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: Cole Hoffman Grade(s): 8-9 Duration/ Session: 6 - Weeks Period: EF (2 period class) Cost: $1100
This 2-period six week class is primarily for students who have completed a year of Algebra 1, but need to achieve a better understanding and have additional practice of many of the significant algebraic concepts taught in a standard first year algebra course. Hands-on and exploratory activities will be used to enhance an understanding of the reasoning behind many of the algebraic concepts. Students will explore the development of algebraic formulas and how they help with problem solving. They will review such topics as solving expressions, graphing of linear and quadratic functions, exponential expressions, and simplification of algebraic expressions. Some homework will be required.
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: Brad Hall and Ugonna Onyekwe Grade(s): 7-9 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: A (Session 1) and C (Session 2) Cost: $275
This course is intended for intermediate and advanced basketball players. We will focuses on shooting and scoring moves. Starting with the basics, students will learn in a sequential way the basics of shooting and creating their shots. The class will start with fundamental shooting form and build toward the advanced moves used by college and professional players. There will be contests and full court games every day. This class is NOT for beginning players. This class may be taken in both sessions.
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: Ellen Santochi Grade(s): 7-9 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 Only Period: B Cost: $275
In this science class we will run our own “consumer test lab” to investigate various products, both retail and home-made. After conducting experiments, research teams will pool their results to figure out the best and worst products. Which fruit is best source of Vitamin C? Which drink stains your teeth the most? What type of sponge can hold the most water? What combination of chemicals produces the best slime? Which product is the best for storing fresh food? Which type of cheese grows mold the fastest? How do cold packs work? Which antacid is the most potent? What kind of glue is the strongest? This class is a fun and practical way to learn laboratory techniques, present data, apply critical thinking skills, and become smarter consumers. Lab coats optional. (No tests, no homework, no grades!)
Faculty: Ellen Santochi Grade(s): 7-9 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 Only Period: A Cost: $275
Join our public health team this summer to investigate human diseases – their causes, symptoms and treatments. Learn how the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization handle outbreaks of contagious diseases such as tuberculosis (TB), West Nile virus, cholera, and influenza. Be a novice disease detective and try to identify an unknown pathogen. Run a lab inquiry to determine the best way to stop the spread of disease. The causes of cancer and recent advances in cancer research will be on our list of topics, as well as the function of vaccines, and the importance of vitamins in the prevention of serious diseases. (No tests, no homework, no grades!)
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: Ira Madnikoff Grade(s): 5-9 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 Only Period: C Cost: $275
Build that your basketball franchise from the first pick in the Franchise Draft. Given the control of your favorite sports team (or a brand new expansion team), what player or players would you build a team around? This class is not about sports statistics but rather a class on creating the best team. We will discuss the business of athletics, the geography of sports, and have sports talk conversations of how and why you drafted certain players and why your team is the best. We can discuss basketball as we determine what it means to be a "franchise player" or have the best team.
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: 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: Adam Feldmeth Grade(s): 5-9 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: DE (2 period course) Cost: $550
This film studies class for kids is an immersive analysis into the Star Wars universe. With recent releases of new chapters in the ongoing saga we will take the opportunity to examine more carefully where all of this comes from before hyperdriving to where the Force will lead us next. In addition to (re)watching Episodes I-VIII and parts of the animated series we may also be reading from the vast literature available. Lively discussions, character studies, plot analysis, consideration of the reformatted Expanded Universe as Legends vs. Canon, speculative theories, projects and more will be our daily mode of engagement. Master Jedi to young Palawan, Sith Lord to Mandalorian bounty hunter: All are welcome. We also serve droids here!
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: Catharine Stebbins Grade(s): 3-9 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 only Period: F Cost: $275
Cool, cozy, and creative, knitting is a great skill, a life-long hobby, and a fun way to keep your hands busy while watching TV, at sporting events, and during long car and plane rides. In the process of creating one or more knitting projects to take home, each student will learn basic knitting terminology, casting on, the knit stitch, the purl stitch, simple ribbing, and binding off. Students will be able to choose from a variety of projects including headbands, cowls, mini purses, scarves, hats, and others. All supplies will be provided.
Grade(s): 6-10 Duration/ Session(s): 3 Weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: F Cost: $275
Whether you're looking to get in great shape or stay in great shape, this class is a great way to get a fast-paced workout focused on HIIT training, or high intensity interval training. HIIT is a training technique in which you give all-out, one hundred percent effort through quick, intense bursts of exercise, followed by short, sometimes active, recovery periods. This type of training gets and keeps your heart rate up and burns fat in less time. Efficiency paired with fun and engaging exercises that are never the same will make this the perfect summer workout to end your day and be the healthiest you!
Faculty: David Tokofsky and Robert Spira Grade(s): 6-11 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: A. B, or C Cost: $275
Do you have the chops to be a litigating attorney? In this course students will perform the roles of prosecuting and defending attorneys as well as witnesses for the prosecution and defense. This class is 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. Students will gain a deeper understanding of our judicial system while developing their communication skills, their analytical abilities, and how to successfully work as a team. The focus of the course will be on student centered activities in the competitive atmosphere of the mock trial.
These classes are being offered in both session of the Poly Summer program and the case used on each session will be different. Students who decide to take this course in both sessions will be working on different case in each.
Faculty: Michael Babcock Grade(s): 5-12 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 2 only Period: D Cost: $275
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.
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: Tracey Peterson Grade(s): 5-9 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: E Cost: $275
Dive into Poly Summer! The main objective of this class is to teach a progression of basic diving skills that promote body balance and spatial awareness. We will include dry land skills that will include flexibility and strength which are critical for proper and safe diving technique. The skills for line-ups and proper body position will also be reinforced for safety and building confidence. The divers will learn proper diving techniques on a one meter springboard, improve physical fitness, and build self-esteem through the sport of diving. This summer class is for students who have no experience and ends with one that focuses on the basics of proper form and technique while having so much fun!
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: Catharine Stebbins Grade(s): 7-9 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 Only Period: C Cost: $275
Sew your own lounge/pajama pants with pockets! This introductory sewing course is designed to be fun and inspirational while allowing for students to express themselves creatively. Students will learn the ins-and-outs of how to use specialized tools, choose and shop for their own fabrics, and use a sewing machine. We'll practice pinning, cutting, machine stitching, and hand sewing as we complete our projects.
Faculty: Martha Reyes Grade(s): 6-9 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 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.
Please note: This course is not intended for beginners.
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: Ira Madnikoff Grade(s): 6-9 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: E Cost: $275
The number of skills needed for student success can be overwhelming. Looking at two of the most important skills for student success, note taking and outlining, students will learn the how to successfully incorporate these skills to their academics. Students will look at how these skills can benefit them in a number of ways. We will get a lot of practice on these skills in a variety of different subject matters.
Faculty: Ira Madnikoff Grade(s): 6-9 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: A Cost: $275
The anxiety of succeeding in school can be a crippling experience for a young student. In this class, we will look at strategies of how to decipher test questions and answer questions that you don't know. There will be no kind of questions off limit: multiple choice, true/false, fill-in-the-blank, and essays. In learning to succeed on tests, stress will be reduced. But, we will look at a number of ways to reduce stress prior to testing, the stress that overwhelms students while testing, and how to deal with the aftermath of an assessment.
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: Kaelyn Silva Grade(s): 8-9 Duration/ Session: 3 Weeks - Session 1 or 2 Period: D Cost: $275
This three week one hour course is intended to provide students with a introduction to many forms of communication used in science. Students will explore some fundamental science concepts and develop some of the skills for communicating in science and technology, such as the metric system, maps and map reading, the Coordinate System (i.e., latitude, longitude, GPS), chemistry fundamentals (e.g., phases of a substance, properties of water), conducting research in science (using online resources, citing a reference using APA or MLA, distinguishing between reliable source material and second tier references), citizen science, and distinguishing between scientific evidence and conjecture in social media. Students will participate in hands-on activities, guided practice in completing the daily worksheets accompanying each lesson, and take-home activities putting the lesson into practice. This is an excellent preparatory course for students about to enter high school.
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): 6-9 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 Only Period: B Cost: $275
The Twilight Zone television series (1958-1964) portrayed an eerie, sci-fi worldscape put up as a strange mirror to the irrational fears we have in America as a way to address and check our relationship to ideas of civility, morality, and ultimately what it means to be human to each other. Each episode encourages us to ask where societal principles lie and also where they can easily run astray. Given the times we live in, this series becomes a useful tool for us to think more carefully on how we judge others, how we treat ourselves, and much more. Each day we will watch an episode and subsequently develop a discussion around its key features and the resonance of its moral tale.
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.
Faculty: David Tokofsky Grade(s): 6-11 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and Session 2 Period: D Cost: $275
The Electoral College, Trumps Election, Midterm elections and the Big One for President in 2020? Students will examine some details of the 2016 Trump presidential election as well as explore what happened in the midterm elections of 2018. Students will learn some of the details of demographic changes in the Republic of the United States as well as the pressures on the Constitutional framework and Federalism with a keen eye to the President in 2020.
Facutly: Ira Madnikoff Grade(s): 6-9 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: D Cost: $275
Learn to improve your writing in while delving into some of the most discussed and argued conspiracy theories in the world. When people struggle to understand a historical event, they often seek an alternative story to better explain the who, what, why, and how. This is the basis for all conspiracy theories. Join this class to expand your writing and improve your critical thinking while learning some of the most discussed and interesting conspiracy theories.
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.