Summer

The Studio

In The Studio, students will have the opportunity to expand their interests, find new hobbies, and develop their knowledge. These specially designed courses explore subjects that go far beyond the school year curriculum and delve into unique personal interests that challenge the mind.

Students will build new relationships and passions in an environment of shared excitement for learning and sense of adventure. These non-credit courses, designed by Milken faculty, are the perfect mixture of learning and fun. 

Quick Details

Dates:
Session A: June 17th - Friday, July 3rd
Session B: July 8th - July 24th
Session C: July 29th - August 14th

Grades:
Open to Students Entering Grades 5-9

Cost:
$400 for 1 session / $750 for 2 sessions  / $1100 for 3 sessions
Discounts are available for Milken students enrolled for 2020-2021, students enrolled in religious or Jewish Day Schools, children of Jewish communal professionals, and children of medical professionals. More information below.

The Studio Staff

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Open to Students Entering Grades 5-12

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  • Hebrew 101 Fundamentals - Session A

    Do you want to understand and speak Hebrew beyond Shalom and Toda? Do you want to feel a deeper and meaningful connection to Israel and its culture through the Hebrew language? If your answer is yes, then this course is for you! In Hebrew 101 Fundamentals, you will learn core vocabulary, fundamental structures of the language, grammar and basic communicative skills. Students will be engaged in short conversations and will be presented with authentic and modern material. Music, video clips, games and  social media posts in Hebrew will be integrated into the course. This course is designed for students with a minor or no knowledge of Hebrew. Upon completion of Hebrew 101, students will be able to converse and understand 5-6 sentences paragraphs about daily and personal topics.  So let’s speak Hebrew!
     
    Instructor: Dikla Krems
    Open to students entering Grades 5-12
  • Introductory Hebrew - Session B

    A step up from Hebrew 101 Fundamentals, this non-credit course for enrichment is designed for students who completed summer Hebrew 101 or have a loose grasp on Hebrew fundamentals and can comprehend and speak basic phrases and are able to read simple texts. Students who begin this class can perform in the Novice-Mid level (based on the proficiency standards stated by ACTFL: The American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages).  Upon completion of this course, students will be able to converse in 10 sentences, express opinions, and ask questions.. Students will be able to speak about themselves, their family and surroundings with fluency and accuracy. This course will provide students with meaningful and authentic communication experiences by integrating expressions from blogs, video clips, songs, games and social media posts. 
     
    Instructor: Dikla Krems
    Open to students entering Grades 5-12
  • Beginner Hebrew - Session C

    A step up from Introductory Hebrew, this non-credit course for enrichment is designed for students who completed Hebrew 1 and want to expand their vocabulary and ability to speak more fluently and read more complex texts. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to speak and understand longer conversations and will explore and immerse in the Israeli culture. Students will acquire intermediate, practical skills of the language. This course will provide students with meaningful and authentic communication experiences by integrating both oral and written expressions from blogs, video clips, songs, and social media posts.

    Instructor: Dikla Krems
    Open to students entering Grades 5-12

Open to Students entering Grades 6-9

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  • A Virtual Summer Journey to Israel - Sessions A or B

    Were you planning on traveling this summer, but are now thinking you might be staying local? Me too...OK then... this is your opportunity to join me on a virtual trip to my homeland, Israel. In this summer adventure, we will visit multiple locations in Israel, explore the diverse ways of living, cook Israeli food in the comfort of our home kitchen, create Israeli art, listen to Israeli music, meet Israeli friends, and fly above Israel getting to see its beauty and magic from a bird's eye view. I am so looking forward to this virtual journey back to my homeland with you. Fasten your seat belts, sit back and enjoy the ride.

    Instructor: Gala Zakai
    Open to students entering Grades 6-9
  • American Musical Theater: History and Repertoire - Session B

    This class is for all musical theater lovers - whether you are a performer or not! Each day, we will explore a different musical and watch or listen to excerpts from the show.  Discussions will include biographies of the composers and writers, the historical importance that the show played in its time, and the impact the show had on American musical theater.  The shows will span from the early 20th century to the latest shows on Broadway.
     
    Instructor: Sarah Shapiro
    Open to students entering Grades 6-9
  • Archeology Exploration - Session B

    Grab your Indiana Jones hat and get ready for an adventure!  Learn how archeologists discover secrets of the past!  In this class, we will journey through ancient times by examining artifacts, analyzing art, exploring chronology, and much more! Learn how to “read” pottery to determine the time period in which it was made. Unlock clues about people who lived in the past by “excavating” stratigraphic layers. Embark on virtual tours and draw parallels about finds from various cultures. This is your first step into a lifetime of exploration!
     
    Instructor: Margo Karlin
    Open to students entering Grades 6-9
  • Basics of Technology - Session C

    Be the group work partner everyone wants! Get your homework done with less stress and confusion about how to upload or format your work! Technology skills make classwork more fun and easier to complete and this course will painlessly take you from tech zero to tech hero. Through engaging and relevant projects, this class will teach students the skills needed to survive and thrive in 21st-century life, in school and beyond, including basic and intermediate techniques in internet research, Google Suite including Gmail, Google Drive (file organization), Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides and Google Forms as well as learning how to create and work with a variety of file types including .HEIC (iPhone 11 and later image file), .gdoc, .jpeg, .gif and .pdf. All you need is a laptop and an open mind to be on your way to better grades and more free time in the coming school year!
     
    Instructor: Alex Miller
    Open to students entering Grades 6-9
  • Building the Perfect Team: Designing an NBA and NFL Franchise - Sessions A or B

    Do you have what it takes to build a dynasty in the NFL and NBA? Students will be given a budget with the ability to create a new NBA and NFL franchise, where they will have to make decisions about locations, a team name, uniforms, coaching staffs, and players. This class is not about sports statistics but rather a class on creating the best team. Would you create an instant winner, a project that will dominate for years but not right now, or do you have your own strategy? 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 whose team is the best. We will discuss the different philosophies of each sport and learn about the details of each league. Lastly, students will have to work to find the coaches, players, and crunch the numbers to understand the financial details that keep you within the salary cap.

    Instructor: Ira Madnikoff
    Open to students entering Grades 6-9
  • Debate & the Torah - Session A

    Do you like to debate?  Are you able to convince others that your opinion is correct?  Maybe you are curious about what the Torah has to say about what's important in our lives.  In this class, we will look at 32 of the most important verses in the Torah and, using the structure of the NCAA tournament bracket, determine what we think the 'Final 4' should be and, ultimately, which is the most important verse in the entire Torah.  In addition to reading the verses and discussing your ideas, we will consider a variety of commentaries and make connections to our own lives.  Are you up for the Passuk Bracket Challenge?  Maybe your choice will win!

    Instructor: Sean Herstein
    Open to students entering Grades 6-9
  • Dollars and $ense - Session A, B or C

    Do you dream of retiring early? How does one navigate the new economy and markets brought on by Covid-19?  Do you want to sit back, relax and see your hard earned money grow year after year?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this financial literacy program is perfect for you.  We aim to teach money lessons that can help you grow a mini empire of economic success this year and well into the future.  You know that investing is key to a healthy financial future. Breaking it into easy, bite-sized nuggets is the best way to start de-mystifying investments for your scholars.   We will cover personal finance, employment vs. entrepreneurship, running a home/raising a family, and long-term investments and savings.  The sessions will include a mix of games, role-play and lessons in a fun yet educational setting.  We look forward to partnering with you this summer.
     
    Instructor: Marc Rudajev
    Open to students entering Grades 6-9
  • Filmmaking - Session A

    Christopher Nolan, Steven Spielberg, Patty Jenkins, YOU? Join Mr. Raff’s summer filmmaking session and you’ll get the chance to develop skills in directing, screenwriting, cinematography, editing, storyboarding, pitching and more while learning critical film history and theory. It is going to be the perfect mix of creativity and fun while each student expresses their individuality. Watch, learn about and make your own films.

    Instructor: Rami Raff
    Open to students entering Grades 6-9
  • Harry Potter and the Sacred Text - Session B

    Timeless and relevant across generations, Harry Potter has words of wisdom to comfort and unite us. Harry Potter and the Sacred Text--inspired by the popular podcast--will bring us together to relive our favorite moments and talk with friends about one of the greatest stories of all time. In this course, we will read and watch selections from the series of Harry Potter books and films and discuss themes and lessons, using a variety of text discussion techniques, including the technique of chevruta. This non-credit class will be a time for us to visit the wizarding world while never leaving Los Angeles!
     
    Instructor: Alex Miller
    Open to students entering Grades 6-9
  • History‚Äôs Mysteries - Sessions A or B

    Uncover the secret side of history with amazing stories of well-known people.  What have our history books left out?  Is there more to the story than what we’ve been told?  Do a deep dive into the stories of our past.  Research both sides, weigh the evidence and present your position.  Develop research skills as you analyze hidden details.  Strengthen public-speaking skills as you share your findings.  Unlock the hidden stories of your favorite historical characters and events.  Dazzle every history teacher of your future with what you learn in this class.  What you uncover will amaze you! 
     
    Instructor: Steve Parmelee
    Open to students entering Grades 6-9
  • Home Economics - Session A

    Do you want to know how to make more than a hard-boiled egg and how to sew a button back on your shirt or pants? Taking this class will help you develop skills in cooking, nutrition, and other various needs for life. Not only will Home Economics teach you about cooking, baking, and sewing, but it also prepares you to be more responsible and more aware of how to take care of yourselves in adulthood. On your way to college? This basic knowledge will make you a “valuable asset” to your roommates.
     
    Instructor: Iris Harel
    Open to students entering Grades 6-9
  • Intermediate Video Game Design - Session B

    Do you wonder how the video games you love are designed and created? In Intermediate Video Game Design, we'll look at how real games are made and take basic coding skills to the next level to create more advanced games. We'll use the Python intermediate programming language for this session. Enrollment in the Introductory course is not required, but some prior experience with coding is recommended. We'll test and play each other's games. We'll use Photoshop, Garageband, and iMovie to create elements of your games like action sounds and music, characters, and cut-aways. Come join us this summer to take your coding skills & video game creativity to the next level!
     
    Instructor: Jocelyn Plant
    Open to students entering Grades 6-9
  • Introduction to Video Game Design - Session A

    Do you love writing stories & creating games? Do you want to learn how to use technology to make your creations on the computer? In Introduction to Video Game Design, we will learn the basics of computer programming while making your own story or video game. We'll use the Scratch programming language for beginning programmers for this session. This will prepare you for Intermediate Video Game Design in Session B if you are interested in even more complex intricacies of video game design. We'll also explore digital creations using Apple's native applications like Photoshop, Garageband, and iMovie to create elements of your programs like game sounds and music, characters, and cut-aways. Come join us to explore the tools and methods for bringing your digital creations to life!

    Instructor: Jocelyn Plant
    Open to students entering Grades 6-9
  • Introduction to Voice - Session A

    This class is for everyone who wants to sing, whether you have never sung before and are looking for a way to start or have been singing for a while and are looking to take your voice to the next level.  This class is designed to improve each student's singing voice and develop the ability to sing successfully in front of others, with a healthy foundation for solo performance in both classical and non-classical singing styles. Classes will include group sessions that cover basic musicianship and the foundations of good singing technique including: posture, breathing and breath support, tone production, diction, and expression.  Each student will also have the opportunity to have individual instruction, where they can be assessed and given personal exercises to expand their abilities.
     
    Instructor: Sarah Shapiro
    Open to students entering Grades 6-9
  • Medical Science - Sessions A, B, or C

    Are you interested in topics related to the medical field? Would you like to learn about how medicine and science are connected to everyday life? Have you ever wondered how a vaccine works? Do you want to learn about how cancer occurs in the body and how it is treated? Is it true when they say "you are what you eat"? Are you interested in learning about the cause and treatment for a heart attack? You can also learn how to build a functioning model of your own lungs, test your body's blind spot and other cool experiments! In this Medical Sciences Elective you can learn about these interesting topics and more!
     

    Instructor: Michael Rayhan
    Open to students entering Grades 6-9
  • Needle Art - Session B

    If you are interested in learning the art of needlepoint, knitting, crochet, and hand sewing, this is the course for you!  Enjoy the relaxing art of needle art while simultaneously enjoying the therapeutic mental relaxation and rejuvenation while you create.  In this class, you will learn the basics of multiple different types of needle art, which will give you the needed background to explore and advance in the future.  These arts stimulate the logical part of your brain and at the same time maintain a mental workout.
     
    Instructor: Iris Harel
    Open to students entering Grades 6-9
  • Online Basketball Camp - Sessions A, B, or C

    Ready to take your game to the next level? Train like the pros in our Online Basketball Camp and learn skills of the greatest players of all time! Athletes will study in a fun learning environment at an appropriate pace for middle and high school players. In addition to skills training, this camp will explore how to develop a championship mindset and leadership on the court, while learning signature moves of the greatest professional basketball players in the game. This program is for the motivated athlete who is eager to learn and willing to work to improve the fundamental skills needed to become an elite basketball player at any level.
    Access to a basketball and a hoop during class is required.
     
    Instructor: Dmitri Hodgkinson
    Open to students entering Grades 6-9
  • The Plant-Based Pantry - Vegan Sauces, Cheeses and Meat Substitutes from Scratch! - Session A

    If you can’t stand the heat, get in the kitchen! In The Plant-Based Pantry, students will learn how to make delicious plant-based staples like sauces, cheeses (yes, you read that right!) and meat substitutes that even the most ravenous carnivores will go wild for. Why plants? Plants require less water and time to produce our food, Kashrut laws can be followed and a diet change can make a significant impact on your carbon footprint and help fight climate change. With live-cooking lessons and access to recipes, this course will teach you to prepare foods that are good for you and the planet.
     
    Instructor: Alex Miller
    Open to students entering Grades 6-9

Open to Students entering Grades 9-12

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  • American Musical Theater: History and Repertoire - Session B

    This class is for all musical theater lovers - whether you are a performer or not! Each day, we will explore a different musical and watch or listen to excerpts from the show.  Discussions will include biographies of the composers and writers, the historical importance that the show played in its time, and the impact the show had on American musical theater.  The shows will span from the early 20th century to the latest shows on Broadway.
     
    Instructor: Sarah Shapiro
    Open to students entering Grades 9-12
  • Ferrante Fever - Sessions B or C

    Ferrante Fever (also the title of a documentary about Elena Ferrante) is an immersive workshop experience where we will read, write about, and discuss Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels, starting with My Brilliant Friend and ending with Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay (though participants are welcome to read ahead to the final book in the series). The course will explore the relationships between the book and the HBO Series modelled after the books entitled, My Brilliant Friend. Together we will work together to analyze the emerging consciousness of the protagonist, Elena within the historical context of her relationships, environment and community. Throughout this process we will also explore our personal memories, relationships and surroundings as fodder for storytelling, and write creatively in and around Ferrante's novels. The workshop will result in a short personal essay exploring each participant's personal and intellectual experience of reading The Neapolitan Novels. Join us for a deep dive into what The New York Times has called a "dazzling" and "unforgettable" experience.

    Instructor: Elizabeth Crawford
    Open to students entering Grades 9-12
  • How to Think and Write like a Critic: Journalism of Music and Film 101 - Sessions A, B, or C

    In this course, you will take a step by step approach in writing article reviews. You will be exposed to the process behind a professional review, learn the basic components of a review, and most importantly how to write a review that is engaging to your audience; one that creates dialogue between your readers. We will study professional reviews from well known music and film critics. You will be assigned both film and music to listen to in order to write critically. You will be able to conference with both the teacher and your peers to receive feedback in regards to the revision process. You will be able to look at entertainment through a critical lens while creating a deeper appreciation for the craft of both writing, music, and film.

    Instructor: Lauren Scheloske
    Open to students entering Grades 9-12
  • Los Angeles on Screen - Session A

    How did Hollywood create the myth of Hollywood? And how does the world view Los Angeles? In this course, we will screen and analyze films set and shot in L.A. From Singin’ in the Rain to Straight Outta Compton and Chinatown to Blade Runner (movie selections subject to change), we will examine how the City of Angels has been represented and misrepresented on film over the past 100 years.

    Instructor: Ari Karpel
    Open to students entering Grades 9-12
  • Milken Media Studies: The Wire - Sessions A, B or C

    Keep your critical thinking skills sharp this summer and watch one of the best shows in the history of television. The Wire is HBO's critically acclaimed series set in Baltimore. Drug dealers and cops. Who are the bad guys? Who really is good? If you are a sophomore or junior, you will be able to dive into these questions with the skills you learned in English 10. If you're a rising freshman, this is a great chance to preview the ideas you will use in the fall! Activities include socratic seminars, creative writing, some philosophical reading, and watching series one of The Wire.

    Instructor: Chris McAdamis
    Open to students entering Grades 9-12
  • Writing as Practice - Session A or C

    Do you enjoy journaling, writing poetry, short stories, or something in between? We will look at a variety of contemporary and classical forms of written expression and endeavor to create our own hybrid texts, histories, memoirs and translations. Are you multilingual? Why not bring that to the table, too? We will read, we will write, we will follow our muses and talk about where they may lead.

    Instructor: Nathan Silver
    Open to students entering Grades 9-12

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  • Do I have to send my child to Milken Community Schools to be a part of SummerBoost! or The Studio?

    All students from ages 9-14 are welcome at SummerBoost! or The Studio regardless of their current school.
  • Do you offer any discounts for SummerBoost! or The Studio?

     
    At this time, we do not offer financial aid. We do offer a number of discounts for different constituencies. 

    Milken students who are currently enrolled for the 2020-2021 year are eligible for a 50 percent discount. The children of Milken employees are eligible for the same discount. This discount cannot be combined with any other offers.

    Anyone is eligible to buy a multi-week package, which discounts SummerBoost! or the Studio's costs by 25 percent. This discount cannot be combined with any other offers.

    Jewish communal employees (as verified by their email address) receive 25 percent off of each week at SummerBoost! or The Studio. This discount cannot be combined with any other offers.

    Students who are currently enrolled in a Jewish day school or a synagogue-based religious school are also eligible for a 25 percent discount for SummerBoost! or The Studio. This discount cannot be combined with any other offers.

    Jewish communal employees (as verified by their email address) receive 25 percent off of each week at SummerBoost! or The Studio. This discount cannot be combined with any other offers. 

    Medical workers who are on the front lines of the Covid-19 outbreak are eligible for a 25 percent discount off of each week of camp. Medical workers are those with a recognized degree (MD, PA, RN, MFT) and work at a known hospital or medical facility. This discount cannot be combined with any other offers.
     
  • What can attend The Studio?

    The Studio is an academic, non-credit program for students interested in pursuing areas of interest over the summer.
  • What is SummerBoost!?

    Summer boost a skills-development summer enrichment program.
  • Who can attend SummerBoost!?

    SummerBoost was designed for students entering grades 5-9.
  • Who is The Studio for?

    The Studio was designed for students entering grades 6-12.
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