9-12 Programs

The Upper School programs offer students the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of academic credit or enrichment courses.
 
One-week half-day intensive workshops are available June 15-19, 2020.
 
Our core program of classes runs five weeks from June 22 through July 24, 2020. Several classes have two- and three-week options. 
 
Academic classes meet Monday-Friday. Enrichment classes meet on Monday/Wednesday/Friday or Tuesday/Thursday with some afternoon programs meeting Monday-Friday.  
 
Students may select one class or several to create a full-day schedule. However, students enrolled in academic credit classes will have considerable amounts of homework and are reminded to consider limiting their summer course selections. 
 
Most classes are only offered once. Prior to enrolling online, we suggest printing the Grid Schedule of Classes to use as a guide for selecting the desired student schedule.
 
Students enrolled in Academic Credit classes will receive grades, grade reports and transcripts. An academic credit form is required to have grades and transcripts sent to a student’s home school. This form should be submitted to the student’s home school for approval prior to enrolling in the summer programs. This form is not required for Crossroads students. 
 
Upper School programs and courses are held at our 21st Street Campus, except for basketball, swim and volleyball. Students on campus are transported by school bus to attend these classes. Pick up for these classes is at the Sport Center on the Norton Campus.
 
School will be closed on Friday, July 3. 



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Drama/Theater

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  • Musical Theater Production, grades 6-12

    Course: #702 Section 34
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 1:30pm-4:30pm
    Dates: June 22-July 17, 2020 (4 weeks)
    Fee: $1450
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Ronnie Anderson, Crossroads Faculty
    Instructor: Fred Pinto, Crossroads Summer Faculty
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.

    The Show Must Go On…On Line!!!
     
    Join us this summer for an inventive, creative brand new collaboration of Musical Theater.  Ronnie and Fred have been teaching and directing musical theater at Crossroads for the past 12 summers, and very excited to announce our FIRST on line production!  Creative…YES!, Original…YES, Collaborative fun learning…YES, YES, YES!!!!  The directors and cast will be putting together a two act musical production that has never been done before.
     
    Act 1 will feature the new show titled, The Play Must Go On, On Line.  A funny story about a school getting ready to stage their spring musical when QUARANTINE strikes!  What will they do? When one student overhears the drama teacher say that, if there is no show, then the drama department will be shut down, all the theater students come up with a great idea to save their play as well as the entire Drama Department.  Filled with touching moments and hilarious songs, this is one that will be remembered for years to come.
     
    Act 2 will be a musical journey about this new world we are temporarily living in.  For those of you who love to sing, this is for you.  We will choose from a wide array of songs that highlight not only what is happening in the world right now but of the excitement and joy for what is to come…. tomorrow.
     
    In musical theater we will work on character study, scene work, voice and choreography.  Every actor will also be working on costume design and creating background atmosphere.  All high school students will receive a fine arts credit that will be sent to your school upon competition of this class. Come and make lifetime memories with us as we begin this new journey…..TOGETHER.
     
    About the teachers/Directors:
    Ronnie Anderson has been a Crossroads for teacher for 25 years.  He has B.A. in Education and Fine Arts from Salve Regina University.  Before teaching, Ronnie was an actor in more than fifty productions, touring in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.  He is the Co-Owner of C.A.T.S. Theatre with Fred Pinto in Rustic Canyon, California.
     
    Fred Pinto is the Drama Teacher at Beverly Vista School in Beverly Hills California.  A position he has held for the past 10 years.  He is a graduate of Purchase College with a B.A. in Theater Arts.  Fred has travelled the world in multiple productions including 42nd St., West Side Story and Chorus Line just to name a few.  He is the Co-Owner of C.A.T.S Theatre with Ronnie Anderson.
     
     
  • On Camera Audition Workshop!, One-Week, grades 8-12 [NEW]

    Course: #805 Section 11  
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 9:00am-11:30am 
    Dates: June 15-June 19, 2020
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Claire Larsen, Crossroads Faculty

    Course: #805 Section 72  
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 12:30pm-3:00pm
    Dates: July 27-July 31, 2020
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Claire Larsen, Crossroads Faculty
     
    This fun, challenging class is for both the seasoned performer or brand new beginner! This is an opportunity to stretch, play, get to know yourself and in safe, non-competitive environment, practice the art of auditioning.  An audition offers us a chance work on how to let ourselves JUMP,  to be seen, to practice bringing ourselves fully into a room and, provides us an opportunity to learn how handle performance anxiety – a valuable skill whether or not we are auditioning!  We will explore monologues,  short scenes from film and TV from a variety of genres and look at how to break down a scene so we understand the story we are being asked to tell.  We will work on giving and receiving feedback and spend some time on what to do during a call back and how to always keep playing and discovering.  Each class will include warm up exercises, improve games (improv is often asked for in auditions!) and new material that is appropriate for each student. Students will walk away from this workshop with new audition material and more importantly, with more ease and confidence in the process of auditioning and sharing themselves with others.
  • Writing for Performance, grades 8-12 and recent grads [NEW]

    Course: #703 Section 34  
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 3:30pm-5:00pm
    Dates: June 22-July 24, 2020
    Fee: $550
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Claire Larsen, Crossroads Faculty
     
    In this fun, dynamic, on your feet writing class, students will explore writing a range of texts that are designed to be performed – monologues, skits, sketches, personal narrative, two person scenes and more.  We will examine both our individual writing styles and strengths and look at what it is like to work collaboratively on one story, as one does in a writers room (a la TV).  This is for any writer or performer who wants to push themselves creatively and is interested in developing their skill set as a writer. You will have the chance to workshop your writing each week, get feedback, give feedback and because scripts are meant to be spoken out loud, you will start to learn more about human behavior and interaction and what rings true to the human ear.   In each class you will be working as both a writer on your own content and as performer in the work of your peers.  We will read excerpts of screenplays and plays and watch clips of writers whose work has been produced in film and Television.  We may also look at developing content for Film/TV/Internet, how to “pitch” your work to those who might want to produce it and how you can produce your own work.  Get ready for a fun, creative on your feet writing class where you will walk away with work that will enhance and enliven your portfolio, whether you are a writer or a performer or both.

English

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  • Digital Broadcast Journalism, grades 6-12 [NEW]

    Course: #525 Section 31
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 9:00am-10:30am
    Dates: June 22-July 24, 2020
    Fee: $550
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Brendan Whitt, Crossroads Summer Faculty
     
    Course: #525 Section 35
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 9:00am-10:30am
    Dates: June 22-July 10, 2020
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Brendan Whitt, Crossroads Summer Faculty

    This class will allow students to make video news segments based on their interests. Students will learn how to identify whether a story is informative versus news. The class will also learn how to plan, write and film a news segment for broadcast.
      
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Creative Writing, grades 9-12

    Course: #540 Section 52
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 11:00am-12:30pm
    Dates: June 22-July 24, 2020
    Fee: $1050
    Type: Credit (1 semester)
    Instructor: Nika Cavat, Crossroads Faculty 

    Introduction: Every human being has a deep impulse toward creativity. It helps us to problem-solve, relaxes our brains, and provides a necessary outlet for our emotional lives. This online course, newly revised according to instructor’s experience with on-line courses during the school year, explores creative writing with a uniquely therapeutic approach, one that offers the student both healing and insight into the benefits of self-expression. Students explore a myriad of writing genres, from poetry to short fiction, playwriting to creative non-fiction. Students have access to literature from around the world and in their own backyards. Students learn a different genre of creative writing weekly, culminating with an online portfolio.  The course encourages the use of music, art, film, and other forms of self-expression to help stimulate the writing process.  Twice weekly, the class features a writer, poet, or performing artist. The goal is to produce an on-line journal featuring the very best of student creativity. There are a number of online journals and magazine templates available: Penzu, Lucidpress, and others. 
     
    Sample Texts: The Illustrated Man (short fiction) – Ray Bradbury
     A Book of Luminous Things: An International Anthology of Poetry – ed. Czeslaw Milosz
     
     
    Materials: A laptop computer, internet access, a notebook and pens. 
     
    Expectations: Come to class with an open mind, a positive attitude, and a willingness to be of support to your classmates. We treat the intimacy of a creative writing class much as we would a life skills class, with respect for one another’s privacy, and an honoring of each student’s individual creative journey. Because this is an on-line class, students should observe the same kind of etiquette expected of them during the school year. 
     
    Attendance & Participation:
    Each class begins with a short 15 mins. Zoom check-in, followed by a writing prompt for the day. Class typically concludes with either a shared Google doc noting progress, exchanging notes, and asking questions. Daily attendance for each class is required. Students who miss more than three (3) days of a credit course will not receive credit. Two (2) tardies will count as one (1) absence for that course. You will have one day to make up assignments missed due to a legitimate excuse. 
     
    Homework: there will be a minimum of homework for this course.
     
    Grading Policy:
    70%, weekly portfolio: portfolios will receive a grade for design, completion, and originality 
    20%, individual pieces (only the revisions of individual pieces will be graded) 
    10%, Participation/effort/citizenship
     
    About The Instructor: Nika has just finished teaching her 31th year at Crossroads. She received a B.A. in Literature from SUNY, Purchase College, and an M.F.A. in Film from Columbia University. After working for several years in documentary film, feature film, television, and theatre production, Nika taught film part time at Crossroads, then joined the English department. She founded the creative writing program here, and has taught 9th-12th grade English throughout her career. As a freelance writer, her poetry, essays, short fiction, and non-fiction articles have been published on – line and in print across the United States. She has also worked with incarcerated and homeless youth in Los Angeles. 

    School is closed July 3. 
  • Essay, grades 9-12

    Course: #503 Section 51 
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 9:00am-10:30am
    Dates: June 22-July 24, 2020
    Fee: $1050
    Type: Credit (1-semester credit)
    Instructor: Nika Cavat, Crossroads Faculty
               
    School is closed July 3. 

    Introduction: The essay is amongst the most flexible, challenging, and satisfying forms of writing in literature. Each week this evenly-paced online course, newly revised according to instructor’s experience with on-line courses during the school year, explores a different essay form: the traditional essay, the argumentative essay, the persuasive essay, the expository essay, and the personal essay. Students read, analyze, write about, and discuss a rich variety of essays. Additionally, students have the opportunity to write two drafts of each essay, peer edit, and create online portfolios of their work, alongside possible literary reviews and personal reflections. While this is an academic course intended to review and reinforce critical writing skills learned during the school year, it also purposefully supports the young writer curious to explore the essay form. 
     
    Sample Texts: 
    A Thousand Splendid Suns -  Khaled Hosseini
    Dive – Stacey Donovan
    From Our Land to Our Land: Essays, Journeys & Imaginings from a Native Xicanx Writer-Luis Rodriguez
     
    Online Resources: A robust collection of online resources are at the heart of this course. 
     
    Materials: A notebook, laptop and internet access
     
    Expectations: Come to class with an open mind, a positive attitude, and a willingness to be of support to your classmates. Because this is an on-line class, students should observe the same kind of etiquette expected of them during the school year.
     
    Attendance:  Daily attendance for each class is required. It will begin with a Zoom check-in, then group reading and writing exercises to get warmed up. Students will work on their own for part of each class, with a closing shared Google doc. Those who miss more than three (3) days of a credit course will not receive credit. Two (2) tardies will count as one (1) absence for that course. You will have one day to make up assignments missed due to a legitimate excuse. 
     
    Homework: There will be approximately 30 to 45 minutes of homework nightly.
     
     
    Grading Policy: Only 2nd draft revisions are officially graded (grades entered into grade book), while 1st drafts are not grades of record. Each assignment will have a grading rubric. 
    • Essay (writing assignments of more than 700 words): 65% 
    • Vocabulary and grammar quizzes, short assignments (under 700 words): 20%
    • Participation/effort grade: 15% 
    About The Instructor: Nika has just finished teaching her 31th year at Crossroads. She received a B.A. in Literature from SUNY, Purchase College, and an M.F.A. in Film from Columbia University. After working for several years in documentary film, feature film, television, and theatre production, Nika taught film part time at Crossroads, then joined the English department. She founded the creative writing program here, and has taught 9th-12th grade English throughout her career. As a freelance writer, her poetry, essays, short fiction, and non-fiction articles have been published on – line and in print across the United States. She has also worked with incarcerated and homeless youth in Los Angeles. 



  • Less is More: The Art of Concise Creative Writing, One-Week, grades 6-9 [NEW]

    Course: #802 Section 12
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 12:30pm-3:00pm
    Dates: June 15-June 19, 2020
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Josh Adler, Crossroads Faculty

    In this 1-week intensive course, students will master the art of writing creatively with very few words. Students will learn the art of the haiku and compose their own poetry, supplemented by imaginative visual, tactile and kinesthetic exploration. Students will also read, discuss and compose 6-word stories and memoirs that can be published and shared.
     
     
  • Make Your Own E-Zine, grades 9-12 and recent grads [NEW]

    Course: #743 Section 33  
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 1:30pm-3:00pm
    Dates: June 22-July 24, 2020
    Fee: $550
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Abigail Chew, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Research and Writing Skills, Design with Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and PhotoShop. Choose your own passion project from black-footed ferrets to rocket science to sonnets and learn to research, write about, and design a magazine around your idea! Students work with an instructor to hone their ideas to a specific target, then research facts and information, find images that are available for reuse, learn to create their own illustrations in PhotoShop, InDesign, and Illustrator (programs available through Crossroads). Students then choose the size of their magazine and learn to build a master page, design a cover, and lay out their magazine in Adobe InDesign. Finished project can be exported as a PDF and distributed electronically!
  • Poetry Intensive: A Thinking, Reading and Writing Creativity Workshop, One-Week, grades 6-12 [NEW]

    Course: #758 Section 72 
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 12:30pm-3:00pm
    Dates: July 27-July 31, 2020
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Ebony Murphy-Root, Crossroads Faculty
     
     
    This is an intensive one-week poetry workshop where we will read the work of classic, established and contemporary writers, with a focus on queer, women and writers of color; analyze, write, edit and revise our work. The philosophy behind a workshop of  this kind for committed, enthusiastic young writers is that you will hone your craft and style by working with other writers who are engaged in similar efforts and who share similar goals to to share with an audience and possible publication.
     
    School is closed July 3. 
  • Poetry Intensive: A Thinking, Reading and Writing Creativity Workshop, One-Week, grades 9-12 and recent grads [NEW]

    Course: #758 Section 11 
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 9:00am-11:30am
    Dates: June 15-June 19, 2020
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Ebony Murphy-Root, Crossroads Faculty 
     
    This is an intensive one-week poetry workshop where we will read the work of classic, established and contemporary writers, with a focus on queer, women and writers of color; analyze, write, edit and revise our work. The philosophy behind a workshop of  this kind for committed, enthusiastic young writers is that you will hone your craft and style by working with other writers who are engaged in similar efforts and who share similar goals to to share with an audience and possible publication.
     
    School is closed July 3. 
  • Writing for Performance, grades 8-12 and recent grads [NEW]

    Course: #703 Section 34  
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 3:30pm-5:00pm
    Dates: June 22-July 24, 2020
    Fee: $550
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Claire Larsen, Crossroads Faculty
     
    In this fun, dynamic, on your feet writing class, students will explore writing a range of texts that are designed to be performed – monologues, skits, sketches, personal narrative, two person scenes and more.  We will examine both our individual writing styles and strengths and look at what it is like to work collaboratively on one story, as one does in a writers room (a la TV).  This is for any writer or performer who wants to push themselves creatively and is interested in developing their skill set as a writer. You will have the chance to workshop your writing each week, get feedback, give feedback and because scripts are meant to be spoken out loud, you will start to learn more about human behavior and interaction and what rings true to the human ear.   In each class you will be working as both a writer on your own content and as performer in the work of your peers.  We will read excerpts of screenplays and plays and watch clips of writers whose work has been produced in film and Television.  We may also look at developing content for Film/TV/Internet, how to “pitch” your work to those who might want to produce it and how you can produce your own work.  Get ready for a fun, creative on your feet writing class where you will walk away with work that will enhance and enliven your portfolio, whether you are a writer or a performer or both.
  • Writing Letters in the Same House: Document, Communicate, and Save, grades 6-12 and recent grads [NEW]

    Course: #707 Section 24
    Days: Tue/Thurs
    Time: 3:30pm-5:00pm
    Dates: June 23-July 23, 2020
    Fee: $300
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Abigail Chew, Crossroads Faculty
     
    This five week project offers both reading and writing assignments to adults and young people in the same house or separated -- by a few blocks or a few thousand miles. Reading assignments offer examples, investigations of the historical importance, and aesthetic beauty of letters. Participants will read letters from the likes of James Baldwin and Emily Dickinson, Hannah Grover and Albert Einstein and Johnny Cash. Weekly assignments offer prompts and inspirations for letter-writing between the project participants. At the end of the five weeks, the letters and inspirational material will be gathered by the project leader and laid out in a personalized magazine, delivered via PDF, with options for printing and binding. This project can work with two people or more -- perhaps a student, caregiver, and grandparent -- or even aunts and uncles! Can be adjusted for all-adult or all youth (all the cousins!) participants.

Film

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  • Family Movie Night – “Classic Hollywood” [NEW]

    Course: #812 Section 79 
    Days: Thursday Nights
    Time: 7:00pm-9:30pm
    Dates: June 11, June 18, June 25, July 2
    Fee: $150
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Molly Hansen, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Put an end to those hours of scrolling for a family movie to watch! Family Movie Night hosts four Classic Hollywood movies with online discussion after led by Crossroads Filmmaking Faculty. Watch great Hollywood movies and connect with other film loving families. Enjoy the show! 
     
    Some Like it Hot, dir. Billy Wilder, 1959. 2hr 12 min. 
    Rear Window, dir. Alfred Hitchcock, 1954. 1hr 55 min.
    An American in Paris, dir. Vincente Minnelli, 1951. 1hr 55min.
    The Lady Eve, dir. Preston Sturges, 1941. 1hr 37min.
     
    Live stream via Zoom screen share will be available to watch the movies. Discussion held via Zoom.
  • Digital Filmmaking Workshops, grades 6-12

    Course: #714 Section 02 (Two weeks)
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 1:30pm-4:30pm
    Dates: June 22-July 2, 2020
    Fee: $800
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Gary Ellenberg, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course: #714 Section 03 (Three weeks)
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 1:30pm-4:30pm
    Dates: July 6-July 24, 2020
    Fee: $1000
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Gary Ellenberg, Crossroads Faculty

    The videos that you’ve always thought about making are possible to create! Join us in this class to experience every facet of the digital filmmaking process. Learn how to take your idea from concept, to developing your story, to writing out dialogue for your characters, to shooting and editing your own movie. Understand the process like never before, and have fun doing it! All levels of filmmakers from beginning to advanced are welcome, as this program is tailor-made to your abilities.
     
    About the class:
    Students use CELTX, a web-based screenwriting software as they learn how to tell their individual stories by developing characters and writing their own screenplays. Students also learn to edit and score their films using Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere and iMovie editing software. 
     
    In addition, students watch and analyze films that demonstrate dynamic and creative filmmaking. They view award-winning films produced by both the big studios and the independent filmmaker and learn to critique them by having in-depth conversations about character and story.
     
    Finally, industry professionals from all areas will visit to share their knowledge and experience with the students. 
     
    Components Include:
     
    Production: concept to shooting, editing, viewing and discussion
    Screenwriting: creating your story, and writing the script
    Field trips: visiting major film studios and independent production studios like YouTube Space LA
    Film Theory and Discussion: discuss your own films and popular clips from movies, television, and the web
     
    Sample Weekly Schedule 
    Monday: 1-2pm film theory. 2-4pm writing.
    Tuesday: 1-2pm writing. 2-4pm film production. 
    Wed: 1-3pm. film production 3-4pm editing. (Or Field Trip)
    Thursday: 1-2pm guest speaker 2-4pm editing.
    Friday: 1-2pm watch weekly student projects. 2-4pm watch and analyze a Feature Film. 

    Students will need access to any type of video camera. This can include i-phones, computer cameras, or DSLRs. 
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Filmmaking Fundamentals – Remote 2020, One-Week, grades 8-12 and recent grads [NEW]

    Course: #806 Section 11  
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 9:00am-11:30am
    Dates: June 15-June 19, 2020
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Molly Hansen, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Students will learn the basics of movie making and cinematic language by producing, directing, and editing their own short movie. Students will develop and strengthen their own unique voices on screen working in narrative, documentary, animation, or experimental forms. Simple, fun, and informative this course is a perfect starting point or continuation for the aspiring filmmaker. Filmmaking Fundamentals concludes with a special online screening night, complete with a filmmaker Q&A, open to family and friends. Students will need access to any type of video camera. This can include i-phones, computer cameras, or DSLRs.
  • How to Read A Film, Tom Kemper's Greatest Hits, grades 9-12, recent grads, alumni and parents [NEW]

    Course: #716 Section 03
    Days: Sundays
    Time: 3:00pm-5:30pm
    Dates: June 14, 28, July 5, 12, 19 (no class on June 21)
    Fee: $400
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Tom Kemper, Crossroads Faculty

    An overview of film interpretation, this one-week course will survey the many different practices of filmmaking and how to recognize and understand them. It will examine film’s close relation to other arts from painting to photography to the comic book, exploring film from many different perspectives. Students will learn the principles of classical Hollywood style and its endurance into the modern era. From there, the course will examine the ways filmmakers employed aspects of the medium to create narratives. These classical narrative values will serve as a contrast to explorations of alternative cinemas, from foreign films and art cinema, modernist and avant-garde strategies, documentary form, animation, and independent filmmaking. In all of these cases, students will learn what elements stand out as necessary to film’s meaning and how to discern a film’s important and unique components as an art and a form of communication. The class will expose the complexities of film that often go forgotten or overlooked. Film clips and visual aids (painting, photography, theater, and comic books) will enhance the lectures and discussions.  The goal is to develop or enhance students in their film experience by giving them the tools and practices of engaged watching.  Dr. Tom Kemper has taught at UCLA’s film school and currently teaches at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and Crossroads School. He is the author of Hidden Talent: The Emergence of Hollywood Agents (2010) and Toy Story: A Critical Reading (2015) in the prestigious BFI Film Classics series. 
  • Make a Movie: Guerrilla Filmmaking, One-Week, grades 7-12 and recent grads

    Course: #790 Section 12
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 12:30pm-3:00pm
    Dates: June 15-June 19, 2020
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Gary Ellenberg, Crossroads Faculty 

    Come partake and celebrate filmmaking in this exciting, one-week Summer School video production class at Crossroads. Students, in five days, will learn how to write a screenplay using CELTX, a web-based professional screenwriting software, film a movie with digital film cameras and learn how to edit using iMovie or Final Cut editing software. In this fun and fast paced class, students will "draw" key cinematic elements, like a specific prop, a line of dialogue or the genre for their film, from "a hat." These elements must be a part of their film as they create and then screen their films at the end of the week. Learn film from the get-go, in this hands-on approach to digital gorilla filmmaking. Cinematic technique will be discussed on the first day and then the students will immediately be plunged into the world of creative movie making. An industry professional will watch and critique the films with the students to help provide insight and offer valuable insider information. 

    Students will need access to any type of video camera. This can include i-phones, computer cameras, or DSLRs. 
     
     
  • On Camera Audition Workshop!, One-Week, grades 8-12 [NEW]

    Course: #805 Section 11  
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 9:00am-11:30am 
    Dates: June 15-June 19, 2020
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Claire Larsen, Crossroads Faculty

    Course: #805 Section 72  
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 12:30pm-3:00pm
    Dates: July 27-July 31, 2020
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Claire Larsen, Crossroads Faculty
     
    This fun, challenging class is for both the seasoned performer or brand new beginner! This is an opportunity to stretch, play, get to know yourself and in safe, non-competitive environment, practice the art of auditioning.  An audition offers us a chance work on how to let ourselves JUMP,  to be seen, to practice bringing ourselves fully into a room and, provides us an opportunity to learn how handle performance anxiety – a valuable skill whether or not we are auditioning!  We will explore monologues,  short scenes from film and TV from a variety of genres and look at how to break down a scene so we understand the story we are being asked to tell.  We will work on giving and receiving feedback and spend some time on what to do during a call back and how to always keep playing and discovering.  Each class will include warm up exercises, improve games (improv is often asked for in auditions!) and new material that is appropriate for each student. Students will walk away from this workshop with new audition material and more importantly, with more ease and confidence in the process of auditioning and sharing themselves with others.
  • Summer Cinema – Remote 2020, One-Week, grades 8-12 and recent grads [NEW]

    Course: #811 Section 12  
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 12:30pm-3:00pm
    Dates: June 15-June 19, 2020
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Molly Hansen, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Do you love watching movies? Would you like to meet others who love movies as much as you do? Summer Cinema will unleash and nurture your inner cinephile. Over the course we will watch a series of essential movies, discuss, and learn the basics of cinematic language. Fun and thought provoking, you will leave knowing how to articulate cinematic thoughts and defend an argument for your favorite movies while meeting other movie lovers.

History

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  • Art History Crash Course for Families, grades 9 – 12 and recent grads and adults [NEW]

    Course: #738 Section 63  
    Days: Wednesday Nights
    Time: 7:00 pm-10:00pm
    Dates: June 24, July 1, July 8, July 15, July 22, July 29
    Fee: $500
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Jesse Robinson, Crossroads Faculty
     
    This ‘crash course’ in Art History will cover topics including ancient Greek sculpture, the Italian Renaissance, and Contemporary American art.  Designed with both students and adults in mind, we will cover some of the large themes in art through a series of slide lectures, guided break-out discussions, and PDFs with images, supplemental readings, and online resources.  Participants of all ages will come away from the class with a greater insight into some of the driving questions in art history and some tools for understanding Modern and Contemporary art.  While we can’t travel far physically these days, we can certainly take an aesthetic journey through the ages and engage in stimulating conversation along the way.
  • Psychology, An Intro to, grades 9-12 and recent grads [NEW]

    Course: #639 Section 51
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 9:00am-10:30am
    Dates: June 22-July 24, 2020
    Fee: $1050
    Type: Credit (1-semester elective credit)
    Instructor: Sarah Eleid, Crossroads Summer Faculty 

    The conscious mind may be compared to a fountain playing in the sun and falling back into the great subterranean pool of subconscious from which it rises.” Sigmund Freud. This college-level course is a broad survey of the scientific study of human nature. We will delve into various topics including but not limited to, how the mind works, the mind-body connection, child development, memory, cognition, personality, psychopathology, and social interaction. Students will consider how such knowledge relates to debates about nature and nurture, free will, consciousness, human differences, self, and society. The learning format of this class will be structured around discussions, experiments, guest speakers, optional field trips and in-class psychological explorations. Students will come away with a strong foundational knowledge of psychology, mental health & wellness and career options in this field. We will have lecture 2-3 times per week via Zoom. The days that do not have a lecture will be time that students have to work on assigned research projects.
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • United States History, grade 11 [WAIT LIST]

    This class has a WAITLIST. A section has been added to our registration form for non-Crossroads students to be placed on the waitlist.
    Please register (no fees will be charged at this time) and we will contact you about the status of this course.

    Course: #531 Section 50
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 9:00am-2:30pm
    Dates: June 22-July 24, 2020
    Fee: $2200
    Type: Credit (1-year academic credit)
    Instructor: Drew Devore, Crossroads Faculty
    Instructor: Bryn Lander, Crossroads Faculty
    Instructor: TBA

    Students study, discuss and debate central issues in United States history between the 17th and 21st centuries. Readings include classic works on American political and literary life, contemporary social and cultural criticism, and significant primary and secondary historical sources. Sustained writing, research, and discussion deepen critical reasoning. One of the centerpieces of the U.S. History course is the students' completion of a semester-long, in-depth, largely self-guided research paper. The purpose of this paper is to solidify students' understanding of the historical process, to strengthen students' ability to conduct quality academic research, and to hone students' skills in the analysis, evaluation and interpretation of past events.
     
    Students taking this class should be prepared for the rigor and intensive pace of this course and to complete significant reading assignments each evening. Students must be able to address complex historical theory. Students must be able to grasp these concepts and be comfortable writing formal essays.
     
    United States History Honors, grade 11
    Honors credit is available to any student who undertakes a rigorous program of additional reading and writing and discussion in addition to the regular work of the course. Honors assignments require longer or more difficult readings as well as more complex writing and thoughtful discussion. Students working for honors credit can expect to spend more time on work out of class than students who do not take Honors. Students must consistently maintain at least a B in order to receive honors credit and remain in the honors program.
     
    Students are required to purchase a textbook prior to the first class meeting. A book list will be sent home in May. Students are also required to bring a laptop computer to class each day. If a student does not have a laptop, the summer programs office may be able to provide one on loan for the summer. For more information, please contact us at 310-829-7391, ext. 506.
     
    This is a UC/CSU/NCAA approved course.
      
    Priority is given to current Crossroads students and enrollment is processed on a first-come first-served basis.
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
     
    *Students are required to be at school until 2:30pm (dailiy for this class) and are not permitted to leave campus for lunch.
     
    Important Information about attendance in Credit Classes:
     
    Absences & Tardies
    For Upper School credit courses students must plan to attend all sessions of class.
     
    We understand that illness can happen in the summer. For classes that meet for five-weeks, a student may miss a maximum of three class sessions. For classes that meet less than five-weeks, a student may only miss two class sessions. Two tardies to the same class may count as one absence.
     
    When absent or late to class, students are still responsible for completing all assigned work. Students must complete all course requirements to receive Upper School academic credit. Additional absences may lower a student’s grade in the class and or may preclude the awarding of any credit.
     
    Academic Credit
    An Academic Credit Form is not required for Crossroads students.
     
    In order to have grades and transcripts sent to a student’s home school, an Academic Credit Form is required for all non-Crossroads students. 
     
    Students taking this class should be prepared for the intense pace of the course. One day of class in the summer program is considered to be equal to a week of classes during the school year. Students should also be prepared for two to three hours of homework each night. The school library is open daily until 5:00pm should a student choose to stay on campus to complete their work. It is recommended that students do not take other classes, work, or take on internships during the five weeks of the summer program. 
  • World Civilizations 2, grades 10-12 [WAITLIST]

    This class has a WAIT LIST. 
    A section has been added to our registration form for non-Crossroads students to be placed on the waitlist.
    Please register (no fees will be charged at this time) and we will contact you about the status of this course.
    Course: #532 Section 50
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 9:00am-12:30pm
    Dates: June 22-July 24, 2020
    Fee: $1800
    Type: Credit (1-year history credit)
    Instructor: Paul Case, Crossroads Faculty
    Instructor: TBA

    This course introduces students to the social, political, economic, and philosophical upheavals of the past five centuries. Students draw from both primary sources and historical texts to engage in modernity's central questions. Through discussion, debate, and papers, students weigh evidence, assess arguments, and develop their original points. Drawing from online databases, films, maps, books and journals, and original documents students also learn to prepare and complete research projects. Finally, students discuss and debate contemporary political issues. Much of the work assigned will be independently completed, with the teacher's guidance, as students work to hone research, writing, and editing skills. No prerequisite, completion of World Civilizations 1 is encouraged.  
     
    This is a UC/CSU/NCAA approved course.  
      
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
     
    Important Information about Attendance in Credit Classes:
     
    Absences & Tardies
    For Upper School credit courses students must plan to attend all sessions of class.
     
    We understand that illness can happen in the summer. For classes that meet for five-weeks, a student may miss a maximum of three class sessions. For classes that meet less than five-weeks, a student may only miss two class sessions. Two tardies to the same class may count as one absence.
     
    When absent or late to class, students are still responsible for completing all assigned work. Students must complete all course requirements to receive Upper School academic credit. Additional absences will lower a student’s grade in the class and or may preclude the awarding of any credit.
     
    Academic Credit
    An Academic Credit Form is not required for Crossroads students.
     
    In order to have grades and transcripts sent to a student's home school, an Academic Credit Form is required for all non-Crossroads students.
     
    Students taking this class should be prepared for the intense pace of the course. One day of class in the summer program is considered to be equal to a week of classes during the school year. Students should also be prepared for two to three hours of homework each night. The school library is open daily until 5:00pm should a student choose to stay on campus to complete their work. It is recommended that students do not take other classes, work, or take on internships during the five weeks of the summer program.

Languages

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  • American Sign Language, An Intro to, grades 6-12 and recent grads [NEW]

    Course: #553 Section 24
    Days: Tues/Thur
    Time: 3:30pm-5:00pm
    Dates: June 23-July 23, 2020
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Richard Reardon, Crossroads Summer Faculty
     
    Students will learn basic vocabulary, grammar, history, fingerspelling, numbers, terminology, and Deaf culture through active communication. This class will focus on the language skills: sight comprehension, hand formation, body language, and knowledge of signs. No prior knowledge of ASL is required to join this class.
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.

Math

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  • Algebra 1, grades 9-12

    Course: #606 Section 50 (Full-year)
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 9:00am-12:30pm
    Dates: June 22-July 24, 2020
    Fee: $1800
    Type: Credit (1-year math credit)
    Instructor: tba
     
    Course: #606 Section 51 (Semester 1)
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 9:00am-12:30pm
    Dates: June 22-July 10, 2020
    Fee: $1150
    Type: Credit (1-semester math credit)
    Instructor: James Katseanes, Crossroads Summer Faculty

    Course: #606 Section 52 (Semester 2)
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 9:00am-12:30pm
    Dates: July 6-July 24, 2020
    Fee: $1150
    Type: Credit (1-semester math credit)
    Instructor: James Katseanes, Crossroads Summer Faculty

    This course begins the sequence of advanced mathematics, preparing students for their future course work in both Geometry and Algebra 2. This course covers variables, order of operations, radicals, properties of addition and multiplication of variables, linear and quadratic equations, applications of linear and quadratic equations, operations on polynomials, absolute value, and factoring polynomials, the Quadratic Formula, graphing equations, solving systems of two equations, and introductory geometric concepts.  
     
    Prerequisite: Pre-Algebra or Beginning Algebra.
     
    This is a UC/CSU/NCAA approved course.
     
    Instructor: James Katseanes, Crossroads Summer Faculty
     
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
     
    Important Information about Attendance in Credit Classes:
     
    Absences & Tardies
    For Upper School credit courses students must plan to attend all sessions of class.
     
    We understand that illness can happen in the summer. For classes that meet for five-weeks, a student may miss a maximum of three class sessions. For classes that meet less than five-weeks, a student may only miss two class sessions. Two tardies to the same class may count as one absence.
     
    When absent or late to class, students are still responsible for completing all assigned work. Students must complete all course requirements to receive Upper School academic credit. Additional absences will lower a student’s grade in the class and or may preclude the awarding of any credit.
     
    Academic Credit
    An Academic Credit Form is not required for Crossroads students.
     
    In order to have grades and transcripts sent to a student’s home school, an Academic Credit Form is required for all non-Crossroads students.
     
    Students taking this class should be prepared for the intense pace of the course. One day of class in the summer program is considered to be equal to a week of classes during the school year. Students should also be prepared for two to three hours of homework each night. The school library is open daily until 5:00pm should a student choose to stay on campus to complete their work. It is recommended that students do not take other classes, work, or take on internships during the five weeks of the summer program.
  • Algebra 2, grades 10-12 [CANCELED]

    Course: #607 Section 50 (Full-year)
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 9:00am-12:30pm
    Dates: June 22-July 24, 2020
    Fee: $1800
    Type: Credit (1-year math credit)
    Instructor: Chris Buckley, Crossroads Faculty

    Course: #607 Section 51 (Semester 1)
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 9:00am-12:30pm
    Dates: June 22-July 10, 2020
    Fee: $1150
    Type: Credit (1-semester math credit)
    Instructor: Chris Buckley, Crossroads Faculty

    Course: #607 Section 52 (Semester 2)
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 9:00am-12:30pm
    Dates: June 6-July 24, 2020
    Fee: $1150
    Type: Credit (1-semester math credit)
    Instructor: Chris Buckley, Crossroads Faculty

    This course continues the progression from elementary algebra and integrates concepts from Geometry. Students learn to solve more complicated mathematical equations while they explore various functions and relations. Emphasis is placed on graphs and applications. This course covers linear functions, systems of equations, quadratic functions, logarithmic and exponential functions, rational algebraic functions, and polynomial functions of degree 3 and higher. A graphing calculator (not included in class fee) is required.
     
    Prerequisite: Algebra 1 and B- or better in Geometry.
     
    This is a UC/CSU/NCAA approved course.
     
    Instructor: Chris Buckley, Crossroads Faculty
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
     
    Important Information about Attendance in Credit Classes:
     
    Absences & Tardies
    For Upper School credit courses students must plan to attend all sessions of class.
     
    We understand that illness can happen in the summer. For classes that meet for five-weeks, a student may miss a maximum of three class sessions. For classes that meet less than five-weeks, a student may only miss two class sessions. Two tardies to the same class may count as one absence.
     
    When absent or late to class, students are still responsible for completing all assigned work. Students must complete all course requirements to receive Upper School academic credit. Additional absences will lower a student’s grade in the class and or may preclude the awarding of any credit.
     
    Academic Credit
    An Academic Credit Form is not required for Crossroads students.
     
    In order to have grades and transcripts sent to a student’s home school, an Academic Credit Form is required for all non-Crossroads students.
     
    Students taking this class should be prepared for the intense pace of the course. One day of class in the summer program is considered to be equal to a week of classes during the school year. Students should also be prepared for two to three hours of homework each night. The school library is open daily until 5:00pm should a student choose to stay on campus to complete their work. It is recommended that students do not take other classes, work, or take on internships during the five weeks of the summer program
  • Geometry, grades 10-12

    Course: # 609 Section 50 (Full-year)
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 9:00am-12:30pm
    Dates: June 22-July 24, 2020
    Fee: $1800
    Type: Credit (1-year math credit)
    Instructor: James Katseanes, Crossroads Summer Faculty
     
    Course: # 609 Section 51 (Semester 1)
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 9:00am-12:30pm
    Dates: June 22-July 10, 2020
    Fee: $1150
    Type: Credit (1-semester math credit)
    Instructor: James Katseanes, Crossroads Summer Faculty
     
    Course: # 609 Section 2 (Semester 2)
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 9:00am-12:30pm
    Dates: July 6-July 24, 2020
    Fee: $1150
    Type: Credit (1-semester math credit)
    Instructor: James Katseanes, Crossroads Summer Faculty

    To see an example of James’ online math lessons, click here.


    This course develops critical thinking and visualization skills, presenting and exploring the properties of shapes in space. Some of the major topics covered are angles, parallel and perpendicular lines, triangles and congruence, quadrilaterals, similarity, right triangles, trigonometric ratios, circles, constructions, area, and volume. Concepts from Algebra 1 are integrated throughout this course. Construction tools such as a straightedge and a compass (not included in class fee) are required for this course. 
     
    Prerequisites:  Algebra 1 or Intermediate Algebra. 
     
    This is a UC/CSU/NCAA approved course. 
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
     
    Important Information about Attendance in Credit Classes:
     
    Absences & Tardies
    For Upper School credit courses students must plan to attend all sessions of class.
     
    We understand that illness can happen in the summer. For classes that meet for five-weeks, a student may miss a maximum of three class sessions. For classes that meet less than five-weeks, a student may only miss two class sessions. Two tardies to the same class may count as one absence.
     
    When absent or late to class, students are still responsible for completing all assigned work. Students must complete all course requirements to receive Upper School academic credit. Additional absences will lower a student’s grade in the class and or may preclude the awarding of any credit.
     
    Academic Credit
    An Academic Credit From is not required for Crossroads students.
     
    In order to have grades and transcripts sent to a student’s home school, an Academic Credit Form is required for all non-Crossroads students.
     
    Students taking this class should be prepared for the intense pace of the course. One day of class in the summer program is considered to be equal to a week of classes during the school year. Students should also be prepared for two to three hours of homework each night. The school library is open daily until 5:00pm should a student choose to stay on campus to complete their work. It is recommended that students do not take other classes, work, or take on internships during the five weeks of the summer program.

Media & Technology

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  • Arduino Programming for Beginners, grades 6-12 [NEW]

    Course: #672 Section 33  
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 1:30pm-3:00pm
    Dates: June 22-July 24, 2020
    Fee: $550
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Art Borja, Crossroads Faculty

    School is closed July 3. 
     
    Are you curious about learning to program and have the skills to make your own projects? Do you want to build your own automated gadgets? Maybe even a robot? Get a head start by learning how to build simple circuits with an Arduino Uno compatible board. Resistors, LEDs, servos, and sensors will be part of your daily lingo in this class. This is an introductory class for those with no or little experience with building circuits and programming. The hands-on project-based approach will give you the confidence to take your skills to the next level. The course qualifies you to take the Basic Arduino Certification test.
  • Audio Engineering Fundamentals, grades 6-12

    Course: #720 Section 22
    Days: Tues/Thur
    Time: 11:00am-12:30pm
    Dates: June 23-July 23,2020
    Fee: $450
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Daniel Jimenez-Afanador, Crossroads Faculty 

    The objective of this class is to teach students the principles of sound recording, mixing, mastering and live sound. Music production software is provided to students. In this class, students learn about acoustics, speakers, microphones, microphone techniques, cables and connectors, amplification, digital recording, music production software, sound editing, equalization, dynamics processors, effects, mixing boards, mixing and mastering. Students are asked to edit, mix and master a new project every week to reinforce the topics being covered. The class includes one-on-one time with instructor, lectures and virtual access to the instructor’s recording studio. This course encourages students to progress at their own pace. All levels of experience are welcome.
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
     
    Students are required to have a computer with at least the following characteristics for this class:
     
    Mac:
    ·       Intel Mac with macOS 10.13.6, 10.14.6 or 10.15.3
    ·       Intel Core i5 processor
    ·       4GB RAM (8GB or more recommended)
    ·       Internet connection for installation
    ·       15GB disk space for installation
    Windows:
    ·       Intel PC Windows 10 Home, Pro, and Enterprise 64-bit Editions 
    ·       Windows 10 for Workstations supported on Intel® Xeon processor-equipped machines
    ·       Intel Core i5 processor
    ·       4GB RAM (8GB or more recommended)
    ·       Internet connection for installation
    ·       15GB disk space for installation
     
  • Beat Making - Music Production, grades 6-12 [NEW]

    Course: #723 Section 32
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 11:00am-12:30pm
    Dates: June 23-July 24, 2020
    Fee: $600
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Daniel Jimenez-Afanador, Crossroads Faculty 

    The objective of this class is to teach students how to create their own original beats. Music production software will be included in the price of the class and students will be able to purchase additional equipment at a discounted price. Students already using a different software from the one provided are welcome to do so. (Ableton Live, Pro Tools and Logic are preferred). Students will learn how to create professional sounding beats in a variety of genres through one-on-one time with instructor and hands on experience. The class will explore MIDI basics, quantization, drum machines, sampling, chord progressions, synthesis, sound design and more. Students will be asked to create a new beat every week, thus building their own repertoires. This course encourages students to progress at their own pace. All levels of experience are welcome.
      
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
     
    Students are required to have a computer with at least the following characteristics for this class:
     
    Mac:
    ·       Intel Mac with macOS 10.13.6, 10.14.6 or 10.15.3
    ·       Intel Core i5 processor
    ·       4GB RAM (8GB or more recommended)
    ·       Internet connection for installation
    ·       15GB disk space for installation
    Windows:
    ·       Intel PC Windows 10 Home, Pro, and Enterprise 64-bit Editions 
    ·       Windows 10 for Workstations supported on Intel® Xeon processor-equipped machines
    ·       Intel Core i5 processor
    ·       4GB RAM (8GB or more recommended)
    ·       Internet connection for installation
    ·       15GB disk space for installation
  • Digital Broadcast Journalism, grades 6-12 [NEW]

    Course: #525 Section 31
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 9:00am-10:30am
    Dates: June 22-July 24, 2020
    Fee: $550
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Brendan Whitt, Crossroads Summer Faculty
     
    Course: #525 Section 35
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 9:00am-10:30am
    Dates: June 22-July 10, 2020
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Brendan Whitt, Crossroads Summer Faculty

    This class will allow students to make video news segments based on their interests. Students will learn how to identify whether a story is informative versus news. The class will also learn how to plan, write and film a news segment for broadcast.
      
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Digital Photography and Photo Editing, grades 6-9

    Course: #746 Section 33 
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 1:30pm-3:00pm 
    Dates: June 22-July 24, 2020
    Fee: $550
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Andy Putnam, Crossroads Faculty
     
    This course will take you on many different types of photography “assignments,” starting with the basics of digital photography, ending with a portfolio project that captures the world around us in new and captivating ways. Photography is a way for people to capture and share the most meaningful moments of our lives, and this course will explore the techniques used by entry-level artists who enjoy taking pictures on their phones, to professional photographers who have a myriad of camera set-ups. This class welcomes students at any experience level, and will inspire anyone who has ever had an interest in diving into the world of digital photography. Along with learning different techniques to capture engaging images, students in this course will learn the ins and outs of digital photo editing, fine-tuning the skills of what it takes to “make a picture.” Students will come out of this course with the confidence and ability to capture the moments in their lives with the eyes of a seasoned photographer!  Students must have their own camera or phone with a camera.
     
    School is closed July 3.
  • Fashion, Media and Culture, grades 9-12 and recent grads [NEW]

    Course: #733 Section 23 
    Days: Tues/Thur
    Time: 1:30pm-3:00pm 
    Dates: June 23-July 23, 2020
    Fee: $400
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Allison Trope, Crossroads Summer Faculty
     
    This 5 week class will look at the way we communicate through fashion. Students will explore fashion through a series of perspectives, including fashion as a marker of identity (gender, race, LGBTQ, class), the role fashion plays in media, art, and popular culture, fashion's local and global economies (from production to consumption), the ethics of fashion and the toll it takes on our environment, as well as the ways fashion can be political. Students will learn about fashion's multiple dimensions though readings, examples, and discussion. Each week, students will expand their knowledge by viewing an assigned documentary. Students will also create a fashion blog where they will respond to weekly prompts asking them to critically reflect and write about fashion’s role in our everyday lives and culture.

    School is closed July 3. 
  • Make a Movie: Guerrilla Filmmaking, One-Week, grades 7-12 and recent grads

    Course: #790 Section 12
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 12:30pm-3:00pm
    Dates: June 15-June 19, 2020
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Gary Ellenberg, Crossroads Faculty 

    Come partake and celebrate filmmaking in this exciting, one-week Summer School video production class at Crossroads. Students, in five days, will learn how to write a screenplay using CELTX, a web-based professional screenwriting software, film a movie with digital film cameras and learn how to edit using iMovie or Final Cut editing software. In this fun and fast paced class, students will "draw" key cinematic elements, like a specific prop, a line of dialogue or the genre for their film, from "a hat." These elements must be a part of their film as they create and then screen their films at the end of the week. Learn film from the get-go, in this hands-on approach to digital gorilla filmmaking. Cinematic technique will be discussed on the first day and then the students will immediately be plunged into the world of creative movie making. An industry professional will watch and critique the films with the students to help provide insight and offer valuable insider information. 

    Students will need access to any type of video camera. This can include i-phones, computer cameras, or DSLRs. 
     
     
  • Make Your Own E-Zine, grades 9-12 and recent grads [NEW]

    Course: #743 Section 33  
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 1:30pm-3:00pm
    Dates: June 22-July 24, 2020
    Fee: $550
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Abigail Chew, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Research and Writing Skills, Design with Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and PhotoShop. Choose your own passion project from black-footed ferrets to rocket science to sonnets and learn to research, write about, and design a magazine around your idea! Students work with an instructor to hone their ideas to a specific target, then research facts and information, find images that are available for reuse, learn to create their own illustrations in PhotoShop, InDesign, and Illustrator (programs available through Crossroads). Students then choose the size of their magazine and learn to build a master page, design a cover, and lay out their magazine in Adobe InDesign. Finished project can be exported as a PDF and distributed electronically!
  • Writing Letters in the Same House: Document, Communicate, and Save, grades 6-12 and recent grads [NEW]

    Course: #707 Section 24
    Days: Tue/Thurs
    Time: 3:30pm-5:00pm
    Dates: June 23-July 23, 2020
    Fee: $300
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Abigail Chew, Crossroads Faculty
     
    This five week project offers both reading and writing assignments to adults and young people in the same house or separated -- by a few blocks or a few thousand miles. Reading assignments offer examples, investigations of the historical importance, and aesthetic beauty of letters. Participants will read letters from the likes of James Baldwin and Emily Dickinson, Hannah Grover and Albert Einstein and Johnny Cash. Weekly assignments offer prompts and inspirations for letter-writing between the project participants. At the end of the five weeks, the letters and inspirational material will be gathered by the project leader and laid out in a personalized magazine, delivered via PDF, with options for printing and binding. This project can work with two people or more -- perhaps a student, caregiver, and grandparent -- or even aunts and uncles! Can be adjusted for all-adult or all youth (all the cousins!) participants.

Music

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  • Audio Engineering Fundamentals, grades 6-12

    Course: #720 Section 22
    Days: Tues/Thur
    Time: 11:00am-12:30pm
    Dates: June 23-July 23,2020
    Fee: $450
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Daniel Jimenez-Afanador, Crossroads Faculty 

    The objective of this class is to teach students the principles of sound recording, mixing, mastering and live sound. Music production software is provided to students. In this class, students learn about acoustics, speakers, microphones, microphone techniques, cables and connectors, amplification, digital recording, music production software, sound editing, equalization, dynamics processors, effects, mixing boards, mixing and mastering. Students are asked to edit, mix and master a new project every week to reinforce the topics being covered. The class includes one-on-one time with instructor, lectures and virtual access to the instructor’s recording studio. This course encourages students to progress at their own pace. All levels of experience are welcome.
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
     
    Students are required to have a computer with at least the following characteristics for this class:
     
    Mac:
    ·       Intel Mac with macOS 10.13.6, 10.14.6 or 10.15.3
    ·       Intel Core i5 processor
    ·       4GB RAM (8GB or more recommended)
    ·       Internet connection for installation
    ·       15GB disk space for installation
    Windows:
    ·       Intel PC Windows 10 Home, Pro, and Enterprise 64-bit Editions 
    ·       Windows 10 for Workstations supported on Intel® Xeon processor-equipped machines
    ·       Intel Core i5 processor
    ·       4GB RAM (8GB or more recommended)
    ·       Internet connection for installation
    ·       15GB disk space for installation
     
  • Beat Making - Music Production, grades 6-12 [NEW]

    Course: #723 Section 32
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 11:00am-12:30pm
    Dates: June 23-July 24, 2020
    Fee: $600
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Daniel Jimenez-Afanador, Crossroads Faculty 

    The objective of this class is to teach students how to create their own original beats. Music production software will be included in the price of the class and students will be able to purchase additional equipment at a discounted price. Students already using a different software from the one provided are welcome to do so. (Ableton Live, Pro Tools and Logic are preferred). Students will learn how to create professional sounding beats in a variety of genres through one-on-one time with instructor and hands on experience. The class will explore MIDI basics, quantization, drum machines, sampling, chord progressions, synthesis, sound design and more. Students will be asked to create a new beat every week, thus building their own repertoires. This course encourages students to progress at their own pace. All levels of experience are welcome.
      
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
     
    Students are required to have a computer with at least the following characteristics for this class:
     
    Mac:
    ·       Intel Mac with macOS 10.13.6, 10.14.6 or 10.15.3
    ·       Intel Core i5 processor
    ·       4GB RAM (8GB or more recommended)
    ·       Internet connection for installation
    ·       15GB disk space for installation
    Windows:
    ·       Intel PC Windows 10 Home, Pro, and Enterprise 64-bit Editions 
    ·       Windows 10 for Workstations supported on Intel® Xeon processor-equipped machines
    ·       Intel Core i5 processor
    ·       4GB RAM (8GB or more recommended)
    ·       Internet connection for installation
    ·       15GB disk space for installation
  • Guitar, Classical for Beginners, grades 6-12 [NEW]

    Course: #727 Section 23  
    Days: Tue/Thurs
    Time: 1:30pm-3:00pm 
    Dates: June 23-July 23, 2020
    Fee: $400
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Jory Schulman, Crossroads Faculty
     
    This class will introduce classical guitar techniques including note reading, tablature, chords, strums and lovely pieces to play!  Students must have a nylon string guitar.
  • Guitar, Rock and Blues, grades 6-12

    Course: #721 Section 22
    Days: Tues/Thur
    Time: 11:00am-12:30pm
    Dates: June 23-July 23, 2020
    Fee: $400
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Jory Schulman, Crossroads Summer Faculty 

    Learn rock and pop tunes in the style of Eric Clapton, The Beatles, Coldplay, Fleetwood Mac and more! This course will include learning to read TAB, chords, strumming patterns, blues and pentatonic scales, finger-picking and other styles. 
      
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Hip-Hop History and Appreciation, grades 6-12

    Description coming.

    Course: #520 Section 32
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 11:00am-12:30pm
    Dates: June 22-July 24, 2020
    Fee: $550
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Brendan Whitt, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course: #520 Section 36
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 11:00am-12:30pm
    Dates: June 22-July 10, 2020
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Brendan Whitt, Crossroads Faculty
      
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Jazz Music Workshop, grades 6-12

    Course: #725 Section 21
     Days: Monday-Friday (9 days)
    Time: 1:30pm-4:30pm
    Dates: June 22-July 2, 2020
    Fee: $675
    Type: Enrichment
    Coordinator: Evan Avery, Crossroads Faculty 
    Instructor(s): Crossroads Music Faculty and other professional musicians.
     
    Course: #725 Section 22
    Days: Monday-Friday (10 days)
    Time: 1:30pm-4:30pm
    Dates: July 6-July 17, 2020
    Fee: $750
    Type: Enrichment
    Coordinator: Evan Avery, Crossroads Faculty 
    Instructor(s): Crossroads Music Faculty and other professional musicians.

    This is the 20th year of the Crossroads Summer Jazz Workshop, and we are going to keep things swinging with the 2020 Summer Jazz Workshop Online!  
     
    Our amazing instructors will teach your child concepts such as:
    • Proper instrumental technique 
    • How to phrase a jazz melody
    • How to improvise effectively
    • Jazz Theory
    • Jazz History
    • And more!
    Other highlights:
    • Each jazz ensemble will learn and record some classic jazz tunes, all from the comfort and safety or your home!
    • Each student will receive a one-hour private “Zoom” lesson with one of our instructors!
    We hope to have your child a part of this summer’s workshop.  Jazz is still alive and well at Crossroads School....come and be a part of it!
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
     
  • Music Production (Modern Music Creating and Recording), grades 9-12

    Course: #724 Section 50
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 9:00am-12:30pm
    Dates: June 22-July 24, 2020
    Fee: $1900
    Type: Credit (1-year arts-credit for students entering grades 9-12)
    Instructor: Daniel Jimenez-Afanador, Crossroads Faculty

    The objective of this class is to teach students how to write and record their own music. Music production software will be included in the price of the class and students can purchase additional equipment at a discounted cost. Students already using a different software from the one provided are welcome to do so. Through one-on-one time with instructor and hands on experience, students will learn DAW basics, basic music theory, composition techniques, beat-making, properties of sound, principles of digital recording, synthesis, transducers, microphone techniques, mixing, mastering and music industry basics. These concepts are reinforced with regular projects wherein students write and record their own pieces based on parameters that reflect the topics being covered. Students will also have virtual access to the instructor’s home studio. This course is combined with the sound engineering and beat-making sections. All levels of experience are welcome.
     
    This is a UC/CSU approved course.
     
    Students are required to have a computer with at least the following characteristics:
     
    Mac:
    ·       Intel Mac with macOS 10.13.6, 10.14.6, 10.15.3 (Catalina 10.15.4 may create some problems)
    ·       Intel Core i5 processor
    ·       4GB RAM (8GB or more recommended)
    ·       Internet connection for installation
    ·       15GB disk space for installation
    Windows:
    ·       Intel PC Windows 10 Home, Pro, and Enterprise 64-bit Editions 
    ·       Windows 10 for Workstations supported on Intel® Xeon processor-equipped machines
    ·       Intel Core i5 processor
    ·       4GB RAM (8GB or more recommended)
    ·       Internet connection for installation
    ·       15GB disk space for installation
     
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
     
    Important Information about Attendance in Credit Classes:
     
    Absences & Tardies
    For Upper School credit courses students must plan to attend all sessions of class.
     
    We understand that illness can happen in the summer. For classes that meet for five-weeks, a student may miss a maximum of three class sessions. For classes that meet less than five-weeks a student may only miss two class sessions. Two tardies to the same class may count as one absence.
     
    When absent or late to class, students are still responsible for completing all assigned work. Students must complete all course requirements to receive Upper School academic credit. Additional absences will lower a student’s grade in the class and or may preclude the awarding of any credit.
     
    Academic Credit
    An Academic Credit Form is not required for Crossroads students.
     
    In order to have grades and transcripts sent to a student's home school, an Academic Credit Form is required for all non-Crossroads students
  • Singer/Songwriter Workshop, One-Week, grades 6-10 [NEW]

    Course: #804 Section 72
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 12:30pm-3:00pm
    Dates: July 27-July 31, 2020
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Caitlin Tortorici, Crossroads Summer Faculty

    Do you love to sing? Are you interested in writing your own songs? Then this is the course for you! This workshop focuses on vocal performance - as soloists and members of an ensemble - and on the craft of songwriting. We'll study music from various genres and eras - from standards to top 40 hits, from musical theater to rap to country to parodies - to help you find a style that's uniquely you. Express yourself through song in a fun, easygoing, nonjudgmental environment. Bring an instrument or just bring yourself. All experience levels welcome.
     
  • Songwriting, grades 6-12

    Course: #722 Section 33
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 1:30pm-3:00pm
    Dates: June 22-July 24, 2020
    Fee: $550
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructors: Daniel Jimenez-Afanador, Crossroads Faculty and Caitlin Tortorici '05, Crossroads Summer Faculty
     
    Course: #722 Section 37
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 1:30pm-3:00pm
    Dates: June 22-July 10, 2020
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructors: Daniel Jimenez-Afanador, Crossroads Faculty and Caitlin Tortorici '05, Crossroads Summer Faculty

    End the summer with your very own original song (or even album)! In this course we learn about song style and structure, while looking at music across different genres and eras - from standards to top 40 hits; from musical theater to rap to country to parodies - to help you find a style that's uniquely you! Sadness, joy, humor, frustration - whatever you have to express, we can help you do it through song in a fun, easygoing, nonjudgmental environment. Bring an instrument or just bring yourself. All experience levels welcome. 
      
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
     
  • String Players, REMOTE 2020, ONE-WEEK, grades 6-9, [NEW]

    Course #: 800
    Section #: 72
    Dates: July 27-July 31, 2020
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 11:30am-3:00pm
    Fee: $500
    Instructors: Emily Stewart, Crossroad EMMI Director and Crossroads Strings Faculty

    Join us as we kick off this new one-week, half-day music enrichment program for the string player who has 1 to 5 years’ of experience playing their instrument.

    This program is open to students who play violin, viola, cello, and upright bass.

    Students will need their own instrument for the program. For information on short-term instrument rentals, please contact K-12 Strings Director Emily Stewart at estewart@xrds.org
     
    11:30-12:30
    Lunchtime Concert
    Students enjoy daily lunchtime concerts, featuring performances by some of the wackiest, most unconventional string players of our time.
     
    12:30-1:30
    Pop Goes the Filddle
    Learn to arrange and play your favorite pop music for your string instrument! Who says strings don't rock? Add technique to your toolbox that will allow you to play anything you hear on the radio!
     
    2:00-3:00
    Collaborate and Create
    The class is the composer! A series of musically creative brainstorming activities will guide students as they compose a piece together over the course of the week.

    In addition to the daily classes, students receive 2 fifty-minute  lessons during the week. Lessons are scheduled at the availability of the teacher and student. 
     
    This class must meet a minimum enrollment.

    Enroll now.
  • Vocal Arts, grades 6-12

    Course: #732 Section 21
    Days: Tue/Thur
    Time: 9:00am-10:30am
    Dates: June 23-July 23, 2020
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Caitlin Tortorici '05, Crossroads Summer Faculty 
     
    Course: #732 Section 25
    Days: Tue/Thur
    Time: 9:00am-10:30am
    Dates: June 23-July 9, 2020
    Fee: $200
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Caitlin Tortorici '05, Crossroads Summer Faculty 

    In this fun class students learn vocal technique, how to sing in different styles (pop, R&B, rock, jazz, folk, musical theatre, soul, country - or whatever else interests you), harmonizing, stage presence, music history, song writing and more. Our class culminates with a performance at the end of the session. Join us and sing, sing, sing!  
      
    School is closed on Friday, July 3.

One Week Camps

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  • Biotech Intensive, One-Week, grades 9-12 and recent grads

    Course: #783 Section 12
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 12:30pm-3:00pm
    Dates: June 15-June 19, 2020
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Edward Peebles-Maxwell, Crossroads Faculty

    The course allows students to use biotechnology to learn about genetics, solve problems, and discuss bioethical issues such as the genetic modification of organisms (GMO) as well as cancer and virus research.  Students also gain experience simulating basic biotechnology research techniques such as gel electrophoresis, PCR, and bioinformatics. In remote learning, the course will shift its focus to the use of online research tools that are publicly available through the NIH such as genetic databases and algorithms.
     
     
  • Fitness at Home, grades 6-12 and recent grads [NEW]

    Course: #817  Section 24 
    Days: Tues/Thu
    Time: 3:30pm-5:00pm
    Dates: June 23-July 23, 2020
    Fee: $300
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Shannon Azizi, Crossroads Faculty

    This course will consist of instructional movement, remote physical workout, followed by an optional meditation practice. Movements will be demonstrated prior to the start of workouts and modified to meet the needs of each student. Students will have the option to participate in a mediation aspect at the end of each class to introduce students to meditation and help build discipline to gain benefits such as enhancing self-awareness and reducing stress. This course is great for staying active and healthy! No equipment is required. 

    School is closed July 3.
  • Climate Change and Sustainability, One-Week, grades 9-12 and recent grads [NEW]

    Course: #774 Section 11
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 9:00am-11:30am
    Dates: June 15-June 19, 2020
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Edward Peebles, Crossroads Faculty

    We always hear that climate change is happening, but what is it and why is it so bad?  In the first part of this course, students will explore the evidence, causes, effects, of climate change.  Then, students will use what they have learned to investigate the efficacy of potential solutions and lifestyle changes that could potentially mitigate or help us cope with climate change and its umbrella of problems.  The course will culminate with a model climate summit that takes place over zoom.   Students play the role of key stakeholders and work as a team negotiate a global agreement that aims to curb harmful consequences with the interest of all stakeholders in mind.


  • Drawing Intensive, One-Week, grades 6-12

    Course: #793 Section 11
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 9:00am-11:30am
    Dates: June 15-June19, 2020
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Susan Arena, Crossroads Faculty

    Drawing is a way of showing and developing visual thinking, and is the most direct means of expression in art. In this 5-day intensive class we will focus on the Western observational tradition of drawing as well as explore approaches from other world cultures, past and present. It is a studio class in which each day we will delve into different methods of drawing and different media. Students will also spend time looking at their own, and each other’s work in a critical, but nurturing manner; with the goal to create a confident vocabulary for evaluating their creations.
     
    All skill levels are welcome. Come excited to learn, experiment, share, and to see!
     
    Day 1: Pencil. Line drawing. Portraiture
     
    Day 2: Charcoal. Tonal work with still-lifes
     
    Day 3: Ink and white paint- a painterly approach to drawing. Still-life and landscape
     
    Day 4 :Collage and experimental tools. Discussion of conceptual work, art from non-Western traditions, personal expression.
     
    Day 5: Final Project: artist’s choice of materials and subject matter. Larger scale work.
    Final Critique
     
     
     
  • Filmmaking Fundamentals – Remote 2020, One-Week, grades 8-12 and recent grads [NEW]

    Course: #806 Section 11  
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 9:00am-11:30am
    Dates: June 15-June 19, 2020
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Molly Hansen, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Students will learn the basics of movie making and cinematic language by producing, directing, and editing their own short movie. Students will develop and strengthen their own unique voices on screen working in narrative, documentary, animation, or experimental forms. Simple, fun, and informative this course is a perfect starting point or continuation for the aspiring filmmaker. Filmmaking Fundamentals concludes with a special online screening night, complete with a filmmaker Q&A, open to family and friends. Students will need access to any type of video camera. This can include i-phones, computer cameras, or DSLRs.
  • Less is More: The Art of Concise Creative Writing, One-Week, grades 6-9 [NEW]

    Course: #802 Section 12
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 12:30pm-3:00pm
    Dates: June 15-June 19, 2020
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Josh Adler, Crossroads Faculty

    In this 1-week intensive course, students will master the art of writing creatively with very few words. Students will learn the art of the haiku and compose their own poetry, supplemented by imaginative visual, tactile and kinesthetic exploration. Students will also read, discuss and compose 6-word stories and memoirs that can be published and shared.
     
     
  • Make a Movie: Guerrilla Filmmaking, One-Week, grades 7-12 and recent grads

    Course: #790 Section 12
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 12:30pm-3:00pm
    Dates: June 15-June 19, 2020
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Gary Ellenberg, Crossroads Faculty 

    Come partake and celebrate filmmaking in this exciting, one-week Summer School video production class at Crossroads. Students, in five days, will learn how to write a screenplay using CELTX, a web-based professional screenwriting software, film a movie with digital film cameras and learn how to edit using iMovie or Final Cut editing software. In this fun and fast paced class, students will "draw" key cinematic elements, like a specific prop, a line of dialogue or the genre for their film, from "a hat." These elements must be a part of their film as they create and then screen their films at the end of the week. Learn film from the get-go, in this hands-on approach to digital gorilla filmmaking. Cinematic technique will be discussed on the first day and then the students will immediately be plunged into the world of creative movie making. An industry professional will watch and critique the films with the students to help provide insight and offer valuable insider information. 

    Students will need access to any type of video camera. This can include i-phones, computer cameras, or DSLRs. 
     
     
  • Poetry Intensive: A Thinking, Reading and Writing Creativity Workshop, One-Week, grades 9-12 and recent grads [NEW]

    Course: #758 Section 11 
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 9:00am-11:30am
    Dates: June 15-June 19, 2020
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Ebony Murphy-Root, Crossroads Faculty 
     
    This is an intensive one-week poetry workshop where we will read the work of classic, established and contemporary writers, with a focus on queer, women and writers of color; analyze, write, edit and revise our work. The philosophy behind a workshop of  this kind for committed, enthusiastic young writers is that you will hone your craft and style by working with other writers who are engaged in similar efforts and who share similar goals to to share with an audience and possible publication.
     
    School is closed July 3. 
  • Singer/Songwriter Workshop, One-Week, grades 6-10 [NEW]

    Course: #804 Section 72
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 12:30pm-3:00pm
    Dates: July 27-July 31, 2020
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Caitlin Tortorici, Crossroads Summer Faculty

    Do you love to sing? Are you interested in writing your own songs? Then this is the course for you! This workshop focuses on vocal performance - as soloists and members of an ensemble - and on the craft of songwriting. We'll study music from various genres and eras - from standards to top 40 hits, from musical theater to rap to country to parodies - to help you find a style that's uniquely you. Express yourself through song in a fun, easygoing, nonjudgmental environment. Bring an instrument or just bring yourself. All experience levels welcome.
     
  • Strategies for Success in High School, One-Week, grades 9-10

    Course: #801 Section 71
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 9:00am-12:30pm
    Dates: July 27-July 31, 2020
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Cherylnn Pope, Crossroads Faculty

    So often students are overwhelmed by high school and how different it is from middle school.
     
    “How do I get everything done?”  “I forgot to turn in my homework.”
     
    This workshop gives students tools and key strategies for navigating and succeeding in their academic subjects in high school. Students put into practice the strategies through role-play (simulating an Algebra 1 Fun class).
     
    Students also look at ways to achieve balance at school and at home.
     
    Some of the topics include:
     
    Critical Thinking, What Is That?
    Get Organized
    Managing Distractions and Social Media
    Studying Efficiently
    Homework is For You, not your Teacher
    How to “Manage” and Talk to Your Teacher
    How to Prepare for Assessments
    Managing Your Time
     
    Students are provided with a journal or they may bring their own journal or composition book to each session.
     
     
  • String Players, REMOTE 2020, ONE-WEEK, grades 6-9, [NEW]

    Course #: 800
    Section #: 72
    Dates: July 27-July 31, 2020
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 11:30am-3:00pm
    Fee: $500
    Instructors: Emily Stewart, Crossroad EMMI Director and Crossroads Strings Faculty

    Join us as we kick off this new one-week, half-day music enrichment program for the string player who has 1 to 5 years’ of experience playing their instrument.

    This program is open to students who play violin, viola, cello, and upright bass.

    Students will need their own instrument for the program. For information on short-term instrument rentals, please contact K-12 Strings Director Emily Stewart at estewart@xrds.org
     
    11:30-12:30
    Lunchtime Concert
    Students enjoy daily lunchtime concerts, featuring performances by some of the wackiest, most unconventional string players of our time.
     
    12:30-1:30
    Pop Goes the Filddle
    Learn to arrange and play your favorite pop music for your string instrument! Who says strings don't rock? Add technique to your toolbox that will allow you to play anything you hear on the radio!
     
    2:00-3:00
    Collaborate and Create
    The class is the composer! A series of musically creative brainstorming activities will guide students as they compose a piece together over the course of the week.

    In addition to the daily classes, students receive 2 fifty-minute  lessons during the week. Lessons are scheduled at the availability of the teacher and student. 
     
    This class must meet a minimum enrollment.

    Enroll now.
  • Summer Cinema – Remote 2020, One-Week, grades 8-12 and recent grads [NEW]

    Course: #811 Section 12  
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 12:30pm-3:00pm
    Dates: June 15-June 19, 2020
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Molly Hansen, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Do you love watching movies? Would you like to meet others who love movies as much as you do? Summer Cinema will unleash and nurture your inner cinephile. Over the course we will watch a series of essential movies, discuss, and learn the basics of cinematic language. Fun and thought provoking, you will leave knowing how to articulate cinematic thoughts and defend an argument for your favorite movies while meeting other movie lovers.
  • Watercolor Intensive, One-Week, grades 6-12 and recent grads [NEW]

    Course: #780 Section 12
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 12:30pm-3:00pm
    Dates: June 15-June 19, 2020
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Susan Arena, Crossroads Faculty

    Have you wanted to learn about watercolor painting, but been intimidated because it seems too unforgiving? In this workshop, we will explore the beauty and the possibilities of this exciting painting medium.
     
    In this 5-day intensive class, we will explore some of the basics of watercolor painting; which include basic color theory, composition, tonal structure, and mark-making, using still-life and portraiture as modes of investigation. The goal will be for students to use what we have learned to find the freedom to tap into their own personal expression as artists.
     
     

Science

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  • Arduino Programming for Beginners, grades 6-12 [NEW]

    Course: #672 Section 33  
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 1:30pm-3:00pm
    Dates: June 22-July 24, 2020
    Fee: $550
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Art Borja, Crossroads Faculty

    School is closed July 3. 
     
    Are you curious about learning to program and have the skills to make your own projects? Do you want to build your own automated gadgets? Maybe even a robot? Get a head start by learning how to build simple circuits with an Arduino Uno compatible board. Resistors, LEDs, servos, and sensors will be part of your daily lingo in this class. This is an introductory class for those with no or little experience with building circuits and programming. The hands-on project-based approach will give you the confidence to take your skills to the next level. The course qualifies you to take the Basic Arduino Certification test.
  • Biology, grades 9-12

    Course: #632 Section 50 (Full-year)
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 9:00am-12:30pm
    Dates: June 22-July 24, 2020
    Fee: $1900
    Type: Credit (1-year science credit)
    Instructor: Edward Peebles-Maxwell, Crossroads Faculty 
     
    Course: #632 Section 51 (Semester 1)
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 9:00am-12:30pm
    Dates: June 22-July 10, 2020
    Fee: $1200
    Type: Credit (1-semester science credit)
    Instructor: Edward Peebles-Maxwell, Crossroads Faculty 
     
    Course: #632 Section 52 (Semester 2)
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 9:00am-12:30pm
    Dates: July 6-July 24, 2020
    Fee: $1200
    Type: Credit (1-semester science credit)
    Instructor: Edward Peebles-Maxwell, Crossroads Faculty 

    This is a full year, activity based, laboratory science course focusing on the unique properties of living organisms and how they connect to larger Biosystems. Topics may include science of research, cell biology, genetics, evolution, molecular biology, elements for life, carbon and nitrogen cycles, and ecology. Critical thinking and problem solving are emphasized. Students work with home and online resources to make observations, run simulations, perform individualized experiments, interpret data, and form generalizations. The department aims to ensure that students gain an understanding of the diversity and complexity of life, and an appreciation of the sanctity of life regardless of its form.
     
    This course is a UC/CSU/NCAA approved course. 
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
     
    Important Information about Attendance in Credit Classes:
     
    Absences & Tardies
    For Upper School credit courses students must plan to attend all sessions of class.
     
    We understand that illness can happen in the summer. For classes that meet for five-weeks, a student may miss a maximum of three class sessions. For classes that meet less than five-weeks, a student may only miss two class sessions. Two tardies to the same class may count as one absence.
     
    When absent or late to class, students are still responsible for completing all assigned work. Students must complete all course requirements to receive Upper School academic credit. Additional absences will lower a student’s grade in the class and or may preclude the awarding of any credit.
     
    Academic Credit
    An Academic Credit Form is not required for Crossroads students.
     
    In order to have grades and transcripts sent to a student's home school, an Academic Credit Form is required for all non-Crossroads students.
     
    Students taking this class should be prepared for the intense pace of the course. One day of class in the summer program is considered to be equal to a week of classes during the school year. Students should also be prepared for two to three hours of homework each night. The school library is open daily until 5:00pm should a student choose to stay on campus to complete their work. It is recommended that students do not take other classes, work, or take on internships during the five weeks of the summer program.
  • Biotech Intensive, One-Week, grades 9-12 and recent grads

    Course: #783 Section 12
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 12:30pm-3:00pm
    Dates: June 15-June 19, 2020
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Edward Peebles-Maxwell, Crossroads Faculty

    The course allows students to use biotechnology to learn about genetics, solve problems, and discuss bioethical issues such as the genetic modification of organisms (GMO) as well as cancer and virus research.  Students also gain experience simulating basic biotechnology research techniques such as gel electrophoresis, PCR, and bioinformatics. In remote learning, the course will shift its focus to the use of online research tools that are publicly available through the NIH such as genetic databases and algorithms.
     
     
  • Chemistry, grades 10-12

    Course: #633 Section 50 (Full-year)
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 9:00am-12:30pm
    Dates: June 22-July 24, 2020
    Fee: $1900
    Type: Credit (1-year science credit)
    Instructor: Gina Aumock, Crossroads Faculty 
     
    Course: #633 Section 51 (Semester 1)
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 9:00am-12:30pm
    Dates: June 22-July 10, 2020
    Fee: $1200
    Type: Credit (1-semester science credit)
    Instructor: Gina Aumock, Crossroads Faculty 
     
    Course: #633 Section 52 (Semester 2)
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 9:00am-12:30pm
    Dates: July 6-July 24, 2020
    Fee: $1200
    Type: Credit (1-semester science credit)
    Instructor: Gina Aumock, Crossroads Faculty 

    Chemistry is a full year course designed as a general introduction to the properties and interaction of all forms of matter. Through inquiry-based investigations, hands-on experimentation, demonstrations and problem-solving sessions, students gather facts, organize data and analyze trends and patterns that explain the nature of matter. The course covers chemical periodicity, chemical bonding, nomenclature, chemical reactions, gas laws, molecular geometry, and in-depth stoichiometric calculations. Students should expect 2-3 labs, 2-3 quizzes, and 2-3 tests per week. Chemistry is a math-intensive course; therefore, students must have a strong facility with Algebra. 
    Prerequisite: 1 year of Biology, B- or better in freshman math course or completion of Intermediate Algebra. 
     
    This is a UC/CSU/NCAA approved course. 
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
     
    Important Information about Attendance in Credit Classes:
     
    Absences & Tardies
    For Upper School credit courses students must plan to attend all sessions of class.
     
    We understand that illness can happen in the summer. For classes that meet for five-weeks, a student may miss a maximum of three class sessions. For classes that meet less than five-weeks, a student may only miss two class sessions. Two tardies to the same class may count as one absence.
     
    When absent or late to class, students are still responsible for completing all assigned work. Students must complete all course requirements to receive Upper School academic credit. Additional absences will lower a student’s grade in the class and or may preclude the awarding of any credit.
     
    Academic Credit
    An Academic Credit Form is not required for Crossroads students.
     
    In order to have grades and transcripts sent to a student's home school, an Academic Credit Form is required for all non-Crossroads students
     
    Students taking this class should be prepared for the intense pace of the course. One day of class in the summer program is considered to be equal to a week of classes during the school year. Students should also be prepared for two to three hours of homework each night. The school library is open daily until 5:00pm should a student choose to stay on campus to complete their work. It is recommended that students do not take other classes, work, or take on internships during the five weeks of the summer program.
  • Climate Change and Sustainability, One-Week, grades 9-12 and recent grads [NEW]

    Course: #774 Section 11
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 9:00am-11:30am
    Dates: June 15-June 19, 2020
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Edward Peebles, Crossroads Faculty

    We always hear that climate change is happening, but what is it and why is it so bad?  In the first part of this course, students will explore the evidence, causes, effects, of climate change.  Then, students will use what they have learned to investigate the efficacy of potential solutions and lifestyle changes that could potentially mitigate or help us cope with climate change and its umbrella of problems.  The course will culminate with a model climate summit that takes place over zoom.   Students play the role of key stakeholders and work as a team negotiate a global agreement that aims to curb harmful consequences with the interest of all stakeholders in mind.


  • Mars: Gateway to the Search for Life, grades 6-12 [NEW]

    Course: #643 Section 34  
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 3:30pm-5:00pm
    Dates: June 22-July 24, 2020
    Fee: $550
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Art Borja, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Are you curious about the Mars 2020 mission to Mars? Want to know what we have learned about Mars? In this class, we will not only learn about current and past missions to the red planet but also how Mars has influenced mythology, literature, film making, politics, and scientific exploration. As part of our exploration of the red planet, we will use a remote-operated telescope to take pictures, hear from the experts on the Perseverance team, learn from iconic science fiction movies, and some of the classics of the science fiction genre that deal with Mars. Hands-on activities will use readily available materials at home, and there will be interactive simulations online.
  • Physics, grades 10-12

    Course: #635 Section 50 (Full-year)
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 9:00am-12:30pm
    Dates: June 22-July 24, 2020
    Fee: $1900
    Type: Credit (1-year physical science lab credit)
    Instructor: Chris Buckley, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course: #635 Section 51 (Semester 1)
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 9:00am-12:30pm
    Dates: June 22-July 10, 2020
    Fee: $1200
    Type: Credit (1-semester physical science lab credit)
    Instructor: Chris Buckley, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course: #635 Section 52 (Semester 2)
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 9:00am-12:30pm
    Dates: July 6-July 24, 2020
    Fee: $1200
    Type: Credit (1-semester physical science lab credit)
    Instructor: Chris Buckley, Crossroads Faculty

    Physics is a full year laboratory science class that explores the nature of the world by examining the motion of objects (kinematics) and the causes of motion (dynamics). Students learn scientific reasoning and build problem-solving skills by developing mathematical models for the behavior of matter and energy. In the laboratory component of the course, students learn the scientific method of disciplined observation and how to systematically relate these observations to mathematical models for the behavior of matter and energy. Topics covered include: Galileo's Equations, Newton’s Laws, conservation of energy and momentum, circular motion, Kepler's Laws, sound, light, electricity, and magnetism. The class encourages students to think systematically about the world around them, emphasizing group participation in laboratory and discussions.
    Prerequisite: completion of Biology, completion of a second science course.
     
    This is a UC/CSU/NCAA approved course.
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
     
    Important Information about Attendance in Credit Classes:
     
    Absences & Tardies
    For Upper School credit courses students must plan to attend all sessions of class.
     
    We understand that illness can happen in the summer. For classes that meet for five-weeks, a student may miss a maximum of three class sessions. For classes that meet less than five-weeks, a student may only miss two class sessions. Two tardies to the same class may count as one absence.
     
    When absent or late to class, students are still responsible for completing all assigned work. Students must complete all course requirements to receive Upper School academic credit. Additional absences will lower a student’s grade in the class and or may preclude the awarding of any credit.
     
    Academic Credit
    An Academic Credit Form is not required for Crossroads students.
     
    In order to have grades and transcripts sent to a student's home school, an Academic Credit Form is required for all non-Crossroads students
     
    Students taking this class should be prepared for the intense pace of the course. One day of class in the summer program is considered to be equal to a week of classes during the school year. Students should also be prepared for two to three hours of homework each night. The school library is open daily until 5:00pm should a student choose to stay on campus to complete their work. It is recommended that students do not take other classes, work, or take on internships during the five weeks of the summer program.
  • Psychology, An Intro to, grades 9-12 and recent grads [NEW]

    Course: #639 Section 51
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 9:00am-10:30am
    Dates: June 22-July 24, 2020
    Fee: $1050
    Type: Credit (1-semester elective credit)
    Instructor: Sarah Eleid, Crossroads Summer Faculty 

    The conscious mind may be compared to a fountain playing in the sun and falling back into the great subterranean pool of subconscious from which it rises.” Sigmund Freud. This college-level course is a broad survey of the scientific study of human nature. We will delve into various topics including but not limited to, how the mind works, the mind-body connection, child development, memory, cognition, personality, psychopathology, and social interaction. Students will consider how such knowledge relates to debates about nature and nurture, free will, consciousness, human differences, self, and society. The learning format of this class will be structured around discussions, experiments, guest speakers, optional field trips and in-class psychological explorations. Students will come away with a strong foundational knowledge of psychology, mental health & wellness and career options in this field. We will have lecture 2-3 times per week via Zoom. The days that do not have a lecture will be time that students have to work on assigned research projects.
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.

Sports & Physical Activities

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  • Fitness at Home, grades 6-12 and recent grads [NEW]

    Course: #817  Section 24 
    Days: Tues/Thu
    Time: 3:30pm-5:00pm
    Dates: June 23-July 23, 2020
    Fee: $300
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Shannon Azizi, Crossroads Faculty

    This course will consist of instructional movement, remote physical workout, followed by an optional meditation practice. Movements will be demonstrated prior to the start of workouts and modified to meet the needs of each student. Students will have the option to participate in a mediation aspect at the end of each class to introduce students to meditation and help build discipline to gain benefits such as enhancing self-awareness and reducing stress. This course is great for staying active and healthy! No equipment is required. 

    School is closed July 3.
  • Intro to Sports Medicine, grades 9-12 and recent grads [NEW]

    Course: #816  Section 34 
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 3:30pm-5:00pm
    Dates: June 22-July 24, 2020
    Fee: $500
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Shannon Azizi, Crossroads Faculty

    This course introduces the medical aspects of athletic training, modalities, rehabilitation and diagnostic techniques. Advanced anatomy, cell and tissue structure, and response to injury will be integrated with the prevention, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries.
    The purpose of this class is to allow students the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of sports related injuries and treatment. Specific injuries will be discussed in relation to areas of the body. An overview of communication skills, ethical and legal responsibilities in healthcare, and post-secondary options will also be part of coursework.

    School is closed July 3. 
  • Sculpt and Tone at Home, grades 6-12 and recent grads [NEW]

    Course: #730 Section 33 
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 1:30pm-3:00pm 
    Dates: June 22-July 24, 2020
    Fee: $500
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Tara Shima, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course: #730 Section 23 
    Days: Tues/Thur
    Time: 1:30pm-3:00pm 
    Dates: June 23-July 23, 2020
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Tara Shima, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Students will engage in a variety of interactive workouts that will include HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), strengthening, flexibility, endurance and intentional warmups and cool downs.  They will also be given the tools to monitor their own improvement throughout the course and gain the knowledge of how to safely and properly engage in physically demanding activities including: proper nutrition, hydration, sleep and goal-setting.  The workouts will be led by Tara Shima (Crossroads head varsity swim coach, Wave Runners head coach and SMC kinesiology professor).  All workouts will begin and end with group interactions including journal entries, group conversations, feedback and online game play intended to create a meaningful experience for all participants.

Swim - Fitness

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Visual Arts

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  • 3D Modeling with 3D Printing, grades 6-12 [NEW]

    Course: #711 Section 32 
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 11:00am-12:30pm 
    Dates: June 22-July 24, 2020
    Fee: $550
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Rich Mudge, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course: #711 Section 33  
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 1:30pm-3:00pm 
    Dates: June 22-July 24, 2020
    Fee: $550
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Rich Mudge, Crossroads Faculty
     
    In this special class students will learn the basics of 3D modeling and 3D printing. The course will cover how to use Tinkercad software in combination with live video conferencing and interactive discussion, in the creation of objects that include original sculpture, toy design, and basic product design.  Problem solving, group discussion, and peer to peer interactivity will be emphasized in a fun and social digital environment.  As the course progresses students will have a chance to see their artwork 3D printed in real time.  At the end of the session all artwork will be ready for pick up or mailed.
  • Art History Crash Course for Families, grades 9 – 12 and recent grads and adults [NEW]

    Course: #738 Section 63  
    Days: Wednesday Nights
    Time: 7:00 pm-10:00pm
    Dates: June 24, July 1, July 8, July 15, July 22, July 29
    Fee: $500
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Jesse Robinson, Crossroads Faculty
     
    This ‘crash course’ in Art History will cover topics including ancient Greek sculpture, the Italian Renaissance, and Contemporary American art.  Designed with both students and adults in mind, we will cover some of the large themes in art through a series of slide lectures, guided break-out discussions, and PDFs with images, supplemental readings, and online resources.  Participants of all ages will come away from the class with a greater insight into some of the driving questions in art history and some tools for understanding Modern and Contemporary art.  While we can’t travel far physically these days, we can certainly take an aesthetic journey through the ages and engage in stimulating conversation along the way.
  • Digital Photography and Photo Editing, grades 6-9

    Course: #746 Section 33 
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 1:30pm-3:00pm 
    Dates: June 22-July 24, 2020
    Fee: $550
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Andy Putnam, Crossroads Faculty
     
    This course will take you on many different types of photography “assignments,” starting with the basics of digital photography, ending with a portfolio project that captures the world around us in new and captivating ways. Photography is a way for people to capture and share the most meaningful moments of our lives, and this course will explore the techniques used by entry-level artists who enjoy taking pictures on their phones, to professional photographers who have a myriad of camera set-ups. This class welcomes students at any experience level, and will inspire anyone who has ever had an interest in diving into the world of digital photography. Along with learning different techniques to capture engaging images, students in this course will learn the ins and outs of digital photo editing, fine-tuning the skills of what it takes to “make a picture.” Students will come out of this course with the confidence and ability to capture the moments in their lives with the eyes of a seasoned photographer!  Students must have their own camera or phone with a camera.
     
    School is closed July 3.
  • Drawing Intensive, One-Week, grades 6-12

    Course: #793 Section 11
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 9:00am-11:30am
    Dates: June 15-June19, 2020
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Susan Arena, Crossroads Faculty

    Drawing is a way of showing and developing visual thinking, and is the most direct means of expression in art. In this 5-day intensive class we will focus on the Western observational tradition of drawing as well as explore approaches from other world cultures, past and present. It is a studio class in which each day we will delve into different methods of drawing and different media. Students will also spend time looking at their own, and each other’s work in a critical, but nurturing manner; with the goal to create a confident vocabulary for evaluating their creations.
     
    All skill levels are welcome. Come excited to learn, experiment, share, and to see!
     
    Day 1: Pencil. Line drawing. Portraiture
     
    Day 2: Charcoal. Tonal work with still-lifes
     
    Day 3: Ink and white paint- a painterly approach to drawing. Still-life and landscape
     
    Day 4 :Collage and experimental tools. Discussion of conceptual work, art from non-Western traditions, personal expression.
     
    Day 5: Final Project: artist’s choice of materials and subject matter. Larger scale work.
    Final Critique
     
     
     
  • Fashion, Media and Culture, grades 9-12 and recent grads [NEW]

    Course: #733 Section 23 
    Days: Tues/Thur
    Time: 1:30pm-3:00pm 
    Dates: June 23-July 23, 2020
    Fee: $400
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Allison Trope, Crossroads Summer Faculty
     
    This 5 week class will look at the way we communicate through fashion. Students will explore fashion through a series of perspectives, including fashion as a marker of identity (gender, race, LGBTQ, class), the role fashion plays in media, art, and popular culture, fashion's local and global economies (from production to consumption), the ethics of fashion and the toll it takes on our environment, as well as the ways fashion can be political. Students will learn about fashion's multiple dimensions though readings, examples, and discussion. Each week, students will expand their knowledge by viewing an assigned documentary. Students will also create a fashion blog where they will respond to weekly prompts asking them to critically reflect and write about fashion’s role in our everyday lives and culture.

    School is closed July 3. 
  • Line and Color: Foundational Drawing, grades 6-12

    Course: #748 Section 32
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 11:00am-12:30pm
    Dates: June 22-July 24, 2020
    Fee: $550
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor:  Elyse Jung-Vrymoed '06, Crossroads Faculty

    Students in this course learn foundational drawing skills, and how to incorporate them into painting. Oftentimes drawing and painting are taught exclusively, and while there are important distinctions, this class focuses on the relationship between them; the ways in which drawing can strengthen painting, and vice versa. The beginning of class focuses on such techniques as blind contour, still life drawing, and gesture drawing in the aim of teaching students to loosen up, get comfortable, discover their line, and experiment. Students make works with charcoal, graphite, and ink. From there, students learn foundational color theory, and proceed to work with watercolor before transitioning to acrylics, finishing out the class with painting on canvas.
      
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Painting, grades 6-12

    Course: #744 Section 33
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 1:30pm-3:00pm
    Dates: June 22-July 24, 2020
    Fee: $550
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Elyse Jung-Vrymoed '06, Crossroads Faculty  
     
    Course: #744 Section 37
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 1:30pm-3:00pm
    Dates: June 22-July 10, 2020
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Elyse Jung-Vrymoed '06, Crossroads Faculty  
     
    Course: #744 Section 22
    Days: Tues/Thur
    Time: 11:00am-12:30pm
    Dates: June 23-July 23, 2020
    Fee: $400
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Elyse Jung-Vrymoed '06, Crossroads Faculty  
     
    Course: #744 Section 26
    Days: Tues/Thur
    Time: 11:00am-12:30pm
    Dates: June 22-July 9, 2020
    Fee: $250
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Elyse Jung-Vrymoed '06, Crossroads Faculty  

    Students in this painting class enjoy learning the foundational secrets of the Old Masters when it comes to greater observation skills, controlling paint, drawing with a brush, color theory and successful composition design.  
     
    Each week, students explore their artistic skills through a variety of modern painting methods including illustration, abstract expressionism, impressionism, plein-air landscapes, and realistic still life studies. Students learn the best practices for developing a painting, while working with a variety of paint mediums, including watercolor, acrylic and oil paint.  
     
    For the final week, students can apply their own painting styles by studying from life with a costumed figure model.  Students with basic artistic skill levels explore new levels of confidence in painting. 
      
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Watercolor Intensive, One-Week, grades 6-12 and recent grads [NEW]

    Course: #780 Section 12
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 12:30pm-3:00pm
    Dates: June 15-June 19, 2020
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Susan Arena, Crossroads Faculty

    Have you wanted to learn about watercolor painting, but been intimidated because it seems too unforgiving? In this workshop, we will explore the beauty and the possibilities of this exciting painting medium.
     
    In this 5-day intensive class, we will explore some of the basics of watercolor painting; which include basic color theory, composition, tonal structure, and mark-making, using still-life and portraiture as modes of investigation. The goal will be for students to use what we have learned to find the freedom to tap into their own personal expression as artists.
     
     

Everything Else

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  • Games, Games, Games, grades 9-12 [NEW]

    Course: #659 Section 94  
    Days: Tue/Thur
    Time: 3:30pm-5:00pm 
    Dates: June 22-July 24, 2020
    Fee: $300
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: David Listenberger, Crossroads Faculty
                     Jamy Myatt, Crossroads Faculty
     
    This Zoom based class will focus on the playing of games!  Utilizing a myriad of online gaming resources, students will login weekly to build and strengthen social relationships through games that highlight interaction and socialization.  Activities might include Kahoot!, Pictionary, Heads Up, Essence, and other digital games that emphasize teamwork, group work, and fun!
  • How to Be Successful in College, One-Week, grade 12 and recent grads [NEW]

    Course: #808 Section 11  
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 9:00am-11:30am 
    Dates: June 15-June 19, 2020
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Kevin Scull, Crossroads Faculty
     
    How to be successful in college will provide students with skills and information to help ease the transition to college. The course will focus on a wide variety of topics such as how to approach a paper, communicating with professors, choosing a college, attending classes, how colleges operate, choosing majors, adjusting to dorm life, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and transferring to a new school. Students will have the chance to suggest topics, and there will be ample time set aside for student questions. All classwork will be completed during the allotted class time. The course will be taught by Dr. Kevin Scull, who attended many colleges and taught at several others. You can also look forward to special guests representing different perspectives and experiences.
  • A Guide to Being A Better Babysitter, grades 6-9 [NEW]

    Course: #761 Section 34 
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 3:30pm-5:00pm 
    Dates: June 22-July 24, 2020
    Fee: $400
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Tara Shima, Crossroads Faculty
     
    To provide youth who are planning to babysit with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly give care for children and infants. This training will help participants to develop leadership skills; learn how to develop a babysitting business, keep themselves and others safe and help children behave; and learn about basic childcare and basic first aid.
    Successful completion of the course will result in receiving an American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training Certificate with First Aid and CPR.
     
    School is closed July 3.
  • Life Skills in the Summer, grades 9-12 [NEW]

    Course: #541 Section 93 
    Days: Tue/Thur
    Time: 1:30pm-3:00pm
    Dates: June 23-July 23, 2020
    Fee: $400
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: David Listenberger, Crossroads Faculty
                     Jamy Myatt, Crossroads Faculty

    Relationships in Remarkable Times - During a time of social distancing, friendships and family relationships have become even more important.  This Zoom class will focus on ways of building and maintaining relationships through digital media.  Students can look forward to digital games, discussions, activities, and Council:  a formal but secular conversational style central to the Life Skills Department at Crossroads School.  Sign up for an opportunity to maintain social connections through zoom with a diverse group of young people, facilitated by a Life Skills teacher at Crossroads School.
  • Responding to Emergencies Training, grades 6-12 [NEW]

    Course: #759 Section 24 
    Days: Tues/Thur
    Time: 3:30pm-5:00pm 
    Dates: June 23-July 23, 2020
    Fee: $300
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Tara Shima, Crossroads Faculty
     
    The primary purpose of the American Red Cross Responding to Emergencies:  Comprehensive First Aid/CPR/AED program is to help students recognize and respond appropriately to cardiac, breathing and first aid emergencies.  The courses in this program teach students the knowledge and skills needed to give immediate care to an injured or ill person and to decide whether advanced medical care is needed.  Students who successfully complete the course will receive American Red Cross certification in Adult and Child CPR, AED, First Aid, Asthma Inhaler,  Epinephrine Administration and Bloodborne Pathogens.
     
    School is closed July 3.

Daily Program Schedule

The daily schedule includes snack and lunch breaks. Classes may also take a recess break at the teachers discretion. Course descriptions include details on days of the week and times for each class.

Period 1     8:30-10:15
Snack        10:15-10:35
Period 2     10:40-12:30
Lunch        12:30-12:55
Period 3     1:00-3:00
Period 4     3:15-5:00

Important Information

Fees & Materials
Summer course fees include all class materials, supplies, field trip expenses and a t-shirt. Books are not provided for Upper School courses. A book list will be provided in May. Students in grades 6-12 are expected to bring notebooks, paper, pencils, and pens to class on the first day.  

Academic Credit
An academic credit form is required to have grades and transcripts sent to a student’s home school. This form is not required for Crossroads students.

Lunch/Snack
Food is available for purchase at the 21st Street Campus during snack and lunch. Students can pay with cash or XCards. A menu will be posted in June.

Extended Care
There is no extended care on the 21st Street Campus, however, several classes meet from 1-4 p.m., 1-5 p.m. and 3:15-5 p.m. The Paul Cummins Library is open until 5 p.m. for students to work on homework.
Middle and Upper School: 21st Street Campus | 1714 21st St., Santa Monica, CA 90404 | Phone: (310) 829-7391
Elementary School: Norton Campus | 1715 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404 | Phone: (310) 828-1196
Summer at Crossroads is open to the public and provides progressive and fun K-12 summer camps, classes and programs.