Faculty: Sheena Klimoski Grade(s): 6-12 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: D Cost: $275
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.
Faculty: Jack Prater Grade(s): 9-12 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: CD (2 period class) Cost: $550
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 Grade(s): 10-12 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 2 Only Period: ABC (3 period course) Cost: $825
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.
Faculty: Sheena Klimoski Grade(s): 6-12 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: C Cost: $275
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 Grade(s): 6-12 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: B Cost: $275
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 Grade(s): 6-12 Duration/ Session:3 weeks/ Session 1 Only Period: A or B or C Cost: $275
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!
Faculty: Dante Barsotti Grade(s): 4-12 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: E Cost: $275
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.
Faculty: Sheena Klimoski Grade(s): 6-12 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: A Cost: $275
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.
Faculty: Sheena Klimoski Grade(s): 6-12 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: B Cost: $275
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.
Faculty: Allan Schaefer Grade(s): 5-12 Duration/ Session(s):6 Weeks Period: B or C Cost: $550
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.
Faculty: Ugonna Onyekwe Grade(s): 7-12 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: B (Session 1 or 2) or C (session 1 Only) Cost: $275
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.
Faculty: Rachel Pringle Grade(s): 9-12 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks Sessio 2 ONLY Period: A Cost: $275
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.
Faculty: Patrick Carpenter Grade(s): 7-12 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: E Cost: $275
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!
Faculty: Jonathan Fay Grade(s): 9 -12 Duration/ Session: 6 - week Class Period: EF (2 period class) Cost: $1,100
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. This is also the course used by Polytechnic students to accelerate to the advanced math track in the upper school.
This class contains a systematic preparation for the ACT and SAT tests. The mathematics component stresses review of topics ranging from algebra to geometry, logic, some pre-calculus topics, and various techniques for problem solving including creative ways to use the TI-graphing calculator. 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. This course will have a slightly greater emphasis on the ACT test as they will complete 4 practice ACT tests and 2 practice SAT tests during the 6 weeks of the summer session. The practice tests will be given on the Monday of each week of the summer session.
Faculty: Michael Babcock Grade(s): 8-12 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: C Cost: $275
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!
Faculty: Julia DiCicco Grade(s): 8-11 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: EF (2 period course) Cost: $550
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.
Faculty: Linda Breen Grade(s): 3-12 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: B, C, D, E, or F Cost: $275
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 individualized instructiona and support. 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.
Faculty: Antonio Harrison Grade(s): 7-12 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: D Cost: $275
Podcasts have taken over as the new form of radio entertainment, educational lectures, and informative approach to the mystery of everything. Now, more than ever, it is easy, fun, inexpensive, and appropriate to start a podcast to share your gifts and the gifts of others to the world. This class will teach students the ins and outs of not just producing and hosting a podcast but also the research, the info gathering, and journalism aspect to it all. We will learn how to identify stories; ask for, schedule and conduct interviews; produce content to make an appealing story; tips and tricks of actual broadcasting into a microphone; editing of the audio and creating cover art; copyright rules; and, securing a podcast platform with promotion of the show. The students will have the option to publish their podcast to a global platform for free. This amazing form of storytelling may be the perfect beginning for a future journalist, broadcaster, writer, researcher, producer, or entertainer.
Faculty: Michael Jaffe and Bonnie Castillo Grade(s): 7-12 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: E Cost: $275
In this class, geared primarily to rising seventh-graders and up, Poly Summer students will enjoy a fun-filled summer filled with wonder, awe, and time-travel adventures across the space-time continuum!
Set up as a survey of and introduction to sci-fi, fantasy, and action-adventure films and television, students will view, read about, write about, discuss, and participate in fun activities regarding films and television shows that feature time travel exclusively or involve transportation to other times, places, and spaces!
All films and television shows are either rated G or PG. We cannot wait to have you aboard our summer blockbuster time machine!
We will select together as a class our visual texts from the following films and TV series: The Back to the Future Trilogy (Rated PG); Dr. Who (BBC Television Series (Rated G)); The Time Machine (1960s TV series, Rated G); Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (Rated PG); The Wizard of Oz (Rated G); The Goonies (Rated PG); The Twilight Zone (TV-PG); Flight of the Navigator (Rated PG), Star Trek (selected TV episodes (Rated G) and/or movies (Rated G-PG)); Groundhog Day (Rated PG); The Planet of the Apes (original, Rated G); Jumanji (Robin Williams original; Rated PG); Quantum Leap (TV-Rated PG); Brigadoon (Rated G), and Encino Man (Rated PG).
Faculty: Martha Reyes Grade(s): 7-12 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 2 Only Period: E Cost: $275
This class is designed to provide a review and practice of grammatical structures and conversational skills for students who wish to build a stronger basis as a preparation for upper school Spanish curriculum. Role playing, games, videos, storytelling, and creative projects will be part of the summer course. (not for beginners).
Faculty: Adam Feldmeth Grade(s): 7-12 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 2 Only Period: B Cost: $275
The last century was unlike any before. It was captured on visual record and was disseminated through advancements in communication technologies that both revealed and exposed the physical, psychological and at times brutal nearness of seismic events as they were unfolding. This summer we take up the case of propaganda as an augmented register of the times. We will research and discuss events leading up to the present through case studies in the evolution of propaganda as both overt and subversive forms of coded agenda. Students will learn to decipher and reconcile with the difficulties of making sense of reality and truth through examples in film, art, sloganeering, and online culture. As a class, we will negotiate and consider the repercussions of political representation through the aims of shifting the focus.
Faculty: Michael Minto Grade(s): 5-12 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: E or F Cost: $275
This course will utilize the dinosaur-themed survival computer game “Ark: Survival Evolved” to teach rudimentary paleontology, teamwork, and creative engineering as the students and I explore the in-game world and help one another survive while taming and learning about different dinosaurs.
Faculty: Alexander Lessie Grade(s): 8-12 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks, Session 2 Period: DE (2 period course) Cost: $550
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.
Faculty: Adam Feldmeth Grade(s): 8-12 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: C Cost: $275
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.
Course planning grids
The following downloadable files are schematics showing the courses that will be offered during PolySummer 2019. Download the file that corresponds to your child's grade in September 2019. Please note: This information is tentative and subject to change.