By Date

June 15-19 (One Week, Grades 1-12)

List of 22 items.

  • Acting Boot Camp, One-Week, grades 6-9 [NEW]

    A lively, focused theater workshop to explore acting fundamentals such as: Objectives and Actions, overcoming obstacles, creating clear characters and Stage Fighting (“slap, kick, punch!” your acting partner). Audition Techniques will also be taught; each student will have a monologue (selected especially for them) that can be used for future play auditions (including Crossroads Upper School Tour for 9th graders). Improvisation skills will be explored through classic, fun favorites such as “Yes, And…,” “Freeze,” “Taxi,” and “Translator.” Acting Boot Camp is suitable for ALL levels of experience.
     
    Instructor: Zoey Zimmerman, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #770
    Section 12: 6/15-6/19/2020 M-F 12:30-3:30 $350
  • Biotech Intensive, One-Week, grades 9-12

    The course allows students to use biotechnology to learn about genetics, solve problems, and discuss bioethical issues.  Students also gain experience using basic biotechnology research techniques such as sterile technique, micropipette, gel electrophoresis, and bioinformatics. 
     
    Instructor: Edward Peebles-Maxwell, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #: 783 
    Section 12: 6/15-6/19/2020 M-F 12:30-3:30 $350
    Enrichment
  • Climate Change and Sustainability, One-Week, grades 9-12 [NEW]

    Description coming soon.
     
    Instructor: Edward Peebles, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #774
    Section 11: 6/15-6/19/2020 M-F 9:00-12:00 $350
  • Cycle and Stretch, One-Week, grades 6-12 [NEW]

    In this 1-week intensive course, students will experience the dynamics of a 45-minute indoor-cycling class followed by a yoga-based flexibility session with mindfulness and meditation. We will end the session each day with a wellness discussion about healthy eating choices, and students will have the opportunity to make and sample nutritious smoothies and juices. Participants will have the chance to get some good exercise, curate their own music playlists, co-facilitate the class, and enjoy some fun and relaxing yoga techniques. No biking or yoga experience necessary -- just come ready to have a great time!
     
    Instructor: Josh Adler, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #803
    Section 11: 6/15-6/19/2020 M-F 9:00-12:00 $350
  • Directing for Film with Cinema in LA, One-Week, grades 9-12

    This filmmaking workshop defines and develops the tools necessary for directing magical cinematic performances. Through scene analysis, students will learn how to break down the dramatic structure of a screenplay. They will then explore the choices and vocabulary needed for working with actors as a director. In small groups, student will begin rehearsing their scripts allowing for discovery and experimentation. Finally, each student will direct their own short film showcasing performance in film. The course ends with a special screening night, complete with a filmmaker Q&A, open to family and friends.
     
    Instructor: Molly Hansen, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #: 795
    Section 11: 6/15-6/19/2020 M-F 9:00-12:00 $350
    Enrichment
  • DJ Workshop, One-Week, grades 6-8 and 9-12

    Learn the fundamentals of DJing along with its history, culture, and theory in this 5-day class. Students format and organize their music library and create playlists in preparation for mixing using Pioneer’s CDJs and Rekordbox software, the industry standard. Students learn the origins of DJing and the genres/sub-genres of dance music, with each student researching and presenting one for the class. We also cover basic music theory and beatmatching, utilizing their math and critical thinking skills. Students develop their performance skills as they compile and practice mixing a DJ set, culminating in a final “show” performed for their classmates and recorded. Students work at their own pace and all levels of experience in music are welcome.
     
    Students must bring their own headphones (wired, no bluetooth), laptop preferred.
     
    Instructor: Bianca Bracho-Perez '02, Crossroads Summer Faculty
     
    Course #: 789
     
    Section 11: 6/15-6/19/2020 M-F 9:00 - 12:00 $350; grades 6-8
    Section 12: 6/15-6/19/2020 M-F 12:30 - 3:30 $350; grades 9-12
  • Drawing Intensive, One-Week, grades 6-12

    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
     
     
    Instructor: Susan Arena, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #: 793
    Section 11: 6/15-6/19/2020 M-F 9:00-12:00 $350
     
    Enrichment
  • From the Page to the Stage: An Acting and Devising Workshop, One-Week, grades 7-12 [NEW]

    Adaptation and Devising Workshop For Young Theatre Makers - In this fun, fast paced performance and writing intensive, you will work as a company to create an original play over the course of four sessions with a live performance on session five. This course will include improv, theater games, scene work, creative writing, and movement and devising techniques from the Tony Award Winning UK based physical theatre company, Frantic Assembly (movement direction for the hit Broadway play, The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Nighttime). Drawing from a variety of sources ranging from current events, to mythology and fairy tales, we will write, act, choreograph and rehearse every day to create an original work that is unique to the interests of our ensemble. If you love to act, dance or write, this course is for you! Be prepared for an intense week of creativity, challenge and fun. 
     
    Instructor: Claire Larsen, Crossroads Summer Faculty
     
    Course #772
    Section 11: 6/15-6/19/2020 M-F 9:00-12:00 $350
  • Fun with Ashley and Friends, grades 1-5, [NEW THEMES, MORE WEEKS]

    58In this one-week, full-day program, students participate in a variety of age appropriate and themed activities. We create arts and crafts, cook, play sports and games, and have fun dress-up days. Activities may include scavenger hunts, make your own puzzle, candy science, ice cream making, and beading. On Wednesdays, students participate in a fun-filled theme-day, which may include bouncers, face painting, Wii dance, and bingo! Children in these grades are together for activities in this program.
     
    Instructors: Ashley Bloom and the Crossroads Hangout Staff
     
    Course #: 325
     
    “Superhero”
    Section 18: 6/15-6/19/2020 M-F 9:00-3:00 $495
    Enrollment deadline is Monday, May 18.
     
    “Kids in Space”
    Section 28: 6/22-6/26/2020 M-F 9:00-3:00 $495
    Enrollment deadline is Monday, May 25.
     
    “Red White and Blue”
    Section 38: 6/29-7/2/2020* M-Th 9:00-3:00 $425
    Enrollment deadline is Monday, June 1.
    *School is Closed Friday, July 3.
     
    “Safari”          
    Section 48: 7/6-7/10/2020 M-F 9:00-3:00 $495
    Enrollment deadline is Monday, June 8.
     
    “Pirates in Paradise”
    Section 58: 7/13-7/17/2020 M-F 9:00-3:00 $495
    Enrollment deadline is Monday, June 15.
     
    “Summer Olympics”
    Section 68: 7/20-7/24/2020 M-F 9:00-3:00 $495
    Enrollment deadline is Monday, June 22.
     
    “Secret Agents”
    Section 78: 7/27-7/31/2020 M-F 9:00-3:00 $495
    Enrollment deadline is Monday, June 29.
     
    “Olympics”    
    Section 88: 8/3-8/7/2020 M-F 9:00-3:00 $495
    Enrollment deadline is Monday, July 6.
     
     
    Extended Care is available at Norton Campus from 8:00 to 9:00 and 3:00-5:45.
     
    Class sizes are limited.
    Enroll today.
  • Gardening and Planters, One-Week, grades 6-9 [NEW]

    Description coming soon.
     
    Instructor: Andy Putnam, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #776
    Section 11: 6/15-6/19/2020 M-F 9:00-12:00 $350
  • Less is More: The Art of Concise Creative Writing, One-Week, grades 6-9 [NEW]

    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.
     
    Instructor: Josh Adler, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #802
    Section 12: 6/15-6/19/2020 M-F 12:30-3:30 $350
  • Make a Movie: Guerrilla Filmmaking, One-Week, grades 7-12

    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. 
     
    Instructor: Gary Ellenberg, Crossroads Faculty 
     
    Course #: 790 
    Section 12: 6/15-6/19/2020 M-F 12:30-3:30 $350
    Enrichment
  • Mental Health and Wellness – Erasing Stigma and Exploring the Mind-Body Connection, One-Week, grades 9-12 [NEW]

    Are you ready to make your mental health a priority? This one-week learning retreat will help you understand the way your mind works and teach you how to properly self-care. Each day will be filled with fun activities that center around teen mental health and wellness; including social media use, nutrition, the role of sleep, social-emotional wellbeing and much more! We will be also be taking field trips, hosting amazing guest speakers and learning about careers in the field of mental health & psychology. 
     
    Instructor: Sarah Eleid, Crossroads Summer Faculty
     
    Course #798
    Section 11: 6/15-6/19/2020 M-F 9:00-12:00 $350

    Enrichment.
  • Rise to the Challenge, grades 3-5 [NEW]

    Do you like to creatively explore your talents? Do you like to collaborate in teams to solve problems? In this course, our young problem-solvers tackle engaging project-based team challenges with increasing levels of complexity. We’ll design, construct, research, improvise, and test! Everything is kid-powered and kid-created. In this class, our imaginations are free to run wild and we can rise to the challenge!

    Instructor: Christopher Lang, Crossroads Faculty

    Course #: 149
           
    Section 18: 6/15-6/19/2020 M-F 9:00-3:00 $595
    Enrollment deadline is Monday, May 18.

    Section 38: 6/29-7/2/2020* M-Th 9:00-3:00 $495
    Enrollment deadline is Monday, June 1.
     
    Class sizes are limited.
    Enroll today.
     
    *School is Closed Friday, July 3.
  • Science, Movers and Shakers, grades 1-2

    In this science class, young physicists learn Newton’s Laws of Motion, explore the concepts of work, force, and friction, experiment with potential and kinetic energy and investigate how to harness various forms of energy. Students make parachutes, test balloon hovercrafts, construct marble roller coasters, build solar ovens, and observe the transfer of energy when using electric circuits.
     
    Instructor: Cori Snelson, Crossroads Summer Faculty
     
    Course #: 122

    Section 18: 6/15-6/19/2020 M-F 9:00-3:00 $550 
    Enrollment deadline is Monday, May 18.

    Class sizes are limited.
    Enroll today.
  • Sculpture Intensive, One-Week, grades 6-12

    How do we build objects that convey meaning? In this class we will break down three different approaches to sculpture. Learn the basis of building large but simple hollow structures using cardboard; and discuss the differences and overlaps between minimalists like Donald Judd versus the monumental works of Richard Serra. Then consider the importance if line in three dimensional space, working with wire as our main material, learn about the soft minimalism of Ruth Asawa. Finally we will consider the role of figurative sculpture, and how it differs and converges with larger conversations of historic and contemporary sculpture, by making plaster casts of our own faces! Our goal is to finish three pieces during the week. This class is suitable for any student excited by art, and ready to roll up their sleeves, dive in and explore new techniques.
     
    Instructor: Elyse Jung-Vrymoed '06, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #794
    Section 11: 6/15-6/19/2020 M-F 9:00-12:00 $400
    Section 12: 6/15-6/19/2020 M-F 12:30-3:30 $400
  • Strings Players, grades 2-6 [NEW]

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

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

    Students supply their own instruments for the program. If a student is in need of an instrument for the week, please contact K-12 Strings Director Emily Stewart at estewart@xrds.org for information on short-term instrument rentals.
     
    This week includes:
     
    Semi- or Private lessons: Personalized lessons with a semi- or private teacher, focusing on skill development and musical understanding.
     
    Group Classes
    Daily group classes focus on playing as an ensemble, incorporating games, and teamwork activities.
     
    Fiddling
    These Fiddling workshops focus on traditional American and Celtic folk music, and the string techniques used to play in a non-classical style.
     
    Rhythm and Movement
    In these classes, the focus is on our natural instrument: your own body. Feel the rhythm and move to the beat, while concentrating on the corporal integration of the groove.  
     
    Music Theory
    Music literacy is developed through basic theoretical concepts. Note reading and rhythmic notation are among the skills covered in these classes. 
     
    Videos
    The Internet is full of inspiring videos of string players taking their music to new heights. Discover the cutting edge of string playing through a well-curated video playlist. 
     
    Crafts
    Integrating the concepts learned in the other camp classes, let your music inspire your art, and your art inspire your music! 
     
    Recitals
    Faculty and guest artists perform throughout the week, culminating with a student recital at the end of our week together. 
     
    Sample Daily Schedule 
    9:00-9:45 Group Class
    9:45-10:00 Snack
    10:00-10:45 Music Theory/Private Lessons
    10:45-11:30 Fiddling 
    11:30-12:00 Lunch and Outside Play
    12:00-12:45 Rhythm and Movement 
    12:45-1:30 Crafts/Videos
    1:30- 1:45 Outside Play Break
    1:45-2:55 RECITAL (Guest artist, Faculty, Student)
    3:00-3:15- Pick up or Extended Care

    A minimum enrollment is necessary for this program to run. Enroll now.
     
    Instructors: Emily Stewart, Crossroads, EMMI Director and Crossroads Strings Faculty
     
    Course #: 301

    Section 18: 6/15-6/19/2020 M-F 9:00-3:00 $675
    Enrollment deadline is Monday, May 18.

    Class sizes are limited.
    Enroll today.
  • Summer Cinema Workshop, One-Week, grades 9-12

    For the young cinephile! Experience the essentials of cinema culture in Los Angeles though field trips, screenings, guest speakers, and making your very own short film. Students will view, analyze, and discuss important films from around the world. Through this fun and exciting workshop, students will strengthen their voice and develop a deeper understanding of the power of cinema. Special film topics include Feminist Filmmaking, Comedy, the Art of Acting, Classic Hollywood, Black Cinema, and Horror Movies. DLSR cameras, accessories, and sound equipment will be provided.
     
    Field Trips – Special trips to film archives, production studios, acting studios, projection booths, historic locations, and more.
    Guest Speakers – Historians and Industry professionals will share their experiences.
    Film Screenings – at historic movie theaters across the city.
    Special Screening Ceremony  – The course ends with a special screening night, complete with a filmmaker Q&A, open to family and friends.
     
    Instructor: Molly Hansen, Crossroads Facutly
     
    Course #: 796
    Section 12: 6/15-6/19/2020 M-F 12:30-3:30 $350
  • Swim, Aquatics Fun, grades 2-7

    In our one-week, all-day swim program that is offered at the beginning and end of our summer season, children are provided the opportunity to learn and enhance their aquatics skills and develop fitness through a variety pool and dryland activities including swimming for fitness, stroke/swim race development, modified water polo, synchronized swimming, and other pool games. Swimmers are tested and grouped according to their skill level. Swimmers participate in pool practice and out of water activities.
     
    Requirements
    Swimmers must have the minimum ability to swim 1 length of pool (25yards) unassisted and tread water for 30seconds.
    Children who are unable to meet the above requirements should consider enrolling in our Swim, Splash and Play One-Week programs or our Private Swim lessons.
     
    Water Activities Include:
    Swimming Skills
    Swim technique
    Stroke refinement
    Drills
    Treading water
    Flip turns (for the more advanced)
    Start/racing dives (for the more advanced)
    Pool Games & Competitions
     
    Dryland Activities Include:
    Stretching
    Workouts
    Viewing swim meet and competition recordings
    Nutrition
    Games
     
    Lunch and Snack
    Each day includes a snack and lunch break.
     
    Daily Schedule
    The specific schedule of activities for each week may vary depending on enrollment.
    Typically, swimmers will spend approximately four hours in the water with breaks for snack and lunch, as well as time out of the water for both indoor and outdoor dryland activities each day.
     
    What to Bring
    Swimmers should attend each day with a swimsuit (one-piece suit for girls) and two dry towels. Goggles and Rash Guards are not required but they are strongly encouraged. Unitards (full body swimsuits) are not required but may be preferable for some children who are more sensitive to sun exposure. Swimmers with hair length below the bottom of the neckline should also bring a hair tie or swim cap. Additionally, swimmers should bring comfortable clothes/shoes for dryland exercises and activities. All other pool toys and supplies are provided. Children should not bring personal toys or floatation devices.
     
    Sunscreen
    Sunscreen is provided. We use gluten free Rocky Mountain Sunscreen SPF 50 with no Oxybenzone and no Octinoxate. Children may bring their own personal sunscreen. Our staff will supervise children when applying and re-applying sunscreen throughout the day. We set aside specific times throughout each day ensure sunscreen is properly applied by the campers.
     
    Coordinator: Larry Zubrin, Crossroads Aquatics
     
    Course: # 326

    Section 18: 6/15-6/19/2020 M-F 9:00-3:00 $650
    Enrollment deadline is Monday, May 18.
     
    Section 78: 7/27-7/31/2020 M-F 9:00-3:00 $650
    Enrollment deadline is Monday, June 29.
     
    Class sizes are limited.
    Enroll today.
  • Technology Skill Building, grades 3–5 [NEW]

    In our STEAM Lab, we utilize popular and cutting-edge software programs to teach and inspire students. Students enhance and build upon their technical computer skills by learning shortcuts for iOS devices, Microsoft Word, and PowerPoint through a fun scavenger hunt. They also develop and improve their keyboarding skills and gain confidence in this entertaining and enjoyable learning lab environment using Dance Mat Typing and online safety through Common Sense Media. Students learn the basics of how to program and write code using Scratch, a web-based program developed by MIT.
     
    Instructor: Johana Barahona, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #: 142

    Section 18: 6/15-6/19/2020 M-F 9:00-3:00 $595
    Enrollment deadline is Monday, May 18. 
     
    Section 38: 6/29-7/2/2020* M-Th 9:00-3:00 $495
    Enrollment deadline is Monday, June 1.
     
    Class sizes are limited.
    Enroll today.

    *School is Closed Friday, July 3.
  • Watercolor Intensive, One-Week, grades 6-12 [NEW]

    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.
     
    Instructor: Susan Arena, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #780
    Section 12: 6/15-6/19/2020 M-F 12:30-3:30 $350
  • Wizardry and Magical Creatures, grades 1-3 [NEW]

    Have you always found yourself fascinated by the world of spells, potions and other types of magic? Do you wish that you could have a dragon, unicorn, fairy, or phoenix as a pet? If this sounds like you, join us for the week as we create exploding elixirs, make and solve riddles with invisible ink, hunt for dragon eggs, and more!
     
    Instructor: Erin Reid, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #: 131

    Section 18: 6/15-6/19/2020 M-F 9:00-3:00 $550
    Enrollment deadline is Monday, May 18.
     
    Section 38: 6/29-7/2/2020* M-Th 9:00-3:00 $450
    Enrollment deadline is Monday, June 1.
    *School is Closed Friday, July 3.
     
    Section 58: 7/13-7/17/2020 M-F 9:00-3:00 $550
    Enrollment deadline is Monday, June 15.
     
    Class sizes are limited
    Enroll today.

Important Information

Coming soon.
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.