Full Day Courses (8:00 AM - 12:30 PM)
Physics is all around us. Each student already has a clear understanding of his or her own reality, which is grounded in physics. Any problem that deals with temperature, motion, force, position, shape or color, involves physics. In this class students will explore the physics behind everyday situations by building on their conceptual understanding and incorporating more problem-solving skills. Through this class, students will create a bridge between the classroom and their world. This is a full day summer school course and students receive a full year of credit.
Introduction to Computer Science and Design
United States History
This United States History class presents an integrated survey of the historical development of the United States, with an emphasis on the 20th century. A thematic approach gives students a broad view of the development of democracy in the United States and of its growing role in world affairs. This course is chronological in sequence with recurring themes, events, and concepts including reaction and revolt, reform movements, national character, nationalism, and the many causes and consequences of American political, economic, and social change. History provides identity. Studying history improves decision making and judgment. History shows us models of good and responsible citizenship. History also teaches us how to learn from the mistakes of others. History helps us to understand change and societal development. It also provides us a context from which to understand ourselves and others. This is a full day summer school course and students receive a full year of credit.
Half-Day Courses (8:00 - 10:10AM OR 10:20AM - 12:30PM)
Writing About Literature (8:00am-10:10am)
This course is designed to give students a rigorous foundation of the basic skills for writing multiple paragraphs descriptive, analytic, and argumentative essays. Students will be introduced to the basic conventions of the expository essay including: learning how to accurately respond to specific writing prompts and assignments, formulate a thesis, practice essential skills of paragraph organization, write a first draft, and then edit, and revise multiple final drafts of several types of expository essays. Students will also learn how to proofread their writing by identifying and correcting common errors in grammar and punctuation. In a writing workshop environment, students will be taught to critique their own and other students’ writing, while also exploring the multiple rhetorical strategies available to assist them to analyze and argue their own essays. While the focus of the course will be on developing students’ writing skills, the course will use several literary works as well as graphic organizers and in-class discussion to develop critical thinking skills that support and propel their writing. This is a half day summer school course and students receive one semester of credit.
This class will explore the definitions of personal wellness. The goal of optimum health is to achieve balance in three areas of your life: social, emotional and physical. In this class, you will build and rehearse the skills necessary to make healthy and responsible choices. The major units in this class are nutrition and fitness, relationships, emotional health, human sexuality, and substance abuse prevention. This course fulfills a Milken graduation requirement, but is not a CSU/UC approved course. This is a half day summer school course and students receive one semester of credit.
Students will obtain the knowledge and skills necessary to develop and maintain a health-enhancing level of fitness and will increase physical competence, self-esteem, and the motivation to pursue lifelong physical activity. Students will understand the components of health-related fitness, training principles, and the benefits of being physically active. Students will participate in activities that increase physical fitness levels and develop health practices that value physical activity and its contribution to lifelong fitness. Topics of study include wellness, health-related physical fitness, fitness terminology, training principles, components of fitness, fitness assessments, goal-setting, benefits of fitness, nutrition, skill-related fitness, and prevention and care of injuries. This is a half day summer school course and students receive one semester of credit.