Learn Photoshop! All students will use drawing tablets and regularly save and print their designs to bring home. Students will watch short animated films and look at a successful digital artist with a wide range of styles. Software used will be Adobe on a Mac platform. No previous Photoshop knowledge necessary. Challenges include making movie posters using exciting fonts and applying filters, taking photos, removing backgrounds, and placing themselves in fantasy locations, scanning in drawings to add color, and fixing old photos, removing acne, slim figures, and adjusting color/ exposure. At the end of the course, students will put it all together and create fantasy digital landscape paintings using special brushes and effects.
This course utilizes graphing calculators in a structured environment to explore how transformations can be used to manipulate, graph, and solve complex equations, as well as provide an introduction to the unit circle and basic definitions of trigonometric functions. This course is designed to introduce incoming ninth-graders to the math sequence at Polytechnic School. It will enhance any student’s understanding of mathematics and will help him or her be more successful in math courses beyond the first year of Algebra.
Learn about Modern Architecture! This class will feature the Architecture of Frank Gehry and Frank Lloyd Wright. This class is designed as a hands-on model making class with challenges that include building geodesic domes and teepees, designing strength sculptures that can hold a student’s weight, free standing height sculptures, making scale models using special building materials. Students will use X-acto knives, hot glue guns, hammers, etc.
Faculty: Jeffrey Gin Grades: 6-12 Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: B Cost: $260
Cultivate your inner Robinhood, Merida or Katness Everdeen—join the adventure! Archery has a history dating back to the Stone Age. Practiced in nearly all cultures of the world, references to archery appears in Greek and Roman mythology as well as more recently in books and movies. Anyone capable of understanding and following instructions can learn to shoot a bow. In this 3 week course, students will be introduced to basic techniques of outdoor archery. The instruction will emphasize the care and use of equipment, range safety, stance and shooting techniques. This course is meant for beginners with no prior archery experience. All equipment will be provided and instruction will be given by a certified instructor. Come and experience the ancient sport of archery!
Faculty: Jennifer Godwin Minto Grades: 6-12 Period: A, B, C, D, or E Duration/Session: Session 1 Only Cost: $260
Bring your own digital camera and learn basic digital photography and Adobe Photo-shop image editing in just 3 weeks. Students will receive instruction on camera functions, lessons in composition, lighting and image editing. This course also teaches students how to first upload their images to the computer (Mac) then edit, save and store their images using Adobe Photo-shop. Students will have on-campus assignment as well as a few homework assignments geared towards teaching them how to create images using light and develop unique perspectives of their own. The crowd pleasures are the 15-minute challenges and a walking field trip to Caltech. Come and join in on the fun!
Research shows that board games can teach critical thinking skills as well as important social skills, such as communicating verbally, sharing, taking turns, and enjoying interaction with others. Board games can foster the ability to focus and lengthen one’s attention span and patience level. They can sharpen your logic, reasoning, and spatial abilities as well as improve manual dexterity and eye-hand coordination. Join us in exploring challenging strategy games such as Settlers of Catan, Axis and Allies, Illuminati and many more.
This class will explore modern digital video production. The students will start their own YouTube Channels and produce and post daily content. Students will also learn how to use several modern tools to record, edit and brainstorm ideas for videos. Based on their person interests and goals, students will work on varying projects in both group settings and individually. Students will become accustomed to using important modern technologies like iPhones, iPads, DSLR's and even editing software like iMovie and Adobe. Most of all, students will have fun making videos!
This class is designed for students of all levels of ability. Students will explore sculpture, learn to work on the pottery wheel and slab roller, and learn how to glaze their finished artwork. Demonstrations will be given on how the students can create their own artwork or functional pottery.
Draw your pets, horses, or fantasy animals like a pro. This class will cover the basics of drawing all sorts of animals. Students will use pencil, pen, and watercolor paint to create beautiful works of art. Challenges include drawing heads of animals using symmetry, proportions, and noting the differences between animals, drawing animal bodies by simplifying shapes, and how to pose an animal to create action, painting fur, feathers, and textures of animals to make them realistic. As a final project students will draw their animal of choice.
Draw your friends, family, or even a character from your imagination. This class will cover the basics of drawing people from all walks of life. Students will use pencil, charcoal, color pencil, and watercolor paint to create beautiful works of art. Challenges will include drawing heads using symmetry and proportions, understanding faces from the front, side and three quarter views, drawing hands by breaking down forms, thinking about overlapping shapes, and using proportions, drawing the body while thinking about structure and musculature. As a final project, students draw a classmate.
Three-week introduction to hand embroidery class designed to inspire creative fiber arts. Students will learn several embroidery stitches and how to use these stitches to create designs of their choosing. They will complete a hot chocolate cozy and a hand towel as well as a third piece of their choosing. Course will include information on kinds of thread, foundation materials, and design creation or selection.
Copper enameling (melting glass on metal) is a fun class in which students will make small projects of amazing beauty out of sparkling colors of glass. Students will create small projects of animals and pendants for wearable art. Small plates will become the format for designing cloisonné animals, landscapes, or whatever their imagination can conjure.
Imagine your own screening room where you can watch some of the greatest movies of all time! Each week this class will explore different film genres, or styles, learn about what makes a genre distinct and watch a complete film each day. The films range from classics to modern day from some of the finest filmmakers of all time. Students will learn how the filmmaker uses camera techniques, editing, music and art direction to communicate to the audience. Through class discussion, students will analyze conventions of each genre and how these are exhibited in each film. Furthermore, students will learn to develop a critical eye through written critiques. Some movie genres explored will be: Action Adventure, Sci-Fi/Horror, Americana, Western, Musical, Film Noir, Comedy, Animation and a few surprises as well! Popcorn included.
This course is designed for high school students who would like to brush up on their grammar, usage, and writing mechanics. Don't worry-- this won't be all about memorizing grammar rules and completing boring drills. This will be a high-energy and interactive class that will give you a better understanding of how English language works and how to express yourself more clearly. Our goal will be to develop confidence and proficiency in your writing and communication.
The 20th century was unlike any before. It was captured on visual record through advancements in technology that both revealed and exposed the physical, psychological and at times brutal nearness of seismic events as they were unfolding. In this dynamic course students will examine, present on, and discuss world events of the last century through the efforts of cultural producers as they attempt to rationalize the difficulties of representing a compromised sense of reality and truth through examples in film, art and documentation as contributions going towards a social record of bare realism. As a class we will negotiate and consider the repercussions of quintessential moments and activate the usually inert content of visual aids in textbooks by taking them off the page in challenging and critical ways.
This two-period(s) class will offer an in depth study of multiple dance techniques including: jazz, modern, hip hop, ballet, and individual composition. Students will gain increased coordination, strength, flexibility, and performance skills.
Periods: E through F + 1/2 hour (2.5 period course running from 1:50pm to 4:30pm) Cost: $1040
This fast-paced course will cover all topics of a basic Algebra II course, as well as some pre-calculus topics. Students will focus on polynomials, systems of equations, matrices, complex numbers, linear functions, conic sections, exponential functions, logarithms, trigonometry, probability, counting principles, sequences, series, solving systems, and transformations. Because of the amount of material needed to be covered, this course will actually run from 1:50pm to 4:30pm. This course will also provide a good review of the SAT Math Level II topics. Students should expect to complete an hour or more of homework every night.
Periods: Mondays from 5 to 9 p.m., Wednesdays from 5 to 7 p.m., and Fridays from 5 to 7 p.m. (class meets three times a week) Cost: $600
This class contains a systematic preparation for the SAT, ACT, and PSAT tests. The mathematics component stresses review of topics ranging from algebra to geometry, logic, and various techniques for problem solving. The verbal component of the course stresses vocabulary development and improving reading speed and comprehension. This class provides extensive test-taking practice and strategies to help eliminate incorrect answers, time management, and tips on how to overcome test anxiety. While specifically geared for those students planning on taking the SAT or PSAT in the fall of 2014, students preparing for the ACT will find the content and test-taking strategies covered in this course equally applicable.
One thing that all movies, from iPhones videos to feature films, have in common is Final Cut editing. While learning to edit using Final Cut Pro, students will make video projects using a variety of media such as video, stills, music and even some green screen. Cameras will be provided in order for students to produce videos, from concept to finished product. Finished videos will be uploaded to YouTube. Students are encouraged to bring their ideas and iPhones.
This course is for students seeking admission to grades 9 through 12. We will be covering all aspects of the ISEE exam, which includes essay writing, reading comprehension, mathematics, quantitative reasoning, and verbal reasoning. Students will cover relevant material for test preparation and will take numerous timed exams in-class
In this course, students will learn keyboarding, the gateway to using technology and computers. Students will have fun while learning the basics and increasing their skill level from intermediate to expert. The class will combine games, contests, music, and exercises with basic skill, increasing workouts to increase students' accuracy, competence, and speed. By the end of the class, students should be able to use word processing for stories, compositions, reports and homework. A variety of keyboarding programs and games will be used. The class size does provide for individualized instruction. Keyboarding is essential to successful computer use, and this class is a great opportunity to gain these skills. This course can be taken as a continuation of any of the Keyboarding classes from the first session of summer school. Students who do so will pick up where they left off in the previous Keyboarding course.
Three-week introduction to knitting class focused on knitting to know your art and yourself. Students will learn the basics of casting on, knit, purl, and bind off. They will make a simple scarf and pair of fingerless mitts. If time and interest permits, students may create a third piece with assistance from instructor. Course will include information on types of yarn, needle size, and other knitting information.
Students will perform the roles of prosecuting and defending attorneys as well as witnesses for the prosecution and defense. An introduction to the courtroom through the Constitutional Rights Foundations' engaging Mock Trials for secondary students interested in the logic, procedure, writing and drama of the issues embodied in cases of law. Student centered activity in a mildly competitive atmosphere of the mock trial.
Faculty: Michael Babcock Grades: 5-12 Period: B and C Duration/Session: Session 2 Only Cost: $260
This session is designed as a beginner photography class. Students will learn some of the basics of photography using their own camera (we do have a few in-house cameras if you need one). We will begin by getting to know our cameras and start taking photos from day one. We will explore the wonderful world of composition, light, and focus along with textures, lines and patterns. Students will also learn how to save and edit (Adobe Photoshop) their photos. We will create individual online portfolios of our photographs. Students will participate in competitions and games with prizes! This class is 20% theory, 80% practice and 100% FUN. Welcome to Photography Fun for the Beginner!
This course is intended to introduce the basics of Java programming and the process of building a project in a modular fashion. In this course, students will be introduced to essential computer science concepts using the Java programming language. They will learn about Object Oriented Programming, a technique that allows them to use code written by other programmers in their own programs. Students will be introduced to basic concepts and techniques for programming including algorithms, variables, control structures (decision and looping), text files, writing and usage. The class will not cover any GUI material. This course is designed for grades 6 and above.
Note: This is a 3-week course that repeats in the second session and cannot be taken twice. Students interested in an additional three-week experience should consider enrolling in the Poly Coding Club – Python.
Public speaking is a basic and important skill. Oral performance and theory can enhance critical thinking skills, leadership, and success in later classes or work. This course is designed to teach introductory speech techniques and theories through lecture and performance exploring persuasive, informative, and impromptu speaking. Students will learn to develop topics for original speeches, how to construct an effective speech outline. Other topics include the basics of delivery, strategies for different audiences, and extemporaneous preparation.
Geometry is some of the oldest math around — and for good reason: it's fun to draw shapes and to wonder about patterns. Our knowledge of the subject has come a long way since the time of the ancient Greeks, but our curiosity is as great as it always has been. We'll follow that curiosity where it leads us, amusing ourselves with problems that are simple to state but challenging to solve. In the process, we'll learn how to craft convincing mathematical arguments and how to use GeoGebra, an interactive geometry app. Topics of study include symmetrical tiling and angle measurement; scaling and proportion; length, area, and volume; polygons and trigonometry; and transformations.
Faculty: Adam Feldmeth Grades: 8-12 Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: E Cost: $260
What makes a laugh? This workshop will provide an environment to explore and experiment with the art of comedy: a serious business that is no laughing matter. Well, except it is the laughing that matters. Hmm? Constructing jokes, physical humor, the use of props all represent strategies employed to elevate the sensation of laughter. Along with carefully studying how various comedians approach and craft an act, students will regularly be honing their own comedic material in class to share and receive constructive criticism and feedback from the group.
Traditional team debate gives students access to and use of advanced critical and analytic strategies including exploring persuasion, politics, law, and current events. Students will be trained in modern policy debate techniques and theories through lectures and practice rounds using the 2012-2013 National Debate Topic. Students will practice using the techniques, rules, and strategies essential for middle or high school competition at their own schools. They will learn how to organize arguments, identify and use research, utilize refutation and rebuttals. Students will also explore other debating formats, like Lincoln-Douglas debate.
Faculty: Leah Bieltvedt Grades: 9-12 Duraton/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: E Cost: $260
This class will explore the concept of how a repeated pattern is used in graphic design. The students will use repeating patterns in various 2 dimensional media including drawing, painting, and collage. The final project will culminate in having our 2D designs printer onto fabric and wrapping paper.
Students will explore the Bill of Rights' origin, history and present challenges through both the reading of cases and history. Seminar format will allow for students to debate issues with the goal of understanding the dynamics and ingredients of the Bill of Rights. Some writing; close reading and some homethink.
This class is an opportunity to start the day through a process of posing questions and investigating ideas. Philosophy is a means of negotiating questions without the promise of obtaining hard and fast answers. Thought experiments, analogies, and metaphors are some of the tools we use to help build bridges of articulation between the abstract and the real. Paradoxes big and small will be approached through examples both historical and contemporary. By negotiating questions that have no correct answers, we will begin bringing them into focus.
Sharpen your essay-writing skills this summer. Students will review examples of excellent essay writing and use them as models for their own writing. They also will discuss and practice the techniques needed to master the art of writing essays under pressure when required on a test. Students will learn how to write clearly and succinctly; student interests and needs will dictate the direction taken through a variety of subjects and topics in grammar and structure. Students will have writing assignments in class and as homework. Peer-editing and teacher conferencing will be used to provide steady feedback over the course of the session.
Faculty: Danielle Pigneri Session1, September Glover Session 2
Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
This class will offer many opportunities to explore the different ways to help develop and strengthen the entire mind and body in a nurturing, and relaxed environment. The knowledge and experience that the students will receive will set a life-long foundation for health and wellness. The goal of the class is to instill the concepts of mindfulness and overall well-being, including improved physical strength, flexibility, balance, focus and self-confidence. Students will also be given tools necessary to help cope with stress through visualization, breathing techniques, and age-appropriate meditations.
Course planning grids
The following downloadable files are schematics showing the courses that will be offered during PolySummer 2017. Download the file that corresponds to your child's grade in September 2017. Please note: This information is tentative and subject to change.