.
    $370 
    Led by LJCDS Lower School educators Samantha Hemphill and Jo Shieh
  • Writer’s Workshop (Grades 1–2)

    Calling all authors! Is there a story in your head that you’ve been itching to put down, but you just can’t figure out how? In the first week, students take a deep dive into books of all kinds, talk with children’s book authors, and explore writing. The second week covers the writing process and creates their own books. This session is consistent with the literacy expectations of first and second grade and reinforces reading comprehension and writing practices students use throughout their formative years.

    July 18–29 
    8:30–11:30 a.m.
    $740
    Led by LJCDS Lower School educator Lauren Hansen
  • Young Engineers (Grades 1–4)

    Students who love to experiment with LEGO® learn in this challenging environment through games and scientific experiments that visualize natural phenomena and the forces acting around them. Campers learn the engineering behind machines used every day and perform science experiments that they can take home. They build motorized LEGO® bricks models reflecting STEM theories learned together each week.

    June 21–24 (LJCDS is closed June 20) 
    June 27–July 1
    July 11–15
    July 18–22
    July 25–29

    8:30–11:30 a.m.
    $260 per session ($208 for June 21–24)
    Led by Young Engineers of Greater San Diego

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  • Art Around the World (Grades 1–3) 

    Journey with us as we encounter different cultures and explore what art means to people across the world. Discover the stories, music and even animals that have helped shape culture and art over all the corners of our earth. This summer, travel with us and explore the art of South America, Australia and Japan — all without leaving the classroom!
     
    July 25–29
    12:30–3:30 p.m. 
    $370
    Led by Lower School visual arts educator Porschia Talbot
  • Camp Torreys: Grades 1–4 

    Come play with friends and enjoy an afternoon of summer fun. Camp Torreys offers a wide variety of indoor and outdoor activities, including group games, campus nature walks, crafts and more during each weekly session.

    Thursdays: Arrive by 11:45 a.m. to board the bus for field trips. Students will be given a Summer at Country Day T-shirt that must be worn on all field trips.

    Fridays: Pack a swimsuit, towel and sunscreen for water fun.
                                       
    Session 1: June 13–17                    
    Session 2: June 21–June 24 (Closed June 20)    
    Session 3: June 27–July 1
    Session 4: July 11–15                    
    Session 5: July 18–22                    
    Session 6: July 25–29

    $450 ($360 June 21–June 24)
    12:30–3:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
    11:45 a.m.–3:30 p.m. on Thursday (lunch provided at field trip site) 
  • Crazy Chem-Works Camp (Grades 1–4)

    Shake up a flask of fun in the lab and become a junior chemist. Learn to recognize chemical reactions and mix up a few reactive ingredients for sensational results. Check out the colors of chemistry with the power of pH paper and create a stopper-popping reaction. Probe the properties of light and discover some unusual applications of glow-in-the-dark technology. Campers have a blast as they make crazy concoctions. Take-home projects include a reaction tube kit, atomic coins, thermocolor cup, slippery slime, Professor Beakerdude and more.

    June 21–24 (LJCDS is closed June 20)
    12:30–3:30 p.m. 
    $208
    Minimum of 10 students 
    Led by Mad Science
  • Drawing and Painting (Grades 4–8) 

    Learn about different drawing and painting techniques, and learn new ways to use graphite, colored pencils, pastels, tempera and acrylic paints. Paint from real life, draw from your imagination and explore the work of artists from a variety of artistic backgrounds and movements.
     
    June 21–24 (LJCDS is closed June 20) 
    12:30–3:30 p.m. 
    $296 + $20 materials fee
    Led by Lower School visual arts educator Porschia Talbot
  • Hip-Hop (Grades 1–8)

    Learn various styles of hip-hop and study the history that shaped the dance form as it evolved from African-American and Afro-Caribbean dances like tap, jazz, swing, disco, breakdancing, Capoeira and traditional African dance. Each day includes stretching and cardio warm-up, dance games, and learning hip-hop moves and style through choreography. There is a culminating performance at the end of camp.
     
    June 27–July 1 
    July 11–15 
    July 18–22  
    July 25–29  
    12:30–3:30 p.m. 
    $325 per week 
    Minimum of 5 students 
    Led by Seaside Arts Center instructor
  • Mad Science Discovery Camp (Grades 1–4) 

    Mad Science is on a mission to fascinate campers with the inner workings of the human body. This heart pumping, chest pounding, dynamic discovery camp is sure to blow their minds. Children use ooey gooey ingredients to build a model cell and test their own traits to decode and decipher DNA. They discover what keeps them alive as they take a trip down the organ trail. Elemental bingo, mad mucus and baking soda power thrill all junior chemists. Take home a body apron, digestor inspector, dynamic DNA, mad mucus and more. 

    June 27–July 1 
    12:30–3:30 p.m. 
    $260
    Minimum of 10 students 
    Led by Mad Science
  • Mixed Media with Sewing Machines (Grades 4–8)

    Learn to use a sewing machine and design wearable, huggable and hanging art pieces. Create a variety of mixed-media art projects using fabric, paint, different printing techniques, beads, wire and alternative materials.

    June 13–17
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $370 + $45 materials fee
    Led by Lower School visual arts educator Porschia Talbot
  • NASA Space Academy (Grades 1–4)

    Mad Science and NASA have teamed up to bring the excitement and wonder of space to the NASA Space Academy camp. Capture this chance to be a rocket scientist by exploring the science involved in rocket construction and building and launching a rocket. Watch an amazing rocket launch as it soars to the sky. Use teamwork to complete an important space mission and build a model space station. Explore the farthest reaches of the solar system and create a lunar eclipse in the Mad Science planetary tour. Take-home projects include Skyblazer II Rocket, Shuttle Copter, Lightning Launcher, Shimmering Stars, Catch-a Comet, Kepler’s Cube and more.

    June 13–17
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $260
    Led by Mad Science
  • Summer Spanish Camp (Grades 1–4)

    Listening and speaking skills are the main focus of this interactive and engaging program. Students learn useful conversational skills, basic vocabulary and cultural traits related to the Spanish-speaking traditions through songs, hands-on activities and games.

    June 13–17
    June 21–24 (LJCDS is closed June 20) 
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $370 ($296 for June 21–24)
    Led by LJCDS world language educator Jezabel Rabaneda Boo
  • Super Art Explorers! (Grades 1–3) Full

    Calling all superheroes, wizards and pioneers. Join your fellow artist travelers in a week of superpower discovery. Get inspired by the art of Hogwarts, Neverland, Pokémon World and beyond! Develop your supernatural creative talents with wand-making, magic spells, painting, drawing, crafts and games.
     
    July 18–22 (Full)
    12:30–3:30 p.m. 
    $370
    Led by Lower School visual arts educator Porschia Talbot

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