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.
Faculty: Patty Tsai Thurlow Grades 10-12 Duration/Sessions: Session 2 ONLY Periods: ABC ( A three period class) Cost: $810
This three-week three-hour course is intended to provide students with a foundation for taking on AP chemistry during the upcoming school year. Students will both explore some of the concepts and develop some of the skills such as quantitative analytical processes, qualitative reading comprehension and verbal articulations. Examples of some topics students will explore in this prep. course are: dimensional analysis, nomenclature and chemical formula, Periodic Table, quantum theory and electron configuration, reaction types, stoichiometry, Lewis structure and VSEPR theory, Le Châtelier’s principle, introduction to chemical kinetics and thermodynamics, and acids and bases. Students will have guided practice in completing the daily worksheets accompanying each lesson.
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.
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!
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 photography 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 pleasers are the 15-minute challenges and a walking field trip to Cal-tech. 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 personal 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!
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 discuss 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 will allow aspiring musicians and producers to take their creativity to a whole new level! We will explore garage band/Logic and other recording software and learn how to create and record high quality songs all the way from initial idea to final production from their comfort of their own bedroom or home studios! Kids can take the course as a three week or six week session.
This course is designed for students entering grades 10-12 who would like a better understanding of how the English language works. We will move through the basics of parts of speech to the more complex grammar topics of clauses, phrases, and punctuation. Regardless of whether you have spent three years in the Poly grammar program or are new to Poly, this course is designed to meet your needs. Concepts covered will include the following: noun functions; compounding; parallelism; subordination; adverbial, adjectival, and nominal clauses; participles, gerunds, infinitives; and all relevant punctuation rules. Fascinating stuff! 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. All class materials have been created by Poly teachers.
Have you ever wondered what goes into the computer on your desk? Have you ever wondered what it would take to upgrade your computer? How does one replace a hard drive or upgrade a video card? Taught by Patrick Carpenter, one of our technology specialists, students will learn how to take apart, repair, upgrade, and even build a computer. The students will use the iFixit site to access manuals and how-to repair guides for a range of devices. Too often we throw away perfectly serviceable devices, learning to repair and upgrade your device is a noble endeavor!
Periods: E through F + 1/2 hour (2.5 period course running from 1:50pm to 4:30pm) Cost: $1080
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 2018, students preparing for the ACT will find the content and test-taking strategies covered in this course equally applicable.
In this class students will learn how to edit using Adobe Premiere 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 imagination!
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 small class size provides for highly 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.
The college application process may be anxiety causing and stressful. At the same time, as the first major decision most high schoolers will make about their future, it can also be gratifying and meaningful! To manage a successful college search and application process, it is important to keep an open mind, to be organized, to research the available options, and to prepare thoughtful applications that represent the applicant authentically. This course takes students through the highlights of the process, helps them create and manage an effective timeline of tasks, conduct research into college options, and prepare thoughtful and authentic essays. At the conclusion of this course, students will have successfully prepared a roadmap of their process and written solid drafts for their Common Application, Coalition Application, and the University of California Application. Open to rising juniors and seniors. The instructor will manage the tasks for juniors and seniors to reflect the needs of each grade-level.
This session is designed as a beginner photography class. Students will learn some of the basics of photography using their own camera (every student needs to bring a camera). 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 digital 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!
Note: Point and shoot digital cameras are preferred, higher-end DSLRs are not encouraged.
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.
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.
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.
Based on a class Dr. Lessie used to teach at UCLA, this course combines the viewing of classic films with a behind the scenes look at the history of the film industry in southern California. Every day or two, we will watch one complete film that represents a new stage in the evolution of Hollywood cinema, from the earliest silent films up through the present day. We will cover a variety of genres in our survey of American film, and through class discussion and other activities we will develop a greater understanding of how historical context – the time, place, and culture in which a film is made as well as the personnel who make it – is key to understanding and appreciating a work of cinematic art.
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.
Bring your completed artwork and we will help you to photograph it and create your own website portfolio to show-off your wonderful creations. This class will teach you how to work with a simple and free website template to create your very own website portfolio. Basic photography and Adobe Photoshop skills will be necessary to help you to complete this task. Some intermediate photography and Adobe Photoshop assignments will also be given which will require you to bring your own digital camera to class.
Weaving is a centuries old skill that is both practical and beautiful. This three-week introduction to weaving focuses on weaving as self-expression. Students will be learning the basics of lap loom weaving. Based on time and student work, students may create one or more pieces of weaving. This course will include information on types of materials and other weaving information. Designed for grades 6-12.
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: Heather Sweet (Session 1) and 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 lifelong 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 2018. Download the file that corresponds to your child's grade in September 2018. Please note: This information is tentative and subject to change.