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Grades 9–12

All 2020 Summer at Country Day offerings are available to current and incoming LJCDS families. Please visit the Parent Portal (login required) for the link to sign up for these complimentary programs. If you have any questions, please contact Summer Programs staff at summerprograms@ljcds.org.

New families are welcome to contact the office of admission for the link.




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  • Creating Simple Math Models to Gain Insights on the Spread of a Virus (Grades 5–12)

    One of the most exciting areas of modeling concerns “predicting” change. The main question that is posed in this setting is how to calculate change over time? This type of problem is found in science, engineering, humanities and finance. Predictions are made by knowing the value of something at a certain time (how many people have a virus on Monday) and then computing the values at a later time (how many people will have the virus a month from now). A system of equations that allows such a prediction is called a Discrete Dynamical System. In this class, we will use basic concepts of arithmetic to model change. All the modeling will be done using Excel. The types of problems we will examine will be determined by the students. Some students may like to know how many sequences of 0’s and 1’s do not have two consecutive 0’s (a future computer scientist). Other students may want to model the interest on a car loan (a business major). We will have fun examining a variety of questions. This class is designed for both Middle and Upper School students. 

    June 8–12
    9–11:30 a.m.
    Gary Krahn, Ph.D., Head of School


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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 charcoal, graphite, pen and ink, colored pencils, pastels and collage. We will virtually explore various international museums.

    June 29–July 2 (There will be no camp on July 3)
    9–11:30 a.m.
    LJCDS art educator Liz Stringer
  • Exploring Photography (Grades 5–11)

    Develop your voice and vision as a photographer in this fun camp! Students will have the opportunity to respond to a variety of creative photography prompts in their own, unique way. We will learn the basics of composition and visual communication, share work with one another, and practice digital editing skills. The class will culminate with a virtual photography exhibition! Students may use either a camera or a phone to capture their shots for the course. 
    June 22–26
    9–11:30 a.m.
    LJCDS art educator Jessie McIntyre
  • Figurative Sculpture (Grades 5–9)

    It’s time to explore personal expression through the versatile medium of polymer clay. Students will explore all 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 figures: animals, humans and other creatures. One-on-one mentorship and group critiques will provide the opportunity to reflect on their work while understanding the rich connection sculpture has to artistic expressions from the past and present and other cultures.

    June 15–19
    9–11:30 a.m.
    LJCDS art educator Liz Stringer


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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
    12:30–3 p.m. 
    LJCDS choir and music educator Caroline Becker
  • Intro to Architecture: Designing a Space (Grades 5–9)

    Students will be introduced to the rich history of exterior and interior architecture and take inspiration from respected international architects. They will develop skills in freehand and architectural drawing and experiment with software programs and emerging technologies, including augmented reality. Each student will work on a series of design projects culminating in a final architectural proposition.

    June 22–26
    12:30–3 p.m.
    LJCDS art educator Liz Stringer

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