By Date

June 22-July 10 (Three Weeks)

List of 38 items.

  • Algebra 1, grades 9-12

    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
     
    Course #: 606
    Full-Year
    Section 50: 6/22-7/24/2020 M-F 8:30-12:30 $1800
    1-year mathematics credit
     
    1st Semester
    Section 51: 6/22-7/10/2020 M-F 8:30-12:30 $1150
    1-semester mathematics credit
     
    2nd Semester
    Section 52: 7/6-7/24/2020 M-F 8:30-12:30 $1150
    1-semester mathematics credit
     
    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

    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
     
    Course #: 607
    Full-Year
    Section 50: 6/22-7/24/2020 M-F 8:30-12:30 $1800
    1-year mathematics credit
     
    1st Semester
    Section 51: 6/22-7/10/2020 M-F 8:30-12:30 $1150
    1-semester mathematics credit
     
    2nd Semester
    Section 52: 7/6-7/24/2020 M-F 8:30-12:30 $1150
    1-semester mathematics credit
     
    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
  • Astronomy and Space Science, grades 6-8

    In this class, we immerse ourselves in the study of Astronomy and Space Science. We investigate planets, comets, asteroids, and other celestial bodies through multimedia experiences and hands-on activities. The question, “What are constellations used for?” is explored to understand the deep history of the night sky. Student driven topics are also examined, like Extraterrestrial Life, Black holes, Celestial Navigation, Space Food, and the daily implications of the Night Sky on earth’s living organisms. We spend time looking at early space missions, the space race, and the current and future state of space exploration. Finally, we investigate current events like the Blood Moon, Solar and Lunar Eclipses, and Saturn’s closeness to Earth this July and other Solar Events this summer!
     
    Instructor: Andy Putnam, Crossroads Summer Faculty
     
    Course #642 
    Section 21: 6/23-7/23/2020 TTh  8:30-10:15 $350
    Section 25: 6/23-7/9/2020 TTh  8:30-10:15 $200
    Enrichment
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.  
  • Basketball Clinic, grades 6-9

    In clinic format, this class instructs students in shooting, passing, and dribbling. Offensive and defensive skills for game situations are also part of the curriculum. This program is open to boys and girls at all levels of play.   
     
    Basketball will meet in the Grisanti Gymnasium at the Norton Campus. Students enrolled in an afternoon program at Crossroads 21st Street Campus will be transported by bus at 3:00pm.  
     
    End-of-day pick-up for this class is in front of the gymnasium at 1634 - 18th Street. 
     
    Instructor: tba
     
    Course #: 821 
    Section 24: 6/23-7/23/2020 TTh 3:15-5:00 $350
    Section 28: 6/23-7/9/2020 TTh 3:15-5:00 $200
    Enrichment 
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Biology, grades 9-12

    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 digital microscopes, 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. 
     
    Instructor: Edward Peebles-Maxwell, Crossroads Faculty 
     
    Course #: 632 
    Full-year 
    Section 50: 6/22-7/24/2020 M-F 8:30-12:30 $1900 
    1-year life-science lab credit 
     
    1st Semester 
    Section 51: 6/22-7/10/2020 M-F 8:30-12:30 $1200 
    1-semester life-science lab credit 
     
    2nd Semester 
    Section 52: 7/6-7/24/2020 M-F 8:30-12:30 $1200
    1-semester life-science lab credit 
     
    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.
  • Biology: Here, There and Everywhere, grades 6-8

    This course examines how Biology surrounds us every second of every day and demonstrates how humans rely on living things for all aspects of life.. Do you ever wonder about what lurks at the microscopic level on your body and even in the places where you eat? In this class, we investigate this question about germs and bacteria and others like “what is an E.coli Outbreak and how does it affect us?” We also learn how biology is used to create medicines we need, grow and care for the food that we eat, and make every day materials like paper, ink and paints. Plastics and their impact are examined, and students are asked how we can begin to solve the problem of plastic pollution while seeing how we can make items from recycling materials. Finally, we explore how to create art and make household items like soap and candles that we can enjoy.
     
    Instructor: Andy Putnam, Crossroads Summer Faculty
     
    Course 641 
    Section 22: 6/23-7/23/2020 TTh 10:40-12:30 $350
    Section 26: 6/23-7/9/2020 TTh 10:40-12:30 $200
    Enrichment 
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Broadcast Journalism, grades 6-12 [NEW]

    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.
     
    Instructor: Brendan Whitt, Crossroads Summer Faculty
     
    Course #: 525 
    Section 31: 6/22-7/24/2020 MWF  8:30 – 10:15  $550
    Section 35: 6/22-7/10/2020 MWF  8:30 – 10:15  $350
     
    Enrichment
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Chemistry, grades 10-12

    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. 
     
    Instructor: Gina Aumock, Crossroads Faculty 
     
    Course #: 633 
    Full-year 
    Section 50:  6/22-7/24/2020 M-F 8:30-12:30 $1900 
    1-year physical-science lab credit 
     
    1st Semester 
    Section 51:  6/22-7/10/2020 M-F 8:30-12:30 $1200 
    1-semester physical-science lab credit 
     
    2nd Semester 
    Section 52: 7/6-7/24/2020 M-F 8:30-12:30 $1200 
    1-semester physical-science lab credit 
     
    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.
  • Deep Sea, grades 6-8 [NEW]

    Jump into the ocean for an exciting exploration of the most unexplored area of our planet: the deep sea. In this course, students will explore what kinds of mysteries our oceans hold at their deepest points, what kinds of creatures live in its depths, the expeditions that have gone where nobody had gone before, and understand the challenges that are faced in the depths of our oceans. From bioluminescent jellies to nearly invisible fish, students will learn what it takes to live in the deep sea and have a chance to create their own deep sea creatures. With all of the unknowns of our deep seas that we have yet to uncover, students will open their eyes to a mostly unexplored world.
     
    Instructor: Andy Putnam, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #: 644 
    Section 31: 6/22-7/24/2020 MWF  8:30 – 10:15  $550
    Section 35: 6/22-7/10/2020 MWF  8:30 – 10:15  $350
     
    Enrichment
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Engineering Challenge, grades 6-8

    Engineering challenge, is designed to be an engaging, inspiring, and challenging class for all ranges of student engineers. Through fun hands-on and minds-on challenges, students will investigate important science, architectural and engineering concepts. During the various challenges, the engineering design process: ask, imagine, plan, create, test, and improve, are an integral part of the experience. By working together to develop creative solutions to the given “problems,” students learn about a variety of engineering fields (environmental, aeronautical, civil, mechanical, structural), while also strengthening their 21st century skills. Join our community of “Engineering Challenge” budding engineers.
     
    Instructor: tba
     
    Course #: 629
    Section 33: 6/22-7/24/2020 MWF 1:00-3:00 $550
    Section 37: 6/22-7/10/2020 MWF 1:00-3:00 $350
    Enrichment
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3. 
  • Film Photography and Darkroom Studies, grades 6-8 [NEW]

    This course is going to take students back to a time before phones and digital cameras, where the world of photography was dominated by film. We’ll start at the basics of how film cameras are different than the digital cameras that most students are used to, and start practicing the art of how to take pictures without seeing immediate results. After we learn how to take pictures with this technique, we’ll head into the darkroom to learn the skills to develop our own film every step of the way- from unloading your film from your camera, to mixing the right chemicals for each stage of the developing process.  No experience or camera equipment is needed to sign up for this course.
     
    Instructor: Andy Putnam, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #: 739 
    Section 32: 6/22-7/24/2020 MWF  1:00 – 3:00  $550
    Section 33: 6/22-7/10/2020 MWF  1:00 – 3:00  $350
     
    Enrichment
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Good Morning Art Studio, grades 6-8 [NEW]

    Wake up and greet the day by getting your creative juices flowing! In this class students will be in the drivers seat. The studio will be open for multiple projects simultaneously. Students will work with the teacher to create their own pieces and build a personal practice. Each day will start with a warm up activity in their sketchbook; followed by time to work on individual pieces. The morning ends with a brief critique, and group check in. This class is perfect for every student; from those looking to elevate their doodles to the next level, or even the student looking for a calm and creative way to begin their day. 
     
    Instructor: Elyse Jung-Vrymoed '06, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #: 741 
    Section 21: 6/23-7/23/2020 TTh 8:30-10:15 $350
    Section 25: 6/23-7/9/2020 TTh 8:30-10:15 $200
     
    Enrichment
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • History Buffs and News Junkies, grades 6-8 [NEW]

    Students will investigate and discuss United States history from 1945 to the present day. We will look closely at the news and have lively discussion about current events. Students will have opportunities to debate, discuss, critique, and reflect. This course is all about interrogating the past in order to make sense of the present moment. 
     
    Instructor: Josh Adler, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #: 526 
    Section 21: 6/23-7/23/2020 TTh 8:30-10:15 $350
    Section 25: 6/23-7/9/2020 TTh 8:30-10:15 $200
     
    Enrichment
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Imagine: Exploring Sci-Fi/Fantasy Fiction, grades 7-8 [NEW]

    Imagine - you are a stowaway on an intergalactic spaceship travelling to a far-off world. Imagine - you are the Chosen One battling a fire-breathing dragon with magical powers as your only defense. Imagine - you wake up inside your favorite video game to discover that you are the hero destined to save that world from total annihilation. Welcome to the world of sci-fi/fantasy fiction.
     
    In this fun and lively course, students will learn the essential elements of sci-fi/fantasy fiction storytelling from creating authentic and believable worlds to exploring different types of magic, their uses and limitations, and how all magic comes at a cost.
     
    Drawing inspiration from short stories, graphic novels, and passages of literature, we explore the foundations of the sci-fi/fantasy genre of storytelling. Literary works include excerpts from The Hobbit/Lord of The Rings, Ender’s Game, and the Harry Potter series, among others.
     
    As we stretch our imaginations through a variety of creative activities, students will learn how strong word choices and sentence structures are critical to drawing readers into and leading them through our imaginary worlds. Other skills developed include pacing and writing effective dialogue. Join this class and learn how to write your own sci-fi/fantasy epic!
     
    Instructor: Jennifer Sagiao, Crossroads Summer Faculty
     
    Course #: 521 
    Section 31: 6/22-7/24/2020 MWF  8:30 – 10:15  $550
    Section 35: 6/22-7/10/2020 MWF  8:30 – 10:15  $350
     
    Enrichment.
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Marine Field Studies, grades 6-8

    Join us as natural curiosity leads to exploration of the world of marine biology and how we impact that environment on a daily basis. Students are introduced to the diversity of the marine environment from the distant formation of high energy ocean waves and swirling currents, to the cryptic creatures of the tide pools, and the migration of marine mammals and then back to the waves in which we play. Student projects, labs, research activities, and field trips are geared to gain a greater understanding and appreciation of our local marine environment. Emphasis will be placed on understanding ecological concepts and the various threats facing the oceans.  
     
    Field trips strengthen concepts covered in class lectures, investigations, and readings to support students' understanding. Possible trips include tide-pool exploration, collecting ocean data from local beaches, marine mammal observations, visiting aquariums and water treatment facilities. 
     
    Students will be swim tested in the pool on the first day of class and must bring their swimming gear on the first day of class. 
     
    Instructor: Ian Culbertson, Crossroads Summer Faculty 
     
    Course #: 640 
    Section 33: 6/22-7/24/2020 MWF 1:00-3:00* $650
    Section 37: 6/22-7/10/2020 MWF 1:00-3:00* $450
    Enrichment
     
    *Class will end at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesdays for field trips.
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Ohm, Ohm: Get Electrified!, grades 6-8

    Whether you are an aspiring electrical engineer, a do-it-yourselfer, or just someone who wants to understand one of the most useful topics in science, join us in this class as we explore the past, present and future of electricity, how electricity “works” and why it is considered the most versatile energy source.
     
    We build a variety of circuits and devices that demonstrate the fundamental concepts of electrical circuitry, basic electronic principles, and physical principles involved in this type of energy. We experiment and tinker to acquire knowledge and experience with electromagnetism, tesla coils, nanotechnology, and other student driven topics. As the weeks progress, there is continued, thoughtful and intentional testing of our own circuits to meet challenges that get more complex as we gain a greater understanding of electricity. Lastly, the students have a final electrical inventor engineering challenge, to demonstrate and showcase their scientific understanding of electricity.
     
    Instructor: tba
     
    Course #: 636 
    Section 23: 6/23-7/23/2020 TTh 1:00-3:00 $400
    Section 27: 6/23-7/9/2020 TTh 1:00-3:00 $250
    Enrichment
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
     
  • Physics, grades 10-12

    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.
     
    Instructor: Chris Buckley, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #: 635
    Full-year
    Section 50:  6/22-7/24/2020 M-F 8:30-12:30 $1900
    1-year physical-science lab credit
     
    1st Semester
    Section 51:  6/22-7/10/2020 M-F 8:30-12:30 $1200
    1-semester physical-science lab credit
     
    2nd Semester
    Section 52: 7/6-7/24/2020 M-F 8:30-12:30 $1200
    1-semester physical-science lab credit
     
    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.
  • Pre-Algebra, grade 6

    This course offers a review of key fifth grade concepts such as order of operations, adding and subtracting fractions, area and volume, and evaluating word problems in addition to previewing important sixth grade concepts such as evaluating expressions with variables and using formulas to solve problems.  
     
    In addition to practice 
     problems, the curriculum uses visual models and real-life contexts to help the students solidify their understanding of the concepts. Students complete the problem sets in small groups so that they can deepen their understanding by learning from one another while honing their mathematical communication skills.  
     
    Students will also have the opportunity to collaborate on long-term, hands-on projects that bring math to life! Projects could include designing mathematical board games, developing a technology project such as stop-motion animation, or creating mathematically inspired visual art. 
     
    Instructor: Cooper Bergdahl, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #: 601 
    Section 32: 6/22-7/24/2020 MWF 10:40-12:30 $550 
    Section 36: 6/22-7/10/2020 MWF 10:40-12:30 $350 
    Enrichment 
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.  
  • Pre-Algebra, grade 7

    This course offers a review of key sixth grade concepts such as order of operations, multiplying and dividing fractions, comparing portions, and solving equations and inequalities in addition to previewing important seventh grade concepts such as integers, algebraic expressions, and probability.
     
    In addition to practice problems, the curriculum uses visual models and real-life contexts to help the students solidify their understanding of the concepts. Students complete the problem sets in small groups so that they can deepen their understanding by learning from one another while honing their mathematical communication skills.
     
    Students will also have the opportunity to collaborate on long-term, hands-on projects that bring math to life! Projects could include designing mathematical board games, developing a technology project such as stop-motion animation, or creating mathematically inspired visual art.
     
    Instructor: Cooper Bergdahl, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #: 605
    Section 31: 6/22-7/24/2020 MWF 8:30-10:15 $550
    Section 35: 6/22-7/10/2020 MWF 8:30-10:15 $350
    Enrichment
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Pre-Algebra, grade 8

    This course offers a review of key seventh grade concepts such as integers, operations with fractions, decimals, and percent’s, solving proportions and equations, and slope in addition to previewing important eighth grade concepts such as scientific notation, exponent rules, and graphing linear equations.
     
    In addition to practice problems, the curriculum uses visual models and real-life contexts to help the students solidify their understanding of the concepts. Students complete the problem sets in small groups so that they can deepen their understanding by learning from one another while honing their mathematical communication skills.
     
    Students will also have the opportunity to collaborate on long-term, hands-on projects that bring math to life! Projects could include designing mathematical board games, developing a technology project such as stop-motion animation, or creating mathematically inspired visual art.
     
    Instructor: Cooper Bergdahl, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #: 603
    Section 21: 6/23-7/23/2020 TTh 8:30-10:15 $350
    Section 25: 6/23-7/9/2020 TTh 8:30-10:15 $200
    Enrichment 
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Reading and Writing, "A Strange, Fantastic Journey", grade 8

    What do Narnia, The Odyssey, and Gilgamesh all have in common with a town of cats? They share a strange, fantastic journey! 
     
    Drawing inspiration from short stories, poems, and passages of literature, we explore the foundations of storytelling: character, setting and plot. While examining the framework of The Hero’s Journey, we focus on the basics of how to construct a compelling story. 
     
    Literary works we read include excerpts from Gulliver’s Travels, The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, and Journey to the Center of the Earth, among others. 
     
    As we engage with creative activities, students learn how to peer and self-edit; analyze and use evidence to support opinions; compose strong, concise sentences and paragraphs; and expand vocabulary both through exposure to new works and implementation in their own writing. 
     
    Join this class and learn how to read and write your own fantastic journey! 
     
    Instructor: Sarah Eleid, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #:501 
    Section 22: 6/23-7/23/2020 TTh 10:40-12:30 $350 
    Section 26: 6/23-7/9/2020 TTh 10:40-12:30 $200
    Enrichment 
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Reading and Writing, "Me, Myself, and I", grade 6

    This Sixth-Grade section of Reading and Writing Fundamentals introduces students to the idea of the power of the individual through reading, writing, and encouragement of critical thought and discussion. 
     
    Texts read for this class center on self-discovery and empowerment, and have included Cinderella by The Grimm Brothers, Wonder by R.J. Palacio, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli, The Giver and Gathering Blue by Lois Lowery. We also read and discuss poetry. Poems have included The Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein, and Mulberry Street and The Lorax by Dr. Seuss.   
     
    Students closely examine the elements of storytelling like setting, plot, protagonist, character, events, climax and theme. In examining poetry, we discuss alliteration, assonance, simile, metaphor and hyperbole, repetition, rhythm and rhyme. As we read and study these works, they make connections to their own lives and the world while developing reading comprehension and vocabulary.  
     
    Through the writing process students learn to brainstorm, pre-write, write, and revise and edit paragraphs and short essays. Students are introduced to and encouraged to write in the narrative, expository, descriptive, and persuasive forms. English grammar and writing mechanics are also components of instruction. Each student works to produce a writing portfolio by the end of the session. Finally, students gain confidence as they practice their discussion skills and engage in collaborative projects. 
     
    This class is taught with a supportive child-centered approach to mastering written language and reading skills. 
     
    Instructor: tba
     
    Course #: 500
    Section 31: 6/22-7/24/2020 MWF 8:30-10:15 $550
    Section 35: 6/22-7/10/2020 MWF 8:30-10:15 $350
    Enrichment 
     
    School is closed Friday, July, 3.
  • Reading and Writing, “The Other”, grade 7

    The curriculum includes an emphasis on reading, writing, critical thinking, and discussion. Students investigate works of fiction and poetry that center on the idea of “the marginalized character.”  We explore what it means to be “the other” through various literary perspectives, with a special focus on the teenage experience. 
     
    Past texts have included The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton and Feed by M.T. Anderson. We have also studied selections from The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie and The Hunger Games (Book 1) by Suzanne Collins. Poetry selections have included those by Edgar Allen Poe and from Thirteen Stories about the Agony and Ecstasy of Being 13 by James Howe. 
     
    As students read and study these texts, they develop their reading comprehension and vocabulary. They write frequently, focusing on developing ideas, organizing outlines, writing essays, and practicing good grammar and usage. Special attention is paid to organization and writing mechanics.  
     
    Students also enhance their discussion skills and formulate strong arguments during these thought-provoking book talks. Students become more aware of their learning styles and work to formulate successful study habits as they explore the elements of a novel (character, point of view, setting, theme, plot, and language). 
     
    This class is taught with a supportive child-centered approach to mastering written language and reading skills. 
     
    Instructor: Sarah Eleid, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #: 505 
    Section 32: 6/22-7/24/2020 MWF 10:40-12:30 $550 
    Section 36: 6/22-7/10/2020 MWF 10:40-12:30 $350 
    Enrichment 
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.  
  • Songwriting, grades 6-12

    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. We provide beat-making and music production software, and at the end of the course we’ll go to a recording studio and make a professional recording of your song!
     
    Instructors: Daniel Jimenez-Afanador, Crossroads Faculty and Caitlin Tortorici '05, Crossroads Summer Faculty
     
    Course #: 722
    Section 33: 6/22-7/24/2020 MWF 1:00-3:00 $550
    Section 37: 6/22-7/10/2020 MWF 1:00-3:00 $350
    Enrichment
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Speak Up and Leadership, grades 6-8

    Achieve your goals by assertively expressing yourself while using intelligence, clarity, and confidence. This course consists of public speaking based on writing, organizing, opinions, researching topics of interest, and learning how to effectively back up arguments with supporting evidence. Vocal skills stressed will include relaxation techniques, visualization, breath control, enunciation, projection, timing and how to read an audience for individual goals. Students participate in games, discussions, speeches, timed debates, and learn to communicate more effectively. 
     
    Instructor: Caitlin Tortorici '05, Crossroads Summer Faculty 
     
    Course #: 548 
    Section 32: 6/22-7/24/2020 MWF 10:40-12:30 $500
    Section 36: 6/22-7/10/2020 MWF 10:40-12:30 $350
    Enrichment 
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Sports and Recreation, grades 6-8

    Are you looking to spend a few hours a week having fun? Then join us in this afternoon class that includes traditional recreational games, activities, and sports such as soccer, ping-pong, flag football, and basketball. Several field trips are scheduled and may include bike riding, ultimate Frisbee, bowling, and beach games.
     
    Instructor: tba
     
    Course #: 824
    Section 23: 6/23-7/23/2020 TTh 1:00-3:00 $500
    Section 27: 6/23-7/9/2020 TTh 1:00-3:00 $300
    Enrichment
     
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Study Skills, grades 6-8

    NEW THEME Coming Soon
     
    Students learn how to take notes, organize information and materials, annotate readings, prepare slideshow presentations, study for quizzes and tests, and practice memorization and learning strategies.
     
    While much of class-time is dedicated to expanding student familiarity with various study strategies, the summer session concludes with a research project and visual presentation to the class. Students learn how to navigate the immense amount of information that can be found on the internet, as well as how to cite sources and create a visual presentation.
     
    This course is designed for students entering six, seventh, or eighth grades.
     
    Instructor: Cooper Bergdahl, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #: 545
    Section 22: 6/23-7/23/2020 TTh 10:40-12:30 $350
    Section 26: 6/23-7/9/2020 TTh 10:40-12:30 $200
    Enrichment
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Swim – Fitness and Stroke Development, grades 6-12

    Join this multi-level swim team designed to combine stroke refinement with endurance building workouts. Swimmers learn and refine all techniques and skills needed to swim at a competitive level in a low-key, supportive, and fun atmosphere. Skills include: dives, relay-starts, flip-turns, and finishes with special attention to proper stroke technique. Bring a swim cap, goggles, suit, and towel to each practice. Swimmers may bring non-slip flip-flops for the locker room. 
     
    Swimmers should have a basic knowledge of all four competitive swim strokes and be able to swim minimally one lap of each stroke at a competitive level. 
     
    This program is held at our swim facility at the Norton Campus. Students enrolled in an afternoon program at the 21st Street Campus are transported by bus. Bus transportation to the pool is provided at 3:00pm for those students already enrolled in afternoon courses. End-of-day pick-up is at the Pool at the Norton Campus. 
     
    Instructors: Tara Shima, Crossroads, Head Coach, Varsity Swimming
     
    Course #: 331 
    Section 24: 6/23-7/23/2020 TTh 3:15-5:00 $450 
    Section 28: 6/23-7/9/2020 TTh 3:15-5:00 $200
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Telling Your Story, grades 6-8

    You have a unique take on this thing called life and a story worth telling! By sharing your experiences honestly - whether humorous or heartbreaking, epic or every day - you give the gift of your inner world and help others feel less alone. In this class, students write and share autobiographical stories, receive constructive feedback, learn tips for overcoming writer's block and choose a story to polish and perform at the end of the session for parents and friends.
     
    Instructor: Caitlin Tortorici '05, Crossroads Summer Faculty
     
    Course #: 549
    Section 22: 6/23-7/23/2020 TTh 10:40-12:30 $350
    Section 26: 6/23-7/9/2020 TTh 10:40-12:30 $200
    Enrichment
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • The Afterschool C.L.U.B.!

    "Cinema-Lounging-Uno "type" games & Books"
    At the end of their day, students enjoy a fun, social and relaxed environment on campus. Students participate in a variety of indoor activities over the course of the summer. Activities may include but are not limited to movie watching, access and exploration of our 21st street Library resources, card games, board games, and a slower paced end to their day. Join us as we get to know one another in The After-
    School C.L.U.B!

    Instructor: Andy Putnam, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #: 828
    Section 34: 6/22-7/24/2020 MWF 3:15-5:00 $450
    Section 35: 6/22-7/24/2020 MWF 3:15-5:00 $25*
    Section 38: 6/22-7/10/2020 MWF 3:15-5:00 $300
    and
    Section 24: 6/23-7/23/2020 TTh 3:15-5:00 $350 [CANCELED]
    Section 25: 6/23-7/23/2020 TTh 3:15-5:00 $25* [CANCELED]
    Section 28: 6/23-7/9/2020 TTh 3:15-5:00 $200 [CANCELED]
    Enrichment
     
    *Reduced fee with the purchase of 3 or more classes.
  • Visual Effects Through Cinema History, grades 6-8

    Students find humor and amazement in discussing the evolution of practical visual effects through cinema history. After Georges Méliès’s landmark A Trip to the Moon (1902) launches discussions into Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954), The Dark Crystal (1982) and Gremlins (1984), students learn about and discuss the suspension of disbelief and the filmmaking techniques that compel it.
     
    But that’s just to get started; in tandem with the viewings, students conceive of and build their own creatures, make-up effects, props, puppets or any number of tangible artifacts. In stepping away from their laptops and devices, students enter a world of possibility and explore the hands-on use of craft supplies, paints, liquid latex, sculpture compounds, miniatures, scale-models and, most of all, pure imagination. In this fast-paced, course, students engage in the design process from start to finish, and hone their reasoning, planning, and problem-solving skills to engineer their own piece of movie magic.
     
    This course is recommended for students interested in film, sculpture, fashion & design, architecture, and visual arts & crafts.
     
    Additional class discussions may surround excerpts from Honey I Shrunk the Kids, The Little Shop of Horrors, King Kong, Jurassic Park, E.T. and The Forbidden Planet.
     
    Instructor: Julian Laurent, Crossroads Faculty
     
     
    Course #: 511
    Section 31: 6/22-7/24/2020 MWF 8:30-10:15 $500
    Section 35: 6/22-7/10/2020 MWF 8:30-10:15 $350
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Vocal Arts, grades 6-12

    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!  
     
    Instructor: Caitlin Tortorici '05, Crossroads Summer Faculty 
     
    Course #: 732 
    Section 21: 6/23-7/23/2020 TTh 8:30-10:15 $350 
    Section 25: 6/23-7/9/2020 TTh 8:30-10:15 $200 
    Enrichment 
     
    School is closed on Friday, July 3.
  • Volleyball Clinic, grades 6-12

    The purpose of this course is to help students gain proficient skills and knowledge of the game of volleyball. This is a coed class and welcomes all levels of play. Instruction will include techniques for passing, setting, serving, serve receive, hitting, blocking, digging, and transition. The course is arranged to familiarize students with the rules, terminology, offensive and defensive strategies, team organization, communication, game play, and conditioning for volleyball. Students will have the opportunity to develop individual skills as well as team play through drills and scrimmages. Upon completion of this course, students are better able to demonstrate the fundamental skills in volleyball. 
     
    Athletic attire and shoes, such as volleyball, cross training or other indoor shoes are required. Volleyball will meet in the Grisanti Gymnasium at the Norton Campus. Students enrolled in an afternoon program at Crossroads 21st Street Campus will be transported by bus at 3:00 p.m. End-of-day pick-up for this class is in front of the gymnasium at 1634 18th Street. 
     
    Instructor: Marla Ricketts, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #: 825
    Section 34: 6/22-7/24/2020 MWF 3:15-5:00 $500
    Section 38: 6/22-7/10/2020 MWF 3:15-5:00 $350
    Enrichment
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Beat-Making (Music Production), grades 6-12 [NEW]

    The objective of this class is to teach students how to create their own original beats. Using Ableton Live or Pro Tools (other DAWs welcome), students will learn how to create professional sounding beats in a variety of genres. 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. The class will culminate with a visit to a professional recording studio, where students will have a opportunity to add a vocal or an instrument to a beat they have created. This course encourages students to progress at their own pace. All levels of experience are welcome.
     
    Instructor: Daniel Jimenez-Afanador, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #:723
    Section 32: 6/22-7/24/2020 MWF 10:40 – 12:30 $600
     
    Enrichment
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Beats and Docs for a Cause, grades 6-8 [NEW]

    Students will have the opportunity to listen to inspiring music and watch uplifting, award-winning documentary short films that address issues of equity and justice, cultivate global awareness, and encourage a sense of activism. We will listen to songs from a variety of musical genres, analyze lyrics and orchestrations, and discuss how the music calls us to see the world through multiple perspectives. We will screen several documentary short films and reflect on how these movies motivate us to affect social change. Students will have opportunities to journal, discuss, collaborate, and reflect on the beats and the docs.
     
    Instructor: Josh Adler, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #: 527 
    Section 21: 6/23-7/23/2020 TTh 10:40-12:30 $350
    Section 25: 6/23-7/9/2020 TTh 10:40-12:30 $200
     
    Enrichment
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Character Drawing, grades 6-8 [NEW]

    In this course, students will research one of the world’s favorite past-times: board games. We will explore and research many of the timeless classics we know and love, and what makes those games so addicting. Throughout the course, we’ll breakdown different aspects of the games to eventually create our own games to test out. By having the opportunity to use the school's "Maker Space,” students will stretch their creative skills while trying to design and build something that they truly want to keep and share.
     
    Instructor: Elyse Jung-Vrymoed '06, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #: 735 
    Section 23: 6/23-7/23/2020 TTh 1:00-3:00 $400
    Section 27: 6/23-7/9/2020 TTh 1:00-3:00 $250
     
    Enrichment
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Make Your Own Board Game, grades 6-8 [NEW]

    In this course, students will research one of the world’s favorite past-times: board games. We will explore and research many of the timeless classics we know and love, and what makes those games so addicting. Throughout the course, we’ll breakdown different aspects of the games to eventually create our own games to test out. By having the opportunity to use the school's "Maker Space,” students will stretch their creative skills while trying to design and build something that they truly want to keep and share.
     
    Instructor: Andy Putnam, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #: 658 
    Section 23: 6/23-7/23/2020 TTh 1:00-3:00 $400
     
    Enrichment
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Painting, grades 6-12

    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. 
     
    Instructor: Elyse Jung-Vrymoed '06, Crossroads Faculty  
     
    Course #: 744 
    Section 33: 6/22-7/24/2020 MWF 1:00-3:00 $550
    Section 37: 6/22-7/10/2020 MWF 1:00-3:00 $350
    Section 21: 6/23-7/23/2020 TTh 10:40-12:30 $400
    Section 25: 6/23-7/9/2020 TTh 10:40-12:30 $250
    Enrichment
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.

Classes at a Glance

The grids accessible below are examples of programs offered in 2019.

Important Information

Fees
Summer at Crossroads fees include all classroom materials, supplies, books, a session photo and a t-shirt.

Lunch/Snack
All students should bring a snack to school each day. 

Those attending a week-long program should bring a snack and a lunch to school each day.

Between June 24 to July 26, children have lunch during their afternoon program. A variety of healthy lunch options are available for purchase through Freshlunches. Instructions on how to order from Freshlunches will be available before programs begin in June. Those not purchasing lunch should bring a lunch to school each day.

All students participating in Extended Care in the afternoon are provided with a snack.

Swimming
For those enrolled in the K-5 programs that include a swim component, swimming is provided at our K-12 Sports Center in our heated, outdoor swimming pool. Our qualified aquatics instructors teach our group lesson program. Small group instructional swimming lessons are provided during the afternoon program, Mondays through Thursdays. All children are swim tested for group placement and testing determines the appropriate area of the pool for the student’s participation. The program goals are to encourage water safety, to increase water confidence, and to enhance skills development. Parents are invited to observe swimming at the culmination of each session.

Children should come to school prepared to swim on the first day of their program.
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.