Faculty: Jack Prater Grade(s): 9-12 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: CD (2 period course) Cost: $560
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.
Facult: Patty Tsai Thurlow Grade(s): 10-12 Duration/ Session(s): Session 2 only Period: ABC (3 period class) Cost: $840
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.
Facult: Adam Feldmeth Grade(s): 7-12 Duration/ Session(s): Session 1 only Period: E Cost: $280
By the 20th century, visual art seemed to radically depart from realistic depictions of the world and move initially into explorations of colors, lines, and shapes. We call this shift “Modern”. A painting may appear to be only the brushstrokes or drips of paint it is produced with. How is this [also] art? Why is this art? Simultaneously, cultural entanglement was captured on visual record through advancements in technology that both revealed and expose the physical, psychological, and at times brutal nearness of seismic events as they were unfolding. The efforts of cultural producers to rationalize the difficulties of representing a compromised sense of reality and truth through examples in art, photography and other mediums will be our contents in negotiating a social record of bare realism. This three-week class will serve as creative lab to examine these matters through 15 in-depth examples of art produced in the last 120 years in order to grasp how a piece of "abstract art" is also a representation of the world, and reciprocally how these developments make it possible to consider all art as abstract.
Faculty: Jeffrey Gin (B period) & Laelia Thanh-Truc Nguyen (C period) Grade(s): 6-12 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: B or C Cost: $280
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(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 Only Period: A or B or C or D Cost: $280
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 Range: 4-12 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: D Cost: $280
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: Patty Nelson and Rachel Venezia Grade(s): 3-12 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 only Period: E Cost: $280
Welcome to the wonderful world of bullet journaling! In this class you will learn the fundamentals of bullet journaling, lettering styles, decorating, organizing, visualizing and more. Students will get to explore creative ways to help organize their schedules and put value on the things they love. Each student will take home their own unique journal.
Faculty: Kyle Joseph Murray Grades: 5-12 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: C Cost: $280
Zenn and the Art of Bicycle Maintenance! Join coach Kyle Murray and learn the basics of bicycle repair and maintenance. Do you know how to remove a wheel, fix a flat, repair a chain, replace brake pads, properly clean, lubricate, and make all the basic adjustments to your bike? This class will cover the basics every bike rider needs to know. Once the basics are covered we will progress to building a bike from a kit and working on reconditioning old donated, or cheaply purchased, bikes. Any bikes that are successfully reconditioned will be given Habitat for Humanity for sale at their resale store to raise funds for their affordable housing projects.
Faculty: Allan Schaefer Grade(s): 5-12 Duration/ Session(s): 6 weeks/ Combined Session Period: B or C Cost: $560
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: Kyle Aaronson Grade(s): 6-12 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: E or F Cost: $280
What they say is true: “Nowadays, anyone can make a movie.” But what they forget to tell you is this: “It’s actually a lot of fun!” Building an imagined world to tell a dramatic story, full of action, heartbreak, humor, and joy? There’s nothing quite like it. In this course, students will write, film, and edit their own short video project, either in groups or on their own. Students will develop skills related but not limited to: teamwork; compromise; work ethic; problem-solving; patience; failure; and creativity.
Faculty: Sal Covarrubias Grade(s): 10 to 12 Duration/ Session: 6 weeks - Combined Session Period: F Cost: $560
Are you worried that your child still thinks that money just falls off of the money tree you have growing the backyard? Are you worried that their plan for financial security is to assume you will make all their credit card payments on time? Are you worried that their preferred method of savings is your checking account? Do they look at you with puzzlement when you drop such words as Insurance, Taxes, Budgeting, Investing, and Debt, as if you are speaking a foreign language? If so, the Foundations in Personal Finance taught by Sal Covarrubias will be of interest. Sal has over 10 years of professional experience in financial services and a master’s degree in business administration. He will be using the highly successful materials and curriculum developed by Dave Ramsey and this class will include a 1-year online access to the course materials.
Faculty: Kyle Murray Grade(s): 4-12 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: F Cost: $280
Students will learn to hurl discs with the best of them by developing their skills through games of frisbee golf, KanJam, and ultimate frisbee, among others. Throwing and chasing a frisbee is one of life's great pleasures and can be done almost anywhere. Come learn a great game!
Faculty: Kyanh Tonnu (Session 1), Laura Marion (Session 2) Grade(s): 9-12 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: B (Session 1 only) or C (Session 2 only) Cost: $280
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: Jonathan Fay Grade(s): 9 -12 Duration/ Session: 6 weeks/ Combined Session Period: EF (2 period class) Cost: $1,120
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(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: C Cost: $280
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: Heather Sweet Grade(s): 4-12 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: E or F Cost: $280
This course teaches outdoor skills that students can use in emergencies when help from professional first responders may be far away. Students will learn about the most frequent causes of injury in outdoor adventure and practice responding appropriately to scenarios. Lab lessons will give students hands-on exposure and offer real world applications to what is learned in the classroom. Students will also become certified in CPR. Some of the topics covered include: scene size up, vital sign analysis, environmental / exposure-related illnesses (i.e. poison oak, altitude sickness), submersion victims, allergies and anaphylaxis, bone and joint injuries, wound care, hypothermia, search and rescue techniques and more! This class will be caught by certified Wilderness EMT and Wilderness First Responders. This is a course for outdoor enthusiasts and will not involve a WFA certification for participants.
Faculty: Linda Breen Grade(s): 3-12 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: B or C or D or E or F Cost: $280
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: Kyle Aaronson Grade(s): 9-12 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: D Cost: $280
Now, more than ever before, more and more young people dream of becoming writers. Unfortunately, most high school curriculums limit their creative writing course options to prose and poetry, two waning (albeit beautiful) art forms. In this golden age of entertainment, though, the cry for well-written content for the screen grows louder and more ravenous every day. Yet, screenwriting––like any other craft––demands practice if one is to reach professional competence. This course will teach students: the basics of screenwriting form and structure, by analyzing well-crafted scripts throughout history; how to write their own scenes to the industry’s technical standards; and what’s important to keep in mind while writing for filmed mediums.
Faculty: Michael Babcock Grade(s): 5-12 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 2 Only Period: D Cost: $280
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!
Faculty: Antonio Harrison Grade(s): 7-12 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: D Cost: $280
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: Martha Reyes Grade(s): 7-12 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 2 Only Period: E Cost: $280
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: Adam Feldmeth Grade(s): 7-12 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 2 Only Period: B Cost: $280
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 or 2 Period: E or F Cost: $280
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: Sarah Jung Earnhardt Grade(s): 8-12 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: F Cost: $280
Have you ever tried building something on your own? Imagine building your own business surrounded and supported by others. Business ideas built to engage community are the ones that thrive and grow. Join the Poly Coworking experience. How can we help one another stay true to ourselves as we build our business?
Sarah Jung Earnhardt is the founder of As We Dwell, a community-driven coworking space for creative and upcoming entrepreneurs in Los Angeles. Before pursuing her dream of entrepreneurship she worked for twelve years as an elementary teacher at Castlebay Lane Elementary and Porter Ranch Community School in Porter Ranch, CA. She is looking forward to sharing her experience and the story of developing her own business with her students. The class will conclude with a field trip to As We Dwell where the students will observe and learn what it really takes to build and develop a business.
Faculty: Alexander Lessie Grade(s): 8-12 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 2 Only Period: DE (2 period course) Cost: $560
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(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: C Cost: $280
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.
Come join Poly water polo coaches Sean Grab and Robert Poynton for a week long water polo camp on the Poly pool deck. Our camp will focus on all things water polo, ranging from the most fundamental skills, to more tactical and nuanced development of players. We will work with all different positions (centers, goalies, defenders, attackers), and everyone will have the opportunity to play full games and compete within their various skill levels. We want to develop a greater understanding of the game, and allow everyone more in depth exposure to the sport of water polo.
A strong reflective essay provides key insights into a student via narrative, analysis, and personal voice. Integrating these three elements into the common app college essay requires specialized writing skills. This course will act as a brainstorming and writing intensive workshop that will prepare rising seniors to discover how to articulate themselves as individuals via the common app essay. As students continue through the drafting process over the course of three weeks, they will get continued feedback from the instructor as well as have the opportunity to practice multiple drafts of their major college essay. At the end of the course, the students will have a solid reflective writing foundation (and essay!) for the start of their senior year.
Faculty: Kyle Murray Grade(s): 6-12 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: D Cost: $280
Yoga is an old discipline from India that it is both spiritual and physical and helps to improve health and happiness. This class is presented in a playful and educational way. Each session incorporates energetic and soothing yoga positions, meditation, breathing exercises, and group games. Students will stretch, laugh and participate actively to the class by creating yoga positions, making up stories with yoga poses, and building warm up sequences. Each session ends with a calming relaxation exercise, inviting rest and the awakening of one's imagination.
Course planning grids
The following downloadable files are schematics showing the courses that will be offered during PolySummer 2020. Download the file that corresponds to your child's grade in September 2020. Please note: This information is tentative and subject to change.