Faculty: Lisa Joffrey Grade(s): 5-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: E Cost: $280
Ever see a TV show or commercial and think I can do that! This acting class led by Lisa Joffrey, award winning actress and 2019 Daytime Emmy Nominee. Will teach you the basics of commercial and sit-com acting. How to audition and most importantly how to get auditions without and agent! This class will demystify "Show Business" and turn it into fun.
Faculty: Adam Feldmeth Grade(s): 3-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: F Cost: $280
This class will explore the exciting ways sculpture is affected by the outdoors. Art experiments will be made in the physical landscape, which will in turn take effect on the sculptural objects themselves. Working independently and in groups, students will develop temporary, non-intrusive public sculptures in a variety of materials on the Poly campus and explore ideas of non-permanence in relation to art making and creativity. How is a pile of fallen leaves like a sculpture? How long does it last? Historical examples of artworks made in the landscape will be introduced and reacted to through new creations in the courtyards, lawns and public spaces of the school. Some sculptures will lasts for one minute, some for a day, a week and more. Students will observe, record and consider changes taking place to their installed artworks due to environmental factors like weather, sprinkler systems, and community interaction. This class will provide the campus with many intimate and expansive public artworks, which will enliven the school grounds. Students will gain a greater sensitivity for their surroundings and respect for the environment in the process.
Faculty: Lisa Joffrey Grade(s): 6-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: A Cost: $280
This is an invitation for theatrical makeup students to take their skills to the next level. We will be using professional Mehron makeup kits for more detailed looks. Taking the basics of classic traditional stage makeup designs and adding special effects with latex. This class will be an opportunity to explore characters through visual creativity.
Faculty: Cole Hoffman Grade(s): 8-9 Duration/ Session(s): 6 weeks/ Combined Session Period: EF (2 period course) Cost: $1,120
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: Roberto Alvarez Grade(s): 6-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: B Cost: $280
The course will cover the distributive property, equations, ratios, sequences, and exponents to explore how algebra works and address common misconceptions applied in mathematics. The students will learn to look for clever ways to manipulate parts of problems, simplify, and become efficient problem solvers
Faculty: Megan Foley (Session 1) & Alan Wellman (Session 2) Grade(s): 6-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: B Cost: $280
Learn to play the Ukulele. This class will cover tuning, holding the instrument, strumming, and how to read basic notation. From breezy island jams to all the way to Somewhere over the Rainbow, the students will learn how to play basic melodies and chords for a variety of tunes. If you have a ukulele, bring it and come play along! If you don't have a ukulele we have enough in class for you to come and learn with everyone else.
Faculty: Mimi Chiu Grades: 3-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 2 Only Period: C Cost: $280
This is class is offered to international students who desire to deepen their understanding of American culture and basic conversational English. We might be going off campus to experience and enjoy what Pasadena area has to offer.
Faculty: Kaelyn Silva Grade(s): 6-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: E Cost: $280
In this hands-on course, students will explore the skeletal, digestive, excretory, reproductive, and cardiovascular systems through daily dissections. Join us as we look inside a shark’s stomach to see what it ate for breakfast, examine a pregnant rat, and perform a mock autopsy on a fetal pig.
Faculty: David Tokofsky & Robert Spira Grade(s): 6-11 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: C Cost: $280
A great class for students who love to debate or have had expeience in debate class or Mock Trials. Students engage with a Mock Trial, actual cases in United States and California history. Students may take both the mock trial course in addition to this course on constitutional appeals. Polytechnic High School is just blocks away from the second highest court in the United States, the Federal 9th Court of Appeals. An exciting opportunity to learn to write clearly and to speak and to argue in front of professional lawyers.
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: Kate Austin Grade(s): 6-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 2 only Period: E Cost: $280
Join us for a class focusing codes, symbols, and secret messages in art history. The course will cover paintings and sculptures that have mysterious secrets, what they mean, why it matters, and together we will try to solve the mysteries ourselves! This class is a great fit for anyone who is interested in art (whether you like to look at it or make it), history of all eras and cultures, and mysteries or detective stories. Each week we'll investigate multiple artworks and artists, explore the evidence through discussion, games, and creative activities. Come with your detective hat and a sense of adventure!
Faculty: Kyle Joseph Murray Grade(s): 4-8 Duration/ Session(s): Poly Summer Sports Camp, June 8-12 Period/ time: 9 am to Noon Cost: $210
Designed to encourage a love for the game, our baseball camp will provide instruction in all aspects of the sport. Using the baseball field and the hitting cage, the coaches will work with the campers on fielding at different positions, proper throwing, as well as defensive drills to improve their baseball IQ. A variety of hitting drills will be used to improve their offensive skills and we will cap off every day with a scrimmage. Come join us for a fun filled and positive morning of America’s favorite pastime!
Faculty: Brad Hall (Session 1) & TBD (Session 2) Grades: 7-9 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: A Cost: $280
This course is intended for intermediate and advanced basketball players. We will focus 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 (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: Eric Holmgren (B period) & Laelia Thanh-Truc Nguyen (D Period) Grade(s): 6-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: B or D Cost: $280
Fencing is an Olympic sport that develops both coordination and concentration, providing exercise for the body and the mind. Through group activities, students will learn the fundamentals of foil fencing: footwork, handwork, offense, and defense. Fencing is growing in popularity in the United States and on college campuses; this class gives students the opportunity to experience the challenges and excitement of modern fencing in a safe, relaxed atmosphere
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: Ryan Katsuyama Grade(s): 4-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: F Cost: $280
This class is designed to introduce students to the sport of water polo through various exercises and drills that will help develop their basic skills. Session 1 will focus on skill development while session 2 will incorporate team play and strategy (though session 2 only students may focus more of their time on skills developed in session 1). Prerequisite - students should be comfortable with basic swimming skills and be able to tread water for up to 5 minutes.
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: Aquita Winslow Grade(s): 4-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: D Cost: $280
This is a class for students who love reading and what to talk about great books and spend a lot of time reading. In this class, we will learn about great books from various genres. Including Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Classics, and non-fiction. Students will have a chance to create book-logs, share with their peers about their favorite books. This class is for students who love to read and want sustained reading time during the day. While we will talk about books, we spend most of our time reading.
Faculty: Allan Wellman Grade(s): 3-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 2 only Period: C Cost: $280
A kaleidoscope of fun, BoomWhackers are long tubes that are pitched and students are able to play music with them. Combining the BoomWhackers with our collection of Orff instruments (xylophones, percussion instruments, and singing) students will be practicing and performing arrangements of songs specially for these instruments.
Faculty: Suzanne Brown Grade(s): 5-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: F Cost: $280
In this course students will gain an understanding and appreciation for the staple that has graced dinner tables for generations: Bread! Come learn about the rising, yeasty, flavorful, and aromatic world of bread. Students will knead, shape, and mix their way through the bread making process. They will explore the variety of bread types: yeasted bread, quick bread, sour dough, and more! Science, math, and social/emotional skills will be reinforced in this experiential learning class where students will garner understanding through working with their hands and dealing with tangible materials.
Faculty: Katherine Warner Grade(s): 5-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 2 ONLY Period: C Cost: $280
Wanna jet set? Students in this course will design trips all over the world, and if you're lucky, you'll hire them as your travel agent! Students will research locations, compare pricing for hotels, flights, excursions, transportation, etc, and will create itineraries for national and international trips. This course develops and strengthens the thinking skills of research, analysis, evaluation, mathematics, and planning. Students will practice using search engines, will input data into Google Sheets, and will present their itineraries using Google Slides.
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: Bobbie Jo Dobbs and Danielle Pigneri Grade(s):1-8 Duration/ Session: Poly Summer Sports Camp, June 8-12 Period/time: 1-3 pm Cost: $140
Join us as we jump into dance choreography and sideline cheers. Students will learn energetic dance moves as well as cheerleading basics to keep them moving! This is a camp for all levels, whether you are a more vocal sports enthusiast or a bit of a wallflower!
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: Roberto Alvarez Grade(s): 6-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: C Cost: $280
This is a course for independent learners who enjoy solving challenging problems. The course will expose you to problem-solving that will help train your brain, making you a stronger mathematical thinker. The curriculum will cover concepts in geometry, algebra and logic that require the application of lateral thinking, deductive reasoning, spatial analysis, creativity, intuition, and basic math knowledge.
Faculty: Matthew Goldin Grade(s): 6-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: A Cost: $280
Want to be a writer? In this course, students will learn techniques that professionals use to make their writing come alive. Every day students will have a chance to work on short stories and poems. They’ll also have a chance to share their work with their fellow writers for constructive feedback. By the end of the course, students will assemble a short collection of their work for friends and family to read.
Faculty: Dani Barrero Grade(s): 5-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: B Cost: $280
In this class students will be given the creative freedom to compose their own short works of fiction. We will be exploring different genres of writing, through both reading and writing, as well as the other necessary elements needed to improve writing and composition skills. This course is designed with the goal of inspiring students to develop original pieces and ideas. Through writing and thinking students will learn to become better readers, writers, and thinkers. The skills focused on in this course will help students in other courses as well, especially English. Some of the writing genres covered are fantasies, short stories, and poetry.
Faculty: Dani Barrero Grade(s): 5-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: F Cost: $280
There are many complicated forms of arts and crafts in the world, but crocheting and embroidery are not one of them! One hook and basic stitch is all you need to create beautiful and original works of art that you can continue mastering even after our class is completed. Join us to learn how to add your own flare to clothes, make your own accessories, and how to choose the right materials to complete your artistic vision! No previous knowledge is required.
Faculty: Sheldon Williams Grade(s): 6-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: C or D Cost: $280
In this course, students will learn fundamentals of strength, speed and agility, through game-based, body weight exercises designed to develop overall fitness and athleticism. Students are instructed on the proper movement patterns necessary for all sports, such as running, jumping and throwing in order to achieve their goals while reducing the risk to injury. This challenging class allows for safe progressions of athleticism.
Faculty: Amy Jaffe Grade(s): 5-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 Only Period: D Cost: $280
Do you love Disney but not always agree with the messages the films send? Come watch some classic Disney films and discuss how they can be problematic while still being nostalgic. We will also be examining re-writes, professional criticism, and the texts that inspired each film to enrich our discussions. Films may include Snow White, Dumbo, Sleeping Beauty, The Jungle Book, Aladdin, and more!
Faculty: Patty Nelson and Rachel Venezia Grade(s): 4-9 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: A Cost: $280
Learn how to draw anything from life using a simple 3 step method. Using pen, graphite, white charcoal, and a variety of artist papers, learn how to make your drawings come to life with 3D special effects. Each week will focus on a different theme including wildlife, animated characters and portraiture.
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: Mandy Madnikoff & Suzie Arther Grade(s): 5-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: D or F Cost: $280
Have you ever tried the exciting interactive challenge of an Escape Room? Come join us and create your own challenging puzzle room to escape from. We will spend the first two weeks creating different challenges and the last week solving each others riddles and clues to "escape" the rooms.
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: Kara Ramirez Grades: 5-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: D Cost: $280
Experiencing the short story; for those readers who find an entire novel daunting or who want to explore this often neglected literary genre, the short story provides a source of rich language, thought-provoking concepts, and deep impact.
Faculty: David Herman Grade(s): 7-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: C Cost: $280
This course provides students hands-on opportunities to engage in different types of experiments that span the physical, chemical, and biological sciences. To create an enriching experience exploring the science workbench, classes will include performing dissections and chemical reactions, learning about biotechnology, aswell as watching videos on modern surgical/medical procedures. By the end of the session students will gain a deeper appreciation for the various branches of science through active participation in their acquisition of scientific knowledge.
Faculty: Patty Nelson & Rachel Venezia Grade(s): 4-9 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 2 only Period: E Cost: $280
This class is for those students who love to explore various ways to use paint! Each week, students will create a project that tests out the effects of paint mixed with different mediums and elements to create stunning visual effects in the art world. Subjects explored include planets and space, rainbows, food art and more.
Faculty: Antonio Harrison Grade(s): 6-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: C Cost: $280
Students will be introduced to many facets of the game on an introductory to intermediate level. Students will start each day with a brief warm up and a motivational talk from the coach. Students will then work on individual skill development at both an offensive and defensive position. While the course will NOT be a full contact course, players will learn skills which can be translated into tackle football. The last part of practice will include 7 on 7 games, skill competitions and combine tests. The main goal of the course is to have fun and teach skills in a safe and supervised environment.
Faculty: Sal Covarrubias Grade(s): 7-9 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 Only Period: E Cost: $280
This class consists of age appropriate personal finance lessons, which weaves together humor and real-life stories to educate and reinforce sound principles for managing money. The Foundations in Personal Finance will be taught by Sal Covarrubias. 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 text book for each student. The class aligns with national standards for financial literacy.
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: Kara Ramirez Grade(s): 5-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: B Cost: $280
Students seeking to acquire or reinforce basic grammar skills will be exposed to sentence structure, parts of speech, punctuation and dialogue rules. Through direct instruction, written practice, creative games, and hands-on activities, students will practice applying what they are learning.
Faculty: Ira Madnikoff Grade(s): 5-9 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 Only Period: C Cost: $280
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: Beverly Goldin Grade(s): 4-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: C Cost: $280
Video games go as far back as the 1950’s when scientists started creating simple games and simulation which led to the the first arcade game, Pong, by Atari. Since then, gaming has become one of the most important industries in the world and our media culture has changed forever. If you want to learn more about the history of video gaming then this class is for you! Come play and learn this summer!
Faculty: Amy Jaffe Grade(s): 5-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 only Period: A Cost: $280
Never know what to have for breakfast? Don’t love Dad’s “scrapple surprise” specialty? Are you sick of cereal every morning? If any of these apply to you, please join this class. We will be making simple, quick breakfast that even the most novice of cooks can prepare. Come hungry because we will be eating every day!
Faculty: Jean Gaskill Grade(s): 5-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: B Cost: $280
If you love acting as well as playing sports, laughing and creating then this class is for you. Come and join this fast moving improvisation class and develop your improv skills. We will play theater games such as “Party Quirks”, “Lie to Me”, and of course “Zip, Zap, Boing”. Improv Olympics is immediate theater and teaches you to work collaboratively in an accepting environment while also having fun.
Faculty: Lisa Joffrey Grade(s): 5-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: B Cost: $280
The Intermediate Makeup design class takes the basics of the beginning course skills; adding traditional stage makeup designs such as ballet, opera, and classic ingenue. Each student will perfect these looks as well as designing fantasy looks for theater TV and film.
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: Amy Masserer Grades: 4-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: D Cost: $280
Lettering is a wonderful outlet for creativity and a way to focus on meaningful words and thoughts. It’s a hobby that you can take anywhere you go, it’s easy to share. Course curriculum: You will learn about the best paper for hand lettering, favorite pens and markers, anatomy of letter shapes, san serif capital letters, serif capital letters, script alphabet, creating the calligraphy look, connecting letters, making letters bounce, and adding flourishes. Toward the latter part of the course, you'll explore brush pens, practice form drills (the magic secret!), and learn the print and script alphabet.
Faculty: Jack Prater Grade(s): 6-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: F Cost: $280
Students will learn the physical skills, techniques, and strategies used in volleyball. Using a variety of drills and activities, students will practice the basic footwork and techniques used in both indoor and outdoor volleyball. They will practice passing, setting, hitting, blocking, and service skills, as well as basic offensive and defensive strategies. Students will learn the rules of play, service rotation, court coverage, and tandem play strategies in various game situations and scrimmages.
Faculty: Ira Madnikoff Grade(s): 6-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 2 Only Period: C Cost: $280
Money, money, money….money! If you are interested in getting a “cash” course in Economics and Finance, this is the class for you. We will have foundational conversations about Economics, business, and financial responsibility. We will talk about maximizing the money you make, making a livable budget, and understanding the value of your parents’ hard earned money. Join and let’s talk business!
Faculty: Michael Babcock Grade(s): 6-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: B Cost: $280
So, you want to play golf? This introductory course is designed specifically for the novice player. What is a birdie and/or bogey? Golf etiquette - what's that? What are the fundamentals of a proper swing? In this three week course you will learn the basic rules of golf along with the basics of play. We will design and build our own miniature golf course on which to practice our putting. Come for an hour of play and discover the joy of golf!
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: Rachel Dunham Grade(s): 8-11 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: BC (2 period course) Cost: $560
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 2 Only Period: DE (2 period course) Cost: $560
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 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: Beverly Goldin Grade(s): 2-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: E Cost: $280
Do you love making bracelets out of a rainbow loom? Or creating duck tape wallets? Or making your own beads and lanyards? If you do, then this class is for you! Each week we will create a project and learn a little history about the craft and understand how to put things together with basic supplies that might be lying around your house. This is a perfect class to make holiday gifts or just make some special for you and your friends.
Faculty: Catharine Stebbins Grade(s): 3-9 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 Only Period: F Cost: $280
Cool, cozy, and creative, knitting is a great skill, a life-long hobby, and a fun way to keep your hands busy during travel, while watching TV, and at sporting events. While creating a project 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. All supplies will be provided.
Faculty: Anne Walsh Grade(s): 6-10 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: B Cost: $280
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: Laura Marion Grade(s): 6-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 2 Only Period: B Cost: $280
As an English teacher at Poly for the past fifteen years, I can tell within a few days of class which of my students read for fun and which don't. There is no greater advice I can offer a student who wants to improve as a writer than to start reading interesting books. To write well, we need a rich vocabulary, critical thinking skills, understanding of punctuation, and a wealth of ideas. While we could study the dictionary to learn each word one at a time and we could attempt to memorize Stunk and White's Elements of Style, we would be much better off just reading books. This class will introduce students to books that are virtually impossible to resist. Class sessions will be spent discussing books, reading aloud, and perhaps even reading silently. Adults from around campus will stop in to read from their favorite books. Students will be expected to read each night prior to the next class.
Faculty: Beverly Goldin Grade(s): 4-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: B or D Cost: $280
Want to understand how computer games are made? Want to create your own or make a game like the original Mario or DonkeyKong? If so, this class is for you! Using Scratch and Pixelapp, two fun programs, students will learn the fundamentals of computer programming and the simple art of game design, from character development to storytelling. Come play, learn and share!
Faculty: Aidyn Kulick Grade(s): 6-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: DE (2 period course) Cost: $560
In this class, students will learn the three-on-three parliamentary format of the Middle School Public Debate Program, used by the Rancho California Debate League. Students will research and discuss controversial topics and contemporary issues and learn how to find strong evidence and reliable sources for their assertions. Engaging in spirited debates, the students will develop their argumentation skills and public speaking abilities.
Faculty: Laurianne Williams Grade(s): 7-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: AB (2 period course) Cost: $560
This course is designed for those students who are preparing to enter an Algebra 1 class in the coming academic year. The course will review a range of topics such as decimals, fractions, percentages, powers, roots, exponents, variables, algebraic expressions, simple equations, graphs, and solving expressions. The purpose of the course is to provide the student with a firm foundation from which they can successfully start their Algebra 1 experience in the coming year. This course meets for both A and B periods for three weeks. This course repeats in the second session.
Faculty: Rachel Miller Grade(s): 7-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: D Cost: $280
Problem solving is the process of taking mathematics beyond the memorization of a simple process or technique. It is the ability to take learned concepts and apply them creatively to new problems. The problem solving approach to mathematics helps students become more adaptable and creative in their approach to learning. It is a skill that enhances creativity and promotes logical thinking. Through puzzles, games, and interactive teamwork, the students in this course will further develop their problem solving abilities.
Faculty: David Herman Grade(s): 6-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: B Cost: $280
How tall can you stack a tower of Legos before it falls? Can you design and build a bridge made of plastic that is strong enough to support two pounds of weight? This course is for students who enjoy tinkering with ideas and employing hands-on activities to gain a better understanding of the laws that govern our physical world. It will enhance their creative thinking skills through collaborative work, and students will obtain a sense of how engineers solve problems through design thinking.
Faculty: David Tokofsky & Robert Spira Grade(s): 6-11 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: A or B Cost: $280
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: Jean Gaskill & Lisa Joffrey Grade(s): 5-8 Duration/ Session(s): Session 1 Only Period: CD (2 period course) Cost: $560
"Come and join our acting ensemble to tell this classic story of Mary Poppins. Set in England in 1910 the actors will have fun tackling the British accent as well as sining and dancing in such show stopping numbers as Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and Step in Time. Mary Poppins helps the Banks family value each other again while taking the children on a magical series of adventures. This three-week musical theater class will culminate in a performance for parents and friends with simple costuming and sets. We hope to see you there. "
Faculty: Jean Gaskill & Lisa Joffrey Grade(s): 5-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 2 Only Period: CD Cost: $560
Come one come all and help save The Moon Theater in our fair city of Anthropomorphic. Buster Moon needs all of you performers, dancers, singers, comics and musicians for a theatrical extravaganza to save his theater. In this theatrical production loosely based on the movie of the same name; parts abound for musicians, dancers, singers and actors playing "animals". They include: a pig named Rosita; punkrock porcupine Ash; gorilla Johnny, son of mobster Big Daddy; street musician mouse Mike; a singing and dancing frog trio; and opera singer camel Pete. Teenage elephant Meena fails her audition from stage fright, while Ash's ill-tempered boyfriend Lance is dismissed from the contest. Plus many more. If you have a song in your heart or an impression of a goat, bring it in and we will work it into the show! This three-week musical theater class will culminate in a performance for parents and friends with simple costuming and sets. We hope to see you there.
Faculty: Suzanne Brown Grade(s): 6-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: E Cost: $280
Have you ever stopped to wonder why that street is called Orange Grove? Have you ever wondered who Huntington is why he has a whole garden named after him? What about what it was like for a business man or woman to get to work downtown 100 years ago? Did you know that the Jackie Robinson was a resident of Pasadena once upon a time? Both Pasadena, and Los Angeles at large, have a rich an unique history. In this class, students will become students of their city. They will research and write about key historical moments, monumental figures, the terrain and landscape around us, and important cultural moments. Students will gain a multicultural historical perspective spanning multiple generations. It is my hope that students leave this class with a new perspective and a better understanding of the place they call home.
Faculty: Jamie Barry Grade(s): 4-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: B or D Cost: $280
In this class, students will be introduced to basic drawing and painting concepts, such as perspective, composition, and color through a variety of different painting mediums. The goal of the class is to encourage students to take inspiration from a wide variety of different artists and cultures. Students will learn skills such as perspective, shading, and composition, as well as lessons in painting including shading techniques and layering. Students will also delve into acrylic projects, Japanese, and Western-style water prints (marbleized paper) and silk paintings.
Faculty: Kristin Schmoke Grade(s): 6-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 Only Period: B Cost: $280
Paper Mache is NOT just for little kids. Explore this hands on, messy class where we will create masks, sculptures, lanterns, bowls, decorations and other things from our imagination with newspaper, glue, and paint. No experience needed. Let your creative juices flow and watch the magic unfold!
Faculty: Mandy Madnikoff Grade(s): 6-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: A Cost: $280
Do you ever find yourself humming to your favorite songs and making up your own words? Have you ever wanted to star in your own music video? Well, now we can make that a reality! You'll be able to write your own parodies and direct and star in your own music video using an iPad! No need to be tech savvy, you just need to bring your creativity and love of music. Every week, you will choose a tune, write your own lyrics, plan for and/or create your own props, and create your own music video! You can be a solo artist, a duo, or a group - it's your choice! Join this class, and make yourself a STAR!
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: Michelle Feynman Grade(s): 4-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: E (Session 1) or C (Session 2) Cost: $280
Calling all photographers grades 4-8! Bring your smartphone and learn the craft behind the fun. Students will learn to appreciate aspects of light, incorporate a point of view, take risks with composition, and experiment with various apps and techniques.
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: Aidyn Kulick Grade(s): 5-9 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: B Cost: $280
This course provides an introduction to Python programming language. Python is an easy-to-learn programming language that has great features for a beginning programmer. The code is easy to read compared to many other programming languages, and the programs run in an interactive shell that is fun to experiment with. Students will use Python to learn fundamental programming concepts such as variables, loops, and conditional statements. Using Python, students will begin to learn how to use math and computer code to think creatively. This is a 3-week course that repeats in the second session.
Faculty: Rob Mikels & Jamie Bell Grade(s): 3-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: D or E Cost: $280
In this fun, active course students will be placed in teams at the beginning of the session. Students will compete as Olympic-style teams and create their team names. Each day students will engage in an activity, challenge, game or sport such as wacky relay races, capture the flag, dodgeball competitions, flag football, soccer and even some water fun activities. At the end of the session, all students will receive a small prize.
Faculty: Tracey Peterson Grade(s): 5-9 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: E Cost: $280
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: Heather Sweet Grade(s): 5-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: E Cost: $280
This class will expose your child to a non-competitive swim team program in a fun and playful atmosphere. Student’s stamina and swimming ability will consistently improve over the three weeks of the course. Besides a swim team type workout, the students will participate in relays and other aquatic fun designed to enhance their love for swimming.
Faculty: Kara Ramirez Grade(s): 5-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: A Cost: $280
This course will explore women in leadership roles throughout history. We will hone our research, discussion, role playing, and film making skills as well as embark on the creation of other projects to help us understand what factors were in place for these women to ascend to power and influence . . . and what may have led to their downfall. Through the study of various women of political influence across the globe, students will gain an understanding of what we can learn from the women of the past, how they overcame or were harnessed by obstacles of their time and what constraints they faced then that may or may not still be in existence now. Students will gain an understanding of what they feel are important leadership qualities, what they would like to see in world leaders today and what strengths they hope to cultivate in themselves.
Faculty: Dante Barsotti Grades: 5-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: E Cost: $280
Does your child love to build? Do they have a need for speed? If so this is the class for them. Over the course of this class students will work together to build RC Cars from a building kit and challenge each other to races on courses they design themselves.
Faculty: Michael Minto & Jon Yen Grade(s): 6-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: C or D Cost: $280
This class provides a middle school student with an opportunity to design and build creative robots using the LEGO EV3 platform. Combining sensors and motors students will develop different automated machines that perform certain tasks based on a theme, plan, or need. Students taking this course will work collaboratively through all phases of the design process, while learning skills in engineering, technology, and programming. This class is intended for students with little or no experience with LEGO robotics. Students may elect to continue this course in the second session and build upon their experience.
Faculty: Bobbi Jo Dobbs Grade(s): 5-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 ONLY Period: D Cost: $280
Try something new this summer and let your child express his or her creativity in a series of "do-it-yourself" pinterest class. Making fun DIY projects is a wonderful adventure into the world of arts & crafts! It's not a class where we create perfect projects every time or limit ourselves to just what it says in the instructions. It's a class where we make mistakes, laugh out loud, get creative and make some really cool projects! Discover how much fun creating DIY projects can be!
Faculty: Catharine Stebbins Grade(s): 7-9 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 Only Period: C Cost: $280
Sew your own lounge/pajama pants with pockets! Students will bring their own fabric (handout given in first class), all other supplies will be provided. This introductory sewing course is designed to be fun and inspirational while allowing for individual creative expression. Students will learn the ins-and-outs of how to use a sewing machine andspecialized tools, choose the correct size pattern, and purchase the appropriate fabric.
Faculty: Jean Gaskill Grade(s): 5-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: F Cost: $280
Calling all performers, writers and comedians! Come and join classically trained actress and drama teacher, Jean Gaskill, to examine scenes from Shakespeare’s comedies and develop them into your own MODERN DAY versions. Using simple props and costumes students will share their hilarious scenes at the end of three weeks.
Faculty: Danielle Pigneri & Douglas Locke Grade(s): 6-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: E Cost: $280
This class will combine elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. Through learning a variety of dance combinations, students will develop coordination, strength, flexibility and increased knowledge about their own physical potential.
Come join us for an exciting, educational, fun week of soccer. Whether students have never played soccer before or are experienced team players, they will have a place at Poly’s week-long soccer camp. Through skills training, small-sided games, futsal and much more, each player will get individualized attention in an effort to develop touch, confidence, and game sense. Poly’s coaches and staff will share their expertise in working with kids of all ages and ultimately, hope to instill a love for the game of soccer in every child they work with. Each participant will receive their own Poly Summer soccer ball!
Faculty: Martha Reyes Grade(s): 6-9 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 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: 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: Remi Silva & Maria Fleming Grade(s): Period A: Grades 6-8 or Period C: Grades 5-7 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: A or C Cost: $280
Create stop motion animation projects using claymation, toy animation, hand drawn animation, and live animation. Learn the basic principles and skills of stop motion animation and work on the process of story development, character emotions, special effects, and much more! A viewing party will be held on the last day of class and students will be provided with a DVD, flash drive, or email of their projects.
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: Ira Madnikoff Grade(s): 6-9 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: E Cost: $280
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(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: A Cost: $280
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: Anne Walsh Grade(s): 6-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: D Cost: $280
Music is the strongest form of magic, and life is but a song. So let's SING! This camp is the perfect way to strengthen your voice over the summer and sing fun music with other singers that you might not otherwise get to! Focusing on a building the voice through small ensemble a cappella music and other fun singing activities. We will focus on building a healthy singing technique that fits each individual, harmonizing, ear training, sight-singing, beatboxing, and so much more!
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: Tim Cook Grade(s): 7-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: B Cost: $280
Climate change is the most pressing issue of our time and for generations to come. In this course students will explore the multi-faceted challenges posed by climate change through physics, chemistry, and math. Focusing on real-world solutions, students will develop a personal commitment to the environment based on climate science. The impacts of climate change on issues such as bio-diversity, pollution, and extreme weather events will be explored from both historical perspective and our current social environment. Future predictions using computer modeling and math analysis will be used to stimulate and stretch our imaginations. We will collaborate and search for actions that individuals and communities can do to generate measurable and meaningful solutions at a global level.
Faculty: Maria Fleming Grade(s): 4-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: E or F Cost: $280
"In this course students will learn dessert inspired culinary skills by preparing delicious microwave cakes and pies. We will feast on the yummiest homemade ice creams, sorbets and Popsicles made right in the classroom. Love anything chocolate? We will be melting, pouring and molding unique chocolate-lollipops and novelty candies perfect for your summertime taste buds for delectable treats.
Please note: Poly Summer recognizes the importance of keeping allergic students safe and preventing both the ingestion of allergens and cross-contamination when using shared facilities and utensils. If you have an allergic child enrolled in the cooking class, please note that the school cannot guarantee that recipes, facilities, and utensils will be free of gluten, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, eggs, and legumes. If you have a child with known food allergies, we ask that you please give careful consideration before enrolling in the class and contact the Director of Health Services, Marcy Kwitny, for further guidance."
Faculty: Rob Mikels & Jamie Bell Grade(s): 5-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: F Cost: $280
This course is geared for good old-fashioned water play. Although this is not a swimming class, students need to know how to swim in order to participate in pool activities. The class will be a combination of fun games in the pool such as relay races, inner tube games, classic pool games, diving off of the diving board as well as free play. There may also be water play on the field: Slip n’ Slide, sprinklers and various other water related activities.
Faculty: Beverely Goldin Grade(s): 2-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 2 ONLY Period: F Cost: $280
This course is designed to teach beginners the basics of knitting but it is also useful to those knitters that might need a refresher class. Whether you have just a little or no knowledge of knitting – this course is for you. We will also dive into a little history of the craft, discussion of the tools, how to read and understand patterns and color charts, and of course how to start knitting. This course will finish up with some simple knitting projects to practice and complete.
Faculty: Sean-Michael Bowles Grade(s): 6-9 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 2 ONLY Period: B Cost: $280
Dive into the multi-universal worlds, of the award-winning young fantasy series: The Golden Compass and The Subtle Knife by Phillip Pullman. Travel through alternate realities in these coming of age adventures and craft world-building Fan Fiction! What form will your daemon eventually take? How to build and read an Alethiometer. What universe would you like to visit? And beyond. . . Join Lyra, Will, Armored Bears, Scholars, Explorers, Gyptians, Witches, Aeronauts, The Magestrium, Scientists, and Spectres on their quest for the true meaning of Dust.
Faculty: Kaelyn Silva Grade(s): 7-9 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: D Cost: $280
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: Dana Huley Grade(s): 4-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: A or B Cost: $280
Testing myths just like in the real MythBuster's show, this class will require you to use not only your academic skills, but also your imagination and creativity. Let’s figure out how to design our experiments in order to prove or disprove some popular myths in a variety of imaginative ways. We will inspire each other to wonder, design, test, and calculate in order to arrive at scientific conclusions. You will learn to use skills and develop processes to solve problems and ultimately, you will learn to think like a scientist. This will definitely be a fun and challenging class!
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): 6-9 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 Only Period: D Cost: $280
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(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.
Faculty: David Tokofsky Grade(s): 6-11 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: D Cost: $280
The 2020 election for President: An analysis of the campaigns, candidates, conventions and coming conclusions of one of the most interesting Presidential elections in United States History. Who will be President and by electoral college and the popular vote? And let's not forget the elections in the United States Senate where the impeachment trial has taken shape. Also will the House of Representatives change leadership? Additionally, we are in the middle of the Constitutionally required US Census and how will the Census drive redistricting of national, state and local districts for the next ten years. Students get to experience a government course in the context of one of the most challenging moments in United States History. Some writing, some math, and some guest speakers!!
Faculty: Dani Barrero Grade(s): 6-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: CD (2 period course) Cost: $560
In this class, students will develop and strengthen their writing skills. Using a variety of prompts, they will practice writing the different forms used in school. Students will write a range of essay styles (comparison and contrast, persuasive, narrative, analytical, literary response, etc.). Grammar and structure will be addressed based on the needs of the particular group of students in class. 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: Ira Madnikoff Grade(s): 6-9 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: D Cost: $280
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.
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.